Kyle McGovern

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  • avey tare's slasher flicks, enter the slasher house, avey tare, little fang, video

    Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks Cast Puppet in Oddball 'Little Fang' Video

    A few weeks back, Animal Collective co-leader Avey Tare announced the debut album from his new supergroup, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks. Word of the upcoming set (which is titled Enter the Slasher House and due out April 8) came with lead single "Little Fang," a watery disco tune that surprisingly skewed, rather than skewered, pop. Now, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks have shared a music video for "Little Fang" that finds a compromise between the single's inviting groove and the band's off-kilter name. The mostly black-and-white clip stars an adorable cat puppet — made by Jim Henson's Creature Shop — that drives a car (shout-out to Toonces!), visits a warped carnival, and finds itself surrounded by sharp-toothed specters. Abby Portner, sister to Avey Tare a.k.a. Dave Portner, directed the video, which can be seen above.

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    Taylor Hawkins Spreads Wings With New Band the Birds of Satan

    The Foo Fighters' next album is "fucking ON," but meanwhile drummer Taylor Hawkins plans to fly solo. The CBGB movie's Iggy Pop has formed a new side project called the Birds of Satan with bassist Wiley Hodgden and guitarist Mick Murphy, who both also play alongside Hawkins in self-described "'70s dirt rock cover band" Chevy Metal. The Birds of Satan's self-titled debut album lands on April 15 via Shanabelle Records.Spanning a total of seven tracks, the upcoming set features contributions from, who else, Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, as well as percussionist Drew Hester and keyboardist Rami Jaffee.

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    Parquet Courts Unveil 'Sunbathing Animal' Single as Sheet Music

    Parquet Courts are dropping a new single on Record Store Day 2014, and the New York-based punks have already shared the set's lead track — too bad you can't hear it unless you play it yourself. Yes, the SPIN profile subjects have taken a page out of Beck's Song Reader playbook and debuted their new song via sheet music. Those of us who are less musically inclined will have to wait until Record Store Day (April 19) to hear "Sunbathing Animal," when it arrives on a 7-inch backed by fresh B-side "Pilgrims to Nowhere." But fans who can read sheet music and are game for Parquet Courts' DIY-approach can feast on the tune right now. Check out musical notes and lyrics below, then zoom in on "Sunbathing Animal."The Light Up Gold quartet are also planning a string of North American tour dates this spring, including a pair of gigs at this year's South By Southwest conference.

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    Guided By Voices Declare 'Bad Love Is Easy to Do' on 'Cool Planet' Duet

    Guided By Voices just dropped a new album last month, but the restless lo-fi heroes already have a successor on the way. GBV will follow February's Motivational Jumpsuit with Cool Planet, an 18-track set that was recorded earlier this year, during the Polar Vortex of 2014. The upcoming full-length arrives in North America on May 13 via Guided By Voices Inc., and lands in the U.K. and Europe on May 12 by way of Fire Records.Cool Planet was mostly recorded in a single, proper studio, a first for GBV since they reunited in 2010. Joined by former drummer Kevin March (who replaced now-former percussionist Kevin Fennell), Robert Pollard and co. burrowed into Cyberteknics, an outpost located in the band's hometown of Dayton, Ohio.

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    Hear Tyson Meade's Smashing Pumpkins-Assisted Sing-Along 'Buddy Dash'

    Alt-rock godfather Tyson Meade will return this spring with a new solo album. After spending years living and teaching in Shanghai, the Oklahoma native will release Tomorrow in Progress on May 20. Spanning a total of 10 tracks, the upcoming LP features contributions from current Smashing Pumpkins bassist Nicole Fiorentino, longtime Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, the Flaming Lips keyboardist Derek Brown, and a violin prodigy by the name of Haffijy, who inspired the collection.As Meade tells it, Haffijy — who was a student at the Chinese boarding school where Meade worked — asked the former singer of the Chainsaw Kittens and Defenestration about his tenure as a trash-glam frontman. "I played Haffijy some of my songs from my music days and he quickly wrote parts for them," Meade recalls in an official statement.

