Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Angel Haze A Tribe Called Red Unfinished Song Sparse

    Angel Haze Teams With A Tribe Called Red to 'Turn It Around'

    We're still not exactly sure when Angel Haze's Dirty Gold is going to be released, but here's reason for all of that bubbling anticipation to boil over. We've already heard the single "No Bueno," which is mellow by the New york rhymer's standards, followed by an outtake called "The Initiation." But on Thursday (July 18), a SoudCloud user shared an unfinished version of a song from the LP that blows everything else away.The track, which we'll tentatively call "Turn It Around," is expertly produced by Canadian crew A Tribe Called Red (remember them from Das Racist's "Indians From All Directions"?), who provide bassy glitch without resorting to dubstep, tinny drums without falling into (the) trap, and heavy keys without sounding particularly '90s.

  • Led Zeppelin John Bonham Hologram Son Jason Live

    Led Zeppelin's John Bonham Will Become a Hologram if Son Has His Way

    In a new interview, John Bonham's son said it's his dream to drum alongside a hologram version of his famous father. Jason Bonham drummed for Led Zeppelin at the band's last official gig — their 2007 spectacular at London's O2 Arena — and is currently touring with his tribute project the Led Zeppelin Experience, which apparently involves a lot of visuals. When asked about the show's production element by Legendary Rock Interviews, the young Bonham said the following."It's important to me to have something in addition to the music, that was the whole point of it. When I first started doing this I was working with some of the people behind some of the biggest tribute tours like Pink Floyd Experience, the Beatles and now I'm doing it. It's imperative that I continue putting together the best shows and take it to the next level.

  • Kanye West Taylor Swift Secret Tape Rant

    Alleged Kanye West Rants About Taylor Swift, MTV on Leaked Recording

    Audio has emerged in which an alleged Kanye West rants about his infamous Taylor Swift interruption while at a restaurant with friends following the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards. According to Gawker, who uncovered the clip, West went to the Corner Bistro in New York's West Village accompanied by other musicians after leaving Radio City Music Hall on September 9, 2009, the night of his famous interruption of Swift's acceptance speech. In the conversation, he takes aim at Swift, Pink, and even Elvis, seemingly.While it's nearly impossible to confirm if the voice on tape does indeed belong to the Yeezus mastermind, the voice, the intonation, the indignance, and the fuzzy logic certainly fit the bill.

  • Puscifer Sir Mix-a-Lot 'Conditions of My Parole' Remix FUBAR

    Sir Mix-a-Lot's Puscifer Remix Laces 'Conditions of My Parole' With Noisy Wubs

    As it turns out, 2013 wound up being the year that the guy who recorded "Baby Got Back" did a warped wub-step remix of the goof-rock side project of the man who founded the biggest prog act of the '90s. Yes, we can now add one more item to Sir Mix-a-Lot's running list of accomplishments, which mostly involve finding new euphemisms for "booty," and opening minds to the plight of the anaconda.As part of the forthcoming Puscifer set All Re-Mixed Up, the Seattle MC-producer has reworked the titular track from 2011's Conditions of My Parole. In the appropriately subtitled "F.U.B.A.R.

  • Beyonce Super Bowl Portlandia Emmy Nominations 2013

    Beyonce Gets Three Emmy Nominations for Crotch-tastic Super Bowl Halftime Show

    The 2013 Primetime Emmy nominations are in and Beyoncé has nabbed three nods for her Super Bowl XLVII spectacular. Not only did Mrs. Carter draw the second-largest halftime ratings in history and (we'd like to think) cause New Orleans' Superdome to short out following a electrifying Destiny's Child reunion, she drew the faithfully leering stare of the Creepy Male Gaze (via Bob Lefsetz) and was significantly slut-shamed by puritanical Americans the nation over.If that's not the stuff of Emmys victories, we don't know what is. Unfortunately, the folks behind the ceremony aren't interested in our submissions for award categories.

  • Vic Mensa Contemplates the Good Life in 'Hollywood LA' Video

    Vic Mensa Contemplates the Good Life in 'Hollywood LA' Video

    To those unfamiliar with Chicago's musically rich rap scene, the arrival of Chance the Rapper may have seemed like an anomaly — his SPIN Essential Acid Rap tape certainly set him apart from pretty much every other known entity in the game. But he's no lone wolf. Chance runs with the Save Money crew, and last month we received an outstanding offering from one of his peers, former Kids These Days vocalist Vic Mensa. "Orange Soda" combined fizzy song-rap with the sun-kissed production style of Pharcyde, and heralded the coming of Mensa's own Innanetape, now set for an August release.We've now got a second entry from that collection: "Hollywood LA," a sweetly contemplative song about chasing ideals (love, success, great marijuana) that's just as strong a showcase for Mensa's lithe rhymes and shining wordplay.

  • Gaslamp Killer Near-Death Accident Spleen Scooter Surgery

    Gaslamp Killer Nearly Dies in Scooter Accident, Loses Spleen

    Los Angeles producer/DJ the Gaslamp Killer is recovering following a near-fatal scooter accident that took place last Tuesday (July 9). The man born William Benjamin Bensussen flipped his bike heading home from a friend's house and wound up in the hospital with internal bleeding. Doctors had to open him up from his chest to his groin, and wound up removing his spleen. He was three hours away from death, according to Jeff Weiss of LA Weekly."The surgeons came out and this woman looked at me and was like, 'You're losing a lot of blood,'" Benusussen recalled. "I'm like 'What? No I'm not.' She said that something inside of me had burst and was bleeding ... I didn't know what the fuck to say.

  • Damon Albarn 'Monkey Bee' Nosaj Thing Remix

    Nosaj Thing Transforms Damon Albarn's 'Monkey Bee' Into Buzzing Beatwise Bliss

    Damon Albarn has roughly one million irons in the old music fire, and many of them are quite ambitious, but none is quite the production that is Monkey: Journey to the West. The colorful musical adapted from a 16th Century Chinese novel is currently showing at New York City's Lincoln Center, and in honor of the occasion, the Gorrillaz guy and Blur boss has shared a remix of one of his pieces from the score. Los Angeles beat master Nosaj Thing works some of his old sound design magic on "Monkey Bee," transforming the guitar-addled orchestral original into a gorgeous slice of afterhours electronica (via Stereogum). The video version above includes a series of stunning visuals from the production: acrobatic dancers dangling from oversized drapes, topless zombie ladies playing with crazy yo-yos, plus plate-spinners, sword-swingers, and more.

  • Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin 'Harrison Ford' Stream

    Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin Swoon on 'Harrison Ford'

    Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin may have a clunky handle, but it's opened some impressive doors for the Missouri indie-swooners. In 2012, the U.S. State Department made the band official cultural ambassadors to Russia, and before long, their namesake's people sent them an invite.

  • Egadz

    Egadz Goes Orchestrally Glitch for 'Giant Steps'

    Egadz is Erik Nava, a Southern California-raised beatsmith whose résumé also includes playing boatloads of instruments, programming his own video games, and developing innovative ways to perform electronic music. His sound is glitched at the surface, though a closer listen reveals deep layering that sounds more orchestral than binary in nature. Take "Giant Steps," for instance. The song's title likely refers to the beat's unerring forward march, but each of those stomps comprises a dozen or more tiny bumps: rattling percussion, labyrinthine sequences, evolving melodies.Egadz will self-release his new album Satellite on July 30 (peep the gold-plated USB edition), and in honor of the occasion he's designed Space Beats, an app for various mobile devices that allows users to score points by making electronic productions of their own.

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