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English, Music, 1 season, 934 episodes, 3 days, 12 hours, 40 minutes
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Formerly known as “KEXP’s Live Performances,” Live on KEXP brings you the very best of KEXP’s world-renowned live in-studio and remote performances. Each week, we’ll bring you a new live session, from emerging artists to well-established acts, spanning styles, genres and cultures. Full video of all Live on KEXP performances available at youtube.com/kexp.
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Rochelle Jordan [Performance & Interview Only] (RE-RELEASE)

Canadian artist Rochelle Jordan has been making downtempo R&B for over a decade now, blending 90s pop, vintage UK house and garage, electronic and progressive hip-hop for a unique and sensual sound. During her in-studio session for KEXP earlier this summer, she spoke with Larry Mizell Jr. about the inspirations behind her new record, 'Play with the Changes,' and played a dazzling set of four songs off the album. As a bonus, we share a snippet from our 2019 sessions with acclaimed R&B artist Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime. Recorded 06/08/2022. Already Dancing Elephants Lay All Along Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/9/202427 minutes, 35 seconds
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Rochelle Jordan (RE-RELEASE)

Canadian artist Rochelle Jordan has been making downtempo R&B for over a decade now, blending 90s pop, vintage UK house and garage, electronic and progressive hip-hop for a unique and sensual sound. During her in-studio session for KEXP earlier this summer, she spoke with Larry Mizell Jr. about the inspirations behind her new record, 'Play with the Changes,' and played a dazzling set of four songs off the album. As a bonus, we share a snippet from our 2019 sessions with acclaimed R&B artist Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime. Recorded 06/08/2022. Already Dancing Elephants Lay All Along Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/9/202424 minutes, 39 seconds
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Margo Cilker [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the West Coast Americana of Margo Cilker.  Margo Cilker is a California native, of the Santa Clara Cilkers, a town in the Southern Bay, transformed by the relentless onslaught of technology companies. Farmland and apricot orchards have fallen prey to silicon and semiconductors. She moved north in her 20s, spending time in Oregon, and then barely into the state of Washington midway between Portland and Walla Walla. She writes about life, embracing the poetically cryptic, as she wonders aloud concerning cattle drives, loneliness, drinking, and a friend's trout. Her latest record is called 'Valley of Heart's Delight,' sharing that title with the actual place, and a couple of books. It is available on Fluff & Gravy Records. Recorded 12/19/2024. Beggar For Your Love Lowland Trail Tehachapi With the Middle Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/2/202434 minutes, 21 seconds
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Margo Cilker

On the show this time, it’s the West Coast Americana of Margo Cilker.  Margo Cilker is a California native, of the Santa Clara Cilkers, a town in the Southern Bay, transformed by the relentless onslaught of technology companies. Farmland and apricot orchards have fallen prey to silicon and semiconductors. She moved north in her 20s, spending time in Oregon, and then barely into the state of Washington midway between Portland and Walla Walla. She writes about life, embracing the poetically cryptic, as she wonders aloud concerning cattle drives, loneliness, drinking, and a friend's trout. Her latest record is called 'Valley of Heart's Delight,' sharing that title with the actual place, and a couple of books. It is available on Fluff & Gravy Records. Recorded 12/19/2024. Beggar For Your Love Lowland Trail Tehachapi With the Middle Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/2/202429 minutes, 43 seconds
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Huush and Chalk

On the show this time, it’s a double shot of post punk from two different bands. We’ve got the punks at the disco pop of Huush. They are on Swap Music. Then after the break We’ve got the Berghain-rock blended with techno-punk of Chalk, whose latest EP 'Conditions II' is available on Nice Swan Records. Recorded 12/07/2023 (Huush) and 12/09/2023 (Chalk). Disorder (Huush) Falling In Love (Huush) Follow the Beat (Huush) Static (Chalk) The Gate (Chalk) Claw (Chalk) Them (Chalk) Watch the full Live on KEXP sessions on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/26/202429 minutes, 58 seconds
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Huush and Chalk [Performances Only]

On the show this time, it’s a double shot of post punk from two different bands. We’ve got the punks at the disco pop of Huush. They are on Swap Music. Then after the break We’ve got the Berghain-rock blended with techno-punk of Chalk, whose latest EP 'Conditions II' is available on Nice Swan Records. Recorded 12/07/2023 (Huush) and 12/09/2023 (Chalk). Disorder (Huush) Falling In Love (Huush) Follow the Beat (Huush) Static (Chalk) The Gate (Chalk) Claw (Chalk) Them (Chalk) Watch the full Live on KEXP sessions on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/26/202432 minutes, 2 seconds
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J Mascis [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the soothing acoustic jams of J Mascis. Just kidding! J Mascis has fun playing some acoustic shows, though of course he is known for playing a Fender Jazzmaster, super loud through a couple of Marshall stacks and a fuzz pedal or 2. His familiar well-worn tenor has only gained strength over the years since we first heard him with Dinosaur Jr. In this session he grabbed a 12-string acoustic and delivered an intimate soul-comforting set. His latest solo record, recorded at home, is called 'What Do We Do Now' and it is available on Sub Pop records. Recorded 01/15/2024. Can't Believe We're Here What Do We Do Now You Don't Understand Me Motion Sickness - Phoebe Bridgers cover (Stranger in the Alps, 2017) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/19/202421 minutes, 42 seconds
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J Mascis

On the show this time, it’s the soothing acoustic jams of J Mascis. Just kidding! J Mascis has fun playing some acoustic shows, though of course he is known for playing a Fender Jazzmaster, super loud through a couple of Marshall stacks and a fuzz pedal or 2. His familiar well-worn tenor has only gained strength over the years since we first heard him with Dinosaur Jr. In this session he grabbed a 12-string acoustic and delivered an intimate soul-comforting set. His latest solo record, recorded at home, is called 'What Do We Do Now' and it is available on Sub Pop records. Recorded 01/15/2024. Can't Believe We're Here What Do We Do Now You Don't Understand Me Motion Sickness - Phoebe Bridgers cover (Stranger in the Alps, 2017) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/19/202430 minutes
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Hooveriii [Performance & Interview Only]

Hooveriii is the solo project, now writ large, of singer / guitarist Bert Hoover. Specifically, Robert Hoover the third. The project started out in a garage in El Segundo, CA with Bert playing all the parts - bass, guitar, Casio, and drum machine into his classic 4-track Tascam 414. You can listen to that original album on vinyl coming out for Record Store Day - that’s April 20th, 2024. Over time he has assembled a stellar group of like-minded musicians. They are all capable of hitting their mark, tight and neat. They are also capable of some superb veering off into space jams. It’s psych-rock, influenced by krautrock, and it aims to take you away from this harsh world for a while - to a better place. The latest record is called 'Pointe' and it is available through the Reverberation Appreciation Society / Levitation. Recorded 11/20/2023. The Tall Grass Can't You Hear Me Calling? The Ship That I Sail This Rock Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/12/202419 minutes, 57 seconds
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Hooveriii

Hooveriii is the solo project, now writ large, of singer / guitarist Bert Hoover. Specifically, Robert Hoover the third. The project started out in a garage in El Segundo, CA with Bert playing all the parts - bass, guitar, Casio, and drum machine into his classic 4-track Tascam 414. You can listen to that original album on vinyl coming out for Record Store Day - that’s April 20th, 2024. Over time he has assembled a stellar group of like-minded musicians. They are all capable of hitting their mark, tight and neat. They are also capable of some superb veering off into space jams. It’s psych-rock, influenced by krautrock, and it aims to take you away from this harsh world for a while - to a better place. The latest record is called 'Pointe' and it is available through the Reverberation Appreciation Society / Levitation. Recorded 11/20/2023. The Tall Grass Can't You Hear Me Calling? The Ship That I Sail This Rock Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/12/202429 minutes, 55 seconds
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Blonde Redhead [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the brilliant intensity of the veteran New York City band - Blonde Redhead. Blonde Redhead is a legendary independent alternative-rock band. They’ve been making music, and records on their own terms since 1994. The consistent core of the band is Kazu Makino and twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace. Between them they cover vocals, keys, guitars and drums. They sometimes work with collaborators - most often occupying the position of bass player. Their band has truly gone through fire - surviving breakups, endless fights, a horrible trampling by horse, and even the goodbye album. This moment finds them returning - 30 years wiser since their debut - with a brilliant, complex record, as fresh and original as any fan could wish for. It's called 'Sit Down For Dinner' and it’s available on Section1 Records. Recorded 10/19/2023. Sit Down For Dinner (Part 1) Sit Down For Dinner (Part 2) Snowman Melody Experiment Kiss Her Kiss Her Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/5/202433 minutes, 54 seconds
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Blonde Redhead

On the show this time, it’s the brilliant intensity of the veteran New York City band - Blonde Redhead. Blonde Redhead is a legendary independent alternative-rock band. They’ve been making music, and records on their own terms since 1994. The consistent core of the band is Kazu Makino and twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace. Between them they cover vocals, keys, guitars and drums. They sometimes work with collaborators - most often occupying the position of bass player. Their band has truly gone through fire - surviving breakups, endless fights, a horrible trampling by horse, and even the goodbye album. This moment finds them returning - 30 years wiser since their debut - with a brilliant, complex record, as fresh and original as any fan could wish for. It's called 'Sit Down For Dinner' and it’s available on Section1 Records. Recorded 10/19/2023. Sit Down For Dinner (Part 1) Sit Down For Dinner (Part 2) Snowman Melody Experiment Kiss Her Kiss Her Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/5/202429 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Hives [Full Performance]

On the show this time, it’s the Rock n Roll Revival of the Hives. The Hives have been rocking fans across the world since the 90’s, when they released their first demo, “Sounds Like Sushi.” Their over-the-top energy and memorable hooks were apparent from the start – as was their wacky sense of humor – need a punk ode to constipation? Yeah you got it. They dress up fancy in black and white suits. They play fast loud punk rock music. Their live shows are legendary. And ever since they put out the anthem “Hate To Say I Told You So” on their 2nd full length, 'Veni Vidi Vicious,' they did in fact take over the world. Their latest is called 'The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons' and it is available on their own imprint, Disques Hives. Recorded 11/07/2023. Bogus Operandi Main Offender Rigor Mortis Radio Hate To Say I Told You So Countdown To Shutdown Come On Tick Tick Boom Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/27/202434 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Hives

On the show this time, it’s the Rock n Roll Revival of the Hives. The Hives have been rocking fans across the world since the 90’s, when they released their first demo, “Sounds Like Sushi.” Their over-the-top energy and memorable hooks were apparent from the start – as was their wacky sense of humor – need a punk ode to constipation? Yeah you got it. They dress up fancy in black and white suits. They play fast loud punk rock music. Their live shows are legendary. And ever since they put out the anthem “Hate To Say I Told You So” on their 2nd full length, 'Veni Vidi Vicious,' they did in fact take over the world. Their latest is called 'The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons' and it is available on their own imprint, Disques Hives. Recorded 11/07/2023. Bogus Operandi Main Offender Rigor Mortis Radio Hate To Say I Told You So Countdown To Shutdown Come On Tick Tick Boom Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/27/202429 minutes, 25 seconds
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El Khat [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time is inspiration from the music of Yemen, played with the homemade instruments of El Khat. El Khat is the musical brainchild of Eyal el Wahab, a Yemeni man who grew up in Tel Aviv. He makes his own instruments in the tradition of impoverished people all over the world. The band is named after the drug – Khat – a stimulant chewed like tobacco across the Middle East and in Africa, and you’d better check where you are before partaking. Its legality varies by location, as does the punishment for possession! El Khat’s music is based in the traditional sounds of Yemen, but it is not frozen in amber, this is not anthropology.  This is living modern music for you to listen to now. Their latest is called Albat Alawi Op. 99 and it is available on Glitterbeat. Recorded 11/02/2023. Balagh Al Achbaab Tislami Tislami Zafa Djaja Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/27/202428 minutes, 35 seconds
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El Khat

On the show this time is inspiration from the music of Yemen, played with the homemade instruments of El Khat. El Khat is the musical brainchild of Eyal el Wahab, a Yemeni man who grew up in Tel Aviv. He makes his own instruments in the tradition of impoverished people all over the world. The band is named after the drug – Khat – a stimulant chewed like tobacco across the Middle East and in Africa, and you’d better check where you are before partaking.  Its legality varies by location, as does the punishment for possession!  El Khat’s music is based in the traditional sounds of Yemen, but it is not frozen in amber, this is not anthropology.  This is living modern music for you to listen to now.  Their latest is called Albat Alawi Op. 99 and it is available on Glitterbeat. Recorded 11/02/2023. Balagh Al Achbaab Tislami Tislami Zafa Djaja Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/20/202427 minutes, 54 seconds
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TEKE::TEKE

On the show this time, it’s the compelling “collage-rock” of Montreal’s TEKE::TEKE. TEKE::TEKE is a rock band from Montreal, with the twist being that they play in the style of 1960’s and 70’s Japanese movie soundtracks. It is a big band - 7 musicians - and their diverse backgrounds help to drive their eclectic modern take on the psychedelic rock they use for inspiration. The name TEKE::TEKE refers to the classic sound of surf guitar, and originally, they formed to honor Japanese surf legend Takeshi Terauchi. Drums, bass, dueling guitars, trombone, and flute constitute an impressive sonic palette, but once you throw in traditional Japanese instruments, multilingual poetic lyrics, and a punk rock heart - you'd better hold on because it's gonna be a ride! The addition of one of the world’s most charismatic front-persons, in the form of singer and fashion icon Maya Kuroki pushes the band from brilliant to downright extraordinary. It’s loud, it's colorful and it’s super fun. Their latest is called 'Hagata' and it is available on Kill Rock Stars. Recorded 10/20/2023. Setagaya Koya Gotoku Lemon Onaji Heya Hoppe Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/13/202429 minutes, 52 seconds
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TEKE::TEKE [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the compelling “collage-rock” of Montreal’s TEKE::TEKE. TEKE::TEKE is a rock band from Montreal, with the twist being that they play in the style of 1960’s and 70’s Japanese movie soundtracks. It is a big band - 7 musicians - and their diverse backgrounds help to drive their eclectic modern take on the psychedelic rock they use for inspiration. The name TEKE::TEKE refers to the classic sound of surf guitar, and originally, they formed to honor Japanese surf legend Takeshi Terauchi. Drums, bass, dueling guitars, trombone, and flute constitute an impressive sonic palette, but once you throw in traditional Japanese instruments, multilingual poetic lyrics, and a punk rock heart - you'd better hold on because it's gonna be a ride! The addition of one of the world’s most charismatic front-persons, in the form of singer and fashion icon Maya Kuroki pushes the band from brilliant to downright extraordinary. It’s loud, it's colorful and it’s super fun. Their latest is called 'Hagata' and it is available on Kill Rock Stars. Recorded 10/20/2023. Setagaya Koya Gotoku Lemon Onaji Heya Hoppe Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/13/202424 minutes, 4 seconds
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Anoushka Shankar

On the show this time, it’s the avant-garde sitar of Anoushka Shankar.  Anoushka Shankar is a master musician, as well as being a composer and producer. She studied with her famous father - Ravi Shankar - who had a smaller instrument made for his 7 year old daughter.  She made her professional debut at thirteen, and over the years she has reinvented sitar music, playing with musicians from various genres, cultures and geographies, looking for new situations and contexts to use its inimitable voice.  As she puts it, she “de-exotified” the Sitar.  Flamenco, hip hop, jazz, and cinematic scores are all fair game.  Her latest record, the first of a trilogy is called “Chapter 1: FOREVER, FOR NOW.” Featuring production and collaboration from Arooj Aftab and Nils Frahm.  It is available through Leiter, and on streaming services. Recorded October 17th, 2023 Boat To Nowhere Secret Heart Dancing In Madness Stolen Moments  Watch the full Live on KEXP performance on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/6/202429 minutes, 42 seconds
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Anoushka Shankar [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the avant-garde sitar of Anoushka Shankar.  Anoushka Shankar is a master musician, as well as being a composer and producer. She studied with her famous father - Ravi Shankar - who had a smaller instrument made for his 7 year old daughter.  She made her professional debut at thirteen, and over the years she has reinvented sitar music, playing with musicians from various genres, cultures and geographies, looking for new situations and contexts to use its inimitable voice.  As she puts it, she “de-exotified” the Sitar.  Flamenco, hip hop, jazz, and cinematic scores are all fair game.  Her latest record, the first of a trilogy is called “Chapter 1: FOREVER, FOR NOW.” Featuring production and collaboration from Arooj Aftab and Nils Frahm.  It is available through Leiter, and on streaming services. Recorded October 17th, 2023 Boat To Nowhere Secret Heart Dancing In Madness Stolen Moments  Watch the full Live on KEXP performance on YouTube.  Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/6/202434 minutes, 21 seconds
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Jungle

On the show this time, dance your butt right off with London producers Jungle. British dance-music producer-musicians Jungle have figured out the recipe. They’ve been making hook-laden rump-shakers since before their oddly titled full length debut - 'Jungle.' Technically they’ve been doing it since forever - they’ve been friends since they were little kids. Massive grooves like “Busy Earnin',” “Casio,” and “Keep Moving” set the standard. They’ve got placements in TV, film, and video games, so you’ve probably heard Jungle even if you didn’t know it. Also, their videos have some of the best dancing you’ll ever see, thanks in part to the ongoing collaboration with the KZ Creatives collective. Their latest record 'Volcano' is available on Caiola Records. Recorded 09/15/2023. Dominoes The Heat Back on 74 Coming Back Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/30/202427 minutes, 19 seconds
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Jungle [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, dance your butt right off with London producers Jungle. British dance-music producer-musicians Jungle have figured out the recipe. They’ve been making hook-laden rump-shakers since before their oddly titled full length debut - 'Jungle.' Technically they’ve been doing it since forever - they’ve been friends since they were little kids. Massive grooves like “Busy Earnin',” “Casio,” and “Keep Moving” set the standard. They’ve got placements in TV, film, and video games, so you’ve probably heard Jungle even if you didn’t know it. Also, their videos have some of the best dancing you’ll ever see, thanks in part to the ongoing collaboration with the KZ Creatives collective. Their latest record 'Volcano' is available on Caiola Records. Recorded 09/15/2023. Dominoes The Heat Back on 74 Coming Back Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/30/202420 minutes, 11 seconds
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Young Fathers

On the show this time, dance, chant, and fight back with Scottish band Young Fathers. Young Fathers are pop, grimy electronica, organic percussion, and Afro-Scottish indie. They rap. They chant. They sing. They do what they want. They've been making music together since they were teens, back in 2008. Their latest record - the Scottish Album of the Year for 2023 - is called 'Heavy Heavy' and is available on Ninja Tune Records. Recorded 09/27/2023. I Saw Drum Geronimo Rice Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/23/202429 minutes, 26 seconds
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Young Fathers [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, dance, chant, and fight back with Scottish band Young Fathers. Young Fathers are pop, grimy electronica, organic percussion, and Afro-Scottish indie. They rap. They chant. They sing. They do what they want. They've been making music together since they were teens, back in 2008. Their latest record - the Scottish Album of the Year for 2023 - is called 'Heavy Heavy' and is available on Ninja Tune Records. Recorded 09/27/2023. I Saw Drum Geronimo Rice Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/23/202424 minutes, 28 seconds
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Gregory Alan Isakov

On the show this time, it’s the meticulous indie-folk songwriting of Gregory Alan Isakov. Gregory Alan Isakov is a singer-songwriter sure. But he’s also a farmer. His market farm in Boulder, Colorado provides produce to around a hundred CSA members, a couple of chefs, and a food bank. The man is really into growing the perfect lettuce mix. That’s why it’s rare to find him on tour in the summer. But - when you have a new full length album, five years in the making, it’s time to dust off the old road boots and get out there. It’s called 'Appaloosa Bones' and is available on Dualtone Records and through his own label Suitcase Town Music. Recorded 08/21/2023. The Fall Before The Sun Miles To Go Watchman Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/16/202429 minutes, 43 seconds
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Gregory Alan Isakov [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the meticulous indie-folk songwriting of Gregory Alan Isakov. Gregory Alan Isakov is a singer-songwriter sure. But he’s also a farmer. His market farm in Boulder, Colorado provides produce to around a hundred CSA members, a couple of chefs, and a food bank. The man is really into growing the perfect lettuce mix. That’s why it’s rare to find him on tour in the summer. But - when you have a new full length album, five years in the making, it’s time to dust off the old road boots and get out there. It’s called 'Appaloosa Bones' and is available on Dualtone Records and through his own label Suitcase Town Music. Recorded 08/21/2023. The Fall Before The Sun Miles To Go Watchman Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/16/202424 minutes, 11 seconds
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Frankie and The Witch Fingers

On the show this time, it’s doom, data, and reverberation appreciation with Frankie and The Witch Fingers. Frankie and The Witch Fingers returned to KEXP’s studios in support of their 7th studio record. It’s been an 11-year run already for the Bloomington, Indiana band, now based solidly in the thriving Los Angeles psych-rock scene. What started as a one-man-band - Dylan Sizemore on guitar, vocals, and stomping away on a kick drum - has evolved and adapted into a 6-piece prog/post-punk juggernaut - now featuring Nikki “Pickle” Smith from Death Valley Girls and Nick Aguilar, previous touring drummer for Mike Watt of the legendary Minutemen. The new album is called 'Data Doom' and is available on Greenway Records. Recorded 08/31/2023. Empire Burn Me Down Mild Davis Futurephobic Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/9/202427 minutes, 24 seconds
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Frankie and The Witch Fingers [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s doom, data, and reverberation appreciation with Frankie and The Witch Fingers. Frankie and The Witch Fingers returned to KEXP’s studios in support of their 7th studio record. It’s been an 11-year run already for the Bloomington, Indiana band, now based solidly in the thriving Los Angeles psych-rock scene. What started as a one-man-band - Dylan Sizemore on guitar, vocals, and stomping away on a kick drum - has evolved and adapted into a 6-piece prog/post-punk juggernaut - now featuring Nikki “Pickle” Smith from Death Valley Girls and Nick Aguilar, previous touring drummer for Mike Watt of the legendary Minutemen. The new album is called 'Data Doom' and is available on Greenway Records. Recorded 08/31/2023. Empire Burn Me Down Mild Davis Futurephobic Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/9/202425 minutes, 39 seconds
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Femi & Made Kuti [Performance & Interview Only] (RE-RELEASE)

When your family name is synonymous with afrobeat activism, what do you do? For Femi and Made Kuti, the only option is to continue the Legacy, of course. On this episode of Live on KEXP, the father/son duo carry on what Fela Kuti started in the ‘70s - the dissemination of not just sharp political criticism but also immense joy through music. Recorded 05/11/2021. Pà Pá Pà (Femi Kuti) Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am (Made Kuti) Stop The Hate (Femi Kuti) Free Your Mind (Made Kuti) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/2/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 19 seconds
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Femi & Made Kuti (RE-RELEASE)

When your family name is synonymous with afrobeat activism, what do you do? For Femi and Made Kuti, the only option is to continue the Legacy, of course. On this episode of Live on KEXP, the father/son duo carry on what Fela Kuti started in the ‘70s - the dissemination of not just sharp political criticism but also immense joy through music. Recorded 05/11/2021. Pà Pá Pà (Femi Kuti) Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am (Made Kuti) Stop The Hate (Femi Kuti) Free Your Mind (Made Kuti) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/2/202427 minutes, 44 seconds
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Hania Rani (RE-RELEASE)

On the show this time, it’s the cinematic piano and electronics of Hania Rani. The Polish pianist’s latest album, 'On Giacometti,' is out February 2023 on Gondwana Records.  She continues to expand on her film score ambient classical atmospherics, using electronics and her clear wistful voice. In this episode, we touch on Rani's origin story and influences and then get right to the music as these works are a bit longer. This performance features 3 previously unreleased pieces, and one - “Buka” - from her 2020 release, 'Home.' Recorded 07/09/2022. 24.03 Ghosts Komeda Part 3 Buka Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/26/202329 minutes, 36 seconds
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Hania Rani [Performance & Interview Only] (RE-RELEASE)

On the show this time, it’s the cinematic piano and electronics of Hania Rani. The Polish pianist’s latest album, 'On Giacometti,' is out February 2023 on Gondwana Records.  She continues to expand on her film score ambient classical atmospherics, using electronics and her clear wistful voice. In this episode, we touch on Rani's origin story and influences and then get right to the music as these works are a bit longer. This performance features 3 previously unreleased pieces, and one - “Buka” - from her 2020 release, 'Home.' Recorded 07/09/2022. 24.03 Ghosts Komeda Part 3 Buka Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/26/202335 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Mountain Goats

On the show this time, it’s the detail driven divinations of The Mountain Goats. The Mountain Goats are a definitive independent band. John Darnielle has been releasing music under that name since 1991. He started out taping straight onto cassette, with a boombox, and over the years has returned to that medium - lo-fi for sure, but oddly high in emotional fidelity. He’s also worked with engineers - in particular with Tiny Telephone’s John Vanderslice, and is now equally comfortable with full-studio productions. The band has changed over the years too, but at the moment is a wonderfully cohesive group - Peter Hughes on bass, Matt Douglas on sax/keys and 2nd guitar, and rockin’ Jon Wurster on drums. His latest is “Jenny From Thebes” - his 22nd full length album, and it’s available on Merge Records. Recorded 08/08/2023. Make You Suffer The Slow Parts on Death Metal Albums Clean Slate Hostages Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/19/202329 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Mountain Goats [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the detail driven divinations of The Mountain Goats. The Mountain Goats are a definitive independent band. John Darnielle has been releasing music under that name since 1991. He started out taping straight onto cassette, with a boombox, and over the years has returned to that medium - lo-fi for sure, but oddly high in emotional fidelity. He’s also worked with engineers - in particular with Tiny Telephone’s John Vanderslice, and is now equally comfortable with full-studio productions. The band has changed over the years too, but at the moment is a wonderfully cohesive group - Peter Hughes on bass, Matt Douglas on sax/keys and 2nd guitar, and rockin’ Jon Wurster on drums. His latest is “Jenny From Thebes” - his 22nd full length album, and it’s available on Merge Records. Recorded 08/08/2023. Make You Suffer The Slow Parts on Death Metal Albums Clean Slate Hostages Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/19/202332 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Budos Band

On the show this time, it’s the powerful 60’s and 70’s influenced instrumentals of the mighty Budos Band. The Budos Band is now on their 9th release - 6 albums and 3 EP’s - and they are also now on their own label - Diamond West. They were already recording on their own, in their own studio, and they were living a bi-coastal existence with some members in California. So, it really is an organic move, amicably splitting from their origin story label Daptone Records to do their own thing. Continuing their run of epic-sounding cinematic instrumental dramas, their first release on this imprint is the EP 'Frontier’s Edge.' Recorded 08/25/2023. Frontier’s Edge Crescent Blade Long in the Tooth Gun Metal Grey Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/12/202327 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Budos Band [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the powerful 60’s and 70’s influenced instrumentals of the mighty Budos Band. The Budos Band is now on their 9th release - 6 albums and 3 EP’s - and they are also now on their own label - Diamond West. They were already recording on their own, in their own studio, and they were living a bi-coastal existence with some members in California. So, it really is an organic move, amicably splitting from their origin story label Daptone Records to do their own thing. Continuing their run of epic-sounding cinematic instrumental dramas, their first release on this imprint is the EP 'Frontier’s Edge.' Recorded 08/25/2023. Frontier’s Edge Crescent Blade Long in the Tooth Gun Metal Grey Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/12/202320 minutes, 29 seconds
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Youth Lagoon [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the experiment-Americana of Boise, Idaho’s Trevor Powers and his band Youth Lagoon. Youth Lagoon returns, renewed and refreshed to the studio and to the road. After the project's debut in 2011, and the following 2 albums, songwriter Trevor Powers announced the end of the band after only 5 years, in 2016. He needed to move on, and released two albums under his own name. Never say never though - after surviving some severe unexpected health problems in 2021 Trevor found himself reconnecting with the parts of himself, he had left behind. Self-acceptance and love brought a new perspective, and he resurrected Youth Lagoon with the release of the latest album 'Heaven Is A Junkyard,' available on Fat Possum Records. Recorded 07/13/2023. Rabbit Prizefighter Deep Red Sea Idaho Alien Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/5/202326 minutes, 41 seconds
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Youth Lagoon

On the show this time, it’s the experiment-Americana of Boise, Idaho’s Trevor Powers and his band Youth Lagoon. Youth Lagoon returns, renewed and refreshed to the studio and to the road. After the project's debut in 2011, and the following 2 albums, songwriter Trevor Powers announced the end of the band after only 5 years, in 2016. He needed to move on, and released two albums under his own name. Never say never though - after surviving some severe unexpected health problems in 2021 Trevor found himself reconnecting with the parts of himself, he had left behind. Self-acceptance and love brought a new perspective, and he resurrected Youth Lagoon with the release of the latest album 'Heaven Is A Junkyard,' available on Fat Possum Records. Recorded 07/13/2023. Rabbit Prizefighter Deep Red Sea Idaho Alien Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/5/202325 minutes, 31 seconds
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47SOUL

On the show this time it’s Palestinian-Jordanian band 47SOUL.  47SOUL is named for the year 1947, which was the year before the Palestinian Nakba and the last year people could move freely from place to place in Bilad Al-Sham, or The Levant. The band fuses a traditional Arabic dance form - Dabke - with electronic hip hop, rock, reggae, and reggaeton to create what is known as Shamstep. This is refugee art, this is anti-border music. The band often says - “Every land is a holy land, seeking recognition.”  Recorded 09/23/2019. Machina Gamar Marked Safe Intro To Shamstep Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/28/202336 minutes, 34 seconds
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Black Belt Eagle Scout [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s a celebration of connection - to lineage and to land with Black Belt Eagle Scout. Black Belt Eagle Scout is the recording project of Katherine "KP" Paul.  She’s been steadily creating indigenous-Swinomish-woman meets Pacific-Northwest indie-rock-and-punk since her self-titled debut EP in 2014.  Her 3rd full length and latest album “The Land, The Water, The Sky” is available on Saddle Creek Records. Recorded 05/08/2023. Fancy Dance Nobody Don't Give Up On the River Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/21/202324 minutes, 52 seconds
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Black Belt Eagle Scout

On the show this time, it’s a celebration of connection - to lineage and to land with Black Belt Eagle Scout. Black Belt Eagle Scout is the recording project of Katherine "KP" Paul.  She’s been steadily creating indigenous-Swinomish-woman meets Pacific-Northwest indie-rock-and-punk since her self-titled debut EP in 2014.  Her 3rd full length and latest album “The Land, The Water, The Sky” is available on Saddle Creek Records. Recorded 05/08/2023. Fancy Dance Nobody Don't Give Up On the River Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/21/202328 minutes, 32 seconds
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Spirit Award

On the show this time, it’s the new motorik psych-pop of Seattle’s own Spirit Award. Spirit Award is the creative project of singer / guitarist Daniel Lyon. He combines catchy energetic post-punk psych-pop with pensive analytical lyrics, arriving at a surprisingly loving and accessible sound, considering the weight of the content. His all star cast of collaborators includes co-producer Trevor Spencer, bassist Chris Jordan and drummer Andrew King. Their latest album 'The Fear' is available on Share It Music. Recorded 05/18/2023. Western Violence Pushing Forward Unlock the Door Guilt and Shame Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/14/202329 minutes, 18 seconds
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Spirit Award [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the new motorik psych-pop of Seattle’s own Spirit Award. Spirit Award is the creative project of singer / guitarist Daniel Lyon. He combines catchy energetic post-punk psych-pop with pensive analytical lyrics, arriving at a surprisingly loving and accessible sound, considering the weight of the content. His all star cast of collaborators includes co-producer Trevor Spencer, bassist Chris Jordan and drummer Andrew King. Their latest album 'The Fear' is available on Share It Music. Recorded 05/18/2023. Western Violence Pushing Forward Unlock the Door Guilt and Shame Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/14/202320 minutes, 43 seconds
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Tamikrest [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the next generation of Tuareg music - the desert rock of Tamikrest. According to their bio, in the Tamasheq language, Tamikrest means “connection.”  The group members come from Mali, Niger, Algeria and France.  Their music takes root in Ishumar “rebel music” Rock, or Tuareg Blues….and it flowers - expanding as they explore and include their ever widening set of influences. Their singer Ousman Ag Mosa lives, as he says, “everywhere in the desert” - because he is a nomad. Generally he walks somewhere south of Algeria and north of Mali.  The Tamasheq people want to preserve their culture, their way of life, and their land.  He sings in Tamasheq, to keep their poems, history and the music alive.  Their latest album “Tamotäit” is available on Glitterbeat Records. Recorded May 31, 2023 Awnafin Azawad As Sastnan Hidjan Imanin bas zihoun Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube. Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/7/202330 minutes, 35 seconds
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Tamikrest

On the show this time, it’s the next generation of Tuareg music - the desert rock of Tamikrest. According to their bio, in the Tamasheq language, Tamikrest means “connection.”  The group members come from Mali, Niger, Algeria and France.  Their music takes root in Ishumar “rebel music” Rock, or Tuareg Blues….and it flowers - expanding as they explore and include their ever widening set of influences. Their singer Ousman Ag Mosa lives, as he says, “everywhere in the desert” - because he is a nomad. Generally he walks somewhere south of Algeria and north of Mali.  The Tamasheq people want to preserve their culture, their way of life, and their land.  He sings in Tamasheq, to keep their poems, history and the music alive.  Their latest album “Tamotäit” is available on Glitterbeat Records. Recorded May 31, 2023 Awnafin Azawad As Sastnan Hidjan Imanin bas zihoun Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube. Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/7/202328 minutes, 5 seconds
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Nabihah Iqbal [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it's the danceable dreamtronica of producer/DJ Nabihah Iqbal. British musician Nabihah Iqbal is a true music-lover. She plays multiple instruments, produces, DJs, and she has a degree in African history and ethnomusicology. (She’s a lawyer too, by the way.) She can rock you on guitar or push you out onto the dance floor with equal panache. She overcame a mountain of obstacles and setbacks to create her latest record. It is called 'Dreamer' and is available on Ninja Tune Records. Recorded 06/05/2023. Dreamer This World Couldn't See Us Gentle Heart Closer Lover Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/31/202330 minutes, 58 seconds
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Nabihah Iqbal

On the show this time, it's the danceable dreamtronica of producer/DJ Nabihah Iqbal. British musician Nabihah Iqbal is a true music-lover. She plays multiple instruments, produces, DJs, and she has a degree in African history and ethnomusicology. (She’s a lawyer too, by the way.) She can rock you on guitar or push you out onto the dance floor with equal panache. She overcame a mountain of obstacles and setbacks to create her latest record. It is called 'Dreamer' and is available on Ninja Tune Records. Recorded 06/05/2023. Dreamer This World Couldn't See Us Gentle Heart Closer Lover Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/31/202327 minutes, 10 seconds
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Tinariwen [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the OG desert blues of Mali’s Tinariwen. Tinariwen has been bringing the sound of the northern Sahara to the world for over 20 years. Their music has won the hearts of listeners worldwide, regardless of language spoken. There’s a vibe, a hypnotic groove, and a poetic humanness that pulls you in. There’s also the Blues - the universal music of self-expression in the face of persecution. These musicians have faced hardship and oppression, and it’s not over. A coup in 2020, another in 2021, the withdrawal of the French military and ongoing messy battles between various factions has made civilian life very dangerous. Their songs call for unity, and bravely run counter to the more fundamentalist groups, some of whom would ban music altogether. This record features playing from Daniel Lanois, banjo player Wes Corbett and fiddler Fats Kaplin, highlighting the band’s Americana influences. It’s called 'Amatssou' and was produced remotely by Lanois. It is available through Wedge. Recorded 05/29/2023. Alghalam Tiglistarha Arajghiyine Tidjit Anemouhagh Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/24/202328 minutes, 43 seconds
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Tinariwen

On the show this time, it’s the OG desert blues of Mali’s Tinariwen. Tinariwen has been bringing the sound of the northern Sahara to the world for over 20 years. Their music has won the hearts of listeners worldwide, regardless of language spoken. There’s a vibe, a hypnotic groove, and a poetic humanness that pulls you in. There’s also the Blues - the universal music of self-expression in the face of persecution. These musicians have faced hardship and oppression, and it’s not over. A coup in 2020, another in 2021, the withdrawal of the French military and ongoing messy battles between various factions has made civilian life very dangerous. Their songs call for unity, and bravely run counter to the more fundamentalist groups, some of whom would ban music altogether. This record features playing from Daniel Lanois, banjo player Wes Corbett and fiddler Fats Kaplin, highlighting the band’s Americana influences. It’s called 'Amatssou' and was produced remotely by Lanois. It is available through Wedge. Recorded 05/29/2023. Alghalam Tiglistarha Arajghiyine Tidjit Anemouhagh Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/24/202327 minutes, 4 seconds
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Explore KEXP Podcasts!

During KEXP’s fall fund drive, discover the variety of music podcasts we produce at KEXP and hear some of our favorite clips from each one. We’re thankful to the thousands of amplifiers who already donate to KEXP, building the foundation for our community of storytelling, and we want you to join them with a one-time donation or a recurring gift! 50 Years of Hip-Hop: https://www.kexp.org/podcasts/50-years-of-hip-hop/ El Sonido: https://www.kexp.org/podcasts/el-sonido/ Fresh off the Spaceship: https://www.kexp.org/podcasts/fresh-off-the-spaceship/ Live on KEXP: https://www.kexp.org/podcasts/live-on-kexp/ Sound and Vision: https://www.kexp.org/podcasts/sound-vision/ Song of the Day: https://www.kexp.org/podcasts/song-of-the-day/ KEXP Podcasts on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/@kexppodcasts Donate today: kexp.org/donateSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/19/20239 minutes, 11 seconds
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JoyCut [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the electronic meets organic, dark-wave, post-rock of Italy’s JoyCut. JoyCut is the musical brain-child of composer/artist Pasquale Pezillo. The music they make is a balance of organic acoustic instruments played by human beings, and the endless possible textures of electronic and synthesized sound. They are committed to a green sustainable future, using biodegradable and plant based materials for their packaging and merch, and even utilizing solar powered recording studios. They count tourmates such as the Chemical Brothers and Robert Smith amongst their fans. They recently created an epic evening of music with L’Orchestra Del Teatro Communale live in Bologna’s historic Teatro Manzoni. Their latest album is called 'TheBluWave [TimesWhenSilenceIsAPoem - TheIceHasMelted - AndBleedingGlaciersFormOurTears]_.' It's available on the JoyCut Official website. Recorded 05/30/2023. TheFirstSong_ BLUTOKYO_ ThePlasticWhale_ KOMOREBI_ Antropocene_ Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/17/202355 minutes, 45 seconds
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JoyCut

On the show this time, it’s the electronic meets organic, dark-wave, post-rock of Italy’s JoyCut. JoyCut is the musical brain-child of composer/artist Pasquale Pezillo. The music they make is a balance of organic acoustic instruments played by human beings, and the endless possible textures of electronic and synthesized sound. They are committed to a green sustainable future, using biodegradable and plant based materials for their packaging and merch, and even utilizing solar powered recording studios. They count tourmates such as the Chemical Brothers and Robert Smith amongst their fans. They recently created an epic evening of music with L’Orchestra Del Teatro Communale live in Bologna’s historic Teatro Manzoni. Their latest album is called 'TheBluWave [TimesWhenSilenceIsAPoem - TheIceHasMelted - AndBleedingGlaciersFormOurTears]_.' It's available on the JoyCut Official website. Recorded 05/30/2023. TheFirstSong_ BLUTOKYO_ ThePlasticWhale_ KOMOREBI_ Antropocene_ Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/17/202329 minutes, 26 seconds
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Jeremy Dutcher [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it's a special episode, guest hosted by (former) KEXP DJ Gabriel Teodros in collaboration with Jessica Ramirez of the Seedcast Podcast, shedding light on the orchestral Indigenous music of Jeremy Dutcher. Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day. Jeremy Dutcher is a member of the Tobique First Nation in North-West New Brunswick, and a classically trained tenor. He’s a multi-instrumentalist, a Polaris Music Prize winner and a Juno Award winner, for indigenous music album of the year in 2019. His latest album is called “MOTEWOLONUWOK” and it's available on Secret City Records. Recorded 05/19/2023. Sakomawit The Land That Held Them Take My Hand Skicinuwihkuk Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/10/202337 minutes
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Jeremy Dutcher

On the show this time, it's a special episode, guest hosted by (former) KEXP DJ Gabriel Teodros in collaboration with Jessica Ramirez of the Seedcast Podcast, shedding light on the orchestral Indigenous music of Jeremy Dutcher. Happy Indigenous Peoples' Day. Jeremy Dutcher is a member of the Tobique First Nation in North-West New Brunswick, and a classically trained tenor. He’s a multi-instrumentalist, a Polaris Music Prize winner and a Juno Award winner, for indigenous music album of the year in 2019. His latest album is called “MOTEWOLONUWOK” and it's available on Secret City Records. Recorded 05/19/2023. Sakomawit The Land That Held Them Take My Hand Skicinuwihkuk Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/10/202328 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Album Leaf [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the cinematic electronic compositions of The Album Leaf. The Album Leaf is Jimmy LaValle’s recording project of nearly 25 years, spanning 7 studio albums, 8 EPs, multiple soundtracks and some killer collaborations. He’s done it solo, he’s done it with a band. The current touring band includes Walter Trapp on trumpet and Aaron Ray on drums and electronics. His latest album is called “Future Falling,” with guests including Kimbra and Bat For Lashes. It's available on Nettwerk Records. Recorded May 17, 2023. Prologue Dust Collects Breathe Stride Watch the full LIVE on KEXP Session on YouTube   Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/3/202335 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Album Leaf

On the show this time, it’s the cinematic electronic compositions of The Album Leaf. The Album Leaf is Jimmy LaValle’s recording project of nearly 25 years, spanning 7 studio albums, 8 EPs, multiple soundtracks and some killer collaborations. He’s done it solo, he’s done it with a band. The current touring band includes Walter Trapp on trumpet and Aaron Ray on drums and electronics. His latest album is called “Future Falling,” with guests including Kimbra and Bat For Lashes. It's available on Nettwerk Records. Recorded May 17, 2023. Prologue Dust Collects Breathe Stride Watch the full LIVE on KEXP Session on YouTube   Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/3/202329 minutes, 9 seconds
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NONBINARY GIRLFRIEND [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s indie punk for unfolding your gender - the music of NONBINARY GIRLFRIEND. NONBINARY GIRLFRIEND is the solo project of Portland singer Anaïs, a fresh start after the dissolution of their previous project Cry Babe. Cry Babe had been the inspiration for some characters in the film 'Somebody That I Used to Know' starring Alison Brie and Dave Franco, and when the two writer/actors suggested they would come to see a show, that provided Anaïs the impetus to form this new band. The record is a beautiful combination of sing-along anthems and emotional catharsis. Their debut as NONBINARY GIRLFRIEND is 'Big And Kind,' available on Bandcamp. Recorded 05/12/2023. Big and Kind No Face Tender Hand Okay Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/26/202323 minutes, 9 seconds
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NONBINARY GIRLFRIEND

On the show this time, it’s indie punk for unfolding your gender - the music of NONBINARY GIRLFRIEND. NONBINARY GIRLFRIEND is the solo project of Portland singer Anaïs, a fresh start after the dissolution of their previous project Cry Babe. Cry Babe had been the inspiration for some characters in the film 'Somebody That I Used to Know' starring Alison Brie and Dave Franco, and when the two writer/actors suggested they would come to see a show, that provided Anaïs the impetus to form this new band. The record is a beautiful combination of sing-along anthems and emotional catharsis. Their debut as NONBINARY GIRLFRIEND is 'Big And Kind,' available on Bandcamp. Recorded 05/12/2023. Big and Kind No Face Tender Hand Okay Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/26/202328 minutes, 37 seconds
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Aynur [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the soulful humanity of Kurdish-Turkish vocalist Aynur. Aynur is a musician from Turkiye, and a Kurdish musician. She applies her breathtaking vocal technique to a refreshing blend of 300 year old Kurdish folk-songs, and her own jazz and pop influences. She is not afraid to address the suffering of the Kurdish people, or the struggles facing women - so much so that her music has at times been banned, her life has been threatened, and she has migrated as a result. Yo-Yo Ma said “To hear Aynur’s voice is to hear the transformation of all the layers of human joy and suffering into one sound. It reaches so deep into our soul, tears into our hearts, and then we are for one moment, joined as one. It is unforgettable!” Her latest album, 'Hedûr - Solace of Time,' is available through The Orchard distribution. Recorded 04/24/2023. Berfek Barî - Lure Lure Rewend (Göçebe) Qumrikê Malan Barkir-Bêrîvanê Hedûr Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/19/202351 minutes, 54 seconds
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Aynur

On the show this time, it’s the soulful humanity of Kurdish-Turkish vocalist Aynur. Aynur is a musician from Turkiye, and a Kurdish musician. She applies her breathtaking vocal technique to a refreshing blend of 300 year old Kurdish folk-songs, and her own jazz and pop influences. She is not afraid to address the suffering of the Kurdish people, or the struggles facing women - so much so that her music has at times been banned, her life has been threatened, and she has migrated as a result. Yo-Yo Ma said “To hear Aynur’s voice is to hear the transformation of all the layers of human joy and suffering into one sound. It reaches so deep into our soul, tears into our hearts, and then we are for one moment, joined as one. It is unforgettable!” Her latest album, 'Hedûr - Solace of Time,' is available through The Orchard distribution. Recorded 04/24/2023. Berfek Barî - Lure Lure Rewend (Göçebe) Qumrikê Malan Barkir-Bêrîvanê Hedûr Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/19/202328 minutes, 44 seconds
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Deerhoof [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it's the experimental-noise meets classic-rock-that-really-rocks, of the legendary Deerhoof. Deerhoof has existed in its current incarnation since 2008, a four piece with Greg Saunier on drums, Satomi Matsuzaki on most vocals and bass, John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez on guitars.  Every member can and does sing, and also write.  The original version of the band started in 1994 in San Francisco! They are beloved by fans and fellow musicians alike. They are a prototypical DIY band. They are original, playful, thoughtful, and political. They should be in the dictionary under the word “band.” Their latest album “Miracle-Level” is available on Joyful Noise Recordings. As the label notes on their website - “It’s the band’s 19th album and the first to be produced, recorded and mixed entirely in a recording studio. All of the songs are in Japanese. Recorded May 3, 2023. My Lovely Cat! Scarcity Is Manufactured Plant Thief Momentary Art of Soul! Watch the full LIVE on KEXP Session on Youtube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/12/202328 minutes, 48 seconds
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Deerhoof

On the show this time, it's the experimental-noise meets classic-rock-that-really-rocks, of the legendary Deerhoof. Deerhoof has existed in its current incarnation since 2008, a four piece with Greg Saunier on drums, Satomi Matsuzaki on most vocals and bass, John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez on guitars.  Every member can and does sing, and also write. The original version of the band started in 1994 in San Francisco! They are beloved by fans and fellow musicians alike. They are a prototypical DIY band. They are original, playful, thoughtful, and political. They should be in the dictionary under the word “band.” Their latest album “Miracle-Level” is available on Joyful Noise Recordings. As the label notes on their website - “It’s the band’s 19th album and the first to be produced, recorded and mixed entirely in a recording studio. All of the songs are in Japanese. Recorded May 3, 2023. My Lovely Cat! Scarcity Is Manufactured Plant Thief Momentary Art of Soul! Watch the full LIVE on KEXP Session on Youtube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/12/202324 minutes, 19 seconds
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Y La Bamba

On the show this time, it’s the Mexican-American indie-folk of Portland’s Y La Bamba. Y La Bamba is the band name of Luz Elena Mendoza-Ramirez. They’ve been making music since the mid 2000s, starting out like many a great band - playing the open mics around their part time hometown of Portland Oregon. Over the years the band has changed, but the community around it has only grown. They’ve worked with folks like Chris Funk from the Decemberists, Steve Berlin from Los Lobos, and Sergio Mendoza from Calexico. They’ve toured with Neko Case and the Lumineers. They’ve hit the Billboard Latin Pop charts, NPR’s top lists, and stolen the hearts of every independent radio station that took the time to listen. Their latest album, 'Lucha,' is available on Tender Loving Empire. Recorded 04/27/2023. Mas Manos Crema de Melón Dibujos De Mi Alma Collapse Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/5/202326 minutes, 3 seconds
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Y La Bamba [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the Mexican-American indie-folk of Portland’s Y La Bamba. Y La Bamba is the band name of Luz Elena Mendoza-Ramirez. They’ve been making music since the mid 2000s, starting out like many a great band - playing the open mics around their part time hometown of Portland Oregon. Over the years the band has changed, but the community around it has only grown. They’ve worked with folks like Chris Funk from the Decemberists, Steve Berlin from Los Lobos, and Sergio Mendoza from Calexico. They’ve toured with Neko Case and the Lumineers. They’ve hit the Billboard Latin Pop charts, NPR’s top lists, and stolen the hearts of every independent radio station that took the time to listen. Their latest album, 'Lucha,' is available on Tender Loving Empire. Recorded 04/27/2023. Mas Manos Crema de Melón Dibujos De Mi Alma Collapse Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/5/202326 minutes, 50 seconds
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All Them Witches [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the spell-binding heavy-rock of All Them Witches. All Them Witches is a band whose fans will show up. It appears that once you fall in love with their long form explorations of time and space, you will follow them to the ends of the earth. They play blues, transmuted. They can shift effortlessly from spooky R&B to heavy metal to epic psych-rock. Rhythm holds it all together, but any of the individual musicians can wander off into improvisation - safely cradled in the communal groove. They recently put out 'The Baker’s Dozen' - one song for each month of the year, plus one for safety - released on YouTube. They’ve been playing multi-night-in-one-city sold out shows supporting their latest album - 'Nothing As Ideal.' It was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios, and is available on New West Records. Recorded 04/14/2023. See You Next Fall L'Hotel Serein Bulls Enemy of My Enemy Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/29/202338 minutes, 57 seconds
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All Them Witches

On the show this time, it’s the spell-binding heavy-rock of All Them Witches. All Them Witches is a band whose fans will show up. It appears that once you fall in love with their long form explorations of time and space, you will follow them to the ends of the earth. They play blues, transmuted. They can shift effortlessly from spooky R&B to heavy metal to epic psych-rock. Rhythm holds it all together, but any of the individual musicians can wander off into improvisation - safely cradled in the communal groove. They recently put out 'The Baker’s Dozen' - one song for each month of the year, plus one for safety - released on YouTube. They’ve been playing multi-night-in-one-city sold out shows supporting their latest album - 'Nothing As Ideal.' It was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios, and is available on New West Records. Recorded 04/14/2023. See You Next Fall L'Hotel Serein Bulls Enemy of My Enemy Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/29/202329 minutes, 55 seconds
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Vieux Farka Touré [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the collaborative Mali meets world music of Vieux Farka Touré. Vieux Farka Touré has released 7 studio albums since his debut in 2007. He’s shared stages with and collaborated with a slew of great musicians - from Amadou and Mariam to John Scofield and Dave Matthews. He’s played with slide virtuoso Derek Trucks and with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. He formed another band with Israeli singer Idan Raichel. He performed at the World Cup alongside Alicia Keys and Shakira. He’s clearly earned the right to be reviewed without mention of his father. But - he’s got the maturity to enjoy his connection to family and history. His latest album is named “Ali.” It’s another collaboration - this time with Texan psych-rock meets hip-hop trio Khruangbin - all covers of songs by his Dad. It’s available on Dead Oceans. Recorded 04/11/2023. Ali Hala Abada Diarabi Ngala Kaourene Adou Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/22/202341 minutes, 41 seconds
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Vieux Farka Touré

On the show this time, it’s the collaborative Mali meets world music of Vieux Farka Touré. Vieux Farka Touré has released 7 studio albums since his debut in 2007. He’s shared stages with and collaborated with a slew of great musicians - from Amadou and Mariam to John Scofield and Dave Matthews. He’s played with slide virtuoso Derek Trucks and with Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder. He formed another band with Israeli singer Idan Raichel. He performed at the World Cup alongside Alicia Keys and Shakira. He’s clearly earned the right to be reviewed without mention of his father. But - he’s got the maturity to enjoy his connection to family and history. His latest album is named “Ali.” It’s another collaboration - this time with Texan psych-rock meets hip-hop trio Khruangbin - all covers of songs by his Dad. It’s available on Dead Oceans. Recorded 04/11/2023. Ali Hala Abada Diarabi Ngala Kaourene Adou Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/22/202329 minutes, 16 seconds
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Zeta

On the show this time, it’s the melodic psych-punk-pop of Zeta. For our 400th episode of Live On KEXP, in the spirit of music discovery - we present a brilliant band originally from Venezuela.  Zeta plays freely, incorporating psychedelic post-rock, reggae, experimental jazz, cumbia, punk - even emo and mambo.  They patiently seek catharsis through the practice of collective ritual.  Extremely hard rockin' collective ritual. Their latest album is “Todo Bailarlo” released on Skeletal Lightning in 2022. Recorded 03/31/2023. La Flor De La Palabra Completar La Flor Del Tiempo Magia Infinita Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/15/202329 minutes, 35 seconds
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Zeta [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the melodic psych-punk-pop of Zeta. For our 400th episode of Live On KEXP, in the spirit of music discovery - we present a brilliant band originally from Venezuela.  Zeta plays freely, incorporating psychedelic post-rock, reggae, experimental jazz, cumbia, punk - even emo and mambo.  They patiently seek catharsis through the practice of collective ritual.  Extremely hard rockin' collective ritual. Their latest album is “Todo Bailarlo” released on Skeletal Lightning in 2022. Recorded 03/31/2023. La Flor De La Palabra Completar La Flor Del Tiempo Magia Infinita Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/15/202336 minutes, 3 seconds
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Party Dozen [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time,  it’s the dark-noise rowdy-rock of Sydney duo - Party Dozen. What is a dozen but a larger version of a duo? 2 but turned up 10. Then on top of that, why not make it a party dozen? One more than 11! The Sydney duo of Kirsty Tickle on saxophone and Jonathan Boulet on drums and sampler most definitely bring the noise and make the party happen. Their live shows are incendiary, and their commitment to experimentation and improvisation exacerbates the danger. They’ve been at it since 2017, and released their third album (featuring Nick Cave on one track!) 'The Real Work' on Temporary Residence Ltd in 2022. Recorded 03/28/2023. The Worker Fruits Of Labour Party Dozen The Iron Boot Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.  Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/8/202323 minutes, 15 seconds
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Party Dozen

On the show this time,  it’s the dark-noise rowdy-rock of Sydney duo - Party Dozen. What is a dozen but a larger version of a duo? 2 but turned up 10. Then on top of that, why not make it a party dozen? One more than 11! The Sydney duo of Kirsty Tickle on saxophone and Jonathan Boulet on drums and sampler most definitely bring the noise and make the party happen. Their live shows are incendiary, and their commitment to experimentation and improvisation exacerbates the danger. They’ve been at it since 2017, and released their third album (featuring Nick Cave on one track!) 'The Real Work' on Temporary Residence Ltd in 2022. Recorded 03/28/2023. The Worker Fruits Of Labour Party Dozen The Iron Boot Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.  Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/8/202323 minutes, 55 seconds
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Rose City Band

On the show this time, it’s the groovy, new-classic roots-rock of Portland’s Rose City Band. Rose City Band is the latest project of singer and guitar-wizard - Ripley Johnson. It’s psychedelic country rock - summery, familiar, and comforting. It avoids becoming lost in the morass of bar-band humdrum by simultaneously being truer to its references - and manifesting an indie-original vibe that sounds fresh. With a flexible lineup - drums, bass, guitar, keys, and pedal steel - and hella musicians at each position, the band breezes through each number with such mastery that you find yourself relaxing. It's gonna be ok. They’ve got you. Dance. Sit by the window. Whatever you need, friend. Their latest record is 'Garden Party' - available on Thrill Jockey and Jean Sandwich Records. Recorded 05/05/2023. Empty Bottles Ramblin' With The Day Rabbit Mariposa Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/1/202329 minutes, 47 seconds
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Rose City Band [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the groovy, new-classic roots-rock of Portland’s Rose City Band. Rose City Band is the latest project of singer and guitar-wizard - Ripley Johnson. It’s psychedelic country rock - summery, familiar, and comforting. It avoids becoming lost in the morass of bar-band humdrum by simultaneously being truer to its references - and manifesting an indie-original vibe that sounds fresh. With a flexible lineup - drums, bass, guitar, keys, and pedal steel - and hella musicians at each position, the band breezes through each number with such mastery that you find yourself relaxing. It's gonna be ok. They’ve got you. Dance. Sit by the window. Whatever you need, friend. Their latest record is 'Garden Party' - available on Thrill Jockey and Jean Sandwich Records. Recorded 05/05/2023. Empty Bottles Ramblin' With The Day Rabbit Mariposa Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/1/202333 minutes, 59 seconds
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Caroline Polachek

