It started with the Mom Show, a dedication by KEXP Morning host and producer John Richards as way to honor his mother after she passed away from cancer. The show touched so many listeners, who themselves have all been touched by the memory and loss of loved ones, that the show became a much requested annual feature. This year, John decided to gather a local crowd at Seattle’s Town Hall for a night to share his inspirations for the show and take an honest look at how a community comes together to share their experiences of death and music. He was joined by local artists Rocky Votolato, Noah Gundersen, Sean Nelson, and Shelby Earl, who each shared their own personal stories though talk and song. It was a special and cathartic night for those in attendance, one that we felt needed to be also shared with the global KEXP community, so we captured these moments of raw emotion on video to share with all of you at this time of the year when our loved ones are most likely to be in our minds.
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “No Hell” by Cloud Cult from their forthcoming album, The Seeker, to be self-released on Earthology Records on February 12th, 2016.
Seattle boys Beat Connection spotlight the Product 3 track “Rosealene,” which you can watch a live performance of below. Watching online not enough? The group are currently wrapping up a North American tour, including some mid-December Northwest dates in Spokane and Vancouver. Product 3 is out now on Anti- Records. [Under the Radar]
Teen Flirt is the alias of Monterrey, Mexico-based electronic producer David Oranday. He’s emerged as a standout artist in the Latin electronic music community with his seductive nostalgia-tinged future bass/R&B sound as well as serving as the driving force behind the label Finesse Records. His shape-shifting exclusive mix for Midnight In A Perfect World sheds light on some of his recent standout productions and remixes as well as fresh selections from kindred contemporary artists exploring the intersection between bass, R&B, electronic, hip-hop, house, and spacious trap.
For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2015, leading up to our 2015 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Vote today for your favorite albums of the year, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a 10 CD pack of the Top Albums of 2015, as voted on by KEXP listeners. Voting ends on Friday, December 11th at 6:00 PM PT, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 18 to hear if your picks made the list!
Jamie xx // photo credit: Dave Lichterman (view set)
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Northern Highway” by Martin Courtney from his 2015 album, Many Moons, on Domino Recording Company.
It’s a holiday week, so for new releases, we get a cornucopia of reissues, remixes, retrospectives, and more. Husband-and-wife duo Shovels & Rope share a surprise covers album that KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes features appearances “ranging from Shakey Graves and JD McPherson to Lucius and J. Roddy Walston.” Violin virtuoso Kishi Bashi shares “a live album recorded at various locations across America with a string quartet and banjo, featuring all-acoustic versions of songs from his first two albums.” Castle Face Records (co-founded by Thee Oh Sees’ John Dwyer) continues their Live In San Francisco series with Useless Eaters and “a scorching live set of fiery garage-punk from this Memphis-bred, San Francisco-based band, recorded at the basement venue Vacation earlier this year.
Shelflife and Korda Records have teamed up to reissue the first three Sire Records albums from dream-pop veterans The Ocean Blue on vinyl: The Ocean Blue, Cerulean, and Beneath the Rhythm and Sound. You can hear an exclusive live performance from the band on KEXP, on Monday, November 30th at 9:00 AM PT, recorded at The Cutting Room Studios in New York City.
Sub Pop have reissued the first five Mark Lanegan solo albums, which were either out-of-print or previously unreleased on vinyl. Each album was cut from new lacquers and pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and is housed in a sleeve reproducing the art for its original release. And Domino pays tribute to another Northwest legend, Olympia trio Beat Happening, with a remastered, career-spanning double album anthology, lovingly curated by the band themselves. Read More »
My Morning Jacket // photo by Alan Lawrence (view set)
KEXP has our TV eye set for this week in late night television. Set your DVR, TiVo, or just drink some coffee to stay awake for these musical guest performances on your favorite talk shows. Here are the highlights:
Monday, November 23rd:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Adele
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: My Morning Jacket
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Christine and the Queens (R)
Conan: Hot Chip (R)
Tuesday, November 24th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Kimya Dawson (R)
Conan: Jason Isbell (R)
Thursday, November 26th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kool Keith
Last Call with Carson Daly: Houndmouth (R)
Friday, November 27th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Talib Kweli (R)
Saturday, November 28th:
Austin City Limits: Jason Isbell and Neko Case (R)
Last night at the American Music Awards, Seattle’s own Macklemore & Ryan Lewis debuted a brand-new track titled “Kevin,” which we can only assume is named for KEXP’s Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole. (Note: it’s not.) Soul sensation Leon Bridges joins them on guest vocals. Stream the single and watch their live performance below. [Spin]