Marc Hogan

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  • Prince, Boyfriend Demo, Live Out Loud

    Prince Dodges Love Triangle on Sultry 'Boyfriend (Demo),' Yours for Just $0.88

    Prince's recent onslaught of new music continues, but his latest song strikes a passive tone. On "Boyfriend (Demo)," which can be yours if you pay 88 cents and wait a little while and check your spam folder and put Prince's name on the wav file yourself, the Purple One disavows all liability for "where you sleep tonight." From the sounds of this taut, steamy funk track, the "If I Was Your Girlfriend" singer believes he would be a better boyfriend than your current beau, but Prince is a lover, not a fighter, and he's not going to push the issue — except through song. "If I were you I'd hold me," he sings. It's convincing.Also newly surfaced is a video, below, that asks the name of Prince's leak-happy "3rd Eye Girl" alter ego and then says, "Live Out Loud Coming in February 2013." So there you have it: Something called Live Out Loud is coming sometime in the next week or so.

  • Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga Tweets Blandly About Recovering From Hip Surgery

    Lady Gaga underwent surgery yesterday for the hip injury that derailed her Born This Way Ball tour. In keeping with the times, she tweeted about the event before and afterward. In keeping with the fact that Gaga is a platinum-selling pop singer, she kept her tweets to assuredly sincere but still totally unrevealing bromides. Mostly, she thanked her legions of Little Monsters."Going in for surgery now," the ARTPOP pop artiste wrote Wednesday morning, earning more than 18,000 retweets. "Thank you so much for sending me love and support. I will be dreaming of you."Later in the day, Gaga tweeted a link to a longer thank-you note. "You have completely blown my mind," she wrote.

  • Jack White on VH1's 'For What It's Worth'

    Jack White Details Sadistic Vinyl Trickery in Awkward VH1 Show Trailer

    In 2010, Jack White's Third Man Records introduced the "Triple Decker" record. This trademarked approach, which is typical Third Man mind-fuckery, involves hiding a 7-inch vinyl single within two separate 12-inch vinyl singles. Would you like to see White explain this bizarre form of record-collector torture with Howard Stern sidekick BaBa Booey (Gary Dell’Abate) and the guy who founded JumptheShark.com (Jon Hein)? Wait, you actually would? Well, as Antiquiet points out, VH1 Classic is set to premiere a new show tonight at 10 p.m. EST called For What It's Worth, and you can see the Record Store Day ambassador and soon to be indie-film king himself showing off his trick vinyl in the trailer video above.

  • Justin Timberlake, Mirrors, Brit Awards

    Justin Timberlake's Brit Awards 'Mirrors' Is Marginally Better Than Grammys Set

    The continued dominance of Mumford and Sons wasn't the only injustice at last night's 2013 Brit Awards: Justin Timberlake, who could've walked on water around the time of 2006's FutureSex/LoveSounds (in the "SexyBack" video, he leaped onto a balcony), looked alarmingly human. Of course, in 2013 that wasn't really a surprise: The 20/20 Experience on March 19, his '40s retro first single "Suit & Tie" lacks his usual oomph, and a stuffy black-and-white performance at the Grammy Awards was redeemed only thanks to a David Fincher-directed music video. At the Brits, JT performed the soppy power ballad "Mirrors," which he first posted online Grammy night as an eight-minute epic with once-futuristic Timbaland production.The black-and-white, the beatboxing, and the track's unnecessary last three minutes were all blessedly gone at the Brits.

  • EULA's

    Watch Brooklyn Post-Punk Band EULA's Thrillingly Psychotic 'I Collapse' Video

    On last year's Maurice Narcisse, Brooklyn three-piece EULA stood out for their mix of peak-Deerhoof hyper-prog and raw PJ Harvey power. "I Collapse," a new single backed with "Little Hearts" and out now via Godmode, is all power, but not for lack of precision: It's a steadily throbbing, tension-and-release garage-rocker with the alluring dangerousness of early Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The song's menacing hook — "Can you handle nasty weather?" howls singer Alyse Lamb — finds appropriately intense expression in the manic video, as Lamb stabs, bleeds, bathes, and comes very close to breaking down before our eyes. EULA play their single release party Thursday night at Brooklyn's Death by Audio.

