Friday on My Mind: Record Store Day 2015!

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind. Our weekly blog post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News.

Tomorrow is Record Store Day. It’s been going strong every year since 2007 as a means of giving the record store industry a much deserved boost. Record Store Day should serve as a reminder of the wonderful resources offered by record stores every day of the year. The rare album exclusives sweeten the deal. I’ll be out and about in search of Citizen Dick:

Before you camp out at your local record shop, here are just a few of the musicians that will be releasing exclusives tomorrow. They are artists that we are particularly excited about so keep your eyes open for what they are offering tomorrow. Happy Record Store Day’s Eve Everyone!!

Built to Spill – Living Zoo

Built to Spill will release their new album UNTETHERED MOON on Record Store Day. 500 random of the vinyl albums will be on transparent blue vinyl. Check out the brand new official video for the first single from the new album, “Living Zoo”…


David Bowie – Changes (live)

Bowie will be releasing a double A side 7 inch with Tom Verlaine of Television. This will be a clear vinyl split single of both artist’s versions of “Kingdom Come”. One side will have Verlaine’s version from his 1979 self titled album, and the Bowie’s version was recorded for Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps). The second disc is a picture disc of “Changes” using a photo by Brian Ward that was taken for Hunky Dory album shoot.


Father John Misty – Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)

For Record Store Day, Father John Misty will be releasing a heart shaped red vinyl. There will be an acoustic version of “I Love You Honey Bear” on the A-side, and an unreleased song called “Never Been a Woman” on the B-side. There will only be 5,7000 copies worldwide.


Honorable Mentions:

Death Cab for Cutie – Black Sun

Death Cab for Cutie will be releasing baby blue with coke bottle green splatter vinyl with their version of “Bad Reputation” on one side, and the original Freedy Johnston version on the other.


Neko Case – Maybe Sparrow

Neko Case will be re-releasing the album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood on limited edition red vinyl. Case will be playing a show in Portland, OR at Revolution Hall on Record Store Day this year.

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Record Store Day 2015: KEXP DJ & Staff Picks, Part Two

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It’s Record Store Day Eve, so get to bed early so you can wake up and get in line at your favorite neighborhood store! Many KEXP DJs and staff will be in line, too, hoping to get some of the items below. (Part one of their lists is posted here, and DJ Kevin Cole shares his highlights here.) Plus, check out all these different events around town!

All week long on The Afternoon Show, DJ Kevin Cole has been chatting with local record store entrepreneurs, and today’s guest is:


Friday: Matt Vaughan (Easy Street)

Tune in at 3:00 PM PT to hear Matt spin some of his Record Store Day highlights, and stay tuned for a very big announcement, too! (You don’t want to miss it!)

Darek Mazzone | Host of Wo’Pop:

Various Artists – An On-U Journey Through Time and Space 12″

Katrina Harvie-Watt | Major Gifts Officer:

David Bowie, Changes, 7” picture disc!

Tanner Ellison | Host of Seek and Destroy:

EVERY DAY is Record Store Day!!!! Well, if they sell metal albums anyway :P

I also found this really good Vice/Noisey article talking about how vinyl production in this country is sliding into a shitty space partially thanks to larger acts and labels trying to cash in on the vinyl “trend” (I don’t know about the trend, I’ve been buying underground punk and metal vinyl since I was 13). But it’s worth a read and brings up some valid points.

• At The Gates – Gardens of Grief
• Carcass – Choice Cuts
• Electric Wizard – Time To Die
• Gwar – America Must Be Destroyed
• Deathwish – Out For Blood
• Hawkwind – Back on the Streets
• Jungle Rot – Terror Regime
• Hawkwind – Hawkwind
• Venom – From The Very Depths

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Song of the Day: Mommy Long Legs – Life Rips

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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. This week, we are featuring new local songs as selected by Audioasis host DJ Sharlese.

