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07/17/2015 04:57 PM
DJ: Larry Rose
Nothing Can Stop Me Now
by Shake Some Action!
(39 plays) | (0 fans)

"To me, the real magic of a song is often in that first moment of striking the right chord or accidentally hitting on something that just works. That can be very hard to recreate if you record in the traditional way, with a band in a studio, with every song fully rehearsed and worked out. I like to keep it spontaneous so these days I record albums as I write them. I basically wrote the guitar parts for 20 songs in a single day. Just guitars and some basic drums. Then I spent a few months overdubbing bass and keyboards and vocals to each song." ~ James Hall www.shakesomeaction.com/band.html
07/17/2015 04:55 PM
DJ: Larry Rose
by Stag
(1 play) | (0 fans)

"Power chords and sweetly melodic hooks are the bread and butter of the Seattle-based power pop mavens Stag. Singer Steve Mack, guitarists Ben London and Lincoln Barr, bassist Pete Everett, and drummer Rob Dent first came together in late 2010 over a shared love of ’70s pop. Since their formation, the band have steadily gigged locally and released recordings, the most recent of which is 2014’s Temporary Machines EP. The EP’s opening track, “She + Me” is a vibrant cut of vintage power pop, complete with crunchy twin guitars and explosive “yeah, yeah, yeah”-style choruses. Lyrically playing off the titular pronouns, Mack’s melodic vocals and (new member) John Randolf’s and London’s smashing, up-to-11 guitars trade off leading the band through three minutes of undeniable pop. Across the last few years, Stag have steadily honed their hyper-melodic craft, and 'She + Me' continues their trend of writing songs that demand to be blasted at full volume." http://bit.ly/1Olfw1f
07/17/2015 04:51 PM
DJ: Larry Rose
Sunflower Suit
by Buffalo Tom
(2 plays) | (0 fans)

By request, from the band's very first album. "Boston band Buffalo Tom got their start when J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. helped produce their self-titled debut album in 1989, to which he also contributed some guitar work. After initially drawing comparisons to Dinosaur Jr., the trio continued to tinker with their sound and release albums throughout the majority of the 90s, but were never able to break through and achieve the kind of success fans thought they deserved. After 1998’s Smitten, the band took an extended hiatus that ended with a reunion at SXSW in 2007, as well as their first album in nine years in Three Easy Pieces." More, plus a feature on "Guilty Girls" here: http://bit.ly/1J67CsB
07/17/2015 04:48 PM
DJ: Larry Rose
Dust In The Sky
(3 plays) | (0 fans)

07/17/2015 04:40 PM
DJ: Larry Rose
Huarache Lights
by Hot Chip
(81 plays) | (0 fans)

"From 'I Was The Boy From School' to 'Need You Now', Hot Chip have been growing into the great beyond and learning how to be themselves. On Made In The Dark, they tried to figure themselves out to little resolve (phenomenal album, just very little closure). On One Life Stand, they made a declaration with all the weight it could hold, but questioned it again on In Our Heads. But now, it seems like clarity has rung the bell inside the heart of Hot Chip, as on their latest, Why Make Sense?, they ask the ultimate question: who cares? In their most straightforward, honest, and raw record since The Warning, Hot Chip take it back to basics to find a confidence that they’ve never found themselves embracing before. The result is a beautiful and nonsensical mess, and it’s a kaleidoscope of melancholy disco heaven – it is Hot Chip after all." More from this album review: http://blog.kexp.org/2015/05/21/album-review-hot-chip-why-make-sense/
07/17/2015 04:38 PM
DJ: Larry Rose
Move With Your Lover
by Ghostland Observatory
(61 plays) | (0 fans)

"Mashing together electro, rock, and funk and taking cues from such artists as Daft Punk and Prince, Ghostland Observatory formed in Austin, TX, and consists of vocalist/guitarist Aaron Behrens and producer/beat-maker Thomas Turner. The duo played its first show July 4, 2004, and the following year put out its debut, delete.delete.i.eat.meat. Paparazzi Lightning quickly followed in January 2006." http://bit.ly/1fbZ9rE Stream an archived performance by the band from Capitol Hill Block Party 2011: http://kexp.org/live/liveperformance.aspx?rId=33577
07/17/2015 04:35 PM
DJ: Larry Rose
On The Regular
by Shamir
(50 plays) | (0 fans)

By request! This 20-year-old rapper from Vegas will be performing at The Crocodile on Wednesday, September 30th; ticket info here: www.thecrocodile.com/event/903383-shamir-seattle/ Watch Shamir and Mac DeMarco interview each other over popcorn, cigarettes, and Jenga: http://bit.ly/1KcITnT
07/17/2015 04:28 PM
DJ: Larry Rose
The Specialist
by The Heavenly States
(38 plays) | (0 fans)

"When The Heavenly States emerged in the early 2000s with a punk-inflected take on ’80s college rock melody, the California band followed through on their early buzz by steadily hitting the road and churning out consistent, regular records. Formed by singer/guitarist Ted Nessseth when his prior band, Fluke Starbucker, dissolved, Nesseth, keyboardist/violinist Genevieve Gagon, and drummer Jeremy Gagon first recorded under the aforementioned band’s name before making their debut as The Heavenly States on a split release with a pair of not-yet-massive bands (Coldplay and The Postal Service). Over the course of three albums – 2003’s The Heavenly States, 2005’s Black Comet, and 2008’s Delayer – the band embarked on a heavy touring schedule, including gigs that made them the first rock band to play in Libya." Read on, and listen to this track again and again here: http://blog.kexp.org/2015/07/09/song-of-the-day-the-heavenly-states-the-specialist/
07/17/2015 04:26 PM
DJ: Larry Rose

"People have been suggesting that we do a Psychocandy tour for quite a while now. It just never seemed right before. We thought, 'Well, it’s the 30th anniversary, there would be no point in doing it in two years.' The other thing is we started to look at the reasons why we didn’t want to do it. I suppose when people said, 'Do a Psychocandy tour,' we were kind of thinking, 'Well what does that mean? Does that mean we have to act like we did during that time period? Do we have fall around the stage drunk and stuff?' And it just seemed like that was off-putting. And then we thought about it — there’s quite a chunk of that record that was never played live for whatever reason. We thought, 'Well, instead of making it about the controversy that surrounded the record or the band at the time, let’s just make it a celebration of the actual record, and go out and try and play that album live as faithfully as we can.'" http://bit.ly/1HR3gQU
07/17/2015 04:22 PM
DJ: Larry Rose
by Of Monsters and Men
(63 plays) | (0 fans)

"Easily the most buzzed about band during Iceland Airwaves this year (not counting Björk’s amazing performance of Biophilia), Iceland’s Of Monsters and Men are poised to the next international cross-over stars! The six piece indie-folk group immediately bring to mind other acts like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, The Head and the Heart and Arcade Fire, but just as those groups are different from each other, so are Of Monsters and Men unique in their high-energy, singalong-inspiring style. Chalk it up to the superb talent of all musicians in the band and the lyrical prowess of singers Ragnar (Raggi) þórhallsson and Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir. Only the most jaded hipsters will resist their charm." Watch their memorable set from Airwaves 2011 right here, front and center: http://blog.kexp.org/2011/10/31/live-video-of-monsters-and-men-at-iceland-airwaves/
07/17/2015 04:19 PM
DJ: Larry Rose
Headbanging in the Mirror
by Ducktails
(33 plays) | (0 fans)

"Ducktails is the solo side project of Matthew Mondanile, a member of Ridgewood, New Jersey-based indie beach bums Real Estate. While not too dissimilar in tone from the sun-kissed pop of his main squeeze, Mondanile's work as Ducktails presents a more fragmented, mercurial version of the Garden State of mind. More synthetic, too, than Real Estate, Ducktails is all burbling analog synths, bedroom processing, and sunburnt soundscapes. The end effect acts as a sort of bleary aural Polaroid taken at a backyard party Real Estate just finished playing. Mondanile's output under the Ducktails moniker has been prolific and perhaps a tad illusory; he has released numerous ultra-rare cassettes and CD-Rs." http://bit.ly/1EauXSv Ducktails will play an early show at Barboza on August 28th; more info here: http://thebarboza.com/event/ducktails/
07/17/2015 04:12 PM
DJ: Larry Rose
A Million Miles Away
by The Plimsouls
(22 plays) | (0 fans)

"Formed in Los Angeles in 1978, the Plimsouls merged roots, retro and guitar rock with a ramshackle punk aesthetic. At a time when rock music was shifting gears, the Plimsouls' brand of soul-punk -- a modern take on '60s soul, British Invasion and garage rock sounds -- fit right in with the '80s post-punk American guitar band movement. Known for their kinetic live performances, the Plimsouls had an exceptional frontman in singer/songwriter Peter Case whose decision to pursue a solo career effectively ended their '80s run, but whose songs have kept the group's slight catalog and legacy in the public eye. Case came to the Plimsouls with experience, having previously collaborated with Jack Lee and Paul Collins in the Nerves, a precursor-to-punk D.I.Y. group with a 1976 single, 'Hangin' on the Telephone' (later recorded by Blondie)." http://bit.ly/1Olb9mW
07/17/2015 04:09 PM
DJ: Larry Rose
Ralphy's Cut
by Desaparecidos
(3 plays) | (0 fans)

" “We were getting all these tour offers and MTV even sent a crew round to do a 'You Hear It First' thing about us, which was mad. But we didn’t feel right about it which is why I had no qualms with knocking it on the head. If you look at it, America was founded by people who did anything and everything they could to progress and get the best possible thing for themselves. They cheated the natives out of the land to get what they could. That’s still a very American business model - Andy Warhol talked about 15 minutes of fame but these days it feels like 15 seconds of fame with everyone just wanting to go viral with no concern for how or why. That’s not what we are about as a band.” ~ Denver Dalley http://bit.ly/1OlaLET
07/17/2015 04:07 PM
DJ: Larry Rose
Kingdom Come
by Vertical Scratchers
(7 plays) | (0 fans)

By request! And if that's not enough Vertical Scratchers for you, stream a live performance from Mellow Johnny's at SXSW 2014: http://kexp.org/live/liveperformance.aspx?rId=35262
07/17/2015 04:02 PM
DJ: Larry Rose
The Shade
by Metric
(10 plays) | (0 fans)