Marc Hogan

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  • Watch Nude Beach Guzzle Beer in Lo-Fi 'Radio' Video

    Watch Nude Beach Guzzle Beer in Lo-Fi 'Radio' Video

    In SPIN's review of Nude Beach's new album II, Chris Martins argues that the Brooklyn-based, Long Island-raised band filters vintage heartland rock through strikingly contemporary heart-on-sleeve solipsism. Advance single "Radio" is a case in point, as lead singer and guitarist Chuck Betz howls at the titular broadcast device — not to be heard, not to request something he knows, but just to be spared from that "sad song I don't wanna hear." The video, newly posted by Pitchfork, visually embodies both the song's free-wheeling spirit and its personal ache: It's a rush of shaky video footage of Nude Beach traveling around the country, playing onstage, drinking, playing arcade games, and generally goofing around.

  • Jack White playing a damn festival / Photo by Getty Images

    Jack White, Festival Pro, Calls Festivals 'a Necessary Evil'

    Lollapalooza. Austin City Limits. Outside Lands. Sasquatch. Hangout. Firefly. Voodoo. Those are just a handful of the gazillion-plus festival gigs Jack White has taken this year, and he still has more to go. In an interview ahead of the iTunes Festival in London this weekend, though, the former White Stripes frontman acknowledged to the BBC that festivals aren't his ideal setting. White reportedly characterized fests as "a necessary evil in the business," once again comparing them to parties. "I don't get excited about festivals — they're not my favorite place to play," he's quoted as saying.

  • Gary Glitter at his 2006 sentencing hearing / Photo by Getty Images

    Democrats Inexplicably Play Child Molester Gary Glitter at Convention

    Gary Glitter's 1972 hit "Rock and Roll, Part 2," also known as "The Hey Song," was once a fixture at football games and other public events in American life. In 2006, however, Vietnamese authorities convicted Glitter of sexual abuse against two girls ages 10 and 11, jailing him for 26 months. That was after the U.K., in 1999, convicted Glitter on charges of possessing child pornography. Since then, Glitter has been a persona non grata, and the NFL reportedly banned the use of "Rock and Roll, Part 2" at this year's Super Bowl, depriving Glitter of a potentially huge payout in royalties. Democratic National Convention organizers must've made a bit of a snafu last night, because "Rock and Roll, Part 2" could be heard blaring over the loudspeakers as former employees of companies controlled by Bain Capital took the podium (see the video evidence here and here).

  • Meet Kurt Cobain's Siberian Subway Soundalike

    Meet Kurt Cobain's Siberian Subway Soundalike

    Nirvana's "Pennyroyal Tea" has a long and complex history. Named after a poisonous herb taken, usually unsuccessfully, to induce abortion, the song reportedly dates back to a 1990 four-track demo. The In Utero version was scheduled to be released as a single before Kurt Cobain's death in April 1994. Everyone from Cobain's widow Courtney Love, with Hole, to the Flaming Lips (to, um, Jared Leto) has covered it. Now, BuzzFeed points to a video of a Russian subway performer who sounds uncannily like Cobain, specifically in his solo MTV Unplugged in New York rendition of the brilliantly pained song. The Russian busker, Nikolay Petrovsky, didn't surface out of nowhere, of course. Russia's Life News reported in December 2010 that Petrovksy lives in Novosibirsk, Siberia, is a self-taught musician, and doesn't even speak English.

  • Lady Gaga / Photo by Getty Images

    Lady Gaga's New Album 'ARTPOP' Will Also Be App-Pop

    Lady Gaga wants you to know her next album will be more than "just" an album. Right after announcing the first North American leg of her worldwide Born This Way Ball tour, the Mother Monster has declared, via a statement on her LittleMonsters.com website, that when it comes to her upcoming fourth album ARTPOP, well, there will be an app for that. Following the lead of Björk, who released last year's Biophilia through a series of interactive apps, Gaga says ARTPOP, due out in 2013, will be a "multimedia experience." The app, she writes, is "the most major way to fully immerse yourself" in that experience and will be available for iPad, iPhone, and other mobile devices, plus computers. So what's in the ARTPOP app?

