“All In Music Match” supporters Michael Lerner (Telekinesis!), Adra Boo (Fly Moon Royalty), Sera Cahoone, and Erik Blood.
When it’s completed, KEXP’s New Home at Seattle Center will enable us to serve everyone better: music lovers like you, the city of Seattle, and the artists that make “music that matters.” And right now, in a terrific show of support for the biggest undertaking in KEXP history, some heavyweight local musicians are doing their best to encourage you to help build our New Home. Donate right now to the All In Music Match, and your gift will go even further, thanks to additional funds from a pool of artists including Pearl Jam, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and Dave Matthews.
Since the All In Music Match launched on July 10, the KEXP Community has helped us raise more than 47 percent of our $200,000 goal for donations from music lovers. If you’ve made your gift already, thank you! If not, please don’t delay—this opportunity to maximize your money only lasts a few days more.
I’d also like to express our gratitude to all the artists that have helped spread the word about the All In Music Match. A host of local notables including Sera Cahoone, Erik Blood, and Adra Boo of Fly Moon Royalty took time out to record on-air testimonials, Michael Lerner of Telekinesis pasted on a fake mustache for a promotional video, and the outpouring of support on social media has been touching—and occasionally hilarious. My favorite tweet about #KEXPmusicmatch so far comes courtesy of @Radjaw: “What better antennae for @KEXP than the Space Needle?”
It’s almost time to shut down the streets of the neighborhood for an amazing weekend of music: Capitol Hill Block Party 2014! This year’s line-up features a great range of artists, both local and visiting, many who’ve stopped by the KEXP studios before! In fact, the list is so long, we’ve split it up into two posts, so enjoy part one of our Video Round-Up featuring Block Party special guests:
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 Morning Show with DJ John Richards, is “Are You Behind the Shining Star?” by Trampled by Turtles from the 2014 album Wild Animals out now on Banjodad Records.
Trampled by Turtles - Are You Behind the Shining Star? (MP3)
If Sharon Van Etten were a different person, her brutal honesty would be too much to bear. On her terrific new album, Are We There (read our review of it here), no painful moment, self-critique or regret is too deep to share... and there are real depths in her songs! But just as her songs never dwell in melancholy, Sharon herself is such bright light and an entrancing beauty in sound and spirit that she’s a joy to hear and watch perform. Plus, she’s one of the goofiest and most spontaneously funny people you’ll ever meet. In fact, she’s so accessible that we picked her as the locus of “on-the-fly” programming we called Six Degrees of Sharon Van Etten Day last summer. We were thrilled, of course, to have her return to KEXP recently to perform songs from Are We There with her band — longtime collaborator Doug Keith on guitar, Brad Cook of Megafaun on bass, Darren Jessee of Ben Folds Five on drums and Heather Woods Broderick on keys and providing amazing harmonies — for one of the most stunning sessions this year. Hurt so good with SVE!
If you were listening to The Midday Show on KEXP yesterday, you may have heard DJ Cheryl Waters present the US debut of a new song from SBTRKT, featuring guest vocals from Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend. If you missed it (or just wanna hear it again), you can now stream the track “New Dorp, New York” below, off the upcoming release, Wonder Where We Land, out September 23 via Young Turks. [Spin]
We were afraid when Eric D. Johnson announced the demise of the beloved indie pop band Fruit Bats that we’d heard the last of him. But as he put that project to bed, during a recent in-studio, he assured KEXP listeners he’d be back with more music. We just had no idea how soon! Barely six months since the final Fruit Bats shows, Johnson is back with a solo project under the moniker EDJ. More personal than Fruit Bats, EDJ songs are, in his own words, “simple stories, some about losses, a few about disappointment and regret, but also of hope and perseverance”. Earlier this month, we offered an early peek of the self-titled debut with a Song of the Day podcast featuring one of those very songs about loss: “Lose It All, All The Time“. Today, we offer a second glimpse with the premiere of the albums’s opening track, the wistful “For The Boy Who Moved Away”, rendered beautifully by Eric Johnson and his many friends, including Neal Casal on guitar and backup vocalist James Mercer of The Shins.
You’ll hear more “melancholy grooves and existential make-out songs” when EDJ comes out August 5th on Easy Sound Recording Co., and when Eric performs LIVE on The Midday Show on KEXP on Thursday, August 7th at 1:00 PM PST. You can and should also catch him next weekend, on August 1st-3rd, at Pickathon Music Festival in Happy Valley, Oregon. For now, listen to exclusive premiere of “For The Boy Who Moved Away”:
As if we needed an excuse to get Cloud Cult on our airwaves again... The longtime KEXP favorites released an acoustic album earlier this year featuring live recordings of acoustic sets the band performed at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. Seattle, though, was their inspiration, as band re-tooled the songs from their entire catalog to play an all-natural set during the Arts in Nature festival last summer (watch our video here). And they came back again this year to headline the KEXP sponsored benefit Little Big Show #9. So yeah, we had to ask them back into the KEXP studio to perform newly acoustic versions of four songs from four different albums. Unplug but recharge with this gorgeous and inspiring session 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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Saint Stephen” by Dylan In The Movies from the 2014 album Sweet Rebel Thee on DeeVeeUs Records.
Highlights for this sleepy summer week include the debut from Toronto-based band Alvvays (pronounced “always,” if you were wonderin’). KEXP Music Director Don Yates describes the release as “a promising set of hazy, surf-inflected dream-pop. Produced by Chad VanGaalen, the album features a reverb-drenched sound with fuzzy guitars, energetic rhythms, wistful melodies, melancholy lyrics and Molly Rankin’s soaring vocals.”
Los Angeles artist Tim Presley, aka White Fence, is back with his sixth full-length, but his first to be recorded in an actual studio with a live drummer. Produced by Ty Segall, Yates notes the new one “the album is a more focused, polished and melodic take on Presley’s jangly, ‘60s-steeped blend of garage-rock, psych-pop and folk-rock.” Ontario duo PS I Love You bring “a more dynamic, diverse and slightly more polished approach to their visceral blend of energetic post-punk and anthemic garage-rock.” Dan “The Automator” Nakamura and actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead team up as the duo Got a Girl, whose debut of retro, lounge-y pop has one of the best album titles of the year: I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now. Read More »
Today, indie rock duo The Raveonettes pulled a Beyonce and surprise released their album Pe’ahi,named after a surfing spot in Maui. The opening track “Endless Sleeper” according to Sune Rose Wagner refers to “a horrific near-drowning experience I had in Hawaii some years ago. It’s about taking risks in order to exist.” Watch the song’s lyric video below. [Pitchfork]