On the show this time, it's the code-switching pop-pastiche of Caroline Polachek.  Caroline Polachek returned to KEXP to play songs from her newest record ‘Desire, I Want To Turn Into You’ available on her own imprint “Perpetual Novice.” It opens with some gloriously over-the-top vocal acrobatics. A call across the ocean? A wail of anguish? A howl of desire? Maybe more directly an announcement and a warning - “I AM HERE.” Without warning she flips the switch and bang! we are into the deadpan “Welcome to my Island” hook, and a beat that could be described as “Don’t you forget about the Soul-Sonic Force.” From there the music flows seamlessly through genres, styles, decades, vibes - anything goes, and Caroline Polachek’s encyclopedic knowledge of (and love for) music, unifies the experience. Blood And Butter Butterfly Net Sunset Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/25/202327 minutes, 19 seconds
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Caroline Polachek [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it's the code-switching pop-pastiche of Caroline Polachek.  Caroline Polachek returned to KEXP to play songs from her newest record ‘Desire, I Want To Turn Into You’ available on her own imprint “Perpetual Novice.” It opens with some gloriously over-the-top vocal acrobatics. A call across the ocean? A wail of anguish? A howl of desire? Maybe more directly an announcement and a warning - “I AM HERE.” Without warning she flips the switch and bang! we are into the deadpan “Welcome to my Island” hook, and a beat that could be described as “Don’t you forget about the Soul-Sonic Force.” From there the music flows seamlessly through genres, styles, decades, vibes - anything goes, and Caroline Polachek’s encyclopedic knowledge of (and love for) music, unifies the experience. Blood And Butter Butterfly Net Sunset Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/25/202326 minutes, 36 seconds
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Los Mirlos [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it's El Sonido Amazonico with Peruvian psych-cumbia legends - Los Mirlos. Since 1973, Los Mirlos (that’s The Blackbirds in English) have been playing magnificent, energetic dance music - Peruvian music, the sound of the Amazon. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of this band - they originate a sound. They are pioneers of psychedelic cumbia and all cumbia music has changed - or more properly all music has changed because of them. The lineup has also changed, but the group is still going. Like a family, they straddle generations. There are more than 30 albums available on vinyl through Infopesa Records, and on streaming services. Recorded 03/17/2023. Sonido Amazonico La Danza De Los Mirlos El Sonido De Los Mirlos El Poder Verde Lamento En La Selva El Milagro Verde El Escape Llanto En La Selva Un Traguito De Ayahuasca Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/18/202342 minutes, 5 seconds
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Los Mirlos

On the show this time, it's El Sonido Amazonico with Peruvian psych-cumbia legends - Los Mirlos. Since 1973, Los Mirlos (that’s The Blackbirds in English) have been playing magnificent, energetic dance music - Peruvian music, the sound of the Amazon. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of this band - they originate a sound. They are pioneers of psychedelic cumbia and all cumbia music has changed - or more properly all music has changed because of them. The lineup has also changed, but the group is still going. Like a family, they straddle generations. There are more than 30 albums available on vinyl through Infopesa Records, and on streaming services. Recorded 03/17/2023. Sonido Amazonico La Danza De Los Mirlos El Sonido De Los Mirlos El Poder Verde Lamento En La Selva El Milagro Verde El Escape Llanto En La Selva Un Traguito De Ayahuasca Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/18/202328 minutes, 49 seconds
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Austin TV [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it's the unsung legends of post-rock - Mexico City’s Austin TV. Austin TV formed in 2001, influenced by post rock sounds like Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky. Unlike the former they are primarily instrumental with the only words you hear provided by samples. They are heavier than the latter, though equally saturnine. They have not released an album or really been performing live in over 12 years, but now that they are playing again - they rocked the 2023 Vive Latino festival - we are holding out hope for a new record. Their most recent full-length is 'Caballeros del Albedrío' available on Terrícolas Imbéciles Records and Bandcamp. They perform in masks - in accordance with the motto - “No importa tu cara, importas tú.” It’s not your face that’s important - it’s you. Recorded 03/15/2023. De la Orquídea y la Avispa Caballeros del Albedrío Lattice Hasta Las Hifas, Un Micelio Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/11/202327 minutes, 35 seconds
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Austin TV

On the show this time, it's the unsung legends of post-rock - Mexico City’s Austin TV. Austin TV formed in 2001, influenced by post rock sounds like Mogwai or Explosions in the Sky. Unlike the former they are primarily instrumental with the only words you hear provided by samples. They are heavier than the latter, though equally saturnine. They have not released an album or really been performing live in over 12 years, but now that they are playing again - they rocked the 2023 Vive Latino festival - we are holding out hope for a new record. Their most recent full-length is 'Caballeros del Albedrío' available on Terrícolas Imbéciles Records and Bandcamp. They perform in masks - in accordance with the motto - “No importa tu cara, importas tú.” It’s not your face that’s important - it’s you. Recorded 03/15/2023. De la Orquídea y la Avispa Caballeros del Albedrío Lattice Hasta Las Hifas, Un Micelio Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/11/202323 minutes, 44 seconds
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Superchunk (RE-RELEASE)

North Carolina’s Superchunk have been ripping since 1989, as one of the bands that helped define the legendary music scene of Chapel Hill in the ‘90s. They recently stopped by KEXP to play songs off their twelfth studio album, Wild Loneliness, released in early 2022. The band chats with Cheryl Waters about the collaborative nature of the record and how the addition of voices such as Sharon Van Etten, Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell, and Mike Mills of REM helped elevate both the album and the band as a whole. Recorded 04/04/2022. Wild Loneliness Refracting Endless Summer Rainy Street Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube This episode originally aired on June 28, 2022.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/4/202320 minutes, 3 seconds
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Superchunk [Performance & Interview Only] (RE-RELEASE)

North Carolina’s Superchunk have been ripping since 1989, as one of the bands that helped define the legendary music scene of Chapel Hill in the ‘90s. They recently stopped by KEXP to play songs off their twelfth studio album, Wild Loneliness, released in early 2022. The band chats with Cheryl Waters about the collaborative nature of the record and how the addition of voices such as Sharon Van Etten, Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell, and Mike Mills of REM helped elevate both the album and the band as a whole. Recorded 04/04/2022. Wild Loneliness Refracting Endless Summer Rainy Street Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube This episode originally aired on June 28, 2022.  Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/4/202322 minutes, 7 seconds
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KAINA [Performance & Interview Only] (RE-RELEASE)

Chicago’s KAINA makes dreamy indie R&B songs that serve as affirmations of joy for the Guatamalen-Venezuelan artist. She released her impressive sophomore record It Was a Home back in March, featuring collaborations with Helado Negro, Sleater-Kinney, and Sen Morimoto. She stopped by KEXP over the summer to play a gorgeous set of songs off the record and spoke with Gabriel Teodros about coming up in Chicago’s youth music programs, the role family plays in her new record, and building a home. As an extra gift, we include a snippet from Sen Morimoto’s KEXP in-studio session from last year featuring KAINA on backing vocals. Recorded 06/20/2022. Anybody Can Be In Love Good Feeling Friend of Mine Golden Mirror Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube This episode originally aired on November 15, 2022.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/27/202323 minutes, 49 seconds
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KAINA (RE-RELEASE)

Chicago’s KAINA makes dreamy indie R&B songs that serve as affirmations of joy for the Guatamalen-Venezuelan artist. She released her impressive sophomore record It Was a Home back in March, featuring collaborations with Helado Negro, Sleater-Kinney, and Sen Morimoto. She stopped by KEXP over the summer to play a gorgeous set of songs off the record and spoke with Gabriel Teodros about coming up in Chicago’s youth music programs, the role family plays in her new record, and building a home. As an extra gift, we include a snippet from Sen Morimoto’s KEXP in-studio session from last year featuring KAINA on backing vocals. Recorded 06/20/2022. Anybody Can Be In Love Good Feeling Friend of Mine Golden Mirror Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube This episode originally aired on November 15, 2022.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/27/202325 minutes, 37 seconds
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Mabe Fratti [Performance & Interview Only]

"On the show this time, it's the avant songwriting of cellist Mabe Fratti. Mabe Fratti is a composer and cellist, born in Guatemala and now living in Mexico City. She is a rare bird - a cello player who also sings, who actually sings while playing the cello.  Her music is harmonically complex, rhythmically intrepid, and doesn’t shy away from dissonance. Against this backdrop she creates out of the ordinary melody - often surprisingly catchy.  She creates honestly, and - very closely with her chosen family of musicians. She would say they work “softly” with lots of room for improvisation and the musical personality of each player, of each friend. Her latest “Se Ve Desde Aqui” is available on Unheard of Hope records." Recorded on 03/15/2023 El Sol Sigue Ahí No Se Ve Desde Acá Cada Músculo Desde El Cielo Creo Que Puedo Hacer Algo Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omny.fm/listener for privacy information.
6/20/202338 minutes, 4 seconds
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Mabe Fratti

"On the show this time, it's the avant songwriting of cellist Mabe Fratti. Mabe Fratti is a composer and cellist, born in Guatemala and now living in Mexico City. She is a rare bird - a cello player who also sings, who actually sings while playing the cello.  Her music is harmonically complex, rhythmically intrepid, and doesn’t shy away from dissonance. Against this backdrop she creates out of the ordinary melody - often surprisingly catchy.  She creates honestly, and - very closely with her chosen family of musicians. She would say they work “softly” with lots of room for improvisation and the musical personality of each player, of each friend. Her latest “Se Ve Desde Aqui” is available on Unheard of Hope records."Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omny.fm/listener for privacy information.
6/20/202329 minutes, 47 seconds
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Viagra Boys [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the irreverent satire of Sweden's Viagra Boys. Viagra Boys lead with provocation. (Like if the name “Viagra Boys” doesn’t tip you off, we don’t know what to tell you.) They understand that in times when the patriarchal and fascist elements of society rise, it's essential that someone, something, somewhere - rises in opposition. To critique.  To mock. They use exaggerated characters that say outrageous things about the ridiculous and absurd things occurring in this time.  In this way they comment on masculinity, shootings, drug abuse and ADD, crime, the failures of “evolution”, monkeys of course, and for some reason - Shrimp. Their latest, 'Cave World,' is available on Year 0001. Recorded on 03/04/2023 Ain't No Thief Troglodyte It Ain't Enough Worms  Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/13/202321 minutes, 34 seconds
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Viagra Boys

On the show this time, it’s the irreverent satire of Sweden's Viagra Boys. Viagra Boys lead with provocation. (Like if the name “Viagra Boys” doesn’t tip you off, we don’t know what to tell you.) They understand that in times when the patriarchal and fascist elements of society rise, it's essential that someone, something, somewhere - rises in opposition. To critique.  To mock. They use exaggerated characters that say outrageous things about the ridiculous and absurd things occurring in this time.  In this way they comment on masculinity, shootings, drug abuse and ADD, crime, the failures of “evolution”, monkeys of course, and for some reason - Shrimp. Their latest, 'Cave World,' is available on Year 0001. Recorded on 03/04/2023 Ain't No Thief Troglodyte It Ain't Enough Worms  Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/13/202325 minutes, 27 seconds
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Clinton Fearon

On the show this time, it’s the classic reggae sounds of Seattle legend Clinton Fearon. Clinton Fearon is the real deal, an all-killer no-filler Jamaican reggae legend. He built his first guitar himself, at the age of 10, out of a single slab of wood, after seeing a life changing show - the Skatalites live in Kingston. He’s been living in Seattle part time since the late 80’s. He released an EP with his group The Defenders in 1989. Since then, with the Boogie Brown Band and as a solo artist, he’s put out a staggering 14 albums - culminating in his latest "Breaking News” available on the French label Baco Records. Recorded 03/01/2023. Trod On I Wanna Dance Rock Your Bones Vision Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/6/202326 minutes, 45 seconds
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Clinton Fearon [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the classic reggae sounds of Seattle legend Clinton Fearon. Clinton Fearon is the real deal, an all-killer no-filler Jamaican reggae legend. He built his first guitar himself, at the age of 10, out of a single slab of wood, after seeing a life changing show - the Skatalites live in Kingston. He’s been living in Seattle part time since the late 80’s. He released an EP with his group The Defenders in 1989. Since then, with the Boogie Brown Band and as a solo artist, he’s put out a staggering 14 albums - culminating in his latest "Breaking News” available on the French label Baco Records. Recorded 03/01/2023. Trod On I Wanna Dance Rock Your Bones Vision Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/6/202328 minutes, 44 seconds
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Sofi Tukker

On the show this time, it's the Bossa Nova electro pop of Sofi Tukker. Sofi Tukker is a duo - Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern. They met at an event - he was DJing, she was singing Bossa Nova. Tucker asked if he could remix a song, and they’ve been working together ever since. While they were both attending Brown, Tucker did a DJ set opening for the electro-funk-disco duo The Knocks. They encouraged him and Sophie to move to New York to make music. Good move. Their very first EP 'Soft Animals' opens with the song “Drinkee” which was eventually nominated for a Grammy. Their latest album 'WET TENNIS' (which stands for “When Everyone Tries To Evolve, Nothing Negative Is Safe”) is available on Ultra Music. Recorded 01/05/2023. Brazilian Soul Jacaré Sacrifice Drinkee Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/30/202324 minutes, 49 seconds
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Sofi Tukker [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it's the Bossa Nova electro pop of Sofi Tukker. Sofi Tukker is a duo - Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern. They met at an event - he was DJing, she was singing Bossa Nova. Tucker asked if he could remix a song, and they’ve been working together ever since. While they were both attending Brown, Tucker did a DJ set opening for the electro-funk-disco duo The Knocks. They encouraged him and Sophie to move to New York to make music. Good move. Their very first EP 'Soft Animals' opens with the song “Drinkee” which was eventually nominated for a Grammy. Their latest album 'WET TENNIS' (which stands for “When Everyone Tries To Evolve, Nothing Negative Is Safe”) is available on Ultra Music. Recorded 01/05/2023. Brazilian Soul Jacaré Sacrifice Drinkee Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/30/202331 minutes, 58 seconds
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Pierre Kwenders [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time it’s the Congolese-Canadian electro-pop of Pierre Kwenders Pierre Kwenders was born in 1985 in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In his teens he emigrated to Canada with his mother. Despite a love for music, It wasn’t until he was coerced into auditioning for a church choir that he really started singing, but once he did, it was apparent to everyone that he should KEEP SINGING.  His latest album “José Louis And The Paradox Of Love” (which features the choir he started out with!) won the Polaris Music prize in 2022. Recorded February 6, 2023. Songs: Heartbeat Amours d'Été Papa Wemba Coupé Ofele Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/23/202320 minutes, 58 seconds
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Pierre Kwenders

On the show this time it’s the Congolese-Canadian electro-pop of Pierre Kwenders Pierre Kwenders was born in 1985 in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In his teens he emigrated to Canada with his mother. Despite a love for music, It wasn’t until he was coerced into auditioning for a church choir that he really started singing, but once he did, it was apparent to everyone that he should KEEP SINGING.  His latest album “José Louis And The Paradox Of Love” (which features the choir he started out with!) won the Polaris Music prize in 2022. Recorded February 6, 2023. Songs: Heartbeat Amours d'Été Papa Wemba Coupé Ofele Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/23/202324 minutes, 48 seconds
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Satellites

On the show this time it’s the Anatolian folk-psych of Satellites. Satellites describe themselves thus - “Lost somewhere between the mysterious alleys of 70s Istanbul, and the scorching sun and crystal blue sea of Jaffa Tel Aviv, the Şatellites’ sound shimmers between traditional Turkish folk and instrumentation, ethereal psychedelic guitar leads and groovy dance-floor basslines. The resulting concoction of songs draws on cross-continental influence, yet at its core is a desire to illuminate the vivid qualities of classic Turkish music, honoring the Anatolian folk and psych artists from this golden era of music. Recorded December 8, 2022. Kajma Ulermo Yekte Hudayda Big Baglama Disko Arabesque Seni Sen Oldu​ğ​un İ​ç​in Sevdim Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/16/202329 minutes, 43 seconds
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Şatellites [Performance Only]

On the show this time it’s the Anatolian folk-psych of Satellites. Satellites describe themselves thus - “Lost somewhere between the mysterious alleys of 70s Istanbul, and the scorching sun and crystal blue sea of Jaffa Tel Aviv, the Şatellites’ sound shimmers between traditional Turkish folk and instrumentation, ethereal psychedelic guitar leads and groovy dance-floor basslines. The resulting concoction of songs draws on cross-continental influence, yet at its core is a desire to illuminate the vivid qualities of classic Turkish music, honoring the Anatolian folk and psych artists from this golden era of music. Recorded December 8, 2022. Kajma Ulermo Yekte Hudayda Big Baglama Disko Arabesque Seni Sen Oldu​ğ​un İ​ç​in Sevdim Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/16/202327 minutes, 32 seconds
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Luna

On the show this time, it’s the hypnotic rhythms and interlaced guitars of veteran New York rockers Luna. Luna is one of those bands that just sound right when you drop the needle on the record. They’ve been doing it for a long time. The band was started by Dean Wareham in 1991, after he quit the influential alt rock band Galaxie 500. There were a few lineup changes, and some life changes before it settled into the current lineup in 2000 - Dean, bassist Britta Philips, drummer Lee Wall and guitarist Sean Eden. The music would fit in a set with the Velvet Underground, Mercury Rev, and Spacemen 3. Their latest, 'A Sentimental Education,' is available on Double Feature Records and Bandcamp. Recorded 01/19/2023. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel Chinatown Pup Tent 23 Minutes In Brussels Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/9/202326 minutes, 17 seconds
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Luna [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the hypnotic rhythms and interlaced guitars of veteran New York rockers Luna. Luna is one of those bands that just sound right when you drop the needle on the record. They’ve been doing it for a long time. The band was started by Dean Wareham in 1991, after he quit the influential alt rock band Galaxie 500. There were a few lineup changes, and some life changes before it settled into the current lineup in 2000 - Dean, bassist Britta Philips, drummer Lee Wall and guitarist Sean Eden. The music would fit in a set with the Velvet Underground, Mercury Rev, and Spacemen 3. Their latest, 'A Sentimental Education,' is available on Double Feature Records and Bandcamp. Recorded 01/19/2023. Thank You For Sending Me An Angel Chinatown Pup Tent 23 Minutes In Brussels Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/9/202329 minutes, 55 seconds
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Hibou

On the show this time, it’s the hook-laden sparkle-pop of Paris / Seattle songwriter - Hibou.Hibou is the solo project of songwriter and producer Peter Michel. Hibou means an owl. A french owl. Hoo la LA! Peter lives in Paris where all the owls are French. He recorded and produced, playing all the instruments but the drums. That job was taken by Tacoma producer/ drummer Jase Ihler who also plays with Iska Daaf and YaTseen. The sound is influenced by the 80s, shoegaze, and good songwriters regardless of genre. His latest EP, 'Arc' is available on Bandcamp. Recorded 01/13/2023. Night Fell June Sunder Upon The Clouds You Weep Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/2/202323 minutes, 53 seconds
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Hibou [Performance Only]

On the show this time, it’s the hook-laden sparkle-pop of Paris / Seattle songwriter - Hibou.Hibou is the solo project of songwriter and producer Peter Michel. Hibou means an owl. A french owl. Hoo la LA! Peter lives in Paris where all the owls are French. He recorded and produced, playing all the instruments but the drums. That job was taken by Tacoma producer/ drummer Jase Ihler who also plays with Iska Daaf and YaTseen. The sound is influenced by the 80s, shoegaze, and good songwriters regardless of genre. His latest EP, 'Arc' is available on Bandcamp. Recorded 01/13/2023. Night Fell June Sunder Upon The Clouds You Weep Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/2/202325 minutes, 6 seconds
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Danielle Ponder

On the show this time, it’s the Bond-theme worthy torch-songs of vocalist nonpareil - Danielle Ponder. Danielle Ponder blends her love of the blues, East Coast hip-hop, and 90s alternative rock with her gospel-ready voice. The music she makes is fresh and contemporary, even as her voice can only be described correctly as timeless. She sings to souls, she sings to spines, she activates humanity and humanizes activism. She's also a lawyer. Her full length, 'Some of Us Are Brave,' is available on Bandcamp, and Future Classic records. Recorded 12/08/2022. Fray The Only Way Out Thoughts Roll The Credits Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/25/202325 minutes, 16 seconds
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Danielle Ponder [Performance Only]

On the show this time, it’s the Bond-theme worthy torch-songs of vocalist nonpareil - Danielle Ponder. Danielle Ponder blends her love of the blues, East Coast hip-hop, and 90s alternative rock with her gospel-ready voice. The music she makes is fresh and contemporary, even as her voice can only be described correctly as timeless. She sings to souls, she sings to spines, she activates humanity and humanizes activism. She's also a lawyer. Her full length, 'Some of Us Are Brave,' is available on Bandcamp, and Future Classic records. Recorded 12/08/2022. Fray The Only Way Out Thoughts Roll The Credits Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/25/202317 minutes, 50 seconds
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Meule

On the show this time, it’s the dual drummer groove-tronica of French band Meule. Meule is an atypical power-trio. Instead of the standard drums, bass, guitar - they went with drums, drums, guitar. The two drummers face each other across the stage, and actually share a single kick-drum. The guitar player facing down-stage looks over the top of the two sets. But - very important - there is also a massive modular synth, looming behind and operated by the guitar player. It’s big enough and interesting enough to almost count as a fourth member. The band plays their blend of psych rock / kraut rock / electronica / punk with relentless momentum. Their 6 song LP 'Meule' is available on Bandcamp, and new recordings are imminent. Recorded 12/07/2022. Songs: GETAWAY FLUSH No Couchette Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/18/202327 minutes, 10 seconds
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Meule [Performance Only]

On the show this time, it’s the dual drummer groove-tronica of French band Meule. Meule is an atypical power-trio. Instead of the standard drums, bass, guitar - they went with drums, drums, guitar. The two drummers face each other across the stage, and actually share a single kick-drum. The guitar player facing down-stage looks over the top of the two sets. But - very important - there is also a massive modular synth, looming behind and operated by the guitar player. It’s big enough and interesting enough to almost count as a fourth member. The band plays their blend of psych rock / kraut rock / electronica / punk with relentless momentum. Their 6 song LP 'Meule' is available on Bandcamp, and new recordings are imminent. Recorded 12/07/2022. Songs: GETAWAY FLUSH No Couchette Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/18/202322 minutes, 8 seconds
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Duo Ruut

On the show this time, it’s the Estonian zither songs of Duo Ruut. Duo Ruut is the stunning musical project of Estonian musicians and songwriters, Ann-Lisett Rebane and Katariina Kivi. They play a large Kannel, an Estonian Zither, while singing in harmony. They draw from Baltic traditions, but in reality they are creating a completely new sound. They have released an album - 2019’s 'Tuule sõnad,' and the EP 'Kulla kerguseks' available on Bandcamp or through their own website. Recorded 12/07/2022. Noore kuu tervitamine Tuule sõnad Veresõnad Nightingale Tantsma kutsumine Watch the full Live on KEXP session (recorded at Trans Musicales) on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/11/202326 minutes, 16 seconds
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Duo Ruut [Performance Only]

On the show this time, it’s the Estonian zither songs of Duo Ruut. Duo Ruut is the stunning musical project of Estonian musicians and songwriters, Ann-Lisett Rebane and Katariina Kivi. They play a large Kannel, an Estonian Zither, while singing in harmony. They draw from Baltic traditions, but in reality they are creating a completely new sound. They have released an album - 2019’s 'Tuule sõnad,' and the EP 'Kulla kerguseks' available on Bandcamp or through their own website. Recorded 12/07/2022. Noore kuu tervitamine Tuule sõnad Veresõnad Nightingale Tantsma kutsumine Watch the full Live on KEXP session (recorded at Trans Musicales) on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/11/202321 minutes, 13 seconds
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beabadoobee

beabadoobee is the stage name for Filipino-British artist Beatrice Laus. Her latest album 'Beatopia' is available on the independent label Dirty Hit. The music is unabashedly pop, with most songs clocking in from 2 ½ to 3 ½ minutes. She grabs your attention, hits you with the hooks, and moves on. Her light, airy delivery compliments first person lyrics about love, breakups, and magical matters of the heart. Recorded 11/21/2022. 10:36 Talk Don’t Get The Deal The Perfect Pair Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/4/202320 minutes, 24 seconds
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beabadoobee [Performance & Interview Only]

beabadoobee is the stage name for Filipino-British artist Beatrice Laus. Her latest album 'Beatopia' is available on the independent label Dirty Hit. The music is unabashedly pop, with most songs clocking in from 2 ½ to 3 ½ minutes. She grabs your attention, hits you with the hooks, and moves on. Her light, airy delivery compliments first person lyrics about love, breakups, and magical matters of the heart. Recorded 11/21/2022. 10:36 Talk Don’t Get The Deal The Perfect Pair Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/4/202323 minutes, 32 seconds
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Say She She [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time — try saying this band’s name ten times fast. It’s a downright disco revival with… Say She She. Say She She is a seven-piece group based in Brooklyn, and it's led by three women with awesomely powerful vocals. Their album 'Prism,' which host Larry Mizell Jr called "one of the best debuts of the year," came out last year on Karma Chief Records.  Recorded 11/17/2022. Fortune Teller Blow My Mind Forget Me Not NORMA Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/28/202330 minutes, 20 seconds
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Say She She

On the show this time — try saying this band’s name ten times fast. It’s a downright disco revival with… Say She She. Say She She is a seven-piece group based in Brooklyn, and it's led by three women with awesomely powerful vocals. Their album 'Prism,' which host Larry Mizell Jr called "one of the best debuts of the year," came out last year on Karma Chief Records.  Recorded 11/17/2022. Fortune Teller Blow My Mind Forget Me Not NORMA Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/28/202325 minutes, 12 seconds
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Xenia Rubinos

On the show this time, it’s the power and the drama of Hartford, Connecticut’s producer-composer, Xenia Rubinos. Her album 'Una Rosa' came out in 2021 on ANTI- Records and is much more than an audio experience. You can see it for yourself on our full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.  Xenia joins DJ Albina Cabrera for this session. They discuss the choreography and performance aspects of the album, as well as how she tapped into her cultural heritage when composing. Recorded 11/04/2022. Ay Hombre Working All The Time Sacude Did My Best Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/21/202327 minutes, 28 seconds
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Xenia Rubinos [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the power and the drama of Hartford, Connecticut’s producer-composer, Xenia Rubinos. Her album 'Una Rosa' came out in 2021 on ANTI- Records and is much more than an audio experience. You can see it for yourself on our full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.  Xenia joins DJ Albina Cabrera for this session. They discuss the choreography and performance aspects of the album, as well as how she tapped into her cultural heritage when composing. Recorded 11/04/2022. Ay Hombre Working All The Time Sacude Did My Best Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/21/202332 minutes, 8 seconds
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Spellling

On the show this time, it's the startling sound of future-soul wayfinder Spellling. “Spellling,” with 3 “L’s” is the name of Oakland, California artist Tia Cabral’s ambitious solo project. If you were lost in a mythical forest, or a futuristic city, or even just stumbling aimlessly somewhere along Telegraph or San Pablo Avenue in Oakland - It's not that Spellling would know the way home (though she might.) It’s that, without a doubt, she would create a pathway to somewhere, and the journey to that new place would be delightful. It would be enchanting. Her latest album is called “The Turning Wheel,” embracing - both in title and in spirit - the karmic circle of life. The music combines her flexible airy voice with mischievous harmony, synths with acoustic orchestra, and natural or supernatural topics. It's available on Sacred Bones Records. Recorded 10/29/2022. Under The Sun Always Revolution Boys At School Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/14/202328 minutes, 45 seconds
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Spellling [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it's the startling sound of future-soul wayfinder Spellling. “Spellling,” with 3 “L’s” is the name of Oakland, California artist Tia Cabral’s ambitious solo project. If you were lost in a mythical forest, or a futuristic city, or even just stumbling aimlessly somewhere along Telegraph or San Pablo Avenue in Oakland - It's not that Spellling would know the way home (though she might.) It’s that, without a doubt, she would create a pathway to somewhere, and the journey to that new place would be delightful. It would be enchanting. Her latest album is called “The Turning Wheel,” embracing - both in title and in spirit - the karmic circle of life. The music combines her flexible airy voice with mischievous harmony, synths with acoustic orchestra, and natural or supernatural topics. It's available on Sacred Bones Records. Recorded 10/29/2022. Under The Sun Always Revolution Boys At School Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/14/202332 minutes, 15 seconds
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Preoccupations [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the potent post-punk predilections of Preoccupations. Preoccupations is a post-punk rock quartet from Calgary, Alberta.  Their latest album - “Arrangements” - is a bleak indictment of the human race, having wasted opportunities to change - now facing its own inevitable, self induced destruction.  There is no escape - “everything tastes like the bitter end.” We are hopelessly awaiting death. Self-loathing. Staring at the ash and the dust, with “catastrophe eyes.” This music is relentlessly compelling, begging the question - Why is ruin so beautiful? The record is available on Flemish Eye / Jagjaguwar. Recorded 10/28/2022. 1. Death Of Melody2. Ricochet3. Advisor4. Tearing Up The Grass Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/7/202331 minutes, 34 seconds
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Preoccupations

