Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • roomrunner, wojtek, video, ideal cities

    Roomrunner Sick Zombies on TV Chef in Insane 'Wojtek' Video

    Zombies, secret agents, and celebrity chefs collide in Roomrunner's new music video for "Wojtek," a screechy standout from the Baltimore band's debut album, Ideal Cities. Speaking to SPIN recently, frontman Denny Bowen named one primary inspiration for the song — hockey player Wojtek Wolski — but the track's just-released companion clip draws on an entire TV Guide's worth of influences.

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    Watch Kim Gordon's Grainy, No Wave Short Film About 1980s Club Culture

    Long before Kim Gordon was a cooler-than-thou multimedia artist in Body/Head, she was a cooler-than-thou multimedia artist in Sonic Youth. In the '80s, Gordon and her bandmates were fixtures of New York's downtown art and music scene; one regular haunt of theirs was legendary nightclub Danceteria, which served as the setting for a short film Gordon made sometime around 1985. Now, as Dangerous Minds points out, said video has surfaced online thanks to filmmaker/designer Chris Habib (a.k.a. Visitor Design). "Excellent video I found in my Sonic Youth archive," Habib writes on the clip's Vimeo page. "I digitized it for Kim during her [early 2000s] CLUB IN THE SHADOWS exhibition at Kenny Schachter's old space in the West Village."Titled "Making the Nature Scene," the 11-minute short argues that clubs like Danceteria should play art films regularly for attendees.

  • phoenix, austin city limits, pbs

    Phoenix Blaze Through 'Bankrupt!' in Hour-Long 'Austin City Limits' Episode

    Phoenix's October 13 set at the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival may have been canceled due to sever weather, but the Frenchies' episode of the Austin City Limits television show went on as planned. On October 12, PBS aired an hour-long installment of ACL that featured the SPIN cover stars blazing through 14 of their fizziest tunes, and now the entire performance is streaming online. Hit the play button above to see Phoenix play highlights from their recent Bankrupt! record (including "Entertainment," "The Real Thing," "Trying to be Cool," and "Drakkar Noir"), a handful of stunners from 2009's breakthrough Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix LP ("1901," "Lisztomania," and "Lasso," of course), and some choice selections from their earlier work (most notably "Long Distance Call" and "Too Young").

  • jay z, ron howard, made in america festival, film

    Watch Ron Howard's Entire 90-Minute Jay Z Documentary 'Made in America'

    After more than a year's anticipation, Ron Howard's full-length documentary about Jay Z's 2012 Budweiser Made in America Festival finally debuted on Showtime over the weekend. Of course, this means that the entire 90-minute film has already surfaced online and is available for streaming (see the embed below). Fittingly dubbed Made in America, the movie features interviews with many of the acts that performed at last year's inaugural event in Philadelphia, including Hova himself (who revisits his former "stash spot" of 560 State Street in Brooklyn), Janelle Monáe, Pearl Jam, Run-D.M.C., and Santigold.

  • Marijuana Deathsquads 'Oh My Sexy Lord' Album Stream

    Stream Marijuana Deathsquads' Ferocious New Album 'Oh My Sexy Lord'

    Ryan Olson, co-founder of Poliça and main brain behind Gayngs, also moonlights as one of the leaders of Minneapolis-based collective Marijuana Deathsquads. Co-headed by members Stefon Alexander (a.k.a. P.O.S.) and Isaac Gale, Marijuana Deathsquads are about to unleash their latest album, Oh My Sexy Lord, an 11-track LP that fuses jagged grooves, scratchy analog effects, and robo-warped vocals into a full-length, experimental freakout. The record drops on October 15 by way of Totally Gross National Product, but you can bask in its bizarre beauty right now.

