Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • jesus and mary chain, bilinda butcher, my bloody valentine

    Shoepergaze! Jesus and Mary Chain Get an Onstage Assist from a Bloody Valentine

    Barcleona's Primavera Sound Festival wrapped up over the weekend, and we've rounded up the 10 Best Things We Saw at the annual showcase, but here's one highlight that didn't make our list: Jesus and Mary Chain performing "Just Like Honey" with My Bloody Valentine singer-guitarist Bilinda Butcher. Those of you who missed the live-stream of JAMC's performance can now watch the noise-pop crossover via the above fan-shot video. In the past, the Reid brothers have asked Hollywood actresses to sing backup on the Psychocandy classic — Scarlett Johansson and Megan Draper each had a turn (via Stereogum) — so it's a welcome change to see a fellow icon from the U.K.'s distortion-heavy days deadpanning into the microphone.

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    Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir Return With 'Repave,' First North American Tour

    Since releasing 2011's gorgeous Bon Iver, Justin Vernon has busied himself with a few side-projects. Earlier this year, the Wisconsin-bred singer-songwriter released Grownass Man — the debut full-length from his Shouting Matches band — and lent his musky pipes to a few tunes on New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light, the latest solo LP from Bon Iver saxman Colin Stetson. Now Vernon is dusting off Volcano Choir, his long-dormant collaborative project with post-rock unit Collections of Colonies of Bees. On September 3, Jagjaguwar will release Volcano Choir's sophomore album, Repave, in the U.S. (the record is out internationally on September 2). The follow-up to 2009's Unmap boasts eight tracks, one of which is teased in the dramatic trailer below.  Volcano Choir have also announced their first proper North American tour.

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    Hear Spectrals' Heartbreaking New Album 'Sob Story'

    Spectrals, the U.K. power-pop duo of brothers Louis and Will Jones, have shared their easy-to-love new album Sob Story, streaming in full below. Produced with Chet "JR" White, bassist and one-time producer for Girls, the LP features single "A Heartbeat Behind," which SPIN's Chris Martins described last month as "cooly spit-shined" with "rollicking guitar riffs and snapping drums." The full-length's other 11 tracks trade in similarly lean hooks, nimbly navigating from lo-fi slacker anthems to sweetly smoldering torch songs. "Our mantra while recording was always, 'Make it exciting and cut the fat,'" White says in a statement. "Sob Story is the outcome of that and I, personally, could not be happier with the results."Sob Story will be released on June 18 via Slumberland Records.

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    Anthony Bourdain Wrote Nice, Strange Things About Queens of the Stone Age's New Album

    Queens of the Stone Age and Anthony Bourdain have cooked up another collaboration. Lead Queen Josh Homme recently teamed with Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan to record the theme song for Parts Unknown, Bourdain's new CNN show, and now the chef-turned-author-turned-TV-personality has returned the favor by writing a biography of the desert rockers in advance of their latest LP (and Matador Records debut), ...Like Clockwork. The brief post falls in line with Bourdain's usual style of prose: It's lean, punchy, hungry, and lined with a sincere reverence for its subject. "Whatever kind of strange and terrible mutation slouched out of the irradiated California wasteland in 1996, it’s evidently still around," Bourdain writes of his good buddies, before shifting over to the band's long-awaited follow-up to 2007's Era Vulgaris.

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    Stream Flaming Lips' Refreshing 'True Blood' Cut 'Your Face Can Tell the Future'

    The Flaming Lips' Essential new album, The Terror, is a relentless onslaught of drone, a deep-dive into the sort of despair and fatalism the Oklahoma City oddballs have spent years fighting off with confetti cannons and hippy-dippy optimism. Now Wayne Coyne and crew have fired another shot in their psych-inspired war against the Darkness in "Your Face Can Tell the Future," their contribution to the latest original soundtrack for HBO's True Blood. "I know your face can tell the future / And the future's looking bad," Coyne sings early on, giving us the sense that this latest tune may be a follow-up exercise.

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    Watch Sonny and the Sunsets' Blood-Soaked 'Palmreader' Video

    Sonny Smith lets the body parts and blood fly in the just-unveiled video for "Palmreader," a shaggy single featured on Sonny and the Sunsets' upcoming Antenna to the Afterworld LP. The R-rated clip, directed by Smith himself, stars a flautist and a horn player who get caught up in a violent game of one-upsmanship. Once the instruments are tossed aside, scissors are unsheathed, arrows are shot, and hacksaws are put to use. Watch the carnage above, and pre-order Antenna to the Afterworld here. 

  • ghost b.c., depeche mode, waiting for the night

    Hear Ghost B.C. Theatrically Cover Depeche Mode's 'Waiting for the Night'

    We may not know the true identities of the members of Ghost B.C., but we do know this: Papa Emeritus II and his backing band of Nameless Ghouls know their way around a cover. The Swedish metal oddballs have shared a hammy, theatrical cover of Depeche Mode's "Waiting for the Night," the meditative centerpiece on the synth trio's 1990 LP, Violator. While the original hovers in a mid-tempo abyss, this just-released alternate take — which appears as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of Ghost B.C.'s second album, Infestissumam — chugs along with the help of doom-pop guitarwork and cheeseball organ playing. Hear it above, and revisit Ghost B.C.'s Dave Grohl-assisted cover of ABBA's "I'm a Marionette."

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    Metal Greats Toast Jeff Hanneman With Jagermeister and a Mosh Pit

    Droves of Slayer fans paid their respects to late guitarist Jeff Hanneman during a public memorial service held in Los Angeles Thursday (May 23). The rambunctious-but-respectful ceremony featured remarks from Slayer guitarist Kerry King, Metallica's Rob Trujillo, System of a Down's Shavo Odadjian, and more, as well as a mosh pit for attendees (via UPROXX). As SPIN noted previously, the remembrance took place at the storied 4,000-capacity Hollywood Palladium. "All you fans, thanks a lot for showing up," King reportedly said to the crowd, who were lined up around the block an hour before doors opened. "It means a lot. We got a lot of history in this joint.

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    Grizzly Bear Are Grizzly Besties With Ellen Now

    Grizzly Bear made friends with Ellen DeGeneres back in April when the Brooklynites taped a performance of Shields single "Yet Again" for her daytime talk show. DeGeneres called Grizzly Bear one of her favorite bands and snapped a photo with the group (via Instagram). Lead vocalist Ed Droste gushed about the meet-and-greet later on Twitter: "Ellen and Portia [de Rossi] are so nice and welcoming," he wrote. "Feel like we are playing their house they are so enthusiastic." The root of this budding friendship finally aired Friday (May 24).

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    James Blake Sends Shivers Down the Spine in 90-Minute HD Concert Footage

    James Blake bared his smoldering soul for a 90-minute live performance at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club on May 12, and now the entire set is streaming online (via NPR). Blake played a total of 16 songs, drawing heavily from his two studio albums (2011's self-titled and this year's Overgrown), with a few tracks from his various EPs sprinkled throughout. Blake left out Overgrown cut "Take a Fall For Me," so RZA won't cameo here. But the U.K. crooner's face-tingling drop on "I Never Learnt to Share" makes it all worth watching. James Blake @ Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club set list: "Air & Lack Thereof""I Never Learnt to Share""To the Last""Lindisfarne""I Am Sold""CMYK""Our Love Comes Back""Digital Lion""Unluck""Limit to Your Love""Klavierwerke""Overgrown""Voyeur""Retrograde""The Wilhelm Scream""A Case of You"

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