Marc Hogan

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Biography

  • Nick Zinner, Challenge of the Future,

    Watch Nick Zinner Shred With His College Band Challenge of the Future

    Actor/director Adrian Grenier of Entourage fame recently announced he'd be expanding his Brooklyn-based Wreckroom studio into a full-fledged label, Wreckroom Records. Well, it turns out Grenier and Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner both attended New York's Bard College, and now Pitchfork reports they've joined forces to raise money for the daughter of Sebastian Quezada, a former classmate who died unexpectedly in 2011. Zinner and his college band Challenge of the Future, who got back together once before for a benefit show honoring their fallen friend, have now recorded a hard-charging benefit single, "You Can't Call Off the Dog," live at the Wreckroom studio. It's scratchy, jittery art-punk with feverish vocals, and you can watch the performance above or purchase the song via Bandcamp.

  • John Mayer,

    Did John Mayer Just Pull a Taylor Swift on Taylor Swift?

    Taylor Swift has mastered the trick of getting extra mileage out of her songs by leaving them open to tabloid speculation, and now John Mayer has turned the tables. Though she has never acknowledged whether "Dear John," off of 2010's stirring Speak Now, was the expert savaging of that very same John it appeared to be, her Frank Ocean-backing former love interest did declared himself "humiliated" as a result. Now Mayer's got a plausibly deniable celebrity diss all his own via his first new single since last year's rootsy Born and Raised.The man releases "Paper Doll" today via a wacky "Prancerise"-themed lyric video (above). Musically, the song offers lightly jazzy folk-pop in keeping with the more low-key approach he intimated in a recent print-only Rolling Stone interview. Lyrically, it's packed with potential Swift barbs.

  • Quadron,

    Quadron Make Classy, Clappy 'Letterman' Debut With Soulful 'Hey Love'

    Handclap-based songs have proliferated this past year or so, from hip-hop and R&B "clappers" to neo-folk hoedowns. Denmark's Quadron put a jazz-soul twist on the affair last night on Late Show With Letterman. Robin Hannibal — the production half of Woman duo Rhye — and smoky-voiced singer Coco performed "Hey Love" from their just-released album Avalanche. As Coco clapped and swayed with the band, the rendition picked up a throwback elegance that culminated when she briefly let her red blazer fall from her shoulders like a jazz-age cabaret singer. While Letterman rightly noted Quadron were making their network TV debut, Coco also joined Tyler, the Creator on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon earlier this year. For more Quadron, check out their airy Avalanche collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, "Better Off." The applause sign is illuminated.

  • Lil Wayne, American Flag

    Lil Wayne Desecrated the American Flag by Accident

    Lil Wayne has been caught up in plenty of legitimate drama lately. There was his near-fatal seizure, which he discussed earlier this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. There was his misconceived Emmett Till simile, which angered the civil rights icon's family and wound up making Weezy the latest rapper to run afoul of his corporate sponsors. Now, less than a week after Flag Day, a video has shown up that has made the rapper a target for scoundrels taking their last refuge. The clip shows Wayne stepping on an American flag during a video shoot for I Am Not a Human Being II track "God Bless Amerika," which extends the healthy suspicion of of the U.S. justice system that saw Lil Tunechi acting like he had amnesia during a 2012 deposition. The rapper tweeted today, "I didn't step on the flag on purpose!

  • Bill Callahan, 'Dream River'

    Bill Callahan Sets 'Sensual, Soulful' September LP 'Dream River'

    Bill Callahan has announced the follow-up to 2011's frank, unhurried Apocalypse.

  • Drake, tour, Miguel, Future

    Drake Touts Tour With Miguel and Future as Sweet, Slightly Raw 'On My Way' Emerges

    Kanye West's Yeezus is out today, but another rapper-singer who mixes arrogance, intense self-consciousness, and musical adventurousness already has plans to take over your next few months. "I ain't gonna lie: I want to be the one you listen to all summer," Drake says in a new GQ cover story. A newly surfaced, unfinished-sounding Drake track titled "On My Way" might not be the song that establishes the Take Care artist's dog-days dominance. But his freshly unveiled tour with forward-thinking R&B lothario Miguel and vulnerable hip-hop robot Future looks set to extend any upcoming reign well into the fall."On My Way" first surfaced online as a two-minute snippet in 2010. It's slow, minimally backed electronic R&B, with Drake singing about arriving in the airport and just needing the address to come see a pining love interest.

  • Kanye West, 'American Psycho,' 'Yeezus' video

    Kanye West Shares 'American Psycho' Short in Actually Watchable Form This Time

    On June 14, Kanye West debuted a new teaser video for his Yeezus album. An homage to a scene from the 2000 film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' 1991 novel American Psycho, the two-minute clip was projected onto the side of a Los Angeles recording studio. Footage surfaced online, but at the time it was tough to make out the dialogue.Now West has shared the full video on his website, where you can also purchase the recently leaked Yeezus. Watch Kim Kardashian's BFF Jonathan Cheban and Scott Disick, who has two children with Kourtney Kardashian, as they swap out Huey Lewis and the News for the Gospel of 'Ye. And yes, there's a memorable moment or two involving an ax. For comparison, the original film version is below.

  • Thom Yorke, Stanley Donwood, painting, auction

    Thom Yorke's Up-for-Auction Anti-Poverty Painting Won't Leave Bidders Poor

    In a recent interview with Alec Baldwin (!), Thom Yorke discussed going on "bad painting trips" with Stanley Donwood, a friend since college who was created all Radiohead and Yorke-related album art and posters since 1994's The Bends. Now someone with at least several thousand dollars to spare can bid on a Donwood-Yorke original painting at auction.As Yorke pointed out today on Twitter, a 2005 painting he did with Donwood for the anti-poverty Trade Justice Movement is being sold to benefit that group. The painting bears the text "Business School for the Dead" and shows skeletons, devilish angels, and a pair of creepy businessmen shaking hands (one with a dollar sign for a face, plus a suitcase dripping blood).

  • Chris Brown, Aaliyah,

    Chris Brown's Incoherent 'Don't Think They Know' Video Beams in Posthumous Aaliyah

    "Unity is what we are afraid of, so fear is insanity, let's love each other." This text, attributed as a quote from "Not CB, just Christopher," runs in the opening seconds of Chris Brown's new video for "Don't Think They Know," his song featuring previously unreleased guest vocals from the late Aaliyah. Before it comes an unsourced claim that a child dies of a gunshot wound in America every two hours, which seems a bit high, but whatever: The entire clip is just as ridiculously over-reaching.What follows is a Boyz n the Hood homage interspersed with scenes of Breezy dancing in between not one but two archival Aaliyah video manifestations.

  • Shabazz Palaces,

    Watch Shabazz Palace's Overdue, Assassin-Chic 'An Echo...' Video

    Ishmael Butler hasn't released an album with his Sub Pop-signed hip-hop group Shabazz Palaces since Black Up, one of 2011's best albums, but his presence is still as vital as ever. Light in the Attic imprint Modern Classics recently reissued 1994's Blowout Comb, from Butler's beloved Brooklyn rap trio Digable Planets. And Shabazz Palaces themselves remixed an Animal Collective track earlier this year. Now Pitchfork has posted the stylishly sinister black-and-white video for Black Up's "An Echo From the Hosts That Profess Infinitum," just in time for a set of mostly overseas Shabazz Palaces tour dates. The heady track is built around a childlike looped vocal sample that eventually gives way to a mbira percussion breakdown; the stark clip, directed by Joris Grelet, follows sword- and explosive-wielding figures.

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