Marc Hogan



  • Iggy Pop and Best Coast's 'True Blood' Garage Rocker Debuts

    Iggy Pop and Best Coast's 'True Blood' Garage Rocker Debuts

    Iggy Pop and Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino have collaborated on a track for HBO's True Blood, and the result is an organ-streaked garage-rocker about a subject one suspects is familiar to both. Available on iTunes now and airing on a July 8 episode, "Let's Boot and Rally" avoids vampire imagery — well, beyond the obvious idea of Pop drawing vitality from SPIN's current cover star — and focuses on, just, booting and rallying, you know? Co-written by KCRW DJ Gary Calamar and collaborator James Combs, it's not gonna make anybody forget Best Coast's excellent new album, let alone the Stooges — but it might help you block out the Stooges' instantly dated 2007 reunion album.

  • Pulp at Coachella 2012 / Photo by Chloe Aftel

    Coachella Threatens to Skip 2014, Relocate Over Proposed Event Tax

    Next year's Coachella could be the last in Indio, California, where the music and art festival has taken place since 1999. Indio's Desert Sun reports the festival's promoters are warning they will take the shows out of Indio if the city goes through with a proposed admissions tax. The proposal would put a tax of 5 to 10 percent on admissions to entertainment events with more than 2,500 in attendance. Promotions company Goldenvoice, which runs Coachella and the country-oriented Stagecoach festival, says that's a deal-breaker. "If the tax initiative of putting $4 million to $6 million onto Coachella gets on the ballot, we're going to take off 2014," Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett told the Desert Sun. "2015 we'll be at a new facility outside of Indio." At this point, the threat is merely hypothetical.

  • See Muse's Olympics-Themed Video for Olympics Theme 'Survival'

    See Muse's Olympics-Themed Video for Olympics Theme 'Survival'

    The video for Muse's official 2012 Olympic Games theme "Survival" has hit YouTube, and it's a montage of footage featuring athletes from previous Olympics. In keeping with the song's Muse-ly grand scale, the video has an expansive scope, spanning from black-and-white footage of long-ago sprints to more recent clips of beach volleyball, Michael Phelps, and, yup, dressage. The images are well-chosen, quickly edited, and should keep your attention throughout the five-minute anthem. "I'm gonna win," Matthew Bellamy theatrically repeats on the Queen-echoing mini-epic, as the athletes express the fuller array of emotions associated with sports competition. Again appropriately, the video ends with a torch, not a gold medal — the London games are still weeks away.

  • Nas

    Hear Amy Winehouse Sing on Nas' Serene 'Cherry Wine'

    Nas' upcoming album is titled Life Is Good, but the track that includes the title phrase carries a mournful undercurrent. On "Cherry Wine," the latest song to emerge from the rapper's 10th LP, due out on July 17, the late Amy Winehouse delivers a previously unreleased vocal. The posthumous collaboration is smooth and languidly paced, a contemplative complement to the take-no-prisoners rap of previously emerging album tracks such as "The Don," "Accident Murderers," and "Nasty." Salaam Remi, a longtime producer for both artists, sets out a gorgeous backdrop, with soft drums, nimbly gliding bass, jazzy guitar chords, sultry horns, and more. Nas, in a relaxed mode, waxes as gracefully about his ideal woman or his attempts at "quiet time" as he does elsewhere about gritty crime stories.

  • JEFF the Brotherhood Toss Us a 'Sixpack' in Slightly NSFW Clip

    JEFF the Brotherhood Toss Us a 'Sixpack' in Slightly NSFW Clip

    Apparently neither Obama nor Romney are going to come out in favor of observing July 4 on a Friday or Monday like Memorial Day or Labor Day, so we're humbly going to raise the suggestion here (in a way it's more patriotic, don't they see?!). In the meantime, JEFF the Brotherhood have unveiled a great way to kick off your Independence Day non-weekend. The video for super-catchy, fuzz-brained power-popper "Sixpack," from the Nashville duo's July 17 Hypnotic Nights — which, BTW, is produced by Black Keys singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach, and streamable here — is all about heading to the river with your friends on a summer day and just kicking back.

  • Jimi Hendrix / Photo by Getty Images

    Andre 3000 Can Cover Beatles But Not Jimi in Hendrix Biopic

    OutKast's André 3000 will cover the Beatles, Muddy Waters, and more on the soundtrack of All Is By My Side, the new Jimi Hendrix biopic being filmed in Ireland, Rolling Stone reports, citing producers. With the company that oversees Hendrix's estate refusing to give its blessing, movie makers have come up with a novel solution. The film will reportedly take place in London in 1966 and 1967, so Three Stacks will perform some of the same covers that Hendrix did during that early period. That includes the Beatles' "Sgt.

  • Nicki Minaj / Photo by Getty Images

    Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne Join Birdman and Rick Ross' 'Born Stunna (Remix)'

    Just as Kanye West and Pusha T are basking in the adulation for their new G.O.O.D. Music cut "New God Flow," their rivals over at Young Money and Cash Money Records have unleashed a star-studded track of their own, via IllRoots. Sure, nobody was exactly clamoring for a fully loaded version of "Born Stunna," Cash Money boss Birdman's grunging money-cars club-rap boast with Florida hip-hop action hero Rick Ross. But on this remix, YMCMB star Nicki Minaj comes out swinging, spitting a phrase that sure sounds like "fuck a Pusha" amid a strident, effects-clipped verse that invokes her "all these bitches are my sons" insult and brings out her cartoonish side with a classic '80s-baby-Disney closing reference.

  • Kanye West and Pusha T Declare Dominance on 'New God Flow'

    Kanye West and Pusha T Declare Dominance on 'New God Flow'

    Kanye West stole the next morning's headlines at Sunday's BET Awards, going a cappella in a moment of breathtaking ambition that recalled Lil Wayne seizing the same venue to declare himself hip-hop ("and I ain't dead, I'm alive") five years earlier. Now the full track, which samples its hook from Ghostface Killah's Supreme Clientele cut "Mighty Healthy," has emerged, and it's similarly bristling: G.O.O.D. soldier Pusha T delivering a ferocious lesson on hip-hop history, from Puff tough-guy Shyne to Tupac at Coachella (by way of an inevitable-for-Pusha-eventually yay-'Ye pun); West getting tied up a bit in his latest proclamation of greatness with name-drops (LeBron James, Notorious B.I.G., Martin Luther King, Rodney King, Whitney Houston, Richard Pryor ...

  • Pink

    Pink Raises Her Glass Again on 'Blow Me (One Last Kiss)'

    Over the weekend, Gotye dismissed exaggerated rumors of his death with a Pink-deprecating tweet. "I'm not dead. #Pinkalbumtitles," the singer-songwriter who's Australian for Sting wrote. The real Pink, who is also very much alive, is indeed prepping her first album since 2008's Funhouse, but let's not forget her 2010 Greatest Hits... So Far!!! compilation spawned two big hits in its own right ("Raise Your Glass," "Fuckin' Perfect"). And while Gotye has been standing around naked painted the same color as the walls, Pink has been, y'know, being a mom, so she has a pretty good excuse for any delay. "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)," the first single from the LP, has arrived, and while it might not fully satisfy those who love her past smashes like 2008 glam-rock romp "So What" or 2001 coming-out moment "Get This Party Started," it has hooks galore.

  • Damon Albarn

    Blur Debut First New Songs Since 2010 Live on a Rooftop

    Damon Albarn, during performances of his new opera, Dr Dee, looks down at the stage from the point of view of what the show's director recently described to the Economist as "a nation in decline." That's an often-missed distinction from the '90s Britpop wars between Blur and Oasis: Although both English band's mid-'90s albums draped themselves in the Union Jack, Albarn's songs often explored a nation's tattered promise, while the Gallagher brothers swaggered on as if the sun still never set on the British Empire. (It's probably no coincidence that Oasis had larger-scale commercial success on this side of the pond, where national exceptionalism remains a political article of faith.) The reunited Blur's live debut today of two remarkable new songs — their first since 2010 Record Store Day one-off "Fool's Day" — also bears consideration as art that reflects a diminished era.

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