Marc Hogan

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  • Beck

    Beck to Follow 'Song Reader' With Album You Can Actually Hear

    Beck might be suffering from modern guilt. As the eclectic Los Angeles veteran gets set to release a new album of sheet music, Beck Hansen's Song Reader, next month via McSweeney's, he's also working on a record you can actually hear without either playing it yourself or watching someone else who isn't Beck give their rendition. Or so he said in an interview with Triple J Radio, as Consequence of Sound points out."I started a record, largely recorded in 2008, so I'm trying to carve out some time from all the production work I'm doing to finish those songs before they're relics from a lost era," Beck told Triple J toward the end of the interview.

  • Frank Ocean

    Channel OSCAR: Frank Ocean Wrote a Song for 'Django Unchained'

    In July, during a panel on the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained, co-stars Jamie Foxx and Kerry Washington happened to find themselves talking about Frank Ocean. "At the end of the day, his music is for everybody," Foxx told MTV News. Now, tucked away at the end of an expansive GQ interview comes word that Ocean has written a song for the project, potentially putting him in an Academy Awards race for Best Song with one of his album of the year rivals, Fiona Apple.Ocean also discussed the moving letter he published on July 4 revealing he once loved a man. "The night I posted it, I cried like a fucking baby," he said, explaining that his tears were tears of a happiness he hadn't felt in a while.

  • Pissed Jeans'

    Pissed Jeans Preview 'Honeys' LP With No-Joke Teeth-Gnasher 'Bathroom Laughter'

    Last week, SPIN reported that Pissed Jeans will be back with a new album, Honeys, in February via Sub Pop. The Pennsylvania post-hardcore maniacs' frontman (and SPIN style blog contributor) Matt Korvette told us they "wanted to write a record that was all songs we'd want to play live, songs that people would remember and want to hear us play live." Now Pitchfork has posted the first track from the album, "Bathroom Laughter," which, based on the frenetically yowled lyrics, could've just as easily been titled "Kitchen Crying" or "Hallway Screaming." It's a gnarled ball of pent-up potency reminiscent of fellow Philly fanatics Clockcleaner or sadly defunct Welsh synapse-wreckers Mclusky. You will want to hear this live and buy a round of shots.

  • Major Lazer's Diplo and the Prodigy's Keith Flint

    Major Lazer Faithfully Remixes the Prodigy's 'Smack My Bitch Up'

    When the Prodigy's The Fat of the Land videos lit up MTV in 1997, the British outfit's pre-"EDM" collision of rock iconography and rave breakbeats was anything but reverent. It's cheeky and almost paradoxically irreverent, then, that Major Lazer's remix of the album's controversial single "Smack My Bitch Up" stays so true to the original. Set to appear as part of XL's December 4 expanded 15th-anniversary reissue, Major Lazer don Diplo's take on the Kool Keith-sampling, buzz-bringer barely tweaks anything at first. Then, when it does, where Dutch trio Noisia's remix of the same song emphasizes the Prodigy's more brutal dubstep legacy, Major Lazer doubles down on irreverent reverence: Cue air horn bleats and wobbly drops every bit as goofy and over-the-top as Liam Howlett's frontmen Keith Flint and Maxim Reality themselves.

  • Paris Hilton and Lil Wayne

    Hear Lil Wayne and Paris Hilton's EDM Sex-Tape Anthem 'Last Night'

    Paris Hilton's wealth and fame make her an easy and annoyingly ubiquitous target, but they also tend to help buy finer things than the heiress-cum-socialite's critics will acknowledge. For instance, she has taken notice of Korean pop's recent SPIN-documented dominance, appearing in a video by K-Pop star Kim Jang Hoon. And she teamed up with Lil Wayne over a trendy, dubstep-infused beat by producer Afrojack on a new song that has surfaced via TMZ. The backing track, with a vocal by Australian singer Havana Brown rather than Hilton, showed up on Pitbull's latest album under the name "Last Night," a title that applies just as easily here.

  • Jack White's Third Man Novelties Lounge

    Red Stripe: Jack White Launches 'Third Man Novelties Lounge,' Ends Communism

    The Cold War is over, and liberal capitalism won. In a cheeky video mimicking former President Ronald Reagan's speech calling for the Berlin Wall to be destroyed, Jack White's Third Man Records has announced the opening of an extension to his Nashville, Tennessee, record store. Set to begin operations on Record Store Day's Black Friday, November 23, the Third Man Novelties Lounge offers an array of appropriately Jack White-ish amusements.One of the main attractions is a Scopitone 16mm film jukebox of Third Man music videos, billed by the label as "the only Scopitone playing modern music videos in the world." Visitors to the Novelties Lounge can also enjoy a color photobooth and a Mold-A-Rama machine to make a miniature model of White's guitar.

  • Nicki Minaj's

    Nicki Minaj Strikes Jesus Christ Pose in Pink-Power 'Freedom' Video

    Let's take a moment to appreciate the Nicki Minaj phenomenon. That, after all, is the surface-level meaning of "Freedom," from this week's Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up, and its newly released video. She has a perfume. Clothing at Macy's. More significantly, she's a female rapper with two Billboard No. 1 albums, a distinctive voice, and a certain amount of critical acclaim. In the spirit of this song, let's make an unnecessarily extravagant comparison: As with "Obammer," to whom the Trinidad-born MC refers, not for the first time, on fellow Re-Up cut "I'm Legit," it's easy to forget in the day-to-day hustle of appearances at Dick Clark-founded awards shows what a historic figure she actually is.

  • Will.i.am and Britney Spears

    Will.i.am and Britney Spears 'Scream & Shout' in Clubby Collaboration

    Britney Spears almost never appears on the "featuring" side of a song's credits, and with good reason: Any song with that iconic pop purr on it inevitably becomes a Britney song. Will.i.am, who when not serenading Martians somehow coaxed Spears into doing her first non-remix guest spot this side of K-Fed, wisely remembers this fact on their EDM-pop collaboration "Scream & Shout," which Ryan Seacrest premiered today. The man whose Black Eyed Peas once declared themselves "so 3008" reaches all the way back to 2007 to reprise Spears' deathless "Britney, bitch" from Blackout's slinky, Danja-produced "Gimme More," then dials up Azealia Banks' "212" beatmaker Lazy Jay for fidgety, futuristic Euro-club beats more suited to the current pop environment.The rest of the track follows giddy suit.

  • AC/DC iTunes

    Back in AAC: AC/DC's Catalog Finally Comes to iTunes

    AC/DC have stayed true to their booming brand of hard rock for more than three decades, and now they're finally making it available on iTunes.The Aussie rock'n'roll veterans' catalog is out digitally for the first time today via the iTunes Store, Apple and Columbia Records have jointly announced. That includes 16 studio efforts, from 1976's High Voltage to 2008's Black Ice, plus four live albums and three compilations.

  • The Killers cover U2's

    The Killers Reverently Cover U2's 'With Or Without You' Live in London

    No, that's not "Glycerine" the Killers are playing in the video above (via NME). Over the weekend, the Las Vegas arena rockers wrapped up the U.K. leg of their Battle Born tour with a bare-bones rendition of U2's The Joshua Tree staple "With or Without You," live at London's O2 Arena. Bereft of the Edge's effects-ringing guitar style, the version at first sounds a bit like any of the many, many similar four-chord wonders that have come since (sort of like how the Killers' equally fine "Don't Look Back in Anger" cover spends a long while resembling John Lennon's "Imagine," Oasis' clear source material). But Brandon Flowers' lofty, Roy Orbison-inflected vocal here serves as an unmistakable tribute to Bono.

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