The Mom Show on KEXP

Seven years ago, it started off as “the Mom Show,” a remembrance of KEXP’s Morning Show DJ John Richards‘ mother, who passed away from cancer. Since then, it’s become an annual event of remembrance that bonds all KEXP listeners through their own memories of friends and loved ones lost but not forgotten. With songs like Sia’s “Breathe,” LCD Soundsystem’s “Someone Great,” and Alexi Murdoch’s “Orange Sky,” John’s playlist is at times poignant and even sad, but it’s also ultimately happy, hopeful and a celebration of life. As John himself says, it’s “for everyone and everything we’ve lost and to always remember who and what we haven’t.”

For those who missed it, here’s the playlist:

Time Band Song Album Label
6:05 Liars The Other Side of Mt. Heart Attack Drum’s Not Dead Mute
6:11 Ólafur Arnalds Þú ert jörðin …and They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness Erased Tapes Records
6:14 The Cinematic Orchestra To Build a Home Ma fleur Ninja Tune
—- air break —-
6:23 Erik Satie Gymnopédie No. 1 The Gymnopédies
6:26 Apparat Sweet Unrest The Devil’s Walk Mute
6:29 M83 Soon, My Friend Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. Mute
6:31 Sufjan Stevens Seven Swans Seven Swans Sounds Familyre
—- air break —-
6:42 Ray LaMontagne All the Wild Horses Trouble RCA/BMG/Stone Dwarf
6:45 Bill Monroe My Last Days on Earth The Country Music Hall of Fame: Bill Monroe
6:52 The Cure Plainsong Disintegration Elektra
6:54 Peter Gabriel It Is Accomplished Passion: Music for the Last Temptation of Christ Geffen Records
—- air break —-
7:00 Depeche Mode Enjoy the Silence Violator Intercord Tonträger
—- air break —-
7:06 Sonic Youth Superstar If I Were a Carpenter A&M Records
7:09 Simon & Garfunkel Bookends Theme Bookends Columbia Records
7:10 Eddie Vedder Rise Into the Wild Sony BMG Music Entertainment
7:14 Alaska in Winter The Beautiful Burial Flowers We Will Never See Dance Party in the Balkans Milan Records
7:16 Beirut After the Curtain Gulag Orkestar Ba Da Bing!
—- air break —-
7:22 Alexi Murdoch Orange Sky (live on kexp)
7:27 Golden Smog Please Tell My Brother Weird Tales Rykodisc
7:29 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Mercy Howl Sessions RCA Records
—- air break —-
7:36 Cat Stevens Father and Son Tea for the Tillerman Island Records
7:40 Michael Franti and Spearhead Never Too Late Live At KEXP Vol One KEXP
—- air break —-
7:48 The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers Lisa Esopus, Volume 4: Imaginary Friends
7:52 Chocolate Genius My Mom Black Music V2
7:57 Jeff Buckley Hallelujah Grace Columbia Records
8:04 The The Love Is Stronger Than Death Dusk (Remaster) Sony
—- air break —-
8:12 The Verve See You in the Next One (Have a Good Time) A Storm in Heaven Hut Recordings
8:15 Love and Rockets Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven Earth · Sun · Moon Beggars Banquet
8:20 DeVotchKa How It Ends How It Ends Cicero Recordings
8:27 Cloud Cult No One Said It Would Be Easy Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes) Earthology Records
—- air break —-
8:32 LCD Soundsystem Someone Great Sound of Silver DFA Records
8:38 Sia Breathe Me Colour the Small One Astralwerks
8:42 Sigur Rós Með suð í eyrum Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust EMI Records
8:47 Moby God Moving Over the Face of the Waters Everything Is Wrong Elektra Entertainment Group
—- air break —-
8:57 Ben Lee We’re All in This Together Awake Is the New Sleep
9:01 R.E.M. Everybody Hurts Automatic for the People Warner Bros. Records
9:06 Elliott Smith A Fond Farewell From a Basement on the Hill Domino
—- air break —-
9:13 Fleet Foxes Your Protector Fleet Foxes [no label]
9:17 Band of Horses The Funeral Everything All the Time Sub Pop Records
9:23 Elbow Station Approach Leaders of the Free World V2
—- air break —-
9:29 Snow Patrol Run Final Straw Fiction Records
9:36 The Waterboys This Is the Sea This Is the Sea Ensign Records
—- air break —-
9:43 Clem Snide I Love the Unknown Your Favorite Music Sire Records
9:45 U2 Running to Stand Still The Joshua Tree Island Records
9:49 Pearl Jam Release / Master/Slave Ten Epic
—- air break —-
9:55 Maps Don’t Fear We Can Create Mute
9:59 TV on the Radio Family Tree Dear Science 4AD
—- air break —-
10:07 Johnny Cash We’ll Meet Again American IV: The Man Comes Around American Recordings
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  1. Ashlee
    Posted November 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for posting this playlist. I lost my father suddenly in September, and as I grieve I long to be connected to music that can express what feels unspeakable to me as well as longing to be connected to others in their grief. This show is a profound gift to the KEXP community.

  2. Christina Van Winkle
    Posted November 13, 2012 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    I really appreciate your honesty and openness. Your playlist is spot on and hits and emotional chord that resonates deep within. I’ve been longing to hear many of these songs and artists recently. It’s serendipitous that tonight I didn’t go for a run. Keep this show running! Lonely and missing the NW all the way from Saudi Arabia I stream KEXP as an emotional gateway to home.

  3. Sandy
    Posted November 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    John Richards can you tell me the name
    Of the song from your mum’s funeral
    that has bag pipes playing.


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