Chris Martins

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  • The Only Way To Go Is Straight Through by Thurston Moore and Loren Connors

    Thurston Moore and Blues Experimentalist Loren Connors to Drop Live Record Store Day LP

    No Wave guitar legend, Sonic Youth founder, and Chelsea Light Moving frontman Thurston Moore has got a highly experimental Record Store Day gift in mind for serious collectors of avant-garde artifacts. On April 20, New York's Northern Spy Records will release The Only Way to Go Is Straight Through, featuring two live collaborations between Moore and 63-year-old blues-warping guitar guru Loren Connors.The release comprises only two tracks but each tops 20 minutes. One hails from a July 2012 gig at John Zorn's hallowed Manhattan space The Stone, and the second took place at Williamsburg's Public Assembly in October. According to the label, "Thurston and Loren fearlessly dive into a hot, dark pool and enter a world of surging sound and faint lights. They can’t see each other.

  • AlunaGeorge 'I Wanna Be Like You' Jungle Book Cover Louis Prima BBC Radio 1

    Hear AlunaGeorge Lovingly Cover 'Jungle Book' Classic 'I Wanna Be Like You'

    AlunaGeorge was our No. 3 pick for Best R&B Up-and-Comers of 2013 and the London duo has stayed strikingly busy living up to that designation since. Just two days ago we shared their fantasy-steeped video for "Attracting Flies," a sleekly bumping dis track leveled at a former lover, and now we've got a playful new cover to take in. At the top of the year, we heard the pair flex their chops on a brightened-up version of Frank Ocean's "Thinking Bout You," but singer Aluna Francis and producer George Reid go all the way back to 1967 for this one. In a new BBC Radio 1 session, they take on Louis Prima's "I Wan'na Be Like You," a.k.a "The Monkey Song" from Disney classic The Jungle Book. It's both a charming bit of nostalgia for anyone who saw the film growing up, and a reminder of this group's close stylistic ties to café-style jazz. Swing with AlunaGeorge:

  • AraabMuzik 'Motion Picture' Stream Tour Dates For Professional Use Only

    Hear AraabMuzik's Moodily Stomping 'Motion Picture'

    Hot on the chain mail heels of his medieval-themed new music video for "The Prince Is Coming," AraabMuzik has shared another song off of his For Professional Use Only mixtape. The Rhode Island-hailing sampler king shows off his more pensive, melodic side with "Motion Picture," a track that manages to be both unapologetically heavy (that bass, those drums) and wonderfully moody (those synths, that texture).At 2:22, the song is cut a little short, but it's a masterful example of the intriguing instrumental work that this guy is capable of. Still, nothing actually compares to watching Araab do his thing in person — rather than rely on loops, he pounds out every drum hit and sample on his MPC in real time. Thankfully, he's covering a good amount of ground next month.

  • R. Kelly 'Ignition (Remix)' National Anthem Petition White House

    Petition to Make R. Kelly's 'Ignition' the National Anthem Has Obscene Amount of Support

    In January, there was the Kickstarter guy who wanted a million dollars to make a Spin Doctors biopic starring Daniel Stern. In February, frustrated shoegaze aficionados petitioned the White House to fix My Bloody Valentine's website so they could get a copy of m b v. Now a third campaign has emerged, which we kinda-sorta-really wish had a shot at success.One ambitious citizen has formally petitioned the Obama Administration to make R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix)" the new national anthem. The request has already nabbed more than 10,000 signatures, which is disheartening news for fans of "The Star-Spangled Banner," who collectively refer to themselves as Francis Scott Keyliebers. See here:We, the undersigned, would like the Obama administration to recognize the need for a new national anthem, one that even a decade after its creation, is still hot and fresh out the kitchen.

  • Luke Bryan Spring Break Baauer Harlem Shake Billboard chart

    Who Charted? The South Goes on 'Spring Break,' the Rest Just 'Harlem Shake'

    First! Well how's this for an up-to-the-minute sampling of the nation's mindset? No. 1 goes to country's preeminent overgrown frat boy Luke Bryan, whose Spring Break...Here to Party sold 150,000 copies (according to Nielsen SoundScan) despite the fact that it's merely a comp of songs hailing from his annually updated spring break-themed EP series. Yes, that is a thing that exists. And also, yes, it is quite popular even though Bryan is 36 and married with two kids. Here's a sampling of song titles, which tell a sordid little narrative without us ever having to hear them: "Shore Thing," "Sorority Girl," "Just a Sip" and "Take My Drunk Ass Home" (all that's missing here is "Hava-Law-Suit"). We're sure his sons will grow up to be great people.2 to 10: No. 2 goes to Jimi Hendrix's long-awaited follow-up to 1968's Electric Ladyland.

