Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

Live Video: Mark Lanegan

Some singers can sing anything, and some of them practically do. Mark Lanegan has one of those voices that will stop you dead in your tracks no matter when or how you hear him. The former local boy (he’s lived in LA now probably longer than anywhere else) began a series of deep, dark soloRead more...

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Song of the Day: Wussy - Teenage Wasteland

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 DJ John Richards, is “Teenage Wasteland” by Wussy from theRead more...

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Live Video: Eels

As frontman and principle songwriter of rock band Eels for over 20 years, Mark Oliver Everett has created a cast of unique characters, but none may be as interesting as the one that is himself. On The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett, the band’s eleventh studio album, Everett, or just “E”, points the descriptiveRead more...

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KEXP Premiere: The Barr Brothers - Even the Darkness Has Arms

“If you ever woke up in a bed without somebody, and you didn’t know the bed or the room or the city, this song might be for you,” says guitarist and vocalist Brad Barr of the new song we’re premiering today by The Barr Brothers. Any discomfort, though, is less than temporary. “Even the DarknessRead more...

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Live Video: Joseph Arthur

Originally, he didn’t want to do it, but Joseph Arthur was eventually convinced to record Lou, a full album of songs by his friend and mentor, the late Lou Reed. Reluctant to turn the modern legend’s memory into “an opportunity”, Joseph Arthur approached the songs cautiously, simply, and unplugged — as opposite as he couldRead more...

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Song of the Day: FM Belfast - Everything

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 “Everything” by FM Belfast from theRead more...

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Live Video: Emilíana Torrini

We’ve packed the house at Kex Hostel during our broadcasts during Iceland Airwaves over the last few years, but no session was filled with as many fervent Icelandic fans as the performance by Emilíana Torrini. The Iceland native (her father is Italian, if you’re wondering about her name) grew up in Reykjavik but made aRead more...

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Live Video: Howler

“You don’t have to be anyone if you don’t want to / You don’t have to get a job if you don’t want to” and you definitely don’t have to listen to Howler if you don’t want to. But that would be a damn shame because the Minneapolis yeehaw boys have returned with their secondRead more...

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Live Video: tUnE-yArDs

tUnE-yArDs — even the typography of the name seems to pop off the page like the ecstatic rhythms of the band’s new album. For Nikki Nack, Merrill Garbus has traveled far, sonically and literally, expanding upon the conceit of her self-recorded debut and turning tUnE-yArDs into a communal arts tribe of singers, dancers and performers.Read more...

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Live Video: Hjaltalín

Not all of the magical places in Iceland are majestic glaciers, crystal waterfalls, bubbling thermal springs, or the lava field dwellings of the so-called hidden folk -- some are as common as public swimming pools. Sundlaugin, for instance, was for some sixty years a local pool just outside Reykjavik, until Sigur Rós converted it intoRead more...

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