Song of the Day

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KEXP’s Song of the Day podcast features stand-out tracks from independent and emerging talent alongside the best new music from more established artists. Curated by KEXP DJs with listeners’ adventurous taste in mind, Song of the Day is delivered daily, Monday through Friday. Finding new music can be hard. Let KEXP help!


Episode Date
Lo Tom - Start Payin'
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Lo Tom - "Start Payin'," from the 2020 self-released album LP2. Back in 2017, David Bazan and TW Walsh of Pedro the Lion teamed up with Trey Many and Jason Martin of Starflyer 59 to create Lo Tom, whose self-titled debut combined all the things we love about each of their respective bands: melodic, ‘90s-influenced rock, heavy with guitar riffs.  As the band said themselves, "We had fun making the first album, so we decided to do it again." The sophomore release was funded by fans via Kickstarter, and while they say today's Song of the Day is "coincidentally named," the lyric "might be time to find out what I owe and start paying" seems pretty appropriate here. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 18, 2020
Kelly Lee Owens - On
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Kelly Lee Owens - "On" from the 2020 album Inner Song on Smalltown Supersound. On her sophomore album, Inner Song, Welsh artist Kelly Lee Owens explores what she calls “the hardest three years of my life,” allowing her grief and sadness to express itself through her lush production work and her thoughtful lyrics.  As reported in a recent episode of the Song Exploder podcast, today's Song of the Day was inspired by the loss of the Prodigy’s Keith Flint, who passed away last year at the age of 49. (The working title was “Spirit of Keith.”) Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 17, 2020
Jónsi - Cannibal (feat. Elizabeth Fraser)
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Jónsi - "Cannibal (feat. Elizabeth Fraser)" from the 2020 album Shiver on Krunk. Leave it to Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi to land the elusive Elizabeth Frazer of the Cocteau Twins to provide backing vocals on his track “Cannibal” — the third single to be shared from his forthcoming solo full-length Shiver.  “When Sigur Rós was starting, we were always compared to Cocteau Twins and I really didn’t like that,” Jónsi explained in a press release. “I hated being compared to anybody. Then I got really into Cocteau Twins like two or three years ago. They’re so good. I understood the comparison then.” Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 16, 2020
Æ MAK - i dance in the kitchen (feat. Seba Safe)
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Æ MAK - "i dance in the kitchen (feat. Seba Safe)," a 2020 self-released single. Irish artist Æ Mak (real name: Aoife McCann) has always brought an infectious energy to her work. (Who can forget her dynamic performance at KEXP's 2019 Iceland Airwaves broadcast?) And now she brings that vivacity to the culinary with her new single "i dance in the kitchen," a sneak peek at her forthcoming EP titled how to: make a kitsch pop song to show the world, which will be out September 18th.  Written, recorded and produced during the coronavirus lockdown, the new EP was inspired by HOW TO, a zine by McCann's friend Eleanor Jameson, who "reached out to various Irish artists from different backgrounds, asking them to create a tutorial on a topic of their choosing."   Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 15, 2020
Loraine James - Don't You See It (feat. Jonnine)
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Loraine James - "Don't You See It (feat. Jonnine)" from the 2020 Nothing EP on Hyperdub. Throughout the pandemic, London-based producer Loraine James has exercised her creativity, sharing demos and songs that didn't make the cut for her acclaimed 2019 album For You & I, releasing the remix EP Bangers and Mash, and, in July, releasing the five-track EP Hmm, with songs titled "Ahh," "Erm," and "Umm." On her latest EP, titled Nothing, James reached out to a series of collaborators who she felt "empathetically extend the feeling in her instrumental music with their own unique energies." For today's featured track, she teams up with Jonnine Standish of Australian band HTRK for a moody track pairing skittish sampled percussion with Standish's haunting vocals.  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 14, 2020
Rose City Band - Only Lonely
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Rose City Band - "Only Lonely" from the 2020 album Summerlong on Thrill Jockey. Portland-based musician Ripley Johnson returns with his project, the appropriately-titled Rose City Band, the latest addition to his musical resume that also includes Moon Duo and Wooden Shjips. While the "band" name might allude to a larger outfit, the Rose City Band is more of a solo endeavor for Johnson, with just the addition of John Jeffrey on drums. While his Moon Duo partner Sanae Yamada was committed to a theatre project, Johnson took to his home studio to write and record this sophomore album, Summerlong. With today's Song of the Day, he taps into those feelings of isolation, revealing in a press release: “There are times when you’re feeling so down that you wish you were just plain lonely. I think there’s a sense of resilience in it, though, a determination to roll with the punches and push on through. I wrote the music a while back and figured it would be an upbeat kind of tune. I guess I was just pretty down when I got around to writing the lyrics.” Read the full post KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 11, 2020
Jupiter & Okwess - Na Kozonga
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Jupiter & Okwess - "Na Kozonga," a 2020 single on Everloving Records. The phrase "Na Kozonga" translates to "the return" in the Congolese language of Lingala, and that's what Jupiter & Okwess was looking forward to after the 180-date worldwide tour promoting their 2017 album Kin Sonic: returning home. The song is dedicated to bandleader Jupiter Bokondji's father, who passed away recently, and the accompanying music video, filmed in his hometown of Kinshasa, shows the musician boarding a plane to return to his family in Africa, with a "metaphysical" detour. Afropop.org reports the song is about “a mystical universe strewn with spirits and African allegorical incarnations, from Mami Wata (Mummy water) to Aniotas.” The song is a cover of "Gotta Go Home," a 1979 single by German disco-funk group Boney M, which was a re-written take on the 1973 track "Hallo Bimmelbahn" by brothers Heinz and Jürgen Huth. "Na Kozonga" is the title track from Jupiter & Okwess' forthcoming full-length, which is scheduled for release in 2021. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 10, 2020
Noga Erez - NO News On TV
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Noga Erez - "NO News on TV," a 2020 single on City Slang. With today's Song of the Day, Tel-Aviv based artist Noga Erez teams up with her partner Ori Rousso to reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic. In a press statement, she shares:  "This song was written during a period where I had more time than I've had in a decade. I was able to sit down and work my ass off on new music without any emails disturbing the silence. No notifications, nothing. I wanted to write a song that talked about that. I felt a deep need to imagine what it would be like to live in a world with no politics, money, grit, racism, or violence. [...] Singing about how ‘everybody’s free’ right now is such an incredible dissonance for me. It says exactly what it needs to say: not everyone is free. Actually most of us aren’t, but some of us are literally, physically not free. And that has to change fast." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 09, 2020
Fantastic Negrito - How Long?
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Fantastic Negrito - "How Long?" from the 2020 album Have You Lost Your Mind Yet? on Cooking Vinyl. With his past two albums, soulful singer/songwriter Fantastic Negrito (real name: Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz) won Best Contemporary Blues Album at the Grammy Awards, and with his latest LP, Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?, he's poised for a hat-trick. On his new album, Negrito says, "I wanted to write about people I knew, people I grew up with, people whose lives I could personally affect, and whose lives have impacted me," adding, "It was the hardest album I’ve ever written." On today's Song of the Day, Negrito continues to ask the important questions; he tellsPollstar the title was inspired by author James Baldwin's query: “I haven’t got much time left – how long are we going to keep doing this?” He poses the question to "all perpetrators of violence," adding: "There’s so many topics. How long are we going to keep doing all the things we’re doing before we break? Because this is not very sustainable; because we can’t keep doing the same things we’ve been doing in this country for the last 40 or 50 years. You can only destroy, and that’s what we’ve done. It’s broken. Maybe this is just the catalyst for ending [white supremacy]. We’re in need of it. We need to turn it around if we’re going to survive." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 08, 2020
Arlo Parks - Hurt
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Arlo Parks - "Hurt," a 2020 single on Transgressive Records. London-based poet and artist Arlo Parks understands the pain of the pandemic, sharing the new single "Hurt" to commiserate with listeners. The soulful jam provides a hypnotic groove to showcase Parks' warm vocals and reassuring lyrics.  “‘Hurt’ surrounds the possibility of healing from pain and the temporary nature of suffering,” Parks said via a press statement. “It is supposed to uplift and comfort those going through hard times.” Parks toldNME back in May that she's spending the lockdown working on her debut full-length, explaining "I’m trying to make it the best body of work that it can be. The album format is really important to me, and in terms of the music that I’ve put out thus far, I feel like I have a sonic identity, but there’s variation in what I put out so far, so I do have scope to experiment and explore different styles within my debut album, which feels exciting. I’m excited for what it could be.” Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 07, 2020
Naked Giants - Take A Chance
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Naked Giants - "Take A Chance" from the 2020 album The Shadow on New West Records. Seattle trio Naked Giants return this month with their sophomore album The Shadow, an album they say is "much more honest" than their 2018 debut full-length SLUFF.  “We’ve come to realize that the path to becoming a better person and bringing positivity into the world isn’t always linear, and there’s a lot of growth in taking an honest look at the “shadow-y” parts of life,” they toldSpin Magazine. “Whether it’s personal anxiety and depression or collective guilt and trauma, there’s always a part of yourself that’s hard to confront and understand. But The Shadow is all about facing that darkness and having the strength to bring it into the light.”  As for today's Song of the Day, the guys call it, “...a new step in the dance-the-stress-away attitude we’ve had since the band was formed. This time around it’s a bit more focused – we’re exploring these big unanswered questions in our lives, like the mechanisms of privilege and oppression or the capitalist oxymoron of individualism and assimilation, and we’re pairing it all with a danceable backbeat to tell people it’s ok to get up off the couch and do something about it.”  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 04, 2020
Widowspeak - Even True Love
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Widowspeak - "Even True Love" from the 2020 album Plum on Captured Tracks. On their fifth full-length Plum, Brooklyn band Widowspeak continue to craft a dreamy folk-pop sound, punctuated by vocalist (and former Tacoma, WA native) Molly Hamilton's serenely-sweet vocals. In a press release, Hamilton shared: "Prior to writing “Even True Love,” I’d been sitting with some existential dread for the last year or so; honestly, sort of overwhelmed by the recognition that life is absurd and finite. The song itself is upbeat, kind of cruising. I was thinking about those youth-glorifying “yolo” type songs and that big mood, but also feeling like there’s so much more to it than that. Maybe because they only live once, humans tend to want to possess things: objects, success, money, experiences, people. True Love. Amassing the most and best of whatever while you can. But that never really landed with me; I think this one is more about being present with the unknown, letting things go a little more, trying not to hold on too tight." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 03, 2020
Songhoy Blues - Worry
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Songhoy Blues - "Worry" from the 2020 album Optimisme on Fat Possum Records. Malian rock band Songhoy Blues have entranced us with their modern take on traditional West African music since their 2015 debut album Music In Exile. And now, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the band have released their first song ever sung entirely in English. In an interview with KEXP, vocalist Aliou Touré told us: "We need hope. We need to come together. And when we get worried, there's no way to think positive. So we don't have to be worried, we don't need that bad energy around us. Otherwise, we're not going to be able to go through this situation we are in. So that's why we wrote this song. Who can talk to everybody to keep their self-control. To not get worried and then we can be optimists together." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 02, 2020
TARA - Oceans
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TARA - "Oceans," a 2020 self-released single. Even though they've only been together for a few years, Brooklyn quintet TARA have quickly coalesced their different musical backgrounds into the cohesive shoegaze-influenced sound they've displayed on the handful of singles they've released so far, including today's featured track "Oceans."  After relocating to New York from California, guitarist/vocalist Saagar Kurani met another west coast transplant, guitarist/vocalist Wesley Deimling. In an interview with KALTBLUT Magazine, Kurani broke down their background: "Wes and I are both from the Bay and definitely rep California. Jack [Weiss, drummer] and I are both of Indian descent and take a bit of pride in that. I’m sure as time goes on, we’ll find more in common besides the music, keep in mind that as a collective, the core five has only been together for about six months." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Sep 01, 2020
Eep - Hogar
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Aug 31, 2020
Cumulus & Little Wins - Doorway
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Cumulus & Little Wins - "Doorway," a 2020 self-released single. Little Wins is the solo project of songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Vait, also of Seattle duo SISTERS. And Cumulus is the songwriting project of Seattle's own Alexandra Niedzialkowski. Before Vait moved away to California, the two teamed up to create this song. "This song is about no-one and everyone; a collage of all the people in our life we wish we had more time with, or another chance to say all the things we should have said," Niedzialkowski explained on her Facebook page. "Originally a song about missing someone from the past, it does feel like the song took on new meaning as the world turned upside down these last few months. So much of the country is sitting indoors, grappling with the reality outside our homes, waiting for the day we can hear a friend knock on the door again," she continued. She added, "Don’t actually go knocking on doors right now, but if you miss someone, let them know. Give them a call, send them a message, don’t regret the things you never said." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Aug 28, 2020
Pure X - Angels of Love
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Pure X - "Angels of Love" from the 2020 album Pure X on Fire Talk Records. It's been six years, but Austin-based band Pure X have returned with their fourth full-length, their first since 2014's Angel. The new self-titled release was written over the past three years with band members working on their parts remotely from their respective homes before reuniting to record live over six days in the Texas countryside.  “[After Angel], as far as the world was concerned, we were broken up. That was a great place to be because I can live my fucking life and write my songs as I go and let them marinate. That's why we chose to have it be self-titled, because this is the most natural record we've ever made,” guitarist/vocalist Nate Grace toldFader. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
Aug 27, 2020
HÆLOS - Unknown Melody
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HÆLOS - "Unknown Melody," a 2020 single on Æ Recordings. London electronic quartet HÆLOS return with a new single, released via their own Æ imprint. “We found ourselves reminiscing about some mid-’00s electro releases and feeling a nostalgia for those early trips,” says band member Dom Goldsmith, who also produced the track. “Writing ‘Unknown Melody’ back in January, it just felt cathartic for us to remember some of the good times when everything felt so unstable. How little we knew. We’re listening and learning.” Since then, in reaction to the way the world seems to be continuously turning itself upside down, the band decided to do "upside down" versions of each new track. You’ll find the one for Unknown Melody on their Bandcamp here. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Aug 26, 2020
Anna Kaneelina - Lilledes
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Anna Kaneelina - "Lilledes" from the 2019 album Anna Kaneelina on Erik Lindström Music. With the release of her debut album last year, Tallinn-based singer-songwriter Anna Kaneelina swept the 2020 Estonian Music Awards, winning Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Alternative/Indie Album of the Year, and the Debut Album of the Year. A self-proclaimed "urban witch", Kaneelina combines ethereal vocals with delicate melodies and vulnerable lyrics. Today's Song of the Day channels the otherworldliness of Kate Bush with transcendent instrumentation.   Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Aug 25, 2020
박혜진 Park Hye Jin - Beautiful
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박혜진 Park Hye Jin - "Beautiful" from the 2020 How Can I EP on Ninja Tune. On her sophomore EP How Can I, DJ/producer/rapper 박혜진 Park Hye Jin continues to expand on the dreamy production style she introduced with her 2018 debut If U Want It while expanding into heavier house sounds, pulsing with energy.  Originally from Seoul and now based in L.A., Park has expanded her sonic palette, bubbling beneath her hypnotic vocals, sung in both English and Korean. "I actually believe Korean to be the most beautiful language. Is there a more delicate or emotional language? That I do not know. Of course, it may be because I don’t know the languages of other countries well. For example, when I try to write lyrics in English, I can’t clearly express the feelings I want to convey," she said last year in an interview withHypebeast.  On today's Song of the Day, Park eschews vocals entirely, relying on punchy percussion and a repetitive, echoey voice in the distance. The result is, well... beautiful. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Aug 24, 2020
Candace - Still Phase
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Candace - "Still Phase" from the 2020 self-released album Ideal Corners. Portland dream-pop band Candace have had a long journey to their latest album, titled Ideal Corners. Originally formed in 2009 in Minneapolis under the moniker Is/Is, the trio released an EP and a 7" single until drummer Mara Appel Des Lauriers relocated from the midwest to Portland. Remaining band members Sarah Rose (bass/vocals) and Sarah Nienaber (guitar/vocals) tried to keep Is/Is going without her, but eventually relocated to Portland themselves, starting anew with the name Candace.  The albums New Future and New Ruins followed in 2016 and 2018, respectively. Their newest release was recorded with Larry Crane at Jackpot! Recording Studio in late summer 2019, and finds the trio experimenting with drum machines, adding an otherworldly-ness to their shoegaze-tinged sound. Today's Song of the Day, they say, "is about coming to terms with the senselessness of inaction, about learning over and over again that there is no “right time,” nothing is ever definite."  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Aug 21, 2020
Dylan Cartlidge - Yellow Brick Road
