Marc Hogan



  • Sleigh Bells Cover Beyonce, Queen B Is Still 'Irreplaceable'

    Sleigh Bells Cover Beyonce, Queen B Is Still 'Irreplaceable'

    Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable" is one of Those Songs. Like Aretha Franklin's "Respect" (with all due respect!), it's a classic tune originally written from the perspective of a man — in this case, co-songwriter Ne-Yo — but turned into something transcendent when sung by a woman. It piles winning idea on winning idea, from the "to the left, to the left" opening, which doubles as a dance-floor instruction and a mundane command, on to the "you was untrue" twist, right through to the soaring bridge, where the former Destiny's Child diva crows, "Replacing you is so easy." The end result is one of the 21st century's greatest breakup ballads, universal without resorting to the generic, and utterly unmistakable. Sleigh Bells' decision to cover "Irreplaceable," then, is totally welcome.

  • Adele

    Who Charted? Adele Slays WZRD, fun. Take Over Hot 100

    First! Adele's 21 is, once again, the No. 1 album on Billboard's Top 200, selling another 247,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Adele's album has now spent 23 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1, outlasting all albums from the SoundScan era. If 21 holds on for another week, it will tie Prince & the Revolution's 24 weeks at the top for 1984's Purple Rain soundtrack. So this is what it feels like when Adele comes close to breaking a record held by the album that includes "When Doves Cry." 2 Through 10: Adele triumphed in what, to be fair, was a pretty slow week. Whitney Houston's Whitney: The Greatest Hits clung to the No. 2 spot with 112,000, making it the highest-charting Houston's nine albums on the Billboard Top 200. Kid Cudi's rock-oriented WZRD project's self-titled debut was the only new entrant to the top 10, bowing at No.

  • Damon Albarn

    Damon Albarn Sheds Light on Folky 'Dr Dee' Solo Album

    Damon Albarn continues to make the rest of us look lazy. Let's recap: In the past few months, the Gorillaz maestro has joined forces with LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and OutKast's André 3000, reunited his old band Blur for the Brit Awards and an upcoming Olympic performance (along the way debuting a new song), and readied a March 27 collaborative album with Flea under the name Rocketjuice and the Moon. Oh yeah, and last year Albarn went to the Democratic Republic of Congo and recorded a benefit album. What's left? Well, on May 8, Albarn will release a new solo album, Dr Dee, an 18-track set that draws inspiration from the life of Elizabeth I's influential advisor John Dee.

  • Kid Cudi's WZRD Make Shaky TV Debut With Smooth 'Teleport'

    Kid Cudi's WZRD Make Shaky TV Debut With Smooth 'Teleport'

    Kid Cudi, in his WZRD duo with longtime producer Dot Da Genius, is a rapper making rock music, but that doesn't mean his new music has much if anything in common with new Young Money signees Limp Bizkit. It won't necessarily stop fans from begging Cudi to return to rap, though, either. On Conan last night, Cudi's WZRD made their TV debut, performing romantic ballad "Teleport 2 Me," from the group's freshly released self-titled album, and Mr. Rager was looking more like Mr. Smoothie. Which, to be sure, wasn't really a bad look. With thick, square-rimmed glasses, ripped jeans, and a blazer, Cudi shimmied slightly, a smile on his face, as he sang sweet nothings like "I want you, girl" and "I need your body." The duo actually performed as a four-piece, with not just guitar but keyboards and live drums.

  • Violens

    First Spin: Hear Violens' Jangly 'Der Microarc'

    On May 15, Violens will release True, the reverb-washed Brooklyn guitar-pop trio's first album for Slumberland. Like the previously posted "Unfolding Black Wings," our second taste of the record suggests the band is evolving from the dark-hued eclecticism of 2010s Amoral toward a shoegaze-y melodicism in keeping with new labelmates like Frankie Rose, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Crystal Stilts, along with other recent noise-popsters such as the Fresh & Onlys or Wild Nothing. Exclusively premiering at SPIN, "Der Microarc" emulsifies Zombies-esque harmonies into percussion-heavy jangle reminiscent of early Primal Scream. According to our trusty online translator, its title is German for "the Microarc," but you can make up your own meaning while having a listen: DOWNLOAD

