KEXP Presents: The Spooky Roadhouse Benefit Show

Help build KEXP’s New Home by celebrating Halloween in the darkest shadows of...The Spooky Roadhouse.

Greg Vandy, host of The Roadhouse on KEXP, invites you to a very special Halloween party to help build KEXP’s New Home at Seattle Center.

Join Greg at Underwood Stables in Fremont on Wednesday, October 29th at 6:00 PM for a night of specialty cocktails, a performance by Bobby Bare, Jr., and a live remote broadcast of The Roadhouse.

When KEXP’s New Home opens in 2016, you’ll be able to watch our in-studio guests and DJs at work in person, but you can watch Greg and his guests in action NOW — and help us build that New Home faster — by purchasing tickets to The Spooky Roadhouse. You’ll be front and center for an unforgettable night of great American murder ballads and tunes of terror, alongside your other fans of The Roadhouse.

Tickets are on sale now. One hundred-percent of the proceeds from this Halloween extravaganza benefit the campaign to build KEXP’s New Home.

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Friday Music News

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  • She & Him, Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward, will drop a 13-track cover album called Classics on December 2. They’ve put a fun little radio widget on their website and when it’s turned to AM station 1202 the site unlocks their cover of Dusty Springfield’s “Stay Awhile.” Check out two trailers for the upcoming album, below. [Pitchfork]

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Live Video: Perfume Genius

photo by Morgen Schuler (view set)

Perfume Genius mastermind Mike Hadreas is a local, but it wasn’t until the 2010 Matador 21 anniversary shows in Las Vegas that I first saw him live. Sandwiched on the bill between two iconic heavyweights (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Cat Power, for crissakes), Mike sat timidly behind his piano with his boyfriend. He seemed so fragile, yet there was an impressive strength behind it that kept me and my friends glued to the stage. Years later, Hadreas has returned with his third album, Too Bright, out now on Matador Records, and his strength radiates stronger then ever. Recorded with Adrian Utley of Portishead and featuring John Parish on several tracks, he describes the new release to DJ Cheryl Waters as “dark and nasty,” but the songs still retain a beauty unique to Perfume Genius. All hail the queen. Perfume Genius plays a hometown show this Saturday, October 25th at The Neptune. Watch his dramatically potent session below:

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Music That Matters Podcast: Mike Birbiglia

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.

Mike Birbiglia // photo by Evan Sung

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 431 - Mike Birbiglia
Comedian, writer, actor and director Mike Birbiglia and his also-multi-talented wife Jen Stein – whose cat is named Mazzy Star – curate and discuss some of their favorite songs and recording artists, including Tegan and Sara, Sharon Van Etten, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah featuring Matt Berninger, The Rentals, and more! Produced by KEXP Variety Mix host Nate Prudhon. Birbiglia will be performing his latest show “Thank God for Jokes” in Seattle on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, December 31st, at the Moore Theatre.

1. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Better Days
2. Bleachers - I Wanna Get Better
3. ELEL - 40 Watt
4. Sharon Van Etten - Every Time the Sun Comes Up
5. Foxygen - How Can You Really
6. Sylvan Esso - Coffee
7. Maps - To the Sky
8. The Rentals - 1000 Seasons
9. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (feat. Matt Berninger) - Coming Down
10. Tegan and Sara - Back In Your Head (Live on KEXP)
11. The War On Drugs - Red Eyes
12. Conor Oberst - Zigzagging Toward the Light
13. Junip - Your Life, Your Call
14. Real Estate - It’s Real

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Friday on My Mind: Songs for the Returning Rain

Seattle Center in the rain // photo by Brittney Bush Bollay

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind. Our weekly blog post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News.

