Chris Martins

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  • Flux Pavilion Dillon Francis 'I'm the One' Video Kittens

    See Flux Pavilion and Dillon Francis as Adorable Kittehs

    File this under: What more do you need to know? Nevertheless, we'll tell you some things. English dubstep destroyer Flux Pavilion and Los Angeles moombahton master (and seafarer) Dillon Francis come together on "I'm the One," a wubby, electro-funky dance track that appears on the former's Freeway EP. All of that is great, but the real event is the video above, wherein the two producers have their faces slapped onto tiny kittens who wind up pawns in an evil Siamese' dastardly plan. Watch that above and grab Freeway on iTunes, via Circus Records.

  • Frozen Soundtrack Billboard Charts Pharrell Happy Disney

    The Kids Are All Right: 'Frozen' and Pharrell's 'Despicable' Song Top the Charts

    First! Disney's Frozen will not — wait for it — Let It Go. The winter animated feature has been wildly popular at the box office, and its soundtrack isn't yet done crushing the charts. The Demi Lovato-assisted set now notches a fifth non-consecutive No. 1, with 89,000 units moved. In the entire time that Nielsen SoundScan has been crunching the numbers for Billboard (since 1991), only five soundtracks have done five weeks, and two of them had Whitney Houston: Waiting to Exhale (1995), The Lion King (1994), Bodyguard (1992), Titanic (1997), and this one. This'd be a good time to point out that "Let It Go" is nominated for an Oscar. We don't predict the groundhog will see his shadow any time soon. Also, R.I.P. Harold Ramis.2 to 10: SPIN cover star Eric Church topped last week's top 10, but he slides only one spot this time with The Outsiders landing at No. 2 (74K).

  • Helfer 'Air Drops' EP Stream BLDG5 Israel

    Hear Helfer's Lush and Emotive 'Air Drops' EP

    Israeli's Noam Helfer is a talented man with a mercurial sound. The young BLDG5 Records affiliate sings, produces, and plays whatever instruments his vibrant creations call for. He also weaves field recordings into his songs, six of which — lucky you — are streaming below. Helfer's Air Drops EP isn't officially out until March 3, but it's streaming here, now. Opening with "Now That You Came," the set greets listeners with a warm voice, a quick rhythm, and Books-style folktronica sampling. But in comes surging atmospheric bass and strange loops, and soon we're in the middle of a moody dance track. Later, "Designs" recalls Majical Cloudz's mix of minimalism and song, while "Couch Surfer" is a lushly surging piece reminiscent of Baths. We could go on about each song, but it suffices to say: You'll find a lot of inventive beauty below.

  • Flaming Lips Record Store Day 2014 7 Skies H3 24-Hour Song

    Flaming Lips Bring 24-Hour Song to Record Store Day 2014

    Back in 2011 the Flaming Lips did something crazy. (Hard to imagine, we know.) The Oklahoma psych-rock kingpins dropped a 24-hour song called "7 Skies H3," which came inside of a real human skull for $5,000, and has otherwise been streamable on this site (note the weed leaf) ever since. But Lips fan hub The Future Heart points out that the band is now plotting an edited-down version for Record Store Day 2014.Initially there was confusion over the length of the vinyl version. The group posted a test-pressing photo to Twitter on Monday, February 24, and a sticker on the plastic sheath read "35 PCS." When speculation arose that the "7 Skies H3" release would be a 35-disc set, the Lips clarified: "The vinyl release is a single disk reduction by Dave, Wayne and Kliph." That'd be producer Fridmann, frontman Coyne, and drummer Scurlock.7 Skies H3 vinyl! Available on @recordstoreday!

  • As I Lay Dying Tim Lambesis Murder Plot Guilty Wife

    As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis Admits He Hired a Cop to Kill His Wife

    At last, an update in the case of the metalcore frontman who attempted to hire an undercover cop to assassinate his wife. As I Lay Dying's Tim Lambesis, 32, pleaded guilty to solicitation of murder in a California court on Tuesday, February 25. He will be formally sentenced on May 2, as ABC 10 News San Diego reports, but faces a maximum of nine years behind bars and a $10,000 fine.Back in September, Lambesis pled not guilty, claiming he'd been using steroids at the time as a bodybuilding aid, and that the drugs warped his mind. As previously reported, the vocalist allegedly told a man at his gym his spouse Meggan wouldn't let him divorce her, and had been keeping him from their three adopted children.

  • Portlandia Fred Armisen Carrie Brownstein AMA Reddit

    'Put a Bird on a Bird': 10 Best Moments From Fred and Carrie's 'Portlandia' Reddit AMA

    Portlandia's star creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein popped into Reddit today for an "Ask Me Anything" that touched upon everything from his new gig on Late Night, her past with Sleater-Kinney, and whether one should, as they say, "put a bird on it." Here are 10 highlights from their frequently hilarious, often insightful AMA. The banter is strong with these two (it doesn't hurt that they were in the same room at the time).How much of the show is scripted and how much is improvised?Fred Armisen: 90% improvised and about 10% scripted...we sort of write out a storyline, and then we do our own dialogue.What was the inspiration for Peter's pasta addiction and will they go anymore adventures like starting a B&B??Armisen: That came from a real dinner that Carrie and I had in Los Angeles.

  • Sharon Van Etten Are We There Album Track List Tour

    Sharon Van Etten Unveils Next Album 'Are We There'

    Sharon Van Etten dropped her sublime third album Tramp in 2012, then she spent most of 2013 teasing us with with spare songs and cameos. Now, the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter lets slip all of the details about her next long-player, dubbed Are We There.The track list, a set of tour dates, and the artwork can be seen below (kudos to the travel-by-car titular tie in, and also for eschewing the Ice Cube-affiliated "...Yet?" at the name's end), and a recently released trailer can be seen above. Therein, we're treated to pensive piano, a swarm of strings, and that deeply captivating voice, first recalling Sigur Rós' wordless cry, then blooming into yearning sentiment.Van Etten self-produced the 11-song set with assistance from Stewart Lerman (St. Vincent, Antony & the Johnsons, Boardwalk Empire), recording at Hobo Sound in New Jersey and Electric Lady in New York.

  • Sole DJ Pain 1 'Coal' Death Drive Album Stream

    Sole and DJ Pain 1 Fire Shots at Steve Jobs on 'Coal'

    Platinum producer DJ Pain 1 and experimental rap pioneer Sole are teaming up for an album. Dubbed DEATHDRIVE, the forthcoming set aims to "eschew the rapper persona of martyr/prophet and speak from the riot line," combining the Anticon founder's knack for incisive political invective with the trap-addled sonics of a beat-master best known for his work with Young Jeezy, 50 Cent, Juicy J, 2 Chainz, and Gucci Mane, to name a few. The first taste of their unlikely collaboration is below and it's powerful stuff."Coal" finds Sole clear-headed and fierce: "Tell 'em Tim Holland was not a rolling stone, he was a brick / Through the window of the U.S.

  • Portlandia Activity Book

    Punk Paint by Numbers and More 'Portlandia Activity Book' Fun

  • Jonwayne 'How to Be a Gemini' Video Rap Album One

    Jonwayne's Office Drone Goes Postal in 'How to Be a Gemini' Video

    Jonwayne's official on-the-mike debut arrived last year, but the excellent Rap Album One continues to deliver well into 2014. In January, the Los Angeles MC/producer caught shine with the video for "The Come Up" (see him rhyme inside of a diamond), and now we've got a very different sort of clip for "How to Be a Gemini." Instead of the Stones Throw artist, we see an office drone driven to extremes, and his workplace fantasy made real by director Naveed Farro.

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