Author Archives: DJ El Toro

KEXP Q&A: Patrick Fitzgerald of Kitchens of Distinction on Record Store Day, KEXP In-Studios, and Why Radio Still Matters

In the wake of their 2013 full-length Folly, the first new album from Kitchens of Distinction in 19 years, the UK trio celebrates Record Store Day with the limited-edition 10-inch single “Extravagance,” featuring two B-sides culled from the band’s KEXP in-studio session last year. I asked Patrick Fitzgerald of Kitchens of Distinction to tell meRead more...

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Album Review: The Woodentops - Granular Tales

Amidst the dour lyrical sentiments and ill-fitting raincoats of the ’80s UK indie scene, South London quintet The Woodentops injected much-needed bursts of optimism. While Morrissey pissed and moaned about every insurmountable obstacle life pitched in his path, The Woodentops’ frontman Rolo McGinty unfurled a string of singles (“Good Thing,” “Love Affair with Everyday Living”)Read more...

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Spring Fundraising Drive: Going the Distance

Never underestimate the power of great music to boost your strength and endurance. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been working out, about to “hit the wall,” when hearing Grace Jones, Matthew Dear, or Soundgarden propelled me through one more set of bench presses. Yesterday morning, KEXP launched its own Running Club asRead more...

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Be Prepared with the KEXP “Junior DJ” Kids’ Tee

You don’t need to be a Boy or Girl Scout to recognize that our new KEXP “Junior DJ” kids’ tee has plenty of merit. (Sorry!) With its eye-catching, outdoorsy green and yellow design, this fun T-shirt makes a perfect gift for the adventurous young music lover in your life, and it can be yours whenRead more...

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Meet the New “Music Matters” T-shirt!

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This week KEXP unveils its new “Music Matters” T-shirt, designed by New York native Jeff Glendenning, Assistant Professor of Communications Design at Syracuse University and former Art Director for The New York Times Magazine (fancy!). “I was inspired to create something listeners would want to wear with KEXP pride,” says Jeff. Mission accomplished! This simpleRead more...

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Get Ready for the One-Day Radio Rally!

I’m a sucker for a good B-side. As a teenager, one of my favorite cassettes was the 1984 Warner Bros. compilation Revenge of the Killer B’s. My classmates might have recognized some of the featured artists (Talking Heads, the B-52’s, Depeche Mode, Madonna), but they didn’t know these songs. Familiarity with flipsides was a badgeRead more...

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Make Your Mark and Help Build KEXP’s New Home!

How would you like to emblazon your name across Seattle Center... without getting arrested for vandalism? It’s easy, fun, and a great way to support KEXP. Let me explain: KEXP is constantly expanding our services on-air, online, and throughout the community to connect you to more new artists and services.  And now we’re expanding KEXPRead more...

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Fall Fundraising Drive: Meet the KEXP Beanie!

As much as I love to knit, I honestly didn’t need another stocking cap... until I saw the KEXP beanie. Seattle headwear specialists Coal, who created this beanie exclusively for KEXP donors, share our dedication to quality and curatorial excellence. They’re also serious music geeks, citing Wilco, Seattle hip-hop, The Flaming Lips, old records, andRead more...

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Fall Fundraising Drive: The Wild Party

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 buysRead more...

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Fall Fundraising Drive: In With the New

KEXP’s Fall Fundraising Drive is underway, and tomorrow at noon we’ll begin counting down the Top Albums of the 21st Century as voted on by our listeners. Why such a specific focus? That’s easy: we wanted to spotlight releases since 2000 because music lovers tell us discovering new music is one of the primary reasons theyRead more...

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