Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Blood Orange Fire Thank You Note Dev Hynes Money

    Blood Orange Donates Apartment Fire Money to Charity

    On Tuesday, December 17, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes announced that his apartment had burned down, taking with it all of his earthly belongings, his poor dog Cupid, and hard drives full of music. The devastating news was quickly followed by a glimmer of good, when the mother of Friends singer (and Hynes' girlfriend) Samantha Urbani launched an online fundraiser for the man. At this point, the GoFundMe page has brought in more than $24,000.Hynes has now posted a lengthy letter to Tumblr thanking everyone who's offered support, detailing his experience with this loss, and sharing his intention to give much (if not all) of the donated money to charity. He writes that he and Urbani were attending a memorial when the fire happened: "Imagine being outside of your home one day. Then somebody presses delete, on the last decade of your life.

  • Trent Reznor David Bowie Next Day Praise Column

    Trent Reznor Liked David Bowie's 'The Next Day' Way More Than We Did

    Beyoncé flipped the music industry on its head when she released her self-titled fifth album without any advance notice, but she wasn't the only artist with surprises this year. David Bowie provided a little bit of precedent by managing to keep the news of his unexpected new album under wraps until, well, he announced the news of his unexpected new album. Some of us thought The Next Day wasn't that great regardless. Some of us is not Trent Reznor.In a special column for The Hollywood Reporter, the Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels leader praised Bowie's latest record and contrasted its no-frills release to the extensive marketing campaign that absolutely ensconced Arcade Fire's Reflektor. (On the latter he writes, "OK, I get it. You've got an album out, you've played every TV show in the world.") He song-splained that Mr.

  • Phantogram 'Black Out Days' Video Voices

    Phantogram Fight Their Demons in Beautiful 'Black Out Days' Video

    New York synth-pop artistes Phantogram just announced their long-awaited sophomore album, Voices, with the powerful "Fall in Love." A week later, we've got a video for the previously unheard "Black Out Days." Seen above, the Evan Spencer Brace-directed clip features a gorgeously shot barrage of shifting imagery. In the beginning all we get is textures — tape, paint, milk, hair, feathers, fur, metal, bone — but as the song progresses, raw anguish is painted across the screen. In between, Sarah Barthel pops like she's in a rap video, and producer Josh Carter gives us some serious looks of longing. The track itself combines chopped beats, synth grooves, and elemental vocals. Speaking of, we get what may be the February 18 Republic Records release's titular line: "A thousand voices howling in my head."

  • Cherry Glazerr 'Haxel Princess' Stream Album Burger

    Cherry Glazerr Unleash Crunchy Punk-Metal Grooves on 'Haxel Princess'

    If the name Cherry Glazerr sounds familiar, you've probably been listening to Southern California public radio. Not because the Los Angeles band is getting much airplay — not yet, at least — but because they borrowed their handle from local NPR anchor Chery Glaser. Either way, this Burger Records trio has gotten some love outside of town with their ethereal early offering "Tick or Treat Dancefloor," landing on CW show Arrow and scoring a Saint Laurent clip. Now they're gearing up to release their debut album Haxel Princess on January 14 and they're hawking a heavier sound. The titular song is streaming below and it features singer/guitarist Clementine Creevy unleashing a punk-metal torrent while bassist Sean Redman and drummer Hannah Uribe drive the spooky groove.

  • fun. Live EP Free Download What the Fuck Shane

    Here's a Free fun. Song Called 'What the Fuck'

    After the pop geniuses in fun. dropped their Grammy-nabbing Some Nights the sudden stars left their personal lives behind and disappeared into the guts of America, playing show after show on the aptly named Most Nights tour. Singer Nate Ruess also kept busy, co-writing and appearing on songs by Pink and Eminem, but now he's home and bored to our benefit: Here's a free six-song set Before Shane Went to Bangkok: fun. Live in the USA.Streaming and downloadable below, the concert EP includes songs from Some Nights of course, but also 2009's Aim and Ignite, and an unreleased "new old song" called "What the Fuck." In a heartfelt letter posted to the fun.

