Chris Martins



  • 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.

  • Hamilton Leithauser Walkmen Black Hours Solo Album

    The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser Goes Solo With 'Alexandra' Video

    The Walkmen (effectively) broke up. Then they announced plans to get back together for a day. And then member Walter Martin announced his solo debut. Now, frontman Hamilton Leithauser shares concrete details (and a video!) for his whispered-about adventure into independence. The 10-song set Black Hours will arrive May 6 on Ribbon Music — the singer/guitarist teased the reveal on Instagram, Twitter, and his own new site Monday night, before revealing the track list and personnel.As was partially confirmed previously, contributors include Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Paul Maroon (the Walkmen), Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes), Richard Swift (the Shins), Amber Coffman (Dirty Projectors), and Hugh McIntosh (the Recoys).

  • Robin Thicke and Paula Patton Are Peaceably Separating

    Robin Thicke and Childhood Sweetheart Paula Patton Are Separating

    Robin Thicke and his wife are separating. The Blurred Lines star and actress Paula Patton began dating around 1993, were married in 2005, and had a child, Julian Fuego Thicke, in 2010. The couple confirmed the news in a statement to People on Monday, writing, "We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time."As the story goes, the pair actually met in 1991 when Thicke was 14. He supposedly asked her to dance at an underage club on the Sunset Strip, and he cornily serenaded her with "Jungle Fever" when she accepted. They began dating two years later. He is 36. She is 38. Last year, Thicke told Billboard that Patton was a major influence on his most recent hit album."My wife and I would hang out at the end of the night, and I would play her the songs I was working on and we would dance around and be so happy," Thicke said.

  • Deniro Farrar Undercover Fan Video F4mily Matters

    Deniro Farrar Flexes Over Fuzz in 'UnderCover Fan' Video

    Deniro Farrar recently sat down with SPIN to discuss, among other things, his decision to refer to the music he makes as "cult rap." But hit play on the video above, and you get the broad strokes pretty quickly. His gravelly voice and confident delivery are the stuff of leadership to be sure, he's got on-camera charisma to spare, and his taste in beats winds up pairing all of that with some of the spookier, more cryptic productions out there making the rounds. What's great about the video for "UnderCover Fan" is that the song is two years old — it hails from the North Carolina MC's 2012 Destiny Altered album — yet sounds as fresh as anything else he's done of late. The clip also doubles as a lookbook for Charlotte clothing brand F4mily Matters. Pull the trigger on that "fully loaded weapon" up top.

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