Wednesday Music News

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  • John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats is on a creative streak. His second novel Universal Harvester just placed on the New York Times Bestseller List, and now we have news about a new album, the fantastically-titled Goths, out May 19th via Merge. The band will be talking more about the album at 1:00 PM PT/4:00 PM ET on Facebook Live, but right now we’ve got a track listing which features song titles such as “We Do It Different on the West Coast,” “For the West Coast Dark Ambient Bedroom Warriors,” and “Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds,” an ode to the Sisters Of Mercy frontman, which you can stream below. The album also sees the band growing into a quartet with the addition of Matt Douglas on woodwinds, was recorded by Modest Mouse and Swans producer Brandon Eggleston, and features features members of the Nashville Symphony Chorus. [ Spin ]


  • Oxford, Mississippi record store The End of All Music is releasing a 12-inch EP to benefit The Southern Poverty Law Center. Participating artists include Patterson Hood of the Drive-by Truckers, William Tyler, Adam Torres, and Bonnie “Prince” Billy, whose contribution you can stream below. Via a press release, they explain, “All profits from the sale of this record will go directly to the Southern Poverty Law Center and the donation period for this project will remain open until the record sells out. The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry, and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education and other forms of advocacy, they work toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.” This limited edition EP will have 1,000 copies pressed, with the first 500 copies on colored vinyl. Get yours starting May 5th via The End Of All Music website or at the brick and mortar store in Oxford. [ Under the Radar ]

  • When it rains, it pours: yesterday, reunited shoegazers Ride released their first new song in twenty years, and today, we get another one! Stream the single “Home Is a Feeling” below, which invokes a bit more of the band’s dreamier side than yesterday’s release “Charm Assault.” Both tracks will appear on a new Ride LP coming out this summer on Wichita Recordings. [ Pitchfork ]

  • Ted Leo is planning his triumphant return, but he needs your help. He’s turned to Kickstarter to help fund his long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s The Brutalist Bricks. Via Twitter, he elaborates “I need help to complete the project and set the stage for being able to get more stuff out in a more timely fashion, or on the fly, as needs may be. And so, I’m taking the plunge and just going directly to all of you.” Some of that “stuff” includes touring, future albums, and even a possible release of a live album he recorded for the 10th anniversary of the album Shake the Sheets recorded three years ago at Washington, DC’s Black Cat. Check out his Kickstarter page here, and check out some of the perks like a personalized song, private concert, or enjoying a vegan meal together. [ Consequence of Sound ]

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KEXP Suggests: A Benefit for the ACLU at The Crocodile 2/26

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This Sunday, February 26th, not only can you hear new music from beloved local band Pickwick, but it will be for a great cause! Over at The Crocodile, Galen Disston and crew will perform tracks from their highly-anticipated upcoming LP LoveJoys. And, also on this impressive bill are Beat Connection, Telekinesis, Erik Blood (who produced the new Pickwick LP), SassyBlack, Porter Ray, Grand Hallway, and Jason Dodson of The Maldives.

All the proceeds will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, a nonprofit, nonpartisan, legal and advocacy organization devoted to protecting the rights of everyone in America. A great bill and a great cause — what more could you ask for? Tickets are available online here for this 21+ show. Get ready for the show with a Video Roundup below:


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Song of the Day: The Olympians – Sirens of Jupiter

Toby Pazner // photo by AlanLawrence

Toby Pazner // photo by Alan Lawrence

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Sirens of Jupiter” by The Olympians, from their upcoming 2016 self-titled album on Daptone Records.

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Tuesday Music News

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  • Midday Show faves Spoon have shared another new track from their forthcoming full-length Hot Thoughts. Check out the track “Can I Sit Next to You” below, via a creepy video directed by Marcel Dzama. And for more creepiness, the song might conjure up some deja vu as they apparently launched a subliminal campaign a few months ago, playing the then-unnamed track as boarding music on American Airlines flights. Hot Thoughts is out March 17th via Matador. [ Pitchfork ]


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Song of the Day: Diet Cig – Tummy Ache

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Tummy Ache” by Diet Cig, from their upcoming 2017 album, Swear I’m Good At This, due April 7th on Frenchkiss Records. Read More »

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In Stores Now 2/20

Highlights this week include the latest from Swedish singer/songwriter Jens Lekman. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls Lekman’s fourth LP, “a smartly crafted set of buoyant orchestral dance-pop inflected with disco, calypso, samba and other styles, combining bouncy dance beats and a variety of instrumentation with his nasal crooning, sunny melodies and finely chiseled, often-wry lyrics.” Strand Of Oaks share their latest: “the fifth album from this Philly-based project led by Tim Showalter is a diverse, well-crafted set ranging from anthemic rockers to desolate ballads, with emotive lyrics revolving around the tension between cutting loose and taking responsibility.” Americana legends Son Volt return this week; the “latest album by Jay Farrar & co. is a diverse, well-crafted set ranging from raw, stomping blues-rock to wistfu country-rock and ghostly, atmospheric ballads.”

