Episode180 - #ComeOneComeAll

Episode180 - Come One, Come All
Episode180 - Come One, Come All to hear inviting, new music by St. Germain, Paul Weller, Jim James, Lou Barlow and Qiet...

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Previous: Episode179 - Dynamite

♬Liner Notes♬: After two weeks off there's no way to catch up here - but the Spotify playlist's three-plus hours of awesome! We just went for the big boys this week with the return of St. Germain, Paul Weller, Jim James, Lou Barlow - and a band called Qiet that I discovered while back in my home state of West Virginia. "Come One, Come All"!

St. Germain
"Sittin' Here"
'St. Germain'
Primary/Parlophone, 2015
Notes: "The career of St.Germain, French producer Ludovic Navarre, has been a lengthy tease for his fans. In 1995, Navarre gifted the world his tremendous debut—Boulevard... Five years later, Navarre returned with his follow-up, Tourist on Blue Note Records...[plus] a tour that ran for the marathon length of two and a half years. But, even after all that success in the studio and on the world's stage—St.Germain disappeared... [15 years later] In May of 2015, St. Germain finally emerged with news of a new self-titled album, forthcoming European live tour, a single..." Now the full-length's out and we're starting this episode with the lead track from the album.

Paul Weller
"Going My Way"
'Saturn's Pattern'
Solid Bond/Parlophone, 2015
Notes: "Saturns Pattern continues the purple patch Weller hit in 2008 with 22 Dreams, when he suddenly began to experiment with new ways of writing and recording. Weller is a magpie in terms of where he finds inspiration. Long Time chugs along menacingly like the Stooges’ I Wanna Be Your Dog, while Going My Way’s simple refrain veers into a Todd Rundgren-meets-the Beach Boys stomp." That's from a 5-star review by the London Guardian from back in May when the legendary Jam/Style Council mastermind dropped his 12th solo album. I just missed him play Portland a couple weeks and, yes, I'm pretty bummed about that... but this song makes me feel better!

Jim James
"Take Care Of You"
'No Escape' (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Lakeshore, 2015
Notes: "Fresh off My Morning Jacket's new album The Waterfall and helping to serve as Roger Waters' backing band at Newport Folk Festival, Jim James is back with a surprise new solo track titled "Take Care of You." The heartfelt, spirited song appears on the soundtrack for the upcoming drama No Escape."

Lou Barlow
'Brace The Wave'
Joyful Noise, 2015
Notes: "As part of Dinosaur Jr., Deep Wound, The Folk Implosion, Sebadoh, or his solo work, lo-fi pioneer Lou Barlow has proven himself to be one of the most prolific and influential musicians of his generation... His latest solo release, this year’s Brace The Wave, was written and recorded in a Massachusetts studio with engineer Justin Pizzoferrato, and finds Barlow revisiting his early songwriting methods. On the surface, “Redeemed” seems like it would fit snugly alongside a number of his records – in trademark Barlow fashion, it sounds like it was recorded in a bedroom – but Barlow’s assured vocal performance on the melodic, straightforward track sounds infinitely more confident than he did twenty years ago."

"Come One, Come All"
'Pet Driftwood (Composition #8)'
self-released, 2014
Notes: "Rock singers aren't known for their stability. But stability is exactly what Christopher Vincent, 27, has found through his band Qiet. The ensemble, once large enough to field a football team, is smaller than ever but is gaining big attention. Fans delight in Qiet's strange blend of gypsy music, rock, jazz and punk. They are playing shows all over the East Coast, their upcoming album "Pet Driftwood" is getting good reviews and they were recently featured on West Virginia Public Radio..." I got to see these guys in my hometown two weekends ago before Bridge Day, a large West Virginia festival. They rocked my socks off and I'm glad to swap out a local PNW band in favor of a local WV band this week.

Don't miss the Spotify playlist for each and every episode - it's got all the new music we can't fit here!

There's even a YouTube playlist.

