Marc Hogan



  • Dave Grohl's Sound City Players Mix Classic and 'Real' on 'Kimmel'

    Dave Grohl's Sound City Players Mix Classic and 'Real' on 'Kimmel'

    Dave Grohl, whose Sound City Players will be playing South By Southwest 2013, recently unveiled his Sound City: Real to Reel soundtrack, chatted with Stephen Colbert, was kinder to Redditors than Trent Reznor, and guest-hosted a late-night TV show for a week. Jimmy Kimmel, who also happens to host a late-night TV show, last week beefed with Morrissey about meat. The unstoppable force collided with the immovable, meat-like object last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where Grohl's Sound City Players, including John Fogerty and Rick Springfield, performed Creedence Clearwater Revival classic "Fortunate Son" (above) and Springfield-led Sound City rave-up "The Man That Never Was" (below). As Grohl told our own Chris Martins in SPIN's latest cover story, "I don't know a lot of musicians that suck."

  • Kanye West, Kim Kardashian

    Kanye West Breaks Media Blackout to Kvetch About Arbitrary 'Hottest MCs' List

    For a guy who boasts about not caring what people think of him, Kanye West really, really seems to care about what people think of him.Earlier this week, MTV posted the bottom six entries in its list of the 10 "Hottest MCs." Drake is tops so far at No. 5, followed, in order, by Big Sean, West, A$AP Rocky, Future, and Meek Mill. We wouldn't want to finish behind the guy who released 2011's charisma-free Finally Famous, either, so maybe it's no surprise West saw this as the occasion to make a rare return to the practice of "letting people interview you, sort of." (In fact, West didn't rank at all on SPIN's REAL Hottest MCs in the Game list.)Yeezy called up Hot 97's DJ Enuff, as you can hear below, and complained about his placement on the list. He did say he and Big Sean should've been in the top five, so the protégé outpacing the master must not bother him.

  • The Postal Service, Ben Gibbard

    Indie Rock Royalty Save the Postal Service's Unfunny, Overlong 'Funny or Die' Sketch

    The Postal Service are poking gentle fun at their past even as they're extending their future.The Best Show on WFMU radio host Tom Scharpling has directed a Funny or Die video that imagines what auditions would have been like for Ben Gibbard's job in the laptop-pop duo with Jimmy Tamborello. Scharpling was SPIN's 2012 video director of the year, so we're fans of his work as well as the Postal Service's platinum-selling 2003 debut Give Up, but this clip's nearly nine-minute length leaves its humor unfortunately sagging. Still, cameos by Duff McKagan, Moby, Aimee Mann, Tom DeLonge, "Weird" Al Yankovic, and Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster, among others, help make the video worth sticking with until its unsurprising, low-key conclusion.Separately, the Postal Service have added new dates to their 2013 touring schedule.

  • PSY,

    PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Fails to Regain Relevance Despite Diplo Remix

    Poor PSY. He might not realize it yet, but the Earth has just been realigned on its axis, officially relegating "Gangnam Style" to the online nostalgia bin even as he starts flogging its spin-offs. Brace yourself for the listicle about "44 Reasons the PSY Portion of 2012 Was Great" starting... now.You see, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," the meme the K-Pop star's "oppa" ode displaced, has now returned gloriously to prominence in the form of a shouldn't-work-but-does mashup with Nine Inch Nails' "Head Like a Hole." At the same time, the meme that took over from "Gangnam," Baauer's weirdly charmed "Harlem Shake" craze, is hurting Australian miners, liberating Middle Eastern protesters, and infecting The Simpsons.

  • Jonny Greenwood, Australia

    Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood Unfurls Guitar Minimalism in Aussie Live Video

    Last December, Jonny Greenwood joined Australian electro-acoustic collective ACO Underground for a surprise appearance at Sydney venue the Standard. Their collaboration included a rendition of an excerpt from "Electric Counterpoint," a late-'80s piece by minimalist composer Steve Reich. Now, as The King of Limbs Part 2 points out, video of the performance has surfaced online. Greenwood's flickering guitar work on the Reich piece, above, suggests the flavor of some of his knottier latter-day Radiohead work.

  • Smith Westerns

    Smith Westerns Preview 'Soft Will' LP With Anthemic 'Varsity'

    Smith Westerns have progressed at a furious pace. The Chicago band's rough-hewn, garage-glam 2010 debut gave way to 2011's assured, dreamy Dye It Blonde, produced by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House); SPIN called them Next Big Things. As Pitchfork reports, on June 11, they'll release follow-up Soft Will via new label home Mom + Pop, again with production by Coady; listen to thrumming, U2-tinged anthem "Varsity" below. The band is already set to play the two weekends of Coachella, with a show at Los Angeles venue the Echo in between.Soft Will track list:1. "3am Spiritual"2. "Idol"3. "Glossed"4. "XXIII"5. "Fool Proof"6. "White Oath"7. "Only Natural"8. "Best Friend"9. "Cheer Up"10. "Varsity" Smith Westerns tour dates:April 14 - Indio, CA @ Coachella April 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo April 21 - Indio, CA @ Coachella

  • Justin Bieber

    Justin Bieber Enters His Axl Rose Phase, Apologizes for Concert's Two-Hour Late Start

    Justin Bieber has provoked the anger of the two constituencies he can't afford to alienate: his fans and their parents. While the singer was set to perform in London last night at 8:30 p.m. local time, he didn't appear onstage at the O2 Arena until 10:20 p.m., according to the BBC. As TMZ records with the video below, a few people booed. Bieber has apologized, but like the 19-year-old he is, he apologized for something different than what people are mad at him for, insisting he was only 40 minutes late to stage and that his show was "great." Then again, it took Guns N' Roses' infamously tardy Axl Rose a whole decade to apologize for a 2002 Cleveland no-show.

  • Carly Rae Jepsen, Trent Reznor, Nine Inch Nails, mash-up

    Nine Inch Nails Meet Carly Rae Jepsen in Insane Mashup 'Call Me a Hole'

    Just when you thought the Internet had squeezed all life out of "Call Me Maybe," along comes the Internet to perform CPR. As the Verge points out, a mashup of Nine Inch Nails' 1989 industrial-rock landmark "Head Like a Hole" and Carly Rae Jepsen's endlessly memeable 2012 hit now exists. It's the product of a Reddit user's humble request, and, despite basically just setting Trent Reznor's anguished vocals over Jepsen's perky instrumentals, it's strangely seamless. "Call Me Maybe (Sekuoia LOL Mix)," meet something possibly even catchier. Just in time for the revivified Nine Inch Nails' summer festival dates. Enjoy "Call Me a Hole" below.

  • Beastie Boys, Ric Menello,

    Ric Menello, Beastie Boys Video Director, Dies at 60

    Ric Menello, a director and screenwriter who was a pioneer as hip-hop became a commercial force in the '80s, has died at age 60, MTV News reports. Menello, who succumbed to a heart attack on Friday, co-directed the Beastie Boys' classic "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)" video. He also wrote scripts for movies, including Run-D.M.C.'s 1988 Tougher Than Leather and 2008's Two Lovers, which starred Joaquin Phoenix and Gwyneth Paltrow. Another Menello-written Phoenix vehicle, Lowlife, is set to premiere this year.Menello once had a part-time job as a desk clerk at Rick Rubin's New York University dorm. That's how he met the Beastie Boys and the producer and Def Jam co-founder.

  • Lamb of God, Randy Blythe

    Lamb of God's Randy Blythe Acquitted in Czech Manslaughter Trial

    Randy Blythe is free. A Czech court has acquitted the Lamb of God singer of manslaughter charges, ITV reports. A spokesperson for Prague's Municipal Court confirmed Blythe's acquittal to WRIC in Richmond, Virginia, where the metal band is based.Blythe was arrested last summer when 19-year-old fan Daniel Nosek died of head injuries two weeks after attending Lamb of God's Prague show. Blythe spent 38 days in Czech custody, maintaining his innocence throughout. Lamb of God played a handful of U.S. gigs later in 2012. Blythe returned to Prague earlier this year stand trial on accusations he caused Nosek's death by pushing him off the stage.The singer shared the news on Instagram, paying his respects to Nosek and thanking fans for standing by him. "I am a free man," he wrote. "Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts & prayers in this difficult time.

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