Gilligan Moss is an emerging NYC-via-Chicago electronic producer that recently was invited to open up for Glass Animals on tour after the band heard his hotly-tipped remix of their track “Gooey.” He just released his colorful debut EP, Ceremonial, on August 14th and he’ll be playing Seattle’s Decibel Festival on September 26th at the Showbox Market. His exclusive mix for Midnight In A Perfect World jumps around to touch upon vibrant and kinetic styles, exploring everything from classic house to elastic boogie to late-night R&B with a smooth, slick touch.
Black Soul Express
Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe
||Timbalero (Nguzunguzu Remix)
||Kuar (Olof Dreijer Remix)
||Can’t You See
||Contact High Wit Big Lockah
The Juan MacLean
||A Simple Design
||1960 What? (Opolopo Kick & Bass Rerub)
||Wing Body Wing
||Things We Do (feat. Kele Le Roc)
||Royal Flash (Tokyo Hands Remix)
Midnight in a Perfect World, KEXP’s weekly hour-long guest DJ show, airs Fridays at midnight. This multi-genre program features eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJ’s, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Midnight in a perfect world is made possible with support from New Belgium Brewing.
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 DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Livin On The Coast” by Plastic Pinks from the 2015 album Livin’ On The Coast on Wiener Records.
Plastic Pinks – Livin On The Coast (MP3)
August is closing out with some seriously highly-anticipated new albums. Highlights include the fifth album from Baltimore duo Beach House, which KEXP Music Director Don Yates describes as “another beautifully crafted set of atmospheric dream-pop with a floating, reverb-drenched sound combining droning organ, shimmering synths, chiming guitars and hypnotic drum-machine rhythms with Victoria Legrand’s dusky vocals, cryptic lyrics and melancholy melodies.”
Veteran band Yo La Tengo follow up their 1990 album Fakebook with another “equally subdued, mostly acoustic set of wide-ranging covers along with two new originals and three new versions of older Yo La Tengo songs.” Another veteran band in a different vein, Motorhead, sound “as vital as ever on their 22nd album, an unrepentant set of blistering hard-rock with fiery guitar riffs, frenetic rhythms, snarling vocals and fist-pumping song hooks.” And Dan Bejar’s Destroyer project returns with his tenth full-length, Poison Season.
Gary Clark Jr. // photo by Morgen Schuler (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, August 31st:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Gary Clark Jr.
Last Call with Carson Daly: J. Mascis (R)
Conan: Brian Wilson (R)
Tuesday, September 1st:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Vince Staples
Ellen: Courtney Barnett (R)
Wednesday, September 2nd:
The Tavis Smiley Show: D’Angelo
Last Call with Carson Daly: Twin Peaks (R)
Thursday, September 3rd:
The Tavis Smiley Show: D’Angelo
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Faith No More
Last Call with Carson Daly: White Fence (R)
Friday, September 4th:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: MS MR (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Tennis (R)
Saturday, September 5th:
Austin City Limits: The Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business
photo by Matthew Greeley
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 DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Fired Up” by Titus Andronicus from the 2015 album The Most Lamentable Tragedy on Merge Records.
Titus Andronicus – Fired Up (MP3)
all photos by Matthew B. Thompson
Kristian Matsson, better known as The Tallest Man on Earth, doesn’t need much for an introduction. The Swedish born singer-songwriter rocks a style so unique and unmatchable that most who’ve heard him once could recognize his sound anywhere. Blogs often attribute that unmistakable quality to his voice, for which enough treatises exist that I’ll save the space here. However, seeing Matsson live, it’s quickly clear that his yearning croon is still the reason he’s owned just about every stage, from intimate KEXP sessions to massive festivals, with not much more than a voice and a guitar.
But now that he’s touring on his fourth studio album, Dark Bird Is Home, out on Dead Oceans, the larger question remains, what more does The Tallest Man on Earth have to prove? Maybe nothing. After all, in front of a packed crowd still eager to luxuriate in the weeping euphoria of his wrenching ballads, Matsson could easily relax and treat the rest of his touring days as a metaphorical victory lap. Instead, The Tallest Man on Earth chose to create something different. With the help of a slick new backing group (featuring Michael Noyce, the baby-faced, falsetto wielding assassin who also plays with Bon Iver), Mattson and his band combined to make songs more bombastic and triumphant than ever, and as such, presented a more compelling question: what’s left to explore?
At the end of Alabama Shakes‘ set at Marymoor Park, there was a conspicuous absence: their biggest hit. “Hold On” just isn’t the song that introduced the band to a wider audience, it’s still one of their greatest moments. On paper, its omission is bewilidering to say the least. (Hell, even the notoriously mercurial Isaac Brock leads Modest Mouse through “Float On” nine shows out of ten.) A near-perfect build-up and climax of the band’s languid R&B rhythm and Brittany Howard’s (insert-force-of-nature-implying-adjective-here) voice, “Hold On” encapsulated Alabama Shakes’s strengths into three minutes and forty six striking seconds. Except, it doesn’t anymore. When Alabama Shakes came out of the studio with the followup to their wildly successful debut, Boys & Girls, no one was expecting a studio-heavy, textural affair that took Howard’s voice and the band’s performance through a kaleidoscopic filter. But that’s what Alabama Shakes brought out, and even though Sound & Color is a studio-heavy affair, its songs translate fantastically live, making their appearance at Marymoor an entrancing, explosive trip into the Alabama group’s unexpected left turn.
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.
Jacuzzi Boys // photo by Greg Stonebraker
Currently, you’ll hear:
Music That Matters, Vol. 475 – New Sounds From All Arounds
Variety Mix host Troy Nelson takes you on a musical escapade showcasing new music that deserves to be heard, featuring new songs from Small Black, Wand, Georgia and more!
1. Sharkmuffin – Mondays
2. Beach Baby – No Mind No Money
3. Small Black – Boys Life
4. Daughn Gibson – Shatter You Through
5. Wand – Stolen Footsteps
6. Youth Lagoon – The Knower
7. Georgia – Move Systems
8. Jacuzzi Boys – Happy Damage
9. Soft Sleep – Unravel
10. Lightouts – More Than Ever
11. Ghost Pains – Arboretum
12. Natasha Kmeto – Come and Say
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