Song of the Day: Les Savy Fav – The Year Before the Year 2000

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Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is The Year Before the Year 2000 by Les Savy Fav from the 2007 album Let’s Stay Friends on Frenchkiss.

Les Savy Fav – The Year Before the Year 2000 (MP3)

After six years without any new material and a break-up scare with 2004’s singles compilation Inches, Les Savy Fav is back to prove they never left. A trip to their website reveals the motto Missing out on cashing in for over a decade. That motto signifies the band’s much overlooked and even less exploited tutelage of the indie genre. Let’s Stay Friends is a subtle reminder that school is back in session. For the new record, LSF brought in every member of the band Enon, Emily Haines (Metric), Joe Plummer(Black Heart Procession), and many others, to create a sound every bit as punchy as their previous output with a few more hooks thrown in. Perhaps more exciting is the tour to accompany the record. LSF is a band known for their explosive live show and eccentric frontman Tim Harrington. How the band stays focused while he’s changing clothes on stage is a mystery to me. For some of the most undeniable and aggressive indie-punk, check out LSF 11/30 at Neumos. Hear some samples on their MySpace page or stream the entire album here. And perhaps this video from a recent NYC performance will entice you to attend the upcoming show:

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