Tuesday Music News

photo by Jesse Lirola

photo by Jesse Lirola

  • We’re weeks away from the release of the new Cloud Nothings album, Life Without Sound, and here’s another sneak peek with a video for the track “Internal World.” Director Jonny Look provides an instructional clip from the “Department of Human Being Assimilation,” which may or may not help the lizard people who will inevitably walk among us, amiright? Life Without Sound will be out January 27th on Carpark Records, and the boys have just been booked for a KEXP in-studio, Friday, February 17th at 1:00 PM PT, and KEXP presents them two nights at The Crocodile, Friday, February 17th and Saturday, February 18th. [ Consequence of Sound]


  • And we’ve got a title! Last week, we shared news of the forthcoming Spoon full-length. Today we learn, it will be titled Hot Thoughts. The band themselves confirmed the title on SiriusXM’s Debatable program, adding that they’ll be playing SXSW this year, in their hometown of Austin, Texas. A possible release date of March 17th has been mentioned, but neither Matador Records nor the band have confirmed. [ Consequence of Sound]
  • We’ve got more new music to share from UK psych band Temples, and it’s not a song they performed last fall in the KEXP Gathering Space! Check out the track “Strange or Be Forgotten” from their forthcoming full-length Volcano, out March 3rd via Fat Possum. We’ll get to hear more of these new songs live when the boys play Neumos on Saturday, February 25th. [ Under the Radar]

  • And another sneak peek at an upcoming full-length: check out “No Known Drink or Drug” by Japandroids below. The Vancouver-based duo will release their third album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, January 27 via Anti-. Catch them on Saturday, March 18th at the Neptune Theatre. [ Pitchfork]


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Song of the Day: Desperate Journalist – Hollow

Desperate Journalist

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 “Hollow” by Desperate Journalist from their forthcoming album, Grow Up, due March 24th on Fierce Panda.

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TV Eye: Week of 1/9

Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson // photo by Matthew B. Thompson (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, January 9th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kacey Musgraves (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Explosions in the Sky (R)

Tuesday, January 10th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: The Flaming Lips
Last Call with Carson Daly: Wolf Parade (R)

Wednesday, January 11th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Stevie Wonder
Last Call with Carson Daly: Banks & Steelz (R)

Thursday, January 12th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: SZA
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: A$AP Mob
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Action Bronson
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Jamie T
Last Call with Carson Daly: Bob Mould (R)

Friday, January 13th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Sampha
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Craig Finn (R)
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Green Day (R)

Saturday, January 14th:
Austin City Limits: Cyndi Lauper
Saturday Night Live: Sturgill Simpson

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Monday Music News

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  • It’s been a year since the release of David Bowie‘s Blackstar, the #1 Album of 2016, as voted on by KEXP listeners. And to mark what would have been his 70th birthday, an EP has been released featuring some of the last songs this musical icon recorded, including “No Plan”, “Killing a Little Time”, “When I Met You”, and the previously released track “Lazarus.” The songs appear in the musical Lazarus, which is currently running at London’s Kings Cross Theatre through January 21st, but this is the first time they’ve been available on a release. A video has been shared for the track “No Plan,” which you can stream below. Director Tom Hingston captures a crowd of people outside a television store, with a posthumous clip of Bowie. And keep it tuned to KEXP as our David Bowie tribute continues on our through Tuesday, January 10th. [ Under the Radar]


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Song of the Day: Chemtrails – Aeons

photo by Amy Wood

photo by Amy Wood

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 “Aeons” by Chemtrails, from their 2016 debut EP, Love In Toxic Wasteland, on PNKSLM Recordings.

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Remembering Bowie: A KEXP Video Roundup

photo by Jimmy King

It was a year ago today that KEXP celebrated our annual Intergalactic Bowie Day celebration on what was David Bowie‘s 69th birthday, sadly followed by an on-air mourning of his passing mere days later. While the passing of time has done nothing to dull the pain, the power and influence of his music is more apparent with each passing day. KEXP has compiled video from his vast catalog, spanning half a century. Take your protein pills, put your helmet on, and watch below:

KEXP celebrates the life of David Bowie on-air beginning Sunday, January 8th, on what would have been David Bowie’s 70th birthday, and culminating Tuesday, January 10th on the one-year anniversary of his passing. Listen all weekend for rare songs and interviews with those who knew him best. Click here for more information.


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KEXP Suggests: David Bowie Tribute Events Around Seattle

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They don’t call Seattle the “City of Music” for nothing, and the outpouring of David Bowie tribute shows this weekend is a great example why. From yoga to film screenings and more, there’s plenty of ways to celebrate his life with fellow music lovers. Check out a few of these events below:

Bowie’s Birthday Bash with Bowie Vision and Jealous Dogs
Saturday, January 7th
at the Tractor Tavern (more info)

BowieVision is Seattle’s own Bowie cover band, comprised of members of both the Dudley Manlove Quartet and Purr Gato. The “vision” part comes from videos projected behind them as they play. You might remember Night of a Thousand Bowies, their attempt last year to set a Guinness Book World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as David Bowie. (Sadly, they fell 75 people short.) Come to the show dressed as Bowie to make up for it.

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Ground Control: A David Bowie Tribute Yoga Session
Sunday, January 8th
at Fred Wildlife Refuge (more info)

What better way to honor Bowie than by raising your consciousness to a soundtrack of his work spun by DJ Recess and VJ Killing Frenzy. (Not surprisingly, Bowie was active in both yoga and meditation.) Local collective Yo Yo Yoga will lead attendees through a vinyasa/yoga flow. Costumes are encouraged, and you must bring your own mat, but free juice, kombucha, and snacks will be on hand.
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Music that Matters: Shake the Shack 2.0

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.

Wayne Hancock at Pickathon 2013 // photo by Kristina Moravic (view set)

Currently you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 546 – Shake the Shack 2.0

Mike Fuller serves up a baker’s dozen of super-rockin’ tunes that he’s unearthed since settling into the captain’s chair on Shake the Shack.

Tracklist:
1. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion – Depression
2. Southern Culture on the Skids – Dirt Road
3. Eleven Hundred Springs – Raise Hell, Drink Beer
4. The Hi-Risers – Foundation Rock
5. The Outta Sites – Arula Mata Gali
6. Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne – Jumpin’ & Boppin’ With Joy
7. Wayne Hancock – Slingin’ Rhythm
8. Marshall & The Martins – Bundamba
9. Wau Y Los Arrrghs!! – Momia Twist
10. The Royal Hounds – Elvis Is Haunting My Bathroom
11. The Starjays – The Right Girl
12. King Louie Combo – Hot Rod Rumble
13. Joakim Tinderholt & His Band – Stumblin’ and Fumblin’

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Friday Music News

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

  • The timing of this couldn’t be more perfect with David Bowie‘s 70th birthday (and sadly, the anniversary of his passing) right around the corner: listen to a cover of “Sorrow” from Jenny Lewis below, which is actually a cover of a cover since it’s originally by The McCoys, but then popularized by Bowie on 1973’s Pin Ups. The reverent tribute will appear on the self-titled debut from Paul Shaffer, the bald, bespectacled former sidekick on Late Night With David Letterman. He’s again backed by the World’s Most Dangerous Band, with guest appearances from Bill Murray, Shaggy, Darius Rucker, and more. The album hits stores on March 17th via Sire Records. And keep it tuned to KEXP all weekend long as the David Bowie tribute continues on our airwaves from Sunday, January 8th to Tuesday, January 10th. [Under the Radar]


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