Author Archives: DJ Shannon

KEXP Music That Matters Podcast, Vol. 57: Over-Listening Therapy

Mason Proper live at Beat Kitchen, Chicago 7/26/07 photo by Sid Sowder Music is my boyfriend, my crack, my religion. But where does one draw the line on music addictions? Has anyone sought help for a stereophonic overload? I’ve almost reached the point of no return with a few up-and-coming bands on my latest MusicRead more...

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Music That Matters Vol. 42: My SXSW Flashback Hour…The Early Years, The Twilight Sad, Foals, Hot Club De Paris, iLiKETRAiNS and many more

Nothing compares to Austin. 6th Street, Stubb’s BBQ, South Congress, Austin Hotel, Spider House Coffee, endless music. Even the airport reminds you it’s the “Music Capital of the World.” I visit once a year and it’s for all of the above. SXSW coincides with Spring Break and St. Patrick’s Day. A belated Mardi Gras ofRead more...

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Music That Matters Vol 35 is available now... Mew, Delays, Clearlake, Art Brut, Jim Noir and many more

This latest edition of Music That Matters brings you music from Denmark, Manchester, London, Oxford, Southampton, Brighton, (as in England not Massachusetts), Alabama (yeah that Alabama), Missouri and all the way back to KEXP’s hometown, Seattle. Listen to exclusive tracks, a few remixes and brand-spanking new singles you’ve been craving. I also have a coupleRead more...

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KEXP’s Year in Review - For Your Consideration: Announcing DJ Shannon’s awards for favorite live performances of 2006

It’s no coincidence my favorite cds of the year are from my favorite live acts of 2006. I’ve decided to nominate bands in a variety of outstanding categories you won’t find anywhere else. The envelope please... The Official Gatekeepers of Heaven: Mew This Danish band will welcome you with open arms as “Frengers” do. TheirRead more...

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Music That Matters 29 with DJ Shannon

Xavier Boyer of Tahiti 80, courtesy of mahceenaleen This Music that Matters #29 podcast features 12 of my favorite up-and-coming (mostly unsigned) bands. You’ll hear many exclusive and unreleased tracks. My all-time favorite French band, Tahiti 80, release their third album on November 14th and are on tour in the US this month. Some highlights:Read more...

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Still a buzzin’

The Rakes at KEXP - 7/14/06, courtesy of DJ Shannon I’m still a buzzin’ from July 14th. The Rakes made their first (and long-anticipated) appearance in Seattle playing at El Corazon. Flashback to my first exposure of The Rakes: Brighton , England . Concorde 2 in May 2005. Playing the NME Tour. They were oneRead more...

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I’m still recovering...

I’m still recovering. Sasquatch kicked ass and kicked my ass. The lineup was impressive. The backdrop at the Gorge Amp is breathtaking. Friday was my big day: I was most excited about Nine Inch Nails (NIN to the real fans) and Bauhaus. Forgetting to bring my black eyeliner, I settled for my I

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