David Bevan

writer

Biography
Manhattan, NY

  • Why Sharon Van Etten May Quit Playing Music (and Become a Shrink)

    Why Sharon Van Etten May Quit Playing Music (and Become a Shrink)

    Sharon Van Etten knows what it is to voice her feelings. Through three albums of saturnine folk and indie-rock, the 33-year-old raven-haired, mahogany-eyed singer-songwriter has become increasingly well-known for the emotive qualities of both her singing and her often brutally candid lyrics. Her latest, this summer's Are We There, is her most successful and powerful effort yet, an album marked by the frustrations of trying to safely ferry a long-term relationship through the turbulence that comes with being on the road and away from home for months at a time, singing songs about the same relationship.

  • Wild Beasts in London, February 2014

    Q&A: Wild Beasts Talk B-Sides, the Holy Grail, and Hobbits

    Last month, truly uncategorizable English outfit Wild Beasts arrived in the U.S. for a pair of sold-out shows on both coasts, in support of the magnificent LP they'd just released that week: Present Tense. The reception was ecstatic. Though the Kendal-bred foursome have been uncompromising in their approach from the beginning — perhaps most audible in the vocal trapeze act between dual frontmen Hayden Thorpe and Tom Fleming — their latest (and follow-up to 2011's Smother) found them coming together again after some time apart to, with studio help from Alex "Lexxx" Dromgoole and Brian Eno protegé Leo Abrahams, craft their best yet: a singularly spartan set of software-driven pop that sounds like them and them alone.

  • Doug Paisley in Toronto, January 2014

    Northern Lights, Southern Cross: The Gentle Devastation of Doug Paisley

    Outside of Chatsworth, Ontario, Doug Paisley stops for gas and directions. "Excuse me," the 37-year-old singer-songwriter says, to a windburned woman in a white ski jacket, reflective shades, and neon lipstick. "Do you know where Grey Road 16 is?" It's to the left, about a half kilometer down the rural highway we're already on, she tells him, just before disappearing on the back of a snowmobile with her arms wrapped tightly around the large man at its handlebars. Paisley clambers back into his blue Honda Odyssey and rubs his hands together briskly. "I've actually never gone this far out before.

  • David Bevan's 25 Best Albums of 2013

    David Bevan's 25 Best Albums of 2013

    To finish out the year, we'll be offering the top 25 albums from various SPIN staffers. Today, Senior Editor David Bevan.In early September, Cass McCombs spent the better part of an hour trying to convince me that all he's written will eventually be lost — swallowed up by flames, viruses, tsunamis, or time. All that matters, he felt, was the transcendence of the present moment, be it an argument on a park bench or a guitar solo as it unfurls. We commune or we don't, but eventually, everything ends, songs included. I suppose there's great beauty to be found in what he said, in what it requires of us. But all in all, just a few weeks after my 30th birthday, he shook me in ways I'm still coming to terms with, forced me to acknowledge and lock eyes with the sort of issues and voids Twitter and Instagram have recently helped me ignore.

  • Vampire Weekend

    Vampire Weekend Are 2013's Band of the Year

    "I see the narrative that people want to craft: 'Oh these guys started out as a bunch of fuckin' goofballs, and now they're getting into some serious shit,'" Ezra Koenig says. "But that song — the basic idea of that song — existed seven years ago. That was part of us."That song.

  • No Age's Randy Randall and Dean Spunt

    Ceci N'est Pas un Objet: No Age Get Physical for Their Handmade 'An Object'

    Dean Spunt: I was getting interested in manufacturing in general, looking into making and die-cutting my own vinyl labels. But I used thinking about physically making this LP and this CD as a way to begin writing the record. Because I actually didn't have a clear motivation to write at the time we were trying to work on it. And when I started getting excited about hand-making them, I was able to delve deep into the writing process again. It's not so much about the design, but the actual physical packaging and designing, how the record was going to rest on the shelf in the record store — I viewed that as a way to start making music.We'd been playing around with Brian Roettinger, our designer, thinking about visual elements for the record.

  • Cass McCombs in Los Angeles, September 2013

    The Escape Artist: Cass McCombs' Mercurial Brilliance

    Crouching on an island of rotten linoleum, hammer in hand, Cass McCombs proposes some friendly competition. "If you're lucky, you'll get an entire tile to come up at once," he says as he thumps a putty knife into a seam in the floor. "And whoever gets the most tiles, gets a prize." It's a warm September morning, and McCombs, freshly showered in a dirty white t-shirt and blue jeans, has offered to help renovate his friend Albert's new home, a pre-war row house Albert and his girlfriend Nicky recently purchased on Jefferson Avenue in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.In preparation for Nicky's upcoming birthday party, the three of us are all working separate corners of a small room on the ground floor that Albert will soon expand to house his psychoanalysis practice, once he's knocked down some walls and sanded away the swamp of glue waiting beneath every tile we remove.

  • Lou Barlow

    Lou Barlow 'Defends' Himself

    In 1987, Lou Barlow recorded a song named "Poledo," a spectral, six-minute tangle of ukelele and noise-abetted moans that had very little in common with the rest of the landmark album it called home, Dinosaur Jr's You're Living All Over Me. But that song caught the ear of Kathleen Billus, then a student at Smith College working as a DJ at the on-campus radio station. An interview blossomed into a romantic relationship that would eventually result in two children and a marriage of more than 20 years, with Billus inspiring a number of songs written and recorded by Barlow under the banner of Sebadoh, the highly influential, highly therapeutic post-Dinosaur Jr.

  • Bill Callahan outside Bastrop, Texas, August 2013

    Bill Callahan Rolls on Like a River

    "Bill, can you make some mountains?"A great wind is rolling through Bill Callahan's home, toward a bare corner room that he's made his office. On the wall, just above a small trampoline, he's hung a dry-erase board detailing a daily regimen — neti, meditate, bounce, sing for 20 minutes — as well as reminders to get a haircut, hit the gym, and go for a run a couple times a week. Sitting at the foot of a desk stacked with drawings and notebooks and errant pages, Callahan extends his body into a near-yogic pose, reaching out over a wrinkled bed sheet that covers the middle of the floor like a pool of mayonnaise, pinching and pulling it to create the illusion of rugged terrain."That good?" he asks, the old floor fan in the hallway pushing cloud-like vapors from a tray of dry ice past his face.

  • Alex Turner

    The SPIN Interview: Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner

    "It’s like literature, isn't it?" says Alex Turner, sitting in the back garden of a downtown Manhattan hotel, still bleary-eyed from a late night. "It's like fucking Crime and Punishment." The "it" in question is Breaking Bad, the television series for which Turner recently attended a final-season viewing party in his adopted hometown of Los Angeles, suited and pomaded alongside his model-actress girlfriend Arielle Vandenberg. "It's boss," he says. "It's really fast."From the mouth of Turner, the 27–year-old frontman for Arctic Monkeys, the Raskolnikov-Walter White comparison feels particularly appropriate.

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