Marc Hogan



  • 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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    Hear Justice's 'Helix' Unwound for Another Remix EP

    The way aggressive North American dubstep thudded into the zeitgeist this year makes Justice's 2007 debut album sound all the more prescient. At the time, the Parisian duo of Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay was applying the pummeling aggression of hard rock to the robot-kissed filter-house of Daft Punk. Just add wub, right? For better or worse, last year's follow-up Audio Video Disco took a slightly different route, climbing higher into the smoke-congested rafters of '70s arena-rock excess, and since then they've already released a couple of remix EPs from the album, New Lands and On'n'On/Canon. On January 8, Justice will be served again in the form of the Ed Banger-issued Helix EP, which consists of an extended version of the album's funky, lyrically incompehensible "Helix," two other album tracks, and two remixes.

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    Wavves Corrupt a Priest in Spring LP's Scuzz-Punk 'Sail to the Sun' Video

    Nathan Williams' Sweet Valley instrumental hip-hop project over the summer was no fluke, but the Wavves frontman hasn't forgotten the bratty fuzz-pop that got him this far, either. An as-yet-untitled follow-up to the SPIN July/August cover star's 2010 Fat Possum LP King of the Beach is due this spring on Mom + Pop, with production from John Hill (M.I.A., Santigold, Rihanna), Pitchfork reports. First listen "Sail to the Sun," which already has a video by the directing team BLACK // DOCTOR, upgrades Wavves' sound in a way that incorporates an awareness of beat-making without obscuring Williams' characteristically snotty songwriting.In fact, the long, chiming intro, with a spoken-word snippet about the evils of drugs, recalls the cult leader-sampling pop of New York-via-San Diego duo Cults, who similarly build their tracks, like hip-hop, from the beat up.

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    Hear Lambchop Guitarist William Tyler's Misty 'Cadillac Desert'

    William Tyler first paid his dues as a member of Lambchop and a guest on records by the likes of Silver Jews and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, but the instrumental guitar maestro is staking out a compelling space for himself as a solo artist. Solo guitar records have their own cult audience, and Tyler's 2010 solo debut, Behold the Spirit, brought the open-minded Americana of scene icon John Fahey to the same crowd that likely lingers over the expertly fingered playing of James Blackshaw, Ben Chasny, or Michael Chapman.Still, although it's hard to say what Tyler might think of the comparison, it's worth remembering that She & Him's M. Ward is a longtime Fahey acolyte, too.

  • Krist Novoselic, Dave Grohl, and Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney-Fronted Nirvana Reunion at '12-12-12' Concert Not Ruled Out by Rep

    This morning, London tabloid the Sun set off a firestorm with a report that Paul McCartney would be replacing the late Kurt Cobain tonight in a "Nirvana reunion."  A more reliable U.K. newspaper, the Guardian, appeared to confirm the news, though it quoted a spokesman for Dave Grohl saying only that the former Nirvana drummer had invited McCartney to "jam with some mates," which doesn't exactly sound like something Grohl would ever say. However, a publicist with Nasty Little Man, which represents both McCartney and Grohl, has told SPIN "we can neither confirm nor deny" the reports.The occasion, tonight's 12-12-12: Concert for Sandy Relief, has already brought together a lineup so star-studded that a lineup of Grohl, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, unofficial fourth Nirvana member Pat Smear, and the former Beatles singer sounds almost plausible.

  • Ty Segall and Mikal Cronin

    Yes, Ty Segall Was Always This Prolific, and He's Reissuing Two Early Albums

    Ty Segall had at least three albums to his name this year in one way or another, including SPIN's #9 album of 2012, Twins (don't miss our profile, Ty Segall: A Portrait of the Artist as Fuckin' Psyched!). Same as it ever was. In the Red is set to reissue two of the prolific San Francisco garage-punk's older projects on January 22, the label has announced.The older of the two re-releases is the lone, self-titled album by the Traditional Fools, a surf-influenced 2008 LP that sold out and was out of print, which — take notes, deluxe-happy record labels! — is traditionally the reason you reissue an album in the first place. Recorded live in studio, the album has a scrappy, lo-fi feel, as you can hear from the video for "Street Surfin'" below.

  • Ravi Shankar

    Ravi Shankar, Sitar Virtuoso Who Changed Pop Music, Dead at 92

    Perhaps the key figure in global pop music's embrace of fluid, immersive sound and oceanic drift over the past several decades, virtuoso sitar player Ravi Shankar has died at age 92, according to the the AP.Shankar, who helped bring Indian ragas to fame in the '60s, performed at Woodstock, and innovated the idea of rock fundraising concerts with 1971's Concert for Bangladesh, was still giving shows as recently as last year at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

  • Bear Ceuse

    Hear Bear Ceuse's Super Fuzz-Pop Slacker-Rager 'Dixie Bros.'

    New York City-via-Missouri's Bear Ceuse might've gone the Bonny Bear route with their French-derived, weirdly tough-to-suss band name, but their sound is rooted in the fertile soil of indie rock before it was called indie rock. "Dixie Bros.," from the band's upcoming debut album Don Domestique (due out February 26 via Medical Records), is pogo-able jangle in a lineage that runs from Superchunk's "Slack Motherfucker" to Japandroid's "Wet Hair" —  shouts to Yuck's "Holing Out," too. What separates this fuzz-pop from the rest of the unremembered-'90s brosplosion is beguilingly detailed, tartly spat storytelling. Innocently strummy beginnings eventually give way to sulky insults befitting a heartland Rivers Cuomo: "You whore!" Pardon Bear Ceuse's French.

  • James Brown and Hologram 2Pac

    Hear Quentin Tarantino's Brash 2Pac-James Brown 'Django Unchained' Mind-Meld

    Rappers have been rapping over James Brown samples basically ever since there's been rapping. Tupac Shakur did it while he was alive; according to producer Shock G's since-deleted MySpace post on the making of "I Get Around," the entire beat of 2Pac's first big hit was built out of sampled drum noises from Brown records. Mystikal bellowed over a fake-J.B. jazz-funk instrumental just last week, and the "Shake Ya Ass" rapper's "soul brother No. 1" homage was such fire like cayenne that its "Madonna, designers, iguanas, Rihanna, vaginas, piranha" word-bash hit SPIN'S 40 Best Songs of 2012.Danger!

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    The National Think 'You Should Know Me Better Than That' in New Song Played Live at ATP

    The recorded music playing as the National take the stage in this fan video (via Pitchfork) is the desolate title track from Neil Young's masterful, long vinyl-only 1974 album On the Beach, which is probably in honor of the venue: All Tomorrow's Parties at Camber Sands Holiday Park in coastal England. Still, it's tempting to hope the choice also foreshadows what to expect from the Brooklyn-via-Ohio band's eventual follow-up to 2010's High Violet. After all, they curated this weekend's ATP festivities, so why couldn't they pick the house music? The bleakly forlorn quality of "On the Beach" does carry over to the new song captured above, which despite the setlist indicating its title is "Lola" bears little obvious similarity to the Kinks' gender-bending classic.

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