David Bevan

writer

Biography
Manhattan, NY

  • Dinosaur Jr. / Photo by Brantley Gutierrez

    Hear Dinosaur Jr.'s Furious 'Pierce the Morning Rain': Premiere

    This past May, during a trip to Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis' home and studio in Amherst, Massachusetts, SPIN watched as the legendary indie rock trio finished up work on I Bet On Sky, their third full-length since reuniting in 2005. At the time, Mascis in particular seemed vexed by one song, a candied bruiser (working title "Downtown") whose vocal-less mix he and longtime producer John Agnello spent much of an afternoon scrutinizing as it blasted on the Mascis family stereo. That song would later be known as "Pierce the Morning Rain," and the record itself, out tomorrow on Jagjaguwar in North America (today in the U.K. and Europe), would take its title from one of its striking lyrics. Hear it exclusively below and be sure to look out for a lengthy, in-depth profile of the band here this week.

  • Gap Dream's Gabe Fulvimar

    Hear Gap Dream's Bedroom-Psych Hotbox 'Generator'

    Gap Dream is the psychedelic bedroom pop project of Cleveland native Gabe Fulvimar, a Lou Reed-indebted, weed-endorsing wisenheimer whose melodic sensibility offers a less symphonic (but no less potent) extension of Jason Pierce's brain-pureeing visions. While the lion's share of Fulvimar's output has come to us previously by way of Burger Records, Suicide Squeee will continue their fine Single Series work by releasing "Generator" on limited 7" vinyl this Fall, a release that will join others by Cloud Nothings, Julianne Barwick and more. Hear it now below.

  • Sic Alps' Mike Donovan / Photo by David Waldman

    Hear Sic Alps' Fantastic, Studio-Recorded Self-Titled LP

    It's rare that Sic Alps frontman Mike Donovan — a San Francisco cab driver for the past ten years, on and off — feels comfortable listening to his own music with a customer in the backseat. But a few weeks ago "this young, Irish fella" jumped in and asked to be taken to the city's Sunset District, at a moment when Donovan was listening to his outfit's latest, forthcoming self-titled full-length. "It was the last song on Side A," says Donovan. "Wake Up It's Over II. And he asks, 'Hey is this your band? It's really good.' And I tell him it is. Then "Thylacine Man" comes on — this really sad, mellow song — and it's super loud and he's just totally, stone quiet. When it's over, he says, 'Oh. I think, I think I had a moment there. Yeah, I just had a moment.

  • Jessie Ware, 'Devotion' (PMR)

    The first time most of us encountered Jessie Ware, she only stuck around for a couple minutes. The song was "Valentine," a lithe, far-too-short collaborative single with vocalist/producer Sampha, a fellow South Londoner with whom she'd appear again on the debut LP from post-dubstep mysterio SBTRKT. "I don't want to hide," she sang, her soprano fluttering amid bleeps and bloops and fields of negative space, "because I know about my love." But she hid all the same. On SBTRKT's "Wildfire," that album's most enduring moment, Little Dragon frontwoman Yukimi Nagano transformed a guest spot into a star turn by eclipsing the heavy-lidded beatwork behind her; Ware, by contrast, a backup singer and bashful Alleyn School alumna (also home to belter Florence Welch), though armed with a warhead of a voice, seemed more comfortable in the margins, unsure of how to disperse her considerable gift.

  • Further Seems Forever / Photo by John Paul Douglass

    Chris Carrabba and Further Seems Forever Reunite In 'So Cold' Clip

    A lot has changed since we last heard Chris Carrabba alongside his bandmates in South Florida emocore fivesome Further Seems Forever. A few years after he left the band to pursue his Dashboard Confessional project full-time in 2000 (he would appear on 2001 LP The Moon Is Down), Carrabba transformed quickly from indie pin-up to SPIN cover star to Madison Square Garden headliner. Emo would morph into mall-punk and a pop cultural punchline. But after several lineup changes, shared bills, and one-off reunions, the original lineup of Carrabba, guitarists Josh Colbert and Nick Dominguez, bassist Chad Neptune, and drummer Steve Kleisath are gearing up for their first studio release in 11 years, Penny Black, a record (due October 23 via Rise) will include "So Cold," a bruiser for which they shot the appropriately frigid (and exclusive) clip below.

