Music That Matters: Big Gay Podcast 2017

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Jay Som at KEXP in 2017 // photo by Matthew B. Thompson

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Music That Matters, Vol. 570 – Big Gay Podcast 2017

DJ Riz and Larry Rose co-host this year’s edition of the Big Gay Podcast, bringing you an infectious mix of music by, for, and about the LGBTQ community with songs from Courtney Barnett, Blood Orange, The Drums, Goldfrapp, Austra, Hurray For The Riff Raff, and more. They also mix in songs from Rainbow Riots, a new compilation featuring LGBTQ artists from Uganda, Malawi and Jamaica – some of the most dangerous countries in the world for LGBTQ people.

Tracklist:
1. Rainbow Riots – Freedom
2. Goldfrapp – Systemagic
3. Austra – Future Politics
4. Jay Som – The Bus Song
5. JusMoni – Hot Potato (feat. StasTheeBoss)
6. Rainbow Riots – Equal Rights
7. The Drums – Heart Basel
8. Hurray for the Riff Raff – Hungry Ghost
9. Little Star – Linda Blair
9. CocoRosie – Smoke ‘Em Out (feat. ANOHNI)
10. Rainbow Riots – Unmasked
11. SISTERS – Buck
12. Adult Mom – Survival
13. Courtney Barnett – How To Boil An Egg
14. Rainbow Riots – Stand Up For Your Rights
15. Blood Orange – Best To You

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Friday Music News

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  • English indie band The xx  released the deluxe edition of their third studio album I See You today which includes three bonus tracks. One of them, “Naive” samples Drake’s “Doing It Wrong,” while “Brave For You (Marfa Demo)” is a stripped down acoustic recording of their track “Brave For You.” They also released an official music video for “Brave For You (Marfa Demo)” that shows Romy, Oliver, and Jamie in home video footage being very sweet to each other while walking down an abandoned road. [ Consequence of Sound ]

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Local Artist Spotlight: SassyBlack

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Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we’re featuring local R&B songwriter/rapper SassyBlack, who self-releases her latest LP, New Black Swing, today.

SassyBlack, aka Cat Harris-White, has been a dominate force in Seattle hip-hop for nearly a decade. Many first heard her as one half of the transcendent, spacey rap-duo THEESatisfaction, where she blended her effortless and dreamy rhymes with jazz vocalizations. Harris-White has been far from quiet since going solo. She’s self-released numerous EPS and LPs even before THEESatisfaction officially ended, including last year’s No Weak Dates. With each release she’s revealed more of herself lyrically, but also musically. On New Black Swing, she ventures fully into territories she’s only dipped her toes in before: R&B and new jack swing. We caught up with Harris-White to learn about making this bold jump in genre, how it paid off, and what new sonic realms she might tackle next.
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Video Premiere: Western Haunts – Saved 4 Me

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Listening to Seattle band Western Haunts is like stepping into a hazy, disorienting dream. The powerful thuds of percussion against the airy, translucent synthesizers and guitars are amorphous and almost comforting. It’s a mood that’s perfectly captured and expanded on in the sugar-high video for their song “Saved 4 Me”, off their 2017 LP, Problem Pop.

The band squeeze in together on a couch, projecting Prince’s Purple Rain on a screen with a buffet of sweets on the coffee table in front of them. Appropriately, a purple haze tints the frame. Bubbles float in the air while fog circles goblets of cotton candy, gummy worms, and the finest of Hostess confections. While the music carries such soothing lightness, the band only gets more intense as the video goes on. They intently watch Prince shred on the screen, downing liters of soda. It isn’t long before they’re stuffing each other’s faces with treats and spraying Silly String everywhere.
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Song of the Gay: Little Star – Linda Blair

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

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.

All this week we are celebrating Seattle Pride and PrideFest 2017 by featuring all LGBTQ artists for our “Song of the Gay” podcast. Today’s Song of the Gay is “Linda Blair” by Little Star, from their 2017 self-titled album on Good Cheer Records.

