Marc Hogan



  • Morrissey

    Morrissey Slams Margaret Thatcher Media Coverage Before Divisive Prime Minister's Funeral

    "Freedom fighter," declares the cover of the latest issue of The Economist, atop a photo of late U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The legendary newsmagazine has a cheeky house style when it comes to headlines and captions, so it's impossible the editors didn't know the old saying: One person's terrorist is another's freedom fighter. In fact, considering the British parliamentary system allowed Thatcher to overhaul the nation's social contract without ever doing as well at the polls as the loser in most recent U.S. presidential elections, some debate over her legacy wasn't only inevitable. It was probably healthy.Enter Morrissey. Musicians critical of Thatcher, whose funeral was being held today after her death at age 87 last week, aren't hard to find, but the former Smiths singer has never been one to mince his words about, well, anything.

  • Laura Marling, 'Master Hunter' Cover Art

    Stream Laura Marling's Forcefully Folky 'Master Hunter'

    First Jay-Z name-checks Bob Dylan's "Idiot Wind," now comes another mention of a classic Dylan kiss-off, from a less improbable source. Laura Marling has actually been performing "Master Hunter" live for more than a year, but the song will appear on the British singer-songwriter's upcoming album, Once I Was an Eagle, out May 28 via Ribbon Music. "It ain't me, babe," Marling sings, nodding to Another Side of Bob Dylan while describing a harder-edged side of herself, backed by pounding drums and acoustic guitar that riffs toward heavy rock. Her hunting skills, here, involve not catching prey but curing skin so "nothing gets in." Listen exclusively below, and let Marling work her way into your head.

  • Azealia Banks,

    Azealia Banks Goes Full-On Queen of Darkness in Police-Battling 'Yung Rapunxel' Video

    Azealia Banks looks to be positioning herself as the demonic overlord of electronic dance music. Her Lil Internet-produced new single "Yung Rapunxel" relies more on visceral, hair-raising intensity of tracks like recent onstage collaborators Prodigy's "Breathe" than the filthily quotable rapping of her earlier peaks. Her more recent video, for "No Problems," proudly guest-stars EDM figurehead Steve Aoki. Now the "Yung Rapunxel" video, directed by previous Aoki collaborator Jam Sutton, makes Banks' evolution fully visible: The sassy rapper from her breakout viral "212" clip has been replaced by a mouth-eyed monster, attacking the police sampled on the track and holding court from a mechanical bull like she's a postmodern Tolkien villain. The owls that surround her recall Twin Peaks, where they had deeply sinister implications.

  • Camera Obscura, 'Desire Lines'

    Hear Camera Obscura's Bouncy Pop Flirtation 'Do It Again'

    So that's why they called it Desire Lines. When Camera Obscura revealed their next album would have the same title as a song by 4AD labelmates Deerhunter, it was easy to hope and/or fear the moody Scottish popsters would go all noise-rock on us. As intriguing as that could be, the Glaswegians don't fix what ain't broken on "Do It Again," the bouncy, tuneful first listen from Camera Obscura's June 4 album (which is available for pre-order). Motown's stomp and indie-pop's jangle still course through the song — frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell alludes to "Tears of a Clown" — but as part of a festively flush arrangement, with bustling hand percussion, smoky, melodic lead guitar, and an extra helping of ebullient backing vocals. "You were insatiable," Campbell sings, as the song's cheerful friskiness suggests a different type of desire.

  • Basement Jaxx,

    Basement Jaxx Go on a Psychedelic Safari in Bonkers 'Back 2 the Wild' Video

    Basement Jaxx aren't wasting their return to the pop-dance jungle. Late last week, their joyfully unhinged tropical excursion "Back 2 the Wild" premiered on BBC Radio 1, and their first new track since 2011's film-score and orchestral excursions was their most colorfully overstuffed in at least a decade. Now Pitchfork points to the new video, directed by previous visual collaborator Matt Maitland of London studio Big Active along with Natalia Stuyk, who has directed videos for Roses Gabor and others. In fact, the clip combines the collage aspect of Maitland's artwork for 2010's Scars with the seapunk-tinged multiplicity of Stuyk's clip for Gabor's "Stars." Like the song itself, it makes much contemporary EDM seem tame by comparison. 

