Wednesday Music News

photo by Anton Corbijn

photo by Anton Corbijn

  • Arcade Fire have been touring behind their latest album Everything Now, released earlier this summer. At some of those shows, including Lollapalooza, they’ve covered John Lennon’s 1973 song “Mind Games.” They’ve now done an official studio recording of the cover for the latest installment in the Spotify Singles series. The cover is relatively straightforward, with an added signature Arcade Fire anthemic touch. The band will play the Key Arena on Sunday, October 15 with Phantogram. [ Pitchfork ]

  • Local indie trio Dude York released their first LP for Hardly Art, Sincerely, back in February. Today they’ve shared the official video for lead single “Black Jack,” which was our Song of the Day in December. Directed by Carlos Lopez, who previously directed their video for “Tonight,” the clip focuses on guitarist/vocalist Peter Richards as his face is illuminated with a variety of vignettes. Watch Dude York’s KEXP live in-studio performance or catch them at Barboza this Friday, September 22 with LVL Up and Turtlenecked. [ Stereogum ]

  • British experimental electronic producer Bibio is already following up last year’s A Mineral Love with a new album called Phantom Brickworks due out in November. He’s just dropped the lead single, “Phantom Brickworks III (Edit),” a beautiful ambient instrumental track, along with some lovely nature visuals. Stephen Wilkinson, aka Bibio, said this about the album: “Phantom Brickworks is a collection of mostly improvised musical pieces, that for some years now, have provided me with a mental portal into places and times – some real, some imaginary, some a combination of both.” Phantom Brickworks is out November 3 via Warp. [ Under the Radar ]

  • Ezra Koenig revealed details on the fourth Vampire Weekend album to Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 show yesterday. With the working title Mitsubishi Macchiato, Koenig revealed that the album is 80% done and involves a whole “cast of characters” including Ariel Rechstaid and BloodPop.“It’s getting there. I feel like it’s close to being done. There’s not too many other ways I can say it,” he told Lowe. In the meantime, Koenig has a new anime Netflix series starring Jaden Smith and Jude Law premiering this Friday, called Neo Yokio. [ NME ]
  • New York indie-pop band The Pains of Being Pure At Heart just released their fourth album The Echo of Pleasure and today they unveiled the visuals for “So True,” directed by Nicola Saint-Marc. Frontman Kip Berman came up with the narrative of two Norwegian women who seem to be friends despite their contrasting styles but, come to find out, they’re actually the same person at different ages. Berman said of the video: “[…] it’s also ultimately from the perspective of how I am older, married with a daughter and incapable of chaining myself to an oil rig or passing out in the park because I have things I need to do and people to care for. I could never be ‘so true’ as all that.” KEXP is bringing The Pains of Being Pure At Heart to The Tractor Tavern this Saturday, September 23 with The Courtneys and The Prids. [ SPIN ]

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Project Pabst, Day 1: Iggy Pop, Father John Misty, Filthy Friends, FIDLAR, White Reaper, Pup, Lizzo, The Last Artful Dodgr

Iggy Pop // all photos by Matthew B. Thompson

The fourth annual Project Pabst descended upon the Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland over the last weekend of August. Since its inception, the festival has been set like a variety jukebox arrangement one would listen to over a few cold beers or, in this case, cold PBRs. Yet, the best quality about this festival is that none other possesses the intensity and energy Project Pabst is able to condense into a single weekend.

Day one set the pace with Portland’s The Last Artful, Dodgr opening with the first performance as the crowd rolled in just after noon. The format of Project Pabst and the success of it is that each band is scheduled with a five-minute break so concert attendees can trek back and forth with enough time to see every performer. White Reaper, originally a punk trio from Louisville and now a five-piece, tore into an electrifying set that pushed the momentum forward with the crowd.  Under the sweltering summer sun, the crowd (along with a trove of photographers) made their way back to the larger stage. Newly-formed supergroup Filthy Friends — fronted by Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) and Peter Buck (R.E.M.) — played next and did not disappoint. After initially starting out as a David Bowie cover band between friends, their evolution into a full-fledged rock group was more than apparent.

The Last Artful, Dodgr

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Eddie Bermuda


Eddie Bermuda is the alias of Eddie Sumlin, a DJ and producer originally from the Pacific Northwest, with strong roots in the Tacoma area, who currently calls Los Angeles his home base. Known for his smooth DJ sets that explore house, disco, soul, hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and anything fresh in-between, he co-hosts a monthly radio show called Mixed Fruit alongside Mia Carucci on London’s NTS Radio. He’s also putting in work on a forthcoming EP of all original music that’s due out early 2018. His exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World is a silky journey that touches upon a wide range of styles, yet it’s all held together by consistently lush and groovy vibes.

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Song of the Day: Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology

photo by Rebecca Lupton

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is the title track “Modern Kosmology” by Jane Weaver from the 2017 album Modern Kosmology out on Fire Records.

