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Body Language // photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)
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Music That Matters, Vol. 457 – Genre Hopping For The New Millennium
DJ Larry Rose (host of Larry’s Lounge) brings you a fun genre hopping mix of memorable songs mostly from debut releases.
1. Mike Pace and the Child Actors – Summer Lawns
2. Snuff Redux – E-Drone
3. Diet Cig – Harvard
4. Boxed In – Mystery
5. Tkay Maidza – U-Huh
6. Shad & DJ T.LO – Fire
7. Fort Romeau – Not A Word
8. Body Language – Really Love
9. Clarence Clarity – Meadow Hopping, Traffic Stopping, Death Splash
10. Misun – Penny
11. Bouquet – Come To Your House
12. Bent Denim – Key Lime Pie
It was hard not to anticipate what Lord Huron would bring to the live setting. So much of their music is based around place and themes that a live show always seemed like the perfect medium for the group to express their vision to the fullest. The LA group makes music that transports the listener to distant lands and takes them on journeys to places never ventured to before. The accompanying media for their new album, Strange Trails, is impressive, making it one of the few albums that can boast that it’s supported by a comic book and features songs about an apocalyptic gang of bikers. Last Saturday night, fans followed Lord Huron to Seattle’s Showbox at the Market to hear more of their weathered and weary, yet entirely engaging, folk-pop sound.
Fellow So Cal band Cayucas opened up the night with an energetic set. You might remember their “Vampire Weekend under a West Coast sun” aesthetic from their 2013 album, Bigfoot. What the somewhat stoic five piece lacked in stage presence, they made up for with a set of dreamy, sunny songs full of “wo-oooh’s” and “oo-eee-oo’s.” They are keeping great company (they also toured with Broken Bells) and it shows in their execution. If they can add a little more flavor to their stage banter and presence, Cayucas could return as the next big indie darling band before too long. Overall, while Their music was much more beach washed than Lord Huron’s, their shared characteristics were traceable, and they set the tone well for the main act. Read More »
After a long five years, The Chemical Brothers will release a new studio album called Born in the Echoes on July 17. The LP will feature collaborations from Beck, Q-Tip, St. Vincent, and many more. Today they’ve debuted “Sometimes I Feel So Deserted,” the album’s opening track. [Pitchfork]
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.
Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck opened Thursday, April 23, as an exclusive engagement in select movie theaters prior to the HBO television premiere of the documentary film on May 4th. This documentary was eight years in the making and director Brett Morgen was given access to never before heard audio tapes of Kurt Cobain (108 tapes) as well as all of Cobain’s art work and journals that he had kept since he was three years old. Rough versions of original music was discovered, tales of suicide attempts, and a real look into Cobain’s upbringing as well as a picture of what Nirvana’s success did to him. Morgen was in attendance last night for the 7pm showing of the film over at The Egyptian on Capitol Hill and as well he was present at an exclusive special screening this past Wednesday at Cinerama.
Brett Morgen also talked about the film during The Morning Show on KEXP yesterday. Due to popular demand, additional showings of the film were added giving the film a week long engagement on big screens here in Seattle through April 30th. This has served as the launch of the theatrical runs of the film in Los Angeles, New York and Seattle, all prior to its HBO premiere on May 4th. In honor of this documentary, which I found to be pretty extraordinary, let’s re-visit Kurt and Nirvana’s music this week. If this film has the same impact on you as it did for me, you’ll hear the music in a new way… 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. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Turnstile” by Seattle duo Sun Breaks from their 2015 self-titled EP on Sailors Rest Records.
On their sophomore release, Time to Go Home, local ladies Chastity Belt unveil a new maturity. While their 2013 debut, No Regerts, took a snapshot of the Seattle party, the follow-up captures the aftermath: maybe there are “regerts” after all? Take in the new songs in this excellent weekend afternoon session below. Chastity Belt won’t be going home for a while: after local shows at Cairo on May 9th, and Little Big Show #12 on Thursday, May 14th with Cloud Nothings and Tacocat, the band hit the road with Courtney Barnett, returning for the summer to play the Capitol Hill Block Party.
As we announced earlier this year, Sam Beam (better known as Iron & Wine) is digging through his archives and releasing the findings on his own Black Cricket Recording Company label. Archive Series Volume No. 1 is out now, featuring demos and unreleased material recorded around the same time as his 2002 debut album The Creek Drank the Cradle, including the track “Everyone’s Summer of ’95.” Watch the video below, starring actor David Dastmalchian in the wrestling ring. [Pitchfork]
This week’s post is actually, completely by coincidence, somewhat timely! I had somehow missed the news that the English punk/post-punk heroes Wire had just released a new album called Wire (because once you’ve been a band for almost forty years, why not go the self-titled route at long last?). The band, and singer Colin Newman, have had a few different phases of activity and inactivity over the decades, but we seem to be in the midst of a fairly busy period, which is certainly good news.
During one of their earlier down times, Newman worked on various other projects, one of which was producing this LP by the Israeli band Minimal Compact. This is the first time I’ve seen DJ responses start so positively and then turn back on themselves quite so dramatically. Perhaps something about this record didn’t sit well after repeated listens, as excited as they initially were about it. Read More »
Good thing Portland’s just three hours away, because you don’t want to miss the Musicfest NW, taking place August 21st to 23rd at the Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Hometown heroes Modest Mouse headline on Sunday, with Beirut on Saturday and Foster the People on Friday. Filling out the weekend are Belle & Sebastian, Twin Shadow, The Tallest Man on Earth, Battles, Danny Brown, Lady Lamb, Title Fight, The Helio Sequence, Strand of Oaks, Cayucas, Milo Greene, and more.
Early-bird tickets go on sale Friday, April 24th at 10:00 AM PT here.
Few groups span the ages like Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Though not nearly as old as they music they play, the New Orleans ensemble first formed in the early 60’s to renew interest in traditional jazz. Over the past five decades, many of the Crescent City’s finest musicians have performed for visitors at home and while touring abroad, but most importantly, they preserve that legacy through the generations. Today, a revered clarinetist and vocalist like Charlie Gabriel, now in his 80’s, plays side by side with a trombonist nearly half his age, like Ronell Johnson, whose great uncle was a legendary musician himself. At least three generations of jazz royalty stepped into The Roadhouse with Greg Vandy to perform some New Orleans classics. It’s time for the Mardi Gras now.