Marc Hogan

writer

Biography

  • Fiona Apple

    Hear Fiona Apple's First New Song in 7 Years: 'Every Single Night'

    Even for those of us who watched SXSW last month from our laptops rather than in person over the glow of our iPhone Twitter apps, Fiona Apple's performance was a revelation. The studio version of "Every Single Night," one of a small handful of new songs she sang in Austin, is a revelation in its own right. The first recording to surface from the open-vein singer-songwriter's follow-up to 2005's still-great Extraordinary Machine only refines the music-box-like intricacy of the live rendition, as Apple's expressive vocals alternate between emotion-wracked whispers and thunderous yawps that suggest tUnE-yArDs with another painful decade-plus worth of perspective. A song about an internal conflict, "Every Single Night" is also a recording in conflict with itself, as Apple's feral vocals threaten to rip apart their self-consciously rococo backdrop.

  • Action Bronson / Photo by Joel Frijhoff

    Hear Action Bronson's Delectable 'A Simple Man'

    Action Bronson stays in a narrow lane, but so far he keeps finding new twists and turns that bring him to bigger audiences without forcing him to veer off course. Actually, a better metaphor to mangle would have to involve recipes: A former chef, the Queens rapper draws endless comparisons to Ghostface Killah not only because of his raspy New York delivery but also because of his often-hilarious references to food. Fresh off the critical acclaim for his new Blue Chips mixtape, a collaboration with producer Party Supplies, has served up a fresh course. With a horn-haunted backing track at least partly based on Graham Nash's "Prison Song," "A Simple Man" is another no-hooks chance for Bronson to showcase his deftness with culinary wordplay, as well as drugs-and-sex humor sure to gross out a person or two. "There is no method to the Madness," Bronson tweeted.

  • Still from <i>Hit So Hard</i>

    See Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's 'Stinking of You' Duet

    Hit So Hard, a documentary detailing former Hole drummer Patty Schemel's descent into drug addiction, debuted more than a year ago. Now, as Antiquet points out, footage from that film of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love singing a never officially released song called "Stinking of You" has finally surfaced online. Keep your expectations in check, because the acoustic duet barely lasts more than a minute, but it's a refreshingly playful snapshot of the former Nirvana frontman and the Hole frontwoman, who recently reunited the classic lineup of her band, in happier times. Keep an eye out for shots of Foo Fighters' Pat Smear and a cute clip of Cobain playing with baby daughter Frances Bean Cobain. "Is this a Genesis dance?" Kurt cracks. "No, it's a hippie dad dance," Love shoots back. By tomorrow we'll probably be talking about something crazy involving Dave Grohl again, but for now: aww.

  • Lana Del Rey

    Lana Del Rey Sings on Spanish TV, Drops 'Carmen' Video, Grows More Mysterious

    Lana Del Rey, after a promotional blitz that saw her performing songs from Interscope debut Born to Die on Saturday Night Live, Late Show With David Letterman, and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, has been uncharacteristically coy lately. A few weeks ago, a video teaser for a collaboration with fellow Internet-to-major phenom A$AP Rocky made the usual online rounds, but the finished track has yet to surface; in the meantime, she's been performing on European TV and piecing together new YouTube videos. Del Rey's flirtations with the limelight may signal a change from her earlier embrace of it, but they also ensure her meta story keeps growing only more fascinating. How can her actual musical output compete? Del Rey's recent appearance on Spanish TV's Buenas Noches y Buenafuente (via Oh No They Didn't) illustrates her unusual predicament.

  • Chris Baio

    Hear Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio Go Solo on 'Tanto'

    In written music, "tanto" means, literally, "too much." Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio's solo track of the same name joins a trend, of indie rockers making sunny electronic dance music, that threatened to become too much a couple of years ago but now seems potentially inexhaustible. From Baio's three-song Sunburn EP, due May 21 on Greco-Roman, "Tanto" unfurls patiently over six-plus minutes — a comparison to a beach blanket would be a stretch, but it gives you an idea — as finger-snaps, chopped-up steel drums, and the "tanto, tanto" vocals of Chilean kindred spirit Matias Aguayo float over a rigid bass pulse. Closer to the blissed-out Balearic disco of John Talabot or Blondes than the guitar-and-lyrics dance-rock hybrids of Delorean or Tanlines, "Tanto" nevertheless shows you never can have too much endless summer.

  • Liars

    See Liars Get Kidnapped in 'No. 1 Against the Rush' Video

    Liars have changed styles over the years, and they've moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles with a stop in Berlin, but darkness has a way of following them. The art-rock trio's sixth album, WIXIW, is due out on June 5 via Mute Records, and its first video selection, "No. 1 Against the Rush," is tantalizingly ambiguous about the new record's trajectory. The video, directed by previous No Age and Kurt Vile collaborator Todd Cole, stays firmly in the David Lynch-ian shadows (via Quietus). "Shut the fuck up back there." That's the only line of dialogue in the bleak clip, in which a villainous middle-aged man kidnaps and looks all set to asphyxiate the members of Liars.

  • Usher

    Usher's Diplo-Produced 'Climax' Rises Again in Remixes

    Usher's latest single, "Climax," which just became the smooth singer's 12th R&B chart-topper, promises a climax that never comes, and in so doing keeps ratcheting up the delayed gratification to achieve something even more cathartic. Who knows, maybe he's been hanging out with Sting. He's definitely been palling around with Diplo, who produced the dubstep-kissed slow jam, as well as Nico Muhly, who arranged the strings for it. After showing itself in a new light in an anguished, violence-threatening video, the song has now ascended to a new phase of climactic non-climaxes: It's the remix, baby. A remix contest is already underway, and the winners, who will be selected by Usher and his team on June 18, get a chance to hang out with the pop star himself.

  • Snoop Dogg / Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty

    Chronic Youth: Celebrate 4/20 With Snoop Dogg's 'Stoner's Anthem'

    Snoop Dogg, of all people, knows what day it is, and he doesn't beat around the proverbial not-quite bush in his latest video (via Yardie). "Stoner's Anthem," from Snoop's new digital-only Stoner's EP, is a predictably laid-back ode to, well, guess what, with a playful reference to Cee-Lo (Green, get it?) and the mind-expanding revelation that James Brown convinced Compton's mellowest not to cut his hair. Speaking of which, the simple visuals show Snoop hanging out in a yellow T-shirt and a hairnet, smoking, while the gratuitous displays of his healthy stash amount to weed porn. Calvin Broadus might have been somewhat overshadowed last weekend at Coachella by a projection of the late Tupac, but he'll be at it again on Sunday night — all the more reason for fans in the Indio, California, desert to stretch their supplies a couple more days.

  • Feistodon Cometh! Hear Feist and Mastodon Cover Each Other

    Feistodon Cometh! Hear Feist and Mastodon Cover Each Other

    Feistodon is here, and as you might have guessed, it's a beast. Feist and Mastodon's covers of each others' songs, available as a 7" single for Record Store Day this Saturday (and featuring some thoroughly badass cover art), have surfaced online, via Listen Before You Buy. Who'da thunk: The Canadian singer-songwriter makes aggressive The Hunter pummeler "Black Tongue" her breezy, bouncy own, albeit with more than her usual grit, while the Atlanta metalheads do similarly with Feist's off-kilterer-than-usual Metals (hey!) racket-maker "A Commotion," seizing on the song's insistent pulse and throttling it half out of its mind. "The grudge has still got your heart," the prehistoric fellas repeat, maybe a touch more sweetly than usual. Match made.

  • R. Kelly

    R. Kelly Cordially Invites You to 'Share My Love'

    A third installment of the one-of-a-kind music-video saga Trapped in the Closet isn't the only sequel R. Kelly has in store for us this year. The powerful-voiced R&B singer-songwriter and recent Future collaborator has confirmed he's also working on a follow-up to 2010's fantastic Love Letter, which will apparently be titled Write Me Back. "Share My Love," the first single, first surfaced online in February, but its lighter-than-air positivity — and overwhelming reproductive urges — could hardly be a better fit for spring. The song now has a suitably celebratory video by hip-hop veteran Director X, last seen overseeing Drake's second bar mitzvah. Kellz, wearing dark shades and expensive-looking finery, sings and dances in front of sparkling lights, as other well-dressed people enjoy a lavish cocktail reception.

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