Wednesday Music News

Elliott Smith

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  • It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since beloved Northwest singer/songwriter Elliott Smith released his now-classic LP Either/Or. For its anniversary, Kill Rock Stars is releasing an expanded reissue with live tracks from the 1997 Yo Yo A Go Go Festival in Olympia, WA, as well as previously unreleased tracks, like the one shared below, “I Figured You Out.” While the song was never officially released by Smith himself, his good friend Mary Lou Lord recorded a cover that appears on her 1997 Martian Saints EP. The expanded, remastered Either/Or hits stores on March 10th. [Under the Radar]


  • Speaking of the ’90s, Boss Hog made a victorious return after 16 years with last year’s EP Brood Star. Well, now we’ve got a full-length to look forward to from the husband and wife duo of Jon Spencer (of Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Pussy Galore) and Cristina Martinez (also, occasionally of Pussy Galore). Brood X hits stores March 24th via In The Red Records. Check out the first single “17” below, and while you’re at it, check out the band’s killer KEXP in-studio session from last year, and stay tuned for an unexpected guest musician towards the end of the set. [Stereogum]

  • When Kendrick Lamar headlines Coachella this April, take a look at his feet — Lamar has collaborated with Reebok for an exclusive sneaker design. Using a variation of the classic “Club C” design, Lamar presents a black-and-white pattern to represent equality against an acid-washed denim background. Via a press release, he elaborates, “Now more than ever it is important for individuals to come together as one. This sneaker represents that call for unity and equality, while also pushing people to look beneath the surface and uncover the hidden messages. This is something I try to do with my music, and now here with the Club C.” The Reebok Classic x Kendrick Lamar Club C Capsule is available starting January 13th. [Pitchfork]
  • Back in November, Swedish singer/songwriter Jens Lekman shared he was 99% done with a new album. Well, let’s make that 100%: the album Love Will See You Now is scheduled for a February 17th release on Secretly Canadian. A press release shares that the LP “inverts pop’s writing norm by making songs with sad concerns sound happy and songs with a happy.” Get a taste with the single “Whats That Perfume That You Wear?” below. Lekman plays Neumos on Sunday, March 5th. [Consequence of Sound]

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Announcing the 2017 Coachella Music Festival Lineup

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Yesterday, the 2017 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival line-up rolled out — this year’s headliners include Radiohead, Beyonce, and Kendrick Lamar as headliners, with Seattle’s own Tacocat, Car Seat Headrest, and The Head & the Heart also on the impressive bill.

On the weekends of April 14-16 and April 21-23, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, you can also catch Bon Iver, the xx, Father John Misty, Four Tet, S U R V I V E, Justice, New Order, Future Islands, Kaytranada, Real Estate, Mitski, Whitney, Hans Zimmer, Preoccupations, Banks & Steelz, New Order, Future, Gucci Mane, Schoolboy Q, Thundercat, Floating Points, DJ Khaled, Travis Scott, Devendra Banhart, and, as you can see from the poster above, many more.

Tickets go on sale today, Wednesday, January 4th at 11:00 AM PT here.

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Song of the Day: Real Numbers – Falling Out

photo by Elise Pfau

photo by Elise Pfau

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 “Falling Out” by Real Numbers, from their 2016 album, Wordless Wonder, on Slumberland Records.

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Tuesday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

  • In a belated Christmas present for electronic music fans everywhere, record label Dymaxion Groove are releasing a double-LP concept album, fantastically-titled I Said No Doctors!, that spotlights the use of unconventional instruments. The collection features tracks from Silver Apples, Oval, Jad Fair, and Dan Deacon, whose submission you can stream below. According to a press release, the track “Opal Toad Segment” was created using “an atonal barrage of MIDI-triggered pin-point notes from an acoustic grand piano.” Neat! I Said No Doctors! is out January 18th. [Consequence of Sound]


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Song of the Day: Split Single – Untry Love

photo by Amber Knecht

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 “Untry Love” by Split Single, from the 2016 album Metal Frames on Inside Outside Records.

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TV Eye: Week of 1/2

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Whitney // photo by Niffer Calderwood (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, January 2nd:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Childish Gambino (R)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Michael Stipe (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Broncho (R)
Conan: The Sugarhill Gang (R)

Tuesday, January 3rd:
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Janelle Monae
Last Call with Carson Daly: Guided By Voices (R)

Wednesday, January 4th:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Craig Finn (R)
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Glass Animals
Last Call with Carson Daly: Caspian (R)

Thursday, January 5th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Common featuring BJ the Chicago Kid (R)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Whitney
Last Call with Carson Daly: Peter Bjorn & John (R)

Friday, January 6th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: the Weeknd (R)

Saturday, January 7th:
Austin City Limits: Ms. Lauryn Hill

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Monday Music News

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  • Anyone who got to kick off 2017 with Sleater-Kinney is already very lucky, but it sounds like the show was even better than we could’ve imagined. For their New Year’s Eve concert at San Francisco’s Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium, the ladies paid tribute to artists we’ve lost this year: David Bowie and George Michael. Better yet, they were joined by opening acts The Thermals and Spoon frontman Britt Daniel. Watch fan-shot footage of Carrie Brownstein belting out Michael’s 1987 breakout single “Faith” and a show-closing rendition of Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” with Corin Tucker, Daniel, and Hutch Harris of The Thermals on vocals. Before leaving the stage, Brownstein shouted, “We love you. Protect yourself. Protect each other. Resist!” [Spin]


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Song of the Day: Ablebody – Backseat Heart

photo by Michael Delaney

photo by Michael Delaney

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 “Backseat Heart” by Ablebody, from their 2016 album, Adult Contemporaries, on Lolipop Records.

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10 More Albums to Carry Forward into 2017

10more2016For many, 2016’s sole light was music. As is always the case in times of cultural unrest, musical artists responded to widespread feelings of alienation, anger, and fear by producing vital, overflowing works in which a listener can find comfort, escape or understanding. However, as a result of this mass of musical output and creativity, countless albums have been overlooked and under-appreciated in favor of the dozen albums which seemingly represent The Year in Music for critics, DJs, and many listeners. These records (Beyonce’s Lemonade, Bowie’s Blackstar, Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book, to name a few) need to be carried into 2017. This article offers ten additional albums to bring with us into 2017, for their distinct abilities to throw hooks, chaos, and energy into the 2016 maelstrom, and with which we can continue to process, escape, and understand.
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Music that Matters: The Best of 2016

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.

Kweku Collins and Boathouse with Kevin Cole at KEXP in 2016 // photo by Eric Tra

Currently you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 545 – The Best of 2016

DJ Kevin Cole highlights some of the best albums, songs, and moments of 2016.

Tracklist:
1. Blood Orange – Best To You
2. Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me
3. Deep Sea Diver – Secrets
4. Pinkshinyultrablast – The Cherry Pit
5. Naked Giants – Ya Ya
6. King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Gamma Knife
7. Thee Oh Sees – Plastic Plant
8. Bob Mould – The End Of Things
9. Kate Tempest – Don’t Fall In
10. Aesop Rock – Blood Sandwich
11. NAVVI – Simpatico
12. Samaris – Wanted 2 Say
13. Manatee Commune – Be Still
14. Tacocat – I Love Seattle
15. Bread & Butter – Desperation
16. Junius Meyvant – Beat Silent Need
17. Charles Bradley – Change For The World
18. Damien Jurado – Exit 353
19. David Bazan – Both Hands
20. PJ Harvey – The Wheel
21. Kweku Collins – The Outsiders

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