Live Video: Pete Molinari

photo by Victoria VanBruinisse (view set)

American influences from John Coltrane to Bob Dylan are clear in U.K. singer-songwriter Pete Molinari’s acoustic bluesy-folk. Scratch the surface of his four albums and you’ll find a broad range of sounds in the low-key Brit’s music. Molinari grew up in an Egyptian, Maltese and Italian family, which he cites as a powerful effect on his work. “I just go about things my own way” is how Molinari describes his thinking behind his latest release, Theosophy. Despite being saturated with Americana, Molinari rarely makes it stateside – his last appearance in Seattle was at Bumbershoot 2010. On his latest trip he stopped by KEXP to play songs from Theosophy and talk with the Roadhouse’s Greg Vandy about his “creepy” obsession with Charlie Chaplin, being friends with Billy Childish, and travels abroad. Watch the full performance below:



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Friday Music News

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  • Happy Halloween, everyone! In the spirit of scaring, Arcade Fire has shared a 20-minute horror film called Festi, which takes place during their 2011 tour. As they celebrate lead singer Win Butler’s birthday, the band deals with the frightening curse of the infamous 27 Club. An entire slew of celebrities make appearances, including The National, Peter Gabriel, Fleet Foxes, and Andrew Garfield. [CoS]


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Music That Matters Podcast: Iceland Airwaves 2014 Preview

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.

FM Belfast during KEXP’s Iceland Airwaves broadcast in 2012 // photo by Jim Bennett

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 432 - Iceland Airwaves 2014 Preview
DJ Kevin Cole and Online Content Manager Jim Beckmann preview the 2014 Iceland Airwaves Music Festival with a diverse mix of tracks from 17 Icelandic artists including FM Belfast, Sóley, Kiasmos, and Low Roar.

Tracklist:
1. Prins Póló - Hamstra sjarma
2. FM Belfast - Gold
3. Uni Stefson - Manuel
4. Fufanu - Circus Life
5. Júníus Meyvant - Color Decay
6. Just Another Snake Cult - I Know She Does
7. Kimono - Specters
8. Kiasmos - Dragged
9. Oyama - Old Snow
10. Low Roar - Easy Way Out
11. Börn - Ef
12. Pink Street Boys - Sleazus
13. Kælan Mikla - Mánadans
14. Cell7 - Gal Pon Di Scene
15. Young Karin - Sirens
16. Sóley - Halloween (Live on KEXP)
17. Sin Fang with Seattle Rock Orchestra Quintet - Young Boys (Live on KEXP)

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Friday on My Mind presents Halloween Video Roundup!

photo by Christopher Nelson

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind. Our weekly blog post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Ordinarily, we only feature three videos, with a few Honorable Mentions, but we’ve got more treats below for you to enjoy. Happy Halloween!


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Song of the Day: ODESZA - Say My Name (feat. Zyra)

photo by Dave Lichterman

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Say My Name (feat. Zyra)” by Seattle duo ODESZA from the 2014 album In Return on Counter.

ODESZA - Say My Name (feat. Zyra) (MP3)

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KEXP Presents: Audioasis Community Partnership & Benefit Show 11/1

This Saturday, November 1st, KEXP’s Audioasis Community Partnerships Concert features local hip-hop acts Gifted Gab, Hightek Lowlives, and Nu Era. They’ll bring the beats to the Vera Project for an all-ages show to benefit East African Community Services.
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Thursday Music News

photo by Amber Zbitnoff (view set)

  • Scottish group Young Fathers took the Barclaycard Mercury Prize yesterday with their debut album, Dead, beating out artists like Damon Albarn and FKA Twigs. The winner is selected each year by a panel of UK music critics and industry figures. Watch the band perform LIVE in the KEXP studios back in May of this year: [Pitchfork]


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Review Revue: When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water - Porgy

Hey, it’s another Shimmy-Disc release! Apparently I have this unconscious attraction to their catalog. When People Were Shorter and Lived Near the Water is one of those bands whose name I’ve noticed (how could you not?) and admired for decades, but I don’t believe I’ve ever heard them until just now - except perhaps in passing on one of my college radio stations of choice in the ’80s and ’90s. I had no idea, for instance, that all of their recorded output consisted of unorthodox covers of everything from ’60s pop to Gershwin to Motor City Rock. As the ever-erudite scribes at Trouser Press put it, “Depending on one’s point of view, the work can be viewed as deconstructing the originals, partying with them or pummeling unsuspecting songs into submission.” (What’s happening to “Summertime” in my ears right now is somewhere between a party and a pummeling.) Porgy is, as you might guess from the title (if not the album cover), a collection of interpretations of music from the Gershwin opera Porgy and Bess. So far I’m digging it, but I can certainly appreciate that it’s not for everyone - not even every KCMU DJ circa 1991. Read More »

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Song of the Day: The Vaselines - Last Half Hour

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Last Half Hour” by The Vaselines from the 2014 album V For Vaselines on Rosary Music.

The Vaselines - Last Half Hour (MP3)

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Wednesday Music News

photo by Moses Namkung

  • Last night, Beck stopped by Conan to perform the beautiful track “Waking Light” off his most recent release, Morning Phase. Watch below, and keep up with all the late-night highlights with KEXP’s TV Eye column. [Pitchfork]


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