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The Shackeltons
The Shackeltons return to Seattle for Bumbershoot
photo by Hilary Harris

  • More acts have just been announced for the 38th annual Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. Added to the three-day Seattle event on Labor Day Weekend are some very recognizable names to KEXP listeners: Minus the Bear, Battles, Sondre Lerche, The Whigs, Thao with The Get Down Stay Down, Langhorne Slim, These Arms Are Snakes, The Blakes, Mark Pickerel & His Praying Hands, Throw Me The Statue, Howlin Rain, The Shackeltons, Star Anna, West Indian Girl, Ravens & Chimes, The Hands, Joshua Morrison, and a whole bunch more, including Monotonix — oh, Bumbershoot, I hope your liability insurance is up to date!

    If you purchase tickets now, you can take advantage of the Bumbershoot Insider Deal, which for a limited time, you pay only $25 for day specific tickets — that’s 38% off of the full price! The deal starts today and ends when tickets run out. Purchase tickets here and use promo code 08-KEXP.

    Complete festival details can be found at

  • Next Tuesday, Radiohead: The Best Of comes out in the U.S. on the band’s former label, Capitol/EMI. Yes, this would be the collection the band wasn’t involved in assembling; in fact, Yorke and Co. are taking great pains to disavow the release and to discourage loyal fans from even buying it. Not to cross ‘em or anything… but for the curious, here’s the tracklisting. (Quadruple vinyl? Yow.)
  • Sigur Ros‘ newest, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, comes out stateside on June 24th. Next Monday, since you’ll have some free cash by observing the Thom Edict and not buying the Radiohead best-of, pop on over to the Sigur Ros website to preorder an uber-lavish limited edition of this CD. It’ll get you a “making-of” book as well as a bonus DVD. All pre-orders get linked to a digital version of the album prior to the street date as well … so no excuses for downloading, kids! The band is offering new track “Gobbledigook” as a free download in advance of the release.
  • Slick Rick fans of the world, unite and take over! He got a pardon from the Governer of New York. So he shot some people… we all lose our temper at times, right?
  • Dan Deacon, championed endlessly here in the KEXP Blogroom by our boss Jim, is the subject of a nice long interview about his upcoming Carpark release over at Pitchfork. Probing questions include the potentially inflammatory “What is your relationship with the word ‘wacky’?”. Aaah, Pitchfork: the 60 Minutes of Indie Rock!
  • You can love KISS guitarist Ace Frehley ironically, or you can love him sincerely and without regard for social stigma. Either way, many people love Ace Frehley, and that’s why this is pretty cool. Would Bright Eyes do this? I think not.
  • Smashing Pumpkins will be touring to celebrate their 20 year anniversary, according to the band’s website. The band has let it be known that there will be “special guests” appearing at many of the shows. Possibly some of the original band members, given the occasion? Nah, probably just Courtney Love.
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