Mommy Long Legs – Life Rips (MP3)

Sharlese’s pick for today is the title track from the 2015 self-released album Life Rips by Mommy Long Legs.
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Album Review: Them Are Us Too – Remain

San Francisco has been doing the shoegaze revival right for a while now. There’s something about the way bay area indie rock meshes with the sounds of My Bloody Valentine and Ride to give the classic, noisy 80s textures a brisk, airy sensibility, and the denseness of the classics is made new through vibrant and euphoric tone. The city’s latest offering comes to us in the form of the 21 year-old duo of Kennedy Ashlyn and Cash Askew, forming together as Them Are Us Too. Remain is their first LP and its a wonderfully warm debut, ripe with Cocteau Twins vibes all around and some great songwriting work from such a young pair.


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Thursday Music News

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  • West coast weirdo Ariel Pink shares a video today for the track “Jell-O” off last year’s stellar full-length Pom Pom. The psychedelic clip, directed by Dan Kapelovitz, showcases vintage meat industry footage interspersed with the band making Jell-O shots. The video is dedicated to the late Kim Fowley, who co-wrote the song. Watch below, and watch video from his KEXP in-studio session here. [Pitchfork]


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Review Revue: R.E.M. – Reckoning

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R.E.M., who released Reckoning, their second album, almost exactly 31 years ago, were a band for 31 years. They began as a quirky group of Athens weirdos beloved by college radio DJs, and became one of the biggest rock bands in the world, and then they decided to stop being a band, which you have to kind of admire. Knowing when to quit is not something most big rock bands tend to be very good at.

Reckoning must have been met with some anticipation here at KCMU. As the sticker on the cover says, their debut album the year before had been celebrated by Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and Record, and had no doubt been spun quite a bit on the air here. There were a lot of fans here, but certainly some detractors, as well as the obligatory folks who thought their even earlier work was better. In fact, one person (Tom?) seems to have so riled people up that their comment has been removed from the record altogether, so we’ll never know just what inspired these first couple reactions: Read More »

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Live Video: A Place to Bury Strangers

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Merchants of sound A Place to Bury Strangers once again drops by KEXP to flex their effects pedals and energetic noise. Armed with songs from their new release, Transfixiation, the Brooklyn trio delivers skull-splitting feedback in true Strangers style but also evident in the opening track “Supermaster” and the romantically retro “Now It’s Over”, underneath all that shoegazing buzz is something beautiful and melodic. Turn your lights down low and watch the full moody set:


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Record Store Day 2015: KEXP DJ & Staff Picks, Part One

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This Saturday, April 18th is Record Store Day, and KEXP staff and DJs are eagerly awaiting their chance to grab their faves! Check out their wish lists below, and you can also see DJ Kevin Cole’s list here. Speaking of the Kevster, all week long on The Afternoon Show, he’ll be joined by guests from Seattle record stores at 3:00 PM PT:


Thursday: Mike Batt (Silver Platters)
Friday: Matt Vaughan (Easy Street)

Tune in and get a first listen at many of the records you can get this weekend! And stay tuned for more staff and DJ picks tomorrow.

Cheryl Waters | Host of The Midday Show:

I’m excited about Blitzen Trapper covering Neil Young’s Harvest album. Also, I just heard about the Nirvana covers album Whatever Nevermind when Kevin was chatting with Jason Hughes of Sonic Boom Records on The Afternoon Show. I’m excited to hear more!

Scott Bell | General Manager, KEXP Online Service:

My pick: Jethro Tull, Live at Carnegie Hall 1970. Why? I almost wore through the grooves on my Thick as a Brick LP. Loved Tull back in the day.

Rob Bender | Senior Account Executive, Business Support & Sponsorship:

Mclusky – Mcluskyism

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Song of the Day: Wishyunu – Photoplay

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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. This week, we are featuring new local songs as selected by Audioasis host DJ Sharlese.

Wishyunu – Photoplay (MP3)

Sharlese’s pick for today is “Photoplay” by Wishyunu from their 2015 self-released Photoplay 7″ out May 4th.
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Wednesday Music News

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  • Courtney Barnett brings us the dark, somber video for the track “Kim’s Caravan” off her latest Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. She says the song was inspired by her concerns for the Great Barrier Reef, and describes the tune as “an apocalyptic tale of our world painted black with oil and soot, painted red with blood and greed.” Watch below. “Kim’s Caravan” will be released as a limited edition 12″ single this Saturday for Record Store Day (it’s one of DJ Kevin Cole’s picks!), and the b-side is her cover of John Cale’s “Close Watch.” [Pitchfork]


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