Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Song of the Day: Morgan Delt – Some Sunsick Day

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, comes from Californian psychedelic artistRead more…

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Album Review: M.I.A. – AIM

Back in July, Annie Mac interviewed M.I.A. to announce the official release date for delayed fifth album AIM (formerly called Matahdatah). With the announcement, Maya gave us the bass-heavy single “Go Off” to mask the pain of some bummer news: this is going to be the last M.I.A. album before she goes on hiatus. JustRead more…

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Album Review: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree

The cover of Skeleton Tree, the sixteenth studio album by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds is the most minimal and least revealing artwork of their career. Against a black backdrop in computerized font, the title of the record glares menacingly like the stuck screen of a heart rate monitor. It’s quite ironic actually, givenRead more…

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Album Review: Wilco – Schmilco

Legacy is such a weird concept. “We tried so hard”, Wilco sing on Schmilco closer “Just Say Goodbye”, “as if I have the answers”. Back in a July 2009 interview with SPIN mag, describing the band’s self-titled record contract wrap-up seventh album, frontman Jeff Tweedy told the world, “I think people are ready to laughRead more…

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Song of the Day: Stephen Steinbrink – Impossible Hand

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Impossible Hand” by StephenRead more…

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Album Review: Ice Choir – Designs in Rhythm

Through years of hard work and countless projects, producer Kurt Feldman has made a name for himself as one of the greatest auteurs of the 80s who was also born in the 80s. Earlier this year, Feldman brought this knack for timeless synth pop to Kristin Welchez for her debut as Kristin Kontrol. Elsewhere, heRead more…

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Live Review: Peter Bjorn and John with Bayonne and Jay Som at Neumos 8/31/16

In all the press shots for their new album, Swedish indie rock veterans Peter Bjorn and John are decked out in custom jumpsuits and armed with cartoon tools. They look like they are ready for a day of work at the zaniest garage or gear shop that you’ve ever seen. And yet, the imagery isRead more…

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Song of the Day: Drive-By Truckers – Surrender Under Protest

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, comes from Athens Americana veteransRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 3: Billy Idol, YG, Cashmere Cat, Manatee Commune, & So Pitted

Wow, another year of Bumbershoot action already over, and what a ride it was! This year’s festival was truly a different beast. With the new overhead having a full year to strategize and plan logistics, it seemed like by day 3, a lot of these were starting to go out the window. Crowd rushing inRead more…

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Bumbershoot 2016, Day 2: Black Joe Lewis, JoJo, Dude York, Reggie Watts, & Manatee Commune

Bumbershoot 2016’s middle day was an interesting one. With a line management fiasco at the Key Arena the day before, police ran the line down the main drag, roping off necessary crosswalks and rerouting people trying to get their chicken burrito on at Chipotle into tree beds and bushes. And while strobe after strobe atRead more…

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