Chris Martins



  • Lil' Kim 'Dead Gal Walking' Hard Core 2K13 Miley Cyrus

    Lil' Kim Adopts Bad Gal Patois for 'Dead Gal Walking' Return

    Everyone is throwing back to their halcyon days of late. Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is presented as a sequel to his turn-of-the-millennium classic, and now Lil' Kim is gearing for the November 29 release of Hard Core 2013, a mixtape whose title harks back to her never-been-topped 1996 debut Hard Core. The Brooklyn-born Queen Bee's last official album came in 2005 and her flirtations with the free-music game have been spotty (see Black Friday), but new song "Dead Gal Walking" is a strong return. The former Junior M.A.F.I.A. member adopts a dancehall patois to spit fierce melodic fire over a horn-blaring, dubbed-out, stuttering hulk of a beat. The song arrived on Halloween, begging the question: Since she and Miley Cyrus are "besties" (via Idolator), was the Bangerz star's costume a ploy to shine some of that glaring light on Lil' Kim?

  • Songs for Slim Benefit Compilation Rockin Here Tonight Steve Earle

    'Songs for Slim' Dunlap Benefit Compilation Will Be Packed With Stars

    Singer-songwriter and former Replacements guitarist Slim Dunlap suffered a debilitating stroke in February of 2012, but if a silver lining can be found in such a thing, the outpouring of both support and music in that unfortunate event's wake has been a mighty thing. The 'Mats themsevles intitially reformed and recorded Songs for Slim, a benefit EP sold at auction.Then came the monthly 7-inch series, which wrangled covers of Dunlap's music by such luminaries as John Doe, Vanessa Carlton, Deer Tick, Jeff Tweedy, Lucero, Frank Black and others.

  • Kanye West Yeezus Tour Cancelled Dates Truck Accident

    Kanye West's 'Yeezus' Tour Derailed by Truck Accident

    Kanye West's Yeezus tour features an incredibly ambitious stage setup — no surprise there, but it no doubt takes a handful of hefty vehicles to transport an entire pyramid, that massive screen above, and the Son of God from city to city. That much ado over something creates extra room for error, and now it seems a highway accident has damaged vital equipment and delayed the tour.West was originally scheduled to hit Vancouver on October 20 but postponed the show until October 31. Now that date has been cancelled too, and an announcement from the man's camp reveals that one of the trucks met ill fortune on the road, rendering a custom video truss and the aforementioned 60-feet-wide LED screen useless.

  • Vanilla Ice Ice Baby Ninja Turtles Today Show Halloween

    Vanilla Ice Performed 'Ice Ice Baby' in 2013 Next to Ninja Turtles

    If you don't already know, the gods were feeling trick-y on Halloween in 1967, when Robert Matthew Van Winkle was born into this world. Of course to us he'll always be Vanilla Ice, and at the grown-ass age of 46, the man undoubtedly understands this now (please, no more nü-metal). So we hope it didn't hurt his ego too much to visit the Today show in order to perform "Ice Ice Baby" next to break-dancers wearing Ninja Turtles costumes.Because that really happened, and you can watch it above. Van Winkle announces his presence with a resounding, "Awwwwwwww yeeeeeaaaahhh," and then launches into his 1990 song, which, yes, everybody still knows the words to (he tests the crowd at the start).

  • Four Tet Twitter Album Cover Arcade Fire Reflektor Beautiful Rewind

    Four Tet Teases 'Arcade Fires' for Stealing His Album Art

    Four Tet's Kieran Hebden has fired shots at Arcade Fire! Okay, the dude was likely tongue-in-cheek teasing when he wrote on Twitter, "arcade fires really loved the artwork for my new album." He is, of course, referencing the heretofore unseen circle-inside-of-square motif displayed on his excellent slab of experimental dance music, Beautiful Rewind — upon which a grayscale prismatic disc sits atop a kaleidoscopic rainbow blur.Not for nothing, Arcade Fire's now streaming, equally good-weird new album Reflektor is covered by a cosmos-evoking circle of black set within an iridescent square of marble/woodgrain/topography. Those Montreal men and women switch it up with a marble statue depicting a man and a woman, which exists outside of the circle/square confines entirely. Meanwhile, Hebden's circle is slightly offset, raising many important questions.Nah.

