Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Maxwell's Documentary New Jersey Tribute Bongos

    Maxwell's Documentary Traces New Jersey Rock Club's Rich History

    Iconic Hoboken rock club Maxwell's will tear its last ticket on Wednesday night (July 31) following 35 years of loyal operation in service to punk, grunge, and various strains of alternative rock. Richard Barone of the Bongos shared his fond memories of the influential space with SPIN earlier this week (read "When the Club Was the Star") and Yo La Tengo played a tender two-set farewell show under that hallowed roof. Now, as Brooklyn Vegan points out, the New Jersey Star-Ledger has released a20-minute documentary on Maxwell's dubbed A Darkened Stage: The Last Days of Maxwell's. Brone appears in the film alongside owners Todd Abramson and Steve Fallon, not to mention members of the Feelies, Titus Andronicus, Screaming Females, and more. Watch that above, and revisit Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" for more shots of the club in action.

  • Chief Keef 'I Ain't Done Turnin' Up' Video

    Chief Keef Video Insists 'I Ain't Done Turnin' Up' Despite Whole World's Advice

    Last week Chief Keef shared two new songs, "Go to Jail" and "I Ain't Done Turnin' Up." While the former had nothing to do with the 17-year-old Chicagoan's many trips to the clink, the latter is no doubt meant as a message to those who might assume that the embattled MC is going to take things a bit more slowly in light of recent events. Because the thing is, when you wind up getting served, charged, and arrested for three different things in one day, well, you're done turning up.Then again, Keef certainly seems plenty turnt in the video for "I Ain't Done." While mumble-chanting about drugs, sex, and money in a deeply Auto-Tuned and rarely rhyming stream-of-consciousness mouth leak, he shows off a sizable stack of bills, does some no-handed quad wheeling, smokes what appears to be a blunt, and generally huffs and puffs like he's on fire.

  • DMX Bankrupt Child Support Money Passport Tour

    DMX Declares Bankruptcy Days After Nodding Off in Cop Car

    The beauty of the American Dream is that it encourages any old citizen to "settle down, open up shop." The ugly, of course, is there's no guarantee that if you build it, they will come — or, roll, as it were. Wall Street Journal reports that former Ruff Ryder head DMX has filed for bankruptcy, listing less than $50,000 in assets and citing $1 to $10 million in debt, which is quite the spread but perhaps revealing of just how much control this former rap star has lost in regard to his finances.DMX rep Domenick Nati issued the following statement to Exclaim!: "DMX's financial strains have been inhibiting his career for several years. Poor financial management by prior representation have caused him to be ineligible to retain a passport. The purpose of this bankruptcy filing is for reorganization so he can perform for his fans oversees.

  • TV on the Radio 'Mercy' Stream Federal Prism

    TV on the Radio Bring New Wave Fury on Unmerciful 'Mercy'

    TV on the Radio fans have had reason to be cautiously optimistic this year. After an understandable hiatus following the tragic passing of bassist Gerard Smith, the Brooklyn-based art-rock animals have been stirring once again. Producer Dave Sitek fired up his new label Federal Prism with a release from Kelis and much more promised. Singer Tunde Adebimpe revealed that the band has more-or-less fired Interscope. They played New York's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry festival and curated an entire weekend of All Tomorrow's Parties. And while at that overseas event, TVOTR played a brand new song called "Mercy."Thanks to Huffington Post, we can now hear the studio version of the upbeat New Wave-inflected track, which finds Adebimpe taking the lead over grinding guitars and blaring synths.

  • Nile Rodgers Prostate Cancer Clear Survived Chic

    Nile Rodgers Beat Cancer!

    Nile Rodgers has beat cancer. According to the BBC, the Chic founder and "Get Lucky" guitarist had been battling prostate cancer since October 2010. After visiting a London doctor on Monday (July 29), Rodgers, 60, announced the news on Twitter:WOAH, I just got home from the Dr. He gave me video of him going down inside my body. It's a little too weird to post but maybe some stills— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) July 29, 2013Instead of showing gross internal video I'll show my doctor's fly examination room. I'M ALL CLEAR AGAIN! http://t.co/cw0WzW1l9A— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) July 29, 2013Rodgers kept a blog about his experience with cancer called "Walking on Planet C." In his initial post, he wrote, "In an instant, everything in my happy-music universe imploded. It was like Jaws was savagely eating me from the inside out. My biopsy showed that I had to make some important decisions...

