Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 5/22/18

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Tonight at 10pm ET / 7pm PT, My Old Kentucky Blog on SIRIUS XMU’s Blog Radio! Here’s the playlist!

Lord Huron ft. Phoebe Bridgers – The Night We Met
Disclosure ft. Fatoumata Diawara – Ultimatum
Killer Mike & 2 Chainz – White Powder/Black Power
Prefuse 73 – The World Is Bigger
Devendra Banhart – Shown and Told (Joan of Arc cover)
Phantogram – Saturday (Sparklehorse cover)
Weaves – Neighborhood 3 (Power Out) [Arcade Fire cover]
Mac DeMarco (Met Gala) – Fuck The Toronto Raptors
Christine and The Queens – Girlfriend
Mitski – Geyser
Uffie – Drugs
Tunng – ABOP
Nine Inch Nails – God Break Down The Door
Kero Kero Bonito – Time Today
Anderson .Paak – Bubblin
SALES – White Jeans
Andre 3000 – Me&My (To Bury Your Parents)
Trevor Powers – Playwright
Snail Mail – Let’s Find An Out
Lord Huron – Wait By The River
Collections Of Colonies Of Bees – Ruins
Phoebe Bridgers – Motion Sickness
Phantogram – Someday
T.I. ft. Rapsody – Care To Say About It
Oh Sees – Overthrown
Ryley Walker – Spoil With The Rest
Wet – Lately
LUMP – Late To The Flight

Speedy Ortiz returns to The Hi-Fi

A couple of months ago, Massachusetts band Speedy Ortiz released their third album, Twerp Verse, through Carpark Records. They’ll swing through the midwest this summer, with a return date at the Hi-Fi on June 20th. Anna Burch and Xetas will support. Get up to speed(y) with the band’s new album and recent videos below:

Villain

Lean In When I Suffer

Lucky 88

Speedy Ortiz on Tour:
5/29/18 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s
5/30/18 – Louisville, KY – Zanzabar
6/1/18 – Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack
6/2/18 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
6/3/18 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
6/5/18 – Phoenix, AZ – Rebel Lounge
6/6/18 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
6/7/18 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
6/9/18 – Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
6/10/18 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
6/12/18 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
6/13/18 – Seattle, WA – The Vera Project
6/14/18 – Boise, ID – Neurolux
6/16/18 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
6/17/18 – Omaha, NE – Reverb
6/19/18 – St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room
6/20/18 – Indianapolis, IN – The Hi-Fi
6/26/18 – Boston, MA – Royale

Sam Evian // You, Forever

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Sam Owens, the New York-based musician, songwriter, and producer that records music under the moniker Sam Evian will release his new album You, Forever this coming June 1st through Saddle Creek Records. We recently featured the album track “IDGAF” on our SIRIUS XMU show, and now Sam is back with two new preview tracks to keep our excitement high. I’m really loving the slacker meander of “You, Forever.” Sam says…

“A few years back, I had a prolific week of writing after I fell on some icy concrete and smacked my head on a steel grate. I’m sure I sustained some sort of concussion, which left me feeling pretty lucid. I had been thinking about Bowie a lot, and decided to try and write something with a ‘Rock and Roll Suicide’ kinda vibe. ‘You, Forever’ just tumbled out of my head, lyrics, melody and all. It was kind of stream of consciousness, which is rare for me. I shelved the song and forgot about it, but dug it out when I was preparing to make this record. It was exciting to sing the words again. They felt more potent than I remembered, but still had the charm of a nice head injury. ‘If you’re anxious, If you’re worn, if you’re keeping to yourself on the telephone’ …who isn’t?”

You, Forever

Country

Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood // Save Me

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It was a sweet little surprise when Mark Lanegan popped back up on the radar, last week, guesting on Neko Case’s new “Curse Of The I-5 Corridor” track. Now, the former Screaming Trees frontman gifts us with a new one featuring regular collaborator Duke Garwood. Garwood and Lanegan will release a new album, With Animals on August 24th through Heavenly Recordings.

Garwood commented on the new album’s creation…

Over the years, we’ve recorded together and apart. This time, I started this record alone, with many animals as company. It flowed, I set to work and out it came. Our music is instinct, there is not much talking about it, just creating. I think that if you are at peace with your work, and feeling it right, it flows, and can feel “easy.” Music isn’t meant to be hard. Though sometimes it can burn you to ashes. Making music for a singer, so they can inhabit it with a song means hitting the right soul buttons. There is no hit without a miss. It is a healing record, for us the makers, and for the listeners. It grows natural. We are gardeners of sonic feelings.

