Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Cass McCombs 'Big Wheel' Video Others

    Cass McCombs Tests Masculine Mores in 'Big Wheel' Video

    Enigmatic songsmith Cass McCombs returned in 2013 with the double album Big Wheel and Others, which found the man sharpening his trademark wit across 22 tracks. Now the semi-titular song, "Big Wheel," gets its own video directed by cover artist Albert Herter (also behind the artwork for 2011's Wit's End and Humor Risk LPs). Therein, recontextualized found footage flickers by — mimes in a park, a bleeding hand, a hall of mirrors with an infant in the middle — while McCombs takes down our preconceived notions of masculinity: "What does it mean to be a man? How you gonna tell me who I am? / A man bolts a man is rust, for a little while, then the man is dust / A man with a man, how more manly can you get?"Watch above, then revisit the "Morning Star" video, wherein our host queries, "What's it like to shit in space?" So many questions, so little time.

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    Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers Dead at 74

    Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers has died at the age of 74. Excepting a 10-year period beginning in 1973, the singer-guitarist and his brother Don had been an publicly active duo since 1956. Their mark on country music and rock'n'roll — and rockabilly, of course — was immense thanks to songs like "Wake Up Little Susie," "Bye Bye Love," "Cathy's Clown," "All I Have to Do Is Dream," and "Bird Dog," among many others. They joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.The Los Angeles Times reports that, according to Phil's wife Patti Everly, the man passed away on Friday, January 3, in Burbank, California due to complications resulting from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She explained that the ailment was an effect of his being a lifelong cigarette smoker. "We are absolutely heartbroken," she said.

  • Deadmau5 Miami Club Phones VIP NYE Twitter

    Deadmau5 Wants VIP Clubbers to Stop Being Douchebags

    Deadmau5 rang in the new year with a January gig show at Mansion, one of Miami's major beachfront nightclubs — and it's a mistake he won't make again. Though a star in the dance music world, the man born Joel Zimmerman isn't a VIP-kinda dude, and has a reputation for not suffering fools, be they fans or fellow music-makers. He wound up cutting his Wednesday night set short after attendees up front refused to put their cell phones away. He then hit Twitter and Instagram:Lol at the entire front row glued to their fucking phones. Much party. Many text. Wow— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) January 2, 2014As Prefix reports, Deadmau5 followed up on a subscription-based section of his site: "I fucking reamed out my agent for making me deal with that... Putting fans in the back and trust fund kids up front is fucking stupid as fuck... won't be playing any more Miami club...

  • Sundance Score Dock Ellis Ad-Rock Ben Gibbarg Laggies

    Ad-Rock and Ben Gibbard Score Sundance Films About LSD and Growing Up

    The annual Sundance Film Festival returns to Park City, Utah, on January 16 bringing with it plenty of highlights for music fans, from Memphis starring Willis Earl Beal, to the fictionalized Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth. But now, some unexpected news: Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard scores a new film called Laggies, and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz scores another dubbed No No: A Dockumentary.The former is directed by Lynn Shelton (Humpday, The New Girl) and will star Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, and Chloë Grace Moretz, among others. The Sundance film guide describes the feature as "a coming-of-age story about a 28-year-old woman stuck in permanent adolescence." Meanwhile the Beastie Boys co-founder will take on the legendary tale of Dock Ellis, the MLB pitcher who threw a no-hitter while on acid.Both soundmen have scored films before, as Indiewire points out.

  • Future Maison Margiela Video Honest Fashion

    Future Flies the Friendly Skies in 'Maison Margiela' Video

    In his recent interview with SPIN, rapper/singer Future spoke on his love for outer space. He again takes to the skies in his new video for "Maison Margiela," though this time he stays within the atmosphere (physically speaking, at least). Seen above, the Atlanta Auto-Tune guru rhymes about Rosetta Stones and cashmere sweaters from inside of a private jet, then visits the hangar to blow smoke with buddies. It's not as showy as the clip for the man's Miley Cyrus team-up, "Real and True," but Future has enough inherent glitz that the sheen isn't missed. DJ Spinz and Metro Boomin produce. No word yet as to whether or not this one will land on the long-anticipated Honest LP.

  • Music Documentaries Netflix Best Streaming Movies

    The 15 Best Music Documentaries Streaming on Netflix Now

    Whether it's a snow day where you are, or simply the waning holidaze keeping you indoors, we've got enough Netflix-streaming music documentaries below to program a 24-hour festival (and change). With the Oscars approaching, and Sundance set to unleash a new slate of films later this month, it's a fine time to look back anyhow.

  • Def Leppard One Direction Midnight Memories Sugar Lawsuit

    Def Leppard Won't Sue One Direction So Stop Asking Already

    It's no secret that the titular single from One Direction's platinum-selling Midnight Memories album strongly evokes Def Leppard classic "Pour Some Sugar on Me." Our own reviewer wrote of the LP, "Maybe Louis Tomlinson — whose name dominates the credits — has a hair-metal playlist in which Def Leppard dominates." And when "Midnight Memories" came out, British tabloid Mirror UK started a rumor that the English rock giants were suing their boyish countrymen.That wasn't true then, and it's not true now. TMZ spotted drummer Rick Allen doing a little New Year's shopping and asked the one-armed skinsman about the trumped-up drama. "I see the similarity," he said cheerily, "but those three chords have been used for decades. It's not new. And if anything, we felt as if it's a huge compliment.

  • Kinks Reunion Ray Davies Book Uncut Interview

    Ray Davies Says Kinks Reunion Is 'As Close as It's Ever Been'

    Ray Davies says a proper Kinks reunion is "as close as it's ever been to happening." The frontman, co-founder, and songwriter of the iconic British Invasion band teases the possibility in the latest issue of Uncut alongside the group's remaining original members: brother and guitarist Dave Davies, and drummer Mick Avory, who the magazine says are "mainly positive" about coming back together. Bassist Pete Quaife passed away in 2010. The Kinks last played for the public in 1996.It's worth noting that Ray released his second autobiography, Americana: The Kinks, The Riff, The Road, in October. But his brother Dave — who had a new solo album, I Will Be Me, in 2013 — is, well, mainly positive.

  • Clay Aiken Congress Office Political American Idol NC

    Clay Aiken Reportedly Wants to Run for Congress

    Clay Aiken is "actively considering" running for office in 2014. According to The Washington Blade, the American Idol favorite is looking at North Carolina's 2nd Congressional District, eying the historically Democratic seat currently held by Republican representative Renee Ellmers. Of course, we already know the man can get votes — he was a close runner-up in Idol's second season in 2003. As long a Ruben Studdard doesn't enter the race, he may have a shot at this thing.Aiken, 35, is a Raleigh native, a father to a five-year-old son, a many-times-platinum singer, a tireless advocate for many charities, and — not for nothing — an openly gay Southern Baptist. In 2006, George W. Bush appointed him to the Presidential Committee for People With Intellectual Disabilities. He's also traveled to Afghanistan, Africa, and Mexico as a UNICEF National Ambassador.

  • Rick Ross LMFAO Lawsuit Party Rock Anthem Hustlin

    Rick Ross Sues LMFAO for Shufflin' Over His Hustlin'

    As noted earlier today, Rick Ross' legal horizon is looking a bit brighter in 2014. A judge only just ruled that the Maybach Music Group bawse can continue to rap about fake cocaine sales using a real drug dealer's name (that'd be the infamous "Freeway" Ricky Ross).

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