Song of the Day: Thieving Irons - Electric Paradise

photo by Fiorella Valdesolo

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 “Electric Paradise” by Thieving Irons from the from the 2014 self-released Phenomena EP.

Thieving Irons - Electric Paradise (MP3)

Nate Martinez, the man behind Brooklyn’s Thieving Irons, is probably familiar to most KEXP listeners as, formerly, one-fourth of the notable but now extinct band Pela. Five years and several celebrated releases have surely proved multi-instrumentalist Martinez’s significance as a solo artist, beyond his early days in one of KEXP’s favorite acts and his collaboration with another, The National. Amid his relative quietness since 2012, Martinez has stayed busy working on plenty of new material, including his latest EP, Phenomena, which he calls his most recent work some of the best under the Thieving Irons moniker.

Thieving Irons’ fourth song to be featured as KEXP’s Song of the Day, “Electric Paradise,” opens the new EP. The understated track opens with an easygoing, atmospheric beat backing ethereal “ah ah’s” and eventually Martinez’s silky vocals. Martinez’s methodical approach to his music is clear from the track’s subtle build and breezily layered textures. Thieving Irons’ serene charm buoys the listener somewhere between simplicity and mystery. What is this electric paradise? What at first seems like a straightforward message that things are “never black or white,” and we should “read between the lines/ change and compromise” downplays some cryptic commentary on Thieving Irons’ concept of “this new American life.” On top of vivid beats, the entire Phenomena EP delicately hints toward a vague fatigue with the state of world.

In a recent interview with KEXP’s John Richards, Martinez made it clear that his priority right now is in producing new material, which means no plans for the West Coast as of right now. Hopefully, with the new material will come some future live dates for Thieving Irons. Check up on the project on Facebook and Twitter. While there is yet to be a video illustrating “Electric Paradise,” you can watch Thieving Irons’ last in-studio performance at KEXP:

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TV Eye: Week of 10/13

The New Pornographers // photo by Rachel White

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, October 13th:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Interpol
Late Show with David Letterman: Foo Fighters

Tuesday, October 14th:
The Colbert Report: Neil Young
Conan: Shakey Graves
Late Show with David Letterman: Foo Fighters

Wednesday, October 15th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Kasabian
Last Call with Carson Daly: Franz Ferdinand
Late Show with David Letterman: Foo Fighters

Thursday, October 16th:
Conan: The New Pornographers
Late Show with David Letterman: Foo Fighters

Friday, October 17th:
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: “Weird Al” Yankovic
Late Show with David Letterman: Foo Fighters

Saturday, October 17th:
Austin City Limits: Nine Inch Nails

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Live Around Town This Week

Alt-J // photo by Beth Eisgrau-Heller

Monday, October 13th

Saintseneca, Kithkin, Robert Francis and The Night Tide at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)

Gossling, Eggshells at The Vera Project // All Ages (more info)


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Live Video: Temples

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

Last time we caught up with Temples, they were blasting off from the propulsive buzz following the release of their debut, Sun Structures. Months of touring later, the young UK band are veterans of the road, fitting easily into the retro sounds that inspire them like a pair of well worn leather pants. On their recent stop back in Seattle late last month, we invited the band to perform live at The Triple Door during an exclusive session for KEXP’s VIP Club. Watch the entire set here:

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Monday Music News

photo by Bebe Labree Besch (view set)

  • If our recent in-studio session with Thurston Moore was too much of a tease, you can now stream his forthcoming full-length album, The Best Day, below. His fourth solo album finds the former Sonic Youth frontman backed by longtime drummer Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Deb Googe, and UK musician James Sedwards. Find it in stores on October 21st via Matador Records. [Consequence of Sound]


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Song of the Day: Pony Boy - The Devil In Me

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 “The Devil In Me” by Pony Boy from the 2014 The Devil In Me EP on Odd Man Out Records.

Pony Boy - The Devil In Me (MP3)

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Live Video: Motopony

photo by Matthew Thompson (view set)

The lore of Seattle’s Motopony begins not in a dense, leafy forest in the rainy Pacific Northwest (a scene which heavily inspires their music), but in a warehouse in Tacoma. Frontman Daniel Blue set the story of the now acclaimed band in motion when, at 27, he picked up his ten year-old guitar. With the addition of five bandmates, Motopony has just released their EP Idle Beauty and have an upcoming full-length due out next year. Self-described as “Chief Seattle’s revenge channeled through a hybrid engine drone,” Blue and company brought their quavering vocals and warped sound to the KEXP studio with three songs from their EP and one from their debut. Be consumed in the feelings of Motopony with video from their live performance below:


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KEXP Q&A: Gabriel Teodros

photo by Dave Lichterman

Gabriel Teodros is the smooth, uber-thoughtful Seattle rapper. He has come a long way from being one of the early cats on the Seattle hip-hop scene – and he recently completed a North American tour to share his music. Gabriel’s next album, Evidence Of Things Not Seen, features SoulChef on production, and comes out on October 28. We caught up with him recently to ask about his inspirations, his history in this town and much more.

You have this great line in a Hitek Lowlives song that goes, “The killer dies twice every time he kill”. I think it’s a line that works to define both the history of violence and the history of art experience in mankind, but would you tell me what that line means to you?

The thought behind that line is that I believe all life is inextricably linked, and in taking another person’s life, I believe the killer feels that loss, and loses a piece of themselves in the process too. It’s connected to the thought in the overall verse which is how in patriarchy, men give up connection with their own sensuality and huge parts of their humanity when choosing to hold on to a system of male domination. It’s like becoming a robot... humanoid void.
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Music That Matters Podcast: Total Control of GRMLNs on a YACHT full of Bleached Caribou on Acid

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.

Operators // photo by Amber Zbitnoff

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 429 - Total Control of GRMLNs on a YACHT full of Bleached Caribou on Acid
Host Larry Rose takes Total Control of GRMLNs on a YACHT full of Bleached Caribou on Acid. Ok, those are just a few of the bands that appear on this new podcast that takes you on a wildly varying musical journey featuring some of Larry’s favorite new rock, funk, soul, and electropop jams.

Tracklist:
1. Caribou - Our Love
2. Operators - TRUE
3. YACHT - Where Does This Disco?
4. GRMLN - Numb
5. Bleached - For the Feel
6. Julian Casablancas + the Voidz - Where No Eagles Fly
7. Curtis Harding - Keep on Shining
8. Peliroja - Injusticia
9. The Radio Dept. - Death To Fascism
10. Total Control - Flesh War
11. Chet Faker - Gold
12. Populous - Fall (feat. Cuushe)
13. The Acid - Fame

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Friday Music News

photo courtesy of the artist

  • Norwegian music duo Royksopp have shared a new track from their final album, The Inevitable End (out November 11). They have described “Sordid Affair” as “a recollection and contemplation of the emotional aspects of the endeavours as described in the track title. The difficulties of letting go of emotional attachment.” It’s a dreamy, yet melancholy number. Listen, below. [Pitchfork]


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