Music That Matters: Soundtrack to New York’s Hottest Club

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.


Naked Giants at KEXP in 2017 // photo by Melissa Wax

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Music That Matters, Vol. 595 – Soundtrack to New York’s Hottest Club

To paraphrase Stefon from Weekend Update, John Richards’ latest podcast has everything… a naked giant, a Superchunk, and an FKL. What’s an FKL? It’s that thing where a KEXP DJ plays the bestest songs on a podcast, ever.

Tracklist:
1. Makeness – Loud Patterns
2. FKL – A Different Street
3. Shopping – The Hype
4. Alyeska – Stones
5. Naked Giants – The Age of Information
6. DoM – Gud Tymes
7. Citizen – Fever Days
8. Smokey Brights – Come to Terms
9. Roadkill Ghost Choir – Classics (Die Young)
10. Superchunk – What a Time to be Alive
11. Cut Worms – Song of the Highest Tower

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2017 Top Ten List Spotlight: Mike Fuller

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2017, leading up to our 2017 Top 90.3 Album Countdown! Tune in on Friday, December 15th from 6 AM to 6 PM PT as we countdown the Top 90.3 Albums of 2017, as voted on by our listeners. And check out the top albums from more KEXP DJs here.

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Bloodshot Bill // photo by Sunny Martini (view set)

Mike Fuller’s 2017 Top Ten Albums

artist album label
Scotty Baker Lady Killer El Toro
Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones Love You To Life Crazy Love
Satan’s Pilgrims Siniestro SP
Donna Dunne & The Mystery Men Voodoo Diablo
Bloodshot Bill Guitar Boy Norton
Joakim Tinderholt & His Band Hold On Rhythm Bomb
Bob Butfoy Deliverance Western Star
The Bullets Somethin’ Real Good Western Star
Ray Collins’ Hot Club 1 – 5 Jive Brisk
Batmobile Brand New Blisters Butler

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Song of the Day: Flat Worms – Pearl

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By Will Hagle

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Pearl” by Flat Worms from the album Flat Worms on Text Me Records.

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To Those We Lost in 2017, Part Two

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By Annie Zaleski

Where musician deaths are concerned, 2017 was another tough year: We lost Tom PettyWalter BeckerGrant HartCharles Bradley and Gregg Allman, and that’s just to name a few. (Part one of the list can be found here.) KEXP is celebrating the lives of all these artists on the air, today, Thursday, December 14th. Join DJs John Richards, Troy Nelson, and Kevin Cole as they share stories and songs from those we lost in 2017 as well as those in late 2016 who passed after last year’s tribute show. Below, we’ve gathered videos from just a few of these memorable musicians. They may be gone, but their music lives on forever.

Saxa (June 5, 1930 – May 3, 2017)

The Jamaican saxophonist honed his chops playing with Prince Buster, Laurel Aitken and Desmond Dekker, but found great success as a member of The Beat (a.k.a. The English Beat in the U.S.) during the group’s early ’80s heyday.

Robert Miles (November 3, 1969 – May 9, 2017)

The electronic artist, producer, and DJ was best known for his 1996 global trance hit “Children.”

Keith Mitchell of Mazzy Star (died May 14, 2017)

Drummer Keith Mitchell was a member of Opal, Green on Red and, most significantly, Mazzy Star. He played on all four of the latter band’s albums, including 1993’s platinum-selling So Tonight That I Might See.

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Grandbrothers

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Hailing from Düsseldorf, Grandbrothers is a collaborative project of German musicians Erol Sarp and Lukas Vogel. They combine the grand piano with self-built synthesizers to create dynamic electronic-accented neo-classical compositions. Two years after their debut album Dilation, they recently released their sophomore album Open this past October, marking their debut for City Slang Records. Here’s some words from Grandbrothers regarding their eclectic mix for ‘Midnight in a Perfect World’ — “With this mix we want to show the diversity of music we’re influenced by. People keep asking us what our influences are and how we would describe our music. The answer is: it’s very complex. We love to listen to techno as much as hip-hop, jazz, classical, ambient, singer-songwriter stuff… so this mix should give you a brief introduction to our listening habits. But of course there’s lots more…“ Super varied with a strong emotional current throughout, it aptly showcases their diverse taste.


