Out This Week 9/29

As we mentioned in today’s Music News round-up, Prince has returned with not one, but two new albums this week: a solo album titled Art Official Age, and one with his band 3rdEyeGirl called PlectrumElectrum.

Famed Scottish indiepop duo The Vaselines also return today with the album V For Vaselines. KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes the album “finds them adopting a bigger, punchier sound and bringing a brasher, Ramones-inspired punk edge to their jangly twee-pop, with loud, fuzzy guitars and energetic rhythms bolstering the duo’s effervescent harmonies, sparkling pop hooks and often-dark lyrics.”

Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens shares his second solo album, which “finds him hooking up with some of his former bandmates while also blending elements of R&B, country and gospel into his wistful pop-rock for a strong set of rootsy tunes combining acoustic and electric guitars, pealing pedal steel and occasional gospel backing vocals with Owens’ breathy vocals and heartfelt, deeply personal lyrics of love, regrets and redemption.” (Owens will be LIVE on KEXP on Tuesday, October 7th at 1:00 PM PST.)

UK band The History Of Apple Pie share their sophomore serving of “‘90s-influenced fuzz-pop with distorted shoegazerish guitars, atmospheric keyboards, soft vocals and sugary pop melodies.” JEFF the Brotherhood release their covers EP, Dig the Classics. The third album from The Rural Alberta Advantage “features a bigger, more polished sound for their anthemic folk-pop, combining acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards and prominent percussion with stirring melodies, sing-along choruses and heartfelt lyrics of love and loss.” And the debut from duo Electric Youth “is a promising set of moody electro-pop with twinkling synths, ethereal vocals and wistful melodies.”

3rdEyeGirl / Prince - “Clouds”
from PlectrumElectrum on Warner Bros.

Alice Gerrard - “Boll Weevil”
from Follow the Music on Tompkins Square

Christopher Owens - “Never Wanna See That Look Again”
from A New Testament on Turnstile

Ed Motta - “S.O.S Amor”
from AOR on Tummy Touch

Electric Youth - “Runaway”
from Innerworld on Secretly Canadian

Estrogen Highs - “Argyle Enthusiast”
from Hear Me on the Number Station on Trouble in Mind

The History of Apple Pie - “Jamais Vu”
from Feel Something on Marshall Teller

JEFF the Brotherhood - “Something in the Way” (Nirvana cover)
from Dig the Classics on Warner Bros.

Jimbo Mathus - “Hiway At Night”
from Jimmy the Kid reissue on Big Legal Mess Records / Fat Possum

Kat Edmonson - “Oh My Love”
from The Big Picture on Masterworks

The Limiñanas - “A Dead Swan”
from I’ve Got Trouble in Mind: 7″ and Rare Stuff 2009-2014 on Trouble in Mind

Lucinda Williams - “West Memphis”
from Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone on Highway 20 Records

Luke Winslow-King - “Everlasting Arms”
from Everlasting Arms on Bloodshot

Lydia Ainsworth - “White Shadows”
from Right from Real on Arbutus Records

Oasis - “Morning Glory”
from (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? reissue on Big Brother Recordings

Ólöf Arnalds - “Half Steady”
from Palme on One Little Indian

Paul White - “Shaker Notes”
from Shaker Notes on R&S

Pieta Brown - “Flowers Of Love”
from Paradise Outlaw on Red House Records

The Pine Hill Haints - “Ms. Pacman”
from The Magik Sounds of the Pine Hill Haints on K Records

Populous - “Fall (feat. Cuushe)”
from Night Safari on Bad Panda Records / Folk Wisdom

Prince - “U Know”
from Art Official Age on Warner Bros.

Ritual Howls - “The Taste Of You”
from Turkish Leather on Felte

Ruby Fray - “Barbara”
from Grackle on K Records

The Rural Alberta Advantage - “On The Rocks”
from Mended with Gold on Saddle Creek Records

Sam Amidon - “Walkin’ Boss”
from Lily-O on Nonesuch

Sea Oleena - “If I’m”
from Shallow on Lefse Records

Sick of It All - “Road Less Traveled”
from Last Act of Defiance on Century Media

St. Christopher - “Gabriel”
from Forevermore Starts Here: Anthology 1984-2010 on Cherry Red

Steve Arrington’s Hall of Fame - “The Message”
from Way Out: 80-84 on Tummy Touch

Team Spirit - “Teenage Heart”
from Killing Time on Vice Records / Warner Bros.

Torch Runner - “Godlust”
from Endless Nothing on Southern Lord Records

The Vaselines - “One Lost Year”
from V for Vaselines on Rosary

Yelle - “Complètement Fou”
from Complètement Fou on Kemosabe Records

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Decibel Festival 2014: Opening Gala with Sabota, Natasha Kmeto, and Lusine


Sabota at Decibel 2014′s opening gala.

2014′s Decibel Festival opening gala focused on bringing three of the PNW’s finest electronic acts to the most central space of this year’s festival, the EMP’s Sky Church. The massive iconic space felt hallowed as excited people filled in. Opening the showcase was Vancouver’s Sabota - with smooth live vocals and multi-layered visuals. Natasha Kmeto of Portland and Dropping Gems filled the space with her sensual vocals while Effixx (who did much visual work throughout the festival) wove film close up film footage of dancers on the massive screen. Rounding out the opening gala was Seattle’s renown abstract electronic weaver Lusine, who returned to the festival for this event only.

