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Music That Matters, Vol. 398 - Don’t Break Your Promise
At KEXP, we never break our promise to bring you the best music possible and, hopefully, to turn you on to some new music that you love. Our latest Music That Matters podcast from Midday Show host Cheryl Waters offers up a sampling of wonderful new tunes, with a heavy dose of local bands. Enjoy.
1. Elbow - New York Morning
2. Ocean Carolina - Don’t Break Your Promise
3. Iska Dhaaf - All The Kids
4. I Will Keep Your Ghost - Nothing
5. Thumpers - Unkinder (A Tougher Love)
6. Bombay Bicycle Club - Carry Me
7. Sun Tunnels - Notice Me
8. Ages and Ages - Divisionary (Do The Right Thing)
9. Hibou - Above Us
10. East India Youth - Dripping Down
11. Jupe Jupe - Never Ask Why
12. Crystal Stilts - Future Folklore
13. Vaadat Charigim - Haolam Avad Mizman
14. Deltron 3030 - Pay the Price
La Luz has been through a lot since their debut EP Damp Face hit the airwaves and internets. From a U.S. tour, to playing with Of Montreal and The Head and the Heart, to sustaining serious injuries after getting hit by a semi while on the road, to releasing their new LP, It’s Alive, to replacing their bass player and much more. We caught up with lead singer and songwriter, Shana Cleveland, to talk with her about the past year. Read More »
Right now, courtesy of Pitchfork, you can stream the entire Divergent soundtrack. It’s packed with amazing tracks from Ellie Goulding, M83, Pretty Lights, and A$AP Rocky. Jump to song number 7 to hear Tame Impala and Kendrick Lamar‘s much-anticipated offering “Backwards.” Lamar blasts through Tame Impala’s psychedelic sound with a vengeance. Listen HERE.
The phrase Cibo Matto means “crazy food” in Italian, so I guess you could say I’m matto for this NYC-based duo... uh, actually, don’t say that.
But, I couldn’t have been more excited for this show: I was obsessed with the band during their ’90s heyday, and when they went on hiatus in 2002, I thought I had missed my chance to ever see them live. Thankfully, their first new album in fifteen years, Hotel Valentine, got them back on the road, and brought their funky, eclectic, hip hop sounds to a sold out room at The Crocodile. Read More »
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.
Jimmy Fallon has come a long way from his stand up days and his six years on Saturday Night Live. He took over the helm of the institution that is The Tonight Show a few weeks ago from Jay Leno. During his stint as The Late Night host, he won an Emmy and a Grammy Award. In less than one month of being The Tonight Show host, the roster of musical guests has already been impressive. For this week, we thought we’d take a look at a few of the artists who have stopped by the show. And now here are a few of our favorites from these past few weeks... Read More »
Augustines‘s new album is cause to rejoice -- as much for the band as for fans. From the ashes Pela, the Brooklyn band beloved by KEXP listeners but embattled by a disinterested music industry, songwriters Billy McCarthy and Eric Sanderson formed this new band named after their shared birth month, one of many bonds that have held their friendship together through personal tragedies and near-insurmountable odds, many of which were recounted in their first post-Pela album, Rise Ye Sunken Ships. The new, self-titled album is a look ahead — bold, positive, promising journeys yet to come, ones that we are happy to take along with them. Recently, our roads converged in the KEXP studio as Augustines performed three new songs and a new version of Ships‘ opening track live on on the Morning Show with John Richards. Go for a walkabout with Augustines now:
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 Islaja.
Four years have passed since 2010’s Keraaminen Pää, an image of Islaja as ethereal folk pixie strength. The events of the prolonged silence, summed up by the change-of-direction of SUU, has diminished the old image of Merja Kokkonen. In its place, the rise of an avant electro-clash diva confident in voice and vision. 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, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Every Friday, we feature a Northwestern artist. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Wait For The Summer” by Shake Some Action! from the 2014 album Catch The Sun on Satellite 451 Records.
We might as well call Marissa Nadler a “local artist” for her latest release, July, out now on Sacred Bones. Recorded here in Seattle at Avast Studio with producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), the album also features local luminaries Eyvind Kang, Steve Moore, Jay Kardong, and the guitar wizardry of Phil Wandscher, also known for his work with Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter. Nadler and Wandscher were joined by Nina Violet on vocals and viola in the KEXP studios, and together, they brought the otherworldly beauty and warmth of July back to Seattle on a chilly February afternoon. Watch their bewitching session below:
Longtime KEXP-friend Bob Mould has announced his next album, Beauty & Ruin, is slated for a June 3rd release on Merge Records. He’ll continue to be backed by bassist Jason Narducy (Split Single, Verbow) and drummer Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Mountain Goats), who pretty much killed it on Mould’s 2012 release, Silver Age, and in KEXP’s Bumbershoot Lounge last year, too. Tune in tonight to catch Bob & the boys on the Late Show with David Letterman. [Pitchfork]