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    Hear Cerebral Ballzy's Fire-Bombing B-Side 'Speed Wobbles'

    Back in December, SPIN debuted Cerebral Ballzy's grimy music video for "Better in Leather," a snotty, snarling salvo from the Brooklyn band's upcoming sophomore album. While we know that set is produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, titled Jaded & Faded, and due out sometime this year via Julian Casablancas' Cult Records, the final details are still forthcoming. Thankfully, Ballzy have just unleashed a brand new song that serves as the B-side to "Better." "Speed Wobbles" is a minute-long assault that relies on the same kinds of no-nonsense, scorched-earth tactics employed by OFF!. Fitting then that Cerebral Ballzy are playing a string of shows with Keith Morris' hardcore outfit this spring.

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    S. Carey Redecorates Doug Keith's 'Harvest Home' on Hushed Remix

    S. Carey, Bon Iver percussionist and recording artist in his own right, will return on April 1 with his second solo album, Range of Light. Speaking to SPIN last year about the upcoming effort, the Wisconsin-based tunesmith said, "You can hear the patience in the music." Well, Carey has generously shared some of that patience with another singer-songwriter, New York's Doug Keith. The man born Sean Carey has remixed "Harvest Home," the folky opening track from Keith's latest LP, the recently released Pony. Carey, of course, takes a light touch: He does away with the drums of the original, choosing to favor the sort of ambience and intimacy found on, say, his very own "Fire-scene." Stream S. Carey's gentle remix of "Harvest Home" below, pre-order Range of Light through iTunes, and purchase Doug Keith's Pony via iTunes as well.

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    Coldplay Work Low-Key 'Magic' Ahead of 'Ghost Stories' Album

    Coldplay showed off their outdoorsy side recently with "Midnight," a quiet, Auto-Tuned song that bears a surprising similarity to the woodsy tone poems of Bon Iver. Of course, a new track (and new video, directed by Mary Wigmore) signals a new album, which Coldplay have now officially announced. Chris Martin and co. will follow-up 2011's Mylo Xyloto with Ghost Stories, a nine-track effort that will be released globally on May 19 via Parlophone/Atlantic."Midnight" appears on Ghost Stories, but is not the LP's official lead single. That distinction belongs to "Magic," a low-key meditation on love that leaves behind the multi-colored, stadium-sized grandeur of Mylo Xyloto for soft-edged sonics that mostly look inward — save for a chirping vocal refrain from Martin. Listen to "Magic" via the video above.

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    Arctic Monkeys Score Night of Vice in NSFW 'Arabella' Video

    The Arctic Monkeys' "Arabella" stands out as a creeper on an album full of creepers, a Black Sabbath-worshipping head-banger that also inspires pelvic thrusts. Now, the 2014 BRIT Awards' biggest winners have paired their latest AM single with an appropriately risqué music video. Directed by Jake Nava, the black-and-white clip depicts a seedy, smoke-filled party: flashes of female nudity, shots of motorcycles, and a devilishly hammy performance from consummate showman (and SPIN Interview subject) Alex Turner, who looks pleased to be off of the farm, and into the gutter. Watch the "Arabella" video above.

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    'Frozen' Hit Wins Oscar for Best Original Song

    And the Oscar goes to Frozen's "Let It Go." The Disney-minted chart-topper was given the trophy for Best Original Song at the 86th Academy Awards. Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (who just EGOT-ed) accepted the statuette at the annual ceremony, which was hosted by Ellen DeGeneres and once again held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles.The kid-friendly tune put some stiff competition on ice (sorry). Among the losers: U2's "Ordinary Love," the Nelson Mandela tribute that won a Golden Globe after appearing in the Idris Elba-starring biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom; Pharrell Williams' "Happy," his Despicable Me 2 contribution that's also set to appear on his second solo album, the upcoming G I R L; and Karen O's "The Moon Song," a tender lullaby written for Spike Jonze's Her.

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