Today in Music: Good Deeds + an exclusive clip of The National

Bid on Isaac Brock’s painted guitar!
photo by Karen O’Donnell Stein

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 artists that KEXP DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards, is by Working for a Nuclear Free City and is found on their self-titled album on Melodic:

Working for a Nuclear Free City – Troubled Son (MP3)

According to the band’s own description, Working For A Nuclear City began with one thought: to “destroy” the crap bands they heard playing Manchester. Focusing on beat-heavy rhythms that recall 90’s Creation Records bands, such as Ride and the Boo Radleys, to some and early Chemical Brothers to others, the Manchester band makes good on their proposal by delivering explosive songs that recall and update the best bands of the 80’s and 90’s. To view their an impressive and overwhelming list of influences and to listen to new songs, visit their MySpace page. If you would like to learn more about podcasting and subscribe to our podcasts, go to our podcasting page.

Thanks again to Ted Leo & The Pharmacists for an amazing set yesterday at The Triple Door. For the next 14 days, you can go back and listen to it on our Streaming Archive, and while you’re at it, peep out this fantastic slide show of the event by photographer extraordinaire Gregory A. Perez.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow, when Blonde Redhead performs in-studio! That’s right, Blonde Redhead! Listen in with Quilty 3000.

Blonde Redhead – 23 (MP3)

We’ve been inspired lately by the good deeds performed in the music community. While we watch the CRB act completely out of greed, we also witness what many of us seek from music to begin with: a sense of community.

  • In support of the neglected city of New Orleans, U2 guitarist The Edge has organized an auction to be held at New York’s Hard Rock Café and online at Julien’s Auctions, such historically significant items as a Preservation Hall Jazz Band trumpet, a stage outfit worn by Buddy Holly, an early Elvis Presley performance contract, and an original poster for James Brown at the Apollo. You can read more about The Edge’s experience with New Orleans and about this project at Spinner.
  • In the Northwest, other musicians are participating in an auction to support the Buckman Arts Magnet Elementary School, which was recently named “Portland’s coolest elementary school” by the Portland Mercury. The auction benefiting the alternative school, which is one of a diminishing number of schools to offer an arts-integrated academic curriculum, will be held online (eBay keyword: Buckman) beginning April 22 and will include hand-decorated guitars by members of Modest Mouse, The Decemberists, The Shins, Bon Jovi, Lyle Lovett, and more! You can view some of these guitars and some of the other items up for auction at Local Cut, Portland’s Music Journal.
  • Portland is a city of good deeds, and in that spirit Arena Rock Recording Company has put together a CD to benefit P:ear, a local non-profit that works with homeless and transitional youth. Musicians featured on the compilation of cover songs include The (very generous) Decemberists, The Thermals, The Dandy Warhols, Britt Daniel of Spoon, and a host of other great artists. You can learn more about the project at Local Cut and at Pampelmoose, who shares a stream of The Decemberists covering Fleetwood Mac’s “Think About Me.”
  • Joining the growing ranks of DIFM projects, you can now add “creating Bjork video” to your list. While it’s not entirely a good deed, many fans will believe that the new Bjork entitled “Innocence” now available on her MySpace page, is just that. There is a purpose to this supposed altruistic upload: so that you will listen and then submit a video of her own. Here are the details.
  • Chris, at Gorilla Vs. Bear, has his posted a list of freely distributed mp3 from labels, some of which we’ve also featured on our blog, including tracks by Low, Arcade Fire, The National and Air. We’re particular fond of these two songs:
  • Great Lake Swimmers – Your Rocky Spine (MP3)

    Bill Callahan – Sycamore (MP3)

  • In the spirit of giving, we would like to give something to you, our readers, or at least our local ones: We will give away five pairs of tickets to the performance at Town Hall of Seattle Follies: Radio Daze, which features many local radio hosts including our own Cheryl Waters. If you’d like to go to the April 26 show, email us at with the words “Radio Daze” in the subject line.
  • And the gifts just don’t stop: we also thought you might enjoy this, an exclusive preview of a new video by The National called “Apartment Story”:
  • If you’re also feeling the spirit of giving, then please send to us any interesting music news or other suggestions for bands that we should be listening to and discussing. Email us at

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