Marc Hogan



  • Drake

    Drake Shows His Softer Side on R&B Slow Jam 'Girls Love Beyonce'

    Let's welcome back Confessional Drake, everybody. The side of the Toronto rapper-singer that let us classify 2011's Take Care as one of the year's best R&B albums has been relatively quiet this year. Of Aubrey Drake Graham's last two tracks, "Started From the Bottom" is a shout-along boast and "5AM in Toronto" is an ice-cold verbal barrage. He released two more tracks yesterday, and the latest, "Girls Love Beyoncé," is the more lyrically exposed. Usual producer Noah "40" Shebib's typically skeletal backing track is built around fluid keyboards, finger snaps, and silky vocal harmonies that throw back to the era of Shai and H-Town, while guest vocalist James Fauntleroy sings a half-lit version of Destiny's Child's "Say My Name" refrain.

  • Josh Homme, Mark Lanegan, Anthony Bourdain, 'Parts Unknown,' theme song

    Josh Homme and Mark Lanegan Share Sha-La-La-ing Anthony Bourdain Theme Song

    Queens of the Stone Age have a long history of collaborations with Anthony Bourdain. SPIN once even interviewed the TV chef about it. QOTSA, of course, are getting set to release new album ...Like Clockwork on June 4 via Matador Records, and they've already unveiled muscular single "My God Is the Sun." The record's many guests include returning QOTSA hand (and former Screaming Trees belter) Mark Lanegan. Now, as Antiquiet points out, QOTSA main man Josh Homme has teamed up with Lanegan to record the theme song for Bourdain's new CNN show Parts Unknown.The results are definitely theme-song-y, with ample sha-la-las. But hearing Homme and Lanegan trade gravelly croons and big-room howls over sweaty guitars is still a treat. "I took a walk through this beautiful world / Felt the cool rain on my shoulder," the two sing.

  • Vampire Weekend, Steve Buscemi

    Vampire Weekend Soak Up Steve Buscemi's Weirdness in 'Unstaged' Trailer Video

    Vampire Weekend's Steve Buscemi-guided transformation into offbeat characters worthy of the actor and director continues. First the Coachella-performing New York band, set to release new album Modern Vampires of the City on May 14, attended an Easter parade with Buscemi. Then all was (sort of) explained with word Buscemi would direct a live online broadcast of Vampire Weekend's April 28 show at New York City's Roseland Ballroom as part of the Unstaged series. But now both group and director are raising expectations of the live-stream's potential quirkiness with a 45-second trailer video that's gloriously inscrutable. It's only 45 seconds, so we can't really say much more without giving it away, but we hope you enjoy your near-minute of befuddlement. (It isn't "Leap Day," but then, those don't come around every year.)

  • Danny Brown, Charli XCX

    Danny Brown Chats Up Charli XCX on Sharp-Tongued 'What I Like' Remix

    "All along I wanted someone to vibe with," Charli XCX sorta-raps on "What I Like," her love-stoned new video selection. Now that someone thrillingly turns out to be Detroit rapper Danny Brown, who's in his fast-paced, higher-pitched form as he insists on taking the U.K. singer home. In truth, it's a relatively restrained outing from Brown, but unless you're some kind of DB-hating Philistine — and really, is there such a thing? — this version should easily replace the original on your playlists. Even without the extra XXX MC, this track was already a vivid highlight from XCX's April 16 IAMSOUND LP True Romance (which you can stream in full).Listen over at FACT.

  • LL Cool J, Brad Paisley,

    Brad Paisley's 'Accidental Racist'-Spawning, 'SNL'-Mocked Album Will Chart

    Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's "Accidental Racist" might not have sparked quite the conversation its creators intended, but the widely mocked country-rap song continues to draw attention.The album that contains that clunky miscue, Wheelhouse, has "16 other rather good songs," according to SPIN's reviewer Jason Gubbels. And whether despite or because of the controversy, Paisley's latest is poised to become the country singer's eighth Top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart. The album will probably move about 95,000 copies in its first week, sources told the industry magazine. Paramore will likely top the chart with their self-titled album, but Paisley shouldn't be far behind.Strong sales haven't insulated Paisley and LL from continued criticism, though.& Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" skewered the pair on this past weekend's Miguel-adorned episode.

