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Too Much Pleasure: New Feist, Sylvan Esso, The Black Angels on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Feist | still from the “Pleasure” video

This week and last have seen so many new album releases that I feel it’s proper to declare tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade as Revenge of the Night of Far Too Many New Albums! Listen for a full two-hour show starting at 11pm ET on WXPN (that’s right after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake, okay?) for loads of album spotlights and scattered new tracks. We’ll dig into long-awaited new releases from Feist and Sylvan Esso, plus new albums from The Black Angels and The New Year that shouldn’t fly under your radar. Also in the mix we’ll hear new tracks from Philly experimentalists Palm and Sonic Youth legend Thurston Moore‘s latest solo effort. Preview some of the new stuff below…

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New Music Show Preview w/ Feist, Big Thief and more!

Big Thief | Photo: Shervin Lainez
Big Thief | Photo by Shervin Lainez

Monday nights mean new music discovery on WXPN.  Starting at 8pm, we’ll hear two full hours of brand new tunes.  In the mix, we play a garage rock gem from the band Black Lips.  As a precursor to our Free at Noon concert, we’ll play music from our guest Sweet Spirit.  Plus, two songwriters that are always reliable and engaging, both Ron Sexsmith and Jeb Loy Nichols share new music.  We’ve hear all of those folks tonight, plus a few more …

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Listen to Feist’s new track “Century” featuring Jarvis Cocker of Pulp

Feist | via facebook.com/feist

Feist releases her new record Pleasure on April 28th through Interscope, and to hold us over until the end of the month, she just released “Centuries” featuring Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker.

The clap-heavy single exemplifies Feist’s commanding voice at the front of driven, pop-centered instrumentation. It’s a powerful trip-out, and Cocker’s ASMR-like delivery only adds to that feel, exemplifying Feist’s instantly recognizable sound. Continue reading →

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Bunker Funk: New Perfume Genius, Feist, Black Lips on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Perfume Genius | Photo by Inez & Vinoodh, courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade is nothing short of the real deal. Listen on XPN at 11pm ET (right after a special week-early edition of Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour show that is stacked top-to-bottom with brand new releases just for you. We’ll hear new singles from evocative pop master Perfume Genius, Atlanta party punks The Black Lips and the always luminous Feist. Don’t miss those plus a few other special IRHP news updates and surprises!

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Feist returns with her hotly-anticipated fifth LP, Pleasure

Feist | via facebook.com/feist

Acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Feist will release her first album in six years this spring. Pleasure is out on April 28th via Universal Records, and was produced by Feist, Mocky and Renaud Latang.

According to Brooklyn Vegan, the 11-song album is “an exploration into emotional limits,” touching on “loneliness, private ritual, secrets, shame, mounting pressures, disconnect, tenderness, rejection, care and the lack thereof.”

There’s no new music to listen to from the record just yet, but you can check out the tracklist below, along with Feist’s 2017 tour dates. Continue reading →

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Non-COMM Recap: Feisty funtimes with Kopecky Family Band (photos, audio, setlist)

Kopecky
Photo by Joe Del Tufo | JoeDelTufo.com

High-energy Nashville outfit Kopecky Family Band showed just a little bit of the arty, celebratory vibe they’ll bring to this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival when they played Non-COMM on Saturday. The feisty and fun troupe reissued their LP Kids Raising Kids last Tuesday on ATO Records; check out their setlist below and listen to the performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player). Continue reading →

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Surgeon get feisty on “Watching You” (playing Kung Fu Necktie on 1/22)

Local metal stalwarts Surgeon leaked a track from their upcoming Chemical Reign LP on Bandcamp this week.  We got a sneak preview of the new song “Watching You” back in September of 2011 when the Germantown-bred four-piece stopped by for a Key Studio Session, and one thing is for sure – this band rocks just as hard live as they do on tape.  Take a listen to the shred-packed new tune below and check out Surgeon at Kung Fu Necktie on January 22nd.  Tickets and information can be found here.