Song of the Day: Caribou – Our Love

photo by Thomas Neukum

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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, selected by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is “Our Love” by Caribou from the 2014 album Our Love on Merge Records.

Caribou – Our Love (MP3)

Canadian electronic veteran Dan Snaith has always shown a masterful power and control over sound and emotion. Whether it’s as Caribou or Manitoba or even his more recent dance moniker Daphni, Snaith finds ways to break your heart without uttering a single syllable. 2010’s Swim LP did this in incredible, navigating a massive sonic palette in 40 minutes flat, exposing every part of the human condition to a rawness that we otherwise don’t come into contact with frequently. But where Swim focused on taking a dive and going elsewhere to explore, Caribou goes inward with Our Love. Track by track, Snaith tackles the wonder, dread, mystery, and warmth of the compassion and sensuality that hold humans together. From the delicate lover’s call of “Can’t Do Without You” to the distance and cold of “Mars”, Caribou shows our love for what it is, and it’s a both a beautiful and impossibly complex thing.

The record’s title track finds a happy medium between the bedroom and interplanetary distance, giving a bird’s eye view synopsis of the atmosphere that Caribou attempts to capture on the full record. The falsetto coo of “our love” guides the dance track forward, as layers shift in and out, at times making the track feel warmer and more personable, while other times feeling distant and clandestine. As the chameleon dance cut pounds forward, it shifts and morphs and changes shape, but always with an underlying desire for touch. Caribou’s take on dance music has always done this incredibly well: balance the dance floor with human intimacy. And here on “Our Love”, he does what he does best with impeccable style.

Caribou is currently finishing a U.S. tour in the southeast. After the new year, they’ll head to Australia, but will return to Seattle at the Showbox on March 4, 2015. Check their website and Facebook page for more dates and information. For now, here’s the official video for today’s featured song:

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Live Around Town This Week

Modern Kin // photo by Morgen Schuler

Monday, November 17th

Flosstradamus, Curtis Williams, Two-9 at Showbox SoDo // 21+ (more info)

GZA at The Neptune Theatre // All Ages (more info)

Tuesday, November 18th

Flying Lotus at The Neptune Theatre // All Ages (more info)

• KEXP Presents FKA Twigs at The Showbox // All Ages (more info)

Peter Hook & The Light at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

John Roderick’s Rendezvous at The Rendezvous // 21+ (more info)
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TV Eye: Week of 11/17

King Tuff // photo by Amber Zbitnoff (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, November 17th:
Late Show with David Letterman: Damien Rice
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: U2
Last Call with Carson Daly: King Tuff
Conan: Real Estate

Tuesday, November 18th:
Late Show with David Letterman: Hiss Golden Messenger
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: U2
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Courtney Love
Last Call with Carson Daly: Colleen Green
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Monday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

  • In some not-that-shocking news, lovable bad-boy Mac DeMarco was detained by police this past weekend at a UC Santa Barbara show. The mischievous musician had crowd-surfed during his set, eventually grabbing on to the venue’s low-hanging ceiling beams. He then climbed to the second floor of the building, and headed back down to the stage, where the cops were waiting for him. Sadly, the show was cut short as DeMarco was then escorted off the premises. No charges were filed, he was released from custody, and is currently back on the road in support of his latest album, Salad Days. Ceiling beams, beware. [Under the Radar]

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Live Video: Courtney Barnett

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

She’ll haunt your dreams and shreds guitar with the best of them, so its no surprise Courtney Barnett chose Freddy Krueger as her alter ego on Halloween. The whole band, in fact, took to the holiday with gusto, dressing up for their in-studio set at KEXP in some inconvenient but very entertaining costumes. Still, they couldn’t hide the fact that as a four-piece now they’ve grown tighter and tighter with their jams. You’re in for a treat with this spooky session by Courtney Barnett and The Courtney Barnetts:


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Movie Review: The Postal Service – Everything Will Change

