Tuesday Music News

Photos by Brittany Feenstra (view set)

  • All year long, Seattle’s own Macklemore has been on the campaign path against the opioid crisis in America, even teaming up with President Obama for a White House Address (see here). Today, he shares a video for the track “Drug Dealer,” a homebred single featuring guest vocals from Ariana DeBoo and co-production from Joshua “Budo” Karp. Check out the harrowing clip below. It’s the first new music we’ve had from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis since This Unruly Mess I’ve Made, released earlier this year. [Spin]

  • For a video that’s haunting in a whole different way, The Shins share a mysterious clip titled “I Gleek On Your Grave” via their Twitter. Designed to look like a low-budget VHS-era horror B-movie, the video spotlights frontman James Mercer amongst all the weirdness. It’s perfect for the Halloween season! The band will release a new album in early 2017, their first since 2012’s Port of Morrow. [Under the Radar]

  • Yesterday’s in-studio guests Yeasayer share a new track today, a b-side on the Cold Night EP that hits stores on Friday. Stream the single “Loan Shark Blues” below, a song so good you wonder why they left it off the track list. It may not be an album track, but the band’s latest LP Amen & Goodbye is out now via Mute. The band play tonight at WaMu Theatre, opening for M83. [Stereogum]

  • Continuing the kooky clips is Split Single, project of Jason Narducy, bassist for Bob Mould and Superchunk. Back in 2014, he released the mockumentary “The Sexiest Elbows in Rock Music” with Britt Daniel, Fred Armisen, Dave Grohl, and many others praising Narducy’s joint between the forearm and the upper arm. They’re taking the joke even further, releasing two new episodes next month that will have more of a storyline. From the trailer below, guest stars include Jeff Tweedy, Sharon Van Etten, Frank Black, and more. It is no coincidence: the new Split Single LP, Metal Frames, hits stores November 18th via Inside Outside Records. [Pitchfork]

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Live Review: Kanye West at Key Arena 10/19/16

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To know Kanye West is to love him, but to be in an endless mosh pit fifteen feet under him is something even more. It’s limitless devotion to the church of Yeezus. It’s agreeing wholeheartedly when Ye compares himself to Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, or, most notably, God. And in turn, much like I Am fed the Israelites with Manna from the sky, Ye has rewarded his following by embracing them as wholeheartedly as they have him. He has (mostly) forgone interviews in favor of using the stage to speak directly to his fans about what is on his mind (which has lately included eviscerating [and later forgiving] Kid Cudi, accusing people of stealing his ideas, and the merits of one’s wife having Snapchat.) Aside from fancying himself as a deity/genius, Kanye has declared himself one with the people, and regardless of one’s opinion of the former claim, it is hard to argue with the latter. Its floating stage augmented only by austere, saturated lighting and the presence cut by its sole performer, the Saint Pablo tour is a pioneering experiment in destroying the barrier between the audience and performer at an arena-sized level. And much like the album that the show is supporting, Ye’s performance at Key Arena was a chaotic, enrapturing affair that drew its beauty from the sheer amount of chaos surrounding it.

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Live Review: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Death From Above 1979 with Deap Vally at Showbox SoDo 10/20/16

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“How about this?” Julie Edwards screamed from the drum set halfway through Deap Vally’s set, “Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and DFA 1979! This is the friggin’ rock n roll circus man!”. Edwards remark couldn’t be more true – truly, tonight’s sinfully good double feature is a match made in heaven. At first, the combination might seem a bit of a head scratcher. A bloodthirsty duo from Toronto with two albums ten years apart, and San Francisco rock stalwart with seven records over fifteen years. Maybe it’s the mystical bass energy channelled between Jesse Keeler and Robert Been, or maybe it’s something else, but who cares! The fact that this tour even exists is a treat like no other. As DFA themselves described the tour, it’s “100% Certified Organic Rock and Roll. Don’t be scared, come live your lives with us”. If only every night were like this one, it’d be a lot harder to get up every morning. Together with Los Angeles’s gnarliest rising sister act Deap Vally, BRMC and DFA brought all the acronyms and amplifiers that the Showbox SoDo could physically handle.
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Song of the Day: Little Jesus – La Magia

photo by Christopher Edward Night

photo by Christopher Edward Night

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. This week, we are featuring songs by Latin American artists, as selected by Chilly, host of El Sonido.