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Dylan Cartlidge - "Yellow Brick Road," a 2020 single on Glassnote/AWAL. “I’m this kid who’s from a place you’ve probably never heard of, who has a weird background and a weird musical journey. And yet I'm being able to hold my own in my industry.” So says newcomer Dylan Cartlidge, a 23-year-old songwriter who combines rock and rap in a way that's garnered him comparisions to "everyone from Beck to Andre 3000," his press release confirms. On today's featured track, he teamed up with produer James Dring (Jamie T, Gorillaz) for his first song written and recorded in a "big fancy studio." In a press release, he shared: “This song to me is about the juxtaposition of dreams & expectations. It’s about how fear and self-sabotage can dump the weight of the world on your shoulders in your most hard-earned moments. But it’s also about how overcoming all of this can be as simple as putting one foot in front of the other and stepping into the unknown..." Dylan Cartlidge will be LIVE on KEXP at HOME on Wednesday, September 2nd at 2:00 PM PT. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Aug 20, 2020
Blimes and Gab - Baptism
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Aug 19, 2020
Ana Tijoux - Pa Qué
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Ana Tijoux - Pa Que - from the 2020 single Antifa on Victoria Producciones Spa. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Aug 18, 2020
Postcards - Fossilized
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Postcards - Fossilized - from the 2020 album The Good Soldier on T3 Records. Beirut-based trio Postcards continue to expand on the shoegaze sound they shared on their 2018 debut full-length I'll be here in the morning. With their latest LP, titled The Good Soldier, they explore darker post-punk territories while still keeping it dreamy with Julia Sabra's angelic vocals. In an interview withJoy Zine, she revealed the story behind today's Song of the Day: "The first track we wrote for this album, right after our first full-length came out, and it’s one of those tracks that had like 5 different versions before we settled on this one. There’s a lot of underlying tension in the music. Initially it started out as a way to talk about my anger issues, how in a matter of minutes everything turns sour, how it all fades within a couple of hours, and the inevitability of the whole cycle. Eventually as I was writing and re-writing it, the song shifted towards more of a shared anger about the living situation in Lebanon – the feeling of wanting to fight but also knowing you won’t be able to change anything." Lebanon recently endured one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history, leaving 170 people dead, over 6,000 people injured, and more than 300,000 people displaced from their homes. The band report that they're safe, but add, "Our city and its people are in ruins. Please donate if you can." Impact Lebanon Relief Lebanese Red Cross Lebanese Food Bank Domestic Workers Fund Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Aug 17, 2020
Nation of Language - Rush & Fever
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Nation of Language - "Rush & Fever" from the 2020 self-released album Introduction, Presence. It will come as no surprise that Brooklyn synth-pop band Nation Of Language found inspiration in early new wave — specifically, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s 1980 single “Electricity.” Their debut LP, titled Introduction, Presence, shimmers with synths and vocalist Ian Devaney's post-punk-inflected vocals. In a press release, Devaney explains: "It occurred to me that a moment in time existed when it seemed everyone still had a kind of ‘beginner's mind’ about how synthesizers could be used and fit into the musical landscape. They were wielding this technology as a blunt instrument, and it felt like I had been given permission to do the same..." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Aug 14, 2020
Desire - Escape
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Desire - "Escape" from the 2020 album Escape on Italians Do It Better. It's been nearly a decade-long wait, but Italians Do It Better outfit Desire return with a new album titled Escape.  Fronted by Montreal-based vocalist Megan Louise, and featuring production by Nat Walker and label impresario Johnny Jewel, Desire continue to craft dreamy disco/synth-pop. As they describe it, "Megan Louise sings tales of love & lust cloaked in an analog sheen. Shrouded in a cinematic haze. Throbbing with violent rhythm. Fresh Blood for the new you." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Aug 13, 2020
THE NEVERLY BOYS - Never Come Down
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THE NEVERLY BOYS - "Never Come Down" from the 2020 self-released album Dark Side of Everything. THE NEVERLY BOYS finds Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio teaming up with Swedish singer/songwriter Daniel Ledinsky to explore "the unknown, the magic, the heartbreaks, and the aspirations," as they put it, on their debut album Dark Side of Everything. (The two teamed up previously to co-write songs for Blondie, Pussy Riot, and TV on the Radio.)  “I’m not really good at personalizing it. We just tell stories, but I think you can find a song on this record, no matter who you are or what you’re going through. Some might not speak to you at the moment, but there is a wide range of emotion,” Sitek toldAmerican Songwriter. “We were trying not to conceal doubt or vulnerability. There’s been a lot of emphasis in modern music on escapism and things are better than they seem.” Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Aug 12, 2020
Lomelda - Wonder
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Lomelda - "Wonder" from the 2020 album Hannah on Double Double Whammy. From the swamps of Silsbee, TX emerges singer/songwriter Hannah Read, who records under the name Lomelda, but she re-embraces her birth name for the title of her forthcoming fifth full-length, Hannah, out September 4th via Double Double Whammy. Read recorded the album with her brother Tommy over the span of a year, apparently re-recording it three different times before she was satisfied.  Via a press release, Read describes today's Song of the Day as "about working hard," adding, "It is my most fun song to play. And I got to play drums on it, so it's my favorite Lomelda song forever. May it motivate you to move and smash like it does me."  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Aug 11, 2020
Wye Oak - AEIOU
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Wye Oak - "AEIOU" from the 2020 No Horizon EP on Merge Records. The duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack — better known to us as Wye Oak — have teamed up with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus for the brand-new five-song EP No Horizon, out now via Merge Records. “There’s this sense of communion of making music with other people in real time and space, and that’s something that had eluded us on multiple levels,” Stack explained via a press release. “We’ve known for a while that we needed to learn how to let this project evolve so that it could continue to exist, because our partnership as friends and musicians and collaborators feels important. We need to find new ways to make it still feel vital and still feel new. And this is a part of that exploration.” She describes today's Song of the Day as a "about the inadequacy of language," adding: It was written around the time that those currently in power took it upon themselves to think that they could minimize the existence of certain people by removing the words that we currently use to define them — like transgender — from use. Language is bigger than the powers that try to control it, but we are so much bigger than language. We are so much more than anything that can be suggested with words. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Aug 10, 2020
BRONSON - VAULTS
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BRONSON (new ODESZA & Golden Features Project) - "VAULTS" from the 2020 album BRONSON on Foreign Family Collective/Ninja Tune. Northwest electronic duo Odesza have teamed up with Australian producer Golden Features as BRONSON, releasing a self-titled debut album that they say in a press release, reflects "their respective needs to challenge personal struggles, both internal and external." They add, "Moreover, the trio recognized that their own battles were merely microcosms of the surrounding world. The hope was to craft a body of work that was reflective of that duality of lightness and darkness inherent to the human condition." Today's Song of the Day "was one of the earlier instrumentals we completed," the trio say, "and it acted as a cornerstone to the overall sound design and aesthetic of the album. The track really proved a departure from each artist's own respective styles and set a definitive change in direction for the BRONSON project. We knew we had something special here and it served as a guiding light for the rest of the record.” Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Aug 07, 2020
Mexican Institute of Sound & Gaby Moreno - Yemayá
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Mexican Institute of Sound & Gaby Moreno - "Yemayá," a 2020 self-released single. For the track "Yemayá," singer/songwriter Gaby Moreno teamed up with Camilo Lara's Mexican Institute Of Sound project for an ode to the Afro-Carribean goddess who represents fertility, water, and self-love. "She's a powerful woman of color taking all forms," Moreno told the Recording Academy. "It's a universal theme and we wanted to incorporate this mysterious and mystic figure into the song, since it's part of the folklore of many different cultures."  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Aug 06, 2020
Pillow Queens - Handsome Wife
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Pillow Queens - "Handsome Wife" from the 2020 self-released album In Waiting. Dublin's Pillow Queens were both "resonant and rapturous" during KEXP's Iceland Airwaves Music Festival broadcast last year, and the Irish quartet continue to bring that power to their highly-anticipated debut album In Waiting, out September 25th. For the first single off the forthcoming full-length, they share an upbeat, grunge-influenced track along with a heartwarming accompanying video. "The video was made in isolation with the help of family, friends and strangers," the band writes in the introduction. "It is a love letter to touch and all the ways we miss the closeness of others right now." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Aug 05, 2020
Crack Cloud - Tunnel Vision
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Crack Cloud - "Tunnel Vision" from the 2020 album Pain Olympics on Meat Machine Records. Through the fog of Vancovuer's opioid crisis, Crack Cloud emerged. “Crack Cloud was an outlet for me during the early days of my rehab,” vocalist and drummer Zach Choy explained toNME. “A way of addressing things I’d internalised over the years, the anxiety and turmoil I used to deal with in more destructive ways.” Since then, the band has evolved into a full-on arts collective of musicians, film-makers, artists, and designers, many of whom are recovering addicts themselves or people who work with addicts. Their debut album, Pain Olympics, lists almost 30 contributors in both musicianship and artistry. Many of the members of Crack Cloud live and work together in harm reduction units located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Aug 04, 2020
Maajo - Esukey (feat. Ismaila Sané)
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Maajo - "Esukey (feat. Ismaila Sané)" from the 2020 album Kuru Kuru on Queen Nanny. Though hailing from Tampere, Finland, Maajo find influence in traditional African music, combining it with modern electronic sounds. They continue to explore this fusion on their second LP Kuru Kuru, released earlier this year on Queen Nanny Records, and on today's Song of the Day, they team up with Senegalese vocalist Ismaila Sané for this infectious groove. Sané began his career in the '70s as a percussionist and also as a solo dancer/choreographer of African ballet. He relocated to Finland in 1999, winning the "citizen of the year" prize in 2003, marking the first time an emigrant knowingly received the award.  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Aug 03, 2020
Black Ends - Monday Mourning
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Black Ends - "Monday Mourning" from the 2020 self-released Stay Evil EP. With today's Song of the Day, Seattle's Black Ends contend with acceptance against a grunge-y backdrop. Frontperson Nicolle Swims told KEXP when we premiered the track:  “‘Monday Mourning’ is a pretty bleak song although it may not sound that way at first listen. it’s basically about the impending demise we all face and the getting ready for death. The character in the song goes through their week suffering and mourning their own death in different ways until they finally end up dying on a Sunday (which is why that day doesn’t come up in the song at all). As ‘scary’ as that sounds, it’s supposed to be about finally accepting that fate- to release the thanatophobia we all feel at some point and just accepting that life ends and it’s okay. That’s ‘Monday Mourning!’” Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 31, 2020
Braids - Snow Angel
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Braids - "Snow Angel" from the 2020 album Shadow Offering on Secret City Records.  Today's Song of the Day was written by Montreal-based band Braids in the wake of the 2016 election, "as our collective conscience took a sharp inhale,” as vocalist Raphaelle Standell-Preston put it in a press release. She elaborates: “It’s a diary entry of sorts – a snapshot of the mind grappling with our era’s endless barrage of content and destruction, continents away and close to home. *This* moment, with our world in the midst of a pandemic, is admittedly a new context. But I can’t help but sense the song speaks to feelings many of us are experiencing – uncertainty, angst and a desperate desire to make sense of it all. For me, it was deeply therapeutic to write and sing this song; saying things out loud can help us to not feel so alone, can help validate our natural fears about the future of our world, and can bring to light some of the hard questions that many of us are asking ourselves. I believe that art can change our relationship to fear. We hope this song can offer you a moment of catharsis and relief, in the same way writing and performing it has for us.” Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 30, 2020
Chong the Nomad - Take Two (feat. Hollis)
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Chong the Nomad - "Take Two" (feat. Hollis), a 2020 self-released single. Seattle-based artist Chong the Nomad (real name: Alda Agustiano) returns this summer with the soulful jam "Take Two," a collaboration with Grammy-nominated local artist Hollis Wong-Wear (more on her here). On a trip to Los Angeles, Agustiano connected with Hollis and Grammy-nominated producer Rogét Chahayed for an inspiring session. "Wrote it during my first big writing trip in LA and I was super sick," she confessed on Facebook. "Still managed to create something I’m proud of." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 29, 2020
Nick Hakim - QADIR
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Nick Hakim - "QADIR" from the 2020 album WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD on ATO Records. On today's KEXP Song of the Day, New York-based artist Nick Hakim shares a deeply personal tribute to his childhood friend Qadir Imhotep West, who passed away in 2018 at the age of 25. (That's a photo of West that adorns the cover of Hakim's latest album, WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD.)  “He was a little younger than me, but we had a similar path,” Hakim says in a press release. “We both had trouble in school and switched schools a lot. He was the youngest in his family and his older sisters asked me to watch out for him. The song is my ode to him. It’s my attempt to relate to how he must have been feeling.” Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 28, 2020
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Honey
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - "Honey," a 2020 single on Flightless Records. Earlier this month, Australian psych-rock royalty King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard shared their first new material of 2020 with the single "Honey."    “I wrote this song a couple of years ago,” frontman Stu Mackenzie revealed on Twitter. “It’s nice to have it out in the world.”  The track premiered alongside a video directed, edited, and photographed by John Angus Stewart, in a socially-distanced manner. "Shot at sunset during the apocalypse with a reeeeeeal long lens," Mackenzie confirmed on Twitter.  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 27, 2020
Eggshells - Unknown
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Eggshells - "Unknown," a 2020 self-released single. Seattle trio Eggshells brings together the talents of the Verdoes siblings (Peter of In Praise of Folly, Can the Boy Tell Time, and Benjamin of Iska Dhaaf, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, In Praise of Folly) and songwriter Sera Han, who brings the perspective of a first-generation immigrant queer woman to their moody trip-hop sound. Today’s Song of the Day is an early look at their third and forthcoming full-length album, Hopeless Romancers, out later this year.  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 24, 2020
The Jayhawks - This Forgotten Town
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The Jayhawks - “This Forgotten Town” from the 2020 album XOXO on Sham/Thirty Tigers. On their 11th LP, the members of long-running Americana band The Jayhawks all share songwriting duties for the first time ever. On today's Song of the Day, in particular, lead singer Gary Louris and drummer Tim O’Reagan share vocals on a track co-written by Louris and bassist Marc Perlman.  “Introducing different voices throughout the song added a new dimension to telling the story,” Perlman toldRolling Stone Magazine. “We approached it much like we did the whole record — more collaboration in the writing and more sharing of lead vocals than in the past.”  “Marc brought the chord progression for this song, and then I started singing a melody on top of it,” Louris added. “We wrote the lyrics together.” Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 23, 2020
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - Inner City Blues
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Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio - “Inner City Blues,” a 2020 single on Colemine Records. Back in June, Colemine Records launched the Brighter Days Ahead singles series, a response to the stay-at-home orders and the subsequent loss of income from canceling tours, postponing release dates, and ceasing the manufacturing for LPs and 45s. "We wanted to come up with some way to give our fans and our artist's fans something to look forward to," explained label owner Terry Cole. Starting on May 22nd and running through the summer, Colemine will release a new track every Friday on their Bandcamp page with 100% of any revenues generated going directly to the artist. "Our goals are simple: put a little bit of money in our artist's pockets and get our fans some new tunes," Cole summarized. The series kicked off with Seattle's own Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio covering Marvin Gaye's 1971 track "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" off his landmark album What's Going On. The lyrics convey the despair of the bleak economic situation of the times, the lack of support from the government, and police brutality. (That sounds depressingly familiar.) But, in the hands of maestro Delvon Lamarr, the song sounds almost joyous as an instrumental. Guitarist Jimmy James adds a funky groove to the track, and drummer Dan Weiss picks up the pace from Gaye's original composition. Listening to it makes you believe, there might really be brighter days ahead. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 22, 2020
IDLES - Grounds
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IDLES - “Grounds” from the 2020 album Ultra Mono on Partisan Records. Bristol-based post-punk band IDLES return this fall with their third LP, titled Ultra Mono, out September 25th via Partisan. They've previously shared the singles "A Hymn" and  “Mr. Motivator,” and for today's Song of the Day, we're sharing the single "Grounds." Frontman Joe Talbot explained in a press release: “We wanted to write a song that embodied self-belief, and gave us self-belief — a counter-punch to all the doubt we build up from all the noise we so easily let in. We wanted to make the sound of our own hearts’ marching band, armed with a jack hammer and a smile. We wanted to make the sound of our engine starting. So we did. Thank you.”  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 21, 2020
SAULT - Wildfires
