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Just how far are KEXP supporters willing to go to get the word out? Chicago listener Jason Rohde thought the folks at City Hall might like to hear about us, so he displayed his KEXP bumper sticker prominently as he turned through a red light (“an anomaly,” he claims). While the infraction may keep Jason from attending a show or two this summer, he assures us the $90 fine won’t interfere with his membership renewal. We’d like to hope that Jason’s sacrifice is a lesson for others (though please do not run any red lights or do anything illegal) so that they might help spread gospel of KEXP and keep us “listener supported.”
So, our Summer Pledge Drive is full under way. So far, as of 10 am, we’ve raised $121,881.32, which puts us at nearly 25% of our goal. You can check up on our progress for this Hit-It-and-Quit-It drive at kexp.org, where you can also view the map for…
The 2007 Hood-to-Hood Challenge! My own neighborhood, Ballard, is kicking butt, everyone’s that is except West Seattle. Dang you, West Seattle! You’ll be the first to go when the polar caps melt. But until then, we’ll just have to pull through — I’m sure we can do it again. And what the heck are you other neighborhoods doing? C’mon, any one of you should be able to beat West Seattle. I mean, it’s not even in Seattle, right? And I heard that Kevin Cole lives over there!
Wherever you’re from — and keep in mind that you don’t have to be a Seattle resident to represent a Seattle neighborhood (Ballard) — we’d like to thank all of you who have pledged and ask those of you who haven’t to please do so. In addition to our broadcast, the other services we provide, like our podcasting and this blog, require your support. Help us get you the music and music news you require.
Thanks to member support, we’ve been able to offer a diverse range of podcasts, like the latest Music That Matters podcast, Vol. 49, hosted by new kid on the block DJ El Toro, who, in his own words, provides “a crash course in the skewed musical world of one of the newest members of the KEXP on-air family, featuring some classic funk & soul grooves, atmospheric rock, a dash of roots, and lots of scenery chewing.” Where else are you going to hear a set of music that includes Mark Pickerel, Betty Davis, Ursula 1000, Imperial Teen, Little Annie and Nick Lowe? Well, you can hear it right here, for free:
Music That Matters, Vol. 49: “Meet DJ El Toro” (MP3)
We also try to keep you up-to-date with music news and weekend suggestions (thanks, Three Imaginary Girls!). If you value these resources, please become a KEXP supporter.
Speaking of music news, here’s what’s been going on:
In September, local label Barsuk Records will be releasing the soundtrack to Kurt Cobain About A Son, which screened at the Seattle International Film Festival this past Saturday. According to the press release, the movie is “based on more than 25 hours of previously unheard audiotaped interviews conducted with Cobain by noted music journalist Michael Azerrad for his book Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana.” The soundtrack features an original score by Steve Fisk and Ben Gibbard as well as songs from Cobain’s influences and contemporaries, like Arlo Guthrie and Mudhoney.
Speaking of Ben Gibbard, the Death Cab for Cutie frontman was the butt of a joke recently. Online station Cloak & Dagger premiered a new segment called “Ambush Interview” in which the hosts call musicians anonymously and “force them to do an interview until they hang up.” Gibbard picks up on the ploy quickly and plays along. When the interviewer asks, “405, I’ve always been torn, dead girlfriend or dead pet?” he responds, “Me and my dead pet had kind of a weird relationship. Leave it at that.” When asked about the supposed rumors regarding his sexuality, he quips, “These gay rumors have been dogging me this entire solo tour. Straight out dogging me.” The full hilarious response and the entire interview can be found on Cloak & Dagger’s Show 48.
As previously reported, undies once belonging to chanteuse Neko Case went up for auction in order to support a cause close to her heart, Greyt Expectations Greyhound Rescue. Now, according to Pitchfork, eBay user hack7270 is lucky enough to be close to somewhere else for $300.
In tragic news, The Music Slut had been following the story of the drummer for Ra Ra Riot, John Pike, who had been missing for 24 hours after a party in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, it’s now reported all over the internet that his body has been found after an extensive search. Product Shop NYC is one of the many blogs offering tribute to the drummer of the promising young band.
The lineup for this year’s Glastonbury Festival has been officially announced. The 2007 roster includes many of the usual festival suspects — Arcade Fire, Bjork, Amy Winehouse, etc. — added to an insane amount of other artists we’d love to see here in the U.S. like Jamie T, Los Campesinos!, The Aliens, and Pigeon Detectives. The nearly impossible list of bands for three days makes the mind boggle — how do you choose? Mark Ronson, The View or Beirut? Babyshambles, Bat for Lashes, Lily Allen or Simian Mobile Disco? Oh wait, I know which one you can cross off! Will cloning technology be available by June 22?
Speaking of Beirut, band leader Zach Condon is another participator in The Believer magazine’s current Music Issue, out now. Be sure to pick up a copy! I Guess I’m Floating hosts the song:
Ra Ra Riot – Each Year (MP3)
There’s still time to vote for the 2007 World’s Sexiest Vegetarian! Will it be Chris Walla or Ted Leo? Natalie Portman or Joss Stone? If you dig dudes with beards, there’s hair a-plenty! My vote’s for Andre 3000 and Princess Superstar.
Zach Condon – Venice (MP3)
I’ll leave you with a couple of videos to watch while you’re considering how much to pledge and which neighborhood (Ballard) you want to represent. Here’s a live clip of Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls covering Radiohead‘s “Creep” while standing ontop of a bar. As BrooklynVegan says, you have to keep watching, as the performance picks up after a few minutes — it’s well worth your time!
Franz Ferdinand‘s version of LCD Soundsystem‘s “All My Friends” ranks with the best the lads from Glasgow have ever recorded. Here’s a silly video for it flipping around the internet:
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