  • Donna Summer 'La Dolce Vita' Giorgio Moroder Remix Stream

    Stream Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder's Previously Unreleased 'La Dolce Vita'

    On October 22, Verve Music will honor the late, great Donna Summer with Love to Love You Donna, a tribute compilation featuring star-studded remixes of some of the Disco Queen's biggest hits. We've already heard Chromeo and Oliver's update of "Love Is in Control (Finger on the Trigger)," and now it's time for a second sample of the upcoming collection. Enter the previously unreleased "La Dolce Vita," a collaboration between Summer and longtime associate/Italo-disco mastermind Giorgio Moroder. Though it's never seen the light before, the glitzy track has actually been in the works for years, according to Summer's husband, Bruce Sudano."The song was begun a few years ago in Nashville with [vocal producer] Nathan DiGesare and then tweaked over time when we went back to Nashville to visit," Sudano told SPIN.

  • Dan Casey 'Playing Games' Stream

    Stream Dan Casey's Hazy Heartbreaker 'Playing Games'

    For years, Dan Casey has recorded electronic music as Yalls, but now the Berkeley-based talent is prepping to release his first album under his own name. Due October 22 via Ceremony, Empty City leaves behind Yalls' beatwork, instead opting for intimate, guitar-driven pop tunes that still find room for drum machines (see the LP's previously released title track). Preview the upcoming full-length by streaming the soft-edged "Playing Games" below. Pre-order a limited edition, 12-inch vinyl copy of Empty City through Ceremony.

  • nigel godrich, file-sharing, london school of economics, spotify

    Nigel Godrich Blasts Google, Spotify, London Economics Over File-Sharing Study

    Nigel Godrich has railed against file-sharing on Tumblr, posting a scathing take-down of a recent study by the London School of Economics that argues in favor of file-sharing. As Stereogum points out, the LSE has published a paper titled "Copyright & Creation: A Case For Promoting Inclusive Online Sharing," which argues that "the creative industries are innovating to adapt to a changing digital culture and evidence does not support claims about overall revenue reduction due to individual copyright infringement."Godrich, who is not shy about his opinion on music streaming services such as Spotify, takes exception with this thesis."The intellectuals at the London School of Economics are trying to evangelise these ideals but appear to have no real grasp on the actual situations to which they are referring," the Atoms for Peace member writes.

  • mellowhigh, odd future, yu

    MellowHigh Share Their Freaky Weekend in 'Yu' Video

    Odd Future offshoot MellowHigh plans to drop its self-titled debut album on October 31, but first comes the official music video for piano-looping single "Yu." Directed by the trio (which is composed of OFWGKTA members Hodgy Beats, Domo Genesis, and producer Left Brain), the clip relies on a three-way split-screen to catch the men of MellowHigh in their free time. Domo hosts a daytime dance party in his living room, Left Brain barbecues in his backyard while a bikini-clad woman bounces on a trampoline behind him, and Hodgy (weirdly) stays busy pacing his house, fiddling with boxing gloves, and preparing a roasted pig's head. Not quite as manic or revealing as Tyler, the Creator's recent "Tamale" video, but, then again, few things are. Spend the day with MellowHigh by hitting the play button above.

  • queens of the stone age, josh homme, austin city limits

    ACL Music Festival 2013 Webcast Schedule: Queens of the Stone Age, Phoenix, the Cure...

    ACL Music Festival's second weekend is now underway and organizers are live-streaming performances from more than 40 acts. Fans who can't make it out to Texas' Zilker Park from October 11 through 13 will still be able to catch sets from SPIN cover stars such as Kendrick Lamar, Phoenix, and Queens of the Stone Age. Other big-name artists you'll be able to watch from the comfort of your home: Vampire Weekend, Arctic Monkeys, the Cure, Depeche Mode, Atoms for Peace, the National, Wilco, Franz Ferdinand, Lionel Richie, Savages, and Kings of Leon. (KoL's October 12 appearance will also be broadcast live on SiriusXM's The Spectrum.)Tune in to the webcast right here at SPIN (via ACL's official YouTube page), and toggle between Channels 1 and 2 above.

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