Marc Hogan



  • M.I.A.

    M.I.A. Tweets Hilariously About December Album 'Matangi'

    M.I.A. will be releasing her fourth proper album in December alongside a book, documentary, and art exhibition, the international pop provocateur revealed yesterday. The news came as part of a Twitter exchange with her online followers about the new LP, set to be titled Matangi. M.I.A. being M.I.A., the discussion was entertaining and hardly straightforward. Asked the LP's genre, Maya responded, "paul simon on acid" (not, sadly, "pop electrohop," the descriptor critic Robert Christgau also deployed yesterday). Asked about collaboration possibilities, including Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga, M.I.A. tweeted: "no collabs ! maybe its based on what they stand for.

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    Mumford & Sons Share First 'Babel' Track: Hear 'I Will Wait'

    The not-really-a-video video accompanying Mumford & Sons' new song shows the road endlessly moving beneath the camera. "I Will Wait" is the first taste of Babel, the British band's follow-up to 2009's Sigh No More, and it's definitely a son of previous Sons: a harmony-draped bluegrass-pop anthem, lushly arrayed with horns, banjo, and fiddle. But the road imagery isn't quite Dukes of Hazzard. "Touring so much and playing so many different kinds of places, especially big ones, affected how we hear ourselves as a band," Mumford vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Ben Lovett told SPIN recently about the new record, due out September 24 on Glassnote. The earnestly sung, unshowy lyrics suggest the challenges of keeping up a romance when there's romance in the life of a band playing a new city every night, too.

  • New List of Top Music Cities Is Unhelpful, Underrates Atlanta

    New List of Top Music Cities Is Unhelpful, Underrates Atlanta

    A decade ago, urban thinker Richard Florida published The Rise of the Creative Class, a hugely influential book arguing that information-age cities could boost their economic development by luring mobile, highly educated professionals. He encouraged cities to do what most of us would agree are Good Things: become more gay-friendly, support artists, expand bike accessibility. The problem, according to more recent essays critical of Florida, is there's no evidence the "creative class" actually creates economic growth.Which brings us to Florida's recent post on Atlantic Cities, a blog he co-founded, about the nation's "leading music centers." Florida unveils a study by his Martin Prosperity Institute think-tank colleague Charlotte Mellander, who uses data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis to rank the most music-centric metro areas.

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    See Green Day Play Tres New Trilogy Songs Live

    On September 25, Green Day will release ¡Uno!, the first of a scheduled three-album set between now and early next year. The Bay Area rockers have already shared one (uno) studio cut from the trilogy, the '70s-steeped "Oh Love," and they performed another handful of new material live last night at the Echoplex in Los Angeles. Green Day Authority points to fairly decent fan footage of buzzsaw soon-to-be shout-along "Nuclear Family" ("Can you hear the sound coming over the hill?" frontman Billie Joe Armstrong can be heard asking), blatantly Franz Ferdinand-like disco-rocker "Kill the DJ" (complete with ironic woot woots; not a Smiths cover), and a deceptively mild midtempo rocker called "Wild One" (does that droning guitar intro remind anyone else of Coldplay's "Yellow"?). One, two, three:

  • Brass Bed

    Brass Bed Take 'A Bullet for You' on Romantic Psych-Pop Tune

    Louisiana quartet Brass Bed just announced they'll kick off a new West Coast and Midwest tour on August 17 in Baton Rouge. The band's late-2010 album, Melt White, showed a knack for catchy, guitar-driven, vaguely twangy psych-pop that showed a clear affinity for the Elephant 6 collective — just try and get "Bums on the Radio" out of your radio-filled ears — and they've since tackled a Harry Nilsson covers EP as well as a set of mutual covers with fellow Louisiana group Feufollet. "A Bullet for You," the title track from Brass Bed's new three-song 7", is their best yet: a smoke-wreathed piece of pleading, romantic rock that explodes into a gnashing guitar solo redolent of post-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Wilco. "I've been thinking I could quit this," Christiaan Mader begins, his voice pinched and expressive.

