Friday Music News

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  • French producer Madeon teamed up with Passion Pit for his new single “Pay No Mind” and today they’ve shared the futuristic music video. The track will be featured on his upcoming debut album Adventure (out March 31). Passion Pit will release their new album Kindred on April 21. [Pitchfork]


  • Next week Arcade Fire’s Will Butler will release one song a day, each based on a headline from British newspaper The Guardian. Butler explained the reason behind this unique endeavor in an interview with the paper, he said:

    “It’s a cruel thing, but sometimes you read something and think, ‘Uh oh. I could make something really meaty out of that.’ Something like the Dominique Strauss-Kahn trial — my God, that’s the gnarliest story in the world, but it’s interesting. Or you might read a science headline and think, ‘The universe is so much bigger than I thought it was.’ There’s something really beautiful in that.”

    The songs will be uploaded directly to The Guardian‘s website. [Stereogum]

  • Producer Four Tet debuted a shelved remix of Coldplay’s “Fix You” while co-hosting with Jon Hopkins’ on BBC Radio 1. Tet’s version maintains the original’s somber nature while adding an eerie lullaby vibe. You can listen to the entire broadcast here, or stream just the remix below. [CoS]

  • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks showed their versatility while performing at You Who, a live children’s variety program in Portland. The band knew that Taylor Swift was the quickest way to win the kids over. Watch their fun rendition of Swift’s “Blank Space” below. [SPIN]

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Video Premiere: Bod – Gigantor

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Seattle band Bod flex their musical muscles on their debut EP, Party Drug. KEXP is excited to present the worldwide premiere of their video for the opening track “Gigantor,” which you can stream below.

Bod formed in late 2013, comprised of members of BOAT, Cumulus, Oberhofer, and Slowwave. With a lineage as diverse as that, it’s no wonder they describe their sound as “post-jet ski grungegaze rock.” Today’s video premiere collects footage from shows in Seattle & Tacoma from December 2014, directed/edited by Sean Downey (of The Fabulous Downey Brothers) with Josh Chin as Director of Photography.

Bod will be live on KEXP tomorrow, Saturday, February 21st, at 6:30 PM PT on Audioasis, our local music show. Party Drug is out now via Swoon Records.

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Friday On My Mind: International Cash Day!

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.

Yes. You read correctly. While we may all still be reeling from International Clash Day from last week, next Thursday, February 26th, marks what would have been the 83rd birthday of Johnny Cash, which gives us the perfect excuse to proclaim yet another holiday: International Cash Day! Why? Because why not! To get you ready for International Cash Day, here a few videos of the Man In Black himself…
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Agitated Atmosphere: Sam Prekop – The Republic

As major labels continue to exist behind the times, artists and labels with little capital and lesser reputations are producing some of the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring music. Whether it’s creating a new niche in digital technology or looking to once obsolete formats, Agitated Atmosphere hopes to pull back the curtain on a wealth of sights and sound from luminaries such as Sam Prekop.
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Song of the Day: Bread & Butter – Shoot My Mouth Off

photo by Greg Stonebraker

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. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Shoot My Mouth” by Seattle band Bread & Butter from their 2015 self-released, self-titled album.

Bread & Butter – Shoot My Mouth Off (MP3)

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Thursday Music News

photo by Brigitte Sire

photo by Brigitte Sire

  • It’s one of the greatest animated tie-ins since “Do the Bartman”: local ladies Sleater-Kinney team up with Fox’s animated series Bob’s Burgers for the video for the track “A New Wave.” Watch what happens when oldest daughter Tina Belcher plays her copy of No Cities To Love in her bedroom boombox. The live-action version of the band will be performing three nights at The Showbox, May 7, 8, and 9. [Under the Radar]


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Review Revue: The Mighty Lemon Drops – World Without End

Mighty-lemon-drops

In 1988, Wolverhampton’s The Mighty Lemon Drops (one of two bands from that particular English city that I’ve heard of, the other being the mighty Slade) released their third album in three years, 1988’s World Without End, on Sire Records. They remained relatively prolific until their final dissolution in 1992 (six albums in seven years is nothing to sneeze at), but it seems this record was something of a peak for them, critically and commercially. Most of the KCMU gang certainly enjoyed it, anyway, and they probably imagined they’d be fighting over this band for years to come.

There’s some serious in-jokery going on here. If anyone can explain the “tap tap tap” and “glazed donuts” comments below, I would greatly appreciate it. Read More »

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Album Review: Ibeyi – Ibeyi

Ibeyi

2015 has now officially seen its first perfect debut of the year, and the award goes to Ibeyi. Last year, we got a wonderful double A-side introduction to the twin duo of Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz with the Oya EP, together with “River”. Now, we have a full 46 minutes of pure magic and mystery that couldn’t be more of a breath of fresh air in the pop scene that they enter into. Barely scratching the age of 20, the Diaz twins have crafted an XL debut that easily finds its right place among the label’s best work, while also existing entirely in a realm of its own. There’s almost no point in talking about Ibeyi – you have to hear them to believe it. So, we best advise you to dive in and grab your tickets to their upcoming Seattle date while you can.


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Song of the Day: JD McPherson – Let The Good Times Roll

photo by Jim Herrington

photo by Jim Herrington

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. Today’s song, featured on The Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Let The Good Times Roll” by JD McPherson from the 2015 album Let The Good Times Roll on Rounder Records.

JD McPherson – Let The Good Times Roll (MP3)

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Wednesday Music News

photo by Jim Bennett

  • Jack White brings the same creative inventiveness he does to his Third Man Records releases to his new music video for “Black Bat Licorice.” With a push of the “3” or “B” key, you can switch back and forth between three different interpretations of the interactive video: an animated version, a live-action version, or just some head-banging. It’s great fun! Watch below: [Spin]


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