TV Eye: Week of 10/10

Wolf Parade / photo by Charina Pitzel (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, October 10th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Two Door Cinema Club
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Phish
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Corey Glover & Vernon Reid
Last Call with Carson Daly: Band of Skulls
Conan: The Temper Trap (R)
Ellen: Anderson Paak

Tuesday, October 11th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Foals
Conan: Marlon Williams & the Yarra Benders (R)

Wednesday, October 12th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Nas, Erykah Badu
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sturgill Simpson
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Grouplove (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Mothers
Conan: Twin Peaks (R)

Thursday, October 13th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Flatbush Zombies
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Christine & the Queens
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: Bruce Springsteen (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Bear Hands

Friday, October 14th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kings of Leon
Last Call with Carson Daly: Wolf Parade (R)

Saturday, October 15th:
Austin City Limits: Robert Plant

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Monday Music News

Okkervil River

photo credit: Bebe Labree Besch (view set)

  • KEXP was lucky to host an in-studio session with Okkervil River over the weekend. If you missed it, here’s a consolation prize: a new video for the track “Judey on a Street” off their recently released eighth full-length, Away. Director Gabrielle Demeestere captures actor Steven Ogg, meandering throughout nature. Founding member/frontman Will Sheff explains, “This video has a lot of her own involvement. We talked a lot but not about the technical elements of it. We talked about spiritual ideas and our deep feelings about things, and she came up with this simple parable. It was cool to work with somebody and hand so much of the reins over to her. I think it’s really beautiful and fits the music really well.” Watch below: [Spin]

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Song of the Day: Geowulf – Saltwater

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Saltwater” by Geowulf from the 2016 compilation Odd Numbers Volume 1 released by 37 Adventures.

Geowulf – Saltwater (MP3)
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Album Review: Confrontational – Kingdom of Night


Man alive, is it a good time to be the 80s or what? We have Stranger Things still tearing up the Netflix ratings, and the show’s soundtracking band S U R V I V E on a world tour behind their new album (you can catch them at Crocodile 10/12). Death Waltz and Mondo are introducing a new generation to classic soundtracks every month. John Carpenter just wrapped up his first world tour ever after four decades of making movies and soundtracks. Now this week, veteran Italian composer Fabio Frizzi is playing Neumos, and emerging Italian dark wave artist Confrontational gives us a new LP. Producer Massimo Usai deserves the placement among heroes, and the right critics are starting to take notice – horror film central Bloody Disgusting premiered the album, while synth mastermind Cody Carpenter took a break from the tour with his father to feature on his second Confrontational LP in a row. Usai’s chilly retro creations are well informed and intentional, each one a true love letter to Italian horror and the classic dark wave genre. New album Kingdom of Night is absolutely no exception, as it presents his best work yet. A seedy neon adventure from the first moment to the last, Confrontational gives us a tour of his kingdom behind crimson curtains without an ounce of fear, and all in time to dazzle your Halloween party playlists.
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Music That Matters: America Is Great (Again)

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.

Courtney Marie Andrews with KEXP’s Greg Vandy // photo by Hanna Stevens (view set)

Currently you’ll hear:

Music that Matters, Vol. 533 – America Is Great (Again)

Greg Vandy reaffirms the inherent greatness and depth of American music with 15 tracks from today’s song makers of cosmic Americana, psych pickers, hill country blues, low-down soul, folk ramblin’, and plain hard country, proving that this generation often looks back to go forward.

1. Daniel Norgen – Howling Around My Happy Home
2. Promised Land Sound – Push and Pull (All The Time)
3. Steve Gunn – Wildwood
4. Kevin Morby – Water
5. Ryley Walker – Roundabout
6. Luke Winslow-King – I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always
7. Banditos – Fun All Night
8. Daniel Norgren – Black Vultures
9. Barna Howard – Then and There
10. Kacy & Clayton – Springtime Of The Year
11. Courtney Marie Andrews – Irene
12. Jeremy Pinnell – Rodeo
13. The Easy Leaves – Fresno
14. The Deslondes – Low Down Soul
15. Birger Olsen – The Lights Just Buzz

