Song of the Day: Klunks – Vanersom

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, comes from the Norwegian producer Klunks. “Vanersom” is the first track off Hollow Scenes, released this year on Seattle label Hush Hush Records, run by KEXP’s DJ Alex.

Klunks – Vanersom (MP3)Get out your over the ear headphones and get ready to traverse the depths of Klunks. This past November, the electronic producer Klunks emerged from the cold, blustery Norwegian winter to offer up Hollow Scenes, eleven mellifluous soundscapes of jazz saxophone-driven tracks mashed up with ambient tinkering, all situated in an experimentally instrumental lounge. As a follow up to his 2015 debut, Elastic Forest, his latest opus sounds like its tracks have a foundation inspired by a Brian Eno quality of ambience and forward-thinking production. The foundations are layered with a variety of saxophone licks that are at times smooth jazzy and soothing and at times tastefully, but piercingly dissonant while infused with a host of electronic beat-keeping inflections.

Throughout the album, there’s a sense of going in and out of serenity and decay. At its most simplistic, the sculpture of his softer measures like ” Vanersom” – the four-plus-minute opening track on Hollow Scenes – could be eccentric score for stargazing or a high sensory planetarium experience. Commencing with what sounds like ultra resonating xylophones perfect for a state of dreaming, the number quickly showcases its staple of saxophone, vocal splices, and digital sea of cascading effects. At his most intricate you’ll experience a lush forest of cerebral rhythms, angelic voices echoing, manipulated sounds, and the ebb and flow of dark and harmonious droning. It’s music you might have to acquire at first but then you’ll find yourself coming back to again and again.

It looks like Klunks generally stays off the grid in terms of social media and a website for his music, buy you can check out more of his music on Bandcamp and SoundCloud. For now, listen to another great song off of Hollow Scenes called “Shell Houses.”

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2016 Top Ten Spotlight: Sean

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2016, leading up to our 2016 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Voting ends on Friday, December 9th at 6:00 PM PT, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 16th to hear if your picks made the list! Anyone who votes is automatically entered to win the Top 10 Albums of 2016 as voted on by you, the listener, provided by Sonic Boom Records. Winners will be notified by email on Friday December 16th.

Crater // photo by Melissa Wax (view set)

Sean’s 2016 Top Ten Albums

artist album label
Jessy Lanza Oh No Hyperdub
Crater Talk to Me So I Can Fall Asleep Help Yourself
Puro Instinct Autodrama Manifesto
Angel Olsen My Woman Jagjaguwar
Lust for Youth Compassion Sacred Bones
Kaytranada 99.90% XL
Hinds Leave Me Alone Mom+Pop
Kamaiyah A Good Night in the Ghetto Self-Released
Japanese Breakfast Psychopomp Yellow K
Kero Kero Bonito Bonito Generation Double Denim

LPs
(note: excluded a lot of stuff, tried to highlight under-the-radar albums I really enjoyed this year!)

  • Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch
  • Seth Bogart – Seth Bogart
  • Omar-S – The Best
  • Babyfather – BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow
  • Ian Sweet – Shapeshifter
  • Ohal – Acid Park
  • NV – Binasu
  • Croatian Amor – Love Means Taking Action
  • James K – Pet
  • Helena Celle – If I Can’t Handle Me At My Best, You Don’t Deserve You At Your Worst
  • Nef the Pharaoh – Neffy Got Wings
  • Cocainejesus – We’re Worried About You
  • Olga Bell – Tempo
  • MJ Guider – Precious Systems
  • Negative Gemini – Body Work
  • Scraps – TTNIK
  • Nots – Cosmetic
  • Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Ears
  • KING – We Are King
  • Kiki Hitomi – Karma No Kusari
  • Geneva Jacuzzi – Technophelia
  • Steven Julien – Fallen
  • Payroll Giovanni & Cardo – Big Bossin’ Vol. 1
  • Mourn – Ha, Ha, He.
  • Airport – Lorde Playlist
  • Dreamboat – Dreamboat
  • Gaika – Security
  • TALsounds – Lifter + Lighter
  • Malawi Mouse Boys – Forever Is 4 You
  • Seahawks – Escape Hatch
  • Steve Hauschildt - Strands
  • Maja Osojnik – Let Them Grow
  • Bullion – Loop the Loop
  • Anna Meredith – Varmints
  • Pill – Convenience
  • Fear of Men – Fall Forever
  • Warehouse – Super Low

