Kyle McGovern



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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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