Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Vampire Weekend 'Hudson' Modern Vampires City Stream

    Hear Vampire Weekend's Morbid Marching Song 'Hudson'

    When they aren't busy cavorting around with Steve Buscemi, the men of Vampire Weekend seem to take pleasure in punching holes in their forthcoming third album Modern Vampires of the City. The latest leak is "Hudson," a song that sounds like none of the others we've heard to date. To recap, we first heard "Unbelievers" on Jimmy Kimmel Live, then studio versions of "Diane Young" and "Step," followed by session versions of "Obvious Bicycle" and "Everlasting Arms," and a lyrics video for "Ya Hey." Unlike its predecessors, "Hudson" is dark throughout, colored by bassy synth notes, ghostly string sounds, tense organ tones, and glitching drumline sputters. Ezra Koenig's lyrics and delivery are equally shaded and enigmatic as he sings of mortality as related to humankind's need to claim and name bits of the globe (more or less).

  • Coma Cinema 'Satan Made a Mansion' Video Posthumous Release

    Watch Coma Cinema's Satanic Bromance Bloom in 'Satan Made a Mansion'

    Two fellas take to the woods for a feel-good Satanic ritual in the new video for Coma Cinema's "Satan Made a Mansion." We originally heard the relatively hi-fi track from this South Carolina songsmith last month when we learned about his forthcoming LP Posthumous Release — somewhat accurately titled since Mat Cothran called the project off in 2011. In its new iteration, Coma Cinema seems to have a knack for balancing light and dark, and the above video is no exception. Director Swiss Kraft follows two completely average looking dudes who are having what seems to be a regular old bro-down in the woods (malt liquor, gas station cigars, bucket o' chicken) when things get a teensy bit weird. They don hospital masks and draw runes on a sheet using gravy, all while maintaining the hee-haw vibes of a coupla dudes just a fist-bump away from eternal bliss.

  • Adult Swim Garage Rock Compilation Download Free King Tuff Black Lips Mikal Cronin

    Download Adult Swim's Riff-Rad Garage Rock Compilation for Free

    Adult Swim's entire 15-song Garage Swim compilation is streaming below and available for free download. The free album comprises brand new songs from garage-dwelling rockers like Black Lips, King Tuff, Mikal Cronin, JEFF the Brotherhood, and King Khan, plus a cameo from Detroit punk-blues OGs the Gories. We've previously heard rollicking entries from Thee Oh Sees ("Devil Again"), the Lips ("Cruising") and Cronin ("Better Man"). The set comes in part thanks to Dr. Pepper, who should watch their back following recent take-downs of Mountain Dew over their sponsorship of rap luminaries Lil Wayne and Tyler, the Creator. These songs blatantly advocate loafing under the influence, not to mention subtly promote irresponsible hair length and general fuzziness. Oh, and Cronin's track is highly saxual. Download the whole lovely mess over at Adult Swim, and stream it below.

  • Nick Cave Bad Seeds 'Mermaids' Live Video

    See Nick Cave and a Children's Choir Sing About Mermaid 'Snatch'

    We're not sure which costs more: Having the Silver Lake Music Conservatory's children's choir perform at your concert, or buying really really good ear plugs for all of those adorable little tykes. Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds brought the kiddies out to Coachella for a stirring set that included an incredibly blue rendition of "Stagger Lee" (the choir sat that old murder ballad out) and they can also be seen in the official live video for "Mermaids," the next single from the band's excellent 15th album Push the Sky Away. The pro-shot black and white clip premiered on Rolling Stone and is stirring indeed thanks in no small part to all of those voices, but a little awkward considering the part where Cave's voice sings, "I was the match that would fire up her snatch." Or that other spot where he claims, "I believe in 72 virgins on a chain." Or ...

  • Rolling Stones Tom Waits Ticket Sales Little Red Rooster Tour

    Rolling Stones Forced to Slash Tickets Despite Awesome Tom Waits Cameo

    The Rolling Stones were forced to discount tickets on the first two dates of their North American tour, leading some to speculate that they'll be forced to renegotiate their guarantee — the hefty amount the rock'n'roll legends take home at the end of the night. Their "50 and Counting" tour kicked off at Los Angeles' Staples Center arena on Friday, May 3. It was a packed house, but only after the high price to enter was slashed.As Huffington Post reports, tickets in the $250 to $600 range were discounted in the days leading up to the show and a batch of $85 seats were released, which sold out quickly. Similar cuts had to be made for the Stones' Oakland, California stop on Sunday, May 5. The band is booked at arenas instead of stadiums for this run, making for a more intimate experience but more expensive tickets. VIP packages have been priced as high as $2,000.

  • High Wolf / Photo by Hans van der Linden

    Hear High Wolf's Drone-Dub Odyssey 'Kulti'

    French vagabond High Wolf is making his name as a drone dude who's not afraid to inject his thick atmospheric works with melody and rhythm. The visceral nature of his work separates him from ambient amblers and sound designers. A song like "Kulti," streaming below, places as much emphasis on dreamy synthesized texture as it does dubby bass, tribal percussion, and chiming guitar. And over the course of nine minutes, the track evolves considerably — three movements gradually simplify the sonics even as they ultimately pump up the bump. Throw a "Multi-" in front of the song's name and you'll get closer to discovering the source of the artist's strength.

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    Hear Dirty Beaches' Rattling Rockabilly Doom-Bomb 'Casino Lisboa'

    When he's not busy punching himself in the face or modulating synth chords, Alex Zhang Hungtai makes super intense lo-fi no wave music under the name Dirty Beaches. We most recently heard the man's dread-steeped soundtrack for a short film called Waterpark, but he's also gearing up to release a new album. Drifters/Love Is the Devil is due May 21 via Zoo Music and the titular track (latter half) turned out to be a tear-soaked dirge without a single lyric. New song "Casino Lisboa" might give us a better idea of what Hungtai is up to these days, laying down a rattling, distortion-heavy foundation while the man spits semi-intelligible venom from a mouth that seems caught in a permanent rockabilly sneer. There are echoes of both Tonetta and Brian Eno, with hints of the utter nothing that awaits us at the end of this crushing existence.

  • The Simpsons Sigur Ros Season 24 Finale

    Sigur Ros Drawn Into a Very Icelandic 'Simpsons' Season Finale

    The Simpsons will go to Iceland for the finale of Season 24, due to air Sunday, May 19, and post-rock giants Sigur Rós will be there to greet them. Or, as Reykjavík newspaper Morgunblaðið words it, via Google Translate, "Original music Sigur Rós will have much weight on the show, but ... in addition to members of the team have been drawn into the show and will probably strut around the screen yellow color."Yes, Jónsi and his gang of ambient upstarts will be both appearing in and contributing music to the episode, which will revolve around the long-running character of Carl Carlson (a.k.a. Lenny's pal), who was born and raised in Iceland. As the A.V.

  • TEEN 'Circus' Live Video Union Pool Carolina EP

    Watch TEEN's Playfully Hazed and Dazed 'Circus' Video

    Brooklyn's TEEN specializes in a hazy, dazed brand of dream-pop that's more playful than narcotic (here's looking at you, Beach House). That unique character can be traced to founder Kristina "Teeny" Lieberson, who did time in Here We Go Magic before founding this quartet with her sisters and a buddy. They used Kickstarter to fund their forthcoming Carolina EP, due May 28 via Carpark, and we heard the lovely first taste of that last week with "Paradise." Now there's a second song to consider: "Circus," which comes wrapped in the spare but fittingly foggy video above, shot at Brooklyn's Union Pool during a recent show. Like its namesake, the song is bright and a little chaotic, heavy on the keys with a moody rhythm section but made buoyant by Teeny's vocals. "I should find that daunting," she sings. Clearly, she doesn't.

  • Black Flag 'Down in the Dirt' New Song Ron Reyes

    New Black Flag Disses Other (Black) FLAG, Shares 'Down in the Dirt'

    Fans of Hermosa Beach hardcore legends Black Flag were given a rare gift at the start of the year: not one but two "reunions," though neither featuring the band's most beloved and longest serving vocalist, the inimitable Henry Rollins. We witnessed Keith Morris' FLAG rip through an excellent set at a Moose Lodge a couple of weeks ago, but according to the Ron Reyes-fronted Black Flag, those other guys are "mailing it in."The latter group — rounded out by founding guitarist Greg Ginn, drummer Gregory Moore, and touring bassist Dave Klein — has shared "Down in the Dirt," the first song from their forthcoming 22-track album due out this summer. But the thrashy new taste came with a word of warning: "not to be confused with the 'fake' Flag band currently covering the songs of BLACK FLAG in an embarrassingly weak 'mailing it in' fashion."Way to keep it classy, bros.

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