Song of the Day: Monster Movie – Keep the Voices Distant

photo by Rachel Lipsitz

photo by Rachel Lipsitz

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 “Keep the Voices Distant” by Monster Movie, the title track off their forthcoming album, Keep the Voices Distant, due March 31 Graveface Records.

Monster Movie – Keep the Voices Distant (MP3)Monster Movie is the project that breathes in krauty ambiance and exhales guitar fuzzed post rock. The musical familiarity Christian Savill and Sean Hewson have created with each other through their work in Monster Movie and a close touring, and performing, relationship with Slowdive shines.  Slowdive’s relatively recent reunion was what motivated Hewson and Savill’s own project to do the same, and this Friday they present their first album in seven years. As has been the case with hundreds of bands prior, the chops and tightness touring develops promises Keep the Voices Distant to be Movie’s strongest release yet.

Today’s featured song is the album’s title track, and on it we hear the band returning with more of an edge than their prior release. Though recorded professionally in Detroit’s White House Recording Studios, with Martin Nichols, the song still buzzes with post-punk basement abandon and is awash with an amazon rainfall’s worth of reverberating guitar, keyboard and percussion sound. Even after the long delay, it’s evident that Monster Movie still know what they want.

Keep the Voices Distant hits record stores this Friday. As of now, the band’s only live show listed is a UK date with Is Bliss, but after the album’s release, a U.S. seems likely. Look for updates and music on Monster Movie’s Facebook page. After copping that, check out the album’s first single, “Shouldn’t Stray from the Shadows”:

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Music that Matters: Freak Reaction

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.

The Afghan Whigs at KEXP in 2014 // photo by Matthew B. Thompson

Currently you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 557 – Freak Reaction

From hard hitting hip-hop to hard hitting punk rock, with a little psychedelic drone rock thrown in for good measure, DJ Kevin Cole brings you a mind-bending mix on this week’s Music That Matters podcast.

1. All Them Witches – Bruce Lee
2. Tim Darcy – Tall Glass of Water
3. The Afghan Whigs – Demon In Profile
4. Brother Ali – Pen to Paper
5. Andrew Joslyn – Coal Miners
6. Louise Burns – Storms
7. Rose Elinor Dougall – Colour Of Water
8. Lydia Ramsey – Show Me The Stars
9. Molly Burch – Wrong For You
10. Posse – Kismet
11. Julie Byrne – Sleepwalker
12. Jens Lekman – To Know Your Mission
13. Jacques Greene – To Say
14. Downtown Boys – Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)
15. B Boys – Energy
16. 75 Dollar Bill – Earth Saw

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Friday Music News

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar // photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

  • Grammy Award-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar has shared the fourth installment in the “The Heart” series, which you can stream below. (“The Heart Part 1″ appeared on 2010s K. Dot Drops project, “The Heart Part 2″ is on Lamar’s Overly Dedicated mixtape, and “The Heart Part 3″ was released as a stand-alone single back in 2012.) In the lyrics, Lamar raps, “Y’all got till April 7 to get y’all shit together,” which fans are hoping means a new album. Lamar also happens to be headlining Coachella in April, hmmm. Stay tuned. [ Stereogum ]

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KEXP at Trans Musicales: Fishbach

photo by Morgan Chosnyk

This week, we continue sharing our discoveries from the Trans Musicales festival in Rennes, France, where last December we captured twelve exclusive sessions. We’re sharing with you one unique session each Friday, and you can watch all the previously released ones here. This week, we present a stripped down session with a young Parisian singer-songwriter who records under her surname, Fishbach, in the rotunda of the Rennes Opera House.

DJ Morgan says of our experience:

The opera house, as you can imagine, has great acoustics and I was wondering if any of the groups would take advantage of them by performing an acoustic set. Enter Fishbach (a.k.a. Flora Fishbach). This 25-year old chanteuse from Northern France has been working like crazy since the age of 18 playing music. Over the last year, she and two other musicians, one of them being her bass player, Michelle, went on a tour of small clubs playing stripped down shows, one of which included a tiny room here in Rennes, where Trans Musicales festival booker, Jean-Louis Broussard, happened to be in attendance. Fast forward a year and Fishbach is doing a residency leading up to and during Trans Musicales. I believe she said they had played something like 5 or 6 shows in the past week. Usually with a full electric band, Fishbach this time sat on the steps of the rotunda and played a quiet, stripped down set for us that was just lovely. Flora sang and played guitar, while the rest of her band provided vocal harmonies. She has a beautiful voice and writes very catchy hooks that we were all singing the rest of the day. After the performance, Michelle was telling me the story of the small club show they played when Jean-Louis Broussard discovered them. She said the room was tiny and packed with people. There was no PA system, just two speakers on a table which had a beer sitting on one of the monitors. People swayed forward and the speaker fell, causing the beer to go flying and dumped over a lady’s head who quickly raised both arms and excitedly yelled “WOOOO!”. Afterword, Jean-Louis asked them to come to a party with him, mentioning he was friends with Cyprus Hill. I thought, oh man, this is going to be a good story… but then Michelle got called away and had to leave. I hope to hear the rest of that story some day! What kind of shenanigans can you get up to with Cyrus Hill?

