Author Archives: Gerrit Feenstra

Album Review: Swet Shop Boys – Cashmere

Timely does not even begin to describe the new record from NYC rappers Heems and Riz MC, a.k.a. Swet Shop Boys. While it’s depressing as hell, these two dudes seriously could not have picked a better week to drop an album about basic human rights being put up into contention. As the race towards VotingRead more…

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Song of the Day: El Perro Del Mar – KoKoro

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 comes from Swedish indie pop artist El Perro Del Mar. “KoKoro” is theRead more…

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Live Review: James Blake with Moses Sumney at Moore Theatre 10/12/16

Nine decades deep into the electronic music genre, and the most startling and effective instrument it uses is still the human voice. From the earliest days of sampling and vocal splicing to the revolutionary vocal manipulations of Bruce Haack and Kraftwerk up through the live vocal looping we’ve enjoyed so deeply for the last fifteenRead more…

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Album Review: American Football – LP2

“Everyone is dressed up, everyone to the nines”, Mike Kinsella whispers on the album’s closing track, “Someone must have found love or someone must have died”. That sentence – perhaps better than any other on the record – embodies the perfect mixture of awareness and distance that has haunted American Football throughout their unorthodox career.Read more…

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Album Review: Johnny Jewel – Home Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Johnny Jewel makes music that calls upon the venue of cinema so regularly, that when he actually creates something meant to go along with film, it almost seems more meta than the imaginary films he’s themed in other projects. Likewise, the whole of the Italians Do It Better catalog exists in this space between albumRead more…

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Song of the Day: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – I’m Still Here

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 comes from contemporary soul siren and her band Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.Read more…

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Album Review: Confrontational – Kingdom of Night

Man alive, is it a good time to be the 80s or what? We have Stranger Things still tearing up the Netflix ratings, and the show’s soundtracking band S U R V I V E on a world tour behind their new album (you can catch them at Crocodile 10/12). Death Waltz and Mondo areRead more…

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Live Review: The Zombie Apocalypse Tour featuring Fabio Frizzi at Neumos 10/4/16

When you have nearly half a century of film scores to choose from and you don the Neumos stage on a Tuesday night, which one do you play first? These are the types of questions you would ask yourself if you were master Italian composer Fabio Frizzi. Frizzi is the second four-decades-deep horror soundtrack godRead more…

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Album Review: Johnny Jewel – Music To Drive

This week, it’s been five years since Drive came out. If, somehow, you’ve lived under a rock for most of those, Drive is a 2005 novel by James Sallis, adapted into Danish film director Nicholas Winding Refn’s most popular (and probably most approachable) film. Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and OscarRead more…

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Song of the Day: beGun – Yoko

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, comes from Barcelona electronic actRead more…

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