Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • eminem, marshall mathers lp 2, stream

    10 Albums You Can Hear Now: Eminem, M.I.A., Lamb of God, and More

    Start the work week off the right way — by streaming new albums from YouTube Music Awards performers Eminem and M.I.A., as well as upcoming reissues by Lamb of God and the late Jason Molina's Songs: Ohia project. Find links to those records and more below.1) Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. "If rapping were a purely athletic competition, Eminem would be Michael Phelps and Mary Lou Retton combined: pure agility and flexibility, like an unstoppable bullet with only white-hot hate in his wake. His flow only gets more baroque and knotty and Nutrageous with age: syllable-cramming, unnecessarily complicated assonance, a Minaj-erie of silly voices, blink-and-you-miss-it punch lines that range from slow burners to total groaners." — SPIN (via iTunes Radio)2) M.I.A., Matangi.

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    CHVRCHES Soundtrack Virtual Reality Romance in Sci-Fi 'Lies' Video

    CHVRCHES have reunited with director Sing J. Lee for their latest music video, a sci-fi clip promoting The Bones of What You Believe single "Lies." Lee helmed the Glaswegian synth-pop trio's previous short, "The Mother We Share," and the new video imports much of its predecessor's style and tone. Like "The Mother We Share," "Lies" cuts between footage of CHVRCHES performing in a smoky abyss and a narrative focused on a despondent main character. Last time, said loner was a depressed woman wandering through city streets; this time, our protagonist is a lovelorn young man yearning for intimacy. But instead of joining a dating service or diving into the local bar scene, the gent signs up for a scientific study that drops him in a virtual reality program. It's the negotiation between romance and technology that CHVRCHES have mastered so well, rendered as a video. Watch it above.

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    The National Churn, London Grammar Prowl on 'Jools Holland'

    The National are currently touring the U.K. and Europe in support of their latest thought-rock opus, this year's Trouble Will Find Me. While across the pond, the SPIN profile subjects made a pit stop on the latest episode of the BBC's Later... With Jools Holland to perform "Sea of Love," a highlight from their sixth album and the song that gives the LP its pessimistic title. The audio on the clip isn't optimal — the track's churning rhythm immediately sounds muffled — but frontman Matt Berninger demands to be heard, leaning into and lashing out at the microphone, screaming, "I see you rushing down," near the video's end.Footage of fellow guests London Grammar doesn't suffer the same technical difficulties.

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    Morrissey's 'Autobiography' Audiobook Will Be Read By Another Morrissey

    Morrissey's Autobiography will soon be released as an audiobook read by a different Morrissey. According to Moz fansite True to You, actor David Morrissey — best known to U.S. audiences as the Governor on AMC's The Walking Dead — has recorded the voice-over for the "complete and unabridged digital download" of the best-selling Penguin Classics title. So rather than hearing tales of Morrissey's "humasexuality" recounted in the mournful croon of the man himself, fans will instead bask in the theatrical delivery of a real-life thespian. Just be thankful the publisher didn't ask the voice of Darth Maul to sing the entire book.The audiobook edition of Autobiography will be released on December 5, right after the memoir lands on U.S. bookshelves on December 3 via G.P. Putnam's Sons.

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    Watch Califone's Voyeuristic 'Frosted Tips' Video

    Back in July, Califone explored the seedier end of Tumblr with the interactive video for "Stitches," the title track from their recently released seventh album. Now, the Tim Rutili-led outfit have shared another R-rated visual — this one for new single "Frosted Tips." Directed by Jared Varava, the new clip peers into the goings-on of an apartment building. The camera (literally) offers a window into violence, death, loneliness, family life, parties, and, uh, some "creative" love-making.Here's what Varava had to say about working with the band: "I first heard Califone ages ago, back when I was in college and my brain was still spongy enough to process copious amounts of music. Over a decade after that, I cold called this guy Tim Rutili to ask if he'd be interested in scoring a short film I made.

