Song of the Day: L.A. Witch – Baby In Blue Jeans

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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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Baby In Blue Jeans” by L.A. Witch from their self-titled album, available now via Suicide Squeeze Records.

L.A. Witch – Baby In Blue Jeans (MP3)

L.A. Witch, a garage rock trio whose hometown is true to their namesake, released their self-titled debut LP on Suicide Squeeze Records this September. The album almost sounds like it belongs in another generation of Angeleno music history, but it still fits in with the city’s modern era. The band’s three members play an amalgamation of West Coast rock from decades past, but they infuse it all with an updated punk energy. They also smother everything — every individual track and instrument — in lots and lots of reverb.

“Baby In Blue Jeans” relies on a heavy dose of reverb to build a dark, spacious sound. The song plods forward with a consistent rhythm, a crunchy guitar riff layering around a steady drumbeat, bass, and hazy vocals until they all finally slow to a stop together at the end of the four-and-a-half-minute run. It’s one of the lower-energy songs on L.A. Witch, but the slower pace only allows more room for each of the instruments to breathe.

L.A. Witch has a few upcoming tour dates in the Midwest and on the West Coast, including a spot opening for Diarrhea Planet in Las Vegas. They will also play a couple of shows in Australia in December. More details can be found on their Facebook page. Check out the video for “Get Lost,” a track off their 2014 self-titled EP, below.

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Tuesday Music News

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  • Australian psych band King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard set a lofty goal at the beginning of the year to release five albums this year and by George, they just may do it. So far they’ve released three: Flying Microtonal Banana, Murder of the Universe, and Sketches of Brunswick East. Today they’ve announced the fourth, Polygondawanaland, will be released this Friday, November 17 for completely free. “Free as in, free. Free to download and if you wish, free to make copies. Make tapes, make CD’s, make records,” they stated on the Instagram announcement. They’re even allowing fans to download the album’s digital, CD, or vinyl masters. “We do not own this record. You do,” said the band. You’ll be able to acquire it on their website. [ Under the Radar ]


POLYGONDWANALAND This album is FREE. Free as in, free. Free to download and if you wish, free to make copies. Make tapes, make CD’s, make records. The following files will be available to download at 9am Friday 17 Nov, Melbourne, Australia time at kinggizzardandthelizardwizard.com 1. DIGITAL MASTERS & ARTWORK: This is the best option if you wish to download the album for personal use. Available as high quality MP3 files 320 kbps (≈100 MB) or uncompressed WAV files (≈500 MB). Each version contains hi-res digital artwork of the front cover at 4000 x 4000 resolution. 2. CD MASTERS & ARTWORK: If you wish to press CDs you will need to download the DDP master and CD Artwork template. The DDP master is the format used for identifying information on optical discs. This master has the tracklist, ISRC codes & metadata embedded. In this .ZIP file you will also find a folder with a CD template, front cover art and extra artwork for back cover, inner tray, spine and booklet that you will need to put together yourself. 3. VINYL MASTERS & ARTWORK: The vinyl master is a completely seperate master to CD & Digital masters. There are physical limitations to what the head of the lathe can produce when cutting vinyl. For this reason these files will not sound normal on generic Hi Fi speakers. Only use this master if you wanna press vinyl. It will contain a Side A and a Side B WAV file as well as a PQ log for both sides with metadata for the pressing plant. In this .ZIP file you will also find a record cover template and a folder full of artwork ideas you can use to make your own back cover, spine and inner sleeve. Ever wanted to start your own record label? GO for it! Employ your mates, press wax, pack boxes. We do not own this record. You do. Go forth, share, enjoy. P.s. If u wanna make cassettes I don’t really know what you would do. Be creative. We did it once but it sounded really shit. Maybe try the WAVs idano bye bye

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Live Review: Taylor McFerrin, SassyBlack, and Noel Brass, Jr. at Nectar 11/11

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Even with the most voracious of music fans, there’s still likely a certain feel or sound that comes to mind when you see the word “jazz.” Maybe it’s the swing of the music or that magical feeling of seventh chords walking down a piano. For others, it might be the drone of smooth jazz or the coolness of Miles Davis howling on the trumpet, crafting free-form audacious masterpieces. Jazz can be all those things, but its trademark is that it goes beyond limits. In its purest form, the genre can be whatever its creators want it to be. It’s a liberating concept, opening up the umbrella for a whole swath of artists to take refuge under. The 29th Annual Earshot Jazz Festival has done a remarkable job highlighting artists who push these ideas to their bring, booking innovators who are building off of jazz’s storied roots and crafting something completely new. Saturday night at the Nectar in Fremont, Earshot brought together three artists who are doing just that for an evening of future-minded, no limits jazz and improv.

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Song of the Day: Gordi – Heaven I Know

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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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Heaven I Know” by Gordi from the album Reservoir, available now via Jagjaguwar.

