Marc Hogan

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  • Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, 'American Idol,'

    Keith Urban Last 'Idol' Judge Standing as Nicki and Mariah Bid Adieu

    For at least one couple, last week's American Idol season finale resulted in a drunken mutual stabbing. Thankfully, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey found a more graceful way to cap a season in which the show's ratings hit an all-time low: They're leaving it, hasta la vista.In a tweet yesterday, Minaj officially confirmed her previously reported departure. She wrote: "Thank you American Idol for a life changing experience! Wouldn't trade it for the world! Time to focus on the Music!!! Mmmuuuaahhh!!!" Earlier this week, Her Pinkness had told Hot 97 radio host Pete Rosenberg, in a beef-quashing interview, "I agree that Nicki Minaj should focus on rap." Idol's loss could be hip-hop heads' gain.Carey also confirmed her exit via tweet thanks to her PR firm, PMK-BNC.

  • Disclosure Settle full album stream

    Disclosure Stream Entire 'Settle' Album Packed With Wall-to-Wall Hits

    Daft Punk may have left behind the electronic dance music they helped popularize, but their world-conquering Random Access Memories hasn't been the only new release causing drooling among club-music mavens in recent months.  Breaking Out brother duo Disclosure will release their debut album Settle in their native Britain on Monday, and they've already unveiled plenty of tracks that expertly blend recent strains of U.K.

  • James Murphy, Red Bull Music Academy, video

    James Murphy Opens Up (About Tolkien) and Plays the Hits for Red Bull

    "To want me to do something that you want me to do," James Murphy told an interviewer from the Guardian recently, "is to miss the fucking point." But what if what we want is to watch the LCD Soundsystem and DFA Records honcho hold forth passionately and nerdily about music, right before listening to him spin a wide-ranging DJ set? Well, that'd be on point, is the point.On Monday, Murphy talked about his influences, his experiences, and how J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy affected his approach to music-making in an enlightening 90-minute chat at the Red Bull Music Academy in Manhattan (watch above, via Rolling Stone). On Saturday night, as part of DFA's 12-year anniversary festivities, Murphy played records for about an hour at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn (listen below). The set is as classy, disco-riddled, and eclectic as you'd expect.

  • Boards of Canada, 'Tomorrow's Harvest,'

    Boards of Canada Plot 'Tomorrow's Harvest' Album Stream

    Boards of Canada fans have Monday on their mind. After weeks of teases including a surprise Record Store Day vinyl Easter Egg hunt, a multimedia cat-and-mouse game to unlock the album title, and a Kanye-style video projection on the streets of Tokyo, the Scottish electronic duo premiered Tomorrow's Harvest this week — at an abandoned California waterpark (see How Daft Punk Saved Pop Music (and Doomed Us All)). The rest of us will get our first chance to hear the new full-length this coming Monday, June 3, at 4 p.m. EST, when the band streams what a Facebook event page calls a "live album transmission." The follow-up to 2005's The Campfire Headphase is due out on June 11 via Warp. Boards of Canada being Boards of Canada, little other fresh information is available, so you'll just have to hope your weekend goes by fast.

  • Disclosure,

    Worship Disclosure's Snake-Handling 'When a Fire Starts to Burn' Video

    Dance music and the church have a longstanding bond that goes beyond the obvious fact that both can involve ecstatic communal experiences, whether directed by a DJ or a minister. Walter Gibbons, the disco mixing great who helped pioneer Chicago house, called his mid-'80s record label Jus Born because he'd become a born-again Christian. As Breaking Out sibling dance duo Disclosure prepare to release debut album Settle in their native Britain on June 3, they've unveiled a religious-themed video for "When a Fire Starts to Burn," a track that not coincidentally turns from the diva-led pop of previous singles toward straight-up dancefloor propulsion.

