Author Archives: Michele Myers

My First Time at Doe Bay Fest

On the coastline of Orcas Island, Doe Bay is a down-to-earth community. Owners of the resort, Joe and Maureen Brotherton, seem to set the vibe. Intentionally creating Doe Bay Fest to be friendly, supportive and all about music. “It’s like we wanted it to be in the 70s, but in the 70s we got intoRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: George Clinton Masterminds Parliament and Funkadelic

KEXP Documentaries bring you a musical subject in the time it takes to play just one song. This week it’s an episode on funk mastermind George Clinton and one band with two names: “Parliament” and “Funkadelic.” In 1956, George Clinton formed a doo-wop group in the back of a barbershop in Plainfield, New Jersey.  HeRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “James Brown Creates Funk”

Popular R&B artist James Brown invented funk music by changing the accents and voicings in soul music. He released the first known funk single, “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” in 1965. This new kind of music drew from gospel, jazz and R&B and would lay the foundation for future genres of music like hip-hop,Read more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Electronic Innovators” – The Belleville Three

Today on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, at 3pm we finish our current KEXP Documentary series, Electronic Innovators, with a profile of the inventors of techno, The Belleville Three.

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KEXP Documentaries: “Electronic Innovators” – Björk

    Pop icon Björk started out as a child star in her home country of Iceland when she released an album of covers in 1976. She was only 11 years-old.   The album was called Björk, and even though it brought her fame, Björk was ashamed of the record.  “I felt funny about having anRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Electronic Innovators” – Brian Eno

Our current KEXP Documentary series is Electronic Innovators, featuring profiles of acts like Portishead, Amon Tobin, Kraftwerk, Daft Punk and more. This week we look at an artist who is the quintessential example of the inventor-musician.  The “Godfather of Ambient Music,” Brian Eno started out as a rock star in the glam-pop band Roxy MusicRead more…

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Live Review: Portishead @ WaMu Theater 10/23

We bought our tickets to Portishead months ago, even though I was concerned that the venue was going to be bad. But when we got into the WAMU Theater it was a big hall boxed off with curtains. A blank palette. There were seats in the back on risers but most of the space wasRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Electronic Innovators” – Portishead

The city of Bristol in England, 1991.  Two unemployed musicians met in a job retraining program offered by the city. Geoff Barrow was a producer and keyboardist and Beth Gibbons was a singer who had played in lots of local bands. They started making music together and in 1992 added jazz guitarist Adrian Utley. TheyRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Electronic Innovators” – Amon Tobin

Brazilian-born sound artist Amon Tobin is on the cutting edge of performance in electronic music.  He started making recordings in 1994, calling himself Cujo.

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KEXP Documentaries: “Electronic Innovators” – Massive Attack

Each week our KEXP Documentary team bring you a musical subject in the time it takes to play just one song. This week we’re working with the Decibel Festival to bring you the series Electronic Innovators and today at 4pm it’s a profile on the inventors of trip-hop, Bristol collective Massive Attack! Founding members 3D,Read more…

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