Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Radiohead 'Idioteque' Wood Record LP DIY Laser

    Have You Ever Heard Radiohead's 'Idioteque' ... on Wood?

    Above you will find what is likely the world's first wooden record — Radiohead's "Idioteque" etched into plywood by San Francisco's Amanda Ghassaei, who earned some attention last year for pioneering 3-D printing of vinyl-style LPs. For this project, the coding genius used a 120-watt Epilog Legend EXT laser cutter to burn audio into acrylic, paper, and wood — wait till you hear the Velvet Underground on maple.Okay, so it's not a great listen, but neither is Jay-Z's soundtrack for The Great Gatsby (for different reasons) and that's not going to stop us from marveling at those playable platinum and gold records.

  • Luke Rathborne Last Forgiven Soft Stream

    Hear Rathborne's Driving New Wave Jangler 'Last Forgiven'

    Luke Rathborne's tale reads like a classic rock origin story. His childhood was peopled in part by "freewheelin' types" who'd pass through his home in Northern Maine. At 12, the kid inherited an abandoned guitar from one such drifter. By 16, he'd self-recorded his first album. At 18 he uprooted and went to New York to ply his trade. He's been there since, honing his style. A pair of 2011 EPs channeled Jeff Buckley's ghost with gentle mastery (check out the stunning "I Can Be One"), and his forthcoming SOFT, released under his surname and recorded with bassist Darren Will (the Strokes's Albert Hammond Jr. co-produces), takes its inspiration from smart New Wave songwriters like Nick Lowe and Jonathan Richman. The album is due out July 2 on Dillettante but you can sample the first taste of it below.

  • Grant Hart Husker Du The Argument New Songs Stream Is the Sky the Limit? Letting Me Out

    Preview Husker Dude Grant Hart's 'The Argument,' an Album About the Fall of Man

    Hüsker Dü co-founder Grant Hart will release a new solo album, The Argument, on July 22 via Domino Records. The double album will feature 20 songs inspired by John Milton's 17th Century epic Paradise Lost. As the label explains, actual words from the poem, which regards the Fall of Man, are "rarely quoted directly [but] all of the menace, pain and devotion of Milton's best loved work are here found."Hart was evidently inspired by reading an unpublished William S. Burroughs manuscript called Lost Paradise, which recast the Bible's fallen angels as alien life-forms and God as 33rd President Harry S. Truman. As the album consists of two distinct halves, Domino has seen fit to share a song from each. First up is the melancholy "Is the Sky the Limit?" which could feel perfectly at home on Blur's lovely 2003 LP Think Tank (had Graham Coxon been around to man the guitar).

  • RP Boo Legacy Album Stream Chicago Footwork Planet Mu

    Stream RP Boo's 'Legacy,' a Frenetic Footwork Feast

    RP Boo helped sow the seeds of Chicago's frenetic footwork music and dance movement all the way back in 1997. The man born Kavain Space has maintained the respect of his peers since, lying relatively low while word of his work and its significance steadily grows. He's cultivated quite a legacy, so it's only right that his new album bear that very name. As is Boo's M.O., Legacy combines micro-chopped bits of old house, snippets of rap, and samples of film dialogue, plus all sorts of drum machine bursts and sound effects, in order to make one wonderfully jittery and syncopated whole.England's Planet Mu label will release the 14-song set on May 13, but the entire thing is available to stream now, right here. RP Boo makes his New York DJ debut on Saturday night (May 11) at Lit City. Tighten up those laces:RP Boo, Legacy track list:1. "Steamidity"2. "Invisibu Boogie!"3. "Red Hot"4.

  • Queens of the Stone Age 'If I Had a Tail' 'I Sat By the Ocean' Live

    Hear Queens of the Stone Age Debut 'If I Had a Tail' and 'I Sat by the Ocean' Live

    It's a big week for Queens of the Stone Age reveals. First, that creepy robocall scheme and Adult Swim commercial resulted in the grisly "I Appear Missing" video. And now, without all of the usual build-up, we suddenly have two new songs to consider from the desert rock OGs' forthcoming sixth album and Matador Records debut ...Like Clockwork. Josh Homme and the gang played Belgian venue Club 69 on Wednesday night (May 8) and performed the previously unheard pair "If I Had a Tail" and "I Sat by the Ocean." The former is a dark but mellow, featuring wobbly keys, grinding guitars, and disco drums. The latter is more forward, with Homme flirting with falsetto and an ear-worming melody.

