Thursday News Threads

New Faces

New Faces, as immortalized by KEXP contributing photographer Chona Kassinger

  • Seattle band New Faces has decided to split up “due to irreconcilable conflicts.” All of their upcoming shows have been canceled. Good luck to each of the members in their future musical endeavors!
  • ha! Remember when Jay Reatard’s band quit mid-tour? Well, I guess they’ve found a new home: with hip new it-band, Wavves. The following video shows former Reatard bassist Stephen Pope and former Reatard drummer Billy Hayes backing up Wavves frontman Nathan Williams.


  • What’s with all the NSFW videos lately? Sigur Ros did it, so did Girls, and The Flaming Lips. And now Yeasayer has a nudie interactive video promoting their website and “Ambling Alp” giveaway track.
  • In case you’ve been living under a rock, this will serve as your wakeup call that the GIVE compilation is now out. It features tracks from KEXP local favorites like The Cave Singers, Grand Archives, Champagne Champagne, The Maldives, Mad Rad, and The Moondoggies. Soon enough, additional exclusive tracks from The Long Winters, Ben Gibbard, David Bazan, Throw Me The Statue, The Dutchess and The Duke, and more will be released. It’ll be one of the best uses of your $7 for a long time.
  • The Magnetic Fields have announced their 2010 tour dates and, sure enough, there are two for us here in Seattle: Town Hall on February 23rd and 24th. Also, I guess, their new album features no electric instruments at all and is influenced by “late 1960s/early 70s orchestral and psychedelic folk.”
  • Matador has disclosed that awesome indie-folk group Shearwater will be releasing their sixth album on February 23rd in North America and the 15th elsewhere. It’s called The Golden Archipelago and I, for one, don’t doubt it’s golden-ness. There’s video and associated music over at the Matador blog.
  • Rogue Wave is also releasing a new album early next year. Permalight will be released March 3rd on Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records. Yeah, for real.
  • In the face of Facebook, social networking pioneer MySpace has made an effort to stay relevant by reportedly signing an agreement to acquire ad-supported on-demand music service imeem. Rumors abound as to whether or not MySpace will incorporate imeem or let it continue to run separately.
  • Acoustic indie supergroup Monsters of Folk just released a new music video for their song, “Say Please.” It’s real pretty and feaures the members as World War II soldiers and entertainers at a frontier town roller-skating rink. Check it out below.

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