In Stores Now 7/25

Not only are they today’s Song of the Day, but Swedish group The Amazing have one of the best new releases this week. KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes the group’s fourth LP is “a somewhat bleaker, more intimate take on the band’s atmospheric psych-pop, combining shimmering guitars, celestial keyboards, unhurried rhythms, airy melodies and wistful melodies.”

Other highlights this week include the live version of Björk’s highly-acclaimed album Vulnicura, comprised of performances from her 2015 tour with the Alarm Will Sound & Heritage Orchestras, and critically acclaimed artists The Haxan Cloak & Arca. (If you can wait until September, there will be a Luxury Edition boxset edition with a double LP, CD, 320kbps MP3 download card, a set of 6 photo prints housed in a glassine sleeve, and an exclusive 3D Low Polygon Björk Moth Paper Mask.)

Producer Sam Shepherd (better known as Floating Points) shares a new two-track EP of jazz and classical-infused electronica. Gabe Fulvimar (aka Gap Dream) brings the garage-rock fun you would expect from a Burger Records release. And Radric Davis (aka Inmate 65556-019, or Gucci Mane) shares his ninth studio album, his first since being released from prison. And, finally, ’90s power-pop bad Velvet Crush (aka, y’know, Velvet Crush) share a collection of 16 previously unreleased tracks, including eight demos and eight tracks recorded live in 1995 at Cabaret Metro in Chicago.

Adam Payne – “Nightmare”
from Famous Blondes on Selection Records

Ævangelist / Blut aus Nord – “Threshold of the Miraculous”
from Codex Obscura Nomina on Debemur Morti

The Amazing – “Floating”
from Ambulance on Partisan / PTKF

Björk – “Come to Me”
from Vulnicura Live on One Little Indian

The Body – “Lathspell I Name You”
from All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood on At A Loss Recordings

Charlie Hunter – “Latin For Travelers”
from Everybody Has a Plan Until They Get Punched in the Mouth on Decca / Ground Up Records

Conveyor – “What a Low Heart”
from Ready Not Ready on Gold Robot

DragonForce – “The Last Journey Home”
from Killer Elite: Greatest Hits on Spinefarm Records

Elysia Crampton – “The Demon City”
from Demon City on Break World

Endgame – “Felony Riddim”
from Flesh on Hyperdub

Euge Groove – “Still Euge”
from Still Euge on Shanachie Records

Faun Fables – “Country House Waits”
from Born of the Sun on Drag City

Floating Points – “Kuiper”
from Kuiper on Luaka Bop/Pluto

Florian Kupfer – “Erika”
from Unfinished on Technicolour

Gap Dream – “College Music”
from This Is Gap Dream on Burger Records

Gucci Mane – “On Me feat. 2Pac”
from Everybody Looking on Atlantic

Heavy Drag – “Kinda Slow”
from Sábana Ghost on Limited Fanfare

Jamie Kilstein & the Agenda – “Fuck The NRA”
from A Bit Much on Don Giovanni

Jeff McDonald – “To You”
from Jeff McDonald on Bang! Records

Lil Durk – “Super Powers”
from Durk 2X on Def Jam

Look Park – “Aeroplane”
from Look Park on Yep Roc

Mary Lattimore / Jeff Zeigler
from Le Music Inspired by Philippe Garrel’s le Révélateur on Thrill Jockey

MSTRKRFT – “Party Line”
from Operator on Last Gang Records

Nao – “Girlfriend”
from For All We Know on Little Tokyo/RCA

Nedelle Torrisi – “Double Horizon”
from Advice from Paradise on Tin Angel

Ornette Coleman Quartet – “The Tribes Of New York”
from Tribes of New York on Jeanne Dielman

Pan Sonic
from Atomin Paluu [A Film Soundtrack] on Blast First Petite

Quays – “Falling Down On Me”
from Swoo on R&S/Chewy Motto

Rhyton – “D.D. Damage”
from Redshift on Thrill Jockey

Sonzeira – “Nós Precisamos De Você (feat. Moses Boyd)”
from Tam Tam Tam Reimagined on Brownswood

Space Dimension Controller – “Gullfire”
from Orange Melamine on Ninja Tune

Stephen Marley – “Revelation Party” ft. Jo Mersa Marley
from Revelation, Pt. 2: The Fruit of Life on INgrooves

Sun Ra – “Blue York”
from Blue York on Jeanne Dielman

Tristan Perich – “Noise Patterns: Excerpt”
from Noise Patterns on Physical Editions

Trust Punks – “Good Luck With That”
from Double Bind on Faux Discx / Spunk / Wharf Cat Records

Velvet Crush – “Weird Summer (Demo)”
from Pre-Teen Symphonies on Omnivore

Witherscape – “Wake Of Infinity”
from The Northern Sanctuary on Century Media

Wreck & Reference – “Powders”
from Indifferent Rivers Romance End on The Flenser

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TV Eye: Week of 7/25


Bleached // photo by Amber Knecht (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, July 25th:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Ryan Adams
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Yuna
Last Call with Carson Daly: Empress Of (R)

Tuesday, July 26th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Strokes
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Aurora
Conan: Autolux

Wednesday, July 27th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Go-Go’s
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Sturgill Simpson
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Bleached
Last Call with Carson Daly: Day Wave (R)
Conan: Local Natives
Ellen: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (R)

Thursday, July 28th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Sylvan Esso (R)

Friday, July 29th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Domo Genesis featuring Anderson Paak (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: White Mystery (R)

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Monday Music News

photo by Melissa Wax (view set)

  • Following a fantastic set at the Capitol Hill Block Party, Car Seat Headrest (aka Will Toldeo) has announced a full-on North American tour in support of his latest, Teens of Denial. He swings back home with a Saturday, November 26th show at the Neptune Theatre. Toldeo also shares a Live EP he recorded for Spotify during SXSW. Stream it below. [Consequence of Sound]

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Song of the Day: The Amazing – Ambulance

photo by Kristian Bengtsson

photo by Kristian Bengtsson

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, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Ambulance” by The Amazing from their 2016 album, Ambulance, on Partisan Records.

The Amazing – Ambulance (MP3)

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2016, Day 2: Prism Tats, Tangerine, Woods

Prism Tats photos by Brittany Feenstra (view set)

Prism Tats

On record, Prism Tats‘ music can often split the difference between lo-fi garage and bedroom electronics, but in their Vera Stage-opening set on Saturday at the Capitol Hill Block Party, Garett van der Spek and his live band leaned far closer to the former style to excellent results. Bordering on a Dwyer-esque abandon at points, van der Spek’s yelping vocals and slashing guitars channeled elements of the garage/punk hybrid sound that’s come to prominence in the band’s home base of Los Angeles in recent years. In the context of playing in an outdoor setting, the group’s raw energy connected with the early afternoon crowd, who followed van der Spek down every route of his ragged electronic-damaged, guitar-driven path.

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2016, Day 2: Ultimate Painting, Car Seat Headrest, WAND

photo by Brittany Feenstra

If you’re committed to going to Capitol Hill Block Party it’s difficult to pick just one day of music. Saturday was by far the most packed day of the weekend thus far with rumors that Block Party sold out twice once the overlords decided to release more tickets upon demand. But before the evening, beer gardens, and streets were brimming with dazed-and-sunkissed showgoers, Ultimate Painting and Car Seat Headrest snuck in their gratiating sets before dusk while Wand totally lit up the 11th hour.
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Capitol Hill Block Party, Day 2: ODESZA, Pure Bathing Culture, Tourist, Porter Ray

photo by Melissa Wax

Much talk surrounding Capitol Hill Block Party‘s 2016 notes the intentionally electronic turn that the festival made this year with its headlining choices. Of those, the crowning evening of the weekend had to go to Saturday night, where hometown heroes ODESZA played to maybe the biggest crowd ever at the Block Party. The band’s mixture of sonic influence painted a perfect pinnacle for the day’s events, as plenty of excellent hip-hop, house, and pop music led the way to the band’s return to the Block Party main stage (their first time since 2013). Early on in the day, rising Seattle rapper Porter Ray brought festival-goers through the gates by the truckloads. In the afternoon, the excellent house sounds of London producer Tourist kept the energy up. Then in the evening, before ODESZA took to the main stage, Portland dreampop band Pure Bathing Culture brought a solid crowd for an excellent set of fan favorites. Altogether, Saturday saw some of the best action of the weekend and showed the phenomenal sway that electronic music has on Seattle’s above-ground music scene this year.
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Capitol Hill Block Party 2016, Day 2: Dude York, Lisa Prank, SSDD, Boyfriends

all photos by Brittany Feenstra

There was only one line longer than the Big Mario’s line on Saturday at Capitol Hill Block Party 2016. In the middle of the day, with the sun out and shining down, keeping everyone warm, the line to get out of it and down into the basement shelter of Cha Cha was stacked fifty deep at pretty much any moment. Much like the excellent descent of Head Wound City from the Vera stage to the Cha Cha stage last night, today’s phenomenal lineup and local love for Cha Cha is exactly what makes Block Party the place to be. The electronic headliner stack of Odesza, Big Wild, and Tourist sold more tickets than any other day this weekend, but it was evident that the love did not stop there by any means. With local fire playing all day downstairs, Day 2 of Capitol Hill Block Party kept the family close for some great times.
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Capitol Hill Block Party 2016, Day 1: Dick Stusso and Mild High Club

all photos by Kari Nickole Taylor

Dick Stusso:

This weekend’s festivities mark Capitol Hill Block Party‘s 20th year ushering in some of the best music from around the world and showing off some of Seattle’s own gems. Right out of the gate at 4 o’clock on Day 1, Dick Stusso was one of the first acts to kick out the jams to all the early showgoers. Dick Stusso’s l0-fi, heart-belting songs from his 2015 Nashville Dreams/Sings the Blues aptly demonstrate his bright and airy take on blues rock, which has landed him on the Billions Corporation roster. The Oakland-based crooner pulled a fun opening maneuver of starting his set playing a twangy Sinatra-esque ditty by himself which allowed him to show off his skills as a sun-hat-wearing raconteur. After his soliloquy, his full band unleashed with a dream-country roar after roar until he brought it back down for another alone-at-the-micrphone ditty. This time it was more of a bluesman’s song, stating “this is a sad, but true story. Sorry” then laughed it off and finished out the set with a few more 70s-meets-2016 reverb-y rock tunes.

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2016, Day 1: Pillar Point, Sango, MØ, Crystal Castles, Washed Out

Pillar Point photos by Kari Nickole Taylor (view set) // all other photos by Melissa Wax (view set)

Pillar Point

Either by design or happenstance, Friday evening at the Capitol Hill Block Party seems to always have a few notable gems that play straight to the Capitol Hill faithful as everyone else is getting off work. This year, Pillar Point (as well as Sango, see below) was one of those quiet highlights, checking off all the unofficial Block Party act qualifiers (Local? Yep. Electronic elements? Plenty. Danceable? Absolutely.) in one fell swoop as Scott Reitherman lead his two bandmates through a taught set. Reitherman’s work under the moniker shows that he’s often at his best when he dresses his electronic-tinged rock up in funk grooves – shoutout to the borderline Zapp-level vocoder of “Part Time Love” – so it’s no surprise that some of the set’s brightest moments coincided with when he busted out the bass guitar to compliment his two percussive bandmates. Riding those feet-moving grooves, Reitherman and co. busted out half an hour of what very well could stand as the platonic ideal of a CHBP 2016 set.
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