Kyle McGovern

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  • bret easton ellis, placebo, too many friends

    Bret Easton Ellis Narrates a Murder in Placebo's 'Too Many Friends' Video

    Writer Bret Easton Ellis has taken a break from his increasingly cushy relationship with Kanye West to narrate Placebo's latest music video. Directed by Saman Kesh, the nearly seven-minute clip showcases "Too Many Friends," the lead single from Placebo's upcoming seventh album, Loud Like Love, out September 17. This being an Ellis-approved project and all, the just-released short merges death, drugs, depravity, and slight nudity, and it all takes place in the hills above Los Angeles on Mulholland Drive (of course). Subtitled "Unfortunate Details," the video opens with the American Psycho author setting up a scenario: There's been an accidental murder and Ellis wants to present you, the viewer, with a set of facts to determine who was in the wrong. Oh, yeah, and there's a new Placebo song playing in the middle. Watch it all above.

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    Jim James' Impassioned, Hour-Long Newport Folk Festival Set Can Be Heard Online

    Jim James graced the stage at this year's Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island last month, performing the bulk of his recent solo album, Regions of Light and Sound of God. Now, anyone who missed the My Morning Jacket frontman's gig firsthand can catch it thanks to NPR — they recorded a full hour of the soulful Southerner's live show and are streaming it right now.

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    Watch Haim Sincerely Cover Sheryl Crow's 'Strong Enough'

    When classifying Haim's particular blend of '80s-pop chops and R&B swagger, several names have been invoked: Fleetwood Mac, Melissa Etheridge, Shania Twain. And now there's another — Sheryl Crow. During a recent visit to Australian radio station Triple J, the Days Are Gone sister trio brought listeners back to the Tuesday Night Music Club by covering Crow's 1995 hit single "Strong Enough." Despite a few easy, ironic references to another Crow "jam" (2002's "Soak Up the Sun"), the California natives come across as refreshingly sincere in their performance, complementing the country-tinged ballad with throaty vocals, meted out synths, and a modest guitar solo. "I forgot how good this song was," Danielle Haim says at the beginning of the clip. Refresh your own memory by watching the video above. 

  • kings of leon, fred armisen, webcast

    Watch Kings of Leon's Fred Armisen-Directed Webcast Right Now

    Like Vampire Weekend before them, Kings of Leon are promoting their newest album with a live webcast performance for American Express' Unstaged series. The Nashville outfit are playing London venue Shepherd's Bush right now in support of their upcoming "youthful" sixth album, Mechanical Bull, and the whole gig is streaming above. Portlandia star/former Saturday Night Live MVP/sometime SPIN contributor Fred Armisen is directing the broadcast, which is sure to feature a slew of the Followills' Southern rock chart-conquerors, along with their newest singles, "Super Soaker" and "Wait for Me." Hit play and enjoy.

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    Stream Splashh's Beaming Bonus Cut 'Somethings Here'

    Splashh's debut album, Comfort, hit U.S. shores back in June, but the London foursome's first full-length won't arrive in their native U.K. until September 2. Soon after that bow date, the sun-worshipping slackers will embark on a 13-date tour of their home territory. In advance of all this upcoming activity, Splashh have shared a previously unreleased track called "Somethings Here." Like earlier highlights "Today Fade Away" and "Sun Kissed Bliss," this new tune prides itself on pedal effect-ed guitar waves and washed out vocals. Stream it below, followed by tour dates. Splashh fall 2013 tour dates: October 3 - Nottingham, U.K. @ Spanky Van Dyke'sOctober 4 - Liverpool, U.K. @ EVACOctober 5 - Manchester, U.K. @ Deaf InstituteOctober 7 - Leeds, U.K. @ Brudenell Social ClubOctober 8 - Glasgow, U.K. @ Art SchoolOctober 9 - Edinburgh, U.K.

  • flaming lips, cassette store day, the terror

    Cassette Store Day Release List: The Flaming Lips, Deerhunter, Animal Collective, and More

    International Cassette Store Day takes place on September 7, and organizers have announced many of the limited-edition releases planned for the anachronistic holiday. Despite its ultra-nostalgic intentions, the upcoming event is actually promising a fairly fresh lineup of exclusives. Among the highlights: 2013 SPIN Essentials the Flaming Lips' The Terror and Deerhunter's Monomania, Justin Vernon-led Volcano Choir's impending Repave, Los Campesinos!'s recent A Good Night for a Fistfight live album, Guided by Voices' English Little League, Haim's 2012 Forever EP, Fucked Up's Hidden World from 2006, and Animal Collective's 2004 landmark LP, Sung Tongs. Find the full list of confirmed releases below, and head over to the International Cassette Store Day website to find participating retailers.

  • V V Brown

    Hear V V Brown's Cinematic Dance Floor Protest 'The Apple'

    V V Brown is in the midst of a long overdue comeback. The British singer's first album, Travelling Like the Light, was met with a warm reception following its 2010 stateside release (a U.K. edition debuted in 2009), but the LP's intended follow-up, Lollipops & Politics, was abandoned and remains unreleased. Now, Brown is prepping a new full-length, Samson & Delilah, for an October 8 release via her very own YOY Records. The 11-track effort has yielded one single — the semi-title track "Samson" — and the second is premiering right here at SPIN.While "The Apple" boasts production from Pascal Gabriel, the entirety of Samson & Delilah was co-produced by Dave Okumu, frontman of the Invisible and curator behind Jessie Ware's Essential full-length splash, Devotion.

  • 'High Cotton' A Tribute to Alabama

    Stream Jessica Lea Mayfield's Slowcore Cover of Alabama's 'I'm in a Hurry (and Don't Know Why)'

    Lightning Rod Records is celebrating the 40th anniversary of legendary country outfit Alabama with High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama, a 14-track compilation featuring covers of some of the Southern icons' best-known hits and lesser-heard album cuts. The upcoming tribute LP features contributions from Lucero, Blind Boys of Alabama, JD McPherson, Old Crow Medicine Show, and more.

  • outside lands, soundwave tent, spinmedia, toyota

    SPIN at Outside Lands 2013: Soundwave Stage Schedule

    Outside Lands kicks off in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park today, beginning a three-day run (August 9 to 11) of live music, comedy shows, art installations, and more. SPIN has already reported the festival's stellar lineup (Nine Inch Nails, Paul McCartney, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix, Kurt Vile and the Violators, and the National are just some of the artists booked), weighed in on the 5 Most Wrenching Set-Time Conflicts, detailed the wealth of official night shows, and highlighted which performances will be streamable via live webcast. But there's more: SPIN is teaming with Toyota to present exclusive events and programming at the Soundwave Tent. Throughout the weekend, the Soundwave Tent will host intimate performances by Camper Van Beethoven, Deap Vally, Bombino, Daughter, and Social Studies.

  • Gap Dream, shine your light, fantastic sam

    Stream Gap Dream's Sleazy Synth Strut 'Fantastic Sam'

    Gap Dream's Gabe Fulvimar will release his second album of psych-pop daydreams on November 12. The LP, titled Shine Your Light, was made with help from Conspiracy of Owls' Bobby Harlow and recorded at the Burger Records headquarters after Fulvimar moved to California from his native Ohio. In an official statement, Fulvimar describes the record just so: "The tempos are faster. The synths are louder. The drum machine is up-front and relentless. The rhythms are full of life, strict and very apparent. I've wanted to make a record like this my whole life." He also claims that Harlow thinks the album "sounds like fucking [Giorgio] Moroder!!!""I love Moroder," Fulvimar writes.

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