Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Matthewdavid 'Artforms' Stream In My World Brainfeeder

    Matthewdavid Slings Psychedelic Beats on Mercurial 'Artforms'

    A fixture of Los Angeles' psychedelic electronic underground, Matthewdavid is not only a Dublab radio resident and the founder of Leaving Records, he's an artist in his own right. On July 1, the producer/vocalist will release his second album, In My World, on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint, and it's set to be a lush and colorful trip into the man's inimitable ear. For evidence, look no further than "Artforms," streaming below. The new track opens with a record scratch but soon gives way to soothing voice and organic instrumentation. Later, the beat surges to the fore, and the picture shifts again. "I'm feeling all the art forms start to blend together," Matthewdavid coos. That could be the drugs taking hold, but more likely it's our host's way with sound. Listen here:In My World track list:1. "In My World"2. "Cosmic Caller"3. "The Mood Is Right"4. "Perpetual Moon Moods"5.

  • Garbage Felt Song Exploder Interview History Shirley Manson

    Hear Garbage Dissect 'Felt' on the Song Exploder Podcast

    Shirley Manson is still one of our favorite interview subjects, and in a brand new installment of the Song Exploder podcast, you can hear her explain the history and making of Garbage's 2012 single, "Felt." Butch Vig joins in as well, and gets into the nitty gritty of not just the song, but the band's powerful comeback album, Not Your Kind of People. The audio — streaming and downloadable below — is the 10th episode in a series created and hosted by Hrishikesh Hirway, a.k.a. the One A.M. Radio.Each clip is an in-depth exploration of what makes a song the song that it is, featuring insight from the artist responsible for the thing. Previous participants include Poliça, Baths, Daedelus, YACHT, and the Postal Service.

  • As I Lay Dying Tim Lambesis Wife Murder Plot Sentence

    As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis Gets Six Years for Marital Murder Plot

    Almost exactly one year after he attempted to hire an undercover cop to assassinate his estranged wife, As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis begins a six-year stretch behind bars. He was given that sentence, without probation, Friday, May 16, in a San Diego courtroom. As Blabbermouth reports, his former bandmates Nick Hipa, Phil Sgrosso, and Josh Gilbert were there. As previously noted, Lambesis, 33, in February pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder.But before that, he'd argued that steroids warped his mind, inspiring him to order the death of Meggan Lambesis. As previously reported, the vocalist told a man at his gym his spouse wouldn't let him divorce her, and had been keeping him from their three adopted children. He revealed that he wanted to contract a killer, and the man reported the information to authorities.

  • The Mars Volta to Reissue Old Albums on Vinyl

    The Mars Volta to Reissue Old Albums on Vinyl

    The Mars Volta may have called it quits, but like At the Drive-In before them, that doesn't mean it's all over for the band founded by Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala — especially since the two are collaborating once again (cross-reference all things Antemasque). As it turns out, the vinyl-loving dudes at the center of that whole prog-punk experimental-rock universe are plotting something special for their fans:There will be a proper reissue of Early Volta records. That bootleg is poor quality & some idiot is pocketing the $.— CEDRIC BIXLER ZAVALA (@cedricbixler_) May 16, 2014Bixler-Zavala's followers pointed out that he's likely referring to a May 20 European issue of 2003's De-Loused in the Comatorium coming courtesy of Music on Vinyl. The company's site describes their M.O.

  • FYF Fest 2014 Lineup Death Grips Blood Brothers Strokes Interpol

    FYF Fest 2014: Death Grips, Blood Brothers, Strokes, Interpol, Haim, Phoenix

    FYF Fest returns to Los Angeles on August 23 and 24, finding a new venue at the L.A. Sorts Arena and its adjacent Exposition Park. The summer weekender boasts an impressive lineup topped by Phoenix, the Strokes, Slowdive, Interpol, Haim, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Grimes, and Julian Casablancas' other band the Voidz. Also: seven years after they broke up, the Blood Brothers are returning to the stage. Presidents of the United States of America are back as well.Weekend passes go on sale May 22 at noon PST at $129 a pop.

