Marc Hogan



  • Tame Impala's Kevin Parker on 'Later... With Jools Holland'

    Tame Impala Find Their 'Elephant' Swagger on 'Jools Holland'

    Behold the transformative power of heavy psych-rock. It might just be our imagination, but it looks like Kevin Parker gains confidence throughout Tame Impala's performance of thunderous Lonerism advance single "Elephant" last night on BBC's Later... With Jools Holland. From the Aussie band's Essential sophomore album, the savanna-shaking stomper sketches out a supremely arrogant asshole who's full of shit, a thematic shift from lovelorn plaints like fellow album highlight "Feels Like We Only Go Backward." In this Later clip, Parker's vocals appear to start out uncertain, his first couple of words mumbled, but before long he's grinning with brash determination, the five-piece band is locked in spacey interplay, and the drums are soloing just when they should.

  • tegan and sara closer late show david letterman

    Tegan and Sara Get 'Closer' to Stick in Our Heads on 'Letterman'

    "Closer," the first advance track from Tegan and Sara's upcoming album Heartthrob, is, as our own Chris Martins put it, "upbeat and heavy on the hook, starting subtle and building to sing-along bigness." The Canadian alt-pop twins brought the synth-based song, plus a guitarist, bassist, and drummer, to The Late Show With David Letterman last night. Tegan and Sara recently unveiled the track list for Heartthrob and announced a January 29 release date, but pre-orders started yesterday. "I won't treat you like you're oh so typical," the two promise here. If this or one of the song's several other hooks — Tegan's Karen O-like "closerrrrr-uh!" yelp, maybe? — isn't lodged in your brainpan already, it almost certainly will be by the time the full-length arrives.Heartthrob track list: 1. "Closer" 2. "Goodbye, Goodbye" 3. "I Was a Fool" 4. "I’m Not Your Hero" 5.

  • rolling stones noomi rapace rolling stones doom and gloom video

    Rolling Stones' 'Doom and Gloom' Video Celebrates Apocalypse in Style

    It's the end of the world as we know it, and the Rolling Stones feel fine. "Doom and Gloom," the venerable rockers' first new song in seven years (from the new compilation GRRR!), takes a ripped-from-the-headlines lyrical approach, with crisis-wracked references to fracking and war-induced debt. The video for the track, directed by longtime Madonna visual collaborator Jonas Åkerlund, is a wonderfully lavish, fanciful, ridiculous literalization of those lyrics.Noomi Rapace, who played Lisbeth Salander in the original Swedish The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo films, stars — flashes of her breasts presumably render the clip NSFW — but the clip is really about the juxtaposition of playfully apocalyptic imagery with shots of the Stones rocking like nothing has changed.

  • Beck

    Beck to Follow 'Song Reader' With Album You Can Actually Hear

    Beck might be suffering from modern guilt. As the eclectic Los Angeles veteran gets set to release a new album of sheet music, Beck Hansen's Song Reader, next month via McSweeney's, he's also working on a record you can actually hear without either playing it yourself or watching someone else who isn't Beck give their rendition. Or so he said in an interview with Triple J Radio, as Consequence of Sound points out."I started a record, largely recorded in 2008, so I'm trying to carve out some time from all the production work I'm doing to finish those songs before they're relics from a lost era," Beck told Triple J toward the end of the interview.

  • Frank Ocean

    Channel OSCAR: Frank Ocean Wrote a Song for 'Django Unchained'

    In July, during a panel on the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained, co-stars Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington happened to find themselves talking about Frank Ocean. "At the end of the day, his music is for everybody," Foxx told MTV News. Now, tucked away at the end of an expansive GQ interview comes word that Ocean has written a song for the project, potentially putting him in an Academy Awards race for Best Song with one of his album of the year rivals, Fiona Apple.Ocean also discussed the moving letter he published on July 4 revealing he once loved a man. "The night I posted it, I cried like a fucking baby," he said, explaining that his tears were tears of a happiness he hadn't felt in a while.

