Thursday Music News

photo by Shawn Brackbill

  • Dream-pop duo Beach House are still stomping the pavement in support of last year’s two-fer releases, Depression Cherry and Thank Your Lucky Stars, but they took the time to create a video for the track “The Traveller” off the latter. It’s an eerie clip from the Baltimore band, featuring a woman dressed in red carrying a briefcase through the frames. What could be inside? Watch below. Beach House return to the Northwest for the 2016 Pickathon Music Festival on August 5-7 in Happy Valley, OR. [Consequence of Sound]


  • Scottish power-pop pros Teenage Fanclub also share a new video today for the track “I’m in Love,” from their forthcoming full-length Here, out September 9th via Merge. Directors Donald Milne and Brian Sweeney captured the band in and around Edwyn Collins’ new Clashnarrow Studios (talk about Scottish pop royalty!). Watch below. The band have also announced some North American tour dates, but nothing for Seattle yet, so I’m pouting. [Under the Radar]

  • Kentucky-based singer/songwriter Sturgill Simpson stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in support of his latest LP, A Sailor’s Guide To Earth. Watch him perform the track “All Around You” backed by a full band. KEXP presents Mr. Simpson here in Seattle on Friday, November 11th at the Paramount Theatre with the London Souls. [Stereogum]

  • Los Angeles quartet Warpaint took to Twitter this morning to tease new music. It’s just a snippet that ends with the mysterious message “Heads Up” — watch below. Maybe you’ll get to hear more of those new songs when the band plays Monday, September 19th at The Showbox. [Pitchfork]


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Review Revue: Thee Hypnotics – Come Down Heavy

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There was a while there where it seemed like all the cool bands had names starting with “Thee” instead of the usual single-voweled definite article. I didn’t really know what to make of this at the time; I just assumed all the bands in question were probably way too hip for me and left them alone. What didn’t occur to me then was what a nightmare this new convention must have provided for people trying to keep order in record stores and radio station libraries. For a band whose name starts with “the,” you just ignore it and file them under the first letter of the next word (The Beatles under B, etc.). But “thee” is a word all its own, isn’t it? Even if it’s being used in the place of a definite article? I don’t know if there was a global consensus around this issue – perhaps hashed out at a CMJ breakout session in the mid ’80s – but at KCMU they just pretended that second ‘e’ wasn’t there and filed these guys under H. Which probably makes sense in terms of finding a band you’re looking for, but part of me feels like it would have been helpful to have all those extra-cool “thee” bands filed together; it’d be like a super-secret sub-genre within the general rock category for DJs to peruse carefully and confused people like 1990 me to avoid altogether.

Whoever was the librarian at KCMU when the Thee Hypnotics’ Come Down Heavy was added, they didn’t bother to chime in on the comments – which, bizarrely, manage to focus mostly on the actual music contained on the album. Read More »

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Live Video: Holy Fuck

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

Holy Fuck! Noise upon noise, wires upon wires, dance beats upon dance beats – and a dinner knife traversing a slide guitar? Yep, that’s how the unconventional Canadian electronica gang Holy Fuck rolls when performing songs off their new album, Congrats, which magnifies their noise-enthusiast, gear-gushing synth rock manipulations. Even after hibernating since their 2010 release, Latin, the twelve-year-old project hasn’t lost a step as they bring to the KEXP studio their untraditional wedding of digital artsy angularity, like that of The Faint and Animal Collective, to a catchy cadence of traditional electronica.


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Photo Gallery: Trouble Boys with Author Bob Mehr + Peter Jesperson 7/20

all photos by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

Thanks to everyone who came out last week for our reading and signing of Trouble Boys: the True Story of The Replacements! We will thrilled to be joined by author Bob Mehr, and former Replacements manager and co-founder of Twin/Tone Records, Peter Jesperson. After Mehr shared the story of how the band shaved their eyebrows in Seattle (FACT!), Sean Nelson led an informative Q&A. Original Replacements memorabilia was on display, and there was even a replica of the “Bastards of Young” music video in the corner. Attendees had the chance to win an original Let It Be painting by acclaimed artist Steve Keene, and were later treated to covers of ‘Mats favorites by STAG, Prom Queen, Ian Moore, Ethan Cossette (Car Seat Headrest), and the KEXP house band (yes, you missed out on KEXP DJ Kevin Cole on guitar). Thank you to our friends at Elliott Bay Book Company and Silver Platters for being on site for all the fun. For one more week, you can revisit a special edition of The Afternoon Show on KEXP with guest DJs Mehr and Jesperson, featuring tons of stories and songs about everyone’s favorite “trouble boys.”


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Song of the Day: Rogue Wave – California Bride

photo by Andrew Paynter

photo by Andrew Paynter

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 “California Bride” by Rogue Wave from their 2016 album, Delusions of Grand Fur, on Easy Sound Recording Co.

Rogue Wave – California Bride (MP3)

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Live Review: The B-52’s with The English Beat at the Woodland Park Zoo 7/24

all photos by Alan Lawrence (view set)

While all you hipsters were at the Capitol Hill Block Party this weekend, I was across town at a completely. different. event. You had man buns, tattoos, ripped jeans. I had mini-vans, lawn chairs, and sensible khaki cargo shorts. To be fair, we both had to endure screaming crazies with drinks spilled down the front of their shirts. For you, frat boys. For me? Children.

Yes, I was at the Woodland Park Zoo for their annual summer concert series, a family tradition for Seattleites. Tonight’s special guests were two artists with roots in the ’80s, but not a lot more similarity than that. They both make you want to dance? Sure, that works.


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Wednesday Music News

photo by Jose Wolff

  • We love it when two KEXP artists collaborate, and can’t think of a better pairing than Nite Jewel and Julia Holter. Hear Julia’s remix of the Nite Jewel track “Running Out of Time” below. You can find the original on her latest Liquid Cool, out now via Gloriette. [Under the Radar]


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Song of the Day: Pinegrove – Aphasia

Pinegrove

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 “Aphasia” by Pinegrove from their 2016 album, Cardinal, on Run for Cover Records.

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Nick Monaco

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San Francisco’s Nick Monaco brings his deep experience within his city’s DJ/nightlife culture into his own carefree, cosmic experimental pop sound, recently found on his album Half Naked for Soul Clap’s Crew Love label. With his teenage years spent throwing all-night parties and diving deep into turntablism, he’s known for bringing a loose and groovy vibe through his DJ sets, lush studio albums, as well as his crafty remixes. His exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World proudly showcases a healthy dose of his latest songs, a few stellar unreleased tracks, and also sneaks in selections from new and old influential favorites, such as Sparks, PillowTalk, and Midnight Magic.


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Tuesday Music News

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

  • Father John Misty has released a new, polished version of his laid-back love song “Real Love Baby”. The track, which first burst onto the scene in May on SoundCloud, was recorded with The Budos Band’s electric guitarist Thomas Brenneck. [CoS]


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