  • George Jackson,

    George Jackson, 'Old Time Rock and Roll' Songwriter, Dies at 68

    Muscle Shoals, Alabama, in the '60s and '70s was home to some of the era's greatest musical talent, but not all of its artists received their proper due. George Jackson, who co-wrote eventual Bob Seger hit "Old Time Rock and Roll" plus hundreds of other rock and soul songs, was one of them. As the AP reports, Jackson has died at 68 in his home outside Jackson, Mississippi, after falling ill with cancer about a year ago.The Mississippi native spent time in Memphis, Tennessee, but made his name working in Muscle Shoals' FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, writing songs for James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Clarence Carter, and more.

  • Daft Punk

    Daft Punk Set Fire to the EDM Trail They Blazed on Sample-Lite 'Random Access Memories'

    Daft Punk continue to parcel out crumbs of information about the French house duo's May 21 album Random Access Memories, but one clear theme so far is that the album will draw on older sounds.The proto-EDM trailblazers have been previewing snippets of new music in Saturday Night Live commercials, and this weekend they gave away a two-minute glimpse at Coachella. Above is a high-quality video of the Coachella-previewed track, "Get Lucky," a disco-soul throwback with Pharrell and Chic's Nile Rodgers; the video includes a button you can click to add a VHS-style visual effect.In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo confirmed their new album's musical approach also marks a return to the pre-digital era.

  • Jai Paul

    Rising U.K. Songwriter Jai Paul's Unexpected New Album Actually Wasn't

    Jai Paul's debut album, if and when it arrives, will be a huge deal. The British songwriter and producer, signed to XL Recordings, laid the framework for Drake's "Dreams Money Can Buy" and Beyoncé's "End of Time" with his own 2011 post-dubstep gauntlet-raising "BTSTU." Paul's only other releases are the bassy rumination "Jasmine" and the liquid, Little Dragon-assisted Big Boi bonus track "Higher Res." Both are similarly gorgeous and pioneering, like Arthur Russell's spaced-out disco for an era after Burial, the xx, and James Blake.So when an "album" attributed to the XL Recordings signee popped up on Bandcamp recently, the news spread quickly. The only problem: Despite including "Jasmine" (and a cover of Jennifer Paige's 1998 teen-pop hit "Crush"!), it's not an album.

  • Phoenix, R. Kelly, Coachella

    Watch the 5 Best Sets From Coachella 2013's First Weekend

    Coachella 2013's first weekend is over, but it's still alive online. SPIN has already carefully cataloged our favorite sets from Friday and Saturday, plus our field notes from each day. And don't miss SPIN's best live photos from the opening foray of this year's Indio, California, throwdown.If you weren't there, though, the next-best-thing might be to watch the video footage for yourself. Which, luckily, you can do. We've assembled five must-see clips below.5. Phoenix with R. KellyThe YouTube comments suggests Coachella-goers didn't "get" Chicago's R&B pied piper, but his appearance onstage during Phoenix's set was thrilling beyond novelty value.

  • Sally Shapiro,

    Watch Sally Shapiro's Storybook-Disco 'If It Doesn't Rain' Video

    Sally Shapiro, the team of a pseudoynmous Swedish singer and her Giorgio Moroder-minded producer Johan Agebjörn, released a new album earlier this year called Somewhere Else. It was the pair's most rewarding full-length since quietly stunning 2008 debut Disco Romance, partly because it withdrew back into fragile, withdrawn indie-pop after 2009's more bold-faced My Guilty Pleasure. A particular standout on the new record is the hushed, aching "If It Doesn't Rain." The song's new video (via Idolator) amplifies its familiar yet strange, tale-as-old-as-time quality with an edit by Iris Beatrix based on a fantastical 1953 film by Czech animator Zdeněk Miler. Spoiler: Someone brings an umbrella.

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