Out This Week 9/28

It’s getting hard to keep up with all the great fall releases. If you thought last week was jam-packed, just check out what’s in store this week!

Kurt Vile‘s highly-anticipated sixth solo album is out. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls it, “another first-rate outing of expansive, folk-tinged psych-rock, with a consistently strong set of mostly dark, open-ended songs combining Vile’s expressive guitar work along with some occasional banjo, piano and other instrumentation with his laconic drawl and smart, self-aware lyrics that leaven deep melancholy with flashes of wry humor.” Scottish trio Chvrches share “another powerful, impeccably crafted set of anthemic electro-pop with bright, shimmering synths and propulsive rhythms accompanying Lauren Mayberry’s crystalline vocals and emotive lyrics.”

Big Grams, a collaboration of Outkast’s Big Boi and Phantogram, release their self-titled debut EP, featuring guest appearances from Run The Jewels and Skrillex. Swedish band Dungen share “an impressive set of expansive psych-rock, with a warm, beautifully detailed sound combining a variety of instrumentation including fuzzy guitars, piano, organ, horns, woodwinds, vibes, harp and more with delicate vocals and twisty melodies.” Electropop veterans New Order return with a new album (read an in-depth review on the KEXP Blog here), and supergroup The Dead Weather unleash their third full-length, “another visceral set of bluesy hard-rock with searing guitar riffs, muscular rhythms and wailing vocals.”

(Various) – “Something Going On”
from Artifact: The Dawn of Creation Records 83-85 on Cherry Red

Big Grams – “Lights On”
from Big Grams on Epic

Bikini Kill – “Ocean Song”
from Revolution Girl Style Now on Bikini Kill Records

Black Breath – “Slaves Beyond Death”
from Slaves Beyond Death on Southern Lord Records

Chvrches – “Leave A Trace”
from Every Open Eye on Glassnote Entertainment Group

The Dead Weather – “I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)”
from Dodge and Burn on Third Man Records

The Dears – “I Used To Pray For The Heavens To Fall”
from Times Infinity, Vol. 1 on Dangerbird Records

Disclosure – “Jaded”
from Caracal on PMR/Island

Doe Paoro – “Growth/Decay”
from After on Anti-

Don Henley – “Take A Picture Of This”
from Cass County on Capitol / Virgin EMI

Dungen – “Åkt Dit”
from Allas Sak on Mexican Summer/Smalltown Supersound

Expert Alterations – “The Past And You”
from You Can’t Always Be Liked on Kanine Records

Fetty Wap – “My Way”
from Fetty Wap on Atlantic / Warner

Futurebirds – “Hotel Parties”
from Hotel Parties on Easy Sound Recording Company

Girl Band – “Pears for Lunch”
from Holding Hands with Jamie on Rough Trade

Graveyard – “The Apple And The Tree”
from Innocence & Decadence on Nuclear Blast

Herb Alpert – “Night Ride”
from Come Fly with Me on Herb Alpert Presents / WEA

Infected Mushroom – “Yamakas In Space”
from Converting Vegetarians, Vol. 2 on Dim Mak

Introverted Dancefloor – “Happiness Is Such A Mess”
from Introverted Dancefloor on Carpark Records

JR JR – “Gone”
from JR JR on Warner Bros.

Kaskade – “We Don’t Stop”
from Automatic on Warner Bros.

Kurt Vile – “Pretty Pimpin”
from B’lieve I’m Goin Down… on Matador

Laetitia Sadier – “Dry Fruit”
from Dry Fruit on Drag City

Los Lobos – “Made To Break Your Heart”
from Gates of Gold on Savoy Jazz

Maia Vidal – “Islands Of You And Me”
from You’re the Waves on Crammed Discs

Michael Chapman – “Jack”
from Fish on Tompkins Square

New Order – “Restless”
from Music Complete on Mute

Patty Griffin – “Rider Of Days”
from Servant of Love on PGM Recordings

Peaches – “Close Up ft. Kim Gordon”
from Rub on I U She/INgrooves

Pwr Bttm – “Ugly Cherries”
from Ugly Cherries on Father / Daughter

Ricked Wicky – “Poor Substitute”
from Swimmer to a Liquid Armchair on Father / Daughter

