KEXP Presents: Videoasis at Northwest Film Forum 5/24


Remember spending nights staying up watching MTV, waiting for your favorite video to come on? Over three decades after the network’s launch and the official dawn of the format for mainstream audiences, music videos have continued to be a major way for fans to interact with music. The Northwest has added to the pantheon over the years, from Nirvana’s anarchic pep rally to Macklemore’s Goodwill shenanigans. That tradition is still alive and well in the region, as you’ll find out at Videoasis on Wednesday,May 24, at 8:30 PM at the Northwest Film Forum.

Videoasis is an quarterly event curated by KEXP’s Audioasis host DJ Sharlese alongside music video director Bobby McHugh. Each Videoasis showcase features videos from a wide array of Northwest artists, from Chastity Belt and Dude York to Porter Ray and Y La Bamba. This quarter’s Videoasis is themed “Summer’s Coming Soon” — drawing inspiration from the opening lines of DoNormaal’s “Dime”.

“Music videos are a perfect way to put a visual to a really great song, DJ Sharlese says. “Bobby and I are very excited to be part of this event. The curation of this is the most fun and we always sit next to each other and talk about the good parts of the videos. Seattle is amazing in so many ways and this is one of them.”

Sharlese and Billy have put together a formidable lineup of videos this year, featuring recent videos from:

CC Dust
Portugal. The Man
Sundae Crush
Perfume Genius
Car Seat Headrest
Dude York
Chastity Belt
So Pitted
Porter Ray
Other Jesus
Y La Bamba

Throughout the evening, KEXP’s Mike Ramos will perform DJ sets so you’ll get your total fill of music. Tickets are available now and at the door as well.

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Monday Music News

photo by Morgen Schuler (view set)

  • Prolific singer-songwriter Ryan Adams paid homage to Chris Cornell at a show in Auckland, New Zealand this Saturday by covering Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.” The song is arguably Soundgarden’s most popular song, topping the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1994, where it spent a total of seven weeks at number one. Ryan Adams will be in Seattle on Wednesday, June 28th at the Paramount Theatre. [ Spin ]

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Local Artist Spotlight: Grace Love

photo by Renata Steiner

Every week, KEXP features a new local artist with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. This week, we are featuring artists performing during FolkLife, this Memorial Day weekend at the Seattle Center.

It wouldn’t be unfair to say that today’s featured artists, Grace Love, has become something of an icon in the Northwest. As Seattle soul continues to rise, Love’s voice has emerged as a defining focal point. Her vibrant performances have continued to convert fans over the years, feeling like celebrations in themselves. But Love is a multifaceted artist, delving in everything from spoken word to culinary arts and has a heart for service. We chatted with Love about her various projects, music and other, and what to expect from her FolkLife set.
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Song of the Day: The Cairo Gang – Real Enough to Believe

photo by Nancy Neil

photo by Nancy Neil

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 “Real Enough to Believe” by The Cairo Gang, from their 2017 album, Untouchable, on Drag City Records.

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What Does Soundgarden Sound Like To You?

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

With the death of Chris Cornell yesteray, we asked KEXP DJs to stop and reflect: “What does Soundgarden sound like to you?” Here are some of their answers below. Let us know what the band sounds like to you in the comments below.

John Richards, host of The Morning Show:

Listening to Soundgarden and Chris’ voice sounds like Seattle to me. They are Seattle.

Darek Mazzone, host of Wo’Pop:

As with most of my city I awoke to the news that Chris Cornell passed last night. Fuck. Both Amy and I were stunned in the morning as John Richards confirmed. Wow. No.

This was the sound of Seattle in the early ’90s, a real tangible manifestation of what the city felt, smelled, vibrated on. On Monday, I was at KEXP and Cheryl Waters played an early Soundgarden song and his voice cutting through the air created a dimensional portal for me that for a second felt like Capitol Hill in ’93. Dirtier, rawer, closer to the forest, cheaper, undiscovered by tech. I’m in line at Café Paradiso with him waiting for a coffee that would manifest the day’s art and experiments. RIP.

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Music That Matters: 2017 Sasquatch! Music Festival Preview

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.

