Marc Hogan

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  • Pixies,

    Afterlife to the Pixies: Hear Kim Deal-Less Band's 'Bagboy,' First Song in Nine Years

    The Pixies' surprise release today of a churning, noise-streaked new confection called "Bagboy" is gigantic news on several levels. It's the Boston-born indie-rock flagbearers' first new track since 2004's iTunes exclusive "Bam Thwok." It's their first song since Pixies bassist and Breeders singer-guitarist Kim Deal left the band officially earlier this month — it's unclear whether the Deal-like voice tartly singing the title phrase here is, in fact, Deal's. And you know what? It shows the band in fine form, with Black Francis declaiming darkly amid wiry guitars and purposeful plodding that would nestle perfectly into a potential live set (hint, hint, Pixies!)."Bagboy" also marks an improbable and uncertain new phase for the indie-rock nostalgia cycle.

  • M.I.A.,

    M.I.A. Goes All-Gold-Everything for 'Bring the Noize' Alternate Video

    Turns out M.I.A. was keeping something shiny from us when she shared her frenetic "Bring the Noize" video earlier this week. That clip for the MAYA mastermind's assaultive new single showcased dancers, a glowing cow, and the artist herself with hot-pink hair, but it was also cut with weird metallic images that we couldn't help but compare to the cover art for Watch the Throne.Now the "Matangi Gold Edition" video goes for the gold throughout, gilding the previous visuals in blinding yellow.

  • Dan Deacon USA Why Am I On This Cloud Adult Swim

    Dan Deacon Remaps 'USA' as Adult Swim Circuit-Burst 'Why Am I on This Cloud?'

    Trapped behind a pickup driving exactly the speed limit through the center of Nebraska, the thought could occur to even the most devout patriot: "America the Beautiful, fine, but does there have to be so much of it?" Dan Deacon devoted a full vinyl side of his 2012 album America to a nearly 21-minute suite called "USA," and though the journey had its purple mountains and fruited plains to be sure, you'd be forgiven if a similar question came to mind. Enter the Baltimore spazz savant's new "Why Am I on This Cloud?," which distills elements of "USA" into a cathartic four minutes of communal chants, pulse-pounding percussion, and frayed-wire squelch. We're on Deacon's cloud because it's our Manifest Destiny, and with July 4 around the corner, somebody needed to provide fireworks.Deacon's entry is the latest in 2013's Adult Swim Singles series.

  • Morrissey, 'Morrisssey 25: Live'

    Morrissey Fans Bare Their Tattoos in Hollywood High Concert Movie Trailer

    "Shouldn't you be doing the dishes, or something really useful?" That's a question Morrissey asks drolly at the end of a new trailer (via Slicing Up Eyeballs) for Morrissey 25: Live, an upcoming concert movie recorded at Moz's March 2 concert at the Hollywood High School auditorium in Los Angeles. The former Smiths singer's obsessive fans already know their answer, and fittingly, the clip is as much a tribute to their fervent expressions of devotion — tattoos, flags, desperate attempts to climb onstage — as the man who inspires such adoration.But of course, there's music, too. Moz can be heard singing "Speedway," the mordantly self-deprecating closer from 1994 solo album Vauxhall and I, and the Smiths' brilliantly urgent, sexually conflicted "Still Ill," originally on the iconic U.K. band's 1984 self-titled debut.

  • Dan Bodan

    Watch Dan Bodan's Idyllic 'Anonymous' Video

    Berlin-based songwriter and producer Dan Bodan recently released the single "Anonymous" on DFA. Produced by m.e.s.h., it's a haunted listen, placing tremulous vocals over spacious, post-dubstep electronics in a way that shouldn't be unfamiliar to fans of How to Dress Well, Active Child, or James Blake. The song's new video is a bright, sea-splashed contrast. Directors Greg Fong (a co-founder of K-Hole) and  Keaton Ventura trekked to Florida to cast the actors for the clip, which dives into Bodan's laptop and comes out in a youthful, verdant paradise. Bodan plans to release a full-length album later this year.

  • Prince Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson Feared for His Life Before the End, Son Testifies

    Michael Jackson's eldest son gave dramatic testimony yesterday in his family's wrongful-death lawsuit against the singer's last concert promoter, AEG Live. As CNN reports, Prince Jackson said his father's phone calls to AEG Live honchos ahead of his planned comeback shows would often end in tears. "After he got off the phone, he would cry," the 16-year-old testified. "He would say, 'They're going to kill me, they're going to kill me.'"Prince also reportedly described what he saw during Jackson's last night on Earth. He testified that AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips had a spirited talk with Dr. Conrad Murray that evening. "He was grabbing his elbow," Prince is quoted as saying.

  • Earl Sweatshirt

    Earl Sweatshirt Cancels Shows as He Recovers From Pneumonia

    Earl Sweatshirt hasn't licked a nasty case of pneumonia that sidelined him earlier this year, and he's going to be missing another batch of scheduled tour dates.The Odd Future rapper announced the cancellations yesterday (June 26) on Twitter. A day earlier, he wrote, "IM STILL SICK AND THIS SUCKS ASS THAT I CANT MAKE IT TO THESE JULY SHOWS I AM REALLY FUCKING SORRY TO EVERYONE WHO WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO IT." Sweatshirt previously canceled his planned set at Bonnaroo earlier this month, saying he was suffering from pneumonia.According to various reports, the latest cancellations affect only Sweatshirt's European dates, and Odd Future will still perform without him. The gigs in question start tonight in Copenhagen and run through a July 14 set by Tyler, the Creator at Scotland's T in the Park festival.

  • Beyoncé,

    Beyonce's Steamy, Allegedly Full 'Standing on the Sun' Sizzles Less Than the Live Take

    Just a hunch: This won't be the last time the sun goes down on a new version of Beyoncé's "Standing on the Sun." An alleged stream of the tropical-flavored pop song has surfaced (via Just Jared), and while this galloping, piano-gleaming bit of beach-blanket pillow talk is unmistakably the same one previewed in a recent H&M commercial, it's also disappointingly half-baked. When Beyoncé debuted "Standing on the Sun" live in Belgium last month, she broke into a swaggering rap verse and a wild, dancehall-channeling, near-instrumental breakdown. Here instead, there's a more conventional second verse that makes uninspired moves: The lyric "my body is magnified" gets updated to "my body is glistening." Unflattering, no? At least Mrs. Carter-Knowles didn't feel compelled to draw from the '90s alternative-rock canon or name a song after her guest vocalist.

  • Prince

    Prince Remixes Janelle Monae and Erykah Badu's 'Q.U.E.E.N.' in His Paisley Image

    Janelle Monáe has drawn a royal flush. The ArchAndroid singer recently revealed Prince would appear on her planned September album The Electric Lady.  "Q.U.E.E.N.," Monáe's wings- and rapper-devouring team-up with Erykah Badu — and one of SPIN's 40 Best Songs of 2013 So Far — is mighty Prince-ly in its soul-funkitude already. Now, improbably enough, Prince himself has remixed the track, as Pinboard points out. His whirring, stripped-down take underlines the artistic similarities by harking back to the metallic early '90s styles of his New Power Generation (or, perhaps more famously, the breakdown from Digital Underground's "Humpty Dance"). It's an abbreviated version, slashing off Monáe's pull-up-the-people rap verse entirely. But it has the advantage of hiccuping Prince ad libs, so there's plenty to enjoy for as long as it stays online.

  • J£ZUS MILLION, Charli XCX

    Charli XCX Bewitches on JESUS MILLION's Hazy, Blippy 'Illusions Of'

    Charli XCX's ear for heady electronic cloudscapes should be beyond reproach. On her excellent debut album True Romance, the British singer thrillingly reclaims Gold Panda's "You" as a brutal dirt-off-your-shoulder dismissal, but that's just the start. She also recently transformed Norwegian space-disco maestro Lindstrøm's "Fāār-i-kāāl" into apocalyptically romantic pop with her unmistakable brash sensibility (on display in poppier form on her Supergirls Superlove and I Like Boys Who Cry mixes). Now, Idolator points to the "I Love It" co-songwriter's latest collaboration with Boston produced J£ZUS MILLION, who previously oversaw True Romance tracks "What I Like" and "Cloud Aura."Set to appear on U.K. record label Double Denim's upcoming Double Denim Vol.

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