photo by Nicholas Lorden
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. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is
New Violence by White Williams from the 2007 album Smoke on Tigerbeat6.
After growing up with a steady diet of noise-rock and then making music with Greg Gillis (Girl Talk), Cleveland’s 23 year-old Joe Williams, aka White Williams, decided to make pop music. His debut, Smoke, touches on the best parts of ’80s synth-pop with slabs of ’70s glam-rock to boot. Williams has received numerous Beck comparisons, exemplifying hooks that fall somewhere between laid-back Mutations and party-starter Midnight Vultures. Besides the complimentary comparisons, this young prodigy had the pleasure of opening up for the Dan Deacon/Girl Talk tour that recently came to a close. Sadly, that tour dodged Seattle, but Williams returns 1/24 to play Chop Suey along with Health. Spend the next month pre-partying with Williams’ recent Daytrotter session and performance on Public Radio International. Otherwise, don’t forget his MySpace page for tour dates beginning January 1st in Maine.
Here’s White Williams performing “Route to Palm” from the new album at NYC’s Other Music just the other day: