Monday Music News

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  • If you were hoping for an in-depth interview with Ty Segall during his wild, historical KEXP in-studio session (watch here), you won’t want to miss this chat with Vancouver personality Nardwuar the Human Serviette. Segall lets down the creepy baby mask, and gives some great, thoughtful answers on his musical history, garage rock inspirations, drug stories, and the cast of Laguna Beach. (The chat also marks the triumphant return of Nardwuar, who suffered a stroke last month.) See how charming Segall can be below: [Pitchfork]


  • In terrible news, Lower Dens had their tour van and all their gear stolen in San Antonio, Texas yesterday. If you’re in the Texas area, keep an eye out for a dark blue Ford Econoline 350 with the Maryland license plate 5CF854. The band were scheduled to perform in Austin last night with tour mates Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and vocalist Jana Hunter told KSAT News, “We’ll try to pull together borrowed and rented gear to finish the tour out, because financially we can’t afford to not keep playing.” Check out a review of their Seattle show on KEXP Blog here. [Under the Radar]
  • It’s been a long time, but this Spring, Rogue Wave are set to return with their sixth full-length. As you can hear below with the first single “What Is Left To Solve,” the band are embracing new Krautrock influences. The new album, Delusions Of Grand Fur, is out April 29th via Easy Sound Recording Company. [Stereogum]

  • Back in 2014, Arcade Fire stopped by Jacmel, Haiti during the Reflektor World Tour, and today, video surfaces of that performance via the Artists Institute. As you can see from the gorgeously-shot footage, it happened to be Carnival season, and the enthusiasm is absolutely infectious. Watch the band perform “Here Comes the Night Time” below: [Consequence of Sound]

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Immigrant Songs: Winston Jarrett

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Can you believe there was once a time where Reggae wasn’t a word everyone recognized? In the musical world you have to really be in awe of how a sound from a tiny island in the Caribbean has propelled itself into the Global Consciousness. The legendary Reggae singer Winston Jarrett can clearly remember when the music started becoming something bigger, something that lit a fire in him and that keeps burning today.

Born in 1940 and growing up in the Jones Town area of Kingston, Jamaica, Winston took his love of music from his mother’s church into signing on to Rock Steady superstar’s Alton Ellis backing band, The Flames, in the early 1960’s. You can hear him on such classic hits as “Dancecrasher“, “Cry Tough“, “Rocksteady” and “Girl I’ve Got a Date“.
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Song of the Day: Nevermen – Mr. Mistake

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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 DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Mr. Mistake” by Nevermen from the 2016 album Nevermen, on Ipecac Recordings.

Nevermen – Mr. Mistake (MP3)

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Album Review: Porches – Pool

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You’d be hard pressed to find a list of 2016’s most anticipated albums without Porches on it. The moniker of New York’s Aaron Maine and friends makes its Domino debut this year with Pool, a record that sounds and feels like a breakout ready to happen. Here, Maine ditches the lo-fi indie rock basement sounds of his past records for a highly refined pop statement. Blending a plethora of styles all topped with his crystalline voice, Maine is an easy sell. Pool is a record you want to dive into over and over again. Porches have made their Domino debut one that you won’t soon forget.


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Live Video: Operators at Iceland Airwaves

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Dan Boeckner is far from new to Iceland Airwaves, having played in 2006 as Wolf Parade and in 2008 as Handsome Furs. With his most recent project Operators, Boeckner brought in a packed crowd to KEXP’s stage at KEX hostel and an energy that made the normally reserved Airwaves crowd dance so hard it felt like KEX might crumble. Playing almost entirely new songs off their upcoming album, Blue Wave (out April 1st), Boeckner has stated this show as one of his favorite international festival shows he’s ever played with any band. KEXP was one of the first to introduce Operators back in 2014 with a live in-studio with Cheryl Waters, so we’re thrilled to get to film them again in beautiful Iceland. Enjoy this awesome set and get a sneak peak at what’s to come on Operators’ new album.

 

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Agitated Atmosphere: German Army, Gold Muse & California Bungalows

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As major labels continue to exist behind the times, artists and labels with little capital and lesser reputations are producing some of the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring music. Whether it’s creating a new niche in digital technology or looking to once obsolete formats, Agitated Atmosphere hopes to pull back the curtain on a wealth of sights and sound locally, regionally and globally.

