Kyle McGovern

writer

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    Record Store Day Rarities Include Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age, Nas, and More

    Like it or not, the holiday season is fast on the approach, which means Record Store Day's annual Back to Black Friday event is also on the way.

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    See Arctic Monkeys Strip Down 'Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?'

    Back in September, Queens of the Stone Age took over the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to play an acoustic cover of "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" by their little British bros the Arctic Monkeys. SPIN cover star Josh Homme led a quiet rendition of the booty-call-and-response track, one of many highlights off of the Monkeys' Mercury Prize-nominated fifth album, AM. Now, Arctic Monkeys members Alex Turner and drummer Matt Helders have shared their own stripped-bare take on the song, by way of a recent in-studio performance filmed in New York City's Avatar Studios. The low-key version holds onto the original's falsetto pleas and strummy strut, but peppers the tune with careful xylophone plinks, lending the long-distance kiss-off a new kind of delicacy.

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    Hear 26-Year-Old David Bowie DJ for the BBC

    The BBC is digging deep into the David Bowie archives for an upcoming, exclusive broadcast. As Fact points out, on October 23, BBC 6 Music will air a previously unheard faux-radio program recorded by Bowie in the 1970s. Apparently, the mock program was taped in support of Pin Ups, the Thin White Duke's all-covers album from '73. Co-produced by Bowie and his then-regular producer Ken Scott, the 15-minute segment features The Next Day singer introducing five tracks that appear on Pin Ups, specifically the Pretty Things' "Rosalyn," Them's "Here Comes the Night," the Yardbirds' "I Wish You Would," the Merseys' "Sorrow," and the Who's "I Can't Explain." Nigel Reeve, who oversees Bowie's back catalogue, discovered the audio, explaining, "It was in an old tape vault on [quarter-inch] tape with simply the words 'Radio Show' written on it... This is such a rare find.

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