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KEXP Suggests: Singles Soundtrack Listening Party 6/25

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UPDATE: Light in the Attic write “due to circumstances out of our control, the listening party has been re-scheduled for Sunday, June 25th at Noon.” More info here.

It’s been 25 years since Cameron Crowe’s grunge-era defining film Singles hit theaters and introduced the masses to Matt Dillon’s innovative smeared-soul patch goatee. But maybe even more influential than the movie itself was the film’s soundtrack, featuring a wealth of Seattle’s then-burgeoning-now-superstar talents from Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam to Soundgarden and Mother Love Bone. A quarter century later and these influential songs are finally getting the remaster treatment, sounding better than ever. This Saturday, June 24, you can hear them in their reissued glory at a special listening party at the Light in the Attic record shop located in KEXP’s Gathering Space at noon.

The reissue and anniversary come at a poignant time for the scene the film documented. In the wake of Soundgarden lead vocalist Chris Cornell’s death, his contributions feel particularly heartening. Cornell not only contributed tracks with the band and made a cameo in the film, but he also contributed solo material as well. The deluxe CD edition includes six of his solo tracks — one of which being a score piece. The whole soundtrack is an enlightening benchmark for Northwest music fans to reflect on, knowing the heights that these bands would rise to over the next two decades.
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Thursday Music News

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  • This Friday, Radiohead are releasing OKNOTOK, a deluxe reissue of their iconic 1997 album OK Computer in honor of its 20th anniversary. The album includes a remastered version of the original album, eight B-sides, a hardcover book, and three previously unreleased tracks: “I Promise,” “Lift,” and “Man of War.” Today they’ve shared the video for “Man of War,” which was originally called “Big Boots” and written around the time of The Bends. The song has previously been performed live but this is the first time the song has officially been released. In the video, directed by Colin Read, we see a man who is being pursued through the streets and increasingly descends into paranoia. The CD/digital/vinyl versions of the reissue are due out June 23 via XL. Then there’s a special boxed edition due out in July. [ Under the Radar ]


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Local Artist Spotlight: Lushloss

photo by Brit Hansen

photo by Brit Hansen

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we’re featuring local producer/songwriter Lushloss, whose debut album Asking/Bearing came out on cassette last week and arrives digitally on July 28 via Hush Hush Records.

In the opening moments of her debut, Lushloss (a.k.a. Olive Jun) vocally arrives through crackles of distortion. When the sparse beats finally arrive underneath the creaking keyboard loops, Jun’s voice pitches up-and-down. Who she is changes from moment to moment, but always fitting perfectly in her heart-wrenching electronic production.
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Review Revue: Soul Asylum – And the Horse They Rode In On

Soul Asylum - And the Horse They Rode In On

I have covered Soul Asylum in this space a couple of times before, but it’s been almost exactly four years since the last time. I have had four years to dig back into the earlier, and I presume cooler, albums by this long-running Minneapolis alt-rock mainstay (They still exist! They put out a new album last year!), and yet I have still failed to pursue a proper appreciation of the band. I have to say, though, the comparisons by one reviewer (who I think is Kathy Fennessy?) to early Petty and Springsteen totally have me intrigued. It’s also so much easier now than it was in 2013 to just go ahead and listen to an album you’re curious about, so I’m pretty confident that by the next time I’m posting about Soul Asylum, I will have listened to And the Horse They Rode In On at least once. I know, alert the media. Read More »

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Song of the Gay: The Drums – Heart Basel

photo by CyCy Sanders

photo by CyCy Sanders

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.

All this week we are celebrating Seattle Pride and PrideFest 2017 by featuring all LGBTQ artists for our “Song of the Gay” podcast. Today’s Song of the Gay is “ Heart Basel” by The Drums, from the 2017 album Abysmal Thoughts on ANTI-.

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