Marc Hogan



  • Elliott Smith and Jon Brion

    Watch Elliott Smith Cover John Lennon and Big Star in Vintage 'Jon Brion Show' Footage

    It was too good to be on TV. Circa 1999 or 2000, director Paul Thomas Anderson oversaw a pilot for a musical VH1 variety show that would have starred his frequent musical collaborator Jon Brion. The late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith appeared in the pilot, singing classic songs "Son of Sam," "Independence Day," "Bottle Up and Explode," "Everything Means Nothing to Me," and "Happiness," plus three brilliantly chosen covers: John Lennon's "Jealous Guy," the Kinks' "Waterloo Sunset," and Big Star's "NIghttime." He's backed by Brion (known for his work with Fiona Apple, Kanye West, and more) and Brad Mehldau (a jazz pianist who was doing Radiohead piano covers a few years before Christopher O'Riley made that a shtick).

  • Hot Water Music

    Hear Hot Water Music's Post-Hardcore Anthem 'Better Sense' Live

    Florida-bred post-hardcore heroes Hot Water Music just released Live in Chicago, a two-CD and DVD set from the recharged band's 2008 show five years ago at the Metro. Out on No Idea Records, the project is also available as a set of three vinyl LPs plus a download code. Now the band has shared an unfettered Metro take on "Better Sense," a questioning, midtempo anthem from 1998's Forever and Counting.In a statement to SPIN, HWM frontman Chuck Ragan said he wrote the song at a time in his life when he was reading the work of environmentalist author Daniel Quinn. "As a result, I found myself constantly searching and yearning for an understanding of our human origins as well as what brought our culture to such a state of chaos where we've drifted away from a predominantly hunter gatherer lifestyle," Ragan told us.

  • Jessie Ware and the Roots on 'Fallon'

    Jessie Ware Makes U.S. TV Debut With 'Wildest Moments' on 'Fallon'

    Anyone worried about the hints of awkwardness surrounding the U.S. introduction of British singer Jessie Ware should have had those concerns dispelled last night. The first and, one hopes, only sign that any aspect of Ware could be less than poised came with news that not only is her Essential 2011 debut, Devotion, not out phsyically in the United States until April, but her first EP here, You're Never Gonna Move, ran into a sample-clearance battle that hobbled standout "110%." Another song from the EP and album, "Wildest Moments," is more blown-out and percussion-driven than other Ware songs, which makes it a more natural fit for the U.S. market. Last night on Late Night With Fallon, an elegantly understated Ware demonstrated her just-vibrato-laden-enough vocal mastery, while the Roots filled out the hip-hop-influenced track's heavy rhythm section. Greatest?

  • Cy Dune

    Hear Akron/Family Offshoot Cy Dune's Punk-Charged 'Move the Room'

    With Akron/Family, singer-guitarist Seth Olinsky helps make what SPIN once described as "loud and proud psych-folk." For new project Cy Dune, Olinksy is louder and prouder, though certainly not "folk," except in the sense that rock'n'roll was a dominant vernacular form of expression in the 20th century. "Make it loud / They can't ignore us," he sneers, demanding more and more, again and again, on new Cy Dune song "Move the Room."The distortion-scorched garage-rocker hails from Cy Dune's upcoming No Recognize EP, out digitally on February 4 and on vinyl March 5 via Akron/Family's own Family Tree Records (pre-order here and get a non-album MP3). A full-length is scheduled to follow later in 2013. Also, Cy Dune has revealed exclusively to SPIN that Burger Records is going to put out a limited run of 300 hand-numbered Cy Dune cassettes.

  • Krist Novoselic, Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, and Pat Smear

    Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney's Nirvana 'Reunion' Song Didn't Take Much Effort

    "Cut Me Some Slack," Dave Grohl's collaboration with Paul McCartney, was not the work of slackers. In fact, the whole song took only three hours to write and record, the Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer has revealed.Grohl told KROQ (via NME) he and the Beatles singer had recorded performances for Grohl's upcoming Sound City documentary, and later Grohl asked McCartney if he wanted to play some more. "We walked in; we jammed the song," Grohl is quoted as saying. "It just came out of nowhere. The best songs happen that way. We recorded it live and put a vocal over it and that was it.

