Spoon // photo by Dave Lichterman
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 27th:
Late Show with David Letterman: Mastodon
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Wilco
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Billy Idol
Conan: Bear Hands
Tuesday, October 28th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Sturgill Simpson
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Blood Orange
Wednesday, October 29th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: She & Him, George Clinton
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jessie Ware
Last Call with Carson Daly: Coves
Thursday, October 30th:
Late Show with David Letterman: Perfume Genius
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Smokey Robinson featuring Aloe Blacc and JC Chasez
The Daily Show w/ Jon Stewart: Spoon
Conan: The War on Drugs
Friday, October 31st:
Late Show with David Letterman: Run the Jewels
Jimmy Kimmel Live: The Flaming Lips
Saturday, November 1st:
Saturday Night Live: Prince
Austin City Limits: Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
all photos by Dave Lichterman
Everything I’ve ever thought about MØ is wrong. Well, maybe not all of it – I think she put together an incredible debut LP this year with No Mythologies To Follow, and I think that hard work has put her in league with the leaders of the new wave of indie pop like Grimes, Charli XCX, and others. But seeing Karen Marie Ørsted live, I abandoned all preconceived notions at the door. MØ is a great songwriter and a really great singer (like really great), but after seeing the other side, it’s hard to try to find ways to explain MØ without the performance aspect – it’s just too powerful. After selling out her first post-Mythologies gig at the Crocodile earlier this year, she clocked in a follow up date with haste to give even more fans an opportunity to take part in the full MØ experience last week. Together with LA indie pop singer HOLYCHILD, MØ brought the house down at the Neptune Theatre and guaranteed that her next return to Seattle will need an even bigger venue.
If the recent rainy weather is getting you down, take a musical vacation with Beach Day. Formed in 2011 in an uncannily-named place called Hollywood, Florida, it would be impossible for the bright sunshine of their locale not to radiate into their retro-tinged songs. A shared love of surf-rock brought singer/guitarist Kimmy Drake and drummer Skyler Black together, and their debut single caught the attention of legendary Detroit producer Jim Diamond, known for his work with The White Stripes. Diamond brought his gritty garage-rock experience behind the board on their sophomore release, Native Echoes, and the result is a ’60s girl-group-sound that combines the Dum Dum Girls with The Dirtbombs. Soak up the sun with their in-studio session below:
photo by David Turcotte
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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Somewhere Else To Be” by Wormburner from the 2014 album Pleasant Living in Planned Communities on Dive Records.
Wormburner - Somewhere Else To Be (MP3)
all photos by Dave Lichterman (view set)
Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD’s first headlining show in Seattle proved that they have come a long way from their viral-video rap-cover roots, as the three-piece made some serious noise tearing through several familiar covers and even more originals from their debut album, III. With only a drum kit, electric bass and two keyboards, the trio played their crossover jam-trap-jazz-fusion selections as hard as possible, with the dynamic buildup-to-rockout original numbers inciting only semi-awkward pogoing mosh pits among the fairly enthusiastic (especially for a Tuesday night) crowd. During one of their first cover songs, Flying Lotus’ “Putty Boy Strut”, they made the audience contribute the intro 1/8-note claps. The mostly-twentysomething male music nerd crowd was uncannily adept at this, and became a metronome rather than a distraction for the band, guiding them through the entire song as BBNG’s three players played it to perfection. The group also covered TNGHT’s (the collaborative project from Glasgow/Montreal producers Hudson Mohawke and Lunice) trap banger “Bugg’n,” which incited a full-fledged bro-down complete with crowdsurfing, and closed with Odd Future frontman Tyler, the Creator’s Bastard Intro into a raucous version of Gucci Mane’s “Lemonade” sped up to a thrash-punk tempo (swag).
The late addition of local opening acts (and KEXP Street Sounds favorites) OCnotes and Tacoma’s UGLYFRANK (featuring the other members of group ILLFIGHTYOU as an added bonus) – both of whom BADBADNOTGOOD voiced their appreciation for – made the whole night one for the record books.
Last year, Mike and Jaime made a free record that they expected a handful of Killer Mike and El-P fans to like. After all, the two have been working together for a while – Mike made an appearance on El’s Cancer 4 Cure, then El produced Mike’s best record ever, R.A.P. Music. Together, the two form Run The Jewels, an unstoppable duo that puts every rap collab record and buddy cop movie to shame instantly. Since then, the two toured endlessly, wowing crowds across the globe until they realized that a sequel needed to happen if the world was to continue spinning on its axis.
In terms of sequels, Run The Jewels 2 is more Evil Dead 2 than Empire Strikes Back. Album #2 isn’t a continuation of a story and doesn’t try and explore new ground. Rather, it pulls out all the stops to make the most badass rehash ever, doing everything bigger, everything badder, and leaving no punches unthrown. More features don’t mean a thing for these two dudes – the collaborations are cute, but pale in comparison to the unequivocal energy that Jaime and Mike create off each other. Run The Jewels 2 is more bloodthirsty, unapologetic, political, and pervasive than its predecessor. It’s everything that Run The Jewels fans could ever want out of this record. And best of all, it’s 100% free. Grab it here, and preview it below.
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Perfume Genius mastermind Mike Hadreas is a local, but it wasn’t until the 2010 Matador 21 anniversary shows in Las Vegas that I first saw him live. Sandwiched on the bill between two iconic heavyweights (Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Cat Power, for crissakes), Mike sat timidly behind his piano with his boyfriend. He seemed so fragile, yet there was an impressive strength behind it that kept me and my friends glued to the stage. Years later, Hadreas has returned with his third album, Too Bright, out now on Matador Records, and his strength radiates stronger then ever. Recorded with Adrian Utley of Portishead and featuring John Parish on several tracks, he describes the new release to DJ Cheryl Waters as “dark and nasty,” but the songs still retain a beauty unique to Perfume Genius. All hail the queen. Perfume Genius plays a hometown show this Saturday, October 25th at The Neptune. Watch his dramatically potent session below: