Song of the Day: Pony Boy - The Devil In Me

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “The Devil In Me” by Pony Boy from the 2014 The Devil In Me EP on Odd Man Out Records.

Pony Boy - The Devil In Me (MP3)

With a whiskey-worn voice that would make Tom Waits proud, the LA-via-Nashville artist Pony Boy’s ragged country captures the gutter-laden spirit of both cities. Choosing her moniker after the protagonist of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders, Marchelle Bradanini began the Pony Boy project in 2010 after the breakup of her previous group, opting to channel the country musicians who she’d admired since her formative years. After playing shows and sporadically releasing material in LA for a few years, Bradanini moved to Nashville and recorded her new EP, The Devil In Me with producers Adam Landry and Justin Collins on an eight-track recording machine. The most fascinating aspect of “The Devil In Me” isn’t its distorted stomp of a rhythm or its nebulous bass-and-organ pacing, but Bradanini’s nonchalant, alluring delivery. The characters in the song live up to the title’s implied lurking darkness, but in Bradanini’s hands, they’re detailed sketches of the less-than-glamorous, but no less colorful, scenes of Nashville after 2 a.m. An admitted fanatic of songwriters whose highly flawed characters drive their best songs, “The Devil In Me” shows that Bradanini can capture and tell similar tales with a balanced mixture of disdain and sympathy with a voice that’s just as powerfully dichotomous.

Pony Boy doesn’t have any shows announced at the moment, so keep an eye on her website and Facebook page for any announcements. For now, watch the video for “The Devil In Me” below.

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Live Video: Motopony

photo by Matthew Thompson (view set)

The lore of Seattle’s Motopony begins not in a dense, leafy forest in the rainy Pacific Northwest (a scene which heavily inspires their music), but in a warehouse in Tacoma. Frontman Daniel Blue set the story of the now acclaimed band in motion when, at 27, he picked up his ten year-old guitar. With the addition of five bandmates, Motopony has just released their EP Idle Beauty and have an upcoming full-length due out next year. Self-described as “Chief Seattle’s revenge channeled through a hybrid engine drone,” Blue and company brought their quavering vocals and warped sound to the KEXP studio with three songs from their EP and one from their debut. Be consumed in the feelings of Motopony with video from their live performance below:

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KEXP Q&A: Gabriel Teodros

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Gabriel Teodros is the smooth, uber-thoughtful Seattle rapper. He has come a long way from being one of the early cats on the Seattle hip-hop scene – and he recently completed a North American tour to share his music. Gabriel’s next album, Evidence Of Things Not Seen, features SoulChef on production, and comes out on October 28. We caught up with him recently to ask about his inspirations, his history in this town and much more.

You have this great line in a Hitek Lowlives song that goes, “The killer dies twice every time he kill”. I think it’s a line that works to define both the history of violence and the history of art experience in mankind, but would you tell me what that line means to you?

The thought behind that line is that I believe all life is inextricably linked, and in taking another person’s life, I believe the killer feels that loss, and loses a piece of themselves in the process too. It’s connected to the thought in the overall verse which is how in patriarchy, men give up connection with their own sensuality and huge parts of their humanity when choosing to hold on to a system of male domination. It’s like becoming a robot... humanoid void.
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Music That Matters Podcast: Total Control of GRMLNs on a YACHT full of Bleached Caribou on Acid

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.

Operators // photo by Amber Zbitnoff

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 429 - Total Control of GRMLNs on a YACHT full of Bleached Caribou on Acid
Host Larry Rose takes Total Control of GRMLNs on a YACHT full of Bleached Caribou on Acid. Ok, those are just a few of the bands that appear on this new podcast that takes you on a wildly varying musical journey featuring some of Larry’s favorite new rock, funk, soul, and electropop jams.