  • Pitbull, Common, Jay-Z,

    Pitbull and Common Ride for Jay-Z on 'Open Letter' Remakes

    "Would they have messed with Mr. Carter if he was white?" That's been an unspoken question hanging in the air ever since a couple of U.S. lawmakers from Florida suddenly showed an interest in human rights when it might embarrass Jay-Z and Beyoncé — and by extension President Obama. Jay-Z left the question hanging but turned up the temperature with his magnificent, Blood on the Tracks-repping "Open Letter." His withering response to criticisms of a trip he and his wife took to Cuba wound up requiring a statement from the Obama administration.Now Pitbull and Common have each separately added their own rhymes to Jay-Z's original track. And believe it or not, it's Pitbull who offered the strident rhetorical question quoted above.

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs,

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs Buzz Through 'Mosquito' and 'Sacrilege' for 'Kimmel'

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs' new album Mosquito is out today, and our reviewer Joe Gross argues it skillfully expands the band's sound. Fresh off one of Coachella's best sets, the New York art-rock inspirations stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night. They'd already brought Mosquito's Madonna-worthy opener "Sacrilege" to Late Show With David Letterman, gospel choir in tow, so last night on air they gave an enthusiastic, theatrical rendition of the blood-sucking title track (above). Of course, "Sacrilege" is great, so they played it as an online extra (below). Watch both while reading SPIN's latest Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover story.

  • Drake

    Drake Shows His Softer Side on R&B Slow Jam 'Girls Love Beyonce'

    Let's welcome back Confessional Drake, everybody. The side of the Toronto rapper-singer that let us classify 2011's Take Care as one of the year's best R&B albums has been relatively quiet this year. Of Aubrey Drake Graham's last two tracks, "Started From the Bottom" is a shout-along boast and "5AM in Toronto" is an ice-cold verbal barrage. He released two more tracks yesterday, and the latest, "Girls Love Beyoncé," is the more lyrically exposed. Usual producer Noah "40" Shebib's typically skeletal backing track is built around fluid keyboards, finger snaps, and silky vocal harmonies that throw back to the era of Shai and H-Town, while guest vocalist James Fauntleroy sings a half-lit version of Destiny's Child's "Say My Name" refrain.

  • Josh Homme, Mark Lanegan, Anthony Bourdain, 'Parts Unknown,' theme song

    Josh Homme and Mark Lanegan Share Sha-La-La-ing Anthony Bourdain Theme Song

    Queens of the Stone Age have a long history of collaborations with Anthony Bourdain. SPIN once even interviewed the TV chef about it. QOTSA, of course, are getting set to release new album ...Like Clockwork on June 4 via Matador Records, and they've already unveiled muscular single "My God Is the Sun." The record's many guests include returning QOTSA hand (and former Screaming Trees belter) Mark Lanegan. Now, as Antiquiet points out, QOTSA main man Josh Homme has teamed up with Lanegan to record the theme song for Bourdain's new CNN show Parts Unknown.The results are definitely theme-song-y, with ample sha-la-las. But hearing Homme and Lanegan trade gravelly croons and big-room howls over sweaty guitars is still a treat. "I took a walk through this beautiful world / Felt the cool rain on my shoulder," the two sing.

  • Vampire Weekend, Steve Buscemi

    Vampire Weekend Soak Up Steve Buscemi's Weirdness in 'Unstaged' Trailer Video

    Vampire Weekend's Steve Buscemi-guided transformation into offbeat characters worthy of the actor and director continues. First the Coachella-performing New York band, set to release new album Modern Vampires of the City on May 14, attended an Easter parade with Buscemi. Then all was (sort of) explained with word Buscemi would direct a live online broadcast of Vampire Weekend's April 28 show at New York City's Roseland Ballroom as part of the Unstaged series. But now both group and director are raising expectations of the live-stream's potential quirkiness with a 45-second trailer video that's gloriously inscrutable. It's only 45 seconds, so we can't really say much more without giving it away, but we hope you enjoy your near-minute of befuddlement. (It isn't "Leap Day," but then, those don't come around every year.)

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