Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Beyonce Photo Ban Protest Journalists Photographers First Amendment

    Journalists Mad That Beyonce Hates the First Amendment

    A handful of news organizations have come together to formally oppose Beyoncé's ban of press photography on her current "Mrs. Carter Show" world tour. The protest came in the form of a letter to Queen Bey's publicity firm from Mickey H. Osterreicher, general counsel for the National Press Photographers Association, co-signed by 19 separate groups advising that "removing the ban will help, not harm, your client’s image in the long run."Among those represented are the Associated Press Media Editors Association, the Radio Television Digital News Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the American Society of Media Photographers, Poynter reports. We also imagine that Garbage's truth-talking frontwoman Shirley Manson would partake had she been invited.

  • Nick Cave Children's Choir Bad Seeds Parents Lyrics

    Nick Cave Doesn't Get Why Parents Don't Want Their Children Singing About 'Snatch'

    Twice now we've noted the itchy oddity of witnessing Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds rip through their awesomely raunchy material while a choir of kiddies assists. For their first Coachella performance, which included the beyond-blue murder ballad "Stagger Lee," we blessed the band with "Best Swearing in Front of a Children's Choir." And then there was the live clip of Cave and co. doing new single "Mermaids," in which those boys and girls helped out with the line, "I was the match that would fire up her snatch."Well, it turns out we weren't the only ones who were a wee bit concerned. In a new interview with the Independent, Cave explains that it's been a bit of an ordeal finding parents who are okay with letting their little lambs go toe to toe with the Big Bad Wolf when he comes to town. "Sometimes you have to have three or four goes at finding the choir," he said.

  • Ad-Rock James Murphy Refrigerator Broke $150

    Ad-Rock Says James Murphy Broke His Refrigerator

    If ever there was an episode of Judge Judy we'd actually watch, it'd start with the words, "James Murphy was staying at my house, at my house." In a new interview, Ad-Rock claimed that the LCD Soundsystem main man owes him $150. Vulture pinned the Beastie Boys OG down at a screening of Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha and attempted to interview him about the forthcoming memoir he and Mike D are authoring. Instead, they got some hilariously random thoughts about Sting's sex life, and an unexpected anecdote when Murphy walked by."There's James Murphy. He owes me $150," Ad-Rock began, then explained, "Well, he stayed at my apartment a long time ago and broke the refrigerator and didn’t get it fixed. I had to fix it." How'd he break it? "I don’t know! It was just broken. He stayed at my place, and I moved back in and the refrigerator didn’t work.

  • Tone of Arc The Time Was Right Album Stream Dead Seal

    Hear Tone of Arc's 'The Time Was Right' LP, a Thrilling Disco Dance-Punk Trip

    San Francisco duo Tone of Arc are reinventing dance-punk in their own New Age gypsy image, folding vintage DFA Records into a wild and wooly mix that owes to the playfulness of Talking Heads, the modern mixology of Matthew Dear, and the fact that members Derrick Boyd and Zoe Presnick are an actual couple. Their collaboration is fluid and complete, an unhindered disco experiment that sees some serious fruition on their debut full-length, The Time Was Right, just out on !K7 sub-division No.19 Music.Highlights include the Clash-inspired "Chalk Hill," a fairly faithful cover of Q Lazzarus' 1988 New Wave hit "Goodbye Horses," the deeply psychedelic guitar-powered "Hardly Standing," and the house-addled closer "Left Field." Still, each song is a journey unto itself — a combination of at least five winning ideas complete with its own mysterious tone and thrilling arc. 

  • Torche / Photo by Gary Copeland

    Hear Torche's Blissful New Headbanger 'Keep Up'

    Torche were among those hooky-heavy metal bands that delivered our favorite pop-addled rock music of 2012. Their most recent LP, Harmonicraft, made a strong showing in SPIN's Best Albums of the Year, establishing the band as "the gold standard for cotton-candy-coated, cloud-bashing, do-the-Dü bubblegum metal." And while we were sad to hear that Torche's former home base, Hydra Head Records, is calling it quits, we're happy to report that the gang have remained active.Below you'll find "Keep Up," a compact thriller that bludgeons the listener with the blunt end of a rainbow. That happens rather quickly, when, after about 90 seconds of thick grind and Steve Brooks' powerful cheerleading, the entire track explodes under a hail of gnarled guitars.

