In Stores Now 9/26

It’s another strong week of new releases, and don’t forget: KEXP can only discover this new music when you help power us! Consider making a gift to KEXP during the Fall Fundraising Drive.

Philadelphia-based band Beach Slang return with what KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls, “another excellent set of punkish, Replacements-style rock with loud, layered guitars, driving rhythms, cathartic song hooks and often-stirring lyrics of alienated youth getting by on love, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.” LVL UP do just that on their third release, “a strong set of ’90s-steeped indie-rock reminiscent at times of Pavement, Built To Spill and Neutral Milk Hotel, combining fuzzy guitars, atmospheric synths and bright song hooks, with lyrics ranging from ruminations on spirituality to more personal fare.”

Tampa, FL-bred band Merchandise share their fifth album, and first to be partially recorded in an actual studio. It’s “a beautifully crafted blend of goth-tinged post-punk and shoegazer psych-rock, with an atmospheric sound featuring reverberating guitars, shimmering keyboards, cavernous drums, gloomy vocals, majestic song hooks and often-dark lyrics revolving around isolation and alienation.” Last week’s in-studio guests Warpaint bring “a more immediate sound with more prominent rhythms on their third album. It’s a typically well-crafted set of brooding post-punk inflected with dub, funk and other styles, juxtaposing often-dark grooves with optimistic lyrics.” And the latest from Devendra Banhart is “one of his more low-key and understated efforts, with a warm and intimate folk-pop sound flavored with bossa nova, samba, Japanese folk and other styles.”

Audio Push – “Hypocrite”
from 90951 on Good Vibe Tribe

Beach Slang – “Punks In A Disco Bar”
from A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings on Polyvinyl

Billy Bragg / Joe Henry – “Gentle On My Mind”
from Shine a Light: Field Recordings from the Great American Railroad on Cooking Vinyl

Biosphere – “Sweet Dreams Form A Shade”
from Departed Glories on Smalltown Supersound

Boxed In – “Shadowboxing”
from Melt on Nettwerk

Bruce Springsteen
from Chapter & Verse on Columbia / Sony Music

Camberwell Now – “Speculative Fiction”
from The Ghost Trade reissue on Light in the Attic

Danny & the Darleans – “Bug out Bag”
from Bug Out on In the Red Records

David Bowie
from Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976) on Parlophone

Devendra Banhart – “Middle Names”
from Ape in Pink Marble on Nonesuch

Dwight Yoakam – “Purple Rain”
from Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars… on Sugar Hill

Eola – “B and O Blues”
from Dang on Leaving

Every Time I Die – “Glitches”
from Low Teens on Epitaph

Ex-Cult – “Attention Ritual”
from Negative Growth on In the Red Records

Fleetwood Mac
from Mirage reissue on Rhino

Flock of Dimes – “Semaphore”
from If You See Me, Say Yes on Partisan

Flyying Colours – “Long Holiday”
from Mindfullness on Club AC30

Forma – “improvisation for flute and piano”
from Physicalist on Kranky

Game Theory
from Big Shot Chronicles on Omnivore

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra – “0046”
from Broken Lines on Party Smasher

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – “A 1000 Times”
from I Had A Dream That You Were Mine on Glassnote

How to Dress Well – “What’s Up”
from Care on Weird World/Domino

Howe Gelb – “Vortexas”
from Sno’ Angel Like You/Sno’ Angel Winging It reissue on Fire Records

Idina Menzel – “I See You”
from Idina. on Warner Bros.

Jah Wobble – “XXXXXXXX”
from In Dub on 30 Hertz Records / Cherry Red

Kristin Chenoweth
from The Art of Elegance on Concord

Lee “Scratch” Perry – “Music & Science Madness”
from Must Be Free on Megawave Records

LVL UP – “Pain”
from Return to Love on Sub Pop

Madeira – “Manipulator”
from Bad Humors on Carpark

Merchandise – “Lonesome Sound”
from A Corpse Wired for Sound on 4AD

Mick Jenkins – “Spread Love”
from The Healing Component on Free Nation

My Chemical Romance – “The Five Of Us Are Dying (Rough Mix)”
from The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts on Reprise / Warner Bros.

