TV Eye: Week of 5/18

The Tallest Man On Earth

The Tallest Man On Earth (and Sugar) // photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

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, May 18th:
Late Show with David Letterman: Eddie Vedder
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Janelle Monae
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Father John Misty
Last Call with Carson Daly: Faith No More
Conan: Lord Huron

Tuesday, May 19th:
Late Show with David Letterman: Bob Dylan
Last Call with Carson Daly: Faith No More
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Adam Horovitz (R)

Wednesday, May 20th:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Allen Stone
Last Call with Carson Daly: Hundred Waters
Conan: The Tallest Man on Earth

Thursday, May 21st:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Matt & Kim

Saturday, May 23rd:
Austin City Limits: The Lumineers and Shovels & Rope

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Monday Music News

  • Over the weekend, Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic and Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan took the stage at The Neptune Theatre to discuss McKagan’s new book, How To Be A Man (and other illusions). After their spirited discussion, none other than Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready introduced the two to perform a cover of the 1987 single “Sweet Child O’ Mine” on bass… and accordion. Watch their charming duet below. A biopic on McKagan’s life, It’s So Easy and Other Lies, was just added to the schedule for the Seattle International Film Festival with screenings on May 28th and June 4th. [Spin]


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Live Review: Unknown Mortal Orchestra with Nurses at Barboza 5/9/15

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

all photos by Dave Lichterman

For almost five years now as Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Ruban Nielson has been learning how to give himself away. On his eponymous debut, it was from behind the closed door of a bedroom, where we heard psychedelic funk gems muffled through the wall and wanted to know more. On 2013’s II, the door cracked a bit, and we got a purer form of a man, with a lot on his mind but even more energy in his feet. In a few weeks, Nielson will give us Multi-Love, and despite the fact that it was recorded in down in the basement under strange pink light, it feels like the most face to face record Nielson has given us yet. Seattle was lucky enough to get the opportunity to hear it live a bit before the record drops here at Barboza. With a fantastic band behind him and a sonic onslaught of experimental funk brilliance, it is evident that the new record finds Nielson in a more revealing place than ever. Together with fellow Portland psych band Nurses, Unknown Mortal Orchestra debuted their new album to Seattle with a truly dazzling display.
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Song of the Day: Miami Horror – Real Slow

photo by Dylan Reyes

photo by Dylan Reyes

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Real Slow” by Miami Horror from the 2015 album All Possible Futures on Dine Alone Records.

Miami Horror – Real Slow (MP3)

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Live Review: Dan Deacon with Prince Rama & Ben O’Brien at Neumos 5/8/15

Dan Deacon

all photos by Dave Lichterman

For Friday night’s Neumos crowd, reality became something entirely separate from what we knew it to be. The night’s headliner, Canadian electronic wunderkind Dan Deacon, bends the strings that we dangle by enough on his own, but combined with the dystopian shimmer of New York synth rock act Prince Rama and the 21st century American cult fun of Ben O’Brien, not an ounce of the night was at half volume. All three acts worked brilliantly with both aural and visual landscapes, capturing every available attention span from shortest to longest. Looking closely, each of these artists is pushing the envelope of performance art and sonic domination. But from afar, there’s so much going on in this rainbow of whimsical joy that you can’t help but lose yourself in it. With one of the most stacked tour cards of the year, Dan Deacon and friends made a sold out gig at Neumos a truly once in a lifetime experience to see the world through another dimension.
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KEXP Q&A: Scotty Smith of Fauna Shade

photo by Peter Dervin

This is a big summer for Fauna Shade. They have a new singles premiering, a showcase with KEXP, gigs at summer music festivals and features on Seattle radio stations. For singer Scotty Smith, it’s the dream life. We got a chance to catch up with Smith during this whirlwind experience and ask him a few questions about his band.

When you think of your music, what images come to mind? And how does this play with the name of the group, Fauna Shade?