Little Jesus – La Magia (MP3)

Chilly’s pick for today is “La Magia” by Little Jesus from the 2016 album Rio Salvaje on Casete.
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Live Around Town This Week


Monday, October 24th:

Bad Suns, COIN at Neumos (more info)

PAPA, Perfect Families at Barboza (more info)

Tuesday, October 25th:

KEXP Presents La Luz, The Shivas, Donormaal at Tractor Tavern (more info)

M83, Yeasayer at WaMu Theater (more info)

The Faint, Gang Of Four, Pictureplane at The Showbox (more info)
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In Stores Now 10/24

Last week, we got the seventh solo album from Conor Oberst. This week, we’ve got a box set from his old project, Bright Eyes. You get six remastered, reissued vinyl copies of Fevers and Mirrors (2000), LIFTED or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002), I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (2005), Digital Ash in a Digital Urn (2005), Cassadaga (2007), and a bonus, The People’s Key (2011). Oberst fans will have plenty to listen to this fall.

Other highlights this week include the long-awaited LP from Swedish duo The Radio Dept., their first in six years. KEXP Music Director Don Yates describes it as a “potent set of brooding, politically charged electro-pop with moody synths, atmospheric guitars, gently propulsive rhythms, gauzy vocals, wistful melodies and barbed lyrics attacking racism, police brutality and the thriving Swedish gun industry.” If you think six years is a long time, we’ve also got a new album from American Football, their first in seventeen years. A project of Illinois-bred Mike Kinsilla (Cap’n Jazz, Owls, Joan Of Arc, Owen, etc.), the LP is “a fine set of moody, emotive rock with dreamy interlocking guitar lines, occasional electric piano and trumpet, intricate rhythms and melancholy lyrics.”

Making their debut is Savoy Motel, featuring members of Cheap Time and Heavy Cream. Yates calls the album, “a potent blend of ’70s boogie-rock, slinky glam and gritty funk-rock with distorted wah wah guitars and falsetto vocals.” The Weakerthans frontman John K. Samson shares his third solo album, “a fine set of mostly dark folk-rock combining a spare sound with smartly crafted lyrics revolving around community, his native Winnipeg and addictions both personal and societal.” And, finally, this week sees the release of the fourteenth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, a meditation on life and death.
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TV Eye: Week of 10/24

Mitski // photo by Amber Knecht (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, October 24th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Moving Units

Tuesday, October 25th:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Mitski
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Lucius
Last Call with Carson Daly: Bomba Estereo

Wednesday, October 26th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Conor Oberst
Last Call with Carson Daly: Temples

Thursday, October 27th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Common
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Pusha T, The Record Company
The Late Late Show with James Corden: LL Cool J
Last Call with Carson Daly: DJ Shadow

Friday, October 28th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Peter Bjorn & John

Saturday, October 29th:
Austin City Limits: Iggy Pop

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Monday Music News

photo by Brittany Feenstra (view set)

  • They’ve been teasing about it for months now, and today, we finally have new music to share from Run the Jewels. The unstoppable duo of Killer Mike and El-P have released the single “Talk to Me” from their forthcoming full-length, Run the Jewels 3. No release date yet, but Mr. Mike has said he wants it out before the end of the year. [Pitchfork]

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Soul Clap

Photo by Bill Kennedy

Photo by Bill Kennedy

Soul Clap is a renowned DJ and production duo from Boston, Massachusetts. Active in the club scene since 2001, they’ve become trusted club favorites with their top-notch mixture of house, disco, funk, soul and anything groovy, while also displaying their production skills on numerous singles, remixes, EPs, and albums. In celebration of their new self-titled full-length album, released October 14th on their own label Crew Love Records, Soul Clap piece together a special guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World full of colorful deep house rhythms and infectious timeless funk jams that seamlessly jump across various decades, genres, and vibes with a consistently playful, party-starting attitude.

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Live Video: Warpaint

photos by Sarah O’Connor (view set)

Heads Up on the dance floor! LA band Warpaint sound the drums on their rhythmically driven third LP by infusing their typically broody post-punk with more hypnotic dub and funk grooves. The battle-ready four-piece charged the KEXP live room to perform their first single, “New Song”, and three other new songs on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters. Watch the full session here:

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