Manatee Commune at KEXP in 2016 // photo by Melissa Wax

Currently you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 565 – 2017 Sasquatch! Music Festival Preview

Troy Nelson gets you primed for a killer Memorial Day weekend in the Gorge with a preview of this year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival, featuring high energy rock, scuzzy punk, rootsy folk rock, and hard-hitting hip hop.

1. Sleigh Bells – Rule Number One
2. Jagwar Ma – O B 1
3. The Radio Dept. – Committed to the Cause
4. SISTERS- Trails
5. Manatee Commune – What We’ve Got
6. Aesop Rock – Rings
7. Charles Bradley – Change for the World
8. Courtney Marie Andrews – Irene
9. American Football – I’ve Been Lost for so Long
10. Thee Oh Sees – Plastic Plant

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Friday Music News

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

  • Local Natives have released a new single with the help of Nico Segal, a.k.a. Donnie Trumpet, from Chance the Rapper associates The Social Experiment. Entitled “The Only Heirs”, it follows the previously released track “I Saw You Close Your Eyes”, which (rather creepily) forced listeners to physically close their eyes in front of a webcam before listening when on the website. “I Saw You Close Your Eyes”/”The Only Heirs” will be released as a digital single and limited edition 7-inch via Local Natives’ webstore. No word on a new full-length, as the band is still touring behind their previous effort, Sunlit Youth. Unfortunately, Seattle is not one of the upcoming stops [ Consequence of Sound ]

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DJ Sharlese’s Favorite Soundgarden Songs

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

Every Saturday night, Audioasis host DJ Sharlese showcases exclusively local music on KEXP from 6-9 p.m. With the heartbreaking news of Chris Cornell’s death comes a blow to the local music scene. It’s something Sharlese knows well both as an expert on Seattle music and as a fan.

“I think the Seattle music community is so influenced by Soundgarden,” she reflected in our Facebook Live video earlier today. “Myself, I graduated in 1996 and I just remember hearing so much Soundgarden on the radio… and really being influenced by Seattle music — not even realizing that I would be here today and this has happened and that I get to play so much Soundgarden on the radio this weekend. This is something that really, truly affects me personally. It’s such a timestamp of my life.”

As we continue to remember Cornell, we’ve asked Sharlese to share her favorite Soundgarden songs (with a bonus Temple of the Dog thrown in, too). Check them out below and share your favorite Cornell tracks in the comments.

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SIFF Face the Music 2017 Preview: Give Me Future

Give Me Future

Give Me Future
(Directed by Austin Peters, 2017, 85 minutes)

Festival Screenings:
Friday, May 19 at 8:30PM – SIFF Cinema Uptown
Saturday, May 20 at 3:30PM – Majestic Bay
Friday, June 2 at 9:00PM – Ark Lodge Cinemas
[Director Austin Peters scheduled to attend this weekend’s screenings]

Remember how long you waited for that one band to come to town, how vigilantly you scanned the listings, praying for a new album, a West Coast tour, for the singer to stop screwing around with solo projects. It always felt like a lifetime, but it never was.

If you can’t recall the feeling, go see Give Me Future, a documentary about Major Lazer‘s historic concert in Cuba in 2016, showing this weekend at SIFF Cinema Uptown and Majestic Bay as part of the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF). The fans at that show really did have to wait a lifetime to see the globetrotting dancehall-electro party starters play their country–it wasn’t until 2015 that the U.S. and Cuba resumed diplomatic relations, opening up the possibility for bands to visit–and you can see that air of anticipation on screen.

Give Me Future is simultaneously a reminder of that sense of excitement, a light shined on Cuba’s vibrant DIY community, and a celebration of youth culture that so often spawns the next big thing in music. Even more, you don’t have to be a fan of Major Lazer to appreciate the film; it’s a just a good story. Director Austin Peters, who will be at both screenings this weekend, backs up the film’s themes with compelling characters, carefully selected sound bytes, and a mostly well-paced plot.
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Song of the Day: Eyelids – Falling Eyes

photo by Alan Lawrence

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Falling Eyes” by Portland band Eyelids, from their new album, Or, out now on Jealous Butcher Records.

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