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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 Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is
Crash into the Sun by Jim White from the 2008 album Transnormal Skiperoo on Luaka Bop.
On his way to becoming an accomplished musician, Jim White did everything from modeling to filmmaking, from surfing to driving a cab. Transnormal Skiperoo, his fourth studio album, shows that White has a similar approach to music as he does to life — bouncing between musical styles and approaches, never stopping until he’s content. Reaching contentment may have come a little easier this time around with production from Michael Deming and Pernice Brothers‘ Joe Pernice and appearances by Tucker Martine and Laura Veirs along with a host of others. Fans of White’s past work will be wowed by
Pieces of Heaven and
Jailbird while newcomers won’t be able to resist the blues, found sounds and turntable additions woven so brilliantly throughout the record. Growing up in Pensacola, FL, and now calling rural Georgia his home, White has always been a great conduit for southern culture, but for all he’s done musically and otherwise, he has never articulated his experiences so well as now. During his recent U.S. tour, Jim White stopped by KEXP for an in-studio session, which you can download as one of our Live Performances podcasts. Fans in the UK, where the album was initially released late last year, can catch him when he heads your way in late July. Meanwhile, this one’s for everybody: a clip from 2003’s Searching For the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, a film named after an earlier album of White’s and featuring the man himself: