Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Jack White Detroit Masonic Temple Cathedral Theater

    Jack White Saves the World's Largest Masonic Temple From Foreclosure

    Jack White has donated $142,000 in order to save the world's largest Masonic Temple from foreclosure. The 14-story Detroit landmark had its outstanding tax bill settled by an anonymous donor last month who has now been revealed to be the Third Man Records entrepreneur. As local ABC affiliate WXYZ reports, officials from the 91-year-old complex issued a news release explaining that the White Stripes founder had a personal connection to the building.Though White famously calls Nashville his home these days, he was born and raised in Motor City, and his mother evidently held a job as an usher at the Detroit Masonic Temple when he was growing up. The two share a "profound love for the gothic structure," said the announcement, adding that the Grammy-winning musician has given numerous performances there over the years.

  • How to Dress Well Shlohmo 'Don't Say No' Video

    How to Dress Well and Shlohmo Craft Hazy Heartache in 'Don't Say No' Video

    The Weeknd's soul-sucking R&B gets a less lascivious rebirth in Shlohmo's "Don't Say No" featuring How to Dress Well. The Los Angeles ambient pop producer provides the perfect score for the Chicago songsmith's pained cooing. Slowly swinging drums collide with trap percussion, shimmering guitar colors the track, and swirls of warm atmospheric fuzz give the song its billowing shape. The bare-bones clip above mimics that hazy environment by swathing HTDW's Tom Krell in a heavy red fog that's occasionally haunted by the presence of a young woman. Beatsmith Henry Laufer is nowhere to be seen but his presence is felt.The clip premiered via Dazed Digital, who spoke to the video's creator. Nic Brown explained that the bloody tint was chosen to "depict an inner world. Heartache, haunting memories. The video is meant to be like a mirror [to] the viewer.

  • Wale Rick Ross Lupe Fiasco 'Poor Decisions' Stream MMG

    Poor Decision-Makers Rick Ross, Wale, and Lupe Fiasco Rap About 'Poor Decisions'

    The rapping gentlemen amassed for the new Maybach Music Group single "Poor Decisions" should each know a thing or two about that song's titular subject.Rick Ross likely lost a few million dollars in future income after rhyming about rape on "U.O.E.N.O." On the other hand, Wale recently got into it with a basketball announcer who foolishly chose to insult the D.C.-based MC. And Lupe Fiasco has sat at both sides of that unfortunate table: first mansplaining his way through "Bitch Bad" in an ill-conceived bid for social-consciousness cred, and then getting booked for an inauguration party despite having openly criticized President Obama in the past.Not that any of those topics are touched upon in "Poor Decisions," but the soul-drenched Jake Uno production supports a whole lot of positive vibes from this somewhat unlikely trio. MMG's Self Made Vol. 3 is expected to drop on August 6.

  • Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire 'Kismet' Mixtape Download

    Mr. MFN eXquire Disses Obama, Big-Ups Booze on 'Kismet' Mixtape

    Mr. MFN eXquire is back with another mixtape that his label probably wouldn't approve of. Kismet was released today and features collaborations with Danny Brown and Flatbush Zombies, among others, alongside production credits that include Los Angeles funkstress Georgia Anne Muldrow and, well, Curtis Mayfield (technically a sample of "Give Me Your Love").Last month we heard the Power & Passion B-side "Illest Niggaz Breathin'" — that Mortal Kombat-ripping track appears in the new set, alongside highlights like the well-crafted Queensbridge throwback "Cherry Raindrops" and the glistening left-field freewheeler "Orbz a.k.a.

  • The-Dream Beyonce 2 Chainz 'Turnt' Video NSFW

    The-Dream Should Just Start a Porn Company Already

    The-Dream has released yet another very NSFW video in order to promote his very good new album IV Play. The latest song to get the softcore porn treatment is "Turnt" featuring Beyoncé and 2 Chainz, who must have been busy the day the above clip was shot. It's a good thing they weren't on hand — there was clearly a shortage of clothing on set at the time, and nearly every item in the wardrobe seems to malfunction at one point or another.This latest clip arrives following similarly blue videos for "Pussy" featuring Pusha T and Big Sean and "High Art" featuring Jay-Z. But rather than ask his famous friends to guest in his videos, Terius Nash seems to exclusively cast young women with a predisposition to being mostly nude and slathered with oil.

