Chris Martins



  • Death Cab For Cutie Electronic Anthology Synth Covers

    Death Cab for Cutie Are Working on a New Album

    Death Cab for Cutie appear to be working on a new album together. Ben Gibbard confirmed the news via a tweet today in response to a fan apparently kvetching about the just-announced Electronic Anthology Project covers set, which finds the singer and Built to Spill bassist Brett Nelson working together to create synth-pop versions of a pair of old D-Cab songs.THIS IS HAPPENING! Do not fear. RT @brianfulda: I wish @dcfc would just return to what they do best - writing songs together.— Benjamin Gibbard (@Gibbstack) June 13, 2013Heretofore, ol Gibbstacks has been doing a lot of reflecting this year. With that slightly self-serious "-jamin"-adding solo album behind him, the man had been looking even farther back for fresh inspiration.

  • David Letterman Drums Supercut Bands

    David Letterman Is Really Into Those Drums You Got There

    David Letterman like drums. Like, really likes drums. In the supercut above, we see over two minutes of the Late Show host complimenting his musical guests' kits, asking them whether they rented the things and occasionally offering to buy them. Canadian broadcaster CBC compiled the clip after noticing the inordinate amount of attention Dave pays the instrument in his post-performance banter.We see St. Vincent, TV on the Radio, Tegan and Sara, OK Go, the Black Keys (twice!), and a handful of other bands fielding Letterman's percussive inquiries above, often while the acts' front-folks respond awkwardly to the unexpected diversion of attention.

  • 2 Chainz Robbed Gunpoint San Francisco

    2 Chainz Runs From a Skipping Gunman in Video of S.F. Robbery

    2 Chainz has had a tough week. On Tuesday (June 11) the charismatic rapper was arrested at Los Angeles' LAX airport for attempting to bring Promethazine and marijuana onto a plane. That news came following reports that he'd been robbed at gunpoint in San Francisco on Monday. While 2 Chainz downplayed the story on his Twitter account, TMZ has obtained and released security camera footage showing that the incident was actually quite serious.In the clip above, the MC and his crew are casually walking down the street when an armed man in a white shirt and red cap runs up from the street. The entire entourage scatters and the assailant actually goes skipping after them. Footage from a second camera shows a second gunman wearing a black hoodie.

  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra Otis Redding Sittin on the Dock of the Bay Cover BBC Radio

    Unknown Mortal Orchestra Tenderly Cover Otis Redding's 'Dock of the Bay'

    Kraut-soul trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra have got a dangerously potent combination of guts and chops. That's the only explanation why they recently took on Otis Redding's timeless "(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay" and remade it in their own image.The Portland-to-Auckland outfit visited BBC Radio 6's Music with Marc Riley last month when they covered the 1968 single, which was originally recorded mere days before the singer's tragic death. While the band's recent version of Lindstrøm's "Rà-àkõ-st" was a full-on post-rock revision, their take on Redding is subtle and sensitive like the source material, featuring slightly souring guitar play and, toward the end, light jazz drumming.

  • Kanye West 'New Slaves' A Cappella Live Video

    Kanye West Plays Daft Punk-Featuring 'On Site,' Does 'New Slaves' A Cappella

    In Kanye West's surprisingly self-effacing (LOL) new interview with the New York Times' Jon Caramanica, he admits that he pretty much looks miserable whenever he's out in public. But in the clip above, Yeezus actually looks like he's having a good time — smiling, cracking jokes, and visiting with fans as he offers up a couple of treats to the crowd gathered at the Swiss iteration of Art Basel. In the six-minute video, he gives "New Slaves" a powerful a cappella rebirth while much of the crowd sits cross-legged around him. Then he turns to his laptop to play a version of "On Site," the stuttering electronically powered ;Yeezus opener (if that track list is right), which he recently confirmed features Daft Punk. West's much anticipated sixth album is due out June 18.

