Marc Hogan

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  • Phoenix

    Stream Dirty Projectors' Clap-Along Remix of Phoenix's 'Entertainment'

    Phoenix's "Entertainment" keeps proving its value, whether as arty entertainment or as entertaining art (or whatever else!), and Dirty Projectors' playful remix is the latest example. The Brooklyn band's reworking of the first single from the current SPIN cover stars' lusciously oblique Bankrupt! follows a blippy, electronics-based take by Grizzly Bear, a laid-back cover by Dinosaur Jr., and an '80s R&B slow-dance version by Blood Orange. Of these, Dirty Projectors' remix, with trappy claps, swooning loops of Thomas Mars' voice saying "I love," and choral harmonies, is probably closest to Grizzly Bear's. But it's all over the place, too: "Show them what you do with me," Mars sings, and the Swing Lo Magellan band's answer must be, "A lot."Again, don't miss SPIN's latest cover story, We Do It Properly: Coast to Coast With Phoenix

  • The National, MoMA, PS1

    The National Will Repeat One Song for Six Hours in the Name of Art

    "I don't wanna get over you," the National's Matt Berninger booms on "Sorrow," from 2010's High Violet. On May 5, he'll be able to extend that not-yet-over-you feeling for a full six hours, as part of a special, "Sorrow"-on-repeat performance at New York's MoMA PS1. Titled "A Lot of Sorrow," and presented in partnership with Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson, the event runs from noon to 6 p.m.

  • MNDR,

    Watch MNDR Outrun Reality in Mind-Bending, Art-Blending 'Faster Horses' Video

    MNDR's excellent dance-pop album Feed Me Diamonds is more than eight months old, but its latest video makes it look like all that time was spent coming up with audacious visual ideas.The Stereogum-posted clip for euphoric floor-thumper "Faster Horses," directed by former hacker and Dead Prez: Bigger Than Hip-Hop documentarian John Threat, has enough going on for an album's worth of videos. There's MNDR's bespectacled Amanda Warner riding a horse, a cartoon version of her doing the same, and a stop-motion version of all that galloping past burning buildings. That's all en route to rendezvousing with an angelic, blue-eyed girl in some kind of alternative universe, after being chased by sinister, masked figures, and rushing around classical statues, including one that eventually moons the viewer.

  • Grooveshark, Universal

    Pre-Disco Music Faces Web Extinction in Big Copyright Case

    If there's content from before 1972 you've been meaning to enjoy on YouTube, SoundCloud, or other user-uploaded streaming services, better get on that now. A recent ruling from a New York state appeals court looks poised to drag out a legal battle between streaming providers and copyright holders over pre-1972 material. As Billboard reports, a five-judge panel upheld Universal Music Group's appeal of a lower court's ruling in favor of streaming site Grooveshark.The 1998 U.S. law known as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act includes a "safe harbor" protecting companies like Grooveshark from copyright infringement liability, so long as they abide by certain requirements.

  • Will.i.am

    Will.i.am Explains How He Accidentally Stole a Track From Russian DJ

    Will.i.am's recent onslaught of lowest-common-denominator club-pop has been so dumbed down it's hard to imagine he would have to steal it. Just last week, a new track with Ke$ha found the Black Eyed Peas rapper declaring that a woman has put her "boobies" — or "boobs," depending on which lyrics site you believe — in his face, "so now I'm seeing double." Har har. But theft is just what he acknowledged in an interview yesterday on Los Angeles radio station KIIS FM.As Billboard transcribes the interview, Will.i.am maintained his use of another artist's track on Chris Brown collaboration "Let's Go" was accidental.

  • Grimes, Claire Boucher

    Grimes' Anti-Sexism Manifesto Is Required Reading (Even if You're Not a Fan)

    After assembling one of 2012's most discussed indie albums, the all-embracing and promisingly ambitious Visions, Grimes mastermind Claire Boucher almost quit social media. "Bye Internet," the Internet-fueled Canadian electro-pop artist wrote earlier this year, in a Tumblr post that has since been deleted. Her near-departure, which involved deleting all of her earlier posts, came after Pitchfork reported on her Tumblr's (deleted, of course) 2012 year-end list, which was appropriately filled with pop: Beyoncé, Psy, Mariah Carey.She returned, of course, but the spectacle was at once confusing and revealing. Here, as Gawker's Rich Juzwiak noted, was an artist who gained attention in part through her Tumblr, reacting negatively at attention she received for her Tumblr: "My Tumblr is not a news source," she wrote in another since-deleted tweet.

  • beaches

    Watch Beaches' Lighthearted, Animated 'Send Them Away' Video

    Melbourne's Beaches are set to release their sophomore album, She Beats, on May 3 via the excellent Australian label Chapter Music. While the first advance track from the Jack Farley-produced (Twerps, Scott & Charlene's Wedding) record, "Distance," is a Stereolab-like psych swirl with guitar from Neu!’s Michael Rother, "Send Them Away" is brightly catchy noise-pop closer to what you'd expect from the band name. Less Best Coast than Flying Nun, the shambolic tune now has a similarly color-splashed, lighthearted animated video, directed by Ben Montero. It's heaven-sent, and you can watch it first here.

  • Boards of Canada

    Boards of Canada Mystery Deepens as Second 12-Inch Surfaces

    Jack White might've showered listeners with the most lavish Record Store Day goodies, but Boards of Canada were responsible for Saturday's most intriguing puzzle. The Scottish masters of spaced-out electronics haven't released an album since 2005's The Campfire Headphase, but an unannounced 12-inch record attributed to the duo showed up at New York's Other Music. The record appeared to be one of several, each presumably bearing some kind of code.Now, as 2020k points out (via FACT), London's Rough Trade East has sold another 12-inch of these as yet unexplained BoC singles. This copy's packaging contains the same series of slashes, dashes, and X's as the one sold at Other Music, which would seem to pour cold water on speculation that there must be only six records, each with different codes, spread around the world.

  • Neil Young, Jack White, Third Man Records

    Hear Jack White's Scratchy, Insta-Vinyl Loretta Lynn Cover

    Record Store Day is to Jack White what New Year's Eve is to Diddy. In other words, White's Third Man Records outdid everyone else when it came to throwing a party on Saturday. This year, the Nashville record store introduced a recording booth that lets visitors cut as much as two minutes of audio onto vinyl. According to Third Man's blog, Neil Young even took a turn in the booth. White, the official 2013 Record Store Day ambassador and, through the White Stripes' 10th-anniversary Elephant reissue, also the day's unofficial king, also spent some time with the refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph machine. The result, an appropriately rough-hewn rendition of past collaborator Loretta Lynn's 1970 country classic "Coal Miner's Daughter," is below. The question, which Diddy must also face every January 1: How's he possibly going to top himself next year?

  • Thom Yorke

    Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich Amusingly Insult EDM

    Thom Yorke is no fan of most electronic dance music today. That should be no surprise if you're the least bit familiar with his bands Radiohead or Atoms for Peace, which show far more interest in abstraction and complexity than so much recent EDM's Ibiza-via-Vegas glitz. What's more interesting, though, is how Yorke and fellow Atoms for Peace member (and longtime Radiohead producer) Nigel Godrich explain their distaste for the megaclub-and-velvet-ropes scene.Basically, they compare it to fashion. In this analogy, shared in an interview with Rolling Stone, artists like Flying Lotus and others associated with Los Angeles's Low End Theory venue are "haute couture" — Godrich actually uses this phrase!

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