  • Jemez Mountain Hawkz' 'CA-2' Clip

    Watch Jemez Mountain Hawkz' Found Footage-Based 'CA-2' Clip

    Jemez Mountain Hawkz is a new, country-inflected project from Dameon Lee Waggoner, the madman behind hallowed '90s Albuquerque punk outfit Scared of Chaka (a band that also featured Shins guitarist and JMH co-conspirator Dave Hernandez). On October 2, they'll release Hey-Mez, a debut EP set to feature the wind-swept, sun-splashed notes of "CA-2," the very same tune for which Waggoner crafted the found footage visual below. "The main inspiration for the video," says Waggoner, an L.A. transplant, "is Southern California in the '70s, surf and skateboard culture through the hazy lens of Super 8 nostalgia." Perfect for a song whose title references the highway that runs from the Angeles National Forest to Santa Monica. "[It's] about leaving your job and worries behind and heading out to the beach."

  • Calexico's 'Splitter' Clip

    See Calexico's 'Close Encounters'-Like 'Splitter' Clip

    When it came time to conceptualize the video for "Splitter," first single from Algiers, the latest from Arizona indie-folk cross-pollinators Calexico, Spanish director Paloma Zapata looked toward the heavens. "The idea came after a conversation with [Calexico guitarist/vocalist] Joey [Burns]," says Zapata. "For him, the song was about the migration going through the border of any country. I thought that setting up a story within a particular border was very limiting. So I developed the idea of 'the escape' into a generic concept, adding a touch of fantasy to lighten the dramatic tone that those situations already have. To escape aboard a spaceship to an unknown reality as an idea of change, mystic encounter and rebirth." The resulting visual, premiering exclusively below, was so cinematic it's inspired Burns to take things further.

  • Jay-Z and Pearl Jam / Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage

    How Pearl Jam Became Jay-Z's '99 Problems' Backing Band

    This past weekend in Philadelphia, Pearl Jam and Jay-Z joined forces onstage at the latter's Made In America festival for a rousing rendition of 2004 Black Album single "99 Problems," a tight-fisted collaboration the Seattle alt-rock survivors' bassist, Jeff Ament, says took shape at the eleventh hour. "We had been talking about it loosely," Ament says of marrying a song of theirs (lyrically connected, long-forgotten protest cut, "W.M.A.," from 1993's Vs.) to one penned by their co-headliner that night. "Ed [Vedder] had a conversation with Jay-Z maybe a month ago, so we knew it was a possibility and started doing the work on our end, mashing up one of our songs with one with one of his because groove-wise, we thought it would work. But we didn't really know until a half hour before the show, when he came back and played it with us, that we were going to do it.

  • SYD BARRETT

    When founding member Syd Barrett left Pink Floyd unceremoniously in 1968, many were convinced the legendary band wouldn't survive without him. Both parties would continue creating, though, Barrett's imprint on British psychedelia made deeper still by a pair of definitively schizophrenic, chaotic solo releases (recorded with his former bandmates as well as members of Canterbury psych-hounds Soft Machine, featuring Robert Wyatt on drums) in the early '70s that would preface both 30 years in self-imposed seclusion as well as a legacy of wild-eyed experimentation, fractured fable-spinning, hard-angled folk and gleefully derailed song structures. Geologist: He's probably the most important musical inspiration, at least for me. Everything from the playful songwriting to the fantasy side.

  • DENT MAY

    May, a former NYU film student who made his way back to Mississippi to pursue music, debuted in 2007 alongside his Magnificent Ukulele, his onetime instrument of choice. Since then, the 27 year old has played an integral role in fostering the Cats Purring, a community of artists and musicians centered around the 5,000 square foot barn he now calls home. Signed to AnCo's Paw Tracks imprint, his winsome, Serge Gainsbourg-indebted songbook bears little resemblance to that of his label's founders, but his free-wheeling approach (he's swapped the uke for beatwork of late) is definitely at one with their worldview. Back to the Centipedia glossary NEXT: The NBA

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