Chris Martins

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  • Neail Young Crazy Horse Walk Like a Giant video

    Neil Young Makes Homage to Giants, Follows Judd Apatow on Twitter

    Neil Young has always been a straight-shooter, so when the gnarled Godfather of Grunge names a record Psychedelic Pill, you can be damn sure things are gonna get trippy. The October 30 set will be his first album of original material with Crazy Horse in nearly a decade, and Rolling Stone debuted the inaugural song.Not to disappoint, "Walk Like a Giant" is a fuzzed up bruiser that runs a full 16 minutes on the record. Thankfully, it was edited down for the weird-ass video, which appears to highlight "giants" through the ages from the legendary Sasquatch to Albert Einstein. The rest of the time, the clip is caught up in a kaleidoscopic meltdown.

  • Coldplay Live 2012 concert film live album

    Coldplay Capture 'Mylo Xyloto' Tour in 'Live 2012' Concert Film

    According to Billboard, Coldplay have made more money than any other band on the road this year — to the tune of $99.7 million — so why stop there? Chris Martin's Technicolor dream warriors have been touring behind 2011's Mylo Xyloto since the first single dropped last June. More than 3 million have seen the neon-dipped, laser-laden extravaganza since it lifted off, and now even more will thanks to Live 2012, a concert film/album combo due November 20.Directed by Paul Dugdale (Adele's Live at the Royal Albert Hall, the Prodigy's Worlds On Fire), the 90-minute set uses footage culled primarily from three venues: Paris' Stade de France, Montreal's Bell Centre, and the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.

  • Ben Gibbard Aimee Mann Bigger than Love

    Ben Gibbard, Aimee Mann Duet on Tender 'Bigger Than Love'

    As Consequence of Sound points out, NPR is streaming a new song from Ben Gibbard's upcoming solo album, Former Lives. The Death Cab for Cutie singer teams up with rockin' folky Aimee Mann for "Bigger Than Love," a tender rambler with a lightly proggy breakdown that deals with co-dependence, fate, and rivers full of champagne, naturally.This is the second song from Gibbard's solo debut, which comes October 16 via Barsuk. Last month, we heard "Teardrop Windows," a loving tribute to Seattle's Smith Tower, the tallest building on the entire West Coast until 1962. Ol' Gibbstack has also delivered a cover of Stars' "Set Yourself on Fire" and the baseball ode, "Icharo's Theme."Listen to "Bigger Than Love" over at NPR.

  • Chris Brown probation marijuana Rihanna

    Chris Brown Fails Pot Test While on Probation

    Another day, another story about Chris Brown doing something foolish. Breezy's rocky ride continues with the news that the singer has tested positive for marijuana despite the fact that he's still on probation for brutalizing Rihanna in 2009. (Thanks for doing something weed-related on the 30 Most Commercially Successful Pot Songs day, though!)At a hearing on Monday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg also expressed concern over Brown's commitment to his prescribed community service hours, which he'd been whittling away in Virginia where he was tested for the pot in June. "You are not an average person sitting in a living room," said Schnegg according to the Los Angeles Times. We raised a similar point when he showed up with a Rihanna-resembling neck tattoo.

  • Arcade Fire David Byrne Strokes basketball KC Sunshine Band

    Watch David Byrne Cover KC and the Sunshine Band With Arcade Fire and the Strokes

    Canada's POP Montreal fest hosted its second annual POP vs. Jock charity basketball game over the weekend, resulting in one of the most wondrously bizarre halftime shows you'll ever see: David Byrne leading members of Arcade Fire and the Strokes through covers of "96 Tears" and "That's the Way (I Like It)."Team POP included Arcade Fire's Win and Will Butler, Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture, actor Martin Starr (of Party Down fame) and pro-baller Luke Bonner (currently a free agent). Win's wife and bandmate Régine Chassagne played the Teen Wolf-inspired mascot, and the former Talking Head held down the bench.But for the break, Byrne went hard in the paint backed by the brothers Butler, Chassagne, and Fraiture as he covered ? and the Mysterians' 1966 garage-rock game-changer and KC and the Sunshine Band's 1975 arena-sized disco hit.

