Out This Week 3/3

They say March is “in like a lion, out like a lamb,” and out this week is the sophomore release from Lady Lamb (formerly Lady Lamb The Beekeeper)! KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes the release is “a bolder, more direct-sounding album with a dynamic indie-pop sound featuring driving rhythms, guitars and keyboards along with occasional horns, strings and other instrumentation accompanying her impassioned vocals and poetic, emotionally evocative lyrics.”

Other highlights include the latest from Canadian duo Purity Ring whose “masterful second album features a cleaner, more polished and dynamic sound for their brooding, hip hop-inflected electro-pop, combining dark, fuzzy synths, cold trap beats and trunk-rattling bass with wistful melodies and Megan James’ ethereal vocals and emotive lyrics.” Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson and keyboardist Sanae Yamada, aka Moon Duo, share their “third album of droning space-rock, which also happens to be their most potent set to date, with more brightly melodic and sharply defined songs combining fuzzy guitar riffing, eerie keyboards and hypnotic motorik rhythms.”

Local singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile shares her fifth full-length, “ranging from reflective ballads to bluesy stompers.” Reunited UK shoegazers Swervedriver share their first new album in 17 years. And Of Montreal return with their 13th release, a “quirky blend of psych-pop, glam, funk, dance-rock and more, combining a busy, densely produced sound with dark lyrics of a world gone wrong and relationships falling apart.”


(Various Artists) Jesus Wayne – “The Chicago Party Theme”
from Ultra-High Frequencies: The Chicago Party on Numero

Andrew Combs – “Pearl”
from All These Dreams on Coin Records/Thirty Tigers

Au.Ra – “Juki”
from Jane’s Lament on Felte

Beech Creeps – “Times Be Short”
from Beech Creeps on Monofonus Press

Brandi Carlile – “The Eye”
from The Firewatcher’s Daughter on ATO Records

Brodinski – “Minimix”
from Brava on Parlophone

Buxton – “Icebreaker”
from Half a Native on New West

Cannibal Ox – “Psalm 82”
from Blade of the Ronin on IGC/iHipHop

Coastal – “We Drink To Remember”
from Beneath the Snow and Streetlights on Words On Music

Darren Hanlon – “When You Go”
from Where Did You Come From? on Flippin Yeah Industries

Destruction Unit – “Bumpy Road”
from Live in San Francisco on Castle Face

Dorthia Cottrell – “Gold”
from Dorthia Cottrell on Forcefield

Echo Lake – “Waves”
from Era on No Pain in Pop

Gateway Drugs – “Friday’s Are For Suckers”
from Magick Spells on Cobraside

George Benson – “This Masquerade”
from The Ultimate Collection compilation on Rhino

Ghostpoet – “Off Peak Dreams”
from Shedding Skin on PIAS

Gill Landry – “Just Like You”
from Gill Landry on ATO

Jeff Rosenstock – “Beers Again Alone”
from We Cool? on Side One Dummy

Jerry Williams – “Easy On Yourself”
from Gone reissue on Real Gone

Jon Hopkins – “I Remember”
from LateNightTales on LateNightTales

Kaki King – “Anthropomorph”
from The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body on Short Stuff Records

Lady Lamb – “Billions of Eyes”
from After on Mom + Pop

Lotic – “Heterocetera”
from Heterocetera on Tri Angle

Moon Duo – “Animal”
from Shadow of the Sun on Sacred Bones

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – “Ballad Of The Mighty”
from Chasing Yesterday on Sour Mash

Of Montreal – “Bassem Sabry”
from Aureate Gloom on Polyvinyl

Model 500 – “Digital Solutions”
from Digital Solutions on Metroplex

Parquet Courts – “Sunbathing Animal”
from Live at Third Man Records on Third Man Records

Purity Ring – “Begin Again”
from Another Eternity on 4AD

Steven Wilson – “First Regret / 3 Years Older”
from Hand.Cannot.Erase. on Kscope

Stones – “See Red”
from Three Blind Mice reissue on Flying Nun

Swervedriver – “Setting Sun”
from I Wasn’t Born to Lose You on Cobraside

Tom Brosseau – “Roll Along With Me”
from Perfect Abandon on Tin Angel

Tuxedo – “Number One”
from Tuxedo on Stones Throw

White Plains – “My Baby Loves Lovin’”
from The Deram Records Singles Collection on 7T’s

Yonatan Gat – “East To West”
from Director on Joyful Noise

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Tuesday Music News

Toro y Moi

photo by Dave Lichterman

  • Berkeley-based beatmaker Toro y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick) shares a new track from his forthcoming fourth album, What For?. Check out the super-suave ’70s-sound of “Buffalo” below. What For? hits stores April 7th via Carpark Records. While you wait, revisit his 2013 KEXP session here. [Pitchfork]


