Marc Hogan

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  • ryan adams, conan

    Ryan Adams' Twangy 'This Is 40' Track Shines 'Through The Dark' on 'Conan'

    Nothing from Ryan Adams brightens a bar-lit evening like his handsomely hangdog country songs, with all due respect to the former Whiskeytown singer's varied and impressive discography with backing band the Cardinals, or the British mope-rock jaunt Love Is Hell. "Shining in the Dark," one of Adams' two contributions to the soundtrack of Judd Apatow's Knocked Up spinoff This Is 40, surfaced online earlier this month, and, happily, our own Chris Martins described it as "an organ-strewn jangler." No organs were harmed in Adams' stripped-down performance of the song last night on Conan, but super-producer Don Was (the Rolling Stones, John Mayer, too many others to list) sat in on upright bass, as steel guitar wizard Cindy Cashdollar added some twang on the Dobro.

  • diiv, david letterman

    DIIV 'Doused' 'Letterman' During Network TV Debut

    DIIV, the New York City band fronted by proud pet rat-owner Zachary Cole Smith, put their dream-pop and shoegaze influences out in front on excellent 2012 album Oshin, but don't let that word "dream" mislead you. DIIV were not just awake but downright energizing in their network TV debut last night on Late Show With David Letterman, as their performance of Oshin's urgent "Doused" offered up more krautrock-reminiscent interlocking guitar-riff spires than the late-night norm. Smith, who once spoke with SPIN about loving Nirvana, wouldn't have been out of place on Letterman's old NBC show Late Night, with his shaggy blond mop and oversized Black Sabbath T-shirt. If Grizzly Bear's jacket-toting Letterman visit the previous evening is any indication, Smith must've been chilly. Whatever it takes to elicit the sort of strangulated howl he makes in this clip.

  • Guns N' Roses Axl Rose and Japandroids' Brian King

    How Guns N' Roses Inspired Japandroids' Triumphal 'The House That Heaven Built' Video

    Japandroids have been using stage tricks, like using a fan to blow back guitarist half Brian King's respectable mane, ever since they were relative unknowns playing half-empty clubs. So it's only natural that SPIN's Band of the Year, despite their humble indie-label status, might still harbor a few arena-rock aspirations. In a behind-the-scenes video interview with Pitchfork.tv, King and drummer/fellow shouter David Prowse revealed the music behind the visuals for Celebration Rock standout "The House That Heaven Built": Guns N' Roses classic "Paradise City" clip."Our music video is based on 'Paradise City' by Guns N' Roses," King explains in the interview. "When he [director Jim Larson] wanted direction I said, 'That's what I want it to be like.' And it sort of is, in a way.

  • The-Dream's 'Used to Be' video

    The-Dream and Casha Nag Each Other in Downer 'Used to Be' Video

    Before there was "Alt R&B," or even its knew-it-before-it-was-famous precursor "PBR&B," there was The-Dream. Self-aware, salacious, and prolifically ambitious, Terius "Umbrella"/"Single Ladies" Nash stands as the evolutionary missing link between the knowing meta-R&B of R. Kelly since "Ignition (Remix)," the Auto-Tune avant-garde of T-Pain (trust us, it's been too long since you listened to "Can't Believe It"), and this year's sometimes less-radio-friendly excursions by Frank Ocean, Miguel, and the Weeknd. With last year's then-free 1977, SPIN's No.

  • Poppy Ackroyd

    Hear Poppy Ackroyd's Piano-Plumbing, Violin-Scouring Odyssey 'Seven'

    When Poppy Ackroyd says she plays the piano, that doesn't just mean she presses down on the keys. The London-based performer and composer mines for valuable noises from within the inside of the piano, as well. She also plays violin in much the same way. Aside from some field recordings, every sound on Ackroyd's debut LP Escapement, which comes to these shores on January 15 via Denovali Records, originally came from one of those two instruments, one way or another. "Seven," which actually happens to be the third track on the album, shows just how much Ackroyd can do with those basic ingredients. Clicking, whirring, and lots of other onomatapoeia-ing goes on as soft piano and somber violin trace an intricate emotional arc. "Escapement" is a physical part of the piano, and it's a richly evocative title whose time has come with this record.Escapement tracklist: 1. "Aliquot"  2.