  • mia custoday battle son twitter

    M.I.A. Claims Her Wealthy Ex Wants to Take Her Baby Away

    M.I.A. has shared a series of messages on Twitter that imply that her former fiancé Ben Bronfman and his very wealthy family are attempting to gain full custody of the onetime couple's four-year-old son, Ikhyd Edgar Arular Bronfman. The pair's breakup was made public a year ago in an article by the Daily News, who claimed to learn that the Sri Lankan singer "sometimes goes six weeks without seeing" her child. It was then reported that Ben's mother, philanthropist Sherry Brewer, was helping her son care for Ikhyd.Ben Bronfman is the former frontman of the Exit, the founder of the environmentally conscious Green Owl label, and the son of Seagram heir Edgar Bronfman Jr., who was also CEO of Warner Music Group until 2011. M.I.A. has since taken down the three Tweets shown in the screen grab above.

  • Prince a Tribe Called Quest SXSW Samsung Galaxy

    To See Prince Get SXSW Funky, Buy Samsung's $700 Phone

    Prince has officially been confirmed to perform at this year's South By Southwest music conference on Saturday, March 16. He and A Tribe Called Quest, oddly enough, will be headlining a concert thrown by Samsung Galaxy. Though the announcement includes no further specifics about the show itself, yesterday we learned that, according to HitFix, the Artist will be bringing a 22-piece band to La Zona Rosa, whose stage is being remodeled for the occasion.As for entry, that'll be a bit tricky. The show will be open to those holding SXSW Platinum and Music badges, which have a walk-up price of $1,595 and $795 respectively. So you can empty the bank on a chance at squeezing through the gates.

  • Christopher Owens Girls Here We Go Again Video Lysandre

    See Christopher Owens Maintain His Mellow in 'Here We Go Again' Video

    Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens may not have hit all of the marks with his considerably softened solo debut Lysandre, but the effort does come with a few considerable rewards. One of those is the song, "Here We Go Again," an upbeat bit of modified Belle and Sebastian-style strum (same twee vibes, less lyrical brawn), which is fairly well summed up by its own chorus: "Don't try to get me down / Don't try to harsh my mellow."Indeed, if the Ryan Owen Eddleston-directed video is any indication, Owens and his non-band band are simply out to have some good clean fun. While on tour in the U.K., they participate in activities like air-drumming, swan appreciation, and walking in an Egyptian manner. In other words, it's a bunch of footage from the road that aims to charm.

  • Cloud Nothings New Song SXSW Live Video

    See Cloud Nothings Shred Out a New Song at SXSW

    Only a year ago we were talking to Cloud Nothings' Dylan Baldi in hopes of unpacking the emotionally brutal majesty of his band's SPIN Essential album Attack on Memory. With that Best Albums of 2012 ranking in the very near rear view, the Cleveland quartet are already well on their way to releasing LP number four — tentatively titled Body Music — which Baldi has predicted will be "less melodic ... noisier and less straightforward."We may now have the first taste of that fall release as a YouTube user caught Cloud Nothings performing a new song at South By Southwest yesterday. As Consequence of Sound points out, the composition seems to owe a little bit to Sonic Youth — in the lazy loll of the open and the shredded freakout that follows — plus My Bloody Valentine, as things do indeed get rather noisy by the end.

  • Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne Virgin Mobile Ad Retrain Your Brain

    Watch Wayne Coyne Sell Cell Phones Using Seafood (and Hypnotism and Colonel Meow)

    Wayne Coyne has long had a pretty involved relationship with wacky, a pairing that occasionally veers into the obnoxious (to wit: the guy's 2012 timeline). But just as often, the Flaming Lips frontman uses weird as a vehicle for brilliance or, at the very least, some good acid-enhanced fun. Falling firmly into that latter category is Virgin Mobile's new "Retrain Your Brain" ad, which features Coyne using all manner of unusual tactics to hypnotize the viewer into changing his or her cell phone plan. There's a purring shark, a creepy set of triplets, a TV within a TV, and a whole lot of lobster involved. Oh, and as it turns out, Coyne isn't the only celeb involved. YouTube users have pointed out that the cat posing as a videographer (you read that right) is in none other than evil feline Internet sensation Colonel Meow.

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