Marc Hogan

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  • James Brown and Hologram 2Pac

    Hear Quentin Tarantino's Brash 2Pac-James Brown 'Django Unchained' Mind-Meld

    Rappers have been rapping over James Brown samples basically ever since there's been rapping. Tupac Shakur did it while he was alive; according to producer Shock G's since-deleted MySpace post on the making of "I Get Around," the entire beat of 2Pac's first big hit was built out of sampled drum noises from Brown records. Mystikal bellowed over a fake-J.B. jazz-funk instrumental just last week, and the "Shake Ya Ass" rapper's "soul brother No. 1" homage was such fire like cayenne that its "Madonna, designers, iguanas, Rihanna, vaginas, piranha" word-bash hit SPIN'S 40 Best Songs of 2012.Danger!

  • the national

    The National Think 'You Should Know Me Better Than That' in New Song Played Live at ATP

    The recorded music playing as the National take the stage in this fan video (via Pitchfork) is the desolate title track from Neil Young's masterful, long vinyl-only 1974 album On the Beach, which is probably in honor of the venue: All Tomorrow's Parties at Camber Sands Holiday Park in coastal England. Still, it's tempting to hope the choice also foreshadows what to expect from the Brooklyn-via-Ohio band's eventual follow-up to 2010's High Violet. After all, they curated this weekend's ATP festivities, so why couldn't they pick the house music? The bleakly forlorn quality of "On the Beach" does carry over to the new song captured above, which despite the setlist indicating its title is "Lola" bears little obvious similarity to the Kinks' gender-bending classic.

  • solange, late night with jimmy fallon

    Solange Wins for 'Losing You' With Weirdo-R&B Dance Party on 'Fallon'

    The cover of Solange's "Losing You" 12-inch single — yes, Beyoncé's sister, pressed on wax by Grizzly Bear-affiliated Terrible Records — is highlighter yellow. You have to hold it just the right way to see the artist and title information. The cover of her True EP, also Terrible, also loaded with "Losing You," is the same, only red. You could take that as a statement about the "I Decided" singer's multicolored appeal: quirkier than that of her Destiny's Child sibling, maybe, but just as blindingly obvious to those who'll notice.A Balearic ballad in contrast to much major-label R&B's awkward EDM trend-humping, SPIN's #10 song of 2012 parallels Swedish sprite Robyn's lovelorn, forward-looking take on chart pop so powerfully our own Rob Harvilla has already called "Losing You" for HBO's next potential Girls soundtrack (speaking of awkward humping).

  • Queens of the Stone Age

    Queens of the Stone Age Liken New LP to 'a Codeine Cabaret' in Cryptic Letter

    Queens of the Stone Age keep dribbling out clues about their forthcoming sixth album. Dave Grohl plays drums on the record, Trent Reznor is "helping out," and estranged former QOTSA member Nick Oliveri evidently sings on a track. In a recent BBC Radio interview, frontman Josh Homme waxed a bit poetic, saying the new LP "basically sounds like you're running in a dream the whole time," and now the band is building on that description.In a letter to Mojo, QOTSA reiterate the struggles that led to their upcoming record, suggesting it's a product of "manic and unpredictable" times, but that "even a bad event can turn into an unforgettable song." The letter continues: "The record sound [sic] like running in a dream inside a codeine cabaret.

  • Frank Ocean sings Radiohead's

    See Frank Ocean Sing Radiohead's 'Fake Plastic Trees' at Spotify Gig

    Frank Ocean's famous, emotion-filled falsetto must owe at least a little bit to Thom Yorke of Radiohead, whose Kid A rocker "Optimistic" he affectionately samples on his 2011 debut mixtape nostalgia, ULTRA's "Bitches Talkin'" interlude. At last week's Spotify press conference, SPIN's Album of the Year winner sang a bit of Radiohead's The Bends classic "Fake Plastic Trees" as an introduction to his own channel ORANGE reverie "Voodoo." Fan footage has surfaced on YouTube (via ONTD), and though it comes with your regularly scheduled reminder not to hold your camera vertically while recording video, it's every bit as stirring and heartfelt-seeming as you'd expect. "If I could be who you wanted all the time..." the multiple Grammy nominee yearns, scrunching his face for those high notes. So far he's doing an unparalleled job.

  • Jack White performs

    Jack White Palpitates Through Feverish 'I'm Shakin'' on 'Conan'

    Jack White has an exquisite case of the jitters. The former White Stripes frontman brought Little Willie John cover "I'm Shakin'," the latest single from solo debut Blunderbuss (SPIN's #35 album of the year) to Conan last night. His all-female band the Peacocks backed him on the frenetically quavering blues scorcher, leaving the black-suit-wearing White free mostly just to howl, save a wonderfully addled guitar solo. It takes a supremely road-tested rocker to convey nervousness so persuasively. You might break out in a cold sweat.

  • Christopher Owens

    Christopher Owens Brings Bleating Saxophone to 'New York City'

    Mayor Bloomberg has long fought traffic congestion, but there's a whole lot of honking on "New York City," the latest track to surface from Christopher Owens' upcoming solo debut. The former Girls frontman previewed the song from his January 15 album Lysandre today on BBC Radio 6 Music, and he brought along a somewhat skronky saxophone. Though previous cuts we've heard from the record leaned toward lush chamber-pop, SPIN's Barry Walters described this one, in its recent live debut, as a "sprightly" hybrid of E Street Band sax and Lou Reed shuffle.The indie sax trend, which Deerhunter's Bradford Cox first called more than two years ago now, has already endured the bombastic heights of Lady Gaga and the shark-jumping of Foster the People.

  • cyndi lauper, st. vincent, rosie o'donnell, sleigh bells

    Watch St. Vincent and Alexis Krauss Join Cyndi Lauper's 'Girls Just Want to Have Fun'

    Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" occupies a special place in the pop universe. When the working day is done, those who'd deny the song's defiantly frivolous allure have only themselves to blame for their bad time. But the song Lauper made famous in the '80s with a little help from MTV doesn't seem to get the retrospective critical regard that even the stuffiest of rock snobs has long since granted to, say, Madonna. This shaky fan footage (via Pitchfork) of Lauper belting out her hit over the weekend with Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss and St. Vincent's Annie Clark shouldn't make any best-of-the-2010s lists. But despite its serious context — a show for her True Colors Fund to benefit homeless LGBT youth — the slightly abbreviated clip is fun, period.

  • big boi, little dragon, jimmy fallon

    Big Boi Reunites With Little Dragon All Over the Place, But 'Higher Res' Stands Out

    In an eventful weekend for Big Boi tracks that don't technically appear on his upcoming album, the most striking will at least show up on a deluxe edition.As the OutKast rapper gets set to release sophomore solo album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors on December 11, he stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Friday to perform bubbly synth-funk video selection "Mama Told Me" joined by R&B-smooth Swedish group Little Dragon, plus a scratch-happy DJ. Sporting an Atlanta Falcons cap, Big Boi added some silly album promotional references at the end, but overall the performance wasn't unlike a live rendition with Little Dragon that was captured on video over the summer.

  • Trent Reznor

    Trent Reznor Plans New Nine Inch Nails Songs for 2014 Compilation

    Trent Reznor has been teasing the possibility of new Nine Inch Nails material since shortly after his 2011 Academy Awards victory. Now, the New Yorker reports a best-of compilation will arrive the year after next, potentially with new songs. In an extensive profile, Reznor also reveals that his partnership with Dr. Dre's headphones venture Beats Electronic centers around a music-streaming service that could be available within a few months.Here's the exact language that made it past the magazine's generally impeccable fact-checkers: "In 2014, Interscope Records will release an edition of the band's greatest hits, to which Reznor intends to contribute two new songs.

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