Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Did Christopher Owens Quit Girls to Become a Model?

    Did Christopher Owens Quit Girls to Become a Model?

    Back in July we shared the unfortunate news that Christopher Owens left Girls, the San Francisco band he'd started with bassist-producer Chet "JR" White. He's now resurfaced in the new campaign for Saint Laurent Paris (formerly Yves Saint Laurent) shot by the fashion house's head designer, Hedi Slimane. The first image from the brand's new look features a shirtless Owens, grasping at his hair and leaning into a large fancy pillow. Vogue has pointed out that he looks like Kurt Cobain. No word yet as to whether he'll appear in the rest of the 15 ads slated for release by December. Slimane has worked with Owens before and has a rich history with music. He's created clothing for Mick Jagger, Jack White, the Libertines, Daft Punk, the Kills, Beck, and Franz Ferdinand. He's commissioned original songs from Phoenix, These New Puritans, the Rakes, and Razorlight.

  • Lianne La Havas' 'Age' Video

    Watch Lianne La Havas' Playful 'Age' Video

    In the new video for "Age" by British folk 'n' soul chanteuse Lianne La Havas, the absorbing 23-year-old prepares for a picnic date with a classy octogenarian who seems to be having the time of his life. And why wouldn't he? La Havas is the embodiment of youth and beauty, and a talented songwriter whose knack runs the gamut from angular art-rock a la St. Vincent to breezy cafe numbers a la early Feist. "Age" is of the latter ilk, and takes a playful tack to cross-generational relations. The perfectly matched video come courtesy of the Yours Truly camp, who typically specialize in intimate live sessions, and the song hails from La Havas' largely unsung July debut, Is Your Love Big Enough?, an LP recorded in Los Angeles with help from Aqualung's Matt Hales.

  • Danny Brown

    Hear Danny Brown Reinvent Himself on Stoner Rap Single 'Change'

    It's fitting that the latest Danny Brown track to his the blogosphere is called "Change," because it sounds nothing like the famously raunchy Detroit MC's usual fare. Instead of ratcheting up his voice to a vocal cord-splintering "whaaaa" (which we love), he adopts a heavy-lidded, deep-voiced contemplative flow to match the stoned beats of West Coast production pair Johnson&Johnson (Blu and Mainframe). "Change" originally appeared on It's a Art, a collection of unreleased tracks Danny dropped on his Tumblr in 2010. "Too high for rude comments... I'd rather just kick back," Brown raps.

  • The Weeknd / Photo by Getty Images

    The Weeknd's PBR&B Archive 'Trilogy' Gets Official Release

    The modern soul landscape wouldn't be the engrossingly bleak, post-apocalyptic, charred tundra that it is today without the influential hand of Toronto's Abel Tesfaye, a.k.a. the Weeknd. But while the dude's mixtapes and guest features have made him a favorite amongst fans of the so-called PBR&B sound, he hasn't had a proper release scheduled — until now. Tuesday, Universal Music Group's Republic Records announced that November 13 will see the release of Trilogy, a properly mixed and mastered 30-some-song set compiling the three free House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence 2011 mixtapes, and including additional unreleased material for good measure. If you think you haven't heard the Weeknd, you're probably wrong. Tesfaye is all over Drake's Take Care, appears on 2 Chainz's Based on a T.R.U.

  • 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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