Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Matt & Kim

    Matt & Kim Drop YOLO-Friendly New Single 'Now'

    Cheer addicts Matt and Kim have just dropped the second single from their fourth LP Lightning, due out October 2. The new song "Now," streaming via the lyric video below, is a breakneck romp through punky, propulsive electronica — a rah-rah raise-up fall-down rock-out anthem whose message is in league with Drake's YOLO motto: "I know that things aren't perfect / But let's make tonight perfect." The clip itself is potentially seizure inducing, but nicely highlights Matt's sweet-n-sour metaphors about worn out drum sets, hole-y socks and dulled knives. As always, there's a barely perceptible darkness lurking behind all that unrestrained glee, and Kim's kit-crushing drumming keeps aggression levels nice and high, even through the halftime slightly EDM-ish drops peppered throughout. Matt talked to SPIN about Lightning in July.

  • Dan Deacon / Photo by Getty Images

    How Dan Deacon Hijacks Your Phone for the Ultimate Party

    Baltimore art-pop provocateur Dan Deacon is famous for getting his fans in on the show. He's decidedly anti-stage, preferring not only to orchestrate his maximalist electro-classical punk opuses from within the audience, but to lead said audience in all kinds of group activities ranging from synchronized gestures to feel-good gauntlets. He's kinda like a down-and-dirty Flaming Lips in that regard, but while those wacky Okies focus their technological efforts on figuring out how to get music inside of a human skull, Deacon has something else in mind. His new app for iPhone and Android has the potential to turn any mobile phone in his vicinity into a light and sound instrument. By sending out a coded audio signal, Deacon can convert app-equipped devices within the crowd, hijacking screens, speakers and LED bulbs so that they become synchronized with the music he's playing.

  • Idol No More / Photo by Getty Images

    All Dawgs Go to Heaven: Randy Jackson Exits 'American Idol'

    The internetz are a'blazes with American Idol chatter, and until anything's confirmed, it's mostly idle chatter. That said, all signs point to last-standing o.g. judge Randy Jackson stepping away from the table. Word is he's aiming to stay involved, most likely in a mentorship role similar to that handled by Interscope CEO Jimmy Iovine. Judge Jennifer Lopez and the honorable Steven Tyler peaced out in hilarious Steven Tyler fashion in July. That'd leave three seats, if one wasn't already confirmed to be going to Mariah Carey (now the highest paid judge in reality television with a reported $18 million contract). Also, a fourth seat has been re-added so, yes, that in fact does leave three seats.

  • James Murphy Kindly Requests Your Candid Photos

    James Murphy Kindly Requests Your Candid Photos

    LCD Soundsystem founder and insanely tasteful DJ James Murphy is working with Ron Howard on a short film and they need your fan photos to get the job done. Canon’s Project Imaginat10n has chosen five "celebrity directors" to work under the tutelage of the man an entire nation once knew as Opie, putting the nu-disco guru in the strange company of Jamie Foxx, Eva Longoria, designer Georgina Chapman, and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. It works like this: the public submits photos on a range of predetermined-yet-broad topics (but no brands other than Canon or any politics are allowed); the public then votes on the amassed flicks resulting in 91 winners; the five freshly dubbed auteurs choose 10 photos that inspire them; action!

  • Chris Baio / Photo by Getty Images

    Vampire Weekend's Baio Leaks Pair of New Songs

    Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio (who, yes, if you didn't know, counts Scott Baio as a second cousin) has shared a pair of new dance tracks from his solo BAIO moniker, via Twitter. "Free EP to download. Have a good weekend fam," he wrote before — and we're guessing here — grabbing a couple of maracas and shaking whilst sambaing slowly away from his computer. "The Silent" and "New You" pick up where May's Sunburn EP left off, towing the line between glistening tropical notions and rarely ceasing Teutonic thump. The balance does seem to be tipping, though, toward those Kompakt records homeboy used to spin as a college DJ. A little colder, a little more minimal.

