Wednesday Music News

photo by Renata Steiner (view set)

  • Seattle’s own The Head and the Heart share a fantastical new video for the title track from their most recent release, Let’s Be Still, out now on Sub Pop Records. Director Jon Jon Augustavo says he turned to the children’s classic Mary Poppins for inspiration. Take a look below: [Stereogum]


  • Indie icons Yo La Tengo celebrate their 30th anniversary as a band this winter, and to commemorate the occasion, they’ll release an expanded edition of their beloved 1993 album Painful. Titled Extra Painful, the 2XLP set comes with a 7″ and a coupon for downloadable bonus tracks, or a double CD with the coupon, or digital release. Extra Painful will also contain ephemera, photos, reproduction of original ‘band-aid’ sticker, the first ‘YLT Gazette’ in 14 years, and liner notes by Gerard Cosloy and the band. Out December 2nd on Matador Records. [Under the Radar]
  • As we reported back in September, hip-hop duo Run the Jewels have crowd-sourced an amazing remix album for their sophomore release (due out October 28th). Titled Meow the Jewels, the album will be re-recorded... using nothing but cat sounds. In the clip below, co-founder El-P visits a Brooklyn animal shelter to begin auditions. Watch the process below: [Consequence of Sound]

  • The holiday season is coming up fast, and you know what that means... it’s almost time for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 28th! If you’re making your list, and checking it twice, you might want to add this limited edition Mother Love Bone release to it: the 7-inch single will feature two never-before-released songs, including a cover of “Hold Your Head Up” by Rod Argent of The Zombies’ side project Argent. [Consequence of Sound]
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Song of the Day: French Style Furs - All The Way Down

photo by Michelle Mosqueda

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 “All The Way Down” by French Style Furs from the 2014 album Is Exotic Bait on Frenchkiss Records.

French Style Furs - All The Way Down (MP3)

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Live Video: Ziggy Marley

photo by Renata Steiner (view set)

Ziggy Marley, the multi-Grammy award winning musician and son of Reggae legend Bob Marley, likens being a musician to being a farmer – he waits for the writing season, tends the seeds of ideas, and harvests a crop of songs. “The music comes organically,” he says. And what sweet fruit it is. Watch as Marley performs tracks ranging from his 2003 first solo record, to his fifth and most recent, 2014′s Fly Rasta, plus a gorgeous rendition of his father’s hit “One Love,” one of the most famous and influential reggae songs ever. Midway through the performance, Wo’Pop host Darek Mazzone looks at the camera and mouths, “It’s Ziggy Marley!” Our sentiments exactly. Reap his bountiful inspiration now.


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Out This Week 10/21

This week’s highlights include Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, the latest volume in the Red Hot series to benefit AIDS awareness. KEXP’s Music Director Don Yates describes the 2-CD collection release as “an impressive 2-CD tribute to influential composer/musician Arthur Russell, whose eclectic works ranged from classical and experimental to disco, folk and rock. An impressive lineup of artists contribute, including Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Robyn, Jose Gonzalez, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange, Cults, Devendra Banhart and many more.”

Former Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore returns with his fourth solo release, backed by James Sedwards of Nought (guitar), Deb Googe of My Bloody Valentine (bass) and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth (drums). Toronto-based band Elliott BROOD share their “most polished release to date of anthemic folk-rock, combining crunchy electric guitars and a variety of more rootsy instrumentation with catchy song hooks and epic sing-along choruses.” Former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan Band shares his latest release, a set of “brooding electro-rock combining atmospheric synths and guitars and ominous beats with his deep, husky vocals and often-dark lyrics.” And, on their fourth album, Staten Island’s Budos Band continues “to head in a heavier and darker musical direction, with ten strong instrumentals combining muscular Afro-beat and funk-rock rhythms with fuzzy psych-rock guitars, sinister keyboards and chunky horn riffs.”

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Tuesday Music News

photo by Morgen Schuler

  • British electronic duo Orbital have announced their retirement. Brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll have been making music together since the 80′s, but according to their official statement: “Nothing lasts forever and it’s time to stop.” Phil wasted no time announcing his own solo project called 8:58. He’s even shared his first song and video, aptly titled, “8:58.’ Listen, below. [CoS]


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Live Video: JEFF the Brotherhood

photo by Brady Harvey (view set)

It’s not just because they’re young (or high) that brothers Jake and Jamin Orrall consider the “classics” bands like Pixies, Beck, and My Bloody Valentine. JEFF the Brotherhood draw from some fairly obvious influences for their sludgy punk-metal sound, but on their new EP, Dig the Classics, the Orrall’s point to the diverse influences for their ever-present pop melodies at the root of all their songs, including also The Wipers, Teenage Fanclub and their contemporary Colleen Green. But if you know these guys, you know they’ve gotta make it sound like JEFF. So get ready for a blazing set, featuring an original from their forthcoming LP, two hits from Dig, and a beer-swillin’ non-EP cover of Rush’s “Working Man”:


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Song of the Day: Pond - Waiting Around For Grace

photo by Jim Bennett

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 “Waiting For Grace” by Pond from the 2014 album Man It Feels Like Space Again on Spinning Top Music.

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Live Around Town This Week

Perfume Genius // photo by Morgen Schuler

Monday, October 20th

• KEXP Presents Sloan at Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Placebo with The Moth & The Flame at Showbox SoDo // All Ages (more info)

MØ, Holychild at the Neptune Theatre // All Ages (more info)

Tennis, Pure Bathing Culture, Crystal Skulls at Neumos // 21+ (more info)


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TV Eye: Week of 10/20

So So Glos // photo by Eric Gonzalez Alfaro

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 20th:
The Colbert Report: Neil Young (R)

Wednesday, October 22nd:
Late Show with David Letterman: Ryan Adams (R)
Last Call with Carson Daly: Cerebral Ballzy
The Tavis Smiley Show: George Clinton

Thursday, October 23rd:
Last Call with Carson Daly: So-So Glo’s

Friday, October 24th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Fences featuring Macklemore (R)

Saturday, October 25th:
Austin City Limits: Tweedy

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Monday Music News

Sleater-Kinney at KEXP with beloved volunteer PJ Welsh, 2005 / photo by William Anthony

  • It’s true: Sleater-Kinney are back! The beloved Northwest trio went on hiatus in 2006, but will release their eighth full-length album, No Cities to Love, on January 20th via Sub Pop. Get a sneak peek with the lyric video to the first single “Bury Our Friends,” featuring director/actor Miranda July. S-K have also announced some tour dates for early next year — no Seattle date yet, but you know you’ll be among the first to know once we find out. [Pitchfork]


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