M Ward, the Oregon based singer-songwriter and half of the duo She & Him, will release his new solo LP More Rain on March 4. The album features collaborations with the Secret Sisters, k.d. lang, Nekko Case, and many more. Listen to the album’s breezy track “Girl From Conejo Valley” below. [Pitchfork]
As the end of the year approaches and while fans and critics put together their top ten lists, UK group Django Django reminds us how great their 2015 release, Born Under Saturn, is by unveiling a new video for their song “Shot Down.” Check it out, and be sure to send to KEXP your own top ten list and help us count down KEXP Listener’s Top 90.3 Albums of 2015!
Last night, The Flaming Lips stopped by The Tonight Show to celebrate the 20 year anniversary of their famous album Clouds Taste Metallic. Watch their performance of “Bad Days” below. The album’s deluxe reissue Heady Nuggs: 20 Years After Clouds Taste Metallic is available now. [CoS]
English alternative rockers Suede have dropped the video for “Like Kids,” a track from their upcoming album Night Thoughts. The visual shows several random couples dance around a little room with a disco ball while a naked guy lays passed out on the floor. It’s like every college party, you can’t really remember. [Stereogum]
British electronic duo Maribou State (Chris Davids & Liam Ivory) have been producing consistently high-quality deep lush house grooves over the past five years with early releases on Fat!, Southern Fried, and Anjunadeep Records. Their new album, Portraits, marked their debut for Counter/Ninja Tune and yielded one of the most intoxicating electronic LPs of the year. Their exclusive DJ mix for Midnight In A Perfect World beautifully showcases their warm and seductive style with some originals, remixes, and inclusions from the new ‘Portraits Remixed’ release, as well as some choice selections from recent standout singles and bootleg remixes.
Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day to giving back to the community amidst the holiday hustle, and acknowledge the amazing things you make possible when you give.
Coming on the heels of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, it seems fair that KEXP music lovers should get a special #GivingTuesday deal, too.
When you donate to KEXP’s “Make It Yours” fundraiser today, your gift will be matched with funds provided by some of your fellow music lovers. You’ll help finish building KEXP’s New Home, a community resource for music lovers across Seattle and around the world, twice as fast—because your gift gets doubled!
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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Gossamer” by Chants Featuring Mereki from the 2015 album We Are All Underwater on Hush Hush Records.
For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2015, leading up to our 2015 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Vote today for your favorite albums of the year, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a 10 CD pack of the Top Albums of 2015, as voted on by KEXP listeners. Voting ends on Friday, December 11th at 6:00 PM PT, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 18 to hear if your picks made the list!
New releases are slowing down as we get closer to the end of the year, but there’s still some gems to be found, like the debut full-length from young New Zealand artist Nadia Reid. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls the release a “promising set of mostly acoustic-oriented folk-pop reminiscent at times of Laura Marling, combining acoustic and occasional electric guitars and other instrumentation with her warm alto and finely chiseled, at times brutally honest lyrics.”
Ty Segall reissues “a couple of out-of-print Record Store Day releases: a six-song EP of T. Rex covers (Ty Rex EP) released in 2011 with a 2013 two-song 7” single of T. Rex covers, along with one previously unreleased T. Rex cover (“20th Century Boy”).” Parquet Courts return with Monastic Living, an EP featuring everything from krautrock-inspired soundscapes to shoegaze-enduced sonic blasts.
Japanese avant-pop group Deerhoof release Fever 121614, a live album recorded at the Tokyo venue Fever on December 16th, 2014, hence the title. The album comes with an accompanying video download, and the gatefold sleeve features a collage of fan-made manga portraits of the band. Post-rock quartet Disappears covered David Bowie’s 1977 album Low and have released the performance as a live album. And everyone’s favorite Icelandic aviation-themed artist, DJ Flugvél Og Geimskip (aka DJ Airplane and Spaceship), releases her third full-length, Nótt á Hafsbotni (translated: Night at the Bottom of the Ocean), where she explores the sea through her quirky electronic pop.
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, November 30th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: The Flaming Lips
Tuesday, December 1st:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Bono, The Killers
Last Call with Carson Daly: Cat Power (R)
Wednesday, December 2nd:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Craft Spells (R)
Conan: Glen Hansard
Thursday, December 3rd:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Public Image Ltd. (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Tennis (R)
Friday, December 4th:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: The Internet (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Ratatat
Saturday, December 5th:
Austin City Limits: Portugal. The Man / Local Natives
Saturday Night Live: Leon Bridges
It’s been over four years since Fleet Foxes dominated KEXP’s Top Albums of 2011 countdown, and we haven’t heard much from them since frontman Robin Pecknold left Seattle for Columbia University in New York. But, over the holiday weekend, he shared a cover of the 1956 single “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” by doo-wop group The Five Keys. Listen below: [Consequence of Sound]
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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Babel” by Midday Veil from the 2015 album This Wilderness on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records.