Saintseneca – “Sleeper Hold”
from Bad Ideas on Anti / Epitaph

Silversun Pickups – “Nightlight”
from Better Nature on New Machine

Suburban Lawns – “Janitor”
from Suburban Lawns reissue on Futurismo

Tobias Jesso Jr. – “True Love”
from “True Love” b/w “Without You (Alternate Version)” 7″ on True Panther

The Underachievers – “Allusions”
from Evermore: The Art of Duality on Universal

U.S. Girls – “Woman’s Work”
from Half Free on 4AD

Wand – “Stolen Footsteps”
from 1000 Days on Drag City

Widespread Panic – “Street Dogs For Breakfast”
from Street Dogs on Vanguard

Youth Lagoon – “Highway Patrol Stun Gun”
from Savage Hills Ballroom on Fat Possum

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Decibel Festival 2015, Day 2: Discwoman at Re-Bar

all photos by Victoria Holt (view set)

So often we find ourselves looking at festival lineups, picking and prodding for female artists, but here, in the world of Decibel, female artists were the focal point of the night. The Discwoman showcase on Thursday night was fantastic, energetic, and powerful.


Starting with Bardo:Basho, who was not mentioned on the posters, the night of Discwomen started pretty high energy. The songs were a very medium tempo, however, with some high pitched vocal loops, bongo sounds, and other instruments a vision of a very distant environment was created. This moved nicely into the slower and simpler sounds of Experimental Housewife.
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Monday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

  • Beloved cable network Adult Swim have been putting out some amazing music over the years, and today’s contribution ranks among the coolest releases yet: Seattle’s own Shabazz Palaces team up with Flying Lotus and Thundercat under the name WOKE. Stream their first single “The Lavishments of Light Looking” below. And as if that pedigree ain’t cool enough for you, the song features Parliament-Funkadelic’s George Clinton. Yup. [Pitchfork]

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Live Video: Silversun Pickups at Sun Liquor

photo by Alan Lawrence (view set)

Sun Liquor and Silversun Pickups – the pairing pretty much writes itself – yet there’s so much more to the LA band’s relationship to KEXP and history behind their generosity in performing an exclusive show for our donors. Our love for Silversun Pickups goes back to their debut EP, Pikul. KEXP was not only one of the first stations to play them, but their song “Kissing Families” became a daily anthem. That was a decade ago. Since then, we’ve hosted the band live at a range of venues – in-studio, at The Triple Door, at SXSW – and watched them become a great success. When they came back to us to promote their fourth full-length (released just this past Friday), they asked to do something special and help KEXP raise funds for our new home, so fifty fans huddled around as band founders Nikki Monninger and Brian Aubert shared songs, and jokes, from their stools at the vintage bar located in Seattle’s Capitol Hill. It was an intimate moment of mutual admiration shared by a lucky few, but now you can take part in this exclusive acoustic performance and the band’s hilarious conversation with DJ Troy Nelson. Watch the full session now:

It is your support that helps make incredible performances like this one happen. KEXP is currently in the midst of our Fall Fundraising Drive. Please consider making a gift so that we can continue to discover new bands, like we did with Silversun Pickups back in the day, and provide them the opportunity to grow and find new fans.

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Song of the Day: METZ – Acetate

photo by Amber Knecht (view set)

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. This week’s songs come during the 2015 Fall Fundraising Drive. Today’s song is “Acetate” by METZ from the 2015 album II on Sub Pop.

METZ – Acetate (MP3)
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Album Review: New Order – Music Complete

Music Complete

Is there any band that has defined the sounds of early 80s like New Order? From the post-punk roots of “Ceremony” to “Age of Consent”, and the new-wave brilliance of “Blue Monday” to “The Perfect Kiss”, New Order are the figurehead of an era. They extended their reign through 1993’s Republic, where Factory Records came to an end and the band decided to embrace a hiatus. The band returned strong in 2001 with Get Ready, but on the journey to their eighth full length album, Waiting For The Sirens’ Call, something changed. Increasing strain between Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook led to a contentious writing environment, and even with two albums’ worth of songs recorded, the band couldn’t hold it together. Two years ago, the band returned to the stage, three original members strong. Fans were hesitant, but throughout the tour, Bernard reassured fans that the spirit of New Order lived on, even with Hook choosing to pursue work elsewhere as Peter Hook & The Light. This year, the band give us their tenth studio album, and prove all of that reassurance to be true. New Order have returned and given us their best album in 20 years. Music Complete is both a self assured statement and a reflective mantra – it puts New Order in a conscious perspective that both the band and the fans can agree on.

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Decibel Festival 2015, Day 1: Soulection at Q Nightclub

all photos by Chad Syme (view set)

Wednesday marked the kick off of Decibel Festival 2015 and signaled the start of a week that will feature some of the worlds best electronic music artists in a plethora of Seattle’s finest venues. 2015’s lineup definitely offers something for everyone, and those looking to dance away their mid-week slump needed to look no further than the Soulection takeover happening at Q Nightclub.

Soulection regularly sells out clubs and releases records and EP’s for a roster full of game changing producers and DJ’s. The collective recently announced a Beats 1 radio show, and is not only cranking out fantastic beats, but also dominating as a taste maker in the electric music community. Joe Kay, co-founder of the collection, deserves much of the credit for the rise of Soulection. He got the Decibel Fest crowd moving in a hurry on Wednesday, providing a barrage of remixes to Q nightclub. Nothing from Drake to old soul flips were safe, and everything Joe Kay put his spin on landed excellently with the crowd. By the end of his set it was clear why Soulection has found such success: the man knows what people want to hear, even if they don’t know it yet.
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Song of the Day: Dasha Rush – Abandoned Beauties and Beasts

Dasha Rush

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. This week, we are featuring artists performing the 2015 Decibel Festival, which runs September 23-27. All songs are selected by DJ Sharlese. Sharlese’s pick for today is “Abandoned Beauties and Beasts” by Dasha Rush from the 2015 album Sleepstep on Raster-Noton.

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Music That Matters: Autumn Fuzz

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.

Julia Holter // photo by Dave Lichterman

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 479 – Autumn Fuzz
Autumn calls for fuzzy sweaters and fuzzy music. Listen to Midday Veil, Blank Realm and more with fuzzy songs, feedback drenched guitars and lo-fi indie rock on this latest mix that emotes the dark days of the season.

1. Pony Boy – When Tomorrow Never Comes
2. Midday Veil – Babel
3. Ms. John Soda – Hero Whales
4. Helen – Motorcycle
5. Dead Leaf Echo – Lemonheart
6. Lou Barlow – Redeemed
7. Fernando – Save Me
8. Infinity Girl – Dirty Sun
9. Blank Realm – Palace of Love
10. Alex G – Bug
11. Julia Holter – Feel You
12. Diane Coffee – Spring Breathes
13. Girls Names – A Hunger Artist

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Live Video: Raw Power KEXP

photo by Charles Peterson

You’ve been waiting for it! Raw Power KEXP took over the Pike Place Market in August, as Seattle musicians Mike McCready, Duff McKagan, Mark Arm, and Barrett Martin, blazed songs by Iggy & the Stooges live from the rooftop! Nearly nine thousand fans came out for the free concert, while additional fundraisers helped support KEXP’s new home campaign. Maybe you were in the crowd, maybe you missed it, but now you all have the opportunity to relive this historic, roof-shaking event over and over again.

But as you watch, please remember that’s because of listener support that we can offer these incredible events. We have just begun our Fall Fundraising Drive. With your support, who knows which local icons we can put on what local landmarks next!

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