Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • drake, trophies

    Stream Drake's Latest 'Not a Love Song,' the Regal 'Trophies'

    Drake had a triumphant 2013, and the Toronto rapper is celebrating by showing off his "Trophies." The Nothing Was the Same star has finally released the long-teased track, which he previously previewed during a September trailer for his third album. Drizzy's DJ also shared a minute-long snippet with fans during an intermission at Drake's recent performance at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. But now, no more pageantry — the full song has arrived.Actually, maybe just a bit more pageantry. Produced by Hit-Boy with Hagler and Noah "40" Shebib, "Trophies" is a hip-hop coronation that's heavy on the horns, a victory lap to remind listeners that Drake is sick of being pigeonholed as a sad-sack. "This shit is not a love song," the 27-year-old MC declares.

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    Pussy Riot Plan to Start Human Rights Group, Still Want Putin Gone

    Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova have announced plans to form a human rights organization. In their first legitimate press conference since being released from prison on December 23, the two activists revealed that they're forming a group called "Zona Prava" (translation: "Justice Zone") that will protect prisoners' rights in their native country of Russia."We feel a huge responsibility for people who are in prisons," Tolokonnikova said at the Moscow conference on Friday, as Billboard reports.

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    Stream the Flaming Lips' Slimy '2nd Cassette Demo' From 1983

    Way before the Flaming Lips incited The Terror, armed themselves with confetti cannons, and birthed a Yoshimi musical, they were a scuzzy, off-kilter punk crew from Oklahoma. Lips lovers can now revisit those early days with The Flaming Lips 2nd Cassette Demo, which has surfaced online (via Stereogum).Originally recorded in 1983, the tape was remastered by current Flaming Lips drummer Kliph Scurlock, pressed to 7-inch blue vinyl, and sold by frontman Wayne Coyne as part of a recent record store tour designed to peddle weirdo merchandise.

  • beck, lawsuit, til schweiger

    Beck Sued for Trashing Inglourious Basterd's Mansion

    Beck is caught in a legal battle with an Inglourious Basterd. The elder alt-rock statesmen is suing Inglourious Basterds star Til Schweiger (he played Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz in the 2009 war film) because of a dispute over a trashed Malibu mansion, TMZ reports.As the gossip site points out, Schweiger — who is also one of Germany's most successful filmmakers — owns a house in Malibu, California that he rented out to Beck for $11,000 per month from 2010 to February 2013. Both men agree that the property was a mess when the Morning Phase singer ended his stay.

  • No One Saw Justin Bieber's Movie on Christmas

    No One Saw Justin Bieber's Movie on Christmas

    Here's a sign that Justin Bieber fatigue is settling in across the country: The pop singer's new film, Justin Bieber's Believe, tanked at the box office this week. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the movie earned $1.25 million in ticket sales on its opening day in theaters — that's an average of just $1,200 per theater.The WSJ notes that expectations for the documentary were "fairly low," but this kind of meager return should still come as a shock for Bieber's camp. Believe, which hit screens on December 25, didn't even crack the top 10 grossing films on Christmas Day, finishing 14th at the box office.

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    Stream Unknown Mortal Orchestra's 22-Minute Christmas Instrumental

    This holiday season has seen the usual wave of Christmas-themed one-off songs, and now we have one less-than-usual addition to the list, courtesy of Unknown Mortal Orchestra. On December 25, the psych-pop trio shared a new track on Bandcamp with a simple message: "MERRY XMAS." Titled "SB-01," the 22-minute instrumental melds ambient hum with strains of Eastern folk music, spacey sonic flourishes, and found sound. To hear UMO's latest shape-shifting fit, hit the play button below.

  • iron maiden, online piracy, south america

    Iron Maiden Made Millions Playing to Fans Who Stole Their Music

    UPDATE: Musicmetric's head of PR, Andrew Teacher, has issued a statement saying that the company never worked directly with Iron Maiden and that the CiteWorld article referenced below is "sadly not substantiated." According to the now-updated CiteWorld post, the Musicmetric analysis "was carried out without the band's participation or knowledge... [with] no confirmation that the band ever saw or used it." Find the full statement from Musicmetric below.Different members of the entertainment industry cope with file-sharing in different ways. The Motion Picture Association of America sees that isoHunt gets shut down. The Recording Industry Association of America demands that Google remove nearly 10 million links from its search results.

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    Ricky Lawson, Drummer on Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You,' Dead at 59

    Ricky Lawson, a studio drummer who collaborated with Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton, and Whitney Houston, among other greats, has died. According to the Associated Press, Lawson passed away on the evening of December 24 following a brain aneurysm. He was 59.Lawson's uncle, Paul Riser of Detroit, told the AP that the late musician was taken off of life support 10 days after the aneurysm diagnosis. Lawson died at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center in California, at around 7 p.m. on Monday.Originally from Detroit, Lawson learned to play the drums at the age of 16 and eventually developed into one of the most highly regarded studio musicians of the 1980s. He supplied drums for Whitney Houston's iconic version of "I Will Always Love You," and also worked alongside Phil Collins, Quincy Jones, Bette Midler, George Benson, and Al Jarreau.

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    10 Albums to Stream: Lil B, Mike Will Made It, Kool A.D., and More

    Happy Boxing Day! Look what we've gathered for you: New releases by Lil B, Gucci Mane, Kool A.D., and Mike WiLL Made-It (who is SPIN's 2013 Artist of the Year). Find links to stream those records and more below.1) Lil B, 05 Fuck Em. "Those accustomed to Lil B's normally prolific output have had to rein in their expectations over the past few months, but they'll find themselves more than amply rewarded for their patience with 05 Fuck Em, which includes 101 songs — enough to fill six discs, according to Lil B." — Complex (via DatPiff)2) Fabolous, The Soul Tape 3. "Expect much of the rapper's usual formula, as he compiles a list of tracks featuring new songs and his take over popular instrumentals. This project clocks in at 12 cuts, and features a ton of Loso's industry compadres. This list includes Meek Mill, Jeezy, Jadakiss, Mack Wilds, Jeremih, Ryan Leslie, and more.

  • How to Dress Well Bows to Bill Callahan With Pristine 'Teenage Spaceship' Cover

    How to Dress Well Bows to Bill Callahan With Pristine 'Teenage Spaceship' Cover

    How to Dress Well's Tom Krell clearly has an attraction to billowy bedroom-pop and PBR&B, but the Total Loss mastermind is also partial to the plainspoken wisdom of Bill Callahan. The proof: Krell has honored the singer-songwriter sage with a cover of "Teenage Spaceship," a solitary highlight from Callahan's 1999 album as Smog, Knock Knock.In a message posted on SoundCloud, Krell explains that he laid down his version of the song while on tour last year, with the help of live collaborator Aaron Read. The meditative tribute was apparently recorded on "built-in laptop mics" and, despite boasting a starry sheen, the track remains unmastered. "[The] beauty of Bill Callahan's original song is unmatched," Krell writes. "[This] is just an attempt to do honor to one of the greatest songs I've ever known."Listen below, then read SPIN's outstanding profile, Bill Callahan Rolls on Like a River.

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