Marc Hogan



  • The Beatles, again

    The Beatles Finally Reissue Remastered LPs on Vinyl

    In 1996 Sean Connery thriller The Rock, Nicolas Cage's character spends $600 on a Beatles LP. When asked by a co-worker why he didn't just spend $13 on the then-popular medium known as compact disc, Cage responds presciently. "Well, first of all, it's because I'm a Beatlemaniac," he offers, deadpan as always. "And second, these sound better."Cage's character should be pleased on November 13, when, according to the New York Times, the Beatles' remastered stereo albums will be reissued on vinyl. EMI previously released remastered versions on CD and as downloads in 2009. The 180-gram vinyl editions of all 12 of the Beatles' British albums and their two-disc Past Masters set of singles and non-album tracks will be available separately or as a box set.

  • paramore haley williams

    Paramore's Former Members Look to Bury the Hatchet

    Paramore's split with founding guitarist Josh Farro and drummer Zac Farro was nothing if not messy. In December 2010, the band announced the brothers' exit after months of speculation. Josh said in a blog post that the band members had "always been treated as less important" than frontwoman Hayley Williams and criticized Williams' song lyrics as blasphemous. Williams revealed that much of the band's 2009 album, brand new eyes, addressed her failed relationship with Josh.Now, as Zac sets out with an atmospheric synth-pop solo project called HalfNoise, he has disclosed that the brothers are trying to patch up their differences with their former band. Asked about Josh's blog post, Zac told NME: "Josh definitely regrets being so emotional right after he left. He stands by what he believes, but he has tried to make peace with everyone in the band about that letter.

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    Axl Rose Hits L.A. Art Show With Cease-and-Desist

    Laura London, a Los Angeles-based photographer, has said she lived near Axl Rose in the Laurel Canyon neighborhood during the late '80s and early '90s, when he was with wife Erin Everly. The Guns N' Roses' frontman's tumultuous relationship with the daughter of the Everly Brothers' Don Everly is a matter of public record — they were married less than a year — and in a 2009 interview with Stay Thirsty Media, London said she snapped a photograph of graffiti Rose put on his garage after a fight. After filing the photo away for years, she said, she got the idea to create "a whole new series of images and portraits, constructed just inspired by that image."London is set to display her series in a new solo exhibit titled "Once Upon a Time...Axl Rose Was My Neighbor," opening September 29 at downtown L.A.'s Coagula Curatorial. Rose, it appears, isn't happy.

  • Green Day's '¡Dos!'

    Green Day Preview First 'Dos' Track 'Lazy Bones'

    Green Day's productivity belies their decades-old no-motivation lyrical themes. ¡Uno!, the first album in the pop-punk veterans' planned 2012-2013 trilogy, only just came out this week, but new material from November 13 follow-up ¡Dos! has already surfaced online. As fan site Green Day Authority points out (via Consequence of Sound), Green Day's version of the "Angry Birds" video game now includes a snippet of a straightforwardly new-wavey ¡Dos! tune titled "Lazy Bones." Despite all the activity, that "Longview" slacker vibe remains: "I'm too tired to be bored / I'm too bored to be tired," begins Billie Joe Armstrong. Maybe the currently rehabbing rocker wrote that one during tapings for his stint on The Voice.Listen here.

  • Yo La Tengo's

    Yo La Tengo Make Autumn Official With First New Music Since 2009

    Yo La Tengo are not afraid of you and they will beat your ass with gnarled-yet-tender lullabies that could turn the title of 1997's I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One quiet stunner "Autumn Sweater" into its own genre name.On Tuesday, the New Jersey indie-rock luminaries released their first new music since 2009's Popular Songs, in the form of the limited-edition Stupid Things EP. As Stereogum points out, the title track is now streaming via Spotify, and it's yet another low-key stunner from a band that, with the exception of 2003's slightly disappointing Summer Sun, has continued to put out all but unassailable albums while doggedly closing in on its 30th anniversary."Stupid Things" is firmly Yo La Tengo in their quieter mode, setting whispery vocals, filigreed electric-guitar leads, and angelically humming organ over a throbbing, krautrock-style rhythm section.