from Fires Within Fires on Neurot

from Young as the Morning Old as the Sea on Black Crow Records / Nettwerk

Randy Newman – “Guilty”
from The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 3 compilation on Nonesuch

Reckless Kelly – “Sunset Motel”
from Sunset Motel on No Big Deal Records / Thirty Tigers

Selector Dub Narcotic – “Hotter Than Hott”
from This Party Is Just Getting Started on K Records

Seth Lakeman – “Ballad Of The Broken Few”
from Ballads of the Broken Few on Cooking Vinyl

Shabaka & the Ancestors – “NATTY”
from Wisdom of Elders on Brownswood

Shawn Mendes – “Illuminate”
from Illuminate on Island / Virgin EMI

Skylar Grey – “Kill for You Ft Eminem”
from Natural Causes on Interscope / Kid Ina Korner / Polydor

The Sword – “Seriously Mysterious”
from Low Country on Razor & Tie

Ty Dolla $ign – “Campaign (feat. Future)”
from Campaign on Atlantic

Vangelis – “Rosetta Timeline”
from Rosetta on Clioti/Decca

Warpaint – “New Song”
from Heads Up on Rough Trade

WIFE – “Glass Interruption”
from Standard Nature on Profound Lore

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TV Eye: Week of 9/26

Local Natives

Local Natives // photo by Matthew B. Thompson

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, September 26th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Lumineers
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: The Lemon Twigs
Last Call with Carson Daly: Radical Face (R)

Tuesday, September 27th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Air
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: De La Soul featuring Estelle
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Regina Spektor
Last Call with Carson Daly: The Thermals (R)

Wednesday, September 28th:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: John Prine

Thursday, September 29th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Damian Marley
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Metallica
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Regina Spektor
Last Call with Carson Daly: Summer Cannibals (R)
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Blood Orange

Friday, September 30th:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Glass Animals (R)
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Local Natives (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: DIIV (R)

Saturday, October 1st:
Austin City Limits: Paul Simon (R)

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Monday Music News

photo by Moses Namkung (view set)

  • Beck continues to surprise us as he slowly unveils tracks from his new album, the long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s Morning Phase. In addition to the groove of “Wow,” today we get the radio-friendly pop song “Up All Night.” The track also appears in the new FIFA ’17 video game, hence the YouTube image below. Last we heard, the as-of-yet-untitled new LP was going to be out October 21st; according to the New York Times, it’s been pushed back to November. [Consequence of Sound]

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Live Review: Sigur Rós at Paramount Theatre 9/20/2016

photos by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

The last time they were at the Paramount Theatre, Sigur Rós were touring behind their just-released sixth album Valtari, their final LP with founding member Kjartan Sveinsson, who declined to tour with them that year and would fully quit the band not long after. That album remains the most mellow in their catalog, but its followup, 2013’s Kveikur, was its polar opposite, a loud, heavy reinvention that found the band embracing its most monolithic tendencies in the best ways possible. Four years later at the Paramount, it seems that Sigur Rós are somewhere in between. Touring as a trio for the first time, they’ve spent the year playing reconfigured versions of old tracks and two new songs, both of which are filled with tension and unease, but set more at Valtari‘s theater-level volumes than the arena-sized klaxons of Kveikur. Opening both halves of the night’s two-set performance, these new songs (and a stunning light show) set the tone for where Sigur Rós is seemingly heading next: a grey, stormy haze that explores the subtleties in their music without sacrificing their emotional heft.
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Song of the Day: Cymbals Eat Guitars – Wish

photo by Shervin Lainez

photo by Shervin Lainez

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. Today’s song, selected by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, comes from New York rock act Cymbals Eat Guitars. “Wish” is the lead single from their new record, Pretty Years, out now on Sinderlyn.