  • Bat for Lashes, Lilies, Haunted Man, Natasha Khan

    Bat for Lashes Goes Where Wild Things Are in Fantastical 'Lilies' Video

    The lilies of the field, they have a rep for not toiling. Natasha Khan is rather the opposite. Bat for Lashes' art-pop mastermind is nothing if not ambitious, as her extravagantly rewarding third album, last year's The Haunted Man, demonstrated from its very first track, the high-concept "Lilies." The ornate, delicately passionate song covers a lot of ground, including premodern English mysticism, lusty femininity, and most of all, a joie de vivre worthy of an ancient fertility goddess. "Thank God I'm alive," Khan sings amid orchestration that doesn't rule out the macabre.The song's new video, directed by Peter Sluszka (Björk, Devendra Banhart, Regina Spektor), brings "Lilies" wonderfully down to earth. That underlying euphoria seeps through the moment Khan starts to dance with animated beasties worthy of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are.

  • Kevin Ayers

    Kevin Ayers, U.K. Psych Pioneer and Soft Machine Co-Founder, Dies at 68

    Kevin Ayers, a pioneer of British psychedelia, has died at age 68, according to the Guardian.Ayers co-founded the Soft Machine, influential members of the late-'60s "Canterbury scene," with Robert Wyatt, Daevid Allen, and Mike Ratledge. He went on to release about 17 solo albums, working with Syd Barrett, Brian Eno, Mike Oldfield, John Cale, Nico, and even Elton John. His most recent full-length, 2007's The Unfairground, demonstrate his influence on younger artists, with contributions from members of Neutral Milk Hotel, Teenage Fanclub, and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci (the last of whom released a song in 1994 named after Ayers).The Soft Machine toured with Jimi Hendrix and released landmark 1968 debut album The Soft Machine, Vol.

  • Big Pink

    The Big Pink Split in Half, But Third Album Is Still in the Works

    The Big Pink just got a little smaller. As first reported by NME, the London duo's Robbie Furze has announced via Facebook that other half Milo Cordell left the group. The follow-up to the Big Pink's 2011 sophomore album Future This is still in the works, according to Furze.Cordell has moved to New York to focus on his Merok label, Furze wrote; the imprint has put out records by Crystal Castles, Titus Andronicus, and Klaxons, among others. As for the Big Pink, Furze said he's been in the studio working with such producers as Supreme Cuts, the-Drum, Van Rivers, and Andrew Wyatt on a new album.Furze added that he and drummer Vicky Jean Smith recently recorded three new tracks at New York's Electric Lady Studio, where the Big Pink recorded their elemental debut, 2009's A Brief History of Love. And he said the band will be touring with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in the U.K.

  • Clive Davis, Kelly Clarkson

    Clive Davis Dragging Out Kelly Clarkson Feud Long Enough to Sell Books

    Famed record executive Clive Davis and Kelly Clarkson have a habit of publicly feuding around the time they have a product to sell. In 2007, the two waged a war of words in the press about the artistic direction of her then-new album, My December. Now, the music executive known for signing or discovering Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, and Janis Joplin is battling with the Stronger singer once again, this time conveniently as he makes the publicity rounds for a new memoir, titled The Soundtrack of My Life.As the Hollywood Reporter notes, Davis has put out a statement saying that while he admires Clarkson as a performer and wishes her only the best, her criticisms of his book are more or less bunk. "I am truly very sorry that she has decided to take issue with what I know to be an accurate depiction of our time together," he wrote.

  • Metallica, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett

    Metallica Rebut Torture Claims Made in Bin Laden Shooter's 'Esquire' Profile

    Metallica did not ask the U.S. military to stop using their music to weaken prisoners it planned to interrogate, the band has announced (via Blabbermouth)."There has been a lot of talk recently about us asking the military not to use our music to 'soften people up before interrogation,'" Metallica wrote on the group's website.  "We NEVER commented to the military either way on this matter. Any statements that have been made otherwise are not correct."The military's reported use of Metallica's music has been long discussed, including by SPIN in David Peisner's 2006 piece Music As Torture: War Is Loud. But the Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden broke new ground in a recent Esquire story. First, the Shooter confirmed the military had indeed played Metallica's music to psychologically torture prisoners.

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