Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Iggy Stooges Fortune Telling Ready to Die

    Two Out of Three Psychics Agree: Iggy Pop's 'Ready to Die' Headed for Success

    The brand new Iggy and the Stooges record is called Ready to Die, but fear not: Mr. Pop's fortune has been told and he'll be living unto the ripe old age of 92. Of course, we're not surprised. The 66-year-old's shirtless bod made our list of the 50 Best Things We Saw at SXSW 2013 — to the layman's eyes, he looks downright indestructible (maybe it has something to do with that "hot pepper sauce" in his infamous tour rider). But that doesn't mean that this protopunk icon doesn't have other concerns.In the clip above he consults a fortune-teller, a voodoo practitioner, and a tarot reader in order to get the skinny on his new album's success.

  • Daft Punk 'Get Lucky' Daughter Cover Folk English

    Hear Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' Turned Into Bleak Folk Music

    You may have thought you didn't need to hear yet another version of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," but that was before you realized what English trio Daughter could do with the song. Last week's shares included nine great Internet remixes of the track, a chiptune reinvention for you Nintendo nostalgists out there, and a bubbly, soulful rendition by Dutch reggae posse Postmen. But London's Elena Tonra and her bandmates change the entire mood of the disco-powered single in their BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge cover. Daughter imbue the original with a little bit of the xx's dark magic and their own taut minimalism. Pharrell's words about staying up all night transform from celebratory to disconcerting — the stuff of the Weeknd's bleak binging music.

  • Survival Liturgy 'Tragedy of the Mind' Video Hunter Hunt-Hendrix

    Survival Burn All of Their Instruments in 'Tragedy of the Mind' Video

    Hunter Hunt-Hendrix has made his name screeching and shredding in black metal outfit Liturgy, but he's got a softer side, too, evidenced by his a cappella cover of Shellac's incredibly bitter "Prayer to God" for the A.V. Club. Okay, so it's a slightly softer side, but we'll take it. Especially when "it" comes in the form of Survival, the more prog-inclined band that Hunt-Hendrix now fronts.Rounded out by guitarist Jeff Bobula and drummer Greg Smith, the trio will release their self-titled debut on Thrill Jockey May 14. According to the label, we should avoid that pesky desire to compare projects.

  • Yellowbirds 'Young Men of Promise' Video

    Watch Yellowbirds' Hand-Cut Animated 'Young Men of Promise' Video

    On May 28, former Apollo Sunshine singer Sam Cohen will release the second album from his Yellowbirds, a band which parlays the man's knack for far-out rock into a tighter sort of psych-pop bliss. Songs From the Vanished Frontier will arrive via Brooklyn's Royal Potato Family label and is preceded by the video for "Young Men of Promise," seen above. The song itself is equal parts fuzzy and fizzy — a jangly number that evokes a mussed-up Shins or a tidier Of Montreal. "Meeting you was like a car crash," Cohen sings at the start, "I'm a river, you're a raging sea." The bright songcraft makes that sound like a positive proposition, while the clip extends that aural playfulness into the visual realm. Cohen directed and animated the thing himself using the artwork of Kara Smith."I love her ideas and colors," said Cohen via statement.

  • Feist Hologram Three Cities Samsung Canada 'How Come You Never Go There' Live

    Watch Hologram Feist Play 'How Come You Never Go There' in Three Cities at Once

    Goodbye Holo-Pac, hello Holo-Feist. Broken Social Scene matriarch, occasional black metal dabbler, and oak-sturdy solo artist Leslie Feist played in three Canadian cities at the exact same time last night thanks to the latest in holographic technology. Fans in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal were treated to simultaneous sets from the singer-songwriter, who materialized out of thin air at the behest of Samsung, as Exclaim reports.The smartphone giants collaborated with projection company Musion to bring Feist to all three of their regional Galaxy S4 launch parties. Above, you can watch her strum and shred her way through "How Come You Never Go There." While this footage showcases a fairly simple setup, other clips (with terrible sound) display the performer accompanied by a prismatic array of, well, herselves.