On the show this time, it’s the potent post-punk predilections of Preoccupations. Preoccupations is a post-punk rock quartet from Calgary, Alberta.  Their latest album - “Arrangements” - is a bleak indictment of the human race, having wasted opportunities to change - now facing its own inevitable, self induced destruction.  There is no escape - “everything tastes like the bitter end.” We are hopelessly awaiting death. Self-loathing. Staring at the ash and the dust, with “catastrophe eyes.” This music is relentlessly compelling, begging the question - Why is ruin so beautiful? The record is available on Flemish Eye / Jagjaguwar. Recorded 10/28/2022. 1. Death Of Melody2. Ricochet3. Advisor4. Tearing Up The Grass Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/7/202328 minutes, 44 seconds
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Otoboke Beaver

On the show this time, it’s the infectious & ferocious power punk of Japan’s Otoboke Beaver. Otoboke Beaver is a punk rock quartet from Kyoto, Japan. They’ve got a sense of humor to complement their freak-flag feminism, and an awareness of their growing global audience. Their latest album is named 'Super Champon.' You might misread it as Super Champion - but Champon means “mixed” like the pork and seafood ramen of the same name. The self-described “Japanese girls 'knock out or pound cake' band” are incredible musicians, with a super fun inclusive energy. The record is available on Damnably and Bandcamp. Recorded 10/14/2022. I am not maternal (​ア​イ​ド​ン​ビ​リ​ー​ブ​マ​イ​母​性​) YAKITORI (​ヤ​キ​ト​リ​) I checked your cellphone (​携​帯​み​て​し​ま​い​ま​し​た​) datsu . hikage no onna PARDON? (​パ​ー​ド​ゥ​ン​) I don’t want to die alone (​孤​独​死​こ​わ​い​) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/28/202321 minutes, 53 seconds
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Otoboke Beaver [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the infectious & ferocious power punk of Japan’s Otoboke Beaver. Otoboke Beaver is a punk rock quartet from Kyoto, Japan. They’ve got a sense of humor to complement their freak-flag feminism, and an awareness of their growing global audience. Their latest album is named 'Super Champon.' You might misread it as Super Champion - but Champon means “mixed” like the pork and seafood ramen of the same name. The self-described “Japanese girls 'knock out or pound cake' band” are incredible musicians, with a super fun inclusive energy. The record is available on Damnably and Bandcamp. Recorded 10/14/2022. I am not maternal (​ア​イ​ド​ン​ビ​リ​ー​ブ​マ​イ​母​性​) YAKITORI (​ヤ​キ​ト​リ​) I checked your cellphone (​携​帯​み​て​し​ま​い​ま​し​た​) datsu . hikage no onna PARDON? (​パ​ー​ド​ゥ​ン​) I don’t want to die alone (​孤​独​死​こ​わ​い​) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/28/202317 minutes, 31 seconds
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Amyl and The Sniffers

On the show this time, it’s the punk charisma and energetic currency of Amyl and the Sniffers. Their second studio album, ‘Comfort to Me,’ came out in 2021 on B2B Records.  Along with her fellow “Sniffers,” lead singer Amy Taylor brought a snarling grimace to the KEXP Live Room from Melbourne, Australia. The band started in 2016 with an EP that they wrote and recorded in just 12 hours. That’s the same amount of time that it’d take you to listen to… like… 30 episodes of Live on KEXP! Piece of cake! Recorded 10/06/2022. Don’t Fence Me In Guided By Angels Choices Hertz Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/21/202322 minutes, 2 seconds
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Amyl and The Sniffers [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the punk charisma and energetic currency of Amyl and the Sniffers. Their second studio album, ‘Comfort to Me,’ came out in 2021 on B2B Records.  Along with her fellow “Sniffers,” lead singer Amy Taylor brought a snarling grimace to the KEXP Live Room from Melbourne, Australia. The band started in 2016 with an EP that they wrote and recorded in just 12 hours. That’s the same amount of time that it’d take you to listen to… like… 30 episodes of Live on KEXP! Piece of cake! Recorded 10/06/2022. Don’t Fence Me In Guided By Angels Choices Hertz Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/21/202318 minutes, 52 seconds
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the epic afrobeat-rap-rock disco-garage-prog of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. No two ways about it, this Melbourne, Australia eclectic-fusion group is one of our favorite bands out there.  And they are way out there!  You could spend years trying to decipher their messages about cuttlefish and mushrooms, or trying to successfully categorize them into some sort of rock taxonomy, or trying to nail their perfectly imperfect groove.This record (we are afraid to say their most recent - cause there might be a new one any second) is called - Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava.  It’s available on their KGLW label.  It is their 21st studio album. Annnnnd - it’s only their 5th album in a year. Recorded 10/07/2022. Ice V Iron Lung Magma Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube  Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/16/202343 minutes, 40 seconds
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

On the show this time, it’s the epic afrobeat-rap-rock disco-garage-prog of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. No two ways about it, this Melbourne, Australia eclectic-fusion group is one of our favorite bands out there. And they are way out there! You could spend years trying to decipher their messages about cuttlefish and mushrooms, or trying to successfully categorize them into some sort of rock taxonomy, or trying to nail their perfectly imperfect groove. This record (we are afraid to say their most recent - cause there might be a new one any second) is called - Ice, Death, Planets, Lungs, Mushrooms and Lava.  It’s available on their KGLW label. It is their 21st studio album. Annnnnd - it’s only their 5th album in a year. Recorded 10/07/2022. Ice V Iron Lung Magma Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube  Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/16/202326 minutes, 40 seconds
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Bandalos Chinos

Bandalos Chinos is an Argentinian treasure of a band playing smooth, groovy pop, with strong leanings in the direction of 70s gold, disco, and 80’s Quincy Jones productions. This session was recorded during KEXP’s live from Argentina programming and features 3 songs from Bandalos Chinos’ 2022 record, ‘El Big Blue,’ 2 from 2018's ‘BACH,’ and their single with Adanowsky, “Departamento.” They’ve also released the live albums, ‘Feliz Navibach’ 1 and 2, available on streaming services. Recorded 09/20/2022 from Kirchner Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mi Fiesta Sin Vos No Puedo Demasiado La Final Vamonos de Viaje Departamento Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/7/202328 minutes, 22 seconds
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Bandalos Chinos [Performance & Interview Only]

Bandalos Chinos is an Argentinian treasure of a band playing smooth, groovy pop, with strong leanings in the direction of 70s gold, disco, and 80’s Quincy Jones productions. This session was recorded during KEXP’s live from Argentina programming and features 3 songs from Bandalos Chinos’ 2022 record, ‘El Big Blue,’ 2 from 2018's ‘BACH,’ and their single with Adanowsky, “Departamento.” They’ve also released the live albums, ‘Feliz Navibach’ 1 and 2, available on streaming services. Recorded 09/20/2022 from Kirchner Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mi Fiesta Sin Vos No Puedo Demasiado La Final Vamonos de Viaje Departamento Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/7/202346 minutes, 57 seconds
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50 Years of Hip-Hop: Coming February 1

A party in the Bronx on August 11th, 1973 is widely considered to be the birthplace of hip-hop. The art form has since touched every corner of our world and evolved into one of the most significant cultural forces today. This year, on hip-hop's 50th anniversary, we’re giving it a proper tribute.  50 Years of Hip-Hop is KEXP’s newest podcast. Hosted by Larry Mizell Jr, the series highlights a different year of rap history each week. Jumping around the timeline from 1973 to today, expect personal reflections, iconic tracks and albums, and conversations around the genesis of the culture. New episodes drop every Wednesday starting February 1.  Subscribe to 50 Years of Hip-Hop now and learn more at KEXP.org.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/1/20231 minute, 58 seconds
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Julia Jacklin

On the show this time, it’s the minimalist-no-rubbish storytelling of singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin. The Aussie songwriter Julia Jacklin composes thoughtful lyrics and spacious arrangements, which in combination with her fresh harmonic choices make for a rewarding listening experience. Her latest album Pre-Pleasure is named for the state we all exist in - the moment right before a mythical state -  where we have arrived, we have done the work, and we can now live in the state of “pleasure.”  Problem is - that kind of work is never done, so we remain in this state - pre-pleasure, in perpetuity.  This episode features 3 songs from the new record, one from a Sub Pop Singles Club release, and a bonus from her 2019 in-studio, the epic “Don’t Know How to Keep Loving You” from the album “Crushing.”  Both are available from the Polyvinyl Record Company. Recorded 09/30/2022. Moviegoer to Perth before the border closes Ignore Tenderness Lydia Wears A Cross Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/31/202327 minutes, 5 seconds
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Julia Jacklin [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the minimalist-no-rubbish storytelling of singer-songwriter Julia Jacklin. The Aussie songwriter Julia Jacklin composes thoughtful lyrics and spacious arrangements, which in combination with her fresh harmonic choices make for a rewarding listening experience. Her latest album Pre-Pleasure is named for the state we all exist in - the moment right before a mythical state -  where we have arrived, we have done the work, and we can now live in the state of “pleasure.” Problem is - that kind of work is never done, so we remain in this state - pre-pleasure, in perpetuity.  This episode features 3 songs from the new record, one from a Sub Pop Singles Club release, and a bonus from her 2019 in-studio, the epic “Don’t Know How to Keep Loving You” from the album “Crushing.”  Both are available from the Polyvinyl Record Company. Recorded 09/30/2022. Moviegoer to Perth before the border closes Ignore Tenderness Lydia Wears A Cross Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/31/202327 minutes, 30 seconds
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Ibibio Sound Machine

On the show this time, it’s the inclusionary joy of London’s Ibibio Sound Machine. Their latest album, ‘Electricity,’ is available on Merge Records. This 8-member multicultural band put out their latest album ‘Electricity’ in March of 2022. Blending elements of West African funk and electro-post-punk, it was produced by saxophonist Max Grunhard in collaboration with Hot Chip. The record highlights singer Eno Williams' adamant vocals, and expands the band's sound - it’s all bangers, ready for the club. This performance features the first 4 songs from the album, though in a different order. Recorded 09/29/2022. Electricity 17 - 18 - 19 Protection from Evil All That You Want Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/24/202323 minutes, 18 seconds
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Ibibio Sound Machine [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the inclusionary joy of London’s Ibibio Sound Machine. Their latest album, ‘Electricity,’ is available on Merge Records. This 8-member multicultural band put out their latest album ‘Electricity’ in March of 2022. Blending elements of West African funk and electro-post-punk, it was produced by saxophonist Max Grunhard in collaboration with Hot Chip. The record highlights singer Eno Williams' adamant vocals, and expands the band's sound - it’s all bangers, ready for the club. This performance features the first 4 songs from the album, though in a different order. Recorded 09/29/2022. Electricity 17 - 18 - 19 Protection from Evil All That You Want Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/24/202327 minutes, 26 seconds
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Hania Rani

On the show this time, it’s the cinematic piano and electronics of Hania Rani. The Polish pianist’s latest album, 'On Giacometti,' is out February 2023 on Gondwana Records.  She continues to expand on her film score ambient classical atmospherics, using electronics and her clear wistful voice. In this episode, we touch on Rani's origin story and influences and then get right to the music as these works are a bit longer. This performance features 3 previously unreleased pieces, and one - “Buka” - from her 2020 release, 'Home.' Recorded 07/09/2022. 24.03 Ghosts Komeda Part 3 Buka Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/17/202329 minutes, 36 seconds
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Hania Rani [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the cinematic piano and electronics of Hania Rani. The Polish pianist’s latest album, 'On Giacometti,' is out February 2023 on Gondwana Records.  She continues to expand on her film score ambient classical atmospherics, using electronics and her clear wistful voice. In this episode, we touch on Rani's origin story and influences and then get right to the music as these works are a bit longer. This performance features 3 previously unreleased pieces, and one - “Buka” - from her 2020 release, 'Home.' Recorded 07/09/2022. 24.03 Ghosts Komeda Part 3 Buka Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/17/202335 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ethel Cain

Hayden Silas Anhedönia has been creating music under the moniker Ethel Cain since 2010 but only just finally released her debut full-length Preacher’s Daughter in 2022. Honing in on Southern Gothic themes, her music delves into coming to terms with her hyper-religious upbringing which Troy Nelson details in this episode of Live on KEXP before the Tallahassee-bred musician and model performs a gorgeous rendition of three songs from Preacher’s Daughter and one from her 2021 EP Inbred. Recorded 08/19/2022. A House in Nebraska Thoroughfare  Crush Sun Bleached Flies Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/10/202329 minutes
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Ethel Cain [Performance & Interview Only]

Hayden Silas Anhedönia has been creating music under the moniker Ethel Cain since 2010 but only just finally released her debut full-length Preacher’s Daughter in 2022. Honing in on Southern Gothic themes, her music delves into coming to terms with her hyper-religious upbringing which Troy Nelson details in this episode of Live on KEXP before the Tallahassee-bred musician and model performs a gorgeous rendition of three songs from Preacher’s Daughter and one from her 2021 EP Inbred. Recorded 08/19/2022. A House in Nebraska Thoroughfare  Crush Sun Bleached Flies Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/10/202333 minutes, 19 seconds
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TEKE::TEKE (RE-RELEASE)

Montreal 7-piece psych-rock band TEKE::TEKE expand on the wide array of influences that led to the name of their band - urban legends, onomatopoeias, and a Japanese guitarist all have a hand - with Larry Mizell, Jr. before floating into a flute-filled, surfy set. Recorded April 26, 2021. Kala Kala Yoru Ni Barbara Jikaku Meikyu Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/3/202326 minutes, 56 seconds
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TEKE::TEKE [Performance & Interview Only] (RE-RELEASE)

Montreal 7-piece psych-rock band TEKE::TEKE expand on the wide array of influences that led to the name of their band - urban legends, onomatopoeias, and a Japanese guitarist all have a hand - with Larry Mizell, Jr. before floating into a flute-filled, surfy set. Recorded April 26, 2021. Kala Kala Yoru Ni Barbara Jikaku Meikyu Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/3/202338 minutes, 54 seconds
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King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard (RE-RELEASE)

This week, the Live on KEXP team brings you a favorite episode from the archive (from back when Live on KEXP was called Under the Needle)... happy holidays and enjoy "13 days of Gizz"!Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/27/202227 minutes, 47 seconds
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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard [Performance & Interview Only] (RE-RELEASE)

This week, the Live on KEXP team brings you a favorite episode from the archive (from back when Live on KEXP was called Under the Needle)... happy holidays and enjoy "13 days of Gizz"!Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/27/202236 minutes, 55 seconds
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Built To Spill [Performance & Interview Only]

Built To Spill have been beloved Boise hometown heroes for over thirty years now and the latest record from Dough Martsch & co., When the Wind Forgets Your Name, continues their legacy of high-quality hooky jangle and dreamy psych-rock. For their most recent in-studio, recorded over the summer, Martsch came in tow with his current three-piece lineup including Prism Bitch’s Teresa Esguerra on drums and Melanie Radford of Blood Lemon on bass.  Troy Nelson details the history of some of the tools Built To Spill uses to create their unique tone and Cheryl Waters chats with Martsch about how the new lineup has inspired him and affected the sound of their live shows. This performance features four songs - two from their latest, one from ‘97 and one from their 1993 debut Ultimate Alternative Wavers.   Recorded 07/22/2022. Gonna Lose I Would Hurt A Fly Fools Gold Three Years Ago Today Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/20/202228 minutes, 52 seconds
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Built To Spill

Built To Spill have been beloved Boise hometown heroes for over thirty years now and the latest record from Dough Martsch & co., When the Wind Forgets Your Name, continues their legacy of high-quality hooky jangle and dreamy psych-rock. For their most recent in-studio, recorded over the summer, Martsch came in tow with his current three-piece lineup including Prism Bitch’s Teresa Esguerra on drums and Melanie Radford of Blood Lemon on bass.  Troy Nelson details the history of some of the tools Built To Spill uses to create their unique tone and Cheryl Waters chats with Martsch about how the new lineup has inspired him and affected the sound of their live shows. This performance features four songs - two from their latest, one from ‘97 and one from their 1993 debut Ultimate Alternative Wavers.   Recorded 07/22/2022. Gonna Lose I Would Hurt A Fly Fools Gold Three Years Ago Today Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/20/202222 minutes, 13 seconds
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Rell Be Free

South Seattle-based musician/educator/entrepreneur Jerrell Davis makes laid-back hip hop under the name Rell Be Free. For his KEXP session, Davis brought in a number of musicians from Mead Streat studios, the South Seattle recording studio he runs alongside a bevy of important local artists. In this episode, we hear a bit about the studio's influence on the community and Davis’ intentions for his art before he and his cohorts jump into four songs from his latest album Sow What? (Phase 3). Recorded 04/08/2022. Fax Find Tha Light (w/ Talaya) paythefEEE $freemunny Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/13/202220 minutes, 30 seconds
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Rell Be Free [Performance & Interview Only]

South Seattle-based musician/educator/entrepreneur Jerrell Davis makes laid-back hip hop under the name Rell Be Free. For his KEXP session, Davis brought in a number of musicians from Mead Streat studios, the South Seattle recording studio he runs alongside a bevy of important local artists. In this episode, we hear a bit about the studio's influence on the community and Davis’ intentions for his art before he and his cohorts jump into four songs from his latest album Sow What? (Phase 3). Recorded 04/08/2022. Fax Find Tha Light (w/ Talaya) paythefEEE $freemunny Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/13/202235 minutes, 55 seconds
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Widowspeak

Indie rockers and former Tacoma locals Widowspeak released their sixth studio album The Jacket in Spring 2022 as a semi-concept album loosely telling the story a chain stitcher turned New York rocker. Vocalist Molly Hamilton relayed to Cheryl Waters in this episode of Live on KEXP the story behind the album before launching into four dreamy tracks off the record as well as professing their love for radio (which we don’t mind one bit). Recorded 07/28/2022. While You Wait The Drive True Blue Everything Is Simple Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/6/202222 minutes, 20 seconds
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Widowspeak [Performance & Interview Only]

Indie rockers and former Tacoma locals Widowspeak released their sixth studio album The Jacket in Spring 2022 as a semi-concept album loosely telling the story a chain stitcher turned New York rocker. Vocalist Molly Hamilton relayed to Cheryl Waters in this episode of Live on KEXP the story behind the album before launching into four dreamy tracks off the record as well as professing their love for radio (which we don’t mind one bit). Recorded 07/28/2022. While You Wait The Drive True Blue Everything Is Simple Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/6/202231 minutes, 2 seconds
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Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul [Performance & Interview Only)

Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul bring politics to the dancefloor but it’s not as depressing as you might think. Instead the heavy topics of racism and xenophobia are handled with humor and wit on the Belgian duo’s debut Topical Dancer and their KEXP in-studio session is a hip-swinging celebration full of wry laughs and groovy basslines.  For an extra dose of international electronic grooves, we also share an excerpt from our 2016 session with Mexico City-based duo Sotomayor. Recorded 05/20/2022. Blenda Stop Making Sense Haha Ceci n’est pas un cliché Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/29/202224 minutes, 4 seconds
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Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul

Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul bring politics to the dancefloor but it’s not as depressing as you might think. Instead the heavy topics of racism and xenophobia are handled with humor and wit on the Belgian duo’s debut Topical Dancer and their KEXP in-studio session is a hip-swinging celebration full of wry laughs and groovy basslines.  For an extra dose of international electronic grooves, we also share an excerpt from our 2016 session with Mexico City-based duo Sotomayor. Recorded 05/20/2022. Blenda Stop Making Sense Haha Ceci n’est pas un cliché Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/29/202223 minutes, 27 seconds
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Poliça [Performance & Interview Only]

This summer, Minneapolis-based synth-pop band Poliça released their sixth studio album Madness via Memphis Industries Records. When they stopped by KEXP in July to play songs off the record, frontwoman Channy Leaneagh spoke with Cheryl Waters about the incorporation of a new band member of sorts, an anthropomorphic production tool designed by producer Ryan Olson and the sound-artist Seth Rosetter called “AllOvers(c)” which added an eerie element to the band’s icey sound. For an extra gift, we’re sharing a snippet from labelmates Tokyo Police Club’s KEXP in-studio session from 2008. Recorded 07/07/2022. Sweet Memz Blood Madness Amongster Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/22/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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Poliça

This summer, Minneapolis-based synth-pop band Poliça released their sixth studio album Madness via Memphis Industries Records. When they stopped by KEXP in July to play songs off the record, frontwoman Channy Leaneagh spoke with Cheryl Waters about the incorporation of a new band member of sorts, an anthropomorphic production tool designed by producer Ryan Olson and the sound-artist Seth Rosetter called “AllOvers(c)” which added an eerie element to the band’s icey sound. For an extra gift, we’re sharing a snippet from labelmates Tokyo Police Club’s KEXP in-studio session from 2008. Recorded 07/07/2022. Sweet Memz Blood Madness Amongster Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/22/202223 minutes, 14 seconds
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KAINA [Performance & Interview Only]

Chicago’s KAINA makes dreamy indie R&B songs that serve as affirmations of joy for the Guatamalen-Venezuelan artist. She released her impressive sophomore record It Was a Home back in March, featuring collaborations with Helado Negro, Sleater-Kinney, and Sen Morimoto. She stopped by KEXP over the summer to play a gorgeous set of songs off the record and spoke with Gabriel Teodros about coming up in Chicago’s youth music programs, the role family plays in her new record, and building a home. As an extra gift, we include a snippet from Sen Morimoto’s KEXP in-studio session from last year featuring KAINA on backing vocals. Recorded 06/20/2022. Anybody Can Be In Love Good Feeling Friend of Mine Golden Mirror Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/15/202223 minutes, 49 seconds
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KAINA

Chicago’s KAINA makes dreamy indie R&B songs that serve as affirmations of joy for the Guatamalen-Venezuelan artist. She released her impressive sophomore record It Was a Home back in March, featuring collaborations with Helado Negro, Sleater-Kinney, and Sen Morimoto. She stopped by KEXP over the summer to play a gorgeous set of songs off the record and spoke with Gabriel Teodros about coming up in Chicago’s youth music programs, the role family plays in her new record, and building a home. As an extra gift, we include a snippet from Sen Morimoto’s KEXP in-studio session from last year featuring KAINA on backing vocals. Recorded 06/20/2022. Anybody Can Be In Love Good Feeling Friend of Mine Golden Mirror Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/15/202225 minutes, 37 seconds
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Calexico [Performance & Interview Only]

In the nearly 30-year lifespan of Arizona-bred band Calexico, they’ve incorporated a bevy of Latin sounds into their personal brand of rock and roll. As frontman Joey Burns told DJ Miss Ashley in this episode of Live on KEXP, “I felt like North America needs to get over itself and embrace diversity. Felt good to raise the middle finger to people who are uptight.”  Their new record, El Mirador, continues that path of world-inspiration despite being confined to a home studio made out of shipping containers during the pandemic. This episode sees the band play four songs off the new album for their latest of many performances for KEXP. Recorded 06/05/2022. Caldera Then You Might See Rancho Azul Cumbia Del Polvo Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/8/202224 minutes, 37 seconds
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Calexico

In the nearly 30-year lifespan of Arizona-bred band Calexico, they’ve incorporated a bevy of Latin sounds into their personal brand of rock and roll. As frontman Joey Burns told DJ Miss Ashley in this episode of Live on KEXP, “I felt like North America needs to get over itself and embrace diversity. Felt good to raise the middle finger to people who are uptight.”  Their new record, El Mirador, continues that path of world-inspiration despite being confined to a home studio made out of shipping containers during the pandemic. This episode sees the band play four songs off the new album for their latest of many performances for KEXP. Recorded 06/05/2022. Caldera Then You Might See Rancho Azul Cumbia Del Polvo Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/8/202222 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ólafur Arnalds

Since the release of his debut album Eulogy for Evolution fifteen years ago, Ólafur Arnalds has become something of a mainstream success, earning placements in films like The Hunger Games and Looper and receiving a Grammy nomination for his 2020 song with Bonobo “Loom.” All of this may be surprising considering he makes instrumental, piano-based soundscapes that don’t exactly scream “mainstream.” But the emotion he’s able to convey through his music reaches a wide range of people who maybe wouldn’t necessarily gravitate towards instrumental music. This summer he stopped by KEXP for an emotional performance that, according to his conversation with Cheryl Waters, is about being ready for love and opening your heart to the possibility of it. This performance, as well as prior KEXP performances by frequent Arnalds collaborator Nils Frahm and Icelandic icon Jonsi, are included in this week’s episode. Recorded 06/09/2022. Happiness Does Not Wait Momentary Saman We Contain Multitudes Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/1/202227 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ólafur Arnalds [Performance & Interview Only]

Since the release of his debut album Eulogy for Evolution fifteen years ago, Ólafur Arnalds has become something of a mainstream success, earning placements in films like The Hunger Games and Looper and receiving a Grammy nomination for his 2020 song with Bonobo “Loom.” All of this may be surprising considering he makes instrumental, piano-based soundscapes that don’t exactly scream “mainstream.” But the emotion he’s able to convey through his music reaches a wide range of people who maybe wouldn’t necessarily gravitate towards instrumental music. This summer he stopped by KEXP for an emotional performance that, according to his conversation with Cheryl Waters, is about being ready for love and opening your heart to the possibility of it. This performance, as well as prior KEXP performances by frequent Arnalds collaborator Nils Frahm and Icelandic icon Jonsi, are included in this week’s episode. Recorded 06/09/2022. Happiness Does Not Wait Momentary Saman We Contain Multitudes Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/1/202223 minutes, 39 seconds
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Rochelle Jordan [Performance & Interview Only]

Canadian artist Rochelle Jordan has been making downtempo R&B for over a decade now, blending 90s pop, vintage UK house and garage, electronic and progressive hip-hop for a unique and sensual sound. During her in-studio session for KEXP earlier this summer, she spoke with Larry Mizell Jr. about the inspirations behind her new record, 'Play with the Changes,' and played a dazzling set of four songs off the album. As a bonus, we share a snippet from our 2019 sessions with acclaimed R&B artist Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime. Recorded 06/08/2022. Already Dancing Elephants Lay All Along Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/25/202227 minutes, 35 seconds
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Rochelle Jordan

Canadian artist Rochelle Jordan has been making downtempo R&B for over a decade now, blending 90s pop, vintage UK house and garage, electronic and progressive hip-hop for a unique and sensual sound. During her in-studio session for KEXP earlier this summer, she spoke with Larry Mizell Jr. about the inspirations behind her new record, 'Play with the Changes,' and played a dazzling set of four songs off the album. As a bonus, we share a snippet from our 2019 sessions with acclaimed R&B artist Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime. Recorded 06/08/2022. Already Dancing Elephants Lay All Along Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/25/202224 minutes, 39 seconds
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Yu Su (RE-RELEASE)

Chinese-born, Vancouver-based musician Yu Su makes propulsive and evocative electronic that intends to bridge the gap between her motherland and her new Pacific Northwest home. On this episode of Live on KEXP, the composer, DJ, and sound artist speaks to Mike Ramos about the significance of the title of her latest album, Yellow River Blue, her tough journey towards feeling comfortable in her new home, and how accessibility to electronic programs helped her on her journey towards the pop dance sound she found on the new record Recorded 06/02/2021. Xiu Klein Gleam Melaleuca Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube This episode was originally published on September 28, 2021.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/18/202228 minutes, 9 seconds
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Yu Su [Performance & Interview Only] (RE-RELEASE)

Chinese-born, Vancouver-based musician Yu Su makes propulsive and evocative electronic that intends to bridge the gap between her motherland and her new Pacific Northwest home. On this episode of Live on KEXP, the composer, DJ, and sound artist speaks to Mike Ramos about the significance of the title of her latest album, Yellow River Blue, her tough journey towards feeling comfortable in her new home, and how accessibility to electronic programs helped her on her journey towards the pop dance sound she found on the new record Recorded 06/02/2021. Xiu Klein Gleam Melaleuca Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube This episode was originally published on September 28, 2021.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/18/202231 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Halluci Nation [Performance & Interview Only]

Formerly known as A Tribe Called Red, The Halluci Nation's Tim "2oolman" Hill and Ehren "Bear Witness" Thomas make what is often labelled as “powwow-step,” blending hip hop, reggae, moombahton, and dubstep with elements of First Nations music. The result is a type of dance music that’s powerful in its ability to be both fun and carry an important message. The duo chat with Gabriel Teodros about amplifying activist voices then play a whirlwind set of nine songs for this week’s Live on KEXP episode. As a bonus, we also share a track from Alaskan Indigenous artist Ya Tseen recorded for Live on KEXP at Home in 2021. Recorded 05/06/2022. JHD Ba Na Na The OG Crow Hop Fresh & Clean Land Back Bread & Cheese The Offering Tanokumbia Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/11/202236 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Halluci Nation

