Marc Hogan

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Biography

  • Divine Fits' Britt Daniel

    Watch Divine Fits' Eerie 'Would That Not Be Nice' Video

    On Spoon's Transference, Britt Daniel reached new heights of weird minimalism, with shivery vocal effects and stark, geometric guitar lines. "Would That Not Be Nice" finds Daniel with Divine Fits, his supergroup-not-supergroup with Dan Boeckner (Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs) and drum vet Sam Brown (New Bomb Turks), but it goes down very much the same haunted-auteur hall of mirrors. Daniel's distinctive, raspy cry pierces through the Tron-worthy, grid-like space with artful precision. And then there's a wobbly synth breakdown.The video, posted today on Stereogum, applies a similar mad logic to performance footage of the band. The Fits play against a mostly black backdrop, while director Brian Butler bathes them in, to quote a line from the song, "flickering light" — and then some.

  • Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder joins Kings of Leon

    Eddie Vedder Couldn't Find a Better Man, Joins Kings of Leon Live

    It's been a long time since Eddie Vedder first sang, "This is not for you." Like, 18 years. Nowadays the Pearl Jam frontman's formidably grizzled pipes are for, well, just about anyone.It was one thing when Vedder went onstage last month with Bruce Springsteen. He'd done it before, it was his hometown, and Springsteen is the Boss. Likewise, it made sense when the one-time Ticketmaster challenger spoke about class the other day at a fundraiser for President Obama. And how could Pearl Jam not back Jay-Z last month on "99 Problems"?But Vedder's quality control appears to be slipping. Last night in San Francisco, as the NME points out, Vedder came out on stage with Kings of Leon. Yup, the "Sex on Fire" guys. Pearl Jam were headlining the Oracle Appreciation Event; Kings of Leon were supporting.

  • Darkstar's 'Timeaway'

    Download Darkstar's Pointillist 'Timeaway'

    Darkstar, a bass-wise London synth-pop trio, released their 2010 debut album, North, on dubstep pioneer Kode9's Hyperdub label. For their upcoming single, "Timeaway," they've moved to venerable British electronic and experimental label Warp, recently home to such otherwise-disparate acts as Flying Lotus, Grizzly Bear, and TNGHT. The chromakey-dreamcoat flickers and clatters of Darkstar's latest hark back to older Warp signings like Boards of Canada and other music that tends to get described, cliché or not, as "pastoral." Lush, layered falsetto floats through the track's cybernetic garden. You can listen to the song below, and download it here. Go here to pre-order the 12" single, due out in the U.S. on November 13 and featuring 10 locked-groove loops titled "News #1-10." 

  • Morrissey on 'Fallon'

    Morrissey Covers Frankie Valli on 'Fallon' Backed by a Bunch of Thugs

    That Morrissey, always one step ahead. Rumors and subsequent refutations of the idea that the Smiths might ever (ever!) get back together just happen to coincide with their former frontman's unorthodox new tour, which kicks off on Friday in Boston. The Pope of Mope brought his usual savoir faire to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night, debonairly translating Four Seasons softie Frankie Valli's 1968 M.O.R. hit "To Give (The Reason I Live)" into the muscular rock arrangements of Moz's post-2003 material. Morrissey performed in a shiny, amply unbuttoned shirt, while his band wore matching "THUG" t-shirts. As a web exclusive, the English gentleman and his gang performed death-and-sex anthem "You Have Killed Me," from 2006's characteristically poignant Ringleader of the Tormentors. "Drive safely," Morrissey concluded. "Don't kill me."

  • Kraftwerk

    N.W.A, Kraftwerk, Public Enemy Nominated for Rock Hall of Fame's Class of 2013

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced this year's nominees, and the list offers the hopeful prospect of an increasingly open definition of rock'n'roll. Hip-hop innovators N.W.A and Public Enemy both made the ballot in their first year of eligibility, the only acts to do so this year. As electronic dance music continues to conquer the U.S. music business, German techno-pop pioneers Kraftwerk are up for possible induction for the first time since 2003.Plenty of rock acts are jockeying for a spot in the Rock Hall, led by first-time nominees Deep Purple and Rush. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Heart will vie for the Hall for their second time, too. But the ballot also includes return appearances from disco artists, namely Donna Summer, who died in May (hear her legacy in 15 tracks), and Chic, whose music would also fuel early rap.The rest of the ballot is similarly diverse.