  • Spike Jonze Lady Gaga Arcade Fire YouTube Music Awards Video

    Spike Jonze to Direct 'Live Music Videos' for Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire

    The first ever YouTube Music Awards take place on Sunday, November 3, with Jason Schwartzman hosting ahead of The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Spike Jonze acting as creative director in tandem with the Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa release. Now the latter has revealed to NME that he'll be attempting to create "live music videos" for some of the performing artists, including Arcade Fire and Lady Gaga.While his choice of words could amount to putting lipstick on an awards show performance, the groundbreaking music-video director insists it's something more. "It'll be really interesting to try and pull it off," said Jonze. "We have a whole handful of directors. We're mixing the music video film world in with the live broadcast world and trying to make live music videos ...

  • Despacio James Murphy 2manydjs Club Soundsystem London

    James Murphy and 2manydjs Take Insane Soundsystem on the Road

    Back in July, LCD Soundsystem founder James Murphy debuted an actual soundsystem at the Manchester International Festival. He used the rig alongside brothers David and Stephen Dewaele (Soulwax, 2manydjs) for an all-vinyl three-man DJ experience that they dubbed Despacio (Spanish for "gradually"). Now that name has been revived for what's become an ongoing nomadic club night, and the whole thing is heading to London in December.The "revolutionary new club experience" is actually radically regressive (in a good way), as the computer-free sets are blasted out of seven 50,000-watt, 11-feet-tall speakers surrounding the audience — "the biggest audiophile soundsystem in existence." The December 19 and 20 gigs will go down at the ballroom within the Hammersmith Town Hall, which really is a town hall.

  • Dum Dum Girls 'Lost Boys and Girls Club' Video Too True

    Dum Dum Girls Wrap Ennui in Leather for 'Lost Boys and Girls Club' Video

    Dum Dum Girls will return with a new album in 2014. Too True is due out January 28 on Sub Pop and the first taste of it is streaming now. "Lost Boys and Girls Club" deepens the sound carved out on 2012's End of Daze EP with gothy drama, heroin chic, and maybe even a touch of Pat Benetar. Those are references both aural and visual in the case of the video above, which comes courtesy of H&M. Therein, you'll find a lot of people looking good in leather, doing affectedly cool things (pulling sunglasses out of freezers, throwing dress shirts into toilets) as singer Dee Dee Penny sings, "There's no particular place we are going / Still, we are going." In speaking to Stereogum, the Ronettes-loving leader described Too True:"There's a lot more guitar — textural guitar stuff — which is why I brought on an additional guitar player for the live show.

  • Numero Dungeons Dragons Bands Warfaring Strangers Stream

    Stream Songs From This Dungeons & Dragons-Inspired '70s Hard Rock Comp

    Some things don't need explaining. The incredible archivists over at Numero Group have put together a collection of unremembered or never-known '70s hard rock bands who prayed at the alter of Dungeons & Dragons, the fantasy role-playing game. Fantastically dubbed Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, the 16-song set features basement-dwelling bands with names like Wizard, Medusa, Gorgon Medusa, Stonehenge, Stone Axe, and Stoned Mace, playing songs called "Twelve O'Clock Satanial" and "Song of Sauron."The awesomeness of such a thing is self-explanatory, really. Never ones to skimp on the packaging, Numero will line the February release with amateur D&D artwork, an example of which you can see below. But first, listen to two of Darkscorch Canticles' finest offerings: the soulfully psychedelic "Sorcerer" by Junction, and the darkly meditative "Warlord" by Wrath.

  • Yes I'm Leaving Four Chorder Video Mission Bulb Album Stream

    See Yes I'm Leaving Shred a Basement in 'Four Chorder' Video

    Yes I'm Leaving are a trio of sludge-loving punks from Sydney, Australia, and their new album Mission Bulb is a nasty mass of angst, grind, sweat, and shred. Above you'll find a perfectly named song, "Four Chorder," which is, naturally, constructed from four gnarled note-stacks that do their thing over and over again while main man Billy Burke alternately warbles and screams his dark observations. "People turn their heads when I pass," he says, and though he no doubt means that strangers are looking away, his band is now turning heads in a perfectly positive way. The song's accompanying video, directed by Heath Franco, is rightly barebones, capturing Yes I'm Leaving in a basement or garage, thrashing. Want more? Why not. Go ahead and stream Mission Bulb:

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