Marc Hogan

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  • Grizzly Bear holiday message

    Grizzly Bear Wish You a Very Piano-y Holiday in WTF Video

    Grizzly Bear introduced their inscrutable new seven-minute video as "a very special holiday message from us 2 u." To be clear, this is "special" as in we have no clue what's supposed to be going on here, not "special" as in, gee, thanks, a Red Ryder BB Gun. But it's special, all right: Hear SPIN's No. 17 Album of the Year's songs "Half Gate," "Sleeping Ute," and "The Hunt," arranged mostly for solo piano that's somewhere between vintage New Age infomercials and A Charlie Brown Christmas, plus occasional touches of honking saxamophone, jazzy drums, and ululating opera vox. The visual accompaniment spans from gloriously cheesy images of the planet Earth to gloriously cheesy images of dogs playing poker to gloriously cheesy images of logs burning on a fire.In a series of tweets, Grizzly Bear's Edward Droste explains the band is "just taking the piss out of ourselves!

  • Metric's Emily Haines sings Morrissey

    Metric Stay Loyal to Morrissey's 'Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself'

    A spoonful of arsenic helps the sugar go down. Morrissey has no shortage of songs with cutting shards of "glass / Hidden in the grass," but the bitter strummer "Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself," from 1994's Vauxhall and I, is the one where he actually uses that particular vivid lyric. Metric, who also faithfully covered Blondie's disco-pop classic "Heart of Glass" the other night on VH1's annual Divas special, gave a similarly reverent performance of the former Smiths frontman's song for another VH1 franchise, You Oughta Know. Moz fanatics won't find much surprising in this guitar-and-voice take, but Emily Haines commendably makes his cynical sneer here her own, reiterating why Metric earned spots on both SPIN's Best Albums of 2012 and SPIN'S Best Songs of 2012.

  • Ke$ha 'Die Young'

    Ke$ha Apologizes for 'Die Young,' Claims She Was 'Forced' to Sing Controversial Lyrics

    Ke$ha has expressed sympathy after reports her hit "Die Young" fell off the airwaves after the tragic shooting last Friday at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. "I'm so so so sorry for anyone who has been effected by this tragedy," the Warrior princess tweeted last night. "and I understand why my song is now inappropriate. words cannot express."According to Billboard, Ke$ha also criticized her own song in another tweet, which was quickly deleted. "I understand. I had my very own issue with 'die young' for this reason," she's quoted as writing. "I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and was FORCED TO." Ke$ha shares co-writing credits on the song with fun.'s Nate Ruess, plus producers Dr. Luke, Cirkut, and Benny Blanco."Die Young" drops from No. 1 to No. 2 on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, reportedly due to an 11 percent decline in radio play; it's No. 3 on the Hot 100.

  • Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard

    Alabama Shakes' Singer Teaches Gun-Toting Punks Why You Don't Rob Musicians

    Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard was robbed at gunpoint after a show on Saturday night in Nashville, the Nashville Cream reports, citing Kings of Leon's Serpents and Snakes Records A&R head Seth Riddle, who declined to comment further for this story.Riddle told the Cream that Howard and members of recent Nashville transplants Clear Plastic Masks were on the porch of local producer Andrija Tokic's home when two hoodie-wearing, "skinny little" teenage boys approached brandishing guns.The good news is nobody was hurt, and the muggers reportedly only got "a few dozen dollars in cash and some cellphones" for their efforts.

  • Mr MFN eXquire's 'Fuck 1 Time' video

    Watch Mr MFN eXquire's Post-Sandy 'Fuck 1 Time' Video

    Hurricane Sandy's music-related output could soon qualify as "prolific." Not a full week after 12-12-12 benefit concert, Mr MFN eXquire has shared a video shot during those eerie, fraught days when the storm left lower Manhattan without electricity. Accordingly, the "Fuck 1 Time" clip, directed by previous eXquire visual collaborator Shane Annas, shows the recently name-abbreviating New York rapper spitting rhymes in the shadows, near deserted subway stops and on streets lit only by the blinking red and blue of emergency vehicles. Despite a blowjob joke involving Juno, the song's paranoid rhymes and jazzy keyboard bloops actually suit the visuals well. The song comes from eXquire's recent mixtape The Man in the High Castle, a reference to a dystopian Philip K.

