Tuesday Music News

photo by Steven Dewall

  • Last month, Belle and Sebastian announced their new album Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance and they shared it’s January 20 release date. Today they’ve graced us with their new single “Party Line.” It’s a funky, dance number with a perfect blend of 80′s nostalgia. [Pitchfork]


  • On February 17, 2015 José González will release Vestiges & Claws, his first solo album since 2007′s In Our Nature. The album was recorded in his home and self-produced. Gonzales released a statement saying, “I didn’t want this to be too polished, or too ‘in your face.’ Most of all, it’s fun to be in complete control of the artistic aspect.” Watch the album’s trailer below. [CoS]

  • Former frontman of The Walkmen, Hamilton Leithauser, adds an equally powerful and melancholy visual to go along with his incredible, power ballad “5 AM” . The stunning video was directed by filmmaker Tristan Patterson. [Stereogum]

  • Sharon Van Etten has shared the video for her Are We There track “Your Love is Killing Me.” The video features actress Carla Juri as a woman nursing her broken heart in several New York City bars. [Pitchfork]

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Live Video: Rubblebucket

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

“High energy” barely begins to describe Rubblebucket. The seven-member Brooklyn-based band is actually pared down in size from when they originally met in the Northeast, but the core members keep the joyous spirit of Rubblebucket alive through their quirky multi-insturmental dance pop, which can get an entire room of fans hopping. In fact, it was after one of their typically boisterous live shows that Mumford & Sons multi-instrumentalist Ben Lovett was so moved (literally... he claimed to previously have “only danced five times in my life”) that he asked the band to join Communion, the label and artist co-op he started. Since then, they’ve opened up for Mumford and many other bands, and are now selling out venues on their own. Before their sweaty Seattle performance at Chop Suey, Rubblebucket shone brightly in the KEXP studio early, performing live on the Morning Show with John Richards. Brighten your day with Rubblebucket now:


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Song of the Day: Xeno & Oaklander - Sheen

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

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, comes from electronic duo Xeno & Oaklander. “Sheen” hails from Par Avion, the group’s 2014 label debut on Ghostly International.

Xeno & Oaklander - Sheen (MP3)

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Video Roundup: Spooky Latin Halloween

Mueran Humanos // photo courtesy of the artist

It’s once again time for our eeriest of holiday seasons. And what better way to celebrate than with a collection of spooky, scary or Halloween-flavored Latin videos from around the globe compiled by El Sonido host DJ Chilly? ¡Feliz Jalogüín!

Guadalupe Plata “Milana” (Spain)

Fumaça Preta “Fumaça Preta” (Netherlands)

Davila 666 “Esa Nena Nunca Regreso” (Puerto Rico)

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Live Around Town This Week

Mark Lanegan // photo by Matthew B. Thompson

Monday, October 27th

The Kills, Baby In Vain at the Neptune Theatre // All Ages (more info)

BIG K.R.I.T., Two-9 at the Showbox // All Ages (more info)

Ballet School at Barboza // 21+ (more info)

Tuesday, October 28th

• KEXP Presents Pond at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)
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TV Eye: Week of 10/27

Spoon // photo by Dave Lichterman

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, October 27th:
Late Show with David Letterman: Mastodon
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Wilco
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Billy Idol
Conan: Bear Hands

Tuesday, October 28th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Sturgill Simpson
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Blood Orange
Conan: Beck

Wednesday, October 29th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: She & Him, George Clinton
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jessie Ware
Last Call with Carson Daly: Coves

Thursday, October 30th:
Late Show with David Letterman: Perfume Genius
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Smokey Robinson featuring Aloe Blacc and JC Chasez
The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart: Spoon
Conan: The War on Drugs

Friday, October 31st:
Late Show with David Letterman: Run the Jewels
Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Flaming Lips

Saturday, November 1st:
Saturday Night Live: Prince
Austin City Limits: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

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Monday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman

  • Earlier this year, Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit released their third album, Stay Gold, and the siblings do just that in the video for the title track, streaming below. In the clip, Klara and Johanna Söderberg wander dreamily around the island of Gotland. Check it out, and tune in on Saturday, November 15th to hear the girls LIVE on KEXP at 1:00 PM PT. [Under the Radar]


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Live Review: MØ with HOLYCHILD at Neptune Theatre 10/20/2014

all photos by Dave Lichterman

Everything I’ve ever thought about is wrong. Well, maybe not all of it – I think she put together an incredible debut LP this year with No Mythologies To Follow, and I think that hard work has put her in league with the leaders of the new wave of indie pop like Grimes, Charli XCX, and others. But seeing Karen Marie Ørsted live, I abandoned all preconceived notions at the door. MØ is a great songwriter and a really great singer (like really great), but after seeing the other side, it’s hard to try to find ways to explain MØ without the performance aspect – it’s just too powerful. After selling out her first post-Mythologies gig at the Crocodile earlier this year, she clocked in a follow up date with haste to give even more fans an opportunity to take part in the full MØ experience last week. Together with LA indie pop singer HOLYCHILD, MØ brought the house down at the Neptune Theatre and guaranteed that her next return to Seattle will need an even bigger venue.


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Live Video: Beach Day

photo by Bebe Labree Besch (view set)

If the recent rainy weather is getting you down, take a musical vacation with Beach Day. Formed in 2011 in an uncannily-named place called Hollywood, Florida, it would be impossible for the bright sunshine of their locale not to radiate into their retro-tinged songs. A shared love of surf-rock brought singer/guitarist Kimmy Drake and drummer Skyler Black together, and their debut single caught the attention of legendary Detroit producer Jim Diamond, known for his work with The White Stripes. Diamond brought his gritty garage-rock experience behind the board on their sophomore release, Native Echoes, and the result is a ’60s girl-group-sound that combines the Dum Dum Girls with The Dirtbombs. Soak up the sun with their in-studio session below:


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Song of the Day: Wormburner - Somewhere Else To Be

photo by David Turcotte

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 “Somewhere Else To Be” by Wormburner from the 2014 album Pleasant Living in Planned Communities on Dive Records.

Wormburner - Somewhere Else To Be (MP3)

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