Marc Hogan



  • Courtney Barnett,

    Courtney Barnett Lands in America With 'Anonymous Club' Video

    Courtney Barnett's The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas has been arriving in lucky U.S. mailboxes in recent days, but the first stateside release from the languidly observant Australian garage-rock bandleader is officially out today, with a video to mark the occasion.For those not yet familiar, "Avant Gardener" — this writer's pick for the No. 1 track of last year — is the unambitiously ambitious breakout song, the everyday-psychedelic first-person narrative with the offhand Pulp Fiction reference and the best asthma-inhaler lyric in at least a few years.

  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart,

    Pains of Being Pure at Heart Share Mythic 'Eurydice'

    Yeah, so there's that saying, "It's all Greek to me," but here that stops with the title. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's "Eurydice," like the newest Arcade Fire album, refers to a classical myth about a great musician who nevertheless fails to save his dead wife from the Underworld. The latest track from the New York dream-pop shimmerers' May 13 album Days of Abandon, though — like previously shared triumph "Simple and Sure" — is, well, actually simple and sure, a sweetly tuneful gallop across themes of heartbreak and loss. "This album was a chance to step back from that universal style of songwriting to something that was far more personal, more in keeping with my original ideals," frontman Kip Berman has said of the follow-up to 2011's Belong, but these rafter-reaching hooks are just another indication of how the personal can sometimes also be the universal.

  • John Calipari, Kentucky, Bill O'Reilly,

    Watch John Calipari Defuse Bill O'Reilly on 'Hip-Hop Stuff'

    The worlds of music and sport have long tended to collide, but it's refreshing when the jocks stand up for the musos. What happened when the University of Kentucky's men's basketball coach, John Calipari, turned up on The O'Reilly Factor last night on FOX News was more complex than that, but still impressive. Host Bill O'Reilly, perhaps having a bad month now that nemesis Stephen Colbert has been named the rightful heir to David Letterman's late-night throne, told Calipari that things — what things, his pronouns leave unclear — have "coarsened." O'Reilly asked whether "this rap stuff and hip hop stuff" has changed players' attitudes.Calipari, promoting new book Players First: Coaching From the Inside Out after his Wildcats made it to the NCAA championship (see College Basketball's Sweet 16 Ranked by Best Local Music), admirably declined to take his host's weird bait.

  • interactive map, genre, region, All-American Music Map, Movoto

    Interactive Map Shows America's Music Preferences by Genre

    Earlier in 2014, a music technology firm called the Echo Nest shared a series of maps tracking American music tastes. One showed each state's most popular music not popular elsewhere, another showed each state's favorite artists, and another showed each state's most ignored artists. Those maps showed an unusual level of interest, and in March the company announced it was being acquired by Spotify. Now comes an interactive map of U.S. tastes by genre. Online real estate broker Movoto came up with the map by developing scores based on data from the National Endowment of the Arts, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, plus state-level music preferences from Wikipedia.Though you might think each region's favorite music genre would be commonsense — Nashville loves country, and so on — the map does make for fun perusing.

  • Antemasque, Mars Volta, Flea,

    Antemasque Herald Self-Titled Album With Autumnal 'Drown All Your Witches'

    They were wrong, so we drowned. They were right, so we got a new Antemasque song. The new project — which brings together former the Mars Volta members Omar Rodríguez-López, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and Dave Elitch, plus (as a guest, not a member) Red Hot Chili Peppers and Atoms for Peace bass master Flea — has already shared three songs over several days: the wiry "4AM," the agile "People Forget,"  and the frenetic prog-punk of "Hangin' in the Lurch." Now they're releasing another one, "Drown All Your Witches," which you can preview in the video above.The track comes as Antemasque announce their self-titled album, which will be out July 15 (more details below).

  • Foo Fighters, crowdsource campaign, Richmond, Virginia

    Want to See Foo Fighters? A Crowdsource Campaign Couldn't Hurt

    Some Foo Fighters fans from the state where Dave Grohl grew up are trying a novel way of bringing him back.A campaign on crowdfunding site Crowdhoster has already raised almost $8,000 to help lure the Foo Fighters to Richmond, Virginia, for the first time in more than 15 years.The campaign's organizers are selling 1,400 tickets to a concert they hope will happen sometime this year. The catch: The band isn't involved in the effort."We're just a few friends and fans looking to make this happen," emails Andrew Goldin, who organized the campaign with fellow Richmond locals Brig White, John McAdorey and Lucas Krost. "Came up with the idea and thought it would be a blast to try. The band seems to have so much fun with themselves that we really think it may happen."The appearance would be Foo Fighters' first in RVA since May 17, 1998.

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, RHCP, CIA, torture

    Red Hot Chili Peppers Call 'Bullshit' on Use of Music in Torture

    Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has responded to a report the CIA used the band's music as an "enhanced interrogation technique," and he's not happy about it."No, no, of course not," Smith told TMZ when asked if he approved the band's music being used in torture.  "Our music's positive man. It's supposed to make people feel good. And that's very upsetting to me. I don't like that at all. It's bullshit."When the parking-lot interviewer suggested RHCP hit "Give It Away" might work, Smith added, "Maybe some people think our music's annoying — I don't care — but that's a poor use of ... you shouldn't do that. You shouldn't be doing any of that shit. It's horrible."Bassist Flea seconded that on Twitter: "It is absolutely heartbreaking to hear Rhcp music has been used by the CIA to torture human beings.

  • Lana Del Rey,

    Hear Lana Del Rey's Smoldering 'West Coast'

    Lana Del Rey performed a new song, "West Coast," over the weekend at Coachella, and now the track is streaming online (below). Where a previous track to emerge, "Meet Me in the Pale Moonlight," carried splashes of slow-mo disco, this one is consummately LDR: an atmospheric, swaying appropriation of Americana tropes. "Ooh baby, ooh baby, I'm in love," Del Rey purrs between images from a sort of Madison Avenue Manifest Destiny — silver starlets, lit Parliaments, rock'n'roll — all set to an endless looped video of a walk on the beach. Her new album Ultraviolence, which involves the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, should be here soon. Along with the follow-up to 2012's Born to Die, she also recently recorded "Once Upon a Dream" for Sleeping Beauty update Maleficent. A North American tour is underway.

  • Disclosure, Friend Within,

    Disclosure Get in Their House Zone With Friend Within on 'The Mechanism'

    Disclosure showcased a track by British producer Friend Within last fall on their BBC Essential Mix, and now they've shared a collaboration. The impact from the U.K. dance/pop duo's Essential 2013 album Settle has yet to, er, settle, as they're playing a prime spot at Coachella this weekend. According to Pitchfork, Dislcosure and Friend Within's "The Mechanism" will be out at the end of this month via PMR. It's percolating house with emphatic spoken-word samples recalling Settle's recently Vic Mensa-flipped "When a Fire Starts to Burn."  "Once you know it's coming, stay in the zone," a voice insists. Hear what happens when you let Disclosure get in their zone below, and if you're in Detroit, listen to a guest DJ set at 2 a.m. local time tonight — okay, technically tomorrow morning — on 98.7 AMP Radio (and check out their Motor City-honoring "White Noise" video).

  • Morrissey, 'World Peace Is None of Your Business,' track list

    Morrissey's 'World Peace Is None of Your Business' Track List May Top Its Title

    No one will ever be better at the art of being Morrissey than Morrissey. First, he gives his new album the title World Peace Is None of Your Business, which may or may not be a reference to his Nobel Peace Prize gig last year but definitely won't be easily forgotten. Now, through usual mouthpiece True to You, he has shared a track list that might even beat that.Currently set for a July release via Harvest Record and Capitol, the follow-up to 2009's Years of Refusal will include some pretty remarkable song titles. Oh, sure, there's the title track, but from "Neal Cassady Drops Dead" and "I'm Not a Man" to "Earth Is the Loneliest Planet," "Kick the Bride Down the Aisle," and "The Bullfighter Dies," there's a lot to chew on here before we've heard one note of music.

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