Marc Hogan

writer

Biography

  • Parquet Courts

    Stream Parquet Courts' Spazzy One-Minute Wonder 'Smart Aleck Kid'

    Brevity is the soul of ... something. Whatever it is, Parquet Courts' 15-song, 33-minute Light Up Gold is full of the stuff. "Smart Aleck Kid," the B-side of a seven-inch due out March 18 for the album's "Borrowed Time," is even brevity-er. It's one minute and six seconds of smart alecks shouting the phrase "smart aleck kid" four times and other mostly indecipherable phrases uncountable times. While trying to knock themselves off their own jackhammers and/or pogo sticks. Apathy! Anger!

  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra,

    Watch Puppets Masturbate in Unknown Mortal Orchestra's 'Swim and Sleep' Video

    Unknown Mortal Orchestra continue to take a just slightly offbeat path. Last week, the Portland-based band chewed gum during its national TV debut. Before that, McLovin starred in the video for "So Good at Being in Trouble," from UMO's new sophomore album, II. And now the latest video from the album involves puppets masturbating and working out their psychological problems. The song puts Fleet Foxes-worthy folksy ruminations over a slinky bass-and-drum groove, all of which is then coated in a light but appealing coat of grit. The video offers a sometimes unsettling, sometimes funny, always provocative accompaniment for lead UMO-er Ruban Nielson's musings about sleeping and floating (not rolling) in the deep.

  • Conrad Murray

    Dr. Conrad Murray Pressured Into Making Exhausted Michael Jackson Perform

    As a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother and children against concert promoter AEG Live moves toward a jury trial, Jackson's lawyers have presented what they say is a "smoking gun" email.According to CNN, less than two weeks before Jackson's June 25, 2009, death, AEG Live co-CEO Paul Gongaware wrote an e-mail suggesting the company wanted to use the $150,000 monthly salary of Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, to pressure him into letting Jackson rehearse despite medical concerns. "We want to remind [Murray] that it is AEG, not MJ, who is paying his salary," CNN quotes Gongaware as writing (CNN doesn't say to whom). "We want to remind him what is expected of him."Murray is currently serving a prison sentence for his conviction of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death.

  • James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem

    Us v Them: James Murphy Sues DFA Cofounder Tim Goldsworthy

    Where are James Murphy's friends tonight? Because there's one of them who might need to get served with legal papers.The former LCD Soundsystem frontman has sued his former partner in the influential DFA production duo, Tim Goldsworthy, as DNAinfo.com reports (via Pitchfork). In a complaint filed in a New York City civil court on Friday, Murphy demands $93,899 on claims that Goldsworthy broke his contract and took money for services he failed to perform. The lawsuit says Goldsworthy rejected settlement offers.Murphy and Goldsworthy launched DFA Records with Jonathan Galkin in 2001, and the label is also suing Goldsworthy for lawyers' fees and damages.

  • Fall Out Boy, Patrick Stump

    Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump Wants You to Stop Hating Nickelback (and He Isn't Wrong)

    Fall Out Boy's upcoming album, Save Rock and Roll, might have its work cut out to achieve its title, but frontman Patrick Stump is at least trying to save how we talk about pop culture.In a 1,300-word blog post on Sunday morning, Stump compellingly argues that our online pop-culture discourse revolves around what we all ignorantly dismiss rather than what we love. And that this conversation based on loudly ripping on bands, singers, and actors without really knowing about them reveals our crippling insecurity about being caught liking the wrong bands, singers, or actors.He's not saying only professional critics should be allowed to have opinions. He's just suggesting maybe we all as consumers of pop culture could spend our time more wisely than by trashing Nickelback again.

  • Dave Grohl, Bono

    Dave Grohl's Full, Star-Studded 'Sound City' Soundtrack Is Now Streaming

    Dave Grohl is living the dream, as our own Chris Martins recounted in SPIN's newest cover story. Along with being able to direct Soundgarden videos at whim, guest on Queens of the Stone Age records alongside everybody from Trent Reznor to Elton John, and screen a documentary tribute to a now-defunct recording studio, part of the dream entails being able to put out an all-star album with Stevie Nicks, Paul McCartney, and more. The resulting Sound City soundtrack album, Sound City: Real to Reel, isn't out until March 12, but it's streaming now via NPR. Listen quickly, because Grohl will probably have another LP ready by the time you're done.

  • 'Harlem Shake' Like an Egyptian: Viral Craze Ruffles Authorities Worldwide

    Freedom, it's easy to forget, includes being able to act really silly for no good reason. The Beatles, for instance, were still in their innocent, "Can't Buy Me Love" phase when the authorities in the Soviet Union started banning them. So it's probably only logical that Baauer's still-viral "Harlem Shake" video craze has wound up becoming a vehicle for public protest in the Middle East.After blowing up in the United States, inspiring Azealia Banks, getting a 17-year-old arrested, hitting the Hot 100 jackpot, and inspiring litigious prayer, "Harlem Shake" has caught on as a form of political demonstration in Egypt.

  • Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong

    Green Day Won't Rush 'Half-Assed' Album With Billie Joe Out of Rehab

    Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong was in a bad place with pills and alcohol before checking into rehab last year, and he's fighting to stay on the straight and narrow now. In the new issue of Rolling Stone, Armstrong goes into details about his blackouts and how they affected his band, his family, and his personal outlook. But the basic arc — rocker self-destructs, rocker (you hope) puts himself back together — shouldn't be a surprise.What's heartening news is Armstrong's confirmation at the end of the piece that, after releasing three albums in a four-month span late last year (¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, and ¡Tré!), he's already working on new songs. And, maybe just as hearteningly, he's going to take it easier this time.

  • KIm Dotcom, extradition, court appeal

    Kim Dotcom's Legal Dramedy Possibly Headed to a U.S. Courtroom Near You

    Kim Dotcom is one court ruling closer to finding out that, as one of the many songs you used to be able to download via his shuttered Megaupload service quasi-patriotically proclaims, it's so sexy to be living in America.The United States won an appeal earlier today as it seeks to extradite the file-sharing mogul from New Zealand, as the AP reports. His extradition hearing is slated for August. An earlier ruling would have given Dotcom extensive access to evidence against him. Now, the appeals court has found that all the extra documents would slow the process down unnecessarily and Dotcom's lawyers will have to get by with a synopsis of the government's case. The purpose of the hearing, the court pointed out, isn't to prove guilt or innocence, just that the U.S.

  • French Montana

    French Montana Fan Dies in Drive-By Shooting After Philadelphia Concert

    One person died and another is wounded after a drive-by shooting following French Montana's sold-out concert in Philadelphia last night, police say, according to the AP. The driver fired at a throng of people standing around Montana's tour bus. A 27-year-old man, shot in the midsection, was pronounced dead at the hospital, and another man, said to be in stable condition, took a shot to the shoulder; neither has been identified.As the AP reports, police said the shooting took place around 11:30 p.m., as a crowd was developing outside Montana's bus when a car drove up and shots started ringing out. The chief inspector for Philadelphia's police, Scott Small, said fans and some of Montana's entourage "were loitering and just hanging out." Small noted that there may have been return fire.A police spokeswoman told the AP that no arrests were announced yet and police were still investigating.

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