Marc Hogan

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  • The Beatles / Photo by Getty Images

    Can't Buy Me Love: How $250K Netted 'Mad Men' a Beatles Tune

    On Sunday night's Mad Men, at the end of an episode involving the impossibility of licensing an actual Beatles song, creator and show runner Matthew Weiner pulls out a brilliant trump card: an actual Beatles song. And not just any actual Beatles song, but "Tomorrow Never Knows," the closing track on 1966's Revolver, and a recording marked by both John Lennon's Tibetan Book of the Dead-inspired lyrics and Paul McCartney's Stockhausen-informed tape loops. But this TV coup came at a steep cost: $250,000, according to separate reports by the New York' ArtsBeat blog and the Wall Street Journal, both citing unidentified people familiar with the deal Covers of Beatles songs are common enough over the airwaves, but as the episode, titled "Lady Lazarus," correctly suggested, to hear the Beatles' original studio recordings on TV is rare verging on never done.

  • Passion Pit

    Passion Pit Singer Steps Out on Crisis-Themed 'Take a Walk'

    Passion Pit have unveiled the first single from the Cambridge, Massachusetts-born electro-pop outfit's upcoming album Gossamer, due out on July 24 via Columbia. A stomping, politically charged anthem, "Take a Walk" suggests the biggest changes since 2009 debut Manners might have been behind the scenes. Frontman Michael Angelakos, who launched Passion Pit as effectively a solo project with 2008's Chunk of Change EP, gets sole billing in a press release announcing the new song, and his lyrics, now posed more prominently in the mix, signal an acknowledgement of the financial crisis and ensuing recession. Passion Pit actually premiered "Take a Walk" this past fall at the Moogfest in Asheville, North Carolina, although at the time we didn't know the song's title. The lyrics, which are posted online, suggest the tune could have been gestating even longer.

  • Big K.R.I.T.

    Big K.R.I.T. Goes '90s Retro for 'I Got This' Video

    What did Big K.R.I.T. know about Coachella's death-defying '90s West Coast rap reunion and when did he know it? In late March, the Mississippi rapper followed up his staunchly Dirty South mixture 4evaNaDay with the the triumphantly smooth G-funk homage "I Got This," anticipating the old-school Southern California style that had the most people talking after the unofficial kickoff to festival season. Now he's unveiled a similarly retro video for the track (set for June 5 Def Jam debut Live From the Underground), complete with blurred-out Michael Jordan jersey and school-overhead-projection intro music (via Nah Right). "Ain't nobody gonna block my shine," K.R.I.T. raps, echoing Big Boi's gorgeous Gucci Mane collaboration. Admire the chrome.

  • Animal Collective

    Stream Animal Collective's Bloopy 'Honeycomb'/'Gotham' 7"

    Animal Collective have a habit of oscillating between sweetly melodic accessibility and pull-up-the-drawbridges experimentation. One moment the Baltimore-born art-pop outfit might put out a widely hailed touchstone like Merriweather Post Pavilion, the next a droning droning Record Store Day 12" likely to drive away casual fans. Both aspects of Animal Collective can be found on the two sides of the band's upcoming 7" single, due out June 26 on Domino but streaming now, with production by the group and previous studio collaborator Ben Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Deerhunter). A-side "Honeycomb" has cartoon-like sound effects, bouncy electronic blips and bloops, and yawping vocals that appear to be conveying optimistic lyrics — something about the "impossible places" you can go in "your life" (shouts to Dr. Seuss?).

  • Rihanna Skips 'SNL' Rehearsal, Talks That Talk Anyway

    Rihanna Skips 'SNL' Rehearsal, Talks That Talk Anyway

    For all the tabloid-grade controversy Rihanna appears to delight in delivering, once she's up onstage, the mega-selling pop star is a seasoned professional. Right on cue, TMZ reports that Rihanna took the highly unusual step of skipping the dress rehearsal for her musical guest appearance on Saturday Night Live over the weekend, citing illness. True, she certainly didn't look ill in her performances on the show, though she didn't exactly look to be in need of more rehearsal time, either.

  • Gulp / photo by Mary Wycherley

    Hear Super Furry Animals Offshoot Gulp's Winning 'Game Love'

    Gulp is the latest project from Guto Pryce, bassist for '90s-spawned Welsh psych-rock psychopaths Super Furry Animals. Featuring Welsh songstress Lindsey Leven on bewitching lead vocals, "Game Love," is one side of a 7" due later this month on the group's own E.L.K. label. It's an amalgam of 21st-century electronic squiggles and vintage airy psych-folk, as contemporary as video games and as old as the hills. Leven sighs the title phrase over an extended sylvan groove, backed by SFA's Dafydd Ieuan on waltzing drums, and with meticulous mixing from fellow Furry member Cian Ciárán — all to sweetly hypnotic effect. Who says love is a losing game?

  • Birdman

    Birdman Trying to Sign Chief Keef to Cash Money

    Birdman isn't stopping at signing Limp Bizkit. The Cash Money CEO has also stepped into an apparent bidding war over the ever-buzzing Chief Keef, the Chicago rapper whose breakout song was recently blessed by Kanye West. Birdman keeps pressing on as a musician, too, most recently releasing a music video for his cameo-studded track "B Boyz." Birdman is looking to bring Chief Keef into the star-studded Young Money fold, MTV reports. "I like him, he kinda reminds me of us," Birdman is quoted as saying about Keef.

  • Slipknot / Photo by Nic Bezzina

    Slipknot Heading Into the Studio Next Year

    Slipknot will be taking their masks into the studio again in early 2013. The Des Moines-based heavy metal band's DJ, Sid Wilson, told the NME that the group would start recording at the start of next year as they work on their follow-up to 2008's All Hope Is Gone. Slipknot has been grieving the loss of bassist Paul Gray, who was found dead of an accidental overdose nearly two years ago. Slipknot will be on the road this summer headlining the Mayhem Festival tour with Slayer, Motörhead, Anthrax, and many more, and Wilson told the NME that Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor's other band Stone Sour, will be going on a tour of its own.

  • Coldplay on 'Idol'

    Watch Coldplay Hit 'American Idol' With 'Paradise,' 'Every Teardrop'

    Coldplay's refreshingly eclectic fifth studio album Mylo Xyloto is more than six months old, but the British rockers are in the thick of a North American tour that might just lead them to this summer's London Olympics. The big-tent British idols stopped by American Idol last night to perform two songs from their latest record, R&B-swinging "Paradise" and rave-pop "Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall." With a day-glo stage setup recalling band's own EDM-positive video for album highlight "Charlie Brown," Martin threw himself around the Idol stage like the seasoned arena hero he undeniably he has become. The viewers at home would've been forgiven for anxiously anticipating the results of that night's show (spoiler: the country singer went home) but at least they could enjoy a confetti-filled party while they waited, and they didn't have to sit through LMFAO.

  • Reptar / Photo by David McClister

    Watch Reptar's Trippy 'Three Shining Suns' Video

    "I don't want to lose you," Reptar singer/guitarist Graham Ulicny repeats sweetly on "Three Shining Suns," from the Athens-based electro-pop outfit's just-released Vagrant debut, Body Faucet. With bass-heavy production from producer Ben Allen (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Washed Out), the song is as uncanny and glistening as its title suggests, with an Afropop lilt suggestive of Vampire Weekend. The psychedelic woodland video extends the mysterious vibe to include dead bodies, magic rings, explosions, and other supernatural elements. It's a wild trip. Check out the accompanying music video, directed by Ross Brubeck.

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