In Stores Now 1/23

Highlights this week include the latest from Foxygen. KEXP Music Director Don Yates says the “fifth album from the duo of Sam France and Jonathan Rado is the first to be recorded in a proper studio. Produced by Trey Pollard, the album is a lush set of ’70s-steeped orchestral glam-rock incorporating elements of show tunes, soul, country and more, combining inventive, shape-shifting arrangements with dramatic, Bowiesque vocals. Special guests include Matthew E. White, The Lemon Twigs, The Flaming Lips’ Steve Drozd and a 40-piece symphony orchestra.”

Veteran UK artist Michael Chapman brings a new album — the LP is “produced by Steve Gunn and features a stellar supporting band including Nathan Bowles, James Elkington, Bridget St. John, Jimy SeiTang and Jason Meagher. It’s an excellent set of expansive, beautifully crafted folk-rock recorded to commemorate his 50th year of being a touring musician, with songs often reflecting on mortality and the passage of time. While a few of the songs are new, most are reinterpretations of mostly obscure gems from his voluminous catalog.”

Replacements bassist Tommy Stinson revives his Bash & Pop project and returns with his first album in 24 years, “a first-rate set of rootsy garage-pop that’s very much in the vein of his main band, with buoyant song hooks juxtaposed with often-downcast lyrics.” UK group The Proper Ornaments — a London-based band led by James Hoare of Veronica Falls/Ultimate Painting and Max Oscarnold of TOY — return with a sophomore release, “a well-crafted set of gentle, ’60s-steeped psych-pop with jangly guitars, stately piano, unhurried rhythms, warm harmonies and wistful melodies.” The second album from LA band Cherry Glazerr “features a revamped lineup and a more polished and expansive sound that moves beyond the slacker garage-pop of their debut on songs ranging from anthemic garage-rock to moody guitar-pop.” And local label Light in the Attic reissues three early-’70s classics from Erasmo Carlos, a beloved pop star and household name in Brazil.

AFI – “Aurelia”
from AFI (The Blood Album) on Concord

Alex Clare – “Tell Me What You Need”
from Tail of Lions on Etc Recordings

As It Is – “Okay”
from Okay. on Edc / Fearless Records / Universal

Bash & Pop – “Never Wanted To Know”
from Anything Could Happen on Fat Possum

Blackfield – “Family Man / Sorrys / How Was Your Ride?”
from Blackfield V on Kscope

Cherry Glazerr – “Nuclear Bomb”
from Apocalipstick on Secretly Canadian

Danish Radio Big Band / Curtis Stigers – “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
from One More for the Road on Concord

Erasmo Carlos – “Dois Animais Na Selva Suja Da Rua”
from Carlos, Erasmo… on Light in the Attic Records

Erasmo Carlos – “Estou Dez Ano Atrasado”
from Erasmo Carlos & Os Tremendoes on Light in the Attic Records

Erasmo Carlos – “Largo da Segunda-feira”
from Sonhos e Memórias: 1941-1972 on Light in the Attic Records

Foxygen – “Follow The Leader”
from Hang on Jagjaguwar

Irma Vep – “A Woman’s Work is Never Done”
from No Handshake Blues on Faux Discx

Jeremy Pelt – “Bodega Social”
from Make Noise! on High Note

Joan of Arc – “This Must Be The Placenta”
from He’s Got the Whole This Land Is Your Land in His Hands on Joyful Noise

Kasey Chambers – “Satellite”
from Dragonfly on Warner Music

Kid Koala / Emilíana Torrini – “Collapser”
from Music to Draw To: Satellite on Arts & Crafts

Michael Chapman – “That Time of Night”
from 50 on Paradise of Bachelors

Mick Harvey – “Contact”
from Intoxicated Women on Mute

The Proper Ornaments – “Cremated (Blown Away)”
from Foxhole on Slumberland

Rose Elinor Dougall – “Stellular”
from Stellular on Vermilion Records

The Stray Trolleys – “Love Into Action”
from Barricades and Angels on Captured Tracks

Throwing Snow – “Cosms”
from Embers on Houndstooth

Tim Cohen – “Meat Is Murder”
from Luck Man on Sinderlyn

Tycho – “Epoch”
from Epoch on Ghostly International

Uniform – “The Killing of America”
from Wake in Fright on Sacred Bones

William Basinski – “For David Robert Jones”
from A Shadow in Time on 2062 / Temporary Residence

Wells Fargo – “Watch Out!”
from Watch Out! on Now-Again

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TV Eye: Week of 1/23

Parquet Courts / photo by Melissa Wax (view set)

KEXP has our TV eye set for this week in late night television. Set your DVR, TiVo, or just drink some coffee to stay awake for these musical guest performances on your favorite talk shows. Here are the highlights:

Monday, January 23rd:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Wolf Parade (R)

Tuesday, January 24th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Banks & Steelz (R)

Wednesday, January 25th:
Conan: Foxygen
Last Call with Carson Daly: Radical Face (R)

Thursday, January 26th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kehlani
The Late Late Show with James Corden: She & Him (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: The Thermals (R)
Ellen: Anderson .Paak

Friday, January 27th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Parquet Courts
The Late Late Show with James Corden: CRX (R)
Ellen: The Growlers

Saturday, January 28th:
Austin City Limits: Band of Horses / Parker Millsap

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Monday Music News

Father John Misty at SMOOCH 2016 (photos by Alan Lawrence, see full set here)

  • Father John Misty shares a new track today — stream the standalone single “Pure Comedy” below, an apt look at the world today, and, as he sings, whether now’s the time to bring a kid into the world or not. Director Matthew Daniel Siskin drives the message home with this collage-style video, punctuated with animated sequences. [ Pitchfork ]

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Sasquatch! Music Festival 2017 Lineup Announced!

