Music That Matters: Midday Mix

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.

DJ Cheryl Waters with David Bazan // photo by Charina Pitzel

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 518 – Midday Mix
Cheryl Waters presents a mix of new songs that she’s loving right now and hopes you will too!

Tracklist:
1. Carter Tanton feat. Sharon Van Etten – twentynine Palms
2. Twin Peaks – Walk To The One You Love
3. The Ghost Ease – Gemini Rise
4. Speedy Ortiz – Death Note
5. Thee Oh Sees – Plastic Planet
6. Aesop Rock – Rings
7. David Bazan – Both Hands
8. Erik Blood – Quiet
9. Goodbye Heart – Lives on Lives
10. Eagulls – Blume
11. Moderat – Reminder
12. Woods – Sun City Creeps
13. The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation
14. PJ Harvey – The Wheel

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Friday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman

  • Radiohead have shared a new video inspired by their song “Identikit,” from their recently released album A Moon Shaped Pool. The short film was directed by Dogtooth director Yorgos Lanthimos, watch below. [Pitchfork]

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R.I.P. Ralph Stanley

Ralph Stanley

We are all people of constant sorrow today as we learn that one of country music’s biggest legends and a pioneer of bluegrass is gone. Yesterday, Dr. Ralph Stanley died at 89 of what his publicist said to be “difficulties with skin cancer”. Along with his brother, Carter, he performed as the Stanley Brothers and later as band leader of the Clinch Mountain Boys. Though active and revered for some 50 years, Ralph Stanley drew new acclaim with the resurgence of Appalachian music thanks to the award-winning soundtrack to the 2000 Coen brothers film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Today, Ralph Stanley leaves behind a legacy of 70 years of recordings and performance, countless awards and a legion of fans. Though we may be sad at his loss now, we can take great joy at the the light he’s shown on us all.

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Live Review: Flight of the Conchords with Eugene Mirman at Marymoor Park 6/22

all photos by Amber Knecht (view set)

Well, Seattle, it looks like we’ve corrupted Flight of the Conchords. Jemaine Clement, the gap-toothed glasses-wearing half of the New Zealand duo, confessed to the audience: he ate half a banana… and just left the other half sitting backstage! WHOA. “I’m the Iggy Pop of the band,” he admitted ruefully. Later, his guitar blipped a little bit of feedback. So rock n’ roll. “Well, Jimi Hendrix is from here,” he rationalized, adding that all of this rowdy behavior would be documented in the band’s biography, a tome sure to make Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt look like Goodnight Moon. And, perhaps worst of all, even though there are “reportedly” posters backstage saying bands are only allowed one song per encore (“You don’t do more at Marymoor,” Bret McKenzie [the bearded one] quipped), the band did TWO songs to a delighted audience. Clearly, it’s “boys gone wild,” and really, who can be surprised when they’re signed to Sub Pop Records, whose roster is laden with debaucherous artists. (I’m looking at you, Helio Sequence.)

Well, half eaten bananas aside (literally), it was an absolute joy to see Flight of the Conchords back together again. After the 2009 release of their LP I Told You I Was Freaky and the subsequent end of their HBO television series, the guys have pursued separate projects. McKenzie continued to work with FotC director James Bobin on The Muppets, which won him an Oscar for Best Original Song. Clement co-wrote, co-directed, and co-starred in the film What We Do in the Shadows. There was some other stuff, too. But, as the Lennon and McCartney of “guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk,” the boys are at their best together.
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Song of the Gay: SassyBlack – Comicon

photo by Greg Stonebraker

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. All this week we are celebrating Seattle Pride and PrideFest 2016 by featuring all LGBTQ artists for our “Song of the Gay” podcast, selected by me, DJ El Toro. My pick for today is “Comicon” by SassyBlack from her 2016 self-released album, No More Weak Dates.

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Thursday Music News

photo by Jason Quigley

  • case/lang/veirs — the lowercased super-group of Neko Case, k.d. lang, and Laura Veirs — share a video for the track “Atomic Number,” a highlight from their self-titled debut, out now via Anti- Records. Director Kangmin Kim explains, “This animation is inspired by the search for a soul-mate with the same atomic number, 42. We are introduced to a world at which every element and character occupy a tiny space in an expansive land mass. The audience is essentially the third person in this colorful, bright world, and in contrast, we can take a contemplative view on the main character’s feelings of emptiness in his lonely journey of life.” Watch below. case/lang/veirs will perform Thursday, June 30th at the Woodland Park Zoo. [Under the Radar]


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Review Revue: Invaders of the Heart – Without Judgement

Invaders of the Heart - Without Judgement

The bass-wielding demigod known as Jah Wobble ( John Wardle, renamed by Sid Vicious, who also allegedly gave him his first bass) should need no introduction, especially around these parts, but here’s the quick version: First heard holding down the low end with PiL, he soon moved on to his own varied, multigenre projects, probably never even pausing to revel in the adulation he’d inspired in music and bass geeks the world over with his distinctive, dub-inspired style.

Invaders of the Heart was only about the 2nd band Wobble started in the first few years after leaving PiL, and whatever the lineup, the moniker is still going strong, with a new album (and some live dates!) around the corner. Without Judgement was the very first record released under this band name, and after a rough ’80s for Mr. Wobble, its positive reception by folks like our friends at KCMU helped revive his career and propel him into the 21st century, where he continues his important work spreading low frequencies and global rhythms. Read More »

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Macefield Festival 2016 lineup

Macefield

Macefielders, come out and play! That’s the rallying cry for the independent music and arts festival in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood each fall. Good news for those ready – the Macefield Music Festival, named for Edith Macefield, the fiercely-independent Ballard resident who refused to sell her home to developers, just announced their 2016 lineup, which featuring many KEXP favorites like Zola Jesus, Psychic TV, Reigning Sound, Fly Moon Royalty, Erik Blood, Mommy Long Legs, Banditos, Wimps, a reunion of Hazel, and Selene Vigil from 7 Year Bitch.

The festival itself takes over the streets and clubs of Ballard on September 30 through October 2. Weekend passes are available now for the very reasonable price of $45! Get yours here.

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Live Video: The Thermals

photo by Alex Crick (view set)

Now on their seventh album, The Thermals show no sign of fading away, despite the title of their latest We Disappear, out now on Saddle Creek. With beloved producer Chris Walla behind the boards for the fourth time, the Portland punk trio continue to incite riots with their anthemic, fist-pumping songs. Here in the KEXP studios, the band was joined by Jessica Boudreaux from Summer Cannibals, allowing frontman Hutch Harris to drop the guitar for half the set – a vulnerable, unadorned stance he’s been trying for the past year and a half as a stand-up comedian. The Thermals kick off this year’s Concerts at the Mural on Friday, August 5th with Acapulco Lips and Mommy Long Legs. Until then, enjoy this energetic KEXP in-studio session:


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Song of the Gay: Alex Anwandter – Siempre Es Viernes En Mi Corazón

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. All this week we are celebrating Seattle Pride and PrideFest 2016 by featuring all LGBTQ artists for our “Song of the Gay” podcast, selected by me, DJ El Toro. My pick for today is “Siempre Es Viernes En Mi Corazón” by Alex Anwandter from his 2016 album, Amiga, on Nacional Records.

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