Marc Hogan



  • 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.

  • Damon Albarn,

    Damon Albarn Shares Two New Songs in 38-Minute Mix

    Last week, new Damon Albarn comments about his past heroin use surfaced. The subject came into focus as a result of a song from the Blur/Gorillaz/etc. leader's April 29 solo album, Everyday Robots, titled "You and Me," which contains a lyric directly describing a "five days on, two days off" habit with the drug. Now, Albarn has shared that track and another, non-album song dubbed "Electric Demo" as part of a 38-minute mix for FACT. Made with Remi Kabaka and Suzi Winstanley, the mix ranges from Matias Aguayo to 2Pac, by of Henry Mancini.Stream/download here.1. Joaquin Phoenix - Intro; “Dog Harp Fireworks”2. Erykah Badu - "Strawberry Incense"3. The Guinness Cassanovas - "Stormy"4. Matias Aguayo - "El Sucu Tucu"5. Damon Albarn - "Electric Demo"6. East Side Symphony - "Hot Pants Road"7. Henry Mancini - "Lujon"8. Prince Charles and The City Beat Band - "Cash (Money)"9.

  • Sam Smith, 'Saturday Night Live,'

    Watch Sam Smith Croon to Conquer on 'Saturday Night Live'

    Sam Smith got his biggest stateside look yet this weekend on Louis C.K.'s episode of Saturday Night Live, and he didn't disappoint. Smith, who has previously performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and with Disclosure on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, belted out his tender new ballad, "Stay With Me," backed by a gospel choir. He also performed "Lay Me Down," showcasing his creamy vocals backed by piano and cello. Smith's debut album, In the Lonely Hour, arrives May 26 via Capitol. He follows the National on SNL, with Pharrell Williams set to perform on an April 5 episode hosted by Anna Kendrick. 

  • Trent Reznor, Pono, Neil Young

    Trent Reznor Has the Perfect Dis for Neil Young's Pono

    Trent Reznor has a way with memorable kiss-offs, and that talent has carried over to the streaming wars. The Nine Inch Nails frontman, who earlier this year followed a Grammys-ending performance with a  "tweeted "fuck you" to "music's biggest night," has turned his considerable firepower toward Neil Young. "Anything that elevates music back to where it should be is inherently cool," Reznor told NME of Young's Pono music offering. "I have great admiration for Neil Young as an artist. But as a device I can't pretend it doesn't look a bit like a Toblerone." Sure, Reznor is on board with another music service, Beats Music, and Young has been pitching Pono based on a lot more than its appearance, but it's a helluva dis. And it's still more polite than what people used to say about Microsoft's failed iPod killer, Zune.

  • Gruff Rhys,

    Watch Gruff Rhys' Psychedelic Journey Into 'American Interior'

    In the late 18th century, a young man from Wales named John Evans ventured to America to search for the mythical Welsh-speaking descendants of a prince who, according to legend, had reached the continent centuries earlier to get away from the English. As improbable as it sounds, Evans' story is true. Welsh singer and songwriter Gruff Rhys' retracing of Evans' patch on a 2012 your serves as the inspiration for the Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon frontman's new multimedia project, American Interior. The album is out May 5 — preorder here or here — and now we have the video for the title track. It's an appropriately acid-stained exploration of what used to be the American frontier, set to Rhys' expertly warped, wide-eyed psych-pop. How do you say "Manifest Destiny" in Welsh?

  • Jo Milne, 40-year-old deaf woman, John Lennon,

    First Song 40-Year-Old Deaf Woman Hears Is John Lennon

    And you thought Mr. Holland's Opus was a tear-jerker (don't worry, we won't tell). Jo Milne, a 40-year-old British woman who has been deaf since birth, is finally able to hear thanks to cochlear implants, and you can watch her incredibly emotional first listening experience above, via Gawker. Although not captured in the video, the first music Milne heard was John Lennon's "Imagine," which must've been quite a moment.Awesomely, BBC6 Music's Memory Tapes has compiled "An Introduction to Music" playlist for Milne, which is loaded with plenty of music SPIN loves. Check it out below. "The switch-on was the most emotional and overwhelming experience of my life and I'm still in shock now," Milne told the Newcastle, U.K. Journal.

  • Best Coast,

    Let Best Coast Surround You in 'Baby I'm Crying' Live Video

    Best Coast have shaken away the sandy grit of the Southern California duo's early singles a little more with each release, but they've probably never gone as far from lo-fi as in their latest video. Directed by Ryan Reichenfeld, the clip uses "binaural" audio recording technology — that means headphones put within a mock-up human head to simulate the 360-degree sounds of actually being in the room. Watch Bethany Cosentino, Bobb Bruno, and their band perform lonesome, country-streaked plaint "Baby I'm Crying," from last year's Fade Away mini-album — and listen to LiveAudio's spiffy technology — above (via Dazed). For another recent example of 360-degree sound, plus interactive visuals, see Beck's cover of David Bowie's "Sound and Vision."

  • Beyonce, Jay Z,

    Watch Jay Z Join Beyonce for 'Drunk in Love' Tour Finale

    When Beyoncé announced her "Mrs. Carter Show World Tour," in February 2013, officials had yet to rule out the possibility her performance blew the lights out at the Super Bowl a day earlier. Since then, she has taken her pop dominance to new heights with last December's surprise, self-titled "visual album." Meanwhile, the tour has brought Queen Bey across four continents, with 132 shows. The last came March 27 in Lisbon, Portugal, and as Miss Info points out, husband Jay Z joined her for their celebration of boozy marital bliss, "Drunk in Love," affectionately reprising the couple's 2014 Grammys performance (watch fan footage above). Did we say "serfbort" yet? Serfbort.

  • Avicii, Afrojack, illness, hospital, Miami, Ultra

    Avicii and Afrojack Fight Health Problems in Miami

    It's an unlucky time to be a superstar DJ. As Miami Music Week speeds to its conclusion with this weekend's Ultra Music Festival, top performers are dropping like so much sub-bass. Avicii and Afrojack lead the list of the Florida festivities' latest victims.Avicii, coming off of last year's Essential album True, was scheduled to perform last night (March 27) at Miami Beach's SLS Hotel. According to TMZ, the Swedish DJ suddenly fell ill, missed the show, and went to the hospital for a number of hours before being discharged. A member of Avicii's team confirmed to the Miami New Times that the "Wake Me Up" hitmaker did indeed fall ill, but other details remain unclear at the time of this post. He's scheduled to headline the main stage at Ultra.Separately, Afrojack took his own trip to the hospital.

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