  • Michael Stipe on 'Colbert'

    Michael Stipe Sings 'Good King Wenceslas' With Mandy Patinkin on 'Colbert'

    Oh, sure, you might think you saw Michael Stipe sing a duet of "Losing My Religion" with the guy from Coldplay at last night's Sandypalooza benefit. But anyone who cares one whit about "truthiness" knows the former R.E.M. frontman (and recent animated-GIFs judge) has been sitting on Stephen Colbert's shelf for more than a year. In November 2011, The Colbert Report host somewhat randomly put Stipe up there on an episode with Brian Eno before all three came together for an endearingly awkward "Lean on Me" cover. It wasn't Stipe's last appearance on the shelf, where he has also been known to loudly savor Colbert's zingers.

  • Jessie Ware's

    Jessie Ware's 'Sweet Talk' Adorably Sung by Kids in New Video

    The last video to feature Jessie Ware's vocals involved pole-dancing. As with the London singer's stripper-friendly '90s R&B cover with Japanese duo BenZel, the lovely "Sweet Talk," from our 5 Best New Artists alumna's solo debut LP Devotion (SPIN's No. 28 abum of 2012, for those keeping score) sets a similarly adult mood. But the video for the minimal, post-dubstep quiet-stormer, much to our delight, takes a dramatically different approach. Rather than playing up the song's willing seduction, the video — directed, like previous Ware videos, by Kate Moross — follows some cute pre-teens as they mime the song, classic Kids Incorporated style.

  • Grizzly Bear's Edward Droste on 'Letterman'

    Grizzly Bear Return to Late-Night TV 'Yet Again' for Dulcet 'Shields' Standout

    Grizzly Bear have already brought the ornate, harmony-laden chamber-pop of new album Shields to The Colbert Report, where they chatted in a lifeboat, and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, where they met NFL Hall of Fall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw. Last night, while the charity-rock hullabaloo was going on over at New York's Madison Square Garden, the Brooklyn band visited Late Show With David Letterman. Looking casually stylish as usual, they performed "Yet Again," the second song to surface from Shields this summer, when SPIN's David Marchese called it "as forcefully lovely as anything the guys have done." That loveliness is out in full force in the Letterman clip. "Speak, don't confide," they harmonize. And wear a big flannel. 

  • Courtney Love, Dave Grohl

    Courtney Love Reportedly 'Not Amused' by McCartney's Nirvana 'Reunion'

    The words came straight from Paul McCartney's mouth last night: "Nirvana reunion." Of course, a key member of Nirvana was absent from the festivities, former frontman Kurt Cobain, who took his own life on April 5, 1994. Even before McCartney went up onstage with former Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic at 12-12-12: Concert for Sandy Relief, Cobain's widow was criticizing the gig, according to TMZ.Courtney Love is quoted as saying she's "not amused" by McCartney performing with the surviving members of Nirvana. "Look, if John were alive it would be cool," she said, according to TMZ.

  • Krist Novoselic, Paul McCartney, and Dave Grohl

    Paul McCartney-Led Nirvana 'Reunion' Song Is for 'Sound City': Watch 12-12-12 Clips

    By now we know that Paul McCartney did indeed front a Nirvana "reunion" at last night's 12-12-12: Concert for Sandy Relief, as had been reported. We also know Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic wasn't entirely joking when he tweeted that their performance would debut a new song mixing "Helter Skelter" and "Scentless Apprentice," though he did tweet at the Pope. That song, "Cut Me Some Slack," featured Novoselic, drummer Dave Grohl, and Nirvana touring guitarist Pat Smear, and "it was indeed heavy," as our own Chris Martins and Kory Grow reported. "It freaking slayed, in fact, and once it was played, nothing else mattered."Well, Grohl must be hoping something else matters, because he also revealed last night the song will appear on the soundtrack to Grohl's directing debut Sound City, the recording-studio documentary he's premiering at Sundance Film Festival next month.

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