Marc Hogan



  • Jack White and Lady Gaga

    We're Going to Be Friends: Jack White Disputes Alleged Lady Gaga Beef

    If it seems too good to be true, it probably is, even when it involves Jack White and Lady Gaga. Earlier today, various publications pointed to an out-of-context quote from the U.K. website for Esquire magazine, in which White appeared to be slamming Gaga as artificial. In particular, British magazine NME's headline embellished on the quote, claiming White was specifically addressing Gaga's "music." Which, of course, would all have been a bit rich, considering White's the guy who releases singles via hot air balloon, pretended his ex-wife White Stripes drummer was his sister, and famously favored a red, white, and black color scheme.The problem, as you can probably guess by now, is that White says he wasn't talking about Gaga's music or its authenticity at all.

  • Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello

    Tom Morello Reflects on Hearing 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' for the First Time

    As Rage Against the Machine's self-titled debut turns 20 years old, it follows a year after a little record called Nevermind reached the same milestone. In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Tom Morello describes hearing Nirvana for the first time. He says bassist Tim Commerford played them at an early Rage rehearsal."They cranked that thing in the truck, and we listened to 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' like, 15 times," Morello recalls. "I mean, now it's a song and a band and a record that is oversaturated in a way that I don't know that I'm ever going to get off on 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' again. But I remember that first night, very clearly, those guys cranking it up.

  • M.I.A. 'atTENTion'

    M.I.A. Shouts Out Wu-Tang on Pitch-Shifting, Rave-Tinged 'atTENTion'

    Last night, a video purporting to contain a new M.I.A. song titled "atTENTion" surfaced on YouTube, with a description claiming the pop provocateur had shared the music with persistent fans. M.I.A. appeared to lend the track a hint of authenticity by tweeting a Wu-Tang Clan-nodding line from the lyrics, "There's 36 chambers in my tent," though given Maya Arulpragasam's mischievious ways, who knew if she was just enjoying the joke. Now her publicist has confirmed the song is legit. It sets M.I.A.'s martial, pitch-mangled chants, which mostly center around the phrase "tent," over rumbling post-dubstep bass lines and bustling nu-rave breaks. Still unclear is whether we might expect "ATENTion" on M.I.A.'s forthcoming album Matangi, which has been delayed from its originally scheduled December 2012 release to an unspecified future date. But she's definitely got our, uhh, aTENTion.

  • Superchunk's 'Crossed Wires' video

    Superchunk Video Goes Viral With Sadly No Mention of Superchunk

    Superchunk have found themselves subject to the strange type of Internet non-fame that can best be described only in lolcats.Early last year, the North Carolina indie-rock heroes — whose bandmembers Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance just happened to co-found the Arcade Fire-spawing label Merge — offered up a clever, cat-focused video for "Crossed Wires," a "jangly, anthemic" standout from the band's triumphant first album in nine years, 2010's Majesty Shredding. Now, as the A.V.

  • Rihanna 'Victoria's Secret'

    Watch Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Bruno Mars Serenade Lingerie Models

    Rihanna has said that before last month's Victoria's Secret fashion show, which finally aired last night on CBS, she was "shitting bricks." She has also said that, luckily, "there was lots of tits and ass to distract me." No bricks were shat in the performances, which also featured Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars, but lo, the tits and ass did abound.The Unapologetic singer kept her poise on "Diamonds" and then brought the party on the occasion-appropriate "Fresh Out the Runway," a rap-inflected hard-hitter in the vein of Lil Wayne's "A Milli," Kendrick Lamar's "Backstreet Freestyle," or Nicki Minaj's "Come on a Cone." Likewise, Bieber sat on a stool for an acoustic "As Long as You Love Me," then danced/ogled during "Beauty and a Beat" (Nicki's verse was pre-recorded).

  • Thee Oh Sees'

    Thee Oh Sees' Fuzz-Pop Excursion 'Teacher's Holiday' Saved a Dachshund

    When school's out, no one unwinds quite like the teachers. Thee Oh Sees' nifty psych-pop nugget "Teacher's Holiday" takes a brattily juvenile perspective on the faculty's day off. "I lift up skirts with much delight / Hey hey hey," enthuses ex-Coachwhips singer-guitarist John Dwyer, whose San Francisco-based band's Putrifiers II earned a spot on SPIN's Best Albums of 2012 — and probably deserves its own West Coast office for the Elephant 6.This druggy, fuzzy song's dead-earnest whimsy suits the fact that it's from a brand-new cassette compilation benefiting a dachshund named Popcorn. According to esteemed tape label Burger Records, The Wiener Dog Comp has already saved little Popcorn's life by paying for a costly operation to remove a growth on her belly.

  • Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' trailer

    Watch Dave Grohl's Star-Studded 'Sound City' Trailer

    Dave Grohl keeps drumming up anticipation for his Sound City film (oh god, no pun intended!). With the Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana skin-pounder's directorial debut now officially set to make its debut at the Sundance Film Festival next month, he has shared another trailer for the project.With a soundtrack ranging from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to Nine Inch Nails, the clip shows famous musician after famous musician enthusing about the Los Angeles studio complex that gives the film its title. Grohl himself appears, as do Trent Reznor, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Neil Young, Rick Rubin, John Fogerty, Lars Ulrich, and more.

  • ty segall, le guess who

    Watch Ty Segall's Full Explosive Le Guess Who? Festival Performance

    On Sunday, Ty Segall played at the Le Guess Who? festival in Utretcht, Holland, and you can watch the whole thing now thanks to the Netherlands' 3voor12 public-broadcasting service. The 13-song set spans songs from Segall's Essential fall album Twins — SPIN's No. 9 album of 2012 — plus earlier 2012 albums with White Fence and as the Ty Segall Band. It's a furious garage-punk assault, and an approximate set list is below, via Ty Segall set list - December 2, 2012 - Utrecht, Netherlands @ Le Guess Who? 1. "Time" 2. "Scissor People" 3. "You're the Doctor" 4. "I Bought My Eyes" 5. "Standing at the Station" 6. "Finger" 7. "Girlfriend" 8. "Imaginary Person" 9. "The Hill" 10. "Wave Goodbye" 11. "Tell Me What's Inside Your Heart" 12. (Unknown) 13. "Pretty Baby (You're so Ugly)"

  • metallica, quebec magnetic

    Metallica Welcome 'The Day That Never Comes' on Concert DVD

    "The Day That Never Comes" is here. Well, actually, the decidedly Metallica-like Metallica song already arrived as the first single from the metal heavies' 2008 album Death Magnetic, when our own David Marchese accurately described it as an angsty "barrage of double-kick drumming, heroic soloing, and Möbius strip guitar riffs." This chopsy-to-the-max live version, complete with boisterous audience chanting, comes from the band's upcoming Quebec Magnetic concert DVD, due out December 10 as the first release on the newly independent band's own Blackened Recordings. This is what "100 percent" creative control looks and sounds like, we guess, but couldn't it use a little more Lou Reed? (Um, no.)

  • Queens of the Stone Age

    Josh Homme Says New Queens of the Stone Age Album Is Like 'Running in a Dream'

    Josh Homme has shed a little more light on Queens of the Stone Age's upcoming sixth album. In a BBC Radio documentary (via Antiquiet) about the band's 2002 classic Songs for the Deaf, the QOTSA frontman also answered a couple of questions about the in-progress full-length. "I think this record is a little more lyrically vulnerable, but I also think it's sort of musically deeper and richer, and it's a little bit stranger," Homme told host Zane Lowe, in comments starting around the 54-minute mark.Homme pointed to "a lot of struggles going on," but he'd just been discussing how he felt that actual reality shouldn't intrude on the "utopian" reality of the band's music, so he didn't elaborate and Lowe didn't press him. "This record basically sounds like you're running in a dream the whole time," Homme said.

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