Marc Hogan



  • Wire

    Wire Geek Out With Turgid Trekkie-Punk 'Doubles & Trebles' From March Album

    "Resistance is futile," Colin Newman barks on "Doubles & Trebles," the first song released from Wire's upcoming album Change Becomes Us. It wouldn't be fair to charge the British punk innovators, whose 1977 debut Pink Flag remains a singularly spartan classic, with biting a cliché used by the Borg on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the '90s, though. Wire's first release since 2011 live set The Black Session is an album of new compositions based on unfinished ideas from 1979 and 1980 (due out March 26 via Wire's own Pinkflag). New guitarist Matthew Simms joins the lineup for a sharp-edged song that builds from acoustic strums and electric swells to crunching power chords. The resulting blend of past and present doesn't exactly go where no man has gone before — frankly, it's a dull, self-serious slog, and c'mon, "Resistance is futile"?

  • Michael Kenneth Williams

    Here's Omar From 'The Wire' Rapping Like Ol' Dirty Bastard

    The actor who will play Ol' Dirty Bastard in an upcoming biopic recently gave concertgoers a little preview, and he could've done a whole lot worse. MIchael K. Williams, the Boardwalk Empire castmember best known as Omar Little from The Wire, covered ODB's "Brooklyn Zoo" last month during the Okayplayer Holiday Jam with the Roots at Brooklyn Bowl. As the AV Club points out, video has surfaced online. SPIN rap blogger Brandon Soderberg has opined eloquently about the film project, about which there isn't much new to report — its IMDB page hasn't been updated since October. Hard to judge a man's rapping ability off of his impression of another rapper in audience footage, but it's an entertaining glimpse nonetheless.

  • Aaliyah

    Aaliyah's Old Vocals Meet New Music on Unreleased 'Quit Hatin''

    No Aaliyah-related music can come out anymore without going through somebody else's filter. The result can be a divisive appropration, like Drake's wassuping "Enough Said." Or it might just be a faintly echoing tribute, like Katy B, Jessie Ware, and Geenius' post-dubstep floor-filler "Aaliyah." Aaliyah would've turned 34 earlier this week, and according to In Flex We Trust, the powers-that-be at the late singer's estate marked the occasion by releasing a new Aaliyah song called "Quit Hatin'."Inevitably, it's another Frankenstein monster, with Aaliyah's smoky vocals wedded to contemporary trap'n'b snare-flicker. The Facebook page for Knotch, credited as a producer, says he graduated from high school in 2004 — three years after Aaliyah died in a plane crash.

  • Body Language

    Hear Body Language's Spacious 'The First (Niki & the Dove Remix)'

    Body Language have said they plan to release a new album this year, but the Brooklyn quartet's 2012 Grammar EP continues to offer up stylish dance-pop in the meantime, and Swedish synth-pop duo Niki & the Dove have remixed Grammar's "The First." SPIN's own Chris Martins described the original as "sticky basement disco," but Niki & the Dove's take leaves the song's indie-rock qualities on the floor, transforming it into sleek, streamlined fodder for chic European clubs (or headphones and a little imagination). "You think you're made of stone / But you're made of glass," a pitch-shifted vocal repeats. Body Language are made up of musicians with ties to Matthew Dear, Sepalcure, and Passion Pit. Whatever this remix is made out of, it isn't found in sticky basements.

  • Ronaiah Tuiasosopo and Manti Te'o

    Manti Te'o's Alleged Catfisher Auditioned for 'The Voice'

    Usher and Shakira can now claim a tiny role in one of the sports world's biggest stories in ages. Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man accused of concocting the fictitious girlfriend whose tragic death Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o overcame on the field, auditioned for the upcoming season of NBC's The Voice, US Weekly reports. And just as in the tale of Lennay Kekua, whom Deadspin revealed this week to be nonexistent, there was reportedly drama involved.Deadspin described Tuiasosopo as "a star high school quarterback turned religious musician," so the idea he'd audition for the reality show isn't too far-fetched. Musically, though, he must've fallen short.  A source told US that although Tuiasosopo performed Matisyahu's "One Day" before Voice judges Shakira, Usher, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine, he didn't make the cut.

