Marc Hogan



  • Black Lips, Cole Alexander, Lorde, Drake, Macklemore

    Black Lips Frontman Flings Race Cards at Lorde, Drake, and Macklemore

    Black Lips, with their bracing garage-punk and publicity stunts, have the capacity to frustrate and thrill in equal measure. For every excellent album of brattily wounded catchiness (see 2007's Good Bad Not Evil), there's an irritating live show to content with. And didn't you just know their "Boys in the Wood" video would be NSFW à la Harmony Korine? Now, a week after the release of Underneath the Rainbow, one of the Atlanta band's frontmen is making headlines for his inartful criticisms of Lorde, Drake, and Macklemore.In an interview for The A.V.

  • GG Allin, prank calls, Godmode, cassette

    Legendary GG Allin Prank-Call Tape Arrives April Fool's Day

    A piece of what's billed as "semi-essential mid-'90s mid-Atlantic riot grrrl apocrypha" could soon be yours. Brooklyn label Godmode (home to the likes of Yvette, EULA, Fasano, and Alan Watts) has scheduled the release of the cleverly titled Pranked: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies, which it describes as a 47-minute "riot grrrl prank call tape," for April 1. According to a 2003 Pitchfork feature, a transcript of the prank calls — reportedly featuring the late GG Allin's brother and bassist Merle Allin — appeared in a mid-'90s zine.Chris Ott, then a Pitchfork editor, said at the time: "This girl from Sarah Lawrence college got his number and staged these two amazing pranks; one was over the course of five calls, she pretended to be 'from Riot Grrls' and said he was on a list for volunteers.

  • Swetshop Boys, Heems, Riz MC, Ryan Hemsworth,

    Heems and Riz MC Are Swetshop Boys on 'Benny Lava'

    Whaaaat? Yes, Himanshu Suri — a.k.a. Heems, best known from the sadly defunct New York rap upsetters (and former SPIN cover stars) Das Racist — has returned, and our introduction to his new duo Swetshop Boys arrives like a veritable rainbow in the dark. Since 2012's Wild Water Kingdom and Essential Nehru Jacket mixtapes, Suri has been busy putting out music by the likes of DR pal Le1f ("Wut"!) via his Greedhead label, plus doing his part as a social activist. But he's as gruffly provocative as ever on "Benny Lava" (who else could rhyme "Taliban" with "Ain't that what they said about the Italians / Come, mister tally man / Come, mister tally man"?). After Heems laconically rages against stop-and-frisk and celebrates his South Asian roots, fellow Swetshop Boys half Riz MC — a.k.a.

  • Chance the Rapper, the Social Experiment, Home Studio (Back Up in this Bitch), stream

    Chance the Rapper Gets Loose on 'Home Studio (Back Up in This Bitch)'

    Chance the Rapper is, if you'll forgive the ancient slang, in the house. Like, really. He's in his house. And he's on his grind. SPIN's 2013 Rapper of the Year has already had an eventful 2014, freestyling with Childish Gambino, collaborating with Skrillex, and being too popular for his own good at SXSW. Now, the Acid Rap MC's taxes are done, he's well-provisioned with gin and tonic, and, why not, he's letting it rip in his home studio, joined by his recent touring band the Social Experiment. Early this morning, Chance tweeted a new song, "Home Studio (Back Up in This Bitch)," which puts his raw-throated, free-wheeling celebration over the sort of keyboard-based groove you'd expect from the trumpet-wielding backing group whose members have had a hand in Lil Wayne and Chance's Dedication 5 standout "You Song" plus a hefty chunk of Vic Mensa's INNANETAPE.

  • Vampire Weekend, Jimmy Fallon,

    See Vampire Weekend Convert 'Unbelievers' on 'Fallon'

    "Unbelievers" keeps convincing. SPIN's 2013 Band of the Year Vampire Weekend first previewed latest album Modern Vampires of the City with a Halloween 2012 performance of this bouncy contemplation on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. They brassed it up last spring on Saturday Night Live. And they brought it back to Kimmel to kick off 2014. Last night, coming off a solo tour for bassist Chris Baio and an Oscar duet with Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O for frontman Ezra Koenig, the New York band took to Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, where they again cast out "Unbelievers," this time backed by projections evoking the album's cover art. Watch above.

