Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Beastie Boys Monster Energy Drink Lawsuit Win Z-Trip Tossed Out

    Beastie Boys Judge Says Monster Energy Is Lawsuit Laughing Stock

    A New York judge has ruled that Monster Energy was "reckless" and their claims "risible" in a copyright case involving several Beastie Boys classics and pioneering mash-up DJ Z-Trip. If all of that doesn't seem odd enough, consider this: the entire tossed-out complaint revolved around whether or not the word "Dope!" — in an email from Z-Trip to Monster — could function as some sort of license-giving, legally binding term. Really.The background: Z-Trip, a.k.a. Zach Sciacca, was paid $15,000 to perform at an after-party for the energy drink empire's annual "Ruckus in the Rockies" Canadian snowboarding competition. Later on, Monster put together a recap clip and soundtracked it with a free-to-download megamix the DJ had made of Beasties songs to promote the group's 2011 album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two.

  • John Coltrane Home Museum New York A Love Supreme

    John Coltrane's Final Home Could Become a Museum

    John Coltrane's last home could become a museum and a learning center. As Billboard reports, there is a movement to preserve and convert the Dix Hills, Long Island ranch-style house, where the jazz legend lived for three years and wrote his minted classic, A Love Supreme. Carlos Santana and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (a cousin and collaborator to Flying Lotus) have come out in support of the movement, as has author/professor Cornel West."The Coltrane Home is a beacon to anyone interested in jazz history, cultural history, African-American history, New York history, and American history," said Santana via statement, and he's not overstating it.

  • Yoko Ono 'Bad Dancer' Video Questlove Beastie Boys Ira Glass

    See Yoko Ono Dance With ?uestlove, Beastie Boys, and Ira Glass

    Even a "Bad Dancer" should have a good dancing partner, and Yoko Ono finds hers in ?uestlove above. The two share an endearingly awkward slow dance to the bubbly beat of the aforementioned song, and they aren't the only hot-steppers on the floor. The Ben Dickinson-directed video also features — deep breath — Beastie Boys Ad-Rock and Mike D, This American Life host Ira Glass, Das Racist co-founder Heems, soul legend Roberta Flack, recent YouTube Music Awards host Reggie Watts, Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier, '90s alt-pop stars Cibo Matto, activist filmmaker Josh Fox, performance artist Justin Vivian Bond, and the very good dancers of Ani Taj's Dance Cartel. The song itself is, in fact, a collaboration with the Beasties on the beats. "Bad Dancer" hails from Take Me to the Land of Hell, Ono's out-now 15th album, credited to the Plastic Ono Band.

  • Mum Jonsi Remix When Girls Collide Ibiza Anthem Smilewound

    Sigur Ros' Jonsi Takes Mum's 'When Girls Collide' to Ibiza

    After a four-year break, Icelandic experimental glitch-ists Múm are back with Smilewound, a fresh set that finds them in familiar form and with a clutch assist from guest vocalist Kylie Monigue. Now the cult-adored Morr Music mainstays get a leg up from one of their countrymen — Sigur Rós star Jónsi, who SPIN interviewed this summer surrounding the release of the excellent Kveitur. Streaming over at Stereogum, you'll find his "Ibiza Anthem Remix" of Smilewound highlight "When Girls Collide." The new version is, duh, a highly danceable concoction blessed with glistening synths, four-four bass kicks, and ethereal vocals. Listen to that here, and review our Best Dance Tracks of 2013 (so far) while you listen. Also, check out Jónsi's bandmate Úlfer, who streamed his debut LP White Mountain with us.

  • Matthew Dear Audion Motormouth Stream X Best Of

    Matthew Dear's Audion Alias Shreds the Dance Floor on 'Motormouth'

    Detroit-reared electronicist Matthew Dear has made his name wedding burbling electronics to his own creepy baritone, crafting an off-kilter brand of pop that bubbles and fizzes quite nicely (check out last year's Beams). But, owing to his upbringing, the man has a heavier, more dance-oriented side. As the techn(o)ician Audion, he has been churning out throbbing, skronky instrumentals for a full decade now, and a new compilation aims to celebrate that.Audion X, is out December 10 via Ghostly imprint Spectral Sound and will feature all of the visceral hits, from "Kisses" to "Your Place or Mine" to, um, "Titty Fuck." The 18-track retrospective will also include a pair of new songs: "Sky" and "Motormouth," the latter of which can be heard streaming below. That hard-charging rave rattler runs more than six minutes and shreds the entire time.

