Music That Matters Podcast: The Slow-Burning, Dark, Hypnotic, Shimmering, Hazy, Atmospheric, Buzzing, Grungy, Quirky, Anthemic, Jangly, Churning, Fuzzy-Shoegazer Podcast (In That Order)

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 Young Evils // photo by Rachel White (view set)

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 445 – The Slow-Burning, Dark, Hypnotic, Shimmering, Hazy, Atmospheric, Buzzing, Grungy, Quirky, Anthemic, Jangly, Churning, Fuzzy-Shoegazer Podcast (In That Order) Join Morning Show host John Richards for a new mix featuring a slow-burner from MICHAELBRAILEY, a dark new track from Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, the hypnotic “Crawl” from Is Tropical, and 10 other excellent new songs.

Tracklist:
1. MICHAELBRAILEY – I Lose Myself
2. Kele – Doubt
3. Is Tropical – Crawl
4. Au.Ra – Pyramid
5. FIANCÉ – Era
6. Ephrata – Where Have You Gone?
7. The Young Evils – Renegades
8. September Girls – Melatonin
9. So Cow – Get Down Off That Thing
10. Dads – Chewing Ghosts
11. Duke Evers – Lions
12. FF – Dusted
13. Menace Beach – Come On Give Up

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Friday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman

  • Last night during a performance in Melbourne, Australia FKA Twigs debuted a brand new track. Thanks to Dazed Digital you can watch her performance of the song, reportedly titled “Figure 8,” below. [Pitchfork]


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Live Video: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith

photo by Brittney Bollay (view set)

What a great way to kick off 2015: our very first in-studio session of the year was with Canadian musical craftsmen Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. On his fourth album, Club Meds, out now on Arts & Crafts, the Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter expands into new sonic soundscapes with his band, Blacksmith. “It was a long adventure,” Mangan tells DJ Cheryl Waters about the creation of the album. But, together, they forged ahead, lowering the hammer on an impressive, expansive release. Watch them perform the songs on the radio for the first time in this special KEXP in-studio session:


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Friday On My Mind: Go Hawks!

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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.

As 99% of Seattle knows, whether they like it or not, the Seattle Seahawks are defending Super Bowl Champs and 2015 NFC Championship winners. The Hawks are currently in Arizona preparing for Super Bowl 49 by watching Marshawn Lynch collect fines for wearing the wrong hat and then not talking about said hat. They made it into the the Super Bowl during the NFC Championship game with a historic (and bitter) defeat against the Green Bay Packers in overtime. At the end of the game, the players broke down emotionally, including Russell Wilson who went on to thank God for their win. While some might not think God had anything to do with it, plays like this will make you think twice about that:

(NFC Championship Fake Field Goal)

And now here are some songs to get you pumped for this Sunday…
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Song Of The Day: NAVVI – Stay

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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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole is “Stay” by NAVVI from the 2014 self-released // EP.

NAVVI – Stay (MP3)

Like the lingering perfume of somebody who’s just left a room, Seattle indie electronic duo NAVVI create an evocative and memorable aroma with their debut // EP. Teasing the listener with a brief collection of lush and laid-back tracks of minimal dark electropop, Kristin Henry and Brad Boettger take the ears on an exhilarating, pulsating ride through murky waters filled with waves of odd tension and sustained melancholic energy. Done and dusted after 18 too short minutes, the crafty duo obviously have the clear intention of choosing quality over quantity.
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Thursday Music News

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  • We never would’ve guessed from yesterday’s jaw-dropping history-making performance from Rose Windows at the site of KEXP’s New Home, but the band had just endured some bad news: guitarist Chris Cheveyo had his favorite guitar — a ’56 Les Paul Goldtop Reissue #67361 — stolen from his apartment. He writes on his Facebook page: “Tell your music/pawn shop friends.” The band are currently working on their second release for Sub Pop, and will be playing February 20th at Neumos. [The Stranger]
  • Seattle’s own Rocky Votolato premieres a new track from his upcoming release, Hospital Handshakes. Stream the track “The Hereafter” below. The forthcoming album was recorded here in town and produced by former Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Chris Walla. Hospital Handshakes hits stores on April 21st via No Sleep. [Stereogum]


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KEXP Premiere: Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian at Best

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

Nothing Courtney Barnett has done so far has been “pedestrian” — which is why KEXP is thrilled to present the track “Pedestrian at Best,” a sneak peek at the Australian sweetheart’s full-length debut, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, out March 24th via Mom+Pop. Watch the (somewhat heartbreaking) clip below. (Courtney, you could never disappoint us.)

Since the release of The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, Barnett has been propelled around the world, playing festivals, shows, and even a KEXP VIP event for donors last summer. Somehow, the young singer/songwriter managed to carve out time to write and record her first album. (Hard to believe, but it’s true: that last release was just two EPs!)
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Review Revue: Dumptruck – For the Country

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It seems I keep picking Boston bands even when I don’t know I’m doing it. I had the slightest tickle of a memory at the band name Dumptruck – they were based in my hometown and dissolved amidst one of the crappiest legal B.S. stories I’ve ever heard when I was in my early teens – but I don’t think I ever really listened to them. The main reason I pulled this record out of the stacks was, as usual, the lively discussion and debate found on the little white labels stuck to the cover.

As with many of the bands I’ve covered in this series, Dumptruck has been resurrected for the 21st century. Songwriter Seth Tiven seems to be actively writing, performing, and recording as Dumptruck from his current home in Austin (a December 2014 post on Facebook mentions a completed new record). Here’s hoping for a new bunch of songs to be praised and argued over in the hallowed stacks of KEXP!
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KEXP New Home Ground Breaking … Wow!

KEXP New Home ground breaking ceremony // photo by Amber Zbitnoff Knecht

Yesterday, you made KEXP history. Thank you.

Every day your passion inspires us to seek out and connect you to more “music that matters” —whenever, wherever, however you want to enjoy it. When we learned a few years ago that we had to vacate our current studio and find new digs, that same passion inspired us to re-imagine what a radio station can be — so you could engage with KEXP even more fully in our New Home.

And boy, did y’all ever “engage” with us at the KEXP New Home ground breaking ceremony and open house yesterday at Seattle Center. Excitement vibrated through the Northwest Rooms all morning long and into lunchtime.

KEXP New Home ground breaking ceremony // photo by Alan Lawrence


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Song of the Day: Flight Facilities – Two Bodies

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Two Bodies (feat. Emma Louise)” by Flight Facilities from the 2014 album Down To Earth on Glassnote.

Flight Facilities – Two Bodies (feat. Emma Louise) (MP3)

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