Tuesday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

  • A new Flying Lotus track has emerged on a new mix from producer PBDY called “Brainfeeder 2017 ∞ 2018″ that features new songs from the label’s artists. The mix’s description on SoundCloud states that it’s a “collection of Brainfeeder tracks & rarities as well as a glimpse of what’s to come in 2018.” The mix features music from Lapalux and Iglooghost as well as a couple of Thundercat remixes. Then, tucked away until the very end of the 46-minute playlist is a new instrumental from Flying Lotus called “Quarantine.” FlyLo is expected to release a new studio album via Warp sometime soon. [ FACT ]

  • This weekend, just in the nick of time, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard completed their goal of releasing five albums in 2017. The fifth and final album of 2017 is called Gumboot Soup and features the previously shared songs: “All Is Known,” “Beginner’s Luck,” “Greenhouse Heat Death,” and “The Last Oasis.” It follows  February’s Flying Microtonal Banana, June’s Murder Of The Universe, August’s Sketches Of Brunswick East, and November’s Polygondwanaland all released via ATO. [ Under the Radar ]

  • Los Angeles punk outfit FIDLAR have kicked off 2018 with a cover of the Nirvana classic “Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle.” FIDLAR’s take on the In Utero track delivers a similar aggression while kicking it up a notch on the chorus with the whole gang chiming in. In a recent interview, the band revealed that there’s new music in the works. A release date has not been revealed. [ Consequence of Sound ]

  • Odd Future member Earl Sweatshirt has also also revealed that he’ll be releasing new music in the new year. In a tweet posted on December 31, Earl states: “new chunes 2018, don’t think i wasn’t at work.” His last album was 2015’s I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside. In September he debuted a new song at Anaheim’s Day N Night Festival. [ SPIN ]


  • Former president and playlist connoisseur Barack Obama has made a playlist of his favorite songs of 2017. The hip-hop-heavy playlist includes tracks by Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, SZA, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The National, and Portugal. The Man. It’s a fun listen and displays Obama’s knack for staying on top of new music. He’s also shared a list of his favorite books of the year and included honorable mentions to Bruce Springsteen and Shea Serrano, who wrote the Rap Year Book. [ Pitchfork ]

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Celebrating Little Big Show: Looking Back at Shows 1-5

Little Big Show #1 // photo by Jim Bennett

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been nearly six years since Little Big Show first started. A collaborative effort between KEXP, Starbucks, and STG Presents, Little Big Show has hosted 19 different shows at The Neptune that pair renowned artists with arts organizations throughout Seattle. On Saturday, January 6, Pickwick and Porter Ray will perform for the landmark 20th Little Big Show with proceeds benefiting local nonprofit Urban Artworks. Ahead of this weekend’s performance, let’s look back at some of the first iterations of the Little Big Show concert series.

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Song of the Day: Fever Ray – Mustn’t Hurry

photo by Louise Enhörning

By Michael Tedder

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Mustn’t Hurry” by Fever Ray from the 2017 album Plunge on Mute Records.

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Song of the Day: Gingerlys – Turtledoves

Gingerlys

photo by Andrew Wilchak

By Annie Zaleski

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Turtledoves” by Gingerlys from the 2017 album Gingerlys on Babe City/Topshelf Records, available now.

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New Year’s at the Needle with KEXP

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For the fourth year, KEXP was invited to curate the soundtrack for Seattle’s New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Space Needle in Seattle Center. Global fireworks experts, Pyro Spectaculars, and Master Fireworks Artist Alberto Navarro choreographed the explosions in the sky, as KEXP DJs Kevin Cole and Larry Rose brought the soundtrack, produced by Jackson Long.

Starting at 9 PM, DJ John Richards will kick off the party on the air at KEXP, followed by DJ Morgan at 10 PM, and Troy Nelson at 11 PM. Fireworks will start at the stroke of midnight, with a soundtrack both celebratory and paying tribute to iconic artists we lost in 2017. After that, DJ Kevin Cole will take the airwaves through 2 AM, helping you ring in 2018! Listen worldwide at KEXP.ORG, via the mobile app, or at 90.3 FM on your radio dial.

Watch the show embedded below, via KEXP’s Facebook page, or via our friends at KING 5.

Thank you to our great partners at the Space Needle. Happy 2018!

artist song
Beck Wow
Prince 1999
Arcade Fire Everything Now
Abba Dancing Queen
Tom Petty I Won’t Back Down
The Weeknd Starboy
Soundgarden Rusty Cage
Soundgarden Spoonman
Soundgarden Outshined
Lorde Green Light
Luis Fonsi Despacito ft. Daddy
Portugal. the Man Feel It Still
AC/DC You Shook Me All Night Long
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2017 Top Ten List Spotlight: Masa

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2017. Check out the Top 90.3 Albums of 2017, as voted on by our listeners. And check out more top albums from KEXP DJs, staff, and volunteers here.

