Music that Matters: Strange Relations and Lost Boys

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.

Samaris // photo by Charina Pitzel (view set)

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Music that Matters, Vol. 525 – Strange Relations and Lost Boys
DJ Atticus takes you on a journey through love – a series of emotions caused by serotonin and anxiety – featuring thirteen first-hand stories of love and heartbreak from Still Corners, Whitney, The Faint, Xenia Rubinos, and more.

1. Still Corners – Lost Boys
2. Golden Gardens – Extrasolar Heartbeat
3. Preoccupations – Anxiety
4. Fujiya & Miyagi – Serotonin Rushes
5. Klaus Johann Grobe – Geschichten aus erster Hand
6. Strange Relations – Ceremonies
7. Yumi Zouma – Keep It Close to Me
8. Samaris – Wanted 2 Say
9. Whitney – No Woman
10. Tobacco – Gods in Heat
11. The Faint – Young & Realistic
12. Xenia Rubinos – Don’t Wanna Be
13. Sløtface – Sponge State

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KEXP Suggests: Vera at the Waterfront 8/13


This Saturday, August 13th, The Vera Project & Friends of Waterfront Seattle present Vera at the Waterfront: a much needed, free, all-ages excuse to pretend the summer’s end isn’t rapidly approaching. Complete with a stacked lineup of local musicians and art installation provided by Vera’s screenprint collective, Vera at the Waterfront will take place from 3PM to 8PM at Waterfront Park (between the Seattle Aquarium and the Great Wheel). Opening the show will be the so talented one-woman choir Briana Marela, followed by usually nocturnal electronic throbbings of Nightspace and Youryoungbody, both dynamic, interesting live acts in their own right. The rock portion of the night will kick off in style at 5:30 with CHARMS, followed by Seattle guitar heroes Wild Powwers. Headlining the event is the always spirited Wild Powwers, which should be the perfect antidote to the end-of-night realization that the summer is, in fact, almost over.

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Friday Music News

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

  • Florence + the Machine have shared their contributions to the new Final Fantasy XV game (out on September 30). In a statement on twitter, Florence Welch said: “In some ways the landscape of Final Fantasy and my own internal landscape seems to fit quite well. It’s mythical and beautiful and epic.” All three tracks are available to stream via Spotify below. Her cover of Ben E. King’s iconic “Stand By Me” is seriously incredible. [Pitchfork]

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Song of the Day: Twin River – Knife

photo by Grady Mitchell

photo by Grady Mitchell

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 DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Knife” by Twin River from their sophomore album, Passing Shade, recently released on Light Organ Records.

Twin River – Knife (MP3)

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Outside Lands Music Festival 2016, Day 2

photo by Morgen Schuler

Everyone says that Outside Lands is cold. Well, it turns out that everyone is right. Today temperatures peaked at 56 degrees, a difficult temperature to adjust to in early August. But Saturday’s crowd was out earlier and in fuller force than the previous day. The merch booth did a steady business selling festival blankets, which were seen wrapped around ever more underprepared attendees as the day wore on.

photo by Victoria Holt

photo by Victoria Holt

photo by Morgen Schuler

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Photo Gallery: Concerts at the Mural with The Thermals, Acapulco Lips, Mommy Long Legs 8/5

photo by Brady Harvey

Last Friday, the 2016 Concerts at the Mural series kicked off under a cloudless blue sky. Despite the heat, The Thermals, Acapulco Lips, and Mommy Long Legs kept things cool on stage, and before long, the audience was rushing to the front of the stage to dance! If you missed it, no worries! All the photos below can help you get an idea of what the show was like. Plus, the second edition is coming up on this Friday featuring Caveman, Naked Giants, and Bread & Butter at the Mural Amphitheatre in Seattle Center!

KEXP’s DJ Troy Nelson // photo by Alley Rutzel

An adorable pair // photo by Alley Rutzel

Mommy Long Legs // photo by Brady Harvey

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Thursday Music News

photo by Bebe Labree Besch (view set)

  • Earlier this year, Bryce and Aaron Dessner of The National curated the compilation Day of the Dead, a whopping 59 song, 5 and a ½ hour long tribute to the Grateful Dead. Today, NW-via-NZ band Unknown Mortal Orchestra share a video to go with their rendition of the 1978 track “Shakedown Street.” Directed by the Business Company, the clip is pretty appropriately weird. Watch below. Day of the Dead it out now via 4AD with proceeds going to benefit the Red Hot organization. [Pitchfork]

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Review Revue: Hunters & Collectors – Hunters & Collectors


Unlike many of the bands I’ve covered in this blog over the years, I’ve actually heard of Hunters & Collectors! I’m not sure where or how I first was made aware of this long-running Australian band, but I presume it was in my formative years, listening to college radio in the Boston area. As I dip my toes into their self-titled debut, a highly enjoyable early-’80s post-punk blend of Talking Heads and Gang of Four, I can absolutely imagine them getting tons of love from WZBC, WMBR, and the like. As they did from the DJs at KCMU. Well, mostly… Read More »

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Live Video: Lakou Misik

photo by Jonathan M. Sternberg (view set)

Formed after the disastrous 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Port-au-Prince band Lakou Misik combines the diverse talents of elder and younger musicians and of modern and traditional styles into a unified message of hope, strength, and pride for listeners at home and beyond. The 9-member multigenerational collective joins KEXP’s Jon Kertzer for a positively joyous session recorded live on Wo’ Pop, ending with a carnivalesque procession that leads the group from the studio into KEXP’s Gathering Space.

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Pickathon 2016: Sunday

all photos by Brittany Feenstra

With one more day of paradise ahead of them, Pickathon attendees spend the day diversifying their interests. Sure, there is plenty of incredible music to take part in later on, but throughout the experience, it’s the culture of Pickathon that dominates, winning over those who don’t regularly participate in music festivals or anything of the like. It’s the community offering that makes Sunday at Pickathon so special. And as people bustle this way and that, moseying between food trucks and classes offered in different corners of the Pendarvis grounds, it’s a wonderful final chance to meet a new friend, find a new passion, or learn the stilts. The sense of discovery, of course, extends into the day’s musical schedule. There was plenty of Sunday action to be had in the woods, on the blanket-covered lawns, and in the barns. With performances from Beach House, Ty Segall, Cory Henry, Dan Deacon, Protomartyr and more, Pickathon 2016 ended just as spectacularly as it began.
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