Kyle McGovern

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  • sam smith, arctic monkeys, do i wanna know?

    Hear Sam Smith Smolder Over Arctic Monkeys' 'Do I Wanna Know?'

    Much digital ink has already been posted about how the Arctic Monkeys' stellar fifth album imbues a healthy dose of R&B panache. SPIN noted flashes of Aaliyah a few weeks ago when reviewing the Mercury Prize-nominated AM; we also recently spoke with frontman Alex Turner about TLC; and, of course, there was the Brits' strut-worthy cover of Drake's smooth single "Hold On, We're Going Home." In case that's not enough evidence that Arctic Monkeys are fluent in the art of slick grooves, here's some more: soulful U.K. singer Sam Smith covered AM opener "Do I Wanna Know?" during an October 23 appearance at the BBC's Maida Vale Studios.Though he made his name by hopping onto dance-pop tunes and collaborating with Disclosure, Smith didn't rework "Do I Wanna Know?" for the club (or flip the "Latch," if you will).

  • guided by voices, kevin fennell, drum kit

    Guided by Voices Drummer Booted Out of Band After Failed Kit Auction

    Guided by Voices drummer Kevin Fennell recently put his drum kit up for auction on eBay, offering fans a chance to own a small piece of indie-rock history for no less than $55,000. Unfortunately for Fennell, the list price may have been too high of an ask, seeing that bidding has now officially closed and no one has tried to take home the set. But the failed attempt to make some extra cash has come at an even greater cost for the drummer: He's been kicked out of Guided by Voices.GBV issued a statement on their Facebook page on October 23, saying, "For the record, the band Guided by Voices has nothing to do with the sale of Kevin Fennell's drums. He is acting on his own and is no longer in the band." Fucking Nostalgic points to what is allegedly an email conversation between Fennell and frontman Robert Pollard, in which the two exchange heated messages about the auction.

  • death cab for cutie, ben gibbard, transatlanticism

    10 Albums You Can Hear Now: Death Cab for Cutie, Los Campesinos!, Widowspeak, and More

    Start coasting towards the weekend with the latest releases by Death Cab for Cutie (a 10th anniversary edition of 2003's star-making Transatlanticism), Los Campesinos!, Widowspeak, and more. They're all streaming right now, and you can find the links below.1) Death Cab for Cutie, Transatlanticism (10th Anniversary Edition). "Transatlanticism holds up as an exquisitely produced, largely flawless record in which every song is bound to serve as someone's favorite. As such, though new would-be fans are born every day, most of its target audience already owns the thing, right? Enter this reissue, out Oct. 29, in which the original album is packaged alongside an identically sequenced but otherwise revelatory set of demo versions.

  • nirvana, kurt cobain, in utero, blank on blank

    Cartoon Kurt Cobain Talks About School, Punk, Sexuality in 1993 Interview

    Nirvana fans have had a bounty of new-old content to feast on of late. There was, of course, the massive In Utero reissue and all of its multimedia accoutrements, and then the trilogy of early '90s interviews the grunge icons did with journalist James Sherry. Now comes another dusted-off bit of audio via PBS' animated "Blank on Blank" series. The franchise has unearthed a rare Q&A that Kurt Cobain did on July 22, 1993 and set it to some pen-and-ink visuals.

  • billie joe armstrong, norah jones, everly brothers, foreverly

    Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones Are Covering an Everly Brothers Album

    Billie Joe Armstrong is taking a breather from Green Day after last year's ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! album trilogy to team with jazz-pop starlet Norah Jones. The two are releasing their very own version of the Everly Brothers' 1958 album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, which they're calling Foreverly (get it?). Due November 25 via Reprise Records, the upcoming LP was recorded in New York City over a span of nine days, spread across two studio sessions. Armstrong and Jones spoke with Stereogum about the project, explaining how the collaborative effort first came together.Armstrong said he originally met Jones 10 years ago at the Grammys. "We sang together with Stevie Wonder and his band and a whole bunch of people. [Then] I got into the Everly Brothers' record a couple years ago and I thought it was just beautiful. I was listening to it every morning for a while off and on.

