Chris Martins

writer

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  • Queens of the Stone Age Like Clockwork Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Queens of the Stone Age Are No. 1

    First! Queens of the Stone Age, motherfucker. The SoCal desert rock kings score their first No. 1 album with ...Like Clockwork, proving what SPIN already knew: Josh Homme is thee finest hard-rock songsmith of these modern times. The band moved 91,000 units according to Nielsen SoundScan, a whopping 12,000 of which came from vinyl. That's the second largest wax week since Billboard launched its vinyl chart in January 2010. The only bigger get came with Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, which moved 19,000 black platters two weeks ago. But for those disco-living droids — who have now been pushed down to No. 2 (62K) — vinyl sales accounted for 5 percent of their haul. With QOTSA, it was 13 percent. Congrats to Matador Records, the band's new indie home, for notching their first No.

  • Lil Wayne Jimmy Kimmel Seizures Health Video

    Lil Wayne Describes His Near-Fatal Seizure on 'Kimmel'

    Lil Wayne visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday night (june 11) where he sat down for a lengthy chat about his health and eventual retirement plans. It was his first successful appearance in a run of three attempts — the unexplained March 2012 no-show resulted in Kimmel interviewing an audience member instead, and his March 2013 cancellation was due to Weezy's big health scare. Or, as the host worded it, that time when "everyone thought you were going to die."Weezy explained that this seizure-related incident, "Was serious because I was upstairs and my homies were downstairs, and they didn't even know that I was up there seizing. One of them just was like, he hasn't come down in a minute." After Kimmel grilled him about his "homies" (and his homies' grills), he added, "It's just a private matter that I've been dealing with my whole life.

  • Painted Palms 'Upper Floors' Nothing Lasts Long EP

    Painted Palms Slow Time With Joyous Psych-Pop on 'Upper Floors'

    San Francisco's Painted Palms made a brief return earlier this year with their Ariel Pink-indebted Polyvinyl single "Carousel." Today they're self-releasing an entire free EP as a surprise gift to netizens everywhere. With Nothing Lasts Long, the electronically inclined psych-pop duo return to and expand the surf-lapped turf they staked out with 2011's lush and joyous Canopy EP.Below you can hear "Upper Floors," which finds cousins Reese Donohue and Christopher Prudhomme spinning silky golden sounds out of chiming keys, shuffling beats, buoyant bass, and soothing vocals. "All of this life moves so slow," we hear at one point, the song seeming to encase the listener in a wondrous goop capable of easing the hustle and hurry of the workweek.Painted Palms, Nothing Lasts Long track list:1. "Hypnotic"2. "Not Really There"3. "Over Me"4. "x"5. "Upper Floors"6. "Anna"

  • 2 Chainz Arrested Marijuana Arrest Airport LAX

    2 Chainz Arrested for Marijuana Possession (Again) at Airport

    2 Chainz was allegedly arrested at the Los Angeles International Airport this afternoon after authorities found marijuana on his person. TMZ reports that Tauheed Epps, 35, was nabbed while boarding a plane in Terminal 5 and is currently being booked for possession. Yesterday he tweeted about getting "geeked up in San Fran," a city that he claimed has the "best smoke in the world."Rule# 3 we definitely got geeked up in San Fran , best smoke in the world. 2 blessed 2 stress— Tity Boi (2 Chainz) (@2chainz) June 10, 2013Back in February, 2 Chainz was busted in Maryland for holding as well, and his name was eventually cleared. But not before the local police convinced the charismatic rapper to pose with them for a photo.

  • Cut Copy 'Explorers' New Song Album Live Video

    Cut Copy Announce New Album With Dance-Punk Popper 'Explorers'

    Cut Copy have kept relatively quiet since releasing 2011's pop-attuned Zonoscope, but the Aussie dance-punk posse played a few dates Stateside last week and wound up sharing a new song. Seen above, "Explorer" was recorded in Charlottesville, Virginia on June 6 and seems to bridge the group's more recent radio flirtations to their body-music background. Thick synth blast and four-four pulse powers the thing, while upbeat melodies and cowbell sweeten the deal. Dan Whitford's New Wavy croon inspires at least one disco whoop from the crowd, and that ripping timbale solo doesn't hurt. The quartet just reissued their 2004 debut album Bright Like Neon Love on vinyl in the April 20 spate of Record Store Day releases. Stay tuned for more info on their fourth long-player.

  • Kelly Rowland Wiz Khalifa 'Gone' Joni Mitchell Sample

    Kelly Rowland and Wiz Khalifa Bond Over Joni Mitchell on 'Gone'

    That whole Destiny's Child reunion thing is start-and-stop at best, but girl-group O.G. Kelly Rowland is full steam ahead as the June 18 release date of her Talk a Good Game album approaches. She got the old gang back together for "You've Changed," and dished on her Beyoncé drama with The-Dream in "Dirty Laundry." Now she's teamed up with exemplary citizen Wiz Khalifa for "Gone," a track that owes a great debt to Joni Mitchell.Borrowing the hook from 1970's "Big Yellow Taxi," Rowland sings about a relationship that's just ended with upbeat aplomb: "I don't mean to disrespect ya, but I think you coulda done me better." For his part, Khalifa stonily laughs a whole lot and shares his own vague thoughts about ex-lovers doing him wrong. Harmony Samuels provides cheery R&B backing.

  • Washed Out 'It All Feels Right' Lyric Video Paracosm

    Washed Out's 'It All Feels Right' Is a Bliss-Kissed Orchestral Dream

    Last month we learned of Washed Out's forthcoming sophomore album Paracosm, a purportedly palette-broadening affair due out on Sub Pop August 13. Now we have the first song to consider: "It All Feels Right." Indeed, the song is hardly your standard chillwave fare, nor the dip into the Balearic beat pool that was 2011's excellent Within and Without. With an assist from that LP's producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter), the new single is lush with diverse instrumentation and flush with vintage exotica vibes, perhaps as refracted through the Avalanches' sampledelic kaleidoscope. The dreamy orchestral affair fittingly celebrates warm weather and pleasant escapes — throwing its hat in the ring as an early contender for Anthem of the Summer. Enjoy that above, and dig into the track list and tour dates below.Washed Out, Paracosm track list:1. "Entrance"2.

  • Museum of Love 'Down South' DFA Pat Mahoney Jee Day

    Hear Museum of Love's Heady House Gem 'Down South'

    DFA Records are launching a brand new project that combines the talents of LCD Soundsystem member Pat Mahoney and the Juan MacLean player Dennis McNany. Dubbed Museum of Love, the duo finds the former moving from drums to lead vocals — sporting, it should be said, a David Byrne-like coo — while the man better known as producer Jee Day handles the rest. Combining arty atmosphere and patient pacing with a sound that harkens back to the days when live disco was giving way to house beats, their sound is both blissful and brainy.The first single from their collaboration is "Down South," and it's streaming below. An official release is set for June 18, with an album to come via DFA later this year. Mahoney, it should be noted, was a shoo-in for SPIN's 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music.

  • Italians Do It Better After Dark 2 Download Johnny Jewel

    Italians Do It Better (and for Free) on 'After Dark 2' Compilation

    Last month's After Dark 2 compilation from Italians Do It Better was no less than six years in the making. Anticipation was riding high for the set helmed by synthesizer wizard Johnny Jewel and the 15-track mix did not disappoint. Now the entire thing can be streamed and downloaded for free (below) as one continuous track melding all of those glistening Glass Candy, Chromatics, Desire, and Mirage songs into one big pile of lush keyboards, canned percussion, and vocal come-ons. Though the stream arrives nearly a full month after the album hit iTunes, fans should be used to the Jewel crew's wonky schedule. It took the label half a year to press the Chromatics' excellent Kill for Love onto vinyl, and the video for AD2's "Cherry Cherry" dropped all the way back in November. Italians also like to take their time, which may very well be why they do it better.

  • R. Kelly Flight Delayed Passengers 'I Believe I Can Fly' Airplane

    Trapped on the Tarmac: Passengers Sing 'I Believe I Can Fly' on Delayed Flight

    By now, we should all be well aware of the restorative and inspirational powers of an R. Kelly song. The man brought genuine glee to SoCal's so-cool Coachella this year when he performed with Phoenix, there was a petition to make his "Ignition" remix the new national anthem (over 10,000 signatures), and his Trapped in the Closet musical soap opera has happily franchised itself into a book deal and a hilarious soundboard.Now, Kells has indirectly provided hope and relief to an airplane full of passengers stuck on a Las Vegas tarmac for several hours in 100-degree heat.

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