Marc Hogan

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  • Lana Del Rey,

    Hear Lana Del Rey's Smoldering 'West Coast'

    Lana Del Rey performed a new song, "West Coast," over the weekend at Coachella, and now the track is streaming online (below). Where a previous track to emerge, "Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight," carried splashes of slow-mo disco, this one is consummately LDR: an atmospheric, swaying appropriation of Americana tropes. "Ooh baby, ooh baby, I'm in love," Del Rey purrs between images from a sort of Madison Avenue Manifest Destiny — silver starlets, lit Parliaments, rock'n'roll — all set to an endless looped video of a walk on the beach. Her new album Ultraviolence, which involves the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, should be here soon. Along with the follow-up to 2012's Born to Die, she also recently recorded "Once Upon a Dream" for Sleeping Beauty update Maleficent. A North American tour is underway.

  • Disclosure, Friend Within,

    Disclosure Get in Their House Zone With Friend Within on 'The Mechanism'

    Disclosure showcased a track by British producer Friend Within last fall on their BBC Essential Mix, and now they've shared a collaboration. The impact from the U.K. dance/pop duo's Essential 2013 album Settle has yet to, er, settle, as they're playing a prime spot at Coachella this weekend. According to Pitchfork, Dislcosure and Friend Within's "The Mechanism" will be out at the end of this month via PMR. It's percolating house with emphatic spoken-word samples recalling Settle's recently Vic Mensa-flipped "When a Fire Starts to Burn."  "Once you know it's coming, stay in the zone," a voice insists. Hear what happens when you let Disclosure get in their zone below, and if you're in Detroit, listen to a guest DJ set at 2 a.m. local time tonight — okay, technically tomorrow morning — on 98.7 AMP Radio (and check out their Motor City-honoring "White Noise" video).

  • Morrissey, 'World Peace Is None of Your Business,' track list

    Morrissey's 'World Peace Is None of Your Business' Track List May Top Its Title

    No one will ever be better at the art of being Morrissey than Morrissey. First, he gives his new album the title World Peace Is None of Your Business, which may or may not be a reference to his Nobel Peace Prize gig last year but definitely won't be easily forgotten. Now, through usual mouthpiece True to You, he has shared a track list that might even beat that.Currently set for a July release via Harvest Record and Capitol, the follow-up to 2009's Years of Refusal will include some pretty remarkable song titles. Oh, sure, there's the title track, but from "Neal Cassady Drops Dead" and "I'm Not a Man" to "Earth Is the Loneliest Planet," "Kick the Bride Down the Aisle," and "The Bullfighter Dies," there's a lot to chew on here before we've heard one note of music.

  • Nas, 'Time Is Illmatic,' documentary, trailer, video

    Nas Looks Back in 'Time Is Illmatic' Documentary Trailer

    As Nas' Illmatic celebrates its 20th anniversary, the retrospectives are pouring in, and it's only fitting. The Queensbridge MC recently performed on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon in support of his Illmatic XX reissue, which arrives on April 15 (preview it with a remix of "Life's a Bitch"). On April 16, a making-of documentary, Time Is Illmatic, premieres at New York City's Beacon Theater as part of the Tribeca Film Festival."With Illmatic, I was trying to make the perfect album," the man born Nasir Jones says in the film trailer above (via Vulture). "I was trying to make you experience my life. I wanted you to look at hip-hop differently. I wanted you to feel that hip-hop was changing and becoming something more real. I gave you what the streets felt like, what it sounded like, tasted like, felt like, all in that album.

  • Antemasque, Mars Volta, Flea

    Antemasque Return With Spry 'People Forget,' Uniting Ex-Mars Volta Members and Flea

    People tend to forget, so Antemasque are here to remind you. In case it already slipped your mind, that's the name of a new project bringing together three-fourths of the defunct Mars Volta — core members Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala, plus drummer Dave Elitch — with potential Socks, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll typist Flea. Fresh off sharing the bristling "4AM," they've already offered up another track, "People Forget," which moves limberly between frantic, lyrically dense verses and billowing, lighters-ready rock-anthem choruses. Centering it all is that unmistakable yowl: "Like a diamond in the rough"? Remember that. (Update: Antemasque's songs appear to have been removed from Bandcamp, but you can download the tracks from iTunes, including another one, "Hangin' in the Lurch.")

