Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • Doug Keith, Pure Gold in the '70s, j mascis, pony

    Stream Doug Keith's J Mascis-Enriched 'Pure Gold in the 70's'

    Doug Keith serves as right-hand man to Sharon Van Etten on the road, but the New York-based singer-songwriter also maintains a solo career of his own. On February 11, Keith will share his latest album, Pony, through his very own The Village Label. First, though, comes lead single "Pure Gold in the 70's," a cinematic slow-burner that boasts two very distinct halves: the first layers strings and piano over a moody electronic pulse, the second erupts into a typically brilliant guitar solo from Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis. Stream the song below, and scroll further for the track list to Pony.Pony track list:1. "Harvest Home"2. "I Will Burn For You"3. "Long Shot"4. "Pure Gold in the 70's"5. "The Apostles"6. "You Can't Stand to Be Alone"7. "Black Metal Black"8. "The Weather's Fucking Awful"9. "The Bone In Your Hand"

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    Stream Sondre Lerche's Springy 'Rejection #5'

    Earlier this year, Spoon drummer and producer Jim Eno started his very own label, Public Hi-Fi Records, named after his studio in Austin, Texas. Now, Eno is prepping a franchise of limited-edition, 12-inch singles called Public Hi-Fi Sessions. The series will issue material approximately three times a year, starting with two previously unreleased tracks from Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche. On November 29, in accordance with Record Store Day's Back to Black Friday event, Public Hi-Fi will share "Rejection #5"/"Screen Door," a double-header that's been years in the making.Lerche put together the vinyl's B-side a few months before he hit the studio with Eno (who drums on both songs), but he first began work on the A-side, "Rejection #5," more than a decade ago.

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    Stream the Lilys' Psychedelic Christmas Carol 'Good King Wenceslas'

    The holiday season is upon us and Highline Records is celebrating with Festivus 2, a Christmas-themed compilation featuring songs by the Lilys, Western Lows, Eddie Argos' Glam Chops project, and more. The sequel to 2012's Festivus doesn't arrive until November 26, but Highline has let us unwrap a track ahead of schedule: the Lilys' giddy, guitar-warping version of "Good King Wenceslas." Stream the psychedelic Christmas classic below, and scroll down for the full track list to Festivus 2.Festivus 2 track list:1. Western Lows - "Silent Night" 2. Ulysses - "I Wish You A Merry Christmas" 3. Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou - "In The Bleak Midwinter"4. Red Pony Clock - "Ho Ho Hos Before Hos"5. The Priscillas - "One Christmas Wish"6. Piney Gir - "It's Christmas"7. Mi Mye - "Don't Freat Out On Me"8. The Lilys - "Good King Winceslas"9. The Coldest Night - Left With Pictures10.

  • franz ferdinand, right action, liv spencer

    Hear Liv Spencer's Disco-Propelled Remix of Franz Ferdinand's 'Right Action'

    Franz Ferdinand staged a triumphant return earlier this year with their excellent fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action. On December 2, the Scottish foursome will take a victory lap with Right Action Remixes, a six-track bundle containing exclusive remixes of "Right Action," the first single (and near-title track) from Franz Ferdinand's latest LP. The upcoming collection features two edits from Liv Spencer, one half of dance duo Still Going. Scroll down to hear Spencer's "Rework" of "Right Action," wherein the Glaswegian outfit's nervy guitars are remolded to suit stretch-and-snap disco grooves. Also be sure to check out SPIN's recent features, The 30 Best Disco Songs Every Millennial Should Know and Inorganic at the Disco: 40 Rock Bands Who Beat Arcade Fire to the Dance Floor.

  • taylor swift, justin timberlake, 2013 american music awards

    American Music Awards 2013 Winners List: Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, and More

    Taylor Swift won big at the 2013 American Music Awards, collecting a total of four trophies: Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist — Pop/Rock, Favorite Female Artist — Country, and Favorite Album — Country, which she earned for last year's Red. This marked the third year that Swift walked away with the AMAs top honor — she was previously dubbed Artist of the Year in 2009 and 2011. The night's other big winner was Justin Timberlake, who nabbed three statuettes.

