TV Eye: Week of 8/3

Laura Marling

Laura Marling // photo by Beth Crook (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, August 3rd:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Albert Hammond Jr.
Last Call with Carson Daly: Le Butcherettes (R)
Conan: Ice-T

Tuesday, August 4th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Caribou (R)

Wednesday, August 5th:
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Laura Marling
Last Call with Carson Daly: La Sera (R)
Conan: Leon Bridges

Thursday, August 6th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Tijuana Panthers (R)

Friday, August 7th:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Modest Mouse

Saturday, August 8th:
Austin City Limits: Ryan Adams / Jenny Lewis

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Out This Week 8/3

The most exciting new release this week is The Most Lamentable Tragedy by New Jersey band Titus Andronicus. On this 29-song, 94+-minute rock opera, frontman Patrick Stickles details his struggle with manic depression. KEXP Music Director Don Yates says the album, “features a full, grand sound to match with strings (courtesy of Owen Pallett), piano, horns, organ and more fleshing out a fierce, on-point rock band blending anthemic Springsteen rock with blazing hardcore punk, reckless Replacements abandon, stomping Pogues Celtic punk, Stones swagger, choral majesty and more on an impressive variety of literate, live-wire songs that add up to one of the year’s best albums.”

Other highlights this week include the latest from Seattle’s own Seapony. Yates calls the band’s third release, “another captivating set of breezy, well-crafted dream-pop with jangly, surf-inflected guitars, atmospheric keyboards, wistful melodies, soft, airy vocals and melancholy lyrics. The album also features a bit more of an organic sound, mainly due to swapping out the drum machines of their first two records in favor of live drums.”

Albert Hammond, Jr., guitarist for The Strokes, shares his third solo album, teaming up again with producer Gus Oberg. Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio shares a new single under his solo project moniker Baio, a sneak peek at his fall full-length The Names.

Purchase College, NY artist Steph Knipe — recording under the name Adult Mom — reveals her debut, “a promising set ranging from lilting garage-pop to stark, intimate folk-pop, with her soft, light vocals delivering often brutally honest lyrics revolving around gender identity, heartache, loss and growing up.” Breakout UK star Lianne La Havas (who’s appeared on releases by Prince and Alt-J) releases her sophomore full-length Blood.

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Monday Music News

photo by David Rzegocki (view set)

  • Texas-based artist Israel Nash returns this fall with his fourth album of ‘70s-inspired, psych-tinged folk-rock titled Israel Nash’s Silver Season. Get a first listen with the single “Strangers” below. The album was recorded in Nash’s recently-built Plum Creek Sound studios. Israel Nash’s Silver Season hits stores on October 9th on Loose/Thirty Tigers. [Flood]

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Live Video: Mommy Long Legs

photo by Greg Stonebraker (view set)

As lighthearted as they are lethal, Seattle’s Mommy Long Legs stepped into our live room to rock out a handful of tracks from their debut release, Life Rips, comprised of clever, hooky punk rock that mixed furious righteousness with a wicked sense of humor. Songs like “Horrorscope” and the title track “Life Rips” turn the volume up to 11 as the fierce foursome bring about their self-branded Barf-core/fart-core music. It’s damn near impossible not to fall in love with these kooky and creative tunes, so watch the full set and see how hard it is to walk away.

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Song of the Day: Mike Krol – This is the News

photo by George Baier IV

photo by George Baier IV

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, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “This is the News” by Mike Krol from the 2015 album Turkey on Merge Records.

Mike Krol – This is the News (MP3)

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Music That Matters: Drenched in Guitars

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.


Happyness // photo by Alan Lawrence

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 471 – Drenched in Guitars: Variety Mix host Mel is back to curate the most recent Music That Matters weekly podcast. This particular mix leans heavy on guitars with the latest feedback drenched songs from the legendary Swervedriver, San Francisco’s Thee Oh Sees, and Fuzz, which is one of Ty Segall’s many projects. You’ll also hear new songs channeling older sounds from Destroyer and Diane Coffee, as well as a whole lot more.

