Song of the Day: Goat – Try My Robe

photo by Andreas Johansson

photo by Andreas Johansson

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 “Try My Robe” by Goat from their forthcoming album, Requiem, due October 7 on Sub Pop Records.

Goat – Try My Robe (MP3)
With “Try My Robe”, from their forthcoming third album, Swedish psych rockers Goat welcome you further into their mystery – quite literally. Up this point, we’ve speculated on the mythic origins and wondered about the transient union of this anonymous collective without ever really peeking behind their masks. But the personal details of the musicians have always been beside the point. Goat has lived before the current incarnation and, as the story goes, will return after them in another guise. Unchanged, though, are the musical traditions the group draws upon in their modern approach to multicultural tribalism. World Music and Communion, Goat’s first two albums, blend Indian, Middle Eastern, African, and Western music of all kinds, erasing their physical boundaries while tapping into their most hypnotic rhythms and captivating melodies, and send it all through a thick psychedelic haze. The new album, Requiem, lays to rest some of that electrified distortion, favoring acoustic guitars, handclaps and wood flutes to face-melting fuzz pedals and pounding beats on most (but not all!) songs.

Today’s featured song, “Try My Robe”, is definitely one of the more Aquarian numbers, both in style and content. Rawly recorded, this bangled Bhangra banger calls to mind dervishing dancers silhouetted on a sunset-lit field, arms serpenting skyward, yet the lyrics invite a calmer repose: “Come sit down / by my side / play that drum / share my bread / taste my food / try my robe / sing that song / for my love / all night long / sit down and rest”. Though it’s mostly acoustic, and this being Goat, a minute-long psych guitar jam threads the song’s two verses. Frenetic yet trance-inducing, “Try My Robe” is an amazing sonic dreamcoat you’ll want to try on again and again.

You’ll have to wait, though, if you want to commune with Goat in person, unless you’re outside of the U.S. The collective has been performing festivals and shows throughout Europe, but they do not yet have plans Stateside. While you’re send prayers to the psych gods for that to happen, keep checking their website and Facebook page for updates. For now, check out the very recently released alternate-vocal version of “Union of Sun and Moon”, the first track off Requiem:

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Live Around Town This Week

Sigur Ros

Sigur Rós // photo by Lilja Birgisdottir

Monday, September 19th:

Warpaint, Facial, Goldensuns at The Showbox (more info)

Garbage, Cigarettes After Sex at the Paramount Theatre (more info)

Mrs. Magician, VHS, Texas Medicine at the Vera Project (more info)

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In Stores Now 9/19

September continues to be strong for new releases. Highlights include the latest from Staten Island, NY band Cymbals Eat Guitars. KEXP Music Director Don Yates says their fourth album, “brings a bit more of an expansive and energetic sound to their anthemic indie-rock. Produced by John Congleton, the album adds synths, occasional horns and other instrumentation alongside the band’s searing guitar work on emotionally hard-hitting songs with often-dark lyrics revolving around anxiety, depression and mortality.”

Eight-piece Birmingham, AL band St. Paul & The Broken Bones release their second album of old-school soul, “nother excellent set that pairs a darker, more funk-edged sound with more politically conscious lyrics. Produced by Paul Butler (who also just produced Michael Kiwanuka’s impressive new album), the album features an airtight sound with some beautiful arrangements to frame Paul Janeway’s powerful vocals.” Bellingham producer/multi-instrumentalist Manatee Commune (aka Grant Eadie) shares “a strong set of dreamy, psych-tinged electro-pop with a warm, intimate sound featuring bubbly synths, unhurried beats, sampled ambient sounds, blissed-out melodies, manipulated vocal fragments and occasional guest vocals from Marina Price, Moorea Masa and Flint Eastwood.”

Preoccupations — the band formerly known as Viet Cong — “offers up their debut full-length under their new name. It’s a potent set of dark, adventurous post-punk with driving rhythms, atmospheric guitars, hypnotic keyboards, gloomy vocals, bleak lyrics and sharp song hooks.” Icelandic artist Sin Fang (aka Sindri Már Sigfússon) “ditches the chamber-pop orchestration that colored his last album (2013’s Flowers) in favor of a moody, R&B-influenced electro-pop sound with more forceful beats, atmospheric synths, gentle vocals, dark lyrics and dreamy melodies. Guest vocalists include Jonsi, Soley and Farao.” Danish producer Trentemøller returns with “a bleak blend of moody electro-pop and atmospheric dream-pop. Marie Fisker, Lisbet Fritze and Savages’ Jehnny Beth are featured as guest vocalists.”

