Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Christopher Paul Stelling / Photo by Christopher McLallen

    Hear Christopher Paul Stelling's Furious Country Strummer 'Brick x Brick'

    Christopher Paul Stelling combines the organic approach of the Low Anthem with the impassioned histrionics of a pumped-up Jack White — if you're on the look for some high-energy Americana (that's actually from America), let this songwriting guide you to greener pastures than those recently visited by the Grammys. The Daytona-via-Brooklyn musician is self-releasing his second album, False Cities, on May 21 (preorder comes with an immediate download of the entire thing), an effort that opens with a furious country strummer called "Brick x Brick." The way this man delivers his songs, it's not hard to imagine him actually "tap-dancing down the edge of this here knife," as he sings at one point from within a small tornado of acoustic guitar and fiddle.

  • Tyler, the Creator Justin Bieber Frank Ocean Songwriting Interview

    Tyler, the Creator Wants to Lock Justin Bieber in a Cage

    Tyler, the Creator's Wolf has been sitting pretty at the top of the iTunes albums chart since the Odd Future leader sneak-released it Sunday night (March 31). With any luck, the LP's success will help the Los Angeles rapper/producer fulfill his dream of scoring some high-profile production gigs. In a new interview with Billboard, Tyler explained that, more than anything, he'd like to make songs for major music players such as Justin Bieber."I've got so many beats and songs, but no one's giving me a chance yet," he said. "I want to take Justin Bieber for a month and just lock him up in a cage where we sit and make music. He's one of the most successful people in the world, but his music could be so much tighter." Tyler revealed that he and Frank Ocean wrote a song for the Biebz's 2012 album Believe that had been rejected.

  • The Weeknd Trilogy Autographed Printed Fake Vinyl

    The Weeknd Didn't Sign $200 'Trilogy' Vinyl Set As Promised, a Machine Did

    The Weeknd's next album is set to be dubbed Kiss Land, but that lovely locale might bear a "population: one" sign if the man born Abel Tesfaye doesn't get out ahead of this. Northern California music blog City Sound Inertia is reporting that the limited edition autographed vinyl versions of Trilogy don't feature the artist's actual signature — only a machine-printed of his John Hancock incorporated into the album art.Priced at an exorbitant $199, limited to 500 copies, and featuring the Weeknd's three formerly free mixtapes, this release of Trilogy promises (via the official Weeknd shop) a "signed and individually hand-numbered six-vinyl record set." But CSI's article includes high-quality photos of the delivered product and it's quite clear that the "signed" part was not done by hand.

  • Rilo Kiley 'RKives' Full Stream Too Short Dejalo

    Rilo Kiley Open Up Too $hort-Featuring 'RKives' For Your Streaming Pleasure

    At last, the wait to hear Too $hort rapping over Rilo Kiley's divisive (to put it kindly) track "Dejalo" is over. Alright, even if Jenny Lewis' unexpected foray into white-girl rhyming on Under the Blacklight represents a shark-jumping moment for some, the defunct band's now streaming B-sides collection RKives has something for everyone. There's that soulful new ode to Los Angeles, "Let Me Back In," spit-shined indie-pop jams like "Runnin' Around," kinda country-punk jamborees like "All the Drugs," and confusingly prog experiments like "A Town Called Luckey." As charming as it was to revisit Miss Lewis' hairstyles evolve over the years in the "Back In" video clip, RKives' album art offers many additional minutes of reminiscence, making good on Rilo Kiley's promise of "a rich mix of personal photos, collages, and hand written lyrics ...

  • Greetings From Tim Buckley Apple Trailer

    'Greetings From Tim Buckley' Trailer Twists Truth, Badgley's 'Once I Was' Cover Is Great

    Though the thing has racked up a few handsome-looking quotables, the jury's still out as to whether Greetings From Tim Buckley is going to "one of the finest origin stories in recent pop culture history," as Screencrush kinda-sorta said. That phrase pops up in the newly released official trailer for the film — watch above, via Apple — but the critic was actually speaking of the real-life story of Jeff Buckley's phoenix-like rise from the ashes of his father's legacy. As for the movie? It got a 4/10 — they thought it stunk.You can draw your own conclusions from the clip above, which focuses on the younger Buck's struggle to outrun his deadbeat pop's long, well-loved shadow.

