David Bevan

writer

Biography
Manhattan, NY

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    Bon Iver Say They'll Bring 'Beth/Rest' to 'SNL'

    When Bon Iver finished up work on their self-titled sophomore effort a little over a year ago, frontman Justin Vernon and his crew had hopes for one song in particular. "It was a Christmas dream," frontman Vernon laughs."Maybe we can play Saturday Night Live and maybe we can play 'Beth/Rest.' That's the scene." And when Vernon and his nine-member outfit take the stage at 30 Rock on Saturday night, the often-polarizing soft-rock closer will indeed comprise one half of his set list.

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    Ty Segall Prepping Collaborative LP With White Fence

    "What I will say," Ty Segall whispers, "is that I still smell like meat." The ultra-prolific, Bay Area psych-rock cyclone has just finished up work on a messy, VHS-shot television commercial set to air soon on Adult Swim. Its purpose? To announce Segall's latest effort, Hair, a full-length collaboration that he wrote and recorded last fall with Tim Presley, the L.A.-based musician behind similarly psychedelic project White Fence. The twosome — billed here simply as Ty Segall and White Fence — laid everything to tape over multiple sessions at Bauer Mansion, the same basement recording studio in San Francisco's Chinatown where the former recorded last year'sGoodbye Bread. Here, Segall took on drum and rhythm guitar duty while Presley contributed bass and lead guitar lines that seem to have left Segall breathless.

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    Watch K-Pop Superstars Girls' Generation's American TV Debut

    When we first heard that Girls' Generation were scheduled to appear on both Live! with Kelly (that should be happening any moment now actually, set your DVR accordingly!) and Letterman, we were immediately anxious to know how Dave himself would greet them after their set. What we didn't know was that Regis and Bill Murray would be the show's other guests, or that they'd be decked out in Super Bowl-inspired attire while bearing witness to SNSD's first foray into American television. As far as cultural exchanges go, it was a perfect storm: three extraordinarily cantankerous old dudes sharing a stage with the South Korean ninesome as they performed "The Boys," the fiery lead single from their American full-length debut of the same name. It's like a dream.

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    First Spin: Hear the Wedding Present's New Heartbreaker 'You're Dead'

    "I like to discuss the way people react to each other in relationships. And the most interesting situations are the most extreme. It's either the beginning or the end." So says Wedding Present frontman David Gedge, detailing his time-tested lyrical mission as it pertains to "You're Dead," the crunchy opening volley from Valentina, his legendary outfit's first full-length since 2008's Albini reunion El Rey. The track was also written with a video game's kill screen in mind. It's "one of those statement tracks" he says. "It announces itself." Agreed. Valentina is due to drop sometime in March via Scopitones, in conjunction with a full-blown tour of North America that will include performances of the band's 1991 landmark LP, Seamonsters, in its wondrous entirety.

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    First Spin: Hear Of Montreal's Full 'Paralytic Stalks'

    "You can perceive the world in so many different ways," says Of Montreal frontnut Kevin Barnes from his home in Athens, Georgia. "You can focus on the positive things, the sunlight and the trees growing and all the birds and animal life, all the beautiful things; or you can focus on genocide and torture, terrorism, abuse, and neglect." When he was starting to write Paralytic Stalks, the latest (and perhaps most direct) installment in the tireless, zig-zagging, psychedelic circus of a project he's led since 1997, Barnes seems to have skewed toward the latter. Which isn't to say the album, streaming below and due February 7 on Polyvinyl, is a funeral march. Largely inspired by avant-garde classical music, Paralytic Stalks is instead an exciting, at times outrageously melodic next step from a popsmith who seems most comfortable when he's moving forward.

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    Video Premiere: JEFF the Brotherhood's Beachy 'Bummer'

    Peruse the playlist on JEFF the Brotherhood's latest long-player, We Are the Champions, and it becomes clear that Jake and Jamin Orral had beach life on the brain (see: "Ripper," "Shredder," "Mellow Out") for a fair share of the writing and recording process. Or at least that's how it looks after drinking in the below clip for Weezer-fied album cut "Bummer," shot on location on Oahu during the Nashville duo's tour of the islands in December (courtesy of Volcom). Just a couple of Tennessee bros hanging out on fishing boats and surfboards, chilling in jeeps and tropical lagoons, taking five every now and then to catch a gecko or juice a coconut with a machete.

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    In the Studio: How Here We Go Magic Met Nigel Godrich

    "When you're playing Glastonbury at 11 in the morning," Luke Temple begins, "you're playing to the people who are still awake and have no idea what's going on, or you're playing to mamas and daddies and their babies. It's that vibe." But in June of 2010, when Temple and his Brooklyn outfit Here We Go Magic took the legendary festival's Park Stage for the very first time, they were also playing to an enthusiastic pair "going apeshit in the front row," two guys disguised in sunglasses and hats — Radiohead's Thom Yorke and famed producer Nigel Godrich. The both of them, "by some miracle of God," made their way backstage to chat with Temple and the band after that set, offering compliments that left them glowing. "Sometimes, you wonder if it's worth it," Temple says. "It had been a pretty insane year of touring, but that was one of those moments when you realize it is.

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    'Black' Saturday: St. Vincent Covers Pearl Jam

    In May of last year, St. Vincent leading lady Annie Clark played a toothsome and terrifying rendition of Big Black's "Kerosene" as part of an evening at New York's Bowery Ballroom dedicated to Michael Azerrad's indie rock tome Our Band Could Be Your Life. And on Saturday night, on that very same stage, Clark made an appearance during the Portlandia tour's Manhattan stop with another fitting cover in hand: Pearl Jam's "Black," both because this was a comedy show and because, as you're probably aware, Peej frontman Eddie Vedder put in another fine bit of acting work (playing himself, again) for the premiere episode of the IFC series' second season.

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    First Spin: Download Yellow Ostrich's 'Marathon Runner'

    Just a year after they unleashed their sophomore set The Mistress, New York threesome (and former bedroom project) Yellow Ostrich are readying the release of strange land, a new full-length that finds them declaring themselves a fully formed, teeth-gnashing studio concern. You can hear as much in album cut "Marathon Runner," a slice of indie rock comfort food that sounds right at home on Barsuk, the Seattle label responsible for bringing you the mood-rocks of Death Cab for Cutie and Kind of Like Spitting. It's out March 6.

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    First Spin: tUnE-yArDs Joins Elephant & Castle's 'En Memoria'

    Elephant & Castle is David Reep, a Bay Area-based musician who specializes in free-floating, impressionistic electronica. His forthcoming full-length, Transitions (due March 13 via Plug Research), is a deliciously disorienting next step for Reep, and below, you can check out "En Memoria," a bit of jazz-glazed haze that features lead vocals from tUnE-yArDs mastermind Merril Garbus, who just this week topped theVillage Voice's annual Pazz and Jop critics poll. DOWNLOAD

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