Friday, January 6, 2012

My Favorite Year: KEXP Playlist 01/05/2012


Thursday, January 05, 2012 (LISTEN TO THIS SHOW)
1:01Clams CasinoIllest Alive (Main Attrakionz)InstrumentalsType
1:04Jean Michel JarreOxygene, Pt. 4Oxygene
DJ Comments: RIYD: Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Synergy, etc.
1:08Gui BorattoFlying PracticeIIIKompakt
DJ Comments: Before turning into an electronic music savant, Boratto worked as a producer for the likes of Pato Banton, Steel Pulse, Desiree, Gal Costa and Garth Brooks. Yep, you read that correctly.
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DJ Comments: Claire Boucher a.k.a. Grimes just signed to 4AD and is putting out Visions Feb. 21st! Regarding signing to a new label she said "just want 2 say i am so honoured to be releasing my next album with 4AD - a record label I have admired since I was 13 and first heard the cocteau twins and realized girls can make music, and goth is sick"
1:16Cocteau TwinsCicelyTreasure4AD
DJ Comments: Although critically acclaimed, the band itself weren't entirely happy with Treasure with Simon Raymonde lamenting "...I've always detested Treasure. Not because of the record, but because of the vibe at the time, when we were pushed into all that kind of arty-farty pre-Raphaellite bullshit. And so I was just really ashamed of that record."
1:20Linda MirandaSoloChina Es Otra Cultura
DJ Comments: Check out Nite Jewel's blissed out take on "Solo" here -
1:24Kate BushAmong Angels50 Words for SnowFish People
DJ Comments: Her first album of new material since 2005's Aerial.
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1:31DestroyerMy Favorite YearTrouble in DreamsRough Trade
DJ Comments: Destroyer covered New Order's "Leave Me Alone" from Power, Corruption & Lies as part of a MOJO Magazine compilation album due out soon. Listen to it (and the other covers) below; no surprise, it's amazing -
1:37Michael ChapmanStranger in the RoomFully Qualified SurvivorLight in the Attic
DJ Comments: English singer/songwriter Michael Chapman released Fully Qualified Survivor in 1970 and the album never saw the light of day in the States until Seattle label Light in the Attic reissued it in 2011 (Mick Ronson also plays guitar on many of the tracks)
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1:44Shabazz PalacesSparklesOf Light
DJ Comments: Video of their mind blowing in studio session here at KEXP from June -
1:46Black Moth Super RainbowSun LipsDandelion GumGraveface Records
DJ Comments: Request!
1:50LuomoHow You LookPlusMoodmusic
DJ Comments: Finnish artist Luomo (real name Sasu Ripatti) also records under the monikers Bright People, Conoco, Sistol, Uusitalo and Vladislav Delay. I wonder if his kids will have a super long hyphenated last name...
1:56Dinosaur LGo Bang!Spaced Out: Ten Original Disco Funk GroovesDisorient
DJ Comments: a.k.a. Arthur Russell. In 1979 he produced the hit club track "Kiss Me Again," the first disco release for Sire records
2:04Dyme DefBlaastin OffYuk the Worldself-released
DJ Comments: Dyme Def are back, along with 206 beatmaker extraordinaire Bean One, on Yuk the World. Stream it here -
2:07ModeselektorBerlinMonkeytownMonkeytown Records
DJ Comments: Releasing a picture disc 12" on Jan. 12th, "Evil Twin" b/w "German Clap"
2:13Ernest GonzalesThe Prudence of EvolutionNatural TraitsFriends of Friends
DJ Comments: Best known as Mexicans With Guns, Gonzales' new album Natural Traits is due out Jan. 17th
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DJ Comments: A surprisingly candid interview with the usually mercurial Zomby -
2:20OvalDynamoOThrill Jockey
DJ Comments: Reading about Open Vulnerability and Assessment Language proving to be very confusing...
2:23Neu!HallogalloNeu!Brain Records
DJ Comments: Guitarist Michael Rother and drummer Klaus Dinger left Kraftwerk in 1971 to pursue a different direction musically, the result being Neu
2:34Ricardo DonosoThe North Quadrant (Ascension)Progress ChanceDigitalis Limited
DJ Comments: An overlooked gem from last year, Ricardo Donoso plies his trade in Boston and has released several cassettes and 7" releases on Digitalis. Listen to the whole album here -
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2:37Burial & Four Tet & Thom YorkeEgoEgo/Mirror
DJ Comments: British avant, electronic site FACT Mag disappointed quite a few people on April Fool's Day last year by announcing Burial was set to release his long-awaited third album. Sample track titles included: "Down the Kennel," "Knackered" and "Lampost." Those jokers...
