Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • 3:33 BB-2 BB2-8 Bicameral Brain Stream Parallel Thought

    Stream 3:33's Wordless Dirge-Raps 'BB-2' and 'BB2-8'

    New Jersey's Parallel Thought is more than just a couple of fellas composing funk-fueled horror-score bangers for atypical MCs like Del the Funky Homosapien and Gene the Southern Child. It's a label too, home to 3:33 — an anonymous group who create brutal drone-rap instrumentals as inspired by the avant-garde work of John Cage and the tradition set forth by D-Styles on his Phantazmagorea classic.On October 29, the crew drops their most ambitious set yet: Bicameral Brain, a double album that comes with a concept of sorts.

  • Kanye West Zane Lowe Interview Video BBC Radio

    Kanye West Is the 'Biggest Rock Star on the Planet' in Zane Lowe Interview

    "I'm the number one rock star on the planet," Kanye West yells into the microphone in the clip above, a mere snippet from his soon-to-be-released interview with BBC Radio 1 host Zane Lowe.As previously noted, Dave Chappelle may tell the best Yeezy story of all time, but there's nothing like watching the man who gifted us Yeezus talk about himself. Though the preview is only 49 seconds — a chunk of which goes to still shots of handshakes and grins being exchanged — there are wall-to-wall gems, from West's completely out-of-context suggestion that black men "wear some hot ass Jordans on the beach," to his perhaps definitive statement on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: "[It] could be considered perfect.

  • Dustin Wong 'Speeding Feathers Staring' Video Mediation Ecstatic

    Dustin Wong's Guitar Genius Inspires Loopy 'Speeding Feathers Staring' Video

    Tokyo guitar god Dustin Wong makes his entrancing magic by way of rapid guitar-play and copious pedal use. By looping his pirouetting note figures, he creates entire worlds of sound that stil fit within single songs. Above you'll find the video for "Speeding Feathers Staring," which premiered over at Stereogum.The sounds within are an excellent representation of the former Ponytail player's new Thrill Jockey album, Mediation of Ecstatic Energy — an ever-shifting tapestry of beautiful strangeness that seems to fit its at first blush nonsensical name. The accompanying imagery is also a solid match: film footage turned into prismatic shards, overlain with hand-drawn squiggles of color and fuzz.Eventually, we focus on on the confident visage of our host: Wong, the man at the center of a constantly expanding universe.

  • The Internet 'Feel Good' Full Album Stream Odd Future

    Mac Miller Sings on the Internet's Streaming 'Feel Good' Album

    Odd Future's e ver-evolving neo-soul division the Internet has returned in full force with Feel Good. The group founded by Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians, who delivered the slinky Purple Naked Ladies in 2011, now have an entire band at their disposal. Also: the production prowess of the Neptunes (Chad Hugo's touch can be heard on "Dontcha") and Incubus guitarist Mike Eizinger who, it turns out, has got a lot more going on than his pedigree would imply.Our first taste of the group's sophomore effort came with "Partners in Crime Part Two," but now we can turn our ears to the mellifluous business of exploring all 13 tracks, from the gushy "Sunset" featuring Malaysia's Yuna to "Wanders of the Mind," starring a sorta-singing, likely stoned Mac Miller. Stream the entire gorgeously woozy affair below.

  • Drake Tour Postponed New Dates Nothing Was the Same

    Would You Like a Drake Tour? Better Get Comfy: Dates Postponed

    Earlier today on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Drake let the world know that he's "single and ready to mingle" before the host reminded him that he's about to embark on a tour. Indeed, the "Would You Like a Tour?" tour was set to kick off September 25 in Portland, Oregon, but perhaps the Nothing Was the Same singer-rapper received a call from the lady of his purple-tinted dreams, because the road trip has been postponed.In truth, a press release cites “an intense rehearsal schedule and technical production requirements that will be part of the show.” Which is all fine and good, because we're used to Drake leading us on. Thankfully, Nothing is indeed out September 24 as evidenced by the SPIN editors' Impulsive Reviews (following its leak), and of course Jordan Sargent's in-depth exploration of the Young Money affiliate's latest.

