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DJ El Toro hosting Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart on KEXP in 2016 // photo by Alan Lawrence (view set)
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Music That Matters, Vol. 535 – The Long Goodbye
After 10 amazing years at KEXP, DJ El Toro is moving to Tucson, AZ next month. In his final Music That Matters podcast, you’ll hear some of his favorite new songs, with special emphasis on punk and no wave veterans (Jah Wobble, Alice Bag, James Chance) who continue to innovate and instigate in the 21st century. It’s not really goodbye, merely au revoir.
1. Lambchop – The Hustle
2. The April Seven – Platform Shoes
3. Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart – Cosmic Blueprint
4. Tay Sean – Um Tryin’ (feat. Jusmoni)
5. Lilac – Secrets
6. Rob Townsend – U Can Be My Lover
7. Ultimate Painting – Song for Brian Jones
8. Dungen – Jakten Genom Skogen
9. Toy – I’m Still Believing
10. Alice Bag – No Means No
11. James Chance and the Contortions – Melt Yourself Down
12. Pylon – Volume (live)
13. King Dude – Holy Christos
14. Dust Moth – Corrections
15. Marissa Nadler – The Best You Ever Had
16. Little Annie – Dear John
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photo by Rachel White
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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Golden Age” by Chris Staples from his 2016 album, Golden Age, on Barsuk Records.
Chris Staples – Golden Age (MP3)
It’s not a gathering of pirates. (That would be “ARRRR Day.”) It’s R Day, a party at the Old Rainier Brewery this Saturday, October 22nd from 5:00 to 11:00 PM. In fact, Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee and City of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray have officially proclaimed the day “Rainier Beer’s R Day,” so you could say, it’s your civic duty to party. There will be plenty of Rainier Beer and Rainier Pale Mountain Ale, of course, and live music with Thunderpussy and Hobosexual!
Between bands, check out the five-station rock climbing wall or take part in the Jubilee Team Challenge, a fun and friendly competition for 20 teams of 4 that includes Flip Cup, Cornhole, Giant Jenga, and a Climbing Wall Relay Race. (Register your team here.)
And it’s FREE for everyone 21 years of age or older! Check out music from the evening’s super-hot, rockin’ line-up below.
In the Nursery must be one of the longest running and most prolific projects I’ve covered in this series, having released albums almost annually since 1983 (they’ve slowed down a bit in recent years, with only six full-length releases since 2005).
The idiosyncratic (is anyone else in the world classified by Wikipedia as neoclassical dark wave/martial industrial?) Sheffield-based band seems to have had a fascinating career arc, beginning in UK’s industrial music scene (which would explain their Wax Trax! affiliation), having their music featured everywhere from La Femme Nikita to a Game of Thrones trailer, and now creating and performing original soundtracks for classic silent films – one of which, A Page of Madness, has also been scored by Seattle’s own Aono Jikken Ensemble. I sense an opportunity here for a pretty cool international screening/performance, if anyone wants to make that happen. Read More
Okay, fine – as someone pointed out on Facebook, we can’t technically call it a “First Annual” if it has not occurred in previous years, but we’re hoping this will be the first of others to come, so join us this Saturday, October 22nd for our inaugural (how’s that?) KEXP Record Fair!
KEXP, the Numero Group, and Easy Street Records are proud to carry on the tradition of Seattle Center’s Northwest Rooms. From 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, the Gathering Space will be filled with some of our best local record stores, labels, and dealers.
But first, we’re kicking things off Friday, October 21st with a little taste of what’s to come. Join us at Noon for a LIVE performance from legendary songwriters Billy Bragg and Joe Henry in our Gathering Space. Chicago-based reissue specialists Numero Group will have their wares available that day from Noon to 6:00 PM. Meanwhile, on air, DJ Kevin Cole will host a special edition of The Afternoon Show on KEXP, spinning nothing but vinyl from his own personal (and massive!) collection.
photo by Renata Steiner
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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Certainty” by Temples, a single from their forthcoming album, due early 2017 on Fat Possum Records.
Temples – Certainty (MP3)
Timely does not even begin to describe the new record from NYC rappers Heems and Riz MC, a.k.a. Swet Shop Boys. While it’s depressing as hell, these two dudes seriously could not have picked a better week to drop an album about basic human rights being put up into contention. As the race towards Voting Day continues, it seems like every day, we have new examples of how people in power continue to leverage their platform based not on principle or authority, but on privileges like race and gender. Flying in the face of this, just this week, President Obama co-edited Wired and said “Now is the greatest time to be alive”, explaining the vast societal advances we’ve made over the past fifty, thirty, and even eight years. And thus, we have two sides of a coin, and a choice of which way we want to see the world, for both ourselves, and the neighbor whom we should try and love as we love ourselves. We get plenty of opinions every day on how to reconcile these two sides, but few that ring quite as clearly and effectively as the debut full-length from Swet Shop Boys. Expressed in the form of immense frustration coupled with immense hope for the future, Heems and Riz (joined by producer Redinho) give us Cashmere, the most progressive dance party you’ll have this year. It’s a visceral and oftentimes brutal glimpse at 2016 life for men of (respectively) Indian and Pakistani heritage living in a weird and somehow unevolving post-9/11 western world.
photo by Rachel Pony Cassells
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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Opposite House” by Cass McCombs from his eight studio record, and debut on Anti Records, entitled Mangy Love.
Cass McCombs – Opposite House (MP3)