  • Pissed Jeans'

    Pissed Jeans Preview 'Honeys' LP With No-Joke Teeth-Gnasher 'Bathroom Laughter'

    Last week, SPIN reported that Pissed Jeans will be back with a new album, Honeys, in February via Sub Pop. The Pennsylvania post-hardcore maniacs' frontman (and SPIN style blog contributor) Matt Korvette told us they "wanted to write a record that was all songs we'd want to play live, songs that people would remember and want to hear us play live." Now Pitchfork has posted the first track from the album, "Bathroom Laughter," which, based on the frenetically yowled lyrics, could've just as easily been titled "Kitchen Crying" or "Hallway Screaming." It's a gnarled ball of pent-up potency reminiscent of fellow Philly fanatics Clockcleaner or sadly defunct Welsh synapse-wreckers Mclusky. You will want to hear this live and buy a round of shots.

  • Major Lazer's Diplo and the Prodigy's Keith Flint

    Major Lazer Faithfully Remixes the Prodigy's 'Smack My Bitch Up'

    When the Prodigy's The Fat of the Land videos lit up MTV in 1997, the British outfit's pre-"EDM" collision of rock iconography and rave breakbeats was anything but reverent. It's cheeky and almost paradoxically irreverent, then, that Major Lazer's remix of the album's controversial single "Smack My Bitch Up" stays so true to the original. Set to appear as part of XL's December 4 expanded 15th-anniversary reissue, Major Lazer don Diplo's take on the Kool Keith-sampling, buzz-bringer barely tweaks anything at first. Then, when it does, where Dutch trio Noisia's remix of the same song emphasizes the Prodigy's more brutal dubstep legacy, Major Lazer doubles down on irreverent reverence: Cue air horn bleats and wobbly drops every bit as goofy and over-the-top as Liam Howlett's frontmen Keith Flint and Maxim Reality themselves.

  • Paris Hilton and Lil Wayne

    Hear Lil Wayne and Paris Hilton's EDM Sex-Tape Anthem 'Last Night'

    Paris Hilton's wealth and fame make her an easy and annoyingly ubiquitous target, but they also tend to help buy finer things than the heiress-cum-socialite's critics will acknowledge. For instance, she has taken notice of Korean pop's recent SPIN-documented dominance, appearing in a video by K-Pop star Kim Jang Hoon. And she teamed up with Lil Wayne over a trendy, dubstep-infused beat by producer Afrojack on a new song that has surfaced via TMZ. The backing track, with a vocal by Australian singer Havana Brown rather than Hilton, showed up on Pitbull's latest album under the name "Last Night," a title that applies just as easily here.

  • Jack White's Third Man Novelties Lounge

    Red Stripe: Jack White Launches 'Third Man Novelties Lounge,' Ends Communism

    The Cold War is over, and liberal capitalism won. In a cheeky video mimicking former President Ronald Reagan's speech calling for the Berlin Wall to be destroyed, Jack White's Third Man Records has announced the opening of an extension to his Nashville, Tennessee, record store. Set to begin operations on Record Store Day's Black Friday, November 23, the Third Man Novelties Lounge offers an array of appropriately Jack White-ish amusements.One of the main attractions is a Scopitone 16mm film jukebox of Third Man music videos, billed by the label as "the only Scopitone playing modern music videos in the world." Visitors to the Novelties Lounge can also enjoy a color photobooth and a Mold-A-Rama machine to make a miniature model of White's guitar.

  • Nicki Minaj's

    Nicki Minaj Strikes Jesus Christ Pose in Pink-Power 'Freedom' Video

    Let's take a moment to appreciate the Nicki Minaj phenomenon. That, after all, is the surface-level meaning of "Freedom," from this week's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up, and its newly released video. She has a perfume. Clothing at Macy's. More significantly, she's a female rapper with two Billboard No. 1 albums, a distinctive voice, and a certain amount of critical acclaim. In the spirit of this song, let's make an unnecessarily extravagant comparison: As with "Obammer," to whom the Trinidad-born MC refers, not for the first time, on fellow Re-Up cut "I'm Legit," it's easy to forget in the day-to-day hustle of appearances at Dick Clark-founded awards shows what a historic figure she actually is.

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