Tuesday Music News

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  • Earlier this month, UK electric crooner James Blake released his stunning new album, The Colour in Anything. Now, thanks to some fans, there’s footage of Blake performing the album tracks “Modern Soul” and “Timeless” during a show at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles. Revel in Blake’s amazing stage presence below. [Pitchfork]



  • Sturgill Simpson is heading out on an extensive world tour to promote his latest album, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth. He’ll take his talent all around the globe before landing in Seattle on November 11 at Paramount Theatre. Tickets go on sale this Friday. [Pitchfork]
  • On June 22, Barcelona dance outfit Delorean will drop their latest album MUZIK, their follow up to 2013’s Apar. Check out the ethereal new track “Contra” below. [Stereogum]

  • Singer-songwriter Ramona Gonzales, better known as Nite Jewel, shared the video for her new track “Kiss the Screen.” Gonzales plays a bakery employee who’s dying for a phone-obsessed man to notice her. It’s a brilliant commentary on technology and missed connections. The song will be featured on Nite Jewels’ upcoming album, Liquid Cool, which drops on June 10. [Stereogum]

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Exclusive Interview: John Carpenter

photo by Kyle Cassidy

photo by Kyle Cassidy

Master filmmaker and composer John Carpenter just doesn’t know when to slow down. With almost 4 decades now separating him from seminal films and soundtracks like Dark Star, Assault on Precinct 13, Escape from New York, Halloween, and The Fog, Carpenter is looking to expand his repertoire. 2015 marked his entrance into electronic music scene with his first ever album of non-soundtrack material, Lost Themes, promptly followed this year with the sequel Lost Themes II. With the second record came an announcement of John’s first ever live music tour, alongside son Cody Carpenter and godson Daniel Davies (son of Dave Davies of the Kinks). The tour will feature music pulled from all of Carpenter’s most famous films, as well as the two new albums. Just last week, he posted an in-studio performance of the theme from Escape From New York, and it is enough to get anybody excited (watch below). This week, John Carpenter kicks off the tour in Los Angeles before heading to Europe for stops including the spectacular Primavera Sound in Barcelona. After that, John will kick off a proper US tour right here in Seattle on June 14. You’ll want to be there, and you can grab tickets here.

We got the splendid opportunity to interview John about the new album Lost Themes II and the upcoming tour. Read our conversation below:
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Song of the Day: Nothing – Vertigo Flowers

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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 “Vertigo Flowers” by Nothing from their 2016 album, Tired of Tomorrow, on Relapse Records.

Nothing – Vertigo Flowers (MP3)

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Live Around Town This Week

Nada Surf // photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

Monday, May 16th:

Alberta Cross, Sky White Tiger, Grand Canyon at the Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Paa Kow, Syrinx Effect at The Triple Door // All Ages (more info)

Turtle T, Cosmos the Band, DoNormaal, Raven Matthews at Substation // 21+ (more info)

Detective Agency, Golden Idols at The Crocodile // All Ages (more info)


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In Stores Now 5/16

Brooklyn band The So So Glos lead this week’s new release with their fifth full length. KEXP Music Director Don Yates says the LP, “finds them bringing a bit more diverse and hook-filled sound to their anthemic garage-punk, with often-politically charged lyrics contrasting anxiety, political extremism and other modern problems with the power of music and community.” The latest from UK artist James Blake is “another beautifully crafted blend of intimate R&B and ambient post-dubstep with a spacious, atmospheric sound featuring moody, woozy synths, somber piano and spare downtempo beats accompanying his gorgeous, sometimes digitally manipulated falsetto and emotionally vulnerable lyrics of love lost and found.”

Hamilton, ON artist Jessy Lanza returns with her sophomore release, co-produced and co-written by Junior Boys’ Jeremy Greenspan. Yates calls it a “more brightly melodic take on her sultry blend of R&B, electro-pop, house, post-dubstep and other styles,” noting that Greenspan “helps provide her with a spacious, atmospheric sound to surround her breathy falsetto and intimate, emotionally direct lyrics.” Chicago band Twin Peaks return with a “more polished and fully realized take on their psych-tinged garage-pop, with a warm, ’60-inspired sound featuring acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, occasional horns, mostly laid-back rhythms and alternating lead vocals on songs ranging from hook-filled power pop and Stones-influenced rockers to airy psych-folk ballads.”

