Live Video: Arga Bileg

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Arga Bileg swings. And we’re incredibly grateful the Mongolian band made time to swing by KEXP recently to record a session with Wo’Pop’s Darek Mazzone. Currently on their second tour of the U.S., Arga Bileg fuses traditional Mongolian instruments such as the horsehead fiddle — made of bamboo and horse tail — with Western compositions. The layers of sounds, ancient and modern, played by nationally-recognized musicians make for emotive, beautiful music. And it’s a band that is as much fun to watch as it is to listen to. “How do you say cool cats in Mongolian?” posits Wo’Pop host Darek Mazzone. There may be no direct translation, but we’d like to offer up Arga Bileg.



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Wednesday Music News

photo by Brittany Brassell (view set)

  • Last night, Conor Oberst stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live for a fantastic performance of “Zigzagging Toward the Light,” off his most recent release Upside Down Mountain. Check it out below. You can also watch his KEXP session here, and keep track of all these late-night musical highlights with KEXP’s TV Eye column! [Consequence of Sound]


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Live Review: The Black Keys with Jake Bugg at Key Arena 11/1/2014

photos by Dave Lichterman (view set)

The Black Keys performing live on stage.” That’s one of a handful of statements on the Akron, Ohio duo’s line of exaggeratedly plain tour merchandise, but it’s also an unintentionally spot-on statement about the Black Keys’ shows. Not only are their performances built around straightforward versions of their eight-album-deep recorded catalog, they know it. Ever since graduating to arenas and headline slots (at pretty much every festival on the face of the Earth, no less), they’ve been gradually adapting to playing stages hundreds of times bigger than the clubs they played for the first half of their existence. Earlier this year, they followed up the biggest tour of their career with the most insular, studio-expansive album of their discography, Turn Blue. But the meticulous, orchestrated nature of those songs is at odds with the punchier, more anthemic material that led to the Keys’ massively successful last few years, and while the latter group continues to dominate their performances, the more experimental tendencies of the former is what’s truly alluring on the duo’s 2014 trek.


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Song of the Day: Mina Tindle – I Command

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “I Command” by Mina Tindle from the 2014 album Parades on Believe Recordings.

Mina Tindle – I Command (MP3)

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Out This Week 11/11

One of the bands with the best names around – King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – have released their fifth album this week. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls the latest from this Australian group “an often-fiery blend of propulsive garage-punk and trippy psych-rock, combining fuzzy guitars, often-motorik rhythms and catchy song hooks.”

The latest release from Brooklyn band Cult of Youth is “an intense blend of dark psych-rock, goth-tinged post-punk, industrial and folk-rock, combining buzzing electric and energetically strummed acoustic guitars, solemn cello, fierce rhythms, fervent, ominous vocals and dark lyrics.” Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi of Brooklyn band The Men unveil their new project, Dream Police. Their debut release “is a mesmerizing blend of synth-driven post-punk, German prog and shoegazer psych-rock.”

Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic team up again as Hail Mary Mallon, and the sophomore release “finds the duo trading witty rhymes over banging hip hop beats, supplemented by lots of turntablist cutting and scratching from DJ Big Wiz.” On their ninth release, Austin, TX group …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead “does a fine job of balancing the band’s post-hardcore intensity with prog-rock grandeur.” And UK sister duo 2:54 share “another fine set of dark, brooding post-punk.”

Look for these and other releases from KEXP favorites like Antony and the Johnsons, Damien Rice, Hookworms, Jon Hopkins, Marianne Faithfull, and Parkay Quarts (a.k.a. Parquet Courts), plus a gorgeous Bedhead box set, in record stores today.
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Tuesday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman

  • YACHT‘s latest EP Where Does the Disco? drops today. Previously, they’ve shared a few of the album’s tracks and now we have the closing number. “Terminal Beach” describes a technological wasteland and serves as a shoutout to the band’s favorite science fiction writer J. G. Ballard. [Stereogum]


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Song of the Day: Brass Bed – Be Anything

photo by Alison Bohl

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Be Anything” by Brass Bed from the 2014 Be Anything single out November 18th on MA’AM Records.

Brass Bed – Be Anything (MP3)

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Live Around Town This Week

Benjamin Gibbard // photo by Brittany Brassell

Monday, November 10th

Rhett Miller w/ Salim Nourallah at The Triple Door // All Ages (more info)


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TV Eye: Week of 11/10

Ex Hex // photo by Andy Bokanev (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, November 10th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Spandau Ballet
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Jenny Lewis
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: Bruce Springsteen

Tuesday, November 11th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Johnny Marr
Last Call with Carson Daly: The So So Glos
The Tavis Smiley Show: Smokey Robinson
Conan: First Aid Kit

Wednesday, November 12th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Tears For Fears
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Ex Hex

Thursday, November 13th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Bleached

Friday, November 14th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Dum Dum Girls, Meatbodies (R)

Saturday, November 15th:
Saturday Night Live: Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars

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Monday Music News

photo by Amber Zbitnoff

  • Sad news from local artist Star Anna: her beloved beagle buddy, Forest, was recently hit by a car and has sustained some injuries. Thankfully, he’s recovering nicely. If you’ve fallen in love with Forest like we have (read our pet profile on him here), please consider making a donation to help with his doctor’s bills here. Get better soon, Forest! [Gofundme]

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