Marc Hogan



  • Courtney Love, Jay-Z

    Courtney Love Blessed Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' Use of Nirvana Lyrics

    Courtney Love has gone from Hole to Hova. The singer told Huffington Post she gave Jay-Z approval to quote lyrics from Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" on his upcoming album, Magna Carta Holy Grail. She explained that while the rapper's camp used the lyrics first and asked for permission later, "which is kind of nervy, the business side is taken care of so it's fine." She also said this: "Jay-Z's huge and we're friends. I mean we're not besties or anything..."Kurt Cobain's widow's not-quite-bestie is set to release Magna Carta Holy Grail on July 4 via a Samsung Galaxy app. Billboard recently weighed in that the million album copies Samsung bought to give away to its customers will not count toward its top 200 albums chart. Maybe not coincidentally, Jay-Z anwered a question about "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in a 2012 coffee-table book by Pharrell.

  • The Beastie Boys, David LaChappelle, skateboard

    Beastie Boys Skateboard Designed by David LaChappelle Will Benefit Charity

    A new Beastie Boys-themed skateboard designed by famed photographer David LaChappelle has gone on sale to benefit charity, as the Hollywood Reporter points out. The board features a classic photograph LaChappelle took of the Beasties in 1985 right in New York City's Times Square. It's all part of W Room and Boards, a program by W Hotels of New York and, a nonprofit that helps inner-city youth get involved in action sports.The Beasties skateboard and four others are available for a minimum donation of $500 via W Hotels. "I had a lot of help growing up with programs that helped me outside of school so it’s great to have a chance to give back,” LaChappelle told THR.

  • jj,

    jj Refine Their Swedish Beach-Pop Birdcall on Yearning 'Fagelsangen'

    Forget the past several years of global political paralysis and slo-mo economics. The ecstatic, audacious, and maximalist style of pop that burst from some corners of Swedish indiedom leading up through the financial crisis is still surreptitiously booming. Scandinavian trio Postiljonen's upcoming album Skyer, due out July 22 worldwide, matches the foam-kissed joy of Air France with the anthemic expanses of M83.

  • Happy Birthday, the Killers, Brandon Flowers

    How a 'Happy Birthday' Lyric Sheet Could Be Worth Millions in Copyright Fees

    "Happy Birthday to You" may soon be less dear. Virtually everybody knows the song, but nobody is allowed to use it in movies or just about anywhere else without paying a fortune for the rights. Now, a lawsuit in federal court argues the song should belong to all of us with birthdays. It's a case that's fascinating in light of the copyright disputes happening all the time over hip-hop samples, but also just because, c'mon, it's "Happy Birthday."As the New York Times reported earlier this month, a filmmaker working on a documentary about "Happy Birthday" was told she'd have to cough up $1,500 to use it in her movie and is now suing to have the song returned into the public domain.

  • METZ

    METZ Amp Up the Loudness Wars on 'Adult Swim' Ear-Splitter 'Can't Understand'

    Okay, so METZ's latest noise-punk blaze probably isn't technically louder in the "Loudness War," Metallica-mastered-their-album-funny sense, but have you seen their SoundCloud wave? "Can't Understand" is the Toronto band's foray into a 2013 Adult Swim Singles Project series that has already brought us Killer Mike and El-P's Tim Tebow-repping "36-Inch Chain" and Kitty (née Pryde)'s booty-rubbing "Barbie Jeep." This one comes a couple of days after METZ's Chad VanGaalen-animated "Get Off" video, and in a sonic sense, it's about as bonkers, all dive-bombing guitars and building-crushing drums. But it's not "just" an unholy racket: The track's crescendo is as methodical as it is maniacal. When singer-guitarist Alex Edkins howls the title phrase, it's just about the only lyric we can understand.

