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07/07/2022 05:58 PM
DJ: Kevin Cole
We Won't Go Back
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New song featuring Autumn Rowe, BIIANCO, and Ani DiFranco In an urgent pressing to make intentions clear and lines drawn, singer-songwriter, producer and advocate MILCK has shared a new protest song, "We Won’t Go Back," a chanting, drum heavy anthem that also unites the voices and talents of BIIANCO, Autumn Rowe and Ani DiFranco. Together, this powerful group responds unabashedly to the recent overturning of Roe vs. Wade — the ruling in this landmark case protects a Woman’s right to an abortion on a federal level and its overturning marks the loss of this right for Women in the United States. The single came together after MILCK attended a rally at the Supreme Court after word of the Roe vs. Wade overturning was leaked to the public. While there, MILCK recorded protesters chanting and converted the audio into a musical sample that she shared on social media, offering the audio to her community with the intention that others would contribute their voices and stories. From there, other activist artists and fans stepped in to lift each other up. "Community is the cure for most problems, and this song was no exception," says MILCK. "BIIANCO jumped on as lead producer and co-writer. My instagram follower @malmooge contributed lyrics. Autumn Rowe lent her vocals, and Ani DiFranco added a whole layer of badassery with her vocals and guitar." https://bit.ly/3yNdt60
07/07/2022 05:53 PM
DJ: Kevin Cole
by Ani DeFranco & Stone Gossard
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Singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco joined forces with Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard for the new song “Disorders.” Proceeds from the charity single, which aims to raise awareness of women’s reproductive rights, will go towards the National Network of Abortion Funds. The organization’s mission is to build “power with members to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access by centering people who have abortions and organizing at the intersections of racial, economic and reproductive justice.” Gossard shares, "What keeps me coming back to playing my guitar is the magic of how musical bits and pieces can transform into a complete song with a life of its own. The major ingredients are usually an inspired collaboration and some ephemeral fairy dust. What was recorded 6 years ago as a demo in New Orleans sat for a while until Skerik had the epiphany to ask his friend, the singer, musician, artist and activist Ani DiFranco, to add her voice and words. Ani’s fierce melodic independence and her visceral in-the-moment vocal performance took this track to a much higher plane. I’m thrilled to have been part of this song and to have had the chance to collaborate with this incredible group of artists." https://bit.ly/3NSm7o6 Purchase the song here: https://anidifranco.bandcamp.com/album/disorders Be sure to catch this week's episode of KEXP's Sound & Vision podcast with Drive Time producer and interim S&V host Rachel Stevens, who speaks with Ani DiFranco, Adia Victoria, and Amanda Palmer about abortion in light of recent rulings, and the songs they've written about their personal experiences. https://bit.ly/3uyp1az
07/07/2022 05:48 PM
DJ: Kevin Cole
In The Pines
by Adia Victoria
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Adia Victoria writes, "In 2019, I spent an afternoon poring over the journal I kept during my junior year of high school in Mauldin, SC. Revisiting the frustrations and observations of my 16-year-old self would lead to the creation of ‘In The Pines’—a song that tells the story of a teenage girl from a small conservative town whose slow slide towards self-destruction is recounted by her best friend. "It is the all-too-familiar story of how young women desperate search in vain for escape from totalizing ideologies that define their lives and the lives around them. It is a young girl’s quest for autonomy via rebellion over her life. Failing that, she will ultimately have autonomy over her own death. The song centers the stories of those who fall victim to the ideologies of emotionally stunted men. I dedicate ‘In the Pines’ to every teenage girl who is desperately scratching at the walls of ideological imprisonment. It is a song that I hope reminds them that they are not alone in their hunt for freedom." https://bit.ly/3aoaTd6 Be sure to catch this week's episode of KEXP's Sound & Vision podcast with Drive Time producer and interim S&V host Rachel Stevens, who speaks with Adia Victoria, Ani DiFranco, and Amanda Palmer about abortion in light of recent rulings, and the songs they've written about their personal experiences. https://bit.ly/3uyp1az
07/07/2022 05:40 PM
DJ: Kevin Cole
Roman Candles
by Death Cab for Cutie
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"'Roman Candles' is about the crippling, existential dread that goes hand in hand with living in a nervous city on a dying planet," the band explained in a statement. "And that the only way to be in the moment is to let it all go." Frontman Benjamin Gibbard added, “The lyrics were cobbled from a couple of different songs dealing with my general sense of anxiety; the feeling that the fabric that weaves a functioning society together was crumbling during the pandemic.” Death Cab for Cutie will play The Paramount Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday, October 26th and 27th. Don't miss the video for this new song: https://bit.ly/3ABo8lG
07/07/2022 05:37 PM
DJ: Kevin Cole
My God Is the Sun
by Queens of the Stone Age
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Featuring the year 2013 in our Celebration of 50 Years of KEXP/KCMU! The sixth studio album from Queens of the Stone Age, ...Like Clockwork was self-produced by the band and the first to feature bassist Michael Shuman and keyboardist and guitarist Dean Fertita. https://qotsa.com/
07/07/2022 05:33 PM
DJ: Kevin Cole
R U Mine?
