Marc Hogan



  • Queens of the Stone Age, 'Kalopsia,' video

    Watch Queens of the Stone Age's Unbeautiful 'Kalopsia' Video

    Now that Daft Punk's album is streaming, Queens of the Stone Age's ...Like Clockwork has become the long-teased, virally marketed LP to watch. (Don't worry, Boards of Canada, we're keeping an eye on you, too.) And the band from California's Inland Empire does not intend to disappoint. QOTSA have unveiled a sub-two-minute video for mid-album track "Kalopsia," which moves from an unexpectedly serene start to characteristically coiled fury.Like the previous clip for "I Appear Missing," the video features images from ...Like Clockwork visual artist Boneface, and here they're similarly grotesque: grinning zombie dude floating the dark streets, human faces melting, a teddy bear. The video begins by defining its title, "Kalopsia," as "a condition where things are more beautiful than they appear." And, yes, the music here is gorgeous, no matter how creepy the imagery.

  • Vampire Weekend, 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,' video

    Watch Vampire Weekend Breeze Through 'Ya Hey' and 'Everlasting Arms' on 'Fallon'

    Vampire Weekend released Essential album Modern Vampires of the City this week. Its refined optimism in some ways still couldn't be a starker contrast to indie-circuit near-contemporaries Deerhunter's rude "poor boy from a poor family" racket; it's instructive, though, that the Atlanta band's Bradford Cox approvingly compared Vampire Weekend to the B-52s or the Talking Heads in a recent press conference. And seeing Ezra Koenig and the guys last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, it's still easy to suspect that although their songs may appear outwardly more straightforward, their deeper meanings may still be just as elusive.On "Ya Hey" (above), you come for the OutKast reference and cartoon voices, but you stay to puzzle out what's being observed about Yahweh.

  • Starlight Girls

    Hear Starlight Girls' Nocturnal, Jamie Stewart-Produced '7x3'

    Brooklyn's Starlight Girls put out a five-song, self-titled EP of noirish, '60s-steeped indie pop last year, and their next release should be even better suited to the nighttime hours. This summer they're set to issue a new 7-inch single, produced by Xiu Xiu's Jamie Stewart and pressed as a limited-edition picture disc featuring glow-in-the-dark images of constellations. One of the two songs on the 7-inch will be "7x3," which sees Starlight Girls moving deeper into dubwise atmospheres, with smoky vocals that hint toward '90s trip-hop. Peaking Lights' psychedelic grooves and TEEN's fluttery retro-pop also come to mind as reference points for a record that will be undeniably luminous.

  • Owl City, Oreo,

    Owl City's Sickly-Sweet Oreo Commercial Jingle May Cause Gag Reflex

    During last night's episode of Mad Men, a 90-second animated commercial aired touting the "wonderfilled" nature of Oreo cookies. The storyline of the commercial was straight out of  Laura Numeroff and Felicio Bond's classic 1985 children's book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and the series it launched.

  • Kings of Leon,

    Watch Kings of Leon Debut Hard-Charging 'Always the Same' Live

    Kings of Leon kicked off their 2013 tour over the weekend at the BottleRock festival in California's Napa Valley, and they performed a promisingly fiery new song. Though its title and how it might be released have yet to be confirmed, it's likely that "Always the Same" (as YouTube posters are calling the song) will appear on the Nashville band's first album since 2010's Come Around Sundown. Bassist Jared Followill recently said of KoL's upcoming sixth album, planned for a September release, "I thought we were going to make a really mature album, but I'm amazed how youthful it sounds." That's a fair description of "Always the Same," which has a bluesy, wailing guitar solo and the forward propulsion of recent Queens of the Stone Age.