Formerly known as A Tribe Called Red, The Halluci Nation's Tim "2oolman" Hill and Ehren "Bear Witness" Thomas make what is often labelled as “powwow-step,” blending hip hop, reggae, moombahton, and dubstep with elements of First Nations music. The result is a type of dance music that’s powerful in its ability to be both fun and carry an important message. The duo chat with Gabriel Teodros about amplifying activist voices then play a whirlwind set of nine songs for this week’s Live on KEXP episode. As a bonus, we also share a track from Alaskan Indigenous artist Ya Tseen recorded for Live on KEXP at Home in 2021. Recorded 05/06/2022. JHD Ba Na Na The OG Crow Hop Fresh & Clean Land Back Bread & Cheese The Offering Tanokumbia Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/11/202225 minutes, 12 seconds
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Lucius [Performance & Interview Only]

Brooklyn-based band Lucius blew into the KEXP Live Room back in June with a barrage of bedazzled instruments and beguiling harmonies. Speaking with Cheryl Waters, vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig spoke about how divorce, the pandemic, and their friendship with each other influenced their latest album Second Nature in the midst of a set of songs from the 2022 record. As an added bonus, we connect the dots between Lucius and their recent collaborators The War on Drugs and Brandi Carlile to share snippets of the two artists’ prior KEXP in-studio sessions from 2017 and 2018, respectively. Recorded 06/10/2022. 24 The Man I’ll Never Find Promises Next to Normal Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/4/202227 minutes, 44 seconds
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Lucius

Brooklyn-based band Lucius blew into the KEXP Live Room back in June with a barrage of bedazzled instruments and beguiling harmonies. Speaking with Cheryl Waters, vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig spoke about how divorce, the pandemic, and their friendship with each other influenced their latest album Second Nature in the midst of a set of songs from the 2022 record. As an added bonus, we connect the dots between Lucius and their recent collaborators The War on Drugs and Brandi Carlile to share snippets of the two artists’ prior KEXP in-studio sessions from 2017 and 2018, respectively. Recorded 06/10/2022. 24 The Man I’ll Never Find Promises Next to Normal Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/4/202228 minutes
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Barbi Recanati

Back in May, Barbi Recanati made the massive journey from Buenos Aires to Seattle to not only play an incredible in-studio session but also to announce, alongside KEXP’s Albina Cabrera, that KEXP would be making a similar journey for a four-day music festival highlighting the diverse sounds of Argentina. That festival just wrapped on September 23rd but Recanati’s in-studio is getting some extra love on this week’s Live on KEXP. Before playing three songs off her Grammy-nominated, Gardel Award-winning album Ubicación en Tiempo Real and one off her debut solo EP, 2018’s Teoría Espacial, Troy Nelson gives us some background on the feminist singer, songwriter, guitarist, podcaster, and record label-owner. For an extra boost of Latinx sounds, we’re also featuring a snippet from Y La Bamba’s KEXP in-studio session from 2017. Both artists have songs included on KEXP’s new compilation album, Live at KEXP Volume 10. Recorded 05/25/2022. Que No En La Frenta Para Darte Frágil Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/27/202223 minutes, 58 seconds
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Barbi Recanati [Performance & Interview Only]

Back in May, Barbi Recanati made the massive journey from Buenos Aires to Seattle to not only play an incredible in-studio session but also to announce, alongside KEXP’s Albina Cabrera, that KEXP would be making a similar journey for a four-day music festival highlighting the diverse sounds of Argentina. That festival just wrapped on September 23rd but Recanati’s in-studio is getting some extra love on this week’s Live on KEXP. Before playing three songs off her Grammy-nominated, Gardel Award-winning album Ubicación en Tiempo Real and one off her debut solo EP, 2018’s Teoría Espacial, Troy Nelson gives us some background on the feminist singer, songwriter, guitarist, podcaster, and record label-owner. For an extra boost of Latinx sounds, we’re also featuring a snippet from Y La Bamba’s KEXP in-studio session from 2017. Both artists have songs included on KEXP’s new compilation album, Live at KEXP Volume 10. Recorded 05/25/2022. Que No En La Frenta Para Darte Frágil Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/27/202230 minutes, 11 seconds
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Nilüfer Yanya

London-based singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya quickly became an artist to watch with her 2019 debut, Miss Universe. The album was a thrilling exploration of her widely varied influences, diverse upbringing, and raw talent. This year’s sophomore album, Painless, finds her settling into a more focused sound without sacrificing any of the fervent power and emotional range that made her stand out in the first place. In this KEXP session, Yanya talks to host Cheryl Waters about how the collaborative process of the new album helped her trust her instincts and how she aimed to create a more sonically cohesive record. At the end of the episode, we revisit a song from her 2019 KEXP session. Recorded 05/23/2022. midnight sun the dealer L/R stabilise In Your Head (bonus) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/20/202223 minutes, 52 seconds
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Nilüfer Yanya [Performance & Interview Only]

London-based singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya quickly became an artist to watch with her 2019 debut, Miss Universe. The album was a thrilling exploration of her widely varied influences, diverse upbringing, and raw talent. This year’s sophomore album, Painless, finds her settling into a more focused sound without sacrificing any of the fervent power and emotional range that made her stand out in the first place. In this KEXP session, Yanya talks to host Cheryl Waters about how the collaborative process of the new album helped her trust her instincts and how she aimed to create a more sonically cohesive record. At the end of the episode, we revisit a song from her 2019 KEXP session. Recorded 05/23/2022. midnight sun the dealer L/R stabilise In Your Head (bonus) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/20/202226 minutes, 3 seconds
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!!! (Chk Chk Chk)

Since the late ‘90s, Chk Chk Chk have been making dancey disco-punk that, as KEXP’s Cheryl Waters puts it, has been “rewriting the rules of dance music for more than 20 years.” The band, currently made up of Nic Offer, Meah Pace, Mario Andreoni, Dan Gorman, Rafael Cohen, and Chris Egan, stopped by KEXP early this summer to play songs off their latest record Let It Be Blue. There, they spoke about leaning into circumstances and the intimate relationships between friends. Alongside that performance, we’ve included a snippet of their performance from KEXP’s 50th Anniversary Party as well as their 2017 performance at our Gathering Space. It’s an episode chock-full of Chk Chk Chk. Recorded 05/13/2022. This Is Pop 2 Panama Canal Storm Around the World Un Puente Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/13/202225 minutes, 4 seconds
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!!! (Chk Chk Chk) [Performance & Interview Only]

Since the late ‘90s, Chk Chk Chk have been making dancey disco-punk that, as KEXP’s Cheryl Waters puts it, has been “rewriting the rules of dance music for more than 20 years.” The band, currently made up of Nic Offer, Meah Pace, Mario Andreoni, Dan Gorman, Rafael Cohen, and Chris Egan, stopped by KEXP early this summer to play songs off their latest record Let It Be Blue. There, they spoke about leaning into circumstances and the intimate relationships between friends. Alongside that performance, we’ve included a snippet of their performance from KEXP’s 50th Anniversary Party as well as their 2017 performance at our Gathering Space. It’s an episode chock-full of Chk Chk Chk. Recorded 05/13/2022. This Is Pop 2 Panama Canal Storm Around the World Un Puente Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/13/202225 minutes, 10 seconds
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Dehd [Performance & Interview Only]

Since 2015, Dehd have been making reverb-drenched rollicking indie rock tunes that touch on love, heartbreak, and the ever-evolving nature of relationships. Their fourth album Blue Skies dropped earlier this year on Fat Possum Records and continues their streak of tightly wound, lo-fi, partially shout-sung tunes.  Dehd stopped by KEXP shortly after to play a few tracks off the record as well as chat with Larry Mizell Jr. about the tight-night music scene in Chicago and the way that members Emily Kempf and Jason Balla’s relationship has matured from former lovers to dedicated bandmates and musical partners. Recorded 05/06/2022. Control Bad Love Stars Window Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/6/202217 minutes, 19 seconds
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Dehd

Since 2015, Dehd have been making reverb-drenched rollicking indie rock tunes that touch on love, heartbreak, and the ever-evolving nature of relationships. Their fourth album Blue Skies dropped earlier this year on Fat Possum Records and continues their streak of tightly wound, lo-fi, partially shout-sung tunes.  Dehd stopped by KEXP shortly after to play a few tracks off the record as well as chat with Larry Mizell Jr. about the tight-night music scene in Chicago and the way that members Emily Kempf and Jason Balla’s relationship has matured from former lovers to dedicated bandmates and musical partners. Recorded 05/06/2022. Control Bad Love Stars Window Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/6/202221 minutes
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Pom Pom Squad

Mia Berrin makes powerfully cathartic indie rock that’s just as biting as it is heartwrenching as Pom Pom Squad. The Brooklyn-based band recently stopped by KEXP to play songs off their 2021 debut Death of a Cheerleader, and Troy Nelson chatted with the frontwoman about learning to engineer music, Nada Surf’s influence on the band, as well as a very niche indie videogame called Cuphead.  Tying in the Nada Surf influence, listeners get a two-for-one in today’s episode, featuring songs from Nada Surf’s 2018 KEXP in-studio. Recorded 05/04/2022. Head Cheerleader Cake Second That Forever Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/30/202225 minutes, 5 seconds
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Pom Pom Squad [Performance & Interview Only]

Mia Berrin makes powerfully cathartic indie rock that’s just as biting as it is heartwrenching as Pom Pom Squad. The Brooklyn-based band recently stopped by KEXP to play songs off their 2021 debut Death of a Cheerleader, and Troy Nelson chatted with the frontwoman about learning to engineer music, Nada Surf’s influence on the band, as well as a very niche indie videogame called Cuphead.  Recorded 05/04/2022. Head Cheerleader Cake Second That Forever Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/30/202219 minutes, 42 seconds
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Aeon Station

If the names and faces of Aeon Station seem familiar despite only releasing their debut record last year, it’s because they’re far from new to the scene. Nearly 20 years after the Wrens released their last record The Meadowlands, Aeon Station was formed by Kevin Whelan in the hopes of finally releasing the songs he’d been writing for the New Jersey indie rock band but would never see the light of day after years of creative clashes and business disputes with his former bandmate and co-songwriter unless he created a new band. Whelan and his band, primarily made up of other members of the Wrens, stopped by KEXP in April to play a few songs off their distortion-fueled debut Observatory, which came out on Sub Pop in 2021. Recorded 04/29/2022. Better Love Fade Air Queens Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/23/202225 minutes, 25 seconds
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Aeon Station [Performance Only]

If the names and faces of Aeon Station seem familiar despite only releasing their debut record last year, it’s because they’re far from new to the scene. Nearly 20 years after the Wrens released their last record The Meadowlands, Aeon Station was formed by Kevin Whelan in the hopes of finally releasing the songs he’d been writing for the New Jersey indie rock band but would never see the light of day after years of creative clashes and business disputes with his former bandmate and co-songwriter unless he created a new band. Whelan and his band, primarily made up of other members of the Wrens, stopped by KEXP in April to play a few songs off their distortion-fueled debut Observatory, which came out on Sub Pop in 2021. Recorded 04/29/2022. Better Love Fade Air Queens Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/23/202216 minutes, 14 seconds
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Wednesday

Wednesday have become one of indie rock’s newest bands to watch. Their tangled blend of country and 90s grunge make for a sound that’s both raw and incredibly fresh. They stopped by KEXP to play songs off their latest record,Mowing the Leaves Instead of Piling ‘em Up, and Troy Nelson gives some background on the Asheville band before jumping into their fiery performance. Recorded 04/28/2022. Twin Plagues Cody’s Only Handsome Man Maura Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/16/202224 minutes, 39 seconds
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Wednesday [Performance & Interview Only]

Wednesday have become one of indie rock’s newest bands to watch. Their tangled blend of country and 90s grunge make for a sound that’s both raw and incredibly fresh. They stopped by KEXP to play songs off their latest record,Mowing the Leaves Instead of Piling ‘em Up, and Troy Nelson gives some background on the Asheville band before jumping into their fiery performance. Recorded 04/28/2022. Twin Plagues Cody’s Only Handsome Man Maura Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/16/202225 minutes, 37 seconds
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Da Qween [Performance & Interview Only]

Seattle’s Da Qween is probably best described by KEXP’s own Martin Douglas as “simply is what they are. A very good rapper, a queer-identifying person, too talented and too stubborn to allow straight people to view them as a gimmick, and as the title of their 2019 album suggests, a renaissance bitch.”  For this episode of Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson gives some background on the “Black Queer Non Binary Raptress Spitting from the 206” before they prove their chops in the KEXP live room with a set of songs both new and old but all similarly slappin. Recorded 04/26/2022. ThunderClap When Worst Comes to Worst Quit Music Worthy Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/9/202220 minutes, 22 seconds
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Da Qween

Seattle’s Da Qween is probably best described by KEXP’s own Martin Douglas as “simply is what they are. A very good rapper, a queer-identifying person, too talented and too stubborn to allow straight people to view them as a gimmick, and as the title of their 2019 album suggests, a renaissance bitch.”  For this episode of Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson gives some background on the “Black Queer Non Binary Raptress Spitting from the 206” before they prove their chops in the KEXP live room with a set of songs both new and old but all similarly slappin. Recorded 04/26/2022. ThunderClap When Worst Comes to Worst Quit Music Worthy Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/9/202224 minutes, 37 seconds
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LIVt

Tacoma, WA-raised musician LIVt is a master at poetic lyricism that touts messages of self-acceptance, independence, and radically soulful love. For her recent KEXP in-studio, LIVt chats with Gabriel Teodros about being a girl unbothered as well as the escapism she found through music during the tough moments of the pandemic before playing songs off of 2019’s Black Girl Unbothered and 2020’s Flowers in the Void. Recorded 04/21/2022. Social Nomad One Track Mind Sade To Infinity Unbothered Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/2/202223 minutes, 30 seconds
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LIVt [Performance & Interview Only]

Tacoma, WA-raised musician LIVt is a master at poetic lyricism that touts messages of self-acceptance, independence, and radically soulful love. For her recent KEXP in-studio, LIVt chats with Gabriel Teodros about being a girl unbothered as well as the escapism she found through music during the tough moments of the pandemic before playing songs off of 2019’s Black Girl Unbothered and 2020’s Flowers in the Void. Recorded 04/21/2022. Social Nomad One Track Mind Sade To Infinity Unbothered Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/2/202224 minutes, 47 seconds
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Altin Gün

For their fourth KEXP performance and second actually playing amongst the flickering lights of our revered studio, Altin Gün had a lot of new material to work with. Staying incredibly busy during the pandemic, the Amsterdam-based band put out two albums just last year. During their in-studio, Bassist Jasper Verhulst goes into how the band worked to give back on their latest album before jumping into a riveting set of Turkish folk psychedelia. Recorded 04/13/2022. Ordunun Dereleri Badi Sabah Olmadan Cips Kola Kilit Kalk Gidelim Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/26/202222 minutes, 9 seconds
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Altin Gün [Performance & Interview Only]

For their fourth KEXP performance and second actually playing amongst the flickering lights of our revered studio, Altin Gün had a lot of new material to work with. Staying incredibly busy during the pandemic, the Amsterdam-based band put out two albums just last year. During their in-studio, Bassist Jasper Verhulst goes into how the band worked to give back on their latest album before jumping into a riveting set of Turkish folk psychedelia. Recorded 04/13/2022. Ordunun Dereleri Badi Sabah Olmadan Cips Kola Kilit Kalk Gidelim Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/26/202227 minutes, 6 seconds
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DakhaBrakha

Ukrainian quartet DakhaBrakha returned to the KEXP studios this past April for a powerful and timely performance highlighting the strength and beauty of Ukrainian culture in the midst of war tearing apart their homeland. Troy Nelson sheds some light on the background of the avant-garde band while vocalist Marco Halanevych expands, via translator, on the importance of raising awareness of the crisis and highlighting the beautiful art that comes from their country.  Recorded 04/15/22 Sonnet 9 nedilechok Rozhestvo Watch the full live on KEXP performance on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/19/202226 minutes, 56 seconds
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DakhaBrakha [Performance & Interview Only]

Ukrainian quartet DakhaBrakha returned to the KEXP studios this past April for a powerful and timely performance highlighting the strength and beauty of Ukrainian culture in the midst of war tearing apart their homeland. Troy Nelson sheds some light on the background of the avant-garde band while vocalist Marco Halanevych expands, via translator, on the importance of raising awareness of the crisis and highlighting the beautiful art that comes from their country.  Recorded 04/15/22 Sonnet 9 nedilechok Rozhestvo Watch the full live on KEXP performance on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/19/202230 minutes
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Denzel Curry

For this week’s Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson delves into the music of Florida rapper Denzel Curry. Starting with his early days as a member of Carol City collective Raider Klan, finding inspiration in the Memphis rap scene, and dropping his debut album while still in high school, we eventually find him eleven years later and five albums deep playing a very vibey and occasionally bleeped in-studio session for KEXP. Recorded 04/06/2022.  Melt Session #1 [feat. Robert Glasper]  Walkin Troubles [feat. T-Pain] X-Wing Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/12/202220 minutes, 24 seconds
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Denzel Curry [Performance & Interview Only]

For this week’s Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson delves into the music of Florida rapper Denzel Curry. Starting with his early days as a member of Carol City collective Raider Klan, finding inspiration in the Memphis rap scene, and dropping his debut album while still in high school, we eventually find him eleven years later and five albums deep playing a very vibey and occasionally bleeped in-studio session for KEXP. Recorded 04/06/2022. Melt Session #1 [feat. Robert Glasper]  Walkin Troubles [feat. T-Pain] X-Wing Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/12/202229 minutes, 53 seconds
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Indigo De Souza

Indigo De Souza made waves with her 2021 sophomore release Any Shape You Take for her intensely emotional, dexterous vocals and brooding instrumentation. On this episode of Live on KEXP, she opens up to Larry Mizell Jr. about how moving to Asheville when she was a teen had a major influence on her musical growth and understanding of what was possible and also explains the making of some of the powerfully cathartic moments on Any Shape You Take before jumping into four songs off the record.  Recorded 03/28/2022. Kill Me Late Night Crawler Bad Dream Real Pain Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/5/202224 minutes, 30 seconds
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Indigo De Souza [Performance & Interview Only]

Indigo De Souza made waves with her 2021 sophomore release Any Shape You Take for her intensely emotional, dexterous vocals and brooding instrumentation. On this episode of Live on KEXP, she opens up to Larry Mizell Jr. about how moving to Asheville when she was a teen had a major influence on her musical growth and understanding of what was possible and also explains the making of some of the powerfully cathartic moments on Any Shape You Take before jumping into four songs off the record.  Recorded 03/28/2022. Kill Me Late Night Crawler Bad Dream Real Pain Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/5/202230 minutes, 23 seconds
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Superchunk

North Carolina’s Superchunk have been ripping since 1989, as one of the bands that helped define the legendary music scene of Chapel Hill in the ‘90s. They recently stopped by KEXP to play songs off their twelfth studio album, Wild Loneliness, released in early 2022. The band chats with Cheryl Waters about the collaborative nature of the record and how the addition of voices such as Sharon Van Etten, Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell, and Mike Mills of REM helped elevate both the album and the band as a whole. Recorded 04/04/2022. Wild Loneliness Refracting Endless Summer Rainy Street Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/28/202220 minutes, 3 seconds
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Superchunk [Performance & Interview Only]

North Carolina’s Superchunk have been ripping since 1989, as one of the bands that helped define the legendary music scene of Chapel Hill in the ‘90s. They recently stopped by KEXP to play songs off their twelfth studio album, Wild Loneliness, released in early 2022. The band chats with Cheryl Waters about the collaborative nature of the record and how the addition of voices such as Sharon Van Etten, Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell, and Mike Mills of REM helped elevate both the album and the band as a whole. Recorded 04/04/2022. Wild Loneliness Refracting Endless Summer Rainy Street Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/28/202222 minutes, 7 seconds
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Hurray for the Riff Raff

Over the course of 15 years, Alynda Segarra has been constantly pushing and evolving the sound of their band Hurray for the Riff Raff as well as the boundaries of folk music. The New Orleans-based band describes their latest album, 2022’s Life on Earth, as “nature punk” and give Cheryl Waters an explanation of what exactly that means to them and the importance of being tuned into nature on this episode of Live on KEXP. Recorded 04/01/2022 Pierced Arrows Pointed at the Sun Saga Rhododendron Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/21/202220 minutes, 15 seconds
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Hurray for the Riff Raff [Performance & Interview Only]

Over the course of 15 years, Alynda Segarra has been constantly pushing and evolving the sound of their band Hurray for the Riff Raff as well as the boundaries of folk music. The New Orleans-based band describes their latest album, 2022’s Life on Earth, as “nature punk” and give Cheryl Waters an explanation of what exactly that means to them and the importance of being tuned into nature on this episode of Live on KEXP. Recorded 04/01/2022 Pierced Arrows Pointed at the Sun Saga Rhododendron Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/21/202225 minutes, 16 seconds
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Lady Wray [Performance & Interview Only]

For her first in-studio session for KEXP, Lady Wray brought a stacked set of songs off her years-in-the-making 2022 record Piece of Me. Produced by Leon Michels of El Michels Affair, the album is a brilliant blend of soul, R&B and hip hop and just the latest release in her long and winding career. In this episode, Lady Wray also reveals to Cheryl Waters the primary source of musical inspiration: family.  Recorded 03/30/22 Come On In Piece Of Me Under the Sun Melody  Joy & Pain Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/14/202225 minutes, 37 seconds
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Lady Wray

For her first in-studio session for KEXP, Lady Wray brought a stacked set of songs off her years-in-the-making 2022 record Piece of Me. Produced by Leon Michels of El Michels Affair, the album is a brilliant blend of soul, R&B and hip hop and just the latest release in her long and winding career. In this episode, Lady Wray also reveals to Cheryl Waters the primary source of musical inspiration: family.  Recorded 03/30/22 Come On In Piece Of Me Under the Sun Melody  Joy & Pain Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/14/202221 minutes, 58 seconds
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Introducing "The Runcast with John Richards"

We believe that everyone who runs should have a great soundtrack. Not one curated by an algorithm, but one that’s hand-picked by a DJ who runs too. The Runcast with John Richards brings you a dynamic mix of music and inspiration to keep you company and motivate you on your run, no matter what your level. Subscribe to KEXP's The Runcast with John Richards, wherever you podcast, and enjoy new episodes every two weeks, June 3 - October 7, 2022.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/9/202243 seconds
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Arlo Parks

If it feels like Arlo Parks was just at KEXP, she was - sort of. With her debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams released at the very beginning of 2021 and the world being what it was then, Parks played a Live At Home session for KEXP shortly after its release. Luckily, in March, the British musician was able to make a stop at the KEXP studios to play songs off the Grammy-nominated, Mercury Prize-winning album as well as her recently released single “Softly,” the making of which she explains to Larry Mizell Jr. in this episode of Live on KEXP. Recorded 04/23/2022. Eugene Black Dog Softly Hope Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/7/202220 minutes, 49 seconds
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Arlo Parks [Performance & Interview Only]

If it feels like Arlo Parks was just at KEXP, she was - sort of. With her debut album Collapsed in Sunbeams released at the very beginning of 2021 and the world being what it was then, Parks played a Live At Home session for KEXP shortly after its release. Luckily, in March, the British musician was able to make a stop at the KEXP studios to play songs off the Grammy-nominated, Mercury Prize-winning album as well as her recently released single “Softly,” the making of which she explains to Larry Mizell Jr. in this episode of Live on KEXP. Recorded 04/23/2022. Eugene Black Dog Softly Hope Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/7/202232 minutes
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Bnny [Performance & Interview Only]

Chicago-based Bnny released their debut record, ‘Everything,’ in 2021 to rave reviews as a chronicle of love and loss. The project of Jessica Vicius, ‘Everything’ was made in the wake of and inspired by the loss of her partner Trey Gruber in 2017. Vicius spoke with Cheryl Waters about finding vulnerability through music and embodying elements of her late partner’s personality before jumping into a haunting set of songs off the record. Recorded 02/22/2022. Not Even You Time Walk August Sure Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/24/202219 minutes, 34 seconds
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Bnny

Chicago-based Bnny released their debut record, ‘Everything,’ in 2021 to rave reviews as a chronicle of love and loss. The project of Jessica Vicius, ‘Everything’ was made in the wake of and inspired by the loss of her partner Trey Gruber in 2017. Vicius spoke with Cheryl Waters about finding vulnerability through music and embodying elements of her late partner’s personality before jumping into a haunting set of songs off the record. Recorded 02/22/2022. Not Even You Time Walk August Sure Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/24/202220 minutes, 50 seconds
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Jason Isbell

For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson attempts to condense the massive life and career of Southern rocker Jason Isbell. His is a story that deserves much more than the time available here but his brief conversation with Cheryl Waters is an illuminating peek into the mind of the four-time Grammy winner, who’s still greatly enjoying the art of making music.  Recorded 03/02/2022. Only Children St. Peter’s Autograph Driver 8 Tour of Duty Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/17/202226 minutes, 20 seconds
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Jason Isbell [Performance & Interview Only]

For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson attempts to condense the massive life and career of Southern rocker Jason Isbell. His is a story that deserves much more than the time available here but his brief conversation with Cheryl Waters is an illuminating peek into the mind of the four-time Grammy winner, who’s still greatly enjoying the art of making music.  Recorded 03/02/2022. Only Children St. Peter’s Autograph Driver 8 Tour of Duty Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/17/202232 minutes, 3 seconds
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Hand Habits

As an expert in both guitar slaying and heartfelt songwriting, Meg Duffy is a dynamic force as Hand Habits. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson details the differences in sound and circumstances between Duffy’s last Hand Habits record, 2019’s Placeholder, and their most recent release, Funhouse, while Duffy describes the experience of making the record within a very fun house to KEXP’s DJ Morgan. Recorded 02/19/2022. No Difference More Than Love Aquamarine 4th of July Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/10/202222 minutes, 44 seconds
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Hand Habits [Performance & Interview Only]

As an expert in both guitar slaying and heartfelt songwriting, Meg Duffy is a dynamic force as Hand Habits. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson details the differences in sound and circumstances between Duffy’s last Hand Habits record, 2019’s Placeholder, and their most recent release, Funhouse, while Duffy describes the experience of making the record within a very fun house to KEXP’s DJ Morgan. Recorded 02/19/2022. No Difference More Than Love Aquamarine 4th of July Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/10/202227 minutes, 33 seconds
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Jazzmeia Horn

Dallas born-and-raised Jazzmeia Horn is not just a vocalist, or even just a musician, she’s a trailblazer. As the first woman in the history of music to arrange, produce, write, sing, and record a big band album, Horn’s aspirations are anything but small. Speaking with KEXP’s Larry Mizell Jr., she goes into the hard work it took to manage such a big project as well her prophesied beginnings. Her latest album Dear Love is available on Empress Legacy Records.   Recorded 12/07/2021. Strive (To Be) Where We Are Free Your Mind Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/3/202227 minutes, 41 seconds
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Jazzmeia Horn [Performance & Interview Only]

Dallas born-and-raised Jazzmeia Horn is not just a vocalist, or even just a musician, she’s a trailblazer. As the first woman in the history of music to arrange, produce, write, sing, and record a big band album, Horn’s aspirations are anything but small. Speaking with KEXP’s Larry Mizell Jr., she goes into the hard work it took to manage such a big project as well her prophesied beginnings. Her latest album Dear Love is available on Empress Legacy Records.   Recorded 12/07/2021. Strive (To Be) Where We Are Free Your Mind Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/3/202235 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ty Segall & Freedom Band [Performance & Interview only]

With the number of bands and side-projects Ty Segall is involved in, it’s tough to count how many times the wildly-prolific musician has stopped by KEXP but it’s certainly more than one hand’s-worth. His most recent performance for us was behind 2021’s Harmonizer with the Freedom Band. During his set, Segall chats with DJ Morgan about collaborating with his wife Denée for the first time and the necessity of living life in order to find lyrical inspiration. Recorded 02/05/2022. Whisper Erased Harmonizer Waxman Watch the full Live on KEXP performance on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/26/202226 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ty Segall & Freedom Band

With the number of bands and side-projects Ty Segall is involved in, it’s tough to count how many times the wildly-prolific musician has stopped by KEXP but it’s certainly more than one hand’s-worth. His most recent performance for us was behind 2021’s Harmonizer with the Freedom Band. During his set, Segall chats with DJ Morgan about collaborating with his wife Denée for the first time and the necessity of living life in order to find lyrical inspiration. Recorded 02/05/2022. Whisper Erased Harmonizer Waxman Watch the full Live on KEXP performance on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/26/202224 minutes, 4 seconds
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CHVRCHES

Over the past ten years we’ve seen Scotland’s CHVRCHES evolve from a trendy synth-pop trio into a legit larger-than-life rock band. Their latest album, 2021’s Screen Violence, sees the band at their most epic and lyrically most vulnerable. The band spoke with Troy Nelson about horror scores and working with their musical heroes before jumping into an incredible “At Home” session recorded for KEXP during a soundcheck at the Palladium in Los Angeles. Recorded 01/24/2022. Asking For a Friend California Final Girl How Not to Drown Violent Delights Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/19/202229 minutes, 44 seconds
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CHVRCHES [Performance & Interview Only]

