In Stores Now 4/25

This week, you can pick up the latest from the self-described “best punk band in Toronto,” The Greys. KEXP Music Director Don Yates declares it a “more expansive, dynamic and melodic take on the band’s anthemic posthardcore sound, with consistently strong songs exploring themes of identity, racism, depression and other weighty subjects.”

Reunited UK band Lush return with a new EP; their “first new recording in 20 years finds them in fine form with a 4-song EP of shoegazerish dream-pop.” Veteran British band Wire (a band Lush, in fact, covered back in 1991) keep it going with “a solid 8-song mini-album of expansive post-punk.” Speaking of long-running groups, Guided By Voices are back with their we-lost-count album, Please Be Honest. The LP is a solo affair by founding member Robert Pollard, but he’ll be joined on tour by Bobby Bare Jr., Kevin March, Nick Mitchell, and Mark Shue.

Los Angeles multi-musician, composer, and DJ Carlos Niño shares the fourth installment in his “friends” series (including Madlib, Kamasi Washington, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson). KEXP’s Music Director Assistant Alex Ruder notes the latest, “aptly showcases his signature style of ‘Space Collage Hybrid’ music, a spiritual, orchestral, free-form amalgamation of jazz, New Age, psychedelic, hip-hop, and ambient styles.” And Manchester-based DJ/producer Andy Stott shares his fourth full-length, inspired by Yellow Magic Orchestra, This Mortal Coil, and Dead Can Dance.

Alpha Blondy & the Solar System – “Freedom (feat. Tarrus Riley)”
from Positive Energy reissue on VP Records

Andy Stott – “Selfish”
from Too Many Voices on Modern Love

A$AP Ferg – “Hungry Ham”
from Always Strive and Prosper on A$AP Worldwide / Polo Grounds Music

Benjamin Dean Wilson – “Rick, I Tick Tock”
from Small Talk on Tapete Records

Borderland – “Riod”
from Transport on Tresor

Candlebox – “Vexatious”
from Disappearing in Airports on Pavement Entertainment

Carlos Niño – “It’s All Happening!”
from Flutes, Echoes, It’s All Happening! on Leaving Records

Greys – “No Star”
from Outer Heaven on Carpark Records

Guided by Voices – “My Zodiac Companion”
from Please Be Honest on GBV, Inc.

Higher Authorities – “ …and why not?”
from Neptune on Domino

Josh Kelley – “I’ll Be Standin’ Tall”
from New Lane Road on Sugar Hill

Kid Congo & the Pink Monkey Birds – “La Araña”
from La Arana Es la Vida on In the Red Records

Lush – “Out Of Control”
from Blind Spot EP on Edamame

Mean Jeans – “Michael Jackson Was Tight”
from Tight New Dimension on Fat Wreck Chords

The New Mastersounds – “In The Middle”
from The Nashville Session on The Royal Potato

Nicolas Godin – “Orca”
from Contrepoint on Because Music

Nik Bärtsch’s Mobile – “MODUL 29_14”
from Continuum on ECM

Paul Young – “L-O-V-E (Love)”
from Good Thing on New State

Programm – “Jukia”
from A Torrid Marriage of Logic and Emotion on The Hand

Rufus Wainwright – “A Woman’s Face Reprise (Sonnet 20)”
from Take All My Loves: 9 Shakespeare Sonnets on DG Deutsche Grammophon

Sean McCaul – “Midnight at the Purple Palace Pt. 1”
from Midnight at the Purple Palace on Underwater Peoples

Susanna – “Ebb And Flow”
from Triangle on SusannaSonata

We Are Scientists – “Too Late”
from Helter Seltzer on 100%

Wire – “Nocturnal Koreans”
from Nocturnal Koreans on Pink Flag

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Live Video: José González

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

Fifty fans christened KEXP’s live room during an exclusive tear-soaked performance with José González, all to benefit KEXP’s New Home. The Swedish singer-songwriter, whose history with KEXP dates back over a decade, broke listeners’ hearts for a full set of gorgeous, heartbreaking bliss, while sharing songs from throughout his catalog. Rarely does a hushed performance evoke so much emotive power, but José González, alone with an acoustic guitar, transported those lucky viewers to another world. Now you can join them for this hour-long journey through the soul.