EPs & 12″s

  • Plush – Please
  • Elysia Crampton – Demon City
  • Call Super – New Life Tones
  • Willow – Workshop 23
  • Cherushii – Far Away So Close
  • Nite-Funk – Nite-Funk
  • Sensational & Kruton – You in the Right Spot
  • Odeko – A History with Samus
  • D.K. – Island of Dreams
  • Bludwork – Nightmare
  • Chinese Slippers – House Party Slippers
  • Kedr Livanskiy – January Sun
  • Kool A.D. – Official
  • X-Coast – Mango Bay
  • Throwing Shade – House of Silk
  • Leif – Macro Beat
  • Kask – Periferia
  • Sheer Mag – III EP
  • Alexandria – Promise
  • Jayda G – Jaydaisms
  • Fit of Body – Fit of Body
  • Daymé Arocena – One Takes
  • Hazel English – Never Going Home
  • Wye Oak – Tween
  • SFV Acid – DOep & Jazzchamber
  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Talk Tight
  • Powder – Afrorgan
  • Lorenzo Senni – Persona
  • Lindstrøm – Windings
  • Antenna – Primavera

Local

  • CC Dust – CC Dust
  • Bamban & Freaky Pup – Banana Split
  • Pleather – Cherries / Love in Lusts Cup
  • Gifted Gab – Gab the Most High
  • Dave B & Sango – Tomorrow
  • Nail Polish – Authentic Living
  • Unknown Mobile – No Motion
  • Mood Hut – MH 013
  • Casual Hex – Fleshed Out
  • Siddiq & Vektroid – Midnight Run
  • Khotin – Baikal Acid
  • Natasha Kmeto – Pour Down / Free for Tonight
  • Aos – 90 East
  • Gazebos – Die Alone
  • Tay Sean – Leavings
  • VATS – Green Glass Room
  • Mu – II
  • SassyBlack – No More Weak Dates
  • Jarv Dee – The Red Eye Jedi
  • V/A – Rhythms of the Pacific Vol. 3
  • Lisa Prank – Adult Teen
  • Simic & Conduit – BC 001
  • iji – Bubble
  • Dumb – Beach Church
  • Medina & Walsh – Vault of Angels
  • Karl Blau – Introducing Karl Blau
  • Fish Narc – Fish Snake Narc
  • Dude York – Lose Control / Love Is
  • So Pitted – Neo
  • Posse – Perfect H
  • G.L.O.S.S. – Trans Day of Revenge
  • Jay Arner – Jay II
  • Candace – New Future
  • Tender Age – Disappear Here
  • Mackned – Born Rich
  • OC Notes – Rap Loops II
  • Lnrdcroy – Ooze City
  • US41 – “The Lodge (Live Recording 07.17.16)”

Reissues & Compilations

  • Digital Zandoli
  • Sky Girl
  • Motor City Drum Ensemble – Selectors 001
  • Larry Levan – Genius of Time
  • Close to the Noise Floor (Formative UK Electronica 1975-1984)
  • V.O. – Mashisa
  • New York Noise (Dance Music from the New York Underground 1978-1982)
  • So Low
  • Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra – The Lady with the Golden Stockings
  • Jeremy Underground Presents Beauty
  • Linear Movement – The Linear Way
  • The Brotherhood of Lizards – Lizardland: The Complete Works
  • Wicked Witch – Under Your Spell
  • Aloha Got Soul

Thanks for reading! Hope you found some good music to get you through 2016 and into 2017 going strong. I post lots of music on Tumblr and if you’re really bored at word or on the bus follow along on Twitter!

Sean is on the air every Thursday morning from 1AM – 6AM.

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Thursday Music News

The Jesus and Mary Chain

photo by Steve Gullick

  • As we reported last month, Scottish siblings The Jesus & Mary Chain are releasing their first new album in eighteen years, Damage and Joy, out March 24th via ADA/Warner Music. (The album title is apparently “a reference to the English translation of schadenfreude.” Interpret that as you will!) Today we have the first track, “Amputation” — which debuted on Steve Lamacq’s BBC Radio 6 show, and can now be streamed below. The once estranged brothers Reid have patched things up, with younger sibling Jim reporting, “In the last couple of years, we’ve buried the hatchet to some degree, and thankfully not into each other.” The album also features the band’s touring drummer Brian Young and former Lush bassist Phil King. Jim adds, “The interesting thing about this record is what comes out of the speakers. To make a good record is an achievement if you’re twenty-two, but to do it in your fifties, the way we are, I think is a minor miracle.” [Pitchfork]


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Review Revue: Paul Kelly and the Messengers – Under the Sun