  • Beach House

    Teen Dreamy: In Praise of Beach House's Sublime 'Myth'

    It's difficult to overstate how far the Baltimore-based dream-pop duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally has come. When Beach House's self-titled debut came out in fall 2006, the group was going on tour with a (still) little-known New Zealand band called Over the Atlantic. Hazy, understated lullabies like Beach House's "Apple Orchard" were vying for attention with other then-new material like Joanna Newsom's high-concept harp epics, Peter Bjorn and John's instantly catchy retro-pop, the Pipettes' '60s girl-group revival, and major-label debuts from both TV on the Radio and the Decemberists.

  • Let Bjork Invade Your DNA in 'Hollow' Video

    Let Bjork Invade Your DNA in 'Hollow' Video

    Björk, the ever-restless Icelandic auteur, incorporates education into artistry on her latest album, last year's app-based Biophilia. She recently held a residency at the New York Hall of Science, including workshops for school kids, and Biophilia's previous "Thunderbolt" video explores electricity, or at least its effects on hair. The latest video from the album, for the complex and panic-inducing "Hollow," is a collaboration with biomedical animator Drew Berry that gives a "partly scientific" depiction of the DNA-themed song, according to NPR, who premiered the clip. Björk sings of collapsing into an "abyss" of history via genetics, generation upon generation, and the microscopic 3D modeling of the video is as apt an accompaniment as any for the music's hair-raising electronic pulses.

  • Sufjan Stevens / Photo by Denny Renshaw

    Hear Sufjan Stevens' Auto-Tune Coo on Hip-Hop 'Museum Day'

    Sufjan Stevens' The Age of Adz is now a year and a half old, but the era of the Brooklyn singer-songwriter using Auto-Tune on his delicate, nuanced vocals isn't over yet. "Museum Day," which premiered on Pitchfork this morning, is the first taste of Stevens' upcoming collaboration with Anticon hip-hop experimentalists Son Lux and Serengeti as s / s / s, and the most immediately striking aspect is the Illinois-harvester's extended fling with robo-singing. From the March 20 Beak & Claw EP, the six-minute track also features classically trained composer Son Lux's lush, swooping electro-acoustic production and Serengeti's languid, conversational reminiscences on a field trip evidently spoiled by drugs. "I apologize for sloppy flow," Serengeti murmurs gently.

  • Tyler, the Creator Is a Baby in Odd Future's 'NY (Ned Flander)'

    Tyler, the Creator Is a Baby in Odd Future's 'NY (Ned Flander)'

    Hidilly-ho, Odd Future. No, the latest track from the L.A. rap crew's March 20 OF Tape Vol. 2 shows no obvious signs of a connection with the Simpsons goodie-goodie of its title, although Ned Flanders followers may recall he was raised in New York City by "freaky beatniks." Instead, "NY (Ned Flander)" continues on much the same track as the previously posted "Rella" video. Hodgy Beats' mustache and what appears to be the same stripteasing woman of his desire return, although this time the OF member is bald, fat-suited, and pill-popping, rather than Robocopping. Tyler, the Creator is back, too, as an infant this time rather than a centaur. After the last track's frenetic electronic din, this one features a minimal piano riff, as Hodgy growls about clones and Tyler's trademark offensiveness takes a stab at Penn State's sad, sad child abuse scandal.

  • Radiohead

    See Radiohead Play New Song 'Skirting on the Surface' Live

    It's a good thing Radiohead added an East Coast leg to their North American tour yesterday. At the rate the British art-rock luminaries keep debuting new songs, they're going to need every one of those extra 11 shows. Kicking off the tour late last month in Miami, Radiohead already showcased two previously unreleased tunes, the harmony-haunted anti-"messing me around" brooder "Identikit" and the strummy rocker "Cut a Hole." As Rock It Out! Blog observes, the full band performed another new song for the first time last night in Dallas, "Skirting on the Surface." Thom Yorke previously performed "Skirting on the Surface" as a piano ballad while on a 2009 tour with his star-studded Atoms for Peace side project. Last night, though, he took to an acoustic guitar, as the band fleshed out the midtempo song into one of Radiohead's signature moody, enigmatic compositions.

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