Marc Hogan



  • George Karl, Gucci Mane, ESPN, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z

    ESPN Analyst George Karl Is a Huge Gucci Mane Fan

    List-making, as any honest music writer will tell you, is an inexact science, at best. ESPN analyst George Karl may have shown up in your social-media feeds today for a particularly creative musical ranking, in this case of the former NBA coach's favorite rappers. No. 1 is Gucci Mane, which means the inmate working pro bono to free the Atlanta rapper has some competition for "biggest fan." Next up is — well, "are," but you'll see — "Tupac/Notorious B.I.G.," which fascinatingly lumps together two outspoken rivals as a single artist who is still somehow inferior to a guy with an ice cream face-tattoo. And then there's Jay Z, although his hyphen was intact in Karl's cable-TV segment yesterday.

  • Michael Jackson, 'Xscape,' child sex abuse

    Michael Jackson's New Album to Feature D'Angelo, Mary J. Blige

    UPDATE: Former the Time guitarist Jesse Johnson shared more information on Michael Jackson's Timbaland-produced posthumous album, Xscape. In a Facebook post, he wrote that he's contributed to a song called "H** ** *** *********e" that will also include vocals from D'Angelo and Mary J. Blige, Questlove on drums, Pino Palladino on bass, and Eric Leeds on horns.For all the sadness and legal drama surrounding Michael Jackson's death in 2009 at age 50, the King of Pop's passing tended to let music fans refocus on just that: his music. The darker allegations that shadowed Jackson throughout his later career were still there for those looking, but at the very least, well-meaning friends couldn't ask you anymore why you were buying stuff from an accused child molester.

  • Arcade Fire, Julian Casablancas, Lollapalooza

    Watch Julian Casablancas Sneak Up on Arcade Fire Onstage

    Julian Casablancas has joined Arcade Fire onstage. On April 1 at Lollapalooza Argentina (via Consequence of Sound), the Strokes leader wore a Reflektor-style giant mask as the Montreal indie-rock luminaries performed their new album's "Normal Person."Arcade Fire's Win Butler even gamely acted surprised, exclaiming, "What the fuck is this?" Once unmasked, Casablancas and Butler exchanged warm grins. Watch it above around the 1:29 mark.For Arcade Fire, the moment of mutual appreciation follows victory last month at Canada's 2014 Juno Awards. The band has also recently been caught on video covering Boyz II Men, Stevie Wonder, and Prince.Casablancas and his backing band the Voidz, meanwhile, have been playing new material and sharing an eight-minute video trailer.

  • Cure, Robert Smith, '4:13 Dream,' '4:26 Dream,' '4:13 Scream,' 2014 new album

    The Cure Plot Bewildering Array of New Old Music

    "As clearly and succinctly as I can," Robert Smith titles a new post outlining the Cure's 2014 release plans. He's done a good job, because those plans are hard to make clear or succinct.Essentially, in the coming months, the Cure hope to release a new version of 2008's 4:13 Dream, as the double album Smith says he originally wanted it to be. This will be a 26-track release, at least 10 of which will be previously unreleased. Based on the post, the title of this new package will be 4:26 Dream.At the same time, the Cure also plan to release a separate, single album, 4:14 Scream, made up of only previously unreleased songs. Some of these may overlap with 4:26 Dream.

  • Jack White 'Lazaretto'

    Jack White Unveils June Album 'Lazaretto' With 'High Ball Stepper'

    Jack White will be headlining no shortage of festivals this summer, and he'll have a new solo album to bring with him. The former White Stripes frontman will release Lazaretto on June 10 via Third Man Records and Columbia. The first single from the follow-up to 2012's Blunderbuss will also be called "Lazaretto," and it's on the way in April. For now, feast your eyes and ears on the blazing, spaghetti Western-ready instrumental "High Ball Stepper," which you can hear above while watching its accompanying video.A version of Lazaretto will also be available through Third Man's Vault subscription series. Vault Package #20 will be the only limited edition of the album available, according to the label's site. " Pressed on split-color blue-and-white vinyl and coupled with exclusive album art, this alternate presentation of the album is both insightful and deserving," Third Man writes.

