Monday Music News

photo by John Dwyer

photo by John Dwyer

  • Somewhere between modern dance and an anti-drug campaign sits this new video from Thee Oh Sees for the track “Dead Man’s Gun.” Watch as a sweaty, creepy guy concocts drugs while even creepier people “dance” to the track, an eerie, paranoid song off the band’s latest A Weird Exits. KEXP presents the band on Friday, November 25th at Neumos. Bonus points if you bust out these dance moves. [Stereogum]

  • Scottish popsters Teenage Fanclub share another single from their forthcoming tenth full-length Here, out September 9th via Merge. Stream the single “Thin Air” below, another buoyant retro-tinged pop hit like the previous track we shared “I’m in Love.” Tour dates have been announced for 2016; let’s hope Seattle gets added to that itinerary in 2017 (with an in-studio, please). [Under the Radar]

  • Car Seat Headrest share a new track, written for the soundtrack to the (very) short film Loudini, the story of a down-and-out magician that you can watch below. Frontman/ mastermind Will Toledo appears as a busker around the 2:00 mark, performing the track “Does It Feel Good (To Say Goodbye?)” which you can stream below. Maybe he’ll add it to the set list on Saturday, November 26th when they play the Neptune Theatre. [Pitchfork]

  • For the Santigold track “Banshee,” the wildly-creative musician teams up with wildly-creative visual artist Kara Walker. Watch the shadow puppets show below, directed by Ari Marcopoulos. Walker told the New York Times, “I have made shadow puppet videos before, but I’ve never made a puppet that was a portrait of someone (besides myself). It’s been a few years now, but the last video I made shows one puppet being tortured and set on fire — so this video is a bit more cheerful.” [Pitchfork]

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Jessy Lanza


Hamilton, Ontario vocalist and electronic producer Jessy Lanza has emerged as a thrilling contemporary artist with her cutting-edge fusion of progressive electronic rhythms, ethereal R&B vibes, and experimental synth-pop sensibilities. Her new sophomore album, Oh No, recently released on the lauded Hyperdub Records label, is another bold and brilliant addition to her catalog and has quickly become a critical and KEXP favorite. Her exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World wonderfully showcases her genre-blending aesthetic with choice underground R&B and synth-pop gems, contemporary juke/footwork rhythms, absorbing experimental textures, as well as a few new remixes of standout singles from her own album.

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Live Video: Ultimate Painting

Photo by Sunny Martini (view set)

Since pairing up in 2014, Mazes frontman Jack Cooper and Veronica Falls vocalist/guitarist James Hoare have continued to enchant us as Ultimate Painting. While in town for the Capitol Hill Block Party (review here), the London duo (accompanied by touring bassist Will Young and drummer Bill Roe, aka label boss from Trouble in Mind) treated us to a session spanning their discography, from 2014’s self-titled debut to their forthcoming release, Dusk, out September 30th via Trouble In Mind Records (natch).

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KEXP Suggests: Project Pabst Portland

Project Pabst’s mascot, the PBR Unicorn, at last year’s fest // photo by Matthew B. Thompson

Across the last three years, Project Pabst has quietly become one of the more reliably interesting festivals in the Pacific Northwest, which is no small feat considering its large-scale competition to the north of its site in Portland, Oregon. It’s essentially the Room on Fire of Northwestern music festivals – not reinventing the playbook but sharpening little bits and pieces until it stands out on its own accord. KEXP has covered the previous two installments of the Portland Waterfront-located festival, and with this year’s lineup standing as the biggest to date (alongside the festival’s expansion to three other cities), Project Pabst is unquestionably set to be another late-festival season highlight.
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Song of the Day: Russian Circles – Mota

photo by Nicholas Sayers

photo by Nicholas Sayers

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 DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Mota” by Russian Circles from their sixth album, Guidance, out now on Sargent House.

Russian Circles – Mota (MP3)

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Music that Matters: It’s Tomorrow Now

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.

My bubba // photo by Bebe Labree Besch (view set)

Currently you’ll hear:

Music that Matters, Vol. 526 – It’s Tomorrow Now
You never need to wait to hear great music when you can always find it at KEXP. Cheryl Waters shares a mix of her recent favorites, including new tracks from Angel Olsen, My bubba, and Camp Cope.

1. My bubba – Charm
2. Annabelle Lord-Patey – Oxytocin, Serotonin & Me
3. Eskimeaux – Year of the Rabbit
4. Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me
5. Cymbals Eat Guitars – Wish
6. Camp Cope – Flesh & Electricity
7. Laura Gibson – The Cause
8. Preoccupations – Degraded
9. Jagwar Ma – O B 1
10. Flyying Colours – It’s Tomorrow Now
11. Deerhoof – Learning To Apologize Effectively
12. Mommy Long Legs – Haunted Housewives
13. 50FootWave – Bath White
14. The Minus 5 – Blue Rickenbacker
15. Drive-By Truckers – Surrender Under Protest

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Friday Music News

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  • Y’all. It finally happened. Last night, Frank Ocean dropped Endless, a new visual album exclusively on Apple Music. And that’s not even the best part. According to Rolling Stone, a SECOND “official” album will be released some time this weekend. We don’t know the name of this upcoming LP, because apparently Ocean has scrapped the previous title, Boys Don’t Cry. Now, we’ve been faked out by Frank Ocean release rumors many times, but let’s hope this is the real deal. Check out Endless here. [Stereogum]

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Song of the Day: Laura Gibson – The Cause

photo by Kari Nickole Taylor (view set)

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 DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “The Cause” by Laura Gibson from her 2016 album Empire Builder on Barsuk.

Laura Gibson – The Cause (MP3)Laura Gibson has been making beautiful, enchanting folk records for the past decade but since her last record La Grande, released in 2012, every circumstance imaginable has changed for her. Two years ago Gibson moved from her lifetime home of Oregon to New York to study fiction writing where she weathered through a broken foot that kept her away from the studio as well as a fire in her building that killed two people, along with all of Gibson’s lyrics and music she’d been working on.
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This Friday: Concerts at the Mural w/ Crater, Radiation City, The Mynabirds

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Tomorrow night, KEXP and Seattle Center bring more amazing music to the Mural Amphitheater lawn with Concerts at the Mural! These shows are always FREE and all ages, with a beer garden for those of you 21 and older. (Please note: the bar is cash only!) Gates open at 5:00 PM, so don’t dilly dally!

Local duo Crater will be starting the show off right with their hypnotic dark electro-pop, layering ethereal vocals over industrial-tinged rhythms. Songs from their debut album, Talk to Me So I Can Fall Asleep, will have the opposite affect: just try to stop dancing.

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KEXP Premiere: Deep Sea Diver – Fantasy

photo by Melissa Wax (view set)

Leave it to Deep Sea Diver to make a Mariah Carey ’90s pop hit KEXP-friendly. While the glitter-adorned R&B diva isn’t an artist we usually champion here, she is an artist Deep Sea Diver frontwoman Jessica Dobson grew up with.

“I’ve loved Mariah Carey since I was a little kid. Her song ‘Hero’ was the very first piano ballad I ever learned to play and performed it very proudly at recitals. Then ‘Fantasy’ came on the scene and I was sold, totally mesmerized by Mariah. I remember running home from school every day just to make sure I got to see the music video on VH1. I had literally never heard a voice like Mariah’s. There’s so many pop stars that I turned a cold shoulder to, but I just couldn’t ignore Mariah. Nobody can touch that voice!”

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