Author Archives: Kevin Cole

Reconstructing Fables of the Reconstruction

R.E.M. fans must be “feeling gravity’s pull” as the legendary Athens, Georgia, band celebrates the 25th anniversary of their album Fables of the Reconstruction. It was a difficult album for the boys. For the first time ever, they left their sunny Southern home to record in cold, rainy London, England, with producer Joe Boyd, knownRead more...

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SAM Remixed playlists

This past Friday night, the Seattle Art Museum kicked off their Andy Warhol and Kurt Cobain exhibits with an incredible sold out event! And KEXP was there on the scene!

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A “Special” Giveaway on The Afternoon Show This Week

Formed in Coventry, England, back in 1977, five guys combined the danceable beat of rocksteady and ska with the vibrant energy and political activism of punk. With a combination like that, they could only be known as The Specials.

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Thinking Twice About the Meat We Eat with Moby

Tomorrow at 3:30 pm PST on The Afternoon Show, I’ll be welcoming Moby back to the KEXP studios. He won’t be bringing his synthesizers or guitar, and he’s not DJ’ing at any clubs later tonight. Instead, Moby will be speaking tonight at Town Hall about... meat.

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KraftWEEK continues on The Afternoon Show: Trans-Europe Express giveaway

KraftWEEK continues on The Afternoon Show, as I spotlight the recently remastered and reissued Kraftwerk albums that came out late last year, both as individual albums, and also as the box set 12345678: The Catalogue.

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KraftWEEK continues on the Afternoon Show!

KraftWEEK continues on The Afternoon Show, as I spotlight the recently remastered and reissued Kraftwerk albums that came out late last year, both as individual albums, and also as the box set 12345678: The Catalogue. Yesterday, I highlighted the album Autobahn, and today, it’s all about their 1975 release Radio-Activity. Check out this cool videoRead more...

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Afternoon Show giveaway: Kraftwerk

They’re the band I like to think of as “The Beatles of electronic music.” Taking their name from the German word for “power station” (take that, Robert Palmer!), Kraftwerk formed in 1970, helping to pioneer electronic music, and sparking an influence that’s still as strong as ever.

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R.E.M.’s Live at The Olympia featured on the Afternoon Show today

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The Feelies return!

by Kevin Cole To paraphrase the band Pavement, bands are reuniting each and every day... (Hey, even the band I just paraphrased!) But one of the reunions I’ve been most excited about is seeing New Jersey legends The Feelies back together. Taking their name from Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World, The Feelies did indeedRead more...

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Keeping an Eye on Big Star

Tons of bands today reference R.E.M. and The Replacements as an influence... but what about the bands that influenced them? Both Peter Buck and Paul Westerberg cite the band Big Star as the pinnacle of power pop. (Heck, The Replacements even wrote a tribute for frontman Alex Chilton on the album Pleased to Meet Me!Read more...

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