Song of the Day: Moon Duo – Creepin’

photo by Howard Wise

photo by Howard Wise

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, unrealeased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Creepin” by Moon Duo from their 2017 LP, Occult Architecture Vol. 1, on Sacred Bones Records.

Moon Duo – Creepin’ (MP3)The sound of mind-altering guitar drone should be of no surprise to fans of Moon Duo. The now Portland-based group’s fourth album to date, the double volume Occult Architecture, is thematically defined by its dualities. Inspired by the record’s double structure (the second volume will be released later this year), Occult Architecture finds the band exploring nature’s “invisible structures” (according to the Sacred Bones website), such as day and night, light and dark, and the journey between seasons. This first volume of Occult Architecture emphasizes the darker elements of Moon Duo’s sound, droning synths and guitar punctuated by moments of beauty or momentary peace.

These contrasts are immediately evident on album highlight, and today’s featured song, “Creepin’,” which is anchored by repeated guitar/synth interplay between Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada. Similarly, Johnson and Yamada’s voices mix together to mirror the juxtapositions between instruments, the track building to a surprisingly bright chorus, adding a moment of respite from the winter darkness.

Moon Duo will be playing at Seattle’s Sunset Tavern on March 3rd, as part of a lengthy tour which includes European dates. They will also be live on KEXP on March 3rd, at 1:30 PM. For more information, check out the band’s website and Facebook page. In the meantime, check out their recent video for “Cold Fear”, another song from the new LP:

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Wednesday Music News

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

  • Yesterday, M.I.A. teased a new song, and today we get the whole dang thing: hear the single “P.O.W.A.” below via a video directed by Maya Arulpragasam (aka M.I.A.) herself. She also tweeted a lyric sheet if you’d like to sing along with the “wa wa wa wa / pa pa pa pa” chorus. [ Stereogum ]


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Song of the Day: The Besnard Lakes – Laura Lee

photo by Brendan George Ko

photo by Brendan George Ko

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, unrealeased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Laura Lee” by The Besnard Lakes from the 2017 EP The Besnard Lakes Are The Divine Wind on Jagjaguwar.

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International Clash Day 2017: KEXP Exclusive Interviews

Tad in the KEXP library // photo by Owen Murphy

They may have broken up back in 1986, but The Clash continue to influence new generations of musicians every decade. KEXP had a chance to speak with a few of these artists, both old and new; hear their thoughts on “The Only Band That Matters” below.

KEXP celebrates the fifth annual International Clash Day on Tuesday, February 7th. Listen from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM as DJs John Richards, Cheryl Waters, and Kevin Cole celebrate the iconic punk band and highlight how they influenced change and awareness in society. And check out this page to see what other Clash Day-related activities are happening around the world.


As a kid, Tad Doyle was listening to prog rock before The Clash entered his world, and he found the band’s post-punk sound “groundbreaking.” Doyle was the frontman for grunge greats TAD in 1988. Their first three albums — 1989’s God’s Balls, 1990’s Salt Lick, and 1991’s 8-Way Santa — were reissued by Sub Pop Records late last year. Doyle’s current project Brothers of the Sonic Cloth also recently reissued their 2015 self-titled debut on Neurot Recordings, and are currently working on their “next level of low end power and undeniable rhythmic dimensionalism.”


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International Clash Day 2017: The Covers

Mike Doughty at KEXP

Artists need The Clash as much as the rest of the world. The legendary band help shape the ideas of not just fans but future generations of musicians. We didn’t have to ask twice for a few core KEXP artists to perform some of their favorite Clash songs for the fifth annual International Clash Day. Check out these exclusive covers by Mike Doughty, The Wedding Present, and local bands Polyrhythmics and Caspar Babypants:


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This Is Video Clash: International Clash Day 2017 Roundup

artwork by Jay Bryant from Purpose & Co.

Now, more than ever, the world needs The Clash. For the fifth annual International Clash Day, KEXP is highlighting the band’s activism and political messaging. Even their band name carries political weight: bassist Paul Simonon was inspired when he noticed the word appearing frequently in the daily newspaper. A clash between classes, between races, between the police and the people — are we talking about the late ’70s or now? Frontman Joe Strummer once said, “Punk rock for me was a social movement. We tried to do the things politically we thought were important to our generation and hopefully would inspire another generation to go even further.” Listen along as we explore that message from 6AM to 6PM PT, and check out a video roundup below for more.


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Song of the Day: Childish Gambino – Have Some Love

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, unrealeased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Have Some Love” by Childish Gambino from his 2016 album, “Awaken My Love!”, on Glassnote Records.

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Song of the Day & Premiere: JFDR – Wires

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

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, unrealeased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Wires”, by JFDR from the forthcoming album, Brazil, due March 17th on White Sun Records.

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Music that Matters: Wo’ Pop: Chinese Independent Music

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.

Snapline

Currently you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 550 – Wo’ Pop: Chinese Independent Music

Wo’ Pop host Darek Mazzone had a chance to spend some time in China this year and dug deep into the country’s amazing indie music scene, which he dives into in this episode, which also features Xi Chen of Snapline: “I was blown away by the complexity, range, and fervor of what I found. I feel that China could be one of the next hotbeds of music and culture – it’s just that good. I hope this podcast opens the door to some amazing sounds for you.”

Tracklist:
1. Snapline – Part Of Solution
2. Hiperson – Yo Ke
3. The Gar – Circle
4. Skip Skip Ben Ben – 8oul
5. The Yours – K
6. Wang Wen – Dionysus
7. Dawei – A good life, isn’t it
8: Carsick Cars – Zhong Nan Hai
9. ChuiWan – Seven Chances
10. Ourself Beside Me – Someone’s Love Song
11. P.K. 14 – Egyptian Rain
12. Low Wormwood – Lanzhou Lanzhou
13. AV Okubo – Red Tank

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Friday Music News

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  • Mere weeks before heading out on his Life Aquatic Tour (yes, inspired by the Wes Anderson film), west coast rapper Vince Staples shares the new single “BagBak.” Listen below. Frankly, I don’t remember any scenes with a bagbak, but you can definitely envision Bill Murray and his band of interns storming the Belafonte to these driving beats. Staples plays Showbox Sodo on Monday, February 27th with Kilo Kish. [ Consequence of Sound ]


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