Friday Music News

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  • Our thoughts go out to members of the band and crew of Twin Shadow, who were injured this morning as their tour bus was part of a multi-vehicle crash in Aurora, Colorado, with heavy fog to blame. Rescuers have brought a dozen individuals to a local hospital to treat minor to severe injuries. [The Denver Post].

  • Wild Beasts debuted a previously unreleased track called “Woebegone Wanderers II” on Jon Hopkins’ BBC Radio 1 program yesterday. As the title suggests, this seems to be a follow up to 2008’s “Woebegone Wanderers.” The sequel offers an ethereal and transcendent experience. Listen below. [CoS]

  • Giorgio Moroder will drop his latest studio album, Déjà Vu, his first in nearly 30 years, on June 12. The Italian music legend collaborated with Sia for the album’s title track. Her unique vocals are the perfect match for his classic disco beats. It’s only a matter of time before this song takes over the dance floor. [Stereogum]

  • Jenny Lewis was joined by HAIM during her Coachella set last weekend. Together they delivered a lively performance of a new song called “Girl on Girl.” Thanks to fan footage you can enjoy the show without having to bake in the hot California sun. [Pitchfork]

  • Justin Vernon shared a bare-bones cover of Spoon’s They Want My Soul track “Inside Out”. Vernon performs the song on a mysteriously dark stage and proves that a piano is all he needs to make some magic. [Pitchfork]

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KEXP Presents: Electronic Audioasis 4/18

IG88 // photo by Dave Lichterman

KEXP is excited to present another special all-electronic edition of Audioasis on Saturday, April 18th! Hosted by DJ Alex and co-produced with the help and guidance of Audioasis host DJ Sharlese, the show will feature live performances from Seattle-based electronic musician IG88 at 6:30 PM and Portland-based electronic producer Dylan Stark at 8:30 PM!
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Live Review: The Replacements with Young Fresh Fellows at the Paramount Theatre 4/9/15

photos by Brittney Bollay (view set)

It’s important to note that The Replacements reunion could’ve been a disaster, and not the kind of shambolic splendor that the Minnesota legends used to thrive off of. When they were perpetually drunk underdogs tossing out half-assed covers and barely recognizable versions of their own material, they were confrontational, unpredictable and endearing. It’s what made them one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

However, the thought of half of the original lineup getting back together in middle age to drunkenly run through their signature songs at festivals where they’re the token legacy act is… not quite as endearing. But gradually, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson’s onstage revival of their inimitable catalog has proved itself to be one of the most rewarding surprises of the last few years. Their songs still hold up, the pair still have their goofy, deprecating sense of humor, and most importantly, they only have the bare minimum amount of their shit together. As they launched their first proper tour in 24 years at the Paramount Theatre, the band spent two hours running through every era of the Westerberg songbook with equal parts charisma and chaos.
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Friday on My Mind: Record Store Day 2015!

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.

Tomorrow is Record Store Day. It’s been going strong every year since 2007 as a means of giving the record store industry a much deserved boost. Record Store Day should serve as a reminder of the wonderful resources offered by record stores every day of the year. The rare album exclusives sweeten the deal. I’ll be out and about in search of Citizen Dick:
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Record Store Day 2015: KEXP DJ & Staff Picks, Part Two

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It’s Record Store Day Eve, so get to bed early so you can wake up and get in line at your favorite neighborhood store! Many KEXP DJs and staff will be in line, too, hoping to get some of the items below. (Part one of their lists is posted here, and DJ Kevin Cole shares his highlights here.) Plus, check out all these different events around town!

All week long on The Afternoon Show, DJ Kevin Cole has been chatting with local record store entrepreneurs, and today’s guest is:


Friday: Matt Vaughan (Easy Street)

Tune in at 3:00 PM PT to hear Matt spin some of his Record Store Day highlights, and stay tuned for a very big announcement, too! (You don’t want to miss it!)

Darek Mazzone | Host of Wo’Pop:

Various Artists – An On-U Journey Through Time and Space 12″

Katrina Harvie-Watt | Major Gifts Officer:

David Bowie, Changes, 7” picture disc!

Tanner Ellison | Host of Seek and Destroy:

EVERY DAY is Record Store Day!!!! Well, if they sell metal albums anyway :P

I also found this really good Vice/Noisey article talking about how vinyl production in this country is sliding into a shitty space partially thanks to larger acts and labels trying to cash in on the vinyl “trend” (I don’t know about the trend, I’ve been buying underground punk and metal vinyl since I was 13). But it’s worth a read and brings up some valid points.

• At The Gates – Gardens of Grief
• Carcass – Choice Cuts
• Electric Wizard – Time To Die
• Gwar – America Must Be Destroyed
• Deathwish – Out For Blood
• Hawkwind – Back on the Streets
• Jungle Rot – Terror Regime
• Hawkwind – Hawkwind
• Venom – From The Very Depths

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Song of the Day: Mommy Long Legs – Life Rips

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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 new local songs as selected by Audioasis host DJ Sharlese.

Mommy Long Legs – Life Rips (MP3)

Sharlese’s pick for today is the title track from the 2015 self-released album Life Rips by Mommy Long Legs.
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Album Review: Them Are Us Too – Remain

San Francisco has been doing the shoegaze revival right for a while now. There’s something about the way bay area indie rock meshes with the sounds of My Bloody Valentine and Ride to give the classic, noisy 80s textures a brisk, airy sensibility, and the denseness of the classics is made new through vibrant and euphoric tone. The city’s latest offering comes to us in the form of the 21 year-old duo of Kennedy Ashlyn and Cash Askew, forming together as Them Are Us Too. Remain is their first LP and its a wonderfully warm debut, ripe with Cocteau Twins vibes all around and some great songwriting work from such a young pair.


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Thursday Music News

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  • West coast weirdo Ariel Pink shares a video today for the track “Jell-O” off last year’s stellar full-length Pom Pom. The psychedelic clip, directed by Dan Kapelovitz, showcases vintage meat industry footage interspersed with the band making Jell-O shots. The video is dedicated to the late Kim Fowley, who co-wrote the song. Watch below, and watch video from his KEXP in-studio session here. [Pitchfork]


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Review Revue: R.E.M. – Reckoning

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R.E.M., who released Reckoning, their second album, almost exactly 31 years ago, were a band for 31 years. They began as a quirky group of Athens weirdos beloved by college radio DJs, and became one of the biggest rock bands in the world, and then they decided to stop being a band, which you have to kind of admire. Knowing when to quit is not something most big rock bands tend to be very good at.

Reckoning must have been met with some anticipation here at KCMU. As the sticker on the cover says, their debut album the year before had been celebrated by Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and Record, and had no doubt been spun quite a bit on the air here. There were a lot of fans here, but certainly some detractors, as well as the obligatory folks who thought their even earlier work was better. In fact, one person (Tom?) seems to have so riled people up that their comment has been removed from the record altogether, so we’ll never know just what inspired these first couple reactions: Read More »

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Live Video: A Place to Bury Strangers

photos by Morgen Schuler (view set)

Merchants of sound A Place to Bury Strangers once again drops by KEXP to flex their effects pedals and energetic noise. Armed with songs from their new release, Transfixiation, the Brooklyn trio delivers skull-splitting feedback in true Strangers style but also evident in the opening track “Supermaster” and the romantically retro “Now It’s Over”, underneath all that shoegazing buzz is something beautiful and melodic. Turn your lights down low and watch the full moody set:


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