Marc Hogan



  • Rick Rubin

    Rick Rubin Is Basically Jack Handey Now, Video Suggests

    Rick Rubin doesn't often sit down for video interviews, so it's worth watching luxury brand website Nowness' new short film (via TwentyFourBit) starring and narrated by the producer and record executive. Director Alison Chernick captures some visually impressive footage of the famously bearded studio guru and the gorgeous cliffs outside his Malibu home. Rubin serenely whispers observations about meditation and the relationship between music and nature, and his comments sound at once sincere and potentially resonant, if you're of a new-agier persuasion. Nor are we ones who would ever scoff at meditation, whose benefits have been proclaimed by all from George Harrison and David Lynch to, just recently, Jerry Seinfeld.

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    Mysteriously Prince-Affiliated Twitter Account Leaks Funky 'Same Page Different Book'

    "All right, listen y'all," a Prince-ly voice banters over taut funk-soul on "Same Page Different Book," a newly surfaced song being attributed to the Purple One. "We're about to let this just... groove!" That's about what the rest of us will have to do with the previously unreleased track above, which, as Antiquiet reports, surfaced via a new Twitter account that has been posting Prince-related links. As Prince gets set to receive a Carnegie Hall tribute concert on March 6, this spiritually themed new song, which features sizzling guitar playing and a female guest vocal, stays true to the organic rootsiness of recent new song "Rock and Roll Love Affair." Here, Prince (or his sound-alike) essentially reiterates Maya Angelou's forever-relevant statement that "human beings are more alike than unalike," howling, "What are we fighting for?"First spotted by funk blog Dr.

  • r. kelly, sandy hook shooting

    R. Kelly Leaves 'Closet' Behind on Sandy Hook Tribute 'I Know You Are Hurting'

    Part of R. Kelly's particular genius is the ability to work brilliantly at all emotional pitches. The loftiest inspirational tract. The basest sexual come-on. The bawdiest cornball humor. Kellz can do, has done it all, investing each with equal levels of expressiveness. Father John Misty's pipes-flaunting cover of the R.'s Space Jam theme "I Believe I Can Fly" made the online rounds recently; How to Dress Well's aching take on dead-friend tribute "I Wish" and, a few years earlier, Bonnie "Prince" Billy's rustic recasting of Ali soundtrack anthem "The World's Greatest" both show a similarly heartfelt appreciation for Kelly's graceful ease with all modes.

  • Youth Lagoon's Trevor Powers

    Youth Lagoon Wrestles With Mortality on March LP 'Wondrous Bughouse'

    In barely a couple of months, Trevor Powers will release his second album as Youth Lagoon. Wondrous Bughouse, the follow-up to the Boise, Idaho-based multi-instrumentalist's toweringly intimate 2011 debut The Year of Hibernation, is due out on March 5, again via Fat Possum. In a statement, Powers says his songwriting process reflected a growing interest in the "human psyche and where the spiritual meets the physical world." It's easy to see how that might carry through to track list entries as "Through Mind and Back," though other Wondrous Bughouse song titles, such as "Pelican Man" and "Daisyphobia," are a bit more cryptic.

  • Rolling Stones

    Rolling Stones Predictably Tease Full-Blown 2013 Tour

    The Rolling Stones are only an official announcement away from officially announcing they'll be following their handful of recent 50th-anniversary shows with a full-blown tour this year.No joke: "Really, all you're going to have do is wait for an announcement," Keith Richards told Rolling Stone, reportedly with "a raspy laugh."The people who should probably be laughed at are any 1 percenters who forked over as much as $2,453.50 — or more, if they went through scalpers — thinking the recent mini-tour would be their last chance to see the Stones. Oh, sure, Mick Jagger himself suggested the tickets were so costly precisely because the Stones were only doing four shows and needed to recoup expenses that would normally be spread out over the course of a tour.