  • Pity Sex 'Fold' Stream Feast of Love Album

    Pity Sex Deliver Pitch-Perfect Shoegaze Pop With 'Fold'

    Ann Arbor quartet Pity Sex swoons hard within a shoegaze swirl, using pop prettiness as their anchor within the fuzz. My Bloody Valentine and the Breeders loom large over these youngsters — the band formed in 2011 — but it's been a long time coming, in a way. Drummer Sean St. Charles and guitarist-singer Brennan Greaves have known one another since kindergarten and played in early groups together in the shadow of those '90s greats. They eventually found their match in bassist Brandon Pierce and singer-guitarist Britty Drake, and last year shared the Dark World EP via Run for Cover Records. Now the quartet is poised to release their full-length debut, Feast of Love, by the same label on June 25, and we've got the beautiful "Fold" to share. Drake takes lead on this one, her voice vacillating between droning melancholy and transcendent melody.

  • Darondo Bay Area Soul Singer Dead RIP

    Darondo, Cult-Adored San Francisco Soul Man, Dead at 67

    Cult-revered Bay Area soul man Darondo has passed away at the age of 67. Born William Daron Pulliam, the songwriter and performer was famous for his flamboyant personal style and a voice that combined the entrancing sensitivity of greats like Al Green and Ronald Isley with a rawer, idiosyncratic touch that was all his own. Though he'd been making music since the mid-'60s, he only received his due for songs like "Didn't I" after being rediscovered by obscure vinyl seekers in the aughts.Pulliam's funk-infused Let My People Go album was released in 2006 by Luv N' Haight, a "rare groove" imprint of the reissue-favoring Ubiquity Records. The compilation drew from material he'd recorded in the '70s and was precipitated by BBC DJ Gilles Peterson digging up 1972's "Didn't I" and adding the tender ballad to his radio playlist and 2005 ...Digs America release.

  • Jonwayne J Dilla 'Notes to Myself' Stream

    Jonwayne Humbles Himself Over a Vintage J Dilla Beat on 'Notes to Myself'

    Rising Los Angeles rapper Jonwayne announced his forthcoming Marion Morrison mixtape today by sharing "Notes to Myself," a rock-solid new cut that finds him going in over a vintage J Dilla beat. Last month, the Stones Throw star shared "Rap Robbery," a topsy-turvy collaboration with Brainfeeder MC Jeremiah Jae, so it only makes sense that he'd return to the kind of meat-and-potatoes rapper's raps that put him on a lot of people's radars (Notorious B.I.G. comparisons and all).Over the dreamy, simple production, Jon serves exquisite diss to, well, himself it would seem.

  • MTV Music Independence Day VH1 CMT July Fourth

    MTV Returns to Music Videos ... for 12 Hours

    On July 4, fans of music will once again have a reason to tune into MTV. In honor of the holiday, the Viacom stations that include Video Hits One (VH1) and Country Music Television (CMT) will celebrate "Music Independence Day" by programming a solid 12-hour block of actual music-related content. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., the three networks will broadcast videos, interviews, and performances highlighting "all genres from hip-hop to bluegrass to EDM to cowpunk."Why? Well, "to provide the ultimate party playlist for everyone to revel in," of course. So says the announcement, which fails to acknowledge that only grandma is up and looking for a thrill-ride on the boob tube at 6 a.m. (the hours are the same in every time zone). But a deeper read reveals the true intention, ahem, behind the music.

  • Speedy Ortiz 'No Below' Major Arcana Download

    Speedy Ortiz Get Personal on Lilting Loner Anthem 'No Below'

    Northampton four-piece Speedy Ortiz keep reminding us why we included them in our Best New Artists lineup. Their Carpark Records debut Major Arcana is due July 9, and we've now got a second taste of that very promising album. "No Below" features gnarled guitar and slack grooves as befits the band's Massachusetts heritage, but singer Sadie Dupuis displays such a mastery of bent-yet-beautiful melody and relatable loner lyricism that there's no mistaking the group for any of their talented forebears. "I was better off as being dead," she sings before off-setting the idea with a little hard-won romanticism: "But I didn't know you yet." Unsurprisingly, Speedy continue to build steadily on the promise of their April noise-pop knockout "Ka-Prow!" (a non-album track) and May's angst-addled '90s throwback "Tiger Tank."

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