Chris Martins



  • Mibbs Scoop DeVille Freebass EP Pac Div Stream

    Hear Pac Div's Mibbs Go Solo With a Scoop DeVille Assist on Wavy 'Freebass' EP

    Mibbs hails from long-hustling Los Angeles trio Pac Div, but he breaks out of the backpack on his debut solo EP, Freebass. Produced by hit-maker Scoop DeVille (Snoop Dogg, Fat Joe, Kendrick Lamar, Das Racist), these five songs combine wavy minimal beatwork with rhymes that range from swaggy to heady to hard. And while "Rollin" coasts by with sparse drums and deep sea submarine pulse, "Supwithat" is built around a screaming/chiming melody that sounds cribbed from My Bloody Valentine's Loveless. All of which is to say, these two cover a good amount of ground while still managing to keep it simple and come in under 20 minutes. Since Mibbs is apparently the master of the EP, he's got five more short-players on deck for the next year — collaborations with Chicago star Tree, French producer JMV, house artist C Penn, and L.A. beatsmiths DertBeats and WoodysProduce.

  • Mariah Carey WalMart Album Title 'The Art of Letting Go'

    Walmart Maybe Leaked Mariah Carey's Album Title

    Mariah Carey's "#Beautiful" presaged the arrival of a new album from the R&B queen, and she confirmed a release date for her 14th long-player via Twitter earlier this month. But thus far, Mimi's camp has stayed silent regarding the title of the July 23 arrival. So, obviously, this'd be a great time for Walmart to go ahead and leak the thing.The retailer's online pre-order for Carey's next record includes what very much appears to be a title: The Art of Letting Go. As Idolator points out, she had a pretty big hit in 1991 with the song, "Can't Let Go." It seems people really are capable of changing. If that is the title of the album, it's in good company. This book has four reviews and three of them are glowing.

  • Kitty Pryde Barbie Jeep Adult Swim Singles

    Kitty Drops Bumps for Your 'Barbie Jeep' via Adult Swim's Singles Series

    The 2013 Adult Swim Singles Series continues with a strong entry from Tumblr queen Kitty (née Pryde). Over a New Age-y beat by Hot Sugar, the Floridian MC rhymes, "I can be your Nancy, and you can be my Sid," to a would-be suitor on the dance floor. She paints the picture of a desperate fella — "You're rubbing every butt in the room, you think it's your booty, too" — as she brags about her moves: "Is it too hot to dance? Nah, we rock steady / And I'm light on my feet 'cause you know I'm not top-heavy." The song is called "Barbie Jeep," and though we're not sure those words are ever uttered, we feel fairly confident that this purple party rap was made to bump from blinged-out Power Wheels. This is the second installment in the series, which was kicked off by Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) last week with their felonious banger "36" Chain."

  • Volcano Choir 'Byegone' Repave Justin Vernon

    Hear Volcano Choir's Justin Vernon Sing About Weed Crystals on 'Byegone'

    Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir is firing up again with a new album on the way and a tour in the works. The Bon Iver singer's other other band will release Repave on September 3 via Jagjaguwar, and its first taste implies an epic affair. While 2009's Unmap partly dwelled in experimental ambiance, new song "Byegone" holds onto the atmosphere but adds uplifting guitars reminiscent of Broken Social Scene, up-front vocals that recall TV on the Radio, and rising choruses that bring Arcade Fire to mind. Meanwhile, Vernon sings about smoking keif, setting sail, and "the knights of the northern lodges." We're pretty sure that last one was a Twin Peaks reference. For track list and tour dates, revisit our earlier post about Volcano Choir's second LP, Repave. 

  • Foals 'Bad Habit' Video NSFW Holy Fire Nabil Elderkin

    Foals Singer Has a 'Bad Habit' of Following Naked Women Through the Desert

    Back in March, Foals shared the incredibly intense video for "Late Night," cramming four story lines into a few very NSFW few minutes in order to illustrate such heavy ass themes as childbirth, decay, sex, and suicide. Director Nabil Elderkin (Frank Ocean, James Blake, Kanye West) returns for "Bad Habit," but this time the focus is deeply personal. Singer Yannis Philippakis awakes in the middle of a barren desert, barefoot. As he stumbles forward, he picks up a trail that turns out to belong to a beautiful naked woman. Her stride leaves flowers in its wake, but whatever our hero touches crumbles. He trudges ever forward on his impossible task — singing, "Would you forgive me now?" over darkly blooming art/dance-rock — moving toward a dramatic finish that could offer him salvation, or drop him right back where he started.