The latest from Seattle’s own David Bazan “finds him adopting a more electronic-oriented sound, with atmospheric synths and drum-machine rhythms along with guitars fleshing out a batch of sturdily constructed songs reflecting the tensions between home and life on the road. (These songs were originally released as part of a limited-edition vinyl series called Bazan Monthly Volume 1 & Volume 2.)” And British artist Oscar shares his debut, “a strong set of hook-filled electro-pop with fizzy synths and a variety of beats accompanying his baritone croon reminiscent of Morrissey.”
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TV Eye: Week of 5/16

Courtney Barnett // 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, May 16th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: The Kills (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: White Mystery
Conan: Andrew Bird (R)

Tuesday, May 17th:
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Coldplay
Last Call with Carson Daly: Moby
Conan: Ty Segall & the Muggers (R)
Ellen: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Wednesday, May 18th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Band of Horses
Last Call with Carson Daly: Murs & 9th Wonder

Thursday, May 19th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Corinne Bailey Rae
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: “Weird Al” Yankovic
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Ziggy Marley
Last Call with Carson Daly: Radical Face

Friday, May 20th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Joanna Newsom
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Wolf Parade
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Miguel

Saturday, May 21st:
Austin City Limits: Foo Fighters
Saturday Night Live: Courtney Barnett

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Monday Music News

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  • At first I thought it was an piece in The Onion, but no, Seattle rapper Macklemore really did appear with President Barack Obama this past Saturday morning for the weekly White House Address. (Did you catch Obama’s sly “same love” pun?) And the topic is certainly no joke: the two addressed opioid addiction, calling on Congress to do more about the crisis. “Addiction is like any other disease: It doesn’t discriminate,” Macklemore said. “It doesn’t care what color you are, whether you’re a guy or a girl, rich or poor, whether you live in an inner city, suburb or rural America. This doesn’t just happen to other peoples’ kids or some other neighborhood; it can happen to any of us.” Watch below, and to find treatment in your area, call 1-800-662-HELP. [Spin]


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Happy (Belated) Birthday, Brian Eno!

photo by Shamil Tanna

photo by Shamil Tanna

This morning, John Richards celebrates the 68th birthday of composer, producer and performer Brian Eno, featuring four hours of ambient and other music created, produced and inspired by the all-around musical mastermind. While he’s most directly connected to the genre of “ambient”, a term he coined himself, Eno also collaborated with and produced an amazing array of talented artists, from David Bowie, David Byrne, and Robert Fripp to U2, James, and Daniel Lanois and more relative newcomers like Coldplay, Anna Calvi, James Blake and many others, all after getting his start as a keyboardist for Roxy Music. Today, Brian Eno continues to push boundaries, composing aural experiences for the physical, digital, and even cellular world. Tune in to the Morning Show this morning (or catch it later on KEXP’s 14-day streaming archive). For now, here’s a sampling of the diverse ambient world of Brian Eno:

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Song of the Day: Marissa Nadler – Janie In Love

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

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 “Janie in Love” by Marissa Nadler from her 2016 album, Strangers, on Sacred Bones Records.

Marissa Nadler – Janie in Love (MP3)

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Midnight In A Perfect World: J-Justice

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Seattle’s J-Justice (a.k.a. Jason Justice) has been a trusted local favorite behind the turntables for over a decade now, helping ignite the influential SunTzu and TRUST dance parties. Originally a native of the Philadelphia area, Justice brings a love for warm, soulful, and progressive grooves both to the club where he’s opened up for international touring artists, as well as on the radio as a host alongside his DJ partner Atlee for City Soul on KBCS. His exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight In A Perfect World perfectly showcases his eclectic ear, strong curatorial selections, and top-notch mixing skills, as he storms through 18 new and old favorites in his collection to stimulate both your mind and dancing shoes.


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