I guess this year I’m making up for the previous lack of XTC posts in this series. The Dukes of Stratosphear were XTC in all but name, working under a different moniker to crank out a couple albums of pop genius that heavily mined some of their favorite sounds of the ’60s, from Barrett-era Pink Floyd to Beatles and Stones to The Beach Boys and beyond. As you can see below, despite being perhaps a bit tongue in cheek, it’s an incredibly satisfying musical experience (but what else could we expect from Partridge and co.?). The DJs apparently got so bored agreeing with each other, they had to start correcting each other’s spelling. Read More
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In Icelandic their name means “seasons”, but the warm, acoustic chamberpop songs of Árstíðir are particularly comforting on these cold days of winter. Recently, the group has been busy recording and crowd funding their third LP, Hvel (due February 2015), but they took time to share a handful of gorgeous new songs during their performance at Kex Hostel in Reykjavik as part of KEXP’s broadcast during Iceland Airwaves. Read more about their radiant set here and bask in their glow here:
For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2014, leading up to our 2014 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Voting has ended, but tune in on Friday, December 19th to hear if your picks made the list.
Perfume Genius // photo by Morgen Schuler (view set)
DJ El Toro’s 2014 Top Ten Albums
||Way Out Weather
||Paradise of Bachelors
||Black Moon Spell
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DJ El Toro hosts the variety mix show on Wednesday nights from 9 PM to 1 AM on KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle and kexp.org. His occasional rant, “Weird At My School,” appears infrequently on the KEXP Blog.
Posted in 2014 Countdown, KEXP Tagged Aphex Twin, Budos Band, Chimurenga Renaissance, King Tuff, Neneh Cherry, Owen Pallett, Perfume Genius, Steve Gunn, Warpaint, Zola Jesus
photo by Amber Knecht
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “The Who’s Who of Who Cares” by Museum of Love from their 2014 self-titled album on DFA Records.
Museum of Love – The Who’s Who of Who Cares (MP3)
Bob Casale of Devo // photo by Jim Bennett
Death is an unavoidable part of life, and remembering is a form of celebrating those who have been lost. This morning, KEXP Morning Show host John Richards pays tribute to many of the great musical figures who passed away this year.
From beloved folk music activist Pete Seeger to Seattle grunge architect and London Bridge Studios mastermind Rick Parasher. From last remaining original Ramones member Tommy Ramone, to Devo founder Bob Casale. From soul superstar Bobby Womack, to early rap pioneer Big Bank Hank. This musical memorial covers an eclectic range of artists who passed this year.
Tune in starting at 6:00 AM on Thursday, December 18th as John shares fascinating stories and bios, as well as music by as many of these artists as he can fit in four hours. Several of these artists we have sadly lost will be familiar to listeners, but many others are folks who spent their time behind the scenes. Here on the KEXP Blog, we’d like to share and celebrate their contributions to music with this Video Round-Up below:
Stax soul singer Wendy Rene (1947 – December 17, 2014)
Grammy Award winning engineer John Hampton (1953 – December 12, 2014)
Songwriter Bob Montgomery (May 12, 1937 – December 4, 2014)
Posted in 2014 Countdown, John In The Morning, KEXP Tagged Bobby Womack, Johnny Winter, Primal Scream, Small Faces, Sugarhill Gang, The Mars Volta, The Ramones, The Subhumans, Wendy Rene
Sóley is the cutest creeper out there. The Icelandic singer-songwriter is so disarmingly charming, and her voice so exquisite, that even her songs about killer clowns, murderers and weird, one-eyed ladies are quite soothing. She’s also an expert looper and a snappy dresser. In other words, there’s a lot for KEXP listeners to love about Sóley, so we were thrilled to hear, when she visited us in Seattle in October, that she had new songs to share from a forthcoming album. You can read about her creepy/funny/fantastic set at Kex Hostel in Reykjavik as part of KEXP’s broadcast during Iceland Airwaves here and get spooked now:
all photos by Brittany Brassell
Holy shit, Say Hi knows how to get the party started on a Friday night at 9PM! I honestly think I saw more empty drink cups and shot glasses lining the Barboza shelf of subwoofers tonight than I’ve ever seen at their weekly Saturday night dance gigs. In a city on a hill where we show the Rocky Horror Picture Show weekly and regularly have Twin Peaks themed dance nights, I guess it’s really no surprise that Seattle knows how to get weird. But to welcome Seattle native Eric Elbogen back to a local stage after more than forty dates between now and the beginning of his tour in support of new record Endless Wonder, things got very fun very fast. But of course, that’s no surprise at all – it’s just Eric doing what he does best in the way that only he could do it. Together with budding Seattle supergroup (technically!) Unlikely Friends, Say Hi brought the house down at the Barboza for his second to last show of the year.