TV Eye: Week of 10/17

Explosions in the Sky // photo by Melissa Wax (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, October 17th:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Bob Weir
Last Call with Carson Daly: Classixx

Tuesday, October 18th:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Joseph
Last Call with Carson Daly: Mac DeMarco

Wednesday, October 19th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Metallica (R)
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Stanton Moore (R)
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Weezer

Thursday, October 20th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Flatbush Zombies
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Green Day (R)
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Pet Shop Boys
Last Call with Carson Daly: Explosions in the Sky
Conan: Local Natives (R)

Friday, October 21st:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Wyclef Jean
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sturgill Simpson (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: The Black Lips (R)

Saturday, October 22nd:
Austin City Limits: Florence + The Machine / Andra Day (R)

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Monday Music News

photo by Sarah O'Connor

photo by Sarah O’Connor (view set)

  • Fellow musicians have been taking the Warpaint single “New Song” and making it into an even newer song. Check out remixes below from Mike D of the Beastie Boys and Jono Ma of Jagwar Ma. Each artist definitely puts their own stamp on it. The original can be found on the LP Heads Up, out now on Rough Trade Records. [Under the Radar]

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Live Review: James Blake with Moses Sumney at Moore Theatre 10/12/16

all photos by Brittany Feenstra

Nine decades deep into the electronic music genre, and the most startling and effective instrument it uses is still the human voice. From the earliest days of sampling and vocal splicing to the revolutionary vocal manipulations of Bruce Haack and Kraftwerk up through the live vocal looping we’ve enjoyed so deeply for the last fifteen or so years, it’s always been the human voice guiding our electronic explorations, providing the basis for connection and intimacy against a backdrop of circuits and wires. And on nights like tonight, as UK electronic pioneer James Blake closes out his set with the vocal-loop swirl of “Measurements”, we can fall in love all over again with just what wonders the voice can accomplish with the help of modern technology. Blake’s touring counterpart Moses Sumney knows a thing or two about this as well, driving his entire set from the power of a vocal modulator, and yet, never once sparing the horses with expansive and vast arrangements. Both of these artists soar in the face of vast temptation to buy into cheap tricks and gimmicks, each one trailblazing new terrain as they explore their own souls for inspiration, and their intentionally limiting hardware setups for a paintbrush. Hot on the heels of Blake’s new LP, The Colour In Anything, and Sumney’s new EP, Lamentations, the two brought incredible power to the Moore Theatre on Wednesday night, filling the downtown cathedral with all the vocal prowess it could handle, challenging their listeners always to find more in less before dazzling them with glittering saturation.
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Song of the Day: PWR BTTM – New Hampshire

photo by Melissa Wax

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 “New Hampshire” by PWR BTTM from their 2016 single on Father/Daughter Records.

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Live Video: Peter Bjorn and John

photo by Sarah O’Connor (view set)

Swedish rockers Peter Bjorn and John have been proselytizing their pro-60s pop prowess since 1999. The trio really took the indie world by storm back in 2006 with their dance-floor hit “Young Folks,” and ten years later, they’re still artfully writing their whistle-catchy songs like the title track to their new album, Breakin’ Point. Live in-studio at KEXP, Peter Bjorn and John hammer out four bright, upbeat songs and between, chat gregariously with DJ Cheryl Waters about a “secret society of Swedish pop” and the four years of trials and tribulations in making it to Breakin’ Point. Watch the session now:

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Album Review: American Football – LP2


“Everyone is dressed up, everyone to the nines”, Mike Kinsella whispers on the album’s closing track, “Someone must have found love or someone must have died”. That sentence – perhaps better than any other on the record – embodies the perfect mixture of awareness and distance that has haunted American Football throughout their unorthodox career. It’s unorthodox, in essence, because American Football exist in a much stranger sense than the traditional careerist band. Their seminal album was a milestone in the emo rock movement, and yet, they never really set out to make it as such. It was such a simple thing – just a side project of a few friends where they could mess around with Wurlitzers and tambourines and trumpets. And yet, with years and years to grow, the impact of American Football’s eponymous debut seems to only be felt more with time. The band recognized and celebrated this late blooming in raucous form with a worldwide tour over the last two years, getting the band back on the road to play a batch of songs almost two decades old to audiences that never got a chance to hear them live. Then, in the natural course of things, as friends from different walks of life get back together in the same room to practice those old favorites, new melodies begin to churn. And now, here we have it: the next chapter in the American Football saga, eighteen years in the making. To the great relief and joy of every fan, American Football’s return is a triumphant one, well worth your time and money, and ready to shake you with another grand collection of melancholy wandering in the modern world. In the time since we last saw them, it’s just as Kinsella says – some found love, maybe some friends and family have passed on, and we just get to learn how to deal with it all.
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Album Review: Johnny Jewel – Home Original Motion Picture Soundtrack


