Kyle McGovern

writer

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    Jack White Pledges 'We're Going to Be Friends' for 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

    Back in September, Jack White, Patti Smith, Conor Oberst, and many more took the stage at New York City's Town Hall for "Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis," a star-studded showcase built around the music of the new Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis. The movie stars Oscar Isaac as a struggling musician moving through Greenwich Village's early '60s folk scene and opens in limited release on December 6. A week later, on December 13, Showtime will air the "Another Day, Another Time" gig as a concert documentary, and Vulture has snagged an exclusive clip from the upcoming broadcast: Jack White delivering an especially rootsy rendition of the White Stripes' White Blood Cells classic "We're Going to Be Friends." Watch above, then read SPIN's in-depth interview with Oscar Isaac.

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    Drake Replaces Kanye West as Nike's Air Jordan Spokesman

    Drake is nipping at Kanye West's heels, locking down a partnership with Nike just days after Yeezy bailed on the company to link up with Adidas. As Billboard reports, Drizzy announced during a December 3 performance that he's teaming with Nike's Air Jordan brand."Today also happens to be one of the best days of my life," the Would You Like a Tour? star told a crowd in Portland, the city Nike calls home. "Growing up, I'm sure we all idolized this guy, he goes by the name of Michael Jordan. So today, I came to Portland and officially became inducted into the Team Jordan family."After the show, the Toronto MC offered a sneak peek of the collaboration, posting photos of the upcoming sneakers — the Air Jordan 10's and OVO Stingray 12's — on his Instagram. Jordan then confirmed their union with the "Hold On, We're Going Home" singer-rapper, tweeting on December 4, "He's home.

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    Cloud Nothings Tease 2014 Album With Sparse In-Studio Video

    Cloud Nothings have shared a short video teasing their next album. The black-and-white clip offers a 42-second glimpse at what the band has been up to in the studio as of late. "Proof that we haven't just been sitting at home the last few months," reads the Facebook post promoting the short. It's a fitting caption because that's about all the video confirms. Specifics — such as a track list, record title, and final release date — remain unclear. All we know for sure right now is that there's a new Cloud Nothings full-length due sometime in 2014.Back in August, frontman Dylan Baldi shared footage of him performing a new song, tentatively titled "Psychic Trauma," with an acoustic guitar in Vienna (video of a full-band version turned up around South By Southwest 2013).

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    The War on Drugs Flash 'Red Eyes' From New Album 'Lost in the Dream'

    Adam Granduciel will continue to wage the War on Drugs in 2014. The Philadelphia songsmith has announced that the project's next album will be out March 18 by way of Secretly Canadian. Dubbed Lost in the Dream, the 10-track LP follows the band's hazy 2011 outing, Slave Ambient. Granduciel assembled the upcoming effort over the course of two years, writing and recording in Philly, North Carolina, New York, and New Jersey.Now, the War on Drugs have tossed out the first taste of Lost in the Dream; "Red Eyes" is a slice of New Wavy, longhair brilliance, marked with synth sheen, crisp guitarwork, and echoing vocals.

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    R. Kelly Will Liberate New 'Trapped in the Closet' Chapters in 2014

    R. Kelly will remain Trapped in the Closet through 2014. IFC has announced it will premiere new chapters of the R&B king's epic hip-hopera at some point next year.The cable network promises "more drama, more crazy situations, more tumultuous relationships, more Sylvester, more Pimp Lucius, more Reverend Mosely, more everything that you love about Trapped in the Closet." Other details are scare, but the channel will air a marathon of the 33 (!!) previous installments on Saturday, December 7, beginning at 5:15 p.m. EST.It's surely no coincidence the Trapped in the Closet programming block arrives around the same time as R. Kelly's Black Panties. The new album drops, in some cases with an actual pair of black panties, on December 10 via RCA.

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    Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood Readies Indian-Inspired Composition for 2014

    Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood has written a new composition for the Australian Chamber Orchestra that will debut next year. As Consequence of Sound points out (via Noise 11), the as-yet-unheard piece is titled "Water" and dates back to 2012. After Radiohead completed their tour of Australia that year, Greenwood bunkered down with the ACO in their Sydney studio."I'm so used to closely recorded sounds," the 42-year-old guitarist told Noise 11.

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    Paul McCartney Promises 'Something New' for High-Def TV Special

    Paul McCartney reminded us that his friends are more famous than ours with the star-studded video for "Queenie Eye," but now Macca wants to let us deeper into his creative life with the one-hour television special Paul McCartney: Something NEW. The upcoming program will debut on Thursday, December 5 at 9 p.m. EST on Palladia.According to an official announcement, the broadcast offers "an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look" at the former Beatle's craft and tireless work ethic.

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    Watch Toro y Moi's 'Rose Quartz'-Tinted 'Kimmel' Double-Header

    Chaz Bundick is a man of many talents. When he isn't fronting his Toro y Moi project, the California transplant stays busy recording as Les Sins, drops tracks under his other other alias, Sides of Chaz (see "Sweet Tea," out December 10), does interviews with SPIN, remixes Billie Holiday, and sometimes covers songs written for the British version of The Office. But Bundick returned to his main gig on December 3 for a two-for-one performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! The chillwave auteur dusted off two standouts from his latest Toro y Moi full-length, January's Anything in Return: the jazz-infused "Say That" and low-light seducer "Rose Quartz." Find the former above and the latter below.

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    Stream Peter Moren's Rainy Tear-Jerker 'Going Places'

    In the years since Peter Bjorn and John singer/guitarist Peter Morén's debut solo album The Last Tycoon (2008), the Swedish popsmith has put out two full-lengths in his native language. Now, Morén has reinterpreted some songs from those LPs for English-speaking listeners and bundled them as Broken Swenglish, Vol. 1, the first EP in a planned series of digital releases. Due December 9 via INGRID, the upcoming short-player features four tracks, including "Going Places," an agoraphobic ballad that, in its original form, was titled "Erik M. Nilsson," in honor of the Swedish filmmaker.Morén tells SPIN that the tune is "about days when you want to hide from the world into almost a state of lethargy and just feel and travel through films... Essentially it's a song about giving up, if just for a few rainy autumn days. One of my best melodies so far if you ask me.

  • mozes and the firstborn, lady godiva's operation, the velvet underground, white light/white heat

    Hear Mozes and the Firstborn's Gritty Cover of the Velvet Underground's 'Lady Godiva's Operation'

    In honor of the 45th anniversary of the Velvet Underground's White Light/White Heat, Burger Records has tapped a handful of artists to record their own version of the avant-garde classic. Due December 10 (the same day Universal Music Enterprises is set to unveil a "Super Deluxe" reissue of White Light/White Heat), the upcoming tribute record will only be available on cassette. Luckily, SPIN is streaming every single track from the full-length, with a new one premiering each day leading up to the compilation's release.We've already heard Natural Child amble through White Light/White Heat's title track and witnessed the Memories play "The Gift" by the book. Now it's time for Netherlands-based Mozes and the Firstborn to put "Lady Godiva's Operation" under the knife.

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