Sasquatch 2017 Lineup

The lineup for the 2017 Sasquatch! Music Festival was just announced, so you can start making plans for another great Memorial Day weekend! Head out to The Gorge Amphitheater, on Friday, May 26th through Sunday, May 28th, to see performances from this stellar lineup:

Frank Ocean, Chance The Rapper, The Head & The Heart, The Shins, MGMT, Phantogram, Twenty One Pilots, Mac Miller, Bonobo, Rüfüs Du Sol, Kaytranada, Big Gigantic, Bleachers, Kiiara, Bomba Estereo, Bob Moses, Aesop Rock, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Vulfpeck, Car Seat Headrest, Catfish & The Bottlemen, American Football, Mount Kimbie, Thee Oh Sees, Foxygen, Jagwar Ma, The Strumbellas, Kungs, The Radio Dept., Manatee Commune, Fakear, The Hotelier, Mondo Cozmo, Moses Sumney, White Lung, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Arkells, Cigarettes After Sex, July Talk, Sales, Boogie, Joey Purp, Kaiydo, Corey Harper, Klangstof, Flint Eastwood, IHF, Hoops, Kyle Craft, Courtney Marie Andrews, Saint Mesa, Los Colognes, Porter Ray, Gazebos

There’s more to come! Plus, comedy returns to the festival, featuring Portlandia‘s Fred Armisen along with Sasheer Zamata, Nate Bargatze, Beth Stelling, Sal Vulcano, Alice Wetterlund, Sam Morril, Emmett Montgomery, and Yogi Paliwal.

Festival passes will go on sale Saturday, January 28th, at 10AM PST. Get more information at

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Song of the Day: The Radio Dept. – Occupied

photo by Per Vikström

photo by Per Vikström

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, unrealeased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Occupied” by The Radio Dept., from their 2016 album, Running Out of Love, on Labrador Records.

The Radio Dept. – Occupied (MP3)
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Music that Matters: The Burrito Money Podcast

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.

The Dodos at KEXP in 2015 // photo by Charina Pitzel (view set)

Currently you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 548 – The Burrito Money Podcast

John Richards presents a mix of music that will make you, just like Father John Misty, never accept anyone’s fucking burrito money.

1. Ghosts I’ve Met – Ocean Park
2. The Dodos – Never Meant
3. Father John Misty – Real Love Baby
4. Lou Barlow – Anniversary Song
5. The Blow – Think About Me
6. Sorority Noise – Leaf Ellis
7. Roses – Dreamlover
8. Allison Crutchfield – Dean’s Room
9. Dude York – Black Jack
10. The Pack A.D. – Yes, I know
11. Honus Honus – Oh No
12. Lady Wray – Do It

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KEXP Bed-In For Peace

photo by Morgen Schuler

photo by Morgen Schuler

Thanks to everyone who joined together as a community in KEXP’s Gathering Space this morning for a Bed-In for Peace. KEXP DJs John Richards and Riz hosted an inspiring hour of music featuring local artists Wimps, Tomo Nakayama, DoNormaal, Grace Love, and Gabriel Teodros, and Sean Nelson led the audience through a moving, modernized rendition of “Give Peace a Chance”, while representatives from fellow non-profits Planned Parenthood, The Vera Project, ACLU of Washington, TeenTix, Gender Justice League, Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas, and Office of Arts and Culture all shared the space and offered information about their important work.

For those not familiar, we were inspired by the original Bed-In held March 20, 1969 by Yoko Ono and John Lennon. As the Vietnam War raged, Yoko and John knew their marriage would be a huge press event. So, they held a two-week-long bed in for peace, one at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam and one at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth in Montreal, each of which was intended to be non-violent protests against wars, and experimental tests of new ways to promote peace. The idea is derived from a “sit-in”, in which a group of protesters remains seated in front of an establishment until they are evicted, arrested, or their demands are met. One of the things that they also wanted was to treat these serious issues with humor, as to them a “Bed-In” was humorous. Yoko stated “our opposition, whoever they may be, in all manifest forms, don’t know how to handle humor.”

You can now watch this morning’s broadcast, which we streamed live on KEXP’s Facebook page:

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Friday Music News

photo by Amanda Marsalis

photo by Amanda Marsalis

  • Pitchfork is launching a new series titled Our First 100 Days, and the first track comes from Angel Olsen. Check out the exclusive new track “Fly on Your Wall” below. There will be 99 more songs to come from artists including, Ty Segall, Protomartyr, Waxahatchee, Mitski, Whitney, Toro Y Moi, Will Oldham, the Mountain Goats, How to Dress Well, and many others. All proceeds from subscribing to the series are being donated to the following charities: All Above All, Cosecha, Hoosier Action, People’s Climate Movement, and Southerners On New Ground. [ Pitchfork]

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Bed Peace: A KEXP Video Roundup


John Lennon and Yoko Ono were certainly not the only ones singing for peace, and many have and will join them in the decades to come. As KEXP gathers for a Bed-In for Peace in the Gathering Space, starting at 8:00 AM, here on the blog, we’ve gathered some of our favorite songs about love and unity. Share your own favorites in the comments below.

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Song of the Day: Aan – All You Have To Say

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, unrealeased 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 “All You Have To Say” by Aan from their 2016 sophomore LP, Dada Distractions, out on Party Damage Records.

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