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Thursday Music News

photo by Amber Knecht (view set)

  • The National have shared a couple news items today. The first is a new video for the title track from their latest album Sleep Well Beast. The clip is directed by artist Casey Reas, who also did the videos for “Day I Die,” “Guilty Party,” “Carin at the Liquor Store,” and “The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness,” with assistance from Graham MacIndoe. The second piece of news is that the band will be throwing a festival in their hometown of Cincinnati called Homecoming in Association with MusicNOW. The festival will see a lineup of over 20 artists curated by the National playing on two stages in Smale Park and other venues throughout the city on April 28 and 29. [ Paste ]

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Review Revue: This Mortal Coil – Filigree and Shadow

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Filigree & Shadow was the second album released by the loose 4AD collective This Mortal Coil. As with the third album, which I covered here eight years ago, label head Ivo Watts-Russel teamed up with some current 4AD artists (including members of Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, and The Wolfgang Press) to cover songs by a diverse array of artists including Judy Collins, Tim Buckley, and Talking Heads. For the record (so to speak), I still love this idea and think more people should do it.

Note: A couple of the labels on this one were quite faded and difficult to read. Please bear with me, as the feisty discussion here is worth following all the way through.

“The second 4AD collaborative album, this time representing more of their new signees. Music [illegible] covers (Tim Buckley, Van Morrison, Talking Heads, etc.), plus lots of ambient interludes. It’s all good stuff, 4AD style and pretty quiet. But hey, watch out, songs segue together w/o exception.”

“Greatness and Perfection!”

“This is one of the most unmitigated balls of A.O.R. fluff I’ve heard in a long time. 1/2 of this would plug right into KJR. God. Maudlin, self indulgent, fey, pasty and flaccid. There are 3 decent cuts on here, which suprises [sic] me. ‘Kill Bowie,’ you say, Jonathan, well, this pretentiously cover bearing ‘hip’ label could use some heavy duty abuse.”

“Thank you sir. That what I thought. Whew.”

“Inch Blue skips!”

“Intro to ‘I Want to Live.'”

“Sounds better on CD.”

“Title is appropos [sic]”

“OK, so this is an ego gratification project. But, I still appreciate the [unintelligible] These artists are giving renewed exposure to such minor [illegible] as Chilton & Buckley [illegible]”

“Oh, come on, it’s not that bad, Art. Pretentious, but taken at face value, ‘s OK. I really like the cover of Buckley’s ‘Morning Glory.’ Let’s face it guys, this is good.”

“Let’s not + say we did.”

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To Those We Lost in 2017, Part One

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By Annie Zaleski

Where musician deaths are concerned, 2017 was another tough year: We lost Tom Petty, Walter Becker, Grant Hart, Charles Bradley and Gregg Allman, and that’s just to name a few. (Part two of the list will be posted later today.) KEXP is celebrating the lives of all these artists on the air, today, Thursday, December 14th. Join DJs John Richards, Troy Nelson, and Kevin Cole as they share stories and songs from those we lost in 2017 as well as those in late 2016 who passed after last year’s tribute show. Below, we’ve gathered videos from just a few of these memorable musicians. They may be gone, but their music lives on forever.

Chris Vandebrooke of Engine Kid (July 30, 1968 – December 16, 2016)

Original drummer of ’90s Seattle noisy post-rock band Engine Kid, later went on to form the San Francisco-based Fairgrove.

George Michael (June 25, 1963 – December 25, 2016)

First with Wham! and later as a solo artist, U.K. soul shapeshifter Michael was a peerless pop icon.

Alphonse Mouzon (November 21, 1948 – December 25, 2016)

Mouzon was a jazz-fusion drummer best known for his work with The Eleventh House, Herbie Hancock, and Weather Report.

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2017 Top Ten List Spotlight: DJ Shannon

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2017, leading up to our 2017 Top 90.3 Album Countdown! Tune in on Friday, December 15th from 6 AM to 6 PM PT as we countdown the Top 90.3 Albums of 2017, as voted on by our listeners. And check out the top albums from more KEXP DJs here.

Blaenavon

DJ Shannon with Blaenavon // photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

DJ Shannon’s 2017 Top Ten Albums

rank artist album label
1 Blaenavon That’s Your Lot Canvasback/Atlantic
2 Lea Porcelain Hymns to the Night self-released
3 Ride Weather Diaries Wichita
4 Slowdive Slowdive Dead Oceans
5 Mew Visuals Play It Again Sam
6 Cut Copy Haiku From Zero Astralwerks
7 Flyte The Loved Ones Island
8 The Horrors V Wolftone/Caroline
9 Temples Volcano Fat Possum
10 Cameron Avery Ripe Dreams, Pipe Dreams Anti-

DJ Shannon is on the air every Thursday from 9PM-1AM.

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Song of the Day: Gunn-Truscinski Duo – Flood And Fire

photo by Heidi Diehl

By Michael Tedder

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Flood and Fire” by Gunn-Truscinski Duo from the album Bay Head on Three Lobed Recordings.

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