  • JEFF the Brotherhood / Hell Beach / 'Hole Songs'

    JEFF the Brotherhood Sub 'Courtney Love' for 'Whore' In Hole Cover

    Less than week after Glee aired a jazz-handsy cover of Hole's "Celebrity Skin," JEFF the Brotherhood's version of another Hole song has hit the Internet. The Nashville garage-rock siblings reached back to "Turpentine," from Hole's 1997 EP The First Session (which, true to its title, contains Hole's first studio session). Only, where Love shrieks, "I see you standing / Whatever for? / All abandoned like an old whore," JEFF howl, "I see you standing / Whatever for? / All abandoned like old Courtney Love." Or "an old Courtney Love," it's hard to be sure. Either way, the track is from a split 7" with New York's Hell Beach, out this week on the Bros' Infinity Cat label. Keep an eye on Love's Twitter to see if she has a response to her name being used as a substitute for whore. Maybe she'll think it's cheeky?Listen to it over at Stereogum.

  • Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas 2012

    Electric Daisy Carnival's Jolt to Las Vegas Economy: $207 Million

    Say what you will about the Electric Daisy Carnival, but Las Vegas looks to have hit the jackpot with it this year. The three-day electronic dance music festival added about $207 million to the local economy, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which cites independent research firm Beacon Economics. That's on attendance of more than 320,000 people, up from around 230,000 in 2011.David Guetta, Tiesto, and Avicii were among the EDM heavy hitters on this year's bill. The festival reportedly drew 90 percent of its attendance from outside Sin City's Clark County. EDC promoter Insomniac partly attributed the jump in attendance to the debuts of its EDC Week and EDMBiz Conference functions.

  • Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Defends Her 'O' Face to 'Nightline'

    Taylor Swift's constant state of surprise all the many times she wins awards has become a stale punchline by now, mocked by Blake Shelton at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards and by Kristen Wiig on a February episode of Saturday Night Live. Asking the tough questions, ABC's Nightline prodded the singer and songwriter about her "shocked face" in an interview last night, ahead of the October 22 release of Swift's fourth album, Red (via ONTD). "People make so much fun of me for that," Swift can be seen saying with a smile, "and I just, I don't know. It's like, if you win an award, isn't that crazy? ... How do you sit there and be like 'Oh, another Grammy.

  • Anonymous Operation Pirate Bay

    Torrent Site Pirate Bay Suffers Outage, Anonymous Responds

    A major file-sharing site suffered an extended outage over the past two days. The Pirate Bay told file-sharing blog TorrentFreak a power failure caused the outage, one of the longest for the copyright-dodging music and movie network since a police shutdown in 2006. Still, the downtime coincided with a Swedish police raid on PRQ, a hosting service formerly used by the Pirate Bay, according to ComputerWorld.The Pirate Bay boasts millions of daily users, so its outage quickly made the site's name one of the most-searched terms on Google. According to Torrent Freak, the Pirate Bay needed to replace a piece of hardware on location.

  • Marcus Mumford Mumford & Sons

    Mumford & Sons Outsell Everyone With Biggest Debut Week of 2012

    This ain't no sham: As projected, Mumford & Sons' sincerely unadventurous second LP Babel had the biggest debut sales week of the year, according to Billboard. Moving more than 600,000 copies, the British folk-rockers handily beat out 2012 releases by Justin Bieber, Madonna, and Pink.In fact, the Mumfords just about doubled the unit-shifting performance of some of pop's biggest stars. Justin Bieber's Believe, with opening-week sales of 374,000, falls to second place. Madonna is next with first-week sales of 359,000 for MDNA, followed by Pink's The Truth About Love at 280,000.Babel is also the first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for both Mumford & Sons and their label, Glassnote Records. But it's also the biggest sales week for a rock album since AC/DC's Black Ice sold 784,000 in its debut week, good for a No.

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