  • Okkervil River 'It Was My Season' Video Maxfield Parrish The Silver Gymnasium

    Okkervil River Celebrate Maxfield Parrish in 'It Was My Season' Video

    When last we checked in with Okkervil River's Will Sheff, the Austin singer-songwriter was hanging out with the legendary Steve Earle after releasing 2011's delightfully knotty I Am Very Far. He's finally got a seventh album on deck — The Silver Gymnasium, due September 3 via ATO — and now we have the first song to sample. "It Was My Season" is strikingly forward, powered by big piano-play and Sheff's cracking, aching voice. "Step out of your trailer and into this dark," he sings as the drums pick up to support an almost Ben Folds-y lilt, offset by a little Americana shade, of course.For the lyric video above, Okkervil highlight a local landmark from Sheff's New Hampshire childhood. As he explains on the project's website, in 1919, artist Maxfield Parrish painted a stage set at a Plainfield playhouse that's since been moved to the burg's town hall.

  • Dave Chappelle Tour Flight of the Conchords Funny or Die

    Dave Chappelle Plots Tour With Flight of the Conchords and Funny or Die Folks

    Dave Chappelle is making a grand return this summer alongside Flight of the Conchords for the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity touring festival. Presented by Funny or Die and Live Nation, the traveling show will launch in Austin, Texas on August 23 and wrap up in Phoenix, Arizona on September 22, hitting 13 cities in total. As the promo clip above advertises, the fest will feature not one "butt" two stages, plus street performers, freaks, psychics, vendors, and a bunch of comedians. Among those other billed performers are Demetri Martin and Al Madrigal (The Daily Show), Eric Andre's right hand Hannibal Buress (also Chance the Rapper's pal), Kristen Schaal of 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney (responsible for Stefon), Whitney's Chris D'Elia, Brody Steven, and Jim Jefferies. More have yet to be announced.

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    Hear M.I.A.'s Wild, Drum-Smashing New Single 'Bring the Noize'

    M.I.A. debuted her newest track on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 program on Monday. "Bring the Noize" is fittingly loud and urgent, paying tribute to its forbearers in Public Enemy, but also seating the sound smack-dab in the middle of the era of digital overload. It opens in a hail of chopped up vocals — Maya imploring "free dem" — then gives way to pounding drums. There are asides for some TNGHT-style crunch and some unexpected songbirding, but mostly it's heavy and wild.She initially teased "Bring the Noize" by looping an audio snippet on the M.I.A. website and sharing two Vine clips of the track's upcoming music video. The track will feature on Matangi, which is presumably out later this year. The LP was previously slated for a December 2012 release but was delayed. In January, Ms.

  • Andre W.K. Drumming Record O Music Awards

    Andrew W.K. to Pound Skins for 24 Hours in Latest Stunt

    When he's not busy electrocuting David Blaine, stumping for Platex intimate wipes, attending brony conventions, eating spicy wings with Action Bronson, or plotting a tour with Marky Ramone, party provocateur Andrew W.K. ... well, he does a lot of other things, too, but one of those happens to be drumming. And on Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. EST, he'll set out to hit the skins for 24 hours straight in an attempt to set the record for the "longest drum session in a retail store." No doubt, he'll do it.If that designation seems a bit overly specific, well, it is. Guinness puts the "longest marathon drumming by an individual" at 121 hours, but since W.K.'s attempt is meant to, ahem, drum up publicity for Viacom's O Music Awards — which includes categories like "Digital Genius Award" and "Fan Army FTW" — we shouldn't be surprised.

  • Danny Brown ASAP Rocky 'Kush Coma' Stream Old

    Danny Brown Takes A$AP Rocky Into His 'Kush Coma,' Freestyles on the BBC

    Back in March, Danny Brown leaked an early version of "Kush Coma," a weed tribute that was incongruously clearheaded and fast-paced. It was a great listen and now we've got another incentive to give it a spin: A$AP Rocky is on the final version, which will appear on Brown's August album for Fools Gold Records, Old. These two have a history of collaboration — the Harlem MC directed the video for his Detroit pal's early, most persistent pot paean, "Blunt After Blunt" (that song is referenced in the new track). They also teamed up for "1 Train," the guest-packed platter from LONG.LIVE.A$AP, but "Kush Coma" is a thrill-ride that gives each rhymer his ample due. The song was debuted on BBC Radio 1Xtra's Westwood show, so the beginning is cut off and it's lousy with airhorns and DJ overdubs, but you should get the idea just fine.

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