Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • A Grave With No Name, 'Whirlpool' Album Stream Lefse

    Stream A Grave With No Name's Beautifully Swirling 'Whirlpool' Album

    On Whirlpool, A Grave With No Name moves out of the bedroom and into the studio, this third album functioning as both a completion of something and a new beginning entirely for London's Alex Shields. The introspective space explored beautifully across 2009's Mountain Debris and 2011's Lower receives a rich redecoration here, fleshed out at Holy Mountain Studios over the span of a year with help from bassist Tom King and guitarist Anupa Madawela. There are guests, too — Echo Lake's Linda Jarvis, Comanechi's Akiko Matsuura, and Ides' Alanna McArdle — who pair their gorgeous, humming vocals with the often darker reverberations of Grave's gothic rock fuzz.

  • Jamaican Queens 'Can't Say No to Annie' Video

    Jamaican Queens Introduce Meaty Decor in Twisted 'Can't Say No to Annie' Video

    Detroit pop usurpers Jamaican Queens are very much on their own trip. Openly influenced by the southern production prowess of Three Six Mafia and Gucci Mane and evidently inspired by David Bowie and Islands alike, main man Ryan Spencer combines bent beatwork with at-home intimacy and psychedelic pop. The group rounded out by Adam Pressley and Ryan Clancy quietly released their self-described trap-pop LP Wormfood back in March, and at last they've got a fitting video for the beautifully strange "Cant' Say No to Annie." The song runs the gamut of Jamaican Queens' smile-twisted style, while the Katie Barkel-directed clip follows the misadventures of a young woman as she interacts with a cast of trailer-park types. Oh, and one dude makes bacon blinds for his window after chugging a bottle of cough syrup.

  • Randy Travis Critical Condition Hospitalized Heart

    Randy Travis Hospitalized in Critical Condition Due to Heart Condition

    Iconic country singer Randy Travis has been admitted to an Texas hospital and is in critical condition due to a heart condition. According to a statement by spokesman Kirt Webster, the 54-year-old star "recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy," an infection in which the muscles surrounding the organ are weakened and enlarged, leading to a slowed heartbeat and possibly outright failure. He was admitted on Sunday, July 7.Travis has been on the road of late, as CNN notes. His most recent stop was Chicago on June 29, and he was due to play Deadwood, South Dakota on Wednesday, July 10. He'd appeared in good health at business meetings over the weekend, but "on Sunday, it him," read Webster's release.

  • Kanye West 'Black Skinhead' Video Yeezus

    Kanye West's 'Black Skinhead' Video Is a Cheapo CG Nightmare

    Above you'll find (for now, at least) what may be be an early version of the video for Kanye West's Yeezus single "Black Skinhead." The animated clip appeared briefly on what appeared to a Universal Music Group staging site — a page set up so that others at the label, or the man himself, could review the product before it went public. Supporting this theory, that URL is now password protected. YouTube rips have popped up since, but each has been swatted down by Def Jam.As for West's official website, it currently features a static image of a pair of A.P.C.-branded button-fly jeans — the crotch region to be specific — and nothing more. The clip above follows several animated 3-D versions of Ye interacting with a mostly blacked-out environment.

  • Hit-Boy 'New Chains' Slaves Kanye West Video

    Former Kanye Pal Hit-Boy Recasts 'New Slaves' in His Own Image

    Former Kanye West collaborator Hit-Boy has reworked Yeezus standout "New Slaves," further damaging the heavy track with glitchy elements and rewriting all of the words. The California MC-producer has named his version "New Chains" — the subject matter doesn't differ much from West's original, but it's interesting to hear the complex diatribe for/against consumerism delivered from a different angle. The new "New" song's strength also testifies to the impactful musical production and powerful verbal cadence of West's song.As Consequence of Sound points out, the "Niggas in Paris" producer parted ways with Yeezy's G.O.O.D. Music label and collective earlier this year in order to focus on an imprint of his own.

