Kyle McGovern

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    Stream Cheap Time's Glammy-Hammy New Album 'Exit Smiles'

    On November 19, Jeffrey Novak will release two separate albums. One is Lemon Kid, the Nashville tunesmith's third solo effort — SPIN premiered lo-fi wheezer "Pictures on a Screen" back in October — and the other is Exit Smiles, the fourth full-length from Novak's garage-glam crew Cheap Time. Now, a week before the LP's drop date, the trio (rounded out by bassist-vocalist Jessica McFarland and drummer Ryan Sweeney) have shared the whole eight-track effort. Held together by proto-punk charge and modest, power-pop guitar-work, Exit Smiles is streaming in its entirety below. Pre-order is available through iTunes. 

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    Watch Wooden Shjips' Creepy, Clown-Filled 'Back to Land' Video

    Wooden Shjips are officially Back to Land — the psych-voyagers' newest album is now out through Thrill Jockey Records. In support of the fresh full-length, the West Coast foursome have shared the well-timed video for Back to Land's plush title track. Directed by the Hylas Film collective (previous credits include King Khan & the Shrines, Moon Duo), the clip follows a private investigator who ends up in a town that's populated entirely by clowns. Everywhere he looks, the detective meets red-and-white grimaces and dead-eyed stares accented by eyeliner.

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    Ylvis' Viral Hit 'The Fox' Will Be a Kiddie Book By Christmas

    Ylvis' unkillable viral hit "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" has already inspired a Saturday Night Live parody, an on-point cover by the Ohio University marching band, and convinced loads of people to buy fox costumes this past Halloween. Now, the Norwegian duo's unintentional eyeroll at EDM will be turned into a kids' book. Simon & Schuster's Children's Publishing division has picked up a picture book based on "The Fox."The upcoming title, aptly named What Does the Fox Say?, will be released on December 10, just in time for the holiday season. If the ring-a-ding page-turner attracts even a fraction of the audience of the song's video, Simon & Schuster will have a major hit on their hands.

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    See Daft Punk and Ron Burgundy Tour Amsterdam

    MTV's European Music Awards touched down in Amsterdam last night (November 10), and SPIN already broke down the event's highs (Miley Cyrus smoking a joint onstage, Eminem not lip-syncing) and lows (uh, Miley Cyrus smoking a joint onstage). One notable moment though, happened before the official ceremony even got underway: Daft Punk appeared in a promotional video alongside Will Ferrell, who reprised his Anchorman role of Ron "I'm kind of a big deal" Burgundy. As with their cameo at the 2013 VMAs, the Random Access Memories robots didn't say a word on camera.Surprisingly, however, on this go-around the silent treatment didn't feel like an overhyped letdown — instead, the sparkle-jacketed duo wore their straight-men roles well.

  • taeyang, ringa linga, video, big bang

    Big Bang's Taeyang Plays 'Tron' in Blockbuster 'Ringa Linga' Video

    K-pop singer Taeyang has returned with two music videos for "Ringa Linga," his first solo single in three years. Diverging from the R&B slow jams of 2010's Solar, the Big Bang member angles toward hip-hop bravado on the just-released track — fitting since his bandmate G-Dragon has a co-writing credit here. For the song's visuals, the 25-year-old focuses less on his mic skills and more on his dance-floor prowess. The first of said clips catches Taeyang in a rehearsal space with his back-up dancers — as seen below, the short offers a (relatively) low-key glimpse at a highly choreographed routine.The official video, meanwhile, chronicles a post-apocalyptic rave-up. Hit the play button above to see Taeyang teleport from a bombed-out street alley, to the top of a crane set against an orange sunset, to a futuristic truck-ish vehicle traveling through a Tron-style wormhole.