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SAULT - “Wildfires” from the 2020 album Untitled (Black Is) on Forever Living Originals. "The bloodshed on your hands Another man Take off your badge We all know it was murder" As we reported last year, not much is known about the mysterious London-based band SAULT, but their feelings on police brutality and systemic racism couldn't be clearer on their third LP titled Untitled (Black Is). On today's powerful Song of the Day, vocalist Cleo Sol somberly sings, "We are dying / it's the reason we are crying." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 20, 2020
Akasha System - Warped Shadow
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Akasha System - "Warped Shadow" from the 2019 album Echo Earth on 100% Silk. With his project Akasha System, Portland-based producer Hunter P. Thompson brings the lush nature of the Northwest to his electronic beats. On his Bandcamp page, he says the new album, Echo Earth, was inspired by “days and nights spent in the forests,” “long stretches of back road trails,” and “sitting alone under moss-covered trees,” calling it "club music for misty mornings, towering redwood canopies, and overcast skies above uninhabited terrain." Since the release of Echo Earth, Thompson has since released the remix album Echo Versions, which features "refracted" renditions of his work by producers PkaCarl, MC/beatmaker Emeska, and pslzy, just to name a very few. Proceeds from this album will go directly to the contributing artists and also donated to the Black Lives Matter Movement, NAACP, and the ACLU. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 17, 2020
India Jordan - For You
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India Jordan - "For You" from the 2020 album For You on Local Action Records. London-based producer and DJ India Jordan recently released a six-track EP titled For You, a release they call their “largest and most personal” release to date. The album photography was shot in the bathroom of London’s Dalston Superstore venue, a legendary LGBTQ+ venue. In a press release, they explain:  I’ve always been really into toilets, I did a photography project at college writing messages in toilets for people. I’m drawn to the idea that they’re public but ultimately isolated and individual, so writing a message was a way to show another human had been there. They’re spaces for me to decompress, sort my head out and get some time away. They’re also places I’ve experienced to be queer. When I was growing up, it wasn’t necessarily safe for me to show any public displays of affection with people, so toilets were a safe option. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 16, 2020
Land of Talk - Weight of That Weekend
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Land of Talk - "Weight of That Weekend" from the 2020 album Indistinct Conversations on Saddle Creek. Montreal-based singer-songwriter Elizabeth Powell revived her Land Of Talk project, releasing the new album Indistinct Conversations earlier this year. As hinted in its title, today's Song of the Day does, indeed, look at heavier topics. In a press release, Powell explained: “Weight of That Weekend” is a recognition of having been on the receiving end of a lifetime of sexual coercion, assault, boundary violations, and subsequent gaslighting. It all just came to light after an especially heavy weekend a few summers back. I was so sick of carrying all this weight that wasn’t mine to bear. So sick of being owned by all of this. Imposed on me mostly by men. I grew so sick of suffering and being slowed down by this weight. The song is a prayer for a lightness of being. A prayer for capital “L” Love. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 15, 2020
Mourn - Call You Back
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Barcelona-based trio Mourn returned this Spring with their first new music since last year's full-length Sorpresa Familia. Today's Song of the Day was appropriately, but unintentionally, released in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. “Parts of the song talk about the anxiety of phone calls and the emotions around them,” Carla Pérez Vas explained to Billboard.  “It’s pretty ironic that now we are looking at the phone all day, and everyone is anxious. If I’m not connected, I feel like I should be talking to my friends or family.” Originally, they had grander ideas for the accompanying video. “We had thought about locations like the woods and a pool, or riding bikes, all the time wearing a poker face,” Pérez remembered. “The song is about when around you everything is beautiful, but you have this constant battle going on inside of you.” Instead, they filmed the clip in quarantine using their phones, with Pérez in her boyfriend's apartment, and her bandmates (sisters Jazz Rodríguez and Leia Rodríguez) recording from their home. Watch below. Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 14, 2020
Petite Noir & Kingdom - Alive
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South African artist Petite Noir [real name: Yannick Ilunga] has teamed up with Los Angeles-based producer Kingdom for the new double A-side single CoeurWorld.  In a press release, Ilunga declared, “I have been a huge fan of Kingdom since the early Fade to Mind days and I was very excited for this collaboration as it sparked new ideas for the future. CoeurWorld is an EP dedicated to sending love out to the world during these trying times.” Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 13, 2020
Gabriel Teodros - If They Come For Me In The Morning... (feat. Aisha Fukushima)
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Gabriel Teodros - "If They Come for Me in the Morning... (feat. Aisha Fukushima)" from the 2020 self-released album What We Leave Behind. Seattle artist (and KEXP DJ) Gabriel Teodros celebrates the 20th anniversary of his first solo show at Rainier Valley Cultural Center with this new collection of previously unreleased tracks, "with a few new songs recorded specifically for this project," he adds, continuing, "Wanted to give y'all something special for all the love you've given me these past few decades. There's a completely new album coming this year as well... but for now you can enjoy these lost tapes." Today's KEXP Song of the Day was originally written and recorded in 2015, inspired by Sandra Bland, letters between Angela Davis and James Baldwin, and the 400+ year legacy of Black freedom fighters. Public speaker, educator, singer, and 'RAPtivist' (rap activist) Aisha Fukushima appears on guest vocals.  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 10, 2020
The Beths - I’m Not Getting Excited
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The Beths - "I'm Not Getting Excited" from the 2020 album Jump Rope Gazers on Carpark Records. New Zealand pop band The Beths return this month with their sophomore album Jump Rope Gazers, out July 10th via Carpark Records. But frontwoman Elizabeth Stokes is keeping her cool about it. In a press release, she states: “People always ask ‘are you excited!?’ and it’s a fair question, because exciting things do happen to us sometimes. Support slots, overseas tours, music releases. Stuff we’ve dreamed about for years. So the correct answer is always ‘yes.’ But the truth is that deep down there’s a tiny Liz saying, ‘don’t get excited.’ She is certain that anything good that could happen will most likely not happen, because of a freak accident. Or because somebody finally realises that we aren’t worthy, shouts ‘phony!’ and takes everything away. I wrote ‘I’m Not Getting Excited’ last year, well before everything really did get taken away. From everyone. It feels like the song has a new context, but we don’t know what it is yet. And now we all share a blurry, uncertain future.” Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 09, 2020
Fontaines D.C. - A Hero's Death
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Fontaines D.C. - "A Hero's Death" from the 2020 album A Hero's Death on Partisan Records. Don't ask Fontaines D.C. frontman Grian Chatten about the meaning behind today's KEXP Song of the Day. "I'm not sure myself," he confesses to theBBC. "I purposefully keep the things I write open to interpretation, even to myself." But the track also serves as the title of the Irish post-punk band's forthcoming full-length, out July 31st via Partisan Records. "I found the idea quite funny — because I'm half-expecting people to dislike [the album]," he continued. "So, the idea of calling it A Hero's Death is kind of laughing about that and setting people up for disappointment." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 08, 2020
Gordi - Sandwiches
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Gordi - "Sandwiches" from the 2020 album Our Two Skins on Jagjaguwar. On her latest LP Our Two Skins, Australian folktronica artist Gordi (real name: Sophie Payten) mourns the passing of her beloved grandmother, Alisa, whose spirit fills the gorgeous new album. It was even recorded in her hometown. "Her whole life was in Canowindra, and that's why I wanted to make the record there," Payten explains via a press release. "We made it in a house that's a hundred meters from her house." The title of today's Song of the Day was derived from a moment during Alisa's last day in the world. Payten explained toABC that she and her mother were making sandwiches to disperse among those visiting around her grandmother's hospital bed. “It was one of those moments where everyone was finally taking their first breath of the day that she chose to quietly slip away.” “I’d been wanting to write a song about her and all of it, but I didn’t want it to be this terribly dreary, melancholic song, because it was a celebration of a life. So, I tried to focus on the tiny details.” Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 07, 2020
Phoebe Bridgers - Kyoto
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Phoebe Bridgers - "Kyoto" from the 2020 album Punisher on Dead Oceans. Singer/songwriter Phoebe Bridgers has always brought a vulnerability and candidness to her lyrics, but especially on her highly-anticipated sophomore album Punisher, where she tackles themes of loneliness, disappointment, and feeling like an outsider. And on today's featured track, in particular, Bridgers works through her complicated feelings about her father.  Bridgers has written about her complicated feelings for her dad before, but on today's KEXP Song of the Day, she tackles it from a new perspective. “I feel so much fucking empathy and so much fucking anger toward him,” she toldThe New Yorker.  She elaborated in an interview withNPR Music: "This record, in a lot of ways, kind of feels like a graduation, but I feel like I'm trying to be self-aware about my resentments. I feel like I have strong opinions weakly held. So that's what 'Kyoto' is about. There's a lot of just straight up hatred and resentment on the first record — about all kinds of people — and then on this record I'm exploring just how quickly that all goes away with a little bit of examination." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 06, 2020
Deep Sea Diver - Stop Pretending
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Deep Sea Diver - "Stop Pretending," a 2020 self-released single. Seattle's Deep Sea Diver has managed to adapt creatively to the stay-at-home orders. As we reported via our Sound & Vision series in April (listen here), band members Jessica Dobson and Peter Mansen have been doling out "stems" — a drum beat or guitar riff to play with and create a song out of — and then featuring the best songs every weekend via Instagram Live. The project even resulted in today's featured track, “Stop Pretending.” "We recorded this song, 'Stop Pretending', this week, as we were continuing to stay at home," they explained via their Bandcamp page. "The song was written using a collaboration exercise that we had given to our fans as an outlet to create and find connection in a time of duress & isolation (we called it the "Stay Home Stems" series) — and it ended up also working for us — this song was written, recorded, mixed and mastered in two days at our house, & this what we have to show for it. [I] often write apocalyptic songs as way to enter a new world that juxtaposes despair with hope.. I hope it can bring a little bit of light in a dark season." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 03, 2020
Liv.e - SirLadyMakemFall
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Liv.e - “SirLadyMakemFall “ from the 2020 Bout These Pipedreams / Lessons from My Mistakes.. but I Lost Your Number EP on In Real Life Music / AWAL. Following a tour with Earl Sweatshirt and appearances on both his and Pink Siifu’s recent albums, Dallas-bred, Los Angeles-based artist Liv.e (pronounced "liv") somehow found time for a forthcoming full-length, titled Couldn't Wait To Tell You, out later this year via In Real Life Records. Today's featured track is a sneak peek at the upcoming release. On today's Song of the Day, Liv.e taps into her roots for a little Western swing behind the soulful R&B sounds. She gave some insight into the track toThe Fader, explaining, "'SirLadyMakemFall' started off as a conversation I was having with myself about how I would view myself from a feminine and masculine stand point. Hence 'sir lady.' Like what them boys gotta say about Liv? And what them girls gotta say?" Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate
Jul 02, 2020
Sibille Attar - Hurt Me
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Sibille Attar - “Hurt Me,” a 2020 single on PNKSLM Recordings. Swedish singer/songwriter Sibille Attar shares a first listen of her forthcoming full-length out this fall via PNKSLM Recordings, a follow-up to her 2013 debut album Sleepyhead. Formerly a member of bands like The Tourettes and Speedmarket Avenue, Sleepyhead was the Scandinavian songstress's first solo effort, and her first on a major label.  “Sleepyhead was my first attempt [at going solo] and I got signed to a big label and it was kind of overwhelming,” she toldBTR Today. “Being told what to do was not my favorite thing, which meant it was a lot of unnecessary struggles, and I realized I should be independent… So I had to recollect myself — I was questioning my entire motive of doing music at all because I thought the industry was so shitty. I kind of lost my confidence. When everyone starts having opinions on what you do… I started questioning myself.” Since signing with beloved indie label PNK SLM (hear our spotlight on KEXP's Weekly Mix podcast here), her confidence has returned, as evident on today's featured track. Listen below. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Jul 01, 2020
Jake Blount - Where Did You Sleep Last Night
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Jake Blount - “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” covered by Jake Blount from the 2020 album Spider Tales on Free Dirt Records. The song "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" has been covered hundreds of times before — the track is often associated with blues musician Lead Belly, but the Nirvana version from their 1993 MTV Unplugged performance is perhaps the best known rendition. And now, banjo player and fiddler Jake Blount has added his own interpretation, influenced by his research into Black and Indigenous cultures, as well as his own experiences as an LGBTQ activist.  “Connecting with my family history and my father’s childhood history, he’d talk about people disappearing,” he reflected in a press release. “Those lynchings didn’t all happen in broad daylight; my dad talked about people in his community ‘disappearing’ and you’d kind of assume what had happened. For me there was a very direct connection between what I’d gone through in the queer community and this narrative of disappearance and loss that surrounded the Black community in the South throughout much of our nation’s history, and still arguably does.”  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Jun 30, 2020
SPECSWIZARD - Floyd
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Jun 29, 2020
Danny Denial - I'm Not Your Type (feat. DoNormaal)
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Danny Denial - "I'm Not Your Type (feat. DoNormaal)" from the 2020 album fuck danny denial on Cruisin' Records. On his third solo album, "goth-punk auteur" Danny Denial teams up with The Black Tones’ Eva Walker, Rat Queen, Razor Clam, and, on today's Song of the Day, DoNormaal. When KEXP premiered this track late last year, Denial told our writer Martin Douglas:  "I approached this solo record mainly wanting to experiment with genre and work with artists and bands I admire, and 'I'm not your type' felt like the right song to push the envelope. I created the foundation for the beat cutting up pieces of Courtney Love's breathing and screaming, and worked with a producer called Bibz in New York, and then took it to DoNormaal in Seattle to write and record the rest of the song, so its journey has been a very unique one. And, honestly, I think it's the first song I've ever made that I'd describe as 'fun.'" Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Jun 26, 2020
Baronhawk Poitier - Temperado Tornado
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Baronhawk Poitier - "Temperado Tornado" from the 2020 Temperado Tornado EP on Honey Soundsystem. Baronhawk Poitier is a busy man: not only is he a long-running DJ/producer, but he's also a professional dancer and co-founder of the NeedlExchange crew and club night in his hometown of Washington, D.C. When Honey Soundsystem Records asked Baronhawk Poitier to make them an EP "he would want to dance to", he replied, "Oh Honey, I have never made any that I didn’t." Check out the title track from his latest dancefloor soundtrack.  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Jun 25, 2020
Princess Nokia - Gemini
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Princess Nokia - "Gemini" from the 2020 self-released album Everything Is Beautiful. Earlier this year, New York-born Puerto Rican MC Princess Nokia (real name: Destiny Nicole Frasqueri) released not one, but two albums: the perfectly-titled Everything Sucks and Everything is Beautiful. In a press release, Everything Sucks is described as “a brash, ruthless and insistent collection,” and Everything is Beautiful as “a representation of the sensitive, feminine side of the gender fluid artist.” Today's Song of the Day reflects that duality as Frasqueri reflects on their astrological sign, the twins of the zodiac. “I am Gemini / Like Pac, André, Lauren / and Kanye, Boy George, and Anne Frank,” they rap. “And all the famous rappers got a sign like me / And all the famous rappers got a heart like me / But I know that I’m different and they’re not quite me.” Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Jun 24, 2020
Zebra Katz - IN IN IN
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Zebra Katz - IN IN IN - from the 2020 album LESS IS MOOR on ZFK Records. Following a worldwide tour with Gorillaz in support of their 2017 album Humanz, Jamaican-American artist Zebra Katz returns in a big way with his long-awaited debut solo album Less Is Moor. In an interview with PAPER, Katz talks about KEXP's featured track: "This single is very much a re-introduction to the music sphere. 'IN IN IN' is a sonic reflection to how I see the world. I'm taking ownership of my narrative. While doing so, I want to explore social issues surrounding race, sexuality, and the black experience. I wanted to stay true to the minimalistic style that introduced me to the world while also taking a sonic risk and evolving as an individual and musician. I wanted to tell a story in a fun, energetic way while still touching on issues of everyday life. To me, it's a grandiose dark dance anthem with elements of house, ballroom, and Qgom. I hope it leads my listeners back into the Zebra zone." We'll meet you there. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Jun 23, 2020
Shamir - On My Own
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Shamir - "On My Own," a 2020 self-released single. I don't mind to live all on my own and I never did... I don't care to feel like I belong But you always did…  Following the release of his sixth full-length album Cataclysm, Shamir returns with the appropriately-titled stand-alone single "On My Own," where the Philadelphia-based artist asserts his independence against a '90s-influenced guitar-pop melody. It's a sneak peek at another forthcoming full-length slated to come out this Fall.  The song was inspired by a recent break-up. He toldRolling Stone magazine, “I wrote ‘On My Own’ last summer after a breakup as a way to remind myself that while it sucked to lose someone I was getting used to, at least I’m an introvert. But considering the pandemic, it’s also morphed into an accidental quarantine anthem, especially for the people who live alone like me.” Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Jun 22, 2020
Shabazz Palaces - Chocolate Souffle
