Tuesday Music News

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  • Nashville’s Mackenzie Scott, known musically as Torres, is gearing up to release her first album for 4AD called Three Futures. So far, we’ve heard “Skim” and the title track, and today she’s shared “Helen In The Woods.” The single comes with a slightly creepy, deranged video directed by Ashley Connor with the spotlight on Scott. Three Futures is out September 29. Torres will be in Seattle on Tuesday, October 10 to play Neumos. [ SPIN ]
  • Leonard Cohen did one last final great act before his death last year, by releasing You Want It Darker only a few weeks prior. The album was shortlisted for the Polaris Prize and at last night’s Polaris Music Prize Gala, the posthumous official video for “Leaving The Table” was shared with the audience. It’s now available for public consumption. Directed by Christopher Mills, the video features an animated Cohen as he floats above the Montreal skyline, with hinting references to Cohen mythos. [ Pitchfork ]
  • Seattle’s Perfume Genius released the fantastic No Shape earlier this year. For the video for “Wreath” he asked fans to send in videos of themselves dancing to the song. According to a press release,”Mike has said the song is partly about feeling betrayed by his physical body and wanting to be freed from it.” Editor Marisa Gesualdi compiled those submissions in a heartwarming official video and has also shared the full entry from Esperanza Kroger, who was chosen as the winner. KEXP, STG, and Starbucks are bringing Perfume Genius to the Neptune Theatre on Saturday, October 21 for Little Big Show #19. [ Under the Radar ]

  • Morrissey is releasing a new album called Low In High School this fall via his own label through BMG. We’ve now gotten the first taste of the album with lead single “Spent the Day in Bed” which prescribes introversion and self-care to combat the difficulties of life. Low in High School was made with Joe Chiccarelli (the White Stripes, the Raconteurs) and will be out November 17th. Morrissey recently created a Twitter account for the first time and tweeted “OR WA CA AZ UT CO MO IL MI DC NY PA MA,” hinting at a forthcoming tour. [ Rolling Stone ]
  • Sub Pop signees Downtown Boys released Cost Of Living last month. Today they’ve revealed the official video for the ripping lead single “Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)” which was directed by Eavvon O’Neal. The video is accompanied by a lengthy statement by the band about the government’s recent DACA decision. “Chulas are people who believe in the mergence of our past experiences and what we want the future to be. This mergence becomes our reality, and right now that includes a lot of pain and healing in our community at so many levels. We feel that the recent decision made by the white supremacist faction of our Federal government around DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) was not a decision based on economic justice for the USA nor based on advancing real immigration reform. It was based on racism against immigrants. We know a lot of people who like Downtown Boys, come to our shows, or listen to our music are affected by this… We know we can’t do much, but we can try to get as much information on this out there as possible.” Downtown Boys are playing a show tomorrow, September 20 at the Vera Project with Criminal Code and My Parade. [ Stereogum ]
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KEXP Exclusive Interview: SOFI TUKKER

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If you’re wondering about the irresistibly funky house track behind the latest iPhone X ad, we’ve got you covered. KEXP recently spoke to Grammy-nominated, New York-based duo SOFI TUKKER, whose new song, “Best Friend,” soundtracks the new Apple ad out last week. Before their Saturday night set at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival earlier this month, producer Tucker Halpern and singer Sophie Hawley-Weld chatted about unexpected collaborations, freeing yourself from guilt to pursue your passions, and working with Grimes’ brother and collaborator, Mac Boucher, on a new music video for “Best Friend.”

Interview edited for length and clarity.

KEXP: Finding the right collaborator can be a tricky thing. You want to find someone who you share influences with, share something in common with –

Sophie Hawley-Weld: [laughs] Sorry, we have nothing in common. We share none of the same influences.

Tucker Halpern: Yeah, it’s funny because that’s what you would think would make a good collaborator, but I actually think our case disproves that a tiny bit because we’re so different. We kind of stumbled upon each other. It wasn’t like either of us was looking to be in a band, or whatever you call us. I think we both wanted to pursue music as a career. Definitely, neither of us really had any idea how we were going to do that, but we just wanted to try. We met during our senior year. I was a house music DJ, sort of going the DJ route. And Sophie was… Read More »

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Live Review: The Church / Helio Sequence at the Neptune Theatre 9/8

all photos by Alan Lawrence (view set)

On Saturday night, a small, but hardcore, audience gathered at The Neptune to enjoy a band that’s been touring steadily for 35 years. The Church is one of the few ’80s bands that’s continued to put out new music throughout their long career and this tour is to support their 26th album Man Woman Life Death Infinity which is due October 6th via their own Unorthodox Records imprint.

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Song of the Day: Ghostpoet – Immigrant Boogie

Photo by Steve Gullick

Photo by Steve Gullick

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 “Immigrant Boogie” by Ghostpoet from the 2017 album Dark Days + Canapés on PIAS.

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Monday Music News

photo by Gregory A. Perez

  • Björk has shared the enchantingly vivid video for recently-released single “The Gate” off her forthcoming full-length Utopia. Directed by frequent artistic collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang, the clip features the Icelandic songstress in a custom Gucci gown by by Alessandro Michele (who also collaborated in creative direction for the video) that took approximately 550 hours to make, and an additional 320 hours for the embroidery. Huang explained that the clip is, “the first glimpse into Björk’s utopia. The doorway lies within the wound from Vulnicura, which now appears transformed into a prismatic portal channeled between the chests of two lovers. Not lovers in the quotidian romantic sense, but in a broader cosmological way. ‘The Gate’ is a declaration of hope sung by a woman refracted and re-formed into a luminous whole.” [ FACT ]

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In Stores Now 9/18


L.A. artist Ariel Pink returns this week with an album “dedicated to ’60s-era LA cult songwriter Bobby Jameson, a promising artist whose career fizzled out early in a haze of management and label troubles, drug abuse and depression.” KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes the release is “a bit of a throwback for Pink, returning to the more experimental lo-fi sound of his earlier records on hook-filled songs ranging from warped psych-pop and eccentric boogie-funk to sci-fi new wave and dreamy post-punk.”

