Marc Hogan

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Biography

  • 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. 

  • Nirvana, Chad Channing, drummer, 'Nevermind'

    Does Nirvana's Pre-Dave Grohl Drummer Belong in the Rock Hall?

    Nirvana's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month raises the question of who, exactly, will be inducted. Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic — who, along with the late Kurt Cobain, made up the band's best-known lineup — are shoo-ins, of course. But what about Chad Channing, the legendary alternative-rock group's drummer from 1988 to 1990?He's in, too, according to the Rock Hall trackers over at Future Rock Legends. Channing, who currently leads the band Before Cars, reportedly said he'll be there for the induction ceremony but doesn't expect to perform (the event takes place on April 10 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn). A rep for the Rock Hall didn't respond this morning to requests for confirmation.The report has already prompted a backlash over on a KISS message board, as the Rock Hall is inducting only the makeup-wearing band's original lineup.

  • Vybz Kartel, murder, conviction

    Vybz Kartel Found Guilty of Murder

    Vybz Kartel, a.k.a. Adidja Palmer, has been convicted of murder. A jury yesterday (March 13) found the Jamaican dancehall singer guilty in the 2011 killing of Clive "Lizard" Williams, according to Billboard. Deliberations lasted fewer than two hours after a 65-day trial was the longest criminal proceeding ever for Jamaica's circuit court system.A sentence is due March 27, and Kartel's attorneys have signaled they'll appeal the verdict. The jury also found three other men guilty and one not guilty in the case. According to the Jamaica Observer, the murder allegedly took place over a missing gun owned by Kartel.The conviction comes less than a year after Kartel was acquitted of murder in another 2011 death. The singer and rapper has spent roughly three years in jail.Kartel is one of the most popular Jamaican dancehall artists, and he has had success stateside, as well.

  • Lady Gaga, SXSW, puke, green goo, liquid, spit roast, video

    Watch Lady Gaga's Onstage Puking Stunt at SXSW

    Lady Gaga performed at South By Southwest last night, and while the ARTPOP singer's record sales may have been disappointing lately, her flair for viral provocations remains fully intact. During the song "Swine," as FACT points out, the performance artist Millie Brown — known for painting with her own vomit — appeared to drink a green liquid and then puke it up all over the Mother Monster. Now that's something you legitimately don't see at just any concert. This was Texas after all, so Gaga also gave a nod to barbecue by having herself tied to a giant roasting spit while performing fellow ARTPOP track "Aura." Watch the vomiting "Swine" above and the spit-roasting "Aura" below, and check out the dates for this year's "ARTPOP Ball" tour.Read SPIN's ARTPOP Issue: Lady Gaga, M.I.A., Basquiat, Yoko Ono, DONDA, Tim Hecker, More

  • Prince, Zooey Deschanel,

    Hear Prince and Zooey Deschanel's Karaoke-Ready 'FALLINLOVE2NITE'

    Prince, almost as much as U2, has been taking on a public profile lately that could point to a major new release. After warming up with intimate London shows, his Royal Purpleness has been debuting new music in an Arsenio Hall Show takeover and taking the crowd to its limit with a four-hour Hollywood concert. He also, let's not forget, made a move on Super Bowl Sunday, guest-starring on Zooey Deschanel's New Girl right after the big game — and previewing a new song. That new song, "FALLINLOVE2NITE," is streaming below in finished form, again featuring Deschanel, and it's a sleek and brassy dance-pop trifle that it's not hard to imagine becoming a stealthy hit, especially if the duet catches on among the karaoke crowd.

  • Le1f,

    Watch Le1f, in a Kilt, Strut His Best 'Wut' on 'Letterman'

    Le1f's network-TV debut was a long time coming. He handled it like he'd been there before. The New York rapper's music has been rattling around in pop culture since Das Racist's 2008 debut "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell," and the song he performed last night on Late Show With David Letterman, "Wut," came out way back in 2012 on the Dark York mixtape. Yeah, the bouncy horns bear a resemblance to a certain "Thrift Shop" smash — as Le1f hasn't been shy about pointing out — but this song came first. Any dozing late-night TV viewers who awoke expecting "a come-up" instead saw a gloriously bekilted Le1f impeccably delivering his breakout song's breackneck rhymes, accompanied by a couple of synchronized dancers and, in the band, Blood Orange's Dev Hynes (there's a song on Le1f's 2013 Tree House mixtape called "Blood Oranges," COINCIDENCE?!!!).

  • Charli XCX, Rivers Cuomo, Rostam Batmanglij, Weezer, Rivers Cuomo,

    Charli XCX Teams With Weezer, Vampire Weekend Members for New Album

    Last December, Charli XCX told SPIN that her next album, which would include blissed-out single "SuperLove," was not going to be — she made a face at the term — synth-pop. She said, "The music I'm making now is so much more live — it's inspired by the Ramones, the Hives, Weezer…." And now, she has told Complex that Weezer's Rivers Cuomo — along with Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend, our 2013 band of the year — worked with her on the as-yet-untitled record. As she told SPIN of the LP, "It's very shouty and raw, and that's why I'm doing it quickly." For those who loved her 2013 full-length True Romance (SPIN's No. 5 Pop Album of 2013), it can't be done quickly enough.

  • YG,

    YG and Kendrick Lamar 'Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)' on Woozy Team-Up

    YG, whose alias is short for Young Gangsta, has made a name for himself not with gangsta rap but with the brand of minimalist party music produced by "Rack City" ratchet-ist DJ Mustard. Fellow Compton, California product Kendrick Lamar's highest-charting solo song to date is good kid, m.A.A.d city's "Swimming Pools (Drank)," a song that extols listeners to down their beverages even as it portends nasty real-life consequences far worse than a hangover. "Really Be (Drinkin N Smokin)," then — a YG song with a deep-in-character guest verse from Lamar — is fitting.

  • Beck, Jimmy Fallon, 'Tonight Show,'

    Watch Beck's Low-Key 'Fallon' Performances

    Good news for Morning Phase-ists (just don't pronounce that like Thurston Moore). Beck stayed up late — or at least until Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show taping time — to break off a couple more mellow-gold koans for your morning/afternoon/second sleep/whatever. Above, watch Beck and his band of Los Angeles all stars, once again including Father John Misty's Josh Tillman, perform the richly atmospheric ballad "Waking Light." Below, catch "Say Goodbye," which strolls with its banjo someplace close to Sufjan Stevens' old "Jacksonville." Both are different songs than the ensemble performed in an arty Saturday Night Live appearance. Beck, whose album actually titled Mellow Gold is now 20 years old, will likely play them all on his upcoming North American tour.

  • Damon Albarn,

    Watch Damon Albarn Introduce Blithe 'Mr. Tembo' on 'Kimmel'

    Damon Albarn's character songs have grown up with him. "Mr. Briggs," "Colin Zeal," "Tracy Jacks," "Ernold Same," "Dan Abnormal," "Yuko & Hiro" — in Blur's Britpop days alone, Albarn introduced us to enough proper-named third parties for a mini-album. And that's not counting the guy who's holding on "For Tomorrow," or a certain "Charmless Man," or the narrator on 20-year-old album Parklife's title track. Or, or: Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Albarn gave U.S. TV its first taste of "Mr. Tembo" (above), a jaunty song with ukulele and gospel singers — and a title character of whom Albarn sings, in indifferent contrast to the sprightly accompaniment, "It's where he is now / But it wasn't what he planned." Albarn also performed the more groove-based "Lonely Press Play," which you can watch below.

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