Today in Music: What Was Old Is New Again

Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys
from KEXP’s 4th Annual Yule Benefit
photo by Gregory A. Perez

Song of the Day:

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 Junior Boys and is found on their 2007 Dead Horse EP on Domino:

Junior Boys – In The Morning (Hot Chip Remix) (MP3)

After releasing two EPs and their first full-length, Last Exit, on KIN Records, Canadian duo Junior Boys had developed international and critical acclaim through their sonic combination of late-night languor and upbeat electropop. Last year, the band signed to Domino records, who re-released their debut, and their follow up, So This Is Goodbye. While the title of their newest EP of remixes may be tongue-in-cheek, there are no tedious songs on Dead Horse. The variety of remix interpretations, such as the frenetic Hot Chip remix we present you with here and the more ambient and ethereal remix of “FM” by Marsen Jules, ultimately reflect the diverse influences that inspired the band initially.

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Music News:

  • Damon Albarn, man of many projects including the officially unnamed collective often referred to as The Good, The Bad and The Queen, has announced that Gorillaz will soon be no more. The cartoonish band is still slated to star in and a score a film in the latter part of this year, but after that the Gorillaz will be missed. (Oh, come on — who’s not going to make that joke?) Here’s a peek at the forthcoming movie:
  • There’s probably no need to mourn Albarn’s group because some bands, like superheroes, don’t seem to stay dead for long. (Captain America, I talking to you!) Making a comeback this year is 90’s alt-rock-gone-prog-rock Simpsons stars Smashing Pumpkins. Billboard reports the confirmed track list of their first album in seven years entitled Zeitgeist. Still unconfirmed is whether or not James Iha or D’Arcy Wretzky will join the reuned rockers.
  • Morning Show favorites The House of Love are back together and are re-issuing their seminal Creation Records self-titled debut. The band actually reformed and released an album of new material, Days Run Away, in 2005 to little attention in the US (it’s still only available as an import). Chromewaves suggests that the re-release, which joins the ranks of the many others put out while the band was considered defunct, is meant to coincide with their appearance at the All Tomorrow’s Parties “Don’t Look Back” series in September. The ATL series also features Slint performing Spiderland, Sonic Youth revisiting Daydream Nation, and Cowboys Junkies returning to the Trinity Sessions.
  • The House of Love – Shine On (MP3)

  • Coachella is the big festival of the weekend, and two more reunited 80’s bands will be appearing there, Jesus and Mary Chain and Happy Mondays. The JAMC will also appear in NYC at the end of May. Brooklyn Vegan has the dates and some mp3’s of Sister Vanilla, the JAMC backed project of Reid sister Linda:
  • Sister Vanilla – Jamcolas (MP3)

  • Morrissey never really went away, but it feels like he’s come back. The current crooner, former leader of the the legendary Smiths, who were falsely rumored to be reuniting for their induction to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame next year, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live and performed six songs, though only one of which was broadcast:
  • Bjork, who will also appear at Coachella as well as the more local Sasquatch Music Festival, made a notable television appearance this weekend herself. Here’s a clip of Bjork on SNL performing “Earth Intruders”:
  • And though you hardly knew him, Patrick Wolf, who will be supporting Amy Winehouse for a handful of US dates, has claimed that he will end all performances in November. The 23 year old has apparently already burned out from intensity of live appearances and unreliable band members. While it seems a bit early to us to call off one’s career just as one is taking hold in the US, but you can read about his reasons at Spin.
  • Iron & Wine has also revealed the track list to the forthcoming Shepard’s Dog, due out September 25 on Sub Pop, and their first single, “Boy with a Coin,” hits the shelves July 10.
  • Iron & Wine – Woman King (MP3)

  • Coming out tomorrow is the latest by Arctic Monkeys, Favourite Worst Nightmare, which you can stream in its entirety on their Myspace page. The Sheffield youngsters have also been nominated for an Ivor Novello award, along with Amy Winehouse, Madonna and Hot Chip.
  • Los Campesinos!, whose demos have received quite a bit of airplay here on KEXP, have signed to Arts & Crafts for their debut full-length. Rock Sellout has more information and this video:
  • Finally, two new videos from albums we’re still waiting for in the US, one by Jamie T, whose Panic Prevention is currently out in the UK, and the other by Travis, whose latest, The Boy With No Name, comes out here on May 8. Enjoy:

  • If you’d like to help us feel fresh and new, 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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    One Comment

    1. Posted April 23, 2007 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

      it is so nice that you guys play old music along with being so cutting edge. i’ve been in the process of rediscovering old music and blogging about it at half the people i’ve been listenting too i wouldn’t have come across without you.

    3 Trackbacks

    1. […] Read the full article by Jim, KEXP […]

    2. […] Patrick Wolf, who begins a series of U.S. tour dates with Amy Winehouse next week, had earlier this week announced that he we calling it quits on future performances, is now claiming, “I never said I was quitting music.” […]

    3. […] You should be familiar with Ontario-based duo if you’ve been listening to KEXP with any regularity and reading the KEXP Blog, so rather attempt to reintroduce you to the band, we’ll leave you with this observation by cultural theorist Mark Fisher, author of K-Punk, who wrote the bio on the band’s website: Ultimately… So This is Goodbye sounds more middle of the tundra than middle of the road. It’s as if Junior Boys’ journey into North America Endless has continued beyond the late-night freeways of Last Exit. It’s like the first LP’s city lights and Edward Hopper coffee bars have receded and we’re taken out, beyond even the small towns, into the depopulated wildernesses of Canada’s Northern Territories. Or rather, it’s as if those wildernesses have crept into the very marrow of the record. […]

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