Matthew Sweet // New Album + Show at HiFi

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After taking six years off, Matthew Sweet has kicked it into gear. Last year, he released a 17-song double album titled Tomorrow Forever via his own Honeycomb Hideout label, and followed it with a large tour, skipping Indianpolis. He returns, this year, with a new album titled Tomorrow’s Daughter, and an extensive tour, this time including Indy and a date at our venue, the HiFi.

Sweet believes he is in the midst of a musical and career renaissance…

When I was young, the artists that I really admired were the ones who always found a way to keep making music and expressing themselves. To me, those guys were the real artists, and I’ve tried to hold on to that attitude in my own work. This feels like a really good time for me, and I feel lucky and grateful to still be doing what I love to do. When I meet young people and they ask for advice about a career in music, I always say, ‘Do music because it’s what you love to do, and because you’d do it no matter what happens.’I’ve tried to keep that attitude about it, because that’s always worked for me. I just try to keep doing my thing and keep believing.

MATTHEW SWEET ON TOUR
5/23: Atlanta, GA at Terminal West
5/24: Chattanooga, TN at JJ’s Bohemia
5/25: Charlotte, NC at Visulite Theatre
5/26: Winston-Salem, NC at Gears & Guitars Fest
6/13 Alexandria, VA at Birchmere
6/14: Annapolis, MD at Ram’s Head
6/15: Fairfield, CT at FTC Stage 1
6/16: Bay Shore, NY at YMCA Boulton Center
6/17: Boston, MA at Brighton Music Hall
6/19: Dewey Beach, DE at Bottle & Cork
6/20: New York, NY at Le Poisson Rouge
6/21: Philadelphia, PA at World Cafe Live
6/22: Cleveland, OH at Beachland Ballroom
6/23: Ann Arbor, MI at The Ark
6/24: Indianapolis, IN at Hi-Fi
6/27: Des Moines, IA at Wooly’s
6/28: Milwaukee, WI at Summerfest
6/29: Minneapolis, MN at Turf Club
6/30: Lincoln, NE at the Bourbon Theater
7/10: Kansas City, MO at Knuckleheads
7/11: Bloomington, IL at Castle Theatre
7/12: Evanston, IL at SPACE
7/13: Chicago, IL at Square Roots Festival
7/14: St. Louis, MO at Delmar Hall
7/15: Nashville, TN at City Winery

Trevor Powers // Playwright

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Trevor Powers sunset his Youth Lagoon project back in 2016 and, upon conclusion of his tour that year, dropped out. He has now resurfaced, ready for a fresh start, under his born name with a new song and video and the announcement of the launch of his own label, Baby Halo. Powers also shared the above note, further explaining his retirement from Youth Lagoon.

This new song, “Playwright,” is a beauty, as is the video. The song floats along with brief moments of intensity featuring Trevor’s vocals above asian-inflected orchestration and electronic sonic alterations.

The video, featuring famed synchronized swimming outfit the Aqualillies and directed by Dan Opsal, showcases the mysteriously masked, billowy figures intertwining, trapped in a deep blue underwater setting, and seems to visually articulate Powers’ views on this former project.

“I ended Youth Lagoon because it became a mental dungeon, & I was its captive,” Powers explains. “My intention was never to keep it going — only to serve as a nod to the blooming years. It’s been said the worst prisons are the ones we build for ourselves / the barriers, rules, & regulations that we choose to live by out of fear of the unknown or because we think it’s what we’re supposed to do. But I now feel freed. This project is the beginning of something new; not the continuation of something old.”

Photo Recap: Kevin Morby at The Hi-Fi

Funny enough, listening to a recording can obscure the musicality of a performer. This is especially true of records like Kevin Morby’s City Music, a seamless piece that Morby released last year on Dead Oceans. The album has all of the hallmarks of an #albumoftheyear: timeless emotional weight, zero filler, and a pace that travels from bold-as-lightning on one end to twinkling traffic lights and back again. The music is alive here, and Morby is clearly an excellent musician by any standard. Only experiencing him through spotify, cd, or even vinyl, though, is to only understand a fraction of the talent coursing through him and his band.

For one, obviously, the suit game here is strong. Donned in honky tonk formal wear covered in enough embroidery to impress an outlaw mc gang, Morby is not fucking around. Beyond the style, though, is where the meat and potatoes live. Every band member has the skill to take a deceptively simple song structure and add their own complex layer to it, building and crafting something so alive and sprawling that the album version of the same song seems wilted and limp by comparison. The crowd at the HI-FI was already excited before the set, but they were set to a full frenzy as the band exploded City Music’s eponymous track and tore through the manic energy of “1234.” It was as if the crowd was hearing something that we had instinctively loved for the very first time, that we couldn’t help but love.

City Music was one of my favorite albums from last year, but Kevin Morby puts on one of the best performances I’ve even seen.

 

Kevin Morby

 

Hand Habits

 

 

Photos by Doug Fellegy (via Flickr)