Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • pharrell williams, grammys hat, ebay, g i r l, track list

    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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    Hear Little Racer's Booze-Fueled Mission Statement 'Punk Life'

    Little Racer are based in Brooklyn but first made a splash across the pond, landing a deal with London imprint Young and Lost Club, who put out the Yanks' "Split for the Coast"/"The Town" 7-inch in late 2011. Now, the foursome — consisting of singer-guitarist Elliot Michaud, bassist Ish Nazmi, guitarist Wade Michael, and drummer Dave Tedeschi — have signed with a new label, PaperCup Music, and announced a new EP, Modern Accent. Out April 4, the upcoming effort spans six songs, including the New Order-indebted "Dancing" (first heard via Filter) and the just-revealed "Punk Life," a rubbery bit of surf-rock. "Everybody knows that I love the punk life," Michaud sings. "And you can see it in my face, babe / I've been drinking all night."Jump into the fray below, and pre-order the Modern Accent EP through iTunes or PaperCup.

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    Deap Vally Tear Into 'Walk of Shame' and 'End of the World' at Electric Ballroom

    Deap Vally are still on the road in support of their fierce debut album, and the Los Angeles duo have just announced a schedule of upcoming dates with England's Band of Skulls. Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards will bring through their bluesy brand of garage-rock to cities across the U.S. this spring. Find details below, but first, enjoy a preview of what's to come. The SPIN profile subjects recently filmed part of a gig at London's Electric Ballroom and caught "Walk of Shame" and "End of the World" — two sore-throated, head-banging highlights from 2013's Sistrionix — on camera.

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    Horse Thief Catch Nudist Worshipping the 'Devil'

    Not too long ago, the members of Horse Thief were students at Oklahoma City's Academy of Contemporary Music. Now, the five-piece — who originally hail from Denton, Texas — have signed with Bella Union and booked their debut album for an April 15 arrival. The LP, titled Fear in Bliss, collects 12 tracks that are united by a single overarching theme: "finding yourself and what you believe in, and finding the comfort in acknowledging fear."Belief and terror figure prominently into Horse Thief's new music video for "Devil," the album's woodsy, tuneful lead single. The clip catches a young woman performing a dark ritual in the woods, naked (apart from a few charm necklaces, of course). Horse Thief frontman Cameron Neil plays narrator, singing about "the honesty of evil" as he and his bandmates are buried under dirt and foliage, not far from the smoky séance.

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    Watch Arcade Fire Inject Fallon's 'Tonight Show' With Powerful 'Afterlife'

    Jimmy Fallon's first, star-studded week as host of The Tonight Show continued on February 20, with appearances by Arcade Fire, Will Ferrell, and the FLOTUS herself, Michelle Obama. Arcade Fire served as musical guest, performing a disco ball-lit rendition of "Afterlife," a Reflektor standard that first made its debut on Fallon's former stomping grounds, Saturday Night Live. By now, the indie-rock giants' live show has become a well-oiled and sparkling machine, and last night's gig didn't disappoint — the only added flourish was frontman Win Butler holding a video camera right in front of his face as he sang. For a close-up view of the AF leader, watch the clip above.Some other highlights from yesterday's Tonight: Will Ferrell mimed an ice-skating routine to the theme from Downton Abbey, a show he insisted on paying homage to despite never having seen it; and Mrs.

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    Los Campesinos! Salute Blink-182 With 'Going Away to College' Cover

    Los Campesinos! recently invaded the Sirius XMU offices in New York to play a double-header. The Welsh sextet, of course, performed "Avocado Baby," the latest single from their fifth album, 2013's No Blues. More interesting, though, is the other song they settled on: Blink-182's "Going Away to College," one of the many highlights from the pop-punk trio's breakthrough album, 1999's Enema of the State. Los Campesinos! maintain the integrity (not a concept usually associated with Blink's early days) of the original, peppering just the right amount of fuzz and overenunciation. Revisit high school via the SoundCloud stream below, find Los Campesinos!' upcoming tour dates further down.Los Campesinos! tour dates:May 3 - Leeds, U.K. @ Live at LeedsMay 4 - Glasgow, U.K. @ Stag & DaggerJuly 18 - Oxford, U.K. @ Truck FestivalJuly 25 - Benidorm, Spain @ Low Festival

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    Real Estate Teach 'Crime' in Video Guitar Lesson

    Real Estate's Atlas doesn't arrive until March 4, but the New Jersey-bred five-piece have already mapped out a few of the album's tracks. "Talking Backwards" landed as a proper lead single, while "The Bend" and "April's Song" made their debut on WNYC's Soundcheck series. Now, the band has shared a fourth piece of their upcoming LP, "Crime," and done so in a novel way: through a guitar tab tutorial video.Singer-guitarist Martin Courtney and guitarist Matt Mondanile are masters of tuneful, shimmering ache and, thanks to this video, soon you will be too. The clip, filmed by Charles Poekel and Brooke Salisbury and animated by Natalia Stuyk, lets Courtney and Mondanile show exactly how their styles complement each other.The song, like the rest of Atlas, finds Real Estate at a new peak in terms of performance.

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    Here's Brian Williams' 'Rapper's Delight' Supercut Jimmy Fallon Forced Upon Us

    Jimmy Fallon is just three days into his tenure as host of The Tonight Show, but the 39-year-old multi-threat looks like he's committed to the same virally intended music sketches that became Late Night's trademark. His first two nights as Jay Leno's successor saw performances by U2 and Lady Gaga, a barbershop-style remake of R. Kelly's classic "Ignition (Remix)," and "The Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing," co-starring Will Smith. Now, there's this. Night three included a 90-second segment of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams rapping the Sugarhill Gang's historic 1979 single "Rapper's Delight" — kind of.Much like President Obama's rendition of "Call Me Maybe," the unintentional "Rapper's Delight" cover is actually a collage of old video clips.

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    Hear Arum Rae's Sultry Cyber-Soul '2001'

    Arum Rae started writing songs while attending Boston's Berklee College of Music, back when she carefully studied the stylings of Nina Simone and Ella Fitzgerald. In the time since, the Austin native (whose full name is Arum Rae Valkonen) has settled in Brooklyn, adopted and abandoned the moniker of White Dress, and joined forces with producer Sanford Livingston. Their partnership has resulted in the Warranted Queen EP, Arum Rae's debut effort. The self-released set doesn't officially arrive until April 22, but Arum Rae has shared an advance track from the EP. For a minimal blend of heavy, nocturnal beats and Auto-Tuned soul singing, stream "2001" below.

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