Today in Music: Wait for It!

Today’s Pledge Drive photos by Gregory A. Perez

The Summer Pledge Drive is nearly over! I woke up this morning to see that the drive was 75% done, and by 10:30 we were up to 87%. And now we’re up to 90%. We’re just about there! Thanks to all of you who have pledged your support.

The Hood-to-Hood Challenge is likely to go to Ballard once again (I’d like to think that my pitch on the KEXP Blog helped, but I’d probably be wrong). Capitol Hill could still take us out, but it would take a big push. Whatchoo waitin’ for, Cap Hill hipsters? Bring it!

Once we’ve made our goal, we’ll all be able to go on with our lives and KEXP will be able to bring you quality programming, unparalleled online streaming (who else is doing an uncompressed stream?), free podcasting, and many other wonderful events. There’s still time to pitch in and make it happen.

So on a Friday, you should be getting ready for your weekend. Check out Three Imaginary Girls recommendations, including Noise for the Needy which ends with Okkervil River!

There’s also a lot more to look forward to in the near future:

  • You could soon be seeing Jack White-related rarities from Detroit label Italy Records, who first signed The White Stripes. Back in 1992, fellow Motor City rockers The Hentchmen recorded a nine song album, Hentch-Forth, with Jack White on bass and backing vocals. Now remastered and with five additional tracks, the newly retitled Hentch-Forth.Five will re-released to coincide with Icky Thump. Here’s a non-Jack White track from 2004′ Form Follows Function:
  • The Hentchmen – Love (MP3)

  • If you don’t want to wait to see if your local record store gets any more copies of the current NME, which includes a red 7-inch of The White Stripes‘ “Rag and Bone” from the forthcoming album, you can still pick one up online ($4 plus another $4.70 in shipping to the U.S.). The Modern Age has some cool pics of the album’s pressing.
  • Something worth waiting for is a new album from Spiritualized. The Tripwire reports that Jason Pierce has revived Spiritualized for a quick dose of “Acoustic Mainline” shows in Europe, which he will follow up with a new release by the end of the year. Pure bliss!
  • Animal Collective has already lined up its 2007 tour, beginning in London in July and eventually winding their way through the U.S., but Seattle fans will have to wait until September for the collective to arrive — just in time for their new album Strawberry Jam to hit the shelves. Gorilla vs. Bear has the track list and hosts this live version of a new song:
  • Animal Collective – Peacebone [live] (MP3)

  • If you’ve been eagerly waiting for M.I.A.‘s release Kala (due August 20), and you’ve already dug “Bird Flu“, you’ll be happy to know that the first official single “Boyz” will be released next Tuesday. And if you can’t wait for that, Fader is streaming this radio rip of the song, which aired on the BBC:
  • M.I.A. – Boyz

  • Okay, and while we get back to the final throes of the Summer Pledge Drive, I’ll leave you with a couple new videos. The first is for the Polyphonic Spree, whose Fragile Army comes out June 19. This video for “Running Away” is compiled of over 70,000 individual photos:
  • Finally, here’s the new single by Toyko Police Club, premiered on Pitchfork:
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