Live Video: Meatbodies

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

Caught in a spin cycle of updated 70s punk and hard rock aesthetics, LA’s Meatbodies drop by KEXP shred out a hot plate of marinated melodies from their self-titled release on In the Red Records. Cooking up a rich mixture of fuzzed out genre-blurring jams and high strung vocals, this is a band that knows how to make the tastily technical sound effortlessly easy. With a youthful exuberance – songs like “Mountain” and the riff soup that is “Tremmors” tick all the requisite boxes for radiant rock’n’roll – it’s frenzied, fast and most importantly fun. Grab your air guitars and watch the full set.



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Song of the Day: Yellerkin – Tools

photo by Jake Wayler

photo by Jake Wayler

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Tools” by Yellerkin from the 2014 self-released Tools single.

Yellerkin – Tools (MP3)

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Live Video: White Lung

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White Lung‘s frontwoman Mish Way is nothing less than a singular, commanding singer, but the ferocious spirit that fuels her performances is empowering, not intimidating. On the band’s latest album, Deep Fantasy, Way and guitarist Kenneth William, drummer Anne-Marie Vassiliou, and bassist Hether Fortune tackle a series of difficult subjects – drug addiction, dysmorphia, and the reality of rape culture, to name a few – head on, only surfacing from the fight to scream their liberation. Going in that hard on those topics requires a degree of resolve, and across the twelve or so minutes they played during their session on Sonic Reducer last December, they played the musical counterpart to Way’s unrelenting lyrics, tearing through four absolutely blistering punk explosions with the sort of aplomb that few bands can muster (much less ones that are nearing the end of a lengthy world tour.) Watch the absolutely riveting performance below.


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KEXP Q&A: Min Yee of Dreamsalon

Seattle’s Dreamsalon gets you right away with their tight rhythms, deep bass and quick, quirky melodies. Ever since 2011, they’ve been rocking as a cohesive unit spilling out songs with high energy. We wanted to catch up with bass player Min Yee to get his thoughts on the project, how the band members met and what’s next.

What is it like for you and the band as you’re preparing for a show? What are rehearsals like, how do you deal with nerves?  

Lately our rehearsals for shows have been just figuring out what the set list should be, then running through it 2-3 times. We try to keep all our set lists so we can remember what we did in the past, see what worked and what didn’t.

Nerves are easy – we drink for that. Preferably Modelo Especial and Jim Beam. Or if we’re really lucky we get Ricard and Kronenbourg 1664. But really we just like to have a few drinks when we get together. We’ve been playing shows (with other bands) for so long that nerves aren’t the problem they used to be.
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Friday on My Mind: Martin Luther King Jr.

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.

Yesterday marked what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 86th birthday. This upcoming Monday the national holiday created in his honor will take place and it should be noted that he is in fact the only non-president to have such a holiday commemorating his birth. To say this holiday is significant is an understatement. From 1957 until his assassination in 1968, he traveled more than 6 million miles and gave over 2,500 public speeches. There is not much more I can say that hasn’t already been said about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. This Sunday, join us all at the Columbia City Theater to celebrate his life at the 15th Annual Expansions MLK Unity Party. We’ll see you on the dancefloor as the Expansions DJs, Masa, Kid Hops, and Riz spin music throughout the night. And now here are just a few of songs that have been inspired by his life…
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Music That Matters Podcast: Warm Sounds For Winter

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.

Museum of Love // photo by Amber (Zbitnoff) Knecht (view set)

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 443 – Warm Sounds For Winter
Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole’s first podcast of 2015 features music to warm you up during the cold days of winter. Exciting up-and-coming artists are brought together for the perfect winter mix of spacey pop gems, hypnotic grooves, grimy hip-hop and more.

