I still get chills when I think back to the 2011 KEXP in-studio when 4AD veterans Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance) and Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) performed Tim Buckley’s “Song to the Siren.” I can only assume I did something really unselfish in a previous life in order to wind up right there in the room as two of my all-time favorite artists covered an iconic classic.
But the best part of that in-studio? Knowing that music lovers all over the world were sharing the same experience I was. I love that hundreds of thousands of people can participate in these exclusive performances without the intimacy and spontaneity being compromised one iota. When Kevin Cole decided to include “Song to the Siren” on Live at KEXP Volume Eight I was over the moon.
KEXP had another banner year for in-studios in 2012. More than 550 artists performed on KEXP: Shovels & Rope, Liars, Best Coast, the Grizzled Mighty, Lemolo, John Cale... and who can forget Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields playing his ukulele live from the KEXP men’s room?
We’re hard at work now assembling our latest collection of these exclusive performances—and you can be part of that creative process. Your donation before February 3 will help us produce Live at KEXP Volume Nine. You could even see your name featured in the liner notes alongside some of your favorite KEXP artists if you make a gift of $250 or more.
The opportunity to power Live at KEXP only comes around once a year. I’m so grateful I get to share the thrills and chills of live music with the KEXP community every day. I hope you feel the same and will help us produce this unique collection and share the joy of KEXP in-studios.
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