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Currently, you’ll hear:
Music That Matters, Vol. 486 – Runner Powered Podcast, Volume 5
Morning Show host John Richards… Join KEXP and Brooks Running to celebrate the launch of the new Runner Powered Podcast, Volume Five. John will host the start of the weekly community run tomorrow Wednesday, November 18th at 5 PM. More information here at KEXP.ORG.
1. Caspian – Sad Heart of Mine
2. Sharon Van Etten – Words
3. Youth Lagoon – The Knower
4. !!! – Sick Ass Moon
5. Other Lives – Reconfiguration
6. Roger Lion – A Dead Man’s Song
7. José González – Leaf Off / The Cave
8. Holy Esque – Fade
9. Wolf Alice – Moaning Lisa Smile
10. Jacuzzi Boys – Sun
11. The Dead Weather – I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)
12. Morning Harvey – Smith Street Swap Meet
13. Fernando – Save Me
14. Small Black – No One Wants It To Happen To You
15. Telekinesis – In a Future World
16. Hot Chip – Huarache Lights
17. Django Django – First Light
Seattle’s own indie rockers The Cave Singers have shared “That’s Why,” the lead single from their upcoming album, Banshee. Thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign, which landed the band $20,000 in one month, they will self-release the album on February 19. [Stereogum]
Vancouver, BC electronic producer Pat Lok has been on a hot streak in 2015, bubbling up with a prolific streak of fresh dancefloor singles and remixes that showcase his affinity for classic house, future funk, slick R&B, and infectious pop. His exclusive mix for Midnight in a Perfect World tests out a bunch of his own unreleased demos/tracks, sneaks in a few of his recent remixes and singles, including his blistering brand new single, “Your Lips,” and also packs in top-shelf tracks from contemporary kindred spirits that are crafting exciting, refreshing body-moving tunes.
For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2015, leading up to our 2015 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Voting ends on Friday, December 11th at 6:00 PM PT, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 18 to hear if your picks made the list!
Kendrick Lamar // photo credit: Matthew B. Thompson (view set)
Morgan’s 2015 Top Ten Albums
To Pimp A Butterfly
Built To Spill
Strangers To Ourselves
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
The Chemical Brothers
Born In The Echoes
b’lieve I’m goin down
Sick Sad World
Fear and Lies
Play It Again Sam
Morgan is on the air every Saturday from 12PM-3PM.
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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Smith Street Swap Meet” by Morning Harvey from the 2015 self-released EP Love&Loveand.
This week, Anti- Records releases the eight-album Neko Case vinyl box set, Truckdriver, Gladiator, Mule. The collection features her solo discography remastered from their original analog tape and pressed on 180 gram vinyl. There’s also an 80-page photo book, a vinyl slipmat featuring an illustration by Case, and a custom storage box for the whole darn thing. If you’re a good boy or girl, Santa might bring you one for Christmas!
Lafayette, LA band Givers return with their sophomore full-length, which KEXP Music Director Don Yates describes as “a more synth-oriented sound for their rhythm-driven pop-rock, combining sleek synths and guitars with propulsive, occasionally Caribbean-influenced rhythms, alternating male/female lead vocals and sparkling pop hooks.” Former Emeralds guitarist Mark McGuire shares a new solo album, “an intricately crafted set of celestial prog-rock featuring a densely layered blend of atmospheric guitars and keyboards with circular rhythms and occasional vocals.” Brooklyn-based artist Oneohtrix Point Never (aka Daniel Lopatin) releases his eighth album of “adventurous, often-disorienting set of densely produced, experimental electronic grooves.”
Speaking of 0PN, collaborative duo Airbird & Napolian combines the talents of producers Airbird (aka Joel Ford, one-half of Ford & Lopatin alongside Oneohtrix Point Never) and Napolian (aka Ian Evans) for what KEXP’s Alex Ruder describes as a “sharp, propulsive set of blown-out free-wheeling, nostalgia-tinged beats. The initial 2013 single that spawned the project – “In The Zone” – still shines bright while “Go To The Sun” is their unique stab at guitar-fueled sky-scraping pop.” Frankie Cosmos (aka NYC artist Greta Kline) shares “a sweet set of romantic synth-pop full of infectious melodies and nostalgic production that recalls TOPS and Nite Jewel.” Read More »
Albert Hammond Jr. // photo by Matthew B. Thompson (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 16th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Heartless Bastards
Tuesday, November 17th:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Public Image Ltd.
Last Call with Carson Daly: Houndmouth
Wednesday, November 18th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Albert Hammond Jr.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Jeff Lynne’s ELO
Last Call with Carson Daly: Quilt
Thursday, November 19th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Erykah Badu
Friday, November 20th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Future (R)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Erykah Badu
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Boots
Last Call with Carson Daly: Cherry Glazerr (R)
Saturday, November 21st:
Austin City Limits: Americana Music Festival 2015 highlights
Saturday Night Live: Adele
Former Fiery Furnaces frontwoman Eleanor Friedberger returns next year with her third solo full-length, New View, out January 22nd on Frenchkiss Records. The album was recorded “live to tape” with her backing band, Icewater, and producer Clemens Knieper in a converted barn studio in Germantown, New York. Check out the opening single “He Didn’t Mention His Mother” below. Friedberger has also announced some North American tour dates, including a Saturday, March 5th stop at Barboza. [Pitchfork]
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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Malted” by The Foetals from the 2015 album Meet The Foetals, out December 4th on PNKSLM Recordings.