So in case you’ve been locked deep away in a windowless basement, it is indeed Fall and the rains have returned to Seattle. Despite what has now become legend, when it comes down to it, Seattle doesn’t really get that much rain. Especially when you compared our city with others throughout the country. In fact, Seattle doesn’t even rank in the top 10. We fall way down in ranking at #44 when pitted against other major cities in the annual rainfall department. Seattle measures in at a measly 38 inches of rainfall each year. We get beaten out by Houston, Memphis, and Miami. MIAMI. So it begs the question. Why the hell does is Seattle considered notorious for rain? I for one blame Tom Hanks for one, but it can also be chalked up to distribution. Compared to other cities, Seattle is through the roof when it comes down to amount of days a year with rain. Most cities that outrank us in yearly rain percentages, actually average less actual rainy days every year than Seattle. We just drag those days out. As well, Seattle doesn’t have a very uniform distribution of cloudy or rainy days from month to month like Boston, New York, and many other major U.S. cities have. As a rule, it pretty much is cloudy with occasional light drizzles from October through March in Seattle. Then from April through September, Seattle gets almost no rain and from June through September almost no cloudy days. So now, let us provide you with some songs to add to your rainy day music mixes….
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Agitated Atmosphere: CJ Boyd - Precariat

As major labels continue to exist behind the times, artists and labels with little capital and lesser reputations are producing some of the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring music. Whether it’s creating a new niche in digital technology or looking to once obsolete formats, Agitated Atmosphere hopes to pull back the curtain on a wealth of sights and sound from luminaries such as CJ Boyd.

What compels CJ Boyd to put it all out there? His releases are an oceanic (his word) pool of emotion and observation that feels heavy with every listen. And yet, one does not feel bogged down with the weight of Atlas when listening. The balance between the material and the phantasmagorical is a nimble dance of dirge and mass.
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Song of the Day: The Pharmacy - Masten Lake Lagoon

photo by Mike De Leon

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 “Masten Lake Lagoon” by The Pharmacy from the 2014 album Spells on Old Flame Records.

The Pharmacy - Masten Lake Lagoon (MP3)

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Live Video: Ásgeir

photo by Morgen Schuler (view set)

It’s going to take a little practice, but you’ll be saying the name Ásgeir like a true Icelander soon enough. When we first introduced the young singer-songwriter to Seattle audiences two years ago, we knew his ethereal falsetto and captivating songs would appeal to KEXP listeners even if his songs were sung then completely in Icelandic. But when he revealed that he was working with American expat John Grant on English versions of his locally award winning and record breaking debut, Dýrð í dauðaþögn, his fate was sealed. The translated In the Silence, released earlier this year, has thrust him before larger and larger crowds. Two years after his first Seattle appearance, nearly to the day, Ásgeir returns like a king to Seattle, selling out his show at Columbia City Theater and already scheduled to come back in February to perform with Hozier at the Paramount. He returned also to KEXP, older, wiser and with a full band to share the glorious noise of In The Silence here:

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Thursday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

  • Brooklyn indiepopsters The Pains of Being Pure At Heart share a new video today for the track “Kelly,” off their most recent release Days Of Abandon. Directed by Art Boonparn, the video reflects the warm, lovely light of the song itself. Jen Goma of A Sunny Day in Glasgow takes lead on vocals. Watch below: [Pitchfork]

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Review Revue: VA - Rutles Highway Revisited

Leave it to the musical pranksters at Shimmy Disc (Review Revue all-stars, to say the least) to release a tribute compilation to a joke band. The Rutles (note the pronunciation lesson below) were a Beatles-mocking vehicle created in the ’70s by Monty Python’s Eric Idle and Neil Innes, which ended up having a longer career than the band they were a parody of, recording and touring off and on into the ’90s and reuniting for a 30th anniversary concert in 2008.

The Rutles did not spawn quite as many covers and tributes as the Beatles, of course - why, just this week we were treated to the Flaming Lips’ take on Sgt. Pepper’s, much of which wouldn’t sound out of place on this LP. As far as I can tell this is the only Rutles tribute album out there, and might be the only tribute album to any fake band (e.g., there are lots of Spinal Tap tribute bands out there, but I couldn’t find a compilation in their honor – someone get on that!). The results are decidedly mixed, but with a lineup including Galaxie 500, Syd Straw, Unrest, Shonen Knife, King Missile, Paleface, and Bongwater, it’s a great slice of early ’90s rock, viewed through a very strange lens. Read More »

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