Marc Hogan



  • The-Dream (Terius Nash)

    Will The-Dream, As Def Jam's New A&R Exec, Green-Light His Own Album?

    Terius Nash, better known as The-Dream, is a man of many talents. As a songwriter, his credits include Beyoncé's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)," Rihanna's "Umbrella," Justin Bieber's "Baby," Kanye West and Jay-Z's Frank Ocean showcase "No Church in the Wild," and more. As a solo artist, The-Dream's albums have led us to describe him as "an auteur of weirdly personal, brilliantly lowbrow, and dazzlingly state-of-the-art pop." And arguably the definitive full-length realization of his aesthetic is the girl group Electrik Red's hyperspeed-brassy 2009 album How to Be a Lady: Volume 1, which hardly anybody ever heard. Nash is the shit with this shit.And now Nash is an executive vice president of A&R at Def Jam, according to an announcement from corporate parent Universal Music Group.

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    Hear Taylor Swift's Dubstep-Tinged 'I Knew You Were Trouble.'

    The aspect of Taylor Swift's newest song that's most likely to dominate conversation about it is also, in the end, its least remarkable. "I Knew You Were Trouble.," which hit iTunes today (via Just Jared), is almost surely the song Rolling Stone was describing when it said one track on Swift's upcoming Red includes a "dubstep-inspired bass breakdown." But much as with Muse's dubstep feint in the runup to The 2nd Law, Swift's try at dropping the bass ultimately gets absorbed into the artist's own aesthetic.So, yes, "Trouble" shows some wub, and if it had come out back in the days of Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me," it could have been a truly jarring departure for the country-pop mega-seller.

  • Green Day's '¡Dos!'

    Green Day Unveil 'Dos' Track List: Hear Britpoppy 'Stray Heart'

    Green Day regretfully announced yesterday the Bay Area pop-punks would have to cancel their October 27 headlining gig at New Orleans' Voodoo Music + Arts Experience festival, but their album trilogy continues on schedule despite singer Billie Joe Armstrong's rehab treatment. ¡Uno! came out last month, and the band has already announced the track list to follow-up ¡Dos!, which arrives on November 13.Aside from a snippet preview of the back-to-basics slacker anthem "Lazy Bones," the first track to surface from the album is the upbeat love song "Stray Heart." This one has an amped-up Motown bounce recalling Britpop progenitors the Jam's classic "A Town Called Malice," but with speaker-bursting modern-rock dynamics and, of course, Armstrong's distinctive, hiccupy vocal.

  • Neil Young and Crazy Horse's 'Ramada Inn' video

    Watch Neil Young and Crazy Horse's 17-Minute 'Ramada Inn' Video

    Neil Young and Crazy Horse can't be accused of mild-mannered conformity. The iconoclastic rockers' first album of the year, Americana, reworked old folk standards as gnarled guitar workouts. Their second, Psychedelic Pill (one of SPIN's 25 Fall 2012 Albums You Gotta Hear), is due out October 30 via Reprise, and it's an eight-song double album, with three tracks clocking in over the 16-minute mark. The first video from the set chops one of those ramblers, "Walk Like a Giant," down to a kaleidoscopic four minutes and change, but the video for wistful gnasher "Ramada Inn," which arrived today via Pitchfork, shows no such restraint. Interspersing archival footage (of highways and lovers) with whirling psychedelic imagery, it's 17 minutes poignantly and smolderingly spent.

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    Watch Sigur Ros' Mist-Draped Video for 'Dauoalognm'

    Sigur Rós' Mystery Film Experiment, where the angelic Icelandic post-rockers have been encouraging directors to make videos for the music from the band's 2012 album Valtari, is nearing its big payoff moment.Yesterday the band announced that Belarus-based director Ruslan Fedotow was the winner of the film competition's "People's Choice" honors, for his atmosphere-drenched, visually sumptuous take on the album's characteristically ethereal "Dauðalognm." The patient, lovingly handled clip shows two naked men, though nothing is exposed that might draw the scrutiny of an IT department, so make your cubicle viewing decision accordingly.Sigur Rós will reveal the Mystery Film Experiment's overall winner on October 12 during a screening as part of the BFI London Film Festival.

