Marc Hogan

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  • Jack White

    Jack White Raps on Delta Squall 'Blues on Two Trees' Snippet

    It was only a matter of time before the iconoclastic rocker who earlier this year released a single via hot air balloon went and started rapping. Jack White has unveiled a 30-second snippet of "Blues on Two Trees," the B-side to his upcoming single "I'm Shakin'" (via Consequence of Sound), and yup, over the dirty-blues gutter howl, that's the former White Stripe rapping in a blessedly unshowy cadence. About, um, commitment. And fallen trees.The full track is streaming here for members of Third Man Records' Vault subscription series. And the 7", the A-side of which is a boisterously shufflin' Little Willie John cover with a memorable Jack White vs. Jack White video, is due out today via Third Man Records. Do you suppose Guinness has anything for the length of time taken by a rock vet to try his hand at hip-hop?

  • Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones

    Is Jimmy Page Remastering Led Zeppelin's Entire Catalog?

    Now that Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day concert documentary has grossed $2 million in one day, the band is preparing to roll out remastered versions of all of its albums, according to various reports spotted by Blabbermouth.The Sunday Times reports that Zeppelin guitarist "Jimmy Page is holed up, remastering every Led Zeppelin LP" in a West London studio (the full article is for subscribers only, but you can read it via a cached version). According to Blabbermouth, the remasters are penciled in for a 2013 release and might include previously unreleased material. Page reportedly told Mojo magazine that the remasters are planned as a box set with extras from each album, and the Australian reports that Shepard Fairey is doing the cover art.Will that be enough to tide over Zep's ravenous fanbase? It may have to be.

  • Paul McCartney and the Shins' James Mercer

    The Shins Cheerfully Cover Paul McCartney's 'Wonderful Christmastime'

    With a hurricane bearing down on the Eastern seaboard, Halloween coming up mid-week, and a tightly contested Election Day on November 6, anyone could be forgiven for wanting to fast-forward to the Christmas season. Cue the Shins, whose jubilant, psych-pop take on the recently conciliatory Paul McCartney's 1979 synth-workout chestnut "Wonderful Christmastime" surfaced today via Stereogum.The song is from Holiday Rules, due out October 30 from Starbucks' Hear Music and Concord Music Group, and its bouncy, Phil Spector-size arrangement should still help to make the season bright a couple of months from now. You know, when it actually is the season.Listen here.In other Shins news, James Mercer & co. appeared on PBS' Austin City Limits over the weekend, sharing an episode with Dr. Dog. Watch below:Holidays Rule track list: 1. fun. - "Sleigh Ride" 2.

  • Christopher Owens' 'Lysandre'

    Christopher Owens Will Preview 'Lysandre' Live

    Christopher Owens will be taking his solo debut Lysandre on the road, and he'll be playing it in full from beginning to end, the Girls frontman has announced. The album is due out on January 15 via Fat Possum/Turnstile, and you can listen to the first two tracks here. The full band from Lysandre's live studio recordings will join Owens for the first date, November 9, in San Francisco. The event will be filmed, and "only a small portion of the tickets" will be on sale here. "It’s a coming of age story, a road trip story, a love story," Owens says of Lysandre as part of a longer statement for FADER.

  • The National

    Pro-Romney Students Apologize to the National for 'Fake Empire' Ad

    Last week, the National's "Fake Empire" appeared in a pro-Mitt Romney video, Pitchfork reported. On its face, the idea might've been a brilliant Karl Rove-ian strategem: Put out a cheap ad, and then get a disproportionate bang for your buck when the media swoop in to cover it. The Brooklyn band, after all, has rallied for President Barack Obama in concert and even allowed the very same Boxer song to be used in a 2008 Obama campaign ad.It turns out the right-wing masterminds behind the offending clip were nothing more than a group called Ohio University Students for Romney, which pulled the video after coming under fire from the National themselves. The group posted an apology (of sorts) over the weekend.

  • Green Day

    Green Day Cancel All 2012 Shows, Push Up 'Tre' Release Date

    More bad news today for Green Day fans. The long-running pop-punks have announced they're canceling the rest of their planned club tour that had been scheduled to start last month and wrap up December 10. They're also pushing back all January and February tour dates, which Best Coast had been set to open.The latest cancellations and postponements come after Green Day were forced to cancel their scheduled appearance at New Orleans' Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, where they were replaced over the weekend by Metallica. This all follows frontman Billie Joe Armstrong seeking treatment after an onstage tirade in Las Vegas. Refunds are available for the canceled shows at the point of purchase, and new dates for the delayed shows are on the way soon.Bassist Mike Dirnt said Armstrong's health was first and foremost in the band's decision.

  • Metallica's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich

    Watch Metallica Half-Cover Green Day's 'American Idiot' at Voodoo Festival

    Metallica paid tribute to Green Day over the weekend, as the Bay Area metal band filled in for the Bay Area pop-punks at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans."The world needs them," Metallica frontman James Hetfield said on stage about Green Day, who'd canceled their performance after singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong headed to rehab. Then Metallica busted out the opening riff of Green Day's 2004 American Idiot title track. "That's all we had time to learn," Hetfield quipped as the band cut the song off early to rummage through Metallica's more than ample back catalogue.

  • Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono

    Paul McCartney Affirms Yoko Ono Didn't Break Up the Beatles

    Yoko Ono has gotten a bad rap over the decades from fans who blamed the avant-garde artist, John Lennon's widow, for breaking up the Beatles. For the band that once sang "All You Need Is Love," little love has been lost, either, between Ono and Lennon's longtime songwriting partner, Paul McCartney. Ono once reportedly compared Lennon to Mozart and Sir Paul to Mozart's less-talented rival, Salieri; in a 2005 media dust-up, McCartney said of Ono, "I don't think she's the brighest of buttons." And then there was the music, such as McCartney's acrimonious "Too Many People," from the recently reissued Ram. Well, they can work it out. McCartney, in an upcoming TV interview with British journalist David Frost, absolved Ono of blame in the Beatles' 1970 split, according to the Observer.

  • Of Montreal's

    Of Montreal Improve Football in Trippily NSFW 'Sails, Hermaphroditic' Video

    Between the NFL's head injury tragedies and the official sanctions against some of college football's better teams, it's a tough year to be a pigskin fan.

  • My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way

    My Chemical Romance Fire Off Two Bullet-Speed 'Conventional Weapons' Tracks

    The first of My Chemical Romance's Conventional Weapons tracks are as hard-hitting as advertised. The New Jersey rockers have unveiled the frenzied punk fist-pumper "Boy Division" and the surf-inflected howl of disillusionment "Tomorrow's Money," as NME points out. The songs, due out physically on October 30, are the opening foray in a planned series of releases from the band's shelved sessions prior to 2010's Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. Frontman Gerard Way described the group's sound at the time as more "working class rock'n'roll."More tracks from MCR's Conventional Weapons project are on the way. Look for "AMBULANCE" and B-side "Gun" on November 23, followed by the "The World Is Ugly" and B-side "The Light Behind Your Eyes" on December 18.

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