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(Thanks again to our #SongOfTheDay sources at @KEXP, @KCRW, @KUTX, KPSU, @TheKeyXPN, @TheCurrent, @MagnetMagazine and more. Thanks to @TwilightCircus1 for the bed music - and thank you for listening!)

Episode179 - #Dynamite

Episode179 - Dynamite
Episode179 - Dynamite explodes with great new music by Peaches w/ Kim Gordon, Run The Jewels, Kali Uchis, Empress Of and Beat Connection...

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Previous: Episode178 - Creeper Weed

♬Liner Notes♬: Another sweet slice of sounds as we head into fall and I'm wondering: what are *you* listening to? (BTW, we might have to take next week off for vacation...)

"Close Up" (w/ Kim Gordon)
I U She, 2015
Notes: "Over four studio albums (as Peaches), eye-popping concert tours, a one-woman remake of Jesus Christ Superstar and collaborations with artists as diverse as Iggy Pop and Feist, Peaches has made it her life’s work to take frankness to places it doesn’t usually venture: the realm of the absurd, into art, into politics (Impeach My Bush was the title of her 2006 album). "Close Up", the lead track from her fifth album, Rub, is a breathy collaboration with Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon stuffed with attitude and tongue-in-cheek wordplay." We got to meet & greet with Peaches at Music Millennium this week when she came through town!

Run The Jewels
"Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite)"
‘Adult Swim Singles’
Williams Street, 2015
Notes: "Dynamic rap duo and noted cat aficionados Run the Jewels have shared a thrilling, feline-free new track one of the last entries in this year’s Adult Swim singles program. “Rubble Kings Theme (Dynamite)” comes from an upcoming documentary of the same name about gangs in the Bronx during the 1970s. The track has a fittingly old-school feel, yet it’s polished with Little Shalimar’s thundering production and the pair’s merciless flow." We heard ASS#6 from Swervedriver recently on Episode173. And we heard 'Crown' from RTJ last December on Episode139 (ooh, that's a good one!) and a solo joint from El-P on Episode169. Just being thorough...

Kali Uchis
'Por Vida'
self-released, 2015
Notes: "Virginia-based singer can go retro like a pro, when she wants... In her most recent music, Uchis whips up soul, hip-hop, and Spanish pop (the 20-year-old was born in Colombia and spent much of her childhood there) with a no-holds-barred approach to songwriting. Take “Lottery,”...the production twinkles like a classic Supremes song, Uchis quivers between pretty singing and straightforward rapping for some very frank lyrics about life and love in the modern world. “I sampled ‘Oh Honey’ by Delegation because they dedicated that entire song to glorifying a woman’s loyalty. No one seems to really care about that anymore, people mostly only do things for self,” Uchis explains..." The album features production by Tyler the Creator and there's a great video interview with her by the one and only Narduwar!
(@Kali Uchis)

Empress Of
"How Do You Do It"
Terrible, 2015
Notes: "Transparency reigns on “Me,” the coolly assured debut album from Empress Of, a.k.a the songwriter Lorely Rodriguez. The tracks use just her voice and her electronics, and they are as clean-lined and skeletal as a blueprint under plexiglass. Born and raised in California and now based in Brooklyn, Ms. Rodriguez [wrote, performed and produced everything herself]... When things are going well, as in “How Do You Do It,” the beat moves toward electronic dance music and the tunes grow more symmetrical. But there’s always tension somewhere..." Say hello to another #BestOf2015 contender...

Beat Connection
"So Good"
‘Product 3’
ANTI-, 2015
Notes: "Seattle is probably best known for grunge, but is also home to a wide variety of styles. Case in point is Beat Connection, a quartet of musicians living firmly in the pop realm. "So Good," from their CD Product 3, captures some of their best beats to date." We heard Beat Connection two summers ago on Episode117 and waay back on Episode006 - since then they've signed with a little label called ANTI-.

