Marc Hogan



  • Watch Japandroids' Pitch-Perfect 'The House That Heaven Built' Video

    Watch Japandroids' Pitch-Perfect 'The House That Heaven Built' Video

    A little more than three years ago, Japandroids' Brian King and David Prowse made the six-hour drive from Chicago to Des Moines for a Monday night show. They stood in a nearly empty parking lot unloading their gear and bringing it up a street that's packed on weekend nights but was basically dead this particular summer evening. Your SPIN contributor was there, newly relocated from Brooklyn, and bumped into them on the way into the venue.

  • Height With Friends / Photo by Andy Cook

    Stream Height With Friends' Full 'Rock and Roll' LP

    "It's not a bed of flowers to be on the grind," Dan Keech deadpans on "Hard Work," from the Baltimore underground mainstay's upcoming album as Height and Friends. You wouldn't have known it from the free-spirited Rock and Roll, which arrives tomorrow via Friends/Cold Rhymes and puts the results of that grind on full display. The album title only tells half the truth: This Dan Deacon tourmate draws heavily from fuzzed-out rock aesthetics, but he's first and foremost a rapper, one with a distinctively off-kilter viewpoint. Hear the full album below, including guest contributions from such fellow Baltimore musicians as Kevin O'Meara of Dan Deacon Orchestra, producers Mickey Free and King Rhythm, and rootsy dream-pop duo Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack.

  • 2 Chainz Takes Nicki Minaj to the Club in 'I Luv Dem Strippers' Video

    2 Chainz Takes Nicki Minaj to the Club in 'I Luv Dem Strippers' Video

    2 Chainz' solo debut album Based on a T.R.U. Story hits stores tomorrow, but the omnipresent Southern rapper is spending money at the strip club like he's already gone platinum. The predictably not-quite-SFW video for Nicki Minaj-assisted single "I Luv Dem Strippers" is directed by Benny Boom, who also directed the MTV Video Music Award-nominated clip for the pair's previous collaboration, "Beez in the Trap." Your enjoyment of these latest visuals will depend on how much you like seeing these two rap among strippers doing what strippers do, but the icily minimal trap-rap track feels like a winner, with one of Nicki's fiercest verses in a while. Though her pop side might have the broadest appeal, she always goes hardest as an MC on tracks where she's competing to out-macho the boys (remember "Roman's Revenge"?).

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    The Best and Worst of London's Pop-Themed Olympics Closing Ceremony

    Any teenage Anglophiles had their pop preferences justified last night during London's closing ceremony for the 2012 Olympics. NBC's "special correspondent" Ryan Seacrest had said the event would be "relaxed" and "fun," but that was an understatement. Held in an 80,000-seat stadium in London's Olympic park, was a nuttily playful, charmingly over-the-top spectacle, with a lack of self-seriousness or restraint that it's hard to imagine a U.S. hosted Olympics ever mustering — as NBC's predictably awkward coverage of the event drove home. The Who, the Spice Girls, Fatboy Slim, Russell Brand, Eric Idle, George Michael, Annie Lennox, the Kinks' Ray Davies, Oasis' Liam Gallagher, Jessie J, One Direction, Tinie Tempah, Taio Cruz, Queen's Brian May, and many other performers were on hand to extinguish the Olympic torch. Athletes from Michael Phelps to Usain Bolt were there, as well.

  • Merchandise's 'In Nightmare Room'

    Watch Merchandise's Perfectly Titled 'In Nightmare Room' Video

    Merchandise, one of SPIN's 5 Best New Artists for June, just revealed a North American tour that will keep the Florida "post-punk" band busy into October. The new video for "In Nightmare Room," off of Merchandise's excellent Children of Desire LP, sets the band's ominously textured melancholy (one layer of its artful blend of mopey '80s goth-pop with shoegaze and krautrock atmospherics) against grainy visuals we're told are inspired by an actual nightmare frontman Carson Cox woke up from last year.

