Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Justin Timberlake Poison Bell Biv DeVoe Cover Video

    Watch Justin Timberlake Perform Bell Biv DeVoe's 'Poison'

    Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 may have inspired us to long nostalgically for the days of the first 20/20 Experience, and that literally dragging "TKO" video didn't do the dude any favors, but the "Holy Grail"-holding singer travelled back in time much further for his Brooklyn show at Barclays on Wednesday night. With a little help from his Tennessee Kids band — a whole lot of sing-along from the crowd — JT performed Bell Biv DeVoe's 1990 New Jack Swing classic, "Poison," a song whose lineage has everything to do with inspiring the late-'90s boy band boom that launched 'N Sync. The fan-shot clip above captures the performance best, but the one below has a great angle for the inevitable dance routine. Which, by the way ... the guy's still got it.

  • Weekend 'Rosaries' Video Jinx Slumberland Tour

    Weekend Score a Lonely Man's NSFW Night Out in 'Rosaries' Video

    Weekend's second album Jinx offers taut post-punk and bleakly hazed dreamscapes in spades — we heard "Mirrors" earlier this year, and now there's a fittingly disquieting video for "Rosaries." The song itself is a breathy, beautiful gush warmly reverbed and powered by a strong kick. But paired with the clip above, which is directed by singer/bassist Shaun Durkan and guitarist Kevin Johnson, the song feels downright haunted. Therein, we follow the lonely existence of a man who seems to long for a life that he used to have, but who's consigned to a lonely, nocturnal existence.

  • Ian Curtis Kitchen Table eBay Suicide Joy Division Buy

    Even Closer: Own Ian Curtis' Joyless Kitchen Table

    Haven't got a place to put that entire record store that's currently being auctioned off on eBay? Well, how about a table? As Stereogum points out, Ian Curtis' kitchen table is currently collecting bids on eBay too. As Joy Division's fans know, the troubled singer took his own life on May 18, 1980, hanging himself in the kitchen of his home in Macclesfield, England, using a washing line. The item of furniture that, er, witnessed the awful event is currently at £2,500, or $4,020.As the seller explains in impressive (albeit necessary) detail, the widow Debbie Curtis sold the home and much of its contents to a neighbor who converted it into a bed and breakfast. The neighbor later gave the table to her daughter, Vicky Morgan, upon the occasion of the younger's wedding. Then Morgan redecorated (!) and decided it didn't fit.

  • Record Store eBay London Shop On the Beat For Sale

    Buy Someone You Love a Record Store for Christmas

    A London man has put his entire record shop for sale on eBay. To clarify, On the Beat owner Tim Derbyshire is not selling off his store's collection of vinyl rarities and music memorabilia. He's looking for bids on all of it — the bricks, the mortar, the records, the register, the collection, and the customers — as is, in one piece. The original new-wave outpost founded in 1979 is currently going for a buy-it-now price of £300,000, or $482,000.Characterizing the potential purchase as "a lifestyle change," Derbyshire writes on eBay, "If you're at the stage in your life when you don't have to worry about making money but can live the bohemian life, meet interesting people every day and the occasional pop or rock star, here's your chance to take over the oldest record shop in the centre of Swinging London.

  • Kanye West Not Guilty LAX Paparazzi Trial Court Battery

    Kanye West Pleads Not Guilty in Alleged Paparazzi Attack

    Kanye West plead not guilty to criminal battery and attempted grand theft on Thursday in the case of his well-documented scuffle with paparazzo Daniel Ramos outside of Los Angles' LAX airport. The Yeezus star was not present for the court date, via TMZ, so his lawyer Blair Berk filed on his behalf. This drew the ire of the plaintiff's famous attorney Gloria Allred, who, in the video below, seems pretty up-to-date on West's recent touring woes.The criminal charges, of course, stem from the July incident in which West was caught on camera seemingly attacking a photographer who'd been needling him with aggressive questions on what the MC has since calmly characterized as a very, very bad day. Initial felony charges were tossed out, but the misdemeanor case carries a maximum penalty of a year behind bars.

