Marc Hogan

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Biography

  • Mac Demarco's

    Mac DeMarco Dresses Up as Mozart, Smokes, and Gets Slimed in 'Dreamin' Video

    Mac DeMarco's second album for the Captured Tracks label, last year's unhelpfully titled 2, was just the type of head-scratching yet slyly rewarding record that tends to take time to reveal itself, but it's well worth the effort. DeMarco's trickster persona is on full display in the video for "Dreamin," one of many tangled, mellow rock songs on the album that could carry that name. As he sings about (literally) a dream girl, with the sweetest of Everly Brothers-descended melodies, it's unclear how seriously to take him. The video, in which he dresses up in a Mozart wig, smokes his beloved Viceroys, and gets slimed Nickelodeon-style, offers one suggestion, but the music's no joke.

  • Trent Reznor How to Destroy Angels

    How to Destroy Angels 'Welcome Oblivion,' and New LP, With Tape-Mangling Video

    When one circle closes, another begins. Which we think means Trent Reznor's How to Destroy Angels project must be some kind of Möbius strip. In any event, the former Nine Inch Nails frontman's group with wife Mariqueen Maandig, film score collaborator Atticus Ross, and longtime NIN graphic designer Rob Sheridan has unveiled a cryptic, vaguely sinister video for "The Loop Closes," a circuits-bleeding rock koan from How to Detroy Angels' recent An Omen EP.At the same time, they've announced How to Destroy Angels will release their debut full-length, Welcome Oblivion, on March 5. No other details are available, but you can check out the video, which scrambles footage of Reznor, Maandig, and who knows what else, above. You should probably watch it on loop.

  • A$AP Rocky, Florence Welch

    A$AP Rocky Raps About Florence Welch's 'Left Titty' on Booming 'I Come Apart'

    A$AP Rocky and Florence Welch. Those aren't two names you'd instantly associate with each other on paper, but the New York rapper and the British vocal powerhouse from gospel-powered rock band Florence + the Machine have both been going out of their way to shake up your preconceptions about them lately. For A$AP, whose major-label debut Long.Live.A$AP arrives at last on January 15, that might mean teaming up with Skrillex or, on the album's phenomenal near-title track, forsaking ratchetness (somewhat) to celebrate life.Welch, meanwhile, you might've seen dueling with Mick Jagger onstage with the Rolling Stones or taking a turn as disco diva on a Calvin Harris track.

  • Azealia Banks and Angel Haze

    Azealia Banks Rewarded With Sales Boost After Homophobic Twitter Rant

    "Are Racial, Sexual, and Anti-Gay Slurs Ever Okay?" blared a headline yesterday on the Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog. For Azealia Banks, who was unrepentant after a leading gay advocacy group criticized her use of an anti-gay slur during a tiresome Twitter feud, a little controversy was definitely okay for sales.The dance-conscious New York rapper's 1991 EP has returned to Billboard's Heatseekers chart at No. 31, following an 18 percent jump in sales (almost 1,000 copies) for the week ended January 6, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Banks' career-launching single "212" also gained: The Lazy Jay-featuring track was downloaded 3,000 times, up 3 percent.

  • Adele

    Adele Leads 2013 Oscars Best Song Nominees, But It's Another Thin Crop

    Frank Ocean wouldn't have been nominated, anyway. Though the artist behind SPIN's #1 album of 2012, channel ORANGE, briefly stirred Oscar hopes when he let slip that he'd written a song for Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained soundtrack, it's probably for the best the director decided the graceful, generous ballad "Wiseman" didn't fit the film. Despite efforts to shake up the Academy Awards' process for nominating Best Original Song contenders, this year's list doesn't have much more for pop music fans than 2012's dismal two-song batch (which made our year-end Hall of Shame).There's one big exception, of course, and — as usual — her name is Adele. The British retro-soul queen scored a nod for her Skyfall theme song, ending a streak of Oscar snubs for James Bond films ever since Sheena Easton's "For Your Eyes Only" got a nomination more than 30 years ago.