  • Lana Del Rey Oscars Sabotage Best Song List Gatsby

    Lana Del Rey's Oscar Bid Sabotaged by Anonymous Evildoers

    The Oscars short list for Best Original Song has only just been released, and already there are reports of an anonymous entity attempting to sabotage Lana Del Rey's chances at a statue. Deadline says members of the Academy's music selection committee have received mailers featuring a bogus article purported to be printed from the Variety site. The text claims The Great Gatsby song "Young and Beautiful" is disqualified due to a technicality over the film's release date.But no such article exists and Warner Bros. insists Del Rey's song — and the four others submitted from the same soundtrack — is perfectly legit Academy members are currently tasked with cutting down the short list of 75 songs to a manageable number of actual nominations, to be announced January 16.

  • Animal Collective Stephen Malkmus Pizza Ice Cream

    Animal Collective Is Pizza Now

    Animal Collective is pizza now. New York-founded pie chain Two Boots — which also has restaurants in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Nashville, Jersey City, and others — specializes in slices named after famous entities, be they the fictional Mr. Pink from Reservior Dogs, or jazz legend Charlie Parker (try "The Bird" sometime). As Eater NY reports, they're taking over the recently closed Williamsburg pizza joint Driggs and (possibly in honor of that) launched "The Animal Collective."That new slice includes a whole lot of animal product: tasso, chicken, andouille meatballs, and pepperoni on a Sicilian crust. Brooklyn Vegan adds that Two Boots has another new recipe dubbed "The Meg." The Meg White-inspired work is a four-cheese white pie — as pale as the former White Stripes drummer herself.

  • Beastie Boys GoldieBlox Lawsuit Dismissed Girls Toys

    Shady Toymaker Attempts to Run and Hide From Beastie Boys Lawsuit

    Yet another chapter in the still not-quite-wrapped tale of the Beastie Boys and the toy company that tried to capitalize off of their legacy. According to court documents obtained by SPIN, GoldieBlox have dropped their pre-emptive lawsuit against Island Def Jam, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Universal Music Publishing — originally filed by the toymakers in order to fight for their right to parody Beasties song "Girls" without being accused of copyright infringement.But there were four other parties named in the November suit conspicuously not mentioned in the voluntary dismissal filed on Tuesday, December 17: the Beastie Boys themselves, their publishing company Brooklyn Dust Music, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, and cowriter/producer Rick Rubin. Presumably this means GoldieBlox have left their corporate foes behind, but are still suing the artists themselves.

  • Queens Stone Age 'Smooth Sailing' ACL Live Video

    Queens of the Stone Age Are 'Smooth Sailing' in 'ACL' Clip

    Speaking on Queens of the Stone Age's return this year, Josh Homme asked SPIN, "Why would you choose being bitter over choosing to make music? Being bitter is gross. It doesn't amount to anything." Indeed, the desert rock guru chose the other path and it amounted to quite a bit, with ...Like Clockwork not only nabbing a No. 1 debut but ranking high in our 50 Best Albums of 2013. QOTSA also recorded an Austin City Limits set that'll air January 4 on PBS. Above, you can watch "Smooth Sailing," a falsetto-funked highlight that rides a minimal, circuitous groove throughout, ramping up the tension and offering little relief. Well, unless you count the most-quoted line from all of ...Like Clockwork: "I blow my load over the status quo." Eww. 

  • Beyonce Drake 'Mine' Video Self-Titled

    Beyonce Is a Goddess in Drake-Assisted 'Mine' Video

    Beyoncé's Beyoncé just formally became the nation's No. 1 album, and it broke a whole bunch of records to get there (also: No Target). As you likely know by now, her fifth LP not only arrived as a surprise, it came with 17 beautifully shot music videos. On Monday, Queen Bey shared two of those in quick succession — the Jay Z-featuring "Drunk in Love" and the Terry Richardson-directed "XO" — and now a third has hit the Internet. Drake's October's Very Own blog posted the clip for "Mine," which features Drizzy of course. Seen above, the Pierre Debusschere short opens on Beyoncé looking a bit like the Virgin Mary in the middle of a Grecian tableau.

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