Chris Martins

writer

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  • Sam Amidon 'My Old Friend' Bright Sunny South Album Nonesuch

    Hear Sam Amidon's Heartstring-Strumming 'My Old Friend'

    Well-loved independent folkie Sam Amidon will release his next album with the estimable Nonesuch Records, Brooklyn Vegan reports. According to the label's website, Bright Sunny South will be available May 14. The set was produced by Amidon with an assist from Thomas "Doveman" Bartlett (Iron & Wine, the National, Sharon Van Etten) and British engineer Jerry Boys (Buena Vista Social Club, R.E.M.). Jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler will appear, while Amidon plays banjo, fiddle, acoustic guitar, and piano.The Vermont-via-London musician explained in a statement, "There was an atmospheric quality to my last two records; those albums are like a garden of sounds, but this one is more of a journey, a winding path. The band comes rushing in and then they disappear.

  • Nicki Minaj 'Up in Flames' Video Fake Piano Playing

    Nicki Minaj Is the Worst Fake Piano Player in 'Up in Flames' Video

    Nicki Minaj has shared a new video from Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up, her November album that was actually a reissue of her April album. Ivory-tickling that only really succeeds in tickling the funny bone. Although the American Idol judge has taken a noticeably freakier tack of late — letting the Barbz out for her French Montana feature and getting steamy with Lil Wayne for "High School" — this new visual finds the Pink One scaling back the sex in favor of solemnity. Sort of.The song is "Up in Flames" and the Grizz Lee-directed clip poses the rap game Barbie in various scenarios where she looks the most serious: in dark rooms, in the studio, in front of a piano, and in a church surrounded by candles, praying between lines about having a "dick" and flying around in a private jet. What was it that Jesus said?

  • Daft Punk Random Access Memories Wee Waa Show Launch

    Daft Punk Will Debut ‘Random Access Memories’ in Random Podunk Town

    Daft Punk will be premiering their highly anticipated new album Random Access Memories a few days early at an obscure agricultural festival in rural Australia. This means that while a massive influx of hip kids are going to be busy bopping to the latest in futuristic French electro-house, a whole bunch of mulletted Oz-dwellers are going to be marveling at Mad Max-ready custom coupes during what's known as an "ute muster." There will also be an infant competition.As Pitchfork reports, the annual Wee Waa Show is going down from Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19 in Wee Waa, New South Wales. Everyone's favorite Parisian androids will be dropping the proverbial disco ball on opening night — the event will function as the "global launch party" for the forthcoming LP, due out May 21 via Columbia Records.

  • Thom Yorke Nigel Godrich Rookie Interview Ask a Grown Man

    Watch Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich Teach Teenage Girls to Love Their Bodies

    The last time Rookie asked a grown man a question, Morrissey told those happy little tweens that "life is a very serious business for the simple reason that nobody dies laughing." You'd think the pop-culture font founded by 16-year-old fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson would give it a rest after learning such crushing truths about the business of living, but we're thankful they didn't as Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich have now stopped by to share their thoughts on owning up to your schoolyard crushes.The Atoms for Peace main brains are out promoting their new album Amok and its appending tour dates and DJ sets, but here did their best to earnestly reply to the earnestly crafted questions sent in from Rookie's mostly young, mostly female readership. Among the topics discussed?

  • Vinyl Sales Boom 177 Million Record 1997 IFPI

    Vinyl Sales in 2012 Were the Highest Since ‘OK Computer' Was Released

    Vinyl sales hit a 16-year high last year according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Music Week reports that the IFPI claims the oldest active music delivery medium did $177 million in business worldwide in 2012. As we reported at the top of the year, Nielsen SoundScan numbers indicated an 18 percent uptick in American purchases of long-playing records. Sales of physical albums across mediums dipped nearly 5 percent overall, and nearly 13 percent in the U.S.The IFPI also gives us some tallies for other mediums. International CD sales last year dipped to 833 million from 2011's 910 million (that's a 9 percent dip, versus SoundScan's 13.5 percent drop locally), while cassette sales plummeted from 5 million to 2 million across the same time two-year stretch, despite the efforts of awesome reel-to-reel bastions like NNA Tapes and Burger Records.

