Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • 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.

  • Chief Keef Arrested Served Charged Courthouse

    Chief Keef Served, Charged, and Arrested for Three Different Things in One Terrible Day

    It's not easy being Keef.Chicago's embattled Chief MC had a pretty terrible day on Monday, June 17. Keith Cozart, 17, was outside of a Skokie, Illinois courthouse when he was served with his second paternity suit in less then a year. Then he went inside where a judge berated him and dolled out punishment for a May incident in which he was pulled over and cuffed after doing 110 m.p.h. in a 55 zone. Lastly, on his way out, he was picked up by police on a month-old trespassing complaint.So, a recap of the news Cozart received yesterday: (1) It's a girl! (2) he owes the court $531, 18 months probation, 60 hours of community service, eight hours of traffic school, and his urine in a cup whenever they ask for it; and (3) a security guard from the Parkway Gardens housing complex is not stoked that he's been (allegedly) hanging around the vicinity.

  • El Ten Eleven Eliot Lipp Remix 'No One Died This Time!'

    Eliot Lipp Gives El Ten Eleven a Panoramic Pop Remix on 'No One Died This Time!'

    Los Angeles post-rock pair El Ten Eleven make a lot of noise for two dudes. Their fifth album, Transitions, came out last year, and it finds bassist-guitarist Kristian Dunn and drummer-electronicist Tim Fogarty beautifully broadening their drone-dipped, sunset sound — a thing as wide-armed as early Arts & Crafts explorations and as rhythmically powered as the Tortoise oeuvre. So though there's only two of these guys, it's fair to say they don't need any help. Which is part of the reason that their April 2 Transitions Remixed LP is such a joy. When veteran New York electronic producer Eliot Lipp gets ahold of a song like "No One Died This Time!," his job isn't to improve; it's to play. Below you'll find the outcome of that team-up. The track is bright and panoramic, pop-kissed, and given a propulsive new pulse.

  • 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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