David Bevan

writer

Biography
Manhattan, NY

  • Vampire Weekend / Photo by Lauren Dukoff

    Vampire Weekend Talk 'Instinctive' Spring 2013 Album

    "You might not agree, but making Contra was really crazy," Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig says to his bandmate, Rostam Batmanglij, of the New York outfit's chart-upending 2010 full-length. "My memory of making that record was us working in this essentially window-less studio in downtown Brooklyn. I remember it being cold and rainy all the time, and I remember being stressed out. We felt really strongly that it needed to come out relatively quickly. I think a lot of bands feel that way after their first record and we were in a lucky position where we actually felt like we had more to say, musically, so there was this added emphasis on having people hear that. It was a really short, really intense time." Batmanglij laughs in agreement.

  • Caitlin Rose / Photo by Melissa Madison Fuller

    Caitlin Rose: Country-ish Upstart Reps Mountain Goats, George Jones, Arctic Monkeys

    Who: Born in Texas, but raised in Nashville, Caitlin Rose, 25, grew up amid songwriting; her mother, Liz Rose, has helped pen more than a dozen songs for Taylor Swift, including the Grammy-nominated "You Belong With Me." But Caitlin found inspiration in disparate sources. "You know that sick obsession with bands you have when you're a kid? In high school, [for me] it was Mountain Goats and Weezer," she says. "I drew all of their lyrics all over my binders, and when [Mountain Goats'] John [Darnielle] covered "I Think I'll Just Stay Here and Drink" by George Jones, I found out that was a country song and went out and got his Greatest Hits record and didn't listen to anything but 650 AM for two years.

  • Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, 2012's Isle of Wight Festival 2012 / Getty

    Hear Josh Homme and More Guest on Pearl Jam's Xmas Fan Club Single

    As has been the custom for over two decades, Pearl Jam bestowed a 7" single upon their cultish fan club flock (the Ten Club) for Christmas this year. Its A-side, as Consequence of Sound points out, is a live recording of "In the Moonlight" that features skyscraping vocal contributions from Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme. Originally recorded during the Tchad Blake-helmed sessions for 2000's Binaural, the song has only been available up until now as part of Peej's 2003 rarities collection, Lost Dogs. Equally impressive, the single's B-side is a lively live cut of another outtake ("All Night," from 1995's No Code, another Lost Dogs standout) that includes extended Jamily members Glen Hansard, Liam Finn, and Joseph Arthur. Hear them both below:"In The Moonlight" featuring QOTSA's Josh Homme"All Night" featuring Glen Hansard, Liam Finn, and Joseph Arthur

  • Radiohead, Live in London 2012 / Getty

    Download Radiohead's Legendary Bonnaroo 2006 Set

    Frustrated at the time with the recording of what would be their seventh studio full-length, In Rainbows, Radiohead opted to spend much of the summer of 2006 on the road. In June of that year, the English arena-rock outliers played a seismic, 28-song set that — in addition to immediately becoming a favorite among fans and bandmembers alike — has long been rumored as the subject of an official live DVD/Blu-ray release. That disc has not yet come to pass, but, as Glide reports, an unofficial website named RadioheadBonnaroo.com has posted a free download of that full set with soundboard audio from that night."It's hard to believe this was over 5 years ago," writes Paul Phipps, who also mastered the recording. "But a friend of mine was running sound that night. He snagged the 2-track master from the board and handed the raw WAV over to me. I felt like I scored the mix of a lifetime.

  • Sweet Valley's 'Jenova'

    Wavves' Nathan Williams and Bro Drop Acid-Washed Sweet Valley Mixtape 'Jenova'

    Though Wavves main man (and recent cover co-star) Nathan Williams told SPIN earlier this year that his goal for brotherly beat-making collaboration Sweet Valley was "to make a soundtrack to getting drunk this summer," he and his rhythmically gifted younger sibling Kynan have extended the project's life well into winter. In September, the duo dropped their Eternal Champ tape, a collection of "trap drums, dubby dreams, chilly textures, shit-talk samples and synth work" that SPIN's Chris Martins likened to a Cornelius record. And on Christmas Day, the Brothers Williams (with the assist from Fool's Gold) posted their latest, Jenova, to the Sweet Valley Bandcamp page for free download, asking their Twitter following shortly thereafter if they could spot the errant Sugar Ray sample hidden amongst the tape's pile of bong-friendly beats and guest appearances from both Killer Mike and Da Vinci.

  • See 2 Chainz' French Bulldog-Fortified 'I'm Different' Video

    See 2 Chainz' French Bulldog-Fortified 'I'm Different' Video

    As documented in our exhaustive, three-minute video supercut of his every on-tape name drop this year alone, 2 Chainz has made a bulletproof case for himself as the game's most furious and prolific features rapper. But 2012 also yielded Based on a T.R.U. Story, his debut studio full-length and an album that places the Georgia native's knack for absurd wordplay in the limelight. His headlining turn is represented best by the above clip for mystifying personal manifesto "I'm Different." Only "Gangnam Style" boasts as many visual punch lines.

  • YOLO for sale / Photo via Drake's Instagram

    YOLOL: Drake Warns Walgreens and Macy's to 'Chill' Over Sale of His Motto

    "Walgreens...you gotta either chill or cut the cheque."Instagrammers following Drake's feed over the holiday (he shares photos under the nom de snap champagnepapi) saw the Toronto-born rapper commenting publicly on the YOLO phenenomenon as he witnessed it taking shape in a rack of ball caps at the drugstore chain, as Noisey reports. Though frequent collaborator Rick Ross also uttered "YOLO" (that's "You Only Live Once") on "Lord Knows" from Drake's Take Care, the acronym found life most famously on "The Motto," a Weezy-enriched iTunes bonus track from that same album.While it's not clear if Drake has any intention of pursuing legal action, or if he has a case in attaining intellectual property rights to YOLO, he did issue a similar warning to Macy's via Instagram upon finding a Peanuts-themed T-shirt just as brazen: "Macy's...same goes for you." 

  • My Apocalypse: Bill Callahan and Filmmaker Hanly Banks Pick Their 10 Favorite Disaster Movies

    My Apocalypse: Bill Callahan and Filmmaker Hanly Banks Pick Their 10 Favorite Disaster Movies

    Last year, documentary filmmaker Hanly Banks accompanied Bill Callahan and his band as they toured North America behind Apocalypse, arguably the legendarily taciturn singer-songwriter's most devastating (and certainly timely) effort to date. This fall, Banks and Callahan took to the road again to premiere her concert film of the same name, appearing in tandem for Q&As and brief acoustic performances in theaters on both coasts. And in preparation for tomorrow, a day that marks the end of one 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar (also: time, the world as we know it) the two have teamed up to say a few things about their favorite disaster movies, all classics in their own right, but only a few as gorgeous and disarming as the film they made together.

  • PSY / Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images

    K-Pop Fizz Fizz: Life After PSY

    One year ago, Y.G. Entertainment, now South Korea's most successful incubator and purveyor of pop music, celebrated its 15th birthday with three "Family Concerts" in three nights at the Olympic Gymnastic Arena in southeastern Seoul; the four-hour blowouts showcased the company’s top artists since its founding in 1996. Outside, in the cold December air, fans posed in front of the Y.G. official portrait, a blown-up, black-and-white, relatively demure press photo that arranged the agency's many younger stars — Bigbang, 2NE1, Se7en, Tablo — side-by-side with founder Yang Hyun-suk. But in the very back, almost as if he was hiding, stood an industry veteran who'd just joined the fold."Who is that?" I asked the Y.G. publicist before the show. "Oh, that's PSY," she said, with a dismissive giggle. "Short for 'Psycho.' He's really crazy and really funny, but his sense of humor is very Korean.

  • Mudhoney / Photo by Emily Reiman

    Mudhoney Return With Sleazy Ninth Album 'Vanishing Point'

    "I sang Minor Threat's "Filler" with Bitch Magnet a couple of weeks ago and I had to cram to get it together, so it's been running through my head since. I also just did a couple of Scientists songs with the Melvins and those songs have been going through my head for weeks. And our Sonics cover band, which plays on very, very limited occasions, played a benefit for [Brooklyn's] Norton Records and now I can't stop hearing 'He's Waiting.' It's just going over and over and over in my head, even now." This is Mudhoney frontman Mark Arm musing on the effects of a well-crafted hook, much like the one that slithers through "What to Do With the Neutral," a gloriously sleazy highlight on Vanishing Point, his legendary Seattle outfit's ninth studio full-length, due April 2 on Sub Pop. "There's something about the riff and clavinet part in that one," he says, drily. "It's been in my head, too.

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