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 bonus selection,”Bop Hard,” by Shabazz Palaces, recorded live at KEXP last year, is currently being offered on a 2012 Record Store Day exclusive 12″ through Sub Pop.
Otherworldly but of the moment, Seattle’s Shabazz Palaces are blowing minds everywhere with their Sub Pop debut, Black Up. Together, Ishmael Butler, a.k.a. Palaceer Lazaro, and Tendai “Baba” Maraire reach beyond the known limits of conventional hip-hop, from the past through the future, in a way that’s likely to redefine your entire understanding and appreciation of music itself, if not the known universe! We at KEXP have been fortunate to host Shabazz Palaces live on several occasions and their performances are always equally earth-shattering, so it’s only fitting for KEXP’s first venture into a Record Store Day exclusive, offered in partnership with and through Sub Pop, we present a live session with Shabazz Palaces recorded in our studio. On April 21, Record Store Day, you will be able to pick up one of these exclusives, with remixed audio and pressed on beautiful 12″ purple vinyl. Copies are limited to just 2,000, so be sure to get yours quick! For now, Bop Hard.