Author Archives: DJ El Toro

KEXP Spring Fundraising Drive: Ladies and Gentlemen... the Animals!

The animals are together at last—and I’m not talking about Eric Burdon and company reuniting to hit the casino circuit. KEXP’s Spring Fundraising Drive kicks off this Friday, and as a special thank you gift to donors who contributor $100 or more, we’re offering a brand new kids T-shirt. Created by Chad Syme of ScoreRead more...

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You Can Power Live at KEXP Volume Nine!

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 roomRead more...

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To Those We Lost in 2012, Part 2

Continuing our tribute to those music luminaries who passed away this year: in the second half of 2012, we lost a few long-lived pop and roots legends and also saw the lives of several artists cut tragically short, as with Bill Doss of psychedelic combo Olivia Tremor Control and God’s Favorite Beefcake members Drew KeriakedesRead more...

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A Special Message from Rhett Miller

When Old 97′s dropped by KEXP earlier this year, Rhett Miller took a moment to reflect on the impact KEXP has had on his life, and what a rare and precious commodity listener-powered radio is. If you share Rhett’s sentiments, please make a gift of support to KEXP. We’re in the midst of our NewRead more...

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To Those We Lost in 2012, Part 1

2012 was an amazing year for new music, as evidenced by the array of great records we’re showcasing in our countdown of the Top Albums of 2012 all day today. But this year we also bid adieu to groundbreakers and members of the KEXP community who enriched our lives with many years — and inRead more...

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New Donor Challenge: Knockout!

The KEXP Blog makes me want to punch somebody. It’s that good. There’s no other blog quite like it. You enjoy bird’s-eye-view videos of performances at our Seattle studios and KEXP events throughout the community. You can download Song of the Day selections that are curated with the same attention to detail each of our on-air hosts brings toRead more...

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2012 Top Ten List Spotlight: DJ El Toro

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2012, leading up to our 2012 Top Album Countdown, as voted on by our listeners! Voting ends on Friday, December 21st, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 28th to hear if your picksRead more...

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Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday … in recent years the post-Thanksgiving calendar has started to look like a short list of working titles for aborted New Order songs. But there’s more to the season than just shopping. The holidays are a time we think of others, too. And starting today, #GivingTuesday aims to inspireRead more...

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Countdown Predictions: Local Music

Wondering where a certain record might land in KEXP’s countdown of the top albums of the last 40 years? You’re not the only one. KEXP reached out to some of our favorite Seattle music writers and asked them to predict what records they anticipated seeing in the voter final results. These aren’t personal Top TenRead more...

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Fall Fundraising Drive: Live Music Matters

What a whirlwind of special programming this week has been! I’m still humming classic songs from last night’s 1972 flashback edition of “The Roadhouse” (damn you, Greg Vandy, for getting “Stuck In The Middle With You” wedged in my noggin!), and I’ve been closely monitoring our countdown of the top albums of the past 40Read more...

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