  • Tom Waits and Keith Richards

    Tom Waits and Keith Richards Unveil Swashbuckling 'Shenandoah' Cover

    This isn't Tom Waits and Keith Richards' first time on the high seas together. The Rolling Stones co-founder has played guitar on three of Waits' albums, most recently 2011's Bad as Me. So when the two cross swords on Johnny Depp's Son of Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys, due out February 19 via ANTI-, it's more than a nautically themed curio. In fact, the two treat folk staple "Shenandoah" — which Bruce Springsteen also covered on his 2006 We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions — with reverence befitting its long history. Sure, Waits doesn't skimp on his gravelly growl, but Richards hardly transforms his pirate's bandana into music here, instead offering a tender backing vocal and mournfully evocative guitar leads. Real pirates don't have to say "arrrr."Listen over at NPR.

  • The Cannanes' Fran Gibson and Stephen O'Neil

    Hear the Cannanes' 'Bumper,' the First Official Release From the Indie Legends in 11 Years

    Cardigan-owners, rejoice! Long-running Australian indie-pop combo the Cannanes have returned with "Bumper," the first taste of their first major release since 2002's Trouble Seemed So Far Away. The Small Batch EP, due March 19, is helmed by veteran members Fran Gibson and Stephen O'Neil; and while the production quality seems slightly more polished, the earnest melodicism remains. "Is it worth another try? / My friends don't think so," Gibson lilts shyly, between lively strums, bouncy drum machines, horns, and even a smattering of lounge-y synths. As another world-famous oracle once sagely opined, there is no "try"; "Bumper" exists. The Cannanes have been putting out modest, ramshackle records since forming in Sydney, Australia, 29 years ago.

  • Nirvana Maxwell J Mascis

    Watch Nirvana's 1989 Show Where Kurt Cobain Asked J Mascis to Join the Band

    A treasure trove of vintage Nirvana live video footage has surfaced online, Gothamist points out. The clips date to 1989, when Dave Grohl hadn't yet joined on drums and the band was still being introduced as "Sub Pop artists Nirvana." One highlight on first glance is a 20-minute snippet of Kurt Cobain and crew's still-stunningly ferocious July 13, 1989, set at Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey. As SPIN's David Bevan recently reported, this was the show where Cobain asked Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis to join Nirvana. "Nirvana was playing Maxwell's and after the show I was talking to Kurt and [Sonic Youth's] Thurston Moore," Mascis told SPIN. "Kurt said, 'you should join my band.' I think he was sick of the guy Jason [Everman] who was in the band at the time, and thought I should play guitar. I didn't think much about it.

  • The Men 'New Moon'

    The Men Stay Plugged in on 'Electric' New LP Advance Track

    In the lunar cycle, a new moon means no moon, which always struck as unnecessarily confusing. The Men, however, are very much present on "Electric," the raucous first single from upcoming album New Moon. The follow-up to last year's Essential album Open Your Heart won't be here until March 5, again on the Sacred Bones label, but this full-throttle garage-rock howler, out on seven-inch vinyl January 22, suggests fans can expect continued progression.That's not progression in a "prog" sense: "Electric" exudes sweat and grit, setting frantic guitar-and-drums swells sure to induce crowd-surfing between elliptical, urgently delivered lyrics. The energy and some of the chord changes bring to mind the late, great Exploding Hearts' "Still Crazy," and anyone who ever raised a beer at a Japandroids show ought to flip for this, but the Men almost definitely have in mind older idols.

  • Christopher Owens

    Hear Christopher Owens Opener Melted Toys' Synth-Baked 'Always'

    As former Girls frontman Christopher Owens sets out on tour in support of solo album Lysandre, he has tapped another San Francisco-based group, Melted Toys, to support him at several shows.Not without reason: The Fader points to "Always," from the band's tour-only cassette, which contains demos from their upcoming full-length, plus past singles, and their 2011 debut EP on Underwater People. One of the demos, "Always" ought to encourage fans of lo-fi synth-pop to arrive early early for psychedelic guitars, softly insidious vocals, and thick, chewy electronics. Rather than echo the flute- and saxophone-based chamber pop of Lysandre, Melted Toys' sound is hazily complementary.As for Owens, he reiterated that there were no hard feelings behind the Girls breakup in an extensive New York Times profile.

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