Author Archives: Michele Myers

Saturday Afternoon Artist: Blonde Redhead

If music could be compared to artistic paintings, New York band Blonde Redhead’s songs would be watercolors.  The blue shades of psychedelic dark thought mix with red-colored angst and creep into black surroundings.  One of the most interesting groups to ever visit the KEXP studios, I’ve personally seen them argue before two live radio performances.Read more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Grunge” – Pearl Jam

In 1990, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard from Mother Love Bone, drummer Matt Cameron from Soundgarden and guitarist Mike McCready got together to make a demo. This cassette tape ended up in the hands of California surfer Eddie Vedder. Vedder recorded vocals and sent it back, and these recordings were the start of their mostRead more…

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Stevie Wonder

Born Steveland Hardaway Judkins in 1950, the man we know as Stevie Wonder has lived his life sightless.  And has created some of the most intensely colorful music in the world.  He grew up in Detroit and at age 11 was noticed by The Miracles Ronny White who took him to the label Motown.  MotownRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Grunge”- Tad

The dark side of grunge music is not always about heroin and death.  In the story of the band Tad, the dark side takes the form of careless marketing choices and the corruption of the music industry.  Tad was a band that seemed to be cursed with bad luck — with two recalled releases.  OneRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Grunge” – Mother Love Bone

Singer Andrew Wood was well-loved in the Seattle community in the late ’80s.  He said he named his band after the two things he loved the most.  Mother Love Bone was formed in 1988 by members of two earlier groups from the grunge era,  Malfunkshun and Green River. Andrew Wood, from Malfunkshun, was undeniably charismaticRead more…

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Adele

In 2008, UK singer Adele released her first record, named for her age at the time, 19.  Funky keyboards, simple pop arrangements and a mix with vocals on top showcased this young artist’s incredible pipes and talent for writing songs about bad luck and love. The whole album was about her experience of being inRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Grunge” – Nirvana

The band that made grunge famous was Nirvana.  Founding members Kurt Cobain and Krist Novaselic met at a Melvins concert in their hometown of Aberdeen, Washington.  By early 1988, they were playing under the name of Nirvana and had developed a cult following in nearby Olympia. Later that year, the new Seattle label Sub PopRead more…

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Lauryn Hill

> One of the few females who have achieved royalty status in hip-hop, Lauryn Hill is multi-talented.  She not only won 5 Grammy awards for her only solo album, where she sings, composes all the songs and produces.  But she’s also an actress and mother of 5 kids. There are many women in hip-hop, butRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: Grunge” – Alice In Chains

Of all the KEXP Documentaries I’ve made, this one may have been the hardest.  When I heard the tragic story of how lead singer Layne Staley died from heroin addiction it was hard to keep going.  I have an immediate family member who’s a heroin addict.  It’s been almost impossible to watch the progression ofRead more…

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: James Blake

22 year-old singer, keyboardist, producer James Blake put out his first full-length record this February.  As a kid he played piano. And in college took music classes at Goldsmith University, where he first got into electronic and dubstep music.  Then he started DJing around London and posting remixes of other people’s songs online under aRead more…

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