  • Lamb of God

    Randy Blythe's Manslaughter Trial Decimated Lamb of God's Finances

    Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe is free, irrevocably free, but his Czech legal saga was still a punishing one for his band. Blythe was acquitted earlier this year in the death of a fan who suffered head injuries after a Lamb of God show in Prague, and that acquittal was recently upheld. But Blythe's overseas woes kept the band out of action for eight months, and the case took a financial toll on the Virginia metal group, as well.On top of not having income from shows during Blythe's odeal, Lamb of God also footed the bill for more than $500,000 in legal expenses, drummer Chris Adler told the Virginian-Pilot. "It bankrupted the entire band, no money left for any kind of payroll or anything," Adler said. "When Randy was acquitted, everything was on the line at that point.

  • Governor's Ball, Randalls Island

    Governors Ball Says It's Working to Clean Up Randall's Island Mess

    You've won this time, Tropical Storm Andrea, but live music on Randall's Island will outlast you. The horrible, unrelenting rain that drenched New York City during Governors Ball left this little East River land mass so mud-scarred that organizers have canceled the Backyard Festival, originally set to be held there on July 13. The good news: Governors Ball says it's working to clean up the mess.Sponsored by LivingSocial, Backyard Festival had lined up Aerosmith, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Yeasayer as performers. The New York City Parks Department canceled the festival due to the conditions of Randall's Island Park, Living Social said on its website. The deal-of-the-day provider said it refunded the price of tickets.Governors Ball is teaming with the parks department to resod the area and take steps to avoid soggy conditions in the future, including adding a drain.

  • Robyn, Snoop Dogg,

    Robyn and Snoop Dogg Swap Genders in Untouchable 'U Should Know Better' Video

    Robyn's Body Talk was one of the best albums of 2010. It could be one of the best albums of 2013, too. The Swedish pop singer has finally shared a video for her Snoop Dogg collaboration "U Should Know Better," and it's as fully realized as her more promptly released Body Talk clips for "Dancing on My Own" or "Call Your Girlfriend." Directed by Robyn's stylist-collaborator Decida, this one shows Robyn as a bike-riding boy with a Neneh Cherry poster in his bedroom and Snoop Dogg as a woman who befriends him. It's the type of concept you might expect from fellow Swedes the Knife, but part of Robyn's gift is her ability to be forward-thinking and true to her ideals without ever being what you'd call "difficult." That isn't easy. Nor, to quote the song, is it anything to "fuck with." Three years? No time at all.

  • Jay-Z

    Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' Has One Million Sales But Not a 'Billboard' No. 1 (Yet)

    To paraphrase Drake: No new rules. When Jay-Z announced he would be releasing new album Magna Carta Holy Grail on July 4 via a partnership with Samsung, he said he was writing "new rules" for the music business. He also bragged on Twitter about selling one million copies of the album to the mobile-phone company weeks before the record will be available to people who aren't corporations. We pointed out Hov was being "obnoxious."Now, Billboard has confirmed that selling one million copies of an album to a corporate sponsor doesn't count for the magazine's top 200 albums chart. At least, not for now. In a thoughtful explanation of the pros and cons behind counting Jay's Samsung sales, Billboard editorial director Bill Werde concludes that because "nothing is for sale" in the Magna Carta promotion, those first million copies won't count in the sales tally.

  • Coke Weed

    Stream Coke Weed's Patient Fuzz-Rock Jewel 'Anklet'

    Coke Weed's upcoming third album is titled Back to Soft, and advance listen "Anklet" is elegantly unhurried, but the Maine-based band knows slow, seemingly unaggressive songs can still be deeply sinister. Produced by Nick Stumpf (Cavemen, French Kicks), the record is due out July 23, and this song's languidly gnarled psych-rock brings to mind current acts Pure X and Real Estate as well as precursors Galaxie 500 and California's '80s Paisley Underground scene. In fact, singer Nina D's narcotic voice most strikingly recalls Mazzy Star, the Paisley Underground's most famous offshoot. The song's titular piece of jewelry winds up spinning in a murky undertow.

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