Out This Week 10/5

Lots of great local releases this week, including the sophomore full-length from Seattle supergroup Childbirth, featuring members of Chastity Belt, TacocaT and Pony Time. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls it, “a strong set of snarky garage-punk with primal, grungy guitar lines and pounding rhythms accompanying Julia Shapiro’s sarcastic vocals and the band’s biting, often-hilarious lyrics skewering sexism and lots more.”

Seattle artist Paul Hiraga, better known as Downpilot, shares a “a fine set of well-crafted folk-pop ranging from jangly mid-tempo rock reminiscent of R.E.M. to sparse, atmospheric ballads.” Portland band Blitzen Trapper release “a solid set of ‘70s-steeped folk-rock ranging from funk-inflected rock reminiscent of The James Gang to harmonica-laden folk.” And new music from Queensrÿche! (Did you know they’re from Bellevue?)

There’s great releases from other places, too: the fifth album from Wavves, the LA-based band fronted by Nathan Williams, is “a potent, hook-filled blend of power-pop, garage-punk and grunge-pop, featuring consistently strong, sharply crafted songs juxtaposing angst-fueled lyrics with bright pop melodies.” Brooklyn artist Arthur Ashin (a.k.a. Autre Ne Veut) presents “another adventurous set of arty, R&B-inflected electro-pop combining some jazz instrumentation and glitchy electronic textures and effects with his raspy, volatile vocals and intimate lyrics.” Nashville band Promised Land Sound release “a well-crafted set of folk-tinged psych-pop with jangly guitars, warm harmonies and sparkling pop hooks.” And Belfast band Girls Names put out “another potent set of dour post-punk with ominous, clanging guitars, eerie keyboards, hypnotic rhythms, sullen vocals and strong song hooks.”

Air Formation – “The Wasted Days”
from Were We Ever Here on Club AC30

Alixander III – “Broken Promises”
from Heavy Friends, Pt. 2 on Forced Exposure

Allusondrugs – “Her Crown”
from Magic College on Too Pure

Alpaca Sports – “Just Like Them”
from When You Need Me the Most on Elefant

Attic Lights – “Future Bound”
from Reworked by La Casa Azul on Elefant

Autre Ne Veut – “World War Pt. 2”
from Age of Transparency on Downtown

Avicii – “Ten More Days”
from Stories on EMI / Island / Virgin

Bixiga 70 – “100% 13”
from III on Glitterbeat

Born Ruffians – “We Made It”
from Ruff on Yep Roc

The Bottle Rockets – “XOYOU”
from South Broadway Athletic Club on Bloodshot

Brad San Martin – “Lessons Left Me”
from Tell Someone on Jigsaw Records

Bryson Tiller – “Exchange”
from T R A P S O U L on Trapsoul

The Butterscotch Cathedral – “Flood Of Mendoza”
from The Butterscotch Cathedral on Trouble in Mind

Childbirth – “Nasty Grrls”
from Women’s Rights on Suicide Squeeze

Children of Bodom – “Morrigan”
from I Worship Chaos on Nuclear Blast

The City – “Victim Of Circumstance”
from Now That Everything’s Been Said reissue on Light in the Attic Records

Clap! Clap! – “Serendipity”
from SIMPLE EP on Black Acre

Clutch – “Psychic Warfare”
from Psychic Warfare on Weathermaker

Darkstar – “Pin Secure”
from Foam Island on Warp

Dead Heavens – “Adderall Highway”
from Adderall Highway on One Little Indian

Deafheaven – “Brought to the Water”
from New Bermuda on Anti

Dirty Ghosts – “Cataract”
from Let It Pretend on Last Gang Records

DJ Spinn – “All Day VIP”
from Off That Loud on Hyperdub

Downpilot – “Radio Ghost”
from Radio Ghost on Tapete Records

Duke Dumont – “Need U (100%) (James Laurence Bootleg)”
from Blasé Boys Club Part 1 on Virgin EMI

