Check Out Cold Cave on Morning Becomes Eclectic Today

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Indeed, NYC synth magicians Cold Cave will help Los Angelinos get through that rough period between most recent coffee to delicious lunchtime with a 30-minute set today on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. Tune in at 11:15AM PDT/2:15PM EDT (perhaps it will help us right-coasters with our digestion) to hear Wes Eisold and his band of keyboard warriors unleash tunes from the awesome new Cherish The Light Years under the watchful gaze and alongside the thoughtful questioning of Jason Bentley. As you’re probably well aware, KCRW can be heard at 89.9FM or can be streamed online. Cold Cave also rocks it, nighttime-stylee, tonight at The Music Box at The Henry Fonda. The show is sold out, but perhaps you know a guy who knows a guy.

Yo La Tengo Warms Up For Seattle Show With KEXP Session Today

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They may not be spinning the Wheel of Whatever but Yo La Tengo will indeed be performing live on KEXP today at 4PM PST/7PM EST ahead of their show this evening at The Showbox at the Market. Tonight’s gig will mark the first date on the West Coast leg of their Spinning Wheel tour, with other shows to follow Seattle in Portland, Eugene, Oaktown, LA, and ending in Costa Mesa on 2/24. There is a Vancouver date thrown in between Seattle and Portland, but I don’t speak Canadian, so I didn’t include that initially.

Tune in to the pending awesomeness on 90.3FM in the greater 206 or listen online on KEXP’s site.

Ira Kaplan Wins “First Radio Promo of 2011” Award

Provided that were a real thing, perhaps. But Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan will, indeed, be the first Matador artist to take part in any radio promo in 2011. A mere five days into the new year, Ira will take to the airwaves at WNYC to chat with host John Schaefer in a segment entitled “The Art of the Set List”. Sure to be discussed will be Yo La’s upcoming tour dates and the fascinating Wheel of Wonder/Mystery/Confusion/Something that will be present during all the gigs on this run. Tune in to gain a behind-the-curtain glance at the YLT set list decision process at 2:30PM on 93.9FM or click on over to WNYC’s website for your inside look.

New Pornographers Live In Session on WNYC Today

Indeed, tonight, there will be a super-concert at Terminal 5 in New York City as The New Pornographers will join forces with Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, in what can only be described as the Justice League of Awesome, and take the city by storm. To warm up their golden throats and shreddy fingers, the New Pornos will also perform live in a scant few hours on WNYC’s Soundcheck. Listen live on the web at 2PM EST or tune your car radio dial to 93.9FM and 820AM to hear the session in all its stereophonic glory.

I Write About Love; Belle and Sebastian, my guide; competition high.

I’ve mixed feelings about being on the tail end of the Write About Love timeline. On one hand, I theoretically had extra time to get my act together and pen something poetic, prosaic, or purposeful; on the other hand, I now need attempt to live up to some of the wondrous wordsmithery of my colleagues. Obviously, I didn’t take advantage of the former, and as regards the latter, I clearly don’t have the literary chops to match the outstanding opening salvo of Nils Bernstein, Dean Bein’s worship of wax (and perhaps ode to newly-found freedom), the familial fondness of Matt Harmon, Patrick Amory’s soul-baring recollections, or even somehow find a way to pair the seemingly disparate concepts of love and the Zip Code Rapists like my partner-in-radio-crime, Hector Montes. What could I do to standout, to not just wade in the quagmire of common composition? As I listened to the Belle and Sebastian catalog on shuffle for inspiration, “I’m A Cuckoo” and its mention of Harajuku slammed my brain out of neutral and in a rare moment of mental acuity, I had my answer: haiku. What follows is my attempt to showcase some of what I love in a mere 17 syllables per paean.

Jennifer, my wife,
brilliant, patient, gorgeous, kind.
my rock and best friend

At an early age,
sitting, reading gatefold art.
Addicted for life.

Premier League leaders.
Oh, Manchester United.
Please don’t choke this year

Fresh fish, crazy rolls
Kamakura for sushi
Bay Area choice

Same town rules drinks, too:
both Rosenblum, Hangar One

A’s, Niners, Spurs, Sharks
each season, heartbreak ensues
though, support I do.

Of my culled music
The Stone Roses’ first record
remains atop heap

London in the fog
pub, gigs, football, culture, food.
Best city on Earth.

In San Diego
El Zarape is a must.
Combo number three

Bad drafts, injuries
fantasy sports, you kill me.
Yet, I play each year.

Friends and family
Time fleeting, miles apart
Still, I miss you all.

Kurt Vile. Live on KEXP. Today. Listen.

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Indeed. Philly’s own Kurt Vile and his band of merry minstrels, known as The Violators, will be taking over the airwaves at Seattle’s KEXP today at 12 Noon PDT/3PM EDT. Listen to Kurt showcase his wares, possibly including tracks from his new 7″, “In My Time”, available starting November 9. Tune in on 90.3FM or click on over to KEXP’s website to listen in real time.

And if you’re in Seattle, go check out Kurt and his band live this evening at Neumos. You’ll be glad you did.

