Sometimes when I’m filing away records, I imagine what would happen if the CDs or LPs were actual people in a room together. Take the slice from the J’s above and throw an imaginary cocktail party. Tom Jones has a mouth-breathing fan-boy meltdown over Robert Johnson while Sharon Jones asks Grace Jones where she buys her hats. What if they all went into a recording studio after a few drinks? My music geek mind reels.
This week, as part of our Fall Fundraising Drive, KEXP is counting down the Top Albums of the 21st Century. Some of the programming combinations have been every bit as oddball as my aforementioned wild party. The second hour of Stevie Zoom’s show on Sunday encompassed Bill Callahan (Smog), Gnarls Barkley, Scissor Sisters, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and McClusky. Now that’s a party! And YOU are the daring host who assembled that guest list.
Think about it: not only is the countdown comprised of artists you and your fellow music lovers voted for, but you provide the incentive for having it in the first place. Your passion for eclectic music and inventive programming inspires us to put together these unlikely combinations of artists. All of us coming together as a community to vote for our favorites made the list so diverse and far-reaching, yielding this one-of-a-kind listening experience.
When KEXP listeners come together during the Drive and become donors, something even more extraordinary happens: you ensure that music with this much breadth and variety ALWAYS has a platform where you can enjoy it. No last call at this shindig! Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, you can tune into 90.3 FM Seattle, visit KEXP.ORG on the web, or open up the KEXP app on your mobile device, and the party is still going … because of YOU.
If you enjoy the wild party that is KEXP, please give a gift of support today. I’d hate for this celebration to ever wind down. Because if it does … I’m sending Grace Jones over to your house to get some answers!