Though no such shenanigans occurred during Fishbach’s set at the Rennes Opera House, you’d be insane in the brain not to watch her raw, emotive performance right now. After that, check out her Facebook page for more music and more info, and be sure to pick up Fishbach’s recently released full-length debut, A Ta Merci.

Watch more sessions recorded by KEXP at Trans Musicales here.

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KEXP Suggests: Treefort Music Fest in Boise, ID 3/22 – 3/26

Treefort Music Fest

Is March too early to get your festival season started? We don’t think so and, frankly, we don’t care. Treefort Music Fest, running now until Sunday, March 26 in downtown Boise, Idaho, is too good to miss. Looking at headliners alone, the festival boasts two of the biggest names in independent music today, lovable goof Mac DeMarco and indie goddess Angel Olsen. Apart from the headliners though, the bulk of the lineup originates in Boise (153 out of 400 bands are from the city, to be exact). While Boise band names like Magic Sword or Sun Blood Stories may mean nothing to you now, by the end of the weekend we suspect they’ll be synonymous with great music and fresh mountain air. I’ll put it this way: Built to Spill were once just some band from Boise and now they’re, well, Built to Spill. 
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Song of the Day: Lydia Ramsey – Show Me The Stars

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Show Me the Stars”, by Seattle’s Lydia Ramsey, from her 2017 self-released debut record, Bandita.

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Thursday Music News

photo by Beth Crook (view set)

  • Love & Hate, the sophomore release from soulful UK artist Michael Kiwanuka was a fave for many KEXP DJs last year. (It was even a nominee for the prestigious Mercury Award in 2016.) Kiwanuka revisits the release with a video for the track “Cold Little Heart” — watch below. The video was directed by David Helman and stars actor Keith Stanfield (Get Out, Straight Outta Compton, Atlanta). Love & Hate is out now via Polydor/Interscope. [ Stereogum ]

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit: Announcing the Breakout Speakers


The first-ever Upstream Music Fest + Summit is just around the corner, on Thursday, May 11th through Saturday, May 13th, in locations all over Pioneer Square. Earlier this year, the first wave of artists were announced (see here), as well as this year’s keynote speakers: Quincy Jones, Macklemore, and Portia Sabin, president of the independent record label Kill Rock Stars.

Their keynotes will spark smaller, most focused breakout sessions where attendees can explore important questions impacting artists and the music industry. Today, we’re excited to share the first eight of these speakers, as well as more information about their topic!
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Song of the Day: Erki Pärnoja – Doors Dance

photo by Riina Varol

photo by Riina Varol

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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.

In early February, I attended MENT Ljubljana, a three-day festival of new and emerging bands and artists from Europe and beyond—mostly Central and Eastern Europe. There’s a conference component to the festival too, and I was invited to share the KEXP story to delegates from the music industry in Europe gathered to discuss creativity, distribution, licensing, and the issues facing the music industry. KEXP is seen as a beacon of hope for independent artists and music lovers all over the world, and it was a great opportunity to discover new bands and to meet, connect, and engage with music makers from Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Macedonia, the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, Slovakia, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Latvia, Poland, Germany, Scotland, Italy, Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia and more. The festival is lovingly curated, and I experienced a ton of excellent bands for the first time. I’m excited to share the highlights on the Afternoon Show, my recent Music That Matters podcast, and as part of this week’s Song of the Day Podcasts.

Today’s pick is “Doors Dance” by Erki Pärnoja from their 2017 album, Efterglow, on Erik Lindström Music.

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Midnight In A Perfect World: LUNA GOD


At the epicenter of some of the most exciting current local hip-hop, R&B, and cutting-edge club music, there’s a solid chance you’ll find LUNA GOD, the alias of Seattle’s Caleb Talbert. A chameleonic musician, he’s recently turned his attention to wildly diverse and unpredictably vibrant productions, a style that also carries over to his infectiously kinetic DJ sets. With two EPs in his catalog and an increasingly busy DJ schedule, LUNA GOD has become a sought-after party-starter and in-demand collaborator, currently working with fellow ascending artists DoNormaal, Sleep Steady, ZELLi, and Paris Alexa. His exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World is a perfect showcase of his high-energy style, swiftly storming through 40+ tracks in less than an hour, sneaking in many of his own tracks, productions, and bootleg remixes, while also spotlighting a bunch of emerging local artist and thrilling underground club gems from all over the world.

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