  • Grumbling Fur 'The Ballad of Roy Batty' Video Glynnaestra

    Grumbling Fur Quote Classic 'Blade Runner' Soliloquy in 'The Ballad of Roy Batty' Video

    After wowing us with the Krautrock-indebted electronic pop nugget that was May's "Dancing Light," Grumbling Fur have returned with a video for "The Ballad of Roy Batty." The English duo comprises noted friends-of-Sunn O))) Alexander Tucker and Daniel O'Sullivan, who are prepping their second LP Glynnaestra for a July 23 release on Thrill Jockey. Roy Batty, on the other hand, was the leader of the super-evil Nexus-6 replicants in the 1982 dystopic masterpiece Blade Runner.In fact, the song's chorus is a line-for-line reading of actor Rutger Hauer's dramatic final speech as Batty — the famous  "Tears in rain soliloquy" — to Harrison Ford's Rick Deckard on the rooftop of the Bradbury Building in Los Angeles: "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.

  • Death Grips Thirdworlds Label Capitol Zach Hill Handcuffed

    Death Grips Return to Major Label With New Capitol-Assisted Imprint

    In 2012, Death Grips burned bridges with their former label Epic in a cash-fueled blaze of glory that contributed to the crew nabbing SPIN's coveted Artist of the Year designation. Now, as Pitchfork reports, the Sacramento noise-rap outfit is launching its own imprint, dubbed Thirdworlds, via "a very unique relationship" with Harvest/Capitol and a distribution assist from Caroline (a subsidiary of Universal Music Group). The new venture's logo can be seen above.As previously reported, the band is at work on a new album — now slated for arrival sometime in 2014. Drummer Zach Hill has been wrapping up a feature film of his own creation that will feature new music from Death Grips, while MC Ride and Flatlander have been out spreading the misanthropic gospel on the road and at Bonnaroo and Orion.

  • Lauryn Hill Prison Tax Evasion Admitted Three Months

    Jailing Her Softly: Lauryn Hill Checks Into Low-Security Prison

    Lauryn Hill has checked into federal prison to begin a three-month sentence for three years of tax evasion. As previously reported, the former Fugee settled her $900,000 bill with the Internal Revenue Service in early May, but still owes hard time. According to TMZ, she was logged at the low-security Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut at 11:15 a.m. EST today. She will be housed in a "barracks-type" arrangement amongst the general population.Although Hill pled guilty to the three charges of tax evasion — one for each year, 2005 through 2007 — she subsequently issued a Tumblr statement in which she lucidly rooted her IRS woes in historical, systemic racism. She recently re-upped her Sony contract, which reportedly landed her the $1 million advance that made it possible for her to get right with the government.

  • Damon Albarn Alex Kapranos Nick Zinner Oxfam Syria

    Damon Albarn Confirms Blur LP, Works With Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Franz Ferdinand Friends

    This Saturday (July 13), London will play host to the Independent Label Market, an annual event that gives music imprints the opportunity to sell directly to fans via booths that are usually heavy on vinyl and well-stocked with rarities. The 2013 iteration will feature a series of very limited 12-inch singles whose proceeds will benefit Oxfam's Syria Crisis Appeal, and the flagship release will feature an impressive one-off supergroup of sorts."Latest Style" by Fresh Touch will include contributions from: Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz); Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Atoms for Peace); Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand); and Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, SPIN's 100 Best Drummers).

  • Jay-Z Twitter Laugh Magna Carta Holy Grail Questions

    Jay-Z Is Responding to Fans on Twitter Right Now (and Using His Signature Laugh)

    Jay-Z is currently responding to fans on Twitter regarding the just-out Magna Carta Holy Grail. While his answers thus far have been brief and hardly revealing, one amusing trend is emerging: Jigga's teletyping of his signature on-album chuckle. He's ended a handful of responses with "*my laugh" or "#mylaugh," while also stressing that he's here to share "facts only." Of course, there's always a chance that someone is impersonating Hov.One fan tweeted his theory that Memphis Bleek is running Jay-Z's account at the moment, to which said account responded, "you ARE worthy." Since Jigga wrote a song about clothing designer Tom Ford, another Twitter user asked whether he should write a song about Hanes, his shirt-slinger of choice. "YES. *my laugh," wrote Jay.

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