Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • 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).

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    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.

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    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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    Cocteau Twins Stepchildren Snowbird Woo Radiohead Members for Debut

    Cocteau Twins multi-instrumentalist Simon Raymonde has teamed with singer-songwriter Stephanie Dosen to form a new project dubbed Snowbird. The duo's debut album, moon, arrives in January via Raymonde's Bella Union label and boasts an impressive guest list. Among the contributors: Radiohead members Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway, Midlake's Eric Pulido and McKenzie Smith, Lanterns on the Lake's Paul Gregory, and tunesmith Jonathan Wilson.Raymonde and Dosen — or, as you might like to call them, Cocteau Head and the Radio Twins — have shared a track from the upcoming LP, the aptly named "Porcelain." Raymonde said of Snowbird in a statement, "It would be a little odd if it didn't remind people of Cocteau Twins," and he's right.

  • lady gaga, artpop, outer space

    Lady Gaga Will Reportedly Sing in Outer Space in 2015

    Lady Gaga plans to go boldly where no pop star has gone before. According to Us Weekly, the ARTPOP auteur will become the first artist to sing in outer space. The magazine reports that Mother Monster will leave Earth's atmosphere in early 2015, by way of a Virgin Galactic ship, where she'll perform one of her many hits."She has to do a month of vocal training because of the atmosphere," says "a source," who adds that Gaga will be joined by her glam squad.The out-of-this-world gig will happen in conjunction with New Mexico's Zero G Colony festival, a three-day showcase highlighting cutting-edge technology. Gaga's historical performance is set to happen at dawn on the third day of the fest, which will be held at Spaceport America.

  • j. cole, crooked smile, born sinner, david letterman

    See J. Cole Charm 'Letterman' With String-Laced 'Crooked Smile'

    J. Cole flashed his "Crooked Smile" on the Late Show With David Letterman on November 5, dropping by the legendary Ed Sullivan Theater stage to promote his chart-topping sophomore album, Born Sinner. The SPIN interview subject didn't bring along TLC's T-Boz and Chilli, who guest on the track's album version, but he did enjoy support from a pair of sturdy-voiced backup singers and a four-piece string section. Cole's robust rendition of the "love your body" single earned high praise from the late-night show's host. Letterman not only tossed out an enthusiastic "Fantastic!," he blew a big kiss to the MC's supporting players. Watch the footage above.Meanwhile, SPIN profile stars St. Lucia showed up on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to host an intimate dance party set to "Elevate" and "All Eyes on You," two sun-speckled highlights from recently released debut LP When the Night.

  • pussy riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, prison transfer

    Pussy Riot Member Moved to Siberian Prison Colony as 'Punishment,' Husband Says

    Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is headed to a remote prison colony in Siberia, according to her family members and lawyers. The Guardian reports that Tolokonnikova's husband, Petya Verzilov, said he has received "100 percent reliable" information that his wife is being transferred to a prison in the country's Krasnoyarsk region, which is four time zones and 2,000 miles from her family in Moscow, Russia. According to Verzilov, the move is punishment for Tolokonnikova's very public criticisms of labor conditions in prison."They do not have the ability to put on the usual psychological or physical pressure they can use with inmates because of the high profile of the case," Verzilov said.

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