Kyle McGovern



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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).

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    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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    See Queens of the Stone Age's Freaky 'Vampyre of Time & Memory' Teaser

    Queens of the Stone Age are planning a creepy interactive party just in time for Halloween and you're invited. On October 30, the desert rock heavy-hitters will release the official music video for "The Vampyre of Time and Memory," a menacing slow-burner off of this year's thrilling comeback LP, ...Like Clockwork. In advance of the Mischief Night unveiling, QOTSA have shared a minute-long teaser for the interactive clip, which comes directed by Kii Arens and Jason Trucco and produced in collaboration with The Creators Project.The preview finds SPIN cover star Josh Homme seated at a leopard print piano in a room filled with taxidermied animals, not unlike Ravenna Woods' recent video for "Border Animals." As Consequence of Sound notes, the surging sound effects and freaky looking maid who shows up lend the short an American Horror Story feel.

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    Chris Brown Could Dodge Assault Conviction Over Police Typo

    Chris Brown was arrested for felony assault in Washington, D.C. over the weekend, but a police error could help the R&B singer dodge any serious punishment. As TMZ reports, an initial version of the report filed for the October 27 incident — in which Brown reportedly scuffled with a man outside the W Hotel — mistakenly stated that the star did not throw the first punch.Sources connected to the case tell the tabloid that the first draft indicated it was Brown's bodyguard who allegedly landed the punch that broke the other man's nose. The now supposedly false account claimed that the 24-year-old artist only got involved with the fight after it had already started, which could work in Brown's favor.According to TMZ, the typo has since been corrected so the report reflects that Brown set off the altercation, but the misunderstanding could be a gift to his attorney.

  • dr. conrad murray, michael jackson, quincy jones

    Doctor Who Killed Michael Jackson Wants a Reality TV Show

    Conrad Murray was released from a Los Angeles jail on October 28 after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence for the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson. As CNN reports, Murray was given a sheriff's escort out of the facility early Monday morning for the "safety and security" of the jail, according to a sheriff's spokesman. A group of Jackson fans gathered outside of the prison were reportedly upset that authorities let Murray slip away through a back door, and settled for heckling the disgraced doctor's lawyer, Valerie Wass. TMZ caught video footage of Wass getting into a shouting match with some of MJ's followers — find the clip below.The gossip site also reports that Murray is also planning to release a book about his life and relationship with Jackson.

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    Stream Phuture Doom's Bollywood-Esque Rave-Up 'Doom Terror Corps'

    Phuture Doom brew "Black Acid," a catch-all term for the Detroit outfit's unique blend of black metal and ravey techno. On November 5, Skrillex's OWSLA label will unleash Phuture Doom's self-titled debut full-length album, a 10-track LP that includes the IDM-indebted "Doom Terror Corps," which is now available for streaming. Listen to the blaring assault below and scroll further for the full track list to Phuture Doom. To gain an extra bit of insight on the upcoming record, check out the album's apocalyptic trailer, and tune in to the BBC Radio 1Xtra at 9 p.m. (U.K. time) to hear an exclusive mix Phuture Doom have concocted.Phuture Doom track list:1. "La Grande Messe Noire"2. "Burn the Knowledge"3. "Black Acid Reign"4. "Han Breaks"5. "Mach 100"6. "Doom Terror Corps"7. "Rites"8. "Paradise Lost"9. "Funeral Phuture"10. "Exodvs"

  • jay z, barneys, kanye west, racial-profiling

    Jay Z Issues Eloquent Defense in Barneys Debate, as Kanye West Fumes

    Jay Z is currently under fire for maintaining his business relationship with Barneys in spite of the company facing racial profiling accusations, and now Hova has broken his silence on the issue, saying he's being "demonized" simply for waiting to make an informed decision. The Magna Carta Holy Grail master released a statement on his Life + Times website on October 26 defending his choice to continue with the partnership, which will soon yield a holiday collection that reportedly ranges from a $70 T-shirt to a $33,900 watch."I move and speak based on facts and not emotion," Jay says in the statement. "I haven't made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys. Why am I being demonized, denounced, thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately?

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    Hear SW/MM/NG Celebrate Endless Summer on 'We Do It All the Time' Single

    Arkansas' SW/MM/NG bliss out all year round, with aspirations to serve as "the background music to your first romantic encounter, the noise of fireworks in a beach fire," according to the their Facebook page. Now a part of the Old Flame Records roster, SW/MM/NG are expected to drop a debut full-length next year, but in the meantime they're busy issuing a trilogy of two-song digital singles. The first, featuring "Some Dreams Come True," surfaced back in September (via The Wild Honey Pie), and the second, which pairs sun-baked tunes "We Do It All the Time" and "Oils," is set to arrive on October 29. That fast-approaching release is currently streaming right here at SPIN — dive in below.

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    Watch Tele Novella Trick and Treat in Halloween-Themed 'Don't Be a Stranger' Video

    Members of now-defunct bands Voxtrot and Agent Ribbons have teamed up to form Tele Novella, a psych-pop unit that carefully coats its '60s-style harmonies in layers of fuzz. The indie supergroup is planning to release a full-length album some time in 2014, but first comes a 7-inch vinyl led by the traipsing track "Don't Be a Stranger." To promote the upcoming disc, due out November 5, Tele Novella have shared an official music video for the single. Filmed in the outfit's hometown of Austin, the clip finds Tele Novella decked out in Halloween costumes, playfully terrorizing local, uh, haunts.

  • lou reed, death, velvet underground, twitter reactions

    R.I.P. Lou Reed: David Bowie, John Cale, Kim Gordon, and More Honor the Late Rock Icon

    Following reports that Lou Reed died on Sunday, October 27, at the age of 71, droves of musicians expressed grief and paid tribute to the Velvet Underground co-founder on Twitter. As of press time, an official cause of death has not yet been revealed, but Reed's literary agent, Andrew Wylie, told the New York Times he believed Reed's passing was related to a liver transplant the singer-songwriter underwent earlier this year. Wylie added, "He was as great an artist as it's possible to be in my opinion."Surviving VU member John Cale shared a simple but tender remembrance on Facebook, writing, "The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet… I've lost my 'school-yard buddy.'"David Bowie's official Facebook posted a photo of Bowie and Reed together in 2007 with a caption that reads, "It is with great sadness that we report the death of Lou Reed who died today aged 71.

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