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Midnight in a Perfect World: Ben Gibbard

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

Although best known as the lead singer behind seminal Pacific Northwest bands Death Cab For Cutie and The Postal Service, Ben Gibbard also possesses a deep record collection, spurred by his passion for timeless pop and Krautrock gems that date back to the 60s. Expertly curating a 17-song all-vinyl set for KEXP, Ben Gibbard the DJ gets a moment in the spotlight on Midnight In A Perfect World to share some of the finest underground psych-pop, garage-rock, and Krautrock tracks of the last 50 years.


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Song of the Day: Bonnie & The BANG BANG – Every New Love

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 ‘Every New Love’ by Bonnie & The BANG BANG from the 2015 self-released album Distance.

Bonnie & the BANG BANG – Every New Love (MP3)

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Live Around Town This Week

The Twilight Sad // photo by Kyle Johnson (view set)

Monday, March 2nd:

Kim Gordon’s Girl In A Band at The Neptune // All Ages (more info)

• KEXP Presents Daniel Lanois, Rocco Deluca, Matt Bishop at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

Tuesday, March 3rd:

• Mike McCready Presents The Young Evils, Star Anna, The Rockfords at The Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Stars, Leisure Cruise at The Neptune // All Ages (more info)

Gondwana, The Cumbieros, Peacemaker Nation at Nectar Lounge // 21+ (more info)
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TV Eye: Week of 3/2

Hundred Waters

Hundred Waters // photo by Dave Lichterman (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, March 2nd:
Late Show with David Letterman: Hundred Waters (R)
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kate Pierson
Last Call with Carson Daly: The Melvins

Tuesday, March 3rd:
Conan: Brandi Carlile
Late Show with David Letterman: Sturgill Simpson (R)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: GZA
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kate Pierson
Last Call with Carson Daly: Natalie Prass (R)

Wednesday, March 4th:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Purity Ring, Kate Pierson
Last Call with Carson Daly: Le Butcherettes

Thursday, March 5th:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Kate Pierson
Last Call with Carson Daly: Caribou

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Monday Music News

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

  • Aussie sweetheart Courtney Barnett has shared another track from her upcoming full-length debut, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit. Check out the lovely, lilting ballad “Depreston” below, along with its accompanying video of many front lawns. When Courtney was in town last October, she recorded an exclusive KEXP in-studio version of this track, alongside other new ones, which you can hear Tuesday, March 24th at Noon PT. RSVP on our Facebook event for a reminder to tune in. Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit hits stores on March 23rd via Mom + Pop. [Pitchfork]


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Live Video: Israel Nash

photo by David Rzegocki (view set)

A “rain plan” is practically unknown in the Northwest. It rains here too frequently, but rarely fervently, for anyone to need that kind of contingency. Instead, for us rain plans are active ones, scenarios for doing and being. Maybe that’s why Israel Nash‘s 2014 album, Rain Plans, gripped us so firmly. His music seems to call us to an alternate time and place where people and ideas matter, where songs can resurrect one’s heroes and tear down those who abuse their power. His is an idealism we share in any weather. And clearly we’re not the only ones, as Israel Nash has gathered a group of talented friends who bring his rich melodies and rousing harmonies to glorious fruition on his last two albums and now on tour with him across the US. Recently, we welcomed the return of Israel Nash, come whatever may fall, live in the KEXP studio.


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Song of the Day: The Sidekicks – Deer

The Sidekicks

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 “Deer” by The Sidekicks from the 2015 album Runners In The Nerved World on Epitaph.

The Sidekicks – Deer (MP3)

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Music That Matters Podcast: Morning Show Music Discovery

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.

The Districts // photo courtesy of the artist

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 449 – Morning Show Music Discovery
Join Morning Show host John Richards to discover hidden gems in this heavy vibed mix of pop and beats. Featuring the swirling eclectic sounds of local Seattle project Eggshells, the urgent rumbling guitars of The Districts and many more.

Tracklist:
1. Elisa Ambrogio – Superstitious
2. Eggshells – In the Background
3. Sales – Renee
4. Ghosts I’ve Met – The Shape of Space
5. Breakfast In Fur – Portrait
6. Dirty Dishes – Guilty
7. Nite Fields – You I Never Knew
8. Twerps – Back To You
9. All We Are – Feel Safe
10. The Districts – 4th and Roebling
11. Snuff Redux – Disintegrate the Days

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