In Stores Now 6/26


Two strong reissues came out this past Friday, one being the expanded 20th anniversary edition of Radiohead‘s 1997 album OK Computer, featuring three previously unreleased tracks. KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes, “while not classic Radiohead, they’re all fine examples of the band’s brooding prog-rock.” The other stand-out reissue this week comes from Prince. On Purple Rain — Deluxe Expanded Edition, you get a bonus disc of 11 previously-unheard tracks, as well as single-edits, b-sides, and a never-before-seen DVD of Prince and The Revolution Live! in 1985.

Stand-out releases of new music this week include the sophomore full-length from London/NYC-via-Atlanta band Algiers. Yates calls it, “another powerful, edgy blend of gospel-tinged post-punk and industrial, with loud, buzzing synths, shards of angular guitars, forceful rhythms and handclaps accompanying Franklin James Fisher’s soulful vocals and politically charged lyrics decrying injustice and racism.” Another strong second LP comes from Long Beach, CA rapper Vince Staples, “another powerful set of hard-hitting hip hop, but this time featuring a more electronic-influenced sound that blends banging hip hop with Detroit techno, house and 2-step. With production from Zack Sekoff along with Flume, SOPHIE, Jimmy Edgar and GTA, the album’s cavernous sound combines dark, bass-heavy beats with his limber, conversational delivery and concise, sharply crafted lyrics reflecting on race, class, hip hop culture and the toxic effects of fame.”

Prolific Australian band King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard deliver “a dark, mind-bending concept album about the end of humankind, the death of the planet and ultimately, the murder of the universe. The story is told in three lengthy song suites combining face-melting psych-rock, metallic stoner-rock and motorik prog with dystopian lyrics reflective of these dark times.” And Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy shares a solo LP featuring eleven of his own songs written for Wilco, and side projects Loose Fur, or Golden Smog. The solo acoustic album was recorded at Tweedy’s own Chicago recording studio The Loft.

(Various Artists) Chrissy Zebby Tembo – “Born Black”
from Welcome to Zamrock, Vol. 2: How Zambia’s Liberation Led to a Rock Revolution 1972-1977 on Now-Again

Algiers – “Cleveland”
from The Underside of Power on Matador

Allen Ginsberg – “The Echoing Green”
from The Complete Songs of Innocence and Experience on Omnivore

Banditos – “Fine Fine Day”
from Visionland on Bloodshot

Bone Thugs – “Waves (Audio) ft. Layzie Bone, Wish Bone, Flesh-n-Bone”
from New Waves on Ent. One Music

The Chain Gang of 1974 – “Looking For Love”
from Felt on self-released

CHIMNEY – “Copicat”
from CHIMNEY on Dine Alone

The Deslondes – “One Of These Lonesome Mornings”
from Hurry Home on New West Records

DJ Khaled – “To the Max ft. Drake”
from Grateful on Epic Records

Dying Fetus – “Die With Integrity”
from Wrong One To Fuck With on Relapse Records

Eliot Lipp – “Reflection”
from Skywave on Young Heavy Souls

EX EYE – “Opposition Perihelion; The Coil”
from EX EYE on Relapse Records

Glenn Morrow’s Cry For Help – “Bleecker and Third”
from Glenn Morrow’s Cry For Help on Rhyme & Reason Records

Guttermouth – “Saturday Truck Fever”
from The Whole Enchilada on Rude Records

Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes”
from Evolve on Interscope / Polydor

Jaymes Young – “Feel Something”
from Feel Something on Atlantic

Jeff Tweedy – “Dawned On Me”
from Together at Last on Anti- / dBpm

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas – “Bombay”
from Telephone on Instant Records

Joe Bonamassa – “The Valley Runs Low”
from Live At Carnegie Hall: An Acoustic Evening on J&R Adventures

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – “Altered Beast II”
from Murder of the Universe on ATO

Kirin J. Callinan – “Down 2 Hang (feat. James Chance)”
from Bravado on Terrible

Monks – “I’m Watching You”
from Hamburg Recordings 1967 on Third Man Records

Municipal Waste – “Slime And Punishment”
from Slime And Punishment on Nuclear Blast Records

New Swears – “Brand New Spot”
from And the Magic of Horses on Dine Alone

Prince and the Revolution – “Electric Intercourse (Studio Version)”
from Purple Rain [Deluxe Expanded Edition] on Rhino / Warner Bros.

