Chris Martins

writer

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  • Azealia Banks Pharrell Light Skin Twitter Beef ATM Jam

    Azealia Banks Drops a Race Card on Pharrell in One-Sided Beef

    Azealia Banks has taken shots at her "ATM Jam" partner Pharrell, alleging that the single's lack of success is due to a lack of support from its primary producer and hook-singer. To a certain degree, a major label-backed song's market penetration has a bit more to do with money invested after the fact, and audience reaction, than high-profile cosigns. But it's true that the Daft Punk and Robin Thicke-assisting hit-maker, by contrast, didn't appear in Banks' video.Perhaps there simply weren't enough nude women or awesome robots? Nay, taking to Twitter, Banks wrote, "The reason ATM jam did poorly is because pharell changed his mind about wanting to be associated with me after he had his lite skin comeback." Which is a helluva thing to say, and somewhat confusing without further exposition.

  • Daniel Johnston Hi, How Are You Film Kickstarter Drawing

    Daniel Johnston Will Draw You for $1,000

    A collaborative short film dreamed up by Los Angeles filmmaker Gabriel Sunday and revered outsider musician Daniel Johnston is currently crowd-sourcing funds, and $1,000 will get you a portrait of, well, you drawn by the legendary songwriter himself. Dubbed Hi, How Are You?, the movie aims to "get inside of Daniel's mind," as Sunday says in the clip above, to a space where "his art, characters, and music come to life."Rather than a straight documentary — there's already one of those, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, and it's excellent — this film will blend a journalistic style with narrative fiction, interspersing the star subject's musings with acting, animation, and surreal scenery. Hi, How Are You? will travel back and forth between the present, and the time when Johnson, amid his first mental breakdown, was recording the tape of the same name.Sunday and co.

  • Lily Allen 'Hard Out Here' Video Sexism Misogyny Robin Thicke

    Lily Allen's 'Hard Out Here' Video Skewers Robin Thicke's Misogyny

    "Lily Allen has a baggy pussy." Deal with it, America. You chuckled or playfully chided when a certain pop jock declared in balloon letters, "Robin Thicke has a big dick," via the "Blurred Lines" video, and now Britain's former favorite rising daughter is back to test the double standards at play in the music world. Seen above (and excerpted below), her video for brand-new song "Hard Out Here" has its own inflated message to share.The clip is directed by Christopher Sweeney (Lana Del Ray, Foals, Jessie Ware) and has fun spoofing a litany of music video tropes, from champagne pour-overs to gratuitous twerk-fests.

  • Justin Timberlake Critics Kill Everybody GQ Interview Mad

    Justin Timberlake Can't Take Criticism, So He'd Rather Kill His Critics

    Justin Timberlake sometimes "wants to fucking kill everybody." The eternally cool pop star, actor, and Myspace investor broke character in his new GQ interview for the magazine's new Men of the Year issue. Journalist Amy Wallace sat down to speak with the man in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, where he revealed that "I feel — literally — like a bunch of people just took a shit on my face."Timberlake was apparently steamed at the critical reception for both his latest acting endeavor, Runner Runner, and his second album of 2013, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2. He specifically took issue with respective reviews from industry trade publications Variety and Billboard, who'd summarily dismissed the works. "Where did all this vitriol come from?" JT asked. "It's mean. And I'm not cut out for it."Oh, but he went on. "The movie didn't do well at the box office, so I should quit?

  • M83 Ali Matthias You and the Night Soundtrack Stream

    Hear M83's 'Ali & Matthias,' From a New Movie About a French Orgy

    M83's next album will be a soundtrack to an avant-garde French film about an orgy. You and the Night is directed by Yann Gonzalez, who happens to be the brother of Anthony Gonzalez, a.k.a. M83. But as per the electro-crawling Los Angeles-based project's usual M.O., the soundtrack will also feature the vocal prowess of Morgan Kibby and Susanne Sundfør, and the orchestral arrangements of Joe Trapanese. "Ali & Matthias" can be heard below.Still, as Anthony Gonzalez put it in a written statement, "People who only like 'Midnight City' are going to be disappointed. Mellow and romantic, this soundtrack pays tribute to French soundtracks from the '70s and is much more intimate than Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming and the Oblivion Soundtrack.

  • Rap Genius Takedown Lyrics Site Lawsuit NMPA Illegal

    Publisher's Association Says Rap Genius Is 'Blatantly Illegal'

    The controversial, well-funded Rap Genius site is among 50 lyrics sites being hit with stern takedown notices from the National Music Publishers Association.

  • Cate le Bon 'Are You With Me Now?' Video Mug Museum Stream

    Cate Le Bon Shows Off Secret Talent in 'Are You With Me Now?' Video

    Welsh psych-folk heroine Cate le Bon releases her third album Mug Museum on Tuesday and in honor of the occasion, she's got two goodies for us: the sweetly intimate and slightly magical video above, and an entire stream of the aforementioned album below. Casey + Ewan (DJ Shadow, Los Campesinos!) direct the clip, which finds Le Bon flexing some mightily impressive pottery skills with a little help from her family, past and present. The song itself is a lovely drifter, shambling forward on a playful guitar figure and assisted by the woman's slightly husky voice. And there's plenty more where that came from — 10 songs' worth, including "I Think I Knew" featuring Perfume Genius.

  • Joker 'Deserted Island' Stream Head Top EP Mr. Miyagi

    Dubstep Godfather Joker Goes Glitch for Streaming 'Head Top' EP

    U.K. dubstep innovator Joker has shared his new Head Top EP a month early. Below, fans can find the four songs streaming: the rumbling bass-slapper "Mr. Miyagi," the lo-bit banger "Mario Ting," the darkly tinted title track, and the dub-damaged crusher "Deserted Island." Although the man born Liam McLean last released a full-length in 2011 (see The Vision, via 4AD) he's been plenty busy, appearing last year in the disco-flavored Sure Thing supergroup with DJ Die and Christophe, and also releasing the Face Off EP this year. For more on the man's legacy, check out SPIN's 30 Greatest Dubstep Songs of All Time. Head Top is due out on Kapsize in December.

  • Future Maison Margiela Metro Boomin DJ Spinz Stream

    Future Goes High Fashion on Showy 'Maison Margiela' Single

    Jay Z can keep his "Tom Ford" and Migos can have their "Versace." Atlanta rapper and Auto-Tune guru Future has shared a new song dubbed "Maison Margiela," which is a shout-out to the French fashion house founded in 1988 by Belgian designer Martin Margiela.

  • Ice-T Body Count Reunion New Album 2014 Twitter

    Ice-T Promises Body Count Will Rise With New 'Manslaughter' Album

    Celebrated television cop and OG "Cop Killer" celebrated by television, Ice-T has announced that his thrash-metal band Body Count will release a new album called Manslaughter in 2014. The group's live performance in Austin over the weekend was one of SPIN's major highlights from the Fun Fun Fun Fest, and it seems the Law & Order: SVU star felt pretty good about it too. "We called last night the 'TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE'," he wrote on Twitter. "We're BACK! The new BC album 2014. #MANSLAUGHTER." We called last night the 'TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE' We're BACK! The new BC album 2014. #MANSLAUGHTER— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) November 10, 2013Pussy MFs DON'T want me back in the music business..... Because they know I'm gonna cut HEADS off.

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