Thursday News Threads

Jay Reatard

  • We at KEXP are sad to inform you of two recent deaths. Indie rock songwriter Jay Reatard passed away yesterday morning at the age of only twenty-nine. His most recent release was critically acclaimed and is frequently played here at the station. R.I.P.

  • Teddy Pendergrass, one of the most popular R&B singers of our time, died yesterday at age 59 after a long bout with colon cancer. He got his start with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes in 1970 and had a successful solo career throughout the 70s before becoming wheelchair-bound in ’82. R.I.P.
  • Local indie pop band leader John Roderick, of The Long Winters, and Kathleen Edwards recorded an exclusive track for the GIVE compilation and made a corresponding video, which you can check out below. If it gets your tastebuds salivating [as it should], make sure to check out JRod opening for Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar later this month at the Showbox.

  • Country legend Johnny Cash apparently recorded enough covers in his Rick Rubin American sessions for the label to release another posthumous album. American VI: Ain’t No Grave, the final volume in the series, will be released February 26th, on what would have been Cash’s 78th birthday. It includes covers of songs by Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Paxton, and a bunch more, as well as an unreleased original song.
  • Local band These Arms Are Snakes is following close in the footsteps of Schoolyard Heroes and Kane Hodder as now defunct El Corazon-type bands. According to their most recent MySpace blog, they’re through.
  • Joanna Newsom will finally be releasing the long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s Ys. It’s called Have One on Me and it’s out February 23rd on Drag City here in the states.
  • This is old news for a fan like me, but since it’s news to Pitchfork readers and relevant to music KEXP plays, I suppose I should post it here. Okkervil River and Roky Erickson are readying a new record called True Love Cast Out All Evil, out April 20 on Anti-. Brilliant psych-rock legend and literate indie rock backing band? Woo!
  • Speaking of Austin-ites[?], longtime KEXP favorites, Spoon, will be setting off on tour with Deerhunter next month. They’ll be coming through Seattle with Micachu and the Shapes, too, playing the Moore on the ninth and tenth of April. Check out Spoon’s new album streaming fully over at NPR and/or buy it Saturday!
  • Yoko Ono has recruited Eric Clapton, Paul Simon and his son Harper Simon, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, Bette Midler, Martha Wainwright, Mark Ronson, Sean Lennon, the Scissor Sisters, Justin Bond and more artists for the first Plastic Ono Band show in 40 years: a special concert on February 16th at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.
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