  • beastie boys, mike d, lawsuit, girls toy ad

    Toy Company Sues Beastie Boys, Rick Rubin Over 'Girls' Parody Commercial

    The Beastie Boys and Rick Rubin are being preemptively sued by the GoldieBlox toy company, which claims that its commercial featuring a parody of the Licensed to Ill track "Girls" does not count as copyright infringement. According to the Hollywood Reporter, GoldieBlox filed a lawsuit on Thursday, November 21, claiming that the Beastie Boys recently threatened the toymakers with copyright infringement.

  • lou reed, tribute show, tv on the radio

    Lou Reed Tribute Show Lands Members of TV on the Radio, Light Asylum, More

    Since Lou Reed's death on October 27, the iconic singer-songwriter has been honored many times over by a slew of artists and writers. Arcade Fire, the Killers, and Twin Shadow recently covered some of Reed's most famous songs. Legendary rock critic Robert Christgau shared his thoughts on the Velvet Underground leader with SPIN. Reed's widow, Laurie Anderson, wrote two heartbreaking remembrances dedicated to her late husband, and handed roses out to grieving fans at a public memorial in New York City's Lincoln Center. Now, Manhattan's the Bowery Electric is planning a tribute show dedicated to Reed's memory.As BrooklynVegan reports, the special showcase, dubbed "Last Great American Whale," takes place on Sunday, November 24.

  • lambchop, nixon, reissue, merge records

    Merge Records Resurrects Lambchop's 'Nixon' for 25th Anniversary Reissue Series

    Merge Records turns 25 next year, and to celebrate, the indie rock institution will reissue a classic album from their back catalogue each month throughout 2014. "Some of these selections have been long out of print, have great companion bonus material," reads the announcement from Merge, "Or were requested by nerds in the Merge office who just wanted to own them on vinyl."First up in the monthly reissue series is Lambchop's 2000 LP, Nixon, a record Merge rightly recognizes as a watershed moment for the Nashville outfit, who lost a former member earlier this year when ex-bassist Marc Trovillion died at the age of 56 after suffering a heart attack."[Nixon] glides easily from one unexpected grace note to the next, peppering in funk, R&B, gospel, country, vintage folk—and integrating them all, not presenting them discretely," the label notes.

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    MGMT Want You To Play Cowbell With Them Onstage

    MGMT's most recent appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman happened way back in August, but the memory of that thoroughly bizarre performance lives on. For roughly three minutes, CBS viewers watched as Andrew VanWyngarden banged on a giant cowbell while the rest of the psych-pop six-piece played "Your Life is a Lie," the second single from MGMT's self-titled (and, uh, not awesome) third album. Now, the Congratulations outfit is giving fans the chance to stand in VanWyngarden's place and play that very same oversized cowbell.As Stereogum points out, MGMT are currently on tour and hosting a contest that will let you provide more cowbell (sorry) for "Your Life is a Lie." Participating cities include Detroit, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and several more.

  • arcade fire, reflektor, le grand journal

    Watch Arcade Fire Host Doomy Dance Party on France's 'Le Grand Journal'

    Arcade Fire's tour of European media outlets continued on November 21 with an appearance on France's Le Grand Journal — you know, the same show that saw Kanye West collapse onstage during "Black Skinhead" and play "Bound 2" with Charlie Wilson. The Reflektor crew (who did not go by their totally pointless alias of the Reflektors) played a three-song sampler of their latest album: the super-shiny, seven-minute title track, dancey-downer "Afterlife," and the jaunty "Joan of Arc." Catch "Reflektor" above, and find the other two below. Note that while the audience did indeed look sharp, AF's backlash-inciting dress code did not seem to be in effect, so we can all just do as the band says and relax.

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