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. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Julius” by Starfucker from their limited edition single available through Polyvinyl Records.
Portland quartet Starfucker hit the scene a couple of years ago with an arsenal of über-catchy songs that would make Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and Mussolini jealous of their ability to grip your psyche. It’s not just every time that that Target commercial (that features 2008’s “Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second”) comes on, because their music is also very likely to play in your head during quiet non-television-watching moments as well. Their highly infectious electro pop, super synthy melodies just make you feel like dancing, (which is likely why they continue to run that ad campaign). You can’t force it, but you also can’t deny it.
But not everything has been so smooth and wrinkle-free in their world. Their very un-FCC-friendly name (which was so delightfully hipster-ironic) no doubt attracted scores of DJs and fans alike to check them out but also earned them strong cautions against them. The band relented, and for a brief spell re-named themselves Pyramiddd (a fan suggestion) before reclaiming their not-so-DJ-friendly moniker.
Now they’re back with a new single and a new label but are still making music that makes you imagine is the love child of Of Montreal and LCD Soundsystem. Today’s song “Julius” was released last month as a limited edition 7” blue vinyl and is sure to entice the “gimme gimmie gimmes” in you if you haven’t already picked it up. You can still get it with some bells and whistles from their MySpace page. It will also be on the forthcoming full-length release slated to come out early next year.
Unfortunately, you just missed Starfucker live in Seattle by exactly a month, when they played Neumos with The Octopus Project. That tour is over, but no doubt they’ll be playing Seattle again soon enough. You can always stick close to them or look back on some ridiculous tour moments on their video blog. Here’s a clip from their stop in Seattle last month: