Chris Martins



  • Bruno Mars Les Miserables Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? 'Les Miserables' and Le Mumford Outsell Swift, Bruno Nets Biggest Single

    First! Last week we predicted that Taylor Swift's Red would continue to sit atop Billboard's Top 10, hence breaking the tie that the Nashville star and Adele currently have going for career No. 1 weeks. Well, we were wrong. That bloody battle will not see resolution today, as the unthinkable has happened: Lady Tay has been bested by not only the soundtrack to a movie musical (Les Miserables, natch, in at No. 1 with 92K sold according to Nielsen SoundScan), but by Mumford and Sons' Babel to boot (No. 2, 91K sold), which experienced a 34 percent sales bump thanks largely to an iTunes markdown and top billing from Apple's song-slinging retailer (including highly suspicious slotting in the "new release" section). That left Red with No. 3, and only 69K units moved.4 to 10: Man, why bother? No. 4 went to an American Idol (Phillip Phillips), No.

  • Brian Eno Day of Light Video Lux

    See Brian Eno's 'Day of Light,' a 'LUX' Fan-Submitted Photo Collage

    Brian Eno is the René Magritte of the ambient music game. When he releases an album, it isn't an album — it's four 20-minute electronic soundscapes designed to score the very concept/act of your life passing through the possibly bogus human conceit that is time. (That was LUX, by the way.) And when dude drops a music video, it's not a music video that the fans shall receive. Rather, it's a collection of fan-submitted photographs slowly fading into and out of one another, chosen for some sort of synchronicity they shared with not only Eno's music, but the hour of the day in which that music was heard. That's "Day of Light," streaming above, which takes its sounds from the aforementioned LUX. Shortly after the album's November release, broadcast the thing in its entirety four times across the span of a single day.

  • Tegan and Sara Rolling Stones Fool To Cry Girls Show

    Tegan and Sara Pep Up the Rolling Stones' 'Fool to Cry' for HBO's 'Girls'

    Girls just wanted to have fun., and so the HBO show had the New York band deliver a new song, "Sight of the Sun" on Monday. Before that, Santigold repped hard for girls (in general) and Girls (the series) by going in on an exclusive track called "Girls." Now, with far less potential for exasperating wordplay, Tegan and Sara have shared their cover of the Rolling Stones' "Fool to Cry," recorded for Girls – Volume 1: Music from the HBO Original Series, a two-disc set which came out this week. To Mick and co.'s minimal, synth-powered ballad, the Quin twins add their brightly harmonizing vocals, crisp drum support, a few layers of guitar, and, yes, more synth (thanks in part to producer RAC).

  • Hear Low's Just Make it Stop Jeff Tweedy the invisible way

    Hear Low's Almost Upbeat 'Just Make it Stop'

    Low's tenth long-player is coming March 19 via Sub Pop, and knowing that Wilco main man Jeff Tweedy is producing The Invisible Way makes that news all the more exciting. Of course, "exciting" isn't a word oft bandied about when it comes to the Duluth, Minnesota trio — heartfelt, slow-burning, doleful, and stately would all be acceptable entries in a game of Apples to Apples, and it's Low's consistent ability to perfectly weave these very grown-up vibes into album after album of tensely beautiful songs that keeps their cultish base clamoring for more. Early taste "Plastic Cup" depicted the band at their most mournful, Alan Sparhawk singing under a sky swollen with barometric pressure. New one "Just Make It Stop" is Low's version of pop: a harmonically backed Mimi Parker cooing over shuffling drums and a steady piano pulse accented by hits of electric guitar.

  • Deathfix Transmission Dischord Brendan Canty Rich Morel

    Hear Brendan Canty's Deathfix Broadcast Explosive Prog 'Transmission'

    That the two men who founded Deathfix boast such disparate musical backgrounds suggests that the resulting project would sound nothing like either's previous work. Guitarist/singer Brendan Canty, of course, hails from post-punk pioneers Fugazi and emo forefathers Rites of Spring. Keyboardist/singer Richard Morel is a dance producer who's remixed everyone from the Killers to New Order to Mariah Carey. But together, and with a little help from Devin Ocampo (drums) and Mark Cisneros (bass), they're capable of formidable prog-rock epics powered by rip-roaring instrumentation and informed by early '70s glam.Their self-titled LP debut is out February 19 on Dischord, and the first taste comes in the form of "Transmission," a nearly nine-minute slab of forceful psych that takes the listener on a seismic journey through varying terrain.

