Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • james murphy, lcd soundsystem, new york subway system

    Watch James Murphy Make New York City's Subway Sing

    If James Murphy gets his way, the New York City subway system will be a little less hellish. The former LCD Soundsystem mastermind wants to replace the piercing beep produced by subway turnstiles with actual music. "They make this unpleasant beep and are all slightly out of tune from one another," the 44-year-old tells the Wall Street Journal, explaining his solution.Murphy says that he has devised a unique set of notes for every subway station, which would play whenever a commuter swipes his or her MetroCard to catch a train. This means that as a station gets busier, the harmonies become richer. According to Murphy, each of the city's 468 subway stations would hum with notes in different keys."I started noticing the subway sounds quite brutal," the DFA Records co-founder says. "Why don't we just make it a nice sound?

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    Watch Prawn Play a Jazz Age Trifle in 'Why You Always Leave a Note' Video

    Ridgewood, New Jersey natives Prawn and Rockford, Illinois' Joie De Vivre recently teamed up for a split 7-inch that made its way into the world via Count Your Lucky Stars and Topshelf Records. Joie De Vivre supplied three songs for the A-side, and Prawn contributed two to the B-side, including "Why You Always Leave a Note," a call-and-response epic that offsets its small-town sadness with starry-eyed ambition and, uh, an Arrested Development reference. The song's new music video makes its peace with the repetition of suburban life by dropping Prawn in the middle of a '20s-themed house party, where the Millennials are too busy posing as flappers to think about the vague heartache hanging over the room. Watch the clip above.

  • chad smith, red hot chili peppers, will ferrell, drum battle, cancer for college

    Let the Will Ferrell-Chad Smith Drum Battle Begin!

    Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen: The drum battle between Will Ferrell and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith is officially on. Funny or Die confirmed in a Tweet on February 22 that the charity Cancer for College has successfully raised more than $300,000 in donations, which was the lone condition Ferrell set when he accepted Smith's challenge earlier this month."Hi, Chad," Ferrell wrote on Reddit. "Will Ferrell here. I saw your video and I graciously accept your invitation to a drum battle. If we can raise $300,000 for Cancer For College I will face off with you in the greatest drum vs. cowbell showdown the world has ever seen. We can do it on stage at a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert or in front of a mutually convenient public library.

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    Watch Vampire Weekend 'Step' Into 'Live From the Artists Den'

    Vampire Weekend recently co-headlined an episode of PBS' Austin City Limits with Grizzly Bear, and soon SPIN's 2013 Band of the Year will appear on another PBS program, Live From the Artists Den. The men behind Modern Vampires of the City — the third Best Album of 2013, FYI — will feature on the concert series on February 22, and producers behind the show have shared a preview of what to expect. Recorded in the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen library in Manhattan (because, really, where else should a rock concert be held?), the teaser clip catches a quiet performance of "Step," a MVOTC highpoint that balances its lyrical heft with airy instrumentation. Unfortunately, Danny Brown does not drop in to defend his girl.

  • pharrell williams, grammys hat, ebay, g i r l, track list

    Pharrell Nobly Parts Ways With Favorite Hat

    All things come to an end, and the union between Pharrell Williams and his ridiculous Grammys hat is no different. The Oscar-nominated singer/songwriter/producer/workaholic has put his favorite piece of oversize headgear up for auction. Yes, the Vivienne Westwood design that Pharrell hid under during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards can now be yours for the not-so-low price of $10,500 (as of time of writing). The brown, Dudley Do Right-ripping lid is currently biddable on eBay and will remain so until March 2.Don't be sad for Pharrell, though — he's doing away with the so-called "Mountain" hat for a good cause. All proceeds from the auction will benefit From One Hand to Another, a nonprofit founded by Pharrell.

  • goldfrapp, thea, twin shadow, remix, tales of us

    Twin Shadow Remix Adds Throb to Goldfrapp's 'Thea' Fog

    Twin Shadow is known not just for his love of '80s synth drama, but also for his love of covering other people's songs. With his monthly Under the Cvrs series, George Lewis Jr. has reimagined material by Lou Reed, U2, 112, and Tori Amos, among others. Now, the crooner has turned his attention to Goldfrapp, remixing the electronic duo's next single, "Thea." The original track hangs like a thick fog, adding to the Lynchian mystery explored on Goldfrapp's 2013 LP, Tales of Us. Twin Shadow's remix cuts through the haze with thumping beats, flashy percussion, and sped-up vocals. The redux will accompany the "Thea" single when it drops on March 25, along with other remixes by Blood Diamonds, WAWA, and Red Top. For now, stream Twin Shadow's take below.Goldfrapp are also planning a special cinema-and-concert event next month.

  • little racer, punk life, modern accent EP

    Hear Little Racer's Booze-Fueled Mission Statement 'Punk Life'

    Little Racer are based in Brooklyn but first made a splash across the pond, landing a deal with London imprint Young and Lost Club, who put out the Yanks' "Split for the Coast"/"The Town" 7-inch in late 2011. Now, the foursome — consisting of singer-guitarist Elliot Michaud, bassist Ish Nazmi, guitarist Wade Michael, and drummer Dave Tedeschi — have signed with a new label, PaperCup Music, and announced a new EP, Modern Accent. Out April 4, the upcoming effort spans six songs, including the New Order-indebted "Dancing" (first heard via Filter) and the just-revealed "Punk Life," a rubbery bit of surf-rock. "Everybody knows that I love the punk life," Michaud sings. "And you can see it in my face, babe / I've been drinking all night."Jump into the fray below, and pre-order the Modern Accent EP through iTunes or PaperCup.

  • deap vally, walk of shame, end of the world

    Deap Vally Tear Into 'Walk of Shame' and 'End of the World' at Electric Ballroom

    Deap Vally are still on the road in support of their fierce debut album, and the Los Angeles duo have just announced a schedule of upcoming dates with England's Band of Skulls. Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards will bring through their bluesy brand of garage-rock to cities across the U.S. this spring. Find details below, but first, enjoy a preview of what's to come. The SPIN profile subjects recently filmed part of a gig at London's Electric Ballroom and caught "Walk of Shame" and "End of the World" — two sore-throated, head-banging highlights from 2013's Sistrionix — on camera.

  • horse thief, fear in bliss, devil

    Horse Thief Catch Nudist Worshipping the 'Devil'

    Not too long ago, the members of Horse Thief were students at Oklahoma City's Academy of Contemporary Music. Now, the five-piece — who originally hail from Denton, Texas — have signed with Bella Union and booked their debut album for an April 15 arrival. The LP, titled Fear in Bliss, collects 12 tracks that are united by a single overarching theme: "finding yourself and what you believe in, and finding the comfort in acknowledging fear."Belief and terror figure prominently into Horse Thief's new music video for "Devil," the album's woodsy, tuneful lead single. The clip catches a young woman performing a dark ritual in the woods, naked (apart from a few charm necklaces, of course). Horse Thief frontman Cameron Neil plays narrator, singing about "the honesty of evil" as he and his bandmates are buried under dirt and foliage, not far from the smoky séance.

  • arcade fire, tonight show, jimmy fallon

    Watch Arcade Fire Inject Fallon's 'Tonight Show' With Powerful 'Afterlife'

    Jimmy Fallon's first, star-studded week as host of The Tonight Show continued on February 20, with appearances by Arcade Fire, Will Ferrell, and the FLOTUS herself, Michelle Obama. Arcade Fire served as musical guest, performing a disco ball-lit rendition of "Afterlife," a Reflektor standard that first made its debut on Fallon's former stomping grounds, Saturday Night Live. By now, the indie-rock giants' live show has become a well-oiled and sparkling machine, and last night's gig didn't disappoint — the only added flourish was frontman Win Butler holding a video camera right in front of his face as he sang. For a close-up view of the AF leader, watch the clip above.Some other highlights from yesterday's Tonight: Will Ferrell mimed an ice-skating routine to the theme from Downton Abbey, a show he insisted on paying homage to despite never having seen it; and Mrs.

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