Cymbals Eat Guitars – Wish (MP3)

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Album Review: Negative Gemini – Body Work

Negative Gemini

Brooklyn label 100% Electronica has, in its short existence, become a great hub for low profile electronic music in New York. Their releases span the electronic spectrum, riding every wave (chill, vapor, etc.) but also diving deeper into the subterranean bass houses that pepper the ground floor of the city. While George Clanton’s LP of the same name marked an early highlight of the label’s roster, 100% Electronica gets another star this week with the label debut LP from Negative Gemini. In fact, Body Work couldn’t be further from 100% Electronica in execution. It’s a rare electronic record for 2016, in that Body Work doesn’t seem to be nodding to any time or scene outside of itself. Instead, French finds a way to use hard-hitting dance rhythms to highlight feelings of isolation and introversion. It’s a rave record meant to be dance to by one person at a time. French follows in the steps of Grimes, Jessy Lanza, and even Katy B, crafting a smart and engaging exposition that will keep you returning to Body Work over and over again for repeat practice.
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Music that Matters: Get Started Now

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.

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Local Natives live at KEXP in 2016 // photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

Currently you’ll hear:

Music that Matters, Vol. 531 – Get Started Now

DJ Kevin Cole provides a motivating mix to get you started now on achieving greatness. Featuring new music from Local Natives, Trentemøller, The Wedding Present, Anomie Bell, Manatee Commune and more.

1. Gringo Star – Get Closer
2. Death By Unga Bunga – Fight!
3. LVL UP – Hidden Driver
4. The Wedding Present – Bear
5. Manatee Commune – Be Still (feat. Marina Price)
6. beGun – Yoko
7. Anomie Belle – Unwind
8. Ever So Android – Pretty Teeth
9. Odonis Odonis – Nervous
10. Trentemøller – Never Fade
11. Flock Of Dimes – Minor Justice
12. Local Natives – Dark Days

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Friday Music News

photo by Peter Mellekas

  • The unstoppable Kristin Hersh is at it again. Earlier this Spring, the Throwing Muses frontwoman released a new EP with her noise project 50 Foot Wave, and now she has a solo full-length out this Fall, a double CD/hardcover book combo titled Wyatt at the Coyote Palace. Stream the first single “Soma Gone Slapstick” below, a track she describes to The Quietus in her distinctive prose: “I heard Soma move through seasons: fall on the rebound, a manic spring, a cruel winter, and through places: California, Chicago, New Orleans, a protest march in Koreatown. When I finished, it was dawn, my engineer and I had coffee and I walked home through fat flakes falling down instead of sideways. Goofy + falling + precise + muscular = soma with a healthy dose of slapstick.” Wyatt at the Coyote Palace hits stores November 11th in the U.S. via Omnibus Press, with Hersh playing Tuesday, November 29th at the Triple Door. [Pitchfork]

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Nevermind25: From the EMP Museum Oral Histories Archive


Nirvana’s groundbreaking album Nevermind celebrates its 25th anniversary on September 24th, and KEXP is commemorating the iconic album all this week with special interviews, giveaways, web stories, and more. Our neighbors at the EMP Museum have generously opened their vaults to us, sharing these stories from the EMP Museum Oral Histories Archive.

Bruce Pavitt, co-founder of Sub Pop Records:

I remember going to see Nirvana at the Central Tavern. They were playing at, like, 8:30 on a Sunday night, and the bartender was in the room, myself and Jon Poneman. That was it. And I think some guy sweeping the floor. Even the janitor was there, kind of setting up for the night. And they played for about 45 minutes, and it was really obvious at that time that Kurt had an amazing voice. His songwriting at the time, I felt was a little undeveloped. And the amazing thing about Nirvana for me, and Kurt in particular, is the rate of development, the rate at which his songwriting developed. It was phenomenal. See, if you go back to Sub Pop 200 and listen to a song like, “Spank Thru”, for example, it’s — I don’t think it’s a particularly strong song. But over a period of two years, this guy just really blossomed and matured as an artist faster than, than anybody I’ve ever witnessed.

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Nevermind25: Exclusive Interview Footage from the EMP Museum, Part Two


Nirvana’s groundbreaking album Nevermind celebrates its 25th anniversary this Saturday, September 24th, and KEXP is commemorating the iconic album all this week with special interviews, giveaways, web stories, and more. Our neighbors at the EMP Museum have generously opened their vaults to us, sharing these stories from the world’s most extensive exhibition of Nirvana memorabilia and history, Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses.

In this exclusive, never-before-shared-online interview clip, Krist Novoselic, photographer Charles Peterson, and guitar tech Earnie Bailey remember the 1990 Motorsports International Garage show with Nirvana, The Melvins, The Dwarves, and The Derelicts.

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