  • 2YOON's

    K-Pop Goes Kountry in 2YOON's Marvelously Faux '24/7' Video

    Taylor Swift must be kicking herself right now. Good thing she probably isn't wearing cowboy boots. Though the country-aligned singer-songwriter's 2012 was her year of going fully pop, she missed out on the opportunity to treat her former genre's real-Amurika imagery as the Disneyland fantasy that it can be.As ONTD points out, Korean pop singers 2YOON have grabbed the money Swift left on the table, and the resulting "24/7" video is as giddily irresistible as you'd hope. The group is made up of Gayoon and Jiyoon from 4minute, whose HyunaA scored one of SPIN's 21 Greatest K-Pop Songs of All-Time.

  • The Black Keys

    Black Keys, Phoenix, and Frank Ocean All Set to Play New Orleans Jazz Fest

    The lineup for this year's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fesival is out, and it once again boasts plenty of famous rockers at the top.The Black Keys, Phoenix, and Frank Ocean join a bill that's topped with Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel, Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Maroon 5, and Widespread Panic. Hall & Oates' Daryl Hall and John Oates, blues legend B.B. King, soul icons Earth, Wind, and Fire, country's Willie Nelson, and rising guitar-slinger Gary Clark Jr. are also on the bill.The Black Keys will be fresh off recording material for their next album, and the gig marks Phoenix's first confirmed U.S. date ahead of new album Bankrupt!. Foo Fighters headlined last year's lineup alongside Tom Petty and the Eagles.Other notable acts on this year's bill range from Jill Scott,  Jimmy Cliff, and Patti Smith to George Benson, Band of Horses, Andrew Bird, and Calexico.

  • Dan Deacon's

    Dan Deacon Goes Time-Lapse in Blissed-Out 'Guilford Avenue Bridge' Video

    Time-lapse videos have become a common choice for indie-leaning artists recently. Yo La Tengo and Beach House have each used the technique for music videos in the past month or so, and a year ago Animal Collective documented their studio time that way. As Pitchfork points out, Dan Deacon now has a time-lapse video for "Guilford Avenue Bridge," an artfully spazzy electronic track from his 2012 album America. Director Alan Resnick uses footage from three months past fall, which mostly means footage of the brainy Baltimore party-starter and crew criss-crossing the country. But the clip really comes alive around the three-minute mark, when we see the frenzied, participatory crowd at a Deacon live show: America, the beautiful.

  • Elliott Smith and Jon Brion

    Watch Elliott Smith Cover John Lennon and Big Star in Vintage 'Jon Brion Show' Footage

    It was too good to be on TV. Circa 1999 or 2000, director Paul Thomas Anderson oversaw a pilot for a musical VH1 variety show that would have starred his frequent musical collaborator Jon Brion. The late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith appeared in the pilot, singing classic songs "Son of Sam," "Independence Day," "Bottle Up and Explode," "Everything Means Nothing to Me," and "Happiness," plus three brilliantly chosen covers: John Lennon's "Jealous Guy," the Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," and Big Star's "NIghttime." He's backed by Brion (known for his work with Fiona Apple, Kanye West, and more) and Brad Mehldau (a jazz pianist who was doing Radiohead piano covers a few years before Christopher O'Riley made that a shtick).

  • Hot Water Music

    Hear Hot Water Music's Post-Hardcore Anthem 'Better Sense' Live

    Florida-bred post-hardcore heroes Hot Water Music just released Live in Chicago, a two-CD and DVD set from the recharged band's 2008 show five years ago at the Metro. Out on No Idea Records, the project is also available as a set of three vinyl LPs plus a download code. Now the band has shared an unfettered Metro take on "Better Sense," a questioning, midtempo anthem from 1998's Forever and Counting.In a statement to SPIN, HWM frontman Chuck Ragan said he wrote the song at a time in his life when he was reading the work of environmentalist author Daniel Quinn. "As a result, I found myself constantly searching and yearning for an understanding of our human origins as well as what brought our culture to such a state of chaos where we've drifted away from a predominantly hunter gatherer lifestyle," Ragan told us.

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