Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • Elf Power 'Darkest Wave' Video Stream

    Watch Elf Power's Woozy 'Darkest Wave' Video

    Nineteen years on and Elf Power are still conjuring some of the finest psychedelic-folk to emerge from the Elephant 6 collective. Earlier this month, the Athens, Georgia mainstays unveiled their latest full-length experiment, Sunlight on the Moon, through Darla Records/Orange Twin Records. Now, they're supporting the LP with a video for "Darkest Wave," a low-key, fuzzed-out track that nods to the tune of a steady tambourine pulse. Directed by Jason Thrasher and edited by Kyle Carruthers, the just-released clip throws a dreamy gaze at the individual members of Elf Power, as the camera woozily fades in and out from close-up to close-up. Drift along with the lens by hitting the play button above.

  • Mike Donovan 'Do Do Ya' Video Stream Interview

    Watch Mike Donovan Sing Karaoke in VHS-Warped 'Do Do Ya' Video

    Sic Alps called it quits back in July, but frontman Mike Donovan is continuing on with a solo career. This week, the San Francisco garage-rock mastermind issued Wot, the first album released under his own name. "Where [Sic Alps] had made it to, in terms of the lineup and the songs, the whole story of the band," Donovan tells SPIN. "I feel like we were at a good spot to end it, have it be the last chapter. It was a happy death." Now he's back with a new single, the frayed feel-good tune "Do Do Ya?," and a new music video. Created by Viktor Rosengruen, Janosch Pugnaghi, and Jan Lankisch, the "Do Do Ya?" clip equips Donovan with a microphone, guitar, and saxophone, and casts him in front of a green screen that makes it loook as though he's running through the streets of Cologne. "It's got that karaoke vibe," Donovan says.

  • kurt vile, fun fun fun fest, fun fun fun nites

    Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 Nites: Kurt Vile, Misfits, Flatbush Zombies, and More

    Organizers for Fun Fun Fun Fest have announced the roster for this year's FFF Nites showcase, the series of after-hours performances happening at venues throughout Austin, Texas. Artists tapped for the bonus shows include SPIN cover star Kurt Vile, Misfits, Chelsea Light Moving, Mac DeMarco, Pop. 1280, Flatbush Zombies, the Men, and Bleached. Fun Fun Fun Fest proper takes place at Auditorium Shores and runs from Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10, but the Nites gigs kick off on Thursday, November 7. Other performers working late into the eve: Quasi, Pelican, RJD2, Dana Falconberry, OBN III's, Coliseum, Lemuria, Small Black, Bob Mould (DJ set), Big Black Delta, Cro-Mags, Del the Funky Homosapien, White Lung, and Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set).

  • Thao & the Get Down Stay Down We the Common at ACL 2013

    See Thao & the Get Down Stay Down Triumph Through 'We the Common'

    Earlier this year, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down released their third album, We the Common, a 12-track platter stuffed with highlights. There's the twangy "Holy Roller," the Joanna Newsom duet "Kindness Be Conceived," and the LP's semi-title track, "We the Common [For Valerie Bolden]," which was inspired by a woman who's serving life without parole in the California prison system. In April, the ode to Ms. Bolden was paired with an official music video featuring This American Life host Ira Glass and comedian John Hodgman. Now, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down have treated SPIN to another visual for the life-affirming tune. As seen above, the video captures an intimate performance from the San Francisco band, with frontwoman Thao Nguyen singing and plucking at a banjo, leading the outfit through the buzzy-but-folksy anthem.

  • a tribe called quest, kanye west, yeezus, tour

    A Tribe Called Quest Tease Retirement After Kanye West Gigs

    A Tribe Called Quest will serve as the opening act for two shows on Kanye West's fast-approaching Yeezus tour. That's a noteworthy pairing in and of itself, but the upcoming gigs have taken on some extra heft now that Q-Tip has hinted they'll be his group's last-ever performances. "In August, ATCQ did our last show FOR Cali," Tip tweeted on Wednesday (via Consequence of Sound). "It's only right we do our FINAL 2 joints where we started... NYC." The Queens crew will take the stage at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on November 20 and then check their rhimes at Madison Square Garden on November 24. Tribe first started kicking it in 1985, and then went on to release five studio albums, two of which (1991's The Low End Theory and 1993's Midnight Marauders) are part of the hip-hop canon.

