Marc Hogan



  • Low

    Low Preview Jeff Tweedy-Produced LP With Rumbler 'Plastic Cup'

    Low's classic sound, long ago reductively but indelibly tagged as "slowcore," ain't broke. Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, who follows an impressive list of predecessors into the producer's chair on Low's latest album, The Invisible Way (due out March 19 on Sub Pop), has decided appropriately, then, not to fix it too much.Sure, 2011's C'mon might've ventured ever so slightly into more pop-friendly surfaces courtesy of co-producer Matt Beckley, whose CV included Ke$ha and Katy Perry.

  • Martial arts academy in a still from 'Samsara'

    Adam Yauch's Movie Company Still Devoted to Late Beastie Boy's Legacy

    Adam Yauch died in May at age 47, but the film distribution company he co-founded, Oscilloscope Laboratories, still proudly carries his stamp. Rolling Stone has taken a look at Oscillope's recent projects, such as surreal New Orleans documentary Tchoupitoulas and Buddhist-themed, world-spanning documentary Samsara, which reflect Yauch's multifarious passions. Among the films on Oscilloscope's U.S. release slate for 2013 are It's a Disaster, a dark comedy starring David Cross and America Ferrara, along with Reality, this year's Grand Prix winner at Cannes.Bill Ross, who directed Tchoupitoulas with his brother Turner, told Rolling Stone that Yauch patterned his company after a beloved indie music label.

  • Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones of the band Led Zeppelin

    See Foo Fighters, Lenny Kravitz, and Heart Make Led Zeppelin Cry at Kennedy Center Honors

    It's been a long time since Led Zeppelin's tribute at the Kennedy Center Honors awards show. On December 2, Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, and Heart's Ann and Nancy Wilson joined by late drummer John Bonham's son Jason Bonham saluted the band with performances in Washington, D.C. The other musician being honored was Buddy Guy, whose tributes came from Gary Clark Jr., Tracy Chapman, Bonnie Raitt, Jeff Beck, and others. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were in attendance.The 90-minute awards show, which also recognized ballerina Natalia Makarova, actor Dustin Hoffman, and late-night TV host David Letterman, finally aired last night on CBS. The network has posted scant official footage from the broadcast, so first below you'll find a few unofficial YouTube clips while they last, followed by the non-performance footage straight from CBS.

  • Pulp

    Hear Pulp's 'Absolute Lost Classic' Demo 'After You'

    If Jarvis Cocker flirted with the crowd during Pulp's performance on this month's S.S. Coachella cruise, with the band's newly posted "After You" he has rewarded listeners' affections. The Britpop behemoths made a previously unheard version of this 2000-era demo available as "a little present" to fans who attended their recent Sheffield, U.K., homecoming show. Drummer Nick Banks once told Pulp biographer Mark Sturdy that "After You" is "an absolute lost classic," as quoted by, and if the band plays any dates in 2013, it's easy to see the nearly six-minute disco-pop track becoming an instant fan favorite.As whispered, sneered, and hollered marvelously by Cocker, the phrase "after you" becomes as much a threat as an invitation.

  • Marcus Mumford

    No, Mumford & Sons Aren't Stopping You From Borrowing Their Hit Album

    Say what you want about Mumford & Sons. Call them hypocritical megalomaniacs if that's how you feel. But whatever they are, they're probably not hypocritical megalomaniacs who want to keep you from sharing their CDs with your friends — no matter what you might read in this slow post-Christmas news week.On Sunday, the usually quite reliable Wired reported that copies of the U.K. roots-rockers' mega-selling 2012 album Babel contained fine print that apparently banned friends letting friends borrow their records. To wit: "The copyright in this sound recording and artwork is owned by Mumford & Sons. Warning: all rights reserved.

