Beloved cable network Adult Swim have been putting out some amazing music over the years, and today’s contribution ranks among the coolest releases yet: Seattle’s own Shabazz Palaces team up with Flying Lotus and Thundercat under the name WOKE. Stream their first single “The Lavishments of Light Looking” below. And as if that pedigree ain’t cool enough for you, the song features Parliament-Funkadelic’s George Clinton. Yup. [Pitchfork]
It turns out this is a hoax: Dream pop duo Beach House were said to be special guests on Wayne Coyne’s recently-launched podcast, The Fearless Freakcast, and supposedly talked about their latest album, Depression Cherry, and purportedly [not true!] performed a previously-unreleased track, “Helicopter Dream (I’m Awake)”. [Consequence of Sound]
Next month, a group of artists will gather in Southern California to pay tribute to the Laurel Canyon scene of the ’60s. The “Echo In The Canyon” show features artists like Fiona Apple, Beck, Regina Spektor, Jade (formerly of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros), and Jakob Dylan and Cat Power, who teamed up to cover the 1969 Turtles’ track “You Showed Me.” Listen below. The concert takes place on October 12th at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, with a full-length studio album to be released later this year. [Stereogum]
We hinted last week that there was an exciting reunion on the verge in the shoegaze world, and this morning, they confirmed it: Lush are reuniting after 20 years. They’ll play their first show together in two decades on May 6, 2016 at The Roundhouse in London, release a box set in December, and will reissue their “best-of” album, Ciao!, on vinyl via 4AD. In a press release, frontwoman Miki Berenyi said, “The opportunities and practicalities of reforming Lush meant that for 20 years it was an impossible undertaking, but we all loved what we did, and the time is finally right for us to do it again.” [Under the Radar]
London-based DJ/producer Jamie xx shares a video today for the summer jam “I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times),” off his excellent release In Colour. The video, as well as the song, feature rapper Young Thug and dancehall artist Popcaan. Watch below, and check out his mix for KEXP’s Midnight in a Perfect World here. [Stereogum]
Sun Liquor and Silversun Pickups – the pairing pretty much writes itself – yet there’s so much more to the LA band’s relationship to KEXP and history behind their generosity in performing an exclusive show for our donors. Our love for Silversun Pickups goes back to their debut EP, Pikul. KEXP was not only one of the first stations to play them, but their song “Kissing Families” became a daily anthem. That was a decade ago. Since then, we’ve hosted the band live at a range of venues – in-studio, at The Triple Door, at SXSW – and watched them become a great success. When they came back to us to promote their fourth full-length (released just this past Friday), they asked to do something special and help KEXP raise funds for our new home, so fifty fans huddled around as band founders Nikki Monninger and Brian Aubert shared songs, and jokes, from their stools at the vintage bar located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill. It was an intimate moment of mutual admiration shared by a lucky few, but now you can take part in this exclusive acoustic performance and the band’s hilarious conversation with DJ Troy Nelson. Watch the full session now:
It is your support that helps make incredible performances like this one happen. KEXP is currently in the midst of our Fall Fundraising Drive. Please consider making a gift so that we can continue to discover new bands, like we did with Silversun Pickups back in the day, and provide them the opportunity to grow and find new fans.
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. This week’s songs come during the 2015 Fall Fundraising Drive. Today’s song is “Acetate” by METZ from the 2015 album II on Sub Pop.
Is there any band that has defined the sounds of early 80s like New Order? From the post-punk roots of “Ceremony” to “Age of Consent”, and the new-wave brilliance of “Blue Monday” to “The Perfect Kiss”, New Order are the figurehead of an era. They extended their reign through 1993’s Republic, where Factory Records came to an end and the band decided to embrace a hiatus. The band returned strong in 2001 with Get Ready, but on the journey to their eighth full length album, Waiting For The Sirens’ Call, something changed. Increasing strain between Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook led to a contentious writing environment, and even with two albums’ worth of songs recorded, the band couldn’t hold it together. Two years ago, the band returned to the stage, three original members strong. Fans were hesitant, but throughout the tour, Bernard reassured fans that the spirit of New Order lived on, even with Hook choosing to pursue work elsewhere as Peter Hook & The Light. This year, the band give us their tenth studio album, and prove all of that reassurance to be true. New Order have returned and given us their best album in 20 years. Music Complete is both a self assured statement and a reflective mantra – it puts New Order in a conscious perspective that both the band and the fans can agree on.