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    Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Neil Young Playing NYC Charity Fest

    New York City has a star-studded new charity concert coming to Central Park on September 29. Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Band of Horses, and K'naan will be converging on the Great Lawn for Global Festival 2012, the AP reports. The festival aims to fight poverty worldwide. In keeping with the anti-poverty goal, event organizers aren't offering tickets the conventional way. Instead, the Global Poverty Project is holding a lottery of 54,000 tickets, which would-be attendees can earn by signing up through the Global Citizen website and taking certain steps. These actions can be as modest as signing petitions, making posts via social media, or making charitable donations.

  • Cat Power

    Download Cat Power's Tense 'Cherokee' and Dreamy Nicolas Jaar Remix

    Cat Power's got the beat. If there's a throughline between "Ruin" and "Cherokee," the two songs to emerge so far from Chan Marshall's upcoming Sun LP — her first original album in six years, due out September 4 on Matador — it's a confident embrace of rhythm and percussion. Sure, that's been the general trajectory of Marshall's overall career, from her halting lo-fi years to 2006's soul-swaying The Greatest. But the self-produced piano rock of these two songs, mixed by French electro-house vet Philippe Zdar, pulls no punches. It isn't slack; it isn't retro, either. Jay-Z and Kanye West, who sampled Zdar's duo Cassius on Watch the Throne, could easily be imagined rapping over this, too. Not that Marshall has abandoned the bruised vitality that powered her career-launching '90s albums.

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    Hear Bob Mould's Impeccable Power-Pop on 'The Descent'

    When Bob Mould played new solo song "The Descent" earlier this year in San Francisco, after performing his old band Sugar's Copper Blue album in full for the first time, SPIN contributor Barry Walters described it as "a quintessentially Mould-ian speedy and tortured love ballad." As the Daily Swarm points out, Mould has now posted the studio version of the song, from upcoming album Silver Age (due out on September 4 via Merge), and that description only rings more true — but it's a "love ballad" about music as much as any single person. Featuring Superchunk/Mountain Goats drummer Jon Wurster and bassist Jason Narducy of Verbow — a.k.a. the non-Britt Daniel members of new Narducy project Spl:t S:ngle — the song comes across as an inspired power-pop ode to, well, power-pop.

  • Members of Wisconsin's Sikh community look at a mug shot of Wade Michael Page / Photo by Getty Images

    Alleged Sikh Temple Shooter Was Frontman for White-Power Hardcore Band

    The man accused of killing six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Sunday morning had been the leader of a white-power hardcore punk band, the Southern Poverty Law Center has uncovered. Wade Michael Page, named in media reports as the alleged killer, was the vocalist and lead guitarist for a racist band called End Apathy, according to the civil rights watchdog. In a May 2010 interview, Wade said he started the Nashville, North Carolina-based band in 2005 "to figure out what it would take to actually accomplish positive results in society and what is holding us back." "A lot of what I realized at the time was that if we could figure out how to end people's apathetic ways it would be the start towards moving forward," Wade is quoted as saying.

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    Britt Daniel Has Another New Non-Spoon Band: Spl:t S:ngle

    Jason Narducy is an underground-rock lifer. The Evanston, Illinois, native was just a pre-teen when his band Verboten appeared in a Chicago punk-rock documentary called You Weren't There. His band Verbow with cellist Alison Chesley eventually hit the majors, releasing two sadly underappreciated albums of sharply crafted power-pop, 1997's Chronicles and 2000's White Out, before parting ways in 2002. Since then, aside from a harder-edged rock detour in 2004 as Rockets Over Sweden and a 2010 Verbow reunion show, Narducy has also been a member of the touring bands for Bob Mould, Robert Pollard, and Telekinesis. For Narducy's latest project, he'll be the one with the frontman-caliber backing band. Britt Daniel has been recording with Narducy, the Spoon frontman recently told Exclaim (via Pitchfork).

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