Marc Hogan

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  • Conor Oberst,

    Conor Oberst Talks First Concert, Goes 'Zigzagging Toward the Light' on 'Fallon'

    Current SPIN cover star Conor Oberst has just released a new solo album, Upside Down Mountain. Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the Bright Eyes mastermind performed the new LP's rootsy "Zigzagging Toward the Light" backed by L.A. band Dawes — watch that above. As a Web exclusive, he also remembered "my first concert" — scroll down to watch that interview, or read what SPIN's David Bevan wrote about that fateful gig in his exhaustive new Oberst profile: Oberst was just seven years old the first time he took a stage. His father played in a series of classic-rock cover bands on weekends and when the younger Oberst became especially fond of Ritchie Valens' "Donna" by way of the 1987 film La Bamba, he was brought out to deliver lead vocals with the band behind him.

  • Macklemore, Jewish, stereotype

    Macklemore Is Clueless Enough to Be Telling the Truth in Anti-Semitism Flap

    Macklemore could hardly make those who share his demographic — white, socially progressive, college-educated indie-rap fans — look worse if he tried. Which probably helps explain why many in that cohort hate him so much. Still, it's hard to believe he's actually trying. Of course, if he's just ignorant, that doesn't excuse his ignorance — Brad Paisley and LL Cool J made a whole embarrassing song about that — but it's worth thinking about in light of the intense reaction to Macklemore performing on Friday night wearing a costume with a black wig, hooked nose, and beard.The "Can't Hold Us" rapper and his musical partner Ryan Lewis were the unannounced guests during a May 16 event at Seattle's Experience Music Project.

  • Bob Dylan, 'Chronicles,' 'Da Vinci Code,'

    Bob Dylan's 'Da Vinci Code' Cracked in New Book

    In Bob Dylan's 2004 memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, he etches out a powerful portrait of Johnny Cash. "Johnny didn't have a piercing yell, but ten thousand years of culture fell from him," the rock legend writes. "He could have been a cave dweller.

  • Lana Del Rey,

    Hear Lana Del Rey Sing Alternate Lyrics in Sleek 'West Coast' Remix

    Lana Del Rey keeps posing at different angles ahead of her upcoming album Ultraviolence. After the disco headfake of non-LP track "Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight," the "Summertime Sadness" singer shared slow-burning single "West Coast," which has since been remixed by Ultraviolence collaborator Dan Auerbach (of the Black Keys) and heady-electronics guru Four Tet. A new remix by U.K. producer Grades (via Dazed Digital) offers not just a different musical approach, but an alternate vocal take.Her 2012 breakout album Born to Die carried echoes of Portishead's late-'90s trip-hop, and the vinyl-cracking intro here feints that noirish direction.

  • Morrissey,

    Watch Morrissey Go Spoken Word Again for 'The Bullfighter Dies'

    Cosmopolitan. Macho. Emblematic of the human capacity for cruelty toward animals. It's surprising that bullfighting hasn't already been the subject of a Morrissey song. "Brief but stirring," SPIN's Barry Walters called the live debut of "The Bullfighter Dies" at the former Smiths singer's tour kickoff this month in San Jose, California (watch video here). Now Moz has shared a  Natalie Johns-directed spoken-word video for the song, much as he did for the inequality-skewering title track from his July 15 album World Peace Is None of Your Business. Rather than a somber elegy for a graying matador, it's an impassioned, worldplay-filled observation that "we all want the bull to survive." Watch it above, and check out the Smiths' "The Death of a Disco Dancer" below. That Morrissey Twitter account?

  • Robyn, Royksopp,

    Watch Robyn and Royksopp's Breathtaking 'Sayit' Video

    Does Robyn dream of electric sheep? The Swedish pop heroine conquers with her heatseeking missiles of nuclear emotions (see "Dancing on My Own," "With Every Heartbeat," "Be Mine!"), but part of why she rules is that beneath all those bursting feelings something uncanny, alien, metallic.Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp have a way of coaxing that otherworldly quality out of her: Their 2009 collaboration "The Girl and the Robot," with its unrequited-love subject matter and futuristic Eurodisco churn, wasn't that far off from previous Robyn (she'd even already done a playful song called "Robotboy"), but, well, this one was about unrequited love with a robot.

  • Vinyl, sales, 1990s, die, hibernate, singles, seven-inch, 12-inch

    Did Vinyl Really Die in the '90s? Well, Sort Of...

    Before vinyl could be reborn, it had to die. Over the past several years, the resurgence of vinyl sales has become a familiar story, though it's always worth noting the format still reaches just a tiny niche compared to its pre-digital heyday. But the question has recently come up of when, exactly, the bottom really fell out for the vinyl market.The answer, taking into account singles as well as albums, is complicated, but basically boils down to this: Although vinyl shipments fell off a cliff in the late '80s, they actually fluctuated at their new, lower level throughout the '90s, and didn't really hit their floor until the mid-aughts.Sure, the idea that vinyl drowned by the mid-'90s under the weight of compact discs — and their "Perfect Sound Forever" — is utterly conventional wisdom, but a reason came up recently to reinvestigate.

  • Jack White,

    Jack White Shares Gasoline-Guzzling 'Just One Drink'

    After all this time, Jack White is still fighting for your affection with old-fashioned rock'n'roll. Some libations might be involved, too. The former White Stripes leader helped Neil Young press a record straight to vinyl earlier this week on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and he has previously shared two tracks ahead of hologram-creating new solo album Lazaretto: the raucous "Lazaretto," cut live on Record Store Day as "The World's Fastest Record," and the desert-scorched instrumental "High Ball Stepper."  Now comes "Just One Drink," which puts some country fiddle and early-rock'n'roll piano over fuzzed-out blues chords as the Third Man boss and guest vocalists battle it out.

  • Arcade Fire,

    Arcade Fire Explore Gender in Andrew Garfield-Starring 'We Exist' Video

    Let's talk about gender, baby. Arcade Fire have introduced Reflektor's "We Exist" at live shows by saying, "The right to marry anyone you want is a human rights issue," and the indie-rock giants look beyond sexuality to broader questions of gender identity in their new video for the song. As the slinky, guitar-shattered song, with an old-school bass groove reminiscent of Los Bravos' 1966 hit "Black Is Black" via Michael Jackson's "Beat It," plays out on the soundtrack, we see The Amazing Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield dress as a woman. He goes to a bar, some bearded guys dance with him, and then he walks through a passage that — rather than lead to Twin Peaks' "Black Lodge" — sends the actor to an Arcade Fire set at Coachella. Watch it above, and let's talk about you and me.

  • Paul McCartney, robot,

    Watch Paul McCartney Jam With a Robot in 'Appreciate' Video

    Walruses, barbers showing photographs, and fools on the hill, sure. But it's not every day Paul McCartney pals around with an automaton. The Andre Chocron-directed video for "Appreciate," a moody, electronics-smeared track from the Beatles legend's 2013 album New, shows Sir Paul as an exhibit in a museum of humans. A robot named Newman (New man, get it?) is on night watch duty when this historic-bass-guitarist display suddenly comes to life. The two dance past various scenes of homo sapiens life, and eventually the 'bot even provides the guitar solo. Somewhere, deadmau5 is probably feeling very satisfied right now. 

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