Marc Hogan

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  • Owen

    Stream Owen's Emotion-Wracked Album 'L'Ami du Peuple'

    "I got high with an art teacher of mine," Mike Kinsella's latest album as Owen, L'Ami du Peuple, begins. Due out July 2 via Polyvinyl, the Cap N' Jazz, American Football, and Owls affiliate's new record mixes the kind of disarming intimacy and art-stained craft on evidence in that opening line. Advance track "Bad Blood" is a crunching, lightly country-inflected confrontation with one's family tree, capped by a searing guitar solo. The rest of the album further broadens Kinsella's singer-songwriter with electronic tones, stomping drums, strings, and female vocals. By the end, he's wondering aloud: "How long have I been sleeping? / I'm a dad and my dad's dead." Owen's gentle musings are personal, but they're not exclusionary; the album title, the name of a newspaper during the French Revolution, means "friend of the people."

  • M.I.A.,

    Watch M.I.A. 'Bring the Noize' in Dark, Head-Scratching Video

    M.I.A. is leading by example. "Bring the Noize," the rapper-singer's latest single, is chaotic and strident, mixing digital crunch with vague calls for liberation — its message may be unclear, but it guarantees you'll have to listen. Maya's newly unveiled video (via, appropriately, Noisey) for the song is cacophonous in its own way, a barrage of provocative images that leave a powerful effect even if they don't immediately cohere. Hot-pink hair, great, but what does that glowing cow have to do with it? Why are those people standing stoically in all-white clothing — and then dancing? What's with the melted-gold imagery at the end that brings to mind the cover art for Watch the Throne? Those aren't the only questions surrounding the long-promised release of upcoming album Matangi, but part of M.I.A.'s genius is ensuring we'll stick around to (try to) find the answers.

  • Arctic Monkeys

    Arctic Monkeys' Latest Josh Homme Team-Up Was a 'Family' Affair

    Arctic Monkeys have shed a little more light on their upcoming fifth album, AM, announced yesterday and due out September 10 via Domino. For starters, the U.K. band's singer-guitarist Alex Turner said Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme's appearance on the album was both casual and potentially unusual. Homme produced half of Arctic Monkeys' 2009 album Humbug, and Turner lent backing vocals to QOTSA's recent ...Like Clockwork cut "If I Had a Tail.""The Josh thing was very much a case of one of us returning a back scratch to the other," Turner said in an interview last night with BBC Radio 1 's Zane Lowe (via NME). "He came down and sort of got us out of a little rut. It's just fun, it's friends, extended family now — [they] came round, had a fun night. His contribution to our record is really exciting, it's probably my favorite.

  • Iron & Wine,

    Iron & Wine Lavishly Bring Two 'Ghost on Ghost' Songs to Life on 'Kimmel'

    Sam Beam's evolution from a solitary lo-fi whisperer to a full-on bandleader is unmistakable throughout Iron & Wine's breezily sophisticated, if somewhat hollow fifth album, Ghost on Ghost, but onstage is still where his transformation has been most striking. Iron & Wine gave TV viewers a taste of their expanded palette in a recent stop by Conan, and last night they toted their strings, horns, and backing vocals to Jimmy Kimmel Live! and its outdoor stage. For the broadcast, the group romped through the wordy thickets of "Grace for Saints and Ramblers" (above), while as an online exclusive they dialed things down a notch for "The Desert Babbler" (below), which Beam has compared to Marvin Gaye's "Mercy, Mercy, Me (the Ecology)." In a nod to Gaye's classic, there's a loose, lithe sax solo.

  • Action Bronson

    Hear Action Bronson's Wavy, Prince-Alluding 'Heel Toe'

    "Heel Toe" is a track by Action Bronson and producer Harry Fraud that wasn't among the seven tracks on their recently released Saaab Stories EP. Stereogum has now posted the finished article, and the song sees the Queens rapper in full gruffly nihilistic foodie character over a beat Fraud once aptly called "wavy." At one point Bronson cleverly works in a Prince reference, but the rhymes of "heel toe" with "she did blow" uncomfortably bring to mind the unhappy-looking women from the Saaab Stories cover art. The song reportedly was never intended for the EP in the first place, though, so take it for what it is: an unflashy side dish from a prolific cook.

  • Pandora

    Pandora Users Played David Lowery's Song a Million Times and All He Got Was $16.89

    Cracker's unlikely rock-radio staple "Low" turned 20 this year, and it's still reaping dividends for frontman David Lowery. But not as many dividends as you might think. Lowery, who also led beloved alternative rockers Camper Van Beethoven, has posted a scanned royalties statement that highlights just how little songwriters earn from digital music sales of even remarkably popular hits. (Lou Reed just aired similar complaints in his wonderfully irascible fashion.)Lowery said Pandora paid him $16.89 for more than one million plays of "Low" during the last three months of 2012. (He only owns 40 percent of the song, but the implied $42.23 that Pandora would've paid all songwriters still seems fairly paltry; Lowery also gets a performance royalty, which he says is "higher but also quite lame.") By comparison, Lowery indicates that nearly 19,000 plays of "Low" on U.S.

  • Tupac Shakur

    Tupac Musical Moves One Step Closer to Broadway

    Tupac Shakur's music is coming ever closer to Broadway. In March 2012, the producers of planned 2Pac musical Holler If Ya Hear Me put out a call for auditions, leading to an afternoon of Twitter humor from Danny Brown, ?uestlove, and El-P ( for example: "What's next, 'Biggie on Ice'?"). For all the raised eyebrows, though, the show has a Tony-nominated director in Kenny Leon, whose credits include the Sean Combs-starring 2004 revival of Raisin in the Sun and a 2010 production of Fences with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.Now the AP reports the Pac musical is still in the making, with a workshop underway now in New York. Along with 2Pac's music, the who is said to have an original story that follows two childhood friends struggling in a present-day industrial city in the Midwest. Producers are aiming for the 2013-2014 Broadway season — in other words, soon.

  • Explosions in the Sky, 'Prince Avalanche,' trailer

    Preview Explosions in the Sky's Score for Paul Rudd's 'Prince Avalanche,' Briefly

    The first taste of Explosions in the Sky's upcoming score for Paul Rudd vehicle Prince Avalanche has arrived via Rolling Stone, and it's — well, it's mostly really short. The sub-two-minute clip from the instrumental rockers' score with composer David Wingo is a serene instrumental set to time-lapsed footage of a forest scarred by fire. A flame-like crackle persists behind the atmospheric hum of the music, which sounds like it could go on like this forever or explode in a grandiose climax, depending on what happens beyond the all-too-brief trailer video.In any event, this snippet comes from "Wading," the ninth track on the 15-track score, due out via Temporary Residence on August 6. Prince Avalanche hits theaters and digital retailers on August 9.

  • Lower Dens

    Stream Lower Dens' Dusky Charity Single 'Non Grata'

    "Don't look back / Wait for me," Jana Hunter sings in her low moan on "Non Grata," from Lower Dens' split 7-inch with Baltimore neighbors Horse Lords (via Pitchfork). Lower Dens' 2012 album Nootropics expertly rewarded such patient open-mindedness on tracks "Candy" and "Brains," and the misty psych-folk band's latest track is in a similar vein."Non Grata" is from the ninth installment in Famous Class' Less Artist More Condos series. Like previous entries, including Ty Segall's disco-powered "Music for a Film," it benefits the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save the Music, a nonprofit devoted to instrumental music education in public schools. Listen to both sides of the release on Bandcamp, and check out our 2012 Lower Dens profile.

  • David Lynch

    Hear David Lynch's 'Modern Blues' Transmission 'Star Dream Girl'

    Nine Inch Nails "Came Backed Haunted" video ought to be something else. David Lynch, who's set to direct the clip from Trent Reznor's upcoming Hesitation Marks, is idiosyncratically himself on "Star Dream Girl," the first single from his own upcoming The Big Dream (due out July 16 via Sacred Bones).For 2011's bleak and twisted Crazy Clown Time, Lynch finagled a guest spot from recent SPIN cover star Karen O.

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