Marc Hogan

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  • Daft Punk

    Harder, Faster: Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' Inevitably Becomes a Condom Brand

    Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" continues to raise the, um, bar. The Random Access Memories chart-topper, one of SPIN's 40 Best Songs of 2013 So Far, is now a condom brand, NME reports. The French nu-disco-gone-old-disco duo now reportedly appears on a condom wrapper that features the "Get Lucky" cover art. Diplo previously posted a photo of the wrappers on Instagram, writing, "Thank god I had those daft punk condoms last night." A rep for Durex clarified that the company has not struck an official deal with Daft Punk, telling MTV: "We are aware of reports that Durex has launched Daft Punk branded condoms following their hit single 'Get Lucky'. There is no Durex promotion or partnership with Daft Punk in the U.S. or any other markets and Durex is not posting free packs to the world's top DJs as suggested.

  • Jay-Z

    Jay-Z Goes Full-Tilt Hipster With Third Man Records-Produced Playable Letter

    As Brooklyn goes, so goes Jay-Z. The first song the rap mogul put out in the months ahead of Magna Carta Holy Grail didn't make it to the digital edition of his new album, but it will be enjoying a physical release worthy of Portlandia. Politically pot-stirring "Open Letter" will come out via Jack White's Third Man Records as a playable "letter," Hov revealed in an interview with Hot 97, though the details of what that entails aren't yet clear. Recently graduated Bushwick arrivistes will soon have something new to buy with their parents' money."That goes on a vinyl," Jay-Z says in a video of the interview, which you can watch above. "It's in a letter ... You can play the letter. It's amazing.

  • Migos,

    Migos Welcome Another New Day in Hypnotic 'Chirpin' Video

    As with many Migos songs, there's a deceptively simple double meaning at the heart of "Chirpin." Elsewhere on the Atlanta rap trio's Young Rich Niggas mixtape, "FEMA" uses the massive government failure during Hurricane Katrina as a way of coldly conveying how quickly the guys can churn out crack. "Chirpin" starts with a less politically charged idea, the cliché about birds chirping in the morning, and then connects that via a cell phone's "chirpin" to, yup, more drug-dealing. The Best New Artists stars have a way of rapping that's at once incantatory and enthusiastic, and that carries over to the song's video, where innocent-spirited imagery of a Migos member setting a bird free mostly makes way for hand-held shots of the guys rhyming next to a serious-faced, gyrating woman.

  • Mykki Blanco

    Grab Mykki Blanco and Friendzone's Misty 'Adult Swim' Battle Cry 'Who Wanna Rumble'

    In Mykki Blanco's recent "The Initiation" video, the New York rapper grows a second face. In a set last month at Barcelona's Sónar festival, Blanco declared, "I feel like I'm the prettiest girl in the room," but delivered a pulverizing performance over equally brutal beats. In other words, Blanco thrives on duality. And that goes way beyond any superficial, overdone yes-that-rapper-is-in-drag gloss.The former Breaking Out star's knack for contrasts is on full, gloves-off display in Blanco's guest appearance on Friendzone's "Who Wanna Rumble, the latest in a busy Adult Swim Singles Series (see previous entries from Dan Deacon, METZ, Run the Jewels, and Kitty).

  • Mac McCaughan and Kelly Hogan cover Jonathan Richman's

    Watch Superchunk's Mac McCaughan Cover Jonathan Richman With Kelly Hogan

    It's understandable that Mac McCaughan told the A.V. Club he forgot how many verses there are to Jonathan Richman's "That Summer Feeling." This simple, clear-eyed song about a certain ineffable emotional state has appeared on at least two Richman studio albums, and the version the Merge Records boss and Superchunk frontman has chosen to cover is the longer one, from 1992's I, Jonathan.All good: The extra length gives McCaughan an excuse to asks Atlanta singer-songwriter Kelly Hogan (no relation to this author) to help him on vocals as he sings and strums. "That Summer Feeling," like the Smiths' "Rubber Ring," is a song about looking back that can make you look back on when you first heard the song itself, and how much it meant to you.

