Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 8/22/17

Cut Copy – Standing In The Middle Of The Field
EMA – Blood and Chalk
Magic Island – Summer Luvin’
Rhye – Summer Days
Daughter – Burn It Down
Compton White – Track 2
Anna Of The North – Someone
Kelela – LMK
Beiju – Don’t Know
Lou Phelps ft. Innanet James – What Time Is It
BOSCO – Cruel
Duke Dumont x Gorgon City ft. Naations – Real Life
Yumi Zouma – December
DJDS ft. Amber Mark & Marco McKinnis – Trees On Fire
TOKiMONSTA ft. MNDR – We Love
Yellow Days – Hurt In Love
MOSSS – Here If You Want (Pale Blue)
Sasha Evens – Give Me Reason
Sheer Mag – Milk and Honey
Mons Vi – Divina
Confidence Man – Bubblegum
Marius – Existence Problem
Sobs – Catflap
Stanley – Brewin’ Up
Beach Fossils – Saint Ivy
Bunny – Let Me Be Your Dog
Loners – Moon
K A R Y Y N – Moving Masses
Florist – Glowing Brightly

Premiere: Brandon Whyde // Come To Jesus

Brandon Whyde

I would often walk into a Fountain Square bar and there would sit Brandon Whyde…relaxed, beyond cool, smiling and being smiled back at by the prettiest lady in the room. I couldn’t help but admire his aesthetic. He was (is) cool, but he was also, maybe surprisingly to some, shy and kind, and if you broke through with a little effort, easy to talk to to.

Whyde is a soulful singer-songwriter with a penchant for mourning and reflection. His whiskey-infused voice tells tales that sometimes will make you weep and other times will make you holler in celebration. He’s seen his fair share of success, in his early career. He’s opened for the likes of Dwight Yoakam, Sturgill Simpson, Lady Antebellum, and Nathaniel Rateliff, and he even sang at Emmy Award-winning actress Katherine Heigl’s wedding.

Whyde ultimately decided to leave Indianapolis. He headed to the greener musical pastures of Nashville, Tennessee to create his third album, “Silver Apples of the Moon,” which he’ll release on September 19th. When he wasn’t working on the album, he was co-writing songs with Grammy-winning country songwriter Clint Lagerberg and modern Americana music stars Jamie Kenney, Tony Lucca and Stone Aielli.

Whyde’s new album was recorded with Grammy-winning producer Jimmy Nutt in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and it includes some of the veteran musicians who helped The Shoals earn acclaim as a hotbed of musical talent. Spooner Oldham, who played keyboards on Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman,” and Bob Wray, who’s played bass on more than 30 #1 country hits, are just a few of the artists appearing on “Silver Apples of the Moon.” Today, we premiere the first song and video from the album, “Come To Jesus.”

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Lollapalooza 2017: The Wet, The Wild and The Wonderous

By: Seth Johnson | Photos: Berto Campos

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The Drums

Lollapalooza never ceases to be a rollercoaster, with twists and turns coming with each and every trek across Grant Park. This year was certainly no different, as the festival provided its fair share of fanfare. Below, follow Seth Johnson’s four-day journey at the fest, with photos from Roberto Campos.

Walking past folks in business attire on the way to a four-day party felt a bit odd, but so it goes with a Chicago festival that starts on a Thursday. Heading into Lollapalooza 2017, I was greeted by the pleasant psychedelic sounds of Temples, before catching a charming set from Jonny Pierce and The Drums. The New York guitar pop group played several selections from their 2017 album, Abysmal Thoughts, while also intermingling in classics from their earlier releases. From here, my wild, wild festival ride kicked it up several notches as I headed to a set from the Atlanta trap trio Migos, who played an abbreviated set due to a late arrival. Following this madness, I briefly popped by Cage the Elephant before making my way to see Kaytranada. A longtime favorite of My Old Kentucky Blog, the 2016 Polaris Prize winner did not disappoint, playing a fantastically groovy DJ set that wound up being my favorite moment of the day. Following Kaytranada, I headed to see Lorde, who would unfortunately have her set cut short after just a few songs due to a torrential downpour.

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Migos

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Kaytranada

Friday was perhaps my favorite day of the festival, with artists both new and old pulling out all the stops. I kicked off my day with Cloud Nothings, who wowed on one of the fest’s biggest stages. After heading onward, I caught a phenomenal set from The Lemon Twigs. With harmonies that brought Neil Young to mind, the group showed a great deal of versatility throughout their performance, even playing some songs from an upcoming EP titled Brothers of Destruction. After catching high-energy sets from Phantogram and Run the Jewels, I hiked my weary legs over to see Whitney. Another longtime favorite of My Old Kentucky Blog, the group played a quick-fire set that featured a new song as well as a guest appearance from Joey Purp. After having a nostalgia-filled finale to my festival with time split between Blink-182 (no shame), Crystal Castles and The Killers, my photographer and I headed to an intimate Mac Demarco after show, where the always entertaining Viceroy Cowboy gave the audience all that they wanted and then some (he took off his pants near set’s end).

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Cloud Nothings

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The Lemon Twigs

Saturday at Lollapalooza was certainly the most underwhelming day of the fest, despite a few bright spots. My day started off with an appropriately sunny set from Alvvays, who unveiled some new tracks from their upcoming album, Antisocialites. Next, I caught a little bit of Glass Animals, before enjoying an intimate smaller-stage performance from Warpaint. After a day of chilled-out pop, I was given an unabashed trap slap from 21 Savage, whose hit song “Bank Account” is all the rage right now. Following this performance, I made my way to catch an endearing set from Chance the Rapper. As expected, Chance gave Chicago all that they could’ve asked for and then some, even welcoming Vic Mensa up on stage to perform his verse on the Acid Rap classic “Cocoa Butter Kisses”. Backed by a band that featured none other than Nico Segal (a.k.a. Donnie Trumpet), Lil Chano from 79th delivered songs from 2016’s Coloring Book with the perfect amount of heart and soul, even treating hardcore fans to a deep cut from 2015’s Surf. After weaving through the late-night masses, I made my way to another after party, headlined this time by Sylvan Esso. Despite it being day three of the festival, I quickly forgot about my tiredness upon walking into the fourth floor venue and hearing the indie-pop duo do their thing. Consisting of singer Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and producer Nick Sanborn (Megafaun, Made of Oak), Sylvan Esso performed several selections from their impressive sophomore album, What Now, before letting a dance floor full of fans disperse into the night.