Tracklist:
1. Flight Facilities – Two Bodies feat. Emma Louise
2. Garden City Movement – Entertainment
3. Bonobo​ – Flashlight
4. Kate Tempest – Lonely Daze
5. Springtime Carnivore – Sun Went Black
6. Roman Flügel – Friendship Song
7. Museum of Love – The Who’s Who of Who Cares
8. Melody’s Echo Chamber – Shirim
9. Objekt – Ratchet
10. Kiasmos – Looped
11. Navvi – Stay

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Friday Music News

photo by Chad Kamenshine

  • Brooklyn trio Nude Beach have shared a bight, new song called “Been Waitin'” The song didn’t make it onto their recent LP 77, but thankfully they released it anyway. Also, Nude Beach will be performing in Seattle at Black Lodge on February 21. [CMJ]


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Another One Bites The Dust: KEXP DJs and Staff Remember Chop Suey

photo by Bryan Anton

Another Seattle institution is shutting its doors this month: after fourteen years, Capitol Hill venue Chop Suey will close on January 20th. The club will celebrate itself this Sunday, January 18th with an amazing line-up including Tacocat, Pony Time, Wimps, Kithkin, Chastity Belt, Deep Creep, Universe People, Childbirth, Sashay, Blood Drugs, DJ Dave Hernandez, and more.

We asked KEXP’s own staff and DJs to share their memories of this Capitol Hill cornerstone. What were some of your favorite shows? Share your own stories in the comments section below.

Brian Foss, co-host of Sonic Reducer:

i saw some good shows there, but (and sorry to make this about me) but my best memory was djing during a redd kross show there in 2012 – wow, that was an honor!
other than that – the spits.
every show by them there.

John Richards, Morning Show Host/Producer:

I have a LOT of Chop Suey memories over the years. I’ve filmed no less than two different shows there, hosted a game show, and had a number of John in the Morning at Night shows there (Silversun Pickups and the Black Angels on the bill). I also loved the Jesus and Mary Chain acoustic session, but was pretty drunk so it might have been terrible. But the number ONE was the New Years Eve Show we did there to ring in 2007. It was a two night show on Dec 30th and Dec 31st and was live on KEXP with one of my all time favorite artists here in town: Jeremy Enigk. What I love though is looking back on a show like this and there are bands on the bill that aren’t together anymore but at the time were being championed on my show and just killed it that night. They included Wild Sweet Orange, Pablo, Catfish Haven, The Village Green, Walter Meego, and The Ettes. The fact we could ring in a new year there live on the air and fill both nights with bands we were loving that year just filled the room with love and energy. That could have only happened at Chop Suey.

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Music That Matters Flashback: Appreciate a Dragon Day

It’s January 16th, which means — duh — it’s Appreciate A Dragon Day. This nationwide day of acknowledgement was spearheaded in 2004 to celebrate the majestic mythical creature that has served as a cultural inspiration for eons. In fact, back in 2010, DJ Sharlese was so inspired by dragons, she created an entire podcast for them! In honor of Appreciate A Dragon Day, let’s revisit (or discover for the first time) her magical mix:
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Album Review: Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper

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We can finally say it: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper is here! And yet, now listening to it, it seems like the record wouldn’t have been appropriate coming any sooner than it did. The long-anticipated, long dreamed about concept piece from Animal Collective founding member Noah Lennox, a.k.a. Panda Bear, has arrived in impressive, kaleidoscopic form. It’s a swirling, youthful, bug-eyed wonder, and yet, it holds a maturity and a somberness that speaks volumes of the emotional territory that Lennox has covered taking on some new milestones in adult life. We got a prequel and a character introduction late last year with the Mr Noah lead single and accompanying EP, but now, Lennox’s character starts his Dante-esque journey into the underworld to show us all a world we could never imagine for ourselves. Panda Bear meets the Grim Reaper, and he may look pretty freaky at first, but after a while, the dark clouds on the horizon become more of a warm reminder than a foreboding omen. Bigger than Tomboy, crazier than Person Pitch, and easily the most invigorating effort in Panda Bear’s already stellar catalogue, Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper is an introduction and a conversation worth partaking in.


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