Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Song of the Day: Moby & The Void Pacific Choir – Hey! Hey!

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 DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, comes from one of electronicRead more…

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Album Review: Jim James – Eternally Even

Recently, Seattle Weekly posted a piece called “A Year of Emergency“. While the piece deals with the city’s prevailing homelessness epidemic, the societal range to which the phrase could be extended this year is nearly infinite. Human empathy is facing a year of emergency, and for better or worse, much of it comes to aRead more…

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Live Review: Preoccupations with Methyl Ethel at Neumos 11/2/16

It’s hard enough to make money nowadays as a musician, let alone when you have to ditch all momentum you’ve gained thus far and start again. But watching the bands the make the cut and bottle lightning a second time is like watching a boxer come off a loss stronger than ever. It’s not justRead more…

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Album Review: Sleigh Bells – Jessica Rabbit

Sleigh Bells have changed. I still remember the afternoon that my friend introduced me. “It’s like a pep rally for gladiators”, she said, laughing, pointing me to the self-titled EP, “their cover looks like Jimmy Buffett but their Myspace says they like Korn”. It was a reasonable introduction, effortlessly embodying the dichotomy that was SleighRead more…

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Album Review: Ricky Eat Acid – Talk To You Soon

With his work as Ricky Eat Acid, Say Ray functions inside a sporadic group of bedroom production geniuses, whose works are as intentional and impactful as they are fleeting. Under an output heavy Bandcamp-driven new model, the line between album, EP, mixtape, or otherwise is blurred or disregarded in favor of real experience. We gotRead more…

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Live Review: Gallant with Eryn Allen Kane at Crocodile 10/25/16

It’s a fact proven time and time again by the emerging stars of our time – if you pay close enough attention to the masters, eventually, their greatness will rub off on you. Tonight at the Crocodile, the two stars of the evening had, at the very least, one master in common: Prince. Tributes toRead more…

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Album Review: The Radio Dept. – Running Out of Love

Swedish indie pop band The Radio Dept. have never been optimists, but with new record Running Out of Love, they are really going out of their way not to see any silver linings. “There’s nothing gracious about our kind”, Johan Duncanson sings on opener “Sloboda Narodu” (yes, that is the famous Yugoslav Partisan motto), asRead more…

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Live Review: Christine and the Queens with Lemolo at Showbox at the Market 10/19/16

“You’re born naked and the rest is drag.” That’s one of several RuPaul quotes that Héloïse Letissier has written on her wall, and it encapsulates, in such fitting form, the spirit of her musical identity as Christine and the Queens. A stage identity apart from herself, Christine is a reflection of Letissier with unshakeable confidence,Read more…

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Live Review: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Death From Above 1979 with Deap Vally at Showbox SoDo 10/20/16

“How about this?” Julie Edwards screamed from the drum set halfway through Deap Vally’s set, “Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and DFA 1979! This is the friggin’ rock n roll circus man!”. Edwards remark couldn’t be more true – truly, tonight’s sinfully good double feature is a match made in heaven. At first, the combination mightRead more…

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Live Review: She Wants Revenge Debut Album 10 Year Anniversary at Showbox 10/21/16

“How much is your 15 year old self flipping out right now?” That’s the text I got from Brittany right after we saw the date go up. She Wants Revenge, celebrating the 10th birthday of their 2006 debut by playing the album in its entirety at the Showbox. Wait, 10 years? Has it already beenRead more…

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