Chris Martins

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  • SBTRKT Untitled Video Audio Experiment

    SBTRKT Shares Highly Trippy Untitled Audio-Visual Experiment

    It's been a minute since we've heard from SBTRKT, the once-anonymous post-dubstep project overseen by Aaron Jerome that helped launch the career of Drake pal and Solange signee Sampha. The London producer dropped his excellent self-titled debut album way back in 2011, and aside from putting his own touch on Drizzy's "Girls Love Beyoncé" and sharing a welcome-but-very-late video for "Trials of the Past," he's left his fans largely unfed. But the man has now shared a trippy visual for an unnamed song, which you can experience above. The bleakly brooding track (which has kin in Boards of Canada's Tomorrow's Harvest) is accompanied by morphing metallic shapes dreamed up by SBTRKT himself in collaboration with Lorenzo Durantini and A Hidden Place. On your way out, check Jerome's other recent share, "IMO," which has yet to be mixed and mastered but sounds lovely nonetheless:

  • Stephen Colbert Black Keys Prostate Exam Video

    The Black Keys Would Like to Examine Stephen Colbert's Prostate

    Ladies and gentlemen, the Brown Keys. Thursday night on The Colbert Report, Stephen dropped his "November Sweeps Prostacular," inspired by the theoretically ratings-boosting on-air colonoscopies recently received by Today show hosts Matt Lauer and Al Roker. This, ahem, opened the door for all sorts of puerile potty humor, but also for some guest-star shockers: actor extraordinaire John Lithgow, Today alum/OG televised exam-taker Katie Couric, and the Black Keys. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have been publicly bromanced by Colbert before, so perhaps it was time to return the favor. But will they actually have the pleasure? Watch above to find out which of the would-be celebrity doctors wins the honorary latex glove in this reality TV-style competition. Also: "He's like a Chinese finger-trap down there." Nyuk or yuck?

  • Soundgarden Pearl Jam Matt Cameron Tour

    Soundgarden Touring Without Matt Cameron Because of Pearl Jam

    It's hard out there for a grunge drummer. At 50, Matt Cameron is a member of the two biggest remaining Seattle shredders of the '90s: SPIN profile subjects Soundgarden, and the Lightning Bolt-wielding Pearl Jam. As it turns out, both groups will be hitting the road next year, and Cameron has decided to hit skins with Eddie Vedder and co., leaving Chris Cornell and the others in a temporary lurch. The good news though: Soundgarden and Pearl Jam are touring in 2014.The news came via the Soundgarden site:Hello Knights of the Soundtable faithful, I will be taking 2014 off from Soundgarden touring due to prior commitments promoting “Lightning Bolt” with my brothers in Pearl Jam and the desire to have more time at home with my family. I am trying to balance the many twists and turns of my awesome music career. This is temporary. I am still an active member of Soundgarden.

  • Daughn Gibson 'Phantom Rider' Video Me Moan

    Daughn Gibson Channels Gustavo Fring in 'Phantom Rider' Video

    The inimitable Daughn Gibson returns with a video for his Me Moan standout "Phantom Rider." The song itself is that entrancingly odd mixture of four-on-the-floor beat, glistening warped guitar, disembodied choral samples, and honky-tonk croon, and the new clip is no less strange. Directed by Ferry Gouw (Major Lazer, Bloc Party), the Stereogum premiere finds the Pennsylvania adonis-type swaying to the finger-snapping beat, sometimes shirtless, and sometimes skinless. Smoke drifts up behind the man's distorted silhouette, implying the waft of brimstone across this black-and-white hellscape. A combination of narcotic strangeness and Gustavo Fring tribute prevails. Watch above, and revisit SPIN's Daughn Gibson profile, plus the video for "Kissin' on the Blacktop."That unforgettable Breaking Bad moment, via Vulture:

  • Monster Rally 'Orchids' Video Return to Paradise

    Monster Rally's Beatwise Exotica Inspires Dance in 'Orchids' Video

    If Martin Denny and Madlib had a fully grown musical lovechild, that harmonious little stitch-job would no doubt sound like Monster Rally. Cleveland-via-Los Angeles producer Ted Feighan makes blossoming instrumental hip-hop that owes just as much to the annals of exotica and Tropicália. To wit: a song like "Orchids," the opening track from his recently released Return to Paradise. The lush ditty rolls in on a flurry of guitar notes and static pops before hand-hit drums give way to finger-punched sampler pads. Monster Rally's technique can be witnessed in the clip above, as his workman-like approach to crafting such beautiful beats turns a mundane office space into a place of strange magic.Interested in more? Stream Return to Paradise, out now on Gold Robot, right here:

