Chris Martins

writer

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  • Azealia Banks the Strokes' 'Barely Legal' Cover

    Azealia Banks Inexplicably Turns the Strokes' 'Barely Legal' Into Club Bait

    We long for the day when Azealia Banks stops stirring the pot of inexplicability and just. releases. some. freaking. music. already.

  • Milk Music 'Cruising With God' Stream Cruise Your Illusion Olympia Fat Possum

    Hear Milk Music's Distorted Thrill Ride 'Cruising With God'

    Washington-based bashers Milk Music have a full-length coming on April 2 — a grunge-addled alt-punk slab of emotive gnarl called Cruise Your Illusion en route via Fat Possum Records. A month ago we heard the aptly titled "I've Got a Wild Feeling," in itself a pedal-pushing whirlwind of whine and grind, and before that we damaged our necks freaking out to the far scruffier "Violence Now." But now we've got a new one to devour and it's only putting our vertebrae at further risk. "Cruising With God" is a top-down hair-whipper of the highest and holiest order — reason to saw the top off yer Civic and drive in circles to the shrill sound of guitars being gorgeously abused.

  • Tricky 'Nothing's Changed' 'False Idols' Francesca Belmonte

    Tricky Admits Last Albums Sucked, Shares Much Better 'Nothing's Changed'

    Tricky bummed out a lot of fans and critics when he dropped 2010's strikingly vanilla Mixed Race. "It seems odd that Tricky's self-professed 'gangster album' may go down as the polyglot producer's most bland offering yet," we wrote, and it turns out that the man born Adrian Thaws agrees. In the announcement for his forthcoming tenth LP False Idols, he lays it all out: "I was trying to prove something to people, trying to do something to please other people and also myself at the same time, which is never going to work ... My last two albums, I thought they were good, but I realize now they weren’t.

  • Caitlin Rose No One to Call BBC 6 Marc Riley Session Only a Clown Waitin'

    Caitlin Rose Blesses the BBC With Sublime New Songs

    Breaking Out star Caitlin Rose is a sublimely gifted singer whose 2011 album of spare, angst-ridden Americana Own Side Now left us reeling when we first heard it. Fortunately for those also gasping for more, the Nashville musician will deliver her second long-player on March 5 via ATO: The Stand In. So far we've heard the ever-so-sweet "I Was Cruel" and seen the bar-crawling video for "Only a Clown." Now thanks to Rose's appearance on Marc Riley's BBC Radio 6 Music program, we can preview two additional country-tinged beauties from the record: the mildly mournful "No One to Call" and the gorgeous "Waitin'", plus catch a stripped-down take of "Only a Clown." In the words of our host Riley, "Get to it!"

  • Father John Misty 'I'm Writing a Novel' Leno Tonight Show 'Fear Fun'

    See Father John Misty Bring His Neil Young-Baiting 'I'm Writing a Novel' to 'Leno'

    Father John Misty brought his sardonic brand of psychedelic folk-rock to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night and slayed, frankly. We recently witnessed the former Fleet Fox and his six-piece bar band dominate New York's Webster Hall, and we've watched the guy successfully play to a crowd of cruise ship patrons who'd probably never seen someone quite like him strum a guitar in their lives, so we weren't exactly surprised that the man born Joshua Tillman easily owned the late night stage. He and the boys (word to that #seapunk cowpoke brah) performed a slightly shortened version of Fear Fun highlight "I'm Writing a Novel." In the clip above, Father John's showmanship shines through with ease, as does his Neil Young-baiting poetic satire with all of its references to philosophers and drug trips gone bad.

  • Highasakite 'In and Out of Weeks' Video EP

    See Highasakite's Moody 'In and Out of Weeks' Clip

    Norway's Highasakite is that rare band whose knack for glistening pop is matched by their ability to tap into the experimental other. The group initially began as a duo, between singer-zitherist Ingrid Helene Håvik and drummer Trond Bersu who met while studying at their country's Trondheim Jazz Conservatory. "We fell in love, but he was always gone, playing in bands," Håvik says "I was in bands as well. We thought we’d have more time together if we started our own group." But rather than a casual touring unit, their outfit became a formidable beast as they added personnel and fleshed out their vision: a deeply resonant mix of Phil Spector-style pop, Norwegian folk and moody electronics.

  • El Perro Del Mar 'I Was a Boy' Video Pale Fire

    Stare Into El Perro Del Mar's Loving Eyes in Her 'I Was a Boy' Video

    El Perro Del Mar snuck out a lovely new record last year called Pale Fire, which, like much of the Swedish artist's catalog, nuzzles up to the Lykke Li oeuvre like a wiser, gentler older sister aiming to offer a little comfort. In December we caught the bewitching videos for the Sade-channelling single "Walk on By" and the disco-kissed followup "Hold Off the Dawn." But even though the above clip for "I Was a Boy" is the most minimal of the three, it's by far the most engrossing. The simple setup matches the song's mien: minimal New Age-tinged production burbles beneath Sarah Assbring's straightforward words, which use repetition to tell a story of personal growth brought on by strong love. Meanwhile, our hostess sings right into the camera the entire time, beaming sincerity as the lens maintains focus on her eyes.

  • Kylesa Unspoken Ultraviolet New Album Savannah Georgia Metal

    Hear Kylesa's Dooming Riff-Ripping Return 'Unspoken'

    Savanah psych-metal quintet Kylesa not only gave us a tour of their Georgian stomping grounds back in 2009, they slayed us a year later with the sludgy riff-rocking sprawler Spiral Shadows. And then they kinda disappeared. But hark, for Death's Angel does sing: Kylesa returneth in twenty-thirteen!French-founded label Season of Mist has just announced that a new long-player is imminent: Ultraviolet will be released on May 28, and fans can expect the overall vibe to be "colder and darker." This, according to singer/guitarist Laura Pleasants, who added, "This album centers around the multiple themes of loss and you can feel it in the music.

  • Olafur Arnalds 'Old Skin' Video Nico Muhly Lil Buck Stephen Colbert Report

    See Olafur Arnalds' Aging Shoreman Rave in 'Old Skin' Video

    Icelandic composer Ólafur Arnalds has a gentle touch to often massively emotive results. While last year's Another Happy Day score was merely a pleasant drifter, his melancholic 2010 opus ...And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness was a cinematic-feeling feat, and his forthcoming For Now I Am Winter LP looks to reprise that greatness. With strings arranged by Nico Muhly (Usher, Passion Pit, Antony Hegarty, Grizzly Bear) and the introduction of vocals for the first time (Arnór Dan), it's no wonder a song like "Old Skin" feels as resonant as anything Arnalds has done. With piano, strings and beats, the song evolves from pensive to joyous to melancholy.Meanwhile, in the above video for the piece, a lonesome lighthouse keeper tends to his shore.

  • Flying Lotus Red Bull Music Academy Don't Call It #Beats Goldie Album

    Watch Flying Lotus Trace Left-Field #Beats With TNGHT and Shlohmo in Mini Doc

    Through their new H∆SHTAG$ mini documentary series, the fine folks at Red Bull Music Academy are working their way through as many hashtaggable genres as possible at a fairly impressive rate — and with impressive care, it should be noted. In January we pointed out Episode 1, "Don't Call It #AltRnB, which works quite well as a visual companion piece to SPIN's own Trend of the Year: Alt R&B essay.The series has also taken on #CloudRap and #PostDubStep along the way to this most recent installment, which focuses on #Beats with a large assist from Flying Lotus, and cameos from Hudson Mohawke and Lunice of TNGHT, plus the Gaslamp Killer, XXYYXX, Shlohmo, and XLR8R editor Shawn Reynaldo. At the start, we see FlyLo pal Erykah Badu explaining, "They makes beats all day long.

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