Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Kanye West Bound 1 Rant Proposal Video Bret Easton Ellis

    Bret Easton Ellis Says 'Yeezus' Screenplay Is in 'Kanye-Land'

    The worst first: Kanye West's ridiculously lavish made-for-TV proposal to Kim Kardashian can now be seen, thanks to TV. E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians aired the thing over the weekend (Happy Valentine's Day, common people) and you can now watch the expanded clip here, via Jezebel. While the pyrotechnics, orchestra, and baseball stadium are a wee bit much, when the man takes a knee it feels real. Also, when he dances to his own "Black Skinhead."And speaking of Kimye, West's Yeezus-ending celebration of the marriage to come, "Bound 2," has spawned a prequel, more or less. Kanye collaborator and TNGHT co-founder Hudson Mohawke played "Bound 1" in full at a recent gig in Leeds, revealing a smoother, more organic version of the song (possibly pre-Rick Rubin) featuring altered lyrics, different vocals from Charlie Wilson, and an previously unheard outro.

  • Mystery Skulls 'Ghost' Claude VonStroke Remix Stream

    Claude VonStroke Turns Mystery Skulls' 'Ghost' Into Haunted House

    Mystery Skulls is Luis Dubic, a man born in New Orleans, raised in Venezuela and then Toronto, who settled in Dallas, then started over in Los Angeles. There's something about his diverse past that's met by his music — a hybrid of disco, electro, pop, and soul (to name a few) that's earned him a forthcoming Nile Rodgers collaboration and a record deal with Warner Bros. He's currently at work on his debut album under this moniker — previously, he made four albums under the name the Secret Handshake — but the first single has been making the rounds, remixed by an impressive cast of DJs that range from Solidisco to Fred Falke. Now, Detroit-reared, Dirtybird Records house boss Claude VonStroke shares his take on "Ghost," a sizable song that gets taken apart and put back together as a demented dance-floor delight. 

  • Damon Albarn 'Lonely Press Play' 'Season in the Sun' Stream BBC Session

    Hear Damon Albarn's Warm, Wistful 'Season in the Sun' and 'Lonely Press Play'

    Damon Albarn unveiled Everyday Robots song "Lonely, Press Play" at SPIN's intimate Sundance showcase. Now, the Gorillaz and Blur boss brings it to the BBC along with a non-album cut: his cover of "Season in the Sun" by '70s soft-rocker Terry Jacks. The two songs share a certain wistfulness that sits well with Albarn's crackling vocals and warm finger-picking. The Radio 2 performance follows the release of the Brian Eno collaboration "Heavy Seas of Love" and the stunning video for "Everyday Robots." The album of the same name is due out April 29 via Warner Bros.Stream the new session audio below, and visit BBC for Dermot O'Leary's interview with Albarn.

  • Freeze-Tag 'No Passing (Otto and the Atom)' Stream

    Freeze-Tag's Astral Soul Soars on 'No Passing (Otto and the Atom)'

    Marcus Allen Ward creates soul-steeped electronic music with an auteur's touch. The name Freeze-Tag seems oddly fitting — there's a tactile nature to his songs, but also a sense of a series of detail-rich moments being caught in time, one after the next until you have a track like "No Passing (Otto and the Atom)." The end result is something special — a bright but bleary-eyed slab of Sade storm, Flying Lotus astrality, and Kelela intimacy. The track pops and skitters like dance music but drifts and flows like R&B. Shockingly, the Cleveland multi-instrumentalist/producer/singer did time in screamo bands as a teen (but, hey, so did Skrillex), though "No Passing (Otto and the Atom)" seems more indicative of what to expect from his forthcoming Last Night I Grew Tentacles full-length. Hear the track below.

  • Chris Brown Basketball Assault Bloods Gym Lawsuit

    Lawsuit Claims Chris Brown Beat Up Guy Over Basketball Foul

    And now Chris Brown is beating people up on basketball courts and claiming to a Blood, allegedly. A man named Malcolm Ausbon filed a lawsuit with the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 13, describing an incident with the R&B star at an area 24 Hour Fitness. He says he called a foul on Brown, that Brown then held onto the ball in protest and threatened to "put these hands on you" while declaring his rumored allegiance to the Bloods.The complaint then states that three members of Brown's entourage who were not in "proper workout attire" rushed him. One told him, "If you fuck with Chris, you fuck with us." And after the game resumed, they ran back onto the court and attacked along with Brown.