EMP’s Patty Isacson and Decibel’s Sean Horton:

Decibel Festival 2014




Natasha Kmeto:

Natasha Kmeto with visuals by Effixx

Natasha Kmeto with visuals by Effixx

Natasha Kmeto with visuals by Effixx

Natasha Kmeto with visuals by Effixx





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Tuesday Music News

photo via Pitchfork

  • Prince has released two new albums today, both of which are now available to stream on Spotify. One is with his band 3rdEyeGirl called PlectrumElectrum and the other is a solo album entitled Art Official Age. Listen to the latter, below. [Pitchfork]

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Live at Project Pabst 2014, Day 1: Violent Femmes, Red Fang, Phosphorescent, Rocket From the Crypt, Tears for Fears and more

all photos by Matthew Thompson (view set)

History was made (and relived) this weekend in Portland with the first ever Project Pabst. The festival, a testament to the PDX+PBR love affair, tossed Portland into a beer-fueled time warp. Along with newer acts, Zidell Yards hosted some 80s and 90s greats like Tears for FearsViolent FemmesGZAModest Mouse and Rocket from the Crypt. While some festival-goers may have described the event as a “drinking festival with music,” a better description might be that it was a utopic condensation of Portland’s best qualities; live music, beer, food carts and... retro arcade revival and cornhole?! Yes, the throwback included a “PBRcade,” where people took a break to hide from the sun (the sun!) and play Pac-Man. The format, like Portland’s MusicFest NW, featured two stages with alternating shows. The set up meant no tedious wait for shows to start and no performances missed. The lack of down-time between sets also resulted in some of those $4 tallboys being worked off hustling between stages and dancing to “Pale Shelter.”

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Fall Fundraising Drive: You Span the Globe with KEXP!

Your support of listener-powered KEXP not only brings you music from all over the world via specialty shows like El Sonido and Wo’ Pop, but you also enable music lovers all over the globe to enjoy the great sound of Seattle no matter where they live and work. This summer the Pena family (pictured above) took KEXP with them to Zambia, where Erin (middle) serves in the Peace Corps. Look closely: you are bringing the joy of “music that matters” to baby rhinos!

Since the Fall Drive kicked off last Friday, more than 1,000 music lovers have made a gift to support KEXP. How inspiring to witness so many people coming together and saying “music is important to me, and I want to bring it to my friends and neighbors, too”! That’s a message that transcends geographic borders, and already listeners in Italy, France, Switzerland, Scotland, England, El Salvador, and Australia have donated.
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Live Video: Hurray for the Riff Raff at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge

photo by Brittney Bollay (view set)

Usually, you’d want to hustle the riff raff out, but when it comes to the New Orleans band Hurray for the Riff Raff, you want them to stick around. That’s why we featured them three times this year: in our studio, at our SXSW showcase at Mellow Johnny’s, and during our broadcast over Labor Day weekend in the Music Lounge at Bumbershoot. We just couldn’t get enough of their sweet, sultry and smart rootsy folk-pop sound. And neither will you. Read more about this stunning session and see photos here and watch the full session below:

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Decibel Festival 2014: Rhythm & Bass, featuring TOKiMONSTA & Baths

all photos by Dave Lichterman

Rhythm and bass: perhaps the only two places of common space in the Venn diagram between electronic pop producer TOKiMONSTA and dark synth pop wunderkind Baths – well, those and Los Angeles, I suppose. Both Jennifer Lee and Will Weisenfeld bend and break the pop skeleton and reshape it into something you would have never thought of on your own, and the result – in their individual ways – is a beautiful mosaic of pop and individual context. TOKiMONSTA and Baths kept Decibel fun going in a progressive and impactful way at the Showbox Thursday night.

Will Weisenfeld is living, breathing, day-to-day proof that you can’t keep a good man down. At this point, it’s actually a struggle to keep up with all of his separate projects, all using completely different instrumentation and evoking different emotional reactions each time. But when he returns to Baths to remind us how intricately beautiful his flagship project truly is, it’s a marvelous thing. A far cry from the one-man trigger pad blitzkrieg of his live setup from Decibel in 2012, Will has expanded his live setup to pass off most live production to Morgan Greenwood, while Will is free to move about the stage screaming his head off and occasionally join in on piano and/or synthesizer. Playing material from his new EP Ocean Death, as well as both of his well-loved LPs, Baths had a tremendous control over the crowd and played a murderously good hour long set.
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KEXP Top 12 Spotlight: Brian Foss

KEXP Top 12

Earlier this season, KEXP asked: “Who are your Favorite Artists of All Time?” Listen in throughout the Fall Fundraising Drive, September 26th through October 3rd, to hear which artists your fellow members of the KEXP Community voted for! KEXP DJs piped in with their own Top 12 lists, which we’ll be sharing all week long during the drive.


Devo // photo by Jay Spencer

Brian Foss’ Top 12 Favorite Artists

12 Yardbirds
11 Thin Lizzy
10 Fastbacks
9 Fall-Outs
8 Kiss (Ace Frehley years)
7 The Sweet
6 Ramones
5 Tubeway Army
4 Celibate Rifles
3 X-Ray Spex
2 Devo
1 Motorhead

Brian Foss is one of the hosts of Sonic Reducer, airing Saturday nights, 9PM-midnight.

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Song of the Day: Purling Hiss - Forcefield of Solitude

photo by Aaron Biscoe

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, selected by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Forcefield of Solitude” by Purling Hiss from the 2014 album Weirdon on Drag City.

Purling Hiss - Forcefield of Solitude (MP3)

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Decibel Festival 2014: Optical 1: Kinesthesia

photos by Dave Lichterman

The first of six Optical showcases at this year’s Decibel Festival, Kinesthesia (“awareness of the position and movement of the parts of the body by means of sensory organs”) proved to be an apt title for Wednesday’s event. A musically and visually diverse presentation, the parts of which created something large than the sum of their parts: three different explorations of how visually-oriented performances can interact both with their musical accompaniment and the audience receiving them.

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