Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • peter matthew bauer, the walkmen, liberation!

    Liberation Days: Peter Matthew Bauer Begins His Spiritual Search

    By the time Peter Matthew Bauer steps up to the microphone, he's red in the face. The 36-year-old singer-songwriter appears lit with some mixture of anxiety and excitement, enhanced by an evening's worth of red wine. He's about to perform a private show at Gary's Electric Studio, a recording space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in service of his debut solo album, Liberation! The dozens-deep crowd consists largely of intimates including Bauer's longtime friends and bandmates, singer Hamilton Leithauser and guitarist Paul Maroon. For roughly 13 years, they made up three-fifths of the Walkmen, one of the finest rock outfits to emerge from New York City in the early 2000s.

  • walter martin, the walkmen, we're all young together

    The Wonderful World of Walter Martin

    Walter Martin asks to start over. The 39-year-old husband and father of two is recording a May segment for NPR's Weekend Edition and he's just tripped over his words, fumbling his introduction. More than a decade into his music career, this long-limbed and handsome man — who, it should be noted, looks natural in a cowboy hat — isn't accustomed to doing press by himself.Throughout the 2000s, the Washington, D.C. native played bass and organ for the Walkmen, that very same recently defunct band that, in hindsight, ranks as one of the decade's most formidable — if still slightly underrated — rock groups. Before that, he handled keys for Jonathan Fire*Eater, a long-gone '90s outfit that's remembered fondly but, at this point, is best known for providing three future members of the better-known act.

  • weezer, rivers cuomo, marc maron, wtf

    Rivers Cuomo Opens Up About Weezer's Darkest Days to Marc Maron

    Weezer make a conscious effort to go back to their mid-'90s power-pop roots (or "Back to the Shack," if you will) on their upcoming album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End. It's fitting then that frontman Rivers Cuomo has decided to give a career-spanning interview to comedian/podcaster Marc Maron. In the latest episode of Maron's WTF series, Cuomo tackles a few longstanding questions about himself, per the episode's description: "Why did [he] decide to go to Harvard just as Weezer was taking off? What was he really doing when he dropped off the grid after the failure of Pinkerton?

  • julian casablancas + the voidz, fallon, tyranny

    Julian Casablancas and the Voidz Bring 'Fallon' to 'Where No Eagles Fly'

    Julian Casablancas + the Voidz unleashed their debut album — the protest-themed Tyranny — on Tuesday, and the '80s-mining outfit promoted the record with an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Casablancas and his cohorts redecorated the NBC stage to fit their paranoid worldview (meaning they dimmed the lights and beamed a creepy chessboard onto a screen in the background) and played the slinky-but-staticky "Where No Eagles Fly." Was it as memorable a set as, say, the Strokes playing Letterman a dozen or so years ago? No, but we'll take it. Watch the clip above, and head over to Cult Records to pick up Tyranny.

  • beck, george harrison, conan

    Watch Beck Salute George Harrison on 'Conan' With 'Wah-Wah'

    This week is "George Harrison Week" on Conan, to coincide with the recent release of George Harrison: The Apple Years 1968-75, a retrospective reissue of the late musical legend's first six solo albums. The folks at Team Coco have lined up an impressive roster of talent to cover some of Harrison's most beloved songs: Paul Simon, Norah Jones, and Harrison's son, Dhani, are all booked to perform on the late-night talk-show in the days to come. Beck kicked off the tribute last night, though, with an on-point rendition of "Wah Wah," a shaggy, psych-tinged tune from Harrison's 1970 triple album, All Things Must Pass. It's more "West Coast oddball Beck" than "sad-bastard Beck," more subterranean homeboy blues than Morning Phase.

  • julian casablancas + the voidz, tyranny

    7 Albums to Stream: Julian Casablancas and the Voidz, the Drums, Leonard Cohen, and More

    Welcome the weekend by streaming new albums from Julian Casablancas + the Voidz, the Drums, King Tuff, Leonard Cohen, and many more. Find links and details below.1) Julian Casablancas + the Voidz, Tyranny. "The former Strokes frontman is now backed by a band called the Voidz — Jeramy Gritter and Amir Yaghmai on guitar, Jeff Kite on keys, Jake Bercovici on bass and Alex Carapetis on drums — and together, they are ready to release an incredibly eclectic new album, simply titled Tyranny." (via Rolling Stone)2) The Drums, Encyclopedia. "Encyclopedia finds the Drums in new territory — less sunshine, and more shadows. It's the duo's gloomiest effort yet, albeit with the occasional bright spots: dreamy synths and a glockenspiel bittersweetly dance around each other on 'U.S.

  • bush, reissues

    Bush Are Reissuing Their First Four Albums

    Bush have a new album on the way — Man on the Run, due out October 21 — but the alt-rock survivors are also plotting an extensive reissue campaign. On October 14, the band will unveil remastered editions of their first three studio albums (that's 1994's Sixteen Stone, 1996's Razorblade Suitcase, and 1999's The Science of Things), plus the 1997 remix LP, Deconstructed. The package will be the first release from Round Hill Records, the new label started by the music publishing company Round Hill Music, and is being put out in conjunction with Sony's RED Distribution. All of the tracks — including such hits as "Glycerine," "Machinehead," and "Comedown" — have been remastered in high resolution from their original audio recordings, thanks to mastering engineer Howie Weinberg.

  • stars, from the night

    Stars Sip Champagne Till Sunrise in Booze-Fueled 'From the Night' Video

    A few weeks ago, Stars shared "From the Night," the lead single from the Canadian band's upcoming seventh album, No One Is Lost. A joyous ode to staying out (and staying young), the song's thesis of let's-worry-about-everything-tomorrow is distilled in its chorus: "I don't care if we never come back from the night." Now, the indie-pop vets have shared a video for the track and, as expected, the clip follows Stars through a night of drinking, dancing, laughing, and just having a good time in general. (Plus, someone's wearing a bunny-mascot head. Not sure if that's a bonus, but it's a fact.) "We went out, like we always do, we got drunk, like we sometimes do, we saw friends that we don't see enough and we filmed it all," co-lead singer and songwriter Torquil Campbell told SPIN.

  • SPIN Singles Mix: 9 Juggernaut DJs, Warbling Spitters, and Lo-Fi Eccentrics

    SPIN Singles Mix: 9 Juggernaut DJs, Warbling Spitters, and Lo-Fi Eccentrics

    Welcome to SPIN's Singles Mix! Every Friday, the SPIN staff will pick its favorite must-hear tracks from the week for your weekend playlists. From chilly piano-pop to smooth rap to hook-friendly punk, these are the songs you need to hear right now.

  • janelle monae, sesame street

    Janelle Monae Visited 'Sesame Street' and Was Amazing

    Well, this is adorable: Janelle Monáe visited Sesame Street recently to teach Elmo, Big Bird, Bert, and co. about the importance of perseverance. The SPIN profile subject encouraged the Sesame crew not to give up when things aren't their way by singing a song called "The Power of Yet," written by Sesame Street music director Bill Sherman. ("The Electric Lady," while thrilling, might have gone over kids' heads.) "I am so excited to be living one of my dreams — to be here on "Sesame Street," Monáe told Billboard earlier this year. "I'm here because I am teaching everybody on Sesame Street the importance and the power of 'yet.' Never, ever, ever give up because there's so much power in 'yet.'" Well said. Watch Monáe's clip above, then revisit Cookie Monster's Icona Pop parody because it's amazing.

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