Marc Hogan



  • Lars Ulrich, Will Ferrell, Chad Smith, drum-off, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, battle, challenge, accepted, bring it on

    Lars Ulrich Accepts Will Ferrell and Chad Smith's Drum-Off Challenge

    Lars Ulrich has picked up the gauntlet. On June 10, Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith told SPIN the Metallica founding member was their next target for a drum battle. The actor-comedian, who dueled with his RHCP lookalike for charity in a "traditional drum-off" this past May on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, called Ulrich's physical appearance "eerily similar" to that of him and Smith."Lars gets pissed because he gets mistaken for both me and Chad Smith," Ferrell said over the phone. "He can settle that score now, too."Enter the guy who played drums on "Enter Sandman." In an exclusive statement to SPIN, Ulrich has accepted the challenge. You can read the whole thing below.

  • Grammy, samples, awards, allowed

    Grammy Awards Will Allow Samples for Song of the Year

    Every song contains traces of its influences. The Grammy Awards will now allow those influences to be outright samples or quotes across all award categories, including Song of the Year. As Billboard reports, the Recording Academy announced the rule change as part of its annual spring trustees meeting. In a statement, the Recording Academy said the update reflects a recognition of how rap songs often use bits of older songs, "providing creative and interesting compositions that often reach across genre lines." Songwriters previously could only win for sample-based material in the Best Rap Song category.

  • Janelle Monae,

    Janelle Monae Exalts David Bowie's 'Heroes' on 'Letterman'

    We can be "Heroes"? Yes, she can. Janelle Monáe's almost-too-fitting cover of David Bowie's 1977 classic surfaced this spring in conjunction with a Pepsi ad campaign. The Electric Lady singer and a full, white-clad band brought it to beaming, dancing, post-LCD Soundsystem life last night on Late Show With David Letterman, dedicating the song "to all the young heroes in the world" and promising to "take you somewhere tonight." By the time she's jumping up and down, asking us to "sing it if you believe it," sure, it's show biz, but you just might believe that's an art-pop Hercules up there.For more of Monae's epic feats, check out our Governors Ball 2014 coverage (and photos), catch her live in New York with Dave Chappelle later this month, and revisit her livewire performance on The Maya Rudolph Show. 

  • Jack White, 'Seven Nation Army,' 'Conan,' cell phones, 'Lazaretto,'

    Jack White Tells 'Conan' He Doesn't Mind Hearing 'Seven Nation Army' Everywhere

    Jack White and Jimmy Fallon have plenty of on-air history, but White and Conan O'Brien are old friends. Last night on Conan, the late-night host recalled sitting next to the White Stripe when Elephant's unmistakable "Seven Nation Army" came on at a Los Angeles Dodgers game. O'Brien compared it to watching baseball with the guy who wrote the "Charge" fanfare.The Third Man Records boss, whose new album Lazaretto came out this week, isn't mad. "As a songwriter, that's the greatest thing that could ever happen," he said of the song's jock-jam ubiquity. "It becomes folk music, because people take it over. I don't know of many songs where they're not saying words, they're chanting melody."Watch that portion of White's Conan interview above.

  • Mastodon,

    Mastodon Make Metal Cute in Swashbuckling 'High Road' Video

    Mastodon's "High Road" is tunefully bone-crunching. Yet while the Atlanta quartet told SPIN their June 24 album Once More 'Round the Sun followed band viewings of Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining, plus Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, their video for the song ends up someplace more familiar — and, dare we allow these scare quotes to channel a certain Brian Wilson collaborator and say it, even "adorkable." Directed by Roboshobo, the Pitchfork-posted clip shows a skinny, bespectacled young man in an epic quest involving Live Action Role Playing (LARP). Mastodon have also shared the heavyweight "Chimes at Midnight," and you can pre-order the follow-up to 2011's Hunter now, either using normal money or, c'mon, with Bitcoin, gosh.

  • Hundred Waters,

    Hundred Waters Deconstruct the Best Tree House in 'Murmurs' Video

    "Yesterday was your birthday," Nicole Miglis sings at a moment of clarity in "Murmurs," the new single from Hundred Waters' The Moon Rang Like a Bell. Then, mysteriously: "Happy birthday." The Florida quartet, which blends electronic and organic elements into an atmospheric, soulful sort of neo-folk music, is responsible for one of SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2014 So Far, and the video for this skittering, bird-like song could have gone all sorts of ways. If you had "Miglis stands in gorgeous, tree-enshrouded house as an army of construction workers surround her, and she dances with one of them, and then they encircle her with orange mesh, and then they leave and you don't know what's going on" in your office pool, well, you win.

  • Brian Wilson, Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel

    Brian Wilson Plans Team-Ups With Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves

    Brian Wilson is turning to a new generation of musical talent as the Beach Boys great works on his next album. According to a short item in the latest print issue of Rolling Stone, possible collaborators for the project include Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, and Zooey Deschanel.It's unclear how far along these team-ups might be, but Ocean's track, described as "potentially" featuring the channel ORANGE singer, would be titled "Special Love." Del Rey's reportedly "haunting" contribution is titled "Last Song," Musgrave's is "Sharing a New Day" ("sassy"), and Deschanel's is "On the Island" ("space-age bossa nova" — who'da thunk?). "This project blows my mind," Wilson is quoted as saying. "I had no idea we could pull this off!"Wilson republished the RS article on his website.

  • Dave Chappelle, David Letterman

    Dave Chappelle on 'Letterman': Left 'Chappelle's Show' Over Money, Envies Jay Z

    Dave Chappelle is back, and he's cagily — almost mystically — beginning to open up about why he was ever gone in the first place. On June 18, the former star of Comedy Central's Chappelle's Show kicks off a series of performances at New York's Radio City Music Hall, where he'll be joined from June 24 to 26 by the Roots, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monáe, and more. Last night on Late Night With David Letterman, the actor and comedian brilliantly deflected the host's questions about why he suddenly left Chappelle's Show in 2005. And when Chappelle did answer, it was in the form of a quasi-parable about money."I don't talk about it," Chappelle said of his departure in a preview clip from the interview. "Listen, here it is: Technically, I never quit. I'm seven years late for work."In the full interview, David Letterman kept pressing.

  • Morrissey, cancels, U.S. tour

    Morrissey Cancels U.S. Tour, Blaming Illness on Opener, Who Denies It

    Well, this is going to be one for the history books. Or at least another catty memoir. Morrissey, who initially yesterday postponed a couple of dates on his U.S. tour, has now scrapped the lot of it. Accounts conflict about the circumstances, but health concerns are the common theme.In an official statement on Facebook, the legendary former Smiths singer cited a "respiratory infection." In a statement via semi-official mouthpiece True to You, he blamed the infection on his tour opener, Kristeen Young, saying she previously "confessed to 'a horrendous cold'" and chose to leave the tour.

  • Will Ferrell, Chad Smith, drum-off, Metallica, Lars Ulrich

    Q&A: Will Ferrell and Chad Smith Challenge Metallica's Lars Ulrich to Drum-Off

    Will Ferrell may have gotten the best of Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith in their The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon drum-off last month, but the friendly rivalry between these two lookalikes hasn't faded. For the first time, exclusively in SPIN, they're challenging Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich to a second epic drum battle. According to Ferrell, Ulrich gets mixed up with both him and Smith. Which raises the question: Does the metal god dare to ride the lightning?Meanwhile, Smith said the Chili Peppers are working on a new album, and they'll play at the U.K. Isle of Wight Festival this weekend.

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