Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • radiohead, supergrass, professional music technology

    Radiohead's Beloved Music Shop Won't Be Turned Into a Mutant Travelodge

    A British music shop frequented by members of Radiohead and Supergrass has been saved from plans to turn the space into a restaurant. As BBC News reports (via the NME), Oxford City Council rejected a proposal that called for Cowley Road's Professional Music Technology to be converted into a cafe and eatery as part of a future hotel development. Travelodge owns the location that houses PMT, and plans to open a hotel on the upper floors of the site.The unanimous vote to kill the proposal was handed down on November 12, not long after Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood (brother to penis-cake fan Jonny Greenwood) and ex-Supergrass singer Gaz Coombes voiced their love of Professional Music Technology.Speaking to the Oxford Mail, Greenwood said, "I love PMT. It is the first place I go to when I need to get anything. It is very down to earth. I have known those guys for a long time.

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    10 Albums to Stream: 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire,' Ghost B.C., Hudson Mohawke, and More

    This week's collection of album streams features an EP of covers by Ghost B.C. (SPIN cover star Dave Grohl acted as producer), plus the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which boasts new songs by the National, Lorde, Coldplay, and more. Find it all below.1) Various Artists, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. "The National return in particularly morose form (that's a good thing) on 'Lean,' the Brooklyn band's contribution to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack. The 15-song set is rounded out by a broad range of artists including Coldplay, Lorde, Sia with Diplo and the Weeknd, the Lumineers, Christina Aguilera, Patti Smith, and Mikky Ekko." — SPIN (via iTunes Radio)2) Hudson Mohawke, Hud Mo 100. "TNGHT mastermind and Kanye West collaborator Hudson Mohawke has shared a new mix of rare edits/remixes.

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    Stream Eagulls' Relentless 'Tough Luck' From Self-Titled 2014 Debut

    U.K. post-punks Eagulls have set a date of arrival for their self-titled debut album. The 10-track effort will land on March 4, 2014 via Partisan Records, which confirmed the news on November 13. To make up for the long lead time, Eagulls have shared the first proper single from their upcoming full-length (LP opener "Nerve Endings" was already let loose as a one-off with a Killing Joke cover). Premiered on Stereogum, "Tough Luck" files somewhere neatly between fellow British bruisers Savages and Denmark's punishing Iceage. Delve into the quintet's gloomy realm — where the mood remains overcast, the guitar lines stay taut, and the drums continuously crater — by streaming "Tough Luck" below.Scroll down for the track list and cover art to Eagulls, and head over to iTunes to pre-order the record.Eagulls track list:1. "Nerve Endings"2. "Hollow Visions"3. "Yellow Eyes"4. "Tough Luck"5.

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    Rockabilly Greats Toast Jack White on Career-Spanning Compilation

    Jack White has built an enviable body of work nodding to largely overlooked American musical traditions. On November 19, veterans of rockabilly, early rock'n'roll, and classic punk will return the favor with a new compilation titled Rockin' Legends Pay Tribute to Jack White (via Stereogum).The fast-approaching set features 14 covers plucked from different segments of White's career. There's Wanda Jackson and Shooter Jennings braving "In the Cold, Cold Night" from the White Stripes' 2003 LP Elephant; Gary U.S.

  • cults, high road, tonight show with jay leno, static

    Watch Cults Explore 'High Road' for 'Tonight Show' Debut

    One of the perks of being on a major label? Major network television exposure. Cults made their Tonight Show debut on November 12, in support of their sophomore album, Static, which is out now through Columbia Records. Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion — with the help of assorted back-up players, plus staticky TV sets — ventured through "High Road," a probing swooner from their new LP. To see the SPIN interview subjects perform on NBC's historic late-night stage (and exchange pleasantries with fellow guests Matt Lauer and Carrot Top), hit the play button above. Also, be sure to watch Cults tour New Orleans with SPIN and perform "Were Before" at our Soundwave Tent as part of Voodoo Music + Arts Experience 2013.

