Tuesday Music News

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  • There’s a new super group in our midsts. Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan, and Screaming Trees’ Barrett Martin have joined forces to create Levee Walkers. Their website describes them as “a Seattle band to be sure, but their roots are firmly dug into the foundational music of blues, rock, and punk, reinterpreted through the filter of the Pacific Northwest. To become a Levee Walker you must have at least 25 years of musical experience, survived battles with the forces of darkness, and perhaps even kissed death on the cheek.” If they were trying to sound extremely badass, then mission accomplished. They’ve shared their first two singles, “Freedom Song” and “Tears for the West,” on Spotify. [CoS]


  • On June 17, Sonic Youth will drop an album called Spinhead Sessions. The album features seven, unreleased songs that were recorded back in 1986 for the soundtrack to the film Made in U.S.A. Today you can check out the album track “Theme with Noise.” [Pitchfork]

  • Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna has shared the video for her flirty Usher collaboration called “Crush.” In the accompanying video, Yuna and Usher’s siren song has people all around them locking eyes and feeling those telltale signs of a crush. Her new album Chapters drops on May 20. [Stereogum]

  • Last night, Iggy Pop and Josh Homme stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote their collaborative album Post Pop Depression. Check out their laid-back performance of the album track “Sunday” below. [Stereogum]

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Song of the Day: Prism Tats – Pacifist Masochist

photo by Cara Robbins

photo by Cara Robbins

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Pacifist Masochist” by Prism Tats from his 2016 self-titled debut, out now on ANTI-.

Prism Tats – Pacifist Masochist (MP3)

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Announcing the 2016 Bumbershoot Line-Up

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Now that we’re in our New Home, the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival is in our own backyard of Seattle Center! And now that they’ve announced their 2016 line-up, we’re even more excited: local boys Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Death Cab for Cutie, and (former Seattleite) Father John Misty are playing this year, as well as friends from faraway including Aussies Tame Impala and east coasters Run the Jewels. That’s barely scraping the surface of the hundreds of incredible artists who will be here Labor Day weekend, September 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

Check out the complete line-up above. Tickets go on sale this Friday, April 29th at 10:00 AM, and keep it tuned to KEXP that day for your chance to win passes from DJs John Richards, Cheryl Waters, and Kevin Cole! See you at Bumbershoot!

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Live Around Town This Week

Bumbershoot

Monday, April 25th:

• KEXP Presents Wild Nothing, Whitney at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)

Bumbershoot 2016 Lineup Announcement Party at The Showbox // All Ages (more info)

Tuesday, April 26th:

Scott H Biram, Jesse Dayton at Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)
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In Stores Now 4/25

This week, you can pick up the latest from the self-described “best punk band in Toronto,” The Greys. KEXP Music Director Don Yates declares it a “more expansive, dynamic and melodic take on the band’s anthemic posthardcore sound, with consistently strong songs exploring themes of identity, racism, depression and other weighty subjects.”

Reunited UK band Lush return with a new EP; their “first new recording in 20 years finds them in fine form with a 4-song EP of shoegazerish dream-pop.” Veteran British band Wire (a band Lush, in fact, covered back in 1991) keep it going with “a solid 8-song mini-album of expansive post-punk.” Speaking of long-running groups, Guided By Voices are back with their we-lost-count album, Please Be Honest. The LP is a solo affair by founding member Robert Pollard, but he’ll be joined on tour by Bobby Bare Jr., Kevin March, Nick Mitchell, and Mark Shue.

Los Angeles multi-musician, composer, and DJ Carlos Niño shares the fourth installment in his “friends” series (including Madlib, Kamasi Washington, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson). KEXP’s Music Director Assistant Alex Ruder notes the latest, “aptly showcases his signature style of ‘Space Collage Hybrid’ music, a spiritual, orchestral, free-form amalgamation of jazz, New Age, psychedelic, hip-hop, and ambient styles.” And Manchester-based DJ/producer Andy Stott shares his fourth full-length, inspired by Yellow Magic Orchestra, This Mortal Coil, and Dead Can Dance.
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Live Video: José González

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

Fifty fans christened KEXP’s live room during an exclusive tear-soaked performance with José González, all to benefit KEXP’s New Home. The Swedish singer-songwriter, whose history with KEXP dates back over a decade, broke listeners’ hearts for a full set of gorgeous, heartbreaking bliss, while sharing songs from throughout his catalog. Rarely does a hushed performance evoke so much emotive power, but José González, alone with an acoustic guitar, transported those lucky viewers to another world. Now you can join them for this hour-long journey through the soul.

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TV Eye: Week of 4/25

Car Seat Headrest // photo by Amber Knecht (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, April 25th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Iggy Pop
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Bob Mould
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Last Call with Carson Daly: The Coathangers

Tuesday, April 26th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Graham Nash

Wednesday, April 27th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Fitz & the Tantrums
Last Call with Carson Daly: Lower Dens

Thursday, April 28th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Car Seat Headrest, The Soft Moon

Friday, April 29th:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Fabrizio Moretti (drummer of The Strokes) (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Gems (R)

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Monday Music News

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

  • From Rihanna to Springsteen to LCD Soundsystem to Smashing Pumpkins to — well, you get the idea — everyone paid tribute to music legend Prince over the weekend. One of the more poignant performances came from fellow Minneapolis musician Bob Mould, who took the stage with reunited Twin Cities punks Suicide Commandos at the legendary First Avenue club (former home to KEXP’s own DJ Kevin Cole). Watch their passionate performance of “When You Were Mine,” featuring Mould’s tour manager on guest vocals. [Stereogum]


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Song of the Day: Aesop Rock – Rings

photo by Ben Colen

photo by Ben Colen

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Rings” by Aesop Rock from his forthcoming album, The Incredible Kid, due April 29th on Rhymesayers Entertainment.

Aesop Rock – Rings (MP3)

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Album Review: John Carpenter – Lost Themes II

John Carpenter

If there’s one rule about horror movies, it’s that you always leave enough of a loose end for a sequel, regardless of whether or not it ever happens. Sure enough, that’s exactly what the master of horror and suspense cinema John Carpenter did on his first solo LP outing. Lost Themes, an album comprised of heady prog-rock goodness and composed alongside son Cody Carpenter, was a heart-pounding delight from beginning to end. Filled with the same kind of driving, moody compositions that have scored all of Carpenter’s most beloved films (Halloween, Escape From New York, The Thing, Dark Star, etc.). It’s just the kind of record you want to see a “2” slapped on the end of. And this week, we get just that, as Carpenter gives us Lost Themes II, out on Sacred Bones. With the sequel, Carpenter looks backwards and forwards, giving us not just a collection of like-sounding songs, but a real album, with plot arc and a payoff and everything. The original Lost Themes was a great idea – an album from a director who has never seen his musical creations apart from a screen pairing. But with the sequel, Carpenter falls in love with the latter, letting the score take boundless precedent, running wild into the darkness.
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