  • Jesse Winchester, dead, obituary,

    Jesse Winchester, Revered Singer-Songwriter, Dead at 69

    Jesse Winchester, a highly esteemed singer and songwriter with roots in Memphis, Tennessee, has died at age 69. He passed away at home in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a bout with cancer, his wife Cindy Winchester confirmed to Memphis' Commercial Appeal. Winchester had success as a solo artist with songs like 1981's "Say What" and 1970's "Yankee Lady." His biggest renown likely came from his work as a songwriter, and the list of artists performing his tunes is long: Wilson Pickett and Elvis Costello, the Everly Brothers, and Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Waylon Jennings, the Flying Burrito Brothers and Joan Baez, Jerry Garcia and Jimmy Buffett. Stoney Edwards took Winchester's "Mississippi, You're on My Mind," to the country top 20 in 1975.

  • Nirvana, Michael Stipe, R.E.M., Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Watch Michael Stipe's Nirvana Rock Hall Induction Speech

    Last night's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony comes to HBO on May 31, but for now you can watch Michael Stipe's speech inducting Nirvana."This is not just pop music," the former R.E.M. leader can be seen saying in the 17-minute clip above (via Slicing Up Eyeballs). "This is something much greater than that."Stipe added: "Nirvana were artists in every sense of the word. Nirvana tapped into a voice that was yearning to be heard. Nirvana were kicking against the mainstream. They spoke truth and a lot of people listened."After the event, Nirvana's members performed a secret show at Brooklyn's intimate Saint Vitus with a host of guests, including everyone who joined them onstage at the ceremony except for Lorde.Don't miss SPIN's 2005 essay The R.E.M.

  • 'Parks and Recreation,' Jeff Tweedy, Bo Burnham

    Watch Jeff Tweedy Sing About Karate Chops on 'Parks and Recreation'

    Parks and Recreation keeps upping its own already-high ante when it comes to music references. Last week's Parks and Rec included a nod to Daft Punk and a Lumineers dis, and it came with Spotify playlists from the characters played by Aziz Ansari and Adam Scott. In the latest episode, which you can watch in full below, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy plays the singer of defunct Indiana rock heroes Land Ho!, and he harmonizes with costar Chris Pratt on a kids' song called "Karate Chop Master." Also, comedian-singer Bo Burnham played a temperamental teen country star, and you can scroll down to watch his "Beautiful Like My Mom (Support the Troops)" video. Sam Elliott, last seen on the show quoting the Smiths, makes a return, too. And there's a Bruno Mars mention. Spoiler (not really): Hardly anybody mentions whether Amy Poehler's character should take that job in Chicago.

  • Todd Terje,

    Todd Terje Soundtracks Silly Walks in 'Leisure Suit Preben' Video

    Has "it's video time" been done yet? Probably, but Norwegian slow-disco mischief-maker Todd Terje's visuals for It's Album Time's lounge-y spy-movie love affair "Leisure Suit Preben" are in keeping with the retro-luxurious eccentricity of the DJ/producer's masterful debut full-length. Directed by Espen Friberg & Emil Høgset, it starts with a suit-wearing man stumbling down the sidewalk, haunted by a disembodied face, and ends someplace very different. The YouTube blurb describes our hero, an Oslo resident named Preben, as "a singer, dancer, and party animal." Here's hoping "Preben" is basically the Scandinavian equivalent of Larry. (It's "Terr-YEAH," by the way — the extra syllable is for "Yeah, baby!")

  • Nirvana, secret show, Brooklyn, Rock Hall, St. Vitus

    Nirvana Follow Rock Hall Induction With Guest-Packed Secret Show

    Nirvana's performances last night didn't end with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where the band's surviving members played with Joan Jett, Lorde, Kim Gordon, and St. Vincent. As Brooklyn Vegan notes, drummer Dave Grohl, bassist Krist Novoselic, and longtime guitarist Pat Smear headed over after the event to Brooklyn's 350-capacity (per Billboard) Saint Vitus, where they put on an unannounced show. Lorde must've had another engagement, but Jett, Gordon, and St. Vincent a.k.a. Annie Clark all took the stage with the Nirvana members again, plus J Mascis (who almost joined Nirvana) and Deer Tick's John McCauley (whose band covered all of In Utero). Pitchfork points to some fan video from the event — check it out below, read up on the ceremony's best moments, and scroll down for the set list."Heart-Shaped Box" (feat. St. Vincent)"Smells Like Teen Spirit" (feat.

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