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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. Every Friday the Song of the Day podcast spotlights Northwest musicians. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Morning Show host John Richards is “No Ordinary Caveman” by Head Like A Kite from There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere on Mush.
Back in 2006, Head Like A Kite wowed industry professionals and fans alike with their debut, Random Portraits of the Home Movie, for which frontman Dave Einmo sampled audio from his family’s Super-8 home movies (which they also showed during their live show). Now he’s poised to release the 2nd full length, There Is Loud Laughter Everywhere, on L.A.-based electronic label Mush on August 26th. This time, Einmo recorded the melodies and then re-approached the music as a DJ might, cutting and looping his own tracks to come up with the final songs for the album. If that weren’t cool enough, the album features a wide variety of guests including Asya from Smoosh, The Long Winters, Radio 4, Barton Carroll of Crooked Fingers, and of course drummer Trent Moorman, who also joins Dave on stage for live performances. “No Ordinary Caveman” is one of those songs you hear in the background at a party that just might inspire you to go up to that person you’ve been making eyes at all night. The sexy drum beats and smooth vocals and melodies are a great addition to your new summer party mix. You can listen to the album in its entirety on the band’s website.
HLAK recently offered up a free CD release party at Neumos where Dave and Trent were joined on-stage by the Smoosh girls and others as they performed tracks from the album. You can catch them on July 18th at Chop Suey w/ No-Fi Soul Rebellion, Mon Marie (CD Release), and The Kindness Kind. They are also plotting an upcoming tour including stops in California. Check out their MySpace for more information. Also, check out the video for “No Ordinary Caveman,” co-directed by our own DJ Troy Nelson of Black Daisy: