Fat Tuesday Tunes: A Mardi Gras Video Roundup

Down in New Orleans, the streets are filled with drunken debauchery as Carnival comes to a close. On this Fat Tuesday, KEXP joins the festivities with a Mardi Gras mix, sure to get your toes tappin’. Take a musical trip to the French Quarter with this some funky favorites in this Video Roundup of New Orleans-based artists:

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Tuesday Music News

photo by Morgen Schuler

  • Next Friday (2/19), Wild Nothing‘s will drop Life of Pause, the indie pop outfit’s third studio album. Today they’ve shared a new, dazzling single called “A Woman’s Wisdom.” In April, Jack Tatum and company will head out on an extensive world tour in support of the album. Be sure to catch them at The Crocodile on April 25. [Stereogum]

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Midnight in a Perfect World: Niña Mendoza

Niña Mendoza is a Vancouver, BC-based DJ renowned for her exquisite taste and deep knowledge of soul, R&B, hip-hop, boogie, and funk that spans everything from the deep cuts of past decades to breaking the latest jams from new underground artists. A trusted staple in the nightlife scene of her home city, Niña has set the stage and vibe for headlining acts such as Erykah Badu, Shabazz Palaces, Frank Ocean, Thundercat, and Little Dragon. Her exclusive mix for Midnight in a Perfect World flexes her love for slinky mid-tempo R&B, soul, boogie, and pop grooves, sneaking in glorious throwback 80s cuts alongside brand new material from the likes of Majid Jordan and Anderson .Paak.

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Album Preview: Radiation City – Synesthetica

Radiation City

Things haven’t always been sunny for Radiation City. The Portland band may not have been able to illuminate our days with another album had founding couple Cameron Spies and Lizzy Ellison not set aside their differences to reignite their songwriting process. Their third LP, Synesthetica (out this Friday on Polyvinyl Records), is a fresh take on their lush lovestruck (and lovelorn) sound, filtering their signature dreamy 60’s tinged lounge pop through more synths than ever before. Ellison’s girl group influenced vocals still dazzle and Spies adds even more variegated sonic sheen, all shaped by producer John Vanderslice and shined by producer/mixer Jeremy Sherrer, making Synesthetica a delight for all the senses.
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Song of the Day: Charlie Hilton – Pony

photo by Brianne Wills

photo by Brianne Wills

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 “Pony” by Portland songwriter and Blouse frontwoman Charlie Hilton from her 2016 debut solo album, Palana, on Captured Tracks.

Charlie Hilton – Pony (MP3)

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Live Around Town This Week


Monday, February 8th:

Pussy Riot: A Conversation and Documentary Screening at the Neptune Theatre // All Ages (more info)

This Blinding Light, Brett Netson & Snakes, Shitty Person, Bill Horist, Greg Kelley at High Dive // 21+ (more info)

Tuesday, February 9th:

Meat Wave, Wolfgang Fuck, Mutiny Mutiny at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

Marmalade, The Cumbieros at Nectar Lounge // 21+ (more info)

Jordan O Jordan, Mal De Fleur, Night Cadet at Chop Suey // 21+ (more info)

Visible Cloaks, DJ Explorateur at Q Nightclub // 21+ (more info)

Wet, Kelsey Lu at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

Wednesday, February 10th:

A Tribute to Woody Guthrie w/ Baby Gramps, Massy Ferguson, Ian Moore at The Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

The Bird and the Bee, Alex Lilly, Whitney Lyman at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

G. Love & Special Sauce, Ripe at The Crocodile // 21+ (more info)

Thursday, February 11th:

• KEXP Presents Pillar Point, Sound of Ceres, Benoît Pioulard at Chop Suey // 21+ (more info)

• Audioasis on KEXP Presents Casual Hex, Display, Mombutt at Kremwerk // 21+ (more info)
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In Stores Now 2/8

Get ready to wrap yourself in Big Black Coat, the fifth album (and first in five years) from Canadian duo Junior Boys. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls the release, “a more forceful, rhythm-driven take on their spacious electro-pop, masterfully blending house, techno and disco grooves with R&B, funk, motorikprog and more on moody, aching songs combining bubbly synths and propulsive rhythms with hushed vocals and passion-fueled lyrics.”

Other highlights this week include the latest from Brooklyn band DIIV, led by Zachary Cole Smith, “an impressive set of shimmering, surf-tinged post-punk. Recorded and produced by Smith himself, this lengthy album features 17 songs that rarely flag with a dreamy blend of jangly guitars, driving rhythms, murky vocals and wistful melodies.” Porches, a New York-based band led by Aaron Maine, release their sophomore album, “an excellent set of brooding, ’80s-tinged electro-pop combining dark electronic soundscapes with Maine’s plaintive vocals, wistful lyrics and melancholy melodies.”

UK sibling group Field Music share “a more immediate and emotionally direct take on the band’s quirky, jazz and funk-tinged prog-pop.” Brooklyn duo Beacon present “a solid set of dark, R&B-tinged electro-pop with icy synths, pulsing rhythms and silky vocals.” And, Philadelphia-based band Dr. Dog unleash their ninth full-length, “a concept album about a lysergic underworld that were first written by Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken and Tony Leaman before the band was even named. Those early songs have now been revisited on this sprawling set of eccentric, sometimes carnivalesque psych-pop.”
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TV Eye: Week of 2/8

Sylvan Esso // photo by Dave Lichterman (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, February 8th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Neon Squeeze (Neon Trees and Squeeze)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Last Call with Carson Daly: Wavves

Tuesday, February 9th:
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Glen Hansard
Last Call with Carson Daly: Sylvan Esso
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: The Suffers

Wednesday, February 10th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Miami Horror
Conan: Lianne La Havas

Thursday, February 11th:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Ty Segall and the Muggers
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Albert Hammond Jr.
Last Call with Carson Daly: Houndmouth

Friday, February 12th:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Janet Weiss (of Quasi/Sleater-Kinney)

Saturday, February 13th:
Saturday Night Live: Kanye West

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Year of the Monkey: A Chinese New Year Video Roundup


Gong Xi Fa Cai! If you’ve already blown your new year’s resolutions, get a fresh start with the lunar calendar and the 2016 Chinese New Year, which begins today, Monday, February 8th, and ends on January 27th, 2017. Traditionally, every year is assigned an animal in the Chinese Zodiac, and 2016 has been declared the Year of the Monkey, a clever, mischievous critter, which bodes well for a year of risk-taking. Here in Seattle, you can join the sixth annual Lunar New Year Celebration this Saturday, February 13th at Hing Hay Park in the International District, and here on the KEXP Blog, you can celebrate with this roundup of Monkey songs. Here’s wishing you and yours a year of health and prosperity!

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Monday Music News

photo by Amber Knecht (view set)

  • If you were hoping for an in-depth interview with Ty Segall during his wild, historical KEXP in-studio session (watch here), you won’t want to miss this chat with Vancouver personality Nardwuar the Human Serviette. Segall lets down the creepy baby mask, and gives some great, thoughtful answers on his musical history, garage rock inspirations, drug stories, and the cast of Laguna Beach. (The chat also marks the triumphant return of Nardwuar, who suffered a stroke last month.) See how charming Segall can be below: [Pitchfork]

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