David Bevan

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Manhattan, NY

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    First Spin: Hear Future of the Left's 'Polymers Are Forever' EP

    Next week, Xtra Mile will release Polymers Are Forever, a new EP from wily Welsh indie rock outfit Future of the Left, the current songwriting vehicle for former Mclusky frontman Andy Falkous. It's six songs in 20 minutes, every single one of which is as acerbic and ill-tempered as you could ever hope. (Surprisingly, even his mother found something to love.) To those of you meeting Mr. Falkous for the first time, we envy you: The ride is bumpy, but glorious.

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    First Spin: The Tales Behind Pterodactyl's 'Spills Out'

    On November 15, Brooklyn art-rock brohams Pterodactyl will uncage Spills Out, their finest and most deliciously schizophrenic full-length to date. Check out the album in its pinballing entirety while reading choice words from guitarist/vocalist Joe Kremer on a few of his favorite songs on the disc: "The Break""This one is very, very directly about leaving my job and embracing this, like, surf song thing with open arms. It's the song that fits in that sort of history, just because surfing is what I imagine when I think of being totally free. I was a physics teacher for a long-ass time. I was good at my job and I worked really hard at it. You can always do more to make it better and music works the same way, but basically, looking to my job to validate myself was a source of constant stress, where with surfing I know I'm not very good at it.

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    First Spin: Hear Mayer Hawthorne Remix Peter Bjorn and John's 'Dig a Little Deeper'

    Mayer Hawthorne has an ear for throwbacks. The Ann Arbor-bred soul man (government name Andrew Mayer Cohen) has made a name for himself over the past few years by churning out Motown-inflected bedroom pop, the emphasis leaning heavily on "bed." That said, his gift for evoking golden eras has also landed him some cherry remixing jobs (Snoop Dogg counts himself a happy customer). His latest is this take on "Dig a Little Deeper," an especially jouncy number from Peter Bjorn and John's most recent full-length, Gimme Some:

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    G-Side Announce National 'iSLAND' Tour

    G-Side have announced their very first national tour supporting iSLAND, the Alabama hip-hop collective's forthcoming LP. The disc is due on Friday, but should you want to cop album cut "Look Up" in advance, pre-ordering is now an option on their BandCamp page, and it earns you an early shot at that track. If you'd like to check out "Hot Sex and Cold Wine (feat. Johnny Spanish)", which may or may not appear on the disc (they won't say!) SPIN can hook you up. "The ladies didn't get a lot of love on our last album, The One... Cohesive, so we figured we'd switch it up and give them something that's dope in the club, car or the crib," G-Side told us. Ladies, feast your eyes on these tour dates: Nov. 11 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone Cafe (Record Release Show)Nov. 18 - Tuscaloosa, AL @ Green BarNov. 30 - Montevallo, AL @ Eclipse Dec. 1 - Greensboro, NC @ Studio BDec.

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    First Spin: Listen to Coasting's Full 'You're Never Going Back'

    Next Tuesday, M'Lady's will share You're Never Going Back, the saucy, much-anticipated full-length debut from Brooklyn post-surf (sorry!) twosome Coasting. They've moved away from the bathroom recording techniques that defined earlier releases (see: their excellent 7" on Group Tightener), revealing a carefully crafted set of songs that's still every bit as bone-crunching as its harmonies are sweet. Listen to the whole thing now!

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    Watch St. Vincent Cover the Pop Group on 'Fallon'

    Recent SPIN cover star Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent, stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night to share an expectedly intense take on the Pop Group's "She Is Beyond Good and Evil." It's a great choice: jagged, off-kilter, and flexible enough that Clark can color outside the lines without tarnishing any part of the original. (If you haven't yet, please see her strangling Big Black's "Kerosene" here). She gives it a jolt like only she can, via the Audio Perv.

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    Die Antwoord Say 'Bye Bye' to Interscope, Unleash Freaky Video

    Earlier this morning, Boing Boing pointed out that South African rap crew Die Antwoord have parted ways with Interscope, their label home for the past 18 months. According to an entry on the group's blog, the move was sparked by their label's suggestion that forthcoming album, TEN$ION, sound "like everyone else out there at the moment. Not to be sassed or pushed around creatively, they responded thusly: "U know what, rather hang on to your money, buy yourself something nice...we gonna do our own thing. Bye bye." Kinda awesome. According to Billboard.biz, Interscope says the band and label are "currently in discussions." The album will now be released digitally on their very own ZEF RECORDZ imprint, with a drop date yet to be announced or confirmed.

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    A Quick Guide to Who's Hating Odd Future Today

    In the past few days, a few members of L.A. collective Odd Future Wolfgang Kill Them All have found themselves entangled in a series of unfortunate situations. We rounded them up for your convenience: • As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, a crowd of onlookers at the Orlando Tennis Center were "royally punked" late last Friday when OF ringleader Tyler, the Creator and Lionel "Mars" Boyce showed up in Williams sisters drag, with a camera crew in tow. Word had spread that the actual Williams sisters were to make an appearance that day at noon, but when the two "comedians" showed up (Tyler as Venus, Mars as Serena), it became clear that they were only there as part of an elaborate hoax. As audience members voiced their disdain, Tyler and Boyce responded by "barking" obscenities back in their direction.

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    First Spin: Hear Buraka Som Sistema's 'Komba'

    Tomorrow, Buraka Som Sistema will drop Komba, a new full-length bonanza that, according to SPIN contributor Richard Gehr, finds the Portuguese dance collective assembling "Jamaican dancehall, Brazilian favela beats, South African ghetto-tech, and video-game ear candy like colorful Lego blocks on an earthy yet impeccably crafted working-class fiesta for dance-floor zombies and vampires of all nations." Sounds like something you need to hear right now:

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    Video Premiere: Sondre Lerche's 'Domino'

    Norwegian pop-smith Sondre Lerche named his record label after his wife, Mona. For the below clip for single "Domino," she sat in the director's chair, cutting between downcast shots of Mr. Lerche prowling the suburbs and footage of a group of young girls at home somewhere nearby. It's moody, it's downcast, it boasts a few shades of Eugenides in ways you might have seen before. But stick around for everything to come unhinged just as Lerche takes off on that nasty, ill-tempered solo in the coda. It's one hell of a monument to marital teamwork.Scalable, non-watermarked brightcove.createExperiences();

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