Out This Week 8/31

August is closing out with some seriously highly-anticipated new albums. Highlights include the fifth album from Baltimore duo Beach House, which KEXP Music Director Don Yates describes as “another beautifully crafted set of atmospheric dream-pop with a floating, reverb-drenched sound combining droning organ, shimmering synths, chiming guitars and hypnotic drum-machine rhythms with Victoria Legrand’s dusky vocals, cryptic lyrics and melancholy melodies.”

Veteran band Yo La Tengo follow up their 1990 album Fakebook with another “equally subdued, mostly acoustic set of wide-ranging covers along with two new originals and three new versions of older Yo La Tengo songs.” Another veteran band in a different vein, Motorhead, sound “as vital as ever on their 22nd album, an unrepentant set of blistering hard-rock with fiery guitar riffs, frenetic rhythms, snarling vocals and fist-pumping song hooks.” And Dan Bejar’s Destroyer project returns with his tenth full-length, Poison Season.

British band Foals share “another first-rate set of rhythmic post-punk with a massive sound combining ringing guitars, atmospheric keyboards, driving rhythms, soaring vocals and anthemic song hooks.” Long Beach, CA trio Tijuana Panthers share “a well-crafted, consistently solid blend of ‘60s-steeped garage-rock, surf, psych-rock and other styles, featuring an energetic blend of jangly guitars, driving rhythms and catchy pop hooks.” LA-based artist Mike Krol shares “a first-rate blend of raw garage-punk and hook-filled power pop, featuring a scuzzy, lo-fi sound with crunchy guitars, energetic rhythms, snotty vocals, heart-on-sleeve lyrics and sunny pop melodies.” Veter

Chicago-born artist Willis Earl Beal is now living in rural Washington outside of Olympia, and his latest “is a haunting set of late-night soul with atmospheric synths and glacial rhythms accompanying his soulful croon and lovelorn lyrics.” The latest from New Zealand expatriate now living in New York Tamaryn “finds her moving away from the shoegazerish guitar-focused sound of her first two records in favor of a more electronic-oriented sound with shimmering synths and drum-machine rhythms accompanying her breathy vocals and intimate lyrics.” Jet Age return “The latest album from this DC band led by former Hurricane Lamps frontman Eric Tischler is another fine set combining crunchy power pop with often-politically charged lyrics. ”

Beach House – “Sparks”
from Depression Cherry on Sub Pop

Bitchin Bajas / Natural Information Society – “Anemometer”
from Automaginary on Drag City

Cold Showers – “Plantlife”
from Matter of Choice on Dais

Defeater – “Spared In Hell”
from Abandoned on Epitaph

Destroyer – “Dream Lover”
from Poison Season on Merge

Dope Body – “Old Grey”
from Kunk on Drag City

Foals – “What Went Down”
from What Went Down on Warner Bros.

Frog Eyes – “Joe With The Jam”
from Pickpocket’s Locket on Paper Bag Inc.

Gagakirise and Eye – “The Flash”
from Gagakirise on Thrill Jockey

Grandchildren – “Nothing”
from Zuni on Ernest Jenning

Halsey – “Drive”
from Badlands on Astralwerks / Virgin EMI

Holly Golightly – “Fool Fool Fool (Look In The Mirror)”
from Slowtown Now! on Damaged Goods

Hooton Tennis Club – “P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L P.I.E.R.R.E”
from Highest Point in Cliff Town on Heavenly

The Jet Age – “It Cuts Both Ways”
from Destroy. Rebuild on self-released

Mike Krol – “This Is the News”
from Turkey on Merge

Motörhead – “Electricity”
from XXXX: Bad Magic on UDR

Pinkcourtesyphone – “Tearsofmodernism”
from Sentimental Something on Important Records

Pixx – “Fall In”
from Fall In on 4AD

Sékou Kouyaté – “Dela”
from Sabaru on One World

Silicon – “Burning Sugar”
from Personal Computer on Weird World

Sinkane – “Emilie”
from Mean Dup on City Slang

Static Daydream – “Until You’re Mine”
from Static Daydream on Moon Sound / Saint Marie Records

Steep Canyon Rangers – “Radio”
from Radio on Rounder

Sylvan Esso – “H.S.K.T. (Dntel Remix)”
from H.S.K.T. on Partisan

Tamaryn – “Cranekiss”
from Cranekiss on Mexican Summer

Terranova – “Tell Me Why” ft. Stereo MC’s (Danny Daze Mix)
from Restless Remixes, Vol. 1 on Kompakt