Radiohead – “I Promise”
from OK Computer: OKNOTOK 1997 2017 [2 CD] on XL

Rozwell Kid – “UHF on DVD”
from Precious Art on SideOneDummy

Stokley – “Level”
from Introducing Stokley on Concord Music Group

311 – “Too Much To Think”
from MOSAIC on BMG

Tunabunny – “Magic January”
from PCP Presents Alice in Wonderland Jr on HHBTM

Vince Staples – “Crabs In A Bucket”
from Big Fish Theory on Def Jam / Virgin EMI

Willie Nile – “Rainy Day Women #12 & 35″
from Positively Bob: Willie Nile Sings Bob Dylan on Virtual Label Group

Yonder Mountain String Band – “Bad Taste”
from Love. Ain’t Love on Frog Pad Records/ Thirty Tigers

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TV Eye: Week of 6/26

Vince Staples // photo by Dave Lichterman (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, June 26th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Vince Staples
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Ryan Adams (R)

Tuesday, June 27th:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: The Lumineers
The Late Late Show with James Corden: The Head and the Heart (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Strand of Oaks (R)

Wednesday, June 28th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Snoop Dogg (R)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey
Conan: Hurray For The Riff Raff (R)

Thursday, June 29th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Haim
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Vince Staples (R)

Friday, June 30th:
– Nothing, go get some sleep –

Saturday, July 1st:
Austin City Limits: Band of Horses / Parker Millsap

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Song of the Day: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Cumberland Gap

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photo by Danny Clinch

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Cumberland Gap” by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, from their 2017 album, The Nashville Sound, self-released on their own Southeastern Records.

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Music That Matters: Big Gay Podcast 2017

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists.

Hurray For The Riff Raff at KEXP in 2017 // photo by Melissa Wax

Currently you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 570 – Big Gay Podcast 2017

DJ Riz and Larry Rose co-host this year’s edition of the Big Gay Podcast, bringing you an infectious mix of music by, for, and about the LGBTQ community with songs from Courtney Barnett, Blood Orange, The Drums, Goldfrapp, Austra, Hurray For The Riff Raff, and more. They also mix in songs from Rainbow Riots, an original music album composed and produced by Petter Wallenberg featuring queer voices from the world’s most dangerous countries to LGBTQ people.

1. Rainbow Riots – Freedom
2. Goldfrapp – Systemagic
3. Austra – Future Politics
4. Jay Som – The Bus Song
5. JusMoni – Hot Potato (feat. StasTheeBoss)
6. Rainbow Riots – Equal Rights
7. The Drums – Heart Basel
8. Hurray for the Riff Raff – Hungry Ghost
9. Little Star – Linda Blair
9. CocoRosie – Smoke ‘Em Out (feat. ANOHNI)
10. Rainbow Riots – Unmasked
11. SISTERS – Buck
12. Adult Mom – Survival
13. Courtney Barnett – How To Boil An Egg
14. Rainbow Riots – Stand Up For Your Rights
15. Blood Orange – Best To You

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Friday Music News

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

  • English indie band The xx  released the deluxe edition of their third studio album I See You today which includes three bonus tracks. One of them, “Naive” samples Drake’s “Doing It Wrong,” while “Brave For You (Marfa Demo)” is a stripped down acoustic recording of their track “Brave For You.” They also released an official music video for “Brave For You (Marfa Demo)” that shows Romy, Oliver, and Jamie in home video footage being very sweet to each other while walking down an abandoned road. [ Consequence of Sound ]

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Local Artist Spotlight: SassyBlack

photo by Brittany Feenstra

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we’re featuring local R&B songwriter/rapper SassyBlack, who self-releases her latest LP, New Black Swing, today.

