Marc Hogan

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    Watch Pegasus Warning Mix Bodies and Sculpture in Slightly NSFW 'TrySoHard' Video

    New York-bred singer and multi-instrumentalist Guillermo E. Brown is set to release his debut EP as Pegasus Warning, Woof Ticket, on February 5 via Plug Resarch. "TrySoHard," a collaboration with bandmate Robert Lux, shows how this SPIN Best New Artists alum can step into territory that's been heavily trodden recently — R&B fractured with rock and avant-garde influences — and make it as intimately personal as a fingerprint. Directed by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Vinay Chowdry, the dark-paletted video for this intense, prog-inflected slow burner is a reflection of the music, at once physical and preternatural. Starring dancer Ayo Jackson and influenced by sculptor Rodin, the video mostly focuses on two nearly naked bodies, artfully entwined, but lips also move from within a black body covering, as if illustrating the obstacles against which Brown's narrator rages.

  • Boris 2013 residency tour trailer video

    Boris to Unearth Classics on Subgenre-Melding 'Residency' Tour

    Japanese metal polyglots Boris have announced they will be taking their heavily psychedelic, wildly diverse discography through American cities two nights at a time on a headlining "residency" tour, following the group's performance at Austin Psych Fest. The first night of the tour will feature Boris' "all-time classics along with many new songs never before played in the U.S.," while the second night will combines most of 2006's massively doom-y Flood with "a noise/drone/experimental set." The tour comes after Boris released three head-smashing albums in 2011.

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    Yo La Tengo Share Recipe for Lasting Romance in Sly 'I'll Be Around' Video

    Yo La Tengo's excellent Fade, as SPIN's Keith Harris wrote, once again exists within the intimacy of the aspirationally long-running marriage of guitarist Ira Kaplan and drummer Georgia Hubley. Directed by Phil Morrison, who helmed the Oscar-nominated 2005 film Junebug, the video for gentle folk-pop ballad "I'll Be Around" carries over that theme. Billed as the Hoboken trio's first video since 1997 (the time-lapse clip for Fade opener "Ohm" and animated short for Fade closer "Before We Run" were atypical), "I'll Be Around" stars Superchunk's Mac McCaughan, who lip-syncs and strums the guitar in the woods, while the band members cook what looks to be a delicious meal. Unfortunately, bass player James McNew has evidently been up to something away from the safety of the group.

  • Eddie Vedder

    Eddie Vedder Does Kenny Rogers Karaoke on Unearthed Pre-Pearl Jam Demo Tape

    Pearl Jam fans can enjoy a rare glimpse of Eddie Vedder's early recordings. Antiquiet says it has gotten a hold of a direct copy of a tape Eddie made for co-worker at San Diego Petroleum around 1989 or 1990. While not the first pre-Pearl Jam solo demo tape from Vedder to surface online, this one reportedly boasts better audio quality than 1989's so-called Bad Radio demos. It's a playful listen: Vedder covers Kenny Rogers' hit version of the drippy adult-contemporary ballad "(Something Inside) So Strong" backed by karaoke music, goofily sings the chorus from Sam Cooke's unabashedly ignorant soul classic "Wonderful World," and delivers a goofy, Bukowski-name-checking rave-up called "I'm Alive" that has nothing at all to do with Pearl Jam's "Alive." Also included: a drunken answering-machine message from a friend named Chris.Stream and download it from Antiquiet.

  • The Strokes' 'Comedown Machine'

    The Strokes Title New Album 'Comedown Machine' (Updated)

    The Strokes' upcoming album will be titled Comedown Machine, the band announced today. The follow-up to the New York five-piece's 2011 Angles is due out on March 26 via RCA Records, and is available for pre-order now via the Strokes' website. The first single from the album will be titled "All the Time" and will be available as an instant download with pre-orders through iTunes. iTunes and other retailers' pre-orders for Comedown Machine will begin on February 19. The announcement comes after (via NME) enterprising Reddit user @andersonenvy dug around in the Strokes' website code and found the cover art image. "Well, basically — when people make websites they sometimes test them live online and try to hide it," @andersonenvy explained.

