Kyle McGovern



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    Watch Snowbird's Wintry 'Porcelain' Video

    Snowbird is the creative partnership between Cocteau Twins multi-instrumentalist Simon Raymonde and singer-songwriter Stephanie Dosen. The duo's debut album, moon, arrives in January via Raymonde's own Bella Union label, and comes complete with guest appearances by Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway, Midlake members Eric Pulido and McKenzie Smith, Lanterns on the Lake's Paul Gregory, and more. Also featured is "Porcelain," the LP's chillingly gorgeous first single, which now has an official music video. Created by Matt Yarrington and Sarah Winters, the animated clip follows a blond-haired doll as she comes to life, wanders through a snow-covered forest, and carries out her very own version of Edward Scissorhands' "Ice Dance."

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    Stream Gap Dream's Spacey Cover of the Velvet Underground's 'Sister Ray'

    Burger Records is honoring the 45th anniversary of the Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat with its very own version of the 1968 classic. On December 10, the Fullerton, California label will issue The Velvet Underground — White Light/White Heat Tribute Album, a full-length homage to the Greatest Alternative Album of the 1960s. The tribute will only be available on cassette (and also drops the same day that Universal Music Enterprises is set to release a triple-disc "Super Deluxe Edition" of White Light/White Heat), but SPIN has shared streams of the compilation's first five songs: Natural Child's rendition of the title track, the Memories' cover of "The Gift," Mozes and the Firstborn's take on "Lady Godiva's Operation," Curtis Harding's version of "Here She Comes Now," and Mr.

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    Grammys 2014 Nominees: Jay Z, Daft Punk, Kendrick Lamar, and More

    Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards are in, and Jay Z leads with a total of nine nods. Hova is up for several awards, most notably Best Rap Album (Magna Carta Holy Grail), Best Rap Performance ("Tom Ford"), Best Rap Song (the Justin Timberlake-featuring, Nirvana-quoting "Holy Grail"), and Best Music Video (for his star-studded "Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film" and JT's "Suit & Tie" visual, directed by David Fincher).Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Pharrell Williams all tied for the second-highest number of nominations, netting seven apiece.

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    The Hives Regret Dedicating 'Tick Tick Boom' to Boston Crowd

    The Hives have apologized for dedicating a song "about stuff blowing up" to Boston, just months after the city was the site of a tragic bombing that killed three people and injured hundreds. As Boston's CBS Local reports (via Stereogum), the Hives were opening for Pink at TD Garden in Boston on December 5 when lead singer Howlin' Pelle Almqvist told the crowd, "This song's for everyone in Boston. It's about stuff blowing up. It's called 'Tick Tick Boom.'"To make up for the cringe-worthy faux pas, Almqvist issued an apology on the band's Facebook on December 6. "About last night: I wanted to dedicate a song to the Boston crowd because they had been so great throughout the show, and unfortunately 'Tick Tick Boom' was the next song in the set," the statement reads. "The tragic Boston Marathon bombing never once crossed my mind while on stage, and of course it should have.

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    Millions Hate-Watched NBC's 'The Sound of Music' Reboot

    NBC's The Sound of Music Live! brought in juggernaut ratings on December 5, proving that advertisers should start thinking about who's hate-watching what. The three-hour program, which starred American Idol alumna Carrie Underwood and True Blood actor Stephen Moyer, pulled in a staggering 18.47 million viewers, according to early Nielsen figures (via the Huffington Post). Remarkably, that means the telecast helped NBC attract its biggest non-sports Thursday audience in nearly a decade, since the Fraiser series finale in 2004.The throwback broadcast, which according to Deadline was the first live TV musical since the 1950s, also proved to be a hit in the key 18 to 49 demographic. The Sound of Music Live!

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    Ancient Artifacts of Dylan, Springsteen Fetch a Pretty Penny at Auction

    The legendary guitar Bob Dylan played during his infamous 1965 set at the Newport Folk Festival has sold for nearly $1 million. Christie's auction house put the sunburst Fender Stratocaster up for auction in New York City on Friday, December 6, as part of a six-lot sale honoring vintage Dylan memorabilia. According to the Associated Press, the instrument was sold to an absentee buyer for $965,000, a record-high price for a guitar sold at auction. A guitar once owned by Eric Clapton went for $959,500 in 2004. Dylan's Fender Statocaster is a storied piece in the singer-songwriter's mythos. On July 25, 1965, Dylan used the guitar to play a three-song electric set at the Newport Folk Festival, a decision that signaled his move away from traditional folk music and upset genre traditionalists.

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    Stream Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht's Fuzz Collage 'Called to Ring'

    On December 9, Brooklyn-based indie label Mexican Summer will commemorate its fifth anniversary with Mexican Summer: Five Years, a limited-pressing, 250-page book that comes with an exclusive 10-inch. The vinyl contains a number of collaborative tracks, including Fennesz and Autre Ne Veut's previously heard "Alive," and a fresh team-up between Los Angeles lo-fi weirdo Ariel Pink and New York art-rock experimentalist Jorge Elbrecht (Violens, Lansing-Dreiden). Credited to the moniker of Jorge Elbrose and titled "Called to Ring," the new song snows over lilting vocals with layers of fuzz before shape-shifting into a heartbroken headbanger. Stream it below.Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht also released a 7-inch together earlier this year. Listen to their soft-rock ode "Hang on to Life," then watch the track's music video, directed by Elbrecht and Alejandro Cardenas.

  • daniel rossen, tour dates, grizzly bear, department of eagles

    Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen Mounts First-Ever Solo Tour

    Daniel Rossen will venture on his first-ever solo tour this spring. The Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles singer-songwriter will begin his trek across the U.S. on March 22, with a performance at Neumos in Seattle. The 13-date docket, which includes a March 28 appearance at Los Angeles' Hollywood Forever Cemetery, will bring Rossen to major cities across the country, culminating with an April 15 gig at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.Fans can expect an intimate set featuring songs that have never been played live before, some unreleased material, highlights from Department of Eagles' 2008 LP, In Ear Park, and selections from Rossen's debut solo EP, 2012's Silent Hour/Golden Mile.

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    Drake Ditches Grammy Nominations Concert Because #YOLO

    Drake has bailed on Friday night's Grammy nominations concert in Los Angeles, citing last-minute "scheduling complications." A representative for the "Worst Behavior" MC told TMZ, "Unfortunately, due to scheduling complications, Drake will no longer be performing... [he's] currently in the middle of his nationwide 'Would You Like a Tour?' and sincerely apologizes to his fans that he can't be there."The gossip site also notes that Drizzy does not have a performance scheduled for Friday, December 6, but the Air Jordan spokesman does have an engagement booked on Saturday, December 7. His Would You Like a Tour? extravaganza is set to take over the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri that night.Even without the Nothing Was the Same spitter, the Recording Academy has a star-studded lineup locked down for The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown to Music's Biggest Night.

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    Hear Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel Cover the Velvet Underground's 'I Heard Her Call My Name'

    To commemorate the 45th anniversary of the Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat, Burger Records has assembled its own version of the avant-garde classic, featuring covers of the LP's six tracks. The Velvet Underground — White Light/White Heat Tribute Album will only be available on cassette on December 10, but SPIN is premiering every single song on the homage, one day at a time. We've already shared Natural Child's cover of the title track, the Memories' version of "The Gift," Mozes and the Firstborn's take on "Lady Godiva's Operation," and Curtis Harding's rendition of "Here She Comes Now." And now it's time to dive into "I Heard Her Call My Name," as done by Los Angeles psych outfit Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel.

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