Wednesday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman

  • In quite possibly the best music news of the day (IMHO), Parquet Courts have unveiled the music video to the track “Sunbathing Animal,” starring the inspiration for that song, Frida, beloved cat companion to frontman Andrew Savage. The song is also the title track of the band’s forthcoming album, out June 3rd in the U.S. on What’s Your Rupture/Mom+Pop Records. Watch below: [Pitchfork]

  • Not quite as cute as a mustachioed cat named Frida, but Courtney Barnett has shared the video for the track “Anonymous Club” animated by artist Celeste Potter. Watch the magical collaboration below, and see Courtney live, opening for Sharon Van Etten, on Saturday, July 5th at the Neptune. [Under the Radar]

  • Maybe you can’t write songs as catchy as Mac DeMarco, but maybe you can catch bugs like him...uh, ew. The Brooklyn-via-Canada artist has inspired the new video game Squish’Em, where you pick the cigarette of your choice (Marlboro, Lucky Strike, or Viceroy), and then you get 15 seconds to stub out as many bugs as you can. Um, good luck! [Consequence of Sound]
  • The clock is ticking towards Record Store Day, and more limited edition releases are being unveiled, like this 7″ single of UK band Django Django covering The Monkees 1968 track “Porpoise Song.” Check it out below, and keep an eye out for it this Saturday! [Stereogum]

  • Local cowboy Brent Amaker has teamed up with electronic producer Vox Mod for his new identity: Android Amaker. Check out their debut track “I’m the One” below. [The Stranger's Line Out]

  • Seattle’s own London Bridge Studios is trying to raise money to restore its rare mixing board. The console is a 1973 Neve 8048 model, and it’s been used on such monumental albums as Soundgarden‘s Louder Than Love and Pearl Jam‘s Ten. The historic console was also used on albums by Fleet Foxes, Death Cab for Cutie, and Cat Power. The fundraiser, ran through Indiegogo, ends this Saturday, so check out their prizes while you can. [Spin]

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The Song That’s Shaking Me with Samuel Herring of Future Islands

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

KEXP asks musicians, “Old or new — what is your favorite song RIGHT NOW?”

    Samuel T. Herring: “There’s this guy, he used to go by the name of Sach. He was a member of The Nonce, which was an early ’90s hip-hop group. They were only able to put out one album. Then he was a member of the crew Global Phlowtations Artist Committee — that was in the mid ’90s, probably ’96 to ’99. Chali 2NA was a brief member, and Myka 9 from Freestyle Fellowship, but also Adlib — who is Thavius Beck, an electronic musician.

    Anyway, Sach just put out five albums at the beginning of this year. He’s going by the name Sachillpages now, and he’s got his stuff on Bandcamp. And it’s a song called “Impress” off his album Happy Verse Day. The first line is, ‘I hold the pen of blossoming,’ and I just love that. It’s also introduced by his son, Junior Sach. He’s like, ‘What’s up, Junior Sach?’ and he’s like, ‘Hey Dad, why don’t you bust some of those impressionistic raps.’ And then he just goes into this beautiful verse.

    That’s the song that I keep playing for people and bringing up. He’s a guy that I’ve loved for many years — it’s been about five or six years since he put anything out. And he’s an early ’90s vet. He’s been around forever. So, it was like, ‘I hope he’s not done,’ and then he comes out with five albums in January. I don’t think a lot of people know about it, but he’s a living legend.”

Future Islands‘ fourth album, Singles, is out now on 4AD Records. Watch their KEXP in-studio session here.

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Live Review: Odesza with D33J and Kodak to Graph at Neumos 4/12/2014

all photos by Dave Lichterman

Last September, ODESZA were slotted for Saturday night of Decibel Festival at Neumos, along with Slow Magic and a headlining set from Gold Panda. Set to open the night’s festivities up, the boys were a bit nervous. As our photographer Dave Lichterman recalls from a conversation with Harrison, they were concerned about stage presence, considering Slow Magic had live drums. It’s funny to think of ODESZA like that now, even thought that was just barely over six months ago. Now, Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight have remixes on teen movie soundtracks and sold out more than half their tour dates a month in advance, all while still giving away 100% of their music for free. No surprise at all that their homecoming after months on the road resulted in two back to back sold out nights at Neumos. I talked to a couple people in the crowd who could name every track from Summer’s Gone and My Friends Never Die in a heartbeat. ODESZA have hit the big time, and Saturday night, it was a blast to welcome them home with open arms and packed out room of nonstop dancing. Together with opening sets from D33J and Kodak to Graph, ODESZA night #1 set the bar pretty high for round 2.
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Song of the Day: Cloud Nothings - I’m Not Part Of Me

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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 DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “I’m Not Part of Me” by Cloud Nothings from the 2014 album Here and Nowhere Else on Carpark Records / Mom+Pop Music.

