Kyle McGovern

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  • In My Room: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Kip Berman

    In My Room: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Kip Berman

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are currently on tour in support of their upcoming third album, Days of Abandon, out May 13 via Yebo Music. But before the Brooklyn daydreamers hit the road, main man Kip Berman invited SPIN to see his Greenpoint apartment, pore over his record collection, and show off a few of his guitars. Click onward for a video tour of Berman's home, followed by photos.

  • PAWS, youth culture forever

    Stream PAWS' Thrilling 'Youth Culture Forever' Album

    Last fall, SPIN visited PAWS in an upstate New York studio, where they were busy hammering out their second album. "It's louder than the last record, but it's quieter than the last record," bassist Ryan Drever said. "It's faster than the last record, but it's slower than the last record. Every song is quite different, but then at the same time it's the same."Indeed, the Glaswegian garage-pop trio's soon-to-be-released sophomore LP, Youth Culture Forever, is a bolder, more dynamic beast than its predecessor, 2012's sweetly scruffy Cokefloat! LP. Yawning cello lines weave in and out of several of the upcoming album's 12 tracks; drummer Josh Swinney's thrashy percussion packs a heftier punch; and the vocals, courtesy of singer-guitarist Phillip Taylor, carry a new level of confidence.

  • mimicking birds, owl hoots, eons

    Hear Mimicking Birds' Lush, Electronic-Tinged 'Owl Hoots'

    After a four-year gap between albums, Mimicking Birds will return on May 13 with their sophomore LP. Dubbed Eons, the upcoming collection is on the approach by way of Glacial Pace Recordings, the label operated by Modest Mouse madman Isaac Brock. In support of the 11-track effort, Mimicking Birds have plotted a tour of the U.S. (which kicks off tonight, April 25, in Chicago), and shared "Bloodlines," a subtle but ambitious stunner that blends the Portland outfit's panoramic folk perspective with outdoorsy electronic flourishes. Now, the trio — singer-songwriter Nate Lacy, bassist Adam Trachsel, and drummer Aaron Hanson — have unveiled another song that follows that same path.

  • peter matthew bauer, liberation!, philadelphia raga, solo album, the walkmen

    The Walkmen's Peter Matthew Bauer Lives Outlaw Life on 'Philadelphia Raga'

    The Walkmen's dissolution has spawned to a trio of separate solo records: Black Hours by Hamilton Leithauser, We're All Young Together by Walter Martin, and Liberation! by Peter Matthew Bauer. That last one arrives June 24 on Mexican Summer, and will deliver 11 songs rich with the same kind of lived-in wisdom that made the Walkmen's tenure so rewarding. Bauer has already shared one track from his one-man debut, lead single "Latin American Ficciones," and now he's, er, liberated a second cut from Liberation! called "Philadelphia Raga."If "Latin American Ficciones" recalls the rough-around-the-edges, daytripping-through-the-heartland vibes of fellow Philadelphians the War on Drugs (and it does), then "Philadelphia Raga" channels the six-string mastery of wordless troubadour William Tyler.

  • nas, new album, timbaland

    Nas Teams With Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, No I.D. for New Album

    Nas is in the midst of a well-deserved victory lap, celebrating the 20th anniversary of his iconic debut album, 1994's Illmatic. But the man born Nasir Jones is also looking ahead to his next album. In a recent interview with NPR, the Queensbridge rapper offered an update on the forthcoming follow-up to 2012's Life Is Good, saying he's been working with Timbaland, No I.D., and Swizz Beatz.The 40-year-old MC explained that he first began working on the LP about a year-and-a-half ago.

  • neil young, a letter home, deluxe box set

    Neil Young Will Deliver Box Set of Jack White-Stamped 'A Letter Home'

    Neil Young's A Letter Home will soon come in a box. The rock'n'roll icon (and Pono mastermind) has announced that he's planning to put out a Deluxe Box Set version of his latest full-length, an all-covers collection recorded with Jack White. Due May 27, the limited-edition release is on the way via Reprise Records, and features two vinyl LPs, a CD, a DVD, a set of six-inch vinyl discs, and a 32-page color booklet.Regarding the two vinyl LPs: One is a standard version of A Letter Home, pressed on 180-gram black vinyl; the other is an "Audiophile" edition that's also pressed on 180-gram black vinyl, but contains a special "direct feed from the booth" version of the album. "The booth" in question is, of course, the 1940s-era Voice-O-Graph recording booth located at White's Third Man Records headquarters in Nashville.

  • Nas, Illmatic, Time Is Illmatic, Erik Parker, One9

    Q&A: 'Time Is Illmatic' Producers Talk Nas, Hip-Hop, and Social Justice

    Twenty years ago this month, rapper Nasir Jones introduced himself to the world with Illmatic, a masterful debut album that offered a wistful yet hard-edged look at life inside New York City's Queensbridge Houses, the largest public housing project in North America. Illmatic wedded clear-eyed, street-level reportage on the city's crack epidemic to richly musical loops and no-bullshit beats crafted by a murderers' row of respected producers that included Large Professor, Gang Starr's DJ Premier, A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip, and Pete Rock.The story of Illmatic is a quintessentially American one: A young man uses his raw talent, tireless work ethic, and enviable connections to rise above his modest upbringing.

  • lorde, pure heroine, tour

    Lorde Takes Break From Tour, Citing Parents

    Lorde's Australian tour has evidently been grounded by her parents. The 17-year-old singer postponed seven dates Down Under after her folks insisted that she take a break from performing to rest."I have had to postpone my Australian shows because of a nasty chest infection and general ill health," Lorde tweeted on April 21. "I am so so gutted to have to do this but my parents and my team stepped in telling me I needed a break after being non-stop since the Grammys in January. We will 100 percent be back for this tour (most likely in November) so don't worry about that."She continued: "I just need time to get back to full gollum girl fitness before I go out playing shows again.

  • dub thompson, 9 songs, no time

    Hear Dub Thompson's Festering Anti-Love Song 'No Time'

    Dub Thompson have, uh, dubbed their debut album 9 Songs, but the upcoming LP actually contains eight tracks. Main men Matt Pulos and Evan Laffer shared one cut back in March (sinewy psych-groove "Dograces"), and now they've dropped a second. "No Time" opens with crackling tape hiss and a moody swagger-stomp before adopting a reggae-like wheeze, all in service of the song's mordant thesis: "Baby, you've got no time for love." Stream the basement-scene beauty below, and pre-order 9 Songs — which is out June 10 on Dead Oceans — through iTunes.

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    Shout Out Louds Leader Retrofits Johnossi's 'Gone Forever' for the DFA Crowd

    Johnossi, the Swedish duo of singer-guitarist John Engelbert and drummer Oskar "Ossi" Bonde, are planning to drop their fourth album in the U.S. on April 29 via Universal Sweden/Caroline. In advance of the 10-track set, which is dubbed Transitions, Johnossi have shared "Gone Forever," a windswept, arena-ready single that hits iTunes today, April 15. The track's digital release comes backed with a special B-side: a remix of "Gone Forever" done by Adam Olenius, frontman for fellow Stockholm outfit the Shout Out Louds. Subtitled the "Adam Boy Remix," Olenius' version narrows the original song's scope and hollows out its production, favoring cowbell clunks and a soft-edged, electronic groove over galloping grand gestures. Listen to the redux below.

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