Author Archives: Janice Headley

Hot Potato: KEXP’s National French Fry Day Video Roundup

They say there’s a day for everything, and maybe they’re right, because today happens to be National French Fry Day. It’s been said that french fries date back to the 1600s, when the residents of a region formerly known as the “Spanish Netherlands” (currently: Belgium) had the custom of accompanying their meals with fried fish.Read more…

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Wednesday Music News

7/14 update: The GoFundMe has since been removed. Soulful singer/songwriter Shawn Smith has come across bad times. The vocalist for Pigeonhed, Brad, and Satchel, to name a few, is currently “homeless” (i.e. he has temporary housing, but friends aren’t sure how long that will last). A longtime friend of Smith’s has set up a GoFundmeRead more…

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Song of the Day: Let’s Eat Grandma – Deep Six Textbook

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, is “Deep Six Textbook” byRead more…

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In Stores Now 7/11

It’s been almost two decades, but it’s finally here: the latest from Australian band The Avalanches! KEXP Music Director Don Yates describes the album as “another impressive full-length of cut-and-paste collage-pop incorporating a dizzying multitude of samples, field recordings and guests vocalists ranging from Danny Brown and Biz Markie to Father John Misty and DavidRead more…

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Monday Music News

Northwest artist/musician Geneviève Castrée lost her battle with pancreatic cancer this past Saturday. Castrée recorded music under the names Woelv and Ô Paon for local labels K, Marriage Records, and her spouse’s label, P.W. Elverum & Sun. She was an accomplished artist, releasing her debut graphic novel, Susceptible, in 2013 with Drawn & Quarterly. OverRead more…

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KEXP Suggests: Ballard SeafoodFest 7/9 + 7/10

There’s a lot more to the Ballard SeafoodFest than just salmon! Founded in 1974 to celebrate the neighborhood’s Nordic roots and connection to the fishing industry, the event has since blossomed into a FREE two-day festival with arts and crafts, a beer garden, and an amazing musical line-up. (And, of course, still plenty of seafood!)Read more…

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Live Video: The Posies

There’s a bittersweetness to the latest from long-running power pop veterans The Posies. The Bellingham-bred band endured two tragedies prior to the new album’s release: bassist Joe Skyward passed away from cancer earlier this year, and drummer Darius Minwalla passed from unknown causes last year. On the band’s eighth album, Solid States, out now onRead more…

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Wednesday Music News

If you missed its debut on The Morning Show on KEXP this morning, we have new music from the Pixies! Check out the single “Um Chagga Lagga” below, from their forthcoming full-length Head Carrier, out September 30th via Pixiesmusic/[PIAS]. It’ll be their first album with new bassist Paz Lenchantin (who you may remember from theirRead more…

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KEXP is the New Black: A Jenji Kohan Birthday Video Roundup

If you’re one of those devouring the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, you’ve got this lady to thank: creator/writer/executive producer Jenji Leslie Kohan, who celebrates her 46th birthday today. And if you’re a KEXP listener who watches this show, you’ve surely recognized music from many KEXP artists woven into the sometimes horrifying,Read more…

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In Stores Now 7/4

There’s some pretty great releases for a holiday weekend, like the third LP from Dev Hynes — a.k.a. Blood Orange. KEXP Music Director Don Yates calls the album “another masterful set of expansive, moody R&B blended with funk, synth-pop and other styles, combining a diverse sound and a variety of live and sampled voices (includingRead more…

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