Kyle McGovern

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    Watch Beck Salute George Harrison on 'Conan' With 'Wah-Wah'

    This week is "George Harrison Week" on Conan, to coincide with the recent release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75, a retrospective reissue of the late musical legend's first six solo albums. The folks at Team Coco have lined up an impressive roster of talent to cover some of Harrison's most beloved songs: Paul Simon, Norah Jones, and Harrison's son, Dhani, are all booked to perform on the late-night talk-show in the days to come. Beck kicked off the tribute last night, though, with an on-point rendition of "Wah Wah," a shaggy, psych-tinged tune from Harrison's 1970 triple album, All Things Must Pass. It's more "West Coast oddball Beck" than "sad-bastard Beck," more subterranean homeboy blues than Morning Phase.

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    7 Albums to Stream: Julian Casablancas and the Voidz, the Drums, Leonard Cohen, and More

    Welcome the weekend by streaming new albums from Julian Casablancas + the Voidz, the Drums, King Tuff, Leonard Cohen, and many more. Find links and details below.1) Julian Casablancas + the Voidz, Tyranny. "The former Strokes frontman is now backed by a band called the Voidz — Jeramy Gritter and Amir Yaghmai on guitar, Jeff Kite on keys, Jake Bercovici on bass and Alex Carapetis on drums — and together, they are ready to release an incredibly eclectic new album, simply titled Tyranny." (via Rolling Stone)2) The Drums, Encyclopedia. "Encyclopedia finds the Drums in new territory — less sunshine, and more shadows. It's the duo's gloomiest effort yet, albeit with the occasional bright spots: dreamy synths and a glockenspiel bittersweetly dance around each other on 'U.S.

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    Bush Are Reissuing Their First Four Albums

    Bush have a new album on the way — Man on the Run, due out October 21 — but the alt-rock survivors are also plotting an extensive reissue campaign. On October 14, the band will unveil remastered editions of their first three studio albums (that's 1994's Sixteen Stone, 1996's Razorblade Suitcase, and 1999's The Science of Things), plus the 1997 remix LP, Deconstructed. The package will be the first release from Round Hill Records, the new label started by the music publishing company Round Hill Music, and is being put out in conjunction with Sony's RED Distribution. All of the tracks — including such hits as "Glycerine," "Machinehead," and "Comedown" — have been remastered in high resolution from their original audio recordings, thanks to mastering engineer Howie Weinberg.

  • stars, from the night

    Stars Sip Champagne Till Sunrise in Booze-Fueled 'From the Night' Video

    A few weeks ago, Stars shared "From the Night," the lead single from the Canadian band's upcoming seventh album, No One Is Lost. A joyous ode to staying out (and staying young), the song's thesis of let's-worry-about-everything-tomorrow is distilled in its chorus: "I don't care if we never come back from the night." Now, the indie-pop vets have shared a video for the track and, as expected, the clip follows Stars through a night of drinking, dancing, laughing, and just having a good time in general. (Plus, someone's wearing a bunny-mascot head. Not sure if that's a bonus, but it's a fact.) "We went out, like we always do, we got drunk, like we sometimes do, we saw friends that we don't see enough and we filmed it all," co-lead singer and songwriter Torquil Campbell told SPIN.

  • SPIN Singles Mix: 9 Juggernaut DJs, Warbling Spitters, and Lo-Fi Eccentrics

    SPIN Singles Mix: 9 Juggernaut DJs, Warbling Spitters, and Lo-Fi Eccentrics

    Welcome to SPIN's Singles Mix! Every Friday, the SPIN staff will pick its favorite must-hear tracks from the week for your weekend playlists. From chilly piano-pop to smooth rap to hook-friendly punk, these are the songs you need to hear right now.

  • janelle monae, sesame street

    Janelle Monae Visited 'Sesame Street' and Was Amazing

    Well, this is adorable: Janelle Monáe visited Sesame Street recently to teach Elmo, Big Bird, Bert, and co. about the importance of perseverance. The SPIN profile subject encouraged the Sesame crew not to give up when things aren't their way by singing a song called "The Power of Yet," written by Sesame Street music director Bill Sherman. ("The Electric Lady," while thrilling, might have gone over kids' heads.) "I am so excited to be living one of my dreams — to be here on "Sesame Street," Monáe told Billboard earlier this year. "I'm here because I am teaching everybody on Sesame Street the importance and the power of 'yet.' Never, ever, ever give up because there's so much power in 'yet.'" Well said. Watch Monáe's clip above, then revisit Cookie Monster's Icona Pop parody because it's amazing.

  • the cure, the beatles, paul mccartney

    The Cure's Cover of the Beatles' 'Hello Goodbye' Is Pretty Much Perfect

    November 18 will see the release of The Art of McCartney, a Paul McCartney tribute album featuring covers by Bob Dylan, KISS, Perry Farrell, Smokey Robinson, Billy Joel, Chrissie Hynde, Peter, Bjorn, & John, and more. Also included? This lovely version of the Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" done by the Cure. Above you'll see the goth-pop icons perform a faithful rendition of the 1967 single, with a little help from Macca's son, James McCartney, on keyboards. Of course, Robert Smith's fragile, unmistakable voice injects the song with an extra bit of giddy curiosity. As Pitchfork points out, this is the first recording to come from the Cure since 2008.

  • spoon, they want my soul, david letterman

    Watch Spoon Turn 'Letterman' 'Inside Out'

    Spoon dropped in on David Letterman last night to promote their fantastic eighth album, They Want My Soul. Fresh off of a gig at Boston Calling Musical Festival, Britt Daniel and co. took the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater to perform "Inside Out," easily the new record's prettiest highpoint. The glimmering ballad stands not only as one of the finest songs in the Austin-bred band's entire catalog — it's also one reason this past summer didn't suck as bad as you thought. Watch the dimly lit performance above.

  • ariel pink, pom pom, put your number in my phone

    Ariel Pink Has a New Album and He Wants Your Phone Number

    Ariel Pink will return this fall with a new album of lo-fi pop treasures. The former SPIN profile subject has announced that his next record is called pom pom and it will be out on November 18 via 4AD, the same label that put out his two most recent LPs: 2010's Before Today and 2012's Mature Themes. Unlike those albums, pom pom is credited solely to Ariel Pink, and not to the band Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti.A press release promises that the new full-length will deliver "unfiltered Ariel," meaning "infectious tales of romance, murder, frog princes, and Jell-O." (There's always room for Jell-O.) The upcoming album — billed as Pink's "magnum opus" — spans 69 minutes and 17 tracks, including the just-released "Put Your Number in My Phone," a low-key love ditty, more crush song than come-on.

  • nirvana, smells like teen spirit, lyrics, teens react

    These Teens Have No Idea What Nirvana's Talking About in 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'

    A few months ago, we found undeniable proof that today's teenagers know about Nirvana, thanks to a viral clip that asked a group of kids to react to the iconic video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit." That was reassuring and made us feel a little less old. Here's something a little less reassuring: another video that asks a few teens to read, react to, and make sense of the lyrics to "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Admittedly, "Teen Spirit" features some of Kurt Cobain's most oblique turns-of-phrase, and the meaning behind his words is certainly open to interpretation, but we're pretty sure when he said, "Load up on guns / And bring your friends," he wasn't referring to a group of bros playing Call of Duty. Thankfully, a good deal of the participants recognize the "Here we are now, entertain us" hook.

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