  • Big Boi and Phantogram on 'Kimmel'

    Big Boi and Phantogram Romance Your 'CPU' via 'Kimmel'

    "And it's you that's on my computer screen / 'Cause it's you that's on my mind." That's the hook from Big Boi's synth-funk collaboration with Phantogram, "CPU," from late last year's Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. When a fur-wearing, Atlanta Falcons-repping Big Boi led a performance of the song last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, they might've been on TV, but they must've had an eye toward their eventual online audience.Right here on your computer screen (or mobile device — obsolete already?), watch the OutKast half trade strutting dance moves with smiling Phantogram frontwoman Sarah Barthel. And then re-read André 3000's disavowal of any OutKast reunion rumors, sigh, and watch again. Better solo OutKast on your computer screen than no OutKast at all.

  • Ab-Soul's

    Ab-Soul and Kendrick Lamar Brave Post-SOPA Apocalypse in 'ILLuminate' Video

    The overreaching ambition of the video concept for Ab-Soul's "ILLuminate" reflects the overreaching ambition of the boasts in the song, off of the Los Angeles rapper's 2012 Control System mixtape. In each case, though, the caliber of the rapping, boosted by a guest verse from fellow Black Hippy crew member Kendrick Lamar, saves Ab-Soul's grasping from potential ridiculousness.Directed by past Black Hippy associates Fredo Tovar and Scott Fleishman, the video (via Nah Right) takes place in a post-apocalyptic future. Judging by a newspaper clipping glimpsed early on, the failed Stop Online Piracy Act — which most indie music labels originally supported, by the way, because it wasn't as evil as technology companies wanted us to think — has somehow led to a civilization-destroying "leftist" backlash.

  • Ty Segall's

    Ty Segall Licks His Chops in Fleshy 'Thank God for Sinners' Video

    Ty Segall's three, count 'em, three albums last year are nothing if not physical, taking unabashed relish in garage rock's sonic raunch. His new video for "Thank God for Sinners," off of Twins, piles hands and feet up hand over foot. Segall lips-syncs his lyrics covered in warlike face paint, giving us a peeper-full of his chompers, as body parts surround him: Love those love handles.The song, meanwhile, slyly thanks the Almighty for the people He's supposed to damn to hell, with slashing acid-rock heaviness we're shocked to see no one else has compared to Cream's "White Room." Thank past Segall collaborator Matt Yoka for the video; thank Ty for the tunes — and the tour, which kicks off on Friday.

  • Trever Powers, Youth Lagoon

    Youth Lagoon's Death-Defying 'Dropla' Soars Beyond the Bedroom

    Trevor Powers' first album as Youth Lagoon wasn't really recorded in a bedroom. Still, it was written in one. And there's a candid familiarity to 2011's The Year of Hibernation that would be hard to replicate. "Dropla," the first song to emerge from sophomore LP Wondrous Bughouse (out March 5 via Fat Possum), doesn't so much leave the bedroom as it does levitate above the floor, no doubt covered with rumpled laundry.Just as "Montana" wasn't actually about the Big Sky state, "Dropla" probably isn't about the, uh, province in northeastern Bulgaria. The familiar elements of Youth Lagoon's great, too-short debut are still here — Powers' reedy vocals flicker in and out of focus, wobbly keyboards float beneath it all, and the overall emotional wallop is more than the sum of each distinguishable part — but the scale is grander now.

  • Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, and Rebecca F.

    Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez Together at Last in Wacky 'Judas' Sampling Suit

    Jennifer Lopez's 2011 album, Love?, didn't get much. But its credits list a certain Stefani Germanotta. Producer RedOne would play Lopez tracks and tell her he'd worked with Lady Gaga on them, Lopez told MTV. "You know, they write and produce together a lot," the "Jenny From the Block" singer said. "I kind of just lucked out on that one."Now, the Chicago Tribune reports, Gaga's lawyers are asking a judge to keep secret parts of a courtroom transcript involving music by the two pop singers. According to the attorneys, both parties had agreed to confidentiality involving discussion of whether Gaga and Lopez both used the same unlicensed sample.It's all part of a 2011 lawsuit filed by Chicago singer Rebecca Francescatti, who performs as Rebecca F. In the original complaint, Rebecca F.

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