KEXP Music That Matters podcast, Vol. 71 – Animals and Festivals

DJ Shannon emceeing at the Triple Door
photo by Gregory A. Perez

I’m all about festivals. All my vacations revolve around festivals. This year I went to 4: SXSW (Austin), The Great Escape (Brighton, UK), Monolith (Red Rocks in Colorado) and CMJ (NY). And I especially love KEXP Live Remote Broadcasts.

This podcast highlights bands from those festivals and cool animal bands. Also a few stand-out tracks from bands I couldn’t slot into either category.

Here’s the track list:

Music That Matters podcast, Vol. 71 – Animals and Festivals
1. The Shout Out Louds – Impossible
2. Yeasayer – Waiting for Summer (Live @ KEXP)
3. Caribou – Sandy
4. Band of Horses – Ode to the LRC (Live @ KEXP)
5. MGMT – Time to Pretend
6. Youth Movies – Honey Slides
7. Yacht – So Post All ‘Em
8. Mobius Band – Hallie
9. Harlem Shakes – Sickos (Live @ KEXP)
10. White Rabbits – The Plot
11. Frightened Rabbit – Be Less Rude
12. Via Audio – Enunciation
13. The Record Low – These Girls
14. Les Savy Fav – The Equestrian


My previous Music That Matters podcasts (find them here) featured primarily British bands. I’m the self-proclaimed BritPop expert at KEXP. But currently my new saying is “Brooklyn is the new England” so this podcast is jam-packed with Brooklyn bands. I branched out without realizing it.

I will forever love my long-time faves, Band of Horses. I saw them 3 times. plus I interviewed them for KEXP’s blog. I’ve included a live version of “Ode to the LRC” to share with you. They’re back in town next week. Can’t wait.

Greatest discovery for me was Yeasayer. Check out their amazing live version of “Wait for Summer” from KEXP’s CMJ broadcast. When I interviewed them, lead singer Chris said “I want to be that one-hit wonder. I want to have my “Macarena.” I predict at least 3 hits from what I’ve heard. They’re playing our Yule Benefit on December 8th.

Missed MGMT‘s CMJ’s appearances but plan on seeing them soon. So catchy. So fun. Wish the daytime show’s could play this track. One swear word and we’re f’d.

Monolith Festival at Red Rocks back in September:

  • Via Audio amazed me with one of the best tracks of the year (especially live) “Enunciation”
  • White Rabbits
  • Yacht: one-man band from Portland
  • Mobius Band: Editors are huge fans

Best Animal Band Performance:
Scottish band Frightened Rabbit performed live on my overnight radio show, primetime in the UK and all throughout Europe. They played a stripped-down, acoustic set after opening for Pinback earlier in the evening. They were my first-ever in-studio guests and so in awe they were my first.

Category: You’ll Love ‘Em
The Shout Out Louds are the “Swedish Cure.” I’m all about renaming everything lately. Their album is on my top 10 of 2007. The song “Impossible” is on repeat. I get so excited playing it for other people that I turn it up and won’t talk during the entire 6:47.

Just in the past week I’ve turned friends onto Chicago band, The Record Low. The song “These Girls” is currently jockeying for the most repetitive song position. I’ve even played it for Riz when I gave him a ride home last week. Listen to this song. Often. I repeat. Often. Non-stop even better. The album is self-released.

Although the lone British band is Youthmovies, there is an American spin. Yank Adam Gnade sings (basically talks) on all the songs on a recent EP. After touring with Youthmovies on a 2-week UK tour, they released the EP with songs written during that time.

Special note from our sponsor – ME!
I really wanted to include Foals but didn’t get approval in time. They’re the best new band out there and they’re British. Too good to be true. I feel incomplete without them but I’m almost over it. Only
saw them 3 times at CMJ. Life is rough. ;)

For major praise and minor criticisms, please email me at

For the love of music. Xx Shannon

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  1. Ben Swingline
    Posted November 24, 2007 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    My Fave animal band name… Bi-Polar Bear

  2. DJ Shannon
    Posted November 26, 2007 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    CORRECTION: We now have a Clean Version of “Time to Pretend” by MGMT. Sweet!

  3. namerequired
    Posted February 19, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    love the adam gnade and youthmovies collaboration. miiint, he has a new record coming out. i’m pretty excited. i guess the “format” is supposed to be a big secret. who knows

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