Song of the Day: Swampmeat – Brand New Cadillac

photo by Daisy Blecker

photo by Daisy Blecker

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 DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Brand New Cadillac”, by UK’s Swampmeat, from their forthcoming LP, Gin & Tonic, due November 25th on PNKSLM Records.

Swampmeat – Brand New Cadillac (MP3)
Swampmeat is a bigly visual (and visceral) band name. Knowing this, the UK pop janglers’ sonic output is playfully raw catharsis matched with unleashed, punk-and-pop-infused acoustic rock. This Friday, the catchy drums-and-guitar duo are set to release a compilation called Gin & Tonic, out on PNKSLM Records, that features rarely released songs and long-lost albums from 2005 through 2009. Swampmeat is the brain project of Daniel Finnemore (vocals & guitars), who’s also been in the UK acts The Castilliants and Black Mekon, and the U.S. band Low Cut Connie. In Swampmeat he’s joined by T-Bird Jones on drums.

A song like “Brand New Cadillac” winks at the punk undertones of The Clash, Conor Oberst’s vitality, the exciting pop cadence of The Strokes that makes you want to dance up and down, and the production and anecdotal aesthetic of a Dead Milkmen creation. Plus, throw in a overdrive harmonica solo and what more could you want? “Brand New Cadillac” is a let’s-move-on-it’s-not-working-out love anthem with the conclusion-based chorus “Well, me and my new baby well we’re leaving in a brand new cadillac.”  It’s written in a familiar style that exists perfectly in 2016 but that also has a retro rock quality to it that it could have been played on American Bandstand, guys and girls equally fanning out over it.

It doesn’t look like Swampmeat have any shows lined up yet, but with their new album coming out soon they just might so keep an eye out on their Facebook page. So you don’t have to hold your breath for more great music from Swampmeat, enjoy their more alt-country single off of Gin and Tonic called “Sister Mary.”

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Tuesday Music News

photo courtesy of NPG Records

  • With the passing of Prince earlier this year, his musical vaults have been excavated and gems are being found within. Today, NPG Records and Warner Bros. Records are teaming up to share Prince 4Ever, a collection of hits, packaged with a 12-page booklet of never-before-seen photos by photographer Herb Ritts and this previously unreleased track, “Moonbeam Levels.” The song was apparently recorded back in 1982 during the 1999 sessions, but left off the album. ABC News invited some Prince “super fans” over to The Cutting Room Studios in New York City to hear the song. If you watch the hella awkward footage below, you can hear the track in the background (the song starts around the 0:45 mark): [Under the Radar]

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2016 Top Ten List Spotlight: Darek Mazzone

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2016, leading up to our 2016 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Voting ends on Friday, December 9th at 6:00 PM PT, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 16th to hear if your picks made the list! Anyone who votes is automatically entered to win the Top 10 Albums of 2016 as voted on by you, the listener, provided by Sonic Boom Records. Winners will be notified by email on Friday December 16th.

Songhoy Blues

Songhoy Blues // photo by Renata Steiner (view set)

Darek Mazzone’s 2016 Top Ten Albums

artist album label
Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band 21st Century Molam Studio Lam
Songhoy Blues Music in Exile Transgressive Records
Lakou Mizik Wa Di Yo Cumbancha
Imarhan Tahabort City Slang
Pasteur Lappe African Funk Experimentals (1979 to 1981) Africa Seven
Fanfare Ciocarlia Onwards to Mars Asfalt Tango
Acid Arab Musique De France Crammed Discs
Derek Gripper Libraries On Fire New Cape Records
Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal Musique de Nuit Six Degrees
Lura Heranca Lusafrica

Darek Mazzone is the host of Wo’ Pop, on the air Tuesday nights from 6-9PM.

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Live Review: Temple of the Dog with Fantastic Negrito at Paramount Theatre 11/20

all photos by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

It’s the quintessential story of grunge, or at least how we’ve come to know the Seattle music scene of the ’80s and ’90s. It involves friends, music, an isolated region, heroin, grief and rampant commercialism. It’s the story of talent lost too soon before its time, and of the musicians who gathered around the memory of a lost friend to ultimately celebrate something beyond themselves. It was clear, on Sunday at the Paramount Theatre, on the first of two nights in Seattle of their crazily sold-out reunion tour, that Temple of the Dog had achieved in Andrew Wood’s name what he sought so passionately for in his life, with Mother Love Bone and Malfunkshun. For helping achieve that, group founder Chris Cornell thanked the crowd and performed with bandmates (and friends of Andy) Matt Cameron, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, and Mike McCready, an epic set devoted to the Stardog Champion and his time on earth.
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Song of the Day: Bread & Butter – Desperation


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 DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Desperation”, a new single by Seattle’s Bread & Butter, on Killroom Records.

Bread & Butter – Desperation (MP3)

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Live Around Town This Week


Monday, November 21st:

Mr Little Jeans, Trace, Neu Yeuth at The Sunset (more info)

MNDSGN, Swarvy at Barboza (more info)

Temple of the Dog, Fantastic Negrito at the Paramount Theatre (more info)

Seu Jorge Presents: The Life Aquatic A Tribute To David Bowie at Benaroya Hall (more info)

Tuesday, November 22nd:

Ethan J. Perry & The Remedy Band, Rooster Crow, Lady Grace Band, Pine Hearts at the Tractor Tavern (more info)

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In Stores Now 11/21

It’s reissue season, and this week brings us deluxe versions of Soundgarden’s Badmotorfinger, Tori Amos’ Boys for Pele, Ween’s live album, and R.E.M.‘s now-classic Out of Time, whose deluxe edition features new liner notes, 19 never-before-heard demos, an unreleased 1991 live show, plus eight music videos, a 1991 EPK video, and the album itself, natch, remastered.

As for new releases, we’ve got the eighteenth studio album from Thee Oh Sees, described as a companion LP to A Weird Exits, which came out in August. The band describe it as “delving more towards the contemplative side than the face-skinning aspects” of its predecessor. Find out for yourself when the band plays KEXP’s Gathering Space on Friday, November 25th at 1:00 PM. It’s also worth noting, the band plan on donating half of their profits from the first pressing to Elizabeth House, a local charity in Pasadena that specifically helps homeless women with children from the San Gabriel Valley get back on their feet.

Other highlights this week include the debut from Cory Hanson, frontman for Wand. KEXP Music Director Don Yates describes it as “a fine set of psych-tinged folk-pop with a spare, acoustic-oriented sound.” Solange releases a CD version of her heralded LP, A Seat at the Table (with vinyl being released in December). No surprise, Robert Pollard has a new project, ESP Ohio, a name I hope he cleared with Warren Defever of His Name is Alive, who kinda reigned over the ESP-something moniker in the ’90s. Anyway, former-GBV’er current Nada Surf’er Doug Gillard is also on board, as is Travis Harrison and Mark Shue of Beech Creeps (and current GBV bassist). Split Single, side project of Jason Narducy (Bob Mould, Superchunk), share a sophomore LP, again featuring drummer Jon Wurster, and this time recruiting Wilco bassist John Stirratt. And, finally, French electronic duo Justice release their third album, just in time for Seasonal Affective Disorder to kick in. Band member Xavier de Rosnay describes as “joyful and uplifting, like if you’re in the car with your best friends, your lovers, or your kids in the summer.” Perfect.

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TV Eye: Week of 11/21

The Weeknd

The Weeknd // photo by Dave Lichterman (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 21th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Green Day
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: The Pretenders
Last Call with Carson Daly: The Thermals (R)

Tuesday, November 22nd:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Bono, The Killers, DJ Khaled
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Green Day
Last Call with Carson Daly: Summer Cannibals (R)

Thursday, November 24th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: the Weeknd
Last Call with Carson Daly: Bob Mould (R)

Friday, November 25th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Holy Ghost! (R)

Saturday, November 26th:
Austin City Limits: Tweedy (R)

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Monday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman

  • After four years of silence, UK trio The xx are full-speed ahead, sharing a new track earlier this month, announcing a new album, and over the weekend, appearing as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Watch the group perform the Hall & Oates-sampling single “On Hold” below, featuring some endearingly-dorky dancing and vocalist Romy Madley Croft’s excellent new Selma Blair-esque bob. The group’s third LP, I See You, hits stores January 13th via Young Turks. [Under the Radar]

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Live Video: Xenia Rubinos

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

Xenia Rubinos‘ evocative, electrifying voice is a singular one to say the least, and in her sophomore album, this year’s Black Terry Cat, she has a set of songs that have just as broad of a musical spectrum. Painting with a hard-to-categorize set of sounds drawing from R&B to punk, Rubinos’ return to KEXP is an engaging and rhythmic gem that vividly captures the musical and social experiences of the Brooklyn songwriter’s Afro-Caribbean heritage.

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