Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • STRFKR

    STRFKR's 'Golden Light (Skeletron Mix)' Is an Italo-Disco Treatise on Nothingness

    Portland's STRFKR (or "Starfucker," if you prefer) are right at home amidst the various strains of disco resurrecting via massive pop-culture moments like Drive and Daft Punk's Random Access Memories. Of course, the electronipop posse have their own approach — a heavily psyched vision that plays, at times, like a more humble approach to the solar flare-ups of Empire of the Sun. The quartet is currently on the road in support of their most recent album Miracle Mile (you can stream it for free on SoundCloud) and in support of that they've employed Skeletron to give LP cut "Golden Light" an Italo-drenched remix. Technically, Skeletron is actually STRFKR by (yet) another name, but the end result speaks for itself, plus gets a vocal assist from late philosopher Alan Watts, whose famous speech on nothingness is sampled toward the end.

  • Beach Party Can't Surf Ty Segall Stream

    Beach Party 'Can't Surf,' but Ty Segall Is Helping Them Shred

    What's a Beach Party without a surfboard? Short answer: the dudes you see above. This Los Angeles four-piece — singer/guitarists Rob Banks and James Hurst with bassist Adam Arcos and drummer Nico Macciocca — came together less than a year ago, but they've already got a thing or two figured out. They've shared the stage with Best Coast, Black Lips, and the Allah-Las, and their sound makes 'em a perfect fit: old school surf rock crossed with bone-rattling garage groove.They've just recorded a new two-song set that'll be leaked out as a free flexi-disc stashed in the next issue of beloved local rock rag LA Record. Those songs were recorded by Ty Segall and we've got one of them below: "Can't Surf," of course.

  • Gold Panda 'If U Knew' Reprise EP Stream Live Long Take

    Gold Panda Unspools Autumnal Beauty in 'If U Knew'

    London producer Gold Panda took three years off after releasing his promising 2010 debut Lucky Shiner, but he's already back in the saddle following his June return, Half of Where You Live. On November 11, Ghostly International will release the Reprise EP comprising versions of album cuts "Community" and "Reprise," plus the previously unheard "If U Knew," a reinvention of the latter original billed here as the "Reprise Long Live Take."You can find that slowly building bit of aural gorgeousness below, growing from a crunchy keyboard line and minimal percussion into a soul-steeped Balearic pulse dappled in rain drops. The Reprise set might seem like little more than a glorified single at first blush, but the inclusion of this gem makes ownership a worthy consideration.

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    Courtney Love, Social Media Defamation Pioneer, Strikes Again

    Courtney Love is now embroiled in two defamation lawsuits stemming from her, ahem, cavalier manner of making statements using social media platforms. But to understand where she now stands, one needs a little backstory first.In 2009, Love went on a Twitter rampage against fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir, who wound up suing for defamation. Unsurprisingly, Love was a pioneer in online slurring — she was the first celebrity to face legal consequences over a tweet, though she settled out of court by paying the so-called "Boudoir Queen" a whopping $430,000. As THR points out, the court system was then robbed of a chance to set precedent in the unique case, but it looks as if a second (and third!) chance has emerged.The first case actually dates back to potentially libelous tweets that Love made in 2010 against her former lawyer Rhonda Holmes.

  • Whitney Houston Police Misconduct Naked Corpse Death

    Cop Accused of Mishandling Whitney Houston's Naked Corpse

    A Beverly Hills police officer has formally alleged that one of his colleagues interacted inappropriately with the nude corpse of Whitney Houston following her accidental 2012 death. According to CNN, Brian Weir claims he faced demotions and other reprisals after reporting to his superiors that Det. Sgt. Terry Nutall purposefully exposed the singer's body and commented, "Damn, she's still looking good, huh?" Weir had covered Houston with a sheet after she was found drowned in a hotel bathtub with cocaine in her system.Weir was a sergeant with the SWAT and K-9 units and the ranking patrol officer sent to the scene on February 11, the eve of the 2012 Grammy Awards. His complaint to the California labor department claims Nutall "knelt beside and leaned over the decedent, removed the sheet and/or other covering ... to an area below the pubic region ...