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Shabazz Palaces - "Chocolate Souffle" from the 2020 album The Don of Diamond Dreams on Sub Pop. With each new Shabazz Palaces release, it feels like we’re given a glimpse into a distant future, or maybe a far off galaxy, or possibly a parallel universe similar but maybe just a bit better than our own. Whichever theory you subscribe to, it goes without saying that the Seattle group’s music exists within a world of its own. Their latest album, The Don of Diamond Dreams, is another mind-bending trip guided by Ishamel Butler’s cool, prophetic rhymes. On “Chocolate Souffle” he claims himself to be at the “zenith of slick demeanors” while synthesizers blurt and thump beneath. He swipes at phones for being “not that smart,” proclaiming himself an explorer instead of a scroller. Butler’s lyrics often look at the world from a million miles away but still cut with vindication from someone who has lived on and seen the mental traps of planet Earth. Real the full post on KEXP.org Read KEXP writer Martin Douglas’ review of ‘The Don of Diamond Dreams’ Support the show.
Jun 19, 2020
Bee Bee Sea - Daily Jobs
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Bee Bee Sea - "Daily Jobs," a 2020 single on Wild Honey Records. Italian garage punk act Bee Bee Sea abide by a succinct mantra: “When there's no good shit around, you better form a band.” That spirit exudes through the ramshackle, PA system shaking riffs the band has been churning out since releasing their self-titled debut in 2015. Their latest single, “Daily Jobs,” shrieks and howls like a sugar-rushed younger sibling demanding you give up the controller and give them their turn on the Super Nintendo. Jagged riffs mutate into wobbly, brain-twisters, and stabbing rhythms akin to the visceral tones of bands like Oh Sees and Together Pangea. In the frantic fury of the song are endless melodic hooks that will rattle in your skull and fuel your own rebellious spirit. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Jun 18, 2020
Tropea - Technicolor
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Tropea - "Technicolor" from the 2020 self-released Might Delete Later EP. Tropea describes their music as "pajama music for pajama people," a fitting description for their dreamy '80s-inspired synth-pop sound. Formed in Milan, Italy in 2017, the band self-produced their forthcoming EP, Might Delete Later, while on lockdown during the COVID-19 crisis.  "This song is loud and fun to play. In our live shows people go insane, dancing '80s or 2010s style or whatever they like," the band said via a press release. "It’s a very bonding moment and it gives a sense of community with our audience. We wanted to capture the same live energy, but also give it a new meaning since we are facing tough times: it’s a song for dreaming, dancing, or just exercising and taking care of oneself, for burning with love and taking care of each other even in the midst of the difficulties of this absurd world. It’s a tribute to those who help others see the magic, despite our illusions and the lies we tell ourselves”. Might Delete Later will be released on June 11th via Butik and peermusicITALY. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Jun 17, 2020
Joensuu 1685 - Light In The Heart Of Our Town
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Jun 16, 2020
Orion Sun - Ne Me Quitte Pas (Don't Leave Me)
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Jun 15, 2020
Listen: Black Lives Matter
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A message from Kevin Cole, Afternoon Show host and Chief Content Officer, on behalf of KEXP. We urge anyone who is looking to learn more about and support ongoing racial justice to visit our page with Anti-Racist and Social Justice Resources. There you will find organizations and funds for donations, online petitions, and resources for education and allyship. Thank you. Support the show.
Jun 05, 2020
Chicano Batman - I Know It
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Chicano Batman - "I know It" from the 2020 album Invisible People on ATO. On their fourth LP Invisible People, Los Angeles-based band Chicano Batman return with their unique fusion of funk, psych-pop, R&B, and more, fine-tuned by GRAMMY-award winning engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, The War on Drugs) and producer Leon Michels (Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Lee Fields & The Expressions). “This album is an evolution from our last one in that we put much more thought in our approach to the songwriting and production before hitting record,” guitarist Carlos Arévalo said via a press release. “We went in with a plan that helped guide the musical direction. We demoed songs for over a year before going into the studio as well. In the past, we’d pool some songs together, rehearse them for a few weeks and go in and simply record them. This time we had a much more elaborate MO; replace organs with synthesizers, make the guitars funkier, and have the drums and bass play beats that make your head bob up and down." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Jun 01, 2020
Hollis - Heavy Hands
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Hollis - "Heavy Hands" from the 2020 half-life EP on Hollis. Throughout the month of May, KEXP has been celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. We’re putting an extra spotlight this week on API artists with this week’s Song of the Day picks, capping off with Hollis’ “Heavy Hands.” The Seattle local, whom you might recognize from her other project The Flavr Blue, is at her most soulful on the track. Waxing poetic on her inner struggles, Hollis finds self-realization that she can no longer wait for existential answers and finding power in the fact that there’s “no escaping myself.” Though it may read as a ballad, there’s empowerment to be found in Hollis’ words and her smooth, emotional vocal performance. — Dusty Henry Support the show.
May 29, 2020
K!MMORTAL - Breathe
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K!MMORTAL - "Breathe," a 2020 self-released single. Throughout the month of May, KEXP has been celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. We’re putting an extra spotlight this week on API artists with this week’s Song of the Day picks, continuing with K!MMORTAL’s “Breathe.” "Breathe” was released for the current moment of uncertainty during the global pandemic but actually has its roots in much earlier. The Vancouver B.C. rapper wrote and recorded the song back in 2016 but recently released the track on Bandcamp, feeling it made sense for the these “highly fraught times.” K!MMORTAL dazzles with immaculate flow over glossy, dripping beats, culminating in a reminder to breathe and a reminder that we’ll be alright. Take a deep inhale, put on this song, and allow yourself the same moment of clarity K!MMORTAL exudes on this track. — Dusty Henry Support the show.
May 28, 2020
Lightning Bug - The Onely Ones
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Lightning Bug - "The Onely Ones," a 2020 single on Fat Possum. Throughout the month of May, KEXP has been celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. We’re putting an extra spotlight this week on API artists with this week’s Song of the Day picks, continuing with Lightning Bug’s “The Only Ones.” Helmed by songwriter Audrey Kang, Lightning Bug has been making hazy, swooning music since arriving on the scene in 2015 with her project’s self-titled debut and continuing through last year’s excellent October Song LP. But if you’re just learning about Lightning Bug, her latest single “The Onely Ones” offers a spectacular entry point, with washes of guitar static and Kang’s effervescent vocal performance. It’s a beautiful sonic fog, one you won’t mind losing yourself in. — Dusty Henry Support the show.
May 27, 2020
MYXA - Carrion
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MYXA - "Carrion" from the 2019 self-released album Mosca 蠅. Throughout the month of May, KEXP has been celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. We’re putting an extra spotlight this week on API artists with this week’s Song of the Day picks, continuing with MYXA’s “Carrion.” The Seattle trip-hop duo emerged last year with their dark and vibey debut MOSCA EP. The murky atmosphere is all consuming, heightened by Irene Fan’s haunting vocals coming in and out of the ghostly beats. “Carrion” also features lyrics contributed by South African author Ian S. Thomas, adding to the heady and immersive experience. — Dusty Henry Support the show.
May 26, 2020
MAITA - Someone's Lost Their Wallet
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MAITA - "Someone's Lost Their Wallet" from the 2020 album Best Wishes on Kill Rock Stars. Throughout the month of May, KEXP has been celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. We’re putting an extra spotlight this week on API artists with this week’s Song of the Day picks, starting off with MAITA’s excellent “Someone’s Lost Their Wallet.”  Read an excerpt from KEXP writer Martin Douglas’ previous debut on the track: “[MAITA’s] ‘Someone's Lost Their Goddamn Wallet,’ setting the pace as the second track on Best Wishes (out May 15th on Kill Rock Stars), is steeped in the songwriting tradition of jaunty, lighthearted folk-rock being used as a Trojan Horse for the creeping dread of existentialism. It's 3 AM and the party is still moving through the night presumably without incident or noise complaints, both the front and back door are being used, bodies are moving around in the enjoyably predictable way they always move around at parties.” Read our premiere of the track on KEXP.org. Support the show.
May 25, 2020
Minimal Violence - Ravebomb (Fire Mix)
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We’ve finally reached World Goth Day and DJ Abbie is going out with a bang – or rather a “Ravebomb.” This alternate mix from the Vancouver B.C. techno outfit lives up to its name. It’s a haunted eruption of sound, shrieking against the clamoring of drums. Bold, unrelenting, and even a bit frightening, it hits all the hallmarks of goth music. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
May 22, 2020
Houses of Heaven - A Place Between
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Oakland’s Houses of Heaven takes us into the homestretch of DJ Abbie’s Song of the Day pics leading into World Goth Day on May 22. The center piece of the group’s debut LP, “A Place Between” is quintessential goth with sharp, spelling-binding and dissonant percussion and whirls of cryptic drones and vocals. Playing the track loudly invokes the feeling of sweatily dancing in an underground club moments before stepping outside for the breath of invigorating fresh air. Support the show.
May 21, 2020
FEE LION - Blood Sisters
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Continuing with her week of goth song of the day picks, DJ Abbie brings us the industrial banger that is Fee Lion’s “Blood Sisters.” The moniker of Justina Kairyte, she’s described the EP and titular song as themed around self-love.  “I was experiencing a deep disconnect with myself and had to begin the journey of re-learning how to love myself, which can be so daunting,” she told Paper Mag. “There were many, many days where I just didn't leave my bed, didn't leave the house and most definitely did not work on music. This wouldn't be the first time; I am actively working on finding the balance in my process.”  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
May 20, 2020
The Ninth Wave - Happy Days!
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We’re continuing DJ Abbie’s week of songs leading up to World Goth Day on May 22. Despite what the name may imply, Glasgow band The Ninth Wave’s “Happy Days!” is not a happy affair. This is ‘Goth Day,’ we’re talking about here – what did you expect?  “’Happy Days!’ is a song of ups and downs,” the band told DIY Mag earlier this month. “At its core, the lyrics shine a torchlight on the murky highs and lows of life.”  You can feel this in the driving pulse of the record. Waves of dark synthesizer rumbles under vocalist/guitarist Hadyn Park-Patterson’s guttural growl. The sputtering drums and spacious pauses make the climactic moments feel mammoth in size. All to say, it’s a happy day for goths with this incendiary track.  Read the full post on KEXP.org. Support the show.
May 19, 2020
Rowland S. Howard - Autoluminescent
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Leading up to World Goth Day, DJ Abbie is giving you a dose of variations of goth every day this week. She’s kicking things off with an essential cut from The Birthday Party’s own Rowland S. Howard.  While often associated with post-punk, there’s an unmistakable goth-ness to the landmark Australian musician’s work. “Autoluminescent,” a standout track from Howard’s debut Teenage Snuff Film, contorts and twists in a bluesy haze. It’s a highlight of the tender, personal side of goth. Howard’s voice shakes as he sings “Into the dark darkness, I gave away myself.”   Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
May 18, 2020
Smokey Brights - I Love You But Damn
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Smokey Brights - "I Love You But Damn" from the 2020 album I Love You But Damn on Freakout Records. Seattle's own Smokey Brights — led by husband and wife duo Kim West and Ryan Devlin — return this summer with a new album titled I Love You But Damn, out in July via Freakout Records. Via their Facebook page, the band describe the song as "a love song for times of distance. Written about the early months of our relationship, we hope it serves as an audial salve for tired hearts in these strange times." Listen to the title track here.  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
May 15, 2020
Coriky - Clean Kill
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Coriky - "Clean Kill" from the 2020 album Coriky on Dischord Records. Combine the melodic energy of the Evens and the gruff bark of Fugazi and you've got Coriky, not surprisingly, 'cause they feature members of both those bands. The trio of guitarist Ian MacKaye (Fugazi, Evens), bassist Joe Lally (Fugazi), and drummer Amy Farina (Evens) played their first show in late 2018, at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church in Washington D.C., but hadn't officially released anything 'til now. Their self-titled debut was recorded last year by Don Zientara at Inner Ear Studios, a name you've probably seen in the liner notes of most of your Dischord Records albums. Due to the coronavirus and the resulting closure of distributors and shops, they've postponed the release of the LP for now, but you can enjoy today's Song of the Day here.  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
May 14, 2020
DJ Python - ADMSDP (feat. LA Warman)
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DJ Python - "ADMSDP (feat. LA Warman)" from the 2020 album Mas Amable on Incienso. New York-based producer Brian Piñeyro records under many names: Deejay Xanax, DJ Wey, Luis; but, it's under the moniker DJ Python that he takes things to a hypnotic level. On his sophomore full-length Mas Amable, released last month on Incienso, he combines ambient techno and what he calls "deep reggaeton" into a mesmerizing blend. There are no breaks between the eight tracks on the album, creating a dreamy vibe for almost an hour. On today's featured track, he teams up with Brooklyn writer and poet LA Warman, where her hushed verses echo against tribal beats.  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
May 13, 2020
Holy Esque - Reverence Falls
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Holy Esque - "Reverence Falls" from the 2020 CPH EP on Beyond the Frequency. Scottish post-punk band Holy Esque are projecting a third album will be out in 2021, but until then, they've released their third EP, CPH, a collection of rarities, to tide us over in the meantime. The tracks on CPH were recorded back in 2014 at STC Studios, Copenhagen. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
May 12, 2020
William McCarthy - Ballad for the Unemployed
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William McCarthy - "Ballad for the Unemployed," a 2020 self-released single. As the frontman for Pela and Augustines, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter William McCarthy has never shied away from difficult topics. (Augustine's 2011 album Rise Ye Sunken Ships was influenced by the deaths of his mother and brother.)  As a solo artist, McCarthy continues to explore darker subjects in his music, like on today's featured track “Ballad for the Unemployed.“ Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
May 11, 2020
DJ Houseplants - Just Don't Know
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DJ Houseplants - "Just Don't Know," a 2020 self-released single. Seattle's own DJ Houseplants (aka DJ, producer, designer, and aspiring botanist Justin Av) says he's "driven by the vibrancy of the community there is at house & techno shows and wants everyone to thrive to the music." He certainly accomplishes that on today's Song of the Day. KEXP's own Alex Ruder tells us: "He first made a splash on the local music scene as HansmJustin, spinning rap at festivals and clubs around town, co-hosting the beloved monthly rap party FR FR, and creating his own trap-leaning rap songs. Now using the DJ Houseplants alias, Justin makes addictive lo-fi house tunes with an introspective touch, and he recently dropped his label debut EP titled Root Bound on Melbourne's clipp.art Records." Be sure to check out his exclusive mix for KEXP's Midnight in a Perfect World here. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
May 08, 2020
Black Flowers Cafe - Who
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Black Flowers Cafe - "Who" from the 2020 album Flow on La Lumaca Dischi. Keen-eared listeners of the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole may recognize this song from when it had its global debut on the KEXP airwaves in late April.  Italian indie rock quartet Black Flowers Cafe craft what they call "flower pop," mixing influences from Bombay Bicycle Club to Caribbean folk to Afrobeat. Formed in 2010, band members Angelo Zicca (guitar), Antonio Nicoletti (drums, percussion), Gaetano Lidonnici (bass), and Fernando Rennis (vocals, guitar, synth) imagine the "Black Flowers Cafe" as a physical place. "Who" will be out on the band's second full-length album, Flow, out May 29th.    Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
May 07, 2020
ALTA - Figured Out
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ALTA - "Figured Out" from the 2019 album Reasons on Soothsayer. On their debut album Reasons, Melbourne-based duo ALTA strived to create what they call "emotional dance music." Vocalist Hannah Lesser and producer Julius Dowson spent ten months at home recording the album themselves. "We get a little obsessive and care a lot about the feel of the vocal take, and when we’ve tried we can’t recreate that feel later in a better environment, even though it’s a better recording," they explained in an interview withWonderland Magazine. Their D.I.Y. spirit got them the results they wanted, as reflected in the intimate, emotional resonance on today's Song of the Day. "We really poured a lot of ourselves into the album, we’ve definitely come out of the process different people. We hope that it resonates with some people like it did with us when we were writing it." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
May 06, 2020
Daníel Hjálmtýsson - Birds
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Daníel Hjálmtýsson - "Birds," a 2020 self-released single. Icelandic singer/songwriter Daníel Hjálmtýsson kicked off 2020 in a big way: by releasing his debut solo single "Birds" back on January 3rd.  Hjálmtýsson may be better known as half of the experimental duo HYOWLP, a project with producer and multi-instrumentalist Hjalti Steinn Sigurðarson (and a KEXP podcast alumni)! On his own, he continues to produce dark, emotional music in the vein of Nick Cave or Mark Lanegan. He explains online that "Birds" is "inspired by the tragic, personal and familiar, struggles of being yet the glory of overcoming and acceptance," adding, it's "a homage to all the friends and fellow travelers that have gone too soon." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
May 05, 2020
Lee Fields & The Expressions - Don't Give Up
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Lee Fields & The Expressions - "Don't Give Up," a 2019 single on Big Crown Records. Plainfield, NJ-based artist Lee Fields just celebrated his 70th birthday last week, and he's spent 50 of those years performing old-school soul, funk, and R&B. His first single was released in 1969, and he went on to work with artists like B.B. King, Clarence Carter, Kool & The Gang, and more. Last year, he released his seventh full-length (and fifth with his power-house backing band The Expressions) titled It Rains Love. Today's featured track was recorded during those sessions, but was unreleased until late 2019, when it was shared as a digital single. While the passionate ballad most likely reflects a love gone wrong, it bears a message of hope and solidarity that's perfect for these times. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
