Marc Hogan



  • a$ap rocky, long live a$ap

    A$AP Rocky Bucks #YOLO Trend on Boldly Bipolar 'Long Live A$AP'

    Is #YOLO dead? Deader than it was when Katie Couric used it? Today the apocalypse, once again, failed to happen. Earlier this week, Ke$ha addressed the radio airplay backlash over her song "Die Young" in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy in Connecticut, acknowledging some concerns about the title phrase — "especially because so many of my fans are young." If dying young has lost its cachet, then "Long Live A$AP," the quasi-title track from A$AP Rocky's Long.Live.A$AP, couldn't be a timelier contrast to all of recent years' hits about living like you're gonna die tomorrow. He's glad he's alive today, and he plans to enjoy tomorrow, thank you very much."Long Live A$AP" is almost two tracks in one, and the falsetto-sung, guitar-backed chorus, with its invocation of the phrase "live forever," sends us all the way back to the heady days of Oasis' Definitely Maybe.

  • Queens of the Stone Age and Scissor Sisters

    Queens of the Stone Age Add Scissor Sisters' Frontman to Star-Studded Album

    Queens of the Stone Age's "codeine cabaret" must be the place to be. As Antiquiet reports, the latest guest confirmed for the heavy rockers' upcoming album — which, to be clear, QOTSA recently described as "running like a dream inside a codeine cabaret" — is Scissor Sisters' frontman Jake Shears. The glammy nu-disco singer joins Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, and former QOTSA member Nick Oliveri as guests lined up for the new LP, set for a first half of 2013 release.Shears teased the news on Monday, when he tweeted, "I just got to do something insanely cool with some fierce Queens." He tweeted the above photo of himself and QOTSA yesterday, writing, "Jake Shears + Queens of the Stone Age = satanic cabaret." Any more cabaret references and we're just gonna assume the next guest announcement will be crowdsourcing queen Amanda Palmer!

  • Ke$ha

    Ke$ha Eloquently Explains Her Doubts About 'Die Young' Lyrics

    Ke$ha has once again spoken out about her song "Die Young" and how its lyrics have been construed in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, this time in a way that helps show why she's such a much-needed figure in pop right now.Radio airplay for the singer and songwriter's Warrior single posted about an 11 percent decline after last week's horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, with some stations yanking "Die Young" off their playlists altogether. Ke$ha addressed the matter on Twitter, apologizing to those affected by the unthinkably sad event and saying she understood why playing the song might be tasteless at a time like this. However, she also said, in a quickly deleted tweet, that she had been "forced" to sing the song's lyrics.Now, Ke$ha has explained exactly what she meant.

  • yo la tengo, ohm. fade

    Watch Yo La Tengo's Tree-Loving Time-Lapse Video for 'Fade' Opener 'Ohm'

    Yo La Tengo are tree-huggers. Or, if not huggers, then at least stalkers, who lovingly caress the tree with their eyes and/or camera lenses! The animated video for six-minute slow burner "Before We Run," the first track to emerge from the Hoboken indie heroes' upcoming Fade, ornaments a shaggy tree with vibrant colors. Now the band has shared album opener "Ohm" with another set of arboreal visuals.Fade will arrive on January 15 via Matador, whose Matablog helpfully explains that Yo La Tengo played music from the record over the weekend at a big tree in Portland's Overlook Park. Through "some wild geo-targeting magic," Portland residents could hear the tracks, and this time-lapse video by Josiah Marshall and Chris Cantino captures what went on around the majestic piece of vegetation.

  • Dave Grohl, Deadmau5, and Chris Cornell

    Deadmau5 Is Somehow Involved in Dave Grohl-Directed Soundgarden Video

    Over the weekend, Deadmau5 proposed to girlfriend Kat Von D the new-fangled way: on Twitter. Von D, a tattoo artist you might recognize from such reality TV shows as Miami Ink, accepted the proposal in kind. More recently, the happy couple made their way to the set of the music video Dave Grohl is directing for Soundgarden's "By Crooked Steps." Because this whole strange paragraph? These are all things that happen now, every one of 'em.Deadmau5 will play a cop in the video, according to Von D, who tweeted at least three different photos from the shoot, including one where Officer Joel Zimmerman acts like he's handcuffing Chris Cornell. Von D wrote: "Had weirdest dream last nite where we're in the Valley for some reason.. Joel was a cop n then he arrested C ...but then Dave Grohl showed up on a Segway and everyone laughed." Again, these things happen!