  • Beck 'Defriended' New Albums Acoustic Studio Independent

    Beck Is Working on Two New Albums, Hear 'Defriended' Now

    Beck is apparently at work on not one, but two new albums, both of which are slated to be released independently. Rolling Stone cites "a music industry source" close to the mercurial musician as confirming that he's parting ways with the Universal Music family as he prepares the previously announced acoustic set and an official studio follow-up to 2008's Danger Mouse-assisted Modern Guilt.The news comes with a brand new Beck song, which won't be part of either release. "Defriended," streaming below, features disembodied sung vocals, rattling guitar strums, and a battery of surging effects — an electronically infused psych-pop ballad à la Animal Collective.

  • Joe Goddard Mara Carlyle 'She Burns' Hot Chip Video

    See Joe Goddard Make a Beautiful Corpse Sing in 'She Burns'

    "I can't believe what I have done, I only wanted some fun." Taken on its own, that couplet from the new Joe Goddard single "She Burns" isn't particularly heavy. But sung by a beautiful corpse who gives literal meaning to the term "deadpan" in the video above, the line becomes infinitely more haunting. While the Hot Chip producer handles the beat from off-camera, London singer-songwriter Mara Carlyle plays the body. She coos with understated grace and taps her finger to the ruminative track while a pair of morticians prepare her mostly immobile form for her own funeral. The visuals are equally imbued with black humor and a genuine queasiness as Carlyle is injected with embalming fluids and gussied up — she's even given fresh flowers to hold near the end. As an ace remixer, Goddard has similarly dusted off and set to dancing tracks by Dirty Projectors and Jessie Ware of late.

  • Puscifer All Re-Mixed Up Six Mix-a-Lot Alain Johannes

    Puscifer and Sir Mix-a-Lot Collaborate at Last on 'All Re-Mixed Up' LP

    Maynard James Keenan's shock-rock strangeoids Puscifer will be remixed by Sir Mix-a-Lot on a forthcoming full-length dubbed All Re-Mixed Up. In other news, remember Sir Mix-a-Lot? Indeed, the ass-obsessed Seattle MC-producer who gave the world "Baby's Got Back" is mounting a comeback on August 27 via his "F.U.B.A.R. remix" of "Conditions of My Parole" from the 2011 Puscifer album of the same name, as Antiquiet reports.In fact, all 12 songs from the industrial-ish group's second LP are getting reworked.

  • Miguel Leg Drop Brain Damage Lawsuit Billboard Music Awards

    Miguel's Leg Drop May Have Caused Brain Damage, Victim's Attorney Says

    The woman on the receiving end of Miguel's infamous Billboard Music Awards "leg drop" may have suffered brain damage. This according to Khyati Shah's attorney Vip Bhola, who made himself known last week when he told E! News that his client has been experiencing "difficulties" since the incident. In a new chat with TMZ, he elaborated: "Some of the difficulties she's experiencing are cognitive in nature and lead to suspicion of a neurological head injury."In a moment that's been heavily GIF'd since, the singer-producer was performing "Adorn" at the BMAs on May 19 when he attempted to leap from the main stage onto a catwalk-type structure. He barely made it to the second platform, seemingly kicking one woman and landing on top of Shah.

  • Pony Bwoy 'Aevum (Time Crawls)' Stream

    Pony Bwoy Dabble in the R&B Divine With 'Aevum (Time Crawls)'

    Pony Bwoy combines the R&B-addled approach of singer-rapper Jeremy Nutzman and the electronic pop strangeness of producer Hunter Morley — a pair of longhair Minneapolitans with ties to the extended Bon Iver clan (via Marijuana Death Squads and, um, Spyder Baybie Raw Dawg). Their forthcoming LP debut is due this summer on Totally Gross National Product, the label co-run by Gayngs founder Ryan Olson, and you can hear the first taste of it below.The word "ævum" describes the theoretical space inhabited by angels and saints that bridges heaven to earth — a place where temporal ties are shed — and Pony Bwoy's "Ævum (time crawls)" occupies a similarly weightless space. Nutzman's disembodied vocals flit in and out of existence amidst choral coos, skittering percussion, and cloudy-yet-bright sonics.

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