Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Fugazi 1888 Demos Typo Fugazi1888 Meme Twitter

    Our Typo Could Be Your Meme: #Fugazi1888

    You know what they say: We're all always just a slip of the keyboard finger away from genius. Just kidding. No one says that because typos totally suck and are usually the bane of every writer/editor/blogger/programmer/tweeter's existence. But on Thursday, SPIN published an article about a certain beloved post-hardcore band with the headline, "Fugazi Are Releasing an Album of Lost Songs From 1888." Of course, we meant 1988.Fugazi are releasing an album of lost songs from 1888 http://t.co/BtJ7uomub3 pic.twitter.com/RTGD5AAcQ1— SPIN (@SPINmagazine) September 18, 2014Normally, the minute we realize such an error, we correct the article (which we did) then delete and resend the tweet. But then we noticed something wonderful.@SPINmagazine What?

  • Guided by Voices Beak Up Robert Pollard Tour Over

    Guided by Voices Break Up Just in Time for Their Fall Tour

    Guided by Voices are, once again, no more. Robert Pollard's band featured quite a rotating cast before splitting in 2004, but the Dayton lo-fi heroes reunited in 2010 sporting their classic lineup — which is to say the group that was around for the release of Bee Thousand, an album so good that it's managed to not get lost amidst the million-odd other LPs Bob and the band have released across their intertwining careers.Cleveland.com broke the news (via Pitchfork), reporting that GBV updated their website with a "CLOSED" sign, a bunch of crossed-out tour dates, and the following message: Guided By Voices has come to an end. With 4 years of great shows and six killer albums, it was a hell of a comeback run. The remaining shows in the next two months are unfortunately canceled. Our sincere apologies to those that have purchased tickets and made travel plans.

  • Rihanna CBS NFL Ravens Ray Rice Dropped Thursday Night Football

    CBS Won't Be Using Rihanna's Music for Thursday Night Football, Ever

    Rihanna's football flap now comes to a summary end. CBS has permanently dropped her video performance of "Run This Town" from the intro of Thursday Night Football, as Variety reports. Last week, the pop artist wound up unexpectedly caught in the crossfire of the ugly NFL vs. Ray Rice vs. Sane Humans Everywhere drama when we learned that 2009 single would be debuted at a Baltimore Ravens game.There was an understandable hue and cry over the pairing of that song — released the same year that Chris Brown brutally attacked Rihanna — with a match involving the team whose star running-back was just cut because of his own horrifying abuse of a woman.

  • Death Blues Languaging Video Jon Mueller Volcano Choir William Ryan Fritch

    Death Blues Go Primordial With Hulking Sound and a Hypnotic Video

    You've almost undoubtedly heard the ethereal yet visceral work of the men who comprise Death Blues. Project founder Jon Mueller is an integral member of Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir (and before that, Collections of Colonies of Bees), while William Ryan Fritch has worked with names as diverse and respected as Sole and DM Stith. On the new album, Ensemble, they combine their multi-instrumentalist might to create a hulking, high-drama sound.The duo spent two years crafting the nine-song set, whose depth and dramatic flair is also reflected in the releases' packaging.

  • U2 Remove Album From iTunes Delete Apple Songs of Innocence

    Wanna Remove the U2 Album From Your iTunes? There's a Button for That

    U2's Songs of Innocence wound up in iTunes users' music library whether or not any of them actually wanted it. Odd Future figurehead Tyler, the Creator, for one, eloquently expressed his dissension thusly: "ITS LEGIT LIKE WAKING UP WITH A PIMPLE OR LIKE A HERPE ... GET OFF MY FUCKING PHONE." Well, he should be happy because Apple customers are now able to eject Bono and Co. from their cloud.As Brooklyn Vegan points out, the company has created an entire page dedicated to that very act. The "SOI Removal" function is about as barebones as it comes. It looks like this:Don't wanna squint? No sweat. Here's the fine print:If you would like U2's Songs of Innocence removed from your iTunes music library and iTunes purchases, you can choose to have it removed. Once the album has been removed from your account, it will no longer be available for you to redownload as a previous purchase.

