Chris Martins

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  • Mac DeMarco 'Treat Her Better' Video Live Sundance

    Watch Mac DeMarco Warn Sundance Fans to 'Treat Her Better'

    Now that Mac DeMarco's Salad Days has a proper release date — April 1 via Captured Tracks — the Canuck fuzz-pop oddball is popping up all over the place. There was the fake song "Eddie's Dream" (also known as "A Little Bit of Pussy"), the radio session and acoustic gig that yielded a few legit tracks, and the proper release of lead single "Passing Out Pieces." But the last place we expected to see the man was at Sundance and yet, there he was, playing at the 1MSQFT space while the lovely La Blogothèque filmed. Above, you can watch DeMarco give an electric rendition of new one "Treat Her Better," gifting that intimate space with spare bursts of guitar, sung warnings leveled at an unseen foe, and the occasional maniacal laugh. If you know who you are, "boy," you might wanna listen up.

  • Macklemore Ryan Lewis Grammys Pop Rap Debate

    Grammys Rap Committee Tried to Blackball Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

    The Grammys rap committee attempted to bar Macklemore & Ryan Lewis from receiving any hip-hop-related nominations, according to an anonymous insider cited by the Associated Press. Despite the fact that the duo's star vocalist rhymes all over their 2013 album The Heist, not to mention the smash singles "Thrift Shop" and "Can't Hold Us," the selection group wanted to exile them to the pop categories. They were overruled by the general committee.The Seattle pair's manager Zach Quillen called the debate "bullshit" (AP doesn't specify the "expletive" used, but, well, it is). He pointed out that Ben "Macklemore" Haggerty has been rapping since he was 14, and explained that, "If you strip away being influenced by the popularity or by who their fans are or by the amount of radio traction their songs got ...

  • Jay Z Brooklyn Nets Name Trademark Lawsuit

    Jay Z Sued for Half a Billion Over Brooklyn Nets' Name

    A colorful individual who calls himself Ambassador Dr. Francois De Cassagnol is suing Jay Z for over half a billion dollars because he says he owns the rights to the Brooklyn Nets' name. The eccentric "behavioral scientist and designer" — who also claims ownership of "The Global Diaspora SuperPAC Fund" and something called "The Virtual Churches International" — has named Shawn Carter as a defendant in a $600 million trademark suit.De Cassagnol filed his complaint on December 9 with the Eastern District of the State of New York, Radar reports. On his totally batshit website, he also petitions the Pope to pray against the "Brooklyn Nets' Pirates" — according to official court documents, he believes the NBA, Jay Z, and real-estate developer Bruce Ratner (a co-owner) "fraudulently conspired" to circumvent the U.S. Patent Office.

  • Lostprophets Ian Watkins Appeal Child Sex Abuse Sentence

    Lostprophets Pedophile Ian Watkins Asks for a Shorter Sentence

    Convicted pedophile and former Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins is attempting to shorten the length of his 35-year sentence for offenses that included the attempted rape of an infant. W.E.N.N. reports that his attorney on Tuesday filed a petition at the Court of Appeal in Wales. In December, the 36-year-old confessed to 13 crimes related to the sexual abuse of children, and was convicted alongside the unnamed mothers of two of those young victims.The women, aged 21 and 24, were sentenced to 17 years and 14 years respectively, while Watkins received a 29-year custodial term and six years on license (probation). As it stands, he'll have to serve two-thirds of the jail time before he is eligible for parole. That he would get any sort of break at this point seems offensive to even consider.

  • OFF! 'Void You Out' Stream Wasted Years Keith Morris

    Hear OFF! Shred on Breakneck 'Void You Out'

    With the Black Flag vs. FLAG dispute pretty much settled — popularly if not legally — the latter's leader should be feeling pleasantly footloose. And sure enough Keith Morris has reactivated his hardcore punk posse OFF! for a new album on April 8. Vice Records will release Wasted Years, a 16-track shredder featuring first taste "Void You Out." Heard below, this particular ripper blasts off with a bass bowwwww then explodes into a breakneck freak-out about getting beaten down in the land of the free. Morris, guitarist Dimitri Coats, bassist Steven McDonald, and drummer Mario Rubalcab recorded the whole set live in their Los Angeles practice space, to 8-track on 1/2-inch tape. Artist Raymond Pettibon (Black Flag, Sonic Youth) provides the cover art.Wasted Years track list:1. "Void You Out"2. "Red White and Black"3. "Legion of Evil"4. "No Easy Escape"5. "Over Our Heads"6.

