Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists.
Desert Mountain Tribe // photo by Melissa Wax
Currently, you’ll hear:
Music That Matters, Vol. 510 – I Wanna Waste My Time On Tunes
Variety Mix host DJ Shannon brings you songs from the bands she’s championing on her show, including The Crookes, Sticky Fingers, Man of Moon, Oh Malô and more.
1. The Crookes – I Wanna Waste My Time on You
2. Sticky Fingers – Outcast At Last
3. Balthazar – Then What
4. Telegram – Follow
5. The Intelligence Service – Can’t Believe
6. Man of Moon – Sign
7. Frightened Rabbit – Get Out
8. Foreignfox – Monsoon
9. Three Blind Wolves – Stay Calm Ali
10. Mt. Doubt – Afterglow
11. Minor Victories – A Hundred Ropes
12. Her – Five Minutes
13. Lionlimb – Turnstile
14. Oh Pep! – Doctor Doctor
15. ings – Afterthought
16. The Away Days – Less Is More
17. Oh Malô – Miss You
18. Desert Mountain Tribe – Feel the Light
It has begun: as of midnight last night, the Alaskan Way Viaduct is now closed for two weeks while the Highway 99 tunnel machine “Bertha” burrows below. If you haven’t endured the results of the closure yet, get ready, as statistics state 90,000 drivers and 30,000 transit riders are being displaced. You can “strive not to drive” over the next couple of weeks, try one of the water taxis, organize a carpool, or hop a bus. Whatever way you try to travel, let KEXP be your soundtrack: you’ll probably be sitting for a while.
LA based indie rockers Local Natives have been flying under the radar since their 2013 album Hummingbird. But today, they’re back with a luminous new song titled “Past Lives.” It’s a real stunner. Fingers crossed that this means there’s a full, studio album in the works. [CoS]
Who would have thought a “Big Black Coat” could be so inviting? The album of that name is the first in nearly five years for KEXP favorites Junior Boys, and it comes not just as a return to form but a revisitation of the pop sounds they’ve cherished for some time – house, techno, soul, disco and R&B. It had been about as long since since the Hamilton, Ontario duo had been on our airwaves, and live in the new KEXP studio, Jeremy Greenspan and Matt Didemus did not disappoint: between some drum pads, sparse guitar, and a table full of electronic madness, the live trio (with touring drummer Dale Butterfield) brought the welcoming vibe of tracks like “So This Is Goodbye” and the cool balladry of “Over It” to life. They closed with the album’s title track, a cut that they’ve previously explained was inspired by some of the lonely men they see slinking around Ontario – destitute, frustrated, and hiding inside their coats. However, there was nothing lonely and cut off about their performance as they chopped up vocal samples and loops underneath an athletic barrage of hi-hats, welcoming us all within the warmth of their sound.
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “No Nostalgia” by Everett, Washington, band Fauna Shade from their self-released 2016 EP, Floral Hall.
British outfit The Big Pink burst on the scene with their 2009 debut album, A Brief History Of Love, for 4AD, propelled by the massive pop single Dominos that showcased their widescreen fusion of rock, pop, and electronic styles. The band recently released their new EP, Empire Underground, signaling their first new music in three years while continuing to display their affinity for blending genres into their own larger-than-life sound. Their guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World fittingly jumps across multiple genres and spotlights contemporary tracks alongside iconic tracks of decades past, giving the listener a inside glimpse into their diverse influences.
Luminescent electronic lady Julianna Barwick shares her new album, Will, next Friday, May 6th via Dead Oceans, but you can stream it now in its entirety via NPR Music. The latest from this Brooklyn-based songstress features guest appearances from Thomas Arsenault (Mas Ysa), Dutch cellist Maarten Vos, and percussionist Jamie Ingalls (Chairlift, Tanlines, Beverly). Via a press release, Barwick says, “While making this record, there were moments of isolation and dark currents. I like exploring that, and I love when I come across songs that sound scary or ominous. I’ve always been curious about what goes into making a song that way.” Explore the currents with Barwick on Tuesday, May 10th at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center. [Under the Radar]
The KCMU reaction to this 1990 album by New York punks Alice Donut is, as often happens in college-radio-land, quite varied, from “their best yet” to “a step back.” For what it’s worth, the historical record, as far as my quick survey has revealed, seems to lean toward the opinion that Mule, the band’s third LP, is one of the best albums of their on-and-off 30-year career.
But none of that really matters. I don’t know how any of us is supposed to know what to think of this record without having heard from Bill H. Bill, if you’re out there, please settle this question that’s been haunting the KCMU/KEXP stacks for over 25 years: what do you think of this? Read More »
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Sun City Creeps” by Woods from their 2016 album, City Sun Eater in the River of Light, out now on Woodsist.
Loyal listeners of The Roadhouse on KEXP may have noticed host Greg Vandy was absent a bit last year… well, now you can hold in your hand the reason why: 26 Songs in 30 Days: Woody Guthrie’s Columbia River Songs and the Planned Promised Land in the Pacific Northwest, out now via Sasquatch Books. This fascinating tome details a period in Guthrie’s life when he was hired by the Bonneville Power Administration to promote the benefits of cheap hydroelectric power, irrigation, and the Grand Coulee Dam. Vandy, with co-writer Daniel Person, “takes readers inside the unusual partnership between one of America’s great folk artists and the federal government, and shows how the first American folk revival of the 1930’s was a response to hard times.” Read More »