Marc Hogan



  • Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Trent Reznor, Josh Homme, tour

    Hear Trent Reznor and Josh Homme Talk Headlining Australia Together

    Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age are touring together this month as double headliners in Australia and New Zealand, and they'd like to see other bands do something similar back home. Recent SPIN cover subjects Trent Reznor and Josh Homme called for more co-headlining tours in a joint interview today on Australia's Triple J Radio (listen below)."For the last few years I've been asking why don't bands co-headline together, why don't they do something? asked Homme, saying the tours could be a way to build community outside of festivals. "I have to be confident in my own band, because it's not easy to play with these guys," Reznor added.

  • Lykke Li,

    See Lykke Li Come Alive in 'Love Me Like I'm Not Made of Stone'

    In 2010, Lykke Li joined El Perro Del Mar for a stripped-down version of "Change of Heart" from her fellow Swedish artist's gorgeously melancholy album the previous year, Love Is Not Pop. Co-produced by Rasmus Hägg, one half of Gothenburg-based slow-groove juggernaut Studio, the LP version still entrances, a gooey melange of piano and bass — Swede-pop monarch Robyn's strobe-lit "Rakamonie" remix, too. But something about the unplugged Lykke version of "Change of Heart" has made it a perennial go-to, four minutes of strummy, unvarnished but immaculately crafted heartache.It isn't clear whether the singer born Lykke Li Zachrisson, too, has been helping put that old YouTube video over the 100,000 views mark, but the first full offering from her upcoming album I Never Learn, due out May 6 in North America via LL/Atlantic, is built from the same sturdy stuff.

  • Brian Eno, Karl Hyde,

    Brian Eno and Underworld's Karl Hyde Blast Off on Sax-y 'The Satellites'

    "I dream the sound of cars / To drown the satellites," Brian Eno sings at the end of "The Satellites," the first song from his upcoming album with Underworld half Karl Hyde. That lyrical image should help you picture the music's sound, with a moonlit ambience and motorik propulsion that conjure up a night drive on some interstellar Autobahn. It probably doesn't help you imagine the smattering of saxophones or the buzzing electric guitar fills, but it all comes together on the track. Eno and Hyde's Someday World is out May 5 via Warp Records, and "The Satellites" comes free if you pre-order your copy. Eno, who can also be heard lately on new music from Owen Pallett,  co-produces with Fred Gibson, who plays on the album with Roxy Music's Andy Mackay, Eno's daughter Darla Eno, Sinead O'Connor producer John Reynolds, and Georgia Gibson. Find out more on Eno and Hyde's website.

  • Pixies,

    Watch Pixies' Colorfully Cosmic 'Greens and Blues' Video

    If the recent batches of music from the revived Pixies aren't galvanizing the way they once were, maybe it's because the alternative-rock luminaries have been away from the planet for a little while. That's a possibility broached by the new video for EP-2 highlight "Greens and Blues," which goes from a lonely, sandy scene to graffiti-lined streets suggestive of the song's title to, well, a space voyage built for two.

  • Jimmy Fallon, Idina Menzel, the Roots,

    Watch Jimmy Fallon, Idina Menzel, and the Roots Take 'Let It Go' to Class

    Frozen's inspirational hit "Let It Go" won the Oscar for Best Original Song on March 2, but now its cultural ubiquity has really been confirmed. Idina Menzel, who sang in Rent on Broadway and won a Tony for originating the lead role in the musical Wicked, joined Jimmy Fallon and the Roots for a joyous rendition of the song on what The Tonight Show bills as "classroom instruments." She follows Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," and Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" in getting the former Late Night crew's accompaniment on kazoos, xylophones, and the like. With Casio blips at one point bringing to mind Trio's Volkswagen-viral hit "Da Da Da," and Menzel breaking out in laughter, it's a goofy take on a pretty serious song (the cold never bothered them anyway).