  • Oh My Goodness Alias Remix Not Lying Stream OMG

    Oh My Goodness and Alias Craft Purple Soul on 'Not Lying' Remix

    Oh My Goodness are a duo out of New York who combine TV on the Radio-style future-funk with the kind of frenetic, detail-oriented production that tUnE-yArDs have staked their rep on. Vocalist Therese Workman and co-producer Tyler Wood met while cleaning bathrooms at Harvard but they both originally hail from Maine — the home of Anticon Records founding father Alias, who lends his left-field touch here to a remix of "Not Lying."The wavy revision hews its own purple path, but retains the bewitching charm of the original, from the now-out Oh My Goodness EP. Therein, we hear Workman's soulful voice, letting us know, "I left my handbag in a dangerous place" (also, on occasion, her Camry).

  • Kurt Cobain Fender Mustang Guitars Video Nirvana

    See the Insides of Kurt Cobain's 'In Utero'-Era Guitars

    In the all-too-brief video above, Fender gives Nirvana fans a chance to get an incredibly intimate look at two of Kurt Cobain's Mustang model guitars. A few years ago, the decades-old instrument-maker sent one of their master builders in for a "supervised" visit so that he could "lightly dismantle" the axes — lovingly dubbed "Blue-Mustank" and "Oranj-Stang" — in order to re-create their nuances for a customized commercial model. On their website, Fender writes, "On the In Utero tour that followed the album, Kurt favored a quiver of modified Fender Mustang guitars as main instruments for his sonic attack. A few years ago, Fender took on the challenge of authentically replicating the specifications of these historic instruments for the Kurt Cobain Signature Mustang guitars.

  • Rilo Kiley 'Emotional' Video RKives

    Watch Rilo Kiley's 'Emotional' New Video Full of Old Footage

    Rilo Kiley called it quits in 2011 after 13 years as a band, but this year delivered RKives, a set of B-sides and outtakes so strong it could function as a primer. With no reunion in the offing, Jenny Lewis and co. are doing their best to make do with what they've got. In March they offered up the video for "Let Me Back In," chock full of their own RKival tour footage. Now we've got a clip for "Emotional" made up of found footage of folks in the '50s and '60s feeling things strongly. The track itself is a roller-coaster of vibes, contrasting intensely pretty sing-songin' with pretty intense Saddle Creek-y shredding. It's no Too $hort collabo, but really, what is?

  • Rap Genius Lyrics Licensing Deal Sony Illegal

    Rap Genius Pays Sony for Lyrics in Bid for Legitimacy

    Earlier this week, popular song lyrics hub Rap Genius was named the number one offender on a list of 50 sites publishing artists' words without the proper licenses. Each was supposedly hit with a take-down notice courtesy of the National Music Publishers Association, who alleged "blatantly illegal behavior." Now Rap Genius has begun the expensive process of doing it all legal, securing a licensing agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, who have 31 percent of the global song rights share.As noted in our first report, Rap Genius co-founder Ilan Zechory seemed confident, if not cocky, when the news broke, saying "We can't wait to have a conversation with them" and emphasizing that his site, which received a $15 million investment last year, is all about context thanks to the active user community who annotate the lyrics.

  • Trinidad James L.I.A.A.R.$. Stream New York Dis

    Trinidad James Says South Runs New York, Unleashes 'L.I.A.A.R.$.'

    Kendrick Lamar stirred things up a bit when he declared himself the new King of New York. Of course, the beloved Compton MC did so while rapping cricles around his competitors, in the middle of a song that was clearly designed to provoke thought and conversation. But Atlanta's Trinidad James may have ruffled feathers on a Chad-Smith-in-Brazil level when he declared that the American South "runs" New York City to a crowd of New Yorkers, at a New York show on Wednesday night.As VIBE notes, James praised East Coast rap of yore, and then dropped the offending comment: "We were in Atlanta like, 'Oh my God, I have to wear my bandana on tilt like Juelz.' What the fuck happened, dog? Us in the South, us 'bammas, we just did our own thing. But now we run y'all, musically. That's crazy.

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