  • New Order's Bernard Sumner

    New Order's Delayed 'Lost Sirens' Collection Due Out in November

    New Order played their first U.S. show in seven years on Friday night, albeit without founding bassist Peter Hook. SPIN contributor Daniel Kreps, who was there, said the set "sounded great," with each song "perfectly manicured and perfectly timed to its visual companion on the video screen." Speaking of perfectly timed: According to Rolling Stone, the synth-pop pioneers will release a seven-song outtake collection, The Lost Sirens, this very next month.The exact release date is unclear, but The Lost Sirens will reportedly consist of material recorded during the making of 2005's Waiting for the Sirens' Call. Slicing Up Eyeballs notes that the compilation was originally scheduled to come out last December as a CD-and-vinyl package but had been delayed.

  • Rick Ross' 'Black Bar Mitzvah'

    Grab Rick Ross' 'The Black Bar Mitzvah' Mixtape

    "We celebratin' life," Rick Ross exults on the first track from his new The Black Bar Mitzvah mixtape. "We celebratin' success." The release, which you can stream or download below, is the very same one that prompted us to congratulate the Teflon Don on his impending conversion to the religion of Abraham. That was when he released the Star of David-emblazoned cover artwork, which you can see above, taking hip-hop's ongoing fascination with Judaism (l'chaim, Jay-Z and Black Eyed Peas) to new heights of audacity. Along with a few extremely familiar beats, the tape features Drake, Gunplay, 2 Chainz, Pharrell Williams, Diddy, Lil Reese, and more.

  • Dinosaur Jr.

    Dinosaur Jr. Announce 'Chocomel Daze (Live 1987)' LP: Hear 'The Lung'

    The first song the reunited Dinosaur Jr. played in public, as David Peisner notes in his review of the stoney guitar heroes' essential new record I Bet on Sky, was "The Lung." Originally from 1987's You're Living All Over Me, the indie-rock trailblazers' first masterpiece, the scruffy, jangling tempo-shifter has only a couple of playful, evocative lyrics, but it's home to one of the most searing guitar solos of the era.On November 19, to celebrate that album's 25th anniversary, Merge is releasing Chocomel Daze (Live 1987), which comprises a rare recording of the classic Dinosaur line-up's 1987 show at Dorrnroosje in Nijmegen, Netherlands. "The Lung" is also the first track streaming from the upcoming live album, and in a gloriously hard-hitting, scraggly rendition."We were young on our first Euro tour," singer-guitarist-almost-Nirvana-member J.

  • The Beach Boys

    Beach Boys' Mike Love Explains Brian Wilson's 'Firing,' Confuses Everyone

    It's usually not a good idea to take sides in another family's dispute. Exhibit A: The latest twist in the Beach Boys' long-running saga of sweetly harmonious inter-personal dysfunction. Mike Love's recent Los Angeles Times column denying reports he "fired" fellow Beach Boys co-founders Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, plus guitarist David Marks, only makes the whole situation all the more tangled and unpleasant."Let me get right to it: I did not fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys," Love writes. "I cannot fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I am not his employer. I do not have such authority. And even if I did, I would never fire Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. I love Brian Wilson. We are partners. He's my cousin by birth and my brother in music."The rest of his column is similarly repetitive and, in places, egregiously self-aggrandizing, but you know what?

  • Blur / Photo via Facebook

    Blur to Headline Primavera as Reunion Continues

    Reports on the death of Blur's reunion party continue to be exaggerated. Despite conflicting quotes from frontman and Gorillaz maestro Damon Albarn in advance of the reformed British art-pop luminaries' Olympic-closing concert this summer in London's Hyde Park, the band has already confirmed a set this summer at Belgium's Rock Werchter festival. Today Blur confirmed at least two more gigs, both at this spring's Primavera Sound festival. Catch them in Barcelona, Spain, on May 24, and in Oporto, Portugal, on May 31. As the band's Facebook page says, "More as we know it…"Below, watch footage of Blur debuting elegantly elegiac 2012 single "Under the Westway" on a rooftop:

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