Chris Martins

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  • Brian Eno Scape app iPad

    Brian Eno Drops Chillwave-y New iPad Music App 'Scape'

    A few days after announcing his first solo album in seven years, legendary producer Brian Eno has revealed his new iPad app, Scape. The program allows users to create atmospheric music by manipulating colors and shapes onscreen. As Eno told the Guardian, "I might retire now I’ve found a way to make myself redundant."This is actually the Roxy Music co-founder's second venture into appdom. The first was 2008's iPhone creation, Bloom, which was interesting but lacking in a certain razzle-dazzle. To quote one iTunes app store user, "Save your money. Hand a wind chime and run your eyes 'til you see spots." This is different.In fact, it's a New Ager's dream. With a healthy array of iridescent pyramids, warm summery tints and glowing diamonds, the thing could couple as a chillwave album cover generator.

  • Lady Gaga Tony Bennett duet album jazz

    Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Will Make a Jazz Album Together

    He's an 86-year-old crooner who fought the Germans in World War II, made an album with Count Basie, and nurtured a healthy sideline as a painter, landing art projects in well-known galleries around the world. She's a 26-year-old art project who fights the paparazzi daily, has recorded with New Kids on the Block, and released her own fragrance called Fame, for which she slept in a well-known gallery. Why wouldn't they do a big band swing LP together?According to Rolling Stone, Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga are going to make a jazz album together. This revelation is not entirely without precedent. The pair teamed up to sing "The Lady is a Tramp" for Bennett's far more run-of-the-mill Duets II album last year. But then, "She called me from New Zealand and said, 'I want to do a jazz album with you,'" explained Dat Yung Benny.

  • Madonna marlon brando lawsuit

    Madonna and Marlon Brando Hung Up in Complex 'Vogue' Lawsuits

    Turns out being a Material Girl doesn't protect you from getting shook down by the ethereal world. Marlon Brando's estate wants $300,000 from Madonna for her use of the deceased star's image on her 2012 tour.Her 1990 megahit "Vogue" famously lists off the names of the famous — "Greta Garbo, and Monroe / Deitrich and DiMaggio / Marlon Brando, Jimmy Dean / On the cover of a magazine." — and during live performances, she flashes their likeness across the stage in time with the lyrics. This is indeed a privilege that Madge pays for.According to The Hollywood Reporter, when she did the song at the Super Bowl in February, Madonna dolled out $3,750 each to the relevant estates, which included those listed above, along with Jean Harlow, Lana Turner, Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Gene Kelly, and Grace Kelly.

  • James Murphy the Comedy Tim Eric

    LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy Parties With Tim & Eric In 'The Comedy' Trailer

    The Comedy is not a comedy at all, but the film does star Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (the titular dudes of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!) sometimes doing comical things as a pair of hipsters aging ungracefully in Williamsburg. Their too-cool crew is rounded out by none other than former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy (who's aging more gracefully than any other hipster we know) and, to bring it full circle, music-making funnyman Neil Hamburger. Those fellas and a couple of other dudes of note — Okkervil River's Will Sheff, the Shins' Richard Swift — appear in the first official trailer of the film, which was released today. Bloominton, Indiana indie label Jagjaguwar helped produce the Rick Alverson co-written drama, and they've also just announced the soundtrack, out November 13, which features a Gayngs cut alongside more obscure fare.

  • Lil Wayne Elvis singles skatepark

    Lil Wayne Beats Elvis' Singles Record, Opens Skatepark

    It's a big day for chart upsets. Earlier, we learned that Mumford & Sons are on their way to outselling Justin Bieber in first-week album sales. Now Billboard reports that Lil Wayne has unseated Elvis Presley for number of singles to reach the celebrated Hot 100 chart.Weezy hits 109 — fortuitously on the same day he turns 30 years old — thanks to his prophetically titled Game collab "Celebration." It took the King more years than he had on this Earth to nab 108 slots on the list, and Wayne's only been at it since 1999, but both have been bested by the Glee cast's 204 positions in three years.Worth noting: Presley was the lead artist billed on every single one of his hits, while more than half of Weezy's winners have him credited as a featured act.

