Chris Martins



  • Twin Peaks 'Irene' Sunken Stream

    Twin Peaks the Band Channel 'Twin Peaks' the Show on Drifty Dreamer 'Irene'

    Best New Artists alums Twin Peaks are closing in on the release of Sunken, the Chicago garage-pop outfit's debut LP due July 9 on Autumn Tone. We first heard their surf'n'shred "chill guy" anthem "Stand in the Sand" in April, and then we saw the gang of 19-year-olds raise hell in the video for "Fast Eddie." Now we get to see the softer side of the band on "Irene," a dreamy swooner that seems perfectly fit for summer evenings spent out under the darkening sky. The shuffling drums and glistening guitars strike a careful balance between propulsion and drift, while Cadien Lake James coos about the complications of love. This slower song does a better job of bridging the young band to the music of their titular inspiration, David Lynch's Twin Peaks.

  • Rick Ross Rolex Bill 90K Lawsuit Maybach

    Rick Ross Maybe Kinda Sorta Forgot to Pay His Rolex Bill

    Rick Ross is being sued for not paying his Rolex bill. TMZ reports that the Maybach Music kingpin owes Houston, Texas ice outlet Johnny's Custom Jewelry nearly $90,000 for three diamond-studded wristwatches that the Florida rapper ordered last August. The lawsuit alleges that the pieces were delivered but never paid for, asking for $89,847.50 plus interest to settle the tab.TMZ has obtained a copy of the receipt, which shows two Rolexes made of 18-carat gold (one with 30 carats of diamonds, the other with seven), and a third two-tone watch with five carats of diamonds. They cost $55,000, $14,000, and $14,000, respectively. Calls to the Bawse's people apparently went unreturned, probably because Ross has no comeback for this: "Hey Ricky. How much did those watches cost you? U.O.E.N.O.?"Of course, it could be he was planning to pay, but then Reebok took away his millions.

  • Pillar Point 'Dreamin' 'Diamond Mine' Polyvinyl stream

    Hear Pillar Point's Surging Synth-Pop Fantasy 'Dreamin''

    Pillar Point likes to keep things mysterious. Little is known about the Seattle synth-and-song project, but the calming vocals and glistening production put the man seen above in a class with Active Child and Superhumanoids — new romantics whose approach to songcraft is as heartfelt as it is carefully composed. With a home now on Polyvinyl Records, Pillar Point has a 7-inch on the way later this year. The upbeat A-side "Diamond Mine" has been circulating for a bit and now we have "Dreamin'," a slowly surging song whose mood is neatly summed up by the first words uttered: "Like a summer dream." The combination of bass-line and beat gives the track a powerful earthly thrust, while our host paints a surreal picture of love in the clouds. For more, explore the Pillar Point and Polyvinyl sites. 

  • Soko Ariel Pink Monster Love Video

    Soko and Ariel Pink Actualize Some 'Monster Love' in Charming Short Film

    Actress and singer Soko has laid down years of groundwork in her native France, but she's now looking to expand her audience stateside. With an assist from Community Music — the label founded by Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and Ima Robot — for both her recently released I Thought I Was an Alien LP and the forthcoming My Dreams Dictate My Reality, she should have more than a fighting chance. The VHS-shot short film above offers an able assist as well, setting a charming narrative to a pair of songs: the unreleased "Monster Love" featuring Ariel Pink, and Alien's "I Just Want to Make It New With You."Set to humble-yet-pretty bedroom pop, the Soko-directed clip follows a well-meaning monster's attempts to find romance in a city full of regular humans (and the occasional mermaid).

  • Franz Ferdinand 'Love Illumination' 'Right Action'

    Hear Franz Ferdinand's Well-Timed 'Love Illumination' and 'Right Action'

    Michaels of the world rejoice — Franz Ferdinand are dancing again. The Glaswegian post-punk posse are prepping their fourth full-length at last. Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action will be released on August 27 via Domino Records, and the first two tastes of the thing are available to stream now. Above you'll find "Love Illumination," an angular and crunchy groover that balances high-minded thought against visceral action (the FF M.O., essentially). In light of yesterday's big news, lyrics about finding "love elevation" in a "brave new world" feel perfectly timed. And below we have "Right Action," a disco-kissed track that seems to pull equally from the Talking Heads and the DFA Records stable. The war-whoops, hyperactive guitar, and blaring horns make the semi-titular track a very, very promising sign of what's to come.

  • Mariah Carey Miguel #Beautiful ASAP Rocky

    Hear the A$AP Rocky '#Beautiful' Verse That the World Didn't Need

    First of all, we're fans of all three artists here. Mariah Carey is a melismatic legend and the very embodiment of the early '90s R&B that we hold so dear. Miguel is an artistic genius — a singing, songwriting, producing triple-threat ushering alt-R&B into the mainstream. And A$AP Rocky is a stylish if perhaps unfocused young talent deserving of our continued attention (also, a great interview). Also, we love "#Beautiful." Hashtag aside, it's an early leader for Anthem of the Summer, though it's getting some stiff competition from Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." So perhaps it's due to T.I.'s turn on that latter hit that Mariah and Miguel's collaboration now gets a few bars from Rocky. All of the aforementioned considered, this didn't need to happen and A$AP must know it, because he rhymes the name of an upscale fast food chain with a popular Chinese noodle dish.

  • Angel Haze 'Initiation' Dirty Gold Outtake

    Angel Haze Name-Drops Green Day in Dark New Track 'Initiation'

    Angel Haze has let slip an outtake from her forthcoming debut studio album Dirty Gold. Indirectly citing Drake's #YOLO doctrine, she wrote on Twitter, "I'm probably gonna get killed for what I'm about to do. But who cares? One life, right." She then added, "Gonna give you guys something I recorded in January. That didn't make the album. The vocals are raw. So fuck with me on time." The resulting leak is dubbed "Initiation," though it has little to do with the similarly named Latin-spewing Mykki Blanco track shared last month. The production is dark and brooding indeed, but Haze's flow sounds inspired by Kendrick Lamar as she rhymes about pills, faith, and love.

  • Duck Sauce 'It's You' Video A-Trak Armand Van Helden

    Duck Sauce Run a Demented Barbershop in 'It's You' Video

    Duck Sauce don't do music videos often (songs either for that matter) but when they do, it's always special. The DJ duo made up of A-Trak and Armand Van Helden made a funky, soulful return last week with their new track "It's You," an upbeat sampledelic groove featuring vocals from what seems to be a bygone barbershop quartet. But for the video, we visit a barbershop from another dimension entirely. It begins mundanely enough, with our musical hosts behind the clippers, trimming the 'dos of various customers. But as the beat picks up, the hair begins to move with the rhythm — eyeballs, too, and soon the entire salon transforms. Eventually a disco ball emerges from a sizable Afro, black-light head designs are revealed, and rising foam envelops the clientele.

  • Kanye West Yeezus Robin Thicke Blurred Lines Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? 'Yeezus' Walks, Mac Is Back, and Thicke Has Something Big to Show Us

    First! Yeezus walks! No surprises here, but it's good news nonetheless. Kanye West's sixth album (the one without the cover art) has debuted at No. 1, selling 327,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. While that is the third highest starting figure of the year — following Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience (968K) and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories (339K) — it falls very short of the initially projected half-million sweep, and comes in under My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (496K). Too many cooks in the kitchen? Too much ego on the pulpit? Hard to say, but we predict this one will be as stubborn as its maker — which is to say it's moving its things (oh so much baggage) into this humble little column to stay awhile.2 to 10: As predicted, we've got a hip-hop hat-trick in the top three. Behind West is J.

  • David Lynch 'Are You Sure'

    This David Lynch Song Sounds a Lot Like That Phosphorescent Song

    Well this is strange. Of course, strange is par for the course with David Lynch. The iconoclastic director has released a new song from his forthcoming album The Big Dream and it sounds strikingly familiar. Those high, slightly twanged vocals, the gushy ambient vibes, the mellow tempo, and the searching melodies — its constituent parts taken together, "Are You Sure" bears a strong resemblance to Phosphorescent's "Song for Zula," from the Alabama-via-Brooklyn artist's fantastic March platter Muchacho.Of course, it also sounds a bit like Flaming Lips circa Soft Bulletin, and also like James' song for Donna (and Maddy, amirite?) in Twin Peaks, "Just You." Lynch is a big fan of coincidence, so we hope he won't mind us pointing this out.

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