Music That Matters Podcast: The Morning Show Rock Block

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists.

PINS // photo by Beth Eisgrau-Heller

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 453 – The Morning Show Rock Block
Join Morning Show host John Richards for a mix that’s loud, new, and full of rocks.

1. Beech Creeps – Times Be Short
2. Cloakroom – Starchild Skull
3. Male Bonding – A Kick to the Face
4. Darlings – Gardone
5. The Crush – Someone For You
6. Zebra Hunt – Delaware
7. Title Fight – Chlorine
8. Feedtime – Flatiron
9. Grooms – Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair
10. Novella – Land Gone
11. PINS – Too Little Too Late
12. Radical Dads – Slammer
13. Killer Ghost – No Denyin’

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Sub Pop’s 2015 Loser Scholarship


Hey kids! Time is running out for you to be a loser: the deadline for Sub Pop’s 2015 Loser Scholarship is Thursday, April 2nd.

Every year, this highly-respected local label offer a scholarship opportunity for graduating high school seniors who reside in Washington or Portland, and are on their way to full-time enrollment at an accredited university or college. Sub Pop looks for applicants who are involved and/or interested in music and/or the creative arts in some way. There are three scholarships up for grabs — one for $7,000, one for $5,000, and one for $3,000. Think of how many pizzas that will buy. (We kid, we kid!)

To apply for these scholarships, just submit an essay, no longer than one page, letting Sub Pop know about one or more of the following topics:

• What are you doing in the arts/music field in your community?

• How and/or why did you become interested in artistic outlets?

• How would this scholarship money help you to progress in your chosen field?

• What are your influences and/or who inspires you? Who are some of your favorite bands or artists?

Click here for more information on how to apply, and don’t dilly dally: all submissions and attachments need to be sent to by April 2nd, 2015. Scholarship winners will be announced on April 15th. Good luck to all teens on being a loser!

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Friday Music News

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  • Jamie xx, aka Jamie Smith, has shared the music video for his new track “Loud Places (featuring Romy)” from his debut solo LP, In Colour. The album features collaborations with Four Tet, the xx’s Oliver Sim, Popcaan, and Young Thug. In Colour drops on June 1 via Young Turks. [Pitchfork]

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Friday on My Mind: April Fools!

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind. Our weekly blog post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News.

We’ve come almost to the end of March, and we want to give you a little time to prepare for April Fools’ Day this year. This annual prank-a-thon falls on Wednesday, so trust no one, and have a few tricks of your own up your sleeve. It’s not exactly clear when the first of April became a day of jokes and hoaxes, but it goes back hundreds of years. And Wikipedia notes it is not a unique holiday, “The custom of setting aside a day for the playing of harmless pranks upon one’s neighbor is recognized everywhere. Some precursors of April Fools’ Day include the Roman festival of Hilaria, the Holi festival of India, and the Medieval Feast of Fools.” Whatever the origin of April Fools’ Day, we’ve put together a playlist of songs about fools and foolishness. Not surprisingly, many of them center around themes of love and loss. But there are many ways to make a fool of yourself and your friends. Come up with a few fun new ways this year!
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Song of the Day: The Fascination Movement – The Ones You Love


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 DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “The Ones You Love” by The Fascination Movement from the 2015 self-released single.

The Fascination Movement – The Ones You Love (MP3)

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Thursday Music News

photo by Brittany Brassell (view set)

  • Run the Jewels have released a powerful new music video today for the track “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck).” Director A.G. Rojas shows actors Shea Whigham (“Boardwalk Empire”, “Agent Carter”) as a cop and Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12, Snoop Dogg in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton) as an unarmed man in an exhausting, brutal, extended fight. In a statement, Rojas states, “When Run The Jewels sent me this track, I knew we had the opportunity to create a film that means something. I felt a sense of responsibility to do just that. We had to exploit the lyrics and aggression and emotion of the track, and translate that into a film that would ignite a valuable and productive conversation about racially motivated violence in this country. It’s provocative, and we all knew this, so we were tasked with making something that expressed the intensity of senseless violence without eclipsing our humanity.” Watch the video below, and visit Spin for the rest of Rojas’s statement. [Spin]

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Review Revue: Barry Adamson – Moss Side Story


You might not know the name Barry Adamson, but if you’re a KEXP listener you’ve likely heard him – if not any of his excellent solo work, then as a member of bands such as Magazine and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. (Those are, in fact, the two things that anybody knows about Adamson, as one of the DJ comments below will make clear.) In 1989, Adamson was a once and future Bad Seed (he recently rejoined the band to play and tour on the 2013 album Push the Sky Away) who had just released his first solo LP, a soundtrack for a movie that didn’t exist. Since that time, Adamson has created many more cinematic musical soundscapes, some of which even had movies to go with them! (He made some vital contributions to the wonderful Lost Highway soundtrack, one of the few soundtrack albums I own.)

Albums like this are the perfect argument for why stations like KEXP (then KCMU) are and always have been so important, especially in the pre-internet era. Can you imagine this record coming into a commercial radio station and anyone having any idea what to do with it? “So, it’s a soundtrack? For what movie? No movie? Who sings on it? Oh, it’s mostly instrumental, but Diamanda Galas makes an appearance?” I’m so glad this passionate group of folks was there to listen to this record, write all over it, play it on their shows, make penis references, and draw giant H’s on it. Read More »

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Live Videos: The Sidekicks

photo by Alan Lawrence (view set)

Armed with a fine assortment of tracks from their new Seattle-recorded release, Ohio band The Sidekicks unleash their brand of hooky rock in the KEXP live room. On Runners in the Nerved World, they’ve branched out from their punkish roots and now take pleasure in crafting out songs that are invigoratingly fresh and full of wonder. From the catchy hook of “Everything in Twos” to the Blue Album Weezer-era inspired sound of “Deer” and “Jesus Christ Supermalls”, The Sidekicks take you on a freewheeling trip down the highway of cosmic youth music with its own stash of in-built natural highs along the way. So come along with The Sidekicks and watch the full set below.

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Song of the Day: Ivan & Alyosha – All This Wandering Around

photo by Veronica Coleman

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 DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “All This Wandering Around” by Ivan & Alyosha from the 2015 album It’s All Just Pretend on Dualtone.

Ivan & Alyosha  All This Wandering Around (MP3)

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KEXP Suggests: Treefort Music Fest 2015 3/25-3/29

The name says it all with Boise’s Treefort Music Fest — think intimate clubhouse, and since this is the Northwest, think very big tree. The line-up is tremendous: not just national acts, such as Foxygen, TV on the Radio, Viet Cong, Rubblebucket, Trampled by Turtles, and hometown heroes Built to Spill, but emerging artists from Boise and beyond, with an emphasis on the Northwest. Treehouse Music Fest’s main street locale conjures up comparisons to SXSW, and the regional representation brings to mind Raleigh’s defunct Troika music festival, influences noted by Treehouse Music Fest organizers. In addition to the staggering amount of music, movies, panels, and discussions abound at Treefort Film Festival, Hackfort, Comedyfort, Storyfort, and Performancefort. Decompress between shows at Yogafort, Alefort, and Skatefort, and Kidfort. As well as two unannounced, bonus secret shows featuring one or more Treefort artists? Shut the fort up.

The festival runs Wednesday, March 25, through Sunday, March 29. 5-Day, Zip Line, and Secret Handshake passes are currently available for purchase here. Read KEXP festival reviews from 2013 and 2012, and previous 2015 announcements.

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