Johnny Jewel makes music that calls upon the venue of cinema so regularly, that when he actually creates something meant to go along with film, it almost seems more meta than the imaginary films he’s themed in other projects. Likewise, the whole of the Italians Do It Better catalog exists in this space between album and film, never content with just one definition, always breaking the boundaries between worlds with all its shimmering pieces crashing into each other in a stunning and glittering universe. A few years ago, Jewel soundtracked Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, in stunning fashion, combining new songs by Chromatics and Symmetry with Glass Candy and Desire rehashes alongside classic takes on “Deep Purple”. The film and score felt like the perfect follow to Gosling and Jewel’s spiritual collaboration during the filming of Nicholas Refn’s Drive, a true statement from both artists. This year, Jewel returns to the scoring business for Belgian director Fien Troch’s new film Home. Troch’s film tells a story that we can all relate with: discontented teenagers struggling to make the settled lives of their parents a fit home for their blossoming individualism. Where Drive showed the phenomenal potential for Johnny Jewel’s music to embrace to beauty of the road film, such does Home become the road film of the heart. Jewel’s soundtrack to the film is a beautiful, fractured narrative of youth in revolt, and all of the hesitancy and self-doubt that comes along with it. In one of the most contemplative Italians Do It Better releases we’ve seen in years, Jewel’s soundtrack to Home is an instant classic.
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Music that Matters: The Light Is Clear In My Eyes

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.

Xenia Rubinos and her band live at KEXP in 2016 // photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

Currently you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 534 – The Light Is Clear In My Eyes

Cheryl Waters ushers in autumn with a mix of her latest acoustic, electric, and psychedelic fall favorites including new music from Temples, Cass McCombs, and Moby & The Void Pacific Choir.

1. SYML – Leave Like That (feat. Jenn Champion)
2. Cass McCombs – Opposite House
3. Van William – Revolution (feat. First Aid Kit)
4. Moby & the Void Pacific Choir – The Light Is Clear In My Eyes
5. Steve Mason – Planet Sizes
6. Temples – Certainty
7. Wild Beasts – Big Cat
8. Xenia Rubinos – Mexican Chef
9. Sin Fang – Lost Girls
10. Kingdom of the Holy Sun – Flown Away
11. Good Morning TV – Ordinary People
12. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Wide Eyes
13. The Green Pajamas – When Juliet Smiles
14. EZTV – High Flying Faith
15. Dead Gaze – Running All Around”

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Live Video: The Coathangers

photo by Morgen Schuler (view set)

For the past decade, The Coathangers have been scrapping their way out of Atlanta’s indie punk scene and pull no punches on Nosebleed Weekend, their fifth release, and fourth on Seattle label Suicide Squeeze. Live in-studio, the heavy hitting trio, who originally formed as a joke, have serious fun as they play some feral-and-free jams, complete with a dog-toy squeaker solo – a first at KEXP! Watch the session now:

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Video Roundup: Be Bald And Be Free Day

Caspar Babypants

Caspar Babypants // photo by Matthew B. Thompson

Take off those toupées: it’s annual Be Bald and Be Free Day, a day to celebrate those shiny domes of yours! Although, now that I think about it… isn’t everyday “Be Bald and Be Free Day”? You must save so much money not having to buy shampoo, conditioner, mousse, hairspray, straightening irons, blow dryers, and you never have a bad hair day. And just look at what great company you keep, as KEXP rounds-up a list of our favorite chrome-dome musicians:

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