Marc Hogan

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  • Lou Reed

    Lou Reed Still Feisty as Ever in First Public Appearance Since Liver Transplant

    Lou Reed proclaimed himself "stronger than ever" after undergoing a liver transplant earlier this year. We're happy to say he's as cantankerous as ever, too. According to London's Guardian, the former Velvet Underground frontman's first public appearance since the surgery included some harsh words for digital music and the White House.Speaking last Thursday at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Reed lambasted digital music on both aesthetic and financial grounds. Simply put, Reed said that "it sounds like shit." While he acknowledged digital music has made it easier to seek out music that was once obscure, he maintained that quality-wise, "It has been reduced to the lowest common denominator."As for the economics of digital music, Reed compared his recent royalty checks to the $2.60 he got for playing a bar at age 14.

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs,

    Watch Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Towering 'Despair' Video, Shot Atop the Empire State Building

    The Empire State Building hasn't been the tallest building in the world since before Karen O was born. For a brief time, though, from the fall of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, to the rise of One World Trade Center last year, it was again the tallest in New York City. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs became the first act ever to shoot a music video on top of the Empire State Building with their clip for slow-building "Despair," from this year's Mosquito, and the resulting clip stands far above most videos you'll see this year.Directed by Patrick Daughters, whose career stretches from Yeah Yeah Yeahs' breakthrough "Maps" to Phoenix's recent "Entertainment," the visuals show the New York band performing on the skyscraper's 86th-floor observation deck as the day begins in the city. "Some sun has got to rise," O insists, ablaze herself in sequined yellow.

  • Disclosure,

    Disclosure Seize Center Stage in Futuristic 'F for You' Video

    Disclosure haven't exactly been hiding behind masks or keeping their names anonymous, but the U.K. sibling dance producers have generally been content to stay in the background. No longer. The most immediate songs on Guy and Howard Lawrence's Essential debut album Settle, such as "White Noise" and "You & Me," use guest vocalists, and the Lawrence brothers have likewise barely factored into those songs' sumptuously well-realized videos. Howard sings lead vocals on latest Settle video selection "F for You," and the video — directed by Ben Murray and Ross McDowell — shows the brothers performing live in a studio.

  • Arctic Monkeys

    Arctic Monkeys' September LP 'AM' Features Josh Homme

    Arctic Monkeys have announced their fifth album, titled AM. The follow-up to 2010's deft, word-wise Suck It and See is due out September 10 via Domino.Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme will appear, as will Pete Thomas — the veteran drummer for Elvis Costello —and Bill Ryder-Jones, of '00s British art-pop group the Coral. The last track, "I Wanna Be Yours," features words from "punk poet" John Cooper Clarke.Arctic Monkeys' longtime producer James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco once again oversees this album, with co-production by another previous collaborator, Ross Orton. The track list happily includes latest video selection "Do I Wanna Know?," 2012 Record Store Day single "R U Mine?," and recent low-key live-set inclusion "Mad Sounds."Pre-orders are available here and here.Arctic Monkeys' AM track list:1. "Do I Wanna Know?"2. "R U Mine?"3.

  • 'To The Happy Few' Cover Art

    Hear Reunited Shoegazers Medicine's Celebratory 'It's Not Enough'

    On August 6, the original lineup of Los Angeles noise-pop band Medicine will release their first album in 18 years, To the Happy Few, via Captured Tracks. A year ago, the same label reissued two early-'90s Medicine albums, including Shot Forth Self Living (see Blame Nirvana: The 40 Weirdest Post-'Nevermind' Major-Label Albums). The group of lead singer Beth Thompson, guitarist-singer Brad Laner, and drummer Jim Goodall have already previewed the new album with "Long as the Sun," a pummeling update on shoegaze swirl. Now comes the similarly kaleidoscopic "It's Not Enough," blissfully harmony-kissed psych-pop that should appeal to fans of Tame Impala or previous Laner collaborators Caribou as much as those who rejoiced over the new My Bloody Valentine album.Medicine tour dates: August 11 - Los Angeles, CA @ The EchoAugust 16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

  • Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse Died From Bulimia, Not Drugs, Brother Says