  • Ryan Hemsworth R Kelly Backstreet Boys Danny Brown Mix

    Ryan Hemsworth Blends R. Kelly, Backstreet Boys, Danny Brown on Summer-Ready Mix

    Ryan Hemsworth has returned with another beastly banger of a mix. Composed in honor of New York City's Downtown Music Festival, taking place May 10 and 11 at various Lower East Side venues, the 40-minute set is as musically diverse, relentlessly heavy and atmospherically gooped as any of the Canadian producer's other equally essential entries into the art of DJing. (See the one that left Girl Talk gasping, and last month's Diplo & Friends broadcast.)R.

  • Britney Spears Las Vegas Residency Fitness Regimen

    Britney Spears' Yoga Workout Confirms Las Vegas Residency

    Britney Spears has confirmed her long-rumored forthcoming Las Vegas residency in a new interview with fitness magazine Shape. The announcement arrives just a week after will.i.am shared that he'll be executive-producing the pop star's next album. But rather than, ahem, scream and shout this new news, Brit let it slip as a side note to an extremely vital update on her personal workout regimen."I'm doing 90 minutes of yoga twice a week in addition to a lot of cardio — hour-long sessions three times a week with my trainer, Tony Martinez," she explained, via ONTD. "The [Vegas] performances won't be simple — they'll be a massive party from start to finish. And to pull this off, I have to be in top condition and running at full speed." She's also trying to avoid eating entire bowls of cookie dough.Apologies for burying the lede on that one, dear readers.

  • Thriftstore Masterpiece Isaac Brock 'The Railroad' Lee Hazelwood

    Indie Rock Super Friends Form Thriftstore Masterpiece, Cover Lee Hazelwood's 'Railroad'

    Lee Hazlewood's 1963 cowboy-psych debut Trouble Is a Lonesome Town is set to get a star-studded remake courtesy of Thriftstore Masterpiece, a "revolving music collective devoted to paying homage to the underdog records of years past." Helmed by Oregon-based producer Charles Normal, the forthcoming debut LP is set to include contributions from the Pixies' Frank Black, Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock, Courtney Taylor-Taylor of the Dandy Warhols, Eddie Argos of Art Brut, singer-songwriter Pete Yorn, and Normal's late brother Larry Norman, considered a pioneer of Christian rock. According to SideOneDummy Records, who will release Trouble on July 9, the Hazlewood record is the first in a series to come from this crew. The project began several years ago but was stalled when Larry died of heart failure in 2008. At Brock's urging, Normal picked it up again and wrangled a few more guests.

  • Great Gatsby Soundtrack Vinyl Gold Platinum Third Man Records

    Third Man's Golden 'Great Gatsby' Vinyl Best Looked at, Not Listened to

    If you're like most of us, you're a little swept up in the excitement surrounding Baz Luhrman's The Great Gatsby remake, but more than a little turned off by the lackluster Jay-Z-curated score. Good news: Thanks to Jack White's Third Man Records, the soundtrack will now have loads of luster — only, the physical kind that could maybe actually temporarily blind you if held at the right angle.The double LP deluxe version of the star-studded set will come on "metalized" vinyl.

  • Kenny Chesney Life on a Rock Macklemore Can't Hold Us Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Kenny Chesney, So Let's All Quit and Sing Songs About Tractors

    First! Well, we're not all that stoked for the guy, but Kenny Chesney's No. 1 victory for his 16th studio album Life on a Rock does give us an idea. The new set sold 153,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan — a very solid debut these days, which also happens to be his worst since 1999. His last album came out less than 11 months ago and it bowed at 193K. In fact, the man has released 10 (!) albums since 2004 and every single one of them has debuted in the Top 4, seven of those starting at the top of the Billboard 200. It is upon learning this that we humbly submit our resignation and head out for a life of storied bad luck to be followed almost immediately by untold riches and endless adoration.2 to 10: Phoenix is gone. Fall Out Boy is gone. Kid Cudi is gone. Paramore is gone. It seems like eons ago that the Strokes were anywhere near the Top 10.

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