In the Nursery must be one of the longest running and most prolific projects I’ve covered in this series, having released albums almost annually since 1983 (they’ve slowed down a bit in recent years, with only six full-length releases since 2005).
The idiosyncratic (is anyone else in the world classified by Wikipedia as neoclassical dark wave/martial industrial?) Sheffield-based band seems to have had a fascinating career arc, beginning in UK’s industrial music scene (which would explain their Wax Trax! affiliation), having their music featured everywhere from La Femme Nikita to a Game of Thrones trailer, and now creating and performing original soundtracks for classic silent films – one of which, A Page of Madness, has also been scored by Seattle’s own Aono Jikken Ensemble. I sense an opportunity here for a pretty cool international screening/performance, if anyone wants to make that happen.
“All instrumental this time. Everything’s connected together like a classical suite. Quite intriguing, & definitely not in the Wax Trax mold.”
“Wax Trax is the US distributor. Their label is really Sweatbox. This is very much a Sweatbox record.”
“… At times.”
“Right now H sucks. Put this in H so it won’t suck anymore, at least 4 a couple weeks.”
“In the Nursery have done much better.”
“Heavenly. Yeah, push it up this is good! This is good!”
“Read the liner notes + you will (perhaps unfortunately) hate them.” [I did not think to check out the liner notes while I was documenting this album cover, so this comment will have to remain a mystery and we will have to keep on not hating In the Nursery.]
Okay, fine – as someone pointed out on Facebook, we can’t technically call it a “First Annual” if it has not occurred in previous years, but we’re hoping this will be the first of others to come, so join us this Saturday, October 22nd for our inaugural (how’s that?) KEXP Record Fair!
KEXP, the Numero Group, and Easy Street Records are proud to carry on the tradition of Seattle Center’s Northwest Rooms. From 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM, the Gathering Space will be filled with some of our best local record stores, labels, and dealers.
But first, we’re kicking things off Friday, October 21st with a little taste of what’s to come. Join us at Noon for a LIVE performance from legendary songwriters Billy Bragg and Joe Henry in our Gathering Space. Chicago-based reissue specialists Numero Group will have their wares available that day from Noon to 6:00 PM. Meanwhile, on air, DJ Kevin Cole will host a special edition of The Afternoon Show on KEXP, spinning nothing but vinyl from his own personal (and massive!) collection. Read More »
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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Certainty” by Temples, a single from their forthcoming album, due early 2017 on Fat Possum Records.
We can’t say the song title on the air, but we sure can on the KEXP Blog! So, check out the clip for the track “Shithole” from Toronto stand-outs Weaves. Director Trevor Blumas fixes his lens on frontwoman Jasmyn Burke. In a press release, Burke says, “We shot this video on a hot Summers day with no AC in the Coffin Factory Lofts in Toronto. Sweaty and intimate. Visually it’s sort of the build up and break down of myself through the different looks. I wrote the song when I was living in a shitty place and was feeling kind of down, but the mysterious thing is I have no recollection of writing it. I found it on my computer one day and had thought I must have sent it to Morgan but I hadn’t. So we essentially did the demo the day after I re-discovered the track and were playing it live soon after.” Watch below, and then watch their KEXP in-studio session here. [DIY Magazine]
Timely does not even begin to describe the new record from NYC rappers Heems and Riz MC, a.k.a. Swet Shop Boys. While it’s depressing as hell, these two dudes seriously could not have picked a better week to drop an album about basic human rights being put up into contention. As the race towards Voting Day continues, it seems like every day, we have new examples of how people in power continue to leverage their platform based not on principle or authority, but on privileges like race and gender. Flying in the face of this, just this week, President Obama co-edited Wired and said “Now is the greatest time to be alive”, explaining the vast societal advances we’ve made over the past fifty, thirty, and even eight years. And thus, we have two sides of a coin, and a choice of which way we want to see the world, for both ourselves, and the neighbor whom we should try and love as we love ourselves. We get plenty of opinions every day on how to reconcile these two sides, but few that ring quite as clearly and effectively as the debut full-length from Swet Shop Boys. Expressed in the form of immense frustration coupled with immense hope for the future, Heems and Riz (joined by producer Redinho) give us Cashmere, the most progressive dance party you’ll have this year. It’s a visceral and oftentimes brutal glimpse at 2016 life for men of (respectively) Indian and Pakistani heritage living in a weird and somehow unevolving post-9/11 western world. Read More »
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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Opposite House” by Cass McCombs from his eight studio record, and debut on Anti Records, entitled Mangy Love.
Was he mad he had to sit at a different table? Reunited shoegazers Lush have canceled their remaining tour dates as bassist Phil King has left the band. So, you won’t get to see them at Iceland Airwaves or Rolling Stone Weekender after all. King replaced original bassist Steve Rippon before the release of 1992’s Spooky. Founding members Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson released the following statement:
We are very sad to announce the departure of Phil King from the band. As a result, we will no longer be able to appear at the Iceland Airwaves and Rolling Stone Weekender festivals – massive apologies to everyone who was looking forward to seeing us play there. We are in the process of acquiring another bass player and look forward to our final show at Manchester Academy on November 25th.
Back in 2013, Noel Gallagher said he was too busy talking about Jagwar Ma to reform Oasis. That was before their first record was even released, and once their debut, Howlin, hit the airwaves, Sydney’s Gabriel Winterfield and Jono Ma quickly entered the ranks of Tame Impala and Django Django. Jagwar Ma scoured a few corners of the planet in making their sophomore record, Every Now & Then – starting at home in Australia before heading to their own hand-built studios in the French countryside and North London. Knowing all ears are on you isn’t always the best way to dig into record #2, but Jagwar Ma managed to drill deeper than ever before and pull out some enchanted and obscure gems from the end of the rabbit hole on Every Now & Then. Read More »
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 comes from Swedish indie pop artist El Perro Del Mar. “KoKoro” is the title track from her new album, KoKoro, out now via The Control Group.