Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • palms, mission sunset, chino moreno, video

    Palms Ruin Valentine's Day With Tragic, NSFW 'Mission Sunset' Video

    Chino Moreno has been focusing on his † † † (Crosses) side-project lately, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and sitting down for an interview with SPIN, but the Deftones leader has just shared a video for his other other band, Palms. Directed by Adam Mason, the clip acts as a companion to "Mission Sunset," a 10-minute epic from Palms' self-titled 2013 debut album. Billed on YouTube as a "short film," the piece tells the story of a tragic breakup, using time jumps to slowly reveal a narrative marked by heartbreak, infidelity, and, ultimately, death. In other words, just the sort of love story one should embrace on Valentine's Day. Watch the haunting visual above, then read SPIN's recent Q&A, Chino Moreno Talks His New, Not-at-All-Witch-House Band, Crosses.

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    Kanye West Gently Tells Sway, Charlamagne Tha God: 'Shut the Eff Up'

    Kanye West swore that it'd be at least another six months until we would hear him "rant" again. Call us cynics, but we were skeptical, and with good reason: Noisey points to footage of a brand new, ahem, impassioned speech from Mr. West, delivered during his February 13 Yeezus gig in Pennsylvania. The target of 'Ye's wrath this time? Radio personalities Charlamagne Tha God and Sway, both of whom got into heated exchanges with West when they had him on their respective shows."If I go to a radio interview, shut the fuck up!" Kanye screams into the microphone, after cutting a rendition of 2005's "Touch the Sky" short. The man behind SPIN's 2013 Album of the Year then reminded the crowd that it's been 10 years since his landmark debut, The College Dropout, so he feels he's earned some bragging rights.

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    Watch Thurston Moore's Sweet, Candlelit 'Heavenmetal' Video

    Perfectly timed for Valentine's Day, Thurston Moore has shared a new music video for pro-love song "Heavenmetal." Filmed and directed in Paris by the artist Julien Langendorff, the clip features the Sonic Youth co-founder snipping away at magazines with a pair of scissors, assembling word collages, and playing guitar in a candlelit space. When the camera isn't fixed on Moore, it's drawn to a pair of young women, friends who are happy to waste away the day with each other — they're too busy making themselves blood sisters to notice any change in the hourglass nearby.Watch the video, which was produced by Franck Annese, above. Though "Heavenmetal" originally appeared on Chelsea Light Moving's self-titled debut album, the tune is now being billed as a solo track from Moore.

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    S. Carey Paints a Striking 'Fire-Scene' in His Lush Video

    Speaking with SPIN recently, Sean Carey said that he would often let his mind wander to an imaginary place when writing his second album, the upcoming Range of Light. "It's this big mountain," the Bon Iver percussionist and solo singer-songwriter said. "There are all these cliffs and mountain creeks just coming out of the ground and flowing into each other. It's kind of desolate — there aren't really any trees... Part of my writing process was trying to picture that I was a falcon up on the cliffs."Now, with his latest music video, Carey (who records under the semi-alias S. Carey) offers a breathtaking tour of some peaceful terrain. The clip — for "Fire-scene," Range of Light's lead single and centerpiece — can't possibly capture the made-up mountain Carey would visit in his head, but director Joe Baughman does communicate the spirit behind the track.

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    Beck Will Usher in 'Morning Phase' on 'Saturday Night Live'

    Beck will follow his Morning Phase with a late-night appearance on NBC. The alt-rock legend is set to serve as the musical guest for the March 1 episode of Saturday Night Live, according to the Hollywood Reporter.Jim Parsons, star of CBS' The Big Bang Theory, will make his SNL hosting debut that same night. The upcoming telecast — which is the next new episode of the long-running sketch show — marks Beck's seventh turn as musical performer on SNL. He last graced the Studio 8H stage in October of 2006, just a few weeks after he released The Information.This time, Beck will visit Lorne Michaels' den just days after he drops his 12th studio album, Morning Phase. The Capitol Records-sanctioned LP arrives on February 25, complete with previously heard tracks "Blue Moon" and "Waking Light." In case you somehow didn't already know this, it's one of 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2014.

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    Vote for Daft Punk, Disclosure, Avicii, and More in the 2014 Beatport Awards

    Beatport has opened up online voting for this year's Beatport Awards. Between February 13 and February 28, fans can visit the electronic music hub and single out their personal picks for Track of the Year, Artist of the Year, Label of the Year, and Album of the Year.Some of the notable nominees: Disclosure's Essential Settle and Daft Punk's Grammy-winning Random Access Memories for Album of the Year; Avicii, Krewella, and Zedd all have a shot at Artist of the Year title; OWSLA, Bedrock Records, and Dim Mak are featured in the Label of the Year category; and Track of the Year could go to Avicii's Nicky Romero face-off "I Could Be the One," Purple Disco Machine's "My House," and Martin Garrix's "Animals," to name a few.Up through February 28, fans can head to Beatport and cast one vote a day for their favorite nominee in each "Community Choice" category.

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    Pure X Pledge Their Love on Dreamy Gem 'Starlight'

    Pure X have resurfaced and signed with Fat Possum for their upcoming third album, Angel. Due April 1, the new LP follows last year's fascinating but troubled Crawling Up the Stairs, a record primary songwriters Nate Grace and Jesse Jenkins described to SPIN as "the arc of a personal descent into hell and the slow climb back out of it."As its title suggests, Angel will be a gentler affair, one that favors the latter part of the "psych-pop" tag. "Starlight," the first sample from the full-length, finds the Austin foursome caught in a love-drunk haze, breathing sweet falsetto vocals into a bed of twinkling sonics. Stream it below.The album was recorded mostly live and set to tape over a period of five days in a century-old dance hall in rural central Texas. Angel is the band's first effort as a quartet, welcoming the addition of new full-time member Matty Tommy Davidson.

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    Savages Include Live-Only Song, Cover Suicide on New EP

    Savages will unleash a new EP later this year. In an interview with Australia's Triple J Radio, lead screamer Jehnny Beth said the post-punk revivalists will soon follow their Essential debut album, last year's Silence Yourself."We're going to release a song that we play live — a song called 'Fuckers,'" Beth revealed. "We recorded it live [from] a show we did at the Forum in London last fall."Beth didn't announce a release date or track list, but did say that the upcoming short-player will be available on vinyl and feature a cover of Suicide's classic "Dream Baby Dream" (recently covered by Bruce Springsteen as well).Savages have supported Silence Yourself with a string of music videos: "Strife," "Marshal Dear," "Husbands," "I Am Here," and "Shut Up" have all been paired with official clips over the last few months.

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    Sam Smith Serves Naughty Boy With Powerhouse 'La La La' on 'Kimmel'

    Sam Smith recently helped Disclosure secure the "Latch" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and the British singer-songwriter returned to late-night TV on February 12 to play assistant once again. This time, though, the crooner joined Naughty Boy, a producer/DJ/songwriter and fellow Brit, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform their "La La La" collaboration, which graced Naughty Boy's 2013 debut album, Hotel Cabana, and topped the U.K. charts. Naughty Boy manned an MPC, parceling out high-pitched vocal clips, while the always suave Mr. Smith lent the track a stunning human touch. "I'm covering my ears like a kid," he sang. "When your words mean nothing, I go 'la la la.'"Be sure to keep your ears uncovered when you press the play button above. And watch out for Smith's solo debut album, In the Lonely Hour, due May 26 via Capitol.

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    Watch Conveyor's Stomach-Turning 'Mammal Food' Video

    Brooklyn's Conveyor have evolved at a restless rate over the last three years. The foursome's debut EP, 2011's Sun Ray, collected four tracks of radiant synth-pop. Their self-titled 2012 full-length trafficked in colorful, experimental psych-pop. Then, in late 2013, the eccentrics dropped the "Mammal Food"/"Pushups" 7-inch, a one-off containing two fuzz-coated tracks that label Gold Robot Records describes as "brusque, physical... violent, sexual id-based reactions."Conveyor are planning to release a second full-length later this year (who knows where they'll end up with that effort), but first comes a music video for "Mammal Food." Directed by Zach Fleming, the clip matches the gruffness of the song with a gross-out gorge session. That is, the video sees someone force-feeding themselves an entire doughnut in one bite, puke, then munch on broken glass.

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