Marc Hogan

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  • Beck

    Why Beck Debuting Songs Via Video Game Is Very (Recent) Beck

    Beck is contributing three new original songs to the music-oriented video game Sound Shapes, an announcement today that fits in perfectly with Beck's recent release habits. Three full-length, unreleased tracks from the shape-shifting Los Angeles singer, rapper, and songwriter, titled "Cities," "Touch the People," and "Spiral Staircase," will appear as interactive levels of the game. Due out on August 7 for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, the title also includes playable original music by electronic producer Deadmau5, singer-songwriter Jim Guthrie, and indietronica artist I Am Robot and Proud.

  • Danny Brown / Photo by Ian Witlen

    Danny Brown and AraabMuzik Show Off Ridiculous Talent on Impromptu 'Molly Ringwald'

    "You can tell when people are making shit for you to like," Danny Brown said in an interview previewing his collaboration with producer AraabMuzik, "and I hate that." Instead, the XXX rapper and the walking MPC advertisement stay true to their respective styles on "Molly Ringwald," which surfaced in full last night. There's the ferociously talented Brown, with his distinctively cartoonish voice, coming out swinging hard like a champion boxer with his usual sex and drugs talk; lyrics that jump out on early listens involve Rocawear's datedness, "freaking"-friendly early-'90s R&B (though might Brown mean to say Silk? Jodeci's "Freek'N You" didn't come out until '95), and Colbert Report fellatio. AraabMuzik sets one of his characteristic gothic-dystopian electronic backdrops, pummeling and ominous. It's all over in a little more than two minutes, and there are no hooks.

  • Best Coast's Fleetwood Mac Cover Leads Busy Night for Late-Night TV

    Best Coast's Fleetwood Mac Cover Leads Busy Night for Late-Night TV

    Fleetwood Mac comparisons are inherently overblown. The Los Angeles pop-rockers' luxurious legend and staggering sales belong to another era; groups held up to them, from Rilo Kiley to Best Coast, deserve to be taken (or not) on their own unique merits. The Mac's Stevie Nicks-led "Storms," though, a deep cut from 1978's famously coke-hollowed double-LP Tusk, casts Bethany Cosentino in an appropriately bewitching light: No one, after all, slams Stevie for being overly codependent in her songs. Cosentino, who appears on SPIN's latest cover alongside Wavves' Nathan Williams, sang "Storms" last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon like it was one of her own songs. And it almost could've been: Best Coast's excellent, Jon Brion-produced new album, The Only Place, shines with sunny Southern California imagery, but as on L.A.

  • President Obama sings Green

    Romney Ad Mocks Obama's Al Green Cover, Gets Hit With Takedown Notice

    Al Green hasn't released a new album since 2008's Lay It Down, but the soul great has been having a hell of a year. In January, President Barack Obama sang 10 seconds of Green's 1971 hit "Let's Stay Together," single-handedly saving the music business. This week, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney responded to an Obama ad that features the former Massachusetts governor's rather pitchy "America the Beautiful" by running an ad depicting Obama's surprisingly solid Green rendition. As tech blog Ars Technica points out (via the Daily Swarm), though, the Romney YouTube ad has been hit with that common, dreaded sight: a copyright takedown notice. The ironing is delicious. The saga of Obama's brief yet weirdly long-lived Green cover wouldn't be complete, however, without a couple of further twists.

  • Jenny Lewis' Post-Rilo Kiley Plans: Movie Score, Solo Work

    Jenny Lewis' Post-Rilo Kiley Plans: Movie Score, Solo Work

    A year after Rilo Kiley revealed its breakup, lead singer and songwriter Jenny Lewis has various new musical endeavors in the works, TwentyFourBit points out. She's composing the score and serving as music supervisor for a new movie called Very Good Girls. She has also been recording new songs, and a fan recently captured video of her playing one new tune live. Another ongoing project: a Rilo Kiley B-sides album. First, the movie: As Indiewire reports, Very Good Girls marks the directorial debut of Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal, who wrote the screenplays for Bee Season and Losing Isaiah. Lewis' dual role as composer and music supervisor suggests the soundtrack might feature some of her musical kindred spirits — maybe fellow Saddle Creek vets Bright Eyes?

  • Chemical Brothers

    Hear Chemical Brothers' Olympics Track 'Theme From Velodrome'

    Daft Punk might get all the retroactive glory, but Chemical Brothers' head-busting approach to electronic dance music remains as clear an heir as any for the recent North American block-rockin' beats revolution. Ask anyone who's seen them live. Given this increasingly global legacy, it's only fitting that the Manchester duo contributed a track for the 2012 London Olympics — all the more so when considering their selection is tailored specifically for the Olympic cycling venue, evocatively known as the velodrome. Premiered last night on BBC Radio 1 (via 107.7 the End), the Chems' "Theme From Velodrome" is more grandly orchestral than most of their best work, which SPIN contributor Chuck Eddy once described as "sounding like when you're riding your bike and a car passes by really fast blasting hip-hop really loud," but it's no less appropriate for a techno-futuristic tour-de-synths.

  • Deadmau5

    Deadmau5's Nine Inch Nails Remix Is Surprisingly Subtle

    Joel Zimmerman isn't resting on his piles of OMG-EDM-is-taking-over think pieces. When not going on refreshingly honest rants or picking short-lived pop-star fights, the Candian producer known as Deadmau5 has been stepping beyond expected stereotypes. Take the amniotic dubstep of his Mau5trap imprint's latest release by Foreign Beggars, for instance. Deadmau5's newly surfaced remix of Nine Inch Nails' "Survivalism," a manic electro-rocker originally from 2007's Year Zero, is only Zimmerman's latest meaningful cross-genre hybrid, following a theatrical team-up with My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way and an, OK, somewhat less surprising guest verse from Cypress Hill. Rather than, say, add a stomping club-pop backing track a la latest video selection "The Veldt," though, the 'mau5 actually, well, carves out more space — and more room for foreboding — on the seething NIN track.

  • See Antibalas Occupy Wall Street in Puppet-Filled 'Dirty Money' Video

    See Antibalas Occupy Wall Street in Puppet-Filled 'Dirty Money' Video

    The tirelessly funky Afrobeat evangelizers of Antibalas have played at Carnegie Hall and Rikers Island. They've played, individually or as a group, with Amy Winehouse, TV on the Radio, Iron and Wine, Mark Ronson, the Roots, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Angelique Kidjo, David Byrne, Ornette Coleman. Their trombonist, Aaron Johnson, oversees the music for the hit Broadway musical Fela!. As the band preps its upcoming self-titled album, however, due out August 7 via Daptone Records, they're only just now releasing their first official video. Directed by brothers Ben and Jon Fine, the clever clip for "Dirty Money" follows Muppet-like characters through the aftermath of the financial crisis. Antibalas lead singer Amayo looks down from a helicopter as the band delivers some intensely limber grooves.

  • No Doubt's Japanese-Inspired 'Settle Down' Video Brings It All Back Home

    No Doubt's Japanese-Inspired 'Settle Down' Video Brings It All Back Home

    Dekotora, a Japanese trucker subculture that painstakingly converts big rigs into art via a lights, murals, and insanely elaborate interiors, is a welcome jumping-off point for No Doubt's reunion video. First documented in the '70s movies Truck Guys, these drivers take something inherently commercial and spend years (and fortunes) to make it both wildly entertaining and aesthetically rich.

  • R. Kelly Knows He's Funny, Goes Broadway in 'Feelin' Single'

    R. Kelly Knows He's Funny, Goes Broadway in 'Feelin' Single'

    Part of the reason so many rock-oriented listeners tend to misunderstand R. Kelly has to do with a crucial difference between rock and pop, or at the very least, rock and R&B. So much art-rock can be serious to a fault — think Radiohead, a great band so unrelentingly dour that it was newsworthy when Flying Lotus recently told Rolling Stone that Thom Yorke cracks jokes. Kelly, by contrast, is a consummate entertainer who's unafraid to showcase his tremendously supple voice, tap into all-too-real emotions via immaculately constructed songs, and act a fool — sometimes all at once. Forget "Trapped in the Closet": Watch him donning opera garb for "Feelin' on Yo Booty," from the R. Kelly Live! - The Light It Up Tour concert doc, and you'll understand why attempts to parody the Pied Piper of R&B are embarrassingly clueless. The R.

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