In Stores Now 2/27

It may be the shortest month, but February has had no shortage of great new releases. Highlights this week include the latest from Dirty Projectors. KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes, “the eighth album from the now LA-based solo project of band leader David Longstreth is a powerful set of avant electro-pop inflected with R&B and hip hop, combining a glitchy, intricately arranged sound with pitch-shifted vocals and intensely personal lyrics revolving around his breakup with former bandmate Amber Coffman.”

Other notable LPs include the latest from Welsh band Los Campesinos!, whose “sixth album is another excellent set of anthemic indie-pop ranging from boisterous, punkish rockers to poignant folk, with consistently strong songs juxtaposing soaring melodies and exuberant sing-along choruses with often-wry, anxiety-fueled lyrics.” LA-based producer/bassist/vocalist Stephen Bruner — aka Thundercat — delivers “an adventurous, often-playful blend of spacy R&B ballads, slinky funk jams, woozy hip hop, cosmic jazz, psych-tinged pop and more.”

On their 11th studio album, veteran Dallas band Old 97’s deliver “another excellent set of sharply crafted roots-rock ranging from anthemic, locomotive rockers and driving power pop to rousing country-rock and moody, atmospheric ballads.” The debut album from Vagabon (aka Cameroon-born, New York-based producer/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Laetitia Tamko) is “an often-stunning set of diverse indie-rock ranging from emotive rockers to haunting dream-pop and stark indie-folk, highlighted by her powerful vocals and intimate lyrics.” And the second solo album from Rhiannon Giddens (founding member of Carolina Chocolate Drops) is “a potent, mostly acoustic-oriented blend of folk, blues, soul, gospel, hip hop, Dixieland jazz and other styles, with often-poignant songs reflecting various eras of the African-American experience, from slavery to the civil rights era to our troubled modern times.”

Acceptance – “Diagram Of A Simple Man”
from Colliding by Design on Rise Records

Alasdair Roberts – “The Downward Road”
from Pangs on Drag City

from Hopes of Failure on Thrill Jockey

Barbara Kortmann – “Flute Sonata in G Minor, H. 524.5 (Attrib. J.S. Bach as BWV 1020) : I. Allegro”
from Inner Lights on Genuin

Born of Osiris – “Abstract Art”
from The Eternal Reign on Sumerian Records

The Brian Jonestown Massacre – “Fact 67″
from Don’t Get Lost on A Recordings

Brokeback – “Cairo Levee”
from Illinois River Valley Blues on Thrill Jockey

Crystal Fairy – “Drugs on the Bus”
from Crystal Fairy on Ipecac

Dirty Projectors – “Cool Your Heart feat. D∆WN “
from Dirty Projectors on Domino

The Feelies – “Been Replaced”
from In Between on Bar/None Records

José James – “Always There”
from Love in a Time of Madness on Blue Note

Karriem Riggins – “4Es’J & Oddness”
from Headnod Suite on Stones Throw

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – “Nuclear Fusion”
from Flying Microtonal Banana on ATO

Kingdom – “Tears in the Club”
from Tears in the Club on Fade to Mind

The Koreatown Oddity – “Fuck Dinosaurs”
from Finna Be Past Tense on Stones Throw

Little Big Town – “Happy People”
from The Breaker on Capitol / Decca

Los Campesinos! – “I Broke Up In Amarante”
from Sick Scenes on Wichita

NE-HI – “Sisters”
from Offers on Grand Jury

Old 97’s – “Good With God”
from Graveyard Whistling on ATO

Pissed Jeans – “The Bar Is Low”
from Why Love Now on Sub Pop

Rhiannon Giddens – “At The Purchaser’s Option”
from Freedom Highway on Nonesuch

Sarah Bethe Nelson – “Evolution”
from Oh, Evolution on Burger Records

Scott H. Biram – “Long Old Time”
from The Bad Testament on Bloodshot

Shadow Band – “Daylight”
from Wilderness of Love on Mexican Summer

Sherwood & Pinch – “Itchy Face”
from Man vs. Sofa on On U Sounds

Six Organs of Admittance – “Taken By Ascent”
from Burning the Threshold on Drag City

Sun Kil Moon – “I Love Portugal”
from Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood on Caldo Verde Records

Sundays & Cybele – “Tell Me the Name of That Flower”
from Chaos & Systems on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond

Thundercat – “Show You The Way (feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins)”
from Drunk on Brainfeeder

Vagabon – “Minneapolis”
from Infinite Worlds on Father/Daughter Records

Wesley Stace – “Let’s Evaporate”
from Wesley Stace’s John Wesley Harding on Yep Roc

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TV Eye: Week of 2/27

Run the Jewels

Run the Jewels // photo by Alan Lawrence (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 27th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: 2 Chainz featuring Gucci Mane
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Regina Spektor
Last Call with Carson Daly: Caspian

Tuesday, February 28th:
The Late Late Show with James Corden: London Grammar
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Run the Jewels

Wednesday, March 1st:
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Tuxedo
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Depeche Mode
Last Call with Carson Daly: T.S.O.L.

Thursday, March 2nd:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: The Flaming Lips
Last Call with Carson Daly: Tiger Army

Saturday, March 4th:
Saturday Night Live: Father John Misty
Austin City Limits: TV on the Radio and The War On Drugs

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Monday Music News

photo by Moses Namkung (view set)

  • New Beck songs! Well, new-ish. Back in 2011, Beck contributed two original pieces for the film soundtrack to D.J. Caruso’s thriller, I Am Number Four. Over the weekend, Caruso shared two of those songs online, which you can stream below. No definite news on the long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s Morning Phase; late last year, the New York Times shared a November release date for the still-untitled LP. [ Consequence of Sound ]

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Song of the Day: Priests – Nothing Feels Natural

photo by Audrey Melton

photo by Audrey Melton

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Nothing Feels Natural” by Priests, from the album of the same name out on Sister Polygon Records.

