Marc Hogan



  • 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.

  • Raymond Byron, Ray Raposa

    Hear Castanets Offshoot Raymond Byron's Dystopian-Folk 'To Look Over the Ground'

    In September, Castanets main brain Ray Raposa released Little Death Shaker, the debut LP by his new band Raymond Byron and the White Freighter, on Asthmatic Kitty. You can hear the whole thing on Bandcamp; opener "Allegiance" indicated a shift toward scuzzy roadhouse rock'n'roll. Now, to mark the supposed Mayan end-of-the-world forecast, Raposa is sharing "To Look Over the Ground," an expansively bleak acoustic ballad with the lonesome desert feel of a spaghetti Western soundtrack. The sly lyrics give the four horsemen of the apocalypse names like Jack and Joe. "Festive," Raposa said in an e-mail.The song is credited only to Raymond Byron, not Raymond Byron and the White Freighter, and it's a teaser to Raposa's next album, which will also be Raymond Byron. No release date or other details are available just yet.

  • bat for lashes, a wall

    Watch Blond Bat For Lashes Comfort Catatonic Date for 'A Wall' Video

    The haunting goes in all directions on Bat for Lashes' magnificent 2012 album, The Haunted Man, one of SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2012. The specter of war haunts the male characters, but "your ghosts have got me, too," Natasha Khan sings at one point, and on the cover she literally carries a man's weight on her shoulders. It should go without saying the record is haunting for the listener, too. "The Wall," a vocoder-inhabited electro-pop song with synth work by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, puts even more of the burden on Khan's lyrical protagonist, a situation that comes surreally to life in yet another spellbinding video from the album.An additional specter manifests itself in the form of a blond-wigged Khan, as her similarly masterful 2010 album Two Suns involved a blond alter ego-like character named Pearl. Or maybe she's "Marilyn"?

  • a$ap rocky, long live a$ap

    A$AP Rocky Bucks #YOLO Trend on Boldly Bipolar 'Long Live A$AP'

    Is #YOLO dead? Deader than it was when Katie Couric used it? Today the apocalypse, once again, failed to happen. Earlier this week, Ke$ha addressed the radio airplay backlash over her song "Die Young" in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy in Connecticut, acknowledging some concerns about the title phrase — "especially because so many of my fans are young." If dying young has lost its cachet, then "Long Live A$AP," the quasi-title track from A$AP Rocky's Long.Live.A$AP, couldn't be a timelier contrast to all of recent years' hits about living like you're gonna die tomorrow. He's glad he's alive today, and he plans to enjoy tomorrow, thank you very much."Long Live A$AP" is almost two tracks in one, and the falsetto-sung, guitar-backed chorus, with its invocation of the phrase "live forever," sends us all the way back to the heady days of Oasis' Definitely Maybe.

  • Queens of the Stone Age and Scissor Sisters

    Queens of the Stone Age Add Scissor Sisters' Frontman to Star-Studded Album

    Queens of the Stone Age's "codeine cabaret" must be the place to be. As Antiquiet reports, the latest guest confirmed for the heavy rockers' upcoming album — which, to be clear, QOTSA recently described as "running like a dream inside a codeine cabaret" — is Scissor Sisters' frontman Jake Shears. The glammy nu-disco singer joins Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, and former QOTSA member Nick Oliveri as guests lined up for the new LP, set for a first half of 2013 release.Shears teased the news on Monday, when he tweeted, "I just got to do something insanely cool with some fierce Queens." He tweeted the above photo of himself and QOTSA yesterday, writing, "Jake Shears + Queens of the Stone Age = satanic cabaret." Any more cabaret references and we're just gonna assume the next guest announcement will be crowdsourcing queen Amanda Palmer!

  • Ke$ha

    Ke$ha Eloquently Explains Her Doubts About 'Die Young' Lyrics

    Ke$ha has once again spoken out about her song "Die Young" and how its lyrics have been construed in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, this time in a way that helps show why she's such a much-needed figure in pop right now.Radio airplay for the singer and songwriter's Warrior single posted about an 11 percent decline after last week's horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, with some stations yanking "Die Young" off their playlists altogether. Ke$ha addressed the matter on Twitter, apologizing to those affected by the unthinkably sad event and saying she understood why playing the song might be tasteless at a time like this. However, she also said, in a quickly deleted tweet, that she had been "forced" to sing the song's lyrics.Now, Ke$ha has explained exactly what she meant.

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