Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • delorean, unhold, chairlift, caroline polachek

    See Chairlift's Singer Play Stretch Armstrong in Delorean's 'Unhold' Video

    With the trauma of their "virtual kidnapping" now behind them, Barcelona's Delorean are moving forward with the promotion for their latest album, this year's Apar. The pop-friendly foursome have plans to tour the U.S. in early 2014, and they've also just shared the official music video for new single "Unhold." Directed by Eric Epstein and debuted on Nowness, the clip features Chairlift siren Caroline Polachek (who sings vocals on the fluttery tune) wandering through New York's Opus 40 sculpture park. Thanks to some visual trickery, the environment around Polachek warps and bends, giving the short a shapeshifting effect."The moving footage is resolved to a flat plane, so that everything in relief from that surface skews and stretches," Epstein says. "The track has this sway to it that I thought could be complimented by the visuals...

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    See Tyler, the Creator Get Cozy With Arsenio Hall in Charming Interview

    Tyler, the Creator plopped himself on the couch at The Arsenio Hall Show on November 7 to "explain pretty much everything," according to the talk-show's website. Talking with Arsenio, the Odd Future ringleader shared his thoughts on a range of topics, including his straight-edge lifestyle ("Some things aren't for everyone"); his lyrical content ("Frank [Ocean] is gay, and I use that word ['faggot'] all the time — he doesn't care, because he knows me, he knows when I say that word I'm not thinking of someone's sexual orientation"); and President Obama ("He's an N-word that figured it out"). The Wolf-man also elaborated on his very public criticisms of the YouTube Music Awards, at which he performed on November 3."YouTube, the way that it's set up, it gives anyone who's creative a platform to showcase their work to people," the Creator said.

  • eminem, marshall mathers lp 2, fire, home

    Eminem's 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' Childhood Home Burned in Fire

    Eminem's childhood home in Detroit was damaged in a fire on November 7, further scarring the vacant property pictured on the cover of the rapper's recently released eighth album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. According to the Detroit Free Press, the city's fire department arrived on the scene at 6:20 p.m. on Thursday, as flames were eating away at a boarded-up, second-floor window of the two-story bungalow. Firefighters were able to put out the blaze, but not before portions of the top floor sustained damage. The Detroit Fire Department didn't have any information as to what caused the fire.Back in September, the house — which originally appeared on the cover of Em's 2000 masterpiece, The Marshall Mathers LP — was listed as being owned by the Michigan Land Bank, a government program that manages empty properties across the state, including 11,000 in Detroit.

  • lou reed, laurie anderson, death, velvet underground

    Laurie Anderson on Lou Reed: 'I Am So Proud of the Way He Lived and Died'

    Since Lou Reed's passing on October 27, the late icon has been honored many times over by a slew of artists. Among those who paid tribute to the Velvet Underground co-founder: VU bandmate John Cale, Patti Smith, Arcade Fire, and David Bowie. One of the most heartfelt remembrances, though, came from Reed's widow, Laurie Anderson, who wrote a touching obituary for a local Long Island newspaper. Now, Anderson has penned another farewell to her longtime partner, who succumbed to liver disease at the age of 71.Anderson begins the piece by recalling the first time she and Lou Reed met, at a music festival organized by John Zorn in Munich in 1992. "John wanted us all to meet one another and play with one another, as opposed to the usual 'move-'em-in-and-out' festival mode," she writes. "That was why Lou asked me to read something with his band.

  • eminem, bet, marshall mathers lp 2

    Eminem Proclaims Statement of Purpose on 'Rap City': 'I Just Rap, That's All I Do'

    Eminem may be a decade removed from his most zeitgeist-defining era, but when the Detroit MC drops an album, it's still an event. As such, in honor of Em's eighth full-length, the just-released The Marshall Mathers LP 2, BET revived its long-gone Rap City TV series for a single-night special devoted entirely to the self-proclaimed "Rap God." Eminem sat down with host Big Tigger to reflect on his nearly 20-year career, including the period of time when he was, as SPIN recently phrased it, "rap's Great White Asshole." The 41-year-old legend also discussed his struggles with addiction, the creative process behind his latest studio effort, and working with "Love Game" co-star Kendrick Lamar. Watch clips from the Rap City Presents: Em 360 special above and below (via MissInfo).