This is a good question because there is a connection between the name and my visual take on the sound, however this is a rather strange thing to explain so hold tight. Music leaves me dumbfounded, it’s illogical how much it can affect me, even just placing two chords in sequence can give me a strong emotional sensation. The other thing I’ve found in life that has the ability to leave me as euphorically transfixed as music, is light. Sunlight does it best, strangely angled in the late or early hours of the day, bounced off a mirror or illuminating something in a new warm light. I can’t look away, and it’s that infatuation with light that gave fauna its “shade”. I would like for our music to be the equivalent to a beam of light that found its way into your kitchen only to illuminate a crystal doorknob you’ve never seen as anything special before.
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Music That Matters: Sasquatch! Roadtrip Mixtape 2015

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.

Sasquatch! Music Festival // photo by Matthew Thompson

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 460 – Sasquatch! Roadtrip Mixtape 2015
DJ Kevin Cole presents a mix of highlight artists performing during this year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival. Soundtrack your road trip out to the Gorge, or, if you’re unable to attend in person, enjoy this awesome musical companion for your Memorial Day Weekend.

Tracklist:
1. Temples – Shelter Song
2. Spoon – Rent I Pay
3. Sharon Van Etten – Taking Chances
4. Sylvan Esso – Coffee
5. Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear
6. José González – Leaf Off / The Cave
7. Sleater-Kinney – Surface Envy
8. Angel Olsen – Forgiven/Forgotten
9. Woods – Leaves Like Glass
10. The War On Drugs – Red Eyes
11. THEESatisfaction – EarthEE
12. Vox Mod – Iridescent Asteroid Mists (feat. Palaceer Lazaro)
13. St. Paul & The Broken Bones – Call Me
14. Shakey Graves – Dearly Departed
15. BRONCHO – Class Historian
16. Twin Peaks – I Found A New Way

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Live Video: Polaris

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

There were two generations of Polaris fans at KEXP this day. There were those of us who remember the band from the ’90s Nickelodeon TV show The Adventures Of Pete And Pete: the band composed the soundtrack for the now cult-classic series and even appeared on the show’s opening credits. And, then there were those who remember the band as ’80s college rock faves Miracle Legion: the show’s producers commissioned the band for the soundtrack, but when founding member Mr. Ray Neal was unable to participate, the remaining members (Mark Mulcahy, Scott Boutier, and Dave McCaffrey) rebranded as “Polaris.” Fifteen years later, the band surely gained yet another generation of fans who caught this joyous KEXP session on the air. Watch their set below, including a performance of the 1992 Miracle Legion track “Out to Play” and a web-only exclusive of the Pete & Pete theme song “Hey Sandy.”


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Friday Music News

  • Legendary blues musician B.B. King has passed away at age 89. Late last year, King has to cancel several tour dates due to dehydration, and was receiving hospice care for the condition at the time of his death. After serving in World War II, King started his music career as a Memphis disc jockey and eventually became the famous “Beale Street Blues Boy” aka B.B. He will be remembered as one of the most talented guitarists to ever live. Watch a 1993 performance of his hit “The Thrill is Gone,” below and watch more videos on our video roundup in tribute to this legendary musician here. [Pitchfork]


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Friday on My Mind: Bike to Work Day 2015!

photo by Renata Steiner

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.

Happy Bike to Work Day, everyone! Today wraps up Bike to Work Week and we are still within the midst of Bike to Work Month, so if you haven’t rallied to work on your bike yet, there’s still time to do it. This particular day and month were created in hopes that those of you who don’t feel as comfortable or familiar with being on a bike, will take the chance now and not feel so intimidated. Cycling to your job not only helps to save the planet through less air pollution via your undriven car, it also serves as an excellent way to keep your body in shape and exercised. The sun is even supposed to be back for the occasion as well. And if all of that isn’t enough to motivate you, this week we’ve chosen all music music videos featuring artists getting out and about on their bikes…
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