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 “Up To Our Nex” by Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 from his 2009 album Goodnight Oslo on Yep Roc.
Robyn Hitchcock could be described as prolific as an American institution like Bob Dylan. From his early years as the frontman for The Soft Boys to his numerous solo endeavors to roles in bands like The Egyptians to concert films by Jonathan Demme, Hitchcock has spent much of the last thirty years creating a catalog of music that rivals most musicians, living or dead. Known best for a tendency towards surrealist songs about English society and the everyday lives of those that live within it, the musician continues to be a relevant and important facet of music. On his newest release Goodnight Oslo, Hitchcock is once again backed by The Venus 3, a collection of well known rockers — Peter Buck on guitar, Scott McCaughey on bass, and Bill Rieflin on drums — who help to inject the psychedelic folk-rock Hitchcock has become known for with an energy that allows it to not only impress, but to continue to stay modern. “Up To Our Nex” is a fast paced acoustic romp that manages to harken back to an older time in British music, but with inject of soul horn blasts and Hitchcock’s beautiful voice, to spice up the at times tired tropes. Not that I’m worried, but here’s hoping Hitchcock’s 30 year old career continues for a long time.
Unfortunately, Seattleites just missed Robyn’s show at The Triple Door (unless you were there!), but the rest of the country can see The Venus 3 after they return from a micro tour of Australia. Check their MySpace page and The Museum of Robyn Hitchcock for the dates. For now, here’s they are playing “Up To Our Nex” live: