Marc Hogan



  • Metallica, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett

    Metallica Urged U.S. to Stop Using Their Music for Torture, Says SEAL Who Killed Bin Laden

    The U.S. military played Metallica records to weaken prisoners it planned to interrogate, and stopped after the band objected. That's one revelation (via Blabbermouth) from Esquire's blockbuster profile of the Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden.The piece, titled "The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed" and written by former San Francisco Chronicle editor Phil Bronstein, is essential reading for a whole lot of other reasons. But its still-anonymous, enviably quotable subject's pithy comments about Metallica should be of obvious interest to music fans."When we first started the war in Iraq, we were using Metallica music to soften people up before we interrogated them," the man Esquire calls only "the Shooter" is quoted as saying.

  • 2 Chainz, '2 Broke Girls'

    See 2 Chainz Create Corporate Synergy in Unfunny '2 Broke Girls' TV Guest Spot

    Last week, Slate's David Weigel wrote an article cleverly titled, "The Only Time Anyone Should Have to Care About 2 Broke Girls." The subject was a tweet from a U.S. congressman's account reacting, erm, hornily to the CBS sitcom's pole-dancing-themed Super Bowl commercial. Now comes a second time non-viewers of the show will have to care about it, but luckily it doesn't last long and isn't particularly significant.Don't blame 2 Chainz. The charismatic rapper behind last year's Based on a T.R.U. Story made his TV debut on Monday night's episode of the show, and the mere fact that a popular series is shining a light on such a cult-adored hip-hop figure is something to cheer. Still, the Brooklyn-focused sitcom has had its clumsiness with race in the past, and the sequences posted online (below, via Rap Radar) don't go much beyond mainstream preconceptions about rap.

  • Rihanna Stay video

    Rihanna Takes a Bath in Unrevealingly Intimate 'Stay' Video

    Rihanna has a bare, emotional ballad on her hands in "Stay," and the Unapologetic track's new video is the best chance yet for the unfamiliar to appreciate it. When the majestic, Beyoncé-ready song debuted in the Barbadian singer's Saturday Night Live appearance, most of the post-show chatter focused on her seapunk-derived backdrops. When Rihanna performed it at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night, "Stay" was overshadowed by the bizarre spectacle that is the Grammy Awards, not to mention her guest Mikky Ekko's lackluster vocal. Not to mention her own guest appearance in the Taylor Swift-pleasing Bob Marley tribute.Ekko shows up again in the video, and his soft croon still floats in that somewhat awkward space where the guy from the xx bums cigarettes off of David Gray.

  • Queens of the Stone Age, Josh Homme

    Queens of the Stone Age Have '999' Problems and an Album Title Might Be One

    Queens of the Stone Age are bringing back some of the mystery to the album release process. This year, performers such as David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, and Fall Out Boy have all been trying to surprise audiences with their new music, to varying degrees of success. (Beck put out an album of sheet music, for crissakes.) QOTSA keep providing a steady breadcrumb trail of guest-artist news and excruciatingly cryptic clues.As Antiquiet points out, QOTSA have now published three hard-to-parse letters in U.K. music magazines. The latest comes via Kerrang. They previously shared one with Uncut in January and another, last December, in Mojo. At first, it was easy to get caught up in the band's colorfully vague descriptions of the music on the upcoming record — "codeine cabaret"!

  • Pissed Jeans / Photo by Sasha Morgan via SubPop

    Watch Pissed Jeans' Gloriously Macabre 'Bathroom Laughter' Video

    The long wait is over: Pissed Jeans' fourth album, Honeys, is finally out today via Sub Pop. And to mark the occasion the Pennsylvania noise-rock everydudes have unveiled a video for "Bathroom Laughter," a bulldozer that's more about tears than guffaws. Directed by  Joe Stakun (Future Islands, Japanther, Modest Mouse), the video finds Mark Proksch, of NBC'sThe Office fame, watching an infomercial that goes horribly awry. Members of Pissed Jeans turn up, including an appearance by frontman (and SPIN style contributor) Matt Korvette as a weatherman. Liz Lee, star of MTV's My Life as Liz, also makes an appearance. Also of note: fans can chat with members of Pissed Jeans today in the YouTube's comment section from 12-12:30 p.m. ET.

  • Justin Timberlake

    Watch Justin Timberlake's Superior 'SexyBack' in Post-Grammys Concert Footage

    Justin Timberlake's impressive ability to be absolutely everywhere last night on Grammy night carried him through to a post-awards concert at Hollywood's Palladium. SPIN wasn't so keen on JT's awards-show performance, which we said "brings sexy back to the 1940s" while noting that "Suit & Tie," from the singer's March 19 The 20/20 Experience, "is available for weddings and bar mitzvahs." The new song Timberlake revealed after the Grammys, the would-be Frank Ocean-ic epic "Mirrors," likewise left us wondering if his near-seven years without an album might have something to do with musical bad luck — seriously, what's the penalty, superstition-wise, for smashing a whole disco ball?

  • Adele, Mumford

    Grammy Ratings, Still Second-Highest Since 1993, Tumble Without an Adele Coronation

    If the Grammy Awards felt less momentous this year, that might in part be because almost one-third fewer people were watching.As the AP reports, citing Nielsen data, the Grammys still notched their second-biggest audience since 1993, with 28.1 million people watching the CBS telecast last night. But that's down sharply from 2012's Grammys, when more than 40 million people watched. Of course, last year's show followed Whitney Houston's unexpected death and came as a victory lap for six-time winner Adele.The Grammys still improved upon their performance in some of the industry's leaner, pre-Adele years. According to the AP, viewership was about 17 million people in 2006 and again in 2008. On the other hand, Academy Awards organizers should be amply stoked.

  • Youth Lagoon's Trevor Powers

    Youth Lagoon Is Anything But 'Mute' on Latest Wonderful 'Wondrous Bughouse' Glimpse

    Trevor Powers has turned outward by turning further inward. "Dropla," the first advance track from Youth Lagoon's sophomore LP Wondrous Bughouse, already suggested the March 5 Fat Possum release would achieve transcendence not by watering down the excellent debut's idiosyncrasies, but by burrowing deeper within them. Now latest preview "Mute" outstandingly confirms Powers has managed to intensify the expressive intimacy of 2011's The Year of Hibernation by more fully capturing the expansive sounds rattling around in his imagination; his vision has grown to match the tools at his disposal. Though "Mute" is only two seconds longer than "Dropla," the six-minute track certainly feels grander-scale. Powers' first whispery, echoey words are "living in a 3D world," and the shimmery, buzzing psych-pop backing indicates his interior world is 3D, too.

  • Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor

    Nine Inch Nails Fans Unearth an Hour of Intense, 'The Fragile'-Era Live Video

    "OHHH my gawd!!!! TREEEENTTT!!!" It's impossible to over-emphasize the rapt, hoarse devotion in the voices of the fans passed a microphone during Nine Inch Nails' set at Sydney, Australia's Big Day Out Festival in January 2000. As Antiquiet points out, the concert's professionally shot video is one of two recently dug up by users on NIN fan forum Echoing the Sound. The other is NIN's December 1999 Fragility 1.0 TV special, which compiled footage from Trent Reznor and company's European tour in support of that year's double-album The Fragile. Though Reznor has said that "I was certainly not at my best" during this era of touring, the performances are still urgent, writhing things, enough to put most contemporary bands to shame.

  • beck, david bowie, sound and vision

    Watch Beck Expand David Bowie's 'Sound and Vision' to Nine Glorious Minutes

    Beck isn't exactly a man you'd accuse of being a literalist. But his in-the-round cover of David Bowie's classic "Sound and Vision" wonderfully emphasizes, well, both sound and vision. The Song Reader songwriter stretches out the Low original's lithe, plastic, deceptively upbeat art-funk to a whopping nine minutes, emphasizing every glorious detail. And he expands the song arrangement-wise, too, with a 170-strong set of musicians that include a massive band, orchestra, gospel choir, and even yodeler — it's as if Mr. Hansen's trying to encompass every sound humans have ever made. With so many people involved, and Beck the sequined pied-piper in the center, the experience can't help but be visually arresting, as well. And the promised 360-degree interactive video hasn't even arrived yet.

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