  • Chris Brown Frank Ocean Grammys Sympathy Rihanna Drake

    Chris Brown Shades Frank Ocean in Typical Classless Fashion

    What's Chris Brown's next big goal? "Continuously being a good dude," he told Hot 97's Angie Martinez yesterday (March 31). It's a sentiment we can appreciate — after all, Chris Brown deserves respect, according to Chris Brown — but the "continuously" part may be troublesome. Last week in speaking to Power 106's Big Boy, the singer said his beef with Frank Ocean is all "in the past," that it was "blown out of proportion," and that he has "respect for [Ocean's] music." But in speaking to Martinez, he took a swipe at our Album of the Year author.Brown chalked up the channel ORANGE artist's reaction to allegedly getting jumped by Breezy at the studio as a plea for attention. "I think it's a lot of strategies people try to use when they're up for awards, and [this was] the sympathy role. I don't have to go that route.

  • Ty Segall T. Rex 'The Motivator' Cover Record Store Day

    Hear Ty Segall's Darkly Rattling Remake of T. Rex's 'The Motivator'

    Effing psyched garage-rock king Ty Segall has a lovely little gem planned for Record Store Day 2013. Two years ago he celebrated the vinyl lovers' holiday by sharing the Ty Rex EP, a six-song set of T. Rex covers done in the lo-fi jangly San Francisco style we've come to hold so dear. On April 20, Segall will share Ty Rex 2, a 7-inch single featuring two more Marc Bolan songs. The A-side is "Cat Black (the Wizard's Hat)," which originally appeared on 1969's Unicorn. Meanwhile, B-side "The Motivator" hails from T. Rex's seminal 1971 album Electric Warrior and is available to stream below. In Ty's hands, the song sounds more ominous than celebratory, a darkly tinted tribute to a strange crown-stealing muse.For more of Segall in time-traveling mode, check out "Sleigh Ride" by his proto-metal power trio, Fuzz.

  • Jessie Ware ASAP Rocky Wildest Moments Remix Devotion Reissue

    Hear A$AP Rocky Get Sensitive on Jessie Ware's 'Wildest Moments' Remix

    Jessie Ware's Devotion was handily one of SPIN's Best Albums of 2012, a leader in the emerging trend of Alt-R&B (U.K. post-dubstep subdivision) — basically, it's so nice that it's worth doing twice and the British singer's record label knows it. On April 16, Interscope/Cherrytree will give the LP a proper North American release (The Gold Edition overseas), which will include four bonus tracks.

  • Phoenix Bourgeois Drakkar Noir Chloroform Live Video Bankrupt! Vancouver

    See Phoenix Perform New Songs 'Bourgeois,' 'Drakkar Noir,' and 'Chloroform'

    Phoenix's Bankrupt! is due out April 23 and as Thomas Mars told SPIN, the ramp-up to the release is "the most exciting time" for the band. It's also a good time to be a fan — especially if you can catch the Parisian indie-poppers on the road. The band did their first show in more than two years at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver on Thursday and, as Consequence of Sound points out, they fleshed out their set list with all 10 of the forthcoming album's songs. One enterprising YouTuber was there and caught four of the fresh tracks on her camera, including "Entertainment," which we've already seen as an epic Asian mashup, plus heard remixed by Blood Orange and covered by Dinosaur Jr.

  • Rick Ross Rape Ecstasy She Ain't Even Know It Lyric Response

    Rick Ross Explains He Didn't Rap About Rape Because, Well, He Didn't Say 'Rape'

    Rick Ross has raised considerable ire for a thoughtlessly offensive lyric he spit as a guest on Rocko's Future-featuring "U.O.E.N.O." As noted by SPIN's Brandon Soderberg, the "horribly rape-y line" goes, "Put molly in her champagne, she ain't even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain't even know it." Molly is the popular slang term for ecstasy, as outlined in SPIN's recent Rolling in the Deep timeline.Though the track was released more than a month ago, it has returned to the spotlight thanks to a Change.org petition asking the rapper to publicly apologize for the offending couplet. "If what he is saying is true," reads the rather hyperbolic post, "he has just publicly admitted to drugging and raping a woman. This should be investigated further and he should be prosecuted.

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