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 ]

  • Yesterday, Eels teased something new on the horizon that seemed like it may be a new album called The Deconstruction. Today, we now know that to be certain and we’ve also received the album’s lead single and title track. Mark Oliver Everett performed the album with frequent collaborators Koool G Murder and P-Boo, alongside The Deconstruction Orchestra and Choir, and was produced mostly by Everett, with some songs produced by Mickey Petralia. The Deconstruction is out April 6 via E Works/PIAS and follows up 2014’s The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett. [ Paste ]

  • Kevin Barnes announced today that a new of Montreal album is on the horizon. Called White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, the album was inspired by ’80s extended dance remixes, demonstrated by the lead single “Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia.” Barnes wrote a lengthy statement about his inspirations behind the new album, citing two important events that occurred during the making of the album: “I became ‘Simulated Reality’ paranoid and I fell in LOVE.” It’s an interesting read and a nice peek into Barnes’ brain. White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood is out March 9 on Polyvinyl. [ Stereogum ]

  • Scottish art-rap trio Young Fathers have announced they’ll be releasing their third album Cocoa Sugar this March. They’ve also shared the single “In My View”, accompanied by a video directed by Jack Whiteley. The emotionally gripping and yet very danceable track follows the gospel ballad “LORD” released back in the fall. Cocoa Sugar will be out March 9 through Ninja Tune. It follows 2014’s Mercury Prize-winning DEAD and 2015’s White Men Are Black Men Too. [ NME ]

  • George Clinton’s legendary funk band Parliament have been revived with the first new song from the outfit in 38 years called “I’m Gon Make U Sick O’ Me” featuring Scarface. The last album from the group came in 1980 with Trombipulation. The track comes from Parliament’s forthcoming album Medicaid Fraud Dog. For the new album Clinton plays a character named Dr. Feel Good whose prescription for what ails you is “more funk for your ass” (seems legit). Clinton announced the album in a Reddit AMA, in which he also shared current artists that inspire him, his drug of choice, and a number of very entertaining stories including one about seeing a U.F.O. with Bootsy Collins. Definitely worth reading here. A release date for Medicaid Fraud Dog has not yet been released. [ Rolling Stone ]

  • Phil Elverum is quickly following up last year’s heart-wrenching and fantastic Mount Eerie album, A Crow Looked At Me, with a new album slated for release this March. Called Now Only, the album “is a continuation and deepening of the themes presented on that album. Elverum further explores that style of direct, unadorned lyrical writing, with further ruminations on Castrée’s [Elverum’s deceased wife] death and their life together, the effects of the sudden success of these intimate songs, and the concept of remembrance.” He’s shared the first single off the album, an 11-minute track called “Distortion.” Now Only is out March 16 via Elverum’s label P.W. Elverum & Sun. [ Under the Radar ]

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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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DJ Riz Reflects on the Upcoming 18th Annual Expansions MLK Unity Party 1/14

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This Sunday, KEXP’s Expansions will host their 18th annual MLK Unity Party for an evening of music and dance to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join Expansions DJs Sharlese, Kid Hops, Masa, Alex, and Riz as they soundtrack the evening and celebrate Dr. King’s astounding legacy. Ahead of the event, DJ Riz shares some thoughts on the legacy and importance of this powerful event. Read his thoughts below.

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