Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Hear Body Language Launch Basement Disco Into Space on 'Lose My Head'

    Hear Body Language Launch Basement Disco Into Space on 'Lose My Head'

    The sticky basement disco of Body Language is inescapable on their new single, "Lose My Head." It's the Pied Piper sporting a 'fro and a space suit, banging drumstick to cowbell until there's not a still body left in the room. Were it to be examined by scientists, they'd probably conclude that it's equal part velvet and lasers. We are not scientists, but we can tell you this: it hails from the Brooklyn quartet's September 18 EP, Grammar,and if you can keep a grip on your noggin whilst listening, you're doing it wrong. The band made small waves with last year's Social Studies LP but they're a busy bunch nonetheless. Ian Chang drums for Matthew Dear, Angelica Bess has sung with Sepalcure (in The Black Swan no less), and main producers Grant Wheeler and Matt Young have written for Passion Pit, among others. A new long-player is on the docket for February 2013.

  • Dillon Francis' 'Masta Blasta' Video

    Dillon Francis Pretends He's Tiesto in 'Masta Blasta (The Rebirth)' Video

    In his new video for "Masta Blasta (The Rebirth)" Moombahton upsetter Dillon Francis signs a pair of tits as "Tiësto," takes a piss on a wall as fans go wild, and gives an orgasmic performance to an all-but-empty club. It's a hilarious and surreal trip interspersed with errant bits of animation that confirms what we already know about the guy via our Breaking Out profile: he's got a wicked sense of humor. This is, in fact, the song that first put the Los Angeles native on the map, snagging Diplo's attention and resulting in a Mad Decent release. That said, "The Rebirth" takes the original's tropical bounce and gives it a little trill twerk and spaced-out strangeness that's only enhanced by the Spaghetto-directed clip. And while we're talking credits, you might wanna stick around for those. Enjoy.

  • Jammie Thomas-Rasset / Photo by AP

    Minnesota Mom Still Owes RIAA $222,000, Says Appeals Court

    With hope at last bubbling up in the Pussy Riot debacle, perhaps it's time for a new cause: "Free Jammie Thomas-Rasset!" It doesn't exactly roll off of the tongue — actually, come to think of it: "We Be Jammie!" — but if people started mobilizing behind the Minnesota mother of four who's been battling the RIAA in court for five years now, there's a slim chance she won't have to pay $222,000 for sharing 24 songs on Kazaa in 2006. Yes, $222,000. That's the exact amount that the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has decided is perfectly fair to charge a human being for distributing a handful of data packets that contained neither state secrets nor illicit content. The Recording Industry Association of America has been winning judgements against Thomas-Rasset, who has maintained she wasn't the computer user who did the sharing, since 2007; Thomas-Rasset keeps appealing.

  • The xx's visualization

    Watch the xx's 'Coexist' Go Viral: Literally!

    It's rare that an elaborate music marketing scheme can inspire genuine awe, but Beggars Group has done just that with the viral push for the xx's new album Coexist. On September 3, the band sent a stream of the album to a single fan in the U.K., and then watched as the music was shared around the world. Actually, anybody who visited the hosting site of the stream could watch thanks to a visualization that charts each listen on a map sequentially a la flight patterns. "What we saw on the first album was a real word-of-mouth phenomenon we had never seen before," said Beggars VP of marketing Adam Farrell to The Guardian. Inspired by the slow but steady rise of 2009's xx, the label attempted to recreate that event, albeit on a much faster scale. Within 24 hours of seeding the songs with a hand-picked superfan, the map-bearing site crashed as millions attempted to access it.

  • Pussy Protestors / Photo by Getty Images<p>

    Russian Prime Minister, Like Madonna, Wants to Free Pussy Riot

    Finally, a ray of hope in the Pussy Riot case. On Wednesday, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev displayed uncommonly good sense when he intimated that he doesn't think the three imprisoned members of the feminist agit-punk posse should be forced to serve out their two-year sentences for hooliganism. "Imprisonment is a very severe, I would even say a frightening, responsibility,” he told officials during a meeting of his political party, United Russia. “What has already happened, that this well-known group of girls have been in prison quite a long time, is a very serious punishment for everything they did." We're guessing the "well-known" part has a lot to do with his opinion.

  • Cat Power / Photo by Stefano Giovannini

    Who Charted? Cat Power and Matchbox Twenty Are the Greatest

    First! Can we redact that exclamation point? Let's break out the streamers for Matchbox Twenty who, after 17 years of delivering gruff-guy anthems for brokenhearted post-grunge adults (and, for at least one year, teens) who don't know any better, have scored their very first No. 1 album with North. The Orlando-bred alt-rockers' fifth LP came in at 95,000 sold (via Nielson SoundScan) most likely because they cater to those who still physically purchase music (which is to say, oldish people). Of course, the "Push" could've come from the decade-wide gap between long-players — they're finally "Back 2 Good" — but we kinda doubt that the "Real World" was waiting with bated breath that entire time. I mean, that would be a really "Long Day." Like, "3 A.M." long. Also: "Supernatural." 2 Thru 10: Vegas' other epic dudes of "indie" Imagine Dragons racked up a No.

  • Coachella! / Photo by Getty Images

    Coachella Team May Add Two More Weekends to Annual Lineup

    Without taking pause to acknowledge the untimely passing of a legend who walked in their midst — RIP Hologram Tupac, you will be missed — the organizers behind Coachella are looking to expand to as many as five weekend-long festival events per year, according to a report in area paper The Desert Sun. Promoter Goldenvoice is looking to extend its contract with the city of Indio for continued use of their Empire Polo Club grounds, which has hosted Coachella for the past 12 years and also plays home to the SoCal fest's country cousin Stagecoach. Their current agreement is set to expire in 2013, but Goldenvoice is ambitious: they want another 18 years, and two new annual events for the fall. So let's do the math. If the plan goes through as is, organizers will have five weekends to work with. Stagecoach is one.

  • Billy Corgan / Photo by Getty Images

    Billy Corgan Opens a Tea Room, Gives Chicago the Gift of Culture

    Having run out of ways to net himself headlines — shilling for the wrestling industry, dating Tila Tequila, getting culty, and dissing new bands, old bands and even his old band — Billy Corgan is opening a tea room. It's called Madame ZuZu's, of course, and it opens on Thursday in Highland Park, Chicago. Moby sends regards! "I'm a tea guy," said the Smashing Pumpkins singer via statement. "I’ve always wanted to open a salon like this for everyone to enjoy. This is a place with no age boundaries. We hope to attract everyone from young students to seniors. With a blend of music, photo galleries, art displays and speakers, I think Madame ZuZu’s offers something for everyone.” Speakers!

  • 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.

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