Chris Martins



  • RZA Wu-Tang Christ Bearer Penis Cut Comment

    RZA Calls Wu-Tang Affiliate's Penis-Severing 'Mythical'

    There's been no shortage of weird Wu-Tang news lately, and now the Clan leader is weighing in on the strangest story making the rounds. On Wednesday, we reported that Andre "Christ Bearer" Johnson, a rapper affiliated with West Coast Killa Bees and one half of the duo Northstar, cut off his own penis and jumped off of a balcony. He survived, thankfully, but the RZA-discovered artist's actions leave more questions than answers. XXL posed a few of those to RZA.The Wu god currently on Raekwon's shit-list weighed in on the incident, saying, "That shit sound mythical," before sharing his condolences and deeper thoughts:I feel sad for his family first and foremost; I know he has children. I thought he was a smarter guy than a guy who would do something crazy like that. But at the same time, he been in jail recently, he's been in trouble. Maybe he's mentally unstable.

  • ANTEMASQUE EP Stream Mars Volta

    Post-Mars Volta Band Antemasque Stream First Four Songs

    The Mars Volta's newest iteration, Antemasque, are gearing up to release their full-length album on July 15, and you can pre-order the entire thing now, for $4. Really. Below you'll find four of the group's songs, all streaming in one place. Purchase the official singles "4AM," "People Forget," and "Hangin' in the Lurch" via Bandcamp, and you'll not only get bonus track "Drown All Your Witches," but the entire Antemasque album on July 1 — two weeks ahead of the official release. We previously heard a preview of that last one, but now it can be experienced in all of its (intentionally) Rodriguez-channelling might. Although you've likely got the membership memorized by now, the group consists of Cedric Bixler-Zavala, Omar Rodríguez-López, and drummer Dave Elitch, with some guest bass-work by Flea.Get into it:

  • Low Leaf 'Set Me Free' Stream AKASHAALAY

    Hear Low Leaf's Soaring Folktronic Soul Song 'Set Me Free'

    Low Leaf hails from the same city that's gifted us astrally minded folk and beat explorers like Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and Mia Doi Todd, and she pretty much possesses the skill-set of all three. The Los Angeles artist excels at harp, is adept at guitar, has a knack for production, knows classical piano, and sings with a wholly transfixing energy. But don't take our word for it. Just hit play on "Set Me Free" below, and hear that stuttering, soulful, and singular song do its thing. Despite the title, Low Leaf doesn't seem the least bit inhibited, and even brings in the rare collaborator or two — Snorlax on bass, Matthew Baker on drums — to experience the escape as it's happening. "Set Me Free" hails from AKASHAALAY, her fifth album, out April 29 on Fresh Selects. Pre-order digital or cassette here.Low Leaf's handwritten lyrics for "Set Me Free":

  • Hamilton Leithauser Black Hours Live Stream Walkmen

    Watch Hamilton Leithauser Play His Entire 'Black Hours' Album

    Erstwhile Walkmen boss Hamilton Leithauser is performing his entire new album at Joe's Pub in Manhattan on Wednesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. ET. That wouldn't be very useful information to virtually anyone reading this article right now, except for the fact that he's streaming the whole thing live via YouTube and Vulture. Hit play above to see where he's at in the Black Hours track list. As of publish time, he was running a little late.In related news, the Walkmen's "Heaven" wound up the scoring the swan song episode of the recently wrapped How I Met Your Mother. Also, while Leithauser has been sharing videos for songs such as "11 O'Clock Friday Night" and "Alexandra," his former bandmates have been busy as well. Walter Martin, for instance, wrote a perfect children's song about the Beatles. And Peter Matthew Bauer's got his "Latin American Ficciones."

  • Nirvana Rock Hall Induction Krist Novoselic Bass Tabs

    Krist Novoselic Bought a Nirvana Tabs Book to Learn Rock Hall Songs

    Krist Novoselic bought a Nirvana bass-tabs book ahead of the band's 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction so that he could relearn his parts. The Washington resident talked to Rolling Stone for their piece about the big night on April 10, when Novoselic, Dave Grohl, and Pat Smear played the grunge gods' classics fronted by Joan Jett, Kim Gordon, St. Vincent, and Lorde."I picked up a Nirvana tab book a week before to relearn my parts," said Novoselic, "but we weren't up to speed at first. But then it started to flow and it got better and better. Then it hit me and I got kind of somber. I was like, 'Oh my God. I'm playing these songs again.'"Grohl weighed in as well on the experience of returning to material they'd left behind two decades previous: "I haven't played those drum parts since I was 25. I'm 45 now. We played for 10 fucking hours each day.

