Marc Hogan

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  • Animal Collective

    Animal Collective's Arthropod Overlords Announce New LP 'Centipede Hz'

    We welcome our new arthropod overlords. Animal Collective has announced they will be releasing a new album titled Centipede Hz on September 4 via Domino. The follow-up to 2009's Merriweather Post Pavilion will consist of 11 tracks, but it won't include the "Honeycomb"/"Gotham" 7" single the band unveiled earlier this month. In conjunction with the announcement, the Baltimore-born art-pop experimenters posted a brief teaser video. With sci-fi bleeps, Tron-style graphics, and robotic voices reading the track listing, it's at once quintessentially AnCo and something like a transmission from the centipede galaxy; "From us to you on Centipide Hz," reads blocky text at the bottom of the screen.

  • SpaceGhostPurrp

    See SpaceGhostPurrp Wander Miami in 'The Black God' Video

    The new video for SpaceGhostPurrp's "The Black God" invites a couple of relevant comparisons. The syrupy, horn-blaring midtempo track originally appeared on the Florida rapper-producer's God of Black Vol. 1, but these gritty black-and-white visuals come attached to the revamped version that will appear on his official debut album, Mysterious Phonk: The Chronicles of SpaceGhostPurrp, arriving June 12 on U.K. indie stalwart 4AD. What's more, the video shows SpaceGhostPurrp cruising around his hometown of Miami and hanging out with scantily clad women right after a similar but more extreme clip from his cohort A$AP Rocky. This incarnation of "The Black God" feels caught between the two worlds, between the mixtape's lo-fi casualness and big-ticket hip-hop's ostentatious opulence, in a way that's curiously appealing.

  • Azealia Banks

    Hear Azealia Banks' Calypso-Tinged Clapper 'Jumanji'

    Jumanji grossed more than $100 million in the U.S. alone. Was anyone else blissfully unaware of this? Released near the peak of Robin Williams' post-Mrs. Doubtfire, pre-Good Will Hunting '90s resurgence, this board game-themed movie (also starring a young Kirsten Dunst!) lends its title to the latest track from Azealia Banks. As MissInfo reports, the track will appear on the Harlem rapper's upcoming Fantastic mixtape and was produced by recent Kanye West collaborator Hudson Mohawke along with fellow U.K. electronic artist Nick Hook. "Jumanji" won't make up for all Banks' canceled live appearances this summer, but it's another promising example of her knack for combining agile filthiness with up-to-the-minute beats.

  • Thom Yorke

    Thom Yorke Inspires Puppet Dancing in Modeselektor's 'This' Clip

    "Watch me dance, I'm a puppet," Thom Yorke commands in "Up on the Ladder," from Radiohead's In Rainbows bonus disc. "You can almost see the string." Given the notoriously herky-jerk movements of the Radiohead frontman, not to mention his paranoid lyrical themes, it's almost hard to believe puppeteering hasn't been a more prominent idée fixe in Yorke's work. The ominous, mystifying, and masterfully orchestrated video for "This," one of Yorke's collaborations from Berlin electro-chimps Modeselektor's Monkeytown, brings the humble marionette to its rightful place in Radiohead lore (via Fact). One part Being John Malkovich, one part that episode of The Twilight Zone with the creepy "Talking Tina" doll, the video focuses on a hooded figure (sorry, Radiohead nerds — not Yorke) who makes a humanoid puppet do some pretty slick dance moves.

  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes

    Edward Sharpe Lead 'Man on Fire' Hoedown on 'Letterman'

    "A lot going on," David Letterman enthused after Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes' performance last night on Late Show. "A lot of music." The late-night TV host wasn't wrong: As a live proposition, "Man on Fire," from from the band's upcoming sophomore album Here (out May 29 on Vagrant), turns into an enthusiastic exercise in old-timey gospel-folk maximalism. Frontman Alex Ebert asks the world to dance with him, his "fire" and "desire" intonation evoking a bit of Johnny Cash; then he goes out into the crowd to dance with the world. There are so many instruments on stage that one appears to be a didgeridoo. All that's missing, in fact, is smoke. Check out our interview with Ebert about new album Here, um, here.