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    Blondes Melt Minds With Abstract 'Andrew' Video

    Blondes recently followed their 2011 self-titled debut album with Swisher, a sophomore effort SPIN dubbed as "darker than anything they've done before [and] a huge step up for the duo." Now, Sam Haar and Zach Steinman have shared a video for "Andrew," a nine-minute dive into their ever-deepening rabbit hole. Directed by Blondes themselves, the clip (like the previously seen "Elise" short) fulfills the most basic requirement of a music video: it's a visualization of the track's sound. Traces of light flicker and flash against abstract shapes; bits of live footage shine through the camera's broken-kaleidoscope view; deep, frosty colors bleed over, conjuring Breaking Bad's "Baby Blue"; and at the end we're left looking at what SPIN previously described as Swisher's "cold, hard, metallic underlay." Watch it above.

  • killers, shot at the night, jimmy kimmel live

    Watch the Killers' Hit-or-Miss 'Shot at the Night' on 'Kimmel'

    The Killers took a "Shot at the Night" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on November 12, performing one of two new songs featured on their just-released Direct Hits compilation. By now, nearly a decade beyond 2004's Hot Fuss, the Las Vegas foursome know their way around an arena, but last night's TV appearance came off as a bit lifeless. As seen in the clip above, Brandon Flowers did his best to work the crowd, pumping his fist in the air and flashing those pearly whites for the camera, but the anemic verses on "Shot at the Night" left the frontman with little to do but pace the outdoor Sony stage back and forth. The performance wasn't a misstep by any means; the stakes just felt a little low compared to, say, the track's cinematic music video starring Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows, Australia's Neighbours) and Max Minghella (The Social Network, The Internship).

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    Stream Nasimiyu Murumba's Sublime 'Raise Your Arrow (The Hunt)'

    Nasimiyu Murumba draws from a wide array of influences — Talking Heads, Etta James, TV on the Radio, Dirty Projectors, and Fela Kuti among them — to craft her blend of free-folk, funk, and dream-pop. The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, who hails from Minneapolis and spent some time honing her sound in New Orleans, released her debut full-length, Rules Aren't Real, last year, and now she's planning to drop a new EP on January 24, 2014. Co-produced by Andreas Gustafsson in Sweden and Ben Lorio in New Orleans, the dirt EP features a handful of guest appearances (including cameos by Rubblebucket's Kalmia Traver and Big Easy bass crew Naughty Professor) and spans a total of five tracks. One such song is an earthy tune titled "Raise Your Arrow (The Hunt)," which is streaming below. Scroll down and press play for a peek at the dirt EP.

  • big eyes, the sun still shines, video, almost famous

    See Big Eyes' Bloody 'The Sun Still Shines' Video

    Big Eyes frontwoman Kate Eldridge goes on a crime spree in the Seattle trio's latest music video, an official clip for garage-pop single "The Sun Still Shines." Written and directed by Brendan McKnight, the mini-movie casts the Almost Famous singer-guitarist as a beer-guzzling, gun-wielding maniac who's prone to playing dice, committing armed robbery, and kidnapping her bandmates. Find out where breaking the law lands Eldridge by watching the video above.

  • eminem, portugal. the man, marshall mathers lp 2, review

    Portugal. The Man: Eminem's 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' Is Unnecessary Sequel

    Eminem has spent the last few weeks collecting accolades for his more-or-less unmatched rapping skills. The Detroit MC picked up the Artist of the Year trophy at the first-ever YouTube Music Awards, was declared a Global Icon at MTV's European Music Awards, and nabbed a solid 8 out of 10 from SPIN for his just-released eighth album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Someone who's less in love with Em's latest record is Portugal. The Man frontman John Gourley, who reviewed the full-length for the Talkhouse. To be clear, the Alaska native doesn't take MMLP2 out to the woodchipper — in fact, his write-up is mostly a fond look back at Eminem's heyday. "I first heard The Slim Shady LP over at my friend Jesse's house, a regular party spot for us at the time," he remembers.

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