  • La Big Vic

    La Big Vic Soar on Prismatic 'Cold War' Title Track

    The title track from La Big Vic's sophomore album, Cold War, answers its own question. "Are we really here?" sings Emilie Friedlander, a vocalist and violinist who is also a music journalist. Friedlander is joined in the Brooklyn trio by keyboardist Peter Pearson and guitarist Toshio Masuda, who bring with them their own disparate ties: to Pink Floyd, to Japanese pop music. As on previously surfaced Cold War cuts "Ave. B" and "All That Heaven Allows," it all comes to a heady gestalt, luminescent with electronics and sinuous with classical instrumentation. La Big Vic are here, and, as it happens, so is Cold War: The album is out today via Underwater Peoples. 

  • Psy

    If Spotify and Pandora Are the Future, Do Artists Have One?

    The New York Times has seen the future of music, and it doesn't look good for musicians.The music industry, which 10 years ago finally shifted to online sales via iTunes, is now in the midst of another massive change. But the transition to digital streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube brings with it a dramatically different way of paying artists' royalties. The companies that offer streaming services are now multi-billion-dollar concerns. The artists whose music they stream, not so much.As the Times reports, the comparatively teensy amount artists earn from streaming services has caused concern throughout the industry.While the average musician might earn 7 to 10 cents on an iTunes download, artists receive a fraction of a fraction of a cent each time their songs are played on streaming services.

  • Charles Bradley

    Charles Bradley Keeps His Love 'Strictly Reserved for You' on Soul-Steeped Single

    The title of Charles Bradley's upcoming album is Victim of Love, but instead of being hurt by love, he celebrates it on opening track "Strictly Reserved for You." Rather, it's the city and its day-to-day distractions that are getting the 64-year-old singer down on this song, a horn-romancing escape from the humdrum. The album arrives April 2 via Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records, and "Strictly Reserved" shares those label's classic-soul leanings while expanding from the sonic palette of 2011's riveting No Time for Dreaming. He's got his love set aside for you, and also a psych-scorched guitar solo.Victim of Love track list:1. "Strictly Reserved for You"2. "You Put The Flame on It" 3. "Let Love Stand a Chance" 4. "Victim of Love" 5. "Love Bug Blues" 6. "Dusty Blue" 7. "Confusion" 8. "Where Do We Go From Here" 9. "Crying in the Chapel" 10. "Hurricane" 11.

  • Mark Lanegan

    Mark Lanegan Completes Queens of the Stone Age Classic-Lineup Reunion

    The missing piece from Queens of the Stone Age's star-studded lineup of album guests is missing no more.Mark Lanegan will appear on the new QOTSA record, the band has suggested in a Facebook post (via NME). "Lanegan came by," QOTSA wrote. "He didn't say much, but he sang good."Lanagan's previous absence from QOTSA's upcoming, in-the-works sixth album had been glaring. Last November, the heavy rockers revealed Dave Grohl was playing drums on the full-length. Also indicated to be on the LP, one of SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2013, was former bassist Nick Oliveri. With frontman Josh Homme already on board, all that was missing from the core four-piece behind the band's landmark 2002 Songs for the Deaf was erstwhile Screaming Trees singer Lanegan.Unless QOTSA are just teasing us, that problem has now been solved. Lanegan joins a roster that's already impressively stacked.

  • Wavves 'Afraid of Heights'

    Wavves Go Big on Grave-Digging Bulldozer 'Demons to Lean On'

    "No hope and no future," Nathan Williams sings more than once on "Demon to Lean On" (via Pitchfork), the second song to emerge from fourth Wavves album Afraid of Heights, due out on March 26 via Mom + Pop (see SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2013).The line echoes the Sex Pistols' anti-mantra for punk's class of 1977, of course, but it also recalls "No Hope Kids," a scuzzy standout from 2009 sophomore LP Wavvves.

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