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]

  • Post-punk pioneers Wire are sounding as strong as ever, and will release their sixteenth studio album in just a couple of months. Silver/Lead hits the streets on March 31st via their own pinkflag imprint — stream the first single “Short Elevated Period” below. The release date also marks the band’s 40th anniversary of playing their first concert. Later this year in December, their debut album Pink Flag celebrates the same. [ Stereogum]

  • Speaking of anniversaries, Interpol‘s debut Turn on the Bright Lights turns 15 years old, and the band are celebrating with a worldwide tour of the LP. No U.S. tour dates yet, and no word if founding bassist and fan favorite Carlos D will rejoin for the trip, but European dates have been announced. The band also shared they’re working on new music they hope to release in 2018. [ Spin]
  • UK duo Goldfrapp return later this year with a new full-length, Silver Eye. It’ll be their first new music since 2013’s Tales of Us. Check out the opening track “Anymore” below. In a press release, Alison Goldfrapp says, “We’ve never liked repeating ourselves. Often we react to things we’ve just done. We like the spontaneity of not knowing. It’s only through the process that we start to figure out what it is. The fans who have stuck with us are the ones who embrace that idea and are excited by the thought that they don’t know quite what to expect next.” So, who knows what more we’ll hear when the album hits stores on March 31st via Mute. [ Under the Radar]

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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.

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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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Bed Peace: The Story of John & Yoko

John and Yoko

photo courtesy of Nationaal Archief

Dear Friends,

In 1969, John and I were so naïve to think that doing the Bed-In would help change the world.
Well, it might have. But at the time, we didn’t know.

It was good that we filmed it, though.
The film is powerful now.
What we said then could have been said now.

In fact, there are things that we said then in the film, which may give some encouragement and inspiration to the activists of today. Good luck to us all.

Let’s remember WAR IS OVER If We Want It.
It’s up to us, and nobody else.
John would have wanted to say that.

Love, yoko

Yoko Ono Lennon
New York, USA
September 2013

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Thursday Music News

  • The rollout of new Arcade Fire begins! And it truly couldn’t happen at a better time. Stream the single “I Give You Power” below, which features guest vocals from legendary vocalist and civil rights activist Mavis Staples. The track is a Tidal exclusive (a company Win Butler and Régine Chassagne are part-owners of). All proceeds will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union. Via a tweet, the band message, “It’s never been more important that we stick together & take care of each other.” Perfectly put. [ Pitchfork]

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