David Bevan

writer

Biography
Manhattan, NY

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    Video Premiere: A Place to Bury Strangers' Hipstamatic-Shot 'So Far Away'

    Brooklyn noise artisans A Place to Bury Strangers presumably did not record their February 7 EP Onwards to the Wall on their iPhones. They did, however, make a video that way — check out their new clip for "So Far Away," which is comprised of snapshots singer-guitarist Oliver Ackermann took while using the "Ina' 1969 Film" Hipstamatic setting on his phone mashed together like an animated flipbook.

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    First Spin: Hear Wire's Live 'Drill'

    Last year, Wire toured four continents in a run of dates more extensive and ambitious than anything the reunited British punk prophets had previously attempted in their 30-so years as a band. (All in support of their latest, the wondrous, still essential Red Barked Tree.) On February 7, they'll release The Black Session - Paris, 10 May 2011, a former tour-exclusive recording (available during their U.K. dates in the autumn) captured in front of a live audience in Radio France's Paris Studios last year. Below, you can check out its throbbing rendition of "Drill," the closing cut from 1987's A Bell Is a Cup.

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    Black Dice Unveil New Full-Length, Share Fizzy First Single 'Pigs'

    On April 10 (the 9th worldwide!), Ribbon Music will unveil Mr Impossible, the latest full-length opus from neuron-melting New York noise vets Black Dice. Above, behold band member Bjorn Copeland's cover art. And below, check out the appropriately damaged, band-made clip for first single "Pigs," which you can also download for free over at their new label home's site, right over here.

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    Ceremony Unveil Details for Matador Debut 'Zoo'

    On March 6, Matador will release Zoo, the latest full-length from forward-thinking hardcore outfit Ceremony. While it's their first for the New York indie-rock institution, Zoo looks to be a delicious addition to a dazzling, near-perfect run of releases that stretches back to 2005's Ruined 7" and peaked (we thought) with 2010's Rohnert Park, named after the Northern Californian city they call home. Below, check out the white-knuckle moves of "Hysteria," album opener and brutal A-side to a 7" single set to drop on February 7.

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    First Spin: Download the Twilight Sad's 'Another Bed'

    Up until now, Scottish shoegaze disciples the Twilight Sad were best known for their knack with anthems. Which is to say they know how to stuff lifetimes of tension, build, and blissful release into a five-minute spread. But from what we've heard of their third and forthcoming new full-length, No One Can Ever Know, due February 7 on Fat Cat, the Kilsyth trio have decided to take a sharp, synth-splashed turn toward post-punk thinking of a far less linear nature. Which is another way of saying "Another Bed," available for download here, is a song in a very foul mood. DOWNLOAD

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    Listen to Unearthed Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins Tracks

    Two previously unreleased recordings from two surviving alt-rock titans hit the web over the holiday. The first to surface was "Chinese," a Stone Gossard-penned Pearl Jam demo from 1991 that Pearl Jam 20 writer/director Cameron Crowe premiered on Peej's Sirius/XM radio station just after Christmas. It features the most new age-y Eddie Vedder vocal this (or any) side of "Arc." Then there's "Have Faithe, Be Merrie" an acoustic, barely there Christmas ditty from Billy Corgan that the Smashing Pumpkins Record Club shared yesterday. It's a gentle reminder to seek out those recently released vinyl reissues of both Gish and Siamese Dream (via Consequence of Sound).

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    SPIN's 10 Most Contagiously Viral Musical Web Sensations of 2011

    From pancakes with Mac Lethal to Pad Thai with the Vegan Black Metal Chef, SPIN serves up the indie-rock workout videos and homoerotic protest clips that made 2011 so OMG LOL. 10. Bon Iver Workout TrailerThe visual equivalent of Bon Iver's polarizing soft-rock outro "Beth/Rest," this DVD trailer from Justin Vernon's personal trainer, Jeff Rogers, (starring the intermittently shirtless frontman), was originally thought by some to be a hoax. Because exercise is totally corny, right? He couldn't possible like Bruce Hornsby, right? Could he?! 9. Mac Lethal Makes PancakesKansas-bred online star Mac Lethal took a moment to work a Jerry Sandusky threat into a quadruple-time pancake tutorial-cum-demolition of Chris Brown's "Look at Me Now." At which point we just start coughing up chunks of our brain and giggling. 8.

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    Festive Brian Wilson Gifts Fans the Beach Boys' Original 'Little Saint Nick'

    Brian Wilson posted a holiday gift on his blog today — an exclusive stream of "Little Saint Nick" in its original form. Though Wilson used the song's backing track as "the foundation" for "Drive In," a cut from 1964's All Summer Long, this particular version (recorded in the fall of 1963) has only appeared previously as a bonus track on the now out-of-print CD re-issue of The Beach Boys Christmas Album. Below, you can check out an old clip of Wilson and the Beach Boys performing the song, as it could be heard on that major 1964 Christmas release, for a live television audience on Shindig. Wilson also attached a festive note that reads, "Happy Holidays to all my fans.

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    Watch Jonsi's New Video and Help Buy a Zoo

    Cameron Crowe's latest full-length feature, the unfortunately titled We Bought a Zoo, is landing in theaters tomorrow. And as NPR pointed out last month, the writer/director/professional sentimentalist actually co-wrote a moving new song for the album's soundtrack with Sigur Ros frontangel/professional mover Jónsi Birggisson, who was also responsible for scoring the film as a whole. Now "Gathering Stories" has a wintry, animated, Crush Creative-directed clip (via Pitchfork). Based on mixed early reviews, this could be the best part of your Zoo experience, so enjoy!

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    Video Premiere: Diamond Rugs' 'Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant'

    Diamond Rugs is a new project from — huge breath — Deer Tick's John McCauley and Robbie Crowell, the Black Lips' Ian Saint Pe, Dead Confederate's Hardy Morris, Six Finger Satellite's Bryan Dufresne, and Steve Berlin of Los Lobos. With McCauley as their ringleader, they're planning on releasing a new full-length together in the spring of 2012 on Partisan, with each contributing songs of their own. SPIN is premiering the Justin Collins-shot clip for "Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant", a McCauley-penned piano lament from the as-yet-untitled album. Please watch as the latter descends into madness, just moments after the song was recorded and played back for the entire band.

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