May 04, 2020
STRFKR - Never the Same
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STRFKR - “Never The Same” from the 2020 album Future Past Life on Polyvinyl. STRFKR returned this month with their sixth full-length, Future Past Life, which finds the long-running Portland-based band evolving from their psych-synth dance-heavy pop to something more stripped down and organic. For the first time ever, every song on the album is led by acoustic guitar with the synth sounds on the side. Today's featured track is quite possibly the most vulnerable song in their decade-long discography. It's a surprising twist, but we wouldn't expect anything else from the shape-shifting trio. Listen below.  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
May 01, 2020
Washed Out - Too Late
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Washed Out - “Too Late," a 2020 single on Sub Pop. What started out as a hindrance due to the coronavirus pandemic, ended up becoming a beautiful expression of support and community. For his latest digital single “Too Late”, Ernest Greene (aka chillwave pioneer Washed Out) had planned to shoot the music video in Italy, collaborating with an international team of filmmakers. In a statement, he explains: "I’d spent months planning a music video for a new song called 'Too Late.' My inspiration was a Mediterranean sunset I saw late last year, and the plan was to shoot on the coast of Italy with a team of UK and European collaborators..." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 30, 2020
Hazel English - Off My Mind
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Hazel English - “Off My Mind” from the 2020 album Wake UP! on Polyvinyl. Don't let her sweet voice and the swingin' '60s vibe of today's Song of the Day fool you. Australian-born, LA-based artist Hazel English just released her debut album Wake UP!, and she's imploring listeners to do just that. She describes the album as “a reminder to wake up and be present in a time where we are used to switching off and looking for constant entertainment.”  English worked with producers Justin Raisen (Angel Olsen, Yves Tumor) in Los Angeles and Ben H. Allen (Animal Collective, Cut Copy) in Atlanta to craft this 10-track LP. She describes today's featured track as “about feeling stuck in a situation but too afraid to make a move. It’s about the limbo state between where you are and where you want to be.” Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 29, 2020
Chemtrails - Frightful in the Sunlight
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Chemtrails - “Frightful in the Sunlight” from the 2020 album The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable on PNKSLM. "Like riding into hell on a unicorn." That's how a friend of Manchester-via-London band Chemtrails described their latest single. (They clarify on Facebook, "his music taste is questionable, but we'll take it.")  Originally a lo-fi home recording project of musical and romantic partners Mia Lust and Laura Orlova, Chemtrails have been riding that unicorn since the release of their 2016 digital-only EP Love In Toxic Wasteland. Even though they had only played one live show (at Trans Pride Brighton), Swedish label PNKSLM Recordings signed them right up. (You should check out an episode of our podcast focused entirely on the renowned label.) Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 28, 2020
Woods - Where Do You Go When You Dream?
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Woods - “Where Do You Go When You Dream?” from the 2020 album Strange to Explain on Woodsist. New York psych-folk band Woods return this Spring with their first new album in three years, titled Strange To Explain. The album will be their first since frontman Jeremy Earl became a father and since guitarist Jarvis Taveniere relocated to Los Angeles, adding new challenges for the 15-year-old band, but also invigorating their 11th full-length to date (and the 99th release for their label, Woodsist). They recorded the forthcoming full-length in Stinson Beach in northern California, adding to the warmth and sun-soaked songs on the new release. On today's Song of the Day, Earl describes it to Fader Magazine as "a gateway into dream and an escape from everyday reality." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 27, 2020
Shane Tutmarc - A Brave New World
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Shane Tutmarc - "A Brave New World," a 2020 self-released single. “We’re all together / We’re not alone / Through the window through the phone / Where it stops nobody knows” Former Seattle-ite/current Nashvillian Shane Tutmarc shared the quarantine-inspired track "A Brave New World" earlier this month, inspired by reporter Eric Johnson of KOMO News in Seattle. Tutmarc remarked on his Facebook page: "It gave me a chance to really examine my feelings in a tangible way while searching for a light at the end of the tunnel and how this scary moment that we are all sharing may connect us all more than we had been." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 24, 2020
Catholic Action - There Will Always Be a Light
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Catholic Action - "There Will Always Be a Light" from the 2020 album Celebrated by Strangers on Palo Santo Records. Glasgow garage-rockers Catholic Action returned with their second album Celebrated by Strangers last month, their first new LP since 2017 debut In Memory Of. And while the full-length was written and recorded way before the coronavirus sent everyone into quarantine, many messages on the release will resonate during this lockdown.  Today's featured song, in particular, is a soaring anthem of hope, reminiscent of Pink Floyd's "Fearless" as covered by Spiritualized. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 23, 2020
Iceage - Lockdown Blues
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Iceage - "Lockdown Blues," a 2020 single on Escho. Gibbard's not the only one releasing quarantine-inspired songs to benefit charity. Danish post-punk band Iceage have shared a new single inspired by feelings that have been brought up during lockdown.  “The only way out is through,” sings frontman Elias Rønnenfelt. He paints a picture of the world as we know it now: "Empty shelves in barren streets / Confined domestic quarantine." The band writes on their Bandcamp page: "Written in the wake of the lockdown on gatherings, borders, schools and life as we know it, 'Lockdown Blues' is an attempt at addressing this troubled new reality during Covid-19." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 22, 2020
Benjamin Gibbard - Life in Quarantine
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Benjamin Gibbard - "Life in Quarantine," a 2020 single on Barsuk Records. Since the start of the statewide stay-at-home mandates, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard has been there for us, streaming live performances from his home studio almost daily. (He's since pared down to just performing on Thursday evenings, which is still an incredibly generous act to do week after week.) During one of his sessions in late March, he debuted a new track he had written titled “Life In Quarantine.” "I know this is a really fucked up and scary time for everybody, including myself," he said, introducing the track. "And I know that we're all trying to figure out what we can do to make it better, or what we can do to alleviate the suffering of someone else." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 21, 2020
Ellis - Fall Apart
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Ellis - "Fall Apart" from the 2020 album Born Again on Fat Possum Records. Hamilton, Ontario dream pop artist Ellis (real name: Linnea Siggelkow) had hearts aflutter with her 2018 EP The Fuzz. Earlier this month, she re-emerged with her debut full-length, titled Born Again, which, as the title alludes to, finds Siggelkow exploring her feelings on faith. As for today's Song of the Day, she explains, "This is really just an honest reflection of my struggle with anxiety and how I can't hide it from the people closest to me. It's about the feeling the first time someone you admire sees you in your most vulnerable state, about putting in the work to get better but still having moments of weakness..." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 20, 2020
Sólveig Matthildur - Dystopian Boy
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Sólveig Matthildur - "Dystopian Boy" from the 2019 album Constantly In Love on Artoffact Records. As a member of Icelandic trio Kælan Mikla, vocalist/keyboardist Sólveig Matthildur knows her way around atmospheric synth-pop. When she relocated from her hometown of Reykjavík to Berlin, she began to produce music on her own, resulting in the 2016 debut LP Unexplained Miseries & the Acceptance of Sorrow, which went on to win the Icelandic Kraumur Award. Her 2019 follow-up album, Constantly in Love, continued to expand on her goth-tinged new wave, adding a little light to the darkness with the single "Dystopian Boy." The track features L.A.-based artist Deb Demure (aka Drab Majesty) on guitar, and together they craft an ethereal, '80s-inspired track that would fit right into a John Hughes movie. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 17, 2020
Sinead O'Brien - Taking On Time
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Sinead O’Brien - "Taking On Time" from the 2019 album Speedy Wunderground - Year 4 on Speedy Wunderground. Esteemed London-based label Speedy Wunderground celebrated their 30th release with a new track by Irish poet Sinead O’Brien. O’Brien's work has been published for years, including a short story of hers printed in the London Review Of Books. Punk poet John Cooper Clarke invited her to open for him on a spoken word tour, a moment that changed her life. "He actually introduced me to the music of Mark E. Smith – probably one of my most valuable references ever," she recalled in an interview with Loud & Quiet. Like The Fall frontman, O’Brien recites her lines with a stoic cadence, an oratorical delivery, though hers is thick with an Irish brogue.  “I would love people to dance to it,” she continued. “It’s the pace. I always try to do things faster than anyone will let me, then it gets pulled back just a tinge. Runaway, that’s my feeling. Always.” Read the full post at KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 16, 2020
L'Eclair - Suite No. 2
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L’éclair - "Suite No. 2" from the 2019 album Sauropoda on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records. It's not surprising to learn that L’Eclair recorded their latest LP Sauropoda from an undisclosed location in the Alps: their music displays an array of influences as vast as the famous European mountain range itself. From krautrock to disco with Afro-Cuban percussion, the Swiss septet managed to capture an atmospheric groove in a 48-hour recording session.  Bassist Elie Ghersinu explained to Popmatters, "We were just thinking of recording the last jams that we had developed during the last year's shows, and I think we just got inspired in the moment and we recorded some new jams, new songs, and it turned out to be an album. It was not meant to be an album." Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 15, 2020
Balkan Taksim - Zalina
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Balkan Taksim - "Zalina," a 2019 self-released single. True to their name, Balkan Taksim take the traditional folk music of their homeland and combine it with psychedelic electronic beats that their Romanian ancestors never could've imagined. Formed by multi-instrumentalist Sașa-Liviu Stoianovici, producer Alin Zăbrăuțeanu, and percussionist Cosmo, the band thrive on stage, hypnotizing the hips of the audience. In a press release, Stoianovici explains that today's featured track is "about a strong-minded, beautiful girl and a man who is desperately in love with her. Musically, the song epitomises some of the directions we're pursuing, with its Romanian traditional vocals and keyboard stylings and laid-back yet dance floor-oriented trip-hop electronics."  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 14, 2020
Jesse Markin - Run
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Jesse Markin - “Run” from the 2019 album FOLK on VILD Music.  Finnish rapper Jesse Markin got his start with the group The Megaphone State, building up a cult following with their soulful samples and smooth, versatile rhymes. While you can still these elements in Markin’s solo music, there’s a newfound intensity that’s risen to the surface on his first LP FOLK. It was a conscious decision to begin addressing serious topics, from love and loneliness to xenophobia and greed.  On “Run” you can feel this immediately with a rush of thundering drums, synthesizer droning, and pitched-up chants. The energy only picks up as Markin jumps in, delivering fiery verses over industrial beats. Through the chaos his voice rises as the most dominant force in the music as he exudes his greatness while sneering at those stuck in their prejudices.  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 13, 2020
Tomo Nakayama - Get To Know You
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Tomo Nakayama - "Get To Know You" from the 2020 self-released album Melonday. This week, Tomo Nakayama, master of cinematic indie-folk and former leader of local band Grand Hallway, flipped the script by releasing his very first dancefloor-ready record, Melonday. A massive departure from his tender, tranquil songs of past, the record is chock-full of groovy pop anthems. Our Song of the Day is the album’s lead single, “Get to Know You.”  “Tell me stories, tell me rhymes, tell me anything you like / Tell me all about the good things that could make you feel alive,” croons Nakayama over a propulsive beat that simmers and shakes. Co-produced with Yuuki Matthews, of the Shins and Teardrops, the song is a bright and beautiful synth-filled banger. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 10, 2020
Sharon Van Etten - Beaten Down
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Sharon Van Etten - "Beaten Down," a 2020 single on Jagjaguwar. Sharon Van Etten is on a roll. Following last year’s masterful studio album Remind Me Tomorrow, the singer-songwriter and actress returned in February with the smoldering single “Beaten Down.” The minimal song is dark and spacious, evoking the dubby trip-hop of the ‘90s.  Produced by John Congleton, the song focuses on “love, patience, and empathy,” Van Etten said in a statement. “It’s about making life-changing choices and remaining strong enough to see them through.” Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 09, 2020
RINSE - Tell Me Tell Me Tell Me
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RINSE - "Tell Me Tell Me Tell Me," a 2020 self-released single. Last month, Brisbane artist Joe Agius, member and co-writer of Hatchie, debuted his first material under the name RINSE. Titled “Tell Me Tell Me Tell Me,” the song is an infectious throwback mashup of post-punk, shoegaze, and new wave and was mixed by Jorge Elbrecht (Ariel Pink, Japanese Breakfast, Wild Nothing, Sky Ferreira) and mastered by Heba Kadry (Bjork, Slowdive, Beach House, Deerhunter). Agius has this to say about the song: “‘Tell Me Tell Me Tell Me' was recorded late last year at Airlock Studios in Brisbane and sonically sits in the middle of a lot of the music I've been getting ready in RINSE so felt like the right place to begin in. The song talks about a time in my life when I was wrapped up in a lifestyle that wasn't doing great things for my mental health and I lived in a place that only really encouraged that behavior. While I still have many things to figure out, I realized leaving this period of my life that a lot of what I was doing to make myself feel better was really making myself feel a lot worse.” Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 08, 2020
Andy Shauf - Try Again
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Andy Shauf - "Try Again" from the 2020 album The Neon Skyline on ANTI- Records. With his latest album, The Neon Skyline, Andy Shauf has crafted his most realized and engrossing work yet. You needn’t look much further than single “Try Again.” Shauf’s songwriting style is all finesse and detail. “Try Again” finds a narrator, presumably Shauf,  trying to salvage a relationship that just won’t stick. And while the heartache of the scenario writes itself, it’s Shauf’s scene setting with drunken gaffes and awkward exchanges that ground his breezy reflection, culminating in the gut punch of a line “I make a silent toast to the things that I do and don’t miss.” With the light light of strumming acoustic guitars and Shauf’s charming croon, it’s a story you can’t help but be invested in despite it’s inevitably tragic ending. - Dusty Henry Real the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 07, 2020
Other Lives - Lost Day
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Other Lives - “Lost Day” from the 2020 album For Their Love on ATO Records. In January, Oklahoma-bred indie folk outfit Other Lives announced their first album in nearly five years, following 2015’s Rituals. Titled For Their Love, the new record sees them continue their streak of transcendent indie folk that started in 2006 when they released Flight of the Flynns under the name Kunek. Our Song of the Day is the record’s lead single “Lost Day,” a lush jangly rambler filled with cinematic strings and heavenly choral vocals. Read the full post at KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 06, 2020
Tres Leches - Nieve
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Tres Leches - “Nieve,” a 2020 self-released single. The latest track from Seattle's Tres Leches is a beautiful example of community, featuring guest appearances from fellow Northwest artists Terror/Cactus, Rachael's Children, and Medejín.  The band describe the song as an attempt to "stay alive once more through music." They point to a quote from poet Audre Lorde: “Implicit in survival is joy, mobility and effectiveness… if we do what we need to be doing then we will leave something that continues beyond ourselves." While the band recently had to cancel their spring tour due to the coronavirus, they're using this period of self-quarantine to work on new music. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 03, 2020
Lucinda Williams - Man Without a Soul
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Lucinda Williams - “Man Without a Soul” from the 2020 album Good Souls Better Angels on Highway 20/Thirty Tigers. "All the money in the world / Will never fill that hole / You're a man bought and sold / You're a man without a soul" Over the past 40 years, Lucinda Williams has built a name for herself with her vivid storytelling, which has earned her four Grammy Awards throughout her career. But her forthcoming full-length, Good Souls Better Angels, will "forgo the personal and narrative-based songcraft that has become synonymous with her name and instead speaks to some of the injustices permeating our society." Today's Song of the Day perfectly illustrates this shift. And while she never directly names who the subject of the song is, it's not hard to guess who she's referring to. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 02, 2020
Archers of Loaf - Raleigh Days
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Archers of Loaf - “Raleigh Days,” a 2020 single on Merge Records. It's been over 20 years, but indie rock kings Archers of Loaf have returned with the single "Raleigh Days," their first new music since 1998's LP White Trash Heroes. Originally formed in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, in 1991, the band exploded on to the scene with their debut album Icky Mettle and the hit single "Web in Front", which landed them a highly-coveted appearance on MTV's Beavis & Butthead. Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Apr 01, 2020
Steve Earle & The Dukes - Devil Put the Coal in the Ground
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Steve Earle & The Dukes - “Devil Put the Coal in the Ground” from the 2020 album Ghosts of West Virginia on New West Records. In 2010, the Upper Big Branch coal mine in Raleigh County, West Virginia exploded, killing twenty-nine of the thirty-one miners present at the time. It's been called one of the worst mining disasters in American history. And it inspired the latest album from veteran singer/songwriter Steve Earle, titled Ghosts of West Virginia. The project originated with the off-Broadway play Coal Country, written by playwrights Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, who approached Earle to compose the score. While the play had to cancel its run in New York City due the coronavirus, Earle will release the songs as his 20th studio album on May 22nd via New West Records.  Read the full post on KEXP.org Support the show.
Mar 31, 2020
Throwing Muses - Dark Blue
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Throwing Muses - “Dark Blue” from the 2020 album Sun Racket on Fire Records.