  • Peaking Lights' 'Beautiful Dub' video

    Peaking Lights Catch a Wave in Surfer-Psych 'Beautiful Dub' Video

    There's a toddler in Los Angeles named Mikko who really likes dub reggae. Okay, "throbby bass dub stuff," to use father Aaron Coyes' exact words. Coyes and Indra Dunis, the married duo better known as Peaking Lights, pay sublimely serene tribute to their child on "Beautiful Son," the standout from this year's genre-mashing space-out Lucifer. Last week, label Mexican Summer released Lucifer in Dub, a reworking of the pair's night-themed 2012 LP that explores their dub proclivities still further. The new record's "Beautiful Son" update refracts and expands on the original, including the somewhat eerie addition of that old-fashioned sound of a phone that's been left off the hook. Peaking Lights' friend Mike Seely assembled the "Beautiful Dub" video in San Francisco using colorfully psychedelic surfer footage.

  • 2 chainz, jimmy kimmel

    2 Chainz Subtly Proves 'I'm Different' in No-Nonsense 'Kimmel' Performance

    It's not always easy to get a clear view of 2 Chainz during his appearance last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. The studio audience has too many hands waving in the air. The recently ubiquitous Atlanta rapper performed "I'm Different," which SPIN's Nick Murray, in a review of the former Tity Boi's freshly gold-certified 2012 album Based on a T.R.U. Story, explains by saying, "That difference has something to do with thousand-dollar sneakers, hundred-thousand-dollar guest verses and cars with missing ceilings." Which is true, but those foreboding keyboard plinks and crisp 808 thwacks, courtesty of producer Dijon "DJ Mustard" McFarlane, also owe to the "ratchet" sound, as our own Christopher R. Weingarten noted. But that's just 2 Chainz slotting into a bigger trend. When it comes to that Kimmel performance itself, what's so different? Look at that joyful crowd again.

  • MNDR on 'Letterman'

    MNDR Commands 'Feed Me Diamonds' on 'Letterman'

    MNDR's Feed Me Diamonds is "a really ill techno record," as reviewer Julianne Escobedo Shepherd wrote, and while that's true, what stands out about the title track's performance last night on Late Show With David Letterman is just how non-technological it can be. Nothing for the seapunks to get their mermaid tails in a twist about here. Instead, the clip above is just bold-voiced singer Amanda Warner, a live drummer, and an honest-to-Santa string quintet. "Feed Me Diamonds," as we've explained before, is a downcast song about mortality, inspired by artist Marina Abramovic, and this elegant, passionate performance neatly demonstrates how pop-lyrical diamonds can be more than Rihanna's best friend.

  • Ke$ha

    Ke$ha's 'Die Young' Radio Airplay Drops After Sandy Hook School Tragedy

    The time for Ke$ha's "Die Young" should be right about now. Though the YOLO-themed dance-pop single could never match the unabashedly trashy singer's self-hype about "cock pop" when it first came out, it was easier to love in the context of her entire sophomore LP, Warrior, and since then its Dr. Luke-fritzed hooks have had ample time to get stuck in our heads. Oh, and then there's the little matter of the impending Mayan apocalypse(-themed parties).And here's where our tone unavoidably grows somber. Although what happens to a record's radio chances obviously has to be one of the million least important aspects of last Friday's tragic and horrible elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that's our beat, and it's noteworthy that Ke$ha's song has reportedly slipped from radio playlists.

  • Bob Mould, Dave Grohl, and Jason Narducy

    See Dave Grohl and Bob Mould Power Through Husker Du's 'Ice Cold Ice'

    "There's an old saying about rock and roll being nothing more than 'three chords and the truth,'" Bob Mould said during a Reddit AMA yesterday. "I thought they said 'three words.'" The former Sugar and Hüsker Dü frontman found a way to be even more economical with the title of "Ice Cold Ice," from Hüsker Dü's relatively polished 1987 double-album swan song Warehouse: Songs and Stories. As Rolling Stone points out, during the online chat Mould unveiled a clip of a jubilant Grohl joining on guitar and backing vocals for a performance of the song.

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