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Jacuzzi Boys // photo by Greg Stonebraker
Currently, you’ll hear:
Music That Matters, Vol. 475 – New Sounds From All Arounds
Variety Mix host Troy Nelson takes you on a musical escapade showcasing new music that deserves to be heard, featuring new songs from Small Black, Wand, Georgia and more!
1. Sharkmuffin – Mondays
2. Beach Baby – No Mind No Money
3. Small Black – Boys Life
4. Daughn Gibson – Shatter You Through
5. Wand – Stolen Footsteps
6. Youth Lagoon – The Knower
7. Georgia – Move Systems
8. Jacuzzi Boys – Happy Damage
9. Soft Sleep – Unravel
10. Lightouts – More Than Ever
11. Ghost Pains – Arboretum
12. Natasha Kmeto – Come and Say
Today, Foals have dropped their new album, What Went Down, the follow up to 2013’s impressive Holy Fire. The 10-track collection was recorded in France and produced by James Ford, who’s worked with artist such as Florence and the Machine and the Arctic Monkeys. What Went Down can be streamed in its entirety below via Spotify. [CoS]
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 “Mirror of Silver” by Golden Gardens from the from the 2015 self-released cassette single.
More new music from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis! In this fun video for the track “Downtown,” Macklemore takes hip hop pioneers Grandmaster Caz, Kool Moe Dee and Melle Mel on a stroll through the streets of Spokane. (And keep your eyes peeled for a glimpse of Mariners’ Ken Griffey Jr., too.) The duo will debut the track live at the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday. [Rolling Stone]
I learn so much writing these blog posts! For instance, did you know that Michael Penn (whom you probably first heard about for his delightfully earwormy 1989 hit “No Myth,” but has since done many serious and critically acclaimed things – not that there’s anything unserious about “No Myth,” that’s a straightup pop gem right there) used to be in a band called Doll Congress? It’s true! They seem not to have found much popularity outside of Los Angeles, but they did create this EP that found its way all the way up here to KCMU. It features a cover of the mid-’60s tune “Concrete and Clay” by Unit Four Plus Two. Oh, did you not know there was a band called Unit Four Plus Two in the ’60s that had a hit called “Concrete and Clay”? Me either! So much learning! I can’t find Doll Congress’s version on Youtube, but just try listening to the original back to back with “The Main,” the one song by Doll Congress I could find on Youtube, and then let your mind roam as you try to imagine what their cover sounded like. Read More »
KEXP made Seattle music history last weekend by featuring the first band ever to play on the roof of the historic Pike Place Market: Raw Power KEXP! The Seattle supergroup featured local legends Mike McCready, Duff McKagan, Barrett Martin and Mark Arm covering the classics of Iggy Pop and the Stooges. Over 8,800 music lovers watched from the street, and $260,000 was raised for KEXP’s New Home at concurrent fundraisers in the market. It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime moments where people will be saying for ages, “You really had to be there,” but these beautiful photos from photographers Dave Lichterman, Jim Bennett, Charles Peterson, and David Coalter are the next best thing:
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba are set on changing the way we think about world music. Pushing the limits of traditional West African instruments themselves to embrace western styles and a more versatile melodic range, Bassekou Kouyate is proud of the modern innovations he’s made with the ngoni, a traditional stringed instrument, and rightly so. For generations in Kouyate’s family, the ngoni has been passed down father to son, but he was determined to rework his musical heritage to create something truly original. By adding distortion and employing heavy use of a wah-wah pedal, Kouyate essentially created a whole-new instrument, the electric ngoni. Touring along with his band, Ngoni Ba, Bassekou Kouyate saw a hugely positive reaction to his edgier rock ‘n’ roll vibe, which inspired him and the band to put out their fourth album, Ba Power, earlier this year. The now Grammy-nominated Kouyate aims to use the new sound to appeal to younger generations and “transmit [his] culture not only to the youth, but the whole world.” It’s impossible to tear your eyes away from Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba’s electrifying, streamlined performance live in the KEXP studio. Check it out for yourself now.
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 “Laying Down Rock” by Drinks from the 2015 album Hermits On Holiday on Birth Records.
There’s a highly discernible trajectory between the first four albums by Baltimore dream pop act Beach House, from the bedroom whispers of their debut to the mountaintops of Bloom, the duo have, with each subsequent effort, come a bit more out of their shell, turning up the volume, fleshing out textures, and adding more reverb increasingly massive drums and Alex Scally’s harrowing guitars all leading up to the climactic Bloom finale “Irene”, in which vocalist and organist Victoria Legrand remarks over and over again that “it’s a strange paradise”. Truly, every Beach House offering – each indubitably perfect in its own way – is a completely representative snapshot of where they find themselves at that time.
If that trajectory was to be followed for a new record, Beach House would find themselves amongst the satellites, playing spacey pop for the gods in a hazy blur of golden light. Furthermore, this celestial place would be the prime spot for Beach House to place themselves in 2015, in a landscape with impressively little room for quieter statements like Devotion and Teen Dream. But alas, Alex and Victoria do not find themselves in the stars. Instead, they give us Depression Cherry, a record with only a shade to its name that backs off on the volume knobs and chooses to make a carefully placed footprint barely audible in the crowded pop context surrounding them. The drums have been brought back to the stuttering organ accompaniment of the days of old. The organs outnumber the guitars much of the time. It is a collection of lullabies for the melancholy. And yet, in no way does Depression Cherry feel like a backpedal. Beach House paint a bigger picture in the margins, and remind us to feel before we jump to call the moments of our lives experience. Following up Teen Dream Cream and Blooming Black, Depression Cherry hands us the next in Beach House’s paradoxical box of Crayola colors, giving us a time to be small in a world obsessed with feeling larger than life. Read More »
We’ve got more new music to share from the highly-anticipated new album from Telekinesis (aka Seattle’s own Michael Benjamin Lerner): stream the track “Sleep In” below, a fantastic synth-pop ode to everyone’s favorite activity. The song will appear on his fourth album, Ad Infinitum, out September 18th on Merge Records, which was recorded in the basement of his West Seattle home. Hear the songs live at Neumos on Saturday, November 7th. [Under the Radar]