“Are we going to play ‘Such Great Heights’ nine times tonight like Watch The Throne?” Jenny Lewis jokes around with Ben Gibbard back stage before their sold-out gig at the Greek in Berkeley while Jimmy Tamborello relaxes on the nearby couch. On the band’s only prior tour in 2003, the question (even apart from the Watch the Throne reference) would have seemed ridiculous. They had barely been able to assemble a full tour booking, making posters with “featuring members of” printed larger than their band name, playing tiny rooms to 250 people. But now, things couldn’t be any different for The Postal Service. The three are a week away from finishing a tour celebrating a rare occurrence: an album that only sold after everyone stopped promoting it. And sell it did – The Postal Service’s Give Up is Sub Pop’s second ever platinum record in the label’s twenty-five odd years of existence. Nevermind that it took ten years to get there – Give Up is now a timeless classic amongst fans of all ages and backgrounds. Every one of the ten tracks has become an instantaneously recognizable favorite, and the ageless stories of love, heartbreak, and breaking through a hard shell to reach the human stuff on the inside have resonated with millions.
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Song of the Day: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Vessel

photo by Norman Wong

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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 “Vessel” by Dan Mangan + Blacksmith from the 2015 album Club Meds on Arts & Crafts.

Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Vessel (MP3)

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Live Video: Helado Negro

photo by Lauren Stelling (view set)

“There are some people in tinsel costumes around me… uh… that’s what’s happening.” When Helado Negro is asked to describe his “bandmates” in the studio, that’s how he does it, smirking with just enough hesitation to leave a sense of intrigue. On his latest album, Double Youth, the artist sometimes known as Roberto Lange embodies a similar spirit. Inspired by a tattered picture from his youth (that doubles as the album’s cover), Lange dove even deeper into his funky and textural sensibilities on Double Youth, creating groove-laden electronic tracks that hit a more expansive scale that his modest home studio would imply. When he played on El Sonido in September, the Miami-born, Brooklyn-based musician took some time to showcase four of the album’s tracks and discuss the album’s creative process, his career making music under various monikers, and who exactly was in that picture with DJ Chilly. Watch the bilingual singer play four Double Youth songs below.


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Music That Matters Podcast: Yours To Shake

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.

Pond // photo by Dave Lichterman

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 434 – Yours To Shake
Midday Show host Cheryl Waters presents music that will make you want to groove, shake, and shimmy through the cold November weather, featuring tunes from Greylag, Operators, Twin Peaks, Blooper and more.

Tracklist:
1. Greylag – Yours To Shake
2. Alvvays – Next Of Kin
3. Operators – True
4. Wampire – Bad Attitude
5. Naomi Punk – Television Man
6. clipping. – Work Work (Feat. Cocc Pistol Cree)
7. Pond – Waiting Around For Grace
8. Dana Buoy – Preacher
9. Twin Peaks – Flavor
10. Sloan – You Don’t Need Excuses To Be Good
11. Foxygen – How Can You Really
12. King Tuff – Eyes of the Muse
13. The Casket Girls – Day to Day
14. Zig Zags – Magic
15. Blooper – Tinted Windows

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KEXP Suggests: CASH Music Seattle Summit 11/15 & 11/16

Want to learn more about music and technology? There’s no better event than this week’s CASH Music Seattle Summit! This Portland-based non-profit (whose acronym is formed from “Coalition of Artists and Stakeholders”) began in 2008 as a way to better connect musicians and labels to the listeners by using open-source technology. CASH Music’s free services help musicians in distributing, promoting, and selling their own music.

Join CASH on Saturday, November 15th at the Vera Project for a panel hosted by John Roderick of The Long Winters. He’ll be chatting with local musicians Shelby Earl, Sean Nelson, and Chris Sutton, as well as smart-dude Glenn Fleishman, a contributor to The Economist, Macworld, and Boing Boing. Starting at 12:30 PM, they’ll discuss music, tech, life, and more.
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