  • Best Coast Ask 'Do You Love Me Liked You Used To?' on 'Conan'

    Best Coast Ask 'Do You Love Me Liked You Used To?' on 'Conan'

    Best Coast have taken rhyming "fun" and "sun" to a reckless new plane of use, but the Southern California beach-poppers get away with it partly because those simple, innocent-seeming words tend to mask country-diva levels of kitchen-sink misery. Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno were at it again last night on Conan, giving a performance of "Do You Love Me Like You Used To?," one of the most nakedly vulnerable songs on this year's The Only Place, in a forceful rendition that was mostly faithful to the album. "Do you, do you, do you?" Cosentino repeated. Yes, we still do, and although we wish her all the happiness in the world, we're selfishly glad to hear a bit more of her biblically ("Lord please forgive me for my sins") dramatic anguish.

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    Of Montreal Announce Rarities LP With 'Sails, Hermaphroditic'

    Of Montreal have announced a new rarities compilation, and the Athens, Georgia psych-poppers are streaming a glammy, off-kilter preview of the record. Daughter of Cloud, due out on October 23 via Polyvinyl, will consist of 10 previously unreleased and seven hard-to-find tracks recorded between 2007 and 2012, as Pitchfork points out. Listen below to "Sails, Hermaphroditic," a splashy, lithely funky song about how "if I could Dr.

  • The Black Keys Invite 'Lonely Boy' Dancing Dude to MTV VMAs

    The Black Keys Invite 'Lonely Boy' Dancing Dude to MTV VMAs

    Last October, the Black Keys posted "Lonely Boy," the surf-flecked first single from their then-upcoming album El Camino, in the form of a bare-bones video that shows a lone man outside a motel room busting a move. Within a couple of days, the video had racked up more than 600,000 YouTube views, and the dancer was revealed to be a 48-year-old actor, musician, and part-time security guard named Derrick T. Tuggle. Well, that video is now heading on 18 million views, and MTV reports Tuggle is set to join the Ohio rockers at the MTV Video Music Awards on Thursday. The Black Keys' drummer Patrick Carney recently thanked Tuggle and invited him to the award ceremony, where "Lonely Boy" is up for Best Rock Video, the now-internet-famous dancing dude told MTV. "I'm going to bring something a little different," Tuggle is quoted as saying. "It's pretty great.

  • Watch A$AP Mob and Flatbush Zombies Do More 'Bath Salt'

    Watch A$AP Mob and Flatbush Zombies Do More 'Bath Salt'

    Pot, not bath salts, was the only intoxicant found in the body of the guy who was shot and killed by police this summer while devouring a homeless man's face. Once you know that, the collaboration between New York rap crews A$AP Mob and Flatbush Zombies on giddy, freaky Bath Salt" makes a whole lot more sense. The newly posted video (via Pitchfork), directed by past Clipse and Diplo collaborator Shomi Patwary, is appropriately haunted and drug-addled. The rappers are probably just happily baked, but the blank-eyed women hanging out with them might well be on something that gives you worse munchies than mere cannabis. Don't miss our feature Bath Salts: Deep in the Heart of America's New Drug Nightmare

  • Casket Girls

    Hear Black Moth Super Rainbow Spinoff Casket Girls' Woozy 'Sleepwalking'

    Savannah, Georgia-based Ryan Graveface runs Graveface Records and has played a role in such bands as Black Moth Super Rainbow, the Marshmallow Ghosts, and Dreamend. His latest project, the Casket Girls, is a collaboration with singer-lyricists Elsa and Phaedra Greene. "Sleepwalking," the title track from their debut LP — also titled Sleepwalking, and due out on November 6 via the Graveface label — puts a ghostly, electronic spin on '60s girl-group harmonies. "There will be no starting over / It'll just be over," the Greenes begin, with maybe a slight hint of twang, and you know this breakup might be a bit more final than all of Taylor Swift's never-evers.

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