What’s Going On @ KEXP: Takin’ It Back

The Blue Scholars: Sabzi & Geologic with John Richards
photo by Christopher Nelson

A big shout out to Blue Scholars, who woke up for the Morning Show with John Richards yesterday, even after a midnight CD release party at Easy Street! First Saturday Knights, now Blue Scholars — say what you will about Detroit, LA and New York, but Seattle hip-hop gets up early in the morning, yo!

A short while later, the French/Israeli/New Yorker Keren Ann sat down for a solo acoustic session with DJ Chilly. Her intelligent and revealing conversation was a refreshing compliment to her unique blend of jazz and folk — a bit Billie Holiday, a bit Leonard Cohen.

Both of these fantastic performances are available for the next fourteen days on our on our Streaming Archive. And you can view photos by Christopher Nelson from the links below:

Blue Scholars Blue Scholars
kerenann1.jpg Keren Ann

Right now, the Morning Show is going back to the beginning! What began as a coincidence grew into a theme: John Richards noticed as he pulled CDs for his show today that he held a handful of debut albums. After he announced the fact, listeners have begun writing and calling in with a fury. Now, John’s playlist is full of the “greatest debuts of all time,” including The Smiths, Definitely Maybe, Marquee Moon, Crocodiles, Psychocandy, Tigermilk, and many, many others! And if you’re reading this after the fact, that’s what our Streaming Archive is for! Go back and check it out!

Tomorrow, John will continue this theme — so get your list together of the greatest debut albums of all time!

Also, be sure to tune in tomorrow at 9:30 am for a rare performance of Sky Cries Mary on the Morning Show. It’s not often that Seattle’s seminal ambient/trance rock group get together (they’re split between coasts), but they be on our airwaves on Thursday and then at Neumos on Friday night for a CD release party of their own. Here’s an animated video for the title track of the new album Small Town:

The Roadhouse is also takin’ it back. This Friday 6/15, Greg Vandy presents his second podcast, a follow-up to his previous Music That Matters podcast exploring a genre commonly referred to as Freak Folk.

“Freak Too: The New Folk Underground,” will feature artists such as Bonnie Prince Billy, White Magic, and Alela Diane, as well as influences like Vashti Bunyan, Tim Buckley, and Nick Drake.

You can subscribe to Music That Matters podcast, Volume 51, on our podcasting page.

Tune in tonight for Greg’s expanded 3-hour radio preview of this podcast in The Roadhouse, from 6-9 pm

Here’s a live video of one of the revitalized but still classic Vashti Bunyan:

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