  • Soundgarden Been Away Too Long single King Animal

    Hear Soundgarden's Furious New Single 'Been Away Too Long'

    Hard-rocking denizens of the internet have been caught up in a ceaseless game of cat and mouse since Soundgarden's new single "Been Away Too Long" leaked yesterday. The song is the first the public has heard of the band's forthcoming November 13 album, King Animal, which finds the band back in the studio after a 16-year gap kicked off by 1996's Down On the Upside. After hitting blogs and news sites with takedown notices yesterday, Republic Records has released a proper stream of the slippery new single, which proves that yes, Soundgarden have indeed "Been Away Too Long." Get under something solid and hit play on this furious earth-shaker.

  • Mumford Sons chart Babel debut No. 1

    Mumford & Sons Are Somehow Bigger Than Justin Bieber, Madonna

    Mumford & Sons' otherwise underwhelming second LP Babel is on track to have the biggest debut sales week of the year, putting it ahead of 2012 releases by Justin Bieber, Madonna and Pink by roughly twice as many units moved. According to Billboard, it could sell 600,000 copies.That Babel will sit at the top of next week's Top 10 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart is a given at this point. (Bieber's No. 1-nabbing Believe launched at 347,000.) In fact, it's looking to be the biggest sales week, period, for a rock act since AC/DC dropped Black Ice in 2008.Not bad for a bunch of banjo-twiddlers. What's more, with digital sales booming for the band, Mumford are also projected to notch the second largest sales week for a digital album ever, most likely landing a couple hundred thousand behind Lady Gaga's Born This Way (662K).How did this happen?

  • Whitney Houston TV tribute Usher Celine Dion

    Whitney Houston Will Be Honored With TV Tribute, Greatest Hits, Book

    Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, and Usher are all slated to perform in a Grammy-branded televised tribute to Whitney Houston, set to air on CBS nine months after the iconic R&B singer's death. There's also a greatest hits package on the way, dubbed the "first ever, definitive" single-disc set of its kind and, of course, a book.“We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute to Whitney Houston” will film at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater on October 11, and will air as a one-hour special on November 16 at 10 p.m. It's set to include a star-studded lineup of interviews, footage of Houston's "most memorable performances," and other guest artists yet to be announced.Perhaps R. Kelly will join the lineup to perform his posthumously recorded duet with Houston "I Look to You" (is it too soon for a Holo-Houston?), which he shared via YouTube a few days ago.

  • Grizzly Bear Yet Again video figure skater

    Grizzly Bear Let a Figure Skater Lose Her Mind in 'Yet Again' Video

    In the eerie video for Grizzly Bear's Shields single "Yet Again," a young ice skater finds herself on a surreal journey after falling through rink ice and emerging in a lake. Carnie folk, forest cowboys, and happy teens populate the mundane-but-foreign world that director Emily Kai Bock builds around her stunned subject, while the graceful chamber-folk does figure eights throughout. But is this girl teleporting? Tripping? In an ennui-triggered fugue state? In the end, as the Creators Project co-produced "Yet Again" careens into an OK Computer-styled freakout, it's all too much for her to, um, bear.

  • Angel Haze Jamie xx New York mashup

    Hear Angel Haze Rap Over Jamie xx on Narcotic 'New York'

    On Angel Haze's July stunner of an EP, Reservation, the rising New York rapper spits scathing, heart-braising fire over production that makes her moniker's surname a more literal descriptor. It's no surprise then that she would sound incredible over something from the xx's camp. Here, Reservation producer 83rd combines Haze's "New York" with Jamie XX's remix of "New York is Killing Me" by Gil Scott-Heron. The results are decidedly narcotic, dubbed out into an inescapably dark but strangely bubbling groove. Dig in.

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