Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Rob Ford Drake Toronto Raptors Bet NBA Playoffs

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Bets a Drake CD Raptors Will Win NBA Playoffs

    Drake's been getting attention aplenty for his comments and appearances courtside during the NBA playoffs. One day he's accusing Jay Z of skipping the action to eat fondue plates; the next he's spotted obsessively lint-rolling his clothes in the arena, as a guy who digs fondue plates might. But this time, he's merely a footnote in another Toronto icon's basketball diaries — those of gleefully, um, cracked Toronto mayor Rob Ford.Turns out Ford made a friendly bet with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, that his own Raptors would beat the latter's Nets. The ante? According to letters published by the Toronto Sun (below), the winner will be "receiving a CD of a favo(u)rite local artist." While Adams has not yet said which Brooklyn artist he favors, Ford has said that in the event of a loss for Toronto, he'll be sending Adams music by Drake ...

  • Fleet Foxes Robin Pecknold Return New Music College

    Fleet Foxes May Return, Robin Pecknold Suggests

    The gentle sleeping giant that is Fleet Foxes stirs once again, via Facebook. After releasing 2011's most beautiful album, Helplessness Blues, and starring on a SPIN cover, the Seattle band seemed to kinda dissolve. There was a score for a film about LOLcats; a tweet from leader Robin Pecknold that read, "Don't start a band"; and a successful solo career launched by former member Father John Misty. But Pecknold now reveals the unexpected truth behind the time off."I decided to go back to school," he wrote in a Facebook post. What's more, he says he's working on new music, though is careful not to make any promises regarding scheduling. Read the entire message below. Last we saw Pecknold's far-less bearded face, he has covering Pearl Jam's "Corduroy" on Late Night Jimmy Fallon.

  • Deadmau5 Arcade Fire Twitter Rant Computers Instruments

    Deadmau5 to Arcade Fire: 'Dafuqs Yer Problem' With Computers?

    As noted, Arcade Fire's Win Butler fired a couple of shots at Coachella's first weekend, one of which dug up the well-worn accusation that electronic artists aren't actual musicians. "Shout-out to all the bands still playing actual instruments at this festival," the Canuck orch-rock boss said, and it seems (self-aware) EDM godhead Deadmau5 had his fur ruffled by the comment. Wednesday afternoon, he wrote on Twitter, "shit to remember: A computer is a tool, not an instrument." It seemed perhaps he agreed with the Reflektor leader, but then the Mau5 tweeteth more:arcade fire needs to settle down. some dudes devote their lives to instruments, others to electronic composition by cpu, dafuqs yer problem?— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) April 23, 2014i dont expect to see daft punk pull a steve vai on stage...i expect to listen to some decent music, n see cool robots.

  • Ducksauce NRG Video A-Trak Quack Armand Van Helden

    Duck Sauce's 'NRG' Informercial Will Solve All Your Problems

    Say what you will about Duck Sauce's new album, Quack — when A-Trak and Armand Van Helden put their bills together to make a music video, it's an event. Los Angeles director Dugan O'Neal (TV on the Radio, the Temper Trap, Matt & Kim) taps into the '80s via an infomercial for the song's titular product: "NRG," a blue-green gunk that you can drink, spray, smear, or otherwise apply to your life in order to improve just about everything (warning: death may result). As host Jon Daly of Kroll Show posits to viewers at home: "You having trouble finding the beat? Now you can rock." Revisit the "It's You" clip on your way out. The "NRG" video premiered at BuzzFeed, who point out the song's sample source:

  • Tobacco NSFW Video Eric Wareheim 'Streaker' BMSR

    Tobacco and Eric Wareheim's 'Streaker' Video Is Full of Horrifying Nudity

    Black Moth Super Rainbow boss Tom Fec also does his damnedest to create ugly/beautiful beatwork via his Tobacco alias. He's got a new album out on Ghostly International May 13, Ultima II Massage, which showcases his twisted pop vision quite nicely. But the Eric Wareheim-directed video above makes the vibe all the more visceral. The "Streaker" clip takes place at the LP's fictional titular parlor — "A family-run business," says the terrifying man in the beginning — which isn't a place to get one's muscles rubbed so much as have your brain put into a psychological blender. Sex, drugs, and violence reign in this very NSFW visual from the strange mind that co-helmed Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Wareheim also appeared in the Kickstarter clip for BMSR's last one, Cobra Juicy.

  • Apple iPhone 5s Pixies Gigantic Ad Video

    Apple Remakes Pixies' 'Gigantic' to Hawk iPhone 5s

    Pixies are trending across 2014 so far, sitting high on festival lineups from Coachella to Primavera Sound, and building anticipation for their first album in 23 years via videos for new songs "Snakes" and "Greens and Blues." Now Apple is getting in on the Indie Cindy action, creating their own version of the alt-rock giants' 1988 hit, "Gigantic." In the ad spot above, made to show off the musical capabilities of the iPhone 5s, young folks equipped with various apps combine their digitally assisted talents to recreate that timeless track while people with other apps do "powerful" things like launch rockets, stargaze, and translate foreign text using their phones. Obnoxious cultural appropriation? Or inspired song placement? Watch up top, and compare to Pixies performing the thing below, in '88 — yes, there was a time where concert views were not obstructed by Apple products.

  • Saturday Night Live Black Keys St. Vincent Andy Samberg

    Black Keys and St. Vincent to Guest on 'Saturday Night Live'

    Saturday Night Live's 39th season comes to a close next month and now the final episodes' guests have been announced. We already knew Coldplay will perform (and likely do a little acting) on May 3 while The Amazing Spider-Man himself Andrew Garfield hosts. But on Wednesday, SNL announced that May 10 will bring the Black Keys, ahead of their Turn Blue album release, alongside Charlize Theron.And May 17's finale will feature St. Vincent, fresh off of her Nirvana-fronting Rock Hall performance, alongside Andy Samberg (who's done a thing or two in music himself). While Black Keys continue to release promising teasers from their next one — hear "Fever" and "Turn Blue" — the artist otherwise known as Annie Clark recently dropped her fourth album, St. Vincent, and SPIN dubbed it an Essential.The Black Keys will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) on May 10th.

  • Courtney Love 'You Know My Name' Single Stream

    Hear Courtney Love's Ferocious Ripper 'You Know My Name'

    Courtney Love has surprise-released a new single dubbed "You Know My Name." We assume that if you weren't already familiar with the on-again, off-again Hole boss' personal handle, you got the gist when she dipped into Fall Out Boy's "Rat a Tat" to declare, "It's Courtney, bitch." We hope so, at least, since the grunge goddess doesn't exactly spell it out in her ferocious new song. Heard below, Love instead howls, "Hey! I am the one / The one to blame / I'll bring the shame / Reputation precedes us all / I was never here!" Musically, it's the perfect mix of punk angst, metal shred, and melodic might — a bona fide ripper.We're not sure who Love tapped to play with her on this one, but she's at least been doing something with her old bandmates Eric Erlandson, Melissa Auf Der Maur, and Patty Schemel.

  • Big Search 'Game of Images' Stream Role Reversal

    Hear Big Search's Folk-Soul Dream, 'Game of Images'

    You may not know Big Search by name, but you've likely heard his voice or touch — Los Angeles' Matt Popieluch is the former singer of Foreign Born, and a past guitar-slinger for all sorts, including Fool's Gold, Cass McCombs, and Taken By Trees (currently touring with Sky Ferreira). His solo output has been spare and quietly released, but from his 2010 home-recorded LP Lay of the Land to his "Distant Shore" single on Lefse, the man has demonstrated a helluva knack for gorgeous, harmony-rich folk that fans of Lindsey Buckingham and Harry Nilsson should glom to without reservation.On May 20, Jaunt Records will release Role Reversal, an 11-song set recorded afterhours at the White Iris studios, where Popieluch worked.

  • Cliven Bundy Bundyfest Ranch Standoff Festival

    Cliven Bundy Standoff Inspires Monthlong Music Festival on Federal Land

    If you haven't followed the Bundy standoff for the past two decades, now's a pretty good time to play catchup considering a bunch of armed militiaman took over a Nevada highway on April 12. You could, of course, read fresh pieces by Slate, Politico, and (gulp) Fox News to get a broad look at the conflict between cattle-rancher Cliven Bundy, who does what he wants, and the United State Bureau of Land Management, who insist his cows can't graze freely on government-owned grass. Or, you could wait until the armed confrontations reach a fever pitch and head on down to BundyFest! — a probably not real but totally hilarious concept festival and Burning Man follow-up to launch September 5 on the federal land Bundy insists is free for all to use, via patriotism and his friends' guns.

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