SassyBlack, aka Cat Harris-White, has been a dominate force in Seattle hip-hop for nearly a decade. Many first heard her as one half of the transcendent, spacey rap-duo THEESatisfaction, where she blended her effortless and dreamy rhymes with jazz vocalizations. Harris-White has been far from quiet since going solo. She’s self-released numerous EPS and LPs even before THEESatisfaction officially ended, including last year’s No Weak Dates. With each release she’s revealed more of herself lyrically, but also musically. On New Black Swing, she ventures fully into territories she’s only dipped her toes in before: R&B and new jack swing. We caught up with Harris-White to learn about making this bold jump in genre, how it paid off, and what new sonic realms she might tackle next.
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Video Premiere: Western Haunts – Saved 4 Me

western haunts 2

Listening to Seattle band Western Haunts is like stepping into a hazy, disorienting dream. The powerful thuds of percussion against the airy, translucent synthesizers and guitars are amorphous and almost comforting. It’s a mood that’s perfectly captured and expanded on in the sugar-high video for their song “Saved 4 Me”, off their 2017 LP, Problem Pop.

The band squeeze in together on a couch, projecting Prince’s Purple Rain on a screen with a buffet of sweets on the coffee table in front of them. Appropriately, a purple haze tints the frame. Bubbles float in the air while fog circles goblets of cotton candy, gummy worms, and the finest of Hostess confections. While the music carries such soothing lightness, the band only gets more intense as the video goes on. They intently watch Prince shred on the screen, downing liters of soda. It isn’t long before they’re stuffing each other’s faces with treats and spraying Silly String everywhere.
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Song of the Gay: Little Star – Linda Blair

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

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 DJs think you should hear.

All this week we are celebrating Seattle Pride and PrideFest 2017 by featuring all LGBTQ artists for our “Song of the Gay” podcast. Today’s Song of the Gay is “Linda Blair” by Little Star, from their 2017 self-titled album on Good Cheer Records.

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KEXP Suggests: Singles Soundtrack Listening Party 6/25

singles 2

UPDATE: Light in the Attic write “due to circumstances out of our control, the listening party has been re-scheduled for Sunday, June 25th at Noon.” More info here.

It’s been 25 years since Cameron Crowe’s grunge-era defining film Singles hit theaters and introduced the masses to Matt Dillon’s innovative smeared-soul patch goatee. But maybe even more influential than the movie itself was the film’s soundtrack, featuring a wealth of Seattle’s then-burgeoning-now-superstar talents from Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam to Soundgarden and Mother Love Bone. A quarter century later and these influential songs are finally getting the remaster treatment, sounding better than ever. This Saturday, June 24, you can hear them in their reissued glory at a special listening party at the Light in the Attic record shop located in KEXP’s Gathering Space at noon.

The reissue and anniversary come at a poignant time for the scene the film documented. In the wake of Soundgarden lead vocalist Chris Cornell’s death, his contributions feel particularly heartening. Cornell not only contributed tracks with the band and made a cameo in the film, but he also contributed solo material as well. The deluxe CD edition includes six of his solo tracks — one of which being a score piece. The whole soundtrack is an enlightening benchmark for Northwest music fans to reflect on, knowing the heights that these bands would rise to over the next two decades.
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Thursday Music News

photo by Amber Knecht (view set)

  • This Friday, Radiohead are releasing OKNOTOK, a deluxe reissue of their iconic 1997 album OK Computer in honor of its 20th anniversary. The album includes a remastered version of the original album, eight B-sides, a hardcover book, and three previously unreleased tracks: “I Promise,” “Lift,” and “Man of War.” Today they’ve shared the video for “Man of War,” which was originally called “Big Boots” and written around the time of The Bends. The song has previously been performed live but this is the first time the song has officially been released. In the video, directed by Colin Read, we see a man who is being pursued through the streets and increasingly descends into paranoia. The CD/digital/vinyl versions of the reissue are due out June 23 via XL. Then there’s a special boxed edition due out in July. [ Under the Radar ]

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