Vancouver, BC trio The Courtneys release their sophomore LP, the first from a non-New Zealand act to be released by the legendary Flying Nun Records. Yates notes, “they fit right in with this strong set of ’90s-steeped power-pop with fuzzy guitars, driving rhythms, soaring vocals and buoyant pop hooks.” On her debut album, LA-bred, Austin-based artist Molly Burch releases a “beautifully crafted set of atmospheric dream-pop steeped in classic torch-pop, ’60s girl-groups, doo wop and other vintage styles, featuring a spacious, haunting sound with gently shimmering guitars, atmospheric keyboards and unhurried rhythms accompanying her smoky vocals, wistful melodies and melancholy lyrics of lost love.” And Ryan Adams releases his 16th studio album, “a breakup record inspired by his recent divorce. It’s a well-crafted set with a polished and cavernous though somewhat subdued sound indebted to mainstream ’80s rock, combining ringing guitars and atmospheric keyboards with his yearning vocals and often-poignant lyrics of lost love.”

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TV Eye: Week of 2/20

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Kendrick Lamar // photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

KEXP has our TV eye set for this week in late night television. Set your DVR, TiVo, or just drink some coffee to stay awake for these musical guest performances on your favorite talk shows. Here are the highlights:

Monday, February 20th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Stevie Wonder (R)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Alison Krauss
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Old 97s
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Pharrell Williams (R)

Tuesday, February 21st:
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Cee-Lo Green (R)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Future

Wednesday, February 22nd:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: The Lemon Twigs
Conan: The Head and the Heart (R)

Thursday, February 23rd:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Lupe Fiasco
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Ryan Adams
Last Call with Carson Daly: Moving Units
Conan: clipping. (R)

Friday, February 24th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Chronixx
Last Call with Carson Daly: Foals (R)

Saturday, February 25th:
Austin City Limits: Kendrick Lamar

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Monday Music News

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photo by Benjamin Franzen for The New York Times

  • On Saturday, February 18th, musician Clyde Stubblefield passed away from kidney failure in his Madison, Wisconsin home. He was 73 years old. Stubblefield rose to prominence as the percussionist for the James Brown Band during the ’60s and ’70s. His improvised backbeat in the song “Funky Drummer” became one of the most sampled drumbeats in music history. Last year, KEXP payed tribute to Stubblefield with Funky Drummer Day; read coverage from the event on the KEXP Blog here. [ Spin ]


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Hail to the Chief: KEXP’s Presidents Day Video Roundup

It’s Presidents’ Day, a day originally designated to honor the birthday of George Washington (born on February 22, 1732), but then in the ’50s, a committee lobbied to make the day for all presidents, and in 1971, they shifted the day to the third Monday of February. All you really need to know is, parking is free on the streets today.

To celebrate the occasion, KEXP is honoring Black History Month with an entire day of music from black artists. Beginning at 6 AM on the Morning Show, Morgan will be joined by Prisilla Ray (Trick Candles, Cute Lepers, Purple Mane Prince cover band), Riz on the Midday Show, Troy will be joined by Tilson (Tilson XOXO, The Saturday Knights) in the Afternoon, Chilly will highlight afro-Latin artists on El Sonido, and Stas THEE Boss will cap off the day from 9 PM to 1 AM.

But what about the 45 mostly-white men who have ruled over the Oval Office? Presidents have been inspiring songs throughout history, and leaving them out seemed almost darn right un-American. KEXP salutes them here with a Video Roundup featuring a couple of They Might Be Giants songs, and a few surprises, too.


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Song of the Day: Lady Wray – Do It Again

photo by Aviva Klein

photo by Aviva Klein

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unrealeased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Do It Again” by Lady Wray, from her 2016 album, Queen Alone, via Big Crown Records.

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