Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Captain Beefheart Gial Zappa Trademark

    Famously Litigious Frank Zappa Widow Acquires Captain Beefheart Trademark

    Frank Zappa's widow Gail Zappa has trademarked the name "Captain Beefheart," which was the alias of her late husband's collaborator-competitor Don Van Vliet. To those who've followed the latter-day activities of the Zappa estate executrix, this latest move may seem a bit worrisome. In 2008, Gail led the charge against a small German festival with a deep love of Frank's work, suing them to change the name of their Zappanale gala, to remove the Zappa-esque mustache from their promotional materials, and to knock down the statue of Frank that stood in the city's center.Thankfully, the court then found in the Germans' favor, but the acquisition of the Beefheart name could mean more litigiousness is on the way. According to Yahoo!, Frank actually sued Vliet, his high-school buddy, for the moniker many years ago.

  • Nine Inch Nails David Lynch 'Came Back Haunted' Video

    Nine Inch Nails Ask David Lynch to Direct 'Came Back Haunted' Video

    The video for Nine Inch Nails' new single "Came Back Haunted" will be directed by David Lynch, Pitchfork reports. Earlier today, Trent Reznor shared a picture via Twitter of himself seemingly wearing makeup while the iconic Twin Peaks creator lurks in the background. Though a source for the news wasn't named, the official Nine Inch Nails account has retweeted the story. The band's new album Hesitation Marks will arrive September 3 via Columbia Records.The two have a brief but significant history of collaboration. Reznor produced the soundtrack to Lynch's 1997 film Lost Highway, which included the NIN leader's first music composed explicitly for cinema (fast-forward to his Grammy-winning The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo score). Lynch is releasing his second artist album, The Big Dream, July 16 via Sacred Bones.

  • Wavves 'That's on Me' Video 'Afraid of Heights'

    Wavves' Graphic 'That's on Me' Video Might Turn You Vegan

    Wavves have shared a brand new music video for "That's on Me" — a sour-toned slow-growler about grabbing life by the horns. While there are no bulls featured above, there is one very unfortunate pig who's fed to a ravenous gang of cheerleaders after being sliced and diced by sword demo king Lynn Thompson. When the clip opens, we see that rotund YouTube hero emerging from his yellow hot rod. Things get deliciously weird as he begins chopping soda bottles while the girls flash their pompoms and a Latin death-metal dude pretends he's Wavves. Then comes the meat. The resulting cuts are captured with a high-speed camera, so it's nearly as disturbing as it is fascinating to watch. All the ambient irreverence keeps the mood light enough, but one might think differently about bacon after watching a porcine skull smashed with the blunt end of a medieval axe. Then again, maybe not.

  • Miley Cyrus 'We Can't Stop' Video

    Please, Miley Cyrus, Show Us How to Get 'Turnt Up' in Your 'We Can't Stop' Video

    Miley Cyrus has released the video for her polarizing (?) new pop breakthrough, "We Can't Stop" — you know, the song that's totally not about molly. We already know all about the track's ridiculous #YOLO leanings and Cartman-esque bully-stance, but the video takes her version of (signifying that she's) getting "turnt up" to new levels of branded wilding. Perhaps it's best to experience the thing in the stream-of-consciousness manner in which the clip was assembled. We see: Beats by Dre product, sparkly gold nails, Miley fitting herself with a grill, a french-fry skull, Miley writhing in tight white on a bed, a dude with two tongues, cosmetic products, crotch rockets, many mutual spankings, a chanting 3-D computer head (look out #Seapunks!), Miley getting spicy with her ladyfriends, thumb-sucking, twerking, pools, and more (lots more) Miley-on-molly writhing.

  • Black Sabbath 13 Robin Thicke Blurred Lines Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Black Sabbath Possess No. 1, the Lonely Island #YOLO-Yodel Into Top 10

    First! All hail the dark lord Ozzy and his grotesque generals Tony and Geezer — the original Black Sabbath hath risen after 35 years of absence from the charts and proven, definitively, that this demonic whole is greater than the sum of its possessed parts. Okay, so 13 isn't a very good album despite the golden touch of Rick Rubin. But this is still a significant day for metalheads. The new LP's arrival marks the band's first trip to the top of the Billboard 200, moving a mighty 155,000 units according to Nielsen SoundScan. Sabbath's highest ranking heretofore came with 1971'a Master of Reality, which peaked at No. 8. Furthermore, Osbourne has come close but never snagged himself a No. 1 as a solo artist. Would we rather see Queens of the Stone Age hold onto to last week's No. 1? Of course. (Sadly ...Like Clockwork has plummeted to No.

