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 Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is
The World Come On by The Dandy Warhols from the 2008 album Earth to The Dandy Warhols on Beat the World.
The Dandy Warhols formed in the early 90s with the intention of
making music to drink to. By most quantifiable standards, they’ve succeeded. The Warhols have been dominating the college radio charts for years. Earth to The Dandy Warhols continues the tradition and marks their first record on their own label, Beat the World, after having departed from Capitol. Having their own label has given them the license to do things like release the album digitally months before the physical release (8/19). They’ve also released a remix EP featuring reworkings of tracks from the new album by the likes of Jeremy Sherrer, Fathead and others. The new album proper shows some punchier percussion, leading to some dance-y tunes and a greater electro-pop influence overall. This is not to say the Velvet Underground-inspired psych rock or the influence of their early kinship with Brian Jonestown Massacre has fallen to the wayside. Earth to... is rather another chapter in The Warhols’ tightrope walk between commercialism and the underground, and, as always, it captures the best of both. Catch their electrifying live performance this Saturday at the 6th annual KEXP BBQ along with a handful of other great bands. Aside from the BBQ, fans foreign and domestic can catch the band on tour through the first week of November. Check their MySpace page for details, and enjoy this unofficial yet delightfully creepy video for
I Love You, which dates back to the band’s second album, ...The Dandy Warhols Come Down: