- At first it was hushed whispers among music industry insiders and State Park Rangers. Soon those whispers turned to rampant rumors, but finally -- a confirmation! The 2008 Sasquatch Music Festival will be certified carbon neutral! Carbon Dioxide is a greenhouse gas (shudder) and is one of the major causes of global warming and climate change. You think we’re making a big deal out of this now -- but we’re no bandwagon jumpers, pal. Listeners know that KEXP’s efforts to combat global warming have been ongoing, and continue to be an issue we take seriously. Tickets for the Sasquatch Memorial Day Weekend musicfest go on sale March 8th, and you can celebrate an event that, despite being named after Bigfoot, leaves no carbon footprint. The lineup seems to be confirmed as well. Here come the names, looks like you’ll recognize a few: R.E.M., The Cure, The Flaming Lips UFO Show, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse, M.I.A., Flight Of The Conchords (OMG! OMG!), Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Breeders, Built To Spill, Tegan & Sara, Ghostland Observatory, Ozomatli, New Pornographers, The Blue Scholars, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Thao Nguyen with the Get Down Stay Down... uh, let’s stop there because it goes on and on. The full lineup is available at the festival’s official site! Start shopping for a new tent to camp out in, and prepare to get your sustainable freak on!
- Speaking of Thao Nguyen, check out the “My First Time” feature over at You Ain’t No Picasso, including a segment featuring Thao. Other performers who’ve submitted to the “your musical firsts” line of questioning include KEXP favorites Holy Fuck and Caribou, but somehow Thao’s is the most endearing. What was the first record that changed her life? “Sarah McLachlan’s Fumbling Towards Ecstasy,” says Nguyen. “Fantastic album... I stand by it still. Did I just lose any indie cred I had?”
- YANP also offers up a musical rarity you won’t want to miss grabbing: The Flaming Lips (Sasqatchers! We’ve got a theme going, apparently) covering a John Lennon song. “Nobody Told Me” is from John and Yoko’s 1984 Milk and Honey album, and it’s an easy guess why the Lips chose this one to cover -- the lyrics reference UFOs.
The Flaming Lips - Nobody Told Me (MP3)
- Gruff Rhys of the Super Furry Animals making a cameo appearance in a Brazilian Zombie Rock Opera? Sounds good to us! Thanks to Paste for the tip that the entire soundtrack to Zombieoper (two CDs worth) can be downloaded for free right from the creators’ official site. If you want to save bandwith and head straight for the track featuring Honorary Zombie Rhys, visit the Zombieoper MySpace page and crank up the selection “Anghenfil Y Nos.”
- It’s feast or famine for Mark Lanegan fans, and right now it’s pretty much feast. Just as the Gutter Twins -- his musical partnership with Greg Dulli -- are releasing their new Saturnalia CD comes the news that Lanegan has renewed his collaboration with Isobel Campbell as well. Sunday at Devil Dirt will continue what they started with 2006′s Ballad of the Seven Seas, and it’ll hit U.K. shops in May. Don’t forget to tune in to KEXP on Tuesday, March 4th at 1:00 PM PST, when the Gutter Twins themselves will be performing live in-studio with host Cheryl Waters!
The Gutter Twins - Front Street (live)
- A shout-out to KEXP’s many listeners in the Twin Cities (or listeners who get deep airfare discounts and just love this band!): Cloud Cult will be filming a video this Sunday, March 2, and are looking for as many extras as possible. The requirements? Eerily similar to many Presidential cabinet job descriptions: “No experience necessary, so long as you can stand and look expressionless, and jump on command.” Yes, that is a quote, and you can see for yourself over at More Cowbell. Hey, speaking of Minneapolis/St.Paul... we’ve got a KEXP pledge drive in full swing right now! How y’all doin’ in the City to City Challenge?
- So it’s your first time in the Big Apple, you nutty French pop sensations -- how many New York style pizza slices do you order for lunch? One? Two? Do toppings enter into it? The Teenagers have been researching this, according to Prefix. Allow them to present their findings to you via a video interview. (It’s all rather informal -- apparently the Powerpoint presentation didn’t arrive in time for the taping.) While checking out their MySpace page, I couldn’t help but notice that in the “influences” section, right after Red Bull, is Ham Rollz. Obscure Parisian punk band, or tea time snack? It all adds to the band’s mysterious allure.
- One of the greatest bands ever to be spawned by the City That Never Sleeps is, of course, the Velvet Underground. And the big news for VU fans is the discovery of a never before heard song by the band, titled “I’m Not a Young Man Anymore”. It comes from a five song recording that purports to be the only (read: only) VU live recording from 1967 ever to surface. You can shake Velvet booty (and download Velvets booty -- not only this new song, but also included is the first ever live performance of “Sister Ray”) over at Dead Flowers.
The Velvet Undergroud - Sunday Morning