Kyle McGovern

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    10 Albums You Can Hear Now: Cut Copy, Melvins, Luscious Jackson, and More

    Happy Halloween! Treat yourself with new albums by Cut Copy, Melvins, Luscious Jackson, the Sounds, and more. Find links to free streams below. 1) Cut Copy, Free Your Mind. "After 2011's somewhat introverted Zonoscope, the Melbourne foursome's return to the bounce of their breakthrough second record, 2008's In Ghost Colours, is welcome. 'We Are Explorers' is the closest to that album, its melody evoking the innocence and verve of their most well-known song, 'Hearts On Fire.' The biggest props on Free Your Mind are paid to the more rave-focused side of Manchester's Factory Records." (via NPR)2) The Sounds, Weekend. "The Sounds had a simple plan of attack for their fifth album.

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    Ellie Goulding Shills for Nokia in Charity Single Video 'How Long Will I Love You'

    Back in September, Ellie Goulding asked "How Long Will I Love You" with a music video collecting snippets from the upcoming film About Time, starring Rachel McAdams. That clip has since been disabled, but it's now been replaced with another video. Directed by filmmaker Roger Michell, the new visual for "How Long Will I Love You" serves a few purposes. It promotes Goulding's song, which is not only a bonus track on her deluxe Halcyon Days, but also the official charity single for the BBC's Children In Need, a campaign supporting disadvantaged youths in the U.K. The alternate video is also a selection from Michell's forthcoming short film Tom & Issy, featuring Goulding alongside actor Dylan Edwards.

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    Steve Reich's Radiohead Tribute 'Radio Rewrite' Lands New York Premiere

    Steve Reich's Radiohead-inspired piece "Radio Rewrite" will soon fall into its right place. On November 16, the Kid A-informed composition will make its New York premiere at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it will be performed by the Alarm Will Sound ensemble (via BrooklynVegan). And unlike this series of drawings created by fifth-graders inspired by Radiohead, there will be no scythes or suicide booths involved.As SPIN previously noted, "Radio Rewrite" is a new piece by Reich that's inspired by Radiohead's "Everything In Its Right Place" and "Jigsaw Falling Into Place." The minimalist composer has said the work grew out of an encounter with Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood.

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    Watch the Killers Honor Lou Reed's 'Pale Blue Eyes'

    The Killers have paid tribute to the late, great Lou Reed. At their Las Vegas hometown's first annual Life Is Beautiful Festival on October 27, the covers-prone four took a pause from their usual bombast to play a tender, low-key version of "Pale Blue Eyes," an understated classic from the Velvet Underground's 1969 self-titled third album (and a personal favorite of Patti Smith). The fan-shot footage seen above doesn't offer a close-up of frontman Brandon Flowers, but the audio comes through clearly, along with the sentiment.The Killers and Reed collaborated previously, teaming up for "Tranquilize," a single taken from the glammy band's 2007 Sawdust compilation.

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    Queens of the Stone Age Start Halloween With 'The Vampyre of Time and Memory' on 'Conan'

    Queens of the Stone Age recently teased that "something... ghoulish" would happen when they unleashed their interactive music video for ...Like Clockwork single "The Vampyre of Time and Memory" on October 30. Well, it's now October 31 and the video still hasn't dropped — note the "Coming Soon" promise on the project's official website. QOTSA did, however, drop by Conan last night to perform the horror-rock ballad just ahead of Halloween. Decked out in a suit and seated at a blood red piano, SPIN cover star Josh Homme commanded a chilling rendition of the track; backed by carefully doled out doom'n'gloom, the frontman's voice morphs from bruised vulnerability to large-looming menace. Watch the clip above, and stay tuned for Queens of the Stone Age's impending "The Vampyre of Time and Memory" video.

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    Watch Happy Jawbone Family Band's Off-Kilter 'Everybody Knows About Daddy' Video

    After years of issuing limited-press singles, tapes, et cetera, Happy Jawbone Family Band have given themselves a proper introduction with a (slightly) polished self-titled album, recently released through Mexican Summer. In support of the freshly minted LP, the Vermont psych-pop collective have filmed an official music video for rollicking single "Everybody Knows About Daddy." Directed by Army of Kids, the clip crams the group into a kitchen for an early morning performance. Please, make yourself home, and let Happy Jawbone Family Band play you a song and burn your breakfast.

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    Watch Sumie's Haunting 'Show Talked Windows' Video

    Sandra Sumie Nagano isn't just the sister to Yukimi Nagano, frontwoman to Swedish electronic outfit Little Dragon; she also records gentle, minimalist folk under the moniker of Sumie. Her self-titled debut is set to arrive in the U.S. on December 3 via Bella Union, and she's teasing the forthcoming LP with an official music video for "Show Talked Windows," a haunting, acoustic tune that first surfaced on BrooklynVegan. A Conjunction film directed by Jens Klevje and Fabian Svensson, the just-released visual translates the track's foggy atmosphere, casting Sumie in a desolate, gray wasteland where she sits on what looks like a giant stringed instrument, waiting for the song and the smog to swallow her whole. Watch the clip above.

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    James Blake Wins the 2013 Mercury Prize

    James Blake won the U.K.'s distinguished Barclaycard Mercury Prize on October 30, collecting the honor on the strength of his sophomore album, Overgrown. The dubstepper beat out a shortlist of stiff competition that included David Bowie (for The Next Day), Arctic Monkeys (for AM), Disclosure (for Settle), Savages (for Silence Yourself), and Laura Mvula (for Sing to the Moon). Accepting the award, Blake said (via the NME), "Well, I lost a bet... On the other hand, I should thank a couple of people." Earlier in the ceremony, host Lauren Laverne mistakenly introduced James Blake as James Blunt just before the 25-year-old took the stage to perform (via the NME). Afterwards, Laverne acknowledged the gaffe in a series of tweets, writing, "Never felt better than I do tonight about artists who have fractionally dissimilar fore and surnames.

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    Marvin Gaye's Family Sues EMI for Taking Robin Thicke's Side in 'Blurred Lines' Dispute

    The battle over "Blurred Lines" keeps getting uglier.

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    Leverage Models and Sharon Van Etten Ride to Coney Island in 'Sweep' Video

    Back in August, SPIN premiered "Sweep," an elastic bit of oddball electroni-pop crafted by Leverage Models, a.k.a. producer Shannon Fields. The single features Sharon Van Etten and appears on Leverage Models' recently released (via Hometapes) self-titled debut album. Now, Fields and Van Etten have reunited for the song's official music video, a dream-like short directed by Robert Hatch-Miller and Puloma Basu. Shot entirely on an iPhone appended with an SLR lens adapter, the new clip follows a surreal subway trip from Times Square to Coney Island. The short captures a certain kind of fatigue that comes from commuting via New York City's train tunnels — the sort of lightheaded fogginess where all the details are clear but the world at large feels out of focus. Take a ride on the rails by hitting play above.

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