  • Michael Jackson,

    Terrorized 'Thriller' Actress Scares Up $55,000 Payday From Michael Jackson's Estate

    "There ain't no second chance against the thing with 40 eyes, girl," Michael Jackson warns on "Thriller." No word on how many eyes belong to the late King of Pop's estate, but Ola Ray, the model and actress who starred alongside Jackson in that song's classic 1983 video, has successfully gone back for a second payout.According to TMZ, Ray settled her breach of contract claims with the estate last year for $55,000, plus $20,000 in legal fees. She had alleged she was still entitled to a huge share of profits from the video, which originally aired on December 2, 1983 (websites, start your anniversary commemorative slideshows!).TMZ reports that John Landis, who directed the video, has settled similar litigation against the Jackson estate. Landis was looking for more than $2 million, though, so he probably received a larger, still-undisclosed amount.

  • Nirvana's Kurt Cobain

    Kurt Cobain Film Aims to Be This Generation's 'The Wall'

    Crossfire Hurricane, documentarian Brett Morgen's 2012 film about the Rolling Stones, combined audio interviews with relevant archival footage. His still-untitled, Courtney Love-approved documentary about Kurt Cobain, tentatively planned for next year, will be different. The tone of both documentaries seeks to reflect their subjects' personalities, Morgen told NME.To that end, Morgen said the movie about the late Nirvana frontman will blend animation and live action, like the 1982 film based on Pink Floyd's landmark album The Wall. "We're hoping the Cobain film, that'll hopefully be released in 2014, will be this generation's The Wall — a mix of animation and live action that'll allow the audience to experience Kurt in a way they never have before," Morgen's quoted as saying.Cobain, of course, had moves unlike Mick Jagger's.

  • Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder plays Isle of Wight

    Eddie Vedder Says Pearl Jam Are 'Maybe Halfway There' With New Album

    Pearl Jam are working on their follow-up to 2009's well-received Backspacer, but they're not in any huge rush. Asked about the new material by Rolling Stone, Eddie Vedder said the grunge outfit is "maybe halfway there." He didn't reveal any song titles or release date plans just yet."We're taking our time," Vedder said, continuing directly. "I was talking to Jeff [Ament, Pearl Jam's bassist] today ... He's heading to the West Coast, I'm heading east. And we're out here like, you know, like Johnny Appleseed. He's covering part of the country. I'm doing the other ... We'll be ready to go when we're ready to go."In appropriate Johnny Appleseed fashion, Vedder sprinkled only the tiniest tidbits about the new music's stylistic direction: "It sounds like it sounds like," he said. "We really work together as a unit these days ...

  • Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz

    Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz Celebrate Being 'Rich as Fuck' By Rapping Without a Beat

    Lil Wayne has been collaborating with just about everyone the past few days. 2 Chainz has been collaborating with just about everyone for at least the past year. Including Wayne himself, much to his own avowed embarrassment, in the box-of-rocks-dumb hook to 2 Chainz' Based on a T.R.U. Story album opener, "Yuck." The rapper formerly known as Tity Boi returns the favor with his own hook that doesn't exactly show off rapping prowess on Weezy's new "Rich as Fuck" (via IllRoots), only this time you're much likelier to want to shout along.With lurching, minimalist production by Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)" mastermind T-Minus, the song gives Lil Tunechi plenty of space for his increasingly limited set of tics. Eighties-baby pop-cultural references? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and All Dogs Go to Heaven, check. Proof Wayne does drugs?

  • BenZel

    BenZel Stay Slinky With Future-R&B Slow Jam 'Fallin' Love' (And Racy Video)

    Jessie Ware is irreplaceable, but the mysterious production team BenZel have now officially proved they can achieve similar electro-soul raptures all on their own. BenZel, who if we're to believe their too-good-to-be-true backstory are two Japanese teenagers with "a profound appreciation for '90s R&B and J. Dilla," recently teamed with the Devotion singer on "If You Love Me," an arresting update of a 1994 hit by L.A. vocal group Brownstone.

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