Marc Hogan

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  • Chan Marshall, Cat Power

    Cat Power Illuminates Gorgeous New Song 'Bully' on BBC Radio

    Cat Power's Chan Marshall has graced us with another chance to hear her heartbreaking piano-and-vocals ballad "Bully," and she has also offered the faintest of hints about its origins. Marshall debuted the wrenching reminiscence on BBC's Later... With Jools Holland last month, and you can buy it on iTunes, but the video of her TV performance is no longer available in the United States. Luckily, Marshall's rendition this morning on BBC Radio 4's "Woman's Hour" (via Pitchfork) is every bit as stirring as our memories of the song's earlier performance, and you can listen to it here around the 18:38 mark.

  • Daft Punk

    Daft Punk's Oddball, Exquisite Giorgio Moroder Collaboration Surfaces Online

    It's an eventful day for the men in the robot masks. Daft Punk's new album Random Access Memories isn't out until May 21, and so far the French electronic dance music blueprint-setters have released only one advance track, "Get Lucky," their disco-callback collaboration with Nile Rodgers and Pharrell (an early version of album closer "Contact" has apparently emerged in an online recording of a 2002 DJ set).

  • James Murphy, 'Too Old to Be New, Too New to Be Classic,' DFA Records, documentary, short film

    DFA Records' 12-Year History Retold in 12 Minutes by LCD Soundsystem, the Rapture, More

    Too Old to New, Too New to Be Classic is a predictably perfect title for a new short film about DFA Records. The label that gave us LCD Soundsystem's self-skewering 2002 single "Losing My Edge" has always been upfront about understanding its place in history, and DFA's decade-plus run of great dance and indie rock is still too recent for there to be much margin in acclaiming it.Such questions of cultural currency are suitably deflated by Red Bull Music Academy's 12-minute documentary, which includes entertaining interviews with members of DFA acts such as LCD Soundsystem, the Rapture, Holy Ghost!, the Juan MacLean, YACHT, and more. Jonathan Galkin and LCD main man James Murphy, who co-founded DFA in 2001 with Tim Goldsworthy, also appear, with Galkin describing the label as a "dysfunctional" family.

  • Gary Clark Jr.,

    Gary Clark Jr. Hits the Road in Battle-of-the-Sexes 'Numb' Video

    Gary Clark Jr.'s gritty blues rock is in a long tradition that has been so exhaustively commercialized that in others' hands it often can be moribund. Last year's Essential album Blak and Blu left no doubt the Austin-based guitar-slinger was an exception. But that doesn't mean he shies away from his music's crucial lineage. The video for Blak and Blu's horn-blowing "Ain't Messin' Around" brimmed with Flower Power vibes. The black-and-white clip for the LP's slashing, scorching "Numb" explores two familiar ideas, the battle of the sexes and the image of a lone bluesman wailing away on his guitar in the country — all that's missing is Robert Johnson's mythical crossroads. In the clip (via NPR), Clark is feeling harried by his sometimes scantily clad lover, so he takes off in a Cadillac Fleetwood. Amp and ax go along for the ride. By the end, love is back in the air.

  • Sharon Jones

    Hear Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' Fierce 'Retreat!'

    Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings spent two years touring after 2010's I Learned the Hard Way, but the first track from the soul-funk torch-bearers' upcoming fifth album shows they're just as at ease in the recording studio. Give the People What They Want is due out on August 6 via Daptone Records, and "Retreat!" marches forward while still sounding like it should please a crowd at one of Jones' life-affirming shows. Her urgent, lavish backing uses the 11-piece band to the fullest, but it's in the grand tradition of peppy soul songs with less glimmering lyrics, as Jones warns a beau not to set her off. As retro yet relevant as the lyric, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."Give the People What They Want track list:1. "Retreat!"2. "Stranger to My Happiness"3. "We Get Along"4. "You'll Be Lonely"5. "Now I See"6. "Making Up and Breaking Up"7. "Get Up and Get Out"8.

  • The National,

    Watch the National and a Cute Kid Rock a Cozy Room in 'Sea of Love' Video

    "Joe, I'll always think of you as a kinder child who knew this was never gonna last," Matt Berninger sings in the National's "Sea of Love." Now the somber Brooklyn rockers have posted a video for the Harvard name-checking song, which they recently debuted on late-night TV ahead of May 21 album Trouble Will Find Me. No word on whether the little boy in the video, directed by Sophia Peer (Paul Banks, Wanda Sykes, Yeasayer), is named Joe, but he looks like he's having a blast miming the song with the band, all crammed into a little room. At the end, the band members bow and walk offstage. It lasts just long enough. UPDATE: Three of the National's members — Berninger and twin brothers/guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner — participated in an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit today (May 8).

  • James Franco, Zach Galifianakis, the Lonely Island,

    Watch the Lonely Island's Uproarious 'Spring Break Anthem'

    One of the beauties of hip-hop is that parody and references to other songs are already built into the form, but if you're looking for straight-up comedy-rap, the Lonely Island will still keep you cracking up. The Saturday Night Live-spawned troupe releases its third LP, The Wack Album, on June 11, with a track list impressively including Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" star Pharrell Williams, T-Pain, and Solange. Until then, they'll be releasing a new video every "Wack Wednesday," echoing Kanye West's "GOOD Fridays." Stereogum points to today's clip for "Spring Break Anthem," which interrupts Zach Galifianakis' Between Two Ferns talk-show chat with Spring Breakers actor James Franco to give us, what else, a send-up of spring break culture.

  • Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson Hit With New Child Molestation Claim

    Michael Jackson's posthumous legal troubles continue to grow. Almost four years after the King of Pop's death, his family's wrongful-death lawsuit against his final concert promoter continues to wind its way through trial. And now a choreographer who as a child attended sleepovers at Jackson's Neverland Ranch has come forward with a new claim that he was molested by the pop singer, TMZ reports, citing legal documents.Wade Robson, who has worked with Britney Spears and 'N Sync, is reportedly asking Jackson's estate for money over the alleged child molestation. During Jackson's 2005 molestation trial, Robson testified that the singer had never molested him.

  • The Breeders,

    Watch the Breeders 'Splash' Again With Two Indie Classics on 'Fallon'

    The Breeders' performance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night could serve as a more elegant concurrence to that Dave Grohl anti-American Idol quote making the online rounds lately. It's probably true the reunited lineup behind 1993's Last Splash — fresh off a show this week at New York City's Webster Hall — couldn't have achieved such prominence in the current pop era. The media environment is different, and some luck always has to be involved; out of context, Grohl's rap against singing contests overlooks both of those truths. But the look-at-us spirit with which the band romped through Last Splash's beautifully skewed hit "Cannonball" and, as a Web exclusive, the album's slightly twee Ed's Redeeming Qualities cover "Driving on 9"?

  • David Bowie,

    David Bowie Plays a Religious Gig in Weirdly Meta 'The Next Day' Video

    The title track from David Bowie's new album, The Next Day, conceals darkly religious imagery behind glam-rock sleaze. "They can work with Satan while they dress like the saints / They know God exists, for the devil told him so," the rock legend sings, almost shouts. Bowie already revealed that the video for the "The Next Day" would feature actor Gary Oldman dressed up in religious vestments, but now he has unveiled the full clip, which puts its bleak manipulation of Christian iconography front and center. Oldman, looking like nothing less than Robert Mitchum as the false prophet in Hollywood classic The Night of the Hunter, is joined by actress Marion Cotillard, who suffers a particularly messy case of stigmata.

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