Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • washed out, all i know, late show with david letterman

    Washed Out Confidently Bare 'All I Know' on 'Letterman'

    Washed Out's Ernest Greene exposed his Paracosm (definition: a fantasy world typically invented by children) on January 7 with an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman. The chillwave chieftain brought a four-piece band onto the CBS talk show to play "All I Know," a bright spot from Washed Out's most recent studio album, the aforementioned Paracosm. Greene entrusted the electronics with one of his backing musicians, freeing himself to pick up a guitar, take center stage, and sing like he belongs in the spotlight, not a bedroom studio. Watch the confident performance above, then check out the lengthy music video for "All I Know," produced by Urban Outfitters.

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    Liam Finn Announces New 'Nihilist' Album With 'Snug as Fuck' Single

    Liam Finn will return this year with his third studio album. Dubbed The Nihilist, the 12-track LP is set for an April 8 release via Yep Roc Records. Finn, whose dad is Neil Finn of Crowded House and Split Enz, recorded the follow-up to 2011's FOMO in a Brooklyn studio overlooking the Manhattan skyline."As soon as I found my own space to bunker down, the songs started taking shape," the New Zealand-bred singer-songwriter says in a statement. "There was a surreal feeling created through the energy of where I was and looking over at Manhattan and seeing it as a subconscious dimension, an entity in itself where every story under the sun was happening all at once.

  • lou reed, will hermes, biography

    'Definitive' Lou Reed Biography to Focus on His Love of New York

    In the months since Lou Reed's death, many words have been written about the late icon. Robert Christgau bid farewell, Dave Hickey lamented the loss of "the master of the mundane and the malicious," and Laurie Anderson wrote two separate heartbreaking tributes, just to name a few. Soon, though, there will be a full-fledged biography of the Velvet Underground co-founder, authored by music journalist Will Hermes.The New York Times reports that the publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux has signed a deal with Hermes to write the book Lou: A New York Life. In an email interview, Hermes said he plans to write "a full, definitive biography." Regarding the project's still-tentative subtitle, the writer explained that NYC would "figure prominently" in the book, "because, how could it not?

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    Josh Homme to Participate in Night of a Thousand Vaginas

    Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme will soon plunge into A Night of a Thousand Vaginas.Uh, let's try that again: Josh Homme is set to participate in a comedy show called A Night of a Thousand Vaginas! Benefiting Texas Abortion Fund (via the NME). The January 19 event is being organized by reproductive rights group A Is For and scheduled to take place at Los Angeles venue Largo at the Coronet.Homme is just one of the guests expected to take the stage, in addition to comedians Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Steve Agee, Jen Kirkman, and Tiffany Haddish. Parks and Recreation MVP Retta will host the showcase alongside actress/comedian/writer Laura Kightlinger.The ...Like Clockwork king is no stranger to the comedy world.

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    Can You Answer These 'Jeopardy!' Rap Questions?

    The quizmasters at Jeopardy! have been on a musical kick as of late. Last month, the network TV game show tested contestants' knowledge of alt-rock trivia with questions related to Nine Inch Nails, the White Stripes, Vampire Weekend, and more. On Monday night (January 6), Jeopardy! delivered the hip-hop equivalent with a category called "It's a Rap." Host Alex Trebek rhymed his way through an entry-level history lesson on the Notorious B.I.G., Dr. Dre, Beastie Boys, and other iconic MCs.Yes, you read that correctly: Alex Trebek actually rapped a few bars on the air. To hear the 73-year-old overenunciate Public Enemy lyrics ("You go ooh and ahh when I jump in my car"), watch the video above.

  • banks, change, london ep

    BANKS Bewitches With Acoustic Rendition of 'Change'

    Los Angeles singer BANKS named her debut effort London, because she wrote the EP's four songs during, what she describes as, "an insane, emotionally heightened three-week period" spent in the English city. That description can be found in the video above, which was filmed during BANKS' recent return to the U.K.

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    Vampire Weekend Cover Opera Giant Andrea Bocelli's 'Con te Partiro'

    In honor of Valentine's Day, Starbucks is releasing Sweetheart 2014, a compilation of love songs featuring covers by Fiona Apple, Phosphorescent, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and more. Due February 4 via Hear Music/Concord Music Group, the upcoming collection spans a total of 13 tracks, two of which we've already heard: Beck's version of John Lennon's "Love" and Jim James' reworking of Bob Marley's "Turn Your Lights Down Low."Now Rolling Stone has uncovered a third. The latest Sweetheart tune comes from Vampire Weekend (SPIN's 2013 Band of the Year), who have set their sights on "Con te Partirò," the neo-classical song made famous by Italian singer Andrea Bocelli. "'Con te Partirò' is one of the greatest love songs of all time," says VW frontman Ezra Koenig. "Its beauty transcends language. Thank you, Mr.

  • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, 'Wig out at Jagbags,' late night with jimmy fallon

    Watch Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks Bring 'Lariat' to 'Fallon'

    Stephen Malkmus recently confessed to SPIN that he's not a night owl. "I don't live for the night like I did a little bit when I was younger," the 47-year-old said. "I'm not in that lifestyle mode — I'm more of a chin-stroker when I listen to music." Self-imposed curfew aside, the indie-rock icon made his way onto Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on January 6, to promote his sixth album with the Jicks, Wig Out at Jagbags.Joined by bassist Joanna Bolme, guitarist Mike Clark, and drummer Jake Morris, Malkmus slid through Wig Out standout "Lariat," name-dropping Tennyson, venison, Mudhoney, and Bongwater's Double Bummer on national television.

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    Watch Lost in the Trees' Terrifying 'Past Life' Video

    Lost in the Trees have slimmed down in the time since 2012's A Church That Fits Our Needs. What was once an orchestral-folk six-piece is now an electro-rock foursome that values minimalism and pulsing grooves. But under the leadership of frontman Ari Picker, the North Carolina unit retains its richness — for proof, look no further than the music video for "Past Life," the title track from Lost in the Trees' upcoming third album.Directed by Dan Huiting and Andre Durand, the dazzling visual follows a mysterious hooded figure on a drive down a dark road. Like the lyric video for Lost in the Trees' recent "Rites" single (via Rolling Stone), it's a haunting short that commands attention. Watch it above.Past Life is out February 18 on Anti-.

  • bruce springsteen, high hopes, new album, stream

    10 Albums to Stream: Bruce Springsteen, Damien Jurado, Sharon Jones, More

    It's that time of the week again: We've rounded up the best album streams available online. Scroll down to find links to the latest from Bruce Springsteen, Damien Jurado, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Del the Funky Homosapien, and more.1) Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes. "High Hopes is Bruce Springsteen's 18th studio effort... [Rage Against the Machine's Tom] Morello appears on eight of the album's songs, including a reworked version of 1995's 'The Ghost of Tom Joad,' in which he duets with Springsteen. The collection also packs in covers of tracks by Suicide ('Dream Baby Dream') and Australian punks the Saints ('Just Like Fire Would'), as well as a studio version of 'American Skin (41 Shots),' a song that has so far only been available as a live recording." — SPIN (via CBS)2) Damien Jurado, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son.

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