Hear Ted Leo rock the NYC airwaves today on WNYC’s Soundcheck

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Ted Leo and his band of merry New Jerseyites (taking liberties, yes…) will take over radioland today at 2:30PM EDT when they bring their own brand of punk genius to WNYC’s Soundcheck with John Schaefer. If you like to rock it old school, tune in on 93.9FM (or REALLY old school on 820AM) in the New York City area. If you fancy yourself more of a Web 2.0 type of person, then feel free to click on over to WNYC’s website in order to hear what is sure to be an amazing session.

Hear Pink Eyes from Fucked Up Debate Arizona’s SB 1070 Immigration Law

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Our very own man of the world Pink Eyes will be a guest on WNYC’s Soundcheck today, weighing in on Arizona’s controversial, and to co-opt Pink Eyes’ band name, fucked up new legislation. He wrote an op-ed piece for Stereogum that you can read here and then at 2PM EDT tune in to hear him debate his stance. For you NYC readers and listeners, WNYC is found at 93.9 on the FM dial and 820 on the AM side.

Listen to Shearwater perform live for KEXP tonight

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Actually, if you’re one of the lucky winners, you’ll be hearing this Shearwater intimate performance live from The Triple Door in Seattle this afternoon, ahead of their gig at the very same venue this evening (still need tickets? Get ‘em here). Fortunately for the rest of us schlubs, the session will be aired back in its entirety at 5PM PDT (for those of you who have trouble with the mathematics, that’s 8PM EDT). KEXP, as you are most likely full aware, airs terrestrially at 90.3 on your FM dial in the greater 206 and online at

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists Free At Noon show TODAY live on air

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In a mere 30 minutes, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists shall rock the house together at Philadelphia’s World Cafe Live for a Free At Noon extravaganza. If you weren’t lucky enough to get tickets ahead of time (you may still be able to weasel your way in, but I can’t promise anything), you can listen live on, or 88.5 terrestrially, as well as on a host of stations all around the country. Check to find stations in your varied ‘hoods (as well as KUT in Austin, WBFO in Buffalo, and Vermont Public Radio) so you can tune in and rock out to jams from the new album, The Brutalist Bricks.

Girls Live on KEXP today at 12Noon PST, 3PM EST

Remember yesterday when Julian Plenti got his groove on for KEXP? Today it’s Girls’ turn. Tune in at 12Noon PST (3PM EST for those of you who are hard of understanding) at 90.3 FM in the Seattle area to hear the sonic loveliness of the San Francisco minstrels. Or, if you’re not lucky enough to be in Seattle, or are in Seattle and don’t have a radio (who ARE you, exactly?), you can always keep up on the station’s website.

Tell a friend. Or 12.

Julian Plenti Rocks The KEXP House Today At 3PM PST

The man, the myth, the legend, Julian Plenti, brings his live show extravaganza to the Seattle airwaves today with a performance for KEXP. You can catch the set live at 3PM PST (6PM EST) on the dial at 90.3FM and online at

Plenti and his bandmates then will thrill and amaze at Chop Suey later this evening, before continuing their tour in Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia through the rest of November.

Spiral Stairs live on KEXP at 12Noon PDT/3PM EDT

Spiral Stairs

Yep, in just over 90 short minutes, Spiral Stairs will be performing live on the illustrious KEXP in Seattle. Scott Kannberg and band will be sure to highlight jams from the new album, The Real Feel, out next week. Also, if you’re in the 206, and you missed their in-store last night at Sonic Boom Ballard, you can still catch them tonight at Neumo’s playing with the lovely Bob Mould. And, as always, KEXP is heard locally at 90.3FM and online at

Cave Singers video footage from the KEXP Music Lounge at Bumbershoot

photo by Dave Lichterman
photo by Dave Lichterman

It may have taken place a few weeks ago, but we wanted to let the dust settle before unleashing some pretty stellar footage on the unsuspecting public. Local lads The Cave Singers performed a special set for KEXP listeners at the Bumbershoot Music Festival and a few songs are available for your listening and viewing pleasure. Feel free to enjoy “Summer Light” and “At The Cut” from their new album, Welcome Joy, as well as “Dancing On Our Graves” from 2007’s Invitation Songs, at

Yo La Tengo to wake Chicago acoustically today at 8AM

They may be New Jersey’s finest, but Yo La Tengo will be serenading the the citizens of the Second City with their debut on-air appearance for WGN AM 720 on The Greg Jarrett Morning Show. Tune in around 8:15AM to hear them wow their about-to-be-new-found fans. Then, if you’re in the Chicago area, make sure to check out their kick ass set at the Pitchfork Festival this evening.

The week of Shearwater commences, SiriusXM Loft Sessions kick it off

On top of all their SXSW activities, Austin’s finest sons (and daughter) Shearwater will be featured five times this week on SiriuXM Loft Sessions. These sessions can be heard on Sirius 29 and XM 50 and will air at the following times. Listen in to hear the genius. All times Eastern, by the way.

Monday 3/16: 12Noon
Wednesday 3/18: 2:00PM
Friday 3/20: 3:00AM
Saturday 3/21: 12:00Noon
Monday 3/23: 1:00AM

A.C. Newman gets up early to play live on the radio, so you don’t have to

Our favorite Canadian songsmith, A.C. Newman, and his gang of traveling minstrels will light up the airwaves and the interweb tomorrow by performing live on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic program. Tune in online or if in the greater Southern California region at 89.9 FM at 11:15 AM PST/2:15 PM PST to catch the session live in all its glory.