  • Jerry James 'Lana Del Rey' Ariel Pink Video Raw Deal

    Ariel Pink Helps Rapper Jerry James Try to Sleep With 'Lana Del Rey'

    "I'm tryna hit Lana Del Rey is what I'm saying." So goes the chorus of the above creeper's anthem performed by a previously unknown rapper named Jerry James. The man's message certainly isn't anyone's idea of a revelation, but it's relatable at least. And more importantly, the track is produced by Ariel Pink and songwriter Justin Raisen (Sky Ferriera, Charli XCX, Theophilus London) under the name Raw Deal. They can be seen in the video (Pink wearing the red crew-neck sweatshirt and the Eazy-E wig) as can a whole bunch of LDR masks affixed to the faces of Freak City-styled dancers. Oh, and Mr. James, a lanky dude blessed with a smooth flow and a scratchy baritone, plus a head full of complex cornrows. Worth noting: the smooth, summery production is pretty damned fantastic.

  • Neneh Cherry Robyn 'Out of the Black' Joe Goddard Remix

    Hot Chip's Joe Goddard Remixes Neneh Cherry and Robyn to Perfection

    Earlier this week we heard the monumental team-up of two Swedish greats: Neneh Cherry and Robyn, who swap vocals on the former's single, "Out of the Black." That one hails, of course, from Blank Project, due February 25 on Smalltown Supersound and produced entirely by Four Tet with synth-drum duo RocketNumberNine. That dark and turbulent track now gets blown wide open by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard, who adds an air of the epic via house hits, garage grit, and neon effects. Stream that below, via FADER, then revisit Cherry's "Everything" and "Weightless."

  • Haim Jeopardy Simon Garfunkel Hazy Shade of Winter Video

    Haim Were a $1000 'Jeopardy!' Question

    File this under "you know you've made it when": SPIN cover stars Haim were the answer to a Jeopardy! question on the "College Championship" edition of the long-running gameshow Wednesday, February 12. Actually, they were the question to the answer, or whatever, because Alex Trebek. The $1,000 clue fell under a category called "Music Makers," and read as follows: "3 sisters make up this pop band." Terry picked the square, but Kenesha cinched it: "What is Haim?"The host's response was classic Trebek: "HAME or HIME, yes." Arctic Monkeys and Lana Del Rey also popped up in the same category, as Stereogum points out.Also, even though it's pretty old, the trio's karaoke cover of the Bangles' version of Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter" is making the rounds right now in honor of the polar vortex.

  • Perfect Pussy Blood Vinyl 'Say Yes to Love' Album

    Perfect Pussy Put Actual Blood in Their Album

    First, a warm welcome to our new readers, who made their way to this article via God-only-knows what uncouth string of search keywords. On March 18, New York noise-punk posse Perfect Pussy will release their debut album, Say Yes to Love. Presumably in honor of the heart-y theme, label Captured Tracks is now offering a super deluxe limited version of the release known as the "Special Blood Edition Box Set."Why? Well, because the clear vinyl seen above is infused with swirls of singer Meredith Graves' "very own blood." The rising band of badasses are also throwing in a pair of cassettes (the album, and a live version), a poster, an enamel pin, and a download code — all housed in a nice white box — for the low, low price of $30. With only 180 copies being made, it is, of course, already sold out.If the gory product seems a bit extreme, it's actually been done far more nastily.

  • Juan MacLean 'Get Down (With My Love)' Nancy Whang Video

    The Juan MacLean and Nancy Whang Compel You: 'Get Down (With My Love)'

    The good folks at DFA Records are looking out for the lovers on this day of romantic days. In honor of the Hallmark holiday, the Juan MacLean has teamed with Nancy Whang (LCD Soundsystem, Classixx) to release the "Get Down (With My Love)" single, a four-four delight blessed with whirling synth textures and a galloping rhythm. This is in fact the final installment in a trilogy kicked off and continued by the excellent Whang team-ups "You Are My Destiny" and "Feel Like Movin'." Above you can experience the full 12-inches of the new song; below is the radio edit. And first, a word from John "the Juan" MacLean himself:"Some years ago I was working on the beginnings of my track 'Find a Way,' and I was at the DFA studio replacing my programmed parts with live instrumentation.

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