  • Kanye West, Kim Kardashian

    Sample Kanye West's Ugly, Shade-Throwing New Tracks, Courtesy Hudson Mohawke

    Kanye West knows the public relations value of gossip and controversy, and from the sound of it his new music will continue to generate plenty of both.The talented producer/DJ Hudson Mohawke, who's one-half of exemplary trap-rave duo TNGHT and who contributed to West's 2012 G.O.O.D. Music track "Mercy," unveiled a couple of West-led tracks in a set at Poland's Free Form Festival last night. The visuals aren't much, and the audio is a bit distorted, but it's still a whole lot clearer than the brief snippets from West's performance at New York City's Met Ball last week.The first video features West appearing to make light of Parkinson's disease ("We get this bitch shakin' like Parkinson's") and then taking what DDotOmen notes might be a shot at Kris Humphries, the husband of West's soon-to-be baby-mama Kim Kardashian ("Black dick in your spouse again").

  • David Bowie,

    David Bowie's 'Space Oddity' Oddly Covered by an Astronaut, in Space

    Major Tom has been heard from, and he has a nice singing voice. Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who's set to return to earth today following a five-month stint on the International Space Station, has posted a remarkable music video of himself covering David Bowie's "Space Oddity" in, well, space. Mashable calls the clip "the first-ever music video from space," but it's also a refreshingly sincere addition to a song that has already left a wide cultural footprint — from a theatrically pompous William Shatner version to Flight of the Conchords' "Bowie's in Space." Hadfield actually was in space, though we're afraid he probably can't answer Bowie's question about "Life on Mars?."Bowie recently released The Next Day, his first album of new material in 10 years.

  • Daft Punk, 'Give Life Back to Music,' video, teaser

    Watch Daft Punk Open 'Random Access Memories' on Their Spaceship

    Daft Punk finally have May 21 album Random Access Memories in their hot robot hands. In a new video, the French electronic duo opens up the packaging for the vinyl edition of the record. The clip is set in a spaceship, and we see that the physical design of the record lines up with the music's much-discussed back-to-the-future bent: There's none of the kids' fancy colored vinyl here, just a classic, old-school Columbia label emblazoned in red on black wax.At the end of the video, Daft Punk blast a few celebratory seconds of Random Access Memories opener "Give Life Back to Music." And then it's over.But there are still plenty more Random tidbits to sift through ahead of the album's release.

  • Queens of the Stone Age

    Hear Queens of the Stone Age Debut Crunching 'Keep Your Eyes Peeled' Live

    Another new Queens of the Stone Age song has surfaced from the band's performance last week at Belgian venue Club 69. As QOTSAarchive points out (via Antiquiet), a stream of ...Like Clockwork opener "Keep Your Eyes Peeled" is online, and it's a furious, midtempo churner with a refrain that could serve as a riposte to the title of Beyoncé's recent HBO special, Life Is But a Dream: "If life is but a dream, then wake me up," Josh Homme roars. The recording joins the show's excellent debuts of the more subdued "If I Had a Tail" and charging, falsetto-teasing "I Sat by the Ocean." Also last week came the band's creepy "I Appear Missing" video.QOTSA's first album in five years is due out on June 4 via Matador Records. Elton John, Trent Reznor, Alex Turner, and Brody Dalle are all on board as collaborators, along with recent SPIN cover star Dave Grohl.

  • Foxygen's

    Foxygen Cowboy Up in Childhood-Assembling 'No Destruction' Video

    America, Foxygen are coming for you. The laconic Los Angeles psych-poppers scrapped their entire European tour after a lackluster South by Southwest performance, but they're currently crisscrossing the United States, including a few dates in Brooklyn next week and a just-announced Pygmalion festival gig. Their new video for "No Destruction," the loping, Dylan-meets-Velvets highlight from this year's smartly '60s-rearranging We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic, appropriately nods toward that most American of visual styles: the Western. Rather than go the literal route and depict the song's most vivid image — pot-smoking in the subway — the band's longtime friend Bryan Felber shows them in cowboy hats, "not in Brooklyn anymore," interspersed with footage from video projects dating back to high school.

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