Marc Hogan



  • 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. 

  • 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?!!!).

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