Marc Hogan

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  • Kurt Vile's 'Wakin on a Pretty Daze' mural

    Kurt Vile's 'Wakin on a Pretty Daze' Mural Gives New Meaning to 'Industrial Music'

    The cover art for Kurt Vile's next album, as revealed late last year, is a freaking mural right there in his hometown of Philadelphia. Titled Wakin on a Pretty Daze, the album is on its way sometime in 2013 via Matador Records, and the label's newly released making-of video demonstrates the wall-sized artwork has some serious thought behind it.Street artist Steve Powers, a.k.a. ESPO, explains that the mural is in the style of other beautiful, simple signs painted in the building's industrial Philly neighborhood. "We're in that tradition where Kurt Vile is another object on the industrial landscape," Powers says in the video. "For all intents and purposes, that's our industry now. Music and art [are] two of the most powerful industries that we have here."It turns out the objects beneath the title in the mural refer to lyrics from the album.

  • The Flaming Lips'

    The Flaming Lips Make Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Their Sun-Bursting Own

    The Flaming Lips have been covering "Bohemian Rhapsody" for some time, but now they're returning to the Queen covers game in distinctive Flaming Lips fashion. On Tuesday, SPIN will be streaming Puscifer's Donkey Punch the Night EP (due out on February 19), which features the Maynard James Keenan-led band's towering, impeccable, but mostly faithful rendition of "Bohemian Rhapsody." Wayne Coyne's crew have beaten us to the (donkey?) punch with, as Antiquiet points out, a new video for their own version of that multi-part, Wayne's World-soundtracking classic of proggy, head-banging chamber-pop. As the Lips, who're coming off a Super Bowl commercial gig, get set to release their bleak but masterful spring album The Terror, they've blasted Freddie Mercury to their own sun-scorched planet.

  • Joey Ramone's record collection

    Joey Ramone's Record Collection Cretin Hops to the Auction Block

    Hey, ho, let's go bid on Joey Ramone's record collection. The late Ramones frontman's cache of vinyl is up for auction, NME reports. The trove of 97 records comes from Ramone's estate and will be accompanied by a letter of authenticity from his brother Mickey.Bidding starts at $500 via RR Auction. Don't expect it to end there, though. At roughly five bucks a pop, that'd be a nice price for this collection even without the Ramone factor — and even if you assume the worst of the records' advertised "very good to fine condition." Celebrated records by famous names like the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, the Who, Iggy Pop, and others make up the bulk of the set, though a quick glance also reveals power-pop by Pezband and underground rock by Pink Fairies, among other lesser-known titles.

  • Justin Bieber

    Confounding Nemo: Harsh Winter Weather Threatens 'SNL,' Grammy Awards

    The wet snow descending upon the Northeast today as part of what could be a once-in-a-century blizzard is already affecting plans for Sunday's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. And New York's Saturday Night Live will be right in the thick of it.According to the Hollywood Reporter, many in the entertainment industry have canceled plans to travel to the Grammys and others events this weekend due to the storm. The New York Times reports that airlines suspended "thousands of flights" from New York and Boston last night and this morning. A New York state emergency services official told reporters the latest forecasts indicate from 12 to 20 inches of snow in the New York City region, with wind gusts of more than 60 mph.Saturday Night Live is set to film this weekend, when Justin Bieber will be on double duty as host and musical guest.

  • Björk

    Bjorkenfreude! Bjork's Kickstarter Campaign Falls $565,000 Short

    It was a good morning for those who take pleasure in the misfortunes of Björk. It was not, unfortunately, a good morning for Björk. As the Awl astutely points out — with the not entirely commiserating tags "kicked to the curb," "oh well," and "seriously?" — the Icelandic auteur has canceled her Kickstarter campaign aimed at expanding her Biophilia app to Android and Windows 8 platforms. The fundraising effort had generated only £15,370 pledged of its £375,000 goal, which, for those of us who don't speak British, left it more than $565,000 short. The Biophilia Education Program is nonprofit, the album itself finds Björk "as boundless as ever" per our reviewer Rich Juzwiak, and the singer had indicated the app extension would help low-income students, so in that sense her failure is a shame.

