Today in (Northwest) Music: Live for the Pledge Drive

Justin Harris of Menomena
Menomena performing live at KEXP, June 1
photo by Laura Musselman

The light is at the end of the tunnel: KEXP listeners have been pulling through during our Summer Pledge Drive and we’re still on target to reach our goal tomorrow, but only if we get a really big push! We still have 38% left to go!

One of the many reasons to pledge to KEXP is help fund our regular support of Northwest music. Not only will you hear local bands broadcast regularly throughout the day on KEXP, but we also strive to bring them into our studio. Last Friday, Portland band Menomena performed a fantastic set, which you can go back and listen to on our Streaming Archive. Check out the slideshow of the performance on Flickr.

While we do invite many local bands to perform in-studio during the day, by far you will find more great local bands on Audioasis, our specialty show devoted exclusively to local music. Every Saturday, from 6 pm to 9 pm, you can hear the sounds of the Northwest with hosts John Richards, Abe Beeson, Lisa Wood, and Hannah Levin. And each week, Audioasis strives to bring you live music from those bands. Here’s the upcoming lineup for the next six weeks of Audioasis:

June 9: Megasapien & The Femurs June 16: Speaker Speaker & Lake of Falcons June 23: Dept. of Energy & At the Spine June 30: With Friends Like These & Lake July 14: Friday Mile & The Snakebites JJuly 21: Bad Dream Good Breakfast & Brent Amaker and the RodeoYou can find out more about who’s coming to KEXP on our in-studio calendar. You can also help us keep those great bands coming with your support!

noisefortheneedy.jpgKEXP also needs your support to help us sponsor worthwhile causes in our area like Noise for the Needy, a benefit for Rise n’ Shine. Tonight, you can check out Cansei de ser Sexy (CSS) with guests at Neumos, Cancer Rising and guests at The Sunset, and The Cops and guests at The Comet. Check out the schedule for the rest of the week here.

And in case you’re dragging your feet on whether or not to check out the young Brazilian band CSS tonight (as if the good feeling you’ll get from supporting a great cause like Noise for the Needy isn’t enough!), then check out this new video for their song “Alcohol”:

Okay, here’s what’s going on in local news:

  • What good’s a YACHT without The Blow? Plenty good, thinks Jona Bechtolt, the male half of the Portland duo, who has decided to, well, blow. It’s likely that Bechtolt’s success touring his solo project YACHT with LCD Soundsystem has led him to split the pair, but it’s also likely that Bechtolt will continue to work with the female half of The Blow, Khaela Maricich, as he has already created a series of remixes under the YACHT name, like this one of The Blow’s “Hock It.”
  • The Blow – Hock It [We Two Remix] (MP3)

  • Although they’re no longer local, Band of Horses still has deep roots in Seattle, where founding member Mat Brooke stayed to form another great band Grand Archives, while Ben Bridwell and co. have moved cross-country to South Carolina. According to Pitchfork, Band of Horses will hit the West Coast again for a short tour and will appear at The Showbox on July 2.
  • More bands have been announced for the 2007 Bumbershoot lineup. Among the newly added artists are Kings of Leon, Andrew Bird, The Frames, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Joss Stone, Ian Ball (of Gomez), The Greyboy Allstars, Art Brut, Seaweed, and The Watson Twins. You can find the full lineup so far here.
  • Minus the Bear is prepping a new album to be released on August 21 on Suicide Squeeze. Stereogum is currently hosting this new song from the forthcoming Planet of Ice:
  • Minus The Bear – Throwin’ Shapes (MP3)

  • Sound on the Sound has posted a series of excellent photographs from last weekend’s Georgetown Music Festival of Iceage Cobra, The Hands, Dept of Energy, The Sea Navy and The Trucks.
  • The Stranger’s blog LineOut, fellow fans of American Idol finalist Blake Lewis (who also made an appearance during our Audioasis @ High Dive benefit show last weekend), posted a good video of Blake performing with Ra Scion of Common Market. And they also posted this great video of Common Market‘s “Back Home” from their new album Bayani:
  • Ok, it’s time to get back to the Pledge Drive. If you have any news to share, email me at

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