  • Keith Urban the Weeknd Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball Billboard Charts

    Who Charted? Keith Urban Edges Out the Weeknd, While Miley Cyrus Wrecks Everyone

    First! (and Second!) This week's No. 1 slot goes to American Idol judge Keith Urban, but only by a nose. The pop country mainstay's Fuse debuts at a fairly ho-hum 98,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan (via Billboard), which gives him a lead of fewer than 3,000 units moved over the Weeknd's Abel Tesfaye. The latter's Kiss Land arrives with 96K sold, which is a far bigger deal since it's technically the alt-R&B lothario's first album. His Trilogy EP compilation debuted at No. 4 last year, with 86K, whereas Urban hasn't slung so few copies of anything since 2002's Golden Road. One can only imagine the results had dead-eyed Tesfaye dipped into ABC's The View instead of good old grinnin' Keith. 3 to 10: Three more exciting debuts dot the remaining lineup. The 1 and only 2 Chainz is in at No. 3, and lest we 4-get (high 5!) his B.O.A.T.S.

  • Darkside Nicolas Jaar 'Paper Trails' Stream Psychic

    Darkside Channel Rockabilly Soul on 'Paper Trails'

    Nicolas Jaar has shared a fresh vision for his Darkside project with guitarist Dave Harrington. While the duo's first move this year was a full-album remix of Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, and their second salvo came in the form of a mighty 11-minute instrumental, new song "Paper Trails" exposes a more streamlined sound. The song begins with some moody groove and guitar-play not far off from the coiffed rockabilly soul of Chris Isaak.Jaar affects a slight, apropos sneer as he sings, "I told you I would catch you ... I told you I would find you." The New Yorker's electronic touch is ostensibly minimal here, confined mostly to accentuating beats and deepening textures. It's a great look, and even more reason to be keep an ear out for Darkside's October 8 debut album, Psychic, which arrives as a joint release between Matador and Jaar's own Other People imprint.

  • Night Beats Sonic Bloom Album Stream Tour Dates

    Stream Night Beats' Squalling Garage-Rock Album, 'Sonic Bloom'

    Seattle rabble-rousers Night Beats specialize in squalling, reverb-blasted garage rock that openly pays homage to the psych and soul leanings of forbearers the Zombies.

  • Black Orange Juice 'Started in Paris' Stream

    Black Orange Juice Find Love On a Boat with 'Started in Paris'

    Black Orange Juice's latest is dubbed "Started in Paris," but the new group's story began in London many years ago. Acclaimed producer Ossie (Hyperdub, 20/20 Vision, FACT, Red Bull) enlisted two of his childhood friends for his latest project — singers Paul Black and Tillz, whose comely R&B vocals perfectly round out the Chicago house core and disco kiss of the beatwork.True Panther Sounds will release 3 Started Alone, a four-track EP from Black Orange Juice, on September 23. Hot Chip's Joe Goddard will contribute a remix of "I Don't Know," but the aforementioned "Paris" is, indeed, a great place to start. Building from a chopped swell of strings and a bouncybass rhythm, the song is instantly celebratory with the lyrics to match: "It started in Paris, on a boat / Felt so much love, when we got close."

  • Chance the Rapper James Blake 'Life Round Here' Remix

    Chance the Rapper Lends (More) Genius to James Blake's 'Life Round Here'

    In our review of James Blake's latest album, Overgrown, Andy Beta made specific note of "Life Round Here," writing, "Blake the drum programmer appears to accentuate the boom-tick with crisp hi-hat figures and undulating synth-bass vamps, revealing an appreciation for Timbaland." While it's not a stretch to imagine a lithe MC finding purchase atop that rich score, it is a genuine delight to now hear Chance the Rapper doing his thing over the track.While most after-the-fact rap additions wind up feeling pasted on, the Chicago wünderkind has no problem making himself at home alongside Blake's production and voice. Chance sings, rhymes, squawks, and hums, transcending the usually allotted few bars to infuse himself with the entire thing.

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