Over the past ten years we’ve seen Scotland’s CHVRCHES evolve from a trendy synth-pop trio into a legit larger-than-life rock band. Their latest album, 2021’s Screen Violence, sees the band at their most epic and lyrically most vulnerable. The band spoke with Troy Nelson about horror scores and working with their musical heroes before jumping into an incredible “At Home” session recorded for KEXP during a soundcheck at the Palladium in Los Angeles. Recorded 01/24/2022. Asking For a Friend California Final Girl How Not to Drown Violent Delights Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/19/202237 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Lumineers

Ten years after John Richards declared “Ho Hey” the best song of 2012 and bombarded the KEXP airwaves with it for an entire week, The Lumineers returned (virtually) to KEXP. The band, led by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, chat with Richards about the fateful moment that Richards pressed play on the CD demo the duo mailed to him before playing songs off their new fuzzy folk record Brightside.  Recorded 01/12/2022. Brightside A.M. Radio Where We Are Just Like Heaven Ophelia Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/12/202222 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Lumineers [Performance & Interview Only]

Ten years after John Richards declared “Ho Hey” the best song of 2012 and bombarded the KEXP airwaves with it for an entire week, The Lumineers returned (virtually) to KEXP. The band, led by Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, chat with Richards about the fateful moment that Richards pressed play on the CD demo the duo mailed to him before playing songs off their new fuzzy folk record Brightside.  Recorded 01/12/2022. Brightside A.M. Radio Where We Are Just Like Heaven Ophelia Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/12/20221 hour, 3 minutes, 57 seconds
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Crumb [Performance & Interview Only]

Brooklyn-based band Crumb make a special type of indie that has both brooding, dark undertones and also floating and dreamy psychedelic. Tough to pin down but very easy to enjoy. Troy Nelson gives us the lowdown on the band, born in the prestigious halls of Tufts University and now on their second studio album, Ice Melt, released in 2021 while Crumb fills DJ Evie in on their constantly evolving songwriting styles. Recorded 12/02/2021. Balloon Part III BNR Retreat Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/5/202222 minutes, 20 seconds
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Crumb

Brooklyn-based band Crumb make a special type of indie that has both brooding, dark undertones and also floating and dreamy psychedelic. Tough to pin down but very easy to enjoy. Troy Nelson gives us the lowdown on the band, born in the prestigious halls of Tufts University and now on their second studio album, Ice Melt, released in 2021 while Crumb fills DJ Evie in on their constantly evolving songwriting styles. Recorded 12/02/2021. Balloon Part III BNR Retreat Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/5/202220 minutes
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Fresh off the Spaceship: The Story of the Black Constellation

What is the Black Constellation? If you know, you'll want to listen to this podcast. If you don't, you'll want to listen, too. "Fresh off the Spaceship" is the newest podcast from KEXP, telling the story of the highly influential yet scarcely documented artist collective. The Black Constellation has included such varied musical acts as Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction, Ya Tseen and Porter Ray. Hosted by KEXP's Larry Mizell Jr. and Martin Douglas, each episode in this 10-part series takes listeners on an audio journey connecting the stars of the Constellation, shedding light on their art and their ethos along the way. New episodes come out every Friday from March 18 - May 27, 2022. Find out more at KEXP.org/fresh-off-the-spaceship. Watch a video version of the trailer and explore more work from the artists of the Constellation on KEXP's Fresh off the Spaceship YouTube playlist.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/31/20225 minutes, 5 seconds
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Bartees Strange [Performance & Interview Only]

For our second Live on KEXP episode on Bartees Strange, we’re focusing on the growth the genre-defying artist has made since releasing his acclaimed debut full-length Live Forever in 2020. Now solely relying on music for his income and finally on the road post-pandemic, the DC-based artist has gotten to tour with a long list of impressive names including Lucy Dacus, Car Seat Headrest, and his heroes The National, finally celebrating in the glow of his success and ready to do more. Recorded 12/16/2021. Mustang Kelly Rowland Stone Meadows Boomer Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/29/202223 minutes, 6 seconds
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Bartees Strange

For our second Live on KEXP episode on Bartees Strange, we’re focusing on the growth the genre-defying artist has made since releasing his acclaimed debut full-length Live Forever in 2020. Now solely relying on music for his income and finally on the road post-pandemic, the DC-based artist has gotten to tour with a long list of impressive names including Lucy Dacus, Car Seat Headrest, and his heroes The National, finally celebrating in the glow of his success and ready to do more. Recorded 12/16/2021. Mustang Kelly Rowland Stone Meadows Boomer Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/29/202220 minutes, 39 seconds
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Garage A Trois

On the show this time, it’s the synapse snapping funkalicious virtuoso exuberance of Garage A Trois. KEXP’s Troy Nelson breaks down the legendary band, that goes back 23 years of constant evolution. The founding trio of guitarist Charlie Hunter, drummer Stanton Moore, and mononymous Seattle-based saxophonist Skerik open up to Darek Mazzone about their long and winding journey towards their new record, 'Calm Down Cologne,' and the importance of their position in the historical conversation we call jazz. Recorded 12/17/2021. Calm Down Cologne Improv 666 Etienne Wizard Sleeve Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/22/202228 minutes, 10 seconds
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Garage A Trois [Performance & Interview Only]

On the show this time, it’s the synapse snapping funkalicious virtuoso exuberance of Garage A Trois. KEXP’s Troy Nelson breaks down the legendary band, that goes back 23 years of constant evolution. The founding trio of guitarist Charlie Hunter, drummer Stanton Moore, and mononymous Seattle-based saxophonist Skerik open up to Darek Mazzone about their long and winding journey towards their new record, 'Calm Down Cologne,' and the importance of their position in the historical conversation we call jazz. Recorded 12/17/2021. Calm Down Cologne Improv 666 Etienne Wizard Sleeve Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/22/202237 minutes, 16 seconds
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Courtney Barnett

For the third episode of Live on KEXP featuring Courtney Barnett, Troy Nelson focuses on her third studio album, 'Things Take Time, Take Time.' Released in late 2021, the album replaces the fuzzy garage rock of 2018’s 'Tell Me How You Really Feel' for hypnotizingly laid back fingerpicked riffs. Barnett chats with Cheryl Waters about how changes in her living space and the extra time allotted by the pandemic affected the outcome of the record before playing four tracks off of it. Recorded 12/14/2021. Rae Street Sunfair Sundown Before You Gotta Go Turning Green Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/15/202223 minutes, 7 seconds
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Courtney Barnett [Performance & Interview Only]

For the third episode of Live on KEXP featuring Courtney Barnett, Troy Nelson focuses on her third studio album, 'Things Take Time, Take Time.' Released in late 2021, the album replaces the fuzzy garage rock of 2018’s 'Tell Me How You Really Feel' for hypnotizingly laid back fingerpicked riffs. Barnett chats with Cheryl Waters about how changes in her living space and the extra time allotted by the pandemic affected the outcome of the record before playing four tracks off of it. Recorded 12/14/2021. Rae Street Sunfair Sundown Before You Gotta Go Turning Green Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/15/202229 minutes, 36 seconds
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Roosevelt [Performance & Interview Only]

If feel-good, summery, synth-pop grooves are what you’re looking for (and really, who isn’t?), then Roosevelt’s got you covered. The project of German musician Marius Lauber, Roosevelt makes music ripe for escapism. KEXP’s Troy Nelson takes us through a detailed account of Lauber’s evolution from drumming in the teen indie-dance band Beat!Beat!Beat! to honing his own electronic-infused sound for Roosevelt.  Their latest record, Polydans, was released in 2021 and is available on Greco-Roman records and Bandcamp. Recorded 12/08/2021. Easy Way Out Strangers Feels Right Sign Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/8/202224 minutes, 51 seconds
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Roosevelt

If feel-good, summery, synth-pop grooves are what you’re looking for (and really, who isn’t?), then Roosevelt’s got you covered. The project of German musician Marius Lauber, Roosevelt makes music ripe for escapism. KEXP’s Troy Nelson takes us through a detailed account of Lauber’s evolution from drumming in the teen indie-dance band Beat!Beat!Beat! to honing his own electronic-infused sound for Roosevelt.  Their latest record, Polydans, was released in 2021 and is available on Greco-Roman records and Bandcamp. Recorded 12/08/2021. Easy Way Out Strangers Feels Right Sign Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/8/202224 minutes, 49 seconds
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Curtis Harding [Performance & Interview Only]

Wearing the self-described genre tag of “slap n’ soul,” Curtis Harding brings a wide range of influences into his soulful rock n’ roll sound. Troy Nelson connects the dots of his journey, from his early days in the church to Atlanta’s hip-hop scene and then playing rock n’ roll in Toronto until Harding found his unique sound. Find out how Cee Lo Green, Dangermouse, and Sam Cohen play a part in Harding’s path to If Words Were Flowers on this week’s episode of Live on KEXP. Recorded 11/18/2021. Hopeful Can’t Hide It With You Explore I Won’t Let You Down Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/1/202234 minutes, 54 seconds
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Curtis Harding

Wearing the self-described genre tag of “slap n’ soul,” Curtis Harding brings a wide range of influences into his soulful rock n’ roll sound. Troy Nelson connects the dots of his journey, from his early days in the church to Atlanta’s hip-hop scene and then playing rock n’ roll in Toronto until Harding found his unique sound. Find out how Cee Lo Green, Dangermouse, and Sam Cohen play a part in Harding’s path to If Words Were Flowers on this week’s episode of Live on KEXP. Recorded 11/18/2021. Hopeful Can’t Hide It With You Explore I Won’t Let You Down Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/1/202226 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Black Angels [Performance & Interview Only]

Since 2004, The Black Angels have been doing their part to keep Austin’s psych rock scene alive and well with their constantly evolving neo-psychedelic sound. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson gives a quick account of the band’s trajectory over over the past 18 years while DJ Miss Ashley speaks with the band about how the pandemic and having a child influenced frontman Alex Maas’ prolific songwriting. Their latest Live at Levitation is available on The Reverb Appreciation Society label and Bandcamp.  Recorded 11/27/2021. Manipulation Firefly The River El Jardin Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/22/202224 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Black Angels

Since 2004, The Black Angels have been doing their part to keep Austin’s psych rock scene alive and well with their constantly evolving neo-psychedelic sound. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson gives a quick account of the band’s trajectory over over the past 18 years while DJ Miss Ashley speaks with the band about how the pandemic and having a child influenced frontman Alex Maas’ prolific songwriting. Their latest Live at Levitation is available on The Reverb Appreciation Society label and Bandcamp. Recorded 11/27/2021. Manipulation Firefly The River El Jardin Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/22/202225 minutes, 35 seconds
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Shaina Shepherd [Performance & Interview only]

When it comes to beloved local artists who still somehow fall under the “upcoming” label, Shaina Shepherd is leading them. Known primarily for her powerful vocals as a solo artist and also the frontwoman of Bearaxe, Shepherd does so much more than that. Troy Nelson details the many facets of Shaina Shepherd on this episode of Live on KEXP before Shepherd shimmies into a sultry set of songs. Recorded 11/22/2021. Never Be Another You Something to Say Lover  Hope Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/15/202226 minutes, 2 seconds
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Shaina Shepherd

When it comes to beloved local artists who still somehow fall under the “upcoming” label, Shaina Shepherd is leading them. Known primarily for her powerful vocals as a solo artist and also the frontwoman of Bearaxe, Shepherd does so much more than that. Troy Nelson details the many facets of Shaina Shepherd on this episode of Live on KEXP before Shepherd shimmies into a sultry set of songs. Recorded 11/22/2021. Never Be Another You Something to Say Lover  Hope Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/15/202224 minutes, 12 seconds
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Deep Sea Diver

Beloved Seattle band Deep Sea Diver returned to the KEXP studios this past October to finally play songs off their 2020 release Impossible Weight. Troy Nelson takes us through a deep dive of Jessica Dobson’s discography, from the 2009 debut EP up through Impossible Weight, which was 2020’s Top Album of the Year for KEXP listeners. Kevin Cole then speaks with Dobson about vulnerability and exploring directness in her lyrics while. Finally, Emily Fox spotlights Dobson on Sound & Vision, discussing the musician’s efforts to help support the local houseless community. Recorded 10/28/2021. Lights Out Impossible Weight Wishing Eyes Are Red (Don’t Be Afraid) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube Watch KEXP's "Isolated Tracks" series featuring Deep Sea Diver's Jessica Dobson, for a peek into the process of recording "Impossible Weight"Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/8/202225 minutes, 59 seconds
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Deep Sea Diver [Performance & Interview Only]

Beloved Seattle band Deep Sea Diver returned to the KEXP studios this past October to finally play songs off their 2020 release Impossible Weight. Troy Nelson takes us through a deep dive of Jessica Dobson’s discography, from the 2009 debut EP up through Impossible Weight, which was 2020’s Top Album of the Year for KEXP listeners. Kevin Cole then speaks with Dobson about vulnerability and exploring directness in her lyrics while. Finally, Emily Fox spotlights Dobson on Sound & Vision, discussing the musician’s efforts to help support the local houseless community. Recorded 10/28/2021. Lights Out Impossible Weight Wishing Eyes Are Red (Don’t Be Afraid) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube Watch KEXP's "Isolated Tracks" series featuring Deep Sea Diver's Jessica Dobson, for a peek into the process of recording "Impossible Weight"Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/8/202236 minutes, 28 seconds
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RVG [Performance & Interview Only]

Shortly after the pandemic shut the world down, Melbourne’s RVG (formerly known as Romy Vager Group) released their sophomore record of jangly post-punk, Feral. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson details the quartet’s origins up to their electric and exhilarating second album before the band tears into their pre-recorded remote set for KEXP at Melbourne’s Soundpark Recording. Plus, frontwoman Romy Vager and drummer Marc Nolte chat with Cheryl Waters about their complicated relationship pre-RVG. Recorded 10/20/2021. Alexandra Tropic of Cancer Help Somebody Tambourine I Used to Love You Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/1/202244 minutes, 45 seconds
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RVG

Shortly after the pandemic shut the world down, Melbourne’s RVG (formerly known as Romy Vager Group) released their sophomore record of jangly post-punk, Feral. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson details the quartet’s origins up to their electric and exhilarating second album before the band tears into their pre-recorded remote set for KEXP at Melbourne’s Soundpark Recording. Plus, frontwoman Romy Vager and drummer Marc Nolte chat with Cheryl Waters about their complicated relationship pre-RVG. Recorded 10/20/2021. Alexandra Tropic of Cancer Help Somebody Tambourine I Used to Love You Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/1/202223 minutes, 51 seconds
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Sleigh Bells

Over the past twelve years, Sleigh Bells have experimented and tinkered with a variety of sounds in the five records they’ve released since Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller’s unlikely meeting at a Brazilian restaurant in Williamsburg. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson takes us through the variety of atmospherics the band has tried their hands at. Cheryl Waters then chats with Krauss about the duo’s songwriting process and the Southern country influences that Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton had on their new record, Texas. Recorded 10/27/2021. Sweet 75 I’m Not Down And Saints Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/25/202220 minutes, 12 seconds
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Sleigh Bells [Performance & Interview Only]

Over the past twelve years, Sleigh Bells have experimented and tinkered with a variety of sounds in the five records they’ve released since Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller’s unlikely meeting at a Brazilian restaurant in Williamsburg. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson takes us through the variety of atmospherics the band has tried their hands at. Cheryl Waters then chats with Krauss about the duo’s songwriting process and the Southern country influences that Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton had on their new record, Texas. Recorded 10/27/2021. Sweet 75 I’m Not Down And Saints Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/25/202219 minutes, 57 seconds
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Jungle [Performance & Interview Only]

It’s no secret that we at KEXP have been incredibly hyped on Jungle’s latest record, 'Loving In Stereo,' since it arrived in August. Sparkling in jubilance, the album takes listeners on a cinematic disco joyride. During the session, Cheryl Waters spoke to the duo about the joy that permeates the record. In another interview with the band, Emily Fox discussed the freedom that came with releasing the album through their own label, Caiola Records. Recorded 10/23/2021. Fire What D’You Know About Me? Truth Keep Moving  All Of the Time Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/18/202226 minutes
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Jungle

It’s no secret that we at KEXP have been incredibly hyped on Jungle’s latest record, 'Loving In Stereo,' since it arrived in August. Sparkling in jubilance, the album takes listeners on a cinematic disco joyride. During the session, Cheryl Waters spoke to the duo about the joy that permeates the record. In another interview with the band, Emily Fox discussed the freedom that came with releasing the album through their own label, Caiola Records. Recorded 10/23/2021. Fire What D’You Know About Me? Truth Keep Moving  All Of the Time Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/18/202222 minutes, 27 seconds
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Ketamine Music Therapy

Today, we bring you a story from KEXP's Sound & Vision podcast. Ketamine treatment centers are opening all over Seattle. The psychedelic drug is used to help with PTSD, depression, anxiety, and other ailments, but it does come with controversy. These treatments look and feel much different than most mental health treatments. It also sounds different because music is an important part of Ketamine infusions. KEXP’s Rachel Stevens reports on how the treatments work. Other recent stories from Sound & Vision look at the effect of vinyl delays, the numbers behind "Spotify Wrapped," and 2021 music round-ups. Stay up to date by subscribing to KEXP's Sound & Vision wherever you listen to podcasts.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/13/202211 minutes, 34 seconds
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El Shirota

Mexico City rockers El Shirota stopped by KEXP to play a searing set for one of our first performances in the Gathering Space since the start of the pandemic. On this episode, Troy Nelson breaks down the long list of possible artists one could compare the bold band to while KEXP’s Albina Cabrera chats with the members of El Shirota (en Español) about the making of their long-awaited debut full-length, Tiempos Raros, released in 2020.  Recorded 09/28/2021. RTL Más de una vez Niebla La Ciudad Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/11/202226 minutes, 17 seconds
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El Shirota [Performance & Interview Only]

Mexico City rockers El Shirota stopped by KEXP to play a searing set for one of our first performances in the Gathering Space since the start of the pandemic. On this episode, Troy Nelson breaks down the long list of possible artists one could compare the bold band to while KEXP’s Albina Cabrera chats with the members of El Shirota (en Español) about the making of their long-awaited debut full-length, Tiempos Raros, released in 2020.  Recorded 09/28/2021. RTL Más de una vez Niebla La Ciudad Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/11/202236 minutes, 2 seconds
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Amyl and The Sniffers [Performance & Interview Only]

Aussie punk rockers Amyl and The Sniffers virtually stopped by the KEXP studios to share a searing live set directed by Mark Bakaitis and filmed at Soundpark Studios in Melbourne. The quartet blazes through a set of eight songs from their discography, the majority from their 2021 full-length Comfort to Me, before lead singer Amy Taylor, drummer Bryce Wilson, and guitarist Dec Martens settle in to chat with KEXP’s Troy Nelson about the bands they love, the success of Comfort to Me, and blind repairmen. Recorded 10/14/2021. Some Mutts (Can't be muzzled)  Hertz  Guided by Angels  Security  Knifey  Capital  I Don't Need A Cunt (Like You To Love Me)  Maggot Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/4/202248 minutes
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Squid [Performance & Interview Only]

Brighton post-punkers Squid unveiled their debut record Bright Green Field in early summer 2021 with waves of acclaim for their glitchy, angular take on a genre that is currently chock-full of UK artists trying their hand at. For their Live on KEXP at Home session, the quintet showcased their skillful instrumentation with a jammy set of possibly six - but could be more - songs off the album in-between an in-depth conversation with KEXP’s DJ Morgan about the making of the record and how their parents, improv, and the video game Rock Band paved the way for success. Recorded 08/03/2021. Peel St. Resolution Square G.S.K. Global Groove 2010 Paddling Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/28/202157 minutes, 7 seconds
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Cosmic Collective [Performance & Interview Only]

Lace Cadence, host of KEXP’s Overnight Afrobeats, made it his personal mission to get the funky as hell Cosmic Collective to play a virtual set for KEXP and it pays off in this session. In between playing an energetic five song set, band leaders Nikki Michelle and Tyler Enslow chat with Cadence about the band’s inception, their extensive sunglass collection, and the benefits of using a bass stand.  Recorded 08/12/2021. Transcendent Love F.W.B.D.W.O. Time Socks Them Changes (Thundercat cover) Gotta Get Out of Here Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/21/202130 minutes, 5 seconds
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Happy Holidays from KEXP!

A message from the folks who bring you this podcast every week. Episodes with produced intros will be returning to this feed Tuesday, January 11th. Until then, enjoy "Performance and Interview Only" versions of a new live session every Tuesday. As always, you can choose from an ever-expanding selection of live performance videos on KEXP's YouTube channel.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/20/202140 seconds
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A New Way to Discover Music

DJ John Richards drops by to tell you about KEXP's Song of the Day podcast, where you get a DJ-curated song delivered straight to your feed each weekday. You also get to learn some context around the song, right there in the episode description. To enjoy this convenient mode of music discovery, subscribe to KEXP's Song of the Day wherever you get your podcasts.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/15/202142 seconds
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Nation Of Language [Performance & Interview Only]

Taking the massive title of First Band to Play Live at KEXP Since the Start of the Pandemic, Nation of Language are more than deserving. While they only just released their first record in 2020, the Brooklyn-based band are making a giant splash with their modern take on new wave. The band chats with John Richards about adapting to post-Covid live shows before jumping into a stellar performance of songs off their new record A Way Forward. Recorded 10/13/2021. Across that Fine Line Wounds of Love This Fractured Mind The Wall & I Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/14/202126 minutes, 8 seconds
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Nation of Language

Taking the massive title of First Band to Play Live at KEXP Since the Start of the Pandemic, Nation of Language are more than deserving. While they only just released their first record in 2020, the Brooklyn-based band are making a giant splash with their modern take on new wave. The band chats with John Richards about adapting to post-Covid live shows before jumping into a stellar performance of songs off their new record A Way Forward. Recorded 10/13/2021. Across that Fine Line Wounds of Love This Fractured Mind The Wall & I Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/14/202126 minutes, 41 seconds
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Arooj Aftab

With her recent Grammy nomination, Arooj Aftab has made headlines as the very first Pakistani woman to be nominated for the gilded gramophone. While the Best New Artist nomination may be a geographical success, Aftab spoke to Cheryl Waters about how “art can transcend geographical location” and how access to art and the ability to cultivate relationships with other artists is why she’s called New York home for the past 15 years.  Aftab’s latest record, Vulture Prince, is the third from the Berklee College of Music alum and sees her taking influence from South Asian classical music, jazz, and minimalism for a soothing and spiritual record that deserves every ounce of praise. Her four-song set for KEXP with guitarist Gyan Riley and harpist Maeve Gilchrist showcases her transcendental work. Recorded 09/24/2021. Baghon Main Suroor Diya Hai Mohabbat Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/7/202128 minutes, 20 seconds
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Arooj Aftab [Performance & Interview Only]

With her recent Grammy nomination, Arooj Aftab has made headlines as the very first Pakistani woman to be nominated for the gilded gramophone. While the Best New Artist nomination may be a geographical success, Aftab spoke to Cheryl Waters about how “art can transcend geographical location” and how access to art and the ability to cultivate relationships with other artists is why she’s called New York home for the past 15 years.  Aftab’s latest record, Vulture Prince, is the third from the Berklee College of Music alum and sees her taking influence from South Asian classical music, jazz, and minimalism for a soothing and spiritual record that deserves every ounce of praise. Her four-song set for KEXP with guitarist Gyan Riley and harpist Maeve Gilchrist showcases her transcendental work. Recorded 09/24/2021. Baghon Main Suroor Diya Hai Mohabbat Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/7/202144 minutes, 14 seconds
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TORRES

For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson details Mackenzie Scott’s unique trajectory from Southern Baptist band kid to the subversive indie rocker best known as TORRES. While the path to her latest album, 2021’sThirstier, has been long and occasionally bumpy, the common theme of her successes seems to be her connections with creative women. In conversation with Cheryl Waters, Scott recounts how her wife Jenna Gribbon had an incredible influence on getting herself together during the early days of the pandemic to make the sultry, joyous songs that make up Thirstier. Recorded 09/27/2021. Are You Sleepwalking? Don’t Go Putting Wishes In My Head Big Leap Thirstier Watch the full Live on KEXP session hereSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/30/202121 minutes, 42 seconds
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TORRES [Performance & Interview Only]

For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson details Mackenzie Scott’s unique trajectory from Southern Baptist band kid to the subversive indie rocker best known as TORRES. While the path to her latest album, 2021’sThirstier, has been long and occasionally bumpy, the common theme of her successes seems to be her connections with creative women. In conversation with Cheryl Waters, Scott recounts how her wife Jenna Gribbon had an incredible influence on getting herself together during the early days of the pandemic to make the sultry, joyous songs that make up Thirstier. Recorded 09/27/2021. Are You Sleepwalking? Don’t Go Putting Wishes In My Head Big Leap Thirstier Watch the full Live on KEXP session hereSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/30/202129 minutes, 14 seconds
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Waxahatchee [Performance & Interview Only]

Finally touring behind her latest Waxahatchee record, Saint Cloud, a year and a half after its release, Katie Crutchfield stops by KEXP to play songs off the album and speaks to Cheryl Waters about the factors that led her to change up her sound and why she wants to “keep it difficult to describe.”  Emily Fox also chats with Crutchfield for Sound & Vision about addiction and codependency and the role sobriety played in the making of Saint Cloud. Recorded 09/16/2021. Can’t Do Much Lilacs Ruby Falls Fire Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/23/202130 minutes, 3 seconds
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Waxahatchee

Finally touring behind her latest Waxahatchee record, Saint Cloud, a year and a half after its release, Katie Crutchfield stops by KEXP to play songs off the album and speaks to Cheryl Waters about the factors that led her to change up her sound and why she wants to “keep it difficult to describe.”  Emily Fox also chats with Crutchfield for Sound & Vision about addiction and codependency and the role sobriety played in the making of Saint Cloud. Recorded 09/16/2021. Can’t Do Much Lilacs Ruby Falls Fire Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/23/202123 minutes, 52 seconds
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Bachelor [Performance & Interview Only]

For musicians Melina Duterte and Ellen Kemper, the collaborative project Bachelor is not just one of musical expression but also friendship. The week they took away from their solo projects - Jay Som and Palehound, respectively - to make the EP Doomin’ Sun was full of not just music-making but also cooking, hot tubbing, TV watching, and just general bonding. Speaking with Cheryl Waters, the duo share memories of that incredible week, insight into their record-making process, and their thoughts on why they make such great collaborators and friends.  Recorded 08/10/2021. Back of My Hand Sick of Spiraling Anything At All Spin Out Stay In The Car Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/16/202137 minutes, 55 seconds
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Bachelor

For musicians Melina Duterte and Ellen Kemper, the collaborative project Bachelor is not just one of musical expression but also friendship. The week they took away from their solo projects - Jay Som and Palehound, respectively - to make the EP Doomin’ Sun was full of not just music-making but also cooking, hot tubbing, TV watching, and just general bonding. Speaking with Cheryl Waters, the duo share memories of that incredible week, insight into their record-making process, and their thoughts on why they make such great collaborators and friends.  Recorded 08/10/2021. Back of My Hand Sick of Spiraling Anything At All Spin Out Stay In The Car Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/16/202125 minutes, 44 seconds
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Little Simz [Performance & Interview Only]

While the easiest way to categorize Little Simz is as an emcee, her resume goes far beyond just her impeccable flow. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson traces Little Simz’ history back to age 9 and dissects the various titles the UK artist has held including dancer, actor, and collaborator. Simz then chats with Gabriel Teodros about her faithful relationship with producer InFlo and working with the enigmatic collective Sault. Recorded 08/26/2021. Introvert Woman Venom I Love You I Hate You Rolling Stone Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/9/202154 minutes, 33 seconds
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Little Simz

While the easiest way to categorize Little Simz is as an emcee, her resume goes far beyond just her impeccable flow. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson traces Little Simz’ history back to age 9 and dissects the various titles the UK artist has held including dancer, actor, and collaborator. Simz then chats with Gabriel Teodros about her faithful relationship with producer InFlo and working with the enigmatic collective Sault. Recorded 08/26/2021. Introvert Woman Venom I Love You I Hate You Rolling Stone Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/9/202126 minutes, 53 seconds
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Kylie V [Performance & Interview Only]

At only 17-years-old Canadian singer/songwriter Kylie V has been writing and performing their personal brand of dreamy, pensive, lo-fi folk since they were 14. Chatting with KEXP’s DJ Abbie, they chart their humble beginnings in the Vancouver music scene, giving credit to surf rockers Peach Pit as a realization about the accessibility of making music and inspiration for diving into the local music scene to make their DIY rock star dreams come true. Their album 'Big Blue' is available on Bandcamp. Recorded 07/06/2021. On My Mind Solace Big Blue A Story If You Want It All Too Well (Taylor Swift cover) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/2/202144 minutes, 18 seconds
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Kylie V

