Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Randy Blythe Lamb of God Book Deal Memoir De Capo

    Lamb of God's Randy Blythe Is Writing a Memoir About His Manslaughter Trial

    Lamb of God's Randy Blythe has got a story to tell. Following the tragic death of a Czech fan at a show abroad in 2010, the Virginia-born metal singer was arrested, detained, and tried for manslaughter. Fortunately he was acquitted of all charges and even even shared a tender moment with the deceased's family, who wished him well. But as reported last month, his Prague trial left the man and his band flat broke. Enter publisher De Capo Press. Antiquiet reports that Blythe will pen a memoir for release in the spring of 2014. They quoted a press release in which the already known-to-be eloquent man approached the subject with confidence and sensitivity.

  • Dan Deacon 'USA' Suite Video Adult Swim Short Film

    Dan Deacon and Adult Swim Deliver Bong-Bait in 'USA' Short Film

    Mere days ago, we got to hear Dan Deacon's "Why Am I on This Cloud?," a bite-sized remapping of the lengthy "USA" suite found on his 2012 album America. That newish song arrived as part of the jam-packed Adult Swim Singles Series (see other entries by METZ, Run the Jewels, and Kitty), and now the Cartoon Network offshoot is repaying the favor by sharing a nearly 23-minute short film that includes every last second of the "USA" series. The four tracks include "USA I: Is a Monster," "USA II: The Great American Desert," "USA III: Rail," and "USA IV: Manifest."The video follows those themes to some extent, compiling footage of nature, industry, urban development, space exploration, and a dance troupe wearing anatomically correct nude fat suits.

  • Atoms for Peace Club Amok Dropped Default Video Live

    Atoms for Peace Open Doors to Club Amok With 'Default' and 'Dropped' Videos

    Last month Atoms for Peace blessed Los Angeles with a secret-ish show at Club Amok — the temporary name they'd given the intimate Fais Do Do in honor of their debut album Amok. We were able to experience some of that special warm-up gig thanks to fan footage (in which Thom Yorke aligned himself with Mr. T's stance on jibber-jabber) but now the band have shared their own footage. Above you'll find "Default" — all crawling bass and tribal grooves helped along by a Yorke ad lib about "a queen in a fucking dream." And below is "Dropped," a more hyperactive track featuring lively instrumentation and, from 3:34 on, some of the greatest spazz-dancing this man has ever committed to camera. Flea, for his part, does that thing where he makes his head move like a bouncy ball across the screen of a karaoke program. Atoms have added Nashville a date to their busy touring schedule.

  • Michael Jackson iTunes Remastered Collection Extras

    Michael Jackson Estate Releases Nearly 270 Remastered Tracks and Rarities to iTunes

    A massive cache of Michael Jackson songs has hit iTunes — nearly 270 in total available in two packages. The Indispensable Collection compiles a handful of classic albums, a remix set, and Bad-circa full concert recording.

  • Azealia Banks Pharrell 'ATM Jam' Single

    Azealia Banks and Pharrell Rap About Thongs on 'ATM JAM'

    Azealia Banks debuted her new Pharrell-assisted song "ATM JAM" at Glastonbury over the weekend making the arrival of the studio version of the track an inevitability. And indeed, today, Hot 97 played a clean version of the song on the air, finding Skateboard P speaking the repetitive hook and the Harlem MC trying on a couple of different styles over the jittery groove. Verse one owes a bit to Nicki Minaj with its crisp delivery and occasional foray into English accenting. Verse two is a bit more Missy Elliott — a dextrous and stuttering set of bars that ends far too soon. Looking for lyrical clarifications? Banks has been sharing highlights via Twitter.