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Live Review: The Zombie Apocalypse Tour featuring Fabio Frizzi at Neumos 10/4/16

all photos by Brittany Feenstra

When you have nearly half a century of film scores to choose from and you don the Neumos stage on a Tuesday night, which one do you play first? These are the types of questions you would ask yourself if you were master Italian composer Fabio Frizzi. Frizzi is the second four-decades-deep horror soundtrack god to play Seattle this year, following John Carpenter’s sleek and stylish live retrospective at the Paramount Theater. But Frizzi is a man with more relatable tastes and passions – a lover of the films he’s helped create from master directors like Lucio Fulci. But watching comfortably from the distance of the composer’s chair, Frizzi gets to put space between the notes, enjoying some of the soundtracks he’s created even for movies he’ll happily laugh off as rotten tomatoes. With Fulci’s passing, Frizzi gained a wonderful idea – why not tour a tribute to his friend Lucio in the form of a two-hour concert? Playing everything from the early westerns to grimy later creepshows like A Cat in the Brain, he could give Fulci the love and respect he deserved, leading the whole operation himself at the piano and acoustic guitar. Thus was born Frizzi 2 Fulci, an exhibition of spectacular bredth that has toured the world, and this week for the first time sets its teeth on Seattle. Before an intimate Neumos audience with a dazzling backdrop of Italian horror history, Fabio Frizzi showcased his masterful legacy in The Zombie Apocalypse Tour, a show that fans could just die for.
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Live Review: Foals with Bear Hands at Paramount Theatre 9/23/2016

photos by Bebe Labree Besch (view set)

The last time Foals were in town, frontman Yannis Philipakkis jumped off the Neptune Theatre’s balcony into the crowd. It was, quite frankly, as thrilling as it was dangerous. On the band’s return trip to Seattle three years later, he (wisely) did not jump from the Paramount Theatre’s balcony. Personal safety aside, Philipakkis can’t really do those kinds of things anymore – if he breaks his leg, a significant number of music festivals are going to have to find a headline act on short notice. But all night, you could see it in the frontman’s eyes that he wanted to jump off that balcony and into a pit full of people ready to catch him. It’s that wild-card chaos that made Foals a top-notch live act when they were still playing sweaty clubs and it’s what propelled them to headline arenas in their native continent. On the victory lap tour behind their most muscular album to date, 2015’s What Went Down, the Oxford, England quartet showed their big room bona fides by fine-tuning the athletic qualities of their performance to match the increasingly massive sounds that they’re produce.

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Song of the Day: Manatee Commune – Be Still (feat. Marina Price)

Manatee Commune

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Be Still” by Manatee Commune from his 2016 self-titled album on Bastard Jazz.

Manatee Commune – Be Still (feat. Marina Price) (MP3)
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Live Review: Macefield Music Festival 2016 Day 2, Part 2

Zola Jesus // photo by Bebe Labree Besch

Zola Jesus // photo by Bebe Labree Besch

The second day of Macefield Music Festival invoked thunderstorms and musical fanfare as dozens of bands faced ecstatic crowds of music lovers at the KEXP Mainstage, Tractor Tavern, Conor Byrne Pub, and The Sunset. Seattle rapper Grynch threw down his approachable, lyrical west coast rhymes for an early group of fans at the Mainstage. Full of attitude and flair, Fly Moon Royalty took the spotlight next as the sun broke through the ominous cloud cover. The group’s front woman, Adra Boo, charmed the crowd with her soulful vocals, as MC Mike “Action J” Illvester commanded the keys. The atmosphere in Conor Byrne was more relaxed, as the ramblings of Hotel Vignette’s Nils Petersen and the ring of the band’s harmonious horn section eased the audience in for the long haul. Over at The Sunset, just as the rain started pelting the streets of Old Ballard, Mommy Long Legs burst from the stage with the tight precision the all girl punk rock band is coveted for. Their energy and colorfully eclectic outfits hit all the senses. Read More »

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Thursday Music News

photo credit: Travis Shinn

photo credit: Travis Shinn

  • Black Francis makes his video directorial debut today with the clip for “Um Chagga Lagga,” off the latest Pixies LP, Head Carrier. Francis (er, “Mr. Black”?) wrote, storyboarded, produced, and directed the clip in Toulouse, France, and the video features scenes of the countryside there, alongside black and white footage of the band. Enjoy below! Head Carrier is out now via Pixiesmusic/[PIAS]. [Under the Radar]

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