Wednesday Music News

Japandroids

photo by Brittany Brassell (view set)

  • It hasn’t even been a week since the release of their latest full-length, but Japandroids are adding to their discography with a limited edition 7-inch vinyl. Side A is “Near to the Wild Heart of Life,” the title track of the new LP, and on side B is this cover of the Talking Heads’ 1977 single “Love → Building On Fire.” Listen below. Near to the Wild Heart of Life is out now via Anti/Epitaph, and the guys are playing Saturday, March 18th at the Neptune Theatre. [ Consequence of Sound ]


  • Sydney, Australia-based band Middle Kids have landed, and are winning the U.S. over. Last night, they stopped by Conan to perform their single “Edge of Town,” and today, they offer their self-titled debut EP, streaming in its entirety below. A physical copy comes out February 17th via Domino, and the band will be LIVE on KEXP next week, Tuesday, February 21st, with a show at Barboza later that night. [ Stereogum ]

  • Mark Kozelek is also streaming his new release: a Sun Kil Moon album titled Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood, also out this Friday, February 17th. Hear it now via his website, accompanied by an interview conducted by Conor Oberst. The double-LP was inspired by “events from January to August of 2016 and how Mark processed it all while traveling.” A digital version is out this Friday with a CD edition out February 24th via his own Caldo Verde label. [ Under the Radar ]
  • Via his Mount Eerie moniker, local artist Phil Elverum shares another track from his forthcoming full-length, A Crow Looked At Me, his first new music since the loss of his wife Geneviève Castrée to pancreatic cancer last summer. Today, he shares the track “Ravens” via a beautiful video created using footage both he and Geneviève shot together. Watch below, if your heart can take it. (Spoiler alert: it can’t.) Mount Eerie will also embark on a west coast tour, starting in Oregon this April. No Seattle date, but you can trek to Olympia for a April 18th performance at Obsidian. A Crow Looked At Me is out March 24th via his own P.W. Elverum & Sun label. [ Pitchfork ]

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Song of the Day: Tuomo & Markus – Over The Rooftops

Tuomo & Markus

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, unrealeased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Over The Rooftops” by Finnish duo Tuomo & Markus from their 2016 album, Dead Circles, on Grandpop Records.

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Tuesday Music News

Perfume Genius

photo by Morgen Schuler (view set)

  • Seattle’s own Perfume Genius (real name: Mike Hadreas) has announced a new album and a new tour for 2017. The still-untitled LP will be his first since 2014’s Too Bright. He kicks it all off in magical Marfa, TX for the Marfa Myths Festival, in a special performance collaborating with Weyes Blood, and for the rest of the tour, he’ll be joined by gospel artist serpentwithfeet. There’s a mysterious hometown hole in his Northwest tour itinerary, so maybe he’ll be turning up at one of our many excellent summer fests. Stay tuned. [ Spin ]

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I Hate You, I Love You: KEXP’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Roundup

photo by Gregory A. Perez

photo by Gregory A. Perez (view set)

Compiling a playlist of songs about love? That’s like trying to count all the Converse sneakers at an indie rock show: infinite. Every Valentine’s Day, John Richards offers up his annual Songs of Love and Hate show from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM PT, and here on the KEXP Blog, we’re focusing on the latter, which, of course, couldn’t happen without the former. They always say, nothing is more inspiring than a break-up, and these songs (and Taylor Swift’s career) prove that’s true.


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Song of the Day: Emel – Ensen Dhaif

photo by Julien Bourgeois

photo by Julien Bourgeois

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, unrealeased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Ensen Dhaif” from Emel off her 2017 album Ensen on Partisan Records.

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In Stores Now 2/13

If you’re looking for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift for a music lover, look no further than this week’s new releases. Brooklyn-based Sudanese multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Sinkane (aka Ahmed Gallab, former Yeasayer/Caribou/Of Montreal sideman) releases his fourth LP. KEXP Music Director Don Yates declares it, “a sunny, rhythm-driven blend of Afro-Beat, highlife and other African styles with funk, electro-pop, reggae and more, combining bright synths, slinky guitars, soaring horns, occasional woodwinds and percolating rhythms accompanying his breezy, sweetly soulful vocals and often-hopeful lyrics.” L.A. band Meatbodies (led by Fuzz bassist Chad Ubovich) bring their sophomore LP, “an impressive set ranging from Bowiesque glam-rock to psych-tinged garage-punk and heavy stoner-rock.” Hand Habits (aka upper New York-bred, LA-based artist Meg Duffy, who’s played guitar for both Kevin Morby and Mega Bog) presents their debut full-length under that name is “a promising set of atmospheric psych-folk combining dreamy guitars and unhurried rhythms with her serene vocals.”

On their eighth album, Northern Malian band Tinariwen continue to deliver “another excellent set of Tuareg desert blues with rumbling, serpentine guitar lines, hypnotic rhythms, melancholy call-and-response vocals and often-politically charged lyrics. Special guests include Kurt Vile, Mark Lanegan, Matt Sweeney and Alan Johannes.” B.C.-based artist Teen Daze (aka Jamison Isaak) was inspired by his own backyard of Fraser Valley for his latest. “It’s an often-gorgeous set of tranquil, blissed-out ambient dream-pop with gently swelling synths, twinkling guitars and beatific melodies. Special guests include Dustin Wong, S Carey, Nadia Hulett, Sound Of Ceres and Jon Anderson.” And, on the other side of Canada, long-running band The Sadies deliver “another well-crafted blend of psych-rock, garage, folk and roots-rock.”
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TV Eye: Week of 2/13

photo by Amanda Marsalis

photo by Amanda Marsalis

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, February 13th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: D.R.A.M. featuring Erykah Badu
Last Call with Carson Daly: Bomba Estereo
Conan: Angel Olsen

Tuesday, February 14th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: NxWorries
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Hans Zimmer
Last Call with Carson Daly: Temples
Conan: Middle Kids
@midnight with Chris Hardwick: “Weird Al” Yankovic

Wednesday, February 15th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Bear Hands

Thursday, February 16th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Fat Joe & Remy Ma
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Anderson .Paak
Last Call with Carson Daly: Mothers
Conan: Shovels & Rope (R)

Friday, February 17th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Ryan Adams
Last Call with Carson Daly: Wild Nothing (R)

Saturday, February 18th:
Austin City Limits: Sturgill Simpson / Asleep at the Wheel

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Monday Music News

animal collective

photo by Tom Andrew

  • The title says it all: Animal Collective have released a new single titled “Kinda Bonkers.” Listen below, via a lyric video by animator/director Jack Kubizne. The track will be included on their upcoming EP, The Painters, a companion to last year’s full-length Painting With. It’ll feature three new songs recorded around the same time, as well as their cover of “Jimmy Mack” (made popular by Martha and the Vandellas). The Painters is out later this week, Friday, February 17th via Domino. [ Pitchfork ]


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Live Review: Run the Jewels with The Gaslamp Killer, Nick Hook, Gangsta Boo, and CUZ at The Showbox SoDo

all photos by Alan Lawrence

Capturing the energy in The Showbox SoDo is a difficult task. The venue’s high ceiling stretches for a great distance overhead, and without the proper performance, momentum can dissipate from front to back. Luckily, Run the Jewels are nothing if not seasoned performers. From El-P’s first project, Company Flow, to Killer Mike’s earliest Outkast features, the duo have copious experience working at the highest levels and collectively, they possess the sort of grizzled confidence only gained through years of industry survival.
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Song of the Day: Chuck Prophet – Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins

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, unrealeased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is the title track to Chuck Prophet‘s 2017 album, Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins on Yep Roc Records.

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