  • Kraftwerk

    Kraftwerk Win Bizarre Sampling Lawsuit in Germany: 'Planet Rock' for All

    Afrika Bambaataa's "Planet Rock," the pioneering 1982 single that helped give birth to hip-hop and electro, was based on two Kraftwerk songs, but it didn't technically sample either of them. Instead, Bambaataa and producer Arthur Baker recreated the synthesizer melody and drum-machine patterns themselves. "I tried to create what a DJ would do with records," Baker told Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton for their great book The Record Players: The Story of Dance Music Told by History's Greatest DJs. Baker also acknowledged they'd had to settle with Kraftwerk for "a lot of money."Ironically, then, although Kraftwerk's music played a huge role in the birth of sampling, they've recently won a legal victory that could restrict other would-be sample-wielders to the "Planet Rock" approach: basically, sampling without sampling.

  • Foot Village's 'Make Memories'

    Hear Foot Village's New Album 'Make Memories' Over the Phone

    The call goes through. There's a deafeningly shrill emergency tone on the other end of the line. And then a robotic voice beckons you to push different buttons depending on which song you'd like to hear from Foot Village's new album, Make Memories.The record arrives in non-telephonic form on March 19 via Northern Spy, Mayan calendar willing and armageddon doesn't rain down, and pre-orders begin here on Friday. But, in a neat throwback move, you can listen to the whole post-apocalyptic LP now by calling (951) 262-2552.Make Memories is the fourth album from Foot Village, euphoric noise-rockers who formed in Los Angeles with links to the scene around art-punk hangout the Smell. Their latest was produced by Portishead engineer Rik Dowding at Portishead's studio in Bristol, U.K.

  • Kurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty Daze

    Here's Kurt Vile's Next Album Cover, in Mural Form

    Rocky who? Liberty Bell wha? Philadelphia's newest monument is going to be a mural featuring the artwork for Kurt Vile's next album, which the Philly guitar-drifter has compared to Fleetwood Mac's Tusk, but "just rock." Now, as the City of Brotherly Love's radio station XPN points out, Jesse Trbovich, the guitarist in Vile's band the Violators, has posted a photo of Steve Powers' artwork for the mural, which is headed for the intersection of Front and Master streets in the Fishtown neighborhood. From the artwork, we'd guess the album title will be Wakin on a Pretty Daze, though Vile and Matador haven't yet put out official word on that front (Trbovich, in a Facebook comment, confirms it's the title). "You turn it on and it sounds like me," Vile recently told SPIN's David Bevan, describing the new record. "But the guitar playing is better and the ideas are new."

  • Bamboozle

    Bamboozle Festival Canceled for First Time in 10 Years

    The Bamboozle is off, at least for next year, but organizers say the decade-old New Jersey music festival will return in 2014. A post on the event's Facebook page (via Consequence of Sound) says: "Happy holidaze Boozlers! We are sad to announce we will miss all of you in 2013 but keep your eyes peeled for 2014 info. Have a warm and safe holiday season!”Luckily, Hurricane Sandy wasn't the issue. Even before the storm hit, Live Nation had decided not to return to the festival's 2012 home in Asbury Park, New Jersey, according to the Asbury Park Press (via Punk News). The newspaper quoted Terency Reidy, the city manager, pointing to "the economics of doing it in Asbury Park and where the city is and where they [Live Nation] are."A year is a long time, and the break inevitably raises questions about Bamboozle's long-term future.

  • Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars

    Who Charted? Bruno Mars' 'Jukebox' Locked Out of Top Spot by Taylor Swift

    First! Bruno Mars had his best sales week ever, but the catbird seat still belongs to Taylor Swift, whose record-crushing Red notches its fifth (non-consecutive) week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. SPIN's No. 39 album of 2012 sold 208,000 copies last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Nipping at her heels is Mars' Unorthodox Jukebox, whose better-than-predicted sales of 192,000 easily beats the 61,000 units his debut Doo-Wops & Hooligans moved in its best week in early 2011. Per Billboard, the label sources who had expected sales more in the 140,000-to-150,000 range say the holiday shoppers out in droves over the weekend gave Mars a boost. So perhaps he should be thanking Santa Claus early this year.2 to 10: With the question of Bruno settled, the only other new entry in the top 10 is Game's Jesus Piece, which bows at No.

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