Today in Music: It’s All About The Music

A future look at Pela — the Brooklyn band will be live
on the Morning Show next Monday

The Summer Pledge Drive is off to a roaring start! We walked into it with $25,000 in early support from the web and pre-drive talk, and then Leon kicked out another $9,000 on Shake the Shack.

We’re now up to $181,460.01 as of 11 am! Woohoo!

The Hood-to-Hood Challenge is getting close! Will the lutkefisk-lined streets of Ballard host KEXP once again? Will the tsunami barrier we call West Seattle prevail? Or will Capitol Hill continue to conquer? Your pledge could tip the scales!

Wherever you’re from, we want to thank you for supporting the station if you already have become a member and encourage those of you who haven’t to take the time and do it now. All pledges help — whether you can spare $10 or $100, you’ll be happy to know that your hard earned dollars are going to support independent radio.

So far, amazing support from our members has put us ahead of schedule, which means that this “hit-it-or-quit-it” drive could end earlier than we thought. Not that our DJs don’t mind flapping their gums and talking up the station they love, but you know that they’d really like to get back to the music ’cause that’s what it’s really all about — the music!

Live at KEXP Vol 3 combo
Over the years, listener support has made possible the many live performances in the KEXP studio, as well as our VIP concerts and the remote broadcasts in New York, Chicago, and Austin. We’ve had the privilege to host luminaries like Patti Smith, Frank Black, and Gang of Four in addition to many newer bands like Pela, Lymbyc Systym, and Ceu.

Once again, we’re giving back to you listeners who supported these performances by though the third installment of our Live at KEXP series. Featured in Live at KEXP Volume 3 are exclusive recordings from from our studio, from The Triple Door, and from our remote broadcasts at CMJ and SXSW.

Here’s the tracklist to the limited edition CD:

1. The Long Winters – “Pushover”
2. The Shins – “Australia”
3. Frank Black – “(Do What You Want) Gyaneshwar”
4. Ghostland Observatory – “Move With Your Lover”
5. Lady Sovereign – “Public Warning”
6. The English Beat – “Hands Off She’s Mine”
7. Grizzly Bear – “Knife”
8. Cloud Cult – “Mr Tambourine Man”
9. Beirut – “Elephant Gun”
10. Under Byen – “Den Her Sang Handler Om At FÃ¥ Det Bedste Ud Af Det”
11. The Black Angels – “The Prodigal Sun”
12. The Gossip – “Yr Mangled Heart”
13. The Shackletons – “Your Movement”
14. Peter Bjorn and John – “Young Folks”
15. Hot Chip – “And I Was A Boy From School”
16. Fujiya and Miyagi – “Collarbone”
17. Billy Bragg – “Waiting For The Great Leap Forward”

The even more limited 2-disc vinyl release, which also comes with a cd for you commuters, features two additional tracks by Anathallo and Thee Emergency.

That’s just one of the many reasons to support KEXP. Another reason is to keep the KEXP Blog going, so that we can bring you music news, links to MP3’s to download, and great videos to watch…

  • Could there be a Starbucks opening soon near your favorite record store? The coffee giant has just released the first CD, Paul McCartney‘s Memory Almost Full, on its Hear Music label. Right now, the former Mop Top is the label’s only artist, though the president of Starbucks’ entertainment division, Ken Lombard, confirms to AP that the label will sign two more artists this year and eight next year. Hmm… I think I’ve seen that type of expansion somewhere else before…
  • Paul McCartney’s new album is one of many to hit the shelves today. As always, Largehearted Boy has the list for this week, which includes a retrospective by Afghan Whigs, and new releases by The Band of Bees, Dizzee Rascal, The Cinematic Orchestra, and Chris Cornell. Here are a few MP3’s to whet your appetite:
  • Dappled Cities – Within Hours (MP3)

    Matt Pond PA – If You Live (MP3)

    Shellac – Steady As She Goes (MP3)

    The Ladybug Transistor – Three Days From Now (MP3)

    They Shoot Horses Don’t They? – A Place Called LA (MP3)

    Carina Round – Ready To Confess (MP3)

    Bonde Do Role – Bondallica (MP3)

    The Long Blondes – Once and Never Again (MP3)

    Thanks to Stereogum, Puddlegum, Idolator, Rock Sellout, and Spinner for hosting these songs.

  • You can also head over to the Sub Pop Blog to download a live session with Pissed Jeans, recorded here at KEXP on our Sonic Reducer show. The Allentown band’s new album Hope for Men comes out today.
  • Some fans of Wilco are none too thrilled that the band has signed on for a new Volkswagen campaign and have said so on the typically pro-Wilco forum Via Chicago. Blogger Danny Miller (Jew Eat Yet?) has stepped up to defend his brother-in-law, Jeff Tweedy, and the rest of the band against selling out. In his column he asks, “despite his refusal to compromise his art, why wouldn’t Jeff want his music to reach the widest possible audience?” And then referring to a sentiment expressed on the board regarding VW’s past connection to the Third Reich, Miller presents this picture of Tweedy with an infamous mustache. Check out the whole post, which is equally hilarious and informative. For their own part, Wilco released a statement on wilcoword explaining that this was just another way to get their music out there, adding “And we feel okay about VWs. Several of us even drive them.” Props to Each Note Secure for pointing out this commercial, which uses a bonus tracks from Sky Blue Sky called “The Thanks I Get”:
  • If Wilco is selling out, then Arcade Fire is stealing! On his aptly named blog, Arcade Fire Stole My Basketball, Chris H. recounts how Win Butler swiped his ball at the Cal Berkeley gym on Saturday after an alleged dispute. Butler, he claims, grew agitated after Chris asked him to make way for a pick-up game and later snuck out of the gym with the ball. Butler himself has decided engage in this “Internet libel war,” as he calls it, with his own blog, the even more aptly named Arcade Fire Didn’t Steal Dude’s Basketball, and charges that Chris H. smelled of whiskey and has a tattoo of Puff the Magic Dragon in a secret place. And it gets worse! If you’re sitting at work with nothing to do, you could do worse than check out the exchange.
  • Have any music news or great music to share? Email And when you pledge your support, don’t forget to tell ‘em that the KEXP Blog sent ya!

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