Alt-rock icons Throwing Muses return with their first new album in seven years, the fiery tenth full-length Sun Racket, out May 22 via Fire Records. The group originally formed in the early '80s, with it's current line-up of Kristin Hersh, drummer David Narcizo, and bassist Bernard Georges holding steady since the '90s. Recording the new album brought everybody back together from their respective coasts. 

Sun Racket has always been geographical," Narcizo confirms in a press release. "...a transplanted southerner in New England crash landing in California. A West Coast sound at New England scale, dragged back down to the south where the elements got more aggressive but now with deeper roots.”

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Mar 30, 2020
The B-Band - Kavire Del
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B-Band - "Kavire Del” from the 2013 self-released album Napichideh (Uncomplicated)

B-band formed in Tehran, Iran in 2009, combining alt-rock with Persian folklore. Dr. Nasim Niknafs, Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Toronto, points out in an interview with Ethnotes that "when you transliterate this name into Farsi, it has another meaning, which translates roughly to 'without any boundaries.' In addition, B-Band is the name of a guitar pickup company. One name, many layers!"

Today's featured track is a cover of the '70s-era single “Kavire Del” by Marjan, which itself was a cover of a French/Turkish song performed by Ajda Pekkan.

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Mar 27, 2020
Liraz - Zan Bezan
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Liraz - “Zan Bezan” from the 2020 album Zan on Dead Sea Recordings

Liraz Charhi's family emigrated to Israel during the '70s at the brink of the Iranian Revolution. Nearly 50 years later, it's still a major influence in the music she writes under the name Liraz. "Music in Iran in the ’70s was characterized by resistance to traditional music and a desire to find a universal sound," she explained to the Haaretz Newspaper.

Today's Song of the Day translates to "Women, Sing" — it's a call to action for women to join her personal revolution. According to Liraz, "The fight for women’s freedom of expression is in my DNA."

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Mar 26, 2020
Bahram - Goosht
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Bahram - “گوشت (Goosht)," a 2019 single on Peeleh Records

The Huffington Post declared him one of the "50 people shaping the culture of the Middle East." Bahram Nouraei — who records simply as Bahram — uses hip-hop to call out the current political climate of Iran. His breakout single was titled "Nameyee Be Rayees Jomhour" (translating to "A Letter to the President"), which openly criticized the sixth president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Bahram has since relocated to Stockholm, Sweden. Earlier this year, he launched today's featured track, titled “گوشت (Goosht),” produced by Peymandegar and featuring album artwork by Setareh Malekzadeh. On March 20th, he released a new EP titled Gozaar (Transition), out now via Peeleh.

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Mar 25, 2020
Salome MC - Odium
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Salome MC - “Odium” from the 2017 self-released album Excerpts from Unhappy Consciousness

Salome MC is Iran's first female rapper, and her LP Excerpts from Unhappy Consciousness is the first full-length Persian hip-hop album produced by a woman. This is all the more impressive when you learn that in 2007, the Iranian government denounced rap, with the Ministry of Culture shutting down recording studios where these albums are made, raiding record stores where this music might be sold, blocking websites, and even arresting the artists themselves.

Released in 2017, Excerpts from Unhappy Consciousness is the culmination of two years work, said to be an "autobiographical concept album that explores a woman's journey in the light of Hegel's Unhappy Consciousness, with each track correlating to a stage of dialectical life of spirit."

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Mar 24, 2020
SarrSew - Farewell, Warden
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SarrSew - "Farewell, Warden.” from the 2018 album Girih: Iranian Sound Artists on Zabte Sote

When Tehran-born, Paris-based artist Sara Bigdeli Shamloo isn’t recording as half of the duo 9T Antiope, she records solo under the name SarrSew.

While previous SarrSew tracks were composed for theatre and film (Shamloo was studying Theatre Directing at Tehran University before she dropped out), today’s Song of the Day marks her solo debut single, a haunting, somber chant sung in English over an eerie, yet meditative lullaby until it culminates in an erratic blur of feedback. 

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Mar 23, 2020
Eyelids - The Accidental Falls
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Eyelids - "The Accidental Falls" from the 2020 album The Accidental Falls on Jealous Butcher Records

When Larry Beckett offers up his lyrics to you, it's hard to say "no." Beckett was a long-time collaborator with legendary singer/songwriter Tim Buckley, and even wrote the lyrics to the now-iconic and heavily-covered 1969 single "Song to the Siren." He's also the father of the kid who's best friends with Chris Slusarenko's son, putting this creative connection into place. Slusarenko is a member of Portland supergroup Eyelids, which features members of The Decemberists, Guided by Voices, Elliott Smith, Quasi, and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.

Eyelids' latest album, The Accidental Falls, is a 13-song collection utilizing Beckett's lyrics, produced by fellow Portland resident, R.E.M.'s Peter Buck. For the title track, Beckett drew from the works of 18th and 19th century German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe for "probably the most rocking translation of Goethe's work to date."

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Mar 20, 2020
Cable Ties - Sandcastles
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Cable Ties - "Sandcastles" from the 2020 album Far Enough on Merge Records.

Melbourne punk trio Cable Ties return with the album Far Enough at the end of the month, their second album overall, but their first for Merge Records. The Australian group made their debut in April 2015, performing at Wetfest, an annual non-binary-inclusive music festival spotlighting bands emerging from Melbourne's D.I.Y. scene. Since then, they've emerged from the underground with their intense, cathartic anthems.

On today's featured track, the call-and-response vocals of guitarist Jenny McKechnie and drummer Shauna Boyle may call to mind the interplay between Corin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney, but Cable Ties bring a more '70s-post punk influence, channeling bands like X-Ray Spex and The Raincoats.

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Mar 19, 2020
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Cars In Space
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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - "Cars In Space," a 2020 single on Sub Pop.

Melbourne, Australia's Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever return with the single "Cars In Space," which — along with last year's singles “In The Capital” and ‘“Read My Mind” — marks their first new music since their debut LP Hope Downs.  

Much like Hope Downs, "Cars In Space" is a jangly piece of pop, harkening back to the '80s Australian indie-pop heyday. The group's dueling vocals are in play, adding another level of tension to a song band member Fran Keaney says "follows the swirling words and thoughts before a break-up."

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Mar 18, 2020
Hamilton Leithauser - Here They Come
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Hamilton Leithauser - “Here They Come” from the 2020 album The Loves of Your Life on Glassnote Records.

Following his 2016 collaboration with Vampire Weekend's Rostam, Leithauser returns this year with The Loves of Your Life, an album produced, recorded, and written all by himself. “All of the songs on my new record are about people,” he explained in a press statement. “Individual, real people. Some are strangers I’ve met, but a lot are friends.”

In the case of today's Song of the Day, the friend in particular "tends to run from his problems. When the going gets tough, he tends to just cut and run. The song is about the specific moment when the lights are coming up in a movie theater where he’s been hiding out all day, and life’s complications are just coming back into focus.”

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Mar 17, 2020
Yumi Zouma - Cool For A Second
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Yumi Zouma - “Cool for a Second” from the 2020 album Truth or Consequences on Polyvinyl.

Dream pop quartet Yumi Zouma have returned with the new album Truth or Consequences, their first for new label Polyvinyl Records but their third overall. 

Today's Song of the Day is a swoon-inducing electro-pop piece with an '80's-style beat. It's hard to believe the song was almost scrapped. Ryder explained, via a press release, "The song was demoed in Los Angeles and then long forgotten, destined for the scrap heap. A spark of inspiration from Josh in the introduction reestablished that for us, the most conspicuous of melodies are often hidden in modest beginnings.”

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Mar 16, 2020
Perfect Son - Lust
178

Perfect Son - Lust - from the 2019 album Cast on Sub Pop.

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Mar 13, 2020
FLOHIO - WAY2
202

FLOHIO - WAY2 - a 2019 single on ALPHA.

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Mar 12, 2020
FVLCRVM - Words
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FVLCRVM - Words - a 2018 single on Universal Austria. Support the show.
Mar 11, 2020
alyona alyona - Падло (feat. Alina Pash)
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alyona alyona - Падло (feat. Alina Pash) - from the 2019 album ПУШКА on HitWonder.

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Mar 10, 2020
La colère - La Plage
201

La colère - La Plage - from the 2020 self-released album La Vague.

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Mar 09, 2020
Acid Tongue - Bullies
179

Acid Tongue - Bullies - from the 2020 album Bullies on Freakout Records.

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Mar 06, 2020
Ultraísta - Tin King
235

Ultraísta - Tin King - from the 2020 album Sister on Partisan Records.

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Mar 05, 2020
BROKEN UP - Long Long Long
291

BROKEN UP - Long Long Long - a 2019 single on Wave Records.

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Mar 04, 2020
Pottery - Texas Drums Pt I & II
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Pottery - Texas Drums Pt I & II - from the 2020 album Welcome to Bobby's Motel on Partisan Records.

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Mar 03, 2020
FACS - Teenage Hive
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FACS - Teenage Hive - from the 2020 album Void Moments on Trouble In Mind Records.

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Mar 02, 2020
Chastity Belt - The Process
293

Chastity Belt - The Process - a 2020 single on Hardly Art.

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Feb 28, 2020
Wye Oak - Fear of Heights
214

Wye Oak - Fear of Heights - a 2020 single on Merge Records.

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Feb 27, 2020
Drive-By Truckers - Thoughts and Prayers
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Drive-By Truckers - Thoughts and Prayers - from the 2020 album The Unraveling on ATO Records.

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Feb 26, 2020
Waxahatchee - Fire
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Waxahatchee - Fire - from the 2020 album Saint Cloud on Merge Records.

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Feb 25, 2020
Lady Lamb - Arizona
277

Lady Lamb - Arizona - a 2020 single on Ba Da Bing!

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Feb 24, 2020
Smokey Brights - Flash Your Lights (Rudy Willingham Remix)
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Smokey Brights - Flash Your Lights (Rudy Willingham Remix) - a 2020 single on Freakout Records.

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Feb 21, 2020
Midwife - Anyone Can Play Guitar
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Midwife - Anyone Can Play Guitar - from the 2020 album Forever on The Flenser.

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Feb 20, 2020
Moaning - Ego
230

Moaning - Ego - from the 2020 album Uneasy Laughter on Sub Pop.

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Feb 19, 2020
Thrillhouse - One Of These Days
335

Thrillhouse - One Of These Days - a 2019 self-released single.

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Feb 18, 2020
Cartalk - Wrestling
210

Cartalk - Wrestling - a 2019 single on DistroKid.

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Feb 17, 2020
Rocketship - What's the Use of Books
316

Rocketship - What's the Use of Books - from the 2019 album Thanks to You on Darla Records.

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Feb 14, 2020
Poliça - Sea Without Blue
180

Poliça - Sea Without Blue - from the 2020 album When We Stay Alive on Memphis Industries.

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Feb 13, 2020
TORRES - Dressing America
240

TORRES - Dressing America - from the 2020 album Silver Tongue on Merge Records.

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Feb 12, 2020
Jonah Mutono - Circulation
237

Jonah Mutono - Circulation - a 2019 single on True Panther/EQT Recordings.

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Feb 11, 2020
The Reminders - Have It All
204

The Reminders - Have It All - a 2020 self-released single.

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Feb 10, 2020
Bonnie "Prince" Billy - This Is Far From Over
167

Bonnie "Prince" Billy - This Is Far From Over - from the 2019 album I Made A Place on Drag City.

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Feb 07, 2020
Weyes Blood - Wild Time
369

Weyes Blood - Wild Time - from the 2019 album Titanic Rising on Sub Pop.

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Feb 06, 2020
Michael Stipe - Drive To The Ocean
216

Michael Stipe - Drive To The Ocean - a 2020 self-released single.

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Feb 05, 2020
Courtney Barnett - Dead Fox
213

Courtney Barnett - Dead Fox - from the 2015 album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit on Mom + Pop.

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Feb 04, 2020
Kero Kero Bonito - When the Fires Come
220

Kero Kero Bonito - When the Fires Come - from the 2019 album Civilisation I on Polyvinyl.

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Feb 03, 2020
Hotels - Sides
349

Hotels - Sides - a 2019 self-released single.

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Jan 31, 2020
MGMT - In the Afternoon
226

MGMT - In the Afternoon - a 2019 single on MGMT Records.

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Jan 30, 2020
Dogleg - Fox
170

Dogleg - Fox - from the 2020 album Melee on Triple Crown Records.

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Jan 29, 2020
Bonny Light Horseman - Deep In Love
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Bonny Light Horseman - Deep In Love - from the 2020 album Bonny Light Horseman on 37d03d.

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Jan 28, 2020
Ratboys - Alien With a Sleep Mask On
230

Ratboys - Alien With a Sleep Mask On - from the 2020 album Printer's Devil on Topshelf Records.

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Jan 27, 2020
Polyrhythmics - Yeti, Set, Go
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Polyrhythmics - Yeti, Set, Go - a 2019 self-released single.

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Jan 24, 2020
House of Feelings - Convo (feat. Dave Harrington)
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House of Feelings - Convo (feat. Dave Harrington) - a 2019 single on House of Feelings Records.

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Jan 23, 2020
Greg Dulli - Pantomima
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Greg Dulli - Pantomima - from the 2020 album Random Desire on Royal Cream/BMG.

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Jan 22, 2020
Shopping - Initiative
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Shopping - Initiative - from the 2020 album All or Nothing on FatCat Records.

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Jan 21, 2020
Lido Pimienta - No Pude
229

Lido Pimienta - No Pude - a 2019 single on ANTI-.

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Jan 20, 2020
Cataldo - Ding Dong Scrambled Eggs
174

Cataldo - Ding Dong Scrambled Eggs - from the 2019 self-released album Literally Main Street.

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Jan 17, 2020
Holy Fuck - Free Gloss (feat. Nick Allbrook of Pond)
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Holy Fuck - Free Gloss (feat. Nick Allbrook of Pond) - from the 2020 self-released album Deleter.

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Jan 16, 2020
Silverbacks - Sirens
254

Silverbacks - Sirens - a 2019 single on Nice Swan Records.

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Jan 15, 2020
BAMBARA - Sing Me To The Street
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BAMBARA - Sing Me To The Street - from the 2020 album Stray on Wharf Cat Records.

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Jan 14, 2020
The Sweet Release of Death - Sway
241

The Sweet Release of Death - Sway - from the 2019 album The Blissful Joy of Living on Subroutine Records.

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Jan 13, 2020
Yirim Seck - Clicks
230

Yirim Seck - Clicks - from the 2019 self-released album Hear Me Out Too (Seckond Edition).

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Jan 10, 2020
BIRTHH - Parakeet
183

BIRTHH - Parakeet - from the 2020 album WHOA on Carosello Records.

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Jan 09, 2020
Punčke - Chk Chk
196

Punčke - Chk Chk - from the 2019 EP Vidimo se on Cereal Records.

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Jan 08, 2020
El Shirota - Más de Una Vez
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El Shirota - Más de Una Vez - a 2019 single on Del Sur.

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Jan 07, 2020
Sløtface - New Year, new me
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Sløtface - New Year, new me - from the 2020 album Sorry for the Late Reply on Propeller Recordings/Nettwerk Music Group.

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Jan 06, 2020
Math and Physics Club - In Dreams
193

Math and Physics Club - In Dreams - from the 2019 single Indian Ocean on Matinée Recordings.

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Jan 03, 2020
beabadoobee - Are You Sure
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beabadoobee - Are You Sure - from the 2019 EP Space Cadet on Dirty Hit.

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Jan 02, 2020
Flyying Colours - Goodtimes
241

Flyying Colours - Goodtimes - from the 2020 album Fantasy Country on Poison City Records.

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Jan 01, 2020
Hinds - Riding Solo
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Hinds - Riding Solo - a 2019 single on Mom + Pop.

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Dec 31, 2019
Caspian - Flowers of Light
302

Caspian - Flowers of Light - from the 2020 album On Circles on Triple Crown Records.

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Dec 30, 2019
The Pack A.D. - Coconut
108

The Pack A.D. - Coconut - a 2016 self-released single.

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Dec 27, 2019
Warning: Danger! - Dangerous Christmas
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Warning: Danger! - Dangerous Christmas - a 2019 self-released single.

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Dec 26, 2019
Champagne Honeybee - Kimchi For Christmas
140

Champagne Honeybee - Kimchi For Christmas - a 2014 self-released single.

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Dec 25, 2019
Alice Bag Band - No Gifts For Nazis
118

Alice Bag Band - No Gifts For Nazis - a 2019 single on Get Better Records.

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Dec 24, 2019
Telekinesis - Christmas Time Is Here (Uh Oh)
122

Telekinesis - Christmas Time Is Here (Uh Oh) - from the 2019 album You Wish: A Merge Records Holiday Album on Merge Records.

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Dec 23, 2019
Lisa Prank - IUD
132

Lisa Prank - IUD - from the 2019 album Perfect Love Song on Father/Daughter Records.

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Dec 20, 2019
Caribou - You and I
244

Caribou - You and I - from the 2020 album Suddenly on Merge Records.

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Dec 19, 2019
Allah-Las - Holding Pattern
248

Allah-Las - Holding Pattern - from the 2019 album LAHS on Mexican Summer.

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Dec 18, 2019
Wolf Parade - Against the Day
253

Wolf Parade - Against the Day - from the 2020 album Thin Mind on Sub Pop.

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Dec 17, 2019
Avalanche Party - Howl
185

Avalanche Party - Howl - from the 2019 self-released album 24 Carat Diamond Trephine.

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Dec 16, 2019
somesurprises - High Rise
308

somesurprises - High Rise - from the 2019 album somesurprises on Drawing Room Records.

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Dec 13, 2019
Graham Coxon - She Knows
184

Graham Coxon - She Knows - from the 2019 self-released album The End of The F***ing World 2 (Original Songs and Score).

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Dec 12, 2019
The Innocence Mission - On Your Side
211

The Innocence Mission - On Your Side - from the 2020 album See You Tomorrow on Bella Union.

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Dec 11, 2019
Kele - Between Me and My Maker
360

Kele - Between Me and My Maker - from the 2019 album 2042 on KOLA Records.

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Dec 10, 2019
The Sunday League - I Liked It When You Weren't Yourself
236

The Sunday League - I Liked It When You Weren't Yourself - a 2019 self-released single.

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Dec 09, 2019
Jason McCue - Even Though
170

Jason McCue - Even Though - from the 2019 album Wasteland on Fluff and Gravy Records.

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Dec 06, 2019
Æ Mak - We Have It Right Here
220

Æ Mak - We Have It Right Here - a 2019 self-released single.

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Dec 05, 2019
SONS - Keep On Going
134

SONS - Keep On Going - from the 2019 album Family Dinner on Noisesome Recordings.

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Dec 04, 2019
Katarína Máliková - Vodník
337

Katarína Máliková - Vodník - from the 2019 album Postalgia on Slnko Records.

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Dec 03, 2019
Charly Bliss - Supermoon
185

Charly Bliss - Supermoon - from the 2019 EP Supermoon on Barsuk Records.

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Dec 02, 2019
Oh, Rose - 25, Alive
164

Oh, Rose - 25, Alive - from the 2019 album While My Father Sleeps on Park The Van Records.

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Nov 29, 2019
Sheer Mag - Hardly to Blame
188

Sheer Mag - Hardly to Blame - from the 2019 album A Distant Call on Wilsun Recording Company.

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Nov 28, 2019
Death Valley Girls - Dream Cleaver
190

Death Valley Girls - Dream Cleaver - a 2019 single on Suicide Squeeze Records.

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Nov 27, 2019
Marika Hackman - conventional ride
251

Marika Hackman - conventional ride - from the 2019 album Any Human Friend on Sub Pop.

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Nov 26, 2019
oso oso - charlie
276

oso oso - charlie - from the 2019 album basking in the glow on Triple Crown Records.

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Nov 25, 2019
Sera Cahoone and Tomo Nakayama - Crows
212

Sera Cahoone and Tomo Nakayama - Crows - a 2019 self-released single.

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Nov 22, 2019
Eyesore & The Jinx - Leisure Time
170

Eyesore & The Jinx - Leisure Time - a 2019 single on Eggy Records.

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Nov 21, 2019
Sudan Archives - Confessions
174

Sudan Archives - Confessions - from the 2019 album Athena on Stones Throw Records.

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Nov 20, 2019
HOLY - You shine on me (feat. Boys)
293

HOLY - You shine on me (feat. Boys) - a 2019 single on PNKSLM.

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Nov 19, 2019
Carter Tanton - Steep Angles On The Back Wheels
250

Carter Tanton - Steep Angles On The Back Wheels - a 2019 single on Western Vinyl.

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Nov 18, 2019
Jenn Champion - Turn Up the Radio feat. Victor Le Masne
198

Jenn Champion - Turn Up the Radio feat. Victor Le Masne - from the 2019 album Turn Up The Radio on Hardly Art.

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Nov 15, 2019
Feet - Petty Thieving
241

Feet - Petty Thieving - from the 2019 album What’s Inside Is More Than Just Ham on Clapped Records.

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Nov 14, 2019
Corridor - Grand cheval
232

Corridor - Grand cheval - from the 2019 album Junior on Sub Pop.

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Nov 13, 2019
Squirrel Flower - Red Shoulder
193

Squirrel Flower - Red Shoulder - from the 2020 album I Was Born Swimming on Polyvinyl.

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Nov 12, 2019
Frances Quinlan - Rare Thing
211

Frances Quinlan - Rare Thing - from the 2020 album Likewise on Saddle Creek.

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Nov 11, 2019
Svavar Knútur - Janúar
273

Svavar Knútur - Janúar - a 2019 single on Dimma Records.

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Nov 08, 2019
Seabear - Waterphone
258

Seabear - Waterphone - a 2019 single on Morr Music.

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Nov 07, 2019
GDRN - Lætur mig feat. Floni
225

GDRN - Lætur mig feat. Floni - from the 2018 album Hvað Ef on Alda Music.

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Nov 06, 2019
JFDR - Taking A Part Of Me
200

JFDR - Taking A Part Of Me - a 2019 single on White Sun Recording.

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Nov 05, 2019
Mammút - Forever on Your Mind
290

Mammút - Forever on Your Mind - a 2019 self-released single.

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Nov 04, 2019
Great Grandpa - Bloom
262

Great Grandpa - Bloom - from the 2019 album Four of Arrows on Double Double Whammy.

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Nov 01, 2019
SISTERS - We Can Get Together (feat. Tilson XOXO)
215

SISTERS - We Can Get Together (feat. Tilson XOXO) - from the 2019 EP We Can Get Together on Tender Loving Empire.

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Oct 31, 2019
Dead Soft - I Believe You
314

Dead Soft - I Believe You - from the self-released 2019 album Big Blue.

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Oct 30, 2019
Dirty Rugs - I Got Your Moves
208

Dirty Rugs - I Got Your Moves - from the self-released 2019 EP Two Sides.

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Oct 29, 2019
The Shivas - Gloria
218

The Shivas - Gloria - from the 2019 album Dark Thoughts on Tender Loving Empire.

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Oct 28, 2019
The Rallies - If You Do
203

The Rallies - If You Do - from the self-released 2019 album Upside Down.

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Oct 25, 2019
Penelope Isles - Gnarbone
433

Penelope Isles - Gnarbone - from the 2019 album Until The Tide Creeps In on Bella Union.

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Oct 24, 2019
Squid - Match Bet
258

Squid - Match Bet - from the 2019 album Town Centre on Speedy Wunderground.

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Oct 23, 2019
Ezra Collective - Space Is the Place (Reprise)
155

Ezra Collective - Space Is the Place (Reprise) - from the 2019 album You Can't Steal My Joy on Enter The Jungle.

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Oct 22, 2019
Jenny Hval - High Alice
286

Jenny Hval - High Alice - from the 2019 album The Practice of Love on Sacred Bones Records.

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Oct 21, 2019
A Tribe Called Red - The OG (feat. Black Bear)
212

A Tribe Called Red - The OG (feat. Black Bear) - a 2019 self-released single.

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Oct 18, 2019
Afrosideral - Ode Ni Ire (feat. Nickodemus)
418

Afrosideral - Ode Ni Ire (feat. Nickodemus) - from the 2019 album El Olimpo de los Orishas on Wonderwheel Records.

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Oct 17, 2019
Ampersan - Cuando Muere Una Lengua (feat. Rubén Albarrán)
350

Ampersan - Cuando Muere Una Lengua (feat. Rubén Albarrán) - from the self-released 2019 album 6 Conejo.

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Oct 16, 2019
Silver Jackson - Glad I Found You
133

Silver Jackson - Glad I Found You - from the 2012 album It's Glimmering Now on HomeSkillet Records.

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Oct 15, 2019
Calina Lawrence - ʔəshəliʔ ti txʷəlšucid (Lushootseed Is Alive)
190

Calina Lawrence - ʔəshəliʔ ti txʷəlšucid (Lushootseed Is Alive) - a 2019 self-released single.

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Oct 14, 2019
Moon Palace - Who You Are
203

Moon Palace - Who You Are - from the self-released 2019 album Shadowcast.

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Oct 11, 2019
Bombay Bicycle Club - Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You)
219

Bombay Bicycle Club - Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You) - a 2019 single on Mmm...Records.

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Oct 10, 2019
IDLES - I Dream Guillotine
237

IDLES - I Dream Guillotine - a 2019 single on Partisan Records.

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Oct 09, 2019
Empty Country - Jets
228

Empty Country - Jets - a 2019 single on Tiny Engines.

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Oct 08, 2019
Cuffed Up - Small Town Kid
207

Cuffed Up - Small Town Kid - a 2019 self-released single.

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Oct 07, 2019
Final Body - Lose Health
311

Final Body - Lose Health - from the self-released 2019 album Nothyng.

