Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • Stephen Malkmus

    Stephen Malkmus on Leaving Berlin, His Profane Children, and New Album 'Wig Out at Jagbags'

    Stephen Malkmus has returned. After moving his family from Portland to Berlin in 2011, the 47-year-old indie-rock royal has re-relocated to America's Pacific Northwest. "We were in Berlin for two years and kind of fully into that, but then got cold feet and came back here," the singer-guitarist says over the phone from his new old home. "If you're a European and kind of a freak or outsider, it's a really good place to go."For the husband and father of two who, nearly 25 years ago, founded iconic slacker crew Pavement and currently leads long-running prog-pop band the Jicks, living in a big city where most people speak a foreign language held a certain appeal: anonymity. "You can almost cease to exist," he wrote recently.

  • lawrence arms, seventeener, video, metropole

    Watch the Lawrence Arms Go Juggalo in 'Seventeener (17th and 37th)' Video

    On January 28, the Lawrence Arms will return with Metropole, the Chicago-born trio's sixth album and first full-length since 2006's Oh! Calcutta! According to singer-bassist Brendan Kelly, the follow-up to 2009's Buttsweat and Tears EP captures "that alone-in-a-crowd, stranger-in-a-strange-land kind of shit — a feeling of such weird solitude that you don't even know what's up and what's down 'cause you're so caught in the wake of the city."The hook-slinging punks explore the lonesome, crowded West Coast in the music video for "Seventeener (17th and 37th)," a near-power ballad found on Metropole. Directed by Ben Pier, the clip drops the band in the middle of Los Angeles and sets them on a misguided quest for fame.

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    Watch Aubrey Plaza Deadpan on Saxophone in Cassorla's 'Bona Fide' Video

    Ben Cassorla has served in touring bands for Washed Out, Slick Rick, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, but on February 4, the guitarist will release Amigos, the debut EP from his surname-sporting project Cassorla. The six-track effort makes good on the Los Angeles songwriter's resume: Amigos includes collaborations with members of Blitzen Trapper, Dawes, the Magnetic Zeros, and, most surprisingly, Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza.The stone-faced actress/comedian plays saxophone on "Bona Fide," a jaunty slice of yacht pop that first premiered on Stereogum. Now, Cassorla has shared the song's official music video, a clip that features Plaza lip synching opposite performance artist Nick Cregor.Here's what Ben Cassorla had to say about the visual: "Filmed in New York on the Staten Island Ferry and in L.A.

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    Califone Score Damaged Romance With 'Movie Music Kills a Kiss' Video

    Califone are about to embark on a North American tour in support of their seventh album, last year's Stitches. But first, the rootsy Chicago outfit have shared a third music video promoting the LP. Following clips for album cuts "We Are a Payphone" and "Frosted Tips," the latest visual scores Stitches opener "Movie Music Kills a Kiss."Directed by frontman Tim Rutili, the dusky video offers a single-shot, slow-motion look at a surreal moment: A woman (played by Angela Bettis, who previously directed the "We Are a Payphone" video) stealing and smashing Rutili's guitar."Movie music can add or subtract emotional weight or fool you into thinking nothing is something and something is nothing," Rutili says in an official statement.

  • led zeppelin, reissues, 2014

    Jimmy Page Swears Led Zeppelin Reissues Are Coming

    Led Zeppelin lovers, Celebration Day is coming. The legendary band's long-teased reissue campaign will finally begin this year, according to guitarist Jimmy Page. Ultimate Classic Rock reports that Page recently updated his website with the following message: "The first of the Led Zeppelin reissues — comprising of Led Zeppelin I, Led Zeppelin II, and Led Zeppelin III — will be released this year. I've also been working on some of my own material from the archives that will be unleashed in 2014."Reports that Page has been working on remastered versions of every Led Zeppelin album first surfaced in late 2012. Around that time, the living icon told members of the press that there will be "one box set per album with extra music that will surface."Details regarding the contents and release dates of the reissues have yet to be confirmed.

  • the eagles, hotel california, los angeles, the forum

    The Eagles' 407-Foot 'Hotel California' Is the World's Largest Vinyl Record

    The Eagles' mega-selling 1977 album Hotel California has set a new record by becoming the world's largest vinyl record. To celebrate the imminent reopening of California venue the Forum, marketing and promotion company Pop2Life has topped the Inglewood arena with a 407-foot-wide replica of the Eagles' fifth album, as CBS Los Angeles reports.The oversize tribute also commemorates the Eagles' upcoming six-night residency at the Forum. When the classic rock band takes the stage on January 15, they'll be the first performers to play the 18,000-seater since its $100 million renovation under the ownership of the Madison Square Garden Company. The Eagles also have performances booked for January 17, 18, 22, 24, and 25.According to venue officials, a team of 75 workers constructed the giant LP over the course of 10 days during the Christmas holiday.

  • bruce springsteen, high hopes, new album, cbs, the good wife

    Bruce Springsteen Joins CBS's Quest to Become Dad-Rock Destination

    Bruce Springsteen's new album drops on January 14, but the Boss' followers will get an early dose of High Hopes thanks to CBS. As the Hollywood Reporter points out, your grandparents' favorite television network is teaming up with your dad's favorite rock star: From January 5 through 13, CBS will have the exclusive stream of Springsteen's next LP, marking the first time that the network has hosted an album preview.And to ensure that CBS fans hear a portion of Bruce's Wrecking Ball follow-up before it hits shelves, the channel has arranged for a few songs to air on The Good Wife.

  • morrissey, new album, novel

    Morrissey Wrote Half a Novel Because Music Doesn't Pay

    Morrissey has confirmed that his long-awaited 10th solo album is on the way. In a lengthy Q&A with devoted fansite True to You, the doom'n'crooner revealed that he's about to hit the studio to work on the follow-up to 2009's Years of Refusal."Well, we are about to record the new album, and one of the tracks is called 'Istanbul,'" Moz wrote, answering a question related to his July 2012 performance in Istanbul. (For the record: "It is my second to Rome as my most favorite city in the world. When I'm in Istanbul I feel as if I could never die.")Attentive fans will remember that the successor to Years of Refusal has supposedly been "ready" for a number of years. Back in April of 2011, Morrissey wrote the following on True to You: "The follow-up to 'Years of refusal' is ready and fluttering wildly against the bars.

  • Second Suspect Arrested for Doe B's Murder

    Second Suspect Arrested for Doe B's Murder

    Police have arrested a second suspect in the shooting deaths of 22-year-old rapper Doe B, a.k.a. Glenn Thomas, and 21-year-old Kimberle Johnson, who were gunned down at a Montgomery, Alabama nightclub on December 28. The Montgomery Police Department announced on Thursday (via Facebook) that they have charged 25-year-old Darius Thomas of Montgomery with two counts of capital murder.According to authorities, Darius Thomas turned himself in to MPD detectives on Wednesday, January 2. Several days earlier, the first suspect in the case, James McWilliams, 25, also of Montgomery, turned himself over to police custody and was charged with two counts of capital murder.

  • silversun pickups, cannibal, the singles collection

    Hear Silversun Pickups' Chugging New Single 'Cannibal'

    Silversun Pickups will soon commemorate its 10-year relationship with Dangerbird Records by releasing The Singles Collection, a career-spanning compilation of (what else) the band's singles. Due February 25, the 11-track set culls from the band's debut EP, 2005's Pikul, and three full-length albums: 2006's Carnavas, 2009's Swoon, and 2012's Neck of the Woods."We have a band amnesia that keeps us from looking at the past," Pickups frontman Brian Aubert told Rolling Stone recently, insisting that the Los Angeles foursome aren't overly nostalgic. "It's not conscious, it's just how we operate. All these songs are just a part of our fabric and we perform them all often, which keeps them current. So we have modern memories attached to them as well as the historical ones."Another source for fresh memories?

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