Right now, courtesy of Pitchfork, you can stream the entire Divergent soundtrack. It’s packed with amazing tracks from Ellie Goulding, M83, Pretty Lights, and A$AP Rocky. Jump to song number 7 to hear Tame Impala and Kendrick Lamar‘s much-anticipated offering “Backwards.” Lamar blasts through Tame Impala’s psychedelic sound with a vengeance. Listen HERE.
Everyday this week, Big K.R.I.T. has been dishing out a new song as part of his own “Week of K.R.I.T.” music series. Today, his fifth offering, “Egyptian Cotton” tell his own rags to riches story with. The Mississippi native will drop his full length Cadillactica sometime later this year. [CoS]
For die-hard fans the hit Game of Thrones, here’s a little something to hold you over until the season 4 premiere on April 6. HBO has released their own 10-track collection called Catch the Throne: The Mixtape, which features new music from Big Boi, Wale, Common, and many more. Stream the entire album below. [Pitchfork]
Multi-instrumentalist Mark McGuire pays homage to his father in the video for last year’s track “The Human Condition (Song For My Father).” The bright instrumental melody features voice over’s from candid moments of his father and family. It’s dazzling dose of nostalgia. [Stereogum]
The phrase Cibo Matto means “crazy food” in Italian, so I guess you could say I’m matto for this NYC-based duo... uh, actually, don’t say that.
But, I couldn’t have been more excited for this show: I was obsessed with the band during their ’90s heyday, and when they went on hiatus in 2002, I thought I had missed my chance to ever see them live. Thankfully, their first new album in fifteen years, Hotel Valentine, got them back on the road, and brought their funky, eclectic, hip hop sounds to a sold out room at The Crocodile. Read More »
Augustines‘s new album is cause to rejoice -- as much for the band as for fans. From the ashes Pela, the Brooklyn band beloved by KEXP listeners but embattled by a disinterested music industry, songwriters Billy McCarthy and Eric Sanderson formed this new band named after their shared birth month, one of many bonds that have held their friendship together through personal tragedies and near-insurmountable odds, many of which were recounted in their first post-Pela album, Rise Ye Sunken Ships. The new, self-titled album is a look ahead — bold, positive, promising journeys yet to come, ones that we are happy to take along with them. Recently, our roads converged in the KEXP studio as Augustines performed three new songs and a new version of Ships‘ opening track live on on the Morning Show with John Richards. Go for a walkabout with Augustines now:
As major labels continue to exist behind the times, artists and labels with little capital and lesser reputations are producing some of the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring music. Whether it’s creating a new niche in digital technology or looking to once obsolete formats, Agitated Atmosphere hopes to pull back the curtain on a wealth of sights and sound from luminaries such as Islaja.
Four years have passed since 2010’s Keraaminen Pää, an image of Islaja as ethereal folk pixie strength. The events of the prolonged silence, summed up by the change-of-direction of SUU, has diminished the old image of Merja Kokkonen. In its place, the rise of an avant electro-clash diva confident in voice and vision. 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 DJs think you should hear. Every Friday, we feature a Northwestern artist. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Wait For The Summer” by Shake Some Action! from the 2014 album Catch The Sun on Satellite 451 Records.
We might as well call Marissa Nadler a “local artist” for her latest release, July, out now on Sacred Bones. Recorded here in Seattle at Avast Studio with producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), the album also features local luminaries Eyvind Kang, Steve Moore, Jay Kardong, and the guitar wizardry of Phil Wandscher, also known for his work with Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter. Nadler and Wandscher were joined by Nina Violet on vocals and viola in the KEXP studios, and together, they brought the otherworldly beauty and warmth of July back to Seattle on a chilly February afternoon. Watch their bewitching session below:
Longtime KEXP-friend Bob Mould has announced his next album, Beauty & Ruin, is slated for a June 3rd release on Merge Records. He’ll continue to be backed by bassist Jason Narducy (Split Single, Verbow) and drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Mountain Goats), who pretty much killed it on Mould’s 2012 release, Silver Age, and in KEXP’s Bumbershoot Lounge last year, too. Tune in tonight to catch Bob & the boys on the Late Show with David Letterman. [Pitchfork]
London’s Kitchens of Distinction, like so many bands championed by KCMU, were a promising and critically acclaimed band in the late ’80s and ’90s that never quite broke as big as they might have hoped, but have maintained a devoted following over the years. Last year, almost two decades after breaking up, the band reformed to release Folly, which seems to have pleased fans and critics, while perhaps not doing much to bring them to a wider audience, alas. Read More »
Last week, we suggested Pickathon as a must-do this summer. The Portland-area festival is announcing its 2014 lineup this month, revealing just a few bands each day. This morning, they’ve announced the return of Parquet Courts, a favorite of KEXP listeners and DJs in 2013, and one of last year’s highlights at Pickathon. Their encore appearance is one of the many reasons you’ll want to grab tickets soon. There are 26 other reasons listed below.
To celebrate the return of Parquet Courts to Pickathon, we’re offering the video premiere of “Yr No Stroner” from their Pickathon performance last year in the Galaxy Barn: 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 DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Pauline Hawkins” by Drive-By Truckers from the 2014 album English Oceans on ATO Records.