Chris Martins



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    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.

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    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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    Blur Vow to Strike Against Crappy Label Bosses

    Blur are leading the charge of Parlophone-signed artists threatening to withhold future albums if the forced sale of their label goes to an unkind suitor. The British imprint is one of many currently owned by EMI, the massive music company being absorbed by one of the other three remaining massive music companies, Universal Music Group.In order for the $1.9 billion merger to meet trade commission standards, EMI has to sell off a third of its assets. Parlophone is on the market and, according to The Independent, being considered by Sony, Warner, and BMG. The label's current roster includes Coldplay, Kylie Minogue, Gorillaz, Tinie Tempah, and Bat for Lashes, among others.And yet, as Blur drummer Dave Rowntree told the paper, "Artists are the only people currently being left out of the conversation, which is unfortunate.

  • Lollapalooza Brazil Chile Pearl Jam Deadmau5

    Pearl Jam, Deadmau5 Lead Lollapalooza Chile and Brasil Lineups

    No word yet on Lollapalooza's inaugural venture into Israel, but the lineups for the Perry Farrell-founded fest's South American chapters have been announced. Lollapaloozas Brasil and Chile will be headlined by Pearl Jam, Deadmau5, the Black Keys, and Queens of the Stone Age, with the Killers and Planet Hemp rounding out the Brazilian event, which runs an extra day.Other artists of note to be shared by both — deep breath — include dance dudes Kaskade, Major Lazer, Steve Aoki, Porter Robinson, and Knife Party; rock types A Perfect Circle, the Hives, Franz Ferdinand, Two Door Cinema Club, Hot Chip, Passion Pit, Crystal Castles, Alabama Shakes, Puscifer, Toro Y Moi, and Gary Clark, Jr.; and Nas, the only rapper on either bill.Lollapalooza Brasil, which also features the Flaming Lips and Cake, runs March 29 to 31 at São Paulo's Jockey Club.

  • Andrew W.K. My Little Pony Brony convention

    See Andrew W.K. Speak About Brony Solidarity, Bullying at My Little Pony Convention

    On Friday, Andrew W.K. took a trip to a magical land called Canterlot Gardens. Although it may look like a Holiday Inn in Strongsville, Ohio, to the pack of Bronies gathered therein, it was a safe place to mix, mingle, and bond with other grown men over their shared obsession with My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. As promised, music's premier party animal hosted an hour-long panel at the MLP convention."A lot of adults confuse growing up with a sense of seriousness, boringness," he said to the packed room, before assuring them that, "Whatever you want to play with, it’s okay. It’s not only okay, it’s good. This is a forward-thinking, advanced movement that is ahead of the curve." You know, like Dadaists, those guys that brought us the Rennaissance, or the disciples of Aristotle.Early in the discussion, W.K.

  • Fiona Apple TMZ Perez Hilton responds

    Fiona Apple Fires Back at Perez Hilton, TMZ, Tabloid Bullies

    Following her weed arrest in September, Fiona Apple has been gradually getting on top of the resultant drama. Last week, she cleared the air surrounding her bizarre rant about being mistreated by Texas police, and at Saturday night's Clearwater, Florida gig, she spoke out against the tabloids who've been dragging her name, and her body, through the muck.As Pitchfork points out, now that the drug chatter has died down, sites like TMZ and Perez Hilton have shifted attention to Apple's weight, an issue that music press left behind at least a decade ago. But alas, we have headlines emerging like "Fiona Apple: Worn Thin" or "Fiona Apple Scares Us With Behavior! Experts Weigh In!," and FiFi ain't having it."Perez Hilton, TMZ, whoever you represent: I'm not invulnerable to this stuff," she said. "I've been around for many years, but it hurts.

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    Dave Sitek Launches New Label With Trent Reznor Remix

    "Somewhere along the line music became 'content.' It's my full intention to bring it back to music again! I believe in the power of song. Under the spell of the right song, passion is within reach, love is close by, and you are not alone! With such potency, music should be treated with care. The sound, the feel, the presentation ... everything!"So goes the ecstatic announcement from TV on the Radio member and Santigold co-producer Dave Sitek inaugurating his brand new boutique label Federal Prism. The first release is the "Destroyer" single from synthy Brooklyn art-poppers, Telepathe, backed with a remix by Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails collaborators Atticus Ross and Alessandro Cortini.Sitek on his label's first artist: "They are Blade Runner, they are lonely astronauts, they are mysterious! It's hard to be progressive, even harder to bring the beautiful and the explosive with you!

  • Axl Rose Guns N Roses Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Axl Rose to Break 20-Year Live TV Hiatus on 'Jimmy Kimmel'

    Axl Rose has been a busy little headbanger of late. First, there's the new look, which we'd like to dub Yosemite Glam. Last week, came the "Sweet Child O' Die" art gallery flap. Then there was all that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drama — the 1,038-word rejection letter, the additional 514 words of apology — and his ongoing lawsuit against Guitar Hero for daring to place him in the same virtual environment as Slash. And then came the Guns N' Roses Euro tour, which included a couple of tumbles and a robbery.You'd think the fella would be ready for a rest, or just want to hide for a year or so, but the GNR godhead is, instead, giving his first live broadcast television interview in over 20 years.

  • Matthew E. White' 'Brazos' Video

    Watch Matthew E. White's Righteous 30-Piece 'Brazos' Performance

    "Brazos" is the kind of clip that speaks for itself, but we'll do our best to add to that conversation. Matthew E. White, if you don't know, is a Richmond, Virginia-bred singer-songwriter with a real John Lennon vibe going, both in terms of his ambition and his rolling, psychedelic soul music. White is joined by 30 musicians in this live rendition of his new Big Inner LP's 11-minute closer. "Brazos," in case you didn't know, is Spanish for "arms," and it's a famously warm pair that he's cooing about in this spiritually steeped space-out. The performance comes from Raleigh, North Carolina's Hopscotch fest on September 6, as part of a concert White dubbed, "One Incantation Under God." Righteous. Catch the fella on the road with Mountain Goats into December (dates after the video).Matthew E.

  • Bahamas' 'Lost In The Light' video

    See Bahamas' Sweet Tribute to Dead Love, 'Lost In The Light'

    Anybody who's faced heartbreak with a sober eye can appreciate the message of "Lost in the Light" by Bahamas, a.k.a. Afie Jurvanen. The Toronto folk 'n' soul artist has a voice that goes down like Bill Callahan's black coffee baritone swirled up with sugar and cream. His lyrics are simple. They cut to the core, and all of that is emphasized in this video, which employs doo-wop darlings and galactic backdrops to call attention to, in our opinion, the smallness of man as he stands humbled at the fickle foot of love. Or maybe we should let Afie tell it: "This is song about the death of a relationship. On one hand, you mourn its loss. On the other, you celebrate all that was good about it while acknowledging all of its flaws. It's about acceptance and revelation. It's just a song that's trying to make sense of something that was complex.

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