At only 17-years-old Canadian singer/songwriter Kylie V has been writing and performing their personal brand of dreamy, pensive, lo-fi folk since they were 14. Chatting with KEXP’s DJ Abbie, they chart their humble beginnings in the Vancouver music scene, giving credit to surf rockers Peach Pit as a realization about the accessibility of making music and inspiration for diving into the local music scene to make their DIY rock star dreams come true. Their album 'Big Blue' is available on Bandcamp. Recorded 07/06/2021. On My Mind Solace Big Blue A Story If You Want It All Too Well (Taylor Swift cover) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/2/202129 minutes, 43 seconds
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José González

For over 18 years, José González has been a master at constructing soft, contemplative guitar tunes. While, sonically, his latest album ‘Local Valley’ sounds much like his prior work, KEXP’s Larry Mizell Jr. chats with the Swedish/Argentinian musician about how his two children influenced him to inject more playfulness and creativity into his tunes, as well as write songs in his mother tongue of Spanish for the first time. Recorded 09/02/2021. Visions Swing Leaf Off/The Cave Head On El Invento Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/26/202127 minutes, 39 seconds
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José González [Performance & Interview Only]

For over 18 years, José González has been a master at constructing soft, contemplative guitar tunes. While, sonically, his latest album ‘Local Valley’ sounds much like his prior work, KEXP’s Larry Mizell Jr. chats with the Swedish/Argentinian musician about how his two children influenced him to inject more playfulness and creativity into his tunes, as well as write songs in his mother tongue of Spanish for the first time. Recorded 09/02/2021. Visions Swing Leaf Off/The Cave Head On El Invento Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/26/202138 minutes, 1 second
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SPELLLING

Chrystia Cabral conjures a mystical, magnificent dominion in the music she makes as SPELLLING. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson uses multiple entendres to tell the story of her fascinating experimental journey from creating songs for crayons to gathering more than 30 musicians to join her for her latest and most fantastical record The Turning Wheel.  Recorded 06/17/2021. Little Deer Always Awaken Boys at School Sweet Talk Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/19/202129 minutes, 30 seconds
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SPELLLING [Performance & Interview Only]

Chrystia Cabral conjures a mystical, magnificent dominion in the music she makes as SPELLLING. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson uses multiple entendres to tell the story of her fascinating experimental journey from creating songs for crayons to gathering more than 30 musicians to join her for her latest and most fantastical record The Turning Wheel.  Recorded 06/17/2021. Little Deer Always Awaken Boys at School Sweet Talk Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/19/202126 minutes, 24 seconds
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Mndsgn

Mndsgn, the pseudonym of Ringgo Ancheta, is no fresh face on the music scene. Since 2009, he’s been collaborating with incredible artists across the board, from Suzi Analogue and Knxwledge to Prophet and Chai. For his latest Stones Throw record, Rare Pleasure, Ancheta created his most vulnerable album yet, which he opens up to KEXP’s Larry Mizell Jr. about in this week’s episode of Live on KEXP before jumping into a killer set of songs off the album. Recorded 06/09/2021. Hope You’re Doin’ Better Slowdance Medium Rare Colours of the Sunset Feelings Are...The Hardest Words To Say (Alphonso Johnson cover) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/12/202124 minutes, 56 seconds
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Mndsgn [Performance & Interview Only]

Mndsgn, the pseudonym of Ringgo Ancheta, is no fresh face on the music scene. Since 2009, he’s been collaborating with incredible artists across the board, from Suzi Analogue and Knxwledge to Prophet and Chai. For his latest Stones Throw record, Rare Pleasure, Ancheta created his most vulnerable album yet, which he opens up to KEXP’s Larry Mizell Jr. about in this week’s episode of Live on KEXP before jumping into a killer set of songs off the album. Recorded 06/09/2021. Hope You’re Doin’ Better Slowdance Medium Rare Colours of the Sunset Feelings Are...The Hardest Words To Say (Alphonso Johnson cover) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/12/202124 minutes, 51 seconds
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Femi and Made Kuti [Performance & Interview Only]

When your family name is synonymous with afrobeat activism, what do you do? For Femi and Made Kuti, the only option is to continue the Legacy, of course. On this episode of Live on KEXP, the father/son duo carry on what Fela Kuti started in the ‘70s - the dissemination of not just sharp political criticism but also immense joy through music. Recorded 05/11/2021. Pà Pá Pà (Femi Kuti) Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am (Made Kuti) Stop The Hate (Femi Kuti) Free Your Mind (Made Kuti) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/5/202136 minutes, 46 seconds
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Femi and Made Kuti

When your family name is synonymous with afrobeat activism, what do you do? For Femi and Made Kuti, the only option is to continue the Legacy, of course. On this episode of Live on KEXP, the father/son duo carry on what Fela Kuti started in the ‘70s - the dissemination of not just sharp political criticism but also immense joy through music. Recorded 05/11/2021. Pà Pá Pà (Femi Kuti) Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am (Made Kuti) Stop The Hate (Femi Kuti) Free Your Mind (Made Kuti) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/5/202127 minutes, 44 seconds
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Yu Su

Chinese-born, Vancouver-based musician Yu Su makes propulsive and evocative electronic that intends to bridge the gap between her motherland and her new Pacific Northwest home. On this episode of Live on KEXP, the composer, DJ, and sound artist speaks to Mike Ramos about the significance of the title of her latest album Yellow River Blue, her tough journey towards feeling comfortable in her new home, and how accessibility to electronic programs helped her on her journey towards the pop dance sound she found on the new record Recorded 06/02/2021. Xiu Klein Gleam Melaleuca Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/28/202128 minutes, 9 seconds
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Yu Su [Performance & Interview Only]

Chinese-born, Vancouver-based musician Yu Su makes propulsive and evocative electronic that intends to bridge the gap between her motherland and her new Pacific Northwest home. On this episode of Live on KEXP, the composer, DJ, and sound artist speaks to Mike Ramos about the significance of the title of her latest album Yellow River Blue, her tough journey towards feeling comfortable in her new home, and how accessibility to electronic programs helped her on her journey towards the pop dance sound she found on the new record Recorded 06/02/2021. Xiu Klein Gleam Melaleuca Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/28/202131 minutes, 10 seconds
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Ya Tseen

Activist, thinker, contemporary artist, and musician Nicholas Galanin entwines his experience as an Alaskan indigenous person and passion for social and environmental justice with falling in love and the birth of a child for his debut album as Ya Tseen. Titled Indian Yard, the record is a collaboration between himself and the many artists that see Galanin as a friend including Otis Calvin III (who you might know as OC Notes), Benjamin Verdoes, Shabazz Palaces, Nick Hakim, fellow Indigenous Alaskan singer and songwriter Qacung, and Alaska’s biggest rock stars Portugal. The Man. Recorded 07/05/2021. Knives Close the Distance A Feeling Undefined Light the Torch At Tugáni Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/21/202125 minutes, 16 seconds
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Ya Tseen [Performance & Interview Only]

Activist, thinker, contemporary artist, and musician Nicholas Galanin entwines his experience as an Alaskan indigenous person and passion for social and environmental justice with falling in love and the birth of a child for his debut album as Ya Tseen. Titled Indian Yard, the record is a collaboration between himself and the many artists that see Galanin as a friend including Otis Calvin III (who you might know as OC Notes), Benjamin Verdoes, Shabazz Palaces, Nick Hakim, fellow Indigenous Alaskan singer and songwriter Qacung, and Alaska’s biggest rock stars Portugal. The Man. Recorded 07/05/2021. Knives Close the Distance A Feeling Undefined Light the Torch At Tugáni Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/21/202144 minutes, 42 seconds
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Japanese Breakfast [Performance & Interview Only]

There are many negative ways one could sum up 2021 but one shining bright positive title we can give it is The Year of Michelle Zauner. The Oregon-born artist is probably best known as Japanese Breakfast and released the stellar album Jubilee this June but is also now an acclaimed author with the release of the New York Times bestseller Crying in H Mart in April.  For this episode of Live on KEXP we share a clip of Zauner’s conversation with Cheryl Waters about how writing the book exorcised the pain and trauma so that she could portray the joy felt on Jubilee. Zauner then plays four tracks from Jubilee plus one from her side project with Crying’s Ryan Galloway, BUMPER. Recorded June 21, 2021  Kokomo, IN Tactics Be Sweet Savage Good Boy Ballad O Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/14/202140 minutes, 30 seconds
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Japanese Breakfast

There are many negative ways one could sum up 2021 but one shining bright positive title we can give it is The Year of Michelle Zauner. The Oregon-born artist is probably best known as Japanese Breakfast and released the stellar album Jubilee this June but is also now an acclaimed author with the release of the New York Times bestseller Crying in H Mart in April.  For this episode of Live on KEXP we share a clip of Zauner’s conversation with Cheryl Waters about how writing the book exorcised the pain and trauma so that she could portray the joy felt on Jubilee. Zauner then plays four tracks from Jubilee plus one from her side project with Crying’s Ryan Galloway, BUMPER. Recorded June 21, 2021. Kokomo, IN Tactics Be Sweet Savage Good Boy Ballad O Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/14/202123 minutes, 1 second
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True Loves [Performance & Interview Only]

It’s important that we all feel like the star of our own movie, and if you’re still searching for a badass theme song for your personal film then look no further than Seattle’s own True Loves. The infectious funkmasters recorded a soulful set for KEXP behind the release of the band’s latest full-length 'Sunday Afternoon' and also spilled the tea to Troy Nelson on their guilty pleasure songs...the answers may surprise you. Recorded 04/27/2021. Objects In Mirror Did It Again First Impression  Lavender Sunday Afternoon Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/7/202127 minutes, 2 seconds
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True Loves

It’s important that we all feel like the star of our own movie, and if you’re still searching for a badass theme song for your personal film then look no further than Seattle’s own True Loves. The infectious funkmasters recorded a soulful set for KEXP behind the release of the band’s latest full-length 'Sunday Afternoon' and also spilled the tea to Troy Nelson on their guilty pleasure songs...the answers may surprise you. Recorded 04/27/2021. Objects In Mirror Did It Again First Impression  Lavender Sunday Afternoon Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/7/202128 minutes, 26 seconds
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Working Men's Club

The quick evolution of London’s Working Men’s Club from guitar-based rock band to synth-driven dance outfit might seem odd but listening to their present-day New Orderian sound, you’d never guess they were ever making anything else. For Live on KEXP, frontman Syd Minskey-Sargeant speaks with Kevin Cole about how the pandemic affected their highly unorthodox remix releases before the quartet launches into a simmering synthy set. Recorded 04/21/2021. Valleys X John Cooper Clark Be My Guest Teeth Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/31/202128 minutes, 6 seconds
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Working Men's Club [Performance & Interview Only]

The quick evolution of London’s Working Men’s Club from guitar-based rock band to synth-driven dance outfit might seem odd but listening to their present-day New Orderian sound, you’d never guess they were ever making anything else. For Live on KEXP, frontman Syd Minskey-Sargeant speaks with Kevin Cole about how the pandemic affected their highly unorthodox remix releases before the quartet launches into a simmering synthy set.  Recorded 04/21/2021. Valleys X John Cooper Clark Be My Guest Teeth Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/31/202126 minutes, 1 second
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TEKE::TEKE [Performance & Interview Only]

Montreal 7-piece psych-rock band TEKE::TEKE expand on the wide array of influences that led to the name of their band - urban legends, onomatopoeias, and a Japanese guitarist all have a hand - with Larry Mizell, Jr. before floating into a flute-filled, surfy set. Recorded April 26, 2021. Kala Kala Yoru Ni Barbara Jikaku Meikyu Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/24/202126 minutes, 4 seconds
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TEKE::TEKE

Montreal 7-piece psych-rock band TEKE::TEKE expand on the wide array of influences that led to the name of their band - urban legends, onomatopoeias, and a Japanese guitarist all have a hand - with Larry Mizell, Jr. before floating into a flute-filled, surfy set. Recorded April 26, 2021. Kala Kala Yoru Ni Barbara Jikaku Meikyu Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/24/202126 minutes, 56 seconds
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Laraaji

A pioneer of new age and ambient sounds, Laraaji recently added a trilogy of albums, 'Sun Piano,’ 'Moon Piano,' and 'Through Luminous Eyes' to his already deep discography. On this episode of Live on KEXP, the 78 year-old musician, mystic and laughter meditation practitioner recounts the story of acquiring the zither that would come to influence his music for the next 40+ years and then utilizes it alongside TingSha cymbals, Kalimba, Tibetan singing bowl, and his voice for a meditative and celestial virtual live performance. Recorded 01/14/2021. Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube  Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/17/202126 minutes, 14 seconds
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Laraaji [Performance & Interview Only]

A pioneer of new age and ambient sounds, Laraaji recently added a trilogy of albums, 'Sun Piano,’ 'Moon Piano,' and 'Through Luminous Eyes' to his already deep discography. On this episode of Live on KEXP, the 78 year-old musician, mystic and laughter meditation practitioner recounts the story of acquiring the zither that would come to influence his music for the next 40+ years and then utilizes it alongside TingSha cymbals, Kalimba, Tibetan singing bowl, and his voice for a meditative and celestial virtual live performance. Recorded 01/14/2021. Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/17/202130 minutes, 44 seconds
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No-No Boy

For Julian Saporiti, music is not just an opportunity for creative expression but also an avenue to share his rich knowledge of Asian American history. Armed with a PhD in American Studies from Brown, Saporiti recounts these tales, both personal and historical, through No-No Boy. On this episode of Live on KEXP, find out more about Saporiti’s journey from professor to rock star before diving into a stirring set of songs off his sophomore album, '1975.' Recorded 05/04/2021. St. Denis or Bangkok, From a Hotel Balcony Khmerica Hapa Book Club: In Praise of Japanese Breakfast, Nina & Luling Little Saigon Born in the USA Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/10/202122 minutes, 32 seconds
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No-No Boy [Performance Only]

For Julian Saporiti, music is not just an opportunity for creative expression but also an avenue to share his rich knowledge of Asian American history. Armed with a PhD in American Studies from Brown, Saporiti recounts these tales, both personal and historical, through No-No Boy. On this episode of Live on KEXP, find out more about Saporiti’s journey from professor to rock star before diving into a stirring set of songs off his sophomore album, '1975.' Recorded 05/04/2021. St. Denis or Bangkok, From a Hotel Balcony Khmerica Hapa Book Club: In Praise of Japanese Breakfast, Nina & Luling Little Saigon Born in the USA Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/10/202116 minutes, 41 seconds
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Shovels & Rope

Much has been said about the pros and cons of being a parent during the pandemic. For musicians like Shovels & Rope’s Cary Anne Hearst and Michael Trent, not being able to be on the road has allowed them an amount of time with their children that they haven’t previously been afforded, but also left them without an income to support them. Perhaps that’s why their latest volume of the Busted Jukebox series they started in 2015, titled 'Busted Juicebox Vol. 3,' leans heavily into lullabies and kid-friendly tunes featuring contributions from artists like Sharon Van Etten, The War and Treaty, and the Secret Sisters. The duo break down how the pandemic affected their lives and creative process in the latest episode of Live on KEXP. Recorded 05/05/2021. Domino Bleed Me Johnny 99 Mississippi Nuthin’ Hail Hail Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/3/202125 minutes, 6 seconds
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Shovels & Rope [Performance & Interview Only]

Much has been said about the pros and cons of being a parent during the pandemic. For musicians like Shovels & Rope’s Cary Anne Hearst and Michael Trent, not being able to be on the road has allowed them an amount of time with their children that they haven’t previously been afforded, but also left them without an income to support them. Perhaps that’s why their latest volume of the Busted Jukebox series they started in 2015, titled 'Busted Juicebox Vol. 3,' leans heavily into lullabies and kid-friendly tunes featuring contributions from artists like Sharon Van Etten, The War and Treaty, and the Secret Sisters. The duo break down how the pandemic affected their lives and creative process in the latest episode of Live on KEXP. Recorded 05/05/2021. Domino Bleed Me Johnny 99 Mississippi Nuthin’ Hail Hail Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/3/202128 minutes, 38 seconds
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Flock of Dimes

In April, Jenn Wasner released her second album under the name Flock of Dimes. Titled 'Head of Roses,' the album explores the depths of heartbreak but also, according to Cheryl Waters, “Elicits so much happiness and emotion.”  For Live on KEXP, Wasner speaks to the admiring Waters about how the few short weeks of making 'Head of Roses' were some of the happiest moments of her life and brought her back to life after troubled times.  Recorded 03/26/2021. Two Price of Blue Lightning Hard Way The Weakness In Me  Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/27/202127 minutes, 26 seconds
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Flock of Dimes [Performance & Interview Only]

In April, Jenn Wasner released her second album under the name Flock of Dimes. Titled 'Head of Roses,' the album explores the depths of heartbreak but also, according to Cheryl Waters, “Elicits so much happiness and emotion.”  For Live on KEXP, Wasner speaks to the admiring Waters about how the few short weeks of making 'Head of Roses' were some of the happiest moments of her life and brought her back to life after troubled times.  Recorded 03/26/2021. Two Price of Blue Lightning Hard Way The Weakness In Me  Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/27/202127 minutes, 16 seconds
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TV Priest

London four-piece TV Priest make blazing, brash post-punk that sees frontman Charlie Drinkwater deliver fired-up musings in a spoken-word style. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson delves into the history of this unique and yet very of-the-moment way of conveying lyrics. The band also explains why, despite being childhood friends, they only finally united as a band in their ‘30s and the benefits that sort of time and exposure to "real life" has on making music. Recorded 03/29/2021 Press Gang Slideshow This Island Venus In Furs Decoration Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/20/202125 minutes, 48 seconds
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TV Priest [Performance & Interview Only]

London four-piece TV Priest make blazing, brash post-punk that sees frontman Charlie Drinkwater deliver fired-up musings in a spoken-word style.  In the interview, the band explains why, despite being childhood friends, they only finally united as a band in their ‘30s and the benefits that sort of time and exposure to "real life" has on making music. Recorded 03/29/2021 Press Gang Slideshow This Island Venus In Furs Decoration Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/20/202122 minutes, 51 seconds
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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets

Besides playing a scathing set of punchy psych-rock, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets answer some of the tough questions on this week’s episode of Live on KEXP. Speaking with KEXP’s Troy Nelson, the Australian band, who released their fourth studio album ‘Shyga! The Sunlight Mound’ in February, sets the record straight on the question we’ve all been pondering: what is a kookaburra? Recorded 04/01/2021. Mr. Prism Tally Ho Pukebox Mundungus Found God in a Tomato Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/13/202126 minutes, 31 seconds
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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets [Performance & Interview Only]

Besides playing a scathing set of punchy psych-rock, Psychedelic Porn Crumpets answer some of the tough questions on this week’s episode of Live on KEXP. Speaking with KEXP’s Troy Nelson, the Australian band, who released their fourth studio album ‘Shyga! The Sunlight Mound’ in February, sets the record straight on the question we’ve all been pondering: what is a kookaburra? Recorded 04/01/2021. Mr. Prism Tally Ho Pukebox Mundungus Found God in a Tomato Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/13/202129 minutes, 29 seconds
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The Weather Station

For over a decade, Tamara Lindeman has been expanding the depth and breadth of the music she makes as The Weather Station. For her latest record, 'Ignorance,' Lindeman not only pushes the limits of the folk genre tag she’s often categorized under but also gets thematically spacious with a major focus on not just the physical but psychological impacts of climate change. The album couldn’t have come at a better time, with the ramifications of climate change more severe this summer than ever. Troy Nelson connects those dots on the latest episode of Live on KEXP. Recorded March 17, 2021. Robber  Loss Parking Lot Tried To Tell You Subdivisions Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/6/202127 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Weather Station [Performance & Interview Only]

For over a decade, Tamara Lindeman has been expanding the depth and breadth of the music she makes as The Weather Station. For her latest record, 'Ignorance,' Lindeman not only pushes the limits of the folk genre tag she’s often categorized under but also gets thematically spacious with a major focus on not just the physical but psychological impacts of climate change. The album couldn’t have come at a better time, with the ramifications of climate change more severe this summer than ever.  Recorded March 17, 2021. Robber  Loss Parking Lot Tried To Tell You Subdivisions Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/6/202136 minutes, 45 seconds
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PVA [Performance & Interview Only]

Genre-hopping London three-piece PVA arrive at this juncture as one of the most dynamic and exciting new bands in the country, intuitively blending club music and a smart pop sensibility with the more organic elements and instrumentation of new-wave and post-punk. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson chats with the band on their unorthodox formation and how they brought the club to the studio for their debut release Toner, released in late 2020 via Big Dada Records, before the trio delves into a fiery three-song set recorded for KEXP. Recorded March 2021 Sleek Form Divine Intervention Exhaust/Surroundings Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/29/202128 minutes, 34 seconds
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PVA

Genre-hopping London three-piece PVA arrive at this juncture as one of the most dynamic and exciting new bands in the country, intuitively blending club music and a smart pop sensibility with the more organic elements and instrumentation of new-wave and post-punk. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson chats with the band on their unorthodox formation and how they brought the club to the studio for their debut release Toner, released in late 2020 via Big Dada Records, before the trio delves into a fiery three-song set recorded for KEXP. Recorded March 2021 Sleek Form Divine Intervention Exhaust/Surroundings Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/29/202124 minutes, 19 seconds
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Langhorne Slim

It’s been often spoken about how, while the past year has been incredibly trying for most, for many it was also a moment of calm and self-reflection that was long-needed. For Langhorne Slim this appears to be the case, as he tells John Richards during his Live on KEXP at Home session. While it sounds tough to glean anything good from the compounding of a global pandemic, struggling with sobriety, and a tornado ravaging his home of Nashville, it also birthed the songs that make up Slim’s seventh studio album, 'Strawberry Mansion,' out now on Dualtone Records and Bandcamp. Recorded 04/06/2021. Panic Attack Long Journey Home Red Bird House on Fire Everything Scares Me Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/22/202117 minutes, 5 seconds
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Langhorne Slim [Performance & Interview Only]

It’s been often spoken about how, while the past year has been incredibly trying for most, for many it was also a moment of calm and self-reflection that was long-needed. For Langhorne Slim this appears to be the case, as he tells John Richards during his Live on KEXP at Home session. While it sounds tough to glean anything good from the compounding of a global pandemic, struggling with sobriety, and a tornado ravaging his home of Nashville, it also birthed the songs that make up Slim’s seventh studio album, 'Strawberry Mansion,' out now on Dualtone Records and Bandcamp. Recorded 04/06/2021. Panic Attack Long Journey Home Red Bird House on Fire Everything Scares Me Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/22/202131 minutes, 36 seconds
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Claud

If perfect pop songs made of punchy drums, rich chords, emotional dynamics, and just heaps and piles of vibe are your thing then we suggest you get familiar with mononymously named Claud. Earlier this year the 21-year-old musician made their album debut with ‘Super Monster’ to pretty much unanimous acclaim. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson charts Claud’s trajectory from food-named bedroom band to Phoebe Bridgers-signed artist. Plus, hear a snippet of their interview with DJ Evie about how Daniel Johnston, Frankenstein, and their genderqueer experience led to the album title. Recorded 04/25/2021. Cuff Your Jeans Guard Down In Or In Between This Town Soft Spot Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/15/202123 minutes, 28 seconds
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Claud [Performance & Interview Only]

If perfect pop songs made of punchy drums, rich chords, emotional dynamics, and just heaps and piles of vibe are your thing then we suggest you get familiar with mononymously named Claud. Earlier this year the 21-year-old musician made their album debut with ‘Super Monster’ to pretty much unanimous acclaim. Listen to their performance, as well as an interview with DJ Evie about how Daniel Johnston, Frankenstein, and their genderqueer experience led to the album title. Recorded 04/25/2021. Cuff Your Jeans Guard Down In Or In Between This Town Soft Spot Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/15/202124 minutes, 22 seconds
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Aaron Frazer [Performance & Interview Only]

Best-known as a multi-instrumentalist and co-lead singer in Durand Jones & The Indications, Aaron Frazer broke out on his own earlier this year with his debut solo album, ‘Introducing…’  In Frazer’s interview with DJ Morgan, he confesses that it was a fateful call from the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach that pushed him to step into the spotlight. Recorded 02/26/2021. Bad News Have Mercy If I Got It (Your Love Brought It) Love Is Over You Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/8/202124 minutes, 53 seconds
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Aaron Frazer

Best-known as a multi-instrumentalist and co-lead singer in Durand Jones & The Indications, Aaron Frazer broke out on his own earlier this year with his debut solo album, ‘Introducing…’  For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson gives a brief introduction to the falsetto crooner before sharing snippets of Frazer’s interview with DJ Morgan in which he confesses that it was a fateful call from the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach that pushed him to step into the spotlight. Recorded 02/26/2021. Bad News Have Mercy If I Got It (Your Love Brought It) Love Is Over You Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/8/202122 minutes, 44 seconds
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Nilüfer Yanya

On the heels of releasing her first project since 2019’s acclaimed full-length debut Miss Universe, an EP titled Feeling Lucky, Nilüfer Yanya joined Cheryl Waters for a virtual live session for KEXP. Joined by co-conspirator Jazzi Bobbi, Yanya played three songs from the EP and a cover of fellow Londoner PJ Harvey. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson delves into some of the interesting aspects of her conversation with Cheryl surrounding songwriting and keeping your autonomy in making music.  Recorded 03/01/2021. Same Damn Luck Crash Day 7.5093 Rid Of Me (PJ Harvey cover) Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/1/202120 minutes, 42 seconds
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Nilüfer Yanya [Performance & Interview Only]

On the heels of releasing her first project since 2019’s acclaimed full-length debut Miss Universe, an EP titled Feeling Lucky, Nilüfer Yanya joined Cheryl Waters for a virtual live session for KEXP. Joined by co-conspirator Jazzi Bobbi, Yanya played three songs from the EP and a cover of fellow Londoner PJ Harvey.  Recorded 03/01/2021. Same Damn Luck Crash Day 7.5093 Rid Of Me (PJ Harvey cover) Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
6/1/202127 minutes, 27 seconds
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Faye Webster [Performance & Interview Only]

Atlanta wunderkind Faye Webster is on the cusp of releasing her fourth studio album, 'I Know I’m Funny haha,' out June 25th via Secretly Canadian. For her six-song, full-band set, recorded at Tweed Studios in Athens, Georgia, Webster plays a number of new songs from the forthcoming album, as well as her 2019 'Atlanta Millionaires Club’ track, "Kingston.” Recorded 03/09/2021. Better Distractions Kingston In A Good Way I Know I’m Funny haha Cheers Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/25/202120 minutes, 14 seconds
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Faye Webster

Atlanta wunderkind Faye Webster is on the cusp of releasing her fourth studio album, 'I Know I’m Funny haha,' out June 25th via Secretly Canadian. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson details the anomaly of Webster’s music, which draws as much from the lap-steel singer-songwriter pop of the 1970s and teardrop country tunes as it does from the audacious personalities of her city’s rap and R&B community, where she first found a home on Awful Records. For her six-song, full-band set, recorded at Tweed Studios in Athens, Georgia, Webster plays a number of new songs from the forthcoming album, as well as her 2019 'Atlanta Millionaires Club’ track, "Kingston.” Recorded 03/09/2021. Better Distractions Kingston In A Good Way I Know I’m Funny haha Cheers Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/25/202122 minutes, 59 seconds
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A Change to Live on KEXP

As you may know, last year we started producing intros for each episode, providing insights and backstory for the session you were about to hear. While many listeners are enjoying this added context, we've also heard that some of you miss our old format. Based on that feedback, we've decided to upload a second version of each episode every Tuesday, starting May 18th. That second version will contain the live session audio and interview only, with no introduction, for listeners who want to get straight to the music or hear more of the artist interview. We hope you continue to enjoy the wide variety of music featured here on Live on KEXP.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/18/202153 seconds
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Mogwai [Performance & Interview Only]

After over 25 years in the game, Mogwai are a band that should need no introduction. Yet, perhaps because of their primarily instrumental nature, the Scottish post-rock band only recently received their first chart-topping album with 2021’s 'As the Love Continues.' Hitting No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart this past February, the record builds upon the emotively expansive world-constructing sound they’ve become masters of. Recorded 03/03/2021. Ceiling Granny Dry Fantasy Ritchie Sacramento How To Be A Werewolf Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/18/202131 minutes, 35 seconds
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Mogwai

After over 25 years in the game, Mogwai are a band that should need no introduction. Yet, perhaps because of their primarily instrumental nature, the Scottish post-rock band only recently received their first chart-topping album with 2021’s 'As the Love Continues.' Hitting No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart this past February, the record builds upon the emotively expansive world-constructing sound they’ve become masters of. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson takes us through a brief history of the band and shares snippets of DJ Morgan’s interview with Stuart Braithwaite about the lockdown-made record before the band plays a kaleidoscopic four-song set. Recorded 03/03/2021. Ceiling Granny Dry Fantasy Ritchie Sacramento How To Be A Werewolf Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/18/202125 minutes, 55 seconds
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Miss Grit

