Marc Hogan



  • Blondes,

    Let Blondes Stimulate You (Visually) With Bubbly 'Elise' Video

    Blondes were smart to release their new album as a whole first, and a video for its standout song second. When the spaced-out, disco-not-disco combo of Sam Haar and Zach Steinman shared sophomore album Swisher out of nowhere last month, it demanded to be addressed as a whole. SPIN called it a "huge step up for the duo, and one that significantly raises the bar for the indie/dance/noise sector as a whole."But ambrosial finale "Elise" is clearly the brightest and most immediately heart-stopping track on a record that otherwise coldly ditches the euphoric surge of Blondes' 2011 self-titled debut.

  • Porcelain Raft, The Way Out, Hurricane Sandy

    Hear Porcelain Raft's Hurricane Sandy-Inspired Affirmation 'The Way Out'

    Life, uh, finds a way. So pronounced Jeff Goldblum's leather-jacketed chaos theorist in Jurassic Park. It's unclear whether Mauro Remiddi — the Rome-born, New York City-based synth wizard behind Porcelain Raft — is well-versed in the film, but a similar sentiment underlies "The Way Out," a wearily exultant track from upcoming album Permanent Signal (due out August 20 via Secretly Canadian). The follow-up to his "perfectly pleasant" 2012 debut Strange Weekend uses almost an entirely different set of instruments than its predecessor, as shown in string and piano flourishes of previously shared opener "Think of the Ocean."As for "The Way Out," Remiddi says in a statement that he came up with the song during Hurricane Sandy, as he looked around his city and saw ways that nature managed to survive amid human artifice.

  • Vampire Weekend

    Vampire Weekend's Members Face Off in Hour-Long BBC Radio 1 DJ Set

    Vampire Weekend's musical tastes are more diverse and populist than their critical acclaim might lead you to believe, and they opened up their collections a bit in a one-hour BBC Radio 1 DJ set that aired last night. Rostam Batmanglij and Chris Baio went head to head against Ezra Koenig and Chris Tomson, with each pair taking turns choosing songs in a "Hot Summer Nights tag team soundclash." They told stories, they played Isaac Hayes, Lovin' Spoonful, Daft Punk, Ke$ha, and Robin Thicke, and they joked about this being pre-recorded in 2011. Find out who "the real heroes" are and check it out.Listen here.

  • Adele, Academy Awards, Oscars

    Can an Oscars Song Nominees Concert Restore the Academy's Music Cred?

    The Academy Awards have had a complicated few years when it comes to acknowledging the role of music. (And that's not to get started on host Seth MacFarlane's sense of humor, which just goes to show you should never accuse someone of being a "misogynist" when you can less controversially call them "ugly" and "stupid." Boobs!) This year, Adele saved the night by performing her Best Song-winning "Skyfall." The previous year, the Academy nominated only two Best Song contenders, and neither of them were performed on the show. The Academy had to change its own rules to avoid being embarrassed again.Despite all this, the Academy did give Trent Reznor a Best Score statue in 2011 for The Social Network, so they're not entirely hostile to the past few decades of new music.

  • Champions League

    Hear Champions League's Balearic Balm 'In Case You Needed Reassurance'

    Champions League's first single was fantastical, summery dance-pop that made no secret of its inspirations. The Paris duo's hometown ode "Paris Is Our Playground" has a song title in the tradition of Saint Etienne's "London Belongs to Me," Air France's "GBG Belongs to Us," and Elite Gymnastics' "Minneapolis Belongs to You." The label that released the song, France's 25 Years & Running, takes its name from a track by like-minded Swedish duo the Tough Alliance. "In Case You Needed Reassurance" leaves behind its predecessor's piano-house influence but remains entangled in the lush, Balearic, faux-orchestral verdance of Air France or the Avalanches, with a wispy earnestness pioneered by U.K. indie Sarah Records. The specific reassurances are a bit hard to make out, but the feeling is all over.

  • Beastie Boys, Mike D

    Beastie Boy Mike D's 10-Minute Punk-Trap Track Raises Hopes for More New Music

    The Beastie Boys' final album while Adam Yauch was alive, 2011's Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, included a song known as "Too Many Rappers (New Reactionaries Version)." An update of a Nas collaboration from 2009's unreleased Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 1, the finished track was more future-shocked and electronic. Mike D has pulled out the New Reactionaries name again for a shrill, metallic, and above all intriguing 10-minute piece he says was inspired by classic American hardcore as well as trap music (via the Daily Swarm).Titled "Humberto Vs the New Reactionaries (Christine and the Queens Remix)," the track was created for fashion label Kenzo's Spring/Summer 2014 show.

  • The Julie Ruin

    Kathleen Hanna's the Julie Ruin Unveils First Video, 'Oh Come On'

    Oh come on. Oh come on. Oh come on. It's one of those phrases that can be meant at least three wildly disparate ways: inviting, incredulous, creepily bullying. Kathleen Hanna is as cagey with the words as her voice is sharply expressive on "Oh Come On," the first track from her upcoming debut album with the Julie Ruin. The nervy energy beckons us to be this uninhibited; cryptic barbs like "Make it popular / But still say it with a pout" land like sardonic (self?) mockery; the guy barking at us to get in the car now sounds like — well, imagine if some guy came up and barked at you to get in the car now.The video, the first from the full-band incarnation of an alias Hanna used for a 1997 solo album, doesn't crack the song's urgently fragmentary code.

  • Krysten Ritter and Jake Hoffman

    Dustin Hoffman's Kid to Direct Strokes Guitarist in Movie About New York City's Indie Rock Scene

    New York City's music scene is about to get a new big-screen treatment. As Deadline reports (via Vulture), an in-the-works movie called Asthma "examines the consequences of the live fast, die young mentality in NYC’s indie rock scene." It's unclear exactly what that means (who died? what's indie rock?) but the film will be the directorial debut of Jake Hoffman, son of legendary actor Dustin Hoffman, and one of its stars will be Krysten Ritter, probably best known to, um, indie rockers as Jane from Breaking Bad.

  • Morrissey

    Morrissey Postpones More Shows, This Time Citing Food Poisoning

    About a year ago, Morrissey announced an unconventional U.S. tour that would have included a date with the Stooges. Then he pushed back the gigs to spend time with his ailing mother. Then he canceled shows, citing a bleeding ulcer and offering a characteristically playful explanation. Then he canceled more shows. Then he canceled more shows. Some rescheduling happened, he missed a late-night TV show for vegetarian reasons, he suffered pneumonia, he canceled the rest of the U.S. tour. He was, he told us he was told, close to death.But then, miracle of miracles, Morrissey announced he would be going on the road again, this time for a series of dates in South America. Obviously, that wasn't going to happen.

  • It's Time We Leave Justin Bieber Alone

    It's Time We Leave Justin Bieber Alone

    A video has surfaced that, according to TMZ, shows Justin Bieber urinating in a restaurant kitchen on his way out of a New York City nightclub earlier in 2013. At the end of the clip, Bieber's face becomes visible, as he passes by a photo of former President Bill Clinton, sprays cleaning liquid at the photo, and says, "Fuck Bill Clinton!" The video comes as the singer has emerged from a year or so of public-relations mishaps, including feuding with his neighbors and showing up at concerts late enough to draw boos.It's an ugly, unlikable clip. Bieber and his crew laugh and boast about the "piss break." A comment of "where's my beer?" at the end suggests drinking has been involved. Bieber's pants are sagging lower than ever. And we feel bad for the poor worker who is going to have to use a mop that has been soaked in Bieber pee.

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