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21 Savage

By Sunday, I had come to the conclusion that my feet and back were going to hurt well into the following week (they did). Nevertheless, I went back at it for one more day, which would turn out to be the most high-energy of them all. My final Grant Park excursion started out with Chicago’s Noname, who dropped her excellent debut mixtape Telefone in 2016.. Next, I jumped over to a set from Car Seat Headrest — a band that continues to gel more and more each time I see them. At Lollapalooza, Will Toledo and company played selections from both Teens of Style and Teens of Denial, while also performing a brand new tune as well. Following this soothing start to Sunday, my turn-up meter nearly burst as I caught back-to-back-to-back sets from Lil Yachty, Big Sean and Joey Bada$$. All three with their own unique styles, Yachty, Sean and Joey gave rap fans all that they wanted and then some, while also giving the festival security a headache too. To close out my time at Lollapalooza, I decided to go out with a bang, enjoying an excellent set from legendary French electronic duo Justice. Much like Daft Punk, Justice orchestrated a DJ set that skillfully meshed songs together from their three-album catalog, helping the remaining Lollapalooza crowd forget about their problems one more time before heading back out into the real world.

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Cage the Elephant

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Phantogram

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Tegan and Sara

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Crystal Castles

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Whitney

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Run the Jewels

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Justice

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Big Sean

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Sampha

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Lil Yachty

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Tove Lo

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Charli XCX

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Noname

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The xx

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Sylvan Esso

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Mac Demarco

Sam Evian Shares “Need You” Off New EP with Chris Cohen

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Sam Evian’s debut solo album, Premium, was grossly underrated despite getting a decent amount of attention last year. While he is continuing to work on the follow-up to that, he has a new three-song EP, Need You, in collaboration with the talented Chris Cohen coming on October 6th via Saddle Creek. It was recorded over a work week at Cohen’s garage studio in LA with the vocals and mixing being done back in New York. The title track trades in Evian’s glam aesthetic for something more earthy dipped in a bit of California sunshine. Stream the song below.

Stream “Plimsoll Punks” from Alvvays

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Alvvays sophomore LP, Antisocialites, is coming on September 8th via Polyvinyl. If you still were doubting that this is one of the year’s best albums (spoiler, it is), then maybe the latest reveal “Plimsoll Punks” will finally convince you. Listen below.

Julien Baker Announces New Album, Stream “Appointments”

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Having slowly built her profile after the release of her great debut album Sprained Ankle, Julien Baker has announced the follow-up, Turn Out the Lights, scheduled for released on October 27th via Matador Records. Recorded at Ardent Studios in her hometown of Memphis, the LP “embraces the grays and complex truths of humanity and mental health,” according to the press release. “Appointments” is the first unveiled track from the album and it is an absolute stunner without hyperbole. It is a next level track that is certain to further expand her continually growing audience.

Premiere: Stockholm’s Grapell Announce Debut LP, Stream “We Can Only Blame Ourselves”

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Over four years since their music appeared online and two EPs later, Swedish duo Emil Erstrand and Nils Nygårdh aka Grapell are readying the release of their debut long-play titled Crier on November 3rd via Roll Call Records (album artwork below). As one could possibly take from the album’s name, it draws from themes of love and heartbreak with compositions so thought out unmet deadlines and delays became a standard part of the recording process done their rehersal space and Erstrand’s house. “We Can Only Blame Ourselves” is the first single and characterized by Erstrand a “reminder to all the lovers out there” full of delicate, unabashed soul carried by rhythmic piano and covered in a coppery sheen that hits just before sundown. Simple sophistication comes to mind when describing their music and this track is no different. It sounds like song that could have been created at any point over the last 40 years making it timeless, yet refreshingly organic and nuanced in a time laptop producers get most of the attention. Listen to the song below.

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Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 8/15/17

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Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available anytime via OnDemand online and via the app.

Leroi Conroy – Tiger Trot
Durand Jones & The Indications – Is It Any Wonder
Skull Snaps – It’s A New Day
Lafayette Afro Rock Band – Hihache
Beyonce – Hold Up
Janko Nilovic – Drug Song
Smallteeth – Personal Skinhead (Kanye West – Black Skinhead + Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus mashup)
Lafayette Afro Rock Band – Darkest Light
Smoove – I’m A Man
Glen Campbell – Southern Nights
MF DOOM – Beef Rapp
Kendrick Lamar – Rigamortis
Eric B. & Rakim – Eric B. Is President (Original 12″ version)
Madvillain – All Caps
Blackstar (Talib Kweli & Mos Def) – Re:Definition
Wu-Tang Clan – Gravel Pit
HEALTH – Blue Monday (New Order cover)
Ghetto Brothers – Ghetto Brothers Power
Run The Jewels – A Report To The Shareholders/Kill Your Masters
Lera Lynn – The Only Thing Worth Fighting For
The War On Drugs – Pain
Bully – Feel The Same
Lee Fields – Precious Love
Martha and the Vandellas – Nowhere To Run
Daft Punk & Pharrell – Lose Yourself To Dance
M83 – Teen Angst