Today in Music – A Fortunate Friday the 13th!
The Greyboy Allstars
Every Monday-Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. The podcast features exclusive in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent musicians that KEXP DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection is from the 2007 album by The Greyboy Allstars:
The Greyboy Allstars – Still Waiting (MP3)
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I hope you’re all staying away from wandering black cats, precariously balanced mirrors, working ladders, tipping saltshakers, etc., on this Friday the 13th. A piece of advice on what could be a disastrous day: stay away from unnecessary meetings with the boss, double check all emails, especially the address lines, and get out of the office as quickly as you can. Despite the ominous date, though, it’s actually a positive news day, unlike previous days. Here are a few items to brighten your day:
It’s good news for M.I.A. fans, actually. The Sri Lankan rapper, who is one of the many outstanding performers featured at the upcoming Sasquatch Music Festival, has announced a release date of August 21 for her next album. Here’s a video for “Bird Flu, ” which will be included on Kala:
It’s also good news for KEXP local fav’s Sera Cahoone and Grand Archives, who were formerly known as just Archives. Pitchfork reports that they’ve both been signed to Sub Pop.
I’m looking forward to today’s KEXP VIP Club Concert with Silversun Pickups. We’ll have pics from the Triple Door here on the blog soon, but you can listen in at 5 pm (or go back to the Streaming Archive later) to check it out. And it’s great to hear that SSPU are finally getting their due props. According to NME, the LA space-rockers have reached number seven on the Billboard Modern Rock chart for “Lazy Eye”:
Also, it’s good news for music downloaders, sort of, who can now sleep more soundly at night knowing that they are not (fully) responsible for the downward slide of music sales. Wired magazine’s music blog, The Listening Post, reveals that, of all things, the record labels themselves are to blame for the declining numbers.
Speaking of the sky being blue, Wilco, who has never feared the Internet and even posted Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in its entirety on their website for fans to download a few years back, shows little concern for the fact that the upcoming Sky Blue Sky has already leaked. In an interview with the Australian journal, The Courier Mail, Jeff Tweedy notes that “it is antithetical to being a musician to expend any energy on stopping people hearing their music.” Hear that, Metallica? Hear this, everybody:
Wilco – What Light (MP3)
Well, hang on to your evil eye, rabbit’s foot, or whatever you need to keep the oogie-boogies away, and have a happy Friday the 13th.
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