Marc Hogan

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  • Lana Del Rey / Photo by Getty Images

    Almost 'Paradise': Hear Lana Del Rey's Unreleased 'Afraid' and 'Playing Dangerous'

    "Paradise" must be getting closer. As Lana Del Rey plots an expanded edition of her 2012 major-label debut, Born to Die, previously unreleased tracks from the increasingly busy singer and model continue to hit the Web. Though it's unclear whether any of the recently surfaced material will end up on a future Del Rey record, we've already heard Little Red Riding Hood-hearting "Big Bad Wolf" and four other never-issued tracks. Now, two more orchestral, rap-informed electro-pop songs that are distinctly in Del Rey's retro-coquette character, the going-back-to-Santa-Monica ballad "Afraid" and the percussive, groove-driven, good-girl-gone-bad "Playing Dangerous" — something like Lil Wayne's "Mrs. Officer" in gender-reverse, with hurricane non sequiturs — have emerged, as HypeTrack points out.

  • Watch the xx Play 'Angels' Live in a Tokyo Hotel Room

    Watch the xx Play 'Angels' Live in a Tokyo Hotel Room

    The xx's first single from upcoming album Coexist, due out on September 11 via Young Turks, began as a solo demo by singer-guitarist Romy Madley Croft, DJ-producer Jamie Smith told SPIN's David Marchese recently. The minimalist electro-pop group shared the album version of "Angels" a little more than a month ago, and now a stark live video has arrived that shows Madley Croft performing the song in a way that might give you some idea what that original demo must've sounded like. In a Facebook post, the band explains: "We filmed this whilst on tour in Tokyo. We were so inspired by Tokyo and the view from Romy's hotel room on the 33rd floor, that we asked our friend Jamie-James Medina to film us recording a version of Angels in there. Love The xx""

  • Ladyhawk / Photo by Steven Bedard

    Hear Ladyhawk's First Song in Four Years: Bulldozer 'You Read My Mind'

    Rootsy rockers Ladyhawk, not to be confused with dance-poppers Ladyhawke, haven't released an album since 2008's Shots. On October 9, the Vancouver band will return with No Can Do via Triple Crown Audio, and on the basis of advance track "You Read My Mind" they've used the intervening years to sharpen their hooks. "That's all right," lead singer Duffy Driediger repeats at times, pulling out a lyrical standby that should be threadbare, but the song's booze-lubricated power-pop tunecraft combines with the sadness in his voice to achieve something strangely affecting. It might not be all right, this rusty-cage jangler suggests. And that's all right.

  • Anthony Bourdain shotguns a beer with Derek Miller / Photo Courtesy of Travel Channel

    See Sleigh Bells Get Anthony Bourdain Drunk and Tattooed on 'No Reservations'

    If you thought Sleigh Bells subsisted on nothing but bubblegum, chocolate frosted cereal, and Jolt cola, you're way off base. Like the Black Keys, Queens of the Stone Age, and others before them, the Reign of Terror duo will be on the Travel Channel on September 3 as the subject of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations (as Pitchfork points out). Bourdain took his cooking show to the band's SXSW rental house in the Austin suburbs, where tequila-heavy avocado margaritas, impressive outdoor cooking skills, and even a spur-the-moment tattoo are all on the menu. Watch a two-minute preview, interspersed with performance footage and backed by the latest Sleigh Bells album's "Born to Lose," below. Don't miss SPIN's March/April cover story, Sleigh Bells: Bringin' on the Heartbreak.

  • Lana Del Rey / Photo by Getty Images

    Lana Del Rey Hearts You on 'Big Bad Wolf,' Is Also a Jaguar

    Once upon a time, there was a young woman from New York City whose pop music and modeling careers brought her out into the wild, wild woods of the Internet, where she encountered all manner of ferocious beasts. And we're not talking about bloggers. A previously unreleased Lana Del Rey recording, "Big Bad Wolf," has emerged, as SoulCulture points out. Fidgety electro-pop with lush orchestration, the song unsurprisingly puts the singer-songwriter-pinup in the role of Little Red Riding Hood ("liftin' up my little red skirt"), though the assorted hooks don't quite cohere: "I heart you," she repeats at various points — all the better to text you with? In any case, the track follows four other non-album Del Rey tracks surfacing recently.