  • Redder 'Border/lines' Stream EP Helsinki

    Hear Redder Unravel Minimal Beauty on 'Border/lines'

    Helsinki duo Redder are cut from the same cloth as contemporaries James Blake, Majical Cloudz, and the xx. All are artists who blend the electronic and the organic with an ear for negative space and an understanding of just how powerful it can sound once trapped. Frans Saraste and Vesa Hoikka are newcomers, but their gentle touch is already quite refined, as can be heard on the titular track from their Auguast 19 EP Border/lines. As the song begins, we immediately sense the depth of the room as organic sounds — keys and creaks and voice — get caught up in a slow, deliberate dance. "Oh take two steps back to the border, run to your corner," coos Saraste, but "Border/lines" is much more welcoming than that, growing in scope as it draws the listener in. By the end, we reach a place that's actually quite maximal, and the shift is glorious.Redder Border/lines EP track list:1.

  • Demon Queen 'Exorcise Tape' Album Stream Tobacco Zackey

    Stream Demon Queen's Warped Electro-Funk Opus 'Exorcise Tape'

    Demon Queen is a match made in some gloriously fucked dimension where roving gangs of centaurs rule the streets, Wild Style is treated as gospel, and the roller disco is the primary delivery system for entertainment. On the one hand you've got Black Moth Super Rainbow main brain Tobacco, a vocoder-loving Pennsylvania hippie whose work has been getting more and more beatwise of late. And then there's Zackey Force Funk, a Tucson-based ex-con who's got a wicked way with the spraycan and an appreciation for Zapp that runs deeper than his rap sheet.

  • Doley Bernays 'Tommy & Keish' James ASHLI Stream

    Doley Bernays Pays Tribute to 'Belly'-Style Love in 'Tommy & Keish'

    Bronx rhymer and ReeLife associate Doley Bernays has shared a brand new single from his forthcoming Just in Case EP and it's, well, romantic. "Tommy & Keish" takes its name from the iconic couple at the center of Hype Williams' 1998 film Belly, who happened to be played by DMX and Teddy Riley-affiliated singer Taral Hicks. While the lyrics aren't exactly the mushy stuff of Valentine's specials, they certainly pay tribute to an enduring sort of love: "I said damn I love that crazy shit, just me and my crazy bitch / Same girl I got broke with, be the same girl I get famous with / We fighting every day but we fucking every night / She say how much she hate me but she love me in her life."Bernays' go-to beatsmith MP Williams returns (via "Blessed" and "Till We Fall"), here providing a goopy synth-heavy production assisted by soulful ahhs by James ASHLI.

  • American Idol Racism Lawsuit Willy Wonka Contestants

    'American Idol' Accused of Racism, Using 'Willy Wonka' Contracts in Lawsuit

    A lawsuit filed against various entities connected to American Idol alleges that the show applied racist policy in disqualifying would-be singers, and that the requisite contestant contracts are Willy Wonka-like in nature — "mindbending labyrinth[s] of non-sensical provisions." The document filed on Thursday (July 25) is a whopping 429 pages in length, calls for $250 million on behalf of 10 clients, and names not only the Fox show's creators, but its corporate sponsors as well.Billboard has done the difficult work of parsing out the highlights from the colorfully constructed filing. They also point out that attorney James H. Freeman is the very same who sued Lionsgate for $500 million in a mere (ha) 219 pages on behalf of a client who felt their Twilight parody Twiharder was unfairly muscled out of the market.

  • Diplo Flo Rida Pitbull Video Beef Can't Believe It Seapunk

    Diplo Offers to Fight Flo Rida Over 'Can't Believe It' Video Ripoff

    Major Lazer main brain Diplo has licked a couple of Twitter shots at pop-rapper Flo Rida for blatantly jacking his video aesthetic. Seen above, the visual for the Pitbull-featuring ass anthem "Can't Believe It" borrows thematic elements and production styles from both the "Bubble Butt" and "Butter's Theme" clips, incorporating absurdist twerking scenarios, obvious #seapunk parody, and GIF-tastic internet imagery. So this is what Zombelle was trying to warn us about when she and the rest of the dolphin gang picked up their tridents to protest Rihanna and Azealia Banks. Go deep or go home. Here's Diplo:yo @official_flo ur a fuck ass fuckboi for ripping off my video— D1Pl,000 000 (@diplo) July 29, 2013im goin to go toilet paper the trees in front of flo-rida mansion if you want u can ride or die with me. also bring eggs .

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