Kyle McGovern

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  • conor obert, upside down mountain

    Conor Oberst Survives Dystopian Future in 'Zigzagging Towards the Light' Video

    Conor Oberst came to terms with his past in SPIN's current cover story, but the singer-songwriter looks to the future in the new music video for "Zigzagging Towards the Light," a highlight from his recently released solo album, Upside Down Mountain. Directed by David Altobelli, the black-and-white clip begins ten years from now and opens with Oberst giving an interview to a disembodied voice (à la Spike Jonze's Her) that tells him "the camera is everywhere." During the Q&A, the Bright Eyes mastermind alludes to some kind of major, blackout-related disaster that's happened in the past decade, the specifics of which are left unclear.

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    10 Albums to Stream: Neil Young, Sharon Van Etten, Mariah Carey, and More

    Happy Memorial Day weekend! Soundtrack the unofficial start of summer by streaming new albums from Neil Young, Mariah Carey, Sharon Van Etten, the Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser, and more. Find details and links below.1) Neil Young, A Letter Home. "Neil Young's covers album A Letter to Home includes everything from Bruce Springsteen's 'My Hometown' to Willie Nelson's 'On the Road Again' to the Everly Brothers' 'I Wonder if I Care as Much.' The 10-song set was recorded at Jack White's Nashville HQ, in Third Man's '40s-era Voice-O-Graph booth." — SPIN (via The Huffington Post)2) Mariah Carey, Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse. "Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse is now set for a May 27 release and, in advance, is streaming in full on iTunes... The album clocks in at 15 tracks on its standard edition, featuring collaborations with Nas, Wale, Mary J.

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    Papercuts Go to the Zoo in 'Life Among the Savages' Video

    Papercuts returned this month with Life Among the Savages, the full-length follow-up to 2011's Fading Parade. Now, the recording project of San Francisco singer/songwriter/producer Jason Quever has birthed a music video for the new LP's lush title track. The clip maintains an intimate, homemade feel — fitting, since Quever directed the piece himself — by pairing dimly lit shots of domestic life with footage of a day spent at the zoo. (Life among the savages, indeed.) Occasionally, the camera drifts to an empty seashore just before sunset, giving the hazy, baroque-pop track the kind of dreamy visual button it deserves.

  • jenny lewis, the voyager, new album, ryan adams, rilo kiley

    Jenny Lewis Battles Loss and Insomnia With Ryan Adams' Help on 'The Voyager'

    Jenny Lewis has built a deceptively sturdy body of work over the last 15 years. To date, the 38-year-old's oeuvre includes four albums with the now-defunct band Rilo Kiley; a lone LP credited to Jenny and Johnny, the duo she plays in with boyfriend Johnathan Rice; a pair of film scores; and two solo full-lengths, which will soon be followed by a third. On July 29, the Los Angeles singer-songwriter will finally release The Voyager, the long-awaited successor to 2008's Acid Tongue. "I am a late bloomer," the former child actress tells SPIN over the phone, joking about the record's prolonged gestation. "It takes me a while."Set to arrive via Warner Bros.

  • sharon van etten, are we there, album stream

    Sharon Van Etten Streams Triumphant New Album 'Are We There'

    Sharon Van Etten's Are We There has arrived. The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter's newest album isn't officially out until May 27, but the entire effort is streaming right now via iTunes Radio. On the way via Jagjaguwar, the 11-song follow-up to 2012's Tramp features a handful of previously heard tracks: the R&B-informed (and aptly named) "Taking Chances," the sailing "Every Time the Sun Comes Up," and the shiver-inducing "Your Love is Killing Me," which recently landed on SPIN's weekly Singles Mix. Find those treasures and more over at iTunes Radio, and pre-order Are We There through iTunes.

  • conor obert, upside down mountain

    10 Albums to Stream: Conor Oberst, the Roots, Coldplay, and More

    Ease into the weekend by streaming new albums from Conor Oberst, Coldplay, the Roots, Deniro Farrar, and many more. Find details, links, and descriptions below.1) Conor Oberst, Upside Down Mountain. "Upside Down Mountain suggests that Oberst is growing, rapidly, as a craftsman. It's the first truly intimate set of songs he's offered in a while — really since his 2008 eponymous gem, though contemplative moments seeped into 2009's Outer South, which he recorded with the Mystic Valley Band." (via NPR)2) Coldplay, Ghost Stories. "Lead single 'Magic' is a low-key meditation on love that leaves behind the multi-colored, stadium-sized grandeur of Mylo Xyloto for soft-edged sonics that mostly look inward — save for a chirping vocal refrain from Martin." — SPIN (via iTunes Radio)3) The Roots, ...And Then You Shoot Your Cousin.

  • parquet courts, instant disassembly, sunbathing animal

    Parquet Courts Stretch Out on Seven-Minute 'Instant Disassembly'

    Parquet Courts will soon follow their Essential Light Up Gold LP with Sunbathing Animal, a 13-track effort that's due out June 3 by way of What's Your Rupture?/Mom + Pop. The Brooklyn indie-punks have already shared the upcoming album's Tasmanian Devil-ish title track (first as sheet music, then a stream, and finally with a music video), as well as the wordy, squalling "Black and White." Now, the SPIN profile subjects have deployed a third cut: the languid, seven-minute "Instant Disassembly." Pore over Parquet Courts' newest word-puzzle below.

  • polica, allsaints, live video

    Watch Polica's Live, Hallucinatory 'Spilling Lines' Video

    Poliça have teamed up with the clothing brand AllSaints to film a pair of live videos, as part of the fashion retailer's newly launched London Sessions series. Back in February, the Minneapolis duo (singer Channy Leaneagh and producer Ryan Olson) decamped to London's Wapping Power Station to perform "Smug" and "Spilling Lines," two stunners from their sophomore album, last year's Shulamith. Now, the folks over at AllSaints have debuted the footage. The monochromatic "Smug" clip can be found on Vimeo, but the neon-lit "Spilling Lines" clip — with its quick cuts, rotating tracking shots, and trancey visuals — can be seen above.Hit the play button above, and find Poliça's tour dates below. And look out for the deluxe edition of Shulamith, which is out June 10 on Mom + Pop and comes packaged with the new, four-song Raw Exit EP.

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    Watch Tori Amos' Commanding Live Show at Rough Trade NYC

    Late last month, Tori Amos played an intimate show at Brooklyn's Rough Trade NYC in support of her 14th studio album, the just-released Unrepentant Geraldines. SPIN snapped some photos and teamed with TourGigs to present a live audio stream of the concert, and now we're sharing video from the April 29 gig.Above you'll see Amos dust off "Parasol," from 2005's The Beekeeper, and below you'll find performances of "Trouble's Lament" and "Selkie," two highlights from the singer-songwriter's latest effort. Watch the clips, which include snippets of a backstage interview with Amos, and head over to iTunes or Amazon to purchase Unrepentant Geraldines.  

  • walter martin, the walkmen

    Walter Martin Frees 'I-M-A-G-I-N-A-T-I-O-N' for Intimate Live Video

    On May 13, ex-Walkman Walter Martin will release his debut solo album, the family-friendly and aptly titled We're All Young Together. The 10-track LP favors easygoing arrangements, playful lyrics, and a number of impressive guest spots. So far, Martin has shared duets with Karen O and the National's Matt Berninger, as well as an endearing ode to the Beatles. Now, the 39-year-old husband and father of two has released a live video that highlights another ditty called "I-M-A-G-I-N-A-T-I-O-N." Directed by former Walkmen drummer Matt Barrick, the above clip catches Martin playing the electric piano and leading a sing-and-spell-along rendition of the track, the studio version of which features singer-songwriter Kat Edmonson on backing vocals.

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