  • Passenger Detained Whitney Houston I Will Always Love You

    Enduring Power of Whitney Houston's 'Always Love You' Grounds Airplane Mid-Flight

    On Friday (May 10) a commercial airliner had to make an emergency landing in Kansas City when an agitated/inspired passenger refused to stop belting out Whitney Houston songs, reports Missouri station KCTV. American Airlines flight number 4 was en route to New York City (JFK) from Los Angeles (LAX) when the unidentified woman began her performance. In the clip above, she can be seen being escorted away by authorities while singing "I Will Always Love You," originally written by Dolly Parton but massively popularized by Houston in 1992 via The Bodyguard soundtrack."The woman was being disruptive and was removed from the plane for interfering with the flight crew," said airport spokesman Joe McBride to the local news outlet.

  • The National Trouble Will Find Me Album Stream

    The National Are Streaming 'Trouble Will Find Me' Now

    The National are streaming their new album, Trouble Will Find Me, a week early via iTunes. The Brooklyn baroque-rock band's sixth long-player is out next Tuesday (May 20) and features contributions from Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, Doveman, and Dark Dark Dark singer Non Marie Invie. We've previously heard the wry and gleaming "Demons," the gently pulsing "Don't Swallow the Cap," the somber "Sea of Love" and a handful of live versions of songs from Trouble. Expect a strong concentrated dose of sorrow (not "Sorrow," though) and other "pretentious bullshit," as singer Matt Berninger's brother Tom would describe it. The National announced the stream on Twitter this afternoon — head over to iTunes to experience it assuming you've already made it all the way through Daft Punk's Random Access Memories the requisite five times.

  • Kendrick Lamar Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe Death to Molly Video

    See Kendrick Lamar Eulogize Molly in 'Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe' Video

    Kendrick Lamar throws a fantastic wake for someone/something named, ahem, Molly in the new video for "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe." The good kid, m.A.A.d city highlight was part of what made the Compton MC's second full-length our favorite rap album of 2012, as it illustrates via narrative detail the effects that alcohol abuse can have on a family.Booze indeed comes into play in the clip, directed by the Little Homies and OG Mike Mihail, but mostly as a source of levity when actor Mike Epps baptizes Lamar in a pool full of liquor — a reference to "Swimming Pools (Drank)." ScHoolboy Q and Juicy J make cameos, too, as guests at a beautifully stylish funeral that begins in a church and eventually proceeds outdoors. It's there, during the extravagant and ultimately celebratory wake, that we see the words: "Death to Molly," presumably meant as a dis leveled at the powdered form of MDM

  • Superchunk I Hate Music New Album Merge

    Superchunk Declare 'I Hate Music' in New Album Trailer

    After taking nearly a decade off to cool their heels and run a little Arcade Fire-breaking record label called Merge, Superchunk returned in 2010 with an aptly titled new album, Majesty Shredding. They've since found their way into the limelight via a couple of unusual avenues — a viral cat video, and a Today Show interview about a flight attendant freakout — so it's perhaps time for this Chapel Hill alt-rock outfit to remind the world what it's all about. Enter I Hate Music, the forthcoming 10th album from Superchunk, due out August 20. In the promo video above main man and Merge co-founder Mac McCaughan stencil-sprays the title and release date onto a piece of paper while snippets from the record play.

  • Daft Punk Random Access Memories Album Leak

    Daft Punk's Top-Secret 'Random Access Memories' Is Streaming Now

    Daft Punk's hotly anticipated new album Random Access Memories has leaked, according to a Reddit user and ElectronicDanceMusic.com. The former started a thread titled "I HAVE THE ALBUM" in the section of the site devoted to the French eletrco-house duo. The latter shared the news (and a WeTransfer link) via Facebook and Twitter. Neither the label nor the band has confirmed that this is the actual album, of course. But it so is. How do we know? Because the whole thing is streaming at iTunes right now. Click this link, "view in iTunes," and press play.Columbia Records kicked off the day's Daft festivities by sharing a video portraying the duo opening up the first copy of RAM whilst hurtling through space in the UFO we've always suspected they own.

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