  • Primus 'Golden Ticket' Stream Tour ' Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory

    Hear Primus' Wild and Woolly 'Golden Ticket' From Their Willy Wonka Tribute Album

    On October 21, a certain beloved Bay Area prog-funk posse will release Primus & the Chocolate Factory, which is everything you'd hope it'd be based on the title — a concept album honoring the 1971 Gene Wilder-starring Willy Wonka film by remaking its wild music in this band's odd image. A little while back we heard "Pure Imagination," which was bananas and held true (as true a possible) to Les Claypool's description of this project's sound as "early Peter Gabriel meets Dark Side of the Moon meets the Residents." Now we have the pleasure of handing you, dear reader, the "Golden Ticket" itself. Heard below, that memorable cut from the film is reborn with help from bounding bass, chiming vibes, Claypool's deep warble, and a handful of eerie effects — taken all together, this is the aural march of a demented carnival barker leading a band of skeletons weilding toy instruments.

  • Riffstory Lesson: Man Plays 100 Bass Lines From Mingus to Metallica, Nirvana and Beyond

    Riffstory Lesson: Man Plays 100 Bass Lines From Mingus to Metallica, Nirvana and Beyond

    When virtuosic YouTube music supercuts come together, it's usually the singer or the guitarist whose contribution takes center stage. Finally, someone gives the rhythm section some, via Chicago Music Exchange. Witnessed above, bassist Marc Najjar and drummer Nate Bauman give us an aural history lesson in groove, chronologically working their way through 100 different bass riffs starting with the likes of Fats Domino and Charles Mingus, moving on through the Beach Boys and the Beatles, to Metallic and Red Hot Chili Peppers, to Nirvana and Pearl Jam, all the way up to Daft Punk, Tame Impala, and Queens of the Stone Age. The performance is more than an impressive feat — it also serves to point out just how vital the low end on a familiar song can be.

  • Karen O Ooo Video Elle Fanning Spike Jonze Crush Songs

    Elle Fanning Twirls to Karen O's 'Ooo' in a Surprise Spike Jonze Video

    Karen O's debut solo album, Crush Songs, arrived this week without a whole lot of fanfare. That's all right, because the music speaks for itself just fine, but that "Rapt" video was pretty nice and, since you mention it, wouldn't it be nice to have another? Leave it to the master Spike Jonze (Her, Where the Wild Things Are, countless classic music videos) to deliver a surprise clip that also happens to star actress Elle Fanning (The Boxtrolls, Maleficent, We Bought a Zoo), shot at the New York Metropolitan Opera House no less. The video is for the song "Ooo" and it follows our star as she listlessly drifts and improvises ballerina moves through the guts of the venue. It's clearly an informal affair (shot while the gang was rehearsing for a Fashion Week play), but that's consistent with the roughshod, homemade feel of the music that echoes overhead while Fanning spins and skips.

  • Slipknot 'The Devil in I' Video Prepare For Hell Tour

    Do U Even Satan, Bro? Here's a New Slipknot Video

    Slipknot may be the most outwardly unlovable-looking band to genuinely deserve the descriptor "beloved." Rock deities like Dave Grohl consider 2001's Iowa album a classic, and excitement is building toward the release of the Des Moines alt-metal collective's fifth full-length in 20 years, .5: The Gray Chapter, due October 21 on Roadrunner Records. Late last month they dropped an appropriately epic and evil-sounding single called "The Devil in I," and now there's a video that is pretty much the most dastardly and disturbing non-real thing you'll see on the Internet today. In truth, it's testimony to the incredible B-horror directorial skills of percussionist M. Shawn Crahan, a.k.a. Clown.Things start innocently enough, with a disco ball and a bunch of people in potato sacks grooving to the sweet sounds of Slipknot, house band at your local cathedral/asylum-type venue.

  • Grandma Grandmaster Flash Facebook Tag Accidental Tagging

    Grandmas of Facebook Are Accidentally Tagging Themselves as 'Grandmaster Flash'

    Your grandma is a super sweet old lady who bakes delicious cookies and gives warm hugs. Grandmaster Flash is a rap pioneer who serves up tasty beats and rose to fame with his late '70s crew the Furious Five. (Meanwhile, she's in her late 70s.) He was in a group with the guy who invented the term "hip-hop." She plays bridge with a fella who claims to have invented the manssiere. She ... you get the idea: They're not the same.Nevertheless, adorable elderly matriarchs with a tech fetish have been accidentally tagging themselves as "Grandmaster Flash" while attempting to post Facebook statuses aimed at grandchildren. Such as, "Blah, blah, blah.

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