Chris Martins

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  • Jonny Greenwood / Photo by Getty Images

    Listen to Jonny Greenwood's Haunting Score for 'The Master'

    Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated new feature film The Master hits theaters on Friday, but the tense, emotive score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood is streaming now via Spotify. The period piece, which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix, is set in post World War II America, and the soundtrack features the voices of late jazz icons Ella Fitzgerald, Jo Stafford and Helen Forrest. Greenwood first tried his hand at scoring with 2003's Bodysong, a documentary about the human life cycle, but broke through in 2007 when Anderson asked him to provide music to the Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood. The guy plays guitar and keys for the 'Head, but is also ace on a number of obscure instruments, from ondes Martenot to viola to glockenspiel. Plus he writes music software. The soundtrack to The Master is playable below with a (free) Spotify membership.

  • Lou Reed Makes a Funny! Shares Photo of 'Sectioned' Banana

    Lou Reed Makes a Funny! Shares Photo of 'Sectioned' Banana

    This just in: Lou Reed has a sense of humor! (And, we're guessing, a friend who knows how to use Photoshop.) The Velvet Underground founder shared a photo of a sliced up banana via Facebook on Tuesday with the caption "Sectioned." The image mimics the iconic cover of the band's 1967 debut, The Velvet Underground and Nico, which is currently caught up in a lawsuit over its art. And we thought David Bowie was the only icon who recently developed a desire to yuk it up. Last week a federal judge threw out the claim initiated by Lou Reed and John Cale that the Velvets, instead of the Andy Warhol Foundation, should own the copyright to the famous illustrated banana.

  • Muse's Matthew Bellamy / Photo by Getty Images

    Muse Smack Down Sci-Fi Writer's Infringement Lawsuit

    An obscure writer named Charles Bolfrass has accused British space-prog band Muse of ripping off his "cinematic science-fiction rock opera" and is demanding $3.5 million in damages. The suit was filed at a federal court in Manhattan, and alleges that the group's gold-selling 2009 album The Resistance stole both its plot and artwork from his original creation dubbed Exogenesis. A spokesperson for Muse disagrees vehemently: "The claim is complete nonsense, and is categorically denied. It appears to be based on a 'screenplay' which the band never received or saw, produced by someone the band has never heard of.

  • Torche / Photo by Gary Copeland

    Beloved Metal Label Hydra Head Calls it Quits

    After 20 stellar years in the game, Los Angeles-based heavy metal label Hydra Head Records is calling it quits. Co-founder Aaron Turner, best known as the leader of ISIS, posted a lengthy heartbreaker of a note today, citing the changing tides of the industry and a "self-induced whirlwind of chaos." The label is known for championing artists who leaned to the left of the metal field, from one-man black metal band Xasthur, to laptop noise musician Merzbow, to sludge legends like Big Business and Harvey Milk, to alt-rock crossover sensations Cave In and unclassifiable rap duo Dälek. Founded in 1993, Hydra Head and will cease to release new music after December of this year.

  • John Peel / Photo by Alastair Indge/Photoshot/Getty

    Stream Over 400 of Legendary British DJ John Peel's Shows

    Legendary BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel passed away in 2004, but his fans and former colleagues continue to strive to ensure his pioneering work is not forgotten. As reported back in February, there's an official project underway to archive his massive record collection online, but Liverpool blog Seven Streets has discovered the mother lode via SoundCloud: 458 episodes of Peel's show, streaming at the ready. The collection, uploaded by an otherwise unknown Yorkshire user named "+dB," spans his entire career, from his time in 1967 at pirate station Radio London to his final days hosting with the BBC in 2004. Included are sessions with Bob Marley and the Wailers, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Joy Division, Dead Can Dance, Stereolab, Pulp, Daft Punk, Boards of Canada, and countless others.