  • Rye Rye

    Hear Rye Rye's Slithery M.I.A. Team-Up 'Rock Off Shake Off'

    Rye Rye and M.I.A. are together again, this time in a tantalizing taster for the Baltimore rapper's May 15 debut album on nascent beer-bottle designer Maya Arulpragasam's N.E.E.T. imprint (via the Hairpin). Rye Rye was last seen in the colorfully creative video for insidiously catchy synth-pop romantic come-on "Boom Boom," but on scream-stabbed sidewinder "Rock Off Shake Off," she returns to the rude, raw vitality that first brought her to prominence. It's a chilly, minimalist nod to B'more club music, with a sinuous synth line and crushing low end. According to iTunes, where you can pre-order the deluxe edition of Rye Rye's Go! Pop! Bang!

  • Hear Foo Fighters' 'Million Dollar Demo' Tracks From 2001

    Hear Foo Fighters' 'Million Dollar Demo' Tracks From 2001

    In 2001, as drummer Taylor Hawkins was recovering from a near-fatal overdose of booze and painkillers, Foo Fighters went into the studio to record fourth album One By One. It did not go well, and the Foo Fightingest guy around, Dave Grohl, brought the sessions to a halt. "I don't think we were really ready yet," Grohl told SPIN in a candid 2002 cover story, after the album finally came out. "We basically made what Taylor called 'the million-dollar demos.' " As GrungeReport points out, two full songs purportedly from these "million dollar" sessions have now surfaced online.

  • Nigel Godrich / Photo by Samuel Dietz/WireImage

    Check Out Radiohead Secret Weapon Nigel Godrich's New Band Ultraista

    Fashionista. Clintonista. Recessionista? Sigh. Three years after Sting-backed Manhattan nightclub Socialista shut down, the adaptation of the romance languages' "-ista" suffix by English speakers has yet to run its course. In the case of Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich's latest band, Ultraísta, however, the source appears to be, y'know, actually Spanish: an early 20th-century literary movement known as ultraísmo, whose adherents included the great Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges. Not too shabby-ista. In addition to his longstanding work with Radiohead, Godrich has also produced Beck, Paul McCartney, and, more recently, Here We Go Magic. He's also a member of Atoms for Peace, Thom Yorke's band with the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea.

  • Danny Brown Raps Over J Dilla's Beats on 'Jay-Dee's Revenge'

    Danny Brown Raps Over J Dilla's Beats on 'Jay-Dee's Revenge'

    While some deceased music luminaries — well, so far just Tupac — rejoin us in hologram form, others endure in the form of their record collections. That includes the late British DJ John Peel, whose vast trove is gradually going online, or the late rapper/producer James "J Dilla" Yancey, whose personal crates were said to be on sale at a Detroit-area record store. J Dilla is like Tupac in another way, though, in that after his death in 2006, at age 32, he left behind plenty of material for posthumous releases. Detroit's own hip-hop eccentric Danny Brown has already rapped on one, 2009's Jay Stay Paid, and his latest work over Dilla's beats, titled "Jay-Dee's Revenge," has now surfaced, with an impressionistic video to go with it.

  • See Swizz Beatz' Star-Studded A$AP Rocky Collaboration

    See Swizz Beatz' Star-Studded A$AP Rocky Collaboration

    App makers must be salivating in hopes that Swizz Beatz inadvertently shares his contacts list by failing to read the terms-of-service fine print. The New York rapper-producer (real name: Kasseem Dean) enlists an impressive pair of rising stars, DJ-producer AraabMuzik and rapper A$AP Rocky, on "Street Knock," from his forthcoming Limitless mixtape. The flashy video goes one further, however, delivering cameos from basketball great Allen Iverson and a host of hip-hop veterans, plus the requisite expensive car. As the video's inclusion of a drum line confirms, AraabMuzik's twitchily propulsive style here isn't so unlike that of the One Man Band Man himself, while Swizz and Rocky trade ridiculous boasts with charisma to spare. It might be hard to pay attention to their lyrics while you're playing spot-the-rapper, though.

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