  • Oscars, TV ratings, best, 10 years

    Oscars' 2014 Ratings Beat Everything the Past Decade Except Sports

    The Oscar for Best Original Song went to Frozen's indomitable "Let It Go," but the people behind the Academy Awards must be feeling a bit like Pharrell right now. Last night's ceremony attracted the most eyeballs of anything on TV besides sports since 2004, according to Entertainment Weekly. Members of the Academy, clap your hands.A reported 43 million people tuned in to the Ellen DeGeneres-hosted event, which coincidentally or not had a somewhat deeper lineup of music-related nominees than in recent years. That's 14.5 million more viewers than the 2014 Grammys and 22.1 million more viewers than the Golden Globes. It's also the third straight annual ratings increase for the Oscars.

  • Mirah, Radiomind

    Mirah Tunes in on 'Radiomind,' From First Solo Album Since 2009

    Mirah returns this spring with her first solo album since 2009's a)spera. But that last LP, too, came after a multi-year break, and the now-Brooklyn-based Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn is in familiar strong, intimate form in the tracks shared so far from self-described "breakup record" Changing Light (due out May 13 via her own Absolute Magnitude Records, with support from longtime label home K Records). First came the aching, vocoder-touched "Oxen Hope," and today brings album closer "Radiomind," which is centered around acoustic strums and wistful vocals about "the radio of my mind." It's tuned in to an especially haunting, meta frequency, and it's deserving of a place in any listener's radiomind.Listen over at Stereogum.

  • 2NE1, 'Crush,'

    2NE1 'Crush' New Album With Eye-Popping Video Twofer

    Last week, 2NE1 released their second album in almost three and a half years, Crush, and now they've released a pair of head-spinningly hyperkinetic videos as if to underscore they weren't wasting that time.Above is the clip for "Come Back Home": The song manages to veer between reggae-spiked contemporary pop (think that Shakira-Rihanna collaboration, or Bruno Mars) and trap, with a sensitive acoustic-guitar section. According to a press release, the video was 2NE1's most expensive ever at roughly U.S. $470,000, and its virtual-reality premise puts that largesse to work, culminating in alternate-world terrorism and a dystopian future cityscape.

  • Peter Matthew Bauer, the Walkmen,

    Walkmen's Peter Matthew Bauer Sings 'Latin American Ficciones'

    The Walkmen's "extreme hiatus" keeps leading, paradoxically enough, to more and more new music. The latest Walkman to go solo is founding member Peter Matthew Bauer, whose new album Liberation! comes out in the United States on June 24 via Mexican Summer. First offering "Latin American Ficciones," which you can stream below (via Pitchfork), has no over trace of the en español tinge of the title: Instead, as a scruffy, reverb-spaced take on heartland American rock, it brings to mind fellow East Coast highway dreamers the War on Drugs. The Walkmen recently reunited for a day, after which member Walter Martin announced a solo debut and then frontman Hamilton Leithauser followed suit. What's the plural of "Walkmen"?Liberation! track list:1. "I Was Born in an Ashram"2. "Latin American Ficciones"3. "Philadelphia Raga"4. "Fortune Tellers"5. "Shiva the Destroyer"6. "Liberation!"7.

  • Smiths, Morrissey, website, interactive, timeline

    Stream Everything the Smiths Ever Did on This Charming Timeline

    The Smiths' self-titled debut album came out 30 years ago in February. It's now March, but to be fair, it simply wouldn't be Morrissey's beloved band if they had marked the anniversary in a timely fashion — any disciple will happily explain to you the contrariness of the Moz discography, with its completist-defying idiosyncrasies. Now, as Slicing Up Eyeballs points out, the Smiths' catalog is streaming in timeline form thanks to Warner Music UK's new official website for the band, titled "The Interactive Sound of The Smiths: 1982-1987."Scroll through for a history of the band, with links to hear songs on Spotify, corresponding artwork and music videos, and other perks. Morrissey recently told Billboard, in typical Morrissey fashion, "I don't know a single person who wants a Smiths reunion!" And he reissued 1994 solo album Your Arsenal late last month.

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