Cloud Nothings - I’m Not Part of Me (MP3)

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Out This Week 4/15

Highlights this week include the first new album in 16 years from veteran rockers, The Afghan Whigs. KEXP Music Director Don Yates describes their latest, titled Do To the Best, as “a strong return-to-form of brooding, soul-inflected rock with atmospheric guitars and keyboards and occasional strings accompanying Greg Dulli’s husky vocals and dark, often-ominous lyrics of degeneration and mortality.”

Another highlight of the week comes from New York band Woods. Their eighth album, With Light and With Love, “finds them continuing to sharpen their song craft while polishing their sound on a consistently strong set of songs ranging from brightly colored pastoral pop to torrid psych-rock jams.”

The latest album from Nashville artist Bobby Bare, Jr.’s Young Criminals’ Starvation League is “a diverse, expertly crafted set of break-up songs ranging from distortion-drenched rockers and jangly power-pop to moody, tension-filled rock and melancholy roots-tinged ballads.” (They’ll be LIVE on KEXP on Sunday, June 8th.)

Jessica Lea Mayfield is back with a darker sound on her third album, Make My Head Sing..., “featuring a stripped-down, primal rock-band sound, the album combines thick, grungy guitars and muscular rhythms with Mayfield’s sultry deadpan vocals and dark, often-seedy lyrics.”

And, as always, there’s tons more new releases to check out below! What new albums are you most looking forward to this week?
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Tuesday Music News

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

  • Twin Shadow has shared his new song “To The Top,” an intense, pounding percussion anthem about starting over. His statement about the song offers a glimpse into the song’s inspiration. He said, “What is it when you realize that someone isn’t right for you? Or when you find that you do not and can not posses someone entirely? You want someone so bad and it feels like hell.” Hey, we’ve all been there. [Pitchfork]

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2014: Initial Lineup Announced!

Every summer, the streets of Capitol Hill fill with thousands of fans screaming for their favorite bands. The Seattle neighborhood is wild enough, but when the Capitol Hill Block Party takes over in late July (25th-27th), it’s a heck of a good time. Today, the celebrated local festival offers the first glimpse of the 2014 lineup with this list of terrific headliners:

A$AP Rocky // Spoon // Chromeo // Matt and Kim // The War on Drugs // Odesza // Sol // A$AP Ferg // Beat Connection // Star Slinger // Budos Band // Tanlines // XXYYXX // Angel Olsen // Poolside // CYMBALS // Shy Girls

Tickets are available now. If you pick yours up starting today, April 15, through April 17 (that’s just two days from now!), you can get a discounted 3-day pass for $99. After that prices go up incrementally. Find out more here

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Song of the Day: Craft Spells - Breaking the Angle Against the Tide

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 DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Breaking the Angle Against the Tide” by Craft Spells from the 2014 album Nausea on Captured Tracks.

Craft Spells - Breaking the Angle Against the Tide (MP3)

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Monday Music News

  • Black Keys band member Patrick Carney played the title track for the duo’s new album, Turn Blue, today. This is the second song, along with “Fever”, to be released from the new record. The bluesy tune features rumbling drums and a thoughtful lyrical tone. The new record is also a collaboration between the Black Keys and Danger Mouse, the second LP collaboration between the two musical giants. Check “Turn Blue” out here [Stereogum]:

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KEXP Suggests: 2014 EMP Pop Conference, 4/24-4/27

After three years roaming, the 2014 EMP Pop Conference returns to Seattle on April 24-27, with the theme Go! Music and Mobility, appropriately enough. The Pop Conference is an amazing opportunity for fans and musicians to reflect on where we’ve been and where we’re headed. Hosted by EMP Museum and the University of Alabama, this year’s gathering features over 100 presentations on music and mobility by a wide range of musicians, music professionals, and fans, including critics from NPR and Slate, academics and archivists.

On Thursday, April 24th from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, the conference kicks off with the keynote, “Musicians on the Road” featuring four musicians from disparate backgrounds — Sharon Jones, Mike McCready, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Alynda Lee Segarra — discussing what it’s like to be a musician “on the move” and offering their unique perspectives on everything from touring to recording.
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