Paul Kelly and the Messengers - Under the Sun

Where would we be without Wikipedia? And by we I mean both the human race and people who write blog posts as quickly as possible about esoteric subjects. If I were trying to write this series without Wikipedia, most of my information would come from the comments written by the DJs themselves, some highly questionable blogs and other internet sources, and maybe the band’s own facebook page, if they’re still active. But we live in 2016 and we have Wikipedia, and there is what amounts to a highly detailed short book written by several collaborators over several years on just about any topic, including Mr. Paul Kelly, a quite distinguished musician from Australia. (BTW you should go kick Wikipedia a few bucks before the end of the year. Their little pitch is at the top of every page right now. Try this one.) In fact, you could almost say there’s too much information to digest on some Wikipedia pages, and it might be that sometimes I end up getting most of my information from the DJ comments. But they were a very smart bunch!
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One thing about Paul Kelly is that he belongs to that highly selective club of people with incredibly questionable band names inspired by (or connected with) classic rock songs. Unlike some NW bands that I could name (but won’t), Mr. Kelly at least understood that maybe his original, Lou Reed-inspired name wouldn’t fly in the States, so he released albums here as the Messengers. Eventually he shifted to the Messengers across all markets, which might have been more for the sake of convenience than any revelation that his chosen name was exploitative and wrong. (I mean, imagine the hassle of getting t-shirts printed with different band names for an international tour!) But these days he just goes as “Paul Kelly,” and I’ll just give him the benefit of the doubt that he’s learned the errors of his old, mid-to-late-’80s ways. (He seems to have shaved and ditched the sunglasses, too.)<

“Side 1, jazzy pop w/harmonica, keyboards. Track 1 sounds the best. Track 4 folk w/violins. Sounds too much like the Moody Blues. Last track is good!”

“Much like a country type pop rock. First track tells it all. I like it. Lyrics are good in most the songs. Harmonica voicing w/jazzy tunes.” [I think these first two were written by the same person, but they’re on different labels and signed individually.]

“Definitely more straight up rock, especially compared to most of the Australia artists we have been seeing…”

“Why doesn’t he shave and take off the sunglasses. It gives him away. Really.”

“In Australia, they’re called ‘Paul Kelly & the Coloured Girls.'”

“A wonderful live performer, grade footballer and altogether fine songwriter. The arrangements can be a bit AORish but it’s the thought that counts (with me, anyway, who loves P Kelly dearly!)”

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Song of the Day: Sonny Knight & The Lakers – It Had To Change

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, unrealeased 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 “It Had To Change” by Sonny Knight & The Lakers from their 2016 album, Sooner or Later, on Secret Stash Records.

Sonny Knight & The Lakers – It Had To Change (MP3)
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2016 Top Ten List Spotlight: Greg Vandy

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2016, leading up to our 2016 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Voting ends on Friday, December 9th at 6:00 PM PT, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 16th to hear if your picks made the list! Anyone who votes is automatically entered to win the Top 10 Albums of 2016 as voted on by you, the listener, provided by Sonic Boom Records. Winners will be notified by email on Friday December 16th.

DJ Greg Vandy with Courtney Marie Andrews // photo by Hanna Stevens (view set)

Greg Vandy’s 2016 Top Ten Albums

artist album label
Margo Price Midwest Farmer’s Daughter Third Man
Karl Blau Introducing Karl Blau Bella Union
Kevin Morby Singing Saw Dead Oceans
Steve Gunn Eyes On The Lines Matador
Natural Child Okey Dokey Natural Child Records & Tapes
Drive By Truckers American Band ATO
Courtney Marie Andrews Honest Life Mama Bird
Nick Waterhouse Never Twice Innovative Leisure
Marlon Williams Marlon Williams Dead Oceans
Birger Olsen The Lights Just Buzz Mama Bird

Greg Vandy is the host of The Roadhouse, airing every Wednesday evening 6-9PM.

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Wednesday Music News

  • It’s been five years since she’s toured the States, but who knows how long it’s been since she’s been to Seattle? That all changes in 2017 as PJ Harvey embarks on a North American tour in support of The Hope Six Demolition Project. A press release states she’ll be joined by an impressive 10-piece band, including musicians Alain Johannes, John Parish, Mick Harvey, Alessandro Stefana, Enrico Gabrielli, Jean-Marc Butty, Kenrick Rowe, and Terry Edwards. The Seattle show is scheduled for Friday, May 5th at WaMu Theatre. Tune in to The Morning Show tomorrow, Thursday, December 8th, for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show, before they even go on sale to the public! [Spin]

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Song of the Day: Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift – Life Is Change

photo by Melissa Wax

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, comes from Robyn Hitchcock and Emma Swift. “Life Is Change” is the B-side to their single “Love Is A Drag”, released this year on the duo’s own Tiny Ghost Records.

Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift – Life Is Change (MP3)
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Live Around Town This Week

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Tuesday, December 6th:

KEXP Presents Lee Fields & The Expressions, Lady Wray at Neumos (more info)

Jim James, Twin Limb at the Neptune Theatre (more info)

Pleasures, Roy Rodgers, Bad Motivators at The Sunset (more info)

Bell Witch, Aerial Ruin, Eos, Serpentent at Highline (more info)

Laraaji, Bardo:Basho, DJ Explorateur at Q Nightclub (more info)

Wednesday, December 7th:

The Dandy Warhols, Telegram at The Showbox (more info)

KEXP Presents Wild Child, Vaudeville Etiquette, Walker Lukens at Neumos (more info)

Helmet, Local H at The Crocodile (more info)

Young Thug, 21 Savage at Showbox SoDo (more info)

Sandrider, Constant Lovers, DJ Marco Collins at Chop Suey (more info)

Thursday, December 8th:

Audioasis on KEXP Presents Freakout Festival US at Chop Suey (more info)

KEXP Presents Nightmares on Wax (DJ Set) at Nectar Lounge (more info)

KEXP Presents Lone, SFV Acid, Echtheit, Yung Futon at Kremwerk (more info)

Snoop Dogg, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Warren G, Tha Dogg Pound, DJ Quik at the Neptune Theatre (more info)

The Cave Singers, Ole Tinder at the Tractor Tavern (more info)

Haley Bonar, Night Moves at Barboza (more info)

Gill Landry of Old Crow Medicine Show at Fremont Abbey Arts Center (more info)

Average White Band at Jazz Alley (more info)

Slashed Tires, regularfantasy, PHNK, Cake “Alchemy!” at Vera Project (more info)

Kim Richey, Xolie Morra at Columbia City Theatre (more info)

Scriptures, Black Nite Crash, (BlouseUSA) at Central Saloon (more info)

Friday, December 9th:

Audioasis on KEXP Presents Freakout Festival at Chop Suey (more info)

The Cave Singers, Acapulco Lips at the Tractor Tavern (more info)

Average White Band at Jazz Alley (more info)

Matmos, Jeff Carey at the Vera Project (more info)

Macabre, Witchaven, Xoth, Inquinok, MRSA, Weaponlord at Highline (more info)

Tiffany Wilson, The Johnny Freelance Experience at Lo-Fi Perfomance Gallery (more info)

Jan Koekepan, Fejj, Steve Fisk, Tempered Steel at Chapel Performance Space (more info)

Razorcake Benefit Show w/ Dead Bars, Sharkie, Burn Burn Burn, Listen Lady, Young Go Hards, Brave Hands, Ramona, MORE at Black Lodge (more info)

Saturday, December 10th:

Aqueduct, The Echolarks, Timbre Barons at ​The Sunset (more info)

Porter Robinson, Madeon After-Party at ​Foundation Nightclub (more info)

Ryan Caraveo, Jarv Dee, Nick Weaver, DJ Just Jordan at ​The Showbox (more info)

Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band, Dub Lounge International, 3J Million at Nectar Lounge (more info)

The Kent 3, The K Streets, Dreamsalon at Highline (more info)

Bushwick Book Club & Jack Straw Writers at Fremont Abbey Arts Center (more info)

The Sylvan Series: Illum at the Volunteer Park Conservatory (more info)

Sunday, December 11th:

Mommy Long Legs, Tele Novella at The Sunset (more info)

The Pretenders, Stevie Nicks at Key Arena (more info)

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Tuesday Music News

photo by Morgen Schuler (view set)

  • Beloved New York dance-punks LCD Soundsystem have announced their first show of 2017: headlining the Forecastle Festival, taking place July 14-16 in Louisville, Kentucky. Also on the bill are Weezer, Odesza, PJ Harvey, Run the Jewels, to name just a few. Founder/frontman James Murphy announced earlier this year that the band had ended their 5-year-hiatus and were working on a new album. If you missed that announcement, check out Murphy’s lengthy, candid open letter about it here, where he breaks it down: “here were our choices: 1. make music with your friends and call it something else, which seems hilarious (everteen) or egomaniacal to the point of sociopathic (james murphy solo record). 2. make music, but willfully exclude your friends because of the horrors in option 1. 3. make an lcd record with your friends, who want to make said record, and deal with whatever fall-out together. 4. don’t make music, to avoid the horrors of all of the above. 5. make music and, like, hide it somewhere. we decided, clearly, on option 3, and i was fully prepared for a certain amount of “oh fuck that guy” over-it stuff—in fact welcomed it.” [Spin]

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