Chris Martins

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  • Foo Fighters New Album Studio Photos Joshua Tree

    New Foo Fighters Album Details Revealed in Studio Photos

    Indulge us just this once. When it comes to making their eighth album, the Foo Fighters are bringing out the small guns. Har har. (Thanks.) Seen above, Dave Grohl menacingly clutches a BB rifle at the Rancho De La Luna studios in Joshua Tree, California. A second photo shared by studio co-owner (and occasional Queens of the Stone Age player) Dave Catching thanks the band for an "incredible 9 days of music recording magik."Last we heard about the Foos' new one, producer Butch Vig said they were about halfway done after "recording at some different locations [and] throw[ing] a few things into the mix, in the recording process, that are going to give the record a different sound and a different feel." Target practice appears to be one of those things.

  • Mad Men Tracking Shot Video Song Montage Rob Paravonian

    This 'Mad Men' Song Spoofs the Show's Dramatic Camera-Work

    As Mad Men devotees are likely aware, the award-winning AMC show has a certain tic when it comes to closing out episodes. Frequently, the series will employ a tracking shot — where a camera is mounted on a dolly attached to a track, and rolled slowly forward or backward for dramatic emphasis. It's the cinematic equivalent of the musical fadeout, of course, and it works oh-so-well with shots of Don Draper doing ... well, anything.Now, as A.V. Club reports, comedian Rob Paravonian blesses the world with a YouTube montage of each and every one of those shots, accompanied by his own original song about the phenomenon. Musically, "Dolly Through the Doorway" winds up some sort of weird hybrid of the Smiths and Red Hot Chili Peppers, but we're not here for the chops.

  • Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace Getting Reality Show

    Against Me!'s Laura Jane Grace Getting Reality Show

    AOL is preparing to launch 16 new reality-based shows online in 2014, tapping such talent as James Franco, Ellen DeGeneres, Steve Buscemi, Mike Epps, and Kevin Nealon as creators and/or subjects. But the biggest and most pleasant surprise of them all is So Much More. The forthcoming series aims to tell the story of Laura Jane Grace, the leader of Against Me! who came out as transgender in 2012.In the preview clip above, the singer/guitarist formerly known as Tom Gabel discusses meeting "gender-variant people from all walks of life all at various points in their journeys," and we too get to encounter some of these fans and friends clearly touched by Grace's bravery.

  • Gazelle Twin 'Anti Body' Stream EP

    Hear Gazelle Twin's Noise-Pop Disruptor 'Anti Body'

    Last we heard from Brighton, England's Gazelle Twin, she'd just released the wonderfully disturbing, Cronenberg-inspired video for her bleak-banger of a single, "Belly of the Beast." Now, the march toward her fall Unflesh album continues with "Anti Body," premiering below.

  • Sons of N.W.A. Lil Eazy-E Straight Outta Compton Cover

    Literal Sons of N.W.A May Tour as 'N.W.A Resurrected'

    If you aren't familiar with Serious Pimp Records, it's the label and, er, sunglasses company run by Snoop Dogg and Bishop Don Magic Juan. If you aren't familiar with the rap group Sons of N.W.A, well, that's exactly what it sounds like, and it turns out they recorded a cover of N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton." But also, they may be teaming up with actual founding member DJ Yella to tour Europe as N.W.A Resurrected.The Sons trio includes: Curtis Young, the rapper formerly known as Hood Surgeon, who met his father Dr. Dre (Andre Young) at the age of 20; Eric Wright, Jr., a.k.a. Lil' Eazy-E, who was raised in the same home as his legendary father (guess who); and E3, sometimes known as Baby Eazy-E, the second son of Eazy-E, who died of AIDS in 1995 at the age of 31.

  • Beyonce 'Standing on the Sun' Full Stream Studio

    Hear Beyonce's Full, Smoldering 'Standing on the Sun'

    UPDATE: It's gone.We were teased with Beyoncé's "Standing on the Sun" via an H&M commercial about a year ago. Now fans can finally hear the kinda tropical, kinda Knife-y, totally smoldering song in full below, as long as the leak stays live, at least. Top-quality hit-makers Sia and Greg Kurstin (the Bird & the Bee) co-wrote the track, which also bears some melodic resemblance to Frank Ocean circa Nostalgia, ULTRA. At four minutes, it's a generous dose of Queen Bey, who also gifts us with a short rap verse that wouldn't sound out of place on her excellent Beyoncé album. She and hubby Jay Z are "on the run" this summer.

  • Dave Grohl Soundgarden Superunknown Video Influence

    Dave Grohl Remembers First Time Hearing Soundgarden's 'Black Hole Sun'

    Be still our beating '90s heart. Above, you can watch Dave Grohl talk about hearing Soundgarden's Superunknown for the first time, ahead of the groundbreaking 1994 album's release. He and Krist Novoselic were in Seattle's Robert Lang Studios with Nirvana — "the last time we ever recorded together" — when producer Adam Casper asked, "Hey do you guys want to hear the stuff we just recorded for the new Soundgarden record?"We'll let Dave tell it:"He played 'Black Hole Sun' and I remember thinking, 'Holy shit, this... will be enormously huge. Because to me it was that perfect meeting of the Beatles and Black Sabbath, which is I think what we put in our Nirvana bio... But I don't think that had ever successfully been paired until that record, and in particular that song.

  • Kurt Cobain Letter Courtney Love Death Scene Note Vows

    Kurt Cobain Death-Scene Note Mocks Courtney Love Wedding Vows

    Seattle Police continue to release photos from the scene of Kurt Cobain's death at the media's urging. The latest, obtained by CBS via a public information request, is a never-before-seen, oddly cropped image of what authorities claim is a note found in the Nirvana leader's wallet following his April 5, 1994 suicide. Sadly, the roughly scrawled message takes aim at Courtney Love, mocking the famously troubled couple's wedding vows."Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your Lawful Shredded wife," it begins, "even when she's a bitch with zits and siphoning all yr money for doping and whoring." There's more but what appears to be a photocopied version of the note cuts off at that point, as seen above.

  • Coldplay 'A Sky Full of Stars' Stream 'Always in My Head'

    Hear Coldplay and Avicii's 'A Sky Full of Stars'

    Earlier today, the Internet was set modestly ablazes by a BBC radio-ripped snippet of Coldplay's new Zane Lowe-premiered song "Always in My Head." Though the original SoundCloud making the rounds has been pulled, it can still be heard here. For those of us interested in a Chris Martin-crafted treat that ins't overlaid with an interview about Sufism, the London fourpiece have shared another song: "A Sky Full of Stars," produced by Avicii (that's reportedly him on piano too). The big-tent EDM offering is pretty satisfying in all of the ways that those things are. Stream it below, and revisit other Ghost Stories songs "Oceans," "Magic," and "Midnight," the last of which also nabbed a Giorgio Moroder remix.

  • Courtney Love 'Wedding Day' Stream Single

    Hear Courtney Love's Bilious, Black 'Wedding Day' Single

    Courtney Love has been keeping us on our toes of late, and with music (!) no less. After teasing then backpedaling on a true Hole reunion, she released a ripper of a solo track dubbed "You Know My Name," and then shared a brief video and some photos from the set of a new music video directed by Maximilla Lukacs. now we can hear the song that's expected to get that visual treatment: "Wedding Day." A curdled bowl of snarled vocals, grinding guitar, and pounding rhythm, the track is expected to be featured on Love's forthcoming solo album, Died Blonde — assuming there's still an album planned, and that's still the tentative title. Regardless, she sounds plenty authoritative in the here and now: "Do you think you can understand / What it takes just to be a man?

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