  • Jens Lekman Adds Through Subtraction in Bittersweet 'I Know What Love Isn't' Video

    Jens Lekman Adds Through Subtraction in Bittersweet 'I Know What Love Isn't' Video

    Jens Lekman is looking for love using the process of elimination. Director Marcus Söderlund, whose style in videos for Lekman and other Swedish popsters has always relied on a lack of special effects, pares back even further in his winning new clip for the title track from the Gothenburg singer-songwriter-producer's new album, I Know What Love Isn't (due out on September 4 via Secretly Canadian, and one day earlier in the U.K. and EU via Service).The first video from the album, for the richly melancholic "Erica America," was minimal enough already, a single-take glimpse at Lekman and his band performing in front of a freight elevator. For "I Know What Love Isn't," Lekman and his accompanists only have a stark white backdrop, and Lekman doesn't even get around to lip-synching all of the lyrics (he does, however, find time for a charming twirl during the flute solo).

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    Aaliyah's Posthumous LP Really in the Works, Other Details Anybody's Guess

    You might be aware that on Sunday, Drake posted a new song featuring his own vocals over a previously unreleased Aaliyah recording, with production by the Canadian rapper-singer's usual partner Noah "40" Shebib. He also gave an interview where he said, "It's all off of an Aaliyah project that me and 40 are commanding … To get 13-14 new Aaliyah songs … everybody should be excited." On Monday, however, the late singer's brother Rashaud Haughton threw cold water on the idea, saying in a Facebook post that "there is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family." Not Aaliyah's immediate family, perhaps, but another relative has confirmed the project is underway.

  • Frank Ocean / Photo by Getty Images

    Frank Ocean's 'channel ORANGE' Now Has No Vinyl Release Date

    Frank Ocean brilliantly excelled at drumming up anticipation for his full-length debut album, the SPIN Essentials-stamped channel ORANGE. Remember the lack of interviews, the vague video pronouncements, or the way that, aside from a song or two, the Louisiana native managed to keep the whole album off the Internet until right when he released it, a week early, to accompany a spellbinding late-night TV performance? That's to say nothing, of course, of Ocean's nuanced and historic Tumblr post about loving a man. The downside of that leak-free, perfectly orchestrated digital release, though, might be a delay of channel ORANGE's arrival in the corporeal world. Sure, Ocean has probably held a CD of the release in his hands by now — recall that, as channel ORANGE was poised to make its debut at No. 2 on the charts, he acknowledged he hadn't actually touched a physical copy yet.

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    Muse Show Mother Earth Some Wub on Dubsteppy 'The 2nd Law - Unsustainable'

    When Muse said there would be a dubstep influence on upcoming sixth album The 2nd Law, the joke was on anyone who disbelieved them. Not, mind you, that the epically inclined arena rockers have changed their grandiose ways an iota. It takes a full minute and a half before the bass drops on "The 2nd Law - Unsustainable," which, as Seattle's 107.7 The End reports, has surfaced as part of a special for fans who pre-ordered the album. As the Skrillex-loving Brits previously confirmed, they replicate the wub Rage Against the Machine-style, with analogue equipment.

  • Lana Del Rey / Photo by Nicole Nodland

    Born to Leak: Hear Four Unreleased Lana Del Rey Songs

    Lana Del Rey's expanded "Paradise" edition of major-label debut Born to Die isn't due until November, but four previously unreleased tracks with her unmistakable voice on them have recently surfaced online (via ONTD). One is a splashy, Del Rey-sung version of "Ghetto Baby," the song she wrote for British pop singer Cheryl Cole's June album A Million Lights ("We're a match made in heaven," Del Rey raps). Otherwise, the most intriguing of the leaks on first listen is the trip-hoppy "Serial Killer," a stalker anthem with a textured, spacious production. Also leaked is the bluesy, "Sexual Healing"-quoting pop-funk of "Ooh Baby" and the talkie, weirdly obvious "Summer of Sam," both of which feel like shots that just somehow miss Born to Die's image-conscious hood-Lolita bullseye.

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