Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • Real Estate in Brooklyn, January 2014

    The Boys Next Door: Real Estate's Subtle Charms

    Alex Bleeker lays it all out there in Guitar Center. "People are going to say it forever, but we're not trying to make the soundtrack to your summer," the bearded 27-year-old bassist and New Jersey native says while noodling on a six-string he plucked from the wall. "Our brand is that we have no brand. We're literally just, like, the dudes you know from down the street in high school who would play in a band together."The "we" Bleeker is referring to would be Real Estate, the band he co-founded roughly five-and-a-half years ago with two of his high-school friends, singer-guitarist Martin Courtney and guitarist Matt Mondanile. Courtney, 28, is quietly admiring the rainbow of polished guitars hanging above. This particular Guitar Center, situated on the lowest level of Brooklyn's Atlantic Terminal Mall, is not the same outlet that they would frequent as teenagers in the Garden State.

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    Stream Color War's Sleek, Synth-Powered Debut 'It Could Only Be This Way'

    Color War recently teased their upcoming debut album with an ornate music video for "SOS," pairing the glossy, electronic brooder with a set of ceremonious, mystic-tinged visuals. Now, as the March 4 release date for It Could Only Be This Way comes ever closer, the Brooklyn-based duo — composed of Justin "Billy J" Lin and Lindsay Mound, two visual artists-turned-musicians — has pulled the curtain back on their first full-length effort. On the way via the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse label, the LP serves up a stark combination of elaborately arranged synths, bare-bones beats, and vaporous vocals, making for a 12-track set that lingers long after it fades into darkness.Stream It Could Only Be This Way below, and pre-order the album through the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse store.

  • melvins, venom, warhead, everybody loves sausages

    Melvins Invite Apocalypse in Cartoon 'Warhead' Video

    The Melvins have dropped a video for "Warhead," a fire-bombing salvo found on the sludge-metal vets' 2013 covers album, Everybody Loves Sausages. Speaking to SPIN about the track, which is originally by English head-bangers Venom, Melvins frontman Buzz Osbourne said, "I think a bunch of people dismiss these guys because their records aren't perfect-sounding and the silly Satanic stuff, but I always thought that's what was good about them."Well, King Buzzo and co. don't leave any room for misunderstanding with the song's video. Directed by Kyle Westbrook, the animated clip eschews subtlety and delivers exactly what one would expect for a song titled "Warhead" that appears on an album called (lest we forget) Everybody Loves Sausages — meaning, the visual features a bunch of cartoon sausage links, and other food products, that get caught right in the fallout of a nuclear blast zone.

  • songcoin, online currency

    Virtual Currency Songcoin Aims to Save the Music Industry

    Coinye West may be out of print, but a new virtual currency made for the music industry will soon hit the market. Evolver.fm reports that Songcoin — an alternative, online currency exclusive to the music business — will launch next week. The aim behind the forthcoming exchange system is to lessen business fees and offer special promotions for users."We're looking at providing people with a way to not pay transaction fees, not go through international wires, and a way for people to just kind of have something pretty much alternative to a dollar," says Kasian Franks, co-founder and CTO of Pimovi, the company that will administer Songcoin. "The value of alternative currency has been proven by Bitcoin."But Bitcoin isn't in the best of health at the moment. Mt.

  • soundgarden, superunknown, reissue, sxsw, itunes festival

    Soundgarden Will Play 'Superunknown' at SXSW

    Soundgarden's Superunknown turns 20 this year, which means the requisite Super Deluxe Edition reissue is on the way. The impending anniversary also means that the grunge giants will perform the classic LP in full at this year's South By Southwest conference. As Stereogum points out, Soundgarden will, for the first time ever, play Superunknown from front to back as part of the upcoming iTunes Festival at SXSW, a five-day showcase that runs from March 11 through 15.Fans who gain access to Austin's ACL Live at the Moody Theater on March 13 will be able to marvel at "Spoonman," "Black Hole Sun," "Fell on Black Days," "The Day I Tried to Live," and 11 other Soundgarden standards from '94. Other artists booked for the iTunes Fest include Coldplay, Zedd, London Grammar, Imagine Dragons, Keith Urban, and Pitbull.

  • james murphy, coffee, lcd soundsystem

    Drink Yourself Clean With James Murphy's New Coffee Blend

    James Murphy has developed his own coffee, somehow finding time between making the New York City subway system sing, organizing a new LCD Soundsystem live album, and building an actual soundsystem. Brooklyn Vegan reports that the "All My Friends" singer has teamed with craft coffee company Blue Bottle to brew a new blend that is now available for purchase. Dubbed "House of Good," the fresh espresso is "supremely balanced," according to Blue Bottle."Its flavor profile — dried cherry, cocoa, meyer lemon — is a harmony between the voluptuous and the austere," the description reads. "It's akin to the second movement of Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 3 — or, perhaps, to that buzzing, syncopated synth line from 'Dance Yrself Clean.'""House of Good" shares its name with a café and retail space that Murphy plans to open in Brooklyn.

  • pharrell williams, rick ross, G I R L, mastermind

    10 Albums to Stream: Pharrell, Rick Ross, Real Estate, the Men, and More

    New albums by Pharrell Williams, Rick Ross, Real Estate, the Men, Migos, and more are all currently streaming online, and, lucky for you, we've rounded them all up. Grab a set of headphones and dig in below.1) Pharrell Williams, G I R L. "Pharrell Williams has called his second solo album, G I R L, 'the album that I had always dreamt of making' and predicted it would feel 'festive and and urgent.' The album includes the Oscar-nominated 'Happy'... and features guest appearances by Daft Punk (of course), Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, and Alicia Keys." — SPIN (via iTunes)2) Rick Ross, Mastermind. "On 'War Ready,' the Bawse and his former rival Young Jeezy put aside their differences to go hard and heavy over a bleakly burbling trap-imbued track punctuated with a wide selection of gun sounds.

  • PUP, album, guilt trip

    Hear PUP's Punk Chant 'Guilt Trip' From April Debut Album

    PUP have already dropped their self-titled debut album in their native country of Canada, but soon the Toronto punks will sick their glorious shout-alongs onto the rest of the world. PUP will see a wide release on April 8 courtesy of SideOneDummy Records. Produced by Dave Schiffman (who has previously worked with the Mars Volta, Cass McCombs, and Weezer), the LP collects 10 tracks of beefy riffs, bursts of feedback, and furious energy."We wanted to make a record that sounded like us live, and Dave's philosophy was that the record should sound like the best show we've ever played," singer-guitarist Stefan Babcock told Stereogum last year. "We recorded mostly live off the floor and there are a lot of mistakes on the record, but they're real and awesome, and it sounds like us, playing our songs.

  • james vincent mcmorrow, post tropical, glacier

    Watch James Vincent McMorrow Scale Towering 'Glacier' Live

    Irish singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow recently resurfaced with Post Tropical, an alt-R&B-imbued follow-up to his folk-leaning debut album, 2011's Early in the Morning. As SPIN recently noted in its review of Post Tropical, McMorrow's greatest strength lies in his voice, an airy falsetto that comfortably files alongside that of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon: "[McMorrow] often begins these songs quietly around gentle keyboard chords that build and grow as he piles on the harmonies, turning virtually whispered melodies into giant crescendos with lush, wordless backdrops sung by armies of overdubbed McMorrows." Now, the tunesmith offers a chance to watch him at work. The video above captures an intimate live performance of "Glacier," Post Tropical's tender penultimate track.

  • kevin drew, mexican aftershow party, darlings

    Hear Kevin Drew's Snug 'Mexican Aftershow Party'

    Kevin Drew recently had his way with "Good Sex," pairing the lead single from his upcoming solo album with a NSFW video that featured real-life couples getting handsy. Now, the Broken Social Scene founder has stripped a second track from his Darlings LP, which arrives March 18 via Arts & Crafts. Dubbed "Mexican Aftershow Party," the song offers a warm slice of '80s nostalgia, complete with fuzzy synths, snapping percussion, ambient flourishes, and hot pink lettering on the single's artwork. Join the "Mexican Aftershow Party" below and pre-order Darlings by heading over to Kevin Drew's website.Drew has also confirmed that he'll be playing a handful of shows in April with longtime collaborator Leslie Feist.

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