Marc Hogan

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Biography

  • Justin Timberlake, Mirrors, Brit Awards

    Justin Timberlake's Brit Awards 'Mirrors' Is Marginally Better Than Grammys Set

    The continued dominance of Mumford and Sons wasn't the only injustice at last night's 2013 Brit Awards: Justin Timberlake, who could've walked on water around the time of 2006's FutureSex/LoveSounds (in the "SexyBack" video, he leaped onto a balcony), looked alarmingly human. Of course, in 2013 that wasn't really a surprise: The 20/20 Experience on March 19, his '40s retro first single "Suit & Tie" lacks his usual oomph, and a stuffy black-and-white performance at the Grammy Awards was redeemed only thanks to a David Fincher-directed music video. At the Brits, JT performed the soppy power ballad "Mirrors," which he first posted online Grammy night as an eight-minute epic with once-futuristic Timbaland production.The black-and-white, the beatboxing, and the track's unnecessary last three minutes were all blessedly gone at the Brits.

  • EULA's

    Watch Brooklyn Post-Punk Band EULA's Thrillingly Psychotic 'I Collapse' Video

    On last year's Maurice Narcisse, Brooklyn three-piece EULA stood out for their mix of peak-Deerhoof hyper-prog and raw PJ Harvey power. "I Collapse," a new single backed with "Little Hearts" and out now via Godmode, is all power, but not for lack of precision: It's a steadily throbbing, tension-and-release garage-rocker with the alluring dangerousness of early Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The song's menacing hook — "Can you handle nasty weather?" howls singer Alyse Lamb — finds appropriately intense expression in the manic video, as Lamb stabs, bleeds, bathes, and comes very close to breaking down before our eyes. EULA play their single release party Thursday night at Brooklyn's Death by Audio.

  • Bat for Lashes, Lilies, Haunted Man, Natasha Khan

    Bat for Lashes Goes Where Wild Things Are in Fantastical 'Lilies' Video

    The lilies of the field, they have a rep for not toiling. Natasha Khan is rather the opposite. Bat for Lashes' art-pop mastermind is nothing if not ambitious, as her extravagantly rewarding third album, last year's The Haunted Man, demonstrated from its very first track, the high-concept "Lilies." The ornate, delicately passionate song covers a lot of ground, including premodern English mysticism, lusty femininity, and most of all, a joie de vivre worthy of an ancient fertility goddess. "Thank God I'm alive," Khan sings amid orchestration that doesn't rule out the macabre.The song's new video, directed by Peter Sluszka (Björk, Devendra Banhart, Regina Spektor), brings "Lilies" wonderfully down to earth. That underlying euphoria seeps through the moment Khan starts to dance with animated beasties worthy of Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are.

  • Kevin Ayers

    Kevin Ayers, U.K. Psych Pioneer and Soft Machine Co-Founder, Dies at 68

    Kevin Ayers, a pioneer of British psychedelia, has died at age 68, according to the Guardian.Ayers co-founded the Soft Machine, influential members of the late-'60s "Canterbury scene," with Robert Wyatt, Daevid Allen, and Mike Ratledge. He went on to release about 17 solo albums, working with Syd Barrett, Brian Eno, Mike Oldfield, John Cale, Nico, and even Elton John. His most recent full-length, 2007's The Unfairground, demonstrate his influence on younger artists, with contributions from members of Neutral Milk Hotel, Teenage Fanclub, and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci (the last of whom released a song in 1994 named after Ayers).The Soft Machine toured with Jimi Hendrix and released landmark 1968 debut album The Soft Machine, Vol.

  • Big Pink

    The Big Pink Split in Half, But Third Album Is Still in the Works

    The Big Pink just got a little smaller. As first reported by NME, the London duo's Robbie Furze has announced via Facebook that other half Milo Cordell left the group. The follow-up to the Big Pink's 2011 sophomore album Future This is still in the works, according to Furze.Cordell has moved to New York to focus on his Merok label, Furze wrote; the imprint has put out records by Crystal Castles, Titus Andronicus, and Klaxons, among others. As for the Big Pink, Furze said he's been in the studio working with such producers as Supreme Cuts, the-Drum, Van Rivers, and Andrew Wyatt on a new album.Furze added that he and drummer Vicky Jean Smith recently recorded three new tracks at New York's Electric Lady Studio, where the Big Pink recorded their elemental debut, 2009's A Brief History of Love. And he said the band will be touring with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club in the U.K.