by Arctic Monkeys
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Featuring the year 2013 in our Celebration of 50 Years of KEXP/KCMU! Alex Turner said that the band drew inspiration from recent relationships, saying "There's a few references for people to pick up on in there – 'Some Velvet Morning', Tracy Island. That particular bit is like the thing Lil Wayne and Drake do. I like that thing they do where they talk about something backwards, so they talk about it but then say what it actually is on the next line. So I say, 'I'm a puppet on a string', just before mentioning Tracy Island. That's what it's about – uncertainty." Turner also described the track as "Kind of a lift from an Ashanti tune. We like the scales and the melodies on some of those records. The way the backing vocals might come right to the front and disappear again." The main riff of the song was written by bassist Nick O'Malley, while the band were recording the B-side "Evil Twin." https://bit.ly/3Ilf5qJ
07/07/2022 05:30 PM
DJ: Kevin Cole
by Beabadobee
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Beatrice Laus, known professionally as beabadoobee, is a Filipino-British singer-songwriter. From 2018 to 2021, she released five extended plays under the independent label Dirty Hit: Lice, Patched Up, Loveworm, Space Cadet and Our Extended Play. https://bit.ly/3nOBtPG Following the release of "Lovesong," "See You Soon," and "Talk," Beabadoobee has unveiled a fourth outing from the record titled "10:36." "'10:36' was written after Fake It Flowers and just before Our Extended Play, and I had envisioned it to be on that EP, but I was just sitting on that riff for ages and then I properly made a demo during lockdown," Beabadoobee said. "It was called '10:36' because that was the time I finished writing it. It’s basically about how I have this weird dependency on human contact to sleep." https://bit.ly/3blG0WX
07/07/2022 05:27 PM
DJ: Kevin Cole
False Dichotomy
by Metric
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Reportedly named after an island in Spain, the band's eighth studio album Formentera is due July 8 via MMI. It follows 2018's Art of Doubt, and Metric will take the new material on the road with the Doomscroller Tour, which begins with a Canadian leg in August. "We're crafting a set list based on fan favorites including deep cuts from Live It Out and Old World, and it's been wild to see how the new songs from Formentera flow with the classics from Fantasies and Synthetica," bandleader Emily Haines said in a release. "I want Metric fans to have the best concert experience possible and feel like they got to escape into another reality with us for the evening." https://bit.ly/3AA3imt
07/07/2022 05:20 PM
DJ: Kevin Cole
Higher Ground
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Featuring the year 2013 in our Celebration of 50 Years of KEXP/KCMU! This track features Naomi Wild in this Live on KEXP session recorded on September 8, 2017. The story behind the song starts with the electronic duo feeling stumped after a successful tour, crunched under the weight of label expectations for a new album without a shred of musical direction. ODESZA set up a studio near Lake Chelan in its native Washington state. Creativity came slow, and a few days passed without much composition – although they did watch Angels in the Outfield. Meanwhile, in California, Wild wrestled her own bout of writer’s block. The aspiring singer thought back to a time of inspiration, the moment she saw ODESZA perform during a Do Lab curated event. “We were trying a bunch of new things, seeing what worked,” ODESZA’s Clayton Knight says, “but I don’t think we were really happy with any of it.” “I just remember being like ‘wow I wish I could go up there,'” shares Wild. “‘I wish I was part of something like that.'” She sent the recording to her manager and asked if there was any way he could get her vocal to the Seattle duo. Incredibly, it reached them, and it sparked the flame that became “Higher Ground” and the foundation for the full, Grammy-nominated album A Moment Apart. Watch this tear-jerking making of the song here: https://bit.ly/3IkQe6s
07/07/2022 05:18 PM
DJ: Kevin Cole
Higher Ground
by Stevie Wonder
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Stevie Wonder was pretty shaken up in 1972. It was the year that his marriage to musical and romantic partner Syreeta Wright came to an end, and the year he opened for the Rolling Stones on the debauched American leg of their Exile on Main St. tour—a trek remembered for hard drugs, bombings, and arrests. By 1973, he was fixated on death. It was a fantastic era to be spooked: Stock prices tanked while oil prices soared, all amid a steady trickle of news about a scandal revolving around the reelection of President Nixon. In New York City, a 10-year-old Black boy named Clifford Glover was killed while walking with his stepfather to a South Jamaica junkyard when an undercover cop jumped out of a Buick and shot the boy. (“A policeman who shot down a 10-year-old in Queens stood over the boy with his cop shoes in childish blood and a voice said ‘Die you little motherfucker’ and there are tapes to prove it,” Audre Lorde recalled in her poem “Power.”) The optimism of the ’60s had washed away in the blood of murdered Black leaders, revolutionaries, and innocents like Glover. Wonder sang at the young boy’s funeral, stressing to Jet afterward that his outlook was grim, and fast action was imperative: “I hope Black people realize how serious things are and do something serious about it.” https://bit.ly/3P6VtZw
