Kyle McGovern

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  • 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.

  • nirvana, kurt cobain, in utero, record store day, back to black friday

    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.

  • arctic monkeys, alex turner, am, why'd you only call me when you're high?

    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.

  • Death Of Lovers 'Buried Under A World of Roses' Video Stream

    Watch Death of Lovers' Eerie 'Buried Under A World of Roses' Video

    Just-formed gloom unit Death of Lovers combines members of the bands Whirr and Nothing who apparently formed a bond while touring together earlier this year. Judging from the lush dreariness that drives new song "Buried Under a World of Roses" (the title track from the supergroup's upcoming EP), the principles share a mutual love of fuzz, post-punk, and the challenge of bleeding color from a monochromatic palette. A release date for the forthcoming 12-inch has yet to be announced, but Death of Lovers have shared a music video for "Buried Under a World of Roses." The stylish clip blends black-and-white performance footage with hazy, washed-out shots of the band standing creepily still in a garden.

  • chris cornell, avett brothers, late night with jimmy fallon, pearl jam

    Chris Cornell Salutes Pearl Jam's 'Footsteps' With the Avett Brothers on 'Fallon'

    Jimmy Fallon is honoring the release of Pearl Jam's new Lightning Bolt LP with "Pearl Jam Week," that is exactly what it sounds: a full week of musical performances on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon that pay tribute to the grunge O.G.s. The October 21 kick-off kept it all in the family, calling on fellow Seattle heavyweight Chris Cornell to cover "Footsteps," the B-side to PJ's famous 1992 single, "Jeremy." Flanked by Seth and Scott Avett of the Avett Brothers (because, why not?), the Soundgarden singer turned in an intimate but powerful performance, resting his pipes between verses and choruses to man the harmonica while the two Avetts plucked a guitar and banjo. Cornell has a long history with "Footsteps," as indicated by a web exclusive interview he granted to Late Night.

  • beck, sleigh bells, alexis krauss, treasure island music festival 2013, let's get lost

    Watch Beck 'Get Lost' With Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss at Treasure Island 2013

    Treasure Island Music Festival washed ashore in San Francisco this past weekend, bringing with it live music from Beck, Atoms for Peace, Sleigh Bells, Haim, and many more. SPIN already collected the Best Live Photos from the annual festival, but now we've found another gem (via Stereogum): Fan-shot footage of Beck playing "Let's Get Lost," his Bat for Lashes-assisted contribution to the soundtrack for 2010 blockbuster The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Natasha Khan wasn't on-hand to lend her vocals to the live rendition, so the Sea Change crooner called upon Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss to fill in as co-star. As seen in the clip, the Bitter Rivals siren turned down her ususal aggro charm (see it in full flourish on a recent Jimmy Kimmel Live! broadcast) to deliver a tuneful supporting performance backed by thundering percussion.

  • Worriers 'Cruel Optimist' Album Stream

    Stream Worriers' Passionate, Political Pop-Punk Debut 'Cruel Optimist'

    Worriers began in 2008 as a side gig for all three players involved: Lauren Denitzio of Measure [sa], Mike Hunchback of the Weird Fantasy Band, and the Babies' Justin Sullivan. In the years since, Denitzio has carried on with Worriers and made the project her primary focus, and on October 29, she'll release the handle's debut album, Cruel Optimist. Recorded with the help of guitarist Rachel Rubino, drummer Mikey Erg, and bassist Tim Burke, the upcoming full-length acts as a pop-punk manifesto, serving up eight thrilling tracks that blend ragged hooks with political lyrics."I've been asked how my other interests and politics are reflected in my music," Denitzio says.

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