  • Flatbush Zombies' 'MRAZ' video

    Flatbush Zombies Stay Psyched-Out in 'MRAZ' Video

    Flatbush Zombies got some attention for doing "Bath Salt" with fellow New York rappers A$AP Mob, but the style of the Brooklyn trio's D.R.U.G.S. mixtape suggests groovier intoxicants. "MRAZ," the first single from their upcoming follow-up mixtape, Better Off Dead, bodes well for further success from these Best New Artists alums. Zombies members Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Erick Arch Elliott each rap an elastic, word-twisting verse over the song's sparse, vaguely sinister stomp. The video, directed by the group's "spiritual advisor" Phillip T. Annand, playfully extends the band's trippier leanings and quite effectively complements the track. Check it out above.

  • Pavement

    Pavement's First-Ever Live Show Offers Hope to Rest of Us

    The ongoing '90s nostalgia cycle has left Pavement in an awkwardly elevated place. The indie rockers' 2010 reunion tour-slash-victory lap helped transform these erstwhile shrugging underdogs into the sort of almost universally canonized Rock Stars they would've mocked. Someone tell Beck: you can't be a loser once you're winning, baby. It all got to be so much that last year SPIN's own Rob Harvilla came out on #TeamBillyCorgan in the long-running Smashing Pumpkins-Pavement feud. Pavement were "ambitious men who cynically refused to appear ambitous"; the "class clown" was actually the "class bully."To that we say: But have you heard their early live recordings?

  • Night Terrors

    Watch Night Terrors of 1927's Explosive 'Dust and Bones' Video

    Blake Sennett hasn't slowed down since Rilo KIley's demise. As that now-defunct Los Angeles indie-rock band preps a rarities album and singer Jenny Lewis finishes up her next solo album, guitarist Sennett — also leader of Sub Pop alums the Elected — has been busy with Night Terrors of 1927. The duo of Sennett and Jarrod Gorbel, former frontman for Brooklyn band the Honorary Title, have only three songs on their SoundCloud page: catchy, slightly off-kilter synth-pop in the vein of Passion Pit. They've now released a video for one of those three songs, dramatically lofty "Dust and Bones." The clip blends archival footage of boxing matches, auto races, explosions, weddings, and more with brief glimpses of the band members; the song is also available on iTunes. 

  • Clear Plastic Masks / Photo by Emily B Hall

    Hear Clear Plastic Masks' Garage-Rock Scorcher 'So Real'

    The thing with clear plastic masks is they don't really "mask" much of anything. Emerging band Clear Plastic Masks must've taken that into account. The Nashville-via-New York rock'n'rollers' "So Real," from their self-titled debut album, is scorching garage rock with nothing to hide: just pummeling percussion, desperate yowls that recall Jack White before he became Jack White, and a whole lot of scrappy guitar fuzz that should please Black Lips worshipers. Or, hell, Screamin' Jay Hawkins fans. The limited-edition LP will be sold exclusively at the group's upcoming dates, which you can catch below.

  • Elton John, Dave Grohl

    Queens of the Stone Age's New Album Also Has Elton John, Dave Grohl Reveals

    Queens of the Stone Age's upcoming album, previously described by guest drummer Dave Grohl as "ridiculous," just became a little bit more so. And once again, Grohl, who has been everywhere recently, had something to do with it.Elton John played on the record, the "Rocket Man" piano man confirmed to Grohl in an interview last night, part of Grohl's week-long stint guest-hosting E! show Chelsea Lately. "I love that band so much," John said of Queens of the Stone Age. As reported guests on that record, he joins not only Grohl, but also Trent Reznor and Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, along with Songs for the Deaf-era QOTSA members Mark Lanegan and Nick Oliveri. (There's a reason it's one of SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2013.)As John poined out, QOTSA actually isn't such a stretch for him.

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