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TV Eye: Week of 4/25

Car Seat Headrest // photo by Amber Knecht (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, April 25th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Iggy Pop
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Bob Mould
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Last Call with Carson Daly: The Coathangers

Tuesday, April 26th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Graham Nash

Wednesday, April 27th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Fitz & the Tantrums
Last Call with Carson Daly: Lower Dens

Thursday, April 28th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Car Seat Headrest, The Soft Moon

Friday, April 29th:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Fabrizio Moretti (drummer of The Strokes) (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Gems (R)

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Monday Music News

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

  • From Rihanna to Springsteen to LCD Soundsystem to Smashing Pumpkins to — well, you get the idea — everyone paid tribute to music legend Prince over the weekend. One of the more poignant performances came from fellow Minneapolis musician Bob Mould, who took the stage with reunited Twin Cities punks Suicide Commandos at the legendary First Avenue club (former home to KEXP’s own DJ Kevin Cole). Watch their passionate performance of “When You Were Mine,” featuring Mould’s tour manager on guest vocals. [Stereogum]

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Song of the Day: Aesop Rock – Rings

photo by Ben Colen

photo by Ben Colen

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Rings” by Aesop Rock from his forthcoming album, The Incredible Kid, due April 29th on Rhymesayers Entertainment.

Aesop Rock – Rings (MP3)

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Album Review: John Carpenter – Lost Themes II

John Carpenter

If there’s one rule about horror movies, it’s that you always leave enough of a loose end for a sequel, regardless of whether or not it ever happens. Sure enough, that’s exactly what the master of horror and suspense cinema John Carpenter did on his first solo LP outing. Lost Themes, an album comprised of heady prog-rock goodness and composed alongside son Cody Carpenter, was a heart-pounding delight from beginning to end. Filled with the same kind of driving, moody compositions that have scored all of Carpenter’s most beloved films (Halloween, Escape From New York, The Thing, Dark Star, etc.). It’s just the kind of record you want to see a “2” slapped on the end of. And this week, we get just that, as Carpenter gives us Lost Themes II, out on Sacred Bones. With the sequel, Carpenter looks backwards and forwards, giving us not just a collection of like-sounding songs, but a real album, with plot arc and a payoff and everything. The original Lost Themes was a great idea – an album from a director who has never seen his musical creations apart from a screen pairing. But with the sequel, Carpenter falls in love with the latter, letting the score take boundless precedent, running wild into the darkness.
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Music That Matters: Timeless

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.

Sunflower Bean // photo by Renata Steiner

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 509 – Timeless
Midday Show host Cheryl Waters presents a new mix of great music, featuring songs from Kyle Craft, Fauna Shade and more.

1. Kyle Craft – Pentecost
2. Woods – Sun City Creeps
3. Prism Tats – Pacifist Masochist
4. DMA’s – Timeless
5. DRÆMHOUSE – Lucky
6. Conner Youngblood – Diamonds
7. Kevin Morby – I Have Been to the Mountain
8. Pure X – Thousand Year Old Child
9. Fauna Shade – No Nostalgia
10. Eleanor Friedberger – He Didn’t Mention His Mother
11. Sunflower Bean – I Was Home
12. Grant-Lee Phillips – Rolling Pin
13. Rogue Wave – California Bride

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Friday Music News

  • The crushing news of Prince‘s untimely death has rocked the music industry. Artists all over the world have been paying tribute to the icon. On Broadway, Jennifer Hudson and The Color Purple cast ended their show with a powerful cover of “Purple Rain,” and the cast of Hamilton had an impromptu dance party set to “Let’s Go Crazy.” Seattle’s own Chris Cornell took to twitter and shared his cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which was written by Prince in 1985. Watch the tributes below. [Pitchfork]

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KEXP Premiere: Rogue Wave – Delusions of Grand Fur

There should be no misconception about it, Delusions of Grand Fur is a gorgeous return to form for Oakland band Rogue Wave – not that they really ever left it. For their sixth release, though, frontman Zach Rogue and his longtime collaborator Pat Spurgeon have returned to self-producing and self-recording in their own studio, essentially composing all the while. The result is an invigorated, gloriously sunny set of songs that emphasize Rogue Wave’s greatest strengths – their shimmering pop melodies and Zach Rogue’s heavenly voice soaring in the upper registers.

Delusions of Grand Fur will be released next Friday, on April 29th, through Easy Sound, but you can listen to the entire album right now during this premiere:

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Never Turn Your Back on Mother Earth: KEXP’s Earth Day Video Roundup

photo by Jeremy Farmer (view set)

Not only is today Earth Day, but we’re also on the cusp of music festival season. As we take time to celebrate our planet on this day, think about carrying that spirit with you all summer long: carry a reusable water bottle, or bring your own forks. Our planet will thank you!

And in the spirit of preserving our earth’s resources, KEXP is teaming up with Seattle Goodwill to present Sustainable Sounds, a special night of music at the Tractor Tavern with Ivan & Alyosha, Lemolo, and Evening Bell on Monday, May 2nd. The event benefits Goodwill’s Job Training and Education Programs, and Goodwill keeps over 50 million pounds of useful goods out of landfills.

Get inspired to help save the planet with KEXP’s Video Roundup of Earth-inspired songs. Like Sparks say, “be more faithful” to Mother Nature.

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