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: DoNormaal

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

Seattle emcee DoNormaal offers surprise after lyrical surprise in the tightly packed, staccato rhymes brimming on her latest LP, Third Daughter. The rapper, who burst on the Emerald City scene in November 2015 with the release of her beloved first full-length Jump Or Die has maintained status as one of Seattle’s most sought-after spitters. With her latest, DoNormaal’s star continues to rise. But for the oft-introverted rapper, what do these recent changes signal for her future? And how did this career first begin to take shape? To answer these questions, and others, we caught up with the rapper over Labor Day weekend to talk past, present, and hopeful future. Hear an exclusive live session from DoNormaal on Sunday, October 1st at 6:30 PM PT on Street Sounds on KEXP.

How did you discover hip-hop?

Growing up, music and pop culture were always a big part of my home culture. Our mom was into all that funky ’70s stuff, like Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5, the Commodores, and she loved The Beatles. My grandparents also love hymns and gospel music. And then my twin sister and I have three older siblings that range between 4- and 11-years-older than us so we were growing up with a lot of teenagers around. There was always that older kid influence. From a very young age, we were watching MTV and listening to what they were listening to. I grew up listening to everything from Brian McKnight to 2Pac, Prodigy, Destiny’s Child, Mase, Daft Punk, ABBA, Aaliyah, Charlotte Church to Wu Tang.

But there was one specific moment when I became really obsessed with hip-hop and that was when I was like 10. One of my older sisters used to sleep with the TV on all night tuned to MTV. Sometimes I’d wake up in the middle of the night and go in there if I couldn’t sleep. It was really comforting to me because the TV would be on and a fan would be going but she’d be knocked out, just snoring in the glow and the noise of it all. I went in there one night and the video for “On My Block” by Scarface was playing. It was very emotional and very hip-hop. He’s speaking about where he comes from and who he does it for and the video paints such a strikingly vivid and beautiful picture of that. I just started crying and crying. And there was a little star shining in the sky out of the window as it was slowly starting to get light outside and I just kept looking at the star. Read More »

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Tuesday Music News

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

  • Nashville’s Mackenzie Scott, known musically as Torres, is gearing up to release her first album for 4AD called Three Futures. So far, we’ve heard “Skim” and the title track, and today she’s shared “Helen In The Woods.” The single comes with a slightly creepy, deranged video directed by Ashley Connor with the spotlight on Scott. Three Futures is out September 29. Torres will be in Seattle on Tuesday, October 10 to play Neumos. [ SPIN ]
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KEXP Exclusive Interview: SOFI TUKKER

all photos by Morgen Schuler (view set)

If you’re wondering about the irresistibly funky house track behind the latest iPhone X ad, we’ve got you covered. KEXP recently spoke to Grammy-nominated, New York-based duo SOFI TUKKER, whose new song, “Best Friend,” soundtracks the new Apple ad out last week. Before their Saturday night set at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival earlier this month, producer Tucker Halpern and singer Sophie Hawley-Weld chatted about unexpected collaborations, freeing yourself from guilt to pursue your passions, and working with Grimes’ brother and collaborator, Mac Boucher, on a new music video for “Best Friend.”

Interview edited for length and clarity.

KEXP: Finding the right collaborator can be a tricky thing. You want to find someone who you share influences with, share something in common with –

Sophie Hawley-Weld: [laughs] Sorry, we have nothing in common. We share none of the same influences.

Tucker Halpern: Yeah, it’s funny because that’s what you would think would make a good collaborator, but I actually think our case disproves that a tiny bit because we’re so different. We kind of stumbled upon each other. It wasn’t like either of us was looking to be in a band, or whatever you call us. I think we both wanted to pursue music as a career. Definitely, neither of us really had any idea how we were going to do that, but we just wanted to try. We met during our senior year. I was a house music DJ, sort of going the DJ route. And Sophie was… Read More »

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Live Review: The Church / Helio Sequence at the Neptune Theatre 9/8

all photos by Alan Lawrence (view set)

On Saturday night, a small, but hardcore, audience gathered at The Neptune to enjoy a band that’s been touring steadily for 35 years. The Church is one of the few ’80s bands that’s continued to put out new music throughout their long career and this tour is to support their 26th album Man Woman Life Death Infinity which is due October 6th via their own Unorthodox Records imprint.

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Song of the Day: Ghostpoet – Immigrant Boogie

Photo by Steve Gullick

Photo by Steve Gullick

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Immigrant Boogie” by Ghostpoet from the 2017 album Dark Days + Canapés on PIAS.

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Monday Music News

photo by Gregory A. Perez

  • Björk has shared the enchantingly vivid video for recently-released single “The Gate” off her forthcoming full-length Utopia. Directed by frequent artistic collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang, the clip features the Icelandic songstress in a custom Gucci gown by by Alessandro Michele (who also collaborated in creative direction for the video) that took approximately 550 hours to make, and an additional 320 hours for the embroidery. Huang explained that the clip is, “the first glimpse into Björk’s utopia. The doorway lies within the wound from Vulnicura, which now appears transformed into a prismatic portal channeled between the chests of two lovers. Not lovers in the quotidian romantic sense, but in a broader cosmological way. ‘The Gate’ is a declaration of hope sung by a woman refracted and re-formed into a luminous whole.” [ FACT ]

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