    The official cause of Amy Winehouse's death was alcohol, but her brother says a longtime struggle with bulimia was the deeper cause. In his first feature-length interview, 33-year-old Alex Winehouse told London's Observer Amy started suffering from the eating disorder in her late teens and never really stopped. "She would have died eventually, the way she was going, but what really killed her was the bulimia," Alex is quoted as saying. Pressed to explain, he added: "I think that it left her weaker and more susceptible. Had she not had an eating disorder, she would have been physically stronger."The U.K. singer behind Back to Black died in July 2011 at age 27. She's the subject of a new film documentary. The soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's recent The Great Gatsby remake featured Beyoncé and André 3000's "Back to Black" cover.

  • Drake, Grammy, shot

    Hear Drake Dip Into Cloud-Rap, Post-Dubstep on Four New Songs

    Drake had a productive weekend. The Toronto rapper-singer set a September 17 release date for Nothing Was the Same, the follow-up to Take Care (one of SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2011). Speaking of Take Care, Drake also posted a video, above, that shows him getting the record's Grammy for Best Rap Album in the mail and taking shots out of it with his crew, all while wearing a Take Care T-shirt.It wasn't all about future releases and past accomplishments, though. Drake also posted four separate tracks, two of which credit him only as a featured artist. The best on early listens is "The Motion," which is built around spectral post-dubstep — not coincidentally, given that it features SBTRKT guest vocalist Sampha — and sees Drake looking back wistfully and compellingly on a lost love.

  • Lil Snupe

    Lil Snupe Murder Suspect Accused of Killing Rapper Over a Video Game

    Police have named a suspect in rapper Lil Snupe's killing last week, now confirmed to have been a shooting. Born Addarren Ross, the 18-year-old Louisiana MC was signed to Meek Mill's Dream Chasers label. On Friday, a lead investigator with the Winnfield, Louisiana, police told local KNOE 8 News their suspect is a 36-year-old man named Tony Holden. Lieutenant Charles Curry reportedly said the shooting came about during an "altercation" as a result of "betting on video games." The dispute allegedly took place at Holden's apartment, where the window has a bullet hole. A neighbor, who told KNOE he was sleeping during the gun shots, said of the fight, "It just got out of hand, that's all I know."Meek Mill has posted a poignant tribute to his young protégé. Credited to Lil Snupe and featuring a verse from Meek Mill, the "Nobody" clip includes candid footage of the late rapper.

  • Kanye West

    O.R. 'Ye? This Kanye West-Wes Anderson Tumblr Mashup Is Perfect

    On August 26, 2012, Kanye Wes was born. That's a long time ago, here in the year of our lord Yeezus and His reality-TV progeny North West. But this earlier offspring — a Tumblr mashup of media involving Kanye West and Wes Anderson — still deserves an appreciative glance. The stylized, over-the-top pronouncements of Anderson's film characters go all too well with images of the rapper, and vice versa. West's recent New York Times pronouncement that "I understand culture, I am the nucleus" shows up on Royal Tenenbaums character Eli Cash's snake-handling Sunday Magazine Section cover. The critters on Fantastic Mr. Fox raise their glasses beneath the West lyric quote, "Let's have a toast for the douchebags." Check it out here. Rushmore's Max Fischer wrote a hit play!

  • Courtney Love, Jay-Z

    Courtney Love Blessed Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' Use of Nirvana Lyrics

    Courtney Love has gone from Hole to Hova. The singer told Huffington Post she gave Jay-Z approval to quote lyrics from Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his upcoming album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. She explained that while the rapper's camp used the lyrics first and asked for permission later, "which is kind of nervy, the business side is taken care of so it's fine." She also said this: "Jay-Z's huge and we're friends. I mean we're not besties or anything..."Kurt Cobain's widow's not-quite-bestie is set to release Magna Carta Holy Grail on July 4 via a Samsung Galaxy app. Billboard recently weighed in that the million album copies Samsung bought to give away to its customers will not count toward its top 200 albums chart. Maybe not coincidentally, Jay-Z anwered a question about "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in a 2012 coffee-table book by Pharrell.

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