Mindie Lind has a timeless voice. She has a silky, sultry, smokey sound that transports you to the place of dark night clubs, cigarette smoke and charm. She also fronts the new Seattle band Inly. KEXP caught up with Mindie to see what was up with the new project, what singers inspire her and how Cafe Racer has inspired her to sing.
There is something so classic about the five songs on the Inly EP. Can you explain how you composed these songs, what were you thinking about when writing, both in your own life and historically?
Here we were thinking our songs were totally weird! Glad to hear you’ve picked up on something familiar!
I write the tunes and then bring ‘em to the band and we work it out from there. For me personally, This EP came out of falling and hurting my arm last year and not being able to move (because I also have no legs so a hurt arm is really not so mild). I was pretty stuck for a few months during what people were describing as the prettiest Seattle summer EVER! Writing music was basically the ONLY thing I had to do. As a result, I think a lot of those songs ended up being pretty melancholic, especially “Bumblebee”, which is me directly speaking about the accident.“Mississippi Misfit”, on the other hand, I wrote before the accident, and the song really began to hold a lot of meaning for me. The lyric, “Don’t do her any favors”, came out of traveling around with my buddy Andre (who also has no legs). We’d go all over town on our skateboards together and people would always ask if we needed help and we just hated it. But after getting hurt, that line seemed a little silly because I basically needed an entire community of favors to get through that. Read More »
“It happens to be the most played album on the Afternoon Show this year”, Kevin Cole gushed about Sun Structures, the shimmering debut by Temples. The young UK group has been touted by Brit pop luminaries no less than Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher, and though they may not yet be Top of the Pops, Temples is one of the buzziest bands in the US. It’s a sound you’ve heard before — particularly from pop, glam and psychedelic bands of the 60′s and 70′s like The Byrds, The Beatles, T.Rex, The Electric Prunes and many others — but the band’s approach is refreshingly fresh, making them more sonic cousins to Tame Impala than any sort of Summer of Love imitators, as they layer thrumming bass lines, fuzzy guitars licks and kaleidoscope keys into bright pop melodies that float aloft with their hazy vocal harmonies. With Temples, it feels good to get lost in the past.
Temple’s performance this week was part of our ongoing Live Streaming Video series. Find out more here, and tune in to our next session with The Afghan Whigs on Tuesday, April 15th at 11AM PST.
Last night Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with enthusiasm and fanfare fit for one of the most influential bands of our time. With the 20th anniversary of frontman Kurt Cobain‘s death barely behind us, there was the question of who would fill in for him at the induction ceremony. No one person could fill his shoes so the ‘s surviving members - Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear - invited Joan Jett, Lorde, and St. Vincent to lend their voices to some of Nirvana’s most famous songs. Watch their performances below. [Pitchfork]
For a two piece group, Solids never ceases to thrash around. The Montréal based band, comprised of Xavier Germain Poitras on guitar and Louis Guillemette on drums, already has quite a following. In 2010, Solids released an EP, Generic Dogs, and would later disseminate two 7″s, one titled Fog Friends b/w Blown Out and a split with Toronto band Animal Faces. On February 18th, 2014, Solids debuted their full-length album, Blame Confusion on Fat Possum Records. Their sound, complete with filtered vocals and punk-powered melodies, nearly brought down the KEXP studio. Solid!
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.
We here in Seattle are very lucky in that we always have the opportunity to see amazingly talented musicians, both national and local, on a very regular basis. With Spring upon us, and Summer around the corner, music festival season is approaching, but we’ve noticed the roster of touring artists that will be hitting the Seattle area within the next few months are particularly exceptional. In fact, some are outright seminal, which is why this week we’re looking at videos from a few of those artists.
And now here are a few selections from the groundbreaking artists heading this way... Read More »
It’s been a long time coming, but British post-industrial trio Factory Floor have finally made it out to the US west coast. The band dropped their self-titled debut LP last year on DFA after releasing one-off singles and remixes in the current lineup for the better part of four years. Over the years, their unique, minimalist dance music has caught the eye of Chris Carter, members of New Order, and Trent Reznor, to name a few. And finally, in preparation for their first appearance at Coachella, the band is heading down the coast, melting one set of speakers after another. After playing an excellent in-studio set at KEXP, the band headed up the Hill along with West Coast opener DVA Damas and Seattle’s own Stres to light Barboza on fire. The show was brilliant, and we wish this excellent new band the best of luck with their well-deserved festival spot down south. Read More »
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 “Dirty Thing” by Seattle’s Vibragun from their self-titled 2014 album on No-Count Records.
Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National photo by Dominick Mastrangelo
Happy Sibling Day, everyone! In today’s Video Roundup, KEXP is bringing you a slough of bands comprised of brothers and sisters. Our list includes: HAIM, The Jackson Five, The National, Kings of Leon, The Bee-Gees, Radiohead, CocoRosie, and First Aid Kit. It’s a wonderful demonstration of the potential power of familial collaboration — no matter how many nooggies, wedgies, and wet willies they had to endure first.
Okay, not “exactly” music news, but it’s just been announced that none other than Stephen Colbert will take over for David Letterman as the host of CBS’ The Late Show in 2015! Letterman announced his retirement earlier this month with a performance from Joseph Arthur, accompanied by R.E.M.’s Mike Mills and Peter Buck, and has recently been at the top of his game as far as musical guests are concerned. (I mean, who hasn’t seen that Future Islands performance yet?) Colbert has had a strong run of great musical guests on his own, and has even released a single on Jack White’s Third Man Records. So, it’ll be interesting to see what happens with future musical guests... (And you can keep an eye on the late-night TV musical landscape with KEXP’s TV Eye column!) [ABC News]