Marc Hogan

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  • Rihanna Brian Wilson Pandora

    Rihanna, Brian Wilson, Everyone Suddenly Mad at Pandora

    A bill introduced in Congress in September that would cut the royalty rates that Internet radio providers must pay to artists has led to some unusual bedfellows. Rihanna, Katy Perry, Brian Wilson, Stevie Nicks, Nas, T.I., Blondie, Billy Joel, and more than 100 other artists have signed an open letter opposing the so-called Internet Radio Fairness Act. They say the legislation would unnecessarily slash payments depended on by musicians.“Pandora’s principal asset is the music,” says the letter, whose signers also include Robert Plant, Common, Sheryl Crow, Cee Lo Green, George Clinton, Duff McKagan, Missy Elliott, John Fogerty, and Janelle Monáe. “Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon?

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    Yo La Tengo Preview 'Fade' LP With Animated 'Before We Run' Video

    "Grower" is an easily abused term. As sure as Stockholm syndrome, almost any track can seem likable if you hear it often enough. But sometimes there are songs that even on first listen whisper tacit promises of growing old together; part of what hooks you about the initial impression is a sense the music's pleasures will only ripen with time. "Before We Run," the first song to emerge from Yo La Tengo's first album in more than three years, Fade, falls firmly into this latter category.Filmmaker/animator Emily Hubley's video for the song makes the idea of a "grower" almost explicit, as colorful polka dots swirl around an endearingly craggy tree that ultimately finds at its feet the New Jersey band's three members, so tiny you could just about miss them.

  • Dirty Projectors 'About to Die' on 'Letterman'

    Dirty Projectors Slay 'About to Die' in Lavish 'Letterman' Performance

    Dirty Projectors are scheduled to play New York City's Carnegie Hall on January 11, and their accomplished performance on Late Show With David Letterman last night demonstrates the Brooklyn band is no mere token hipster pick. David Longstreth sang the title track from the group's new About to Die EP (originally from SPIN Essential-stamped album Swing Lo Magellan) backed by an outsize bevy of instruments, including pizzicato-flavored strings. The song is playful, cerebral, and hip-swiveling all at once, so in a way this ornately impeccable rendition was well-suited for Letterman's show, where it was bookended by a reference to yesterday's most-mocked New York restaurant and a sudden cameo by a bare-chested man. In hindsight, Mumford & Sons' messianic earnestness was a weird fit for this setting.

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    Blur Tease 'Parklive' CD/DVD With 'Under the Westway' Video

    America, take note. President Barack Obama's deft wielding of pop culture in his successful reelection campaign has drawn comparisons recently to former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair's "Cool Britannia." Except Oasis' swaggering, blue-collar vision of Britishness, so clearly triumphant in its time, has since just as clearly been usurped by Blur's cosmopolitan, self-aware, irony-barbed variety. There's no exact parallel between those groups and Obama's pals Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Bruce Springsteen, of course. But it's worth thinking about.As the United States inevitably makes way for other rising powers, it could do a whole lot worse than to follow the patriotic-yet-poignant example Blur set with their performance of new song "Under the Westway" during the Olympic Closing Ceremony at London's Hyde Park.

  • Bradford Cox and Divine Fits cover the Ramones

    Watch Bradford Cox Front Divine Fits for Ramones Cover

    Halloween brings out the Joey Ramone in Bradford Cox. In fall 2011, the Deerhunter frontman and Atlas Sound mastermind performed live dressed as the late Ramones singer with the Black Lips at a show in Conyers, Georgia. A couple of weeks later, he showed up on stage with MGMT on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon wearing what appeared to be the same punk-rock costume. Never mind that MGMT were there to cover Pink Floyd.As Pitchfork points out, Cox was feeling the Ramone spirit again a couple of nights before Halloween this year. Divine Fits — the group formed by Spoon's Britt Daniel, Wolf Parade and Handsome Furs' Dan Boeckner, and New Bomb Turks' Sam Brown — added Cox as their umpteenth guy from another band during an October 29 set at Atlanta's Terminal West.

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    Beach House Soundtrack Sex, Suffering in 'Wild' Video

    Not for nothing were Beach House sampled by the Weeknd, who darkly sex-minded Trilogy came out this week. "Making out" comes up a lot in writing about the Baltimore duo's grainy dream-pop (including in the band's own words), but those who've made out the band's four albums might not want to think too hard about what exactly imbues the music with such bleak sensuality. In the video for "Wild," an expertly supine standout from this year's full-flowered Bloom, we see a shadowy side that wouldn't be out of place in the Weeknd's own paranoid lyrics.Under the voyeuristic lens of Johan Renck, who has directed episodes of Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead along with videos for the likes of Madonna and the Knife, one couple — yes — makes out, while another, comprising a guy and his so-called "best friend," proceeds to beat the shit out of each other.

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    Mumford & Sons 'Will Wait' for You on 'Letterman'

    Mumford & Sons returned to the scene of their network TV debut in last night's broadcast of the Late Show With David Letterman. Two years after obligingly toning down the sore-thumb F-bomb on breakthrough song "Little Lion Man," the mega-selling British folk-rockers gave a politely rowdy rendition of bluegrass-U2 fidelity pledge "I Will Wait." The song is from Mumford & Sons' new album Babel, the name of which their host oddly mispronounced (twice!), at least per the band's own helpful guidelines. Below, you can also watch the band's hour-long Live on Letterman set, which we previously pointed you toward shortly after they recorded it, in September.

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    Blink-182 Will Launch 'Independent' Era With Eclectic December EP

    Blink-182's planned pre-Christmas EP now has a tentative release date, and the pop-punk pranksters are lettting slip a few details about the release, their first since leaving Interscope. The as-yet-untitled-EP will kick off Blink's "independent" era, and could include up to five songs, singer-bassist Mark Hoppus told MTV News. "As it stands today, the EP is set to release on December 18," he's quoted as writing in an e-mail. "We're not sure how many songs will make the final EP... hopefully all five, but we'll make the final determination when the mixes are complete."The EP will reportedly be sold on iTunes and via Blink's website, with pre-orders starting soon.

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    Watch Beck's Sheet-Music Album Cut 'Old Shanghai' Perfomed by 'New Yorker' Band

    Beck is now more fully offering information on his upcoming album as sheet music, which he first announced several months ago. Beck Hansen's Song Reader box set was always set to include a foreword by Beck himself, and now the alt-pop icon's 1,500-word preface is available in full over at the New Yorker. Beck has also e-mailed his listserv subscribers with a link to download the sheet music for his new song "Old Shanghai," and you can watch a New Yorker cartoonist and staff rendition below.Beck traces the genesis of Song Reader, which arrives December 7 via McSweeney's, to the mid '90s, when he received a piano and guitar-chord book based on one of his albums and saw what a strange fit it was for his music.

  • Widowspeak

    Widowspeak Preview 'Almanac' LP With Mellow 'Golden' Strummer

    Widowspeak's self-titled debut album last year on Captured Tracks showed the Brooklyn band had brighter pop charms than sublimely dusty early singles such as "Harsh Realm" had hinted. "Ballad of the Golden Hour," the first track from the band's upcoming sophomore album, Almanac, is another step in a more gleaming direction.Though Molly Hamilton's languorous drawl still evokes a cowboy-junkie bar fit for Cat Power or Mazzy Star, and guitarist Robert Earl Thomas still threads a knotty line between twang and twinkle, drummer Michael Staziak's crisp backbeat harks unmistakably back to Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac.

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