  • No Age, Doing It Themselves as Always, Manufacture August LP 'An Object'

    No Age, Doing It Themselves as Always, Manufacture August LP 'An Object'

    No Age have always been the kind of idealists for whom "do it yourself" is not a buzz phrase or a marketing angle but an actual way of life. The Los Angeles art-punk duo's Dean Spunt and Randy Randall have been associated since the start with local DIY venue the Smell; in a 2010 interview with Jessica Hopper for LA Weekly, they talked about building, painting, and running sound at the all-ages, alcohol-free space. Even as their audience has grown, they've stuck to their views.  On August 19 in Europe and August 20 in North America, Sub Pop will release No Age's An Object, the follow-up to 2010's newly expansive Everything in Between.  In keeping with No Age's DIY spirit, An Object will be, well, an object.

  • Brazil, Kiss, Nightclub, Santa Maria, fire, tragedy, 242 deaths

    Brazil Nightclub Fire Tragedy Defendants Go Free on Bail, Angering Victims' Families

    Anger. Disappointment. Those were the emotions on display yesterday from friends and family members of the 242 people who died in a Brazilian nightclub fire earlier this year, CNN reports. At a hearing on Wednesday, judges said the four defendants charged in the case would be granted bail.The blaze ripped through the Kiss nightclub in the university city of Santa Maria in January, when a band's pyrotechnics went wrong. Authorities have filed charges of multiple murders and attempted murders against club owners Elissandro Spohr and Mauro Hoffman, singer Marcelo de Jesus dos Santos, and concert producer Luciano Bonilha. Prosecutors say dos Santos' band cut costs by using outdoor-only pyrotechnics and club owners let the venue become dangerous.

  • Velvet Underground, Nico, Andy Warhol, banana

    There's Money in the Banana Lawsuit: Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol Foundation Settle

    In January 2012, the Velvet Underground sued the Andy Warhol Foundation over the trademark to the famous banana design on the cover of the band's 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico. (We immediately blew our quota on delicious fruit puns.) Now, Bloomberg News reports the two sides have settled the case. Though terms of the deal weren't disclosed, we presume any monetary amount involved was... a-peel-ing? Anyone?All right then: Lou Reed and John Cale originally claimed the foundation infringed the trademark for the banana art by licensing it to third parties. Their complaint argued the Velvet Underground's use of the artwork "has been exclusive, continuous, and uninterrupted for more than 25 years." They also contended Warhol had originally based his design on an advertisement.The Warhol foundation argued that it held the rights to Warhol's banana design.

  • Adam Levine, Maroon 5

    Adam Levine's Anti-'Murica Gaffe Won't Spare Us From Maroon 5

    Adam Levine is Overexposed — that's the title of his last album with Maroon 5 — and we wouldn't be mad if we could escape bland entreaties like "Payphone" for a while. He's currently catching heat for an allegedly unpatriotic remark he made this week on The Voice, and his response has been predictably clueless. But the ol' U.S. of A., God bless it, tends to let guys like Levine get away with a whole lot worse. And as much as it pains us to speak in Levine's defense, if a song like "She Will Be Loved" being bland and corny wasn't enough to stop Maroon 5's merciless advance, this latest gaffe really shouldn't hurt them, either.Here's what happened.

  • Soundgarden, Ben Shepherd

    Soundgarden Bassist Ben Shepherd Reflects on Almost Joining Nirvana

    Casual fans of Nirvana might not know the band once considered adding Soundgarden's current bassist as a second guitarist. Ben Shepherd, who toured with Kurt Cobain's band early on in a roadie-like role, looked back on the era in a recent interview with Denver's Westword. "Well, I was supposed to play lead guitar for them," Shepherd said. "But they stayed a three-piece. "Shepherd's near-role as the fourth Nirvana member has been documented before, including in Michael Azerrad's book Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana. "I didn't really roadie with them," Shepherd told Westword of his time on the road with Nirvana. "I just went on tour with them. We all did all that shit. It was a blast to get out." Shepherd joined Soundgarden on bass in 1990, replacing Jason Everman, who had also played with Nirvana.

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