  • London Bridge Studios Neve Board Seattle Sound Pearl Jam

    Save the Soundboard Behind Pearl Jam's 'Ten'

    Back in 2013, Dave Grohl took a stand for a piece of Seattle's analog recording history, and he wound up taking a bow for Sound City, the documentary he directed celebrating the studio where Nirvana recorded Nevermind. But another of the northwestern capital's music-making hubs needs assistance, and there's no single heroic benefactor on hand to help. London Bridge Studio is looking for fans to assist in restoring its rare mixing board.Like Grohl's aquisition, the console in question is a Neve (this one a 8048 model manufactured in 1973), and it's got some monumental albums in its past, including Soundgarden's Louder Than Love and Pearl Jam's Ten.

  • DJ Center 'Dem Say Ah' EP Stream

    Stream DJ Center's Breezy Afrohouse EP, 'Dem Say Ah'

    DJ Center works in the fine tradition of melding Afrobeat rhythmic wilding with house music's metronomic beat. The New York DJ/producer is adept at his craft — it's fitting that he called his beloved 2010 debut Everything in Time, and the title of his long-awaited follow-up should clue you in as to its feel as well. Dem Say Ah is out today on Center's own Push the Fader, and the entire EP can be streamed below.The titular track features the long-running Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble, plus keys from Ticklah (Antibalas, Dap-Kings, Mark Ronson), and it hits like a cool breeze on a sweltering day. Following that, the "2AM inna London Dub" reworks the overall mood and enlists former Fela Kuti guitarist Kaleta on vocals for late-night listening. And "Dem Bonus Beats" finds DJ Spinna, who mixed the project, paring the source material down into digestible breaks.

  • Lorde at Coachella, Indio, California, April 12, 2014

    Coachella's 5 Best Saturday Sets: Nas, QOTSA, Lorde, Future Islands, and Julian Casablancas

    NasYeah, yeah, Pharrell invited, like, everybody ever to what may go down as the most well-attended karaoke party of all time. Let's get his guest list out of the way: Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Puff Daddy, Snoop Dogg, Tyler, the Creator, Diplo, and Gwen Stefani. It was a blast, sure, but the real rap heads were really there to make sure they had prime Outdoor Theatre standing space for the unfuckwittable return of Nasty Nas. The Queensbridge MC hit the stage after midnight, and played ever song from his rap-altering 1994 debut, Illmatic."Twenty years since this album came out," he said. "I bet this album is older than some of you out there." Many of us, no doubt, but still the audience chanted along to "N.Y. State of Mind," "Life's a Bitch," and "The World Is Yours" with their hands bobbing in anachronistic homage. And we weren't the only ones there to pay tribute.

  • Outkast at Coachella, Indio, California, April 11, 2014

    Coachella's 5 Best Friday Sets: OutKast, the Knife, Ellie Goulding, Haim, and Waxahatchee

    OutKastWe were greeted by the cry of the hootie-hoo — a lone voice echoing through the machine fog, calling for a response that came in force. "HOOTIE HOOOOOOOOO" said the Coachella crowd, and though OutKast were running late, they immediately made amends with a heavily stacked eight-song run. Appearing within a strange screen-cube overlaid with Old Glory were the ATLiens themselves: Big Boi sporting a gleaming medallion and some weird militant streetwear, and André 3000 in stripy overalls and a Mexican ball-cap. With a sizable band backing, they dove in."B.O.B." offered immediate gratification of the sing-along sort.

  • The 20 Best Things We Saw at Coachella 2014

    The 20 Best Things We Saw at Coachella 2014

    Coachella 2014 was undoubtedly the most guest-packed installment in the Southern Californian festival's 15-year run. Justin Bieber shared the stage with Chance the Rapper. Beyoncé dropped by sister Solange's set. Jhene Aiko summoned Drake. Pharrell raised Gwen Stefani (and Nelly, and Puff Daddy, and Snoop Dogg). Girl Talk brought out E-40, Too $hort, Busta Rhymes, and Juicy J. Jay Z dropped in on Nas. And Classixx's set included appearances by LCD Soundsystem's Nancy Whang, YACHT, Preatures, and Superhumanoids' Sarah Chernoff. And the booked talent was nothing to shrug at either, ranging from pop oddities like Lorde and Lana Del Rey to indie icons à la Neutral Milk Hotel and Arcade Fire. Oh, and OutKast. We hit Indio with the intent to see everything, and gathered the results for you here.

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