  • Clive Davis, Kelly Clarkson

    Clive Davis Dragging Out Kelly Clarkson Feud Long Enough to Sell Books

    Famed record executive Clive Davis and Kelly Clarkson have a habit of publicly feuding around the time they have a product to sell. In 2007, the two waged a war of words in the press about the artistic direction of her then-new album, My December. Now, the music executive known for signing or discovering Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, and Janis Joplin is battling with the Stronger singer once again, this time conveniently as he makes the publicity rounds for a new memoir, titled The Soundtrack of My Life.As the Hollywood Reporter notes, Davis has put out a statement saying that while he admires Clarkson as a performer and wishes her only the best, her criticisms of his book are more or less bunk. "I am truly very sorry that she has decided to take issue with what I know to be an accurate depiction of our time together," he wrote.

  • Metallica, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett

    Metallica Rebut Torture Claims Made in Bin Laden Shooter's 'Esquire' Profile

    Metallica did not ask the U.S. military to stop using their music to weaken prisoners it planned to interrogate, the band has announced (via Blabbermouth)."There has been a lot of talk recently about us asking the military not to use our music to 'soften people up before interrogation,'" Metallica wrote on the group's website.  "We NEVER commented to the military either way on this matter. Any statements that have been made otherwise are not correct."The military's reported use of Metallica's music has been long discussed, including by SPIN in David Peisner's 2006 piece Music As Torture: War Is Loud. But the Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden broke new ground in a recent Esquire story. First, the Shooter confirmed the military had indeed played Metallica's music to psychologically torture prisoners.

  • Beck, David Bowie,

    Beware Beck's 360-Degree 'Sound and Vision': Interactive Video May Cause Nausea

    As promised, Beck has now made it possible for you to feel like you're moving around within his nine-minute, 170-person rendition of David Bowie's "Sound and Vision." As Jack White and Beck's offbeat yet forward-thinking experiments put them in competition to be the quasi-alternative rock world's leading Willy Wonka, this experience brings to mind the candy man's lickable wallpaper. We've already heard the remarkable performance in unusually rich, 360-degree sound, but now those us with webcams and a little patience (it takes time to load) get to peek over the musicians' shoulders for ourselves: The trombonists look like trombonists! Beck looks like Beck! The snozzberries taste like snozzberries!It's actually a bit tricky to navigate at first, and you might find yourself getting seasick. But as gimmicks go, like the everlasting gobstopper, this one's amusing.

  • Mogwai / Photo by Steve Gellick

    Hear Mogwai's Full, Surprisingly Low-Key 'Les Revenants' Soundtrack Album

    Mogwai have amassed their considerable cult with the intense, sprawling post-rock instrumentals of 2011's Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will and 1997's landmark debut Young Team. But the Scottish band has applied its knack for desolate atmospheres to soundtracks a couple of times before, including scoring soccer biopic Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait.Mogwai's latest scoring work, for French TV thriller Les Revenants, arrives with the terrifying premise that children killed in a bus crash keep coming back to life without knowing they've died, so the moody keyboards and glinting guitars of the soundtrack (out February 26 via Sub Pop) are a bit less tempestuous than might be expected.

  • Prince Michael Jackson on 'Entertainment Tonight'

    Michael Jackson's Son Becomes Celebrity Journalist, Discovers Meaning of 'Irony'

    "Hiding, getting away. You can't go that way because they're over there, we won't, let's go this way and pretend we're going that way and we'll go that way. Someone should say HOLD ON, STOP. This person deserves their privacy. You are not allowed to go there. I mean I go around the world dealing with, running, and hiding, you can't…I can't take a walk in the park. I can't go to the store. I can't. I have to hide in a room, you feel like you're in prison."That harrowing, almost literary passage is Michael Jackson discussing the paparazzi with Barbara Walters in 1997, as transcribed by a fan site. And yet in the same interview, Jackson discussed selling pictures of his first son to the National Enquirer and other tabloids when his eldest child, commonly known as Prince Michael Jackson, was born earlier that year.

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