  • neneh cherry, robyn, four tet

    Neneh Cherry Teams With Four Tet, Robyn for 'Raw' 2014 Album

    Neneh Cherry is plotting her first solo album in more than 16 years. The Swedish singer-songwriter/rapper/trip-hop survivor has announced that her next full-length will arrive in early 2014 by way of Smalltown Supersound. More details are on the way, but as of now it's confirmed that Kieran Hebden (a.k.a. Four Tet) produced the LP, which reportedly boasts a guest appearance from another Stockholm siren: Robyn. Cherry also collaborated with London duo RocketNumberNine on the record. According to a press release, the upcoming effort was made over a five-day period, at a steady pace of recording and mixing two songs per day. "It was a liberating experience, not endlessly trying to fiddle with the music, re-recording hundreds of times," Cherry says in a statement.

  • m.i.a., y.a.l.a., matangi

    M.I.A. Rebuts Drake's 'YOLO' Philosophy With 'Y.A.L.A.'

    M.I.A. has rebuffed Drake's ubiquitous mantra of "YOLO" (full translation: "You Only Live Once") with her own existentialist acronym: "Y.A.L.A.," or "You Always Live Again." The Sri Lankan singer-rapper revealed another piece of her upcoming fourth album, Matangi, this time in the form of a 90-second preview of new song "Y.A.L.A." Maya shared the SoundCloud file on Wednesday with a tweet that reads, "If you only live once why we keep doing the same shit?" Good question!Instead of an answer, M.I.A. offers a skronky jungle-thumper that fans can hear in full on October 22 after they pre-order Matangi. The 15-track follow-up to 2010's MAYA features previously heard tunes "Come Walk With Me," "Bring the Noize," "Only 1 U," "AtTENTion," and last year's "Bad Girls." Aside from being the latest M.I.A. song, "Y.A.L.A." is also the latest bit of heat directed at Drake.

  • eminem, janelle monae, saturday night live

    Eminem, Janelle Monae Tapped for Back-to-Back 'Saturday Night Live' Performances

    Janelle Monáe and Eminem are headed for NBC's Studio 8H. Yes, The Electric Lady and the "Rap God" have been confirmed as the next two musical guests for Saturday Night Live. Monáe — who may or may not dream of electric sheep after the late-night sketch show wraps — will make her SNL debut on October 26, alongside actor (and first-time host) Edward Norton. A week later, on November 2, Eminem will grace SNL's stage for the sixth time, in support of his upcoming eighth album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which is set to drop on November 5. While Em makes his return to the 39-seasons-strong comedy behemoth, Scandal star Kerry Washington will make her hosting debut. Confirmation that Monáe and Washington will appear on back-to-back episodes comes just days after SNL castmember Kenan Thompson spoke with TV Guide about the program's lack of diversity.

  • SQÜRL, nick zinner, jim jarmusch, ep #2

    Nick Zinner Polishes SQURL's 'Pink Dust' for Radio Edit Remix

    Jim Jarmusch's SQÜRL project will continue its trilogy of EPs with its second release, the aptly named EP #2. Out November 5 via ATP Recordings, the four-track collection will be limited to 1,000 physical copies, all of which are pressed as a deluxe, 12-inch vinyl picture-disc. The hand-numbered platters come with an art postcard (taken from Luc Sante's Folk Photography book), a download code for a digital version of EP #2, and a complimentary download of Nick Zinner's remix of SQÜRL's "Pink Dust." Judging from the snippet ATP has shared, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist does away with the droning pace of the EP #1 highlight, substituting the foggy screeching of the original with pounding percussion and snapping beats. Stream a two-and-a-half-minute preview of Zinner's "Pink Dust" radio edit below, and scroll further for the full track list to EP #2.

  • l.i.e.s. records, music for shut-ins, compilation

    L.I.E.S. Records Compiles 'Music for Shut-Ins,' Club Tracks For Club-Haters

    New York City imprint L.I.E.S. will follow last year's Essential American Noise compilation with a new two-disc set dubbed Music for Shut-Ins. Due December 11, the upcoming platter contains one disc of highlights the label has released in the past year and another disc of all-new material. According to label head Ron Morelli (via Resident Advisor), Music for Shut-Ins will deliver "a collection of hits, misses, new loves, and future head scratchers running the gamut from floor-ready beat tracks (Legowelt) to post chillout bleep-hop (Daywalker & CF) to industro-wave anti-beat experimentation (Svengalisghost) with no restrictions or limitations." The previously unreleased tracks come courtesy of L.I.E.S. artists Beautiful Swimmers, XOSAR, Jahiliyya Fields, and Florian Kupfer, to name a few. Newer signees honored include Greg Beato, Samantha Vacation, and Gunnar Haslam.

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