Tijuana Panthers – “Front Window Down”
from Poster on Innovative Leisure

Willis Earl Beal – “Survive”
from Noctunes on Tender Loving Empire

Yo La Tengo – “Friday I’m In Love”
from Stuff Like That There on Matador

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TV Eye: Week of 8/31

Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr. // photo by Morgen Schuler (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, August 31st:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Gary Clark Jr.
Last Call with Carson Daly: J. Mascis (R)
Conan: Brian Wilson (R)

Tuesday, September 1st:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Vince Staples
Ellen: Courtney Barnett (R)

Wednesday, September 2nd:
The Tavis Smiley Show: D’Angelo
Last Call with Carson Daly: Twin Peaks (R)

Thursday, September 3rd:
The Tavis Smiley Show: D’Angelo
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Faith No More
Last Call with Carson Daly: White Fence (R)

Friday, September 4th:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: MS MR (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Tennis (R)

Saturday, September 5th:
Austin City Limits: The Black Keys and J. Roddy Walston & The Business

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Monday Music News

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  • Siouxsie Sioux, legendary lady of goth, has re-emerged after eight years of musical silence to provide her distinctive vocals to the eerie ballad “Love Crime.” Listen below. The track was composed by Brian Reitzell for the series finale of the TV show Hannibal. Reitzell told TV Guide, “We knew that she was a fan of the show, and we reached out to see if she’d be interested in writing a song. Essentially, she hasn’t had a single in eight years, and she said she hadn’t been inspired to write in a long time, but that Hannibal had inspired her and she would write a new song.” He told Entertainment Weekly, “And the good news is that I’m going to do a few more tracks with her. I’ve written a few more, and we’re not sure how we’re going to release the track, and that’s kind of unfortunate, but it will be out. We’ll get it out there somehow, soon.” [Consequence of Sound]

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Song of the Day: Titus Andronicus – Fired Up

photo by Matthew Greeley

photo by Matthew Greeley

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 “Fired Up” by Titus Andronicus from the 2015 album The Most Lamentable Tragedy on Merge Records.

Titus Andronicus – Fired Up (MP3)

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Live Review: The Tallest Man on Earth with Lady Lamb at Moore Theatre 8/21/15

all photos by Matthew B. Thompson

Kristian Matsson, better known as The Tallest Man on Earth, doesn’t need much for an introduction. The Swedish born singer-songwriter rocks a style so unique and unmatchable that most who’ve heard him once could recognize his sound anywhere. Blogs often attribute that unmistakable quality to his voice, for which enough treatises exist that I’ll save the space here. However, seeing Matsson live, it’s quickly clear that his yearning croon is still the reason he’s owned just about every stage, from intimate KEXP sessions to massive festivals, with not much more than a voice and a guitar.

But now that he’s touring on his fourth studio album, Dark Bird Is Home, out on Dead Oceans, the larger question remains, what more does The Tallest Man on Earth have to prove? Maybe nothing. After all, in front of a packed crowd still eager to luxuriate in the weeping euphoria of his wrenching ballads, Matsson could easily relax and treat the rest of his touring days as a metaphorical victory lap. Instead, The Tallest Man on Earth chose to create something different. With the help of a slick new backing group (featuring Michael Noyce, the baby-faced, falsetto wielding assassin who also plays with Bon Iver), Mattson and his band combined to make songs more bombastic and triumphant than ever, and as such, presented a more compelling question: what’s left to explore?
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Live Review: Alabama Shakes at Marymoor Park 8/8

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

At the end of Alabama Shakes‘ set at Marymoor Park, there was a conspicuous absence: their biggest hit. “Hold On” just isn’t the song that introduced the band to a wider audience, it’s still one of their greatest moments. On paper, its omission is bewilidering to say the least. (Hell, even the notoriously mercurial Isaac Brock leads Modest Mouse through “Float On” nine shows out of ten.) A near-perfect build-up and climax of the band’s languid R&B rhythm and Brittany Howard’s (insert-force-of-nature-implying-adjective-here) voice, “Hold On” encapsulated Alabama Shakes’s strengths into three minutes and forty six striking seconds. Except, it doesn’t anymore. When Alabama Shakes came out of the studio with the followup to their wildly successful debut, Boys & Girls, no one was expecting a studio-heavy, textural affair that took Howard’s voice and the band’s performance through a kaleidoscopic filter. But that’s what Alabama Shakes brought out, and even though Sound & Color is a studio-heavy affair, its songs translate fantastically live, making their appearance at Marymoor an entrancing, explosive trip into the Alabama group’s unexpected left turn.

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Music That Matters: New Sounds From All Arounds

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.

Jacuzzi Boys

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

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Friday Music News

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

  • 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]

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Song of the Day: Golden Gardens – Mirror of Silver

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.

Golden Gardens – Mirror of Silver (MP3)

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Thursday Music News

photo by Nate Watters (view set)

  • 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]

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