Kyle McGovern

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    Watch Sampha's Intimate, Mournful 'Happens' Video

    Sampha recently teased his new double-A-side single by sharing a solo version of "Too Much," a tender ballad that supplies the hook to Drake's penultimate Nothing Was the Same confessional. Now, the London singer has unveiled "Happens," the second piece of his latest release, which is out now through U.K. label Young Turks. As seen above, the track comes — just as "Too Much" did — with a set of visuals directed, produced, and edited by Cherise Payne and shot by Jake Cizic. Seated at a piano, Sampha hides in the shadows, but stays honest in the darkness. "Well, I don't have the answers," he croons. "So I won't tell you lies / You were down when I was down, love / But you've got to live your own life."The "Too Much"/"Happens" digital single is currently available for purchase via iTunes. To pre-order the 7-inch vinyl, which drops on January 6, head over to Young Turks.

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    TV on the Radio Confirm In-the-Works Fifth Album

    TV on the Radio is now officially working on their fifth studio album. The art-rock visionaries confirmed the news via Facebook on November 8 with a post that reads: "Time to let the cat out of the bag: We're working on a new record. Right this very moment. Meow, y'all." In keeping with the feline metaphor, the message came paired with a photo of a cat sitting on top of a speaker, throwing a glowing, green-eyed stare at the camera. Scroll down for the image.Right now, no other details about TVOTR's next full-length are available. We do know, though, that it's the follow-up to 2011's underappreciated Nine Types of Light, and is the band's first album since the tragic death of bassist Gerard Smith. And whenever LP No. 5 does arrive, it will also mark the group's first effort post-Interscope.

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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