Wednesday Music News

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  • Dive into the latest video from Bonnie “Prince” Billy for the track “Quail And Dumplings” off his latest, Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongue. The clip captures a dramatic day at the Quail And Dumplings Wet & Wild Water Park. If you’ve ever wondered about Will Oldham’s sunblock usage, watch below. Singer’s Grave A Sea Of Tongue is out now on Drag City Records. [Under the Radar]


  • As if the weather isn’t getting dreary enough, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will ensure things get darker as they prepare to reissue fourteen of their classic albums on deluxe vinyl. Each release will be lovingly remastered by Bad Seeds co-founder Mick Harvey, with reproductions of both the original covers and inner sleeves. The first batch of seven reissues comes out before year’s end: From Her To Eternity, The Firstborn Is Dead, Your Funeral… My Trial come out on October 27th; Nocturama, Abattoir Blues/The Lyre Of Orpheus, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! hit stores on November 17th, and Kicking Against The Pricks sees daylight on November 28th. The next seven is planned for an early 2015 release. [Under the Radar]
  • Last night, Neil Young stopped by The Colbert Report to talk about his new album, Storytone; his new book, Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life And Cars; and a new music player, Pono. Accompanied by Colbert on acoustic guitar (jokingly dubbed “Neil Young and Crazy Host”), the two performed the track “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?”, which you can watch below. Follow KEXP’s TV Eye column to keep watch on upcoming late-night music highlights. [Pitchfork]

  • Mark your calendar: Prince returns to Saturday Night Live on November 1st as the musical guest alongside host Chris Rock. It’ll be his first time back at 30 Rock since 2006, and only his third performance overall. [Under the Radar]
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Song of the Day: So Cow - Get Down Off That Thing

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. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Get Down Off That Thing” by So Cow from the 2014 album The Long Con on Goner Records.

So Cow - Get Down Off That Thing (MP3)

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Out This Week 10/14

It’s another jam-packed week of new releases! Highlights include the latest from London-based artist Adam Bainbridge (aka Kindness). KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes the relase “finds him toning down the disco influences of his promising debut album in favor of an often-gorgeous set of ‘80s R&B-influenced electro-pop, featuring a spacious sound with atmospheric keyboards, occasional warm sax, harp and other instrumentation, gentle funk rhythms and soulful vocals from Bainbridge along with some special guests including Kelela, Robyn and Devonte Hynes (Blood Orange).” Portland-based trio Greylag “follows up their 2012 EP The Only Way To Kill You with their debut full-length, and it brings a harder, edgier and more dynamic sound to the band’s expansive folk-pop. Produced by Phil Ek, the album combines rumbling electric guitars and muscular rhythms with rich acoustic instrumentation and warm folk-rock harmonies. ”

Legendary Nigerian drummer Tony Allen releases his tenth solo album, “an impressive set of expansive Afro-Beat inflected with soul, jazz, dub, psych-rock and other styles.” Seattle singer-songwriter Jen Wood shares “a strong set of intimate indie-pop that finds her adopting a more piano-based sound with atmospheric synth and guitars, haunting melodies and deeply personal lyrics of love and identity.” Montreal band Stars turn in “a fine, fairly diverse set ranging from disco and house-influenced electro-pop to bouncy New Wave pop-rock and sweeping ballads, with the band’s usually dark lyrics taking a comparatively brighter, at times more hopeful turn this time around.” Bloc Party frontman Kele releases “a darker, more subdued and R&B-influenced take on the propulsive electro-pop of his solo debut.”
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Live Video: Conor Oberst

photo by Renata Steiner (view set)

It’s not like Conor Oberst needs much help sounding great. The Omaha, NE, native has been writing and performing with various projects, most notably with Bright Eyes, since his early teens, and he is a co-founder of not one but two independent labels: Saddle Creek and Team Love. In other words, we love everything he does at KEXP. Now in his 30′s, Conor Oberst is recording solely under his own name and to mix things up, he sought help for his latest album from another KEXP favorite, Jonathan Wilson. Together, they’ve created a magical space in Upside Down Mountain, and fortunately for us, they continued the collaboration on tour as Jonathan’s band not only opened up for Conor but backed him up on his own songs as well. We were thrilled to have two of our favorites stop by KEXP for this amazing session:

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Tuesday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman

  • Isaiah “Ikey” Owens, Jack White’s keyboardist and member of the Mars Volta, has passed away. Ownes was currently touring with Jack White in Mexico. The following statement was posted on Third Man Record’s website: [Pitchfork]

“It is with great sadness that we tell the world of the passing of the incredible musician Isaiah “Ikey” Owens. He will be missed and loved forever by his family, friends, bandmates and fans. Ikey Owens was an astounding keyboard player in Jack White’s backing band. He also played with Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents, and many other projects. Out of respect for Ikey, the remaining shows of the Jack White Tour in Mexico have been cancelled. We will all miss you Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist.”

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Song of the Day: Thieving Irons - Electric Paradise

photo by Fiorella Valdesolo

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. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Electric Paradise” by Thieving Irons from the from the 2014 self-released Phenomena EP.

Thieving Irons - Electric Paradise (MP3)

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TV Eye: Week of 10/13

The New Pornographers // photo by Rachel White

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 13th:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Interpol
Late Show with David Letterman: Foo Fighters

Tuesday, October 14th:
The Colbert Report: Neil Young
Conan: Shakey Graves
Late Show with David Letterman: Foo Fighters

Wednesday, October 15th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kasabian
Last Call with Carson Daly: Franz Ferdinand
Late Show with David Letterman: Foo Fighters

Thursday, October 16th:
Conan: The New Pornographers
Late Show with David Letterman: Foo Fighters

Friday, October 17th:
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: “Weird Al” Yankovic
Late Show with David Letterman: Foo Fighters

Saturday, October 17th:
Austin City Limits: Nine Inch Nails

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Live Around Town This Week

Alt-J // photo by Beth Eisgrau-Heller

Monday, October 13th

Saintseneca, Kithkin, Robert Francis and The Night Tide at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

Gossling, Eggshells at The Vera Project // All Ages (more info)


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Live Video: Temples

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

Last time we caught up with Temples, they were blasting off from the propulsive buzz following the release of their debut, Sun Structures. Months of touring later, the young UK band are veterans of the road, fitting easily into the retro sounds that inspire them like a pair of well worn leather pants. On their recent stop back in Seattle late last month, we invited the band to perform live at The Triple Door during an exclusive session for KEXP’s VIP Club. Watch the entire set here:

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Monday Music News

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  • If our recent in-studio session with Thurston Moore was too much of a tease, you can now stream his forthcoming full-length album, The Best Day, below. His fourth solo album finds the former Sonic Youth frontman backed by longtime drummer Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe, and UK musician James Sedwards. Find it in stores on October 21st via Matador Records. [Consequence of Sound]


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