Today in Music: Jandek Action Figures?
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. Todayâ€™s featured selection is from the 2007 album Transparent Things by Fujiya & Miyagi:
Fujiya and Miyagi - Cassettesingle (MP3)
On May 13 at Neumos in Seattle, you can catch Fujiya & Miyagi with Peter Bjorn and John. Both bands performed at SXSW for our broadcast, which you can still listen to here. Learn more about podcasting and subscribe to our podcasts here.
It’s Tuesday again, so Large Hearted Boy has once again compiled the new releases for this week, which include the much anticipated Year Zero, by Nine Inch Nails, as well as other excellent releases by KEXP regular Joseph Arthur, Seattle’s own Chrisopher Blue, and NYC’s much blogged-about Elk City:
Joseph Arthur - Diamond Ring (MP3)
Chrisopher Blue - Ghost In The Night (MP3)
Elk City - Cherries In The Snow (MP3)
And while you’ve got your pocketbooks handy, you might consider shelling out your hard-earned cash for some other fine new promotions by your favorite bands.
Unfortunately, there are no actual Jandek action figures, but considering the Joy Division athletic shoes we mentioned earlier anything’s possible. McFarlane Toys has been molding musicians into toys for the last ten years, and while their most recent mold isn’t going to be of much interest to indie rock hipsters, there’s always hope the company will broaden its vision.
More in tune with KEXP listeners are these little Wilco tykes, created by UNKL (not to be confused with the James Lavelle project). According to Stereogum, the 2-inch Wilco toys will be available only at the San Diego Comi-Con.
If toys aren’t your thing, and you’d rather sit at home alone on the couch with a tub of ice cream, wondering what went so wrong in the world that Queen would subject the public to its music through the tattered tonsils of Paul Rodgers, then you can once again call the flamboyant rockers your best friend with the new Ben & Jerry’s flavor Bohemian Raspberry.
Of course, you could save your money instead and wait for these eventual new releases:
NME reveals a new Devendra Banhart album in the works.
The Shout Out Louds are finally set to release their sophomore effort this year, which, according to Pitchfork, will see a release on Merge in September.
And a band we’re really excited about here called Maps has signed to Mute, who will release the debut “We Can Create” on June 19. Check out the band’s website and MySpace page, where you can find this video:
Okay, now it’s time for you to get back to work to earn the scratch you need to build your collection or fill your freezer. But if you think of any other must-haves for KEXP consumers, don’t forget to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
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