Author Archives: Michele Myers

KEXP Documentaries: “Grunge” – Screaming Trees

In 1983, more than 100 miles from Seattle in the Eastern Washington town of Ellensburg, a group of high school students started a band and named it Screaming Trees.  The four members didn’t have much in common, other than the fact that they all liked obscure music and went to the same school.  Their mutualRead more…

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: The Kills

The first time I saw the Kills was at KEXP for their performance at KEXP in 2005.  I was working in the next room, the production studio, editing a radio story.  Suddenly, a blast of guitar noise nearly blew me off my seat. (The production rooms at KEXP are not soundproof. but usually they keepRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Grunge” – Soundgarden

The first grunge-era band to get signed to a major label was Seattle’s own Soundgarden.  They got started officially in 1984, naming themselves after a sound sculpture near Seattle’s Magnuson park.  One of six bands to appear on the first grunge compilation, Deep Six, released in 1986, Soundgarden’s original sound was psychedelic garage — veryRead more…

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: The Arctic Monkeys

In 2001, in Sheffield, England, neighbors Alex Turner and Jamie Cook each got a guitar for Christmas.  Two other friends, Andy Nicholson on bass and Matt Helders on drums started jamming with them. The four of them played gigs for fun in their hometown in 2003. Made some home-burned demos and gave them to fans. Read more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Grunge” – Melvins

One of the first bands to take the sludgy, dark sounds of heavy metal and punk and slow them down to create a guitar style that is the trademark of grunge was Melvins.  Originally from the small town of Montesano, Washington, they took the band name from an unpopular dude who worked with some ofRead more…

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: Plan B

Plan B is a UK soul artist whose import CD “The Defamation of Strickland Banks” just dropped in the US this week.  He’s big across the pond, but new to most Americans.  This Saturday night he’s playing Chop Suey with his band. Am guessing this will be your last chance to see him in suchRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Grunge” – Green River

Our new KEXP Documentary series “Grunge” is produced in collaboration with Experience Music Project and their “Nirvana” exhibit which opens this week. In the early 80s, one of the first bands to combine guitar sounds from heavy metal with the energy and onstage fury of punk rock was Green River.   Growing out of the punkRead more…

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Saturday Afternoon Artist: The Smiths

I was a teenager when I first heard The Smiths.  Growing up in Pennsylvania, the radio stations only played pop or classic rock.  But one day I ran across a small station, WXXP, that changed my life.  It’s motto was “The station that dares to be different.” And for the first time I heard bandsRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: Poets and Music – Ken Nordine

There is no voice like Ken Nordine’s. We finished up our KEXP Documentary series “Poets and Music” with a profile of the great word artist. You may not know his name, but you know his voice. He’s been all over radio and tv since 1938. Doing big campaigns like Tasters Choice, Levis and tons ofRead more…

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DJ Michele Myers – My Record Collection

Over the years as a DJ at KEXP I’ve heard thousands of records. This list is of the (very few) releases that I actually listen to at home, with friends or in the car. There are many more artists to love, but this collection is about full-lengths that are good all the way through. You’llRead more…

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