Eagles of Death Metal – “Complexity”
from Zipper Down on T-Boy Records

Editors – “The Law”
from In Dream on PIAS

Electric Six – “Roulette”
from Bitch, Don’t Let Me Die! on A Special Thing

Emily Kinney – “Birthday Cake”
from THISISWAR on Universal

Express Rising – “Aylmeri Bracelet”
from Fixed Rope on Numero Group

Girls’ Names – “Reticence”
from Arms Around a Vision on Tough Love

Helvetia – “Crumbs Like Saucers”
from Dromomania on Joyful Noise

Indian Handcrafts – “It’s Late Queeny”
from Creeps on Sargent House

Janet Jackson – “No Sleeep”
from Unbreakable on Rhythm Nation

Joe Jackson – “A Little Smile”
from Fast Forward on earMUSIC

Kylesa – “Lost and Confused”
from Exhausting Fire on Season of Mist

Larry Gus – “NP-Complete”
from I Need New Eyes on DFA

Matt Nathanson – “Giants”
from Show Me Your Fangs on Vanguard

Mercury Rev – “The Queen Of Swans”
from The Light in You on Bella Union

Moon Taxi – “All Day All Night”
from Daybreaker on BMG / Universal

Ms. John Soda – “Hero Whales”
from Loom on Morr Music

The New Mastersounds – “Made For Pleasure”
from Made for Pleasure on The Royal Potato

Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds – “Four”
from LOON EP on Erased Tapes

Promised Land Sound – “Otherworldly Pleasures”
from For Use and Delight on Paradise of Bachelors

Queensrÿche – “Arrow Of Time”
from Condition Hüman on Century Media

Rudimental – “Never Let You Go”
from We the Generation on Asylum

The Selecter – “Open Goal”
from Subculture on self-released

Sevendust – “Thank You”
from Kill the Flaw on 7Bros. Records

Shellshag – “Blowin’ It”
from Why’d I Have to Get So High? on Don Giovanni

Shopping – “Straight Lines”
from Why Choose on Fat Cat

SK Kakraba – “Guun”
from Songs of Paapieye on Awesome Tapes From Africa

Squeeze – “Happy Days”
from Cradle to the Grave on Virgin EMI

Swim Deep – “Namaste”
from Mothers on RCA

Tamar Braxton – “Angels & Demons”
from Calling All Lovers on Epic

Trevor Jackson – “Scratch Video Megamix”
from Trevor Jackson Presents: Science Fiction Dancehall Classics on On-U Sound

Trivium – “Silence In The Snow”
from Silence in the Snow on Roadrunner Records

Wavves – “Way Too Much”
from V on Ghost Ramp/Warner Bros.

Yvette – “Calm and Content”
from Time Management EP on Godmode

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Immigrant Songs: Chicano Batman

Chilly with Chicano Batman // photo by Dagmar Sieglinde Patterson

For this installment of Immigrant Songs, I was blessed to have Los Angeles group Chicano Batman live in the KEXP studios. They’ve been getting a lot of attention around the country lately, both by doing some killer opening slots during tours with Jack White and Alabama Shakes and by being on the bill at this year’s Coachella. They also were a part of the two biggest Latin alternative festivals in the U.S.: Chicago’s Ruido Fest and L.A.’s Supersonico. Chicano Batman doesn’t necessarily like being labeled as strictly “Latin,” or labeled as anything really, aside from great music. There’s definitely a Latin influence in what they do, and they sing in both Spanish and English, but really they’re something all their own. It’s soul, it’s psychedelic, it’s all sorts of things in between. And, above everything else, it’s so much fun to watch and listen to.
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Album Premiere: Israel Nash – Israel Nash’s Silver Season

photo by Pooneh Ghana

Plum Creek Sound at Dripping Springs in Texas Hill Country – it sounds like the setting of a story too idyllic to be true. And it almost is. There, in a Quonset hut studio on his own 15-acre ranch about 20 miles outside of Austin, Israel Nash has recorded a work of heart-swelling beauty. The lushly produced LP, Israel Nash’s Silver Season, follows the trail blazed by his excellent 2013 album, Rain Plans, but delves deeper into the woods of western psychedelia, guided once again by engineer Ted Young (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Mick Jagger). You’ll be able to pick up the new album in stores this Friday, but you can begin your own journey into its harmonic wonderland now with this exclusive full album stream:

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Song of the Day: Go!Zilla – Pollution

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Pollution” by Go!Zilla from the 2014 self-released album Magic Weird Jack.

Go!Zilla – Pollution (MP3)

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Live Video: DeVotchKa

photo by Rachel White (view set)

It’s been a few years since we’ve heard from Denver band DeVotchKa, and in that time they’ve been doing the usual – you know, gardening, making babies, growing beards, writing ballets – just not releasing new material… at least not yet. Between occasional shows and a handful of concerts with the Colorado Symphony, the longtime KEXP favs have been recording music, taking their time but promising a new album very soon. Anticipating that, they’ve returned to our studio to share a few songs from their amassed catalogue of baroque pop classics, complete with illuminated tuba because, as vocalist Nick Urata says,”It wouldn’t be a DeVotchKa set without a sousaphone song”. Swoon to their recent set now:

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Music That Matters: Tickles

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists.

