Author Archives: DJ El Toro

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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The New KEXP “Power Cord” Tee is Here!

Doesn’t Sharlese look adorable in our new KEXP “Power Cord” T-shirt? Hard to believe it almost didn’t happen … because I was too scared to ask for help. I knew months ago that I wanted to ask Corianton Hale of Sleep Op Projects to design the 2013 Fall Drive tee. Corianton does amazing work forRead more…

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Big Gay Podcast 2013: Share the Love

Never underestimate the power of sharing music. Songs and artists with something to say can shape so much: identity, politics, political identity, identity politics… you catch my drift. When I was a teenager, just coming to terms with my homosexuality, the mix tapes my adult friends Steve and Robert made for me pointed toward different,Read more…

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Summer Fundraising Drive: Why Do YOU Power KEXP?

Everything you hear or see or experience via KEXP is powered by YOU and your fellow music lovers. We’re in the thick of our One-Day Summer Fundraising Drive and Hood-to-Hood Challenge right this very minute, and amidst the excitement I wanted to share a few of the reasons donors have shared with us for whyRead more…

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2013 Hood to Hood Challenge starts NOW!

As you’ve been listening these past few days, you’ve heard a couple things you wouldn’t typically hear this time of year on KEXP. The first is the hullabaloo about Amplifiers Love Week. All donors play a crucial role in KEXP’s ability to bring you great music and new artists on a daily basis. The sustained, ongoing monthlyRead more…

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Happy Amplifiers Love Week!

Do you remember Spirit Week in high school? When everybody had to wear school colors, show up to class in pajames, or dress as members of the opposite sex? I never, ever thought I’d reflect affectionately on that five-day stretch leading up to the big homecoming game. I loathed Spirit Week, hiding in the wilds of the FFARead more…

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