  • Lana Del Rey

    Lana Del Rey's Newly Surfaced 'Dynamite' and 'Noir' Fail to Ignite

    Unlike Ty Segall or, say, Ryan Adams, Lana Del Rey doesn't often get tagged as "prolific." Hell, she only has one official album to her adopted name, this year's love-it-or-leave-it Born to Die. But her catalog is deeper than that slim discography might suggest, and with widely varying results. Lana Del Maniacs found more of the downtempo lustiness of the LP proper on the recent, expanded Paradise re-release. Still, several other tracks emerging unofficially from camp Del Rey in recent months have mostly been of a less finished-sounding quality.Unfortunately, the latest two Del Rey tunes to hit YouTube (via Idolator) fall into the latter group.

  • Deadmau5

    Deadmau5 Will Headline Miami Ultra After Harshly Slamming Fest

    Deadmau5 will be headlining the Ultra Music Festival this March in Miami, event organizers announced after the close of business on Friday as the rest of us headed into a four-day holiday weekend. The inauspicious timing of the news comes after the 'Mau5, a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman, sharply criticized the event almost exactly a year earlier.Zimmerman, newly engaged and most recently seen palling around with Dave Grohl during a Soundgarden video shoot, will perform the Saturday night closing sets during the two-weekend festival. Next year's Ultra fest is set for  March 15-17 and March 22-24 at Miami's Bayfront Park. A limited number of tickets are still available via Ultra Music Festival's website. The EDM figurehead credited popular demand for his return to a festival he had previously slammed. "Well, I caved in...

  • Action Bronson's 'Rare Chandeliers'

    Action Bronson Adds Three Tracks to 'Rare Chandeliers'

    The cover art for Action Bronson's recent mixtape-length collaboration with producer the Alchemist, Rare Chandeliers, tells you what to expect. Now, as Stereogum points out, the gruff-voiced word-chef has released an extended version that adds three more songs. Whether you copped the mixtape as soon as it came out last month or are just checking in before the holiday break, it's worth downloading the set. Three more smoky jazz-funk instrumentals. Vlade Divac, Big Daddy Kane, London broil. The Alchemist and Action Bronson. The Alchemist and Action Bronson. The Alchemist and Action Bronson. "Like the younguns say, 'Motherfucker, this is swag.'"Download here.

  • busta rhymes, janet jackson, q-tip, poetic justice

    Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip Crush on Janet Jackson for Kendrick Lamar Remix

    On Kendrick Lamar's good kid, M.A.A.D. City (SPIN's No. 2 album of 2012), Drake collaboration "Poetic Justice" examines the allure of written communications. The use of a sample from Janet Jackson's 1993 janet. slow jam "Anytime, Anyplace," though, clearly makes the title an allusion to Jackson's starring movie role from the same year, in writer/director John Singleton's Poetic Justice. Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip do away with subtext and talk directly about Janet and the movie, which actually co-starred Q-Tip, in this Lamar-less remix of the track.The oddly low audio fidelity of Busta's verses and the gushing nature of the verses bring to mind Lil Wayne's spacey ode to Ciara on his Da Drought 3 response to her "Promise." But the level of wistful detail in both rappers' verses brings an unmistakable whiff of verisimilitude to the proceedings.

  • ben gibbard, conan, mariachi band

    Ben Gibbard Sings Mariachi-Backed 'Something's Rattling (Cowpoke)' on 'Conan'

    Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel's divorce became official earlier this month, but chances are the Death Cab for Cutie frontman — who just released solo debut Former Lives — won't be able to escape the New Girl star's name for a while. Deschanel lends a backing vocal on the studio version of "Something's Rattling (Cowpoke)," a Three Amigos-style waltz about an endless-summer place where "something's rattling somewhere inside / And it sounds like it's broken, but in a place I can't find." She didn't join the crisply haircutted Gibbard last night on Conan, but the mariachi outfit Trio Ellas did. It was a poised, polished performance of a poised, polished song, where the broken heart is hidden beneath a stoic exterior.

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