  • Ghost B.C. Dildo Butt Plug Box Set Phallos Mortuss Ritual

    Ghost B.C. Now Going Inside Butts Trying to Shock People

    Not to be outdone by their shock-rock forefather Marilyn Manson (wink, wink), Swedish metal band Ghost B.C. have come up with a new way to goose the mainstream's collective hiney. Fresh off of blowing the Coachella crowd's minds from behind black cloaks, Papa Emeritus II and his Nameless Ghouls are offering up an unusual bit of merch for their fans.The so-called Ghost Phallos Mortuus Ritual Box Set includes one of the band's colorful T-shirts, a brushed-metal charm, a cool scroll thingy ... oh, and a black silicon dildo molded to look like Emeritus along with a bronze butt plug stamped with the band's sacrilegious logo. Yup. And all of that comes packaged in a velvet-lined Bible box, of course. For $199.99.As the A.V. Club points out, Ghost B.C.

  • Twin Peaks 'Stand in the Sand' Sunken Album

    Hear Twin Peaks' Weed-Fueled Shredder 'Stand in the Sand'

    It's pretty difficult to draw any direct lines between David Lynch's cult-adored television series Twin Peaks and the band of Chicagoans who go by the same name — hell, none of them were even born before the show was retired — but that's not all that important. These four 19-year-olds pop and shred like they've never seen the other side of the garage door. The gang first came together in high school but cooled their heels when it came time for college — for a semester. After a few months in Olympia, Washington, three of the four who'd moved away came back to crash with their folks and wrapped up work on their debut album. We'll be able to hear the results of their parents' dreams deferred on July 9, when Autumn Tone Records releases Sunken.

  • Arcade Fire Parents Baby Win Butler Regine Chassagne

    Arcade Fire Deliver Indie Rock Scion Unto the World

    Arcade Fire founders and front-people Win Butler and Régine Chassagne are the proud parents of a seven-pound baby boy. French-language paper Le Journal de Montréal reports that the singers' son entered the world on Sunday, April 21. Their source was Barry Mack, friend of the family and pastor of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Saint-Lambert, Quebec.Butler met Chassagne shortly after moving from New England in 2000 to attend Montreal's McGill University. The pair began playing together under the Arcade Fire banner in 2001, and were wed in 2003. The band's debut album, Funeral, was released in 2004.

  • Atoms for Peace 'Amok' Live Thom Yorke DJ Le Poisson Rouge New York

    Watch Atoms for Peace Go 'Amok' in Da Club

    The Atoms for Peace camp are still milking Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich's stripped-down March 14 set at New York's Le Poisson Rouge, but we can't really blame them. Tarik Barri's frenetic visuals are beautiful, and the quality of these recordings is top notch. And while Atoms' debut album Amok left us wanting for something a little more visceral, these videos give those staid songs fresh life. They initially blessed us with eight glorious minutes of "Default," then 18 raucous minutes more comprising "Black Swan" and "Stuck Together Pieces." Now we've got an extended version of the LP's titular and closing track featuring a steady groove pounded out by Godrich and live vocals from Yorke. Fuzz and melody move in and out of the mix, and the guys ride out on a stuttering club beat.

  • The Great Gatsby Third Man Records Vinyl Deluxe

    'Gatsby' Soundtrack Getting Fancy-Schmancy Vinyl Release, Courtesy of Jack White

    Jack White's Third Man Records will handle the deluxe vinyl release of the star-studded soundtrack to The Great Gatsby. Differing from the standard 14-song release, this version will include 17 tracks and will come in sure-to-be appropriately lavish gatefold packaging. Considering that the 21-track iTunes Deluxe edition includes four dialogue interludes, it fairly safe to assume the LP iteration will share the same track list.In addition to the full-length release, Third Man has announced that some corresponding 7-inches are on the way. So far they've only confirmed White's U2 cover, "Love Is Blindness," for the series, and without a release date.

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