  • Bars of Gold 'Blue Lightning' Video Wheels

    Bars of Gold Exude Post-Punk Soul in 'Blue Lightning' Video

    Late last year, Detroit quintet Bars of Gold made a quiet return with their album Wheels. We use the Q-word hesitantly here though — while it's the sort of LP that's still amassing fans, it's hardly a calm, whispery sort of thing. Comprising members of Bear vs. Shark and Wildcatting, this modest supergroup trades in exuberant post-punk and experimental rock cut with strange soul and tangible earnestness. All which is to say that while the record's been out for a few months, we're plenty pleased to share the brand new video for "Blue Lightning." Not only is it a trippy introduction to the increasingly less hirsute (keep watching) men who make up this unit, it's a chance to open a few more ears to a slept-on gem.Get into it above.

  • Modern Rivals 'The Dead Leaves' Video Cemetery Dares

    Modern Rivals Dabble in Dark Arts for 'The Dead Leaves' Video

    Modern Rivals have an ear for pop but a restless hankering for something more. That comes across handily on the Brooklyn-via-St. Louis band's new album Cemetery Dares, whose songs are equal parts inviting and itchy. To sample the sound, look no further than "The Dead Leaves (Danse Macabre Before Midnight)." The track's brand new Michael Fails-directed video strikes that same balance, pitting beauty and innocence against choppy GIF-like editing and some sort of black-magic-derived psychedelia. We won't give much away, but watch and be transported from a plain old bathtub to an oddly lit graveyard, all thanks to some pretty delicious-looking green goop. Pick up Cemetery Dares now.

  • A-Trak Cam'ron 'Dipshits' Video Juelz Santana Dipset

    A-Trak, Cam'ron, and Cat Power Rep Dipset in 'Dipshits' Video

    Renowned DJ/producer A-Trak steps away from his Duck Sauce dance project let loose another gem from his forthcoming Federal Reserve EP with Harlem rhymer Cam'ron. We briefly heard their "Humphrey" team-up in February, but now we get the full video for "Dipshits," a pro-Dipset anthem that includes guest turns by Juelz Santana and Damon Dash, plus additional production by Just Blaze and Oliver. Director Ricky Saiz gives the crew the men-about-town treatment, full of fashion-forward sidewalk stalking and back-alley dance-offs featuring dudes wearing the airbrushed faces of our hosts. It's a triumphant-sounding track with the clip to match. Oh, and Cat Power's in there. Watch above, via Complex.

  • Le1f Flexes in the Forest for 'Sup' Video

    Le1f Flexes in the Forest for 'Sup' Video

    New York rapper Le1f dropped his highly anticipated Hey EP via XL Recordings in March, and though the thing's only five songs, it continues to pay out. We saw the man strut his best "Wut" across David Letterman's stage, and hijack a hamburger joint in the "Boom" video. Now he does his thing in a decidedly different setting: nature. Jesse Miller-Gordon directs the clip for "Sup," a song whose trappish drums and Auto-Tuned hooks contrast neatly with the green trees, gushing waterfalls, and amber waves of grain depicted. And despite a beat that wouldn't sound out of place on a Chief Keef song, Le1f makes it his own, elastic voice rhyming, "I waved at him once, just to put butterflies up in his gut / Lemme get at that, tap into that bubble butt / I killed it, shut the casket, I don't give a fuck." Also: "Skin color? Spicy chai latte." Here's hoping every song on the EP gets a visual.

  • Morrissey Joins Twitter Follow Tweet

    Morrissey Joins Twitter, World Braces for Big Mouth Strike

    Big Mouth is at last truly equipped to strike again. And again. And again. And ... you get the idea. Morrissey has officially joined Twitter. Those even remotely familiar with the sort of headlines the former Smiths leader makes when he's not busy playing gigs to the enrapt or recording spoken-word video versions of new songs. He does have a fresh album to promote — World Peace Is None of Your Business, out July 15 — but one imagines he'll have more to say.Hello. Testing, 1, 2, 3. Planet Earth, are you there? One can only hope...— Morrissey (@itsmorrissey) May 14, 2014To recap, in recent year's he's picked a fight with Paul McCartney, suggested that Chinese people are a "subspecies," compared Canada to Nazi Germany, and taken President Obama to task for "pardoning" a turkey at Thanksgiving.

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