Song of the Day: Roadkill Ghost Choir – Classics (Die Young)

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By Will Hagle

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 Roadkill Ghost Choir‘s “Classics (Die Young),” from the album False Youth Etcetera, available now on Freakout! Records.

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Roadkill Ghost Choir hails from DeLand, Florida, a small town near Daytona Beach. Their roots are recognizable in their music, a type of Southern rock that’s earned them comparisons to My Morning Jacket and fellow Floridian Tom Petty. Petty’s spirit is especially palpable on “Classics (Die Young),” the latest single from Roadkill Ghost Choir’s sophomore album False Youth Etcetera, which was released on Freakout! Records in 2017.

The chorus of “Classics (Die Young)” has the cadence of “I Won’t Back Down,” albeit filtered through a more modern, synth-tinged form of Americana. Lead singer and songwriter Andrew Shepard sings with a deep nasally tone akin to The War on Drugs or Kurt Vile, and the band backs him up with a similar sort of modern folk rock while sporting similarly long, wavy haircuts. “Classics (Die Young)” meanders throughout its four-minute runtime with textured vocals, guitar riffs, and synth solos, with all of the band’s musicians getting a chance to flex their respective muscles. It’s a laid-back Southern rock tune that doesn’t change much but never gets boring, either.

Roadkill Ghost Choir is scheduled to play The Crocodile on Sunday, January 28th with The White Buffalo, and they’ll be LIVE on KEXP that afternoon at 3:00 PM PT. More information and other tour dates can be found on their Facebook page. Flashback to 2013 with the video for their track “Beggars’ Guild” below.

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Wednesday Music News

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  • The Decemberists have announced a new album to be released this March entitled I’ll Be Your Girl. The album is said to be a departure from their signature indie folk and takes on a synth pop, glam sound courtesy of super-producer John Congleton, who the band is working with for the first time. In advance of the release, they’ve shared the new single “Severed”. The band will also release a “behemoth of a deluxe edition of this record, a mystery box we’re calling I’LL BE YOUR GIRL: THE EXPLODED EDITION,” according to the band. A tour is planned as well, with a date in Seattle on Thursday, June 21 at the Paramount. I’ll Be Your Girl is out March 16 via Capitol Records. [ BrooklynVegan ]
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Song of the Day: Superchunk – What a Time to Be Alive

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By Michael Tedder

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 “What A Time to Be Alive” by Superchunk, from the forthcoming album What a Time to Be Alive, which will be released via Merge Records on February 16th.

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Tuesday Music News

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  • Beck released the effervescent pop album Colors this past fall and today he’s shared a cute video for the track “Fix Me.” Directed by Brook Linder, the clip focuses on the true story of a little girl in Japan named Mame who lives with three poodles that dress up in a variety of costumes. The four of them have all become popular on Instagram (and for good reason). “There’s something really special happening in the mountains of Yamagata, and we were lucky enough to enter Mame’s world for two afternoons in November,” Linder said of the video. “That home is heaven on Earth. One of the dogs, Qoo, and I had a special connection – I think he’s my great-grandfather reincarnated… or something. He looked into my soul.” Colors is out now on Capitol Records. [ Rolling Stone ]


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Song of the Day: Makeness – Loud Patterns

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By Stuart Berman

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 “Loud Patterns” by Makeness, a single available via Secretly Canadian.

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In Stores Now 1/15

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Northwest supergroup Unlikely Friends (featuring members of BOAT and Math and Physics Club) have returned with their sophomore album, Crooked Numbers. The LP follows up on 2016’s Solid Gold Cowboys and KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls it “another impressive set of buoyant power-pop with jangly guitars, soaring keyboards, bouncy rhythms, alternating lead vocals and sparkling pop hooks.”

Swedish garage punk outfit Spice Boys released their debut album, Glade, last week via PNKSLM.The record features “crunchy guitars, energetic rhythms, alternating lead vocals and anxiety-fueled lyrics.” San Francisco rockers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club come back with another grimy affair with Wrong Creatures while Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood finds delicateness with his score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film Phantom Thread. Plus, London post-punk outfit Shame make their Dead Oceans debut with their snarky Songs of Praise and Panda Bear shares a vinyl-only EP called A Day With The Homies.
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Monday Music News

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  • Prolific Garage-rock force Ty Segall gave an interview with Stereogum that offered some interesting new tidbits of information about the musician. For one, he no longer lives in San Francisco. Secondly, he’s not a huge fan of smoking weed. But most interestingly, he’s very interested in making a hip-hop album and wants legendary producer and rapper Madlib to help him with it, saying: “I really wanna make hip-hop music, but I don’t know how to use any of the tools. Electronic, computer skills, I don’t have those for engineering or making beats. I don’t know how to use a sampler well, I don’t know how to use any of these things. So if Madlib happens to read this, hit me up, dude.” Segall is releasing his latest album Freedom’s Goblin January 26 via Drag City. [ Stereogum ]

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R.I.P. Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries

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Irish songwriter Dolores O’Riordan, most famously of The Cranberries, has passed away at the age of 46. A statement from her publicist says that O’Riordan was in London for a recording session, but not further details are available at this time.
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Song of the Day: Cut Worms – Song of the Highest Tower

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By Justin Farrar

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 “Song of the Highest Tower” by Cut Worms, off the 2017 EP Alien Sunset, available via Jagjaguwar.

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Friday Music News

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  • Last year, The Shins released their fifth album called Heartworms. Next week, they’re releasing a flipped version of the album entitled The Worm’s Heart, featuring reworked versions of all the songs on the album. The basic premise is that all the songs keep the same lyrics and melodies but the slow songs get turned into upbeat ones and the faster ones get slowed down. Today the band has shared the flipped version of the (former) title track “Heartworms.” The Worm’s Heart is available for pre-order now, along with immediate downloads of three songs off the album: “Name For You (Flipped),” “Cherry Hearts (Flipped)” and “Dead Alive (Flipped)” with a full release on Jan. 19. [ Paste ]


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