Marc Hogan




    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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    Preview Omar Souleyman's Dizzying Track Produced by Four Tet

    Four Tet keeps successfully building suspense for the upcoming album he produced for Syrian star Omar Souleyman. "Our music doesn't change," Souleyman told SPIN recently through an interpreter. The U.K. producer born Kieran Hebden previewed the material he captured the dabke folk-pop singer in an Amsterdam DJ set on June 1, and the festival crowd went into raptures. The audio in that clip wasn't ideal, though, and now a better-quality version has emerged.

  •, Pharrell

    'I Am' Suing: Takes Pharrell to Court Over Two Little Words and Pharrell Williams are both major presences in pop music, but it would be hard to get them mixed up. Sure, they both happen to come close to sharing a very common name. Still, the Black Eyed Peas member has been known for unapologetically lowest-common-denominator club thumpers for the likes of Justin Bieber and Britney Spears, while the Neptunes half has lately been lending his airy vocals to less obvious, more playful hits by Daft Punk and Robin Thicke.

  • Daft Punk,

    Hear Daft Punk's Own Luxuriously Expansive 10-Minute 'Get Lucky' Remix

    Daft Punk kindly invite you to "Get Lucky" longer. When the robotic French duo first revealed plans to remix Essential album Random Access Memories' lead single (one of SPIN's 40 Best Songs of 2013 So Far) themselves, it made sense they might reverse-engineer the album's live-instrument approach and remake the song in the electronic mode that made them famous. Didn't happen. Their "Get Lucky" remix, streaming via Spotify below, stretches out Nile Rodgers' familiar guitar flickers and Pharrell's suave vocals about phoenixes and bar-raising to a massive 10 minutes.A July 16 vinyl release is available for pre-order now, and you can watch a 47-second trailer for the release above. If your complaint about "Get Lucky" was that it didn't last long enough, you're on a roll.

  • Alan Myers, Devo

    Alan Myers, Devo Drummer, Dead Following Cancer

    Alan Myers, the drummer for Devo during its best-known period, has died, the group confirmed on its website. Myers, whose age was not immediately available, had been living with cancer. He served as Devo's drummer from 1976 to 1985, replacing second drummer Jim Mothersbaugh and succeeded by Sparks' David Kendrick.Myers, one of SPIN's 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music, played on a formidable run of albums. His work can be heard on the new wave pioneers' 1978 debut Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo and their platinum 1980 breakthrough Freedom of Choice, plus 1979's Duty Now for the Future, 1981's New Traditionalists, 1982's Oh, No! It's Devo, and 1984's Shout.Devo's founding members paid tribute to Myers on the group's website.

  • Lil Snupe

    Lil Snupe's Murder Suspect Turns Himself in to Police

    The man police are accusing of fatally shooting the rapper Lil Snupe is in custody. As the Shreveport Times reports, Tony Holden turned himself in to Winnfield, Louisiana, police on Tuesday morning (June 25). Holden, a 36-year-old from Winnfield, is being held on charges of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.Police say Holden shot Lil Snupe, whose legal name is Addarren Ross, late last week during a dispute involving a video game. Ross was reportedly shot twice in the chest. According to the AP, it wasn't clear right away whether Holden has a lawyer, and no bond had been set for his release.Funeral services for Lil Snupe are scheduled for Saturday morning at a local high school in Jonesboro, Louisiana. He had recently signed to Maybach Musc rapper Meek Mill's Dream Chasers label.

  • Bloc Party, 'The Nextwave Sessions' EP

    Bloc Party Deliver 'Ratchet' EP 'The Nextwave Sessions' in August

    One of hip-hop's biggest buzz words over the past couple of years is also the title of the cornerstone song from Bloc Party's latest release. The wiry U.K. rockers have announced they'll release The Nextwave Sessions EP on August 13 via Frenchkiss Records.Opening track "Ratchet," one of two songs here produced by Dan Carey (Bat for Lashes, Hot Chip), premiered today on BBC Radio 1 (above). Frontman Kele Okereke said the disco-splashed rager has proved to be a hit at live shows. "'Ratchet' really came together whilst we were on tour in 2012," he said in a statement. "We started slipping it into the sets at the start of this year just to try it out and the reactions were insane. We knew we had something special."The five-track EP follows last year's Four, Bloc Party's first album in four years. Watch a couple of live versions of "Ratchet" below.

  • Fat Joe

    Fat Joe Sentenced to Slim Four Months in Prison for Tax Evasion

    Fat Joe's prison time will be slimmer than it could have been. As the AP reports, the "What's Luv?" rapper has been sentenced to four months in prison after pleading guilty to federal tax evasion late last year. His sentence includes one of year of supervised release and a fine of $15,000.Fat Joe, whose legal name is Joseph Cartagena, apologized to his family during the sentencing earlier this week. He could've been sentenced to as much as two years in prison and fined $200,000. According to Reuters, the judge said she factored in his charity work and his pre-sentencing payment of $718,000 in back taxes.Fat Joe, whose legal name is Joseph Cartagena, confessed last December to failing to pay taxes on almost $3 million in earnings from 2007 to 2008.

  • Sony Music Unlimited

    Sony Gets Competitive With Music Unlimited Streaming App

    Sony is stepping up its foray into the music streaming business. Sony's Music Unlimited will soon allow iPhone and iPod Touch users to store music for offline listening, the company said on its website. Sony has also cut subscription fees for its on-demand music offering: The price is now $60 a year, or $42 for people who already subscribe to Sony's PlayStation Plus video-game service.The moves come as Sony competes with more popular rivals. As Bloomberg reports, on-demand streaming peers Spotify, Rdio, and Rhapsody already offer users of Apple devices an option to listen when not connected to the Internet.

  • Michael Jackson, 'Thriller'

    Legal 'Thriller': Jackson Family's Ex-Manager Sues Sony Music for Pre-1983 Royalties

    Michael Jackson died exactly four years ago today, but the legal battles surrounding him have taken on a life of their own. A trial remains ongoing in the dispute between Jackson's family and concert promoter AEG Live. And now, according to the Hollywood Reporter, a former manager for the Jacksons has sued Sony Music Entertainment to the tune of $10 million.Richard Arons, who says he became the Jackson family lawyer in 1969 and a personal manager for them in 1972, claims Sony failed to pay him royalties he was owed. And what royalties! The history is long and tangled, but essentially Arons claims he's entitled to 7.5 percent of payments from various pre-1983 Jackson albums.

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