Chris Martins

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  • Gloom Balloon 'She Was The One That Got Away' Stream

    Hear Gloom Balloon's Sax-Dipped Regret Rap 'She Was the One That Got Away'

    Gloom Balloon are full of surprises, but the subject matter of "She Was the One That Got Away" is not one of them. The track below is an epistolary song dedicated to a former lover, rich in personal detail, brimming with sad humor, and full of tangible regret. But it's the rest that blindsides the listener in such a totally welcome way. First, the titular line is given a nearly gospel treatment for the chorus. Second, there's the saxophone and flute dancing all over the backing beat.

  • Maybach Music Group Rick Ross Lawsuit London Concert

    Rick Ross' Maybach Crew Hit With Huge Lawsuit Over London Concert

    Trouble just seems to follow Rick Ross wherever he goes. If it's not a massive criminal organization with chapters in just about any city the former correctional officer would likely play, it's something to do with molly or money. In June, the Maybach Music Group bawse was sued by a Rolex dealer who claimed Ricky Rozay hadn't paid his bling bill. Now, TMZ reports that the man and his labelmates are the targets of yet another lawsuit, this time stemming from a London concert cancellation.MMG members Ross, Meek Mill, Wale, Omarion, and Stalley were booked to play Wembley Arena on September 12, 2012, but allegedly pulled out with plans to reschedule. The promoter claims each was paid a sizable advance, plus were the beneficiaries of other non-refundable expenses (such as travel) that had already been paid for.

  • Thom Yorke Spotify Radiohead Atoms for Peace

    Thom Yorke Compares Spotify to a Dying Man's Fart

    Thom Yorke has once again taken aim at Spotify in response to a phenomenon in streaming audio that the Radiohead and Atoms for Peace frontman says is "bad for new music." He and producer/bandmate Nigel Godrich shard their complaints 140 characters at a time via Twitter back in July, pulling their various non-Radiohead catalogs from the service in the process. But in a new entrevista with Mexico's Sopitas, Yorke elaborates at length."I feel like the way people are listening to music is going through this big transition," he begins, as Consequence of Sound reports. "I feel like as musicians we need to fight the Spotify thing.

  • Breaking Bad Badfinger Baby Blue Statistics Bump Stream Sales

    The Heisenberg Bump: Badfinger's Post-'Breaking Bad' Stats Are Insane

    While film franchises like The Hunger Games and far lesser television shows pimp exclusive songs from popular artists in order to gain cred, the cultural event called Breaking Bad only plays kingmaker where musical cameos are concerned. It's no secret that the AMC drama's finale went out on the cool and crunchy grooves of Badfinger's 1971 song "Baby Blue," whose lyrics were about as on-the-nose as it comes for a series about a blue drug that goes up one's nose.As previously noted, day-after reports from Spotify saw the song's in-service streams rise a whopping 9,000 percent, but the bigger picture is even more staggering. According to Nielsen SoundScan, which is the same service that provides Billboard with its chart data, U.S. streams of "Baby Blue" were up over 20,000 percent by the end of Monday, September 30, the day after Breaking Bad's final episode aired.

  • Miley Cyrus Terry Richardson NSFW Photos Photoshoot Nude

    Miley Cyrus Now Twerking Door to Door Trying to Shock People

    Miley Cyrus turned a lot of heads when ... well, when she did anything at all during the Bangerz album cycle. But most relevant now: the "Wrecking Ball" video, which delivered the one-two punch of a surprisingly powerful ballad and a stark-naked starlet swinging on the titular no-longer-metaphorical object. That unsubtle touch came courtesy of the King of Indelicate himself, photographer and director Terry Richardson. Much ado has been made leading up to the release of his latest photoshoot with Cyrus and it certainly delivers on expectations. Miley should feel as free as she wants to be to bear whatever she's got, but like the MTV VMA performance before this, and the Marc Jacobs shirt before that, and the very existence of "We Can't Stop," this latest public display feels like photographic evidence of a not-so-rare condition known as look-at-me-itis.