2:44USFLike A Small RainThe SprayCircle Into Square/Fake Four Inc.
DJ Comments: What Seattle duo USF regretted in 2011 (via The Stranger): "We regret not spending our day at Disneyland on harder drugs. We regret staging the insert shot of Ozzy Osbourne pouring the orange juice in The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years. We regret crashing our Jet Skis into the Miami Beach Bridge in May. We regret fucking up Jason’s sampler somehow right before our attempt at covering “Idioteque” with Haunted Horses at Healthy Times’ Decades Covers Night. We regret postponing our “Let the Memories Begin” tour with Big Spider’s Back. We’re still waiting for our memories to begin. We regret not changing our name to ?$£ and making faded-ass beats. We regret not touring with Born Gold again this year. We regret that we haven’t started our all-bass band, “Bass-mon,” with Stephanie’s Matt Lawson. We regret being too stoned to leave our trailer during the filming of Cat People. We regret lying about half of these regrets..."
2:47StudioWest SideWest CoastInformation
DJ Comments: Swedish duo Studio have called it a day; they're now officially broken up. In the meantime, check out their sublime remix of Arp's "The Past" -
2:54The CureLet's Go to BedJapanese WhispersFiction Records
DJ Comments: First came out as a 7" in 1982 on Fiction Records, "Let's Go To Bed" b/w "Just One Kiss." Hmm, seems like the order should have been flipped...
2:58The Go-BetweensBachelor KissesSpring Hill FairJetset Records
DJ Comments: This is what happens when you push too hard for what The Cure suggested below...
3:02Jakob OlaussonDon't Drown In SorrowsMorning and SunriseDe Stijl
DJ Comments: His first since 2005
3:07Atlas SoundMona LisaParallax
DJ Comments: Check out where he placed on the Top Listener Voted Albums of 2011 Countdown! -
3:10Brief CandlesThe SentimentFractured DaysGuilt Ridden Pop
DJ Comments: Appropos of nothing, here's Alice Cooper talking about Milwaukee (Brief Candles are from there) [and it's from Wayne's World, natch] -
3:14Veronica FallsRight Side Of My BrainVeronica FallsSlumberland
DJ Comments: Coming to Seattle Feb. 21st at the Tractor Tavern with Bleached!
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3:18Phantom Payn Daysday is slowly turning into sleep when your bed is upside downPhantom Payn DazeDe Stijl Records
DJ Comments: Phantom Payn Days was the solo project of Juergen Gleue from No Wave outfit 39 Clocks; De Stijl put out the never-released Phantom Payn Daze, recorded at some point in the mid-90s, in 2010
3:20Public Image Ltd.The Order of DeathThis Is What You Want... This Is What You GetVirgin
DJ Comments: The strange back story for this album is too complex to recount here (read: I'm lazy) so check it out at Allmusic -
3:25Disco InfernoA Rock to Cling ToThe 5 EPsOne Little Indian Records
DJ Comments: A recent compilation of the, uh, 5 EPs British eccentrics Disco Inferno released in the mid 90s. Well worth checking out!
3:29HawkwindD-RiderHall of the Mountain GrillUnited Artists
DJ Comments: A pretty badass sleeve...
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3:36Cloud NothingsNo Future / No PastAttack On MemoryCarpark Records
DJ Comments: Steve Albini helmed production, er, sound engineering duties on the new Cloud Nothings album (he'll get mad if you use the "P" word)
DJ Comments: Live on KEXP Sunday February 19th @ 1pm
3:44Black MountainNo SatisfactionBlack MountainJagjaguwar
DJ Comments: Recorded in the winter and spring of 2004 at The Argyle Hotel and The Hive; if you're heading to Vancouver, check out the newly renovated Save-On-Meats. Ace!
3:47BowerbirdsTuck the Darkness InThe ClearingDead Oceans
DJ Comments: New album out March 6th! They'll be swinging through town the next month, April 3rd, with Dry the River at the Crocodile
3:52BeirutElephant GunLon Gisland4AD
DJ Comments: That's probably how anybody would spell Long Island after consuming several beverages of the same name...
3:58Neutral Milk HotelKing Of Carrot Flowers Part 2In the Aeroplane Over the SeaMerge Records
DJ Comments: Know Ya' Boo! -
4:00The Chemical BrothersSurface to AirPush the ButtonVirgin
DJ Comments: The Chemical Brothers in Lego form -
4:07Fujiya & MiyagiCollarboneTransparent ThingsDeaf Dumb & Blind
DJ Comments: Friday, Jan. 27th at Neumos!
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4:12The DøSlippery SlopeBoth Ways Open JawsCinq 7
DJ Comments: New one from the Franco-Finn duo
4:15Zoos of BerlinHaven't EyesPallister Chant
DJ Comments: Stream stream stream! Embed embed embed! -
4:18Real EstateOut of TuneDaysDomino
DJ Comments: Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) plays synth on this track!
