Friday Music News

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  • Ten Commandos, a Seattle punk supergroup, have released their debut single “Staring Down the Dust.” Members of the band include Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron, Queens of the Stone Age collaborator Allain Johannes, and Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden. The song features guest vocals from Screaming Tree’s Mark Lanegan. Ten Commandos will drop their debut album in November. [CoS]

  • Word on the street is that James Blake has been busy working with Kanye West and Justin Vernon on his new album Radio Silence. There’s no release date yet, but hopefully it’s sooner rather than later. Until then, here’s a little something to hold you over. Blake covered Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” during his recent BBC Radio DJ residency. [CoS]

  • The Decemberists have shared the video for their What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World track “Cavalry Captain”. The video casts frontman Colin Meloy as the leader of some sort os mystical religion/cult. The band’s latest EP, Florasongs, is out today. [Pitchfork]

  • During an appearance on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio show, Neon Indian premiered a new song called “The Glitzy Hive.” It’s a bright and funky track that really lives up to it’s name. His upcoming album VEGA INTL. Night School drops on October 16. [SPIN]

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Music That Matters: My Reward

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.

Israel Nash, with KEXP DJ Cheryl Waters // photo by Matthew B. Thompson

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 481 – My Reward
Midday Show host Cheryl Waters loves Fall and her reward is more great music, including a song called Halloween and beaucoup bands from Seattle.

1. The Weather Station – Shy Women
2. Sóley – Halloween
3. Youth Lagoon – The Knower
4. Israel Nash – LA Lately
5. Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon – My Reward
6. Seapony – A Place We Can Go
7. Pony Time – Time Tells Me
8. The West – Out of Sync
9. Tijuana Panthers – Set Forth
10. The Dead Weather – I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)
11. Joseph Giant – Avenue Who
12. Your Friend – Tame One
13. White Lung – Face Down
14. Diane Coffee – Mayflower
15. GO!ZILLA – Pollution

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Live Review: My Morning Jacket with Strand of Oaks at The Moore 10/3/15

photos by Alan Lawrence (view set)

Describing My Morning Jacket’s live show is almost as difficult as describing their music. While tagging it with a reductive broad stroke isn’t that hard (“rock music”), listing out the individual elements that play into the band’s style can come off as too disparate to make it their music seem comprehensible, much less good. Occasionally lengthy, country-inflected, vaguely electronic, a little funky, spacily-melodic, danceable but not dance-y guitar jams doesn’t sound like a winning combination. And, on top of all that, in a live setting, they’re fronted by a guy who looks and acts like The Big Lebowski dressed up as a kimono-wearing version of American Jesus. But it doesn’t just work, it soars. And, as the Kentucky quintent showed during a two-night stand at The Moore, fifteen-plus years mining that potent equation hasn’t dulled it one bit. (This review refers to the second of the two nights.) Pulling from a catalog as rich and varied of any other band with their tenure, My Morning Jacket reaffirmed one guitar lick at a time that they’re still one of the live circuit’s most consistent and great live bands.

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Song of the Day: Seapony – A Place We Can Go


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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “A Place We Can Go” by Seapony from the 2015 self-released album A Vision.

Seapony – A Place We Can Go (MP3)

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KEXP Presents: Bartfest 2015 10/9-10/10


KEXP is proud to sponsor the second annual Bartfest, this weekend, Friday, October 9th through Saturday, October 10th, in Spokane, Washington. Spearheaded by all-ages venue The Bartlett, partnering with their neighbors at Nyne Bar, the eastern Washington city will host 18 bands across the venues.

