Kyle McGovern

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  • 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.

  • julian casablancas, voidz, tyranny, where no eagles fly

    Julian Casablancas and the Voidz Let Loose With 'Where No Eagles Fly'

    Julian Casablancas has deployed yet another track from his upcoming album with the Voidz. As the Strokes News fan site points out, the singer has followed his 11-minute, electronics-infused "Human Sadness" with a new song called "Where No Eagles Fly." Debuted on BBC Radio 6, the track sticks to a more reasonable run time (a manageable four minutes or so) and more closely resembles a Strokes song. That said, "Where No Eagles Fly" interrupts its slinking guitar-and-bass combination with washes of unsettling static, as Casablancas moves back and forth between his comfy crooning and throat-shredding yelps. "Where No Eagles Fly" can be found on the Tyranny LP (which is due out September 23 via Casablancas' own Cult Records), but it can also be heard on the BBC Radio 6 — just skip to the 45:00 mark.

  • nine inch nails, gone girl, trent reznor

    Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' 'Gone Girl' Score Will Make You 'Curdle and Unravel'

    Back in January, Trent Reznor confirmed that he and regular collaborator Atticus Ross would be scoring David Fincher's latest film, an adaptation of the thriller novel Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn. Reznor and Ross have yet to share a full piece of the upcoming project — though we did get a glimpse via a trailer that debuted in April — but they have offered some details on the writing and recording process. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Reznor explains that Fincher asked him to "'think about the really terrible music you hear in massage parlors.'"Fincher interjects, saying, "I said a spa, not a massage parlor!" That does make the score seem a little less seedy, but either way, Reznor says he and Ross were told to focus on the way that music played at a spa "artificially tries to make you feel like everything's OK.

  • mumford & sons, parody, dion beary

    Dude Proves Every Mumford & Sons Song Sounds the Same

    Mumford & Sons began a lengthy hiatus last September, and while the bluegrass-loving Brits are reportedly working on a new album, the follow-up to 2012's Grammy-winning Babel likely won't arrive until early next year. But fans can satisfy their hunger for snoozy folk-rock with Dion Beary, a man who has distilled the band's formula to its purest essence: strum an acoustic guitar steadily, sing softly, sing loudly, pine for a woman in a completely sexless way, then shout suddenly. And there you have it, a song that toes the line between inoffensive and irritating, or, as Beary puts it, "Every Mumford and Sons Song Basically." Watch his top-notch parody of such hits as "I Will Wait" and "The Cave" by pressing the play button above (via Gawker).

  • adam levine, maroon 5, jimmy fallon

    Adam Levine Might Be Better at Musical Impressions Than Jimmy Fallon

    Adam Levine may or may not be the Sexiest Man Alive. He may or may not be a douchebag. But one thing is certain: The Maroon 5 frontman is a damn fine impressionist. Levine dropped by The Tonight Show last night to promote his band's new album, the recently released V, and to square off against Fallon in a battle of musical impressions.Actually, the segment was called "Wheel of Musical Impressions" and, like anything involving Fallon, the tone was too friendly and giggly to feel competitive. Still, Levine proved that he can mimic Frank Sinatra (singing "Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes" no less), do a solid Michael Jackson (covering the theme to Sesame Street), and conjure Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder with startling accuracy.

  • david bowie is, exhibit, documentary

    Watch an Exclusive Preview of Upcoming 'David Bowie Is' Documentary

    On September 23, the international David Bowie Is exhibition — a retrospective celebrating the music icon's career, legacy, and style — will make its way to Chicago. Launched in 2013 at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, the collection features more than 300 items from the David Bowie Archive, including original costumes, photos, handwritten lyrics, and album artwork, all of which will be on display in Chi-Town's Museum of Contemporary Art through January 4. The same day that David Bowie Is opens in Chicago, 100 movie theaters across the U.S.

  • new pornographers, brill bruisers

    10 Songs That Influenced the New Pornographers' Power-Pop Gem 'Brill Bruisers'

    Lately, Carl Newman has been listening to a lot of music. That may not be surprising, considering that the 46-year-old has made a career out of playing music, but as Newman explains, "sometimes when you're a musician, you're so absorbed in music being your life. For me, I would just forget to listen to music." For the last 15 years or so, Newman has led the New Pornographers, a Canadian power-pop band that not only boasts a bit of star-wattage — singer-songwriter Neko Case and indie-rock raconteur Dan Bejar, who records under the moniker of Destroyer, are both members — but has also built a brainy and electrifying body of work.

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