Providence, RI band Deer Tick, led by songwriter John McCauley, return with two simultaneously released albums. “Vol. 1 focuses on the more folk-tinged and acoustic-oriented Deer Tick while Vol. 2 is a raucous set of garage-punk with strong hints of Deer Tick heroes the Replacements and Nirvana on a stellar set of candid, often self-deprecating songs.” Brooklyn band Antibalas release “a concept album about oppression during 19th century America, with lengthy tracks of fierce Afrobeat grooves firmly in the tradition of Fela Kuti.”

Emily Haines & the Soft Skeleton returns with their first album in a decade. It’s the second full length from the frontwoman of Metric. And Mr. Lif & Akrobatik resurect their project The Perceptionists for the first time in twelve years.

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Song of the Day: Blis. – Take Me Home

Photo by Elena De Soto

Photo by Elena De Soto

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 “Take Me Home” by Blis. from the 2017 album No One Loves You, out October 6th on Sargent House.

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Local Artist Spotlight: Woolworm


Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week we’re highlighting Vancouver B.C.’s Woolworm, who performed last night at Pop Montreal, where KEXP is currently on site filming live sessions and doing interviews.

Woolworm isn’t afraid to touch on dread and loathing. The band has steadily been releasing records since 2009, each release building upon the last with bigger arrangements, riffs, and thoughts on the existential. Their latest album, Deserve to Die, takes the band into even bleaker territory while also elevating their craft. We caught up with the band about their hardcore roots, dealing with heavy feelings, and defining “blanket rock.”

You’ve been steadily releasing music as Woolworm since 2009’s no caps. How do you feel like the band has changed over that time between then and now? How did you first form?

How we formed isn’t an especially interesting story, we’re just longtime friends who have developed into a family. The difference between 2009 and now is our lineup has naturally shifted a bit, but it was always that sort of vibe. The new album is the fourth release with this lineup. I’m definitely more mature these days. Like, as a songwriter. That’s the biggest difference I can think of.
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Friday Music News

photo by Gregory A. Perez (view set)

  • Björk‘s new “Tinder album” is on its way and we finally have a taste of what it might sound like with lead single “The Gate.” The storyline of the song picks up where Vulnicura left off, with Björk healing from the heartbreak of the dissolution of her 13-year relationship. “My healed chest wound/Transformed into a gate,” she sings early in the song and later in the song proclaims, “Didn’t used to be so needy/Just more broken than normal.” Produced by Vulnicura collaborator Arca, the song is a somehow both very quiet and incredibly grand. We still don’t have any details on the album title or the exact release date, all we know at this time is that it will be out in November on One Little Indian. [ Pitchfork ]
  • Australian electronic quartet Cut Copy are gearing up to release Haiku From Zero on September 22 via Astralwerks. Today they shared their third single, following “Airborne” and “Standing in the Middle of the Field,” called “Black Rainbows.” Frontman Dan Whitford said of Haiku From Zero, “So much of this album is about this mosaic of information, images that we’re surrounded by on a day-to-day basis. Sometimes it feels like overload, but there’s a weird random beauty in it. The idea of squeezing poetry form chaos was where the title of the album came from-the idea of finding something poetic in the overload.” The full album is streaming on NPR right now. [ Under the Radar ]
  • Dev Hynes supplied a new Blood Orange single via Soundcloud this morning. Called “BOWERYLDN EDIT 6 15 SEPTEMBER,” the almost 5-minute track has a sparse beat that grows with the inclusion of sax, horn, and woodwind arrangements by Jason Arce. It’s unknown whether this is from a forthcoming follow-up to 2016’s Freetown Sound but it seems more likely that it’s a one-off single. Only time will tell. [ SPIN ]
  • After 22 years, Boise’s Built To Spill are leaving Warner Brothers Records to independently release their music themselves. Announced on their official Facebook page, the band wrote, “We are moving on from warner brothers records and we are now running www.builttospill.com ourselves. The newly designed website has links to videos and all our albums and coming soon all of the correct lyrics and a new merch store. Thanks to all the great folks at WBR that we have been lucky enough to work with over the years!” Catch Built To Spill when they play with Modest Mouse on Thursday, September 21 at the Washington State Fair. [ Stereogum ]
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Music That Matters: Dance It Out

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.

ODESZA at KEXP in 2017 // photo by Dave Lichterman

Currently you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 582 – Dance It Out

DJ Michele Myers spins a dance party mix of beats, rock & soul with new tunes from Odesza, Joe Goddard, and Shabazz Palaces!

1. Ladyhawke – Dangerous
2. Lucius – Turn it Around
3. Ex Hex – Don’t Wanna Lose
4. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – This Land is Your Land
5. Joe Goddard – Home
6. Goldfrapp – Anymore
7. ODESZA – Late Night
8. Filthy Friends – The Arrival
9. The Olympians – Sirens of Jupiter
10. Shabazz Palaces – Shine A Light

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