  • Mikky Ekko 'Kids' Benny Blanco John Hill Stream

    Mikky Ekko's Uplifting 'Kids' Stays Humble Despite Benny Blanco's Hit-Making Touch

    After teasing us with seven months of videos and remixes for his excellent Clams Casino-produced single "Pull Me Down," Mikky Ekko has at last let slip a brand new official cut. Of course, the Nashville-based singer hasn't been idle exactly. He co-wrote and -performed Rihanna's chart-climbing ballad "Stay," and also shared a lovely little demo called "Disappear," but "Kids" is the first sign that, in Ekko's own words, he's "starting the next chapter." The new track premiered over at Gorilla vs. Bear and features production from Benny Blanco (Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Ke$ha) and John Hill (Wavves, Santigold, Portugal. the Man). Unsurprisingly, the music walks a line between soul-powered pop and indie-flavored rock while Ekko shows off his voice — a flexible thing that can handle crisp notes as well and raw emotion.

  • Die Antwoord 'Cookie Thumper' Video Donker Mag album

    Die Antwoord's Icky 'Cookie Thumper' Video Packs a Painful Surprise Ending

    Cautionary tales rarely come as irreverently horrifying as this. The South African rave-rap posse Die Antwoord are gearing up for a new album — Donker Mag, expected February 2014 — and they've just shared the first song and video from the thing. "Cookie Thumper" is a song about a girl who takes an interest in an older local boy who's recently been released from prison. She's attracted to his gangster ways and fancies herself pretty tough, too, but hasn't fully thought through her obsession with him and the ways in which his time behind bars may have changed him or, well, his habits. The track and its Ninja-directed clip share a surprise, ick, finish, as Yo-Landi Vi$$er plays the female lead, rapping in high-pitched barrage of Zef slang and English. For full lyrics, including translations, visit the YouTube page. Otherwise ... enjoy?

  • Justin Bieber Ferrari Photographer Hit Paparazzi

    Justin Bieber Cleared After Knocking a Paparazzo Over With His Ferrari

    We're no expert on Egyptology, but we're fairly certain Justin Bieber must have stolen some mummy's treasure in the waning days of 2012. This may have been an incredibly bad year for the kid, most of which has been his own doing, but one mustn't discount the death of Christopher James Guerra, the 29-year-old paparazzo hit and killed by an SUV when he ran into the street to snap a picture of the young star.Now another photographer has been allegedly injured in hot pursuit of the Biebz, but this time it was the 19-year-old singer behind the wheel. Monday night (June 17), Justin was leaving a Hollywood comedy club when he climbed into the Ferrari that's always getting him in trouble accompanied by the Lil' Flip that's also always getting him in trouble.

  • Kanye West Kim Kardashian Kaidence Donda

    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Name Their Immaculate Scion...

    Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's daughter has been named Kaidence Donda West, according to MediaTakeOut who claim to have learned the news from a nurse at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The infant's middle name, of course, is a tribute to Kanye's own mother, Dr. Donda West, an English professor and high-ranking academic who served as her son's manager before her untimely death in 2007.Earlier today, HollywoodLife reported the newborn's name as Kaidence Georgia Donda West, with the addition possibly referencing Kanye's native state and the middle name of Kim's deceased father, Robert George Kardashian. The baby was born on Saturday, June 15. Today marks another arrival: the official release of West's sixth album, Yeezus, which got SPIN's entire staff talking after it leaked last week.The songs' early exposure inspired plenty of others as well.

  • Pond 'Xanman' Video Hobo Rocket Tame Impala

    Pond Need a Xanax in Super Trippy 'Xanman' Video

    Tame Impala offshoot Pond specialize in a gnarly sort of freewheeling psych-rock that seems ill-fit for proper studios and other hi-def niceties. The song "Xanman," for instance, is a wild and wooly barell-ride down a memory lane occupied by Marc Bolan, Roky Erickson, Jimmy Page, and Robert Plant — it's freaky and raw and catchy nonetheless. Without the title it'd be hard to guess Nick "Paisley Adams" Allbrook isn't singing "sandman" for the hook, but the meaning would be about the same either way assuming he's referring to Xanax, the anti-anxiety drug often used to temper the effects of LSD.And speaking of hallucinations, the video above is similarly wigged-out and fittingly lo-fi (the highest YouTube resolution offered is 240p). Among the heavily distorted images we see: a praying demon, a painted face, a full-band freak-out, and a lot of unidentifiable shapes.

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