  • World's End Press 'Reformation Age' Video Goldsworthy

    World's End Press Visit the Nuovo Disco in 'Reformation Age' Video

    Aussie quartet World's End Press are inching ever closer to the release of their eponymous debut, produced by DFA Records founder Tim Goldsworthy — in their own country at least. That 13-track set of dark dance and new wave disco hits shelves on October 4 in Oz, but no release date has been given for the rest of the planet. For the time being, however, we can be happily tided over by the new video above. Following up the slinking burbler "Deadbeat Sweetheart" and the more heavily grooved "To Send Our Love," the band now delivers "Reformation Age," a glistening stack of synth-strings and delicate vocals courtesy of singer John Parkinson. The clip above, too, makes his vocal the focal point, offering lo-fi shots of the man's face flanked by trippy color panels and enhanced by the occasional kaleidoscopic view.World's End Press, World's End Press track list:1. "To Send Our Love"2.

  • Cults 'High Road' Video Static Album

    Cults' 'High Road' Video Charts Surreal Path Into Flaming Void

    Last we heard from Cults, the New York duo was busy getting motorik on the swoon-pop gem "High Road." Now that highlight from the upcoming Static album has its very own video. Directed by Hiro Murai (Earl Sweatshirt's "Chum," St. Vincent's "Cheerleader"), the black-and-white clip is equal bits creepy and enigmatic as the viewer is taken on a strange journey, traveling through the bodies of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion as surreal scapes abound.There's a classic car that drives itself, a possibly possessed taxidermied deer head, many moths, and a handful of other visual delights. Static is due October 15 via Columbia and also features "I Can Hardly Make You Mine." An early preview included snippets of two other songs as well — "We've Got It" and "So Far." Word to Yo La Tengo: So far, Cults seem to have it indeed.

  • Julianna Barwick 'Crystal Lake' Live Judson Church Video

    See Julianna Barwick and Sharon Van Etten Take 'Crystal Lake' to Church

    Louisiana-born, Brooklyn-based songwriter Julianna Barwick has such an enchanting voice that the mere existence of the clip above is a bit unkind to other artists of her ilk. To place pipes like hers inside of New York City's acoustic marvel Judson Church is to send the bewitchment factor of her music into an exponential climb. Add backing vocals from the inimitable Sharon Van Etten and the Prince Rama sisters (Taraka and Nimai Larson), throw in viola player Rose Nelis and guitarist Scott Bell, and there's no limit to the majesty that can be attained. Former SPIN interview subject Barwick gives gorgeous new life to her Nepenthe standout "Crystal Lake," a song that glistens just as its name would suggest. The song is ethereal, yes, but undeniable in its force.

  • Iron Chic 'Sounds Like A Pretty Brutal Murder' Stream

    Iron Chic Fist-Pump With Death on 'Sounds Like a Pretty Brutal Murder'

    "Very well. The corpse is yours. Do what you want to do." So goes the line cribbed from 1959 B-movie The Brain That Wouldn't Die, once immortalized by Mystery Science Theater 3000 and now again by Long Island punks Iron Chic. The band trades in shout-along anthems and melodic shreddage, and they've got a funny way of expressing themselves. On "Sounds Like a Pretty Brutal Murder," streaming below, singer-guitarist Phil Douglas rails: "Things get weird! You just have to deal with it / Eat the heart, eat every little piece of it / Unwind! get high / Say fuck the world, and you're done with it!"The slightly macabre and totally fist-pumping track hails from Iron Chic's forthcoming album The Constant One, available for pre-order via Bridge Nine.

  • The Bottle Rockets 'Indianapolis' Uncle Tupelo Stream

    The Bottle Rockets Unearth Uncle Tupelo Team-Up 'Indianapolis'

    If you don't know the Bottle Rockets, there's no better time to get acquainted. See 'em up there, tipping their collective proverbial hat your way? The St. Louis band were peers of Old 97s, Whiskeytown, and, most significantly, Uncle Tupelo — the alt-Americana outfit that wound up spawning not only a name for that emerging '90s sound (No Depression), but a pair of projects now known as Son Volt and Wilco.Of course, if no one was around to tweet it, how do we know it happened? That track down yonder will come in handy. This song is "Indianapolis," a 1991 demo sung and strummed by Bottle Rockets founder Brian Hennman, but backed by Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt).

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