After nearly 7 years of Agitated Atmosphere, I spent a great deal thinking how to move forward. It’s why there was silence and a lack of reviews, but trust me when I say there was not a lack of listening. But as a writer, you want to not only provide a service to anyone reading, but create content that pleases you. So, this is a goodbye note to the “old” format, and a warm embrace to a “new” format where more releases are explored on a monthly basis (rather than one review every other week except all those weeks when that didn’t happen). For those of you who have read the column all these years, thank you. I hope you stick around. To anyone new to KEXP, Agitated Atmosphere, and the music therein, welcome.
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Music That Matters: Warm Impermanence

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.

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Crater // photo by Melissa Wax

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 498 – Warm Impermanence
Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole turns to face the strange changes with a music mix for the ages including new Ty Segall, Paul Westerberg, Operators, and local music from Damien Jurado, Crater, Pillar Point and more.

Tracklist:
1. Hinds – Garden
2. Hippo Campus – South
3. Nevermen – Mr. Mistake
4. Operators – Cold Light
5. TRAAMS – Succulent Thunder Anthem
6. Ty Segall – Candy Sam
7. Crater – Habits Die
8. Pillar Point – Lafayette
9. Mark McGuire – The Undying Stars
10. Nicola Cruz – Colibria
11. Mr. Silla – Holding On
12. Damien Jurado – Exit 353
13. The Orange Humble Band – If That’s What You Want
14. The I Don’t Cares – King of America
15. Charlie Hilton – Pony
16. All Them Witches – Talisman
17. Caspian – Arcs of Command

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Friday Music News

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  • Singer-songwriter Andrew Bird will drop his latest album Are You Serious on April 1 (no it’s not an April Fool’s joke). A deluxe box set will also be available, the set includes 4 brand new tracks and a 64-page book with artwork for each song. Listen to the album’s first single “Capsized” below. [Pitchfork]


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KEXP Presents: International Clash Day New Home Benefit at The Skylark 2/6

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The station “where the music matters” is paying tribute to the “the only band that matters” this Friday on the air, but the party doesn’t stop there: on Saturday, February 6th, The Skylark in West Seattle hosts an International Clash Day Concert to benefit KEXP’s New Home! Seattle favorites Polyrhythmics, Skullbot, The Dumps, Solvents, Hotel Vignette, and members of Wild Powwers will tackle the legendary song catalog of these punk pioneers, and it all proceeds benefit KEXP — what could be better?

The show SOLD OUT yesterday, but we couldn’t resist chatting with some of the bands about their love for The Clash. Thanks again to all these bands for donating their performances to help raise money for the KEXP New Home!

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Scott Morning of Polyrhythmics:

KEXP: Do you remember the first time you heard The Clash?

I do! I was in 7th grade down in sunny southern California! I had recently been turned on to KROQ (an alternative radio station serving the greater Los Angeles area), when “London Calling” came across the waves. I was instantly drawn to the unique nature of their sound.
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International Clash Day: Interview with Director Julien Temple

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Throughout the history of punk, director Julien Temple was there to film it. His very first short film was Sex Pistols Number 1, a documentary of the band from 1976-1977 that led to the 1980 mockumentary The Great Rock And Roll Swindle, and subsequently The Filth and the Fury. In addition to his filmography, Temple has probably directed some of your favorite music videos, having worked with everyone from David Bowie to Kenny Rogers and even UK pop sensations S Club 7. But it was in 2007 that he released one of his most poignant films to date, Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, a portrait of the complex, idiosyncratic lead singer of The Clash. The film won the British Independent Film Award for Best British Documentary, and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

KEXP was privileged to chat with this music-obsessed auteur in honor of KEXP’s International Clash Day. Thank you to our friends in the Bridgwater Town Council for making this interview possible.

Interview by DJ El Toro
Transcription by Alaia D’Alessandro

KEXP: You said that you never had the idea to make a film about The Clash in Joe’s lifetime, nor did you have the idea to make one in the immediate aftermath of his death, so what was the impetus to make The Future is Unwritten? Was it just discovering that footage in your archive or was there something more to it?

Julian: Well, it was also the sense that for some reason there was never a memorial concert or ceremony for Joe, and you know, after a couple of years it seemed everyone who knew him were kind of perplexed that nothing had been done to celebrate him in a big way here in England. So, the idea of doing the film did spring from the idea that we should celebrate this guy. He was such a wonderful person to know and it took a couple of years to just feel strong enough to confront the idea, you know, really focusing on him as the subject. But I can’t remember when we exactly did it, 2006 or something like that. it just felt like the time was right because nothing had been done on a scale big enough to celebrate him.
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