Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Museum of Love 'Monotronic' Video Pat Mahoney LCD Soundsystem

    Museum of Love Play Fierce Racquetball in 'Monotronic' Video

    Last we heard from Pat Mahoney's Museum of Love, the former LCD Soundsystem member was busy getting his David Byrne on with "Down South." But the second single from him and project partner Jee Day, a.k.a. Dennis McNany, has got a decidedly Brian Eno bent. Above you'll find the video for "Monotronic," in which director Andrew Dresher pits the producers against one another on the racquetball court. The hi-def, slo-mo shots of anguished swings somehow pairs well with the track's opening line — "I wasn't meant for this much happiness" — and almost meditative feel. This one will also feature on Museum of Love's self-titled debut album, which is done and mastered and set for a September release.

  • Dasher 'Go Rambo' Stream Atlanta Band

    Hear Dasher 'Go Rambo' on This Post-Punk Ripper

    If the raw bass that opens the track below doesn't tip you off, the title should. "Go Rambo" is an ecstatic, empowering, aggressive wild-out of a punk jammer from Dasher. The Atlanta posse is led by drummer/vocalist Kylee Kimborough (with bassist David Michaud and guitarist Kelly Stroup) and has a penchant for squalling sonics influenced by the likes of Killing Joke and Patti Smith. The short-but-sweet ripper below arrives via 7-inch May 10, backed with "Time Flys," via Die Slaughterhaus Records.

  • Drake's 'Draft Day' Surprise Shouts Out Jennifer Lawrence

    Drake's 'Draft Day' Surprise Shouts Out Jennifer Lawrence

    That Frank Ocean surprise album was a terribly mean-hearted April Fools' Day hoax, but this new Lauryn Hill-sampling Drake song is legit. Proof that "Draft Day" is the genuine article: copious third-person lyrical selfies; timely sports metaphors; non-dis dis of a rhyming contemporary; and a none-too-sly in-song celebrity booty call. Regarding those last two, there's the part where the Toronto MC references our favorite Chicago rapper: "If I left this shit to chance, I would've picked a name like Chance the Rapper / No offense 'cause I don't know that nigga..." Oh, and in case everyone's favorite American Hustler co-star was wondering, "Jennifer Lawrence, you can really get it." Thanks to the handy download button, we can all get "Draft Day" below.

  • M&O 'Neighbor' Stream 'Almost Us' Milo Otis

    M&O's R&B Cuts Through the Ether on 'Neighbor'

    M&O were previously Milo & Otis, but they'll always be singer/loop-ist Jamila Woods and bassist/producer Owen Hill — two Chicago artists whose combined effort results in such lovely left-leaning R&B as the song you'll hear below. The duo worked with Chance the Rapper for their 2012 album The Joy, and they've got a fresh LP on the way April 3. Almost Us features M&O's trademark "adventure soul," an earthy thing that ranges from the lively "House" to more ethereal fare. The brand new taste, "Neighbor," falls in that latter category, perhaps paying a little tribute to the Auto-Tuned excellence of Bon Iver's "Woods" (reprised for Kanye West's "Lost in the World") as it slowly unfurls. Listen here:

  • Daft Punk Strong Bad Mashup Random Access Fhqwhgads Stream

    This Daft Punk, 'Homestar Runner' Mashup Is to the Limit

    Sure, plenty of folks are drooling over Daft Punk's new T-shirts (or the retro ads for said T-shirts), but above you'll find something that, to us at least, registers far higher on the delight scale and is enjoyable for the price of zero dollars. For fans of the early-aughts Flash-animated Internet series Homestar Runner, the half-helmet above will be instantly recognizeable. That's cartoon frenemy Strong Bad, who in the stream here reprises the lyrics to his beloved song, "Everybody To The Limit (Come On Fhqwhgads)," over every single song on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories — recast here as Random Access Fhqwhgads, of course. The gag is the same every time, but the fact that it works so well says ... well, something about the French 'droid-led disco revival. Revisit Homestar here. H/t A.V. Club.