  • david lynch, bad the john boy, the big dream

    Stream David Lynch's Sinister New Single 'Bad the John Boy'

    David Lynch is continuing the nightmare he started on this year's The Big Dream LP with a new 12-inch single. Due November 12 via Sacred Bones, the fast-approaching record features "Bad the John Boy," an eerie one-off that was recorded around the same time as the filmmaker's second studio album but meant for a separate project. Producer Dean Hurley said in a statement, "It wasn't really recorded with the LP in mind, but it was done around the end of last year when the bulk of the album was being made. It was earmarked for something else entirely, but that thing didn't happen in a way that required the song... so up until now, it was 'a song with no home.'"Now, Lynch has made the creepy mood piece available for streaming. Fans of grim electronic pulse, broken syntax poetry, and cyborg spoken-word won't be disappointed.

  • morrissey, lou reed, satellite of love

    Morrissey Will Orbit Lou Reed's 'Satellite of Love' on Live Single

    Morrissey plans to honor his own life story on December 5 with the release of his Autobiography's audiobook edition. But first, Moz will pay tribute to the late Lou Reed on December 2, when he puts out a live cover version of Reed's "Satellite of Love."According to fan site True to You, Morrissey recorded his rendition of the Transformer track in Las Vegas, at the Cosmopolitan's Chelsea Ballroom on November 25, 2011. Parlophone Records will put out the single, first as a digital download, and then as a heavyweight 12-inch vinyl and 7-inch picture disc, both supported by additional live tracks, including Moz's own "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side" (via the NME).

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    See Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks Tease New Album, Cover the Velvet Underground

    Stephen Malkmus is on schedule to release his sixth album with the Jicks early next year. Though the follow-up to 2011's excellent Mirror Traffic hasn't been officially announced yet, the ex-Pavement leader has confirmed that the LP will boast the very Malkmus-y title Wig Out at Jagbags. On November 8, Malkmus and the Jicks played some new material during a hometown show at Portland's Crystal Ballroom, and fan-shot footage of the set has since surfaced. Stereogum points to video of two songs reportedly destined for Jagbags — "Cinnamon and Lesbians" and "Houston Hades" — and another two — "Lariat" and "Independence Street" — that are likely to appear to on the upcoming full-length but haven't been confirmed yet.

  • arcade fire, lollapalooza brasil

    Lollapalooza Brasil 2014: Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, Vampire Weekend, and More

    Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails, Vampire Weekend, Soundgarden, Pixies, and Phoenix are all on the lineup for next year's Lollapalooza Brasil. The 2014 event takes place on April 5 and 6 at the Interlagos Race Track in São Paulo. Other artists on the bill include New Order, Julian Casablancas, Axwell, Lorde, Johnny Marr, Ellie Goulding, and Savages.Every one of those acts will also play Lolla's two other South American franchises: Lollapalooza Chile and Lollapalooza Argentina. The Chile engagement happens on March 29 and 30 at Parque O'Higgins in Santiago, while the fest's first-ever Argentina installment takes place on April 1 and 2 at the Hipodromo in San Isidro. Ticketing information for those two showcases can be found on the websites for Lolla Chile and Lolla Argentina, respectively.As for the third edition of Lolla Brasil, pre-sale ticket offers begin on November 18.

  • drenge, u.s. single, 2014 tour

    Drenge Announce Debut U.S. Single, Plot 2014 Tour

    Drenge's breed of blues-punk menace has earned the brother-duo some notoriety in their native England. This year, Eoin and Rory Loveless — singer-guitarist and drummer, respectively — have taken the stage at a number of festivals in the U.K., including Glastonbury, Bestival, and Reading and Leeds, and also provided opening support for the Rolling Stones at Hyde Park and Arctic Monkeys at iTunes Festival. Despite their in-demand status overseas, Drenge haven't yet released a single in America.That'll change on January 14, though, when the brothers Loveless drop their first U.S. single via Canvasclub, the monthly 7-inch and digital single series run by Canvasback. The upcoming release features "Bloodsports" on the A-side and "Dogmeat" on the B-side, two tracks from Drenge's self-titled debut album, which was set loose on U.K.

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