Marc Hogan

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  • Alexander Shulgin, ecstasy, dead, godfather, MDMA, psychedelic, molly

    Alexander Shulgin, Ecstasy's 'Godfather,' Dead at 88

    Alexander Shulgin, the pioneering scientist best known for introducing the drug known as ecstasy to the wider world in the '70s and '80s, has died. He was 88 and had been diagnosed with terminal liver cancer after several years suffering from various health problems. His wife, Ann, shared the news on a Facebook page for Shulgin.Though Shulgin didn't invent MDMA, the chemical compound in pure ecstasy, the Berkeley, California-based pharmacologist and chemist synthesized it in 1976. He started the love drug's move toward broader popularity when he introduced to Oakland psychologist Leo Zeff the following year. Zeff championed the drug to other therapists, who cheered its ability to increase a sense of intimacy and diminish anxiety among patients. Shulgin was a mainstay in the psychedelic community.

  • Jack White,

    Watch Jack White Perform Twangy 'Lazaretto' Song 'Temporary Ground'

    When not disparaging the Black Keys and Adele, and then backtracking from disparaging the Black Keys and Adele, Jack White is in the midst of his 2014 tour. The former White Stripe's current run of live dates began last week in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a set that included a Led Zeppelin cover as well as the live premieres of "Alone at Home" and "Temporary Ground," both from his June 10 album Lazaretto. Over the weekend the Third Man Records boss also headlined Houston, Texas' Free Press Festival, where a fan was able to get footage of the latter song, a woodsy, string-coated duet with the cutting lyric, "The old explorers had it easy / They discovered nothing new." Watch that above, via Stereogum, and below watch his performance of Lazaretto advance track "High Ball Stepper."

  • Charli XCX,

    Charli XCX Makes Amsterdam Go 'Boom Clap' in New Video

    It's about time for Charli XCX to have a huge hit under her own name. If it happens with "Boom Clap," the fault — or, more accurately, credit — could lie with new movie The Fault in Our Stars. The mastermind behind Icona Pop's "I Love It" is currently atop the Billboard Hot 100 as the scene-stealer on Iggy Azalea's The New Classic single "Fancy," but this "SuperLove"-worthy electro-pop burst sees her back on her own. The video goes between colorfully doodled-around shots of the British singer wandering through Amsterdam and dramatic footage from the film, which has a soundtrack that also features Lykke Li's downcast "No One Ever Loved." If "boom clap" is "the sound of my heart," as the True Romance-r belts out here, she shouldn't be alone in that particular cardiac condition.

  • Chris Cornell, Soundgarden, Marc Maron

    Chris Cornell Digs Up Soundgarden's Roots With Marc Maron

    With Soundgarden heading into a hectic several weeks, Chris Cornell has granted an extensive interview to Marc Maron for the interviewer/comic's WTF podcast.The Seattle alternative-rock icons release their 20th-anniversary Superunknown deluxe reissue on June 3. They'll play the album in full tonight (June 2) at New York City's Webster Hall; the show will air on Howard Stern's SiriusXM channel Howard 101 on June 13 at 10 p.m. EDT, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Soundgarden are also touring this summer with Nine Inch Nails. But Cornell is still bemused about his band's success."The idea that 'Black Hole Sun,' for example, could be this international hit single — have you ever read the words to it?" he told Maron. "It's not anthemic. It's extremely dark. It's very esoteric. It's stream-of-consciousness lyrics that I don't know what they mean.

  • Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl, 'The Usual Suspects,' eight songs, longest album

    Foo Fighters' New Album Might Be Longest Yet ... With Eight Songs

    UPDATE: NME reports that the Foo Fighters album will be out in November.Here's a new theory on how Dave Grohl has managed to maintain almost mythical levels of productivity over all these years: He might be Keyser Söze. The Foo Fighters frontman, discussing how the band's new music is supposed to relate to its upcoming HBO series, invoked the classic supervillain-reveal moment at the end of 1995 Bryan Singer film The Usual Suspects."It was tricky because it's not just a series, it's an album," the Nirvana drummer told The Hollywood Reporter's Shirley Halperin of the HBO show, to be titled Sonic Highways. "And so when you're sequencing the series, you're sequencing the album, so what do you sequence first? And how can you write the music before you shoot the episode? How do you know what the theme is going to be and how can you tell the story?