Wednesday marked the kick off of Decibel Festival 2015 and signaled the start of a week that will feature some of the worlds best electronic music artists in a plethora of Seattle’s finest venues. 2015’s lineup definitely offers something for everyone, and those looking to dance away their mid-week slump needed to look no further than the Soulection takeover happening at Q Nightclub.
Soulection regularly sells out clubs and releases records and EP’s for a roster full of game changing producers and DJ’s. The collective recently announced a Beats 1 radio show, and is not only cranking out fantastic beats, but also dominating as a taste maker in the electric music community. Joe Kay, co-founder of the collection, deserves much of the credit for the rise of Soulection. He got the Decibel Fest crowd moving in a hurry on Wednesday, providing a barrage of remixes to Q nightclub. Nothing from Drake to old soul flips were safe, and everything Joe Kay put his spin on landed excellently with the crowd. By the end of his set it was clear why Soulection has found such success: the man knows what people want to hear, even if they don’t know it yet. Read More »
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. This week, we are featuring artists performing the 2015 Decibel Festival, which runs September 23-27. All songs are selected by DJ Sharlese. Sharlese’s pick for today is “Abandoned Beauties and Beasts” by Dasha Rush from the 2015 album Sleepstep on Raster-Noton.
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.
Julia Holter // photo by Dave Lichterman
Currently, you’ll hear:
Music That Matters, Vol. 479 – Autumn Fuzz
Autumn calls for fuzzy sweaters and fuzzy music. Listen to Midday Veil, Blank Realm and more with fuzzy songs, feedback drenched guitars and lo-fi indie rock on this latest mix that emotes the dark days of the season.
1. Pony Boy – When Tomorrow Never Comes
2. Midday Veil – Babel
3. Ms. John Soda – Hero Whales
4. Helen – Motorcycle
5. Dead Leaf Echo – Lemonheart
6. Lou Barlow – Redeemed
7. Fernando – Save Me
8. Infinity Girl – Dirty Sun
9. Blank Realm – Palace of Love
10. Alex G – Bug
11. Julia Holter – Feel You
12. Diane Coffee – Spring Breathes
13. Girls Names – A Hunger Artist
You’ve been waiting for it! Raw Power KEXP took over the Pike Place Market in August, as Seattle musicians Mike McCready, Duff McKagan, Mark Arm, and Barrett Martin, blazed songs by Iggy & the Stooges live from the rooftop! Nearly nine thousand fans came out for the free concert, while additional fundraisers helped support KEXP’s new home campaign. Maybe you were in the crowd, maybe you missed it, but now you all have the opportunity to relive this historic, roof-shaking event over and over again.
But as you watch, please remember that’s because of listener support that we can offer these incredible events. We have just begun our Fall Fundraising Drive. With your support, who knows which local icons we can put on what local landmarks next!
With their documentary The Reflektor Tapes now in theaters, Canadian sextet Arcade Fire are re-releasing the 2013 album in question as a special deluxe version with six previously-unreleased tracks, five new and one remix. On October 16th, the six songs will be released on cassette tape, but ’til then, you can stream them online below: [Under the Radar]
The sounds that come out of a computer aren’t often what we enjoy listening to. The sound of your email, the sound of an error, the sound of typing, it’s all mundane. To some, however, the computer is an endless opportunity for sound. The artists beginning Decibel Festival 2015 have made their computers their instruments and they have tuned them perfectly, as we learned immediately at the OPTICAL Kick-Off Party at Re-Bar on the very first night. This early showcase of sonic and visual art, featuring Kid Smpl, Raica, and Richard Devine illuminated by Coldbrew Collective and Baryonyx, reminds us that not all festivals are filled with tents and dehydration, some are filled with the appreciation of music. Read More »