Marc Hogan



  • The National, 'Trouble Will Find Me,' cover art

    The National Tout New Album 'Trouble Will Find Me' With Trompe L'oeil Cover Art

    The National's previously announced May album now has a title, track list, and striking, black-and-white cover art. The Brooklyn brooders are set to release Trouble Will Find Me, the follow-up to 2010's High Violet, on May 21 in North America via 4AD. New song "You Should Know Me Better Than That," which the band performed late last year, isn't included — at least not by that title.The National recorded and self-produced their new album at Clubhouse in Rhinebeck, New York, according to an announcement.

  • Eddie Vedder, Mike Einziger

    Pearl Jam Not Recording Strings With Incubus' Guitarist

    Pearl Jam have let on recently they're working on a new album, but, as SPIN has learned, reports that Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger was recording strings for the album are false.Einziger, tweeting from Los Angeles, said in the wee hours of Wednesday morning that he was with the band recording strings for the upcoming LP (via Antiquiet). Posting a photo, he wrote, "In the studio with my girl and Eddie Vedder, recording strings for Pearl Jam's new album :)"A representative for Pearl Jam has now said via e-mail this tweet is "not true." Einziger hasn't yet updated his Twitter account with an explanation.Pearl Jam's landmark 1991 debut Ten has now sold 10 million copies in the United States, and a new set would be all the more welcome.

  • Ryan Adams

    Ryan Adams Unveils New Band and Songs During London Benefit Concert

    Ryan Adams is back, which, Adams being Adams, means he's back in abundance. The singer-songwriter and former Whiskeytown frontman just announced one new band, the punk-oriented Pornography, which is prepping a seven-song release for Record Store Day on April 20. Earlier this week at London's Royal Albert Hall, Adams played with another one, marking his first show with a backing group since 2009.According to Billboard's sources, Adams has a new album on the way, too. Reuniting him with producer Glyn Johns, who has worked with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, the record is described as having "more orchestral flourishes" than 2011's Ashes & Fire.

  • 'Crate Diggers,' J Dilla

    Dig Through J Dilla's Record Collection in Mini-Documentary

    J. Dilla's record collection went up for auction earlier this year, but there were still plenty of LPs in the basement when Fuse series Crate Diggers visited recently. Talib Kweli, J. Rocc, and DJ Spinna talk Dilla in the new mini-documentary, along with rappers Frank Nitt and Grap Luva. Dilla's brother, who raps as Illa J, and mother Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey also share their insights. Spoiler alert: The late, hugely influential hip-hop producer's tastes ran wide. The collection spans mid-'70s Isley Brothers, 1984's Ice-T-breaking Breakin' soundtrack, '90s R&B singers like Total and Faith Evans, '70s fusion jazz from Eberhard Weber and Tim Weisberg, and '60s country-pop via, um, Johnny Tillotson. It takes all kinds of ingredients to make an album like Donuts.

  • Aceyalone, 'Leanin' on Slick'

    Stream Aceyalone's Superbad Indie-Rap 'Leanin' on Slick' Title Track

    Los Angeles rapper Aceyalone returns with his tenth solo album, Leanin' on Slick, on May 28 via Decon. Previous LP Aceyalone & the Lonely Ones, as SPIN's Mosi Reeves wrote in 2009, "pays loving homage to doo-wop and Motown." The publicity for Leanin' on Slick heralds a soul-funk shift, and that's just what we get on the title track. Aceyalone's light-hearted rhymes imagine what people would do for something "superbad," atop the taut guitar stabs and horn flourishes such a phrase suggests.The new record reunites this founding member of hip-hop groups Freestyle Fellowship, Haiku D'Etat, and Project Blowed with previous collaborator Bionik. Other guests on the full-length include Aussie R&B singer Daniel Merriweather, L.A. singer Treasure Davis, and a fellow named Cee Lo Green. Leanin' on Slick track list:1. "30 and Up"2. "Leanin' on Slick"3.