  • Actress 'Rap' Stream Ghettoville Last Album

    Actress Warps R&B Sensuality on 'Rap'

    Enigmatic English producer Actress, a.k.a. Darren Cunningham, is on the cusp of releasing what may be his last album. Ghettoville arrives January 27 and has been described by label Werkdiscs as "the bleached out and black-tinted conclusion of the Actress image." New non-LP track "Grey Over Blue" was indeed a bleak and fuzzy proposition. But now we have "Rap" to consider, a brief but sweet song that feels surprisingly light. Over a slowed-down R&B groove, a pitch-dropped voice coos, "Wrap yourself around me." (For the record, we checked and it's not sampled from Hall & Oates' "You Make My Dreams.") Stream this small slice of Ghettoville below, via FACT.

  • Mast Anna Wise Red Omni Stream Album

    Mast and Anna Wise Team for Jazz-Beat Bubbler 'Red'

    Player/producer Mast originally hails from Philadelphia but has found his true home with the Alpha Pup Records crew in Los Angeles. The man's approach to electronic music not only incorporates a whole lot of organic sounds — it feels composed with an ear tuned to jagged jazz and dark pop, which makes him kin to folks like Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Daedelus, Ras G, and Nobody. He's also worked with RYAT, so he's plenty experienced when it comes to supporting a strong female voice. On new song "Red," Sonnymoon member and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Anna Wise ("Real") crows fantastically over a strangely fluid mass of pulsing beat, roiling piano, plucked guitar, and warm bass. It's a thing of dark beauty, and it'll be found on Mast's debut album Omni, out January 28. Check the cover art and track list below the new tune.Mast, Omni track list:1. "Hokusai2. "The Waters" (feat.

  • Com Truise 'Subsonic' Stream Wave 1 EP

    Com Truise Travels Galactic Soundwaves on 'Subsonic'

    Apart from being a giggle-worthy spoonerism of a certain Scientologist's name, Com Truise is the alias of Seth Haley — a New York producer who prefers to picture himself as an android astronaut while he's crafting his far-out electronic soundscapes. On February 18, he'll at last release a proper follow-up to his perfectly titled 2011 album Galactic Melt — the Wave 1 EP will arrive via Ghostly International and comprise six new songs, including the one you'll find below. "Subsonic" begins with a slow ambient build, but when that crest breaks, we're left with glistening synths, a steady thud, skittering hi-hats, and squelching bass frequencies. It's a bit Boards of Canada meets the Drive soundtrack, though this particular melding of retrofuturism and au courant production is a hallmark of Com Truise's unique touch.

  • D'Angelo Studio Footage New Album Russ Elevado Video

    Preview New D'Angelo Songs 'The Charade' and 'Sugah Daddy'

    Acclaimed audio engineer and producer Russell Elevado has shared studio footage from a recording session with the mighty D'Angelo, confirming that soul music's wayward king is indeed working on that new album we've been hearing whispers of since he reappeared in Stockholm two years ago. Elevado worked on the man's last album — 2000's masterful Voodoo — at New York's Electric Lady Studios. This time, they're at Henson Recording in Los Angeles.The video above is the longest of the three, and confirms the session's location.

  • Rap Genius Universal Music Publishing Lyrics Licensing Deal

    Rap Genius Gets Less Illegal, Licenses Universal Music's Lyrics

    The folks over at lyrics hub Rap Genius have made another step toward, ahem, doing it all legal. Co-founder Ilan Zechory announced his company's new partnership with Universal Music Publishing Group — a "licensing arrangement" that will allow the website to continue posting the words of songs written by the publisher's hulking roster. In November, the National Music Publishers Association dubbed Rap Genius' unlicensed lyrics-posting as "blatantly illegal." They made good with Sony days later."We love UMPG!" wrote Zechory via statement. "They have a truly incredible stable of writers — we will lend them a wheelbarrow for the Grammys they are about to win! Rap Genius lets UMPG's writers connect with their most obsessed fans, and we couldn't be more excited about solidifying this partnership."Rap Genius, of course, is more than your standard, low-rent, spam-bloated lyrics site.

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