  • Janelle Monáe 'Dance Apocalyptic' Video Electric Lady

    Janelle Monae Boogies While the World Burns in 'Dance Apocalyptic' Video

    When last we saw Janelle Monáe, she and Erykah Badu were shattering their space-shackles while smashing stereotypes in the futuristic video for "Q.U.E.E.N.," a song that's since been remixed by the time-traveling purple elf known as Prince. But the new clip for the Archandroid's footloose clapper "Dance Apocalyptic" is set in an alternate version of present-day America — a place where zombies prowl, earthquakes shudder, fires blaze, and locusts swarm while one brave soul known as the Electric Lady does her best to boogie against the end of the world. That woman is Monáe, of course, and The Electric Lady is also the title of her next album, due September 10 via Atlantic/Wondaland/Bad Boy. The video is directed by Wendy Morgan and appears to be an excerpt from a short film by bandmate Chuck Lightning.

  • Nick Cave 20,000 Days on Earth Movie Documentary

    Kylie Minogue to Appear in Half-Fake Nick Cave Documentary

    Nick Cave will be the star of a new semi-fictional documentary dubbed 20,000 Days on Earth. The feature-length film was conceived and directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard (the pair behind 2008's "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!" video) and will feature appearances from actor Ray Winstone (The Departed, The Proposition), fellow Aussie star Kylie Minogue, and Cave's Bad Seeds/Grinderman collaborator Warren Ellis, according to The Guardian.The process began while the post-punk legend was conceiving February's Push the Sky Away. "They filmed everything," Cave said. "They had a camera set up in my office when I'm just writing the first lines of things, picking out the first melodies on the piano. That's kind of why I let this go ... because you just don't have cameras on bands doing the actual thing ...

  • Hodgy Beats 'Alone' Video Untitled 2 EP

    Hodgy Beats Buries Himself in Sand for 'Alone' Video

    Hodgy Beats' new Untitled 2 EP features a couple of hard-rock forays that may seem like an odd fit, but the rest of the thing offers up the Odd Future MC at his best: thoughtful, skilled, and singing (!) over moody but crisp production. Our first taste was "Years," a song that looked forward, and now we have the video for "Alone," a track that looks back — both at a relationship that's dissolved and over our host's shoulder for incoming trouble-makers.  "I'm never alone / It's me, myself and this misery," Hodgy begins the first verse, then later swaps the latter with, "It's me, myself, and my son." While the song walks that yin-yang of frustration and joy, the video finds the MellowHype member in various solo scenarios: burying himself in sand at the beach, laying prosaic in a field, and lording over an office made of paper.

  • Glastonbury Woman Birth Rolling Stones Baby

    Let It Birth: Woman Has Glastonbaby After Rolling Stones' Record-Breaking Set

    Get yer wah-wahs out, ladies and ... well, ladies. An attendee of England's iconic Glastonbury Festival gave birth in the wee hours of Sunday (June 30) following the Rolling Stones' headlining performance. Heidi Wesson, 33, and her partner Sean Crothers of Leicester welcomed a healthy infant daughter into the world around 3 a.m. after Wesson went into labor two weeks early. Reached for comment, Mick Jagger's hips appeared quite pleased with themselves.But as The Independent points out, this is not the first Glastonbaby. A spokesperson for the 43-years-running festival pointed to a tradition, of sorts: "We'd like to send our congratulations to the family. We look forward to welcoming them back in future years. We’ve had babies born here that are now grown-ups. They still come every year.

  • Freddie Gibbs 'Lay it Down' Video ESGN

    Freddie Gibbs Goes Back to Gary in Gangsta 'Lay It Down' Video

    Gangsta Gibbs is in full effect on "Lay It Down," a track from his recently released ESGN album that dwells wholly, unapologetically in the trap. That fact is amplified by the television news clip that opens the song's video, in which a news anchor refers to a "reason to go to Gary, Indiana" (Freddie Gibbs' hometown) when a second talking head responds: "Ever been to Gary, Indiana?" No. "That's the reason you'd wanna go then. Really. I [went] one time and [thought] I needed to take an AK-47 with me." Cue Gibbs surrounded by a whole lot of locals packing a whole lot of heat. The place looks like an industrial wasteland where the only sources of entertainment are shooting craps and guns.

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