Kyle McGovern

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  • black thought, the roots, & Then You Shoot Your Cousin

    The Roots Almost Done With 'Dense' New Concept Album

    Last year, the Roots revealed that their 11th studio album will bear the curious title of & Then You Shoot Your Cousin. The Philadelphia crew have been busy with a number of projects since then (teaming with Elvis Costello for the collaborative Wise Up Ghost LP, writing memoirs, becoming the house band for Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, trying to make friends) but they've stayed pretty quiet about their next full-length — until now.Black Thought recently spoke with XXL about the Roots' proper follow-up to 2011's undun, saying they're "close to being done on it" and that it will "hopefully" be out in the spring. The MC explained that & Then You Shoot Your Cousin will be "another concept album in the spirit of undun," but won't focus on just one kind of character. "We create quite a few different characters in this record," he said.

  • lcd soundsystem, james murphy, madison square garden, live album

    LCD Soundsystem's Final Show Chronicled in Blockbuster Five-LP Set

    LCD Soundsystem have been dead and buried for almost three years now, but the DFA all-stars still have one more album in them. On April 19, a.k.a. Record Store Day 2014, Warner Bros. will release a live album documenting LCD's legendary final show at Madison Square Garden. Titled The Long Goodybe: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden, the upcoming vinyl set will be spread across five LPs and capture the entire April 2011 performance, a farewell that stretched nearly four hours.The Long Goodbye will see wide release on May 20, the same day it becomes available digitally. LCD Soundsystem main man James Murphy produced and mixed the record himself. In a 2013 interview, the 44-year-old mastermind (and coffee-maker/subway enthusiast) discussed the process of assembling the send-off package, saying, "It's killing me...

  • pains of being pure at heart, simple and sure, days of abandon

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Remain 'Simple and Sure' on Joyous New Single

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart have ended their lengthy silence by sharing the first single from their upcoming third album, Days of Abandon. "Simple and Sure" tones down the fuzz found on the Brooklyn band's formidable sophomore effort, 2011's Belong, and instead relies on a refreshing blend of jangly melodies, popping handclap percussion, and buoyant vocals. "I didn't want to make Belonger," singer-guitarist Kip Berman says in a statement. "This album was a chance to step back from that universal style of songwriting to something that was far more personal, more in keeping with my original ideals. I wanted the music to be joyful and full of light, even if the subjects were often dark."Days of Abandon was produced by Andy Savours (My Bloody Valentine, the Killers, Patrick Wolf) and is set to arrive on April 22 via Yebo Music.

  • mudhoney, sub pop, record store day 2014

    Sub Pop's 2014 Record Store Day Goodies Include Mudhoney, Pissed Jeans Rarities

    Record Store Day 2014 is fast on the approach, and Sub Pop has revealed what they have lined up for the April 19 event. The iconic indie label will drop four limited-edition releases on this year's Record Store Day: a live album from Mudhoney, a 12-inch EP by Pissed Jeans, a 12-inch single from the Notwist, and a 7-inch single by singer-songwriter Chad VanGaalen.Mudhoney's contribution captures their 2013 performance atop Seattle's iconic (and very tall) Space Needle, which was done in celebration of Sub Pop's 25th anniversary. Dubbed On Top: KEXP Presents Mudhoney Live on Top of the Space Needle, the LP features a total of 10 tracks and is limited to 2,700 copies worldwide.SPIN profile subjects Pissed Jeans will issue a short-player titled The Very Best of Sub Pop 2009-2013: Live at the BBC.

  • 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.

  • color war, it could only be this way, album, stream

    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.

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