Author Archives: Jim Beckmann

Happy (Belated) Birthday, Brian Eno!

This morning, John Richards celebrates the 68th birthday of composer, producer and performer Brian Eno, featuring four hours of ambient and other music created, produced and inspired by the all-around musical mastermind. While he’s most directly connected to the genre of “ambient”, a term he coined himself, Eno also collaborated with and produced an amazingRead more…

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Album Premiere: Fruit Bats – Absolute Loser

A couple of months ago, we were able to tease the forthcoming album by Fruit Bats, the “reunited” project of one Eric D. Johnson, who broke from his 16-year career under that name, recorded briefly as EDJ, and now is back. His forthcoming album’s first song, “From A Soon To Be Ghost Town”, which weRead more…

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Song Premiere: David Bazan – Teardrops

Most bands start by writing songs at home and recording in their basements. For David Bazan, it took nearly two decades to get there. The former Pedro the Lion bandleader and subsequent solo artist has long been a local treasure, appealing to a generation of Northwest indie kids in the 90s and 2000s with hisRead more…

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Live Video: Rodrigo Amarante at Pickathon, Logging Road Sessions

Welcome to Pickathon’s 2016 Spring Season. Each week, the rustically set, Portland-area festival is running an ambitious program of four new episodes. Through twelve individual channels of content, you can experience this one-of-a-kind festival in the most intimate of ways… you’ll go, On The Farm, up to The Pumphouse, across to The Slab, out toRead more…

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Video Premiere: Capsula – Candle Candle

Even as it feels like rock ‘n’ roll is losing too many of its heroes lately, we should also remember those who continue to carry the flame. Among them, KEXP favorites Capsula, who exalt the rock gods of yore with a fiery passion. On eight kinetic LPs, plus a handful of collaborations, compilations and liveRead more…

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Song of the Day: Prism Tats – Pacifist Masochist

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 Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Pacifist Masochist” by Prism Tats fromRead more…

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Live Video: José González

Fifty fans christened KEXP’s live room during an exclusive tear-soaked performance with José González, all to benefit KEXP’s New Home. The Swedish singer-songwriter, whose history with KEXP dates back over a decade, broke listeners’ hearts for a full set of gorgeous, heartbreaking bliss, while sharing songs from throughout his catalog. Rarely does a hushed performanceRead more…

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KEXP Premiere: Rogue Wave – Delusions of Grand Fur

There should be no misconception about it, Delusions of Grand Fur is a gorgeous return to form for Oakland band Rogue Wave – not that they really ever left it. For their sixth release, though, frontman Zach Rogue and his longtime collaborator Pat Spurgeon have returned to self-producing and self-recording in their own studio, essentiallyRead more…

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Song of the Day: Amber Arcades – Right Now

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Right Now” by Amber ArcadesRead more…

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Song of the Day: Vök – Waiting

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 “Waiting”, a new self-releasedRead more…

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