  • Courtney Love, subject of an upcoming book that's about music! / Photo by Getty Images

    Kanye West, Hole, Bjork Lead New Crop of 33 1/3 Music Books

    Since 2003, the 33 1/3 book series has been a highly respectable bastion of long-form album geekery. We're partial to the Public Enemy installment written by our own Christopher R. Weingarten, and there've been some other serious notables along the way: the Decemberists' Colin Meloy writing on the Replacements, the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle on Black Sabbath, and novelist Jonathan Lethem on Talking Heads. Publisher Bloomsbury Academic has announced the next batch of 18 pocket-sized album-excavations and while the author list isn't star-studded (due respect to the talented journalists and academics amassed thereon), the lineup of artists is a fascinating cross-section of zeitgeisters that includes some very contemporary choices. Previously, Radiohead's Kid A (2000) was the only post-millennial entry.

  • The Rolling Stones / Photo by Getty Images

    Rolling Stones Announce Another Career-Spanning Doc, 'Crossfire Hurricane'

    "I was born in a crossfire hurricane / And I howled at my ma in the driving rain / But it's all right now, in fact, it's a gas!" — The Rolling Stones, "Jumping Jack Flash" When the Stones released that single in 1968, in their mid-twenties and a mere six years into their career, they couldn't have had any idea that said storm was going to carry them as far as it has. The seminal rock and roll band is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the gas is still flowing. Mixed metaphors aside, they've just announced a comprehensive documentary called Crossfire Hurricane, coming to U.S. audiences via HBO on November 15, and the U.K.

  • Ne-Yo / Photo by Getty Images

    Watch Ne-Yo Reclaim 'Smooth Criminal' From Alien Ant Farm

    It's been a mere two weeks since Afrojack and Pitbull lovingly pooped all over Michael Jackson's thought-to-be untouchable classic "Bad," so we have to assume that when R&B star Ne-Yo covered "Smooth Criminal" and "The Way You Make Me Feel" last night at Gotham Hall in New York, it was in an effort to reclaim MJ's legacy for the light side of the Force (which is to say, pop). That, or there's a whole lot of tribute going on surrounding the 25th anniversary of the Bad long-player. In fact, there are a handful of things happening dubbed BAD25. One is a special edition reissue of the album that will feature the aforementioned remix (along with one by Nero). One is a Spike Lee-directed documentary following the King of Pop's process in creating the original 1987 Quicy Jones-produced LP.

  • Taylor Swift / Photo by Getty Images

    Web Pranksters Try to Pull a Pitbull on Taylor Swift

    As far as being a full-time pain in the ass goes (a "Professional Griefer," if you prefer) there's no lower form than the Internet Troll, if only because this creature's actions typically serve no IRL function beyond stoking a quietly burning fire of frustration inside the soul of its target. But every once in awhile, the bridge-dwellers do something kinda funny. In July, they rallied to "exile" Pitbull to the distant shores of Kodiak, Alaska. In fact, they succeeded (even if the trollee got the last laugh), and now, the hobgoblin strongholds of Reddit and 4chan are working to send Taylor Swift to perform at a school for the deaf. How is that, you ask? It's simple, really. The textbook rental folks at Chegg and pizza provocateurs (that garlic sauce!) at Papa John's are sponsoring a contest that hinges upon fan votes.

  • Drake with Chris Lighty / Photo by Getty Images

    Chris Lighty, Manager to 50 Cent and Mariah Carey, Dead By Apparent Suicide

    Rap entrepreneur Chris Lighty was found dead at 11:30 a.m.Thursday morning at his Bronx townhouse in Riverdale. The 44-year-old manager to 50 Cent, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Busta Rhymes and many, many more was discovered at home with a gunshot wound to the head, a black 9 mm handgun next to his body. The death was initially reported as an apparent suicide, and while no note was discovered, the Daily News writes that Lighty owed the government $5 million and that he was having an argument with his ex-wife, who he divorced last year, in-person when he allegedly pulled the trigger. According to New York's Fox 5, however, police have yet to officially rule the death was self-inflicted. Lisa Evers reports that Lighty was always flanked by two security guards, and that two of Lighty's five children were playing in a nearby park at the time of his death.

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