Kyle McGovern

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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.

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    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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    Watch Sky Ferreira and Ariel Pink Take 'My Molly' Together

    Sky Ferreira has shared a new collaboration with fuzz virtuoso Ariel Pink. The song, "My Molly," is an early Ariel Pink tune that's been retrofitted to suit Sky's smeared-mascara glamour. The video, directed by "Everything Is Embarrassing" lensman Grant Singer, features Ferreira singing and lounging up against Pink, who's content to keep his head down and fiddle with his guitar.Sky unveiled the team-up on December 23 by tweeting out a link to the video. The Los Angeles siren-slash-model didn't offer any other details on the project, but Pitchfork reports that the new version of "My Molly" was produced by Justin Raisen, who co-wrote and co-produced a good deal of Ferreira's debut album, Night Time, My Time — that accounts for "My Molly" transforming from lo-fi gem into blown-out-speaker pop. Tune in above.

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    Enter Snowman: Watch Metallica's Historic Antarctica Concert

    Metallica made history earlier this month by performing a full concert in Antarctica. On December 8, the heavy metal vets became the first and only band to play shows on all seven continents in under a year. The record-setting gig took place inside of a dome at the Carlini Argentine Base, with an audience that listened to the music "via headphones with no amplification," yet another first for Metallica. Now, fans who couldn't journey to the bottom of the earth can witness the entire show: Metallica have shared official high-definition footage of the intimate (but not very warm) event.Dubbed Freeze 'Em All: Live in Antarctica (an obvious nod to Metallica's 30-year-old debut album, Kill 'Em All), the hour-plus video captures all 10 songs Metallica performed south of the border.

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    Jimmy Fallon Led 'SNL' Ratings to a Two-Year Best

    Justin Timberlake may have underwhelmed with his latest musical performance on Saturday Night Live, but the December 21 broadcast did not disappoint in the ratings department. As Deadline reports, the always potent combination of JT and SNL alum/Late Night host/future Tonight Show prince Jimmy Fallon helped draw the late-night variety show's biggest numbers in almost two years.December 21's episode averaged a 6.3 rating in Nielsen's 56 metered markets, and a 3.9 rating in the much-coveted adults ages 18 to 49 demographic in the 25 markets with Local People Meters.Those figures represent SNL's highest scores in those two categories since the January 7, 2012 episode hosted by former NBA star Charles Barkley with musical guest Kelly Clarkson. The Barkley-Clarkson telecast averaged a 7.0 and pulled in a 4.1 rating among adults 18 to 49, thanks to some help from a primetime NFL overrun.

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    Owls Confirm Long-Awaited Second Album With Off-Kilter Teaser

    In a recent conversation with SPIN, Tim Kinsella confirmed that Owls, one of the singer-songwriter's many projects, would release a new album next spring. Now, as BrooklynVegan notes, Owls have dropped a teaser for their upcoming full-length. The clip clocks in at just under a minute and doesn't share much in the way of details — no album title, track list, or specific release date. Right now, all that's clear is that Owls have a second album on the way, and it's due out through Polyvinyl, the same label that issued this summer's Testimonium, a soundtrack to a performance-art piece that serves as the 15th studio album by Joan of Arc, Kinsella's long-running post-rock group. Owls formed in the early 2000s with a lineup that featured every original member from influential '90s emo crew Cap'n Jazz.

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    Watch Cerebral Ballzy Honor Hardcore Spirit in 'Better in Leather' Video

    When Cerebral Ballzy signed to Julian Casablancas' Cult Records back in November, the announcement came with a major endorsement from the Strokes singer, who called the Brooklyn hardcore crew "probably the coolest band in the world at the moment" (via Rolling Stone). Jules' imprint will issue Cerebral Ballzy's second album, Jaded & Faded, sometime in 2014, but first comes the official music video for recent single "Better in Leather."Composed of footage filmed during the band's latest run of U.K. tour dates, the clip catches the throwback punks in their natural state: Spitting beer, smoking cigarettes, pummeling their instruments, and delivering sweaty, furious performances in dimly lit clubs. Hit the play button above for a front-row seat.

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