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TV Eye: Week of 9/19

Explosions in the Sky

Explosions in the Sky // photo by Melissa Wax

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, September 19th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Die Antwoord
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Glass Animals
Last Call with Carson Daly: Explosions in the Sky
Conan: St. Paul & the Broken Bones

Tuesday, September 20th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon:
Last Call with Carson Daly: The Black Lips

Wednesday, September 21st:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Band of Horses
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Wilco, Nile Rodgers
Late Night with Seth Meyers: James Blake
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Banks + Steelz
Last Call with Carson Daly: Peter Bjorn & John
Ellen: The Head and the Heart

Thursday, September 22nd:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: The Kills
Last Call with Carson Daly: Banks + Steelz

Friday, September 23rd:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Die Antwoord (R)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Bruce Springsteen
Last Call with Carson Daly: Broncho (R)

Saturday, September 24th:
Austin City Limits: Alabama Shakes

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Monday Music News

photo by Amber Zbitnoff (view set)

  • If you were listening to Warpaint LIVE on KEXP this morning, the L.A. band opened with this brand new track: “Whiteout” (or “White Out” — seeing two different spellings around). Stream the album version below, out this Friday, September 23rd on the album Heads Up. The new one was co-produced by Jacob Bercovici (from their debut EP Exquisite Corpse) and Warpaint. The band play tonight in Seattle at The Showbox. [Under the Radar]

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Live Video: Caveman

photo by Amber Knecht (view set)

Brooklyn band Caveman continues to evolve on their third album, updating the harmonic indie-folk of 2011’s CoCo Beware and the expansive space-prog of their 2013 self-titled LP for a larger, more atmospheric, ’80s-steeped pop-rock sound. While the concept story behind Otero War is vaguely sci-fi, the songs traverse more human terrain lyrically, focusing on existential topics like relationships and personal satisfaction. Whatever you take from them, there’s no doubt that Caveman, in-studio at KEXP, sounds all too real. Watch Caveman’s their entire performance here:

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Nevermind25: A Nirvana Video Roundup


As we look back on 25 years of Nirvana’s Nevermind, we have to acknowledge how even their music videos became influential. Former MTV Programming employee Amy Finnerty has said the clip for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in particular “changed the entire look of MTV.” From anarchist cheerleaders to a spoof of ’60s variety shows, check out a roundup of videos from this important release (and lots of live footage, too, since not every song was released as a single).

KEXP celebrates the 25th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind all week long, leading to a special encore presentation on Audioasis, Saturday, September 24th (the actual anniversary date). Listen all week for exclusive interviews, giveaways, and more in honor of this iconic album.

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Song of the Day: Tom Brosseau – You Can’t Stop

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 “You Can’t Stop” by Tom Brosseau from his new album North Dakota Transmissions out on Crossbill Records.

Tom Brosseau – You Can’t Stop (MP3)
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Music that Matters: Ready for the Magic

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.

The Tallest Man on Earth live at KEXP in 2015 // photo by Dave Lichterman

Currently you’ll hear:

Music that Matters, Vol. 530 – Ready for the Magic

In this enchanting mix of artists from Seattle to Scotland, Cheryl Waters shares some of her current faves and tracks from her most anticipated records of the fall, including American Wrestlers, The Tallest Man on Earth, and Honeyblood.

1. Adia Victoria – Sea of Sand
2. Fly Moon Royalty – Find You
3. Hotels – Green Apples
4. Anomie Belle – Lovers
5. FKL – Elliott
6. The Tallest Man on Earth – Rivers
7. Chris Staples – Golden Age
8. American Football – I’ve Been So Lost For So Long
9. Sam Coomes – Bugger Me
10. Allah-Las – Could Be You
11. John K. Samson – Postdoc Blues
12. Gordi – Wanting
13. American Wrestlers – Give Up
14. Adult Books – Casual Wrecks
15. Honeyblood – Ready for the Magic
16. Thee Oh Sees – Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster (live)

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Friday Music News

photo by Victoria Holt

  • Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke debuted a new, 10-minute song called “Coloured Candy” during Rag & Bone’s 2017 Spring/Summer runway show. It features lines from The Universal Sigh, the free newspaper that accompanied the release of Radiohead’s eighth studio album The King of Limbs. Check out the video below. [CoS]

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