  • Icona Pop, Ty Dolla $ign,

    Icona Pop and Ty Dolla $ign Host Bleary 'It's My Party'

    Lesley Gore's '60s smash "It's My Party" has enjoyed an odd sort of afterlife the past few years. Years before Robin Thicke was using up his 15 minutes with "Blurred Lines," the Canadian smoothie was reworking the Gore song's lyrical hook for the title track from his 2009 album Sex Therapy ("It's your body..."). Drake, on the title track from his 2011 album Take Care, had his own update ("It's my birthday, I'll get high if I want to"). There are other examples, for sure.Icona Pop's new team-up with Ty Dolla $ign might be the most direct recasting yet of the "girl group"-era original. It's still the "I Don't Care" duo's party, and they'll still cry if they want to, but there's a wastedness here Gore's song never quite implied — the mix of thudding electronics and chant-like vocals brings to mind a ratchet-R&B version of Sleigh Bells.

  • Michael Stipe Will Induct Nirvana Into Rock Hall

    Michael Stipe Will Induct Nirvana Into Rock Hall

    Check out the best moments of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 ceremony with Nirvana, Kiss, and more.The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the lineup of presenters and performers who will help induct the Class of 2014. Among the standouts is Michael Stipe, who will induct Nirvana.Other presenters include Bruce Springsteen, who will — somewhat unsurprisingly — induct the E Street Band. The Roots' ?uestlove will induct Hall and Oates. Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello will induct KISS Peter Gabriel will be inducted by Coldplay's Chris Martin, while Linda Ronstadt will be inducted by the Eagles' Glenn Frey, who formerly played in her backing band.As for the performers, Springsteen and the E Street Band are set to play, as are Gabriel and Hall and Oates.

  • John Frusciante, space, 'Enclosure,' stream

    John Frusciante's 'Enclosure' Album Is Streaming From Space

    John Frusciante has taken album-release stunts out of this world. Really. The former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitar ace's new album Enclosure, due out April 11 via Record Collection, is currently loaded into a satellite circling the globe, according to an announcement. Watch the satellite's launch above, and download a free mobile app to hear the full-length, Frusciante's 11th. The catch: The app will unlock the music only after the satellite passers over a listener's geographic area. The app also includes chat features so fans can talk to each other about the music. The preview runs through April 7.  For more, visit Frusciante's site, and stream the album's "Scratch" (without the use of satellites) below. And just wait until Wu-Tang Clan find out about this.

  • New Order,

    Watch New Order Debut Their First New Song Since 2005

    Finally, new music from New Order. The legendary synth-pop pioneers performed at Lollapalooza Chile on March 30, and, as Slicing Up Eyeballs notes, they performed a brand-new song being called "Drop the Guitar." The bracing six-minute track marks the U.K. band's first new material since 2005's Waiting for the Sirens' Call. New Order also recently played their predecessor band Joy Division's classic songs with Iggy Pop on lead vocals. Former New Order bassist Peter Hook, who has called the current New Order "lazy" for resting on their greatest hits, may need to find a new catcall (how about "drop the guitar"?).

  • Michael Jackson, 'Xscape'

    Michael Jackson and Timbaland Album Will 'Xscape' in May

    "Contemporize," man.That word, which appeared fewer than 100,000 times in a Google search as of this post, holds the fate of a new, posthumous Michael Jackson album. Xscape, a set of eight new "contemporized" Jackson songs with Timbaland as lead producer, will arrive on May 13 via Epic Records, the label announced today.The news makes good on Timbaland's hints last year he'd be overseeing a new project credited to the King of Pop. The collection also features production from Rodney Jerkins, Stargate, Jerome "Jroc" Harmon, and John McClain. A full track-list isn't yet available, but the title song is the only one updated by the producer who originally recorded it with Jackson, in this case Jerkins — who also co-wrote the track."Contemporizing" is Epic Records boss L.A. Reid's word for the process applied to the album.

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