  • Andy Cato

    Hear Groove Armada Vet Andy Cato's 'The Coastal Path (the Amorphous Androgynous Remix)'

    On Andy Cato's solo album Times & Places, released in May via Apollo/R&S, "The Coastal Path" is a serene, percussion-less track built around a soft female vocal and plush orchestration. Well, the Groove Armada half has now given "The Coastal Path" over to the Amorphous Androgynous — an alias for fellow U.K. electronic-music trailblazers the Future Sound of London — and their reworking is a drastically different, jazzy psych workout. Frantic bass, bustling woodwinds, hammering drums, and effects-warped guitar leads bring this one closer to, say, the hazy rock of Tame Impala, or Thundercat's fusion-informed "Oh Sheit It's X." This remix and a Biosphere remix of fellow Times & Places cut "Sunrise Sant Agnes" will be out digitally on July 23, again via Apollo/R&S.

  • Morrissey

    Morrissey Battles Foie Gras by Donating Gordon Ramsay's Money to PETA

    Morrissey has long been an outspoken vegetarian and supporter of animal rights, and now he has put a hefty chunk of change toward the cause. PETA has announced (via London's Guardian) that he gave the nonprofit £10,000 "to combat the cruelty of foie gras." That's almost $15,000. The money will go toward ads criticizing London department store Fortnum & Mason for selling the duck or goose liver meat, which to meet the French legal definition must be prepared by force-feeding the animals.The stated source of Morrissey's 10 thousand quid? Let's just say he may well be choking on his force-fed French delicacy right now. The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" was used to advertise a 2011 U.K.

  • Lil Snupe

    Lil Snupe's Shooting Death Leads to Second Suspect's Arrest

    Another suspect is under arrest involving the shooting death last month of rapper Lil Snupe, who had recently signed to Meek Mill's Dream Chasers label. As MTV reports, police in Winnfield, Louisiana, said they have booked 21-year-old Louisiana man Edrick Stewart into the city jail on manslaughter charges. Winnfield police previously charged 36-year-old Tony Holden with first-degree murder and other violations after he gave himself up on June 25.Police haven't yet revealed Stewart's alleged role in Lil Snupe's killing. Holden is being held in another location on a $2 million bond, and a bond will probably bet set for Stewart as well. Born Addarren Ross, 18-year-old Lil Snupe was reportedly shot twice in the torso in a dispute that police have said started with a video game.Meek Mill was on hand for Snupe's memorial service at his hometown Jonesboro, Louisiana, high school on June 29.

  • Fred Armisen in Queens of the Stone Age's '...Like Clockwork' USB flash drive infomercial

    See Fred Armisen's 'Portlandia'-Style Infomercial for Queens of the Stone Age Flash Drive

    Queens of the Stone Age's seductively weighty ...Like Clockwork came out a little more than a month ago, and enough people bought it to give the Southern California desert rock overlords their first No. 1 album. Now Matador is releasing the album as an enticing eight-gigabyte USB flash drive.The cost is $29.99, and the flash drive comes with the album, high-resolution photos, original artwork, music videos, and lyric sheets. It also doubles as a bottle opener. As a limited-time-only offer, fans who order the drive now will get a second drive free with extra shipping and handling. Order here.But don't take our word for it. Fred Armisen plays the pitchman Ricky Chism in an endearingly goofy, QOTSA-featuring infomercial, which you can watch above.

  • Jay-Z

    Hear Jay-Z's Full, 'Kingdom Come'-Era Outtake 'Dead Presidents III'

    Jay-Z's followers got at least one treat from the Magna Carta Holy Grail rapper's surprise Twitter conversation yesterday. With Hova's blessing, producers Just Blaze and Young Guru liberated the previously unreleased, "original" version of "Dead Presidents III," a track with a crucial history for Jay-Z. Still, while the ruminative, string- and keys-enshrouded song is a refreshing palate cleanser after Jay's latest album, in that he impresses us with his rhymes rather than his possessions, it's ultimately just that: a piece of history.The original "Dead Presidents" was a non-album single that helped launch Jay-Z's career, built around a sample from Nas that recurs here, along with the basic instrumental framework.

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