Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Karmin / Photo via NBC

    'SNL' Asks for Help Picking Musical Guests

    Ever watch Saturday Night Live — say, that time Karmin was on — and think, "I could come up with a list of, literally, a thousand better bands in, like, five minutes"? Well, now's your chance! SNL is crowd-sourcing for hosts and musical guests. According to a post on the show's Backstage Blog, staffers will devote one day out of every month to sift through fan suggestions that come through social media. "Once a month we'll chose a day and open the floor to your suggestions on Facebook and Twitter," the post details, minting a couple of fresh hashtags — #SNLHost or #SNLMusic — in the process. "Please, stick to the designated days. It will make your suggestions so much easier to track and keep our feeds open on 'non-suggestion' days to other interactions with all you wonderful people. Thanks!" We wish them luck with that last part.

  • Christina Aguilera / Photo by Getty Images

    Listen to Christina Aguilera's Hypersexual 'Your Body'

    With her brand new single, "Your Body," Christina Aguilera becomes the next major artist to appropriate the downcast depravity of Drake's R&B vision. It's mostly in the sound — a mellow thrust that hits muted transcendence for the chorus before dipping back down into that bummer bump — but her delivery of the hypersexual lyrics suggests a certain desperation. When she says, "Hey boy! / So don’t even tell me your name / All I need to know is whose place / And let’s get walking," we know what she really means is: "The economy is in the tank, congress can't agree on anything, war and natural disasters consume us ... so, what else can we do but make love?" The song hails from Aguilera's November 13 Lotus album and was produced and written by Swedish hit-makers Max Martin and Shellback.

  • Gaslamp Killer

    Hear Gaslamp Killer's Turkish Tribute 'Nissim'

    Outside of his home base of Los Angeles, the Gaslamp Killer has a rep for bringing brutal bass and heavy samples to whatever dingy dance hall or sweaty fest tent he visits. But the locals know him as a man of exquisite taste, with a record collection that follows the contrails of psychedelia through eras and across continents with uncommon ease.Though he's dropped a handful of EPs and singles along the way, the aptly titled Breakthrough is Gaslamp's debut long-player, and it comes courtesy of Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label. New single "Nissim" is about as far away from the club as you can get: a richly arranged Turkish soul groove with a break-beat bounce to it and a special catch: every instrument on it was played live.Here's Gaslamp with a few words: "I was listening to this old Turkish song over and over, and I said to myself, 'Lord, this is too good.

  • Girl Talk's Cat Sings Collective Soul's 'Shine'

    Girl Talk's Cat Sings Collective Soul's 'Shine'

    Like a lot of us, Girl Talk's cat misses the '90s. Via Twitter, Gregg Gillis shared this clip of his furry friend filling in for Collective Soul singer Ed Roland on his band's alt-iconic 1994 single "Shine." Except instead of the familiar "yeah," we get a totes adorbs set of perfectly timed mews followed by a very sincere, very meaningful stare. This cat gets it.Thanks to the A.V. Club for the tip.

  • Watch A Place to Bury Strangers' iPhone-Shot 'Leaving Tomorrow' Video

    Watch A Place to Bury Strangers' iPhone-Shot 'Leaving Tomorrow' Video

    The new single from Brooklyn's A Place to Bury Strangers is a fast and thrashy, buzzy and blown slab of chugging post-punk, so the video for "Leaving Tomorrow" at first seems like stark contrast. Singer Oliver Ackermann strolls through a woodsy scene, picking a daisy and writing in his diary. But soon it's clear that things are not what they seem. He's being stalked by a branch-wielding warlock (drummer Robi Gonzalez) who appears hell-bent on murder. Luckily, there's help on the way. We'll spare you the spoilers from there, but the clip is apparently based on a short story called "Katsu Gee" by Momo Fujiwara.

  • Bon Iver's Trainer Hosting Free Workout Sessions in New York

    Bon Iver's Trainer Hosting Free Workout Sessions in New York

    All the secrets of Bon Iver main man Justin Vernon's workout regimen will be revealed when the band comes to Manhattan for a four-night run at Radio City Music Hall later this month. Vernon's so-called "fitness guru" Jeff Rogers will be hosting two free public training seminars for 100 lucky New Yorkers next week. The Grammy-winning baroque-folkist made headlines last year when he appeared in a promo clip for a workout DVD by the fellow Wisconsin son. Those who thought it was all a joke can kindly leave their fat asses at home. "Pack the Park" is going down from 2 to 3 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22 at Urban Plaza in Hudson Square, which happens to be adjacent to Trump Hotel.

  • Chris Brown / Photo by Getty Images

    Chris Brown's Neck Tattoo Artist Backs Breezy

    Chris Brown took a thrashing in the press on Tuesday when photos surfaced of his new neck tattoo which bears a resemblance to the police photo taken of Rihanna after he assaulted her in 2009. The R&B singer denied that the image was of his ex — it's supposed to be a Día de los Muertos-inspired calavera — but that seemed beside the point. He's still a woman-beater wearing a mutilated woman's face on his body. So, no sympathy for Breezy either way, but there has been an unintended victim in all of this: the tattoo artist. Los Angeles ink man Peter Koskela isn't happy about the attention his work has been receiving. "I hate when people misinterpret what I do," he told E!

  • Death Grips Drop Massive Interactive 'I've Seen Footage' Video

    Death Grips Drop Massive Interactive 'I've Seen Footage' Video

    So the VMAs were a bust and Headbangers Ball may be on its way out, but MTV can still do a few music-related things right, as evidenced by "Gif Me More: Party," an interactive music video of sorts featuring "I've Seen Footage" by Death Grips. Click on the site and it drops you into the middle of a pool party that's blasting the Sacramento noise-rap crew's Run-D.M.C.-checking anthem from The Money Store.

  • Tupac and Biggie / Photos by Getty Images

    Tupac, Biggie Murders Still Drive Writer to Investigate

    The back story: In 2008, Pulitzer-winning former L.A. Times staff writer Chuck Philips wrote a story naming names in the murder of Tupac Shakur, who died 16 years ago today. He'd been faithfully, doggedly researching and writing about rap's East-West rivalry and the deaths of its two stars, Pac and the Notorious B.I.G.; but the 2008 story was retracted over an allegedly forged document, and Philips left the Times shortly thereafter. On Wednesday, he announced that he'd unveil "an exclusive 1200-word news scoop" the very next day via a series of tweets. Well he did just that — it's all now bundled up in article form on his website — but we're still looking for the scoop. The play-by-play: After introducing us to the recently deceased Eric "Von Zip" Martin, Philips sorta maybe (?) alludes to an alleged sexual relationship between "Uncle" Zip and "Nephew" Puff.

  • Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic appear on 'Headbangers Ball' in 1991 / Photo via MTV

    MTV Kills 'Headbangers Ball,' Host Says Network Neglects Rock [UPDATED]

    Twenty-five years after it was founded, MTV's once flagship heavy metal show Headbangers Ball is apparently being terminated, according to host Jose Mangin. In a video interview on metal blog Horns Up Rocks (via Blabbermouth), Mangin claims the decision to kill the currently web-only series isn't about saving money. It's about aesthetic. UPDATE: A spokesperson for MTV sent SPIN a statement reading, "MTV is committed to the Headbangers Ball franchise and can confirm that it will continue as an online destination with its hub remaining on MTV2.com. The company’s deal with Jose Mangin has concluded, however MTV will continue to program a weekly playlist for fans of the genre." Mangin didn't mince words. "Right now, it doesn't really cost them anything, 'cause I do it. I host it, produce it, edit it [...] all myself.

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