  • Bronski Beat Busker Street Musician Smalltown Boy Jimmy Somerville

    This Bronski Beat Busker Video May Be a Put-On, Is Still Awesome

    Okay, this entire thing may be a setup, but it's great either way. Above, you'll see what looks like a regular old street musician busking on the streets of Berlin. He's singing 1984's "Smalltown Boy" by Bronski Beat when the long defunct group's singer Jimmy Somerville shows up and starts singing backup. It appears the man was simply out walking his dog when he came across his own song being performed by the busker, who seems genuinely surprised.And it may have all gone down like that, but it's worth noting that the guy with the guitar is Jonas Mann who co-hosts a comedic German web series called Onkel Berni's Butze. The video shared by Gawker and others comes straight from the show's YouTube channel, and the accompanying description doesn't mention the fact that it's Mann we're looking at.

  • Angel Haze Lana Del Rey 'Summertime Sadness' Cover Stream

    Angel Haze Sweetly Covers Lana Del Rey's 'Summertime Sadness'

    Angel Haze continues her #30GOLD remakes series with a word-for-word cover of Lana Del Rey's excellent "Summertime Sadness." Though a bit out of season — it's that SADS time of year — the original's pouty majesty and ride-or-die mentality rings plenty true on the New York singer-MC's lips. She kicked off the Dirty Gold hype-builder with new versions of Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" and Jay-Z's "Tom Ford." The series' emotive apex thus far came from back-to-back takes on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love" — in which Haze rapped candidly about her own sexuality — and Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball," which was a faithful cover. In that same way, Haze pays tribute to Del Rey below, while blessing the original with her own very capable singing voice.

  • Vampire Weekend Cancel Shows Arctic Monkeys Postponed

    Vampire Weekend and Arctic Monkeys Cancel European Dates

    Vampire Weekend will not play previously scheduled shows in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. The New York smart-pop ensemble didn't give a specific reason in their announcement, posted to Facebook: "Due to unforeseen circumstances, our shows in Sweden, Norway and Denmark have been canceled. Refunds will be made available at the point of purchase. We sincerely apologize to our fans, and look forward to making it back to you soon."While the fans flock to outdo one another in emoji sadness over there, they might also extend some sympathy to Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner. The man has been hit with laryngitis mid-tour, leading to last week's postponements of U.K. shows in Glasgow, Birmingham, and Sheffield. Now the AM crew are rescheduling Monday's German date (November 4) as well, according to NME. See below for the rescheduled gigs.Bummed about Vampire Weekend?

  • ILLLS 'Hideout From the Feeders' Album Stream

    Stream ILLLS' 'Hideout From the Feeders' Album, a Noisy New-Wave Dream

    ILLLS is Steven Ross, an Oxford, Mississippi resident with an ear for semi-surfy, semi-stoned, totally dreamy soundscapes, 10 of which can be heard below. While the man initially turned heads with last year's Dark Paradise EP, the project was a bit more of a band then, and the vibes have changed accordingly. That's not to say ILLLS' debut album is an insular affair (even if the title might imply such a thing). Though Hideout From the Feeders likes to lurk the shadows from time to time, the warm glow of New Order shines through. The set is out November 12 via Aloe Music, but until then you can stream it right here.

  • YouTube Music Awards Performances Video Eminem Lady Gaga MIA

    YouTube Music Awards Performances: Watch Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Eminem

    The first ever YouTube Music Video Awards were, in short, a charming mess. And while Arcade Fire leader Win Butler's cameo as "Winye West" deserves its due — alongside the unscripted moments from hosts Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts — the majority of the night's memorable chaos came via the "live music videos" overseen by the ceremony's creative director Spike Jonze. Whether it was Michael Shannon playing a douche-baggy version of EDM star Avicii, or Lindsey Stirling "flying" through the air while playing dubstep violin, each performance brought a combination of ambition, art, and pure WTF-ness.Catch up below:Arcade Fire's "Afterlife" set the bar fairly high, opening on actress Greta Gerwig seemingly mid-breakup.

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