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Live Review: Little Big Show #17 with Angel Olsen, Chris Cohen and Sloucher

all photos by Jim Bennett (photo set)

Every Little Big Show can’t help themselves but get better and better each sold out night, which gives the MitskiKadhja Bonet, and Mal Devisa Little Big Show #18 coming up next on April 8 a great head start. What is equally great is the partnership between Starbucks, STG, and KEXP to make these philanthropic benefit shows happen specifically to support a youth not-for-profit, which for this past show was NFFTY whose mission is “to enable, nurture, promote and encourage the next generation of filmmakers to inspire, lead and entertain the world with their stories.” With the all the ongoing legislative bills and advocacy for keeping film in Washington State, this was a sound move to bolster the buoyancy of not only Washington’s film industry, but a medium of storytelling available to the future of Washington’s auteurs. Fortunately, we have Angel Olsen, Chris Cohen, and Sloucher to thank for this round of utilitarian non-profiteering.

Ashville, NC’s Angel Olsen launched her solo career, after touring as a backing singer for Bonnie Price Billy, around the same time Father John Misty launched his solo project, back in 2012, and she has had quite the comparable rise to fame. With good reason, Olsen is a sassy lipstick of dynamite that exploded in the last two years via her ability to concoct eruptive singles like ‘Shut Up Kiss Me” from her 2016 album My Woman, but also darkly stark, sit-with-your-thoughts compositions like ‘White Heat” from her 2014 Burn Your Fire For No Witness. But more on this cheeky chanteuse after some words on the bill’s stellar openers Sloucher and Chris Cohen.
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Music that Matters: Freepower

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.

Austra at KEXP in 2017 // photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

Currently you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 553 – Freepower

Bursting through geographic and genre lines, Swedish synths, Seattle songwriters, and Memphis psychedelia highlight Cheryl Waters’ latest mix featuring new tunes from Austra, Childish Gambino, and Dyke Drama.

1. Emma Ruth Rundle – Marked For Death
2. Shelby Earl – The Man Who Made Himself a Name
3. JFDR – Wires
4. Austra – Freepower
5. Childish Gambino – Have Some Love
6. Cory Hanson – Replica
7. Spaceface – Sun Kids
8. The Radio Dept. – Committed To The Cause
9. The Proper Ornaments – Back Pages
10. Ravenna Woods – Alleyways
11. The Gods Themselves – Love
12. Dyke Drama – Say When
13. Hembree – Holy Water
14. The Molochs – No More Cryin’
15. Priests – Nothing Feels Natural

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Friday Music News

Old 97s

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

  • Frontman Rhett Miller is no stranger to the sitcom scene (you may remember his appearance in NBC’s 30 Rock), so he’s right at home among the guest stars in the new Old 97’s video. Jenna Fischer (Pam from The Office) interviews the guys while Fred Armisen (of Portlandia, among other things) fills in as the drummer. (In real life, Philip Peeples was indeed unable to make the film shoot due to a back problem. And that’s really Armisen drumming!) Watch the Lee Kirk-directed video below. Miller said via a statement: “Lee Kirk and his team had written a great script and arranged for what would have been a very cool video when we discovered at the last minute that our drummer would not be able to take part in the filming. Thank god that Fred Armisen is a world-class drummer in addition to being literally the funniest man on the planet. What we wound up with was unexpected and amazing. This video could have been an hour long given all of the hilarious improv that Jenna and Fred did.” The new album Graveyard Whistling is out today via ATO. [ Pitchfork ]

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KEXP at Trans Musicales: Grand Parc

photo by Morgan Chosnyk

Today, we continue sharing our discoveries from the Trans Musicales festival in Rennes, France, where last December we captured twelve exclusive sessions. We’re sharing with you one unique session per week, and you can watch all the previously release ones here. This week’s feature is of Grand Parc.

DJ Morgan says of the experience:

The day wrapped up with a fantastic band out of Normandy, France, called Grand Parc. Founding members Nick and Annie, who both play guitar and sing, plus Jean-Baptiste on bass and Guillame on drums, played an extremely skillful set of shoegaze-math rock-French pop. They had elements of Stereolab, Pinback, Blonde Redhead, and Foals, all while sounding completely fresh and original. Fun fact: I counted 22 effects pedals between them all. I don’t know what they all do, but they must know how to use them all effectively because they sounded awesome. Definitely a new favorite!

Watch our live session Grand Parc, recorded at Hôtel Pasteur, an historic building converted to an art space, and be sure to find more about the band on their Facebook and Bandcamp pages.

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Song of the Day: Weirdo Machine – Something Inside

Weirdo Machine

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Something Inside” by Weirdo Machine from their 2016 self-released EP, Eagle.

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Midnight In A Perfect World: DJ ZAI


DJ ZAI is the alias of Seattle native Isaiah Hinojosa, a self-taught vinyl DJ that strives to connect the dots between a variety of global club sounds every time he gets behind the decks. With a refined taste that covers a wide range of genres and tempos, he can frequently be found spinning at progressive club nights such as Research, Jet, Customs, FWD, and OMW. ZAI’s ability to handle numerous styles has also enabled him to lend support for a variety of world class talent, including Hodge, R3ll, Jacques Greene, Cooly G, and Rizzla. His exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World is a premier showcase of his eclectic and cutting-edge style, smoothly bouncing between the outer fringes of techno, house, UK funky, Gqom, and other fledgling experimental club rhythms from all over the world for an immersive and thrilling sonic journey.

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