  • johnny jewel, symmetry, italians do it better, the messenger, the hunt

    Johnny Jewel Reissues 'The Messenger,' Channels '80s in 'The Hunt' Video

    Long before synth-master Johnny Jewel returned to the After Dark franchise, he shared The Messenger, a promo album crafted with his Desire bandmate Nat Walker. The duo — who dubbed themselves Symmetry — released the collaborative LP in 2011, but the 13-track collection went out of print. Now, as Pitchfork points out, The Messenger has been reissued on limited-edition clear vinyl and is currently available for purchase through Italians Do It Better. The quiet re-release comes with a music video for dusky instrumental "The Hunt." As seen above, the visual collage honors Jewel's ongoing obsession with the 1980s by cycling through images of Reagan-era pin-ups (there are definitely some NSFW flashes), professional athletes, musicians (look out for a quick LL Cool J cameo), and technology.

  • holy ghost!, drake, hold on we're going home

    See Holy Ghost! Disco-fy Drake's 'Hold On, We're Going Home'

    Drake's New Wavy seducer "Hold On, We're Going Home" has already been reworked by Arctic Monkeys, Rick Ross, and Dev Hynes. Now Holy Ghost! take their turn at the Nothing Was the Same standout. The Dynamics duo have remodeled the Majid Jordan-featuring track as a synthy stomper better suited to a DFA dance floor than, say, a neon-lit nightclub in Miami or a walk down the aisle.Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel's nod to Drizzy comes paired with a music video that debuted on Revolt TV. Blending black-and-white live footage of the New York pair with hazy shots of their hometown, the four-and-a-half-minute clip bears a strong similarity to two other Holy Ghost! visuals from this year: "Dumb Disco Ideas" and "Teenagers in Heat." Check out the new version of "Hold On, We're Going Home" via the video above.

  • superchunk, i hate music, breaking down, acoustic

    Hear Superchunk's Disarming, Acoustic Rendition of 'Breaking Down'

    Back in September, the organist for the Boston Red Sox snuck in a special treat for Superchunk fans: A Fenway Park-appropriate rendition of "Me & You & Jackie Mittoo," a life-affirming highlight off of the indie-rock icons' Essential 10th album, I Hate Music. Now, the Merge Records mascots have shared their own reworking of another tearjerker from the LP: "Breaking Down." The original studio version draws its power from a chugging rhythm and shreddy guitar heroics, but Superchunk's just-unveiled acoustic version puts new emphasis on frontman Mac McCaughan's lyrics. A line like "The light keeps blinking and the sun keeps sinking / Let's stay up here tonight / Yeah, we'll live by the moonlight," reveals its true strength when delivered over dreamy six-string strums.

  • Take Us Out: Franz Ferdinand Return to NYC for One-Night Stand

    Take Us Out: Franz Ferdinand Return to NYC for One-Night Stand

    Back in July, Franz Ferdinand played a surprise show at Glasslands, an intimate D.I.Y. outpost situated in North Brooklyn. Last night, the Glaswegian foursome returned to New York City to headline a sold-out show at Hammerstein Ballroom, a 3,500-capacity venue in midtown Manhattan. Both performances were delivered in support of their fourth album, the recently released Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action: The former gig was promoted as a simple listening party for the then-under wraps LP, while the latter marked Franz Ferdinand's first major live set in NYC since a 2009 appearance at Roseland Ballroom. "It feels more like a show here," frontman Alex Kapranos, who's been fighting a cold for the past three days, says backstage at Hammerstein Ballroom. "The Glasslands thing was cool but it was a very raw rock'n'roll gig. There's a bit more of a show here.

  • nick cave, bad seeds, live from kcrw, record store day, back to black friday

    Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Plot Live Album for Black Friday 2013

    November 29 wouldn't really be a Black Friday without a little Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Luckily, the dastardly Australian outfit are planning to give their upcoming live album, Live From KCRW, an early release in conjunction with this year's Back to Black Friday Record Store Day event. Due for a wide digital release on December 3, the 10-track set will first be available the day after Thanksgiving in CD and double-vinyl formats.Recorded on April 18 between Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' two Coachella gigs, Live From KCRW captures a performance at Los Angeles' Apogee Studio, done on behalf of (who else?) radio station KCRW. The session featured only a handful of the band members — Cave, bassist Martyn Casey, multi-instrumentalist Warren Ellis, percussionist Jim Sclavunos, and organist Barry Adamson — playing selections from their extensive songbook.

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