07/07/2022 05:14 PM
DJ: Kevin Cole
Cracker Island
by Gorillaz
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New Gorillaz, featuring Thundercat. The new single is produced by Greg Kurstin, Gorillaz, and Remi Kabaka Jr. The fictional band has lately been asking fans to join something called "The Last Cult," and cartoon bassist Murdoc Niccals is the cult’s "self-appointed Great Leader," according to a press release. "It’s nice to be back, I’m well into our new tune, it brings back weird and scary memories of stuff that hasn’t happened yet," singer 2-D shared. https://bit.ly/3a2N1fd Playing Climate Pledge Arena on Monday, September 12th! http://gorillaz.com
07/07/2022 05:11 PM
DJ: Kevin Cole
Oak Tree
by Tank and the Bangas
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Red Balloon was born out of a pandemic-ordered break from the band’s rigorous touring schedule. The hiatus gave the band space to breathe and double down on who they are as artists, allowing them to reunite as a more unified group. The new work has evolved and pushed the band to a new level, shedding light on their unique observations and songwriting reflecting on the ills of America while also celebrating the beauty of Black life. Tank and the Bangas perform "Oak Tree" at a Backyard Session: https://youtu.be/kf3MRefb9AQ
07/07/2022 05:08 PM
DJ: Kevin Cole
by Alvvays
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Stuck in Toronto during pandemic, Molly Rankin did what she knows best" imagining other lives and situations to get out of her own head. Playing in her basement with a synth and guitar, she sketched out songs before bringing in O’Hanley to develop each idea further. "I find it really fun to make these tiny little movies in my mind," she says. "I'm a pretty sensitive person, so I feel a lot of feelings, and I try and channel that into the little scenarios that I make. But I don’t feel like my life is all that wild or exciting. To me, it’s more entertaining to create a different universe." In the fall of 2021, the band was able to go to L.A. to play a make-up date with the Strokes and record with producer and mixing engineer Shawn Everett (Kacey Musgraves, the Killers, King Princess). “He’s Canadian, too, which is hilarious,” Rankin says. “We had all these inside Canada reference jokes and this hilarious overlap that we didn’t know existed. He’s a really fun, open-minded, zany guy.” Bass player Abbey Blackwell joined the band around this time through longtime Alvvays drummer Sheridan Riley, who was rooming with her in Seattle. "We were looking for a bass player who could learn three records in a really short amount of time and also have their first show be an arena show with the Strokes," Rankin says. "She walked in and it worked out." https://bit.ly/3InIUHc
07/07/2022 05:03 PM
DJ: Kevin Cole
The Wire
by Haim
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Featuring the year 2013 in our Celebration of 50 Years of KEXP/KCMU! HAIM are three sisters who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, listening to the 1970s classic rock and Americana records of their music-loving parents. While they were still at school their parents formed a family band called Rockinhaim to play cover versions at local charity fairs, with Israeli-born father Mordechai ("Moti") on drums and mother Donna on guitar. Danielle and Este were members of the Valli Girls, an all-female band from Southern California that was signed to Columbia Records. Their song "Always There in You" was included on the soundtrack to the 2005 film The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, while "Valli Nation" appeared on the 2005 Kids' Choice Awards soundtrack. Shortly after the band's appearance at the 2005 Kids' Choice Awards, Este and Danielle opted out of their contracts. https://bit.ly/3ImsbUu
07/07/2022 05:00 PM
DJ: Kevin Cole
Black Out Days
by Phantogram
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At a time when mainstream electronic music commonly comes under fire for being one-dimensional music with little substance, Phantogram have broken these stereotypes by creating a blend of electronic and rock music with powerful vocals and lyrical themes that are relevant to youth culture. Lyrically, Black Out Days deals will mental instability but is backed by an upbeat track with a driving beat and an irresistibly catchy melody. It’s very common for electronic/pop music to be shallow in the sense that it doesn’t generally deal with heavy social issues, instead it’s usually just music to dance to, however Black Out Days doesn’t conform to this stereotype. The lyrical content is a big factor that makes this song so identifiable to it’s target audience. With lines such as "I’m hearing voices in my head and they’re not mine" and "a thousand voices howling in my head" it’s apparent that this song deals with the internal struggles of the writer and the mental issues that they are facing. Some of the aesthetic qualities of the song reflect this, for example the layered and harmonised vocal loops are indicative of the thousands of voices in her head. https://bit.ly/3nKrQl1