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    Stream Night Terrors of 1927's Anthemic Debut EP 'Guilty Pleas'

    Last year, former Rilo Kiley guitarist Blake Sennett teamed with Jarrod Gorbel — ex-frontman for Brooklyn outfit the Honorary Title — to craft darkly cathartic synth-pop under the moniker Night Terrors of 1927. In the months since, the duo have posted a handful of tracks to their SoundCloud page and shared a music video for "Dust and Bones," the call-to-arms opening track from their upcoming debut EP, Guilty Pleas. Now, Sennett and Gorbel have shared the entire five-track effort, days before its official release on November 11 via Atlantic Records. Scroll down to stream the whole Guilty Pleas EP in all its open-hearted, high-drama glory.

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    'Missing' Pussy Riot Member Actually Just in Different Prison Colony

    Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova isn't missing — she's just been moved to a new prison, claim officials with Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service. The clarification came on November 2 (via the Guardian), just one day after members of Tolokonnikova's family claimed she had vanished following her sudden removal from the penal colony where she was being held.Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service released a statement on October 18 announcing that the punk-activist's request for a transfer had been granted. The 23-year-old, who is currently serving a two-year jail sentence for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred," recently held a nine-day hunger strike to protest inhumane treatment and alleged death threats she endured at Russia's Penal Colony No. 14.Her father, Andrei Tolokonnikova, told BuzzFeed on November 1 that no one had heard from Tolokonnikova since October 21.

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    YouTube Music Awards Live-Stream: Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Eminem, M.I.A., and More

    The very first YouTube Music Awards are currently underway in New York City and streaming live via — where else — YouTube. Tune in to see live performances by Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Eminem (think he'll maybe, possibly lip-sync again?), M.I.A., Avicii, and more, including Tyler, the Creator, who recently criticized the show for being "BUTT."Awards are being handed out in six categories, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are eligible for four of them (Artist of the Year, Video of the Year, YouTube Breakthrough, and YouTube Phenomenon). Some of the other nominees: Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Atoms for Peace, Bat for Lashes, Justin Bieber, Rudimental, and PSY. Actor/musician Jason Schwartzman and comedian/musician Reggie Watts are co-hosting the 90-minute webcast, while filmmaker Spike Jonze plays creative director.Watch the inaugural YouTube Music Awards by hitting the play button above.

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    Stream Four Tet's Rarity-Packed Two-Hour Solid Steel Mix

    Four Tet, a.k.a. Kieran Hebden, is a longtime friend to Ninja Tune's Solid Steel radio program. Since 2001, the Beautiful Rewind craftsman has contributed a number of mixes to the show, and on December 6, he'll perform at Solid Steel's 25th Anniversary celebration in London. In advance of the upcoming engagement, the producers at Solid Steel's radio broadcast gave Four Tet control of the airwaves for a full two hours (via Fact). The U.K. DJ-producer delivered a blend of "unofficial edits and mixes," according to Ninja Tune's SoundCloud page."I guess these edits were mainly made to be played in clubs and I've always like the tradition of DJs extending and rearranging to make things work in their sets," Hebden says in the statement.

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    Flume Pits Autre Ne Veut Against Ghostface Killah on New 'Space Cadet'

    Australian beatsmith Flume is plotting a mammoth reissue of his self-titled debut album. Due November 12 in the U.S. via Mom + Pop, the deluxe edition of Flume spans four discs, collecting the original LP, a host of remixes (Flume reworking other artists' work and vice versa), a 70-minute tour documentary, a producer disc with stems for three songs, and a nine-track hip-hop mixtape. Flume has already shared two cuts from the mixtape — a new version of "Holdin On" featuring Freddie Gibbs and the Stalley-assisted "Intro" — and now he's let go a third.Flume has drafted Autre Ne Veut and Ghostface Killah (!!) to fill out his twinkling "Space Cadet" instrumental. Debuted on Gorilla vs. Bear, the alternate take spreads Autre Ne Veut's slick vocals over Flume's starry sonics, and then jettisons the airy falsetto and down-pitched clips in favor of Killah's punchy boasts.

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