  • Vic Mensa Eliza Doolittle 'YNSP' Stream Save Money

    Vic Mensa and Eliza Doolittle Duet on Fist-Throwing 'YNSP'

    SAVEMONEY associate Vic Mensa is back with another share from his forthcoming INNANETAPE (that's "Internet tape" slurred, FYI). Chance the Rapper's Chicago neighbor swings hard on "YNSP" (which is an acronym for his Twi-dentity Yung Net Save Peso), at one point boxing with God and moments later painting himself as "Basquiat with a beer." He gets a clutch assist from British singer-songwriter/Disclosure collaborator Eliza Doolittle, whose sophomore LP is coming in October via Parlophone. Producer DJ Dahi lends a modern touch owing a little to Timbaland's bounce and perhaps a little more to the goopy productions of folk like Ryan Hemsworth. Check "Orange Soda," "Hollywood LA," and the Rockie Fresh-featuring "Time Is Money" for more from Mensa's September 30 mixtape. That's the wild Matrix-busting GIF cover below. 

  • Anderson Cooper 360 Man Man Wolf Blitzer End Boss Video

    Anderson Cooper Shouts Out Man Man, Calls Wolf Blitzer a Baby-Eater

    And sometimes, the stars align. Gruff-throated Philadelphia rock oddballs Man Man found themselves featured on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360° last night. The reason for the season? Their latest album, On Oni Pond, includes a song called "End Boss," which sounds like a Nintendo tale but turns out to be a wolf story, except the wolf involved is not a feral dog, but The Situation Room host Wolf Blitzer. Did we say "oddball"? We meant "curveball."Still, Anderson Cooper caught the plot."Tonight I want to introduce you to the song stylings of a band called Man Man," he said with a lilting grin. "You might think this is just typical lupine indie rock imagery, but it is, like so much of the art that surrounds us, inspired by Wolf Blitzer." Wait was that a "wolf bands" joke? Or a TV on the Radio jab?

  • Drake Ellen Hold On, We're Going Home Who Has Dated Video

    Ellen Grills Drake on Dating Before 'Hold On, We're Going Home' Performance

    Drake's Nothing Was the Same arrived early this week, and though it may be a slightly underwhelming serving of "wavy, purple nurple, dro-motion, merriweather post-breakup syrup Slurpee music," there's nothing quite like watching Aubrey Graham ooze natural charm all over a television camera. The Young Money lothario stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday (September 20) and wound up performing a lovely rendition of "Hold On, We're Going Home" accompanied by OVO Sound signee Majid Jordan. "Oh, I love our next guest," Ellen gushed.

  • Lady Gaga Applause Purity Ring Remix Stream EP

    Lady Gaga's 'Applause' Gets a True Art-Pop Makeover From Purity Ring

    Lady Gaga and Purity Ring may not seem like the most obvious team-up, but that's what makes it all the more interesting. Each entity certainly shares an interest in subverting pop expectations, and each does like to dabble in the trap on occasion. Also, taken on its own, "Applause" is a bit flat — pushed out of the charts' upper echelons and into the Kia commercial hamster wheel by the likes of Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, and Lorde. So it's a bit heartening to know Mother Monster is prepping a proper remix EP for the ARTPOP single that almost wasn't. The Applause Remix EP is out October 1, and the first share from it comes from Purity Ring.Over at Dazed, the group's production half Corin Roddick explained his process: "The first thing I did was delete everything but the vocals.

  • INVSN Album Dennis Lyxzen Refused Stream

    Stream INVSN's Fierce Post-Punk Debut, From Refused's Dennis Lyxzen

    Post-hardcore buffs beware: Refused's firecracker of a frontman Dennis Lyxzén has returned. Though the sneering/spitting/shouting spirit certainly informs the work of his new-ish band INVSN, these Swedes snatch their style from the post-punk age, unfurling darkwave furies, industrial pop, and shadowy rock over a 10-song English-language debut. All of INVSN is streaming below, and it finds the group in top form.They'd released a pair of LPs under the name Invasionen in their native country, but here, this Umeå-based wrecking crew aims to expand.

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