  • Drake,

    Drake Teases 2015 Album on James Blake-Sampling '0 to 100 / The Catch Up'

    Drake knows when to accelerate and when to ask for patience.

  • Mos Def, Yasiin Bey,

    Mos Def's 'Immigration Issues' Investigated, and a New Song

    BK. NOLA. Yasiin Bey, the rapper and actor also known as Dante "Mos Def" Smith, rasps those abbrevations for Brooklyn and New Orleans on "Let's Go," a triumphant, time- and distance-spanning collaboration with Louisiana production legend Mannie Fresh, who debuted the record in a video interview posted yesterday by NPR. It isn't clear when the project will see release — Fresh said a 10-track collaborative album with Bey was in the mixing stage as long ago as early 2013 — but aside from being a refreshing pairing of the Golden Age hip-hop purist and the party-starting former Lil Wayne beatmaker, the song also mentions a couple of places you might have thought Mos wouldn't be visiting for a while. On May 13, the music festival Together Boston wrote on its website that Bey wouldn't be performing at the event two days later as previously scheduled.

  • Skrillex, 'Transformers,' Diplo

    Skrillex Saving 'Craziest Skrillex Sounds' for 'Transformers' Movie

    Two unabashed blockbuster franchises are about to combine. Skrillex, whose America-ruling style of dubstep we once described as having "Transformers skronk," is contributing to a Transformers movie.As Billboard reports, he's handling sound design, and he says he has been coming up with "the craziest Skrillex sounds I could ever make." After the exploratory pop highs of the 26-year-old producer's new album, Recess, the possibilities for what a "Skrillex sound" can be are excitingly open, though sanity is still definitely optional.Futher details on Skrillex's impending involvement with Michael Bay's whizz-bang sci-fi action flicks are unclear.

  • Jack White, 'Lazaretto,' tour, kickoff, Led Zeppelin cover,

    Jack White Covers Led Zeppelin, Unearths Rarities in 'Lazaretto' Tour Kickoff

    Jack White's 2014 tour got underway last night at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and if the opening setlist is any guide, audiences this summer are going to be in for some surprises.The former White Stripes leader releases his new album, Lazaretto, on June 10 via Third Man Records/Columbia, and naturally he played a few songs from that. That includes advance instrumental "High Ball Stepper" and single "Lazaretto," plus "Three Women" (which he debuted live in Nashville for Record Store Day) and the live premieres of "Alone in My Home" and "Temporary Ground."But he also worked what Antiquiet calls a "lengthy snippet" of Led Zeppelin's 1969 "The Lemon Song" into "Steady, as She Goes," the 2006 single by White band the Raconteurs. He performed "You Know That I Know," an unfinished Hank Williams song the Third Man boss recorded for a 2011 compilation.

  • RESPECT Act, pre-1972 music, royalties, copyright, law, bill, Congress, Beatles, SoundExchange, Pandora

    Royalties Rumble: RESPECT Act Pits Classic Artists Against Digital Radio Providers

    When you're listening to vintage recordings on digital radio services, it makes a huge difference to the people who played on them whether they were made before or after February 15, 1972. If Pandora or SiriusXM play a track from, say, Lou Reed's Transformer, which he recorded that summer, his estate and the performers will get a modest royalty. But when Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" beams soulful grit across the digital ether, the Reverend gets a check only for his share of the songwriting. Clearly, he should've waited to cut the record until after Valentine's Day.The difference, as Billboard notes, amounts to hundreds of millions of dollars in the years ahead — money that will go either to digital services and their investors, or to performers and record labels.

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