1. Thee Oh Sees – Withered Hand
2. MOURN – Gertrudis, Get Through This!
3. Flyying Colours – Like You Said
4. Swervedriver – Winter Depths
5. Fuzz – Pollinate
6. Alice Glass – STILLBIRTH
7. Menace Beach – Super Transporterreum
8. Mike Krol – This Is the News
9. JEFF The Brotherhood – A Dog
10. Happyness – Great Minds Think Alike, All Brains Taste the Same
11. The Foetals – Fine
12. Drinks – Laying Down Rock
13. Diane Coffee – Mayflower
14. Destroyer – Dream Lover

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Friday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman

  • Mac DeMarco‘s mini-LP Another One (out August 7) is streaming over at NPR. He’s previewed several songs over the last few weeks, but now all 8-tracks are available for your listening pleasure. The album closer, “My House By The Water,” features DeMarco’s home address. According to DeMarco, anyone’s welcome to stop by and have a cup of coffee. He’s a brave soul. [Pitchfork]

  • Night Beds, aka Winston Yellen, will drop his sophomore album Ivywild on August 7, but today it’s streaming thanks to NPR. The Nashville artist has immersed his soulful voice with stunning synths, which is a complete 180 compared to his Country Sleep debut. He’s brilliant either way. Listen below. [Stereogum]

  • Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio has shared another song from his upcoming solo album The Names (out September 18). According to the press release, “Endless Rhythm” was inspired by a painting at London’s Tate Modern that caught Baio’s eye in spring of 2014. He describes the song as his “love letter to art and the artistic process.” Check out the song and it’s lyric video below. [Stereogum]

  • Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and producer Mark Ronson joined forces for a magnetic cover of Queens of the Stone Age’s track “I Sat By The Ocean.” The session is a part of Australian triple j Radio’s “Like A Version” video series. [CoS]

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Song of the Day: Prom Queen – Black Magic

photo by Alex Crick

photo by Alex Crick

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, unreleased 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 “Black Magic” by Seattle’s Prom Queen from the 2014 album Midnight Veil on Tsurumi Records.

Prom Queen – Black Magic (MP3)

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Album Review: Mas Ysa – Seraph


Thomas Arsenault is not afraid of feeling. He did it in droves on his debut EP Worth, and he does it again on this week’s full length effort Seraph. On song after song, Mas Ysa brings joy, pain, abandon, doubt, and suffering in quantities that most bands hope to capture once in their career. Meanwhile, against all odds and the extent of the human soul, Arsenault leaves himself threadbare to bless his listeners a live-giving gift of a record. Worth questioned its namesake, asking where worth comes from, and what choices in your life amount to growing and keeping it. Now, Seraph builds on that foundation, expanding Arsenault’s view from himself to his family and his heritage, ultimately asking a huge question: how do we know we are striving after goodness in tumultuous world? Mas Ysa has his beacons of light and his thorns of the flesh, and so do we. On Seraph, we get to dissect them together to a soundtrack that alternates evenly between whispering dream pop and pounding techno. It’s a magical mixture that fits its master wonderfully. Mas Ysa is a one of a kind dude, and his first full length record is an impressive gauntlet of emotions and motifs that demands repeat visits.

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Thursday Music News

photo by Victoria Holt (view set)

  • Revolution Girl Style Now! Or, err, September 22nd, when Northwest icons Bikini Kill release their 1991 demo tape of the same name on vinyl, CD, and digitally, via Bikini Kill Records. The reissue will also feature three previously unreleased tracks. The cassette was originally recorded by Pat Maley in Olympia, and will be re-mixed and mastered by Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto and John Golden for the reissue. Watch a trailer for the release below, featuring footage from the band’s very first show. [Pitchfork]

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