Live Video: The Murder City Devils

photo by Brittney Bollay (view set)

Seattle. 1998. The Murder City Devils, a band of Seattle’s top garage punks, is playing shows with Pacific Northwestern 90s greats Pearl Jam, Built to Spill, and The Black Halos. Flash forward to 2014, and the band has gone through three albums, a deficit of one member, and most importantly, one break-up in 2001. Yet here they are, resurrected and ripping up KEXP’s studio with a new self-released album, The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again. Posthumously, the band’s members worked on well-known projects like Modest Mouse, Cold War Kids, The Cave Singers, and more. Today, reincarnated in “a prison of cotton and polyester,” The Murder City Devils bantered with DJ Sharlese between thunderous renditions of tracks from their latest release. Transport yourself to the golden age of garage rock with video from The Murder City Devils’ in-studio performance now:



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Album Review: The Juan MacLean - In A Dream

Listening to In A Dream, the new LP from DFA powerhouse The Juan MacLean, we’re reminded that it’s been a long five years since John MacLean dropped his last proper record, The Future Will Come, back in 2009. That fantastic dance record was laden with Human League-esque back and forth narration between John and long time collaborator Nancy Whang. But much has happened for both since then. While MacLean has pumped out a plethora of 12″ singles, remixes, and one-off side projects with other vocalists, Whang helped James Murphy finish off LCD Soundsystem and started lending out vocals to other dance acts, including LA nu-disco act Classixx. But there’s something about the magic that happens when John and Nancy get back together that makes the Juan MacLean a truly irreplaceable dance act. We all had that pleasant reminder earlier this year when the duo dropped the free Valentine’s Day single “Get Down (With My Love)“. Over the last couple years, MacLean has been shifting his sound slowly but surely from the new wave meets nu-disco fusion that we saw on his first two records to a full on house monstrosity. After singles like “You’re My Destiny” hinted at it, “Get Down” was the final push off the cliff into dazzling new territory. With his first full-length record alongside Nancy in five years, John MacLean returns to the top of his game in dazzling fashion. In A Dream is an endless soundscape of dreamworld house magic, and gives us one of the best dance records of the year without question.


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Song of the Day: Flowers - Forget The Fall

photo by Ami Barwell

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 “Forget The Fall” by Flowers from the 2014 album Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do on Kanine Records.

Flowers - Forget The Fall (MP3)

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KEXP Top 12 Spotlight: John Gilbreath

KEXP Top 12

KEXP wants to know: “Who are your Favorite Artists of All Time?” Pick out a dozen musicians, bands, projects, and share them with us before Friday, September 19th at 6:00 PM PST. And then tune in during KEXP’s Fall Fundraising Drive, September 26th through October 3rd, to hear which artists your fellow members of the KEXP Community voted for! KEXP’s DJs piped in with their own Top 12 lists, which we’ll be unveiling all month long in anticipation of the countdown.

John Coltrane

John Coltrane // photo courtesy of the estate

John Gilbreath’s Top 12 Musical Freedom Fighters

12 Jelly Roll Morton
11 James Brown
10 Al Green
9 Sister Rosetta Tharpe
8 Duke Ellington
7 Art Ensemble of Chicago
6 Mary Lou Williams
5 Albert Ayler
4 Ornette Coleman
3 Thelonious Monk
2 Miles Davis
1 John Coltrane

John Gilbreath is the host of Jazz Theater every Monday morning from 1AM-3AM.

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Out This Week 9/16

It’s another busy fall week, but KEXP’s Music Director Don Yates definitely spots some highlights, like the latest from NYC’s The Juan Maclean. Now “officially” a duo, producer/musician Juan MacLean and vocalist Nancy Whang share “a strong set of muscular disco, house and related styles, combining bright synths, occasional fiery guitars, propulsive rhythms and Whang’s crisp, confident vocals.”

Lia Ices shares her third album, “a bolder, more expansive and wide-ranging sound than her previous releases, blending elements of electro-pop, hip hop, dub, Middle Eastern music and a variety of other styles into vibrant, adventurous pop.” You can hear her preview some of those songs LIVE on KEXP from the Cutting Room Studios NYC tomorrow morning at 8:30AM.