  • Thao Nguyen / Photo by Lauren Tabak

    Hear Thao & the Get Down Stay Down's Singularly Anthemic 'We the Common'

    Back in October we heard the quaint and bluesy first taste from We the Common, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down's forthcoming third album. "Holy Roller" was both spare and jangly, and the LP's just-out titular single starts much the same. For "We the Common [For Valerie Bolden]," Thao Nguyen strums away on an acoustic guitar, and as some banjo plucks follow along, her rich, raw voice pulls us along like a dusty magnet.But then in comes a bright beat and some odd synth hits, making for a truly unusual combination of folk, pop, and rock — perhaps the next logical step that Beck never took following Mellow Gold — that explodes for an anthemic, soaring chorus.

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    Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Battle Zombie Squares in 'Bag of Bones' Video

    It's hard to know when to start and stop quoting a Jon Spencer Blues Explosion song. The band's titular leader is a born frontman — a consummate alpha male whose every lyric seems to drip with swagger and muscle. He's the brash American stud counterpart to Nick Cave's brooding Australian lecher, and a single like "Bag of Bones" drops a tattoo-worthy nugget every 10 seconds. Exhibit A: "Don't got to wait for Halloween to scream and wail!" Exhibit B: "I'm an old bag of bones but beleeeeve I get down, come on!" Exhibit C: "There's a shortcut to hell through the discotheque!"There's a little James Brown in the man as well, as he shouts "Pick it up-pa!" between spirited lamentations about there being too many squares and too much mediocrity in the world.

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    Hear Bleached's Sunny, Punky 'Next Stop'

    When Los Angeles' leading ladies of gnarly party-punk Mika Miko called it quits in 2009, fans of the city's burgeoning DIY scene seriously lamented the loss. But they should've known better — lynchpin sisters Jennifer (vocals, guitar, keys) and Jessie (bass) Clavin were bound to rise up from the muck piled up in the back alley behind their iconic former home base, The Smell.We heard the first taste of their new collaboration as Bleached all the way back in 2011, the strummier "Searching Through the Past," and later we learned a bit more about their forthcoming debut album by visiting the siblings in the studio. "What we really wanted to do was explore," said Jessie at the time, and pretty soon we'll have the chance to do the same. Their new long-player is due out April 2 via Dead Oceans and will be called Ride Your Heart.

  • zebra katz, pulla stunt, Njena Reddd Foxxx

    Watch Zebra Katz 'Pulla Stunt' in Menacing New Video

    New York performance artist Zebra Katz wound up with an unlikely hit on his hands after his "Ima Read" took off with an assist from Diplo's Mad Decent label. The intensely creepy video (revisit it below) has racked up over a million views to date, and the song has appeared everywhere from Azealia Banks' Fantasea mixtape (as a cover version) to Rick Owens' avant garde runway show where it was played on repeat for the entire event. His "Ima Read" collaborator Njena Reddd Foxxx, intensely stoic as ever, joins him again for the new song/video combo, "Pulla Stunt."Recorded at Red Bull Studios in London for menswear designer Alex Mattsson, the song is even more menacing than its predecessor, finding Zebra looking impossibly tough, alternately stunting in black leather from a mountainous landscape and riding through city streets with an evil-looking motorcycle gang.

  • Willow Smith Radiohead Sugar and Spice Codex

    Willow Smith Samples Radiohead's 'Codex' on Precocious 'Sugar and Spice'

    Update: The song has been pulled from Smith's official SoundCloud and YouTube channels.Kids say the darndest things, don't they? One day they're all, "I whip my hair back and forth," and the next they're like, "I sat in front of the TV screen, society's always screaming at me. / They wanna puncture me and then wonder why I bleed."That's an actual lyric from the new song that 12-year-old Willow Smith leaked today via her SoundCloud profile (under the name Arbre Mort, which is kinda brilliantly/very emo-ly French for "dead tree"). The hot new jam is dubbed "Sugar and Spice" and it's neither a hot new jam, nor anything as peppy as its title would suggest.

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