Kendrick Lamar // photo by Matthew B. Thompson (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, February 20th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Stevie Wonder (R)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Alison Krauss
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Old 97s
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Pharrell Williams (R)
Tuesday, February 21st:
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Cee-Lo Green (R)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Future
Wednesday, February 22nd:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: The Lemon Twigs
Conan: The Head and the Heart (R)
Thursday, February 23rd:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Lupe Fiasco
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Ryan Adams
Last Call with Carson Daly: Moving Units
Conan: clipping. (R)
Friday, February 24th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Chronixx
Last Call with Carson Daly: Foals (R)
Saturday, February 25th:
Austin City Limits: Kendrick Lamar
On Saturday, February 18th, musician Clyde Stubblefield passed away from kidney failure in his Madison, Wisconsin home. He was 73 years old. Stubblefield rose to prominence as the percussionist for the James Brown Band during the ’60s and ’70s. His improvised backbeat in the song “Funky Drummer” became one of the most sampled drumbeats in music history. Last year, KEXP payed tribute to Stubblefield with Funky Drummer Day; read coverage from the event on the KEXP Blog here. [ Spin ]
It’s Presidents’ Day, a day originally designated to honor the birthday of George Washington (born on February 22, 1732), but then in the ’50s, a committee lobbied to make the day for all presidents, and in 1971, they shifted the day to the third Monday of February. All you really need to know is, parking is free on the streets today.
To celebrate the occasion, KEXP is honoring Black History Month with an entire day of music from black artists. Beginning at 6 AM on the Morning Show, Morgan will be joined by Prisilla Ray (Trick Candles, Cute Lepers, Purple Mane Prince cover band), Riz on the Midday Show, Troy will be joined by Tilson (Tilson XOXO, The Saturday Knights) in the Afternoon, Chilly will highlight afro-Latin artists on El Sonido, and Stas THEE Boss will cap off the day from 9 PM to 1 AM.
But what about the 45 mostly-white men who have ruled over the Oval Office? Presidents have been inspiring songs throughout history, and leaving them out seemed almost darn right un-American. KEXP salutes them here with a Video Roundup featuring a couple of They Might Be Giants songs, and a few surprises, too.
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, unrealeased 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 “Do It Again” by Lady Wray, from her 2016 album, Queen Alone, via Big Crown Records.
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.
Porcelain Raft at KEXP in 2015 // photo by Jim Beckmann (view set)
Currently you’ll hear:
Music That Matters, Vol. 552 – The Tummy Ache Music that Matters Podcast
The tummy ache Music That Matters podcast, featuring a vast array of fantastic new music. Why? Because I said so. Keep asking and I’ll turn this podcast around and we’ll go home.
1. Hand Habits – Sun Beholds Me
2. Porcelain Raft – Big Sur
3. Tori Bukle – Rooms
4. C Duncan – Nothing More
5. Western Haunts – Man Made Heart
6. Slowdive – Star Roving
7. Rudy Willingham – Why?
8. Virginia Wing – ESP Offline
9. Diet Cig – Tummy Ache
10. The Courtneys – Tour
11. Hiccup – Teasin’
12. John Wesley Coleman – Shovel
13. Hater – Mental Haven
14. The Olympians – Sirens of Jupiter Listen here: (MP3)
She’s already ruled in the guitar world, and now St. Vincent is trying her hand at film directing. XX is an all-female directed anthology collecting four short horror films. St. Vincent’s clip is titled The Birthday Party, and captures an 8-year-old’s birthday party gone wrong. Watch below for an intense panda stare-down. XX is in theaters and on-demand today. [ Pitchfork ]
It’s that time of year again: MoPOP’s Sound Off! has been pitting local bands against each other for 16 years now. The all-ages “battle of the bands” has introduced us to acts like The Lonely Forest, Naked Giants, Manatee Commune, and more. Every Friday night this month, a new band will progress to the finals on Saturday, March 11th, where KEXP’s Audioasis will be broadcasting live. Last week, Jason McCue took the first round, with Fluencie winning the Wild Card. (Runners-up will be entered into the Wildcard Pool, and one of the three Wildcard bands will be selected by the Mo’Pop Youth Advisory Board to compete in the finals.) Let’s take a look at this week’s competitors below:
Anyone who grew up in the ’80s got their first look at being a teenager thanks to writer/director John Hughes and actress Molly Ringwald, and weirdly enough, they share the same birthday — February 18th, 1950 for him and 1968 for her. His coming-of-age films reigned over the metroplex, and she was the star in most of them: Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986), Pretty in Pink (1986), Some Kind of Wonderful (1987), just to name a few of his blockbuster hits.
Hughes was also a huge new wave fan, introducing artists like The Smiths and Echo & the Bunnymen to a wider audience via his soundtracks. He even turned to Ringwald for ideas: her Sixteen Candles character Sam Baker had The Rave-Ups scrawled on her 3-ring binder, and the band later performed in the movie Pretty In Pink. When Ringwald wanted to move on to more “mature” roles, it created a rift that the two didn’t repair for nearly 20 years. Sadly, Hughes passed away in 2009, but he leaves behind a legacy in film and music. In honor of their birthdays, KEXP has compiled a roundup of songs that the two popularized through their film collaborations (and a few without Molly) — see if you can listen without seeing the scene in your head, because we bet you can’t. Read More »
One of my favorite things about humanity is when we discover common bonds between us regardless of environment and background. Of course there are the basic necessities: food, water, shelter, but the commonality we share that is the most interesting, because it is abstract, is music. – DJ Morgan
KEXP’s hardworking video production team is constantly on the go. At the station, that means setting up and breaking down a constantly shifting schedule of bands from across the musical spectrum. But Seattle isn’t the only place these active creatives engage their passion for musical discovery. Occasionally, they reach other shores as KEXP seeks not just new bands but new and like-minded partners along the way, like the Trans Musicales festival in Rennes, France. Read More »
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, unrealeased 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 “London” by Mega Bog, from the 2017 album, Happy Together, via Nicey.