MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Jazzfest 2015 lineup, and new albums from Death Cab for Cutie and The Decemberists



Jazzfest regular Kermit Ruffins- just one of the 500 artists performing at this year’s New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Check out the headliners and other performers!

Headliners for Jazzfest 2015: The Who, Elton John, No Doubt, Widespread Panic, Keith Urban and Jimmy Buffett. Other artists incldue: Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Chicago, Jerry Lee Lewis, Steve Winwood and Buddy Guy, Jimmy Cliff, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Allen Toussaint, Sturgill Simpson, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, Hozier, the Blind Boys of Alabama, Taj Mahal and countless others. A Sunday, May 3rd headliner is still to be announced. Jazzfest takes place at the New Orleans’ Fair Grounds Race Course on consecutive weekends: The first weekend is April 24th thru the 26th, while the second weekend kicks off Thursday, April 30th and runs thru Sunday May 3rd. Tickets for go on sale, Tuesday, Jan.13th at 11 a.m. EST.

The above lyric video has been shared by The Decemberists. It’s of their new song called “A Beginning Song”, which appears on their upcoming album:  “What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World” which comes out January 20th.  That day is also “Decemberists Day” in Portland, Oregon.  The band will be honored on Jan. 20th event at Portland City Hall, where an art piece inspired by the new album will be unveiled—it’s a collaboration between 50 Portland artists and small businesses.


Death Cab For Cutie have announced a release date for their first album since the departure of Chris Walla. The album is called: “Kintsugi” will come out March 31st.  Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken ceramics with precious metals and highlighting the cracks rather than hiding them.

Autumn de Wilde
Autumn de Wilde

Bassist Nick Harmer says there is a special significance between the artform & the new album:

It’s a Japanese style of art where they take fractured, broken ceramics and put them back together with very obvious, real gold. It’s making the repair of an object a visual part of its history.  In the West, if you break an heirloom, you either throw it away or you make the repair as invisible as possible, but there’s this artistic movement in Japan where the repair of it, the damage of it, is more important as part of the history of something than repairing it to its original state.  That resonated with us as a philosophy, and it connected to a lot of what we were going through, both professionally and personally.

Kintsugi track list:

1. “No Room in Frame”
2. “Black Sun”
3. “The Ghosts of Beverly Drive”
4. “Little Wanderer”
5. “You’ve Haunted Me All My Life”
6. “Hold No Guns”
7. “Everything’s a Ceiling”
8. “Good Help (Is So Hard to Find)”
9. “El Dorado”
10. “Ingénue”
11. “Binary Sea”



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