  • Lil Wayne threatens lawyer amnesia lawsuit

    Watch Lil Wayne Threaten a Lawyer, Get Amnesia in Court

    Earlier this month, we found out that Lil Wayne is suing film producer Quincy Jones III for using Lil Wayne music in, of all things, a Lil Wayne documentary that Weezy himself had greenlit. As if that line of logic doesn't seem confused enough, the superstar rapper now appears to be obstructing his own case.TMZ has edited together highlight reel of Weezy getting deposed by Jones' lawyer Pete Ross, in which Lil Wayne fakes amnesia, claims to be psychic, reminisces over "a crazy stupid thick" woman he recently performed for, and maybe kinda sorta threatens the opposing attorney.It's unclear why the presiding judge tolerates Weezy's stubborness, but it makes for a good watch. It's hilarious and also a little worrisome, especially when Wayne says to Ross "You know [the judge] can't save you, right? In the real world? That guy right there.

  • Daphni video Pairs Jiaolong

    Watch Daphni's Prismatic Clip for Second Post-Caribou Single 'Pairs'

    In 2010, the man then known as Caribou dropped his most Balearic-boosted set of beats to date, the lush, psychedelic, and deep house-informed Swim. The change in sound seemingly necessitated a change in identity, as Dan Snaith has since returned as Daphni, an alias that allows him the freedom to be as danceable as he wants to be. His new album JIALONG is due out digitally October 9, physically October 16, via Merge, and we've got the second track from it here. The percussive and minimalistic "Pairs" comes paired with the prismatic imaging of Jane Eastlight, making for a fully immersive audio-visual experience. Dive in.Daphni, JIAOLONG1. "Yes, I Know"2. "Cos-Ber-Zam - Ne Noya (Daphni Mix)"3. "Ye Ye"4. "Light"5. "Pairs"6. "Ahora"7. "Jiao"8. "Springs"9. "Long"

  • Lee Fields 'Faithful Man' Video

    Watch Soul Legend Lee Fields' Surreal 'Faithful Man' Clip

    Lee Fields is that rare obscure artist from soul's rich past who's mounting a comeback not by way of some DJ's dusty vinyl collection, but in the flesh. The North Carolina native toured with Kool and the Gang in the late '60s and eventually earned himself the nickname Little JB on account of his James Brown-like onstage vim. He released a brand new album earlier this year dubbed Faithful Man, and we're pleased to share the video for the song of the same name.This slick slab of Memphis-style soul is well matched by the Tiombe Lockhart-directed clip, which finds Fields taking a seat at a barroom piano in order to unspool a tale of temptation.

  • 10 albums streaming Flying Lotus Miguel Muse

    10 Albums You Can Hear Now: Muse, Flying Lotus, Miguel, More!

    Yet another bounty of streaming platters is upon us. Breakfast, lunch and dinner, served:1) Flying Lotus, Until the Quiet Comes. "Intricate enough to make listeners scramble to dissect every little flourish in the mix, but… so sonically brash and powerful that it's hard not to let the whole body of sound wash over you." (via NPR)2) Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream. "The Los Angeles-born singer took a hard look at R&B, pop, rock, funk and 'club-aware electronic soul,' gleefully smashed those plates and glued them all together. Sounds repeat, refract and coalesce." (via NPR) 3) WHY?, Mumps, etc. "[Lyrical] intensity doled out with an off-kilter smile and a kaleidoscopic array of sounds. A sonically satisfying mix of folk, rap, chamber music, and psychedelia." Includes artist's track-by-track breakdown. (via SPIN)4) Muse, The 2nd Law.

  • Best Coast covers Nirvana

    Best Coast Cover Nirvana's 'About a Girl' as 'Nevermind' Turns 21

    Best Coast played Brussels on Sunday night where they delivered an unexpected gem. "We'll play a Nirvana cover now. Feel free to film it," declared singer Bethany Cosentino before launching into "About a Girl." Film it someone did, of course, and now the world can see Bobb Bruno shredding to some vintage grunge revisited, via Pigeons and Planes.The cover was a few days early — and culled from the wrong Nirvana album — to have been a deliberate tribute to Nevermind, which turns 21 today, but that's one reason why we're posting it now. (We could trot it out again in exactly one month: the version of "About a Girl" the band made famous on 1994's MTV Unplugged celebrates its 18th birthday on October 24; the original, of course, appeared on 1989's Bleach.) The song's hooky fuzz seems to fit the So Cal surf-poppers' dirty fizz just about perfectly.

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