Marc Hogan



  • Mykki Blanco,

    Watch Mykki Blanco's Noir-Nodding 'Feeling Special' Video

    Mykki Blanco's breakout 2012 mixtape was titled Cosmic Angel: Illuminati Prince/ss. Give or take a few rips in the space-time continuum, why couldn't that dual honorific be applied to Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall? According to MTV, Bacall's roles in classic film noir were an inspiration for director Danny Sangra (the Heavy, Lianne La Havas) when conceiving the video for "Feeling Special." The track comes from Blanco's upcoming debut EP, Betty Rubble: The Initiation (out May 21 on UNO), and the video serves as an introduction to Blanco's persona, showing her in full Bacall-blonde diva guise and also in a more traditionally male-gendered aspect, both in the back of a car and writhing on a floor. It's a relatively straightforward clip, but this New York rapper has so far been special for sure.Betty Rubble: The Initiation track list:1. "Angry Birds"2. "Crisp Clean"3.

  • Low,

    Watch Low's Subtly Gorgeous, Detail-Driven 'Just Make It Stop' Video

    Phil Harder knows Low. His movie How to Quit Smoking, which premieres on April 20 at the Minneapolis / Saint Paul Film Festival, documents his 20 years of short films and videos with the band. Harder's latest Low video, which premiered over at Stereogum, masterfully demonstrates his keen understanding of the music. The Minnesota-based band has always found grandeur in small gestures, but Jeff Tweedy-produced new album The Invisible Way particularly savors the granular details of organic instruments: piano, acoustic guitar, brushed percussion. The Harder-directed clip for "Just Make It Stop" makes this beauty-in-little-things approach visual, with close-ups of Mimi Parker and the guys performing in a studio.

  • Scott Miller, 'Music: What Happened?'

    Scott Miller, of Game Theory and Loud Family, Has Died, But His Albums Live on (for Free)

    Pop singer/songwriter/guitarists as enamored with melody as they are suspicious of convention are all too often unjustly little-known. From Big Star's Alex Chilton to Kleenex Girl Wonder's Graham Smith, record collections are filled with songs by left-of-center tunesmiths we just know would be household names if only casual listeners had been more exposed to their bands. Scott Miller, who led the groups Game Theory and Loud Family, was one who inspired that type of cultish adoration.Miller died on April 15, according to a statement on the Loud Family website. He was 53. The cause of death is unclear.

  • The Knife,

    Watch the Knife's Album Cover Art Come Alive in Minimalist 'A Cherry on Top' Video

    The Knife's SPIN Essential new album, Shaking the Habitual, came out earlier this month. The cover art, you might've noticed, sets bright blue-green text and images against a hot-pink background. The geometrical image from the upper righthand corner of the album cover dances and twirls in the newly posted video for almost-nine-minute electro-acoustic zone-out "A Cherry on Top." It's an austere contrast to the more representational videos for the album's "A Tooth for An Eye" and "Full of Fire." Oddly enough, this one, animated by Habitual lyric poster designer Martin Falck, doesn't come with a dissertation-ready explanatory text. "Magenta party artwork," Karin Dreijer Andersson called the album cover in an interview with SPIN's Philip Sherburne. "It feels cheap and very glossy at the same time."

  • Davell Crawford / Photo by Dino Perucci

    Stream Davell Crawford's Big Freedia-Boosted Dixie-Funk 'River / White Socks & Drawers'

    New Orleans pianist Davell Crawford will release My Gift to You, his first record in 14 years, on June 11 via Basin Street Records. "River / White Socks & Drawers," a swampy funk-R&B track from the album, features a who's who of Big Easy musical talent: bounce powerhouse Big Freedia, genre-straddling rock legend Dr. John, and jazz saxophonist Donarld Harrison Jr., plus a locked-in backing band. The result is a soulful, celebratory, nearly six-minute Mississippi River ode that should really cook when Crawford performs at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on May 4.

  • Madonna

    Madonna's Russian Concerts Last Year Still Have the Government in a Tizzy

    Forget Jay-Z and Beyoncé's trip to Cuba. In Russia, the visa debate that has local conservatives all twitterpated centers around Madonna's visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Now it looks like the Material Girl might not be allowed to visit the former communist nation again anytime soon.According to The Moscow News, Russian-language daily Izvestia reports that the nation's foreign ministry has ruled Madonna violated the terms of her visa. The ruling reportedly finds she failed to get a work permit that would have allowed her for-profit shows in Moscow and St. Petersburg last summer. That, in turn, might make it harder for her to get back into the country later.In shades of Jay and Bey's conservative-angering Cuba visit, Madonna's visa reportedly limited her trip to "cultural ties," as quoted by The Moscow News.

  • The Baptist Generals / Photo by Peter Salisbury

    Hear the Baptist Generals' Intricately Emotional 'Broken Glass'

    In 2003, the Baptist Generals released their debut album, No Silver/No Gold, on Sub Pop. The Denton, Texas-based band returns with its sophomore album, Jackleg Devotional to the Heart, on May 21, again via Sub Pop (pre-order here). For those who've been eagerly awaiting a follow-up, the new record is a major event, and advance track "Broken Glass" extends that feeling of giddy anticipation. The song begins with ambiance-seared, clockwork-like repetitions, before songwriter Chris Flemmons' everyman voice comes in, opening up about "false starts" just as the song opens up into a stirring, folk-scuffed celebration of brokenness. The Mountain Goats' John Darnielle has called the album "deeply moving," and the two bands will be touring together.

  • 'The Great Gatsby,' Baz Luhrmann, soundtrack

    Preview Jack White, Gotye, and the xx's 'Great Gatsby' Songs, 30 Seconds at a Time

    The star-jammed soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's new movie updating F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby continues to drip out in tidbits too small to reveal much about the music's quality. Oh, sure, Fergie's full "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody," abetted by Q-Tip and GoonRock, was immediately recognizable as "an obnoxiously loud, prototypically LMFAOian dance track," per SPIN's Daniel Kreps.

  • Christopher Owens

    Grab Christopher Owens' Free, Unplugged 'Lysandre' Remake, Then See Him on Tour

    Yesterday, SPIN premiered Christopher Owens' re-recorded "Part of Me," from the former Girls frontman's new acoustic version of last year's solo album Lysandre. Now Owens has shared the whole Lysandre Acoustic Album for free download on his website. He has also announced a solo acoustic tour that runs from Salt Lake City on June 7 through Denver, Minneapolis, New York, Atlanta, Nashville, and Oxford, Mississippi, before wrapping up in Austin. Lysandre Acoustic Album will be out on limited-edition 10-inch vinyl on May 20 via Fat Possum (U.S.

  • Savages

    Savages' 'No Cameras' Sign Is More Polite Than Yeah Yeah Yeahs'

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs aren't the only ones who'd like audiences to experience their live shows without iPhones getting in the way. Savages posted the above sign for their show last night at Seattle's Neumo's, as captured by Tumblr user sciencevsromance. The London post-punks, who recently tore up Coachella, are touring in support of May 7 album Silence Yourself. The sign's full text:"A NOTE FROM SAVAGESOUR GOAL IS TO DISCOVER BETTER WAYS OF LIVING AND EXPERIENCING MUSICWE BELIEVE THAT THE USE OF PHONES TO FILM AND TAKE PICTURES DURING A GIG PREVENTS ALL OF US FROM TOTALLY IMMERSING OURSELVESLET'S MAKE THIS EVENING SPECIALSILENCE YOUR PHONES"Savages' anti-cameras sign comes after SPIN spotted a similar one at Yeah Yeah Yeahs' New York City homecoming show earlier this month.

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