In case you missed it, today is Earth Day! In honor of our beautiful planet Portugal. The Man has shared an “endangered song.” It’s purpose is to raise awareness for endangered Sumatran tigers. They created only 400 copies (the same number of remaining tigers) of the “Sumatran Tiger” single and it’s an eco friendly 7″ that will degrade after so many uses. Listen below. There’s also a video depicting the band’s recording process. [CoS]
Swedish synthpop outfit Little Dragon will drop their album Nabuma Rubberband on May 13. Today, they’ve released their newest single “Let Go” and it’s an infectious stunner of a song. [Pitchfork]
Listen to “Ivory,” the new track from Movement‘s forthcoming self-titled EP (out April 25). The Australian trio expertly weave a strong baseline, sweeping guitar solos, and dazzling vocals into a hard-hitting soul song. [Stereogum]
Unfortunately, Owen Pallet has pushed back the release date for his album, In Conflict, from May 13 to May 27. Don’t worry though, his amazing new video for “Song for Five & Six” will assure you that it’s worth the wait. The combination of Pallet’s music and the talented students of the National Ballet School of Canada is flawless. [Pitchfork]
Happy Earth Day, everybody. Today we celebrate the birth of our planet... oh, wait, no, today we pay attention to the giant sphere hurtling through space that we all live on, and hopefully take a few moments to reflect on the valuable gifts it gives us and our own impact upon it. Earth Day itself started in 1970 and is currently celebrated by over 192 countries each year. Though it started in an age of growing environmental concern, activists, liberals and scientists aren’t the only earth-minded citizens on, uh, earth. Artists and musicians have been obsessed with our Big Blue Ball since they first scraped its dirt off their shoes. Gathered here are a handful of earth-related songs to help you celebrate our shared mother in whatever way you choose, and of course, it wouldn’t be Earth Day without few cautionary tales.
Dum Dum Girls are no fools. The NYC group combines fashionable urban chic with a deadly cool to a devastating effect, and they approach music the same way. On their third album and latest album, Too True (which we adoringly reviewed here), Dum Dum Girls mastermind Dee Dee Penny filters girl band pop through dreamy shoegazing rock in darkly observant songs about her increasingly tumultuous life. Yet she never hesitates to share a laugh, as she does in-studio with DJ Troy Nelson at KEXP. If you didn’t think it before, these videos will convince you that Dum Dum Girls are the full package. Watch ‘em now:
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. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Fall Apart” by Withered Hand from the 2014 album New Gods, on Slumberland Records.
Seattle duo Golden Gardens aim to infultrate a meaningful part of your mind. The beauty of the band, however, is that it is not obvious which part of your psyche they have in their sights. It is a constant journey for you, the listener, to figure out what’s in their scope as you continue to hear the music that spins around you, dashes betwixt memory and nostalgia, squirms amidst loss and gain. Influenced by - we can only assume - mountain mist and wild fire smoke, melting ice and the tips of flame, Golden Gardens will find you and then find you again. Test their ability to do just that here, in their live performance on KEXP’s Audioasis with DJ Sharlese:
Has it really been 23 years since the last Pixies album? On April 29th, the influential band end the streak with the release of Indie Cindy via their own Pixiesmusic label. The full-length compiles the previously-released EP-1, EP-2, and EP-3, all recorded without founding member Kim Deal. Stream the whole dang thing below. [The Guardian]
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, April 21st
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Chromeo
Last Call with Carson Daly: Lucius
The Tavis Smiley Show: Rufus Wainwright
Conan: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
The Arsenio Hall Show: Death
Ellen: Ice Cube
So, here’s the thing: I love the ’90s. I really do. Like, I score really, really high at those Buzzfeed “How ’90s Are You” quizzes. It’s my favorite era of music. So, I was pretty stoked for this show, pairing a ’90s-influenced band with the King of the ’90s, Mr. Malkmus.
Don’t touch that dial! Public Service Broadcasting has a message for you! The London-based duo of J. Wilgoose, Esq., and Wrigglesworth are fond of filling their music with samples from public information films, archive footage and propaganda material, creating an amalgamation of the historical past and the contemporary era. Following their recently self-distributed a new LP, Inform - Educate - Entertain, Public Service Broadcasting stopped by KEXP’s studio to do just that. Check out these videos of their time-traveling set and gain a new appreciation for public speaking, debating, and filibustering.