Kyle McGovern



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    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. 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    Hear Protomartyr's Twisted Slow-Burner 'Come & See'

    Protomartyr urged "Scum, Rise!" back in January, and now the dynamic Detroit punks are beckoning "Come & See." The foursome (featuring singer Joe Casey, guitarist Greg Ahee, bassist Scott Davidson, and drummer Alex Leonard) have just shared the second single from their upcoming sophomore album, Under Color of Official Right, out April 8 with aid from Hardly Art. "Scum, Rise!" delivered an urgent — but ultimately futile — post-punk call-to-arms, and "Come & See" deals with the fallout. "I'll try to live defeated," Casey sings over subdued, mumbly guitar strums. "Outside, animals sound / Come and see / They'll lead us all to heaven." Follow Protomartyr through the song's crashing coda below.

  • jonny greenwood, loop, new song, london contemporary orchestra

    Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood Debuts 'Loop' With London Orchestra

    Radiohead's ninth album remains a work-in-progress, but guitarist Jonny Greenwood recently unveiled a new piece of music he finished on his own. On Sunday, February 23, the 42-year-old multi-instrumentalist performed with the London Contemporary Orchestra at London's Wapping Hydraulic Power Station and, as the Guardian points out, debuted a fresh composition that's reportedly titled "Loop." As heard via the fan-shot footage above, the song resembles Greenwood's soundtrack work for the Paul Thomas Anderson films There Will Be Blood and The Master (and, if history is any guide, the upcoming Inherent Vice). The instrumental "Loop" blossoms and fidgets, marrying Greenwood's spindly guitarwork with sharp, sumptuous strings. Watch it above.Greenwood has a number of solo projects on the horizon. On March 3, he'll release a split classical-music album with the National's Bryce Dessner.

  • 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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