Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Mountain Dew Goat Tyler the Creator Loiter Squad Odd Future

    Tyler, the Creator's WTF Mountain Dew Commercial Stars a Grumpy Goat Named Felicia

    Since we first met the Odd Future gang, we knew they were destined to create a multimedia onslaught of bright ideas and dark humor. Between the tours and carnivals, television shows and photo books, real-life mysteries and occasional arrests — not to mention all of those songs and that Grammy-winning album — these guys have kept us wholly enthralled as they blaze an erratic trail through the guts of youth culture.In other words, if you're a soda company, the Wolf Gang are exactly the sort of people you want to have on your side (even if they made much of their collective affection for Arizona iced tea in the beginning).

  • Rihanna 777 Tour Fox Documentary Airplane Television

    Rihanna's 777 Tour Documentary Cleared for Landing On Fox

    Where were you when Rihanna's jet plane was almost overthrown by a handful of drunk, sleep-deprived journalists? SPIN was there, of course, documenting the pop star's in-air 777 Tour every gigantic step of the way — from Mexico City to Toronto, to Stockholm (syndrome), to a decidedly cray Paris, to Berlin and London and, finally, New York City. For those who couldn't make the entire trip, the experience is now coming to television.Sure enough, on Monday, May 6, Fox will air Rihanna 777, a documentary on the unprecedented trip featuring behind-the-scenes footage and probably a few shots of our own Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, who pointed out the presence of RiRi's camera crew on Day One.

  • Ennio Morricone Quentin Tarantino Django Beef Overstated

    Ennio Morricone Says Quentin Tarantino 'Django' Beef Was Overdone

    Last week, news broke that legendary film score composer Ennio Morricone expressed discontent with the way in which Quentin Tarantino used his music in Django Unchained. During a discussion with college students in Rome, he apparently said that he wouldn't like to work with the Oscar-winning director "again, on anything." But Morricone — whose work for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly made our 40 Movie Soundtracks That Changed Alternative Music list — claims his words were taken out of context.In a statement delivered to Entertainment Weekly, he characterized the quotes as "a partial writing of my thoughts which has deprived the true meaning of what I said, isolating a part from the rest.

  • Lil Wayne Stable, Out of ICU, Could Go Home

    Lil Wayne Stable and Out of ICU as More Seizure Details Emerge

    Lil Wayne has been moved out of intensive care and transferred to a standard recovery room at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai hospital, says TMZ. The site's unnamed sources claim that he's been walking around the hospital accompanied by bodyguards, is eating on his own, and may be even allowed to go home soon. While TMZ stand by reports that the incident was related to a codeine overdose, Weezy's mentor Birdman told Hot 97 that cough syrup was not the culprit."It didn't have nothing to do with drugs," said the rapper to Angie Martinez (via MissInfo). "No such thing like that. To me, it's how he works. He works around the clock, he's just a hard grinder for this music. But it wasn't nothing about no drugs. He just needs to get some rest and relax.

  • Flaming Lips 'The Terror' Delay Live Full Dan Deacon Remix

    The Flaming Lips' 'The Terror' Delayed, So Hear It Performed Live From Texas

    Fans eager to hear the Flaming Lips' harrowing new album The Terror will be forced to wait an additional two weeks before actually owning the thing. The bleak new Warner Bros. LP's release date has been moved from April 1 to April 16, but there are a couple of silver linings to consider. First, and most literally, is the deluxe "silver double vinyl" version of the record, which will include an entire side devoted to a Dan Deacon remix of the entire album."We Don't Control the Controls (Mashed-The-F-Up-Remix)," as Exclaim points out, will no doubt involve some significant truncating of the album's nine songs, whose total run time comes in just shy of an hour. That said, the Boston-based pop-subverter may have a little extra time on his hands since he just lost his spot on the (canceled) Animal Collective tour.

  • Kendrick Lamar Jay-Z 'Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe' Remix

    Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z Fling Fire on 'Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe' Remix

    Last week we heard a fuzzed-up snippet of Jay-Z rapping on a remix of Kendrick Lamar's "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe," courtesy of some live South By Southwest footage. Hova sounded fierce on the revisited good kid m.A.A.d. city standout but the true severity of his microphone slaying has now been revealed via the track's official leak, streaming below. Here, Jay raps circles around his laid-back "Suit & Tie" persona, growling out brags like, "In the White House with a mink / Running through that bitch like it's my house / All up in the hall like a mall." That said, Kendrick contributes a pair of new verses that leave no question as to who's house we're actually visiting, aurally speaking. "Love me on the East like I was Chuck D," he brags early on before bookending Jigga's part with some of the most aggressive and ornate rhymes he's recorded to date.

  • The Knife 'Shaking the Habitual' Manifesto Details

    The Knife Dis Fracking, Praise Wolves in 'Shaking the Habitual' Manifesto

    In December, we suddenly learned that after a seven-year break from dropping proper albums, Sweden's most beloved dark-dance duo the Knife are returning with an LP called Shaking the Habitual. The sibling act have since shared two music videos — the 10-minute gender-bending techno odyssey "Full of Fire" and the gym-rat dance rehearsal "A Tooth for an Eye" — plus the April 9 album's track list, but have been fairly quiet otherwise.Now, the group has released a manifesto of sorts artfully explaining the new album's origins and motivation — more or less.

  • Lil Wayne Medical Scare Health Update Lee Perry Nicki Minaj

    Lil Wayne, Still Hospitalized, Racks Up Gifts and Well-Wishes from Nicki Minaj and Lee Perry

    On Friday, serious concern for Lil Wayne's well-being swept the Internet following a series of reports from TMZ. While the breaking story at one point included word that the man born Dwayne Michael Carter, 30, was being read his last rites at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai hospital, the celebrity news hub eventually removed that detail. Nevertheless, they are now reporting that Weezy is still in intensive care recovering from a suspected codeine overdose. The Young Money founder suffered bouts with seizures back in October and again early last week before he was apparently found unconscious on the floor of his hotel room Wednesday.

  • Morrissey Cancels U.S. Tour North American Dates Nixed

    Morrissey Cancels Entire U.S. Tour (Again) Due to Medical Reasons

    Due to medical reasons, Morrissey has canceled all remaining dates of his current North American tour — a run of dates that's been besot with nixings practically from the beginning. The first postponements came in October when he took a break to spend time with his ailing mother. Following that, he had to call off a few more dates over a bleeding ulcer, and then a large chunk of additional stops due to a condition called Barrett's esophagus.While he seemed healthy enough at his Los Angeles arena show, he was forced to postpone a San Francisco gig earlier this week because he had to be treated for double pneumonia.

  • Lil Wayne Critical Condition Hospitalized Seizures

    Lil Wayne Remains in Intensive Care, Is Slowly Recovering From Seizures

    UPDATE: As of Saturday afternoon (March 16), TMZ maintains that the rapper has stabilized, but remains in intensive care. Friends and associates, including Drake, have been spotted entering and leaving Cedars-Sinai hospital, where Wayne is slowly recovering.On Friday night, a tweet from Lil Wayne's official Twitter account read, "I'm good everybody. Thx for the prayers and love." Around the same time, Cash Money Records CEO Ronald "Slim" Williams said in a radio interview with Chicago's WGCI, "There ain't no truth in what you heard today. He's chillin'. We sittin' here watching the basketball game with each other. He good."ORIGINAL REPORT:Lil Wayne has been hospitalized in critical condition following more seizures, reports TMZ.The 30-year-old rapper's condition is apparently so serious that the celebrity news site reported that he was being prepared for his last rites.

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