  • Miguel J. Cole Talib Kweli Power Trip Come Back

    J. Cole Murders Miguel in 'Power Trip' Video, Talib Kweli Steals His Mojo for 'Come Here'

    Back in February we shared "Power Trip," a J. Cole song about obsession that features a clutch assist from Alt-R&B king Miguel. The track hails from the former's long-delayed Born Sinner LP, finally seeing the light of day on June 25, and it now has a music video to go with. For now, the clip is streaming exclusively on Rap Radar, but it's worth your click. In the beginning, we see Cole stalking the object of his affection — either a cheating girlfriend, or a women whose heart belongs to another man. Either way, the other guy is played by Miguel, and things get ugly off-camera before they go incredibly macabre for the finish.Fortunately, we have proof that the Grammy-winning singer behind 2012's triumphant Kaleidoscope Dream is still kicking (and singing).

  • Ghostface Killah Jimmy Fallon 12 Reasons to Die Stream 'I Declare War'

    Watch Ghostface Killah Wu-Bang on 'Fallon,' Stream His '12 Reasons to Die' Album

    Ghostface Killah hit Late Night with Jimmy Fallon hard Monday night (April 8), performing his new song "I Declare War" backed by a small army of heat-packing musicians. Fellow Wu-Tang Clan members Masta Killa and Killah Priest clutched mikes of their own while the Roots backed, a woman sung opera, and the cinematically minded producer behind Ghost's new album, Adrian Younge, lorded over the keys. 12 Reasons to Die is the forthcoming set whose thematic content not only colors the song performed above but provides the narrative thread for a series of RZA-produced comic books that are in the works.

  • Coyote Clean Up / Photo by Matthew Peter Iannuzzi

    Hear Coyote Clean Up's Lo-Fi Disco Romp 'AWESOME LUV'

    Coyote Clean Up is another alias of Detroit house usurper Ice Cold Chrissy, a DJ/producer with a distinct, lo-fi-meets-high-tech style. His approach might best be described as "rave in a cave," both for the project's humble bedroom origins and for the very sound of the music. After releasing the promising Magma Mondays on the worth-watching Time No Place label in November, CCU is prepping another album for April 30 — the aptly titled 2 HOT 2 WAIT, which comes to us via Los Angeles' DIY dance imprint 100% Silk (see also Maria Minerva and Fort Romeau).According to the artist himself, the LP is all about duality: "Blistering heat on a sun bleach beach and ice cold pitch black nights in a frozen city. Lonely bedroom dreaming and muggy packed dance floors. Pedal to the metal on the interstate and back road riding dirty.

  • Sole / Photo by Yasamin Holland

    Watch Sole and Gold Panda's Tape-Warped 'Extremophile' Clip

    Indie-rap fans lamented the news when Sole parted ways with Anticon, the label he founded, a few years back. But ever since he moved to Colorado, burned his tax return (video since removed), and became a figurehead of the local Occupy movement, the poet/rapper has been steadily maintaining a fiercely DIY, #based-level-prolific approach to the business of making music. His next album is due May 1 via his own Black Canyon imprint, and it's aptly titled No Wising Up No Settling Down.

  • Fall Out Boy 'Save Rock and Roll' Album Stream Big Sean Elton John

    Hear Fall Out Boy's Loud and Proud 'Save Rock and Roll' LP, Courtney Love and All

    Put on your warpaint, friends, Fall Out Boy's entire new album is streaming below for your immediate listening pleasure. Elton John, Courtney Love, Big Sean, and Foxes all showed up as well for their respective tracks — the only thing the Illinois punk-pop outfit didn't do was put all of the songs into one handy SoundCloud player for your streaming ease. No need to fret however. We've got 'em all lined up below, from the rip-roaring opener "Phoenix" (featuring this ferociously barked chorus: "I'm going to change you like a remix / Then I'll raise you like a phoenix") to "Rat a Tat" featuring Love's shout-poetry to "Save Rock and Roll," which just happens to be powered by the piano plinkings of the Rocket Man himself. Hit play (and then hit play, and then hit play) below. 

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