John Grant, with KEXP DJs Kevin Cole and Cheryl Waters // photo by Morgen Schuler

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 480 – Tickles
Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole drops more hits than Sadaharu Oh on this miracle mix of new music.

1. Hibou – Dissolve
2. Tamaryn – Sugar Fix
3. John Grant – Disappointing
4. Ever So Android – Moment
5. Wild Ones – Dim The Lights
6. Thunderbitch – Eastside Party
7. The Atom Age – It’s A Mess
8. Worriers – Parts
9. The School – Every Day
10. Gospel Machine – Just Call Me
11. Slime – My Company

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KEXP Presents: KEXP Loves Portland 10/8-10/10


KEXP’s local music show Audioasis celebrates music from all across the Northwest, and this Saturday, October 3rd, we’ll be showing our love for Portland with an entire afternoon of in-studio sessions!

12 PM – Lost Lander LIVE on KEXP
2 PM – Hosannas LIVE on KEXP
4 PM – Summer Cannibals LIVE on KEXP
6:30 PM – Boone Howard LIVE on KEXP
8:30 PM – Tender Age LIVE on KEXP

And then the following weekend, these bands will play hometown shows in Portland to help raise money for KEXP’s New Home! On Thursday, October 8th, Lost Lander, Hosannas, Tender Age, and DJ Ingmar tm (of Shy Girls) will take over Holocene, and on Saturday, October 10th, Minden, Summer Cannibals, and Boone Howard will rock the Doug Fir Lounge. Both shows are 21+, and tickets are available here for Holocene and here for the Doug Fir Lounge.
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Friday Music News

photo via Stereogum

  • In honor of Janet Jackson releasing her highly anticipated Unbreakable album today, Tin Angel Records has dropped a tribute album called Dear Janet. The album features a variety of indie artists, who each cover one of 16 Janet classics. For instance, Deradoorian takes on “The Pleasure Principle”, LAKE tackles “Escapade”, and tUnE-yArDs handles “What Have You Done For Me Lately.” Stream the entire album below. [Stereogum]

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KEXP Presents: Audioasis Community Partnership & Benefit Show 10/3

by McKenna Haley

Our Community Partner of the month is Northwest Film Forum! They are proud to be Seattle’s premier film arts organization, supporting independent filmmakers and film lovers. They screen both independently-made and classic films, in addition to offering filmmaking classes all year-round for filmmakers of all ages and levels of experience.

On October 3rd, Audioasis is hosting a special edition of Puget Soundtrack — a live score series — as a part of the 18th Local Sightings Film Festival, an annual showcase of Northwest films and filmmakers. Ahamefule Oluo will perform an original score for the local film, Police Beat, with accompaniment by Jon Hansen and Kevin Buster on Space Tuba and Saxophones. After the show, Ahamefule and Police Beat screenwriter Charles Mudede will have an on-stage conversation about the performance.
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Decibel Festival 2015, Day 4: Optical 1: Dark Overtones at The Triple Door

all photos by Alan Lawrence

Avant-garde electronic music is probably the last thing people think of when they hear “dinner theater”, but that’s exactly what Decibel Festival attendees got if they were lucky enough to snag a spot at the sold out Optical 1 showcase. After fine dining courtesy of the famed Wild Ginger kitchen, audience members at The Triple Door were treated to sets featuring some of the best cutting-edge electronic artists from around the world. The seated theater setting suited the more serious vibe of the night’s performers well by adding gravity to every note, and like a good play, applause was saved only for the end. When cheers finally did reign down for each performer, the theater’s excitement and apprecation was palpable.

I’ll confess that from the small speakers that pumped stage sound into the glassed-off theater press seats, it was difficult to appreciate the full scale of the evening’s sonic landscapes. That said, Berlin born Alexander Lewis, real name Guy Alexander Brewer, had no trouble captivating audience and press alike with his free-form noise constructions. Brewer is also the man behind Shifted, who played the previous night’s MOTOR showcase. If Shifted is Brewer’s dirtying of dance music for experimental purposes, then Alexander Lewis is Brewer’s assault on soundscapes all together. Where more mainstreams forms such as chillwave take “found sounds” and arrange them into impossibly poppy symphonies, Alexander Lewis takes organic elements and lets them run free. Sometimes the results are breathtakingly beautiful, and other times they’re frustratingly dissonant. Either way, the results feel real, visceral, and important.
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