  • fuzz, ty segall, you won't see me, stream

    Hear Ty Segall Celebrate His Birthday With Fuzz on Sludgy Live Cut 'You Won't See Me'

    A few weeks back, John Dwyer's Castle Face Records announced a new, ongoing series of releases dubbed Live in San Francisco. The first entry, now available for purchase, caught White Fence at Bay Area venue Amnesia. On December 3, the garage rock gatekeepers will share the franchise's second installment: a four-track platter documenting a recent set that SPIN cover star Ty Segall played with Fuzz at the SF Eagle. According to Castle Face, the performance was recorded on Segall's most recent birthday — find out how he celebrated by listening to the Live in San Francisco rendition of Fuzz B-side "You Won't See Me." The stoner-blues juggernaut is streaming below, weeks ahead of its official release.Fuzz Live in San Francisco track list:1. "This Time I've Got a Reason"2. "Fuzz's Fourth Dream"3. "You Won't See Me"4. "One"

  • lady gaga, artpop, stream

    10 Albums You Can Hear Now: Lady Gaga, Roc Marciano, Caspian, and More

    Surprise! We've rounded up a second-helping of album streams for your listening pleasure. Scroll down to hear new records by Lady Gaga, Roc Marciano, Caspian, and many more.1) Lady Gaga, ARTPOP. "Lady Gaga's long-awaited ARTPOP is now streaming in full on iTunes Radio. Gaga has already shared a handful of songs from the 15-track album, including 'Applause,' 'Venus,' the R. Kelly-featuring 'Do What U Want,' 'Aura,' and 'Dope.' Now fans who didn't cop the LP from file-sharing services can hear the whole record by upgrading to the latest version of iTunes." — SPIN (via iTunes Radio)2) Roc Marciano, The Pimpire Strikes Back. "Marci gives us 16 free tracks over some soul sample heavy production from Alchemist, Evidence, Lord Finesse, Madlib, Arch Druids and Roc himself.

  • sampha, drake, too much

    Stream Sampha's Brooding, Drake-Less Version of 'Too Much'

    Drake's "Too Much" stands as one of the finest tracks on the Toronto MC's third album. It's a piano-lined "let's clear the air" confessional aimed at Drizzy's friends and family — basically everyone in the 27-year-old rapper's life for whom the title Nothing Was the Same rings far too true. The song's keys and backing vocals come courtesy Sampha, a Londoner known for his previous collaborations with SBTRKT, Jessie Ware, and Lil Silva. Now, the soulful singer has shared his solo rendition of "Too Much," which will be released as a digital double-A-side single on November 12 via Young Turks.According to an official announcement, Drake pulled from a demo version of the slow-burning ballad. Sampha's full, finished product does away with Drizzy's over-enunciated spitting and backing chipmunk samples.

  • mudhoney, the soup, mark arm, vanishing point

    Mudhoney's Mark Arm Diving Into 'The Soup' Tonight on E!

    Back in July, Mudhoney made their first television appearance in nearly 20 years, barraging Late Night With Jimmy Fallon with two highlights from their ninth album, Vanishing Point. Now, frontman Mark Arm is set to return to the small screen, this time as a guest on E!'s The Soup. According to a post on the Seattle legends' Facebook, Arm will chat with host and Community star Joel McHale tonight, November 6. See the photo above for visual proof.Arm's latest TV gig comes at the tail-end of a busy year for the alt-rock godfathers. Aside from dropping the follow-up to 2008's The Lucky Ones, Mudhoney also celebrated their 25th anniversary, performed atop their home city's iconic Space Needle, were honored with their very own ice cream flavor, and served as the inspiration for a recently released book titled Mudhoney: The Sound & Fury From Seattle.

  • beedeegee, sum/one, brian degraw, gang gang dance

    Gang Gang Dance's Brian Degraw and CSS' Lovefoxxx Pair Off for Synthy 'Flowers'

    Gang Gang Dance co-founder Brian Degraw has gone solo under the alphabet soup-y moniker bEEdEEgEE, and plans to release the project's debut album on December 3 via 4AD. Titled SUM/ONE, the upcoming LP spans nine tracks and hosts guest appearances by Degraw's Gang Gang Dance-mate Lizzi Bougatsos, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, and Douglas Armour. Another co-star featured is CSS' Lovefoxxx, who graces two tunes, one of which is now available for streaming. Imbued with dusky synths, "Flowers" casts the Brazilian electro-funk siren as enchanting temptress. First she's doling out compliments, singing, "I see your beauty," and by the song's end she's beckoning, "Surrender."Hear "Flowers" below, and scroll further for the track list to SUM/ONE, followed by bEEdEEgEE's tour dates.

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