Marc Hogan



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    Zola Jesus to Ring in Apocalypse at Sacred Bones Anniversary Gig

    Since forming five years ago, Sacred Bones Records has carved out a singular aesthetic, releasing records by such cult-beloved artists as Zola Jesus and Blank Dogs. More recently, the Brooklyn label has continued to move forward with music from the Men, Pop.1280, Cult of Youth, and VÅR, among others. Sacred Bones has also delved into the past, most prominently with an expanded reissue of David Lynch's Eraserhead soundtrack. On December 21, the same day Maya-heads predict an apocalypse, Sacred Bones is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a concert in the Mojave desert. Zola Jesus, Psychic Ills, Cult of Youth, and Wymond Miles are among members of the label's roster set to perform at Pappy & Harriets in Pioneertown, California.

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    Red Hot Chili Peppers Singles Barrage Takes Mellow Turn on New Seven-Inch

    Back when Red Hot Chili Peppers vowed "a storm of seven-inches coming out over the next six months," the Los Angeles funk-rockers had no idea just how tired most of us would be by now of inclement weather. Luckily, the latest single in the band's ongoing series (via Consequence of Sound) is a gentler breath of fresh air.A-side "Hometown Gypsy" is a country-oompahing, Kerouac-alluding story song, with shades of both "Ghost Riders in the Sky" and "Riders on the Storm" (that word again, sorry!). B-side "The Sunset Sleeps" features languidly sliding vocals from Anthony Kiedis that, when he drops to his lower register, oddly call to mind the Silver Jews' David Berman — at least until the snappy "do you really want, do you want" section. "I'm so tired that I slept along the way," Kiedis repeats, and this week we all might know that feeling.

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    Snoop Lion Influences Children in Ganja-Steeped 'La La La' Video

    Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dogg, whose name still seems not dissimilar to that of Charlie Brown's Peanuts beagle, has always had an insidiously child-friendly quality about him. In the rapper-ternt-sanga's first video under newest name, for his Major Lazer-assisted reggae debut "La La La," he hilariously makes that connection explicit. The best part from the video, overseen by Hostel director Eli Roth, comes right at the beginning, when wide-eyed children in animal costumes banter with Snoop about the name change and whether he knows Katy Perry. But the entire crazy video is worth watching, as a deeply stoned Snoop lip-syncs, emerges from a coffin (Reincarnated, get it?!) wearing a lion pelt, and holds court over a partially animated fantasyland of red-eyed pineapples and manic bananas.

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    Sleigh Bells Plan Cleaner, More Melodic Album for 2013

    Sleigh Bells are still on the road in support of their Essential-branded Reign of Terror, and already the Brooklyn noise-pop duo has its sights set on the next album. As the Huffington Post reports, instrumental half Derek Miller said earlier this month Sleigh Bells are now "halfway" through a planned 2013 follow-up. "We'll have three full-length albums in three years," Miller's quoted as saying.Indications are Sleigh Bells' not-yet-titled third album will continue their trajectory from blown-speaker cheerleader chants to more conventionally tuneful material. That's a path the pair already took from their style-setting, "why didn't I think of that?!" 2010 debut, Treats, to this year's emotionally wracked hair-metal guitar demolition Reign of Terror. "Sonically, it's a lot more clean," Miller told HuffPo.

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    Feist Serenades Bleak Big Sur in Haunting 'Graveyard' Video

    Feist has a song on the latest Twilight soundtrack, which is due out on November 13, but first the Canadian singer-songwriter has released a supernatural-tinged video of her own (via Pitchfork). Leslie Feist's fourth album, Metals, came out more than a year ago, and our reviewer Garrrett Kamps wrote that funereal plaint "Graveyard" has "the album's best hook."This stark, distant, Big Sur-set clip, directed by previous Beck and Jamie Lidell collaborator Keith Megna, is well worth the wait. "We're alone in the field, always at a distance," Feist said of the video on Facebook "And people appear and disappear from your life." People, the clip suggests, and dark birds that might represent lost souls.There's no need to hide under the table, though. "Whoa oh oh oh oh, bring them all back to life," Feist sings, and you know what? That's still a pretty great hook.

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    'Fifth Beatle' Brian Epstein to Be Subject of Tom Hanks-Backed Biopic

    It's a big year for the man Paul McCartney once dubbed the fifth member of the Beatles. Fab Four manager Brian Epstein, who signed the band in 1961 and died in 1967 after accidentally overdosing on sleeping pills, is already becoming the hero of his own comic book, brought to you by one of the creators of Green Day's American Idiot musical. Now the Hollywood Reporter notes that Epstein will also be the subject of his own biopic, directed by Paul McGuigan and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, both of the excellent BBC series Sherlock.Tom Hanks is among the producers, via the Playtone company he co-founded circa 1996's music-themed That Thing You Do!. Sundance-nominated screenwriter Todd Graff handled the screenplay, which the Hollywood Reporter confirms is about Epstein himself, not Epstein's perspective on Beatlemania.

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    Vampire Weekend Spook 'Unbelievers' With Jaunty New Song on 'Kimmel'

    A new song that Vampire Weekend previewed over the summer in Cleveland now has a title and a full-fledged TV studio recording.The cosmopolitan New York City guitar-poppers brought a horn section, a cellist, and Halloween-appropriate makeup to a performance of clappy "Unbelievers" on last night's episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which is being shot in Brooklyn all this week. The guitar chords feel like a knowing riff on the Monkees' Neil Diamond-written "I'm a Believer," and otherwise the song is in keeping with the band's previously lyrically dense, melodically bouncy style, complete with a bridge where all but drums and vocals drop out. "I'm not excited," lilts frontman Ezra Koenig.

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    Soundgarden Unearth Demos, Vinyl, and DVD for 'King Animal' Box Set

    Soundgarden's King Animal is getting a little fiercer. The rockers' first album of new material in 16 years is due out on November 13, via Seven Four Entertainment/Republic Records, with prices for the basic music alone ranging from $12.99 for a standard CD to $24.99 for a double 180-gram vinyl edition, according to Soundgarden's website. As Blabbermouth points out, the band has also revealed the details for various "deluxe" options, including a box set.The 12-inch by 12-inch package sells for $99.99, or $119.99 if you add a T-shirt. That's not Rihanna's $250 Unapologetic box set, but then again, this one doesn't come with a custom ViewMaster displaying 3D images of Chris Cornell and Kim Thayil (that we know of!).

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    Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, and More to Play Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert

    NBC has a bevy of big-name musical acts signed up to play a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy on Friday night, the AP reports. New Jersey's favorite sons Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi are on the bill, along with Staten Island-born Christina Aguilera and Long Island-raised Billy Joel. Sting, from the exotic borough known as Great Britain, will also be performing.Proceeds will go to the American Red Cross. NBC and its cable affiliates will screen the show — that means not only CNBC and MSNBC but also Bravo, USA, and E! — and the network is asking other stations to follow suit. The screening is set for 8 p.m. EST, with a tape delay on the West Coast, and will take place at New York City's Rockefeller Center.NBC's TODAY co-anchor Matt Lauer will host, and NBC late-night host Jimmy Fallon is also set to perform.

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    Universal Settles Influential Eminem Digital-Revenue Lawsuit

    The money has finally started rolling in a lawsuit that could lead to big payouts for many recording artists. Last year, the Supreme Court decided not to review a case involving Eminem, after an appeals court had decided that for Slim Shady, digital downloads count as "licenses," which carry higher royalty payments than "sales" do. The decision led to a flurry of artists filing similar lawsuits, including Rob Zombie, Rick James' estate, Public Enemy's Chuck D, and Weird Al.What the courts still hadn't decided, however, was how much Universal Music Group would have to pay FBT Productions, the producers who discovered Eminem, in damages. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the two parties have now settled for an undisclosed sum.

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