Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Mumford and Sons Billboard No. 1 Babel

    Who Charted? Mumford Takes All, Deadmau5 Squeaks In

    First! Mumford and Sons are number one with a bullet (or perhaps an arrow shot from the string of a banjo). The British bluegrass revivalists blew past pop icons Justin Bieber, Madonna, and last week's chart-topping Pink to score the biggest debut sales week of 2012 with a whopping 600,000 units moved of their solidly vanilla second album, Babel. It seems they now speak the language of the middle — what else could account for their besting the Biebz nearly twofold (he nabbed 374K for Believe), and scoring the biggest sales week, period, for a rock record since AC/DC's totally not awful Black Ice in 2008? They also set a record for Spotify album streams and came in second to Lady Gaga on digital LP sales. SPIN's own Marc Hogan ran down the band's victories earlier (via Billboard).

  • Jessie Ware Night Light remix Joe Goddard Hot Chip

    Hear Jessie Ware's 'Night Light' Go Disco With Help From Hot Chip

    Jessie Ware's elegantly propulsive combination of Sade quiet storm and Aaliyah R&B needs nothing added to it, as her excellent Devotion LP readily attests, which makes this vital remix of new single "Night Life" all the more surprising. Hot Chip co-founder Joe Goddard takes the original's subtlety and doses it with deeply grooved disco. It's thrilling to hear Ware at work over something so blissful and unrestrained, going toe to toe with a man who's a master in his own field, which happens to contrast beautifully with hers.

  • The Kills the Shins Jack White Third Man Records

    The Shins, the Kills to Reopen Jack White's Third Man Records

    The Shins and the Kills will assist with the grand reopening of Jack White's Third Man Records shop in Nashville. The two bands will headline separate in-house concerts that will be recorded and committed to acetate for White's Live at Third Man series.Since the store and label HQ opened in 2009, the public portion has been cozy. But new expansions and enhancements have recast the place as a "three-building compound," says the official announcement. The Blue Room show space will include a view of the vinyl-cutting lathe and mastering suite in action.The Shins perform on October 6 with British blues band Low Cut Connie and old school NorCal punx Public Nuisance. The latter will get the literally patent triple-decker vinyl treatment from TMR via a rare reissue made in an edition of 200.

  • Kendrick Lamar Jimmy Fallon the Roots swimming pools

    Kendrick Lamar and the Roots Go Deep In 'Swimming Pools' on 'Fallon'

    It's always something special when the Roots sit in with one of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon's musical guests — well, almost always (apologies to Chiddy Bang). Last night, Kendrick Lamar teamed up with the legendary rap band to perform a particularly stirring rendition of "Swimming Pool (Drank)," a very sober-sounding song about being anything but. The Compton rapper and Dr. Dre discipl sported a hoody as he delivered the moody song's message, while ?uestlove added pitched down overdubs and battled trappy hi-hats with live drumming. The rest of the group sat deep in the cut, crafting some otherworldly atmosphere for Lamar to do his thing. Good look, guys. Revisit the official music video for "Swimming Pool (Drank)" while you're at it.

  • Nicki Minaj feud Mariah Carey American Idol

    Nicki Minaj Curses Out Mariah Carey on 'American Idol'

    The mood is getting a little, um, ratchet at American Idol. As TMZ reports, auditions in Charlotte, North Carolina were shut down yesterday when bickering broke out between judges Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey."I told them I'm not fucking putting up with her fucking highness over there," Minaj appears to shout while Keith Urban throws up his hands, caught between Nicki's nasal caw and Mariah's sassy pointer finger.TMZ has video of the incident (below), but the audio is murky, so the quotes are theirs. They also claim an inside source heard the Young Money rapper threatening to knock out her R&B elder, so ... grain of salt.Of course, the gossip site has been doggedly breaking Nicki-Mariah feud news since Minaj's involvement was a rumor.

  • Baroness bus crash photos update

    Baroness Explain Bus Crash in Agonizing, Gory Detail

    In August, a bus carrying Georgian alt-metal band Baroness and their crew plummeted from a viaduct near Bath, England. While everyone survived, injuries were numerous and severe. The band has put on a positive face since, giving brief updates along the way until today's heartbreakingly poignant and vivid letter from singer-guitarist John Baizley, whose stapled-up arm appears in the photo above."I looked into a cold, unreflective mirror," he writes toward the letter's close. "It was the dark, silent, dispassionate logic of the end. I realized in that moment that life can be seen as a light switch: 'on' or 'off.' When the moment passed and I heard the screaming, felt the pain, and tasted my own blood, I was overcome with joy.

  • Danny Bonaduce bath salts fan bitten face

    Danny Bonaduce Bit By 'Bath Salts' Zombie At AC/DC Covers Concert

    Former Partridge Family child actor, occasional professional wrestler, and full-time morning show radio personality Danny Bonaduce is on a press-gathering rampage after being bitten in the face by a possibly bath salts-addled fan. The fella was emceeing a gig by an all-female AC/DC covers band, of course, at a casino in Bow, Washington on Friday night when he was approached."She said, 'I loved you on The Partridge Family. Can I kiss you?'" Bonaduce told Tacoma's New Tribune. She apparently then wrapped her arms around his head and chomped down on his cheek, latching on for as much as a minute before others reportedly pulled her off. As he told CNN affiliate KIRO-TV, "They were tiny little Chucky teeth. Man, they just gnawed like piranhas ...

  • The Black Keys Danger Mouse

    Black Keys Plot New Danger Mouse-Produced Album for 2013

    With only a decade under their collective (rust) belt Ohio garage-blues gurus the Black Keys have helmed eight albums (figuring in the Blakroc project) and a pair of EPs. In a new interview with CBS Local, via L.A. rock radio station KROQ, drummer Patrick Carney reveals that the fellas have a new LP planned for 2013, and that it will probably be produced by Danger Mouse."We’re going to start making a new album in January and we're going to tour a little more in the spring," he said. "Our plan is the have the new album done by the end of spring or earlier, then hopefully take a few months off to do normal things like go to bed early and wake up early, walk the dog, that kind of stuff.

  • Now That's What I Call Music retire cut done

    Godawful 'Now That's What I Call Music' Series May Finally Die

    Yesterday, we reported on an unfortunate effect of EMI's $1.9 billion sale to Universal Music Group. Today, we have good news. Since the mega-merger would give UMG 39 percent of the global record market, EMI has to get rid of some stuff.While Blur is understandably protesting the sale of Parlophone, we're perfectly happy to report that the horrendous Now That's What I Call Music! pop compilation series may finally get the ignominious public death it's long deserved.Fitting that the thing launched in 1983 (sampling: UB40, Rod Stewart, Kajagoogoo) and its final installment may be November's forthcoming volume 83. According to Metro, unless an outside investment comes, Now could be canned by year's end."They’re a total guilty pleasure and an essential part of growing up," Top of the Pops editor Peter Hart told The Telegraph.

  • Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar (edit) / Photos by Getty Images

    Hear Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar's New 'Compton' Collab

    Los Angeles' great rap hope Kendrick Lamar drops his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city, on October 22, but you can hear the Dr. Dre protege's second big collab with his mentor now. "Compton" starts off with a Blaxploitation-flavored soul loop and some patently West Coast blunted beatwork. For his first verse, Kendrick is in Stones Throw mode, a braggart in a backpack with a gift for wordplay. By the end, he's pinching his throat and trimming his bars to sound like Eminem.

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