Oklahoma trio BRONCHO are back with “a more polished and New Wave-influenced take on the band’s hook-filled garage-pop, combining fuzzy guitars and energetic rhythms with an abundance of catchy song hooks.” Texas band This Will Destroy You release “another solid set of shoegazer-tinged post-rock instrumentals with dynamic songs that often begin as gentle, melancholy space-rock before building to epic rock crescendos.” Generationals release another album “of bubbly electro-pop with bright synths, bouncy rhythms and sunny melodies juxtaposed by often-melancholy lyrics.” Spencer Krug, formerly of Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown, shares a new release under the moniker Moonface, “a solid set of somber, piano-based ballads.” LA band Allah-Las serve up “another well-crafted blend of ‘60s-steeped psych, surf, garage and folk-rock with jangly reverbed guitars and dreamy pop melodies.”
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Tuesday Music News

photo by Victoria Holt

  • Folk songstress Angel Olsen will release a deluxe edition of her successful album Burn Your Fire for No Witness on November 18. Today she has shared “All Right Now,” one of the album’s five new bonus track. You can also check out her self-directed video for “High and Wild,” below. [Pitchfork]


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Live Video: The Both at Bumbershoot Music Lounge

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

What brought two already well known and respected artists together to collaborate on a new project? The internet, of course. Though Aimee Mann and Ted Leo shared a casual friendship and a liking for each other’s music, they bonded over things “#dumb” on Twitter. Eventually, a 140-character comedic repartee turned into a tour, and a tour led to the collaboration that is The Both. Combining their individual strengths – Leo’s punchy pop and Mann’s more glossy laid back style – with their shared penchant for smart and emotive lyrics, the two give The Both the best of both worlds on their self-titled LP. And that is exactly what they also gave the crowd in the packed Music Lounge during KEXP’s broadcast during Bumbershoot last month. Read more about The Both’s banter-filled performance here, and watch the entire session below:


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Song of the Day: JJ - All White Everything

photo by Malin Bernalt

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 “All White Everything” by JJ from the 2014 album V on Secretly Canadian.

JJ - All White Everything (MP3)

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KEXP Top 12 Spotlight: El Sonido

KEXP Top 12

KEXP wants to know: “Who are your Favorite Artists of All Time?” Pick out a dozen musicians, bands, projects, and share them with us before Friday, September 19th at 6:00 PM PST. And then tune in during KEXP’s Fall Fundraising Drive, September 26th through October 3rd, to hear which artists your fellow members of the KEXP Community voted for! KEXP’s DJs piped in with their own Top 12 lists, which we’ll be unveiling all month long in anticipation of the countdown.

Capsula

Capsula // photo by Jim Bennett

El Sonido intern Rana San’s Top 12 Artists Out of Spain Waxing Lyrical en Inglés

Spain is perpetually serving up a feast of sounds for insatiable appetites like mine and these saucy tunes sung in English have me feeling happier than ever. They taste of air-dried sheets, salty beards, and windswept coastal trees. Sweet September bliss, no?


Seward (Barcelona)

Anímic (Montserrat)

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KEXP Top 12 Spotlight: DJ Chilly

KEXP Top 12

KEXP wants to know: “Who are your Favorite Artists of All Time?” Pick out a dozen musicians, bands, projects, and share them with us before Friday, September 19th at 6:00 PM PST. And then tune in during KEXP’s Fall Fundraising Drive, September 26th through October 3rd, to hear which artists your fellow members of the KEXP Community voted for! KEXP’s DJs piped in with their own Top 12 lists, which we’ll be unveiling all month long in anticipation of the countdown.

aural pleasure

DJ Chilly’s Top 12 Artists Who Released Songs That Make Me Want to Have Deeply Passionate, Loving and Rough-at-the-Right-Times Sex That I Discovered by Listening to DJ Alex in 2014

“Sex and violence, sex and violence. Sex and violence, we just can’t take it…” the Boogie Down Productions lyrics over a Booker T sample run through my head. Do I think there’s too much sex in the world? Well, KRS is talking about the lack of intelligence in media and commercial art, and if the question is “Do you think there’s an unhealthy, unrealistic, oppressive version of sex portrayed in the media?” then I say “yes.” And there most certainly is too much violence in the world. Violence, hatred, anger: these all stem from fear, and I just can’t take it. We need a little more lovemaking.
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