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4:23Holy OtherTouchWith UTri Angle
DJ Comments: Club jam for the sizzurp set
4:27James BlakeAt BirthLove What Happened HereR&S
DJ Comments: Playing tonight at Sao Paolo's Sonar Festival. If you can't afford the journey, here's the music video for his cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You," starring British actress Rebecca Hall -
4:32Twin ShadowTether BeatForgetTerrible Records
DJ Comments: Request!
4:35The AntlersFrench ExitBurst ApartFrenchkiss Records
DJ Comments: Made several DJ's Top 10 of 2011 lists. Find out which one's right here -
4:39Diamond RingsMellow DoubtYou & Me/Mellow Doubt 7"Astralwerks
DJ Comments: Teenage Fanclub cover!
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4:44Ramon Cordero & Augusto SantosYo soy pur amorBachata Roja: Amor y Amargue
DJ Comments: An important snapshot of Dominican bachata music from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
4:48Mikal CroninMikal CroninGet AlongTrouble In Mind
DJ Comments: I know what you're thinking (I mean, I don't, but bear with me on this one): gee wilikers, another SF lo-fi one-man garage act. BUT! Mikal Cronin is a talented young lad and deserves your attention -
4:52ConsignmentBelieveNew Lowggnzla
DJ Comments: New release from this Seattle band! LIVE on KEXP Saturday Jan 14 @ 8pm on Audioasis!
4:56Split EnzBold As BrassDizrythmiaMushroom
DJ Comments: Roxy Music's Phil Manzanera helped them secure a recording contract with Chrysalis when they moved to the UK
4:59The NationalAnyone's GhostHigh Violet4AD
DJ Comments: Their Austin City Limits performance will be premiering Jan. 15th! (cuz member supported entities got each other's backs like that)
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5:03BLOUSETime TravelBlouseCaptured Tracks
DJ Comments: Live on KEXP January 12 @ 1pm! (and playing The Sunset Tavern later that night with local band Seapony)
5:06Land of TalkSpeak to Me BonesApplause Cheer Boo HissDependent Music
DJ Comments:
5:10WallsRaw Umber/TwilightCoracleKompakt
DJ Comments: Walls is the London-based duo of Alessio Natalizia and Sam Willis and Coracle is their second album. Since it's one of those difficult names to search for on Alta Vista, here's a direct link -
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5:16John MausToo Much MoneyLove Is RealUpset the Rhythm
5:19The NormalT.V.O.D.Warm Leatherette / T.V.O.D.Mute
DJ Comments: Mute reissued this seminal release by The Normal (Mute founder Daniel Miller's band) last year; it was the label's very first release.
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5:23Apparat Organ QuartetCargo FraktPólýfónía12 Tónar
DJ Comments: Jóhann Jóhannsson formed Apparat Organ Quartet in 1999
5:28M83Midnight CityHurry Up, We're Dreaming.Mute
DJ Comments: April 26th at the Paramount! THE CITY IS MY CHURCH
5:31Cut CopyHearts on FireIn Ghost ColoursModular Recordings
DJ Comments: Lotus Plaza (Deerhunter's Lockett Pundt) recently did a cover of Cut Copy's "Where I'm Going" from their Zonoscope album. Check it out here! -
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5:36Brian EnoBurning Airlines Give You So Much MoreTaking Tiger Mountain (by Strategy)EG
DJ Comments: A who's who of talent behind the scenes here: Phil Manzanera, Robert Ash, Robert Wyatt...
5:39BauhausThird UncleSwing the Heartache: The BBC SessionsBeggars Banquet
DJ Comments: Hmm...this sound sooooo familiar...wonder where it could be from...(*psst, look below*)
5:44Odonis OdonisBusted UpHollandazeFatcat
DJ Comments: Heavy sounds birthed from Toronto's DIY scene -
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5:48Washed OutCall it OffAmor Fati 12"Weird World
DJ Comments: Clams Casino and Au Revoir Simone contributed remixes to this 12" while Grimes and Star Slinger mixed it up for the Eyes Be Closed 12", both out now on Weird World
5:52TrentemollerKasper Bjorke: Does Not Matter feat. The Pierces (Trentemoller Remix)Reworked/RemixedIn My Room
DJ Comments: From a compilation of the Danish artist's remix work for other artists (such as Franz Ferdinand, Depeche Mode and UNKLE) and other musician's takes on Trentemoller's back catalogue
5:56Lali PunaLeft HandedFaking the BooksMorr Music
DJ Comments: Lali Puna hail from Munich!