  • Jay Z Daily Show Barneys Jon Stewart Racial Profiling Shop Frisk

    'The Daily Show' Does Jay Z's Barneys Beef Wrong

    Jay Z's beef with the world over his Barneys associations has hit The Daily Show. On Wednesday night, Jon Stewart spent nearly seven minutes on the subject, echoing others' criticism that the Magna Carta Holy Grail MC wimped out in his response to the upscale retailer following reports of young African-American customers being singled-out for suspicion by Barneys and New York police — a policy of "shop and frisk," if you will.The grumbling (and petition-signing) directed at Hova stems from the fact that the rapper had already teamed with Barneys to create a special collection due to hit shelves on November 20. What's been consistently overlooked by most critics is the fact that proceeds from the BNY SCC line will benefit The Shawn Carter Foundation, which helps young people without means achieve their goals of a higher education.Disappointingly, The Daily Show omits this bit as well.

  • Chris Brown Frank Ocean Assault Countersuit Lawsuit

    Chris Brown Accuses Frank Ocean's Cousin of Shakedown in Countersuit

    Nearly three months after Chris Brown was sued for $2 million for his part in that January fight with Frank Ocean, the embattled R&B star is countersuing. Althought Ocean himself forgave Brown almost immediately for allegedly threatening to "bust" him and calling him a gay slur, Ocean's cousin Sha'Keir Duarte made it legal, claiming that Brown's bodyguard had attacked Duarte on Brown's command, and kicked him while he was on the ground.According to legal documents obtained by SPIN, Brown is now saying that Duarte threatened to kill the singer "without provocation" before making "gestures with his hands and fists to signal that he was ready to strike Mr. Brown in the face and on the body." The cross-complaint accuses Duarte of "outrageous and despicable" conduct "part of a calculated effort ...

  • Vic Mensa Eliza Doolittle 'YNSP' Video Innanetape Mixtape

    Vic Mensa Is Inside of the Internet in 'YNSP' Video

    Chicago rhymer Vic Mensa gives us another reason to celebrate his still-fresh mixtape, Innanetape, with the video for "YNSP," the Eliza Doolittle-featuring song first heard back in September. For the uninitiated, the SAVEMONEY crew member has a thing for the World Wide Web — the new set's title is a slurred portmanteau of "Internet" and "mixtape," and the song is an acronym for "Yung Netscape, Save Peso." The Nem Perez-created clip finds Mensa rapping amidst 3-D wormholes, iridescent static, and glitchy color bars. Also: YouTube windows within YouTube windows (vidception?), and flying cans of "Orange Soda." For more videos from Innanetape, check out the sunny clips for "Hollywood LA" and "Lovely Day."

  • Yuck 'Lose My Breath' Video Glow & Behold Single

    Yuck Celebrate the VHS Tape in 'Lose My Breath' Video

    Yuck regrouped earlier this year sans frontman Daniel Blumberg and wound up making a record that handily rivals their debut. Glow & Behold is aptly titled — a warm work that keeps dolling out gifts worth witnessing, from the shoegaze-guided "Rebirth" to the Elliott Smith-ish "Memorial Fields." Now the London band lets loose a fun and fuzzy visual for "Lose My Breath," one of the album's most honeyed alt-'90s throwbacks. The video comes courtesy of Videothing static-master Michael Reich and — a word of warning — is potentially seizure-inducing, apparently. It also pays tribute to another fetishized piece of pop-culture, the VHS tape. 

  • Aaron Cohen Nickvanexelrose Video ABGOHARD Potential Fans

    Aaron Cohen Raps All Over Hollywood in 'Nickvanexelrose' Video

    Aaron Cohen came from Seattle but he's made New York his home. The man rhymes with an Eastern swagger and undeniable confidence, as witnessed in the clip above. "I really don't care / That's the motto," he deadpans through that wild red beard on "Nickvanexelrose." The song takes its name from former NBA player Nick Van Exel and famous "asshole" Axl Rose (don't be salty, it's in the lyrics), both of whom make appearances. From there, though, we get Cohen and collaborator ABGOHARD experiencing some of the amenities of Los Angeles."We we're out in L.A. to talk to a couple of labels," Cohen tells SPIN. "We didn't know anybody and just started asking girls to hang out with us and be in the video. The girls you see in the video were the ones cool enough to say yes. I think the best aspect of the video is that we just brought our grimy vibes out to a glamorous atmosphere.

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