  • Future Bible Heroes, 'Partygoing'

    Hear Magnetic Fields Siblings Future Bible Heroes' Wry 'Living, Loving, Partygoing'

    Stephin Merritt is best known as the dry, melody-drunk wit behind the Magnetic Fields, but his followers can explore a back catalog with enough branches for a backyard oak tree. Merritt's other groups include the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes, the last of whom have put out a pair of albums and a smattering of singles over the years.On June 4, as Pitchfork was first to report, Future Bible Heroes will release a new album, Partygoing, via the Magnetic Fields' pre-Nonesuch label home, Merge Records. First taste "Living, Loving, Partygoing" costumes Merritt's characteristically playful lyrics in fluttery, dance-y electro-pop.

  • Garbage,

    Garbage Return to Scene of TV Debut With Poised 'Battle in Me' on 'Letterman'

    If Garbage confidently reemerged last year as alt-rock elder statespeople, they did it with all of the wisdom and none of the curmudgeonliness. As the band best known for late-'90s hits like "Only Happy When It Rains," "Stupid Girl," and "I Think I'm Paranoid" returned to the Late Show With David Letterman stage last night, their host pointed out they'd actually made their network TV debut with him in 1996. An assured, energetic performance of "Battle in Me," from last year's Not Your Kind of People, showed these veterans are still spoiling for a fight. "Let's make out / I won't tell your girlfriend," Shirley Manson purred with a curl of her lip. Letterman said, "You call that garbage?!" Beautiful, same as it ever was.Wow. Just played Letterman. He pointed out we made our debut on his show in 1996! We are frickin survivors.

  • D'Angelo, Bonnaroo

    See D'Angelo Own Prince's 'My Summertime Thang' in Bonnaroo 2012 Behind-the-Scenes Video

    Last year, D'Angelo stunned Bonnaroo festival-goers with his first U.S. concert in 12 years. The neo-soul hero's unannounced return came during Roots drummer ?uestlove's annual Superjam, and, as SPIN's Chris Martins recorded, "Backed by an all-star lineup, the once reclusive singer and multi-instrumentalist was confident, friendly, and in top form." Get a glimpse of the superlatively funky proceedings above, in the first episode of a documentary series on the concert. The video includes footage of D'Angelo and the band ebulliently covering 1990's "My Summertime Thang," originally credited to Minneapolis group the Time but written and produced by Prince. Also catch interviews with Questo, bassist Pino Palladino, and others involved with this very welcome event. Other episodes are promised soon. Could this mean D'Angelo's follow-up to his classic Voodoo is any closer to completion?

  • The Smiths, 'The Pablo Cuckoo Tape,' Machester, 1983

    Hear the Smiths, Young and Unsigned, in Rare, Raw 1983 Rehearsal Tape

    As Smiths fans — whose ranks include Paramore's Hayley Williams — worry again about Morrissey's health, a treasure trove has surfaced that at least begins to make up for the latest bout of canceled solo tour dates. A tape recording of the Smiths rehearsing in a Machester warehouse in May 1983, when they were still an unsigned band, has hit YouTube, as Slicing Up Eyeballs reports. The Smiths' drummer, Mike Joyce, called attention to the recording, tweeting that the YouTube link contains "an early recording you've probably never heard before." Referred to as "The Pablo Cuckoo Tape," the 40-minute set first surfaced on, where the uploader used the pseudonym "Pablo Cuckoo" for the person who shared the recording.

  • Dropkick Murphys

    Watch Dropkick Murphys' Singer Wail on a Nazi-Saluting Skinhead Audience Member

    The era of mobile phones with video cameras and online access might have all but proved people who claim they saw UFOs are liars, but for footage of performers setting unruly audience members straight, it's been a Golden Age. Earlier this month, Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland was caught on pixel beautifully berating an obnoxious heckler. On Sunday night, Pink soothed a crying girl and told two women fighting, "Cut it out — you are all grown-ass women."And last week, during Dropkick Murphys' two-night St.-Patrick's-week stand at New York City's Terminal 5 in support of new top 10 album Signed and Sealed, singer/bassist Ken Casey started beating up a skinhead in the audience who flashed a Nazi salute, as Rocks Off reports (via Gawker). "Nazis are not fucking welcome at a Dropkick Murphys show," a tattered-shirted Casey told the crowd after the melee.

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