Kyle McGovern



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    Stephen Colbert Swears the Daft Punk Fiasco, and His MTV Bashing, Wasn't a Stunt

    Stephen Colbert has explained why Daft Punk failed to show up on The Colbert Report on August 6. Giving a nearly hour-long interview on The Paul Mecurio Show, a podcast hosted by the comedian and writer for The Daily Show, Colbert clarifies that the fiasco was in fact not a publicity stunt as many speculated.As Pitchfork points out, the talk show host confirms that the Random Access Memories duo was booked to appear on air, but they were not going to perform or take part in an interview. "Whatever we did would have to be in the confines of them not doing their music and not also talking," Colbert says. "The Daft Punk guys actually had some funny ideas on how to do it." MTV reportedly pulled the plug at the last minute, citing Daft Punk's scheduled "surprise" appearance on the August 25 Video Music Awards as a conflict and violation of an exclusivity agreement.

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    Haim Make Lonely Island's Jorma Taccone Cry Crazily in 'The Wire' Video

    It's official: Haim are heartbreakers. The just-released video for recent single "The Wire" finds sisters Este, Danielle, and Alana breaking up with their respective suitors, thus setting off three separate emotional meltdowns. Getting dumped by such talented up-and-comers would weigh heavily on anyone, so can you blame the poor saps for being a little sensitive? Well, maybe there are a few too many tears shed; and maybe they shouldn't have taken those promises of "Forever" too seriously; and maybe that part where the one dude weeps into a pair of ladies' underwear — nope, no defending that one.The four-minute clip co-stars Jorma Taccone of the Lonely Island, who also had a recurring role on HBO's Girls and is apparently very adept at bawling like a baby.

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    Explosions in the Sky's 'Prince Avalanche' Mural Gets Speed-Painted in 'Send Off' Video

    After months of anticipation, teasers, and previews, Explosions in the Sky and David Wingo's collaborative score for David Gordon Green's new film, Prince Avalanche, is now officially out. The movie, which stars Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch, is also available to the masses via theater showings and digital retailers (and it's pulling a respectable 80 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes). To commemorate both releases, a public mural displaying the soundtrack's cover art has been unveiled in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on the side of the Turkey's Nest Tavern across from McCarren Park. Jeremy deVine, founder of Explosions' longtime label, Temporary Residence Ltd., immortalized the creation of said art piece (originally designed by Esteban Rey) with a stirring time-lapsed video.

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    Saint Motel Set Sail in Beautiful Animated 'Daydream/Wetdream/Nightmare' Video

    Saint Motel's new music video for "Daydream/Wetdream/Nightmare" is billed as a film by Danish animator Sidsel Sørensen — a hand-drawn, pencil-and-ink epic that sets the Los Angeles outfit's colorful, multi-part psych-pop to a tale of infidelity and fantasy. "I wanted Saint Motel to leave California and go somewhere different," Sørensen says, "so I combined the essentials of the band and their song with vintage tales from the Danish fisherman's island, Fanø. The stories go that when the fishermen went away to sea, their wives would stay on shore. In their windows some would have the porcelain dogs... Turning them around would be a sign to their lover that the coast was clear for them to visit. As the song is almost three songs in one, I felt the narrative of the video had to reflect this.

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    Summer Camp's Hearts Go Aflutter in Flower-Filled 'Fresh' Video

    Summer Camp's self-titled sophomore album arrives September 9, and the indie-pop duo are celebrating the upcoming collection with a candy-colored video for "Fresh," the LP's lead single (via Stereogum). As SPIN's Chris Martins noted last month, the first taste from the Welcome to Condale follow-up delivers a light-footed slice of disco pep, a dancey tribute to the intoxicating charm of first love. Vocalist Elizabeth Sankey sings, "First love is the best love, first love is the dream... First love is a fairytale held tight between you and me." The above clip translates that "it's all chocolate and roses" outlook to film as Sankey and musical partner Jeremy Warmsley surround themselves in a bed of flowers.

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    Stream Blouse's Sensual, Rippling 'A Feeling Like This'

    Blouse teased their upcoming sophomore album, Imperium, a few weeks back with "No Shelter," a watery lead single that introduced the Portland trio's newfound aversion to synths and drum machines. Now, frontwoman Charlie Hilton, multi-instrumentalist Patrick Adams, and producer Jacob Portrait have shared a second taste of the impending follow-up to 2011's Blouse: "A Feeling Like This" follows the blissed-out path of its predecessor, riding billowy guitar lines and sultry vocals through a dream-pop haze. Stream it below. 

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    Paramore Conduct Explosive Power-Pop Ballet at Teen Choice Awards

    Paramore conquered the stage at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles last night (August 11), performing "Still Into You," a gleeful, glockenspiel-kissed standout from the power-pop crew's recent self-titled album. Frontwoman Hayley Williams marathoned back and forth across the Gibson Amphitheatre stage, glad-handing with screaming front row fans, indulging in more than a few clumsy high-kicks, and leading a swarm of denim-clad ballerinas. No wonder Paramore picked up the trophy for Choice Rock Group. Watch the clip above. 

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    Watch the National Light Up 'Terrible Love' With the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir at Outside Lands

    The National's long-in-the-works Grateful Dead tribute album is finally coming to fruition, but fans at this past weekend's Outside Lands festival were lucky enough to see the Trouble Will Find Me quintet team with a Dead veteran in the flesh. Bob Weir joined the "dad-rock" champions onstage for a powerfully trembling rendition of "Terrible Love," the cold sweat-soaked opener off the National's 2010 effort, High Violet. Footage of the live collaboration has surfaced online and can be found above. The volume wavers throughout and the lighting is off-key in places, but the clip's still worth a click — the National's August 9 set ranked among the 10 Best Things SPIN Saw at Outside Lands on Friday. 

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    Stream Balance and Composure's Piledriving 'Tiny Raindrop'

    Balance and Composure display a deft sense of, well, balance and composure. The Doylestown, Pennsylvania, five-piece wed emotionally vulnerable lyrics with surging, layered rhythms, recalling the red-eyed, sore-throated bedroom poetry of Sunny Day Real Estate. "Tiny Raindrop," the latest song to surface from the Jon Simmons-led outfit's upcoming sophomore LP, is no exception. "Even if I could I would never let you go," Simmons sings on the not-quite-alt-metal track. "So come with me / I'll buy you a raincoat."Stream "Tiny Raindrop" below and pre-order Balance and Composure's fast-approaching The Things We Think We're Missing via iTunes or No Sleep Records. 116425:song:Tiny Raindrop:

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    Paul McCartney and Kronos Quartet Make 'Yesterday' Even Prettier at Outside Lands

    Paul McCartney has been dusting off rarely performed Beatles songs for the past few months, and the 71-year-old stuck to his nostalgic streak during Outside Lands this past weekend. Macca peppered his nearly three-hour set, which ranked as one of the 10 Best Things SPIN Saw on Friday, with previously little-heard tunes such as "Lovely Rita" and "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!," but the Fab Four survivor pulled out another unexpected show-stopper: He played 1965's immortal "Yesterday" with a live string accompaniment provided by the iconic Kronos Quartet. Despite being known for sometimes crafting, ahem, liberal reinterpretations of rock classics (see Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze"), the San Francisco foursome offered a straightforward rendition of the Help! highlight, allowing for a festival-sized sing-along led by McCartney.

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