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Oct 04, 2019
clipping. - Nothing Is Safe
297

clipping. - Nothing Is Safe - from the 2019 album There Existed an Addiction to Blood on Sub Pop.

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Oct 03, 2019
Hater - Four Tries Down
225

Hater - Four Tries Down - a 2019 single on Fire Records.

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Oct 02, 2019
Songhoy Blues - Time to Go Home (David Ferguson Mix)
274

Songhoy Blues - Time to Go Home (David Ferguson Mix) - from the 2019 EP Meet Me In The City on Fat Possum Records.

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Oct 01, 2019
Tei Shi - Red Light
159

Tei Shi - Red Light - a 2019 single on Downtown Records.

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Sep 30, 2019
Moon Duo - Stars Are The Light
266

Moon Duo - Stars Are The Light - from the 2019 album Stars Are The Light on Sacred Bones Records.

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Sep 27, 2019
Mikal Cronin - Show Me
291

Mikal Cronin - Show Me - from the 2019 album Seeker on Merge Records.

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Sep 26, 2019
Just Mustard - Frank
182

Just Mustard - Frank - from the 2019 EP Frank/October on Pizza Pizza Records.

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Sep 25, 2019
Julia Jacklin - Body
308

Julia Jacklin - Body - from the 2019 album Crushing on Polyvinyl Records.

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Sep 24, 2019
Cigarettes After Sex - Heavenly
287

Cigarettes After Sex - Heavenly - from the 2019 album Cry on Partisan Records.

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Sep 23, 2019
Orquestra Pacifico Tropical - Flor De Oro
186

Orquestra Pacifico Tropical - Flor de Oro - from the self-released 2018 album El Tren.

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Sep 20, 2019
San Pedro El Cortez - Asco
162

San Pedro El Cortez - Asco - from the 2017 album Un Poco Más de Luz on Intolerancia / Burger Records.

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Sep 19, 2019
Luisa Almaguer - Básica (feat. The TBD)
188

Luisa Almaguer - Básica (feat. The TBD) - from the self-released 2019 album Mataronomatar.

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Sep 18, 2019
Belafonte Sensacional - La Noche Total
182

Belafonte Sensacional - La Noche Total - from the self-released 2019 album Soy Piedra.

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Sep 17, 2019
La Bruja De Texcoco - Té de Malvón
393

La Bruja de Texcoco - Té de Malvón - from the self-released 2019 album De Brujas, Peteneras y Chachalacas.

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Sep 16, 2019
Summer Cannibals - Can't Tell Me No
225

Summer Cannibals - Can't Tell Me No - from the 2019 album Can't Tell Me No on Tiny Engines.

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Sep 13, 2019
DJ Seinfeld - Electrian
412

DJ Seinfeld - Electrian - from the 2019 Galazy EP on Young Ethics.

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Sep 12, 2019
DIIV - Skin Game
266

DIIV - Skin Game - from the 2019 album Deceiver on Captured Tracks.

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Sep 11, 2019
Guards - Take My Mind
210

Guards - Take My Mind - from the 2019 album Modern Hymns on AWAL.

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Sep 10, 2019
Russian Circles - Arluck
394

Russian Circles - Arluck - from the 2019 album Blood Year on Sargent House.

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Sep 09, 2019
Chris Staples - Holy Moly
155

Chris Staples - Holy Moly - from the 2019 album Holy Moly on Barsuk Records.

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Sep 06, 2019
Juliper Sky - Heaven
231

Juliper Sky - Heaven - a 2019 self-released single.

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Sep 05, 2019
SAULT - Let Me Go
193

SAULT - Let Me Go - from the 2019 album 5 on Forever Living Originals.

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Sep 04, 2019
Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
240

Angel Olsen - All Mirrors - from the 2019 album All Mirrors on Jagjaguwar.

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Sep 03, 2019
Lower Dens - I Drive
219

Lower Dens - I Drive - from the 2019 album The Competition on Ribbon Music.

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Sep 02, 2019
Blackpool Astronomy - Schuster
270

Blackpool Astronomy - Schuster - from the 2019 album The Secret Language of a Nervous Breakdown on Blew // Rose.

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Aug 30, 2019
Black Country, New Road - Sunglasses
277

Black Country, New Road - Sunglasses - a 2019 single on Blank Editions.

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Aug 29, 2019
Chaos Chaos - Theaters
204

Chaos Chaos - Theaters - a 2019 self-released single.

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Aug 28, 2019
Geowulf - Round and Round
250

Geowulf - Round and Round - from the 2019 album My Resignation on [PIAS].

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Aug 27, 2019
Long Beard - Means To Me
225

Long Beard - Means To Me - from the 2019 album Means To Me on Double Double Whammy.

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Aug 26, 2019
YACHT - (Downtown) Dancing
338

YACHT - (Downtown) Dancing - from the 2019 album Chain Tripping on DFA Records.

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Aug 23, 2019
Bill Callahan - What Comes After Certainty
223

Bill Callahan - What Comes After Certainty - from the 2019 album Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest on Drag City.

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Aug 22, 2019
Donny Benét - Konichiwa
278

Donny Benét - Konichiwa - from the 2018 album The Don on Dot Dash Recordings.

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Aug 21, 2019
Khruangbin - Four of Five
257

Khruangbin - Four of Five - from the 2019 album Hasta El Cielo on Dead Oceans.

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Aug 20, 2019
girl in red - i'll die anyway.
193

girl in red - i'll die anyway. - from the self-released 2019 EP Chapter 2.

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Aug 19, 2019
The Berries - Fruit
168

The Berries - Fruit - from the 2019 album Berryland on Run For Cover Records.

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Aug 16, 2019
Ty Segall - The Arms
210

Ty Segall - The Arms - from the 2019 album First Taste on Drag City.

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Aug 15, 2019
Purple Mountains - Darkness and Cold
238

Purple Mountains - Darkness and Cold - from the 2019 album Purple Mountains on Drag City.

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Aug 14, 2019
RVG - Alexandra
243

RVG - Alexandra - a 2019 single on Our Golden Friend.

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Aug 13, 2019
Camp Saint Helene - Farfisa Song
266

Camp Saint Helene - Farfisa Song - from the self-released 2019 album Mother.

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Aug 12, 2019
Palehound - Worthy
173

Palehound - Worthy - from the 2019 album Black Friday on Polyvinyl.

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Aug 09, 2019
Black Pistol Fire - Black Halo
204

Black Pistol Fire - Black Halo - a 2019 single on Rifle Bird Music.

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Aug 08, 2019
Garcia Peoples - Break Me Down
256

Garcia Peoples - Break Me Down - from the 2019 album Natural Facts on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records.

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Aug 07, 2019
Greys - Kill Appeal
191

Greys - Kill Appeal - from the 2019 album Age Hasn't Spoiled You on Carpark Records.

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Aug 06, 2019
Lust For Youth - Great Concerns
239

Lust For Youth - Great Concerns - from the 2019 album Lust for Youth on Sacred Bones Records.

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Aug 05, 2019
Black Ferns - This Illusion
181

Black Ferns - This Illusion - from the 2019 album Devices on Northern Light Records.

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Aug 02, 2019
Shannon Lay - Nowhere
174

Shannon Lay - Nowhere - from the 2019 album August on Sub Pop.

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Aug 01, 2019
WIVES - The 20 Teens
225

WIVES - The 20 Teens - from the 2019 album So Removed on City Slang.

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Jul 31, 2019
Abjects - The Storm
283

Abjects - The Storm - from the 2019 album Never Give Up on Yippee Ki Yay Records.

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Jul 30, 2019
Faye Webster - Flowers
262

Faye Webster - Flowers - from the 2019 album Atlanta Millionaires Club on Secretly Canadian.

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Jul 29, 2019
Black Nite Crash - Come Easy
316

Black Nite Crash - Come Easy - from the 2019 album Conflict of Disinterest on Neon Sigh.

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Jul 26, 2019
Fruit Bats - Gold Past Life
210

Fruit Bats - Gold Past Life - from the 2019 album Gold Past Life on Merge Records.

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Jul 25, 2019
Brittany Howard - History Repeats
185

Brittany Howard - History Repeats - from the 2019 album Jaime on ATO Records.

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Jul 24, 2019
Broken Social Scene - Can't Find My Heart
234

Broken Social Scene - Can't Find My Heart - from the 2019 album Let's Try The After (Vol. 2) on Arts & Crafts.

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Jul 23, 2019
Barrie - Clovers
254

Barrie - Clovers - from the 2019 album Happy to Be Here on Winspear Records.

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Jul 22, 2019
Julia Shapiro - Shape
246

Julia Shapiro - Shape - from the 2019 album Perfect Version on Hardly Art.

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Jul 19, 2019
Necking - Still Exist
143

Necking - Still Exist - from the 2019 album Cut Your Teeth on Mint Records.

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Jul 18, 2019
Slaughter Beach, Dog - Good Ones
293

Slaughter Beach, Dog - Good Ones - from the 2019 single One Down / Good Ones on Lame-O Records.

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Jul 17, 2019
Hibou - Inside Illumination
234

Hibou - Inside Illumination - from the 2019 album Halve on Barsuk Records.

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Jul 16, 2019
Temples - Hot Motion
349

Temples - Hot Motion - from the 2019 album Hot Motion on ATO Records.

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Jul 15, 2019
Manatee Commune - PDA
280

Manatee Commune - PDA - from the 2019 album PDA on Bastard Jazz Recordings.

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Jul 12, 2019
Amyl and The Sniffers - Got You
139

Amyl and The Sniffers - Got You - from the 2019 album Amyl and the Sniffers on ATO Records.

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Jul 11, 2019
Sleater-Kinney - Hurry On Home
166

Sleater-Kinney - Hurry On Home - from the 2019 album The Center Won't Hold on Mom+Pop Records.

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Jul 10, 2019
Sufjan Stevens - Love Yourself
229

Sufjan Stevens - Love Yourself - a 2019 single on Asthmatic Kitty Records.

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Jul 09, 2019
Trupa Trupa - Remainder
184

Trupa Trupa - Remainder - from the 2019 album Of The Sun on Lovitt Records.

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Jul 08, 2019
Youryoungbody - Intentions
214

Youryoungbody - Intentions - from the 2019 album Devotion on End of Saints.

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Jul 05, 2019
J. Robbins - Un-Becoming
203

J. Robbins - Un-Becoming - from the 2019 album Devotion on End of Saints.

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Jul 04, 2019
Boundaries - Forgiver
231

Boundaries - Forgiver - a 2019 self-released single.

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Jul 03, 2019
Alex Lahey - Don't Be So Hard On Yourself
258

Alex Lahey - Don't Be So Hard On Yourself - from the 2019 album The Best of Luck Club on Dead Oceans.

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Jul 02, 2019
Jay Som - Superbike
234

Jay Som - Superbike - from the 2019 album Anak Ko on Polyvinyl.

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Jul 01, 2019
Your Heart Breaks - Somewhere in Between
169

Your Heart Breaks - Somewhere in Between - from the 2019 album Drone Butch Blues on Sofa Burn Records.

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Jun 28, 2019
Melanie Charles - How Glad I Am
310

Melanie Charles - How Glad I Am - from the 2017 album The Girl With The Green Shoes on Hot Record Societe.

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Jun 27, 2019
Dizzy Fae - Johnny Bravo
196

Dizzy Fae - Johnny Bravo - from the 2018 album Free Form Mixtape on Dizzy Fae LLC.

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Jun 26, 2019
MHYSA - Spectrum
214

MHYSA - Spectrum - from the 2017 album fantasii on Halcyon Veil Records.

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Jun 25, 2019
Wizard Apprentice - I Am Invisible
244

Wizard Apprentice - I Am Invisible - from the 2018 album I Am Invisible on Ratskin Records

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Jun 24, 2019
Dur-Dur Band - Hayeelin
341

from the 2013 album Volume 5 on Awesome Tapes From Africa

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Jun 21, 2019
Hailu Mergia, The Walias - Lomi Tera-Tera
247

from the 2014 album Tech Belew on Awesome Tapes From Africa 

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Jun 20, 2019
The Calais Sessions - Yesus
141

from the 2016 album The Calais Sessions on The Calais Sessions records.

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Jun 19, 2019
Tinariwen - Le Chant Des Fauves
453

from the 2001 album The Radio Tisdas Sessions on Wayward records.

Jun 18, 2019
Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars - Living Like a Refugee
227

from the 2006 album on ANTI- records.

Jun 17, 2019
Floored Faces - Birdwatching
258

From the 2019 album Alright All Night on Skyway Records.

Jun 14, 2019
Maps - Surveil
257

from the 2019 album Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss on Mute Records. 

Jun 13, 2019
Skating Polly - Play House
205

a 2019 single on El Camino Media

Jun 12, 2019
La Neve - Maximum Wage
193

a 2019 self-released, single

Jun 11, 2019
Greys - These Things Happen
212

from the 2019 album Age Hasn't Spoiled You on Carpark Records.

Jun 10, 2019
Hezza Fezza - Like Prince
217

from the 2019 album Teim on Hezza Fezza Records

Jun 07, 2019
Tycho - Easy
207

a 2019 single on Mom & Pop Records

Jun 06, 2019
Operators - Faithless
394

from the 2019 album Radiant Dawn on Last Gang Records.

Jun 05, 2019
Honeyblood - She's a Nightmare
233

from the 2019 album In Plain Sight on Marathon Records

Jun 04, 2019
Arre! Arre! - His-Story Moves In Circles
215

from the 2019 album Tell Me All About Them on PNKSLM Records

Jun 03, 2019
Dude York - Falling
227

from the 2019 album Falling on Hardly Art Records

May 31, 2019
Bleached - Hard to Kill
207

from the 2019 album Don't You Think You've Had Enough? on Dead Oceans

May 30, 2019
Mavis Staples - Change
177

from the 2019 album We Get By on ANTI records

May 29, 2019
Wand - Scarecrow
318

from the 2019 album Laughing Matter on Drag City records

May 28, 2019
Seratones - Gotta Get To Know Ya
134

from the 2019 album POWER on New West records

May 27, 2019
Helms Alee - Interachnid
206

From the 2019 album Noctiluca on Sargent House Records

May 24, 2019
The Dream Syndicate - Black Light
281

From the 2019 album These Times on ANTI- Records

May 23, 2019
Blushh - All My Friends
244

a 2019 self-released, single

May 22, 2019
Black Pumas - Colors
247

From the 2019 self-titled album on ATO Records

May 21, 2019
The Budos Band - Old Engine Oil
191

From the 2019 album V on Daptone Records

May 20, 2019
chong the nomad - Two Colors
236

chong the nomad - Two Colors - a 2019 self-released single.

May 17, 2019
Crows - Chain of Being
264

Crows - Chain of Being - from the 2019 album Silver Tongues on Balley Records. 

May 16, 2019
Kishi Bashi - F Delano
204

Kishi Bashi - F Delano - from the 2019 album Omoiyari on Joyful Noise Records.

May 15, 2019
Claude Fontaine - Pretending He Was You
194

Claude Fontaine - Pretending He Was You - from the 2019 self titled album on Innovative Leisure. 

May 14, 2019
Alex Schaaf - Drive On
257

Alex Schaaf - Drive On - from the 2019 album Drive On, Armistice on Offline Records. 

May 13, 2019
Mac DeMarco - All of Our Yesterdays
242
Mac DeMarco - All of Our Yesterdays - from the 2019 album Here Comes The Cowboy on Mac's Record Label.]]>
May 10, 2019
Just Mustard - Frank
181
Just Mustard - Frank - a 2019 single on Pizza Pizza Records.]]>
May 09, 2019
MorMor - Outside
238
MorMor - Outside - a 2019 single on Don't Guess Inc.]]>