Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

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    Morrissey's 'Autobiography' Finally Nabs U.S. Publisher, Release Date

    We knew it was gonna happen someday: Morrissey's much-discussed Autobiography is coming to America. Slicing Up Eyeballs reports (via Moz fan site True to You) that the former Smiths singer's life story has found an American publisher in G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House.So far, the book has only been available in the U.K. and Europe, where it was published — after some disagreements with the drama-prone author — by Penguin Classics. Now, the Pope of Mope's stateside disciples will be able to read the 480-page tell-all after it hits U.S. bookshelves on December 3, conveniently in time for the holiday season. Dial-a-Cliché, anyone?Moz's Autobiography is already a runaway success overseas, having topped the U.K. book charts in its first week with roughly 35,000 copies sold (via the Guardian).

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    Please Stop Confusing Lou Bega With Lou Reed

    Lou Reed's death on October 27 has inspired a wealth of tributes for the late Velvet Underground founder. Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, and Arctic Monkeys have recently covered some of Reed's most iconic songs, while John Cale, David Bowie, Kim Gordon, and many more have shared remembrances, either through official statements or social media. But a whole slew of other people have misdirected their condolences towards Lou Bega — yes, he of "Mambo No. 5" fame. The one-hit wonder revealed on Facebook on October 28 that he's been inundated with loads of "R.I.P." messages because a reporter mixed up the man who mamboed up the Billboard charts in 1999 with the man who walked on the wild side in 1972. "i have been receiving Tons of condolences because of a Journalist confusing our Identities," the post reads.

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    Savages Honor 'Slaughterhouse-Five' With Animated 'Marshal Dear' Video

    Savages have followed their recent gut-punching music videos for "Husbands" and "I Am Here" with a third doomy visual, this one for Silence Yourself closer "Marshal Dear." As Matablog points out, the clip was inspired by Kurt Vonnegut's classic science-fiction novel Slaughterhouse-Five, and features design and animation from U.K. artist Gergely Wootsch. Conceived and storyboarded by Savages guitarist Gemma Thompson, the just-released clip focuses on a specific scene from the 1969 book, which follows American Billy Pilgrim through his tenure as a soldier in World War II and his experiences traveling through time.Matablog writes: "The scene from the novel occurs whilst main protagonist Billy believes he has become 'unstuck in time.' He turns on the TV and focuses on a scene in a movie about bombers in the Second World War.

  • blaenavon, KOSO EP, prague

    Watch Blaenavon Tear 'Prague' Apart in Live Video

    Blaenavon are a young U.K. trio who recently followed their previously released single ("Into the Night"/"Denim Patches") with their debut EP, KOSO. To promote the new four-track effort, members Ben Gregory, Frank Wright and Harris McMillan — all 17 years old — have shared an official music video for "Prague," a Foals-like ringer that serves as the boys' latest single. Directed by Hobby Holmes and produced by the folks behind the Mahogany Blog's Sessions series, the clip captures a raw and formidable live performance. Watch the clip above and head over to iTunes to purchase the KOSO EP, which is out now via Transgressive Records.

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    Stream Le Trouble's Tireless 'Reality Strikes' EP

    Back in September, Le Trouble unleashed "Real Talk (Part 2)," the deliriously dancey first single from the Montreal fivesome's debut EP, Reality Strikes. Now, days ahead of the collection's November 5 release, the genre-hopping maximalists — who pride themselves on trying to "ride that thin line between Meat Loaf, Hall and Oates, and punk" — have shared the entire six-track effort. For a slick synthesis of dreamy balladry ("Fine Line"), fidgety guitar-work ("Mission Bell"), and arena-ready power-pop (the title track), scroll down to stream the Reality Strikes EP in full. 

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    Hear the Saddest Landscape's Furious Post-Hardcore Assault 'Loss Will Find Us'

    Post-hardcore unit the Saddest Landscape are teaming up with fellow noise-makers My Fictions for a split EP dubbed When You Are Close, I Am Gone. Due November 12 via Topshelf Records, the three-track effort collects a previously unreleased track from each outfit, in addition to a 13-minute collaborative song featuring both bands.

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    See King Krule Dress Up 'Easy Easy' for Network TV Debut

    King Krule made his U.S. network television debut on Monday, and 19-year-old Archy Marshall dressed for the occasion. The London crooner and his supporting players donned their best suits to appear on the Late Show With David Letterman and perform "Easy Easy," a Billy Bragg-y single featured on Krule's debut album, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon. All right, so the threads hung a bit loose on Marshall's thin frame (not unlike the oversized suit seen in the song's official video) and he was sporting a bit of ginger-colored scruff, but the singer-songwriter still managed to appear wise beyond his years, thanks to his tight guitar strums and signature deep snarl. Watch the clip above, and check out another live performance from King Krule, filmed for "Church of Nobody," an eight-part video series organized by outsider bluesman Willis Earl Beal.

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    Brad Laner Releases 'Nearest Suns' Solo Album, Reveals Recording Process in 'Be Gone' Video

    Earlier this year, the ever-prolific Brad Laner revived his band Medicine to release To the Happy Few, the Los Angeles shoegazers' first album with their original lineup since 1995's Her Highness. Not one to rest on his laurels, Laner has now shared another new full-length, this one bearing his own name. Nearest Suns is out today, October 29, via Hometapes, and marks Laner's third solo record for the label. In conjunction with the freshly dropped LP, the guitar wizard has shared new single "Be Gone," a warm, mystical lo-fi chant. As a bonus, Laner has paired the track with a homemade music video that captures him recording all of the vocals and instrumentals for "Be Gone.""I filmed myself performing each instrumental and vocal part with my iPhone whilst recording the audio into Logic on my main computer," Laner says in an official statement.

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    Stream Beachwood Sparks' Long-Lost 'Watery Moonlight,' From Would-Be Debut Album

    West Coast mainstays Beachwood Sparks have been peddling their brand of psychedelic-country since 1997. Story has it that rehearsals for the project began at the intersection of — no joke — Beachwood Drive and Sparks Street in Los Angeles. The six players came from '90s indie outfits Further and Strictly Ballroom: Brent Rademaker (bass/vocals), Chris Gunst (guitar/vocals), "Farmer Dave" Scher (lap steel/organ/vocals), Josh Schwartz (guitar/vocals), Pete "Sleigher" Kinne (percussion/vocals), and Tom Sanford (drums/vocals).

  • okkervil river, lovestreams, stay young, will sheff, video

    Watch Okkervil River's Alternate, Single-Take Version of 'Stay Young'

    This week, Okkervil River shared the official music video for "Stay Young," a horn- and harmonica-enhanced highlight from the indie-folk crew's latest album, this September's The Silver Gymnasium. Premiered on Rolling Stone, the clip serves as a visual love letter to frontman Will Sheff's childhood home state of New Hampshire — it's four sunny minutes of kids drinking beers, riding all-terrain vehicles, and kicking up dirt on motorcycles. Now, director Sean Dunne has shared an alternate version of the short, one that follows a pair of Bud Light-slugging youths as they cruise through the woods of Claremont, New Hampshire on an ATV.

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