Korean American musician Margaret Sohn has been dealing with the syndrome that inflicts nearly everyone in creative fields from time to time. Her sophomore EP as Miss Grit, ‘Impostor,' tackles that feeling head-on in ways both intimate and inventive.  For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson fills us in on the producer, engineer, singer, effects pedal builder, and composer before she plays a hazy set fueled by distorted guitars, programmed drums, and angelic vocals.  Recorded April 2021. Imposter Buy the Banter Dark Side of the Party Blonde What We Drew (Yaeji cover) Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/11/202122 minutes, 34 seconds
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Y La Bamba

Since 2008, Luz Elena Mendoza has been blending indie, Latin, folk, and pop music in eclectic, inventive ways under the name Y La Bamba. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson takes us through an abbreviated version of Mendoza’s journey from lo-fi self-produced recordings to working with a vast array of talented musicians and producers out of Portland. Her Live at KEXP at Home performance sees Mendoza employ a few of those incredible artists for a 4-song set recorded at the Center for Sound Light and Color Therapy.  Recorded March 2021. Bruja de Brujas Perder Boca Llena Rios Sueltos Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
5/4/202124 minutes, 4 seconds
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Valerie June

Tennessee-born, Brooklyn-based artist Valerie June fuses folk, soul, gospel, country, and blues for a blissful blend of Southern charm. Her latest release, 2021’s 'The Moon And Stars: Prescriptions for Dreamers' is made up of “Songs with healing messages that keep our dreams a reality.” For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson delves into the lush new album, co-produced by Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, John Legend), before June delivers an intimate set of songs recorded in front of a roaring fire in an Airbnb. Recorded 02/07/2021. You And I Stay Call Me A Fool Landslide Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/27/202127 minutes, 59 seconds
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Arlo Parks

With two EPs and a seemingly endless number of accolades from nearly every tastemaker in the music industry under her belt, it’s an understatement to say that Arlo Parks’ debut album was highly anticipated. Released in January, ‘Collapsed in Sunbeams’ lives up to the hype and reflects the artist born Anais Oluwatoyin Estelle Marinho’s compassionate, friendly, and poetic spirit. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson traces Marinho’s journey from recording songs in her bedroom to sharing stages with heavyweights like Paramore before Marinho plays a mellow, vibey set of songs.Released 12/08/2020. Cola Green Eyes Eugene Black Dog Caroline Hurt Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/20/202129 minutes, 4 seconds
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Anjimile

Malawi-born and Boston-based musician Anjimile has more resilience and fortitude than your average 27-year-old. After battling alcoholism, the queer trans artist turned to music during recovery which has produced a special gift in the form of their 2020 debut album, 'Giver Taker.' For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson delves into Anjimile’s fascinating life story and the influences that would push them towards becoming the self-described “boy king.” Recorded 02/08/2021. Your Tree Baby No More 1978 Maker Soothing (Laura Marling) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/13/202127 minutes
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Yves Jarvis

As Troy Nelson details in this week’s Live on KEXP,  Jean-Sébastien Yves Audet has created an incredibly large body of work for only 24 years on this planet. After putting out music under the names Un Blonde, Faux Fur, You Are Minez, Darren Wantz, and Zouk Fuck, his latest project as Yves Jarvis is probably his most palatable thus far. Intimate and evocative, the textured warmhearted songs that make up his latest release, 2020’s 'Sundry Rock Song Stock,' have captured a wide audience of ears and hearts. Get to know how the Canadian musician got to where he is now and listen to five songs from 'Sundry Rock Song Stock' recorded exclusively for KEXP. Recorded 02/11/2021. In Every Mountain Semula For Props Fact Almighty Victim Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
4/6/202123 minutes, 21 seconds
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Stella Donnelly

A skillfully quick-witted musician, Stella Donnelly rose from the secluded coastal beaches of Perth to a world-touring artist by being uncompromisingly candid. Her debut album ‘Beware of the Dogs,’ released in 2019, sees Donnelly address misogyny and sexual assault in a direct but humorous way. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson charts her journey from Wales to Australia to Secretly Canadian while Donnelly plays a stripped-down set of songs from ‘Beware of the Dogs.’ Recorded 04/03/2019. Old Man Tricks Beware Of The Dogs Watching Telly Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/30/202120 minutes, 18 seconds
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Songhoy Blues

In an effort to explain the context of the land from which the desert blues rockers Songhoy Blues reside, Troy Nelson delves into the meaning behind the commonly-used phrase, “From here to Timbuktu” and the history of the Malian city. From there, Nelson charts the progression of the trio that make up Songhoy Blues, from refugees to Nick Zinner collaborators to Glastonbury performers to major label signees. A journey just as expansive as their unique sound. Recorded 11/03/2020. Badala Dournia Worry Barre Ai Tchere Bele Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/23/202128 minutes, 8 seconds
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Tricky

“I meant to behave.  There were just too many other options.” While this quote comes from paranormal romantic thriller writer Darynda Jones, it could easily be applied to British producer and rapper Tricky. An early pioneer of trip-hop, he’s never been afraid of pushing boundaries. Troy Nelson delves into Tricky’s musical and personal evolution over the past 25 years on this episode of Live on KEXP before the British icon delves into a stirring four-song set featuring Polish singer Marta. Recorded 11/23/2020. Thinking Of Chills Me to the Bones Fall Please Breathe Me Right In Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/16/202121 minutes, 10 seconds
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Slow Pulp

“Age is just a number. It’s irrelevant unless, of course, you happen to be a bottle of wine.” This Joan Collins quote sets the tone for this week’s Live on KEXP, which uses wine vintage as a metaphor for the incredibly difficult year in which Slow Pulp’s latest album, 'Moveys,' was made. Over the course of Spring 2019 until its release in October 2020, the band dealt with Lyme Disease, family emergencies, and a global pandemic while hammering out their debut full-length. Troy Nelson traces the Chicago band’s beginnings through the series of unfortunate events and until they landed (virtually) at KEXP in November 2020. Recorded 11/25/2020. Idaho Falling Apart Track Trade It Montana Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube KEXP is a listener-funded nonprofit, and we need your help to keep creating podcasts like this one. Donate to our Spring Drive today!Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/9/202126 minutes, 11 seconds
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Bartees Strange

“Conform, go crazy or become an artist.” DC-based musician Bartees Strange understands this sentiment well. As an artist, he’s pushing the boundaries of music by refusing to conform to one genre which, especially for artists of color, tends to be incredibly limiting. With influences ranging from At the Drive In to The National, Strange is reinventing what it means to be a “Black artist.”  For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson dissects Strange’s history and influences to uncover how he became the revolutionary artist he is today. Recorded 12/09/2020. Mustang Boomer In A Cab Far Stone Meadows Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
3/2/202126 minutes, 19 seconds
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Jupiter & Okwess

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” So Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet. Or to put it another way - The ocean is big. For this week’s Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson compares the vast mysteries of the ocean with the immense magic of the massive city of Kinshasa, which is the second-largest city in Africa and boasts more people than LA. Kinshasa native Jupiter Bokondji is evidence of the rich talent coming from the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. His project Jupiter & Okwess fuses traditional Congolese music styles like soukous, rumba, and kwassa kwassa with more universal ones like rock, funk, and blues for something completely unique and yet wholly universal. Jupiter & Okwess’ KEXP session was recorded under threat of loss of electricity at any moment, in Kinshasa at an orphanage, as part of the no Child Sleeps Outside campaign.  Their latest album Na Kozonga (which means “I will Come Back”) is available on Everloving Records. Recorded 12/09/2020. Bakunda ULU Ofakombolo Musonsu Ekombe Na Kozonga (Nighttrain cover) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/23/202127 minutes, 30 seconds
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Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

This week, Live on KEXP is doing something a little different. In honor of Black History Month, we’re revisiting an incredible performance from all the way back in 2016, when KEXP moved to our new home at Seattle Center. We were fortunate enough to have Miss Sharon Jones perform mere months before passing from cancer so for this episode we’re skipping story-time and replaying as many songs from this iconic performance with the Dap-Kings as we can fit in 25 minutes.  Recorded 04/16/2016. 100 Days, 100 Nights People Don’t Get What They Deserve Slow Down, Love Natural Born Lover These Tears Stranger to My Happiness Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/16/202126 minutes, 3 seconds
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Blimes and Gab

Rapping is hard. To deliver lyrics clearly, with speed and cadence, with rhythm and syncopation and with meaning, with TRUTH, is really dang HARD. Blimes Brixton and Gifted Gab are two of those special humans with these exceptional capabilities. The self-described “cool aunties” have been separately killing the game in their respective regions of San Francisco and Seattle for years now but, after meeting on Facebook, decided to join forces for a collaborative release. That album, 'Talk About It,' was released last year under the apt name Blimes and Gab. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson delves into the history of both rappers while speculating whether an ancient English stone has anything to do with the unique abilities of Blimes and Gab, who virtually perform five songs off 'Talk About It.' Recorded 09/22/2020. Shellys (It’s Chill) Un Deux Trois Sacred Baptism My Way Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/9/202123 minutes, 2 seconds
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The New Pornographers

It’s a rarity and an honor when a band is able to not only stick around for 20 years but still make music that people love and connect to. Canadian indie rock band The New Pornographers are in this honorable position, having channeled the power of collaboration to make it the long haul. Last year, the AC Newman-fronted band dropped by KEXP mere weeks before the world shut down to play songs off their latest album, 'In the Morse Code of Brake Lights.’ For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson connects the strength of magnets and the technical difficulty of Morse code with the enduring legacy and prowess of The New Pornographers. Magnets are magic. The more someone tries to explain them scientifically the more magical they seem. Recorded 01/30/2020. Falling Down the Stairs of Your Smile The Surprise Knock Higher Beams You Won’t Need Those Where You’re Going Dreamlike and on the Rush Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
2/2/202123 minutes, 4 seconds
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Caroline Rose

If there’s one thing that hit shows like ’Sopranos’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ have taught us, it’s that we love an anti-hero. On American musician Caroline Rose’s latest album ’Superstar,’ she crafts a story centered around a brazenly confident anti-hero that plays out like a film with a beginning, middle, and an open ending. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson breaks down the thematic elements of the record, offering tidbits of background on the glamorous Chateau Marmont, the scene for which the album is initially set, as well as diving into Rose’s progression from folk/Americana to the poppier ’Superstar’ and how he ended up with a cardboard cutout of Rose in his basement. Recorded 10/08/2020. Do You Think We’ll Last Forever? Feel The Way I Want More of the Same To Die Today Soma Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/26/202127 minutes, 48 seconds
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Son Rompe Pera

The older they get, the cooler your parents are (or whoever plays that role in your life.) Mexico City-raised trio Son Rompe Pera know this well. The brothers may have initially shunned their parents’ push towards playing marimba as teenagers in favor of punk and cumbia, but eventually came back, putting their own unique and modern spin on the rich traditions of marimba. Troy Nelson delves into the brothers’ journey while also digging into some background education on the history of cumbia, rosewood’s unique status amongst other types of wood, what an idiophone is (spoiler alert: it’s not a phone that makes you do stupid stuff), and how all of these things play into the marimbas that Son Rompe Pera famously break. Recorded 10/09/2020. Proteus FOS Reina de Cumbias Ay David! El Palo Poste Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/19/202126 minutes, 29 seconds
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IDLES

So, way back when, in 2020, there were 262 “working days.” Whatever that means. Nevertheless, KEXP favorites IDLES spent one of those days joining Kevin Cole for a virtual live performance recorded at Abbey Road Studios. With cat meows censoring the FCC-unfriendly words, the British band barrels into four tracks off their latest album, ‘Ultra Mono.’ Ahead of the fiery performance, Troy Nelson dissects the diverse collaborators involved and the very deliberate four-part strategy behind making their acclaimed third studio album. Recorded 10/06/2020. Model Village Mr. Motivator War Grounds Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube  Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/12/202121 minutes, 36 seconds
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Adia Victoria

Adia Victoria hails from Spartanburg, South Carolina, informally known as “The Upstate” just a few miles down Highway 9 from the trucks hurtling along Interstate 85 between Charlotte, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia to the south. This geographical background heavily informs her music, which is often referred to as “gothic blues” and takes inspiration from Black blues artists like Robert Johnson, Skip James, John Lee Hooker, Junior Kimbrough, and RL Burnside.For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson maps her physical journey from South Carolina to New York to Atlanta as well as her musical journey from early loves The Strokes and The Black Keys to ending up working with founding member of another well-known “The” band, Aaron Dessner, on her latest full-length, 2019’s ‘Silences.' Telling Dessner she wanted the record to sound like, “Billie Holiday got lost in a Radiohead song,” the album is a dense and expansive expression of the blues in the hands of a creatively independent woman of color unafraid to explore. Recorded 03/12/2019. Different Kind of Love Heathen Dope Queen Blues Cry Wolf Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
1/5/202122 minutes, 13 seconds
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Hot Chip

In summer 2019, when the world looked vastly different, Hot Chip dropped their seventh full-length, ‘A Bath Full of Ecstasy.’ One of their strongest releases in years, the album marks the first time in their 19 years together that Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard brought in outside producers to help round out their sound. With Philippe Zdar and Rodaidh McDonald by their side, the album is a blissfully cathartic release. Last September, Hot Chip dropped by KEXP to play three songs from ‘A Bath Full of Ecstasy’ as well as a throwback 2008 track. Join Troy Nelson to listen to them here on Live on KEXP. Recorded 09/19/2019 Hungry Child Bath Full of Ecstasy Spell Made in the Dark Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/29/202021 minutes, 38 seconds
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Corridor

As the very first Francophone band signed to Sub Pop, Corridor prove that they’re worth their salt with their third studio album, ‘Junior.' Released in fall 2019, the album expertly mingles woozy shoegaze and ethereal French vocals with tightly-wound angular guitars for a completely hypnotizing effect. Troy Nelson explores the history of the Montreal band and the swift making of Junior while the band plays a selection of songs off the record. Recorded 12/12/2019.  Agent Double Junior Grand Cheval Domino Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/22/202020 minutes, 23 seconds
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Courtney Marie Andrews

With a long, community-driven career in music, Courtney Marie Andrews’ Grammy nomination for her latest album, ‘Old Flowers,’ feels more than well earned. The eighth studio album from the Nashville-based, Phoenix-born (and at one point Washington-dwelling) singer-songwriter is nominated for Best Americana Album at the 2021 Grammy Awards. A breakup record, through and through, the songs on the album convey the heartbreak and loneliness following the end of a relationship. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson dives deep into Andrews’ rich musical biography, which traces back to when she was just 15 years old and playing in coffee shops. While the stages may have eventually grown bigger from there, Andrews’ focus on collaboration and community has remained strong. It’s a great reminder that music builds community and community builds musicians. Recorded 10/06/2020. Break the Spell If I Told It Must Be Someone Else’s Fault One of These Days Ships in the Night Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/15/202028 minutes, 38 seconds
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Ana Tijoux

“It is not enough to say that justice takes time but it’s coming soon. Justice that is not exercised when appropriate is not justice.” These words from Pierre Dubois exemplify the ethos Chilean artist Ana Tijoux embodies in her politically charged music. With a rich and unconventional history, it’s difficult to unpack her life story in just 10 minutes but Troy Nelson makes that attempt.  Everything from her unorthodox childhood with fiercely intelligent parents that instilled the radical passion that would carry her the rest of her life to her time topping the charts as an MC with the group Makiza to her successful solo career is covered in this week’s Live on KEXP followed by a vivaciously strummed set that Tijoux recorded for KEXP during the pandemic. Her latest album, ‘Antifa Dance,’ is available on Firebrand Records. Recorded 10/01/2020. Sacar La Voz Shock Antipatriarca Calaveritas Cacerolazo Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/8/202026 minutes, 11 seconds
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Bambara

Today’s episode is brought to you by the letter “B,” with the brooding brutalism and bashing bombardment of Bambara. Using the beloved writing technique known as alliteration, Troy Nelson burrows into the biography of the Brooklyn-based band while also bestowing beholders with a brief background on the letter itself before the bands break into a blazing set, recorded live at KEXP right at the very end of the “before-times.” Recorded 03/04/2020. Serafina Death Croons Heat Lightning Stay Cruel Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
12/1/202023 minutes, 2 seconds
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Frances Quinlan

The sooner you start, the greater chance you have of doing something for half your life. This is something Frances Quinlan understands, as she’s on the verge of reaching the half-mark milestone for playing music. Beginning with the solo project Hop Along, Queen Ansleis in 2004, when she was in high school, Quinlan went on to release three records with the renamed full band Hop Along as well as a 2020 solo record, 'Likewise,' under her own name. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson details Quinlan’s trajectory, her influences, and the people who helped her go from the basement to the studio. Recorded 03/05/2020. Detroit Lake Now That I’m Back Rare Thing Went to LA Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/24/202024 minutes, 3 seconds
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Kelly Lee Owens

Ever take a bath in sound? Like a full-on gong-bathing sonic immersion? Well, that’s what the music of Kelly Lee Owens both sounds and feels like. It’s a complete sensory experience that melds electronica, dream pop, and techno with Owens’ heavenly vocals for an otherworldly encounter that’s possibly just as relaxing and centering (and certainly cheaper) than a day at the spa. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson traverses Owens’ beginnings, from Wales to Manchester to London, where she made her first steps in the music industry, working at a record store and interning at XL Recordings. Forging connections with like-minded musicians led to her gaining the ears of influential people like Alexander McQueen, Bjork, and Jenny Hval and has made her a recent NME covergirl. Her latest album ‘Inner Song’ is available on Smalltown Supersound. Recorded 07/20/2018. 8 S.O. Lucid Anxi. (feat. Jenny Hval) Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/17/202022 minutes, 17 seconds
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Sessa

Writing of reality, like all forms of truth-telling, is dangerous. That hasn’t stopped Brazilian musician Sessa from forging ahead and blending the imaginary with all-too-real scenarios. Laughing in the face of danger, his specialty is sensuality, honing in on the experience of sex in flowery yet less-than-veiled Portuguese terms on his debut album ‘Grandeza.’ For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson contextualizes Sessa’s work alongside the words of other influential Brazilians including poet Carolina Maria de Jesus, documentary filmmaker Eduardo Coutinho, and singer Erasmus to make a Brazilian lovefest (although perhaps not the kind Sessa’s typically referring to).Recorded 02/06/2020. Flor do Real Dez Total (Filhos de Gandhy) Infinitamente Nu Grandeza Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/10/202020 minutes, 25 seconds
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Habibi

According to Rumi, “The Wound is the place where the Light enters you.” Iranian American band Habibi know this better than most and use their simple, catchy songs that blend garage, psych and surf with the Middle Eastern influences they grew up adoring to spread love, positivity and change. Led by Brooklyn-via-Detroit duo Rahill Jamalifard and Lenny Lynch, activism plays an integral role in the spirit and ethos of the band. Troy Nelson delves into how the Michigan music scene shaped their influences and the long-held cognitive dissonance within the US’s relationship to Iran. Recorded 03/06/2020. Angel Eyes Hate Everyone But You Stronghold Come My Habibi Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
11/3/202020 minutes, 28 seconds
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Polyrhythmics

Seattle-based collective Polyrhythmics specializes in a flavorful blend of progressive funk, psychedelic rock and modern afro-beat. As Troy Nelson explains in this week’s episode of Live on KEXP, it’s music for the "heads.” Their songs take time to unravel, rewarding patient listeners with a lush and intricate experience that defies the current song trends for something more gratifying. When the world is a whirlwind, don’t forget– take the time to let something develop. Listen to Troy Nelson wax poetic about the value of music “heads” as well as delving into the often-limiting current trends happening with music ahead of Polyrhythmics’ spirited set featuring four songs from 2020’s 'Man From The Future.’ Recorded 02/21/2020. Digital Cowboy The Cutdown Yeti, Set, Go Chelada Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/27/202028 minutes, 28 seconds
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Kassa Overall

You know that feeling you get when you hear something that's just the right kind of new? Seattle-born, Brooklyn-based Kassa Overall is redefining jazz for a new era, chopping and screwing live improvisations to make his own densely experimental and colorful world. In May, he unveiled his third release in less than two years, 'SHADES OF FLU,' a play on Madlib's iconic 'Shades of Blue' that has been called "a gift for the Corona-weary masses." For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson explores the influences and personal journey that led to the one-of-a-kind style of music that Overall describes as "backpack jazz" before Overall and band burst into one of the most unique live sessions KEXP's ever hosted.  Recorded 03/02/2020. Prison and Pharmaceuticals My Friend Darkness In Mind Who's On The Playlist? Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube.Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/20/202028 minutes, 39 seconds
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Andy Shauf

Singer/songwriter Andy Shauf is a master storyteller who adeptly weaves complex stories and tenderly realistic emotions with softly strummed folk rock. Earlier this year, he released his sixth studio album, ’The Neon Skyline,’ via Anti- and received critical acclaim for his skillful songwriting that centered around the concept of one man’s perspective of a particular night in a dive bar. For Live on KEXP, Troy Nelson details Shauf’s upbringing in a tiny town in Saskatchewan, from Radio Shack to Christian pop-punk as well as his musical journey from the tiny record label P is for Panda to a Polaris nomination. Jeff Tweedy even makes an appearance to bestow accolades upon the Canadian musician so you know Shauf is legit. Recorded 02/25/2020. Neon Skyline Thirteen Hours Try Again Things I Do Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/13/202020 minutes, 24 seconds
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Jamila Woods

Chicago poet and R&B songstress Jamila Woods is a budding phenom and self-love champion who radiates radically positive energy. Last year, she released her sophomore full-length, 'LEGACY! LEGACY!' Each of the 13 tracks on the album is named after and inspired by an influential cultural figure who has made an impact on Woods, including people like poet Nikki Giovanni, singer/actor/activist Eartha Kitt, and influential author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston. This episode of Live on KEXP delves into the “sonic monument to iconic black and brown artists” that is 'LEGACY! LEGACY!' while connecting the dots between Jamila Woods, science fiction writer Octavia E Butler, and a particularly significant recurring date in history - February 24th. Recorded 02/25/2020. ZORA GIOVANNI EARTHA Holy Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube KEXP is a listener-funded nonprofit, and we need your help to keep creating podcasts like this one. Donate now for our Fall Fundraising Drive! Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
10/6/202022 minutes, 14 seconds
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Metronomy

Over the past 14 years, Metronomy has released 6 albums that span such a diverse range of genres and sonic textures that it’s tough to pin down exactly how to categorize them. If you must, then you could call them indietronica (or electro-indie, if you prefer). Created and led by English musician Joseph Mount, the band technically includes Oscar Cash, Anna Prior, Olugbenga Adelekan, and Michael Lovett but in its embryonic stage, it's actually a solo project. Delve into why that’s the case and how solitude can be beneficial in this week’s episode of Live on KEXP. “For oft, when on my couch I lie, in vacant or in pensive mood…” Recorded 02/17/2020. Lately The Light Wedding Bells Salted Caramel Ice Cream Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube KEXP is a listener-funded nonprofit, and we need your help to keep creating podcasts like this one. Donate now for our Fall Fundraising Drive! Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/29/202023 minutes, 29 seconds
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Dr. Dog

Philadelphia’s Dr. Dog have spent two decades specializing in bright, jaunty sing-along tunes that have captured the hearts of a large and rabid fanbase. Troy Nelson delves into the history of our favorite riff-rockers, from bassist Toby Leaman and guitarist Scott McMicken’s high school band Raccoon to the lore of Dr. Dog’s first album The Psychedelic Swamp and all the way up to their most recent record, 2018’s Critical Equation. Along the way, Nelson educates us on the merits of analog recording as well as why it could be “freakin’ genius” for a band to start their own label. Dr. Dog likes to play in the city of Seattle on Valentine's Day - DJ Cheryl Waters says that means they must love us! Believe it or not, this was recorded live February 14th, 2020. That’s like right before… Recorded 02/14/2020. Ladada Over Here, Over There Buzzing In The Light Under The Wheels Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/22/202022 minutes, 57 seconds
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Yīn Yīn

Listening to Yīn Yīn, you might expect the band to hail from the country from which their main source of inspiration is derived: Thailand. Instead, the quartet were surprisingly born and bred in the city of Maastricht in the Netherlands. That doesn’t stop them from skillfully employing their twist on 1960s psychedelia from South East Asia, alongside a long list of other inspirations including disco, rock, dub, funk, and western. HAW PIN! This expression of unity is posted everywhere in Maastricht during the ongoing pandemic. Recorded 12/07/2019. Pingpxng One Inch Punch Chông ky Dis̄ Kô Dis̄ Kô Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/15/202028 minutes, 40 seconds
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Travis Thompson

Burien’s biggest musical export Travis Thompson has been building buzz since signing a record deal with major label Epic last year to release his latest album Reckless Endangerment. Filling the KEXP stage with a full band, the young rapper spits his flows gracefully and effortlessly like a seasoned pro. Troy Nelson traces Thompson’s trajectory from spitting rhymes over Lil Wayne beats to open mics to Macklemore to major label signing. For those unfamiliar, Nelson also explains the geographical relationship of Burien to Seattle and the complications of repping a small, largely-unknown city. Everyone’s always from the biggest city near to where they're really actually from.   Recorded 01/07/2020. The Move Malice Mad Mad World Don’t Run Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube (This session was previously aired on the KEXP Live Performances podcast)Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/8/202022 minutes, 45 seconds
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Moundrag

Brother band Moundrag brag about their lack of guitars, which may not seem like a big deal, but you try making heavy progressive psych without it! Camille and Colin Goallen created the band from a former 4-piece project called Smooth Motion. Troy Nelson dives into a history lesson on other notable bands that have spawned from less-notable projects while also giving us the 411 on Moundrag, who hail from a small town outside of Rennes, France. The capital of the region of Brittany is where KEXP caught Moundrag for this Live on KEXP session at the fantastic Trans Musicales festival, where they wowed the audience with a fun, energetic set consisting of costumes, dueling vocals, furious percussion, wailing keys and more gongs than there are members in the band. Dang we miss going to local music shows. Recorded 12/04/2019 My Woman Hangman The Priest & The Whore Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
9/1/202028 minutes, 22 seconds
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L'Eclair

Swiss six-piece L’Eclair make eccentric grooves inspired by an eclectic combination of sources including dub, funk, krautrock, ambient, and prog. A jam band at heart, the Geneva band can stretch sets out for hours at a time, if the audience so desires. Which, they usually do. We hop the pond for a dash of European culture on this week’s Live on KEXP. Witness Troy Nelson attempt to educate listeners on the history of and difference between L’Eclair, the band, and eclairs, the French pastry, while reciting Charlotte Brontë. Imagine him with a wood pipe in hand, if necessary. “I could not go in: too resistless was the delight of staying with the wild hour.” Recorded 12/08/2019. Dallas Coke Mountain Castor MacDavid Disco Dino / Suite / Suite No. 2 Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/25/202028 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Joy Formidable

Welsh band The Joy Formidable have spent the past decade making stadium-ready indie rock opuses that sound larger than life itself. In 2019, after releasing four great albums, the band celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their debut EP, 'A Balloon Called Moaning,' with a deluxe re-issue and a major tour behind the album. That’s when the band found themselves amongst the glimmering lights of KEXP’s in-studio session room to play four songs. Troy Nelson details the history of the band, from the hallowed halls of KEXP in late 2019 to their roots as a band called Tricky Nixon, while also weaving in some education on the history of impeachment amongst American presidents. Kierkegaard said “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Recorded 12/17/2019. The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade Y Bluen Eira While The Flies Passerby Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/18/202028 minutes, 5 seconds
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Matthew Dear

Veteran electronic producer Matthew Dear is a self-described “tinkerer” and “loop-obsessed” musician who is known for crafting eclectically varied and mesmerizingly strange sounds under a number of various names including Audion, False, and Jabberjaw alongside his government name. Dear’s most recent album, 2018’s Bunny, was described by KEXP (aka myself) as having “moments of buoyancy that verge on sheer pop (granted, a twisted and discombobulated type of pop).”  Things get weird on today’s Live on KEXP, as Troy Nelson seemingly veers wildly off-topic to delve into the science behind sleep, a couple of toy makers who appreciate it, and the drugs that impair it. But trust us, there’s a point here (I think) that connects to Matthew Dear, who was quoted as saying, “Hey old man, why aren't I rested? Why's your boy so damn tired? Where's the music?” In response to not having put out music under his own name in 6 years. It’s been hard to sleep recently huh? Gang - we have to get some rest. Recorded 12/18/2019. Modafinil Blues Bad Ones Echo Deserter Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTubeSupport the show: https://www.kexp.org/donateSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
8/11/202025 minutes, 12 seconds