  • Bad Brains

    Bad Brains Honor Adam Yauch on First LP in Five Years

    The last time Bad Brains put out an album, the Beastie Boys' Adam "MCA" Yauch produced it. Yauch, who died earlier this year after a struggle with cancer, has even been quoted as calling the reggae-inflected Washington, D.C., hardcore band's self-titled 1982 debut "the best punk/hardcore album of all time." Now Blabbermouth reports Bad Brains will release their first studio album since 2007's Yauch-produced Build a Nation, to be titled Into the Future, on November 20 via Megaforce.Into the Future is set to feature Bad Brains' prime lineup of frontman H.R., guitarist Dr. Know, bassist Darryl Jenifer, and drummer Earl Hudson.

  • Brian Eno's

    Brian Eno Announces First Solo Album in Seven Years, 'LUX'

    Brian Eno is set to return this fall with his first solo album in seven years. The experimental pop icon, ambient pioneer, Roxy Music co-founder, and producer to rock royalty has announced that LUX will arrive via Warp Records on November 13 as a CD or download. A double-LP edition on 180-gram vinyl will arrive on December 11.Expect expansive ambience. Billed as "one of Eno's most ambitious works to date," LUX consists of a 76-minute composition split up into 12 sections, developed out of Eno's work for the Great Gallery of the Palace of Venaria in Turin, Italy. According to the announcement, the album explores the ideas and textures from such Eno landmarks as Music for Films, Music for Airports, and Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks.

  • Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga Strips to Promote Positive Body Image (And Maybe Her New Album)

    Well, Lady Gaga did say her 2013 album ARTPOP would be a "multimedia experience." You can tell the singer has hit album-promotion mode because we can't escape a day without her name in multiple headlines. A quick recap of the Mother Monster's goings-on lately: She got publicly tattooed and pretended to sleep at the premiere of an inscrutable yet obviously expensive commercial for her new perfume brand. She sparked up some free press from an idiotic New York politician by appearing to smoke weed onstage. She covered her #muslimrage bases and then some by wearing a burqa and fur while carrying a clutch bedazzled with the word "cunt."Now, Gaga has started a "Body Revolution" page on her website, posting what she says are unretouched photos of herself (in bra and underwear) and inviting her fans to do the same, as the Hollywood Reporter points out.

  • Rihanna's

    Hear Rihanna's 'Happy and Hippie' Lite-Pop Single 'Diamonds'

    Another year, another Rihanna album. As the Barbadian chart-dominator readies her seventh full-length since 2005, new single "Diamonds," which NME quotes her as calling a "happy and hippie record," has officially premiered on Rihanna's new album website. As that description — and the cannabis-themed cover art — suggest, the new single is relaxed and uplifting."You and me, we're like diamonds in the sky," Rihanna repeats over a galloping midtempo beat, enveloped by ersatz-orchestral synth swells. Lyrically, the implication is closer to Lucy in the sky than the blood-tainted "diamonds in the sky" on Kanye West's Late Registration consciousness-raiser "Diamonds From Sierra Leone." Then again, slick, soft pop like this is just as likely to soundtrack a laughing-gas trip at the dentist's office as any recreational home drug use.

  • Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift, to Play Joni Mitchell, Cites James Taylor on Non-Breakup Song 'Begin Again'

    Joni Mitchell met James Taylor for the first time after she played a show in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in early 1969, and they became romantically involved a little more than a year later, according to Sheila Weller's book Girls Like Us. "I think they saw a lot of themselves in each other," drummer Russ Kunkel is quoted as saying. "Both singer-songwriters, tall, handsome/beautiful, soulful, and talented."Taylor Swift can probably relate, right? Variety reports that Swift will play Mitchell in an upcoming film based on Weller's book, which follows the careers of soft-rocking Boomer icons Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Carole King. And her new "Begin Again" continues the theme of '70s A.M. Gold.

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