  • Hold It Against Meme: PSY Teaches Britney Spears 'Gangnam Style' Dance

    Hold It Against Meme: PSY Teaches Britney Spears 'Gangnam Style' Dance

    Ellen DeGeneres never misses an opportunity to make history via dance. She got down with the President to Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" and taught a gaggle of middle-aged women to "Crank That" with help from Soulja Boy himself, and now she's bested herself by enlisting K-Pop phenom PSY to teach Britney Spears his virally unstoppable "Gangnam Style" dance. "[The] mindset of this dance is dress classy, and dance cheesy," PSY explained after surprising Spears and fellow Ellen guest Simon Cowell by emerging from a wall and bucking across the stage as if he was both a bronco and the intrepid cowboy perched precariously atop. He took one look at Brit in her high heels and gave her all the direction she needed :"Bounce like you're riding an invisible horse." This meeting of the minds wasn't exactly unprecedented.

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    Chris Brown's Insane Neck Tattoo Looks Like Battered Rihanna

    Chris Brown has a new neck tattoo that bears an overwhelming resemblance to the widely circulated police photo taken of Rihanna after he viciously assaulted her in 2009. TMZ says the singer insists that it is not "a bizarre homage" to the woman that he beat, but the fact that we can ask this at all — that Brown is wearing a mauled female rictus on his body like some kind of trophy — it's enough. Much ado was made about the two sharing a brief kiss at last week's VMAs. Speculation abounded over what was most likely a polite gesture on Rihanna's part. As gestures go, this latest one from Brown seems more like a call to arms. The tattoo's chin and left eye seem tailor-made to mimic Rihanna's bone structure and some of the illustrated wounds line up with the real ones Brown inflicted.

  • Tyga / Photo by Getty Images

    Tyga Wood: Young Money MC Gets Into Porn Biz With 'Rack City XXX'

    At 22, Young Money rapper Tyga would fall into the "barely legal" category, but that's not stopping the heavily tatted Compton native from starting his own porn site named after his biggest hit. Rack City XXX is now live, and Tyga has also announced that he's directing and starring in a similarly named flick. The news comes via AVN, who fluff the hell out of their story: "He could very well be smiling after charting four songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in the past year ... but today [Tyga] is grinning from ear to ear because he's watching Sophie Dee getting railed by Lexington Steele on the deck of an infinity pool." Lest his fans get too excited, however, the man will not be participating in the action.

  • Feeding People's 'Island Universe' Video

    Feeding People Unspool a Domestic Murder Fantasy In 'Island Universe' Clip

    "The Island Universe is a solitary space that every human being is stuck in individually," says Feeding People's 19-year-old singer Jessie Jones. "The idea in the song is that I want to create an Island Universe with another person — either the listener or a lover — so that we can share the same feelings and things." It's a lovely sentiment, and the Los Angeles group's new single "Island Universe" is a breezy, catchy nugget of '50s-flavored pop, but there's a just perceptible darkness that lurks in Jones' delivery — a tinge of creep that suggests that any other occupants of that special space might not end up there of their own free will. She and bandmate Louis Filliger play off of this dichotomy in the Dick Thompson-directed video for the song, which hails from the just-out EP of the same name, courtesy of rising L.A. powerhouse Innovative Leisure.

  • Airbird

    Hear Airbird's Full Mariah Carey-Sampling 'Romance Layers' EP

    With Ford and Lopatin, Joel Ford earned a rep for playful, sci-fi tinged dream beats. Under his solo guise of Airbird, he cuts through the haze to deliver deep disco-damaged grooves with a touch of computer funk and trill — just a hair — thrown in for good measure. Oh, and Mariah Carey. The '90s R&B queen and upcoming American Idol judge's "Prisoner" is sampled blatantly and beautifully on "Free Mind," a standout cut from the Romance Layers EP we're streaming below. Ford utilized a new technological loophole dubbed Legitmix to record the song. In fact, each of this set's four songs offers a reconstruction of something borrowed. "Your Love is Gone" pulls from Basia's "Drunk On Love," while "Long Lake" samples "The Continent" by Steve Roach, and "Lower Magalloway" pays tribute to "Mac Man" by Allan Holdsworth. Check out the colorful electronic tuneage below.

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