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Monday Music News

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  • Beach Slang either have terrible luck or are possibly not very good at locking up their equipment. The band announced today that they were, once again, robbed. The unfortunate event happened right here, in Seattle, after their November 11 show at Chop Suey. Their brief statement on Facebook reads: “OUR VAN & TRAILER WERE STOLEN LAST NIGHT. All of our gear, all of our merch, but none of our charge. It’s a pretty beautiful thing to be surrounded by people who refuse to be broken. Portland, we’ll see you tonight.” Last November the band was burglarized in Austin and lost four instruments, a GPS, a cooler, a camera, sunglasses, headphones, “and countless irreplaceable sentimental items that mean so much to us personally.” If you have any information on the missing van and trailer, please do the decent thing and help get it back to the band. [ Brooklyn Vegan ]

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In Stores Now 11/13

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We’ve been sharing sneak peeks at the new Angel Olsen album in our Music News Roundups, and now we have the complete collection of b-sides, cover songs, previously unreleased recordings, and other rarities. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls it “a first-rate collection…ranging from bristling folk-rock to stripped-down country-folk.”

Ian Svenonius (of The Make Up, Chain & The Gang, Nation Of Ulysses, etc.) has a new solo project called Escape-ism. “His debut album under that name is a fine set of minimalist post-punk with shards of angular guitars and hypnotic drum-machine rhythms accompanying his heated vocals and often-sardonic lyrics.” Dawn People is the new collaboration between Peter Negroponte of Guerilla Toss and Nick Forte of Raspberry Bulbs. And Denver-based band Tennis share “a fine five-song EP of wistful, hook-filled pop-rock.”

Also, this week sees two collections from some indie rock icons. Hüsker Dü deliver a 69-track box set (4LP or 3CD) featuring remasters from soundboard tapes, session masters, and demos captured between 1979 and 1982; 47 previously unreleased tracks; a completely alternate version of their Land Speed Record live album, and a hardbound book featuring 40 previously unpublished photographs. Meanwhile, R.E.M. celebrate the 25th anniversary of their renowned eighth LP Automatic for the People with a deluxe reissue, freshly mixed by original producer Scott Litt and engineer Clif Norrellin in the new Dolby Atmos format, as well as a bonus disc of 20 never-before-heard demos from the Automatic sessions. Read More »

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Song of the Day: Bully – Feel The Same

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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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Feel The Same” by Bully from the album Losing, available now via Sub Pop Records.

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Friday Music News

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  • The National gave Brussels a treat last night by performing their beloved fourth studio album Boxer in its entirety for the first time ever. The band just wrapped up a European tour behind their latest album Sleep Well Beast, with Brussels as their final stop. Boxer celebrated its 10th anniversary earlier this year. The album has sold over 300,000 copies in the U.S. and debuted at #68 on the Billboard 200. The National are playing two nights at the Paramount on Tuesday, November 28 and Wednesday, November 29. [ SPIN ]

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R.I.P. Fred Cole

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Portland musician and punk rock icon Fred Cole of Dead Moon and Pierced Arrows passed away last night, November 9, after a battle with cancer. The news was confirmed today by Empty Records co-founder Meghan Smith in the Dead Moon fan club Facebook group. You can read Smith’s full message below.

I’m so sorry to have to let you know that Fred lost his battle with cancer & passed away peacefully in his sleep last night, Nov 9, 2017. Thank you one & all for all the years & memories we all shared together, for being friends first & business partners second, so proud to be a part of your lives.
Fred had that quality of being “immortal” and I believe his songs & recordings will make it so. We can always hear his voice & his passion there and remember it like it was only yesterday & will go on forever. I love you all, Toody.
“The last train is leaving
Can’t you read the signals in my eyes
And I’m standing on the platform
Waiting for the ones I’ve left behind”
Fred Cole
Last Train

To say that Cole was a presence in the Northwest is an understatement. Cole’s career in music started in his original hometown of Las Vegas, Nev. where he recorded with his band Lords. Foreshadowing a trend that would run throughout his career, Cole played in an array of projects including Deep Cole Soul and The Weeds (later called The Lollipop Shoppe). It was a weird twist of fate that would originally bring him to Oregon. In, 1966 A Las Vegas DJ promised The Weeds an opening slot for The Yardbirds at The Fillmore in San Francisco, but when Cole and co. arrived no one had any clue who the band was. Before they could figure out what to do next, a car nearly hit the band on the sidewalk. Cole took it as a sign and impulsively drove the van north until they landed in Portland, Ore. The band began playing shows at a club called the Folksinger, where Cole would meet his future wife and collaborator Kathleen “Toody” Conner. From there he’d have a prolific career fronting Dead Moon, Pierced Arrows, The RatsThe Range RatsKing Bee, and Western Front. Read More »

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Music That Matters: November Spawned Some Monstrous Music

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.


Ride at KEXP in 2017 // photo by Melissa Wax

Currently you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 590 – November Spawned Some Monstrous Music

DJ Shannon brings you her latest favorite gems from bands such as Blaenavon, Shame, Ride, the Casual Sexists, Lea Porcelain, Paradise and Creatures.

Tracklist:
1. Blaenavon – Lonely Side
2. Shame – Concrete
3. Ride – Pulsar
4. Control of the Going – Love You More
5. Paradise – Goodbye 21st Century
6. Lea Porcelain – Similar Familiar
7. New Candys – Excess
8. Out Lines – Buried Guns
9. Featherwest – A Baby Not Yet
10. Yassassin – Cherry Pie
11. Creatures – Enola
12. Dream Version – Fight Fair
13. James Holt – Whatever Happened to John?
14. The Casual Sexists – Karakara
15. Pollen Count – Remote One
16. Cloud Castle Lake – Twins

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