Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • toro y moi, jimmy kimmel live, anything in return

    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.

  • peter moren, peter bjorn & john, going places

    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.

  • younger lovers, sugar in my pocket

    Stream the Younger Lovers' Crush-Worthy Album 'Sugar in My Pocket'

    Under the moniker of the Younger Lovers, Bay Area singer-songwriter Brontez Purnell records tiny tunes about epic heartbreak. On December 10, Purnell's passion project will release its third album, Sugar in My Pocket, a 12-track helping of lo-fi, lovesick power-pop. "If you let me down, let me down easy," Purnell sings on LP highlight "Ballad of Two Stubborn Men," before throwing his arms up on the cheekily titled "I Can't (Kim) Deal With It." Split the difference between garage-rock grime and malt shop romance by streaming all of Sugar in My Pocket below.

  • pussy riot, hbo, documentary, oscars, short list, pussy riot: a punk prayer

    Pussy Riot Film Lands on Oscars Best Documentary Short List

    Pussy Riot could be headed to the Oscars next year — well, in spirit, at least. The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences has announced the short list of films vying for a 2014 Best Documentary Feature nomination, and Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer is among the contenders. Produced and directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, the doc follows the much publicized trial of Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, who were found guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" after staging a February 2012 protest performance against Russian president Vladimir Putin.The film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, where it won the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Punk Spirit. Shortly afterward, HBO acquired the rights to A Punk Prayer and aired the doc on television in June.

  • the orwells, dirty sheets, single, video

    Watch the Orwells' Pervy 'Dirty Sheets' Video

    Last month, the Orwells unveiled their sordid new single, "Dirty Sheets," a song SPIN previously heard live at New York City's Bowery Ballroom, where frontman Mario Cuomo dropped his pants onstage. Now, the Chicago garage-punks have shared the "Dirty Sheets" music video, a grainy clip that keeps up the striptease theme. Director Eddie O'Keefe (regular collaborator to the band and brother to guitarist Matt O'Keefe) lets us peek into the bedroom of a young woman who loves dancing to the Orwells and hates wearing clothes.

  • maynard james keenan, tool, puscifer, a perfect circle

    Puscifer, A Perfect Circle, Failure to Play Maynard's 50th Birthday Party

    Maynard James Keenan turns 50 next spring, and the alt-metal icon is celebrating with a special concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Dubbed Cinquanta, the event will take place on Saturday, May 10, and feature live performances by two of Keenan's bands, Puscifer and A Perfect Circle. Also on the bill is recently reunited art-rock unit Failure. According to a statement from Keenan, the band joined after he personally asked them to as a birthday gift."This was the perfect opportunity to tick off one of my bucket list items in the form of a Failure reunion," Keenan said. "What better birthday present could one ever hope for?"Tickets for the shindig go on sale on Friday, December 6, at 10 a.m. PST. A VIP package promising preferred seating and commemorative merch will also be available here on December 5 starting at 10 a.m.

  • jeff the brotherhood

    JEFF the Brotherhood Wrangle Out-of-Print Singles for 7-Inch Box Set

    With the holiday season now in full swing, Infinity Cat Recordings is gift-wrapping a very generous JEFF the Brotherhood box set.

  • u2, bono, joshua tree, grammy hall of fame

    Grammy Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees: U2, Neil Young, Run-D.M.C., Rolling Stones, and More

    Songs by Neil Young, U2, Run-D.M.C., the Sugarhill Gang, Gil Scott-Heron, and the Rolling Stones are among this year's inductees into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Recording Academy has announced. Once again, 27 iconic recordings are headed for the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The class of 2014 includes Neil Young's 1970 album After the Gold Rush; U2's barnstorming 1987 LP The Joshua Tree (the most recently released honoree); Run-D.M.C.'s watershed "Walk This Way" team-up with Aerosmith; the Sugarhill Gang's 1979 game-changer "Rapper's Delight"; the Rolling Stones' 1969 hit "Honky Tonk Women"; George Harrison's 1970 triple-album All Things Must Pass; and Gil Scott-Heron's 1970 single "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." Some other highlights: Creedence Clearwater Revival landed two recordings in the batch, the 1969 single "Fortunate Son" and 197

  • prince, essence music festival

    Prince Tops Bill for 2014 Essence Music Festival

    Well, Prince already has his next Fourth of July planned out. The Purple One will headline next year's Essence Music Festival, which runs from July 3 through 6 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The upcoming gig will mark Prince's first appearance at the Essence Fest since 2004, when the showcase turned 10.

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