Don't miss the Spotify playlist for each and every episode - it's got all the new music we can't fit here!

(There's even a YouTube playlist.)

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(Thanks again to our #SongsOfTheDay sources at @KEXP, @KCRW, @KUTX, KPSU, @TheKeyXPN, @TheCurrent, @MagnetMagazine and more. Thanks to @TwilightCircus1 for the bed music - and thank you for listening!)

Episode178 - Creeper Weed

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Episode178 - Creeper Weed
Episode178 - Creeper Weed goes legal with new music by Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, Bob Moses, Battles, Potty Mouth and Childbirth...

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Previous: Episode177 - Avalanche

♬Liner Notes♬: October 1st marked the first real day of legal weed here in Oregon, so we'll dedicate this episode to that! It's a mostly-ladies-with-NY-dudes-in-the-middle sandwich - and it's gonna be delicious... ;)

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
"Sorry I Stole Your Man"
'Secret Evil'
Instant, 2014
Notes: "Two years is a long time to sit on a completely finished album, but that's the fate Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas experienced in getting Secret Evil onto shelves. Produced by Latin Grammy winner Milo Froideval, it was recorded for Blue Note, but indefinitely shelved after the label's acquisition by Universal. Hernandez got her record back and signed with Richard Gottehrer's Instant Records... "Sorry I Stole Your Man" melds a girl group backing chorus (by the Iveys), Latin rock & roll, and fat, old-school, horn-driven R&B, with Hernandez soaring over the mix."

Bob Moses
"Too Much Is Never Enough"
'Days Gone By'
Domino, 2015
Notes: "[New York-based duo Bob Moses] just released their debut album Days Gone By, and with it Bob Moses makes a strong case for being one of the hottest rising acts in electronic music today. While previous singles emphasized the techno production over the live aspects, this debut LP straddles the line between the two halves just enough to give their music a pop sheen. Make no mistake, moody production plays a critical role in the album, but it works more cohesively with Howie’s singing than it ever has in the past... The songs work best when the layers build up to create an emotional climax, as demonstrated by “Too Much Is Never Enough.”"

"Dot Com"
'La Di Da Di'
Warp, 2015
Notes: "[NYC's] Battles return with their [third] album entitled La Di Da Di via Warp Records... Spanning 12 tracks, La Di Da Di serves as the experimental trio’s follow-up to 2011’s Gloss Drop [and a lineup change]... In a recent interview with Consequence of Sound, Battles’ guitarist/bassist Dave Konopka discussed why the band decided to return to a “purely instrumental sound” for their new LP: "...we’ve always been mostly instrumental, so it wasn’t too much of a leap for us.""

Potty Mouth
"Creeper Weed"
'Potty Mouth EP'
Planet Whatever, 2015
Notes: "[Massachusetts'] Potty Mouth have been through some changes since the release of their great 2013 album, Hellbent. They spent time with with Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney engineer John Goodmanson, downsized to a trio and polished up their sound in the process. All this change is apparent on the self-titled EP they released in August. But the cleverly written lyrics, deceptively catchy hooks and killer attitude that made Hellbent so appealing, are still at the core of the groups aesthetic."

"Nasty Grrls"
'Women's Rights'
Suicide Squeeze, 2015
Notes: "Childbirth are a side project made up of members of Chastity Belt, Tacocat, and Pony Time... The first single from...Women’s Rights is “Nasty Girls,” and it’s almost as dementedly great as “I Only Fucked You As A Joke.” It’s a crude, serrated anthem for ladies who piss in the shower and don’t clean litterboxes." The Seattle trio Childbirth closed out Episode098 with music from their previous album.

Don't miss the Spotify playlist for each and every episode - it's got all the new music we can't fit here!

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(Thanks again to our #SongOfTheDay sources at @KEXP, @KCRW, @KUTX, KPSU, @TheKeyXPN and @TheCurrent. Thanks to @TwilightCircus1 for the bed music - and thank you for listening!)