  • Moses Sumney 'Man on the Moon' Stream

    Hear Moses Sumney's Ghostly, Gorgeous 'Man on the Moon'

    We first heard the striking music of Moses Sumney last July, when the theretofore Los Angeles secret was caught looping his own voice into a soul-folk orchestra's worth of sound. Now we get a more dulcet taste in the form of "Man on the Moon," the first recorded studio track released by the rising talent (who's been noticed by Solange). The ghostly yet warm song hails from the April 7 release, Mid City Island EP, which, in Sumney's words, is "a lo-fi experimental concept project, made in my bedroom, straight to cassette tape on an '80s 4-track recorder." Though quieter, the results are no less stunning — be sure to stick around for the final note. Mo hits the road with Local Natives in April, and wraps up a residency at L.A.'s Bootleg Theater Monday night, March 31.

  • Paris Carney 'Run and Hide' D-WHY Stream

    Paris Carney and D-WHY's 'Run and Hide' Is Electro-Pop Candy

    Paris Carney describes her new single as "MGMT getting lost in the African jungle," but she's being modest — the Los Angeles electro-pop aesthete has got her own thing going. This latest share is her third self-released single this year and the swoon-inspiring serving of aural candy comes complete with a talkbox solo by Mary J. Blige keyboardist Marcus Kincy and a verse from rising West Virginia MC D-WHY. Hear that below, and keep your ears on Carney from here on out.

  • Billy Corgan Rumi Poetry Sufi Tea Shop Performance

    Another Ridiculous Billy Corgan Thing

    Sometimes we're forced to wonder: Does it take work to be as "Billy Corgan" as Billy Corgan is? Or does it come naturally to Billy Corgan to be so freaking Billy Corgan all of the time? Because even though he's the dude, it seems improbable that any human could accomplish such Billy Corgan-ness in such little time. Like, in the span of a month, he's: performed an eight-hour synth-provisation to Siddhartha; been green-lit for his own wrestling reality show on AMC; and announced not one, but two new Smashing Pumpkins albums for 2015.What's next? A performance at his tea house of four "sonic impressions on poems by the great Sufi mystic" Rumi? Wait. Really? We were joking, but it turns out Corgan will appear at his Madame Zuzu's Chicago shop on Sunday, March 30, at 1 p.m. to do exactly that thing we just quoted.

  • Bjork Biophilia Movie Live Concert Film Tribeca

    Bjork's 'Biophilia' Movie Headed to Tribeca

    Björk is bringing Biophilia to the big screen. On April 26, the Tribeca Film Festival will debut a concert film titled, simply enough, Björk: Biophilia Live. The movie captures a concert at London's Alexandra Palace circa the titular 2011 album. There is a website and a pretty poster and everything. The LP-turned-app-turned-flick was directed and edited by Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio) and Nick Fenton (Arctic Monkeys at the Apollo). Revisit Biophilia-era video for "Mutual Core" and "Hollow," and also that wild Death Grips remix of "Sacrifice." Björk's last filmic venture was a documentary about the relationship between music, nature, and technology. Billboard reports that this year's Tribeca will also include films about Nas, James Brown, and Bob Weir, amongst others.

  • Tori Amos 'Trouble's Lament' Stream Unrepentant Geraldines

    Stream Tori Amos' Perfect Return 'Trouble's Lament'

    Tori Amos has shared the first taste of a brand new album titled Unrepentant Geraldines. As Stereogum points out, this will be the '90s baroque-pop piano powerhouse's first "real" album since 2009's Abnormally Attracted to Sin. This, because her interim output has comprised classical originals, covers, and remakes of her own work. The first taste of the new set is "Trouble's Lament," and it's an undeniably good look. "Trouble needs a home, girls / Trouble needs a home / She fell out with Sata / Now she needs a home," the shadowy song begins. Folksy guitar and drums are met by roiling keys, and a little vocal nod to Kate Bush if you're listening closely enough. More Amos here.

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