A pre-party/poster show kicks things off tonight, Thursday, October 8th, at The Bartlett. Attendees can come pick up their wristbands, take in an exhibit of local designers, and enjoy live music from local bands Vacationer and Great Good Fine Ok.
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Thursday Music News

photo by Dave Estep (view set)

  • The music of Duluth, MN-based trio Low has always evoked great emotion, so it’s no surprise their videos do, too (except for that one with John Stamos; we don’t talk about that). For the track “Lies,” off their latest Sub Pop full-length Ones And Sixes, the band turned to Spanish film director Manuel Aragon. He sets up the clip: “Diego is a jornalero – a day laborer, struggling to maintain his livelihood. Daily, he navigates between two very different realities: one, the worker, very much on the outskirts of society, unseen, unnoticed; the other, a Mexican-American 20-something, one half of a mixed-race couple trying to sustain their relationship and manage their cultural differences.” Watch the beautiful video below. Low play Saturday, November 21st at The Crocodile in Seattle. [Stereogum]

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Review Revue: Die Kreuzen – Die Kreuzen


Die Kreuzen is one of the many bands of the ’80s and ’90s about whom my principal awareness derives from having seen their records in the bins at my usual Harvard Square haunts (I’ve always been much more of a browser than a buyer, alas). Since I studied German for all four years of high school, I knew enough not to pronounce their name “Dye Cruisin’,” which was a lot more than many listeners and DJs of the time could say. (At this point, I could barely order a falafel sandwich in German, but at least I know how to pronounce the names of obscure Midwestern punk bands!) I’m glad to see someone here at KCMU was helping spread the word on that front, and many were singing the praises of, you know, the actual music (and the album cover). Read More »

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KEXP Presents: Reykjavik Calling 2015


This Saturday, October 10th, KEXP presents the Sixth Annual Reykjavik Calling at Neumos, a free showcase pairing artists from Iceland’s burgeoning music scene with your favorite Seattle musicians.

Local artist Briana Marela opens the show. Though based here in Seattle, she recorded her most recent album in Reykjavic, with Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers. The resulting full-length, All Around Us, out now on Jagjaguwar, captures the magic of Iceland infused with the Northwest’s own beauty. We couldn’t imagine a better way to kick off this evening!

Last year at Iceland Airwaves, we discovered DJ flugvél & geimskip (translated: DJ Airplane & Spaceship), who instantly charmed us with her kooky one-woman electronic experience. We’ve paired her up with SassyBlack, one half of Sub Pop duo THEESatisfaction, who is also known for her eccentric, experimental sounds. The resulting collaboration should be truly out-of-this-world.

Headlining the show will be Icelandic noise-rock quintet Mammút paired with Seattle’s psychedelic Midday Veil. Mammút blew us away when we first discovered them at Iceland Airwaves in 2009, and Midday Veil are longtime KEXP faves who have just released their third full-length, which KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls, “a sleeker, more electronic-oriented approach… which seamlessly blends propulsive space-disco with ritualistic psych-rock.”
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Live Video: Mike Krol

photo by Renata Steiner (view set)

When it comes to Mike Krol, it’s not three strikes and you’re out. For the LA based, Milwaukee born songwriter, the third time’s a charm, or rather, a Turkey. His third LP, and recent Merge Records release, avoids incarceration with a liberating blast of hook-filled garage rock, smart self-reflective lyrics and punkish brevity – all nine songs in just nineteen minutes! While he’s a bowler at heart, Krol’s a cop onstage, arresting concert-goers while wearing fire-fringed police uniforms and with flashing sirens and liberated prison props. Before his recent show in Seattle, Mike Krol and his band locked down the KEXP studio with a criminally fun and captivating set. Feel free to watch it now:

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Live Review: Macefield Music Festival, Day 1

Don’t Talk to The Cops // photo by Greg Stonebraker

This past weekend, Macefield Music Festival presented a stellar lineup, with performances by more than 20 Seattle bands over the course of the 3-day celebration. A diverse set of music fans strolled the Ballard neighborhood to see shows from some of the biggest players in Seattle’s indie music scene. Friday offered the first glimpse at the impressive talent that filled this year’s festival.

A quiet street awaits the fun times to follow // photo by Greg Stonebraker

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