  • Mariah Rolls With the Punches in Bawse-y 'Triumphant' Video

    Mariah Rolls With the Punches in Bawse-y 'Triumphant' Video

    "Stay on your toes / Get off the ropes," Mariah Carey trills on "Triumphant (Get 'Em)," which most recently follows Muse's "Survival" in the dubious canon of vaguely inspirational SportsCenter bait. As if to drive home the athletics connection, husband Nick Cannon fleshes out the lyrics' boxing imagery in his video for the superhuman diva's first new music since 2009's Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. It's expensive-looking and cinematic, with Meek Mill in the ring, Mariah strutting across the ring holding up round-number signs, and Rick Ross ringside in furs (Carey is beside him, too — not sure if she's supposed to be in character still as the sign-carrier or what … she's wearing different jewelery! -- as is DJ Khaled, who appears only to shout his "We the best!" tagline).

  • Coen Bros. Meet Factory Records: Hear Thick Pigeon's Arty 1984 Synth-Popper 'Babcock + Wilcox'

    Coen Bros. Meet Factory Records: Hear Thick Pigeon's Arty 1984 Synth-Popper 'Babcock + Wilcox'

    Factory Records, the Manchester, England-based label behind Joy Division, New Order, and Happy Mondays, also gave us a whole host of lesser-known bands. Last year's compilation Fac. Dance: 12" Mixes and Rarities 1980-1987 brought together an array of dancefloor versions and obscurities from the Factory vaults. On September 18, Strut is releasing a sequel, Fac. Dance 02, which will compile tracks from post-punk luminaries such as ESG, Durutti Column, the Wake, and a Certain Ratio. Also featured on the upcoming compilation are Thick Pigeon, surely one of Factory's more obscure groups. Centered around songwriter Stanton Miranda and arranger Carter Burwell, the New York group released one album of arty, stripped-down synth-pop for Factory, Too Crazy Cowboys, in 1983.

  • Watch Diplo's Interstellar Stripper-Pole 'Set It Off' Video

    Watch Diplo's Interstellar Stripper-Pole 'Set It Off' Video

    Diplo's self-expression continues to find new and bizarrely fascinating forms. A few months after the omnipresent DJ and producer released his handstand-inducing Express Yourself EP, a video for "Set It Off," the EP's collaboration with Vermont DJ duo Lazerdisk Party Sex, has hit MTV. As a chipmunk voice repeats the words "I wanna set it off" over a twitchily mesmerizing Dutch-house instrumental, the video follows scantily clad dancers on an infinite, outer-space stripper pole. Birds, balloons, and even a space shuttle emblazoned with Diplo's name soar past. Selves are expressed; fireworks are set off where no fireworks have been scientifically capable of being set off before.

  • Metallica, Flaming Lips Retool Deep Purple Classics

    Metallica, Flaming Lips Retool Deep Purple Classics

    As long as there are beginning guitar players banging out the riff from "Smoke on the Water," Deep Purple will remain one of heavy rock's more influential bands. The English band's landmark album Machine Head turns 40 years old this year, and a 10-song covers collection called Re-Machined is on its way September 25 to commemorate the anniversary. Ultimate Classic Rock has posted six of the tracks from the compilation, including Metallica's courtly take on Purple B-side "When a Blind Man Cries" and the Flaming Lips' zonked-out version of "Smoke on the Water" (with Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes).

  • Chaz Bundick / Photo by Getty Images

    Hear Toro Y Moi's Chaz Bundick's Latest Dance Single as Les Sins

    Toro Y Moi mastermind Chaz Bundick's second release under his dancefloor alter ego, Les Sins, is almost here. In July, SPIN's Philip Sherburne previewed "Fetch" and "Taken," the two sides of Les Sins' upcoming single for Caribou main man Dan Snaith's Jiaolong label, and the first Les Sins record since 2010's "Lina"/"Youth Gone" on Carpark. Now you can listen to both of the new tracks below, and Snaith says the single should "out in a weekish."Appropriately, the latest Les Sins tracks delve far deeper into the house realm than Toro Y Moi's chillwave O.G. status might've implied, demonstrating more of the impressive range he also illustrated on last year's Underneath the Pine.

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