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Masa’s 2017 Top Ten Albums

artist album label
Yuji Kondo Faces Past 10 Labe
Various Artists BOOMBOX 1 & 2 Soul Jazz Records
Shinichi Atobe From The Heart, It’s A Start, A Work Of Art DDS
Dopplereffekt Cellular Automata Leisure System
Ryuichi Sakamoto async commmons
B12 Electro-Soma I + II Anthology Warp Records
Various Artists New Order Presents B Music Factory Benelux
Various Artists Tony Humphries – Running Back Mastermix Running Back
Various Artists Space, Energy & Light (Experimental Electronic And Acoustic Soundscapes 1961-88) Soul Jazz Records
Special Request Belief System Houndstooth

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2017 Top Ten List Spotlight: Jenn Govola

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2017. Check out the Top 90.3 Albums of 2017, as voted on by our listeners. And check out more top albums from KEXP DJs, staff, and volunteers here.

Downtown Boys

Downtown Boys // photo by Rachel White (view set)

Jenn Govola’s 2017 Top Ten Albums

artist album label
Haram بس ربحت, خسرت “When You Have Won, You Have Lost” La Vida Es Un Mus
Lumpy and the Dumpers Those Pickled Fuckers Lumpy Records / La Vida Es Un Mus
Various Artists Iron Lung Mixtape III Iron Lung Records
Dreamdecay Iron Lung Records
Mutant Video Vanity of Life Iron Lung Records
Vanilla Poppers Vanilla Poppers Lumpy Records
Genpop On The Screen Lumpy Records
Krimewatch Krimewatch Static Shock Records / Side Two
Downtown Boys Cost of Living Sub Pop Records
Princess Nokia 1992 Deluxe Rough Trade

Jenn Govola is one of the hosts of Sonic Reducer, airing Saturday nights, 9PM-midnight.

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Music That Matters: Come, Let Us Begin!

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.


ODESZA and Cheryl Waters at KEXP in 2017 // photo by Dave Lichterman

Currently you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 597 – Come, Let Us Begin!

DJ Kevin Cole looks back at musical highlights of 2017 and ahead with anticipation and great expectations!

Tracklist:
1. Alvvays – In Undertow
2. Wolf Parade – You’re Dreaming
3. Žen – Žal (Strand)
4. Mammút – Breathe Into Me
5. Ride – Charm Assault
6. ГШ (Glintshake) – Убожество
7. Oligarkh – Maria Devo,
8. ODESZA – Late Night
9. Cock & Swan – PERG (Honing)
10. Shabazz Palaces – Shine A Light
11. Mikko Joensuu – There used to be a darkness
12. DoNormaal – Ego Slave
13. The True Loves – The Dirty
14. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Matter of Time
15. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Cumberland Gap
16. Casper Skulls – Primeval
17. Waxahatchee – Silver
18. Thunderpussy – Velvet Noose
19. Kevin Morby – City Music
20. Laura Marling – Wild Fire
21. Julie Byrne – Sleepwalker
22. Nilüfer Yanya – Baby Luv

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Double Your Impact When You Make a Gift to KEXP Today!

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On Sunday night, we’ll be ushering in a new year. That means these are the last days of 2017 to help power KEXP, receive a tax deduction, and double your impact!

That’s because right now, a group of generous music lovers is matching all year-end donations to KEXP made before December 31st.  Make a gift to KEXP today and you’ll be doing twice as much to support music in the coming year.

Ibeyi // photo by Renata Steiner

Ibeyi // photo by Renata Steiner

Your donation will support specialty programs like ‘Wo Pop and Street Sounds as well as hundreds of in-studios heard all over the world year-round. That includes artists like French-Cuban sisters Ibeyi, Lebanese vocalist Yasmine Hamdan, and locals like Seattle’s own Pedro the Lion.

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Don’t miss your last chance to give in 2017! Please, make your tax-deductible donation now and help power even more “music that matters” in 2018.

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Live Review: Cloak & Dagger: Dusk Till Dawn in Los Angeles 10/20-21

Poptone // All photos by Atticus George-Andrijeski, shot on Tri-X film (view set)

By Abbie Gobeli

On the weekend of October 20th in downtown Los Angeles, Cloak & Dagger: Dusk Till Dawn shrouded the Globe and Tower Theaters into a vision of night. Doors flooded with patrons dressed in pitch black to see an array of musically dark artists from institutions like The Jesus and Mary Chain, emerging outfits like Tropic of Cancer, and prominent producers like Cocteau Twins’ and Nine Inch Nails’ producer John Fryer spin a DJ set.  Cloak & Dagger: Dusk Till Dawn’s line-up and dress code were curated by Los Angeles based, members-only club: Cloak & Dagger. Initiated by the band members of She Wants Revenge, Cloak & Dagger is normally a regular Tuesday night invitation for members to leave reality and explore the dark side of music with good company. No phones. Wear black or you will be turned away. For the festival, your overnight DJs (and not so secret goth kids) Atticus and I (Abbie) delved into this blissful music scene to give you the highlights of their the club’s first festival.
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