  • Pixies, 'Indie Cindy,' album

    Pixies Prep First Album in 20-Plus Years

    Pixies' recent revival is about to blossom into a proper album. The alternative-rock legends announced today they'll release their first studio LP since 1991's Trompe Le Monde on April 29 via the group's own Pixiesmusic label, with an early, limited-edition vinyl release scheduled for Record Store Day on April 19. Titled Indie Cindy, the set will collect 12 tracks from Pixies' shorter EP-1 and EP-2 from recent months, plus the newly unveiled EP-3.Gil Norton, who oversaw Pixies landmarks Doolittle, Bossanova, and Trompe le Monde, produced the upcoming full-length. While the recent EPs were available digitally or in limited-edition vinyl formats, Indie Cindy is touted as fans' first chance to have all of the new material in a single package.

  • Jay Electronica, Jay Z,

    Jay Z and Jay Electronica Combine on Drake-Dissing 'We Made It' Remix

    The latest from Jay Electronica is packed with storylines that turn out to be red herrings. First off, there's the long-silent rapper's recent return, with Notorious B.I.G. remix "In the System" and original track "Better in Tune With the Infinite" this month alone. Then, there's the meeting of the Jays: Newest offering "We Made It" pairs Electronica with Jay Z, whose Roc Nation signed the younger MC in late 2010. And never underestimate the blogosphere's appetite for beef: This remix of a Drake remix of a Soulja Boy song includes Jay sniffing at the Nothing Was the Same maestro as "Mrs. Drizzy." Last but not least, dig the Eastbound and Down samples.Ultimately, though, the Jay duo's "We Made It" is noteworthy as a nimble reclamation of African-American history.

  • Future,

    Future Sends His Robot Regrets in 'I Can't Believe (Moving On)'

    Future's upcoming album is titled Honest, but he's leading up to it with some clever sleight of hand. The Atlanta rapper-singer's latest non-LP track to surface (via The FADER) in advance of the April 22 release is "I Can't Believe (Moving On)," which puts his rueful Auto-Tune emoting over pillowy-synthed, R&B-leaning Beat Flippaz production. That follows another non-Honest track reveal, the "Drunk in Love"-like "Good Morning" — which Future incidentally debuted live at SPIN's SXSW party at Stubbs. Also this month, Future dropped the brash, triumphant "Covered N Money," which actually is scheduled for the new album, where you'll find guests such as Kanye West, Andre 3000, and Pharrell Williams. And on a more personal note, People has a source saying Future's child on the way with Ciara is a baby boy.

  • Oderus Urungus, David Brockie, GWAR, dead, 50

    GWAR Frontman Dave Brockie Dead at 50

    Oderus Urungus, a.k.a. Dave Brockie, the founder and frontman for Richmond, Virginia metal band GWAR, has died at age 50. The Richmond police department confirmed on Twitter that Brockie was found dead in his home. GWAR's manager, Jack Flanagan, has since corroborated the news."It is with a saddened heart, that I confirm my dear friend Dave Brockie, artist, musician, and lead singer of GWAR passed away at approximately 6:50 PM Eastern [on] Sunday, March 23, 2014," Flanagan said in a statement. "His body was found Sunday by his bandmate at his home in Richmond, VA. Richmond authorities have confirmed his death and next of kin has been notified. A full autopsy will be performed." Flanagan added: "My main focus right now is to look after my bandmates and his family.

  • Tame Impala, Michael Jackson,

    Tame Impala Totally Remake Michael Jackson's 'Stranger in Moscow'

    Tame Impala can make just about anything sound like Tame Impala. Early last year, the Australian band deftly took OutKast's "Prototype" into their introspective psych-rock realm. Now, coincidentally or not with Russia in the headlines, they have covered "Stranger in Moscow," a sloooooow jam from Michael Jackson's 1995 HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I that addresses what the pop star describes in the lyrics as his "swift and sudden fall from grace." Transported to the misty headspace of Lonerism and Innerspeaker the song could almost be mistaken for an O.G. Tame Impala song. Feeling like a stranger in a strange place comes naturally to them. And once again, it suits them. 

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