1. Caribou - Our Love
2. Operators - TRUE
3. YACHT - Where Does This Disco?
4. GRMLN - Numb
5. Bleached - For the Feel
6. Julian Casablancas + the Voidz - Where No Eagles Fly
7. Curtis Harding - Keep on Shining
8. Peliroja - Injusticia
9. The Radio Dept. - Death To Fascism
10. Total Control - Flesh War
11. Chet Faker - Gold
12. Populous - Fall (feat. Cuushe)
13. The Acid - Fame

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Friday Music News

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  • Norwegian music duo Royksopp have shared a new track from their final album, The Inevitable End (out November 11). They have described “Sordid Affair” as “a recollection and contemplation of the emotional aspects of the endeavours as described in the track title. The difficulties of letting go of emotional attachment.” It’s a dreamy, yet melancholy number. Listen, below. [Pitchfork]

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Friday on My Mind: KEXP and Seattle Sounders!

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind. Our weekly blog post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News.

Tonight we’re gonna party like it’s a 40th birthday! The Seattle Sounders 40th Birthday!

The current incarnation of the Seattle Sounders took shape in 2009, but the first version of the Sounders began in 1974. We were a member of the NASL league, which is no longer in existence. This team did well, and played in the Soccer Bowl within three years. Despite the Sounders doing well and gaining a large following, the end of the struggling NASL League in 1983 also ended the Sounders Part One. The Sounders Part Two formed in 1994 as a part of the American Professional Soccer League before they moved to the USL in 1997 where they won four titles between the years of 1995 and 2007. 2009 marked the first season with the current team.

So come on out tonight to Century Link Field for the Sounders FC 40th Birthday celebration which also happens to be KEXP Night. The Sounders will go head to head with The Vancouver Whitecaps. We’ll get started at 5pm at Occidental Park where you can join us in the March to the Match. We’re also excited about the limited edition commemorative KEXP/Seattle Sounders FC Scarf. And now, here are a few songs and artists to get you pumped and in the Seattle spirit for tonight’s game.
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Live Video: The New Pornographers

photo by Rachel White (view set)

The New Pornographers have always had a knack for explosive, shining melodies, but after two relatively experimental, more mellow albums, they’ve returned to playing to their strengths – multi-part harmonies and agile, punchy performances – on their new album, Brill Bruisers. The Vancouver supergroup were back from a four-year break when they entered the KEXP studios, but judging by their fierce performance, you’d never be able to tell. Twin guitars, buzzing keyboards, and, of course, up to three-part harmonies filled the room and showed that, fifteen years on, the band are still as vibrant as ever. Watch the band power through four Brill Bruisers tunes and discuss the influence of the Brill Building songwriters, keeping bassist/producer John Collins “locked up” in frontman Carl Newman’s backyard cottage, and having a signature coffee blend below.

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Song of the Day: Jen Wood - Fell In Love

photo by January Fredericks

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Fell In Love” by Seattle’s Jen Wood from the 2014 album Wilderness on Radar Light / New Granada.

Jen Wood - Fell In Love (MP3)

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Live Review: Bombay Bicycle Club with Milo Green at Showbox at the Market 10/7/14

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A good way to see how far a band has come is to look at where they began. Case in point, one of 2013′s more enjoyable internet moments was when someone unearthed an old image of Radiohead during their college days. Thom Yorke and co. look goofy, amiable, and exactly the sort of people that would have a band portrait and not the Killers album cover as their Iron Maiden poster of choice. It’s funny because those guys went on to be, you know, Radiohead. Not to compare the two bands’ bodies of work, but there’s a comparable amount of gawkiness to Bombay Bicycle Club’s early days – when they played their first Glastonbury afternoon set on the small Park stage in 2009, half the band were wearing shorts and t-shirts. But the Bombay Bicycle Club that arrived onstage at the Showbox for their second Seattle appearance behind their fourth (and best) album, So Long, See You Tomorrow bore little resemblance to those lads. The London quartet (with two touring members in two) were sharply dressed, confident, and, aware that they’re a band on the brink of breaking through to a bigger level, played like they’ve already made the jump.

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Thursday Music News

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  • So, what happens after the disco? Broken Bells break it down in the video for the title track of their sophomore release, After the Disco. In this clip, directed by Nelson de Castro, the duo of James Mercer and Danger Mouse take a walk through several post-party scenes. Check it out below, and check out video from their KEXP in-studio session on the KEXP Blog here. [Pitchfork]

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