Category Archives: Interviews

KEXP Exclusive Interview: Peter Perrett

Back in 1989, The Replacements covered the song “Another Girl Another Planet,” originally by late ’70s UK power-punk band The Only Ones, and it never would’ve happened if not for their former manager Peter Jesperson, who put the song on a mix tape for the tour van. Jesperson will be familiar to KEXP listeners —Read more…

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Feelin’ Minnesota: Exclusive Interview with Peter Jesperson

What was it like to discover The Replacements and surprise them with a record deal? Or hear John Peel talk about your label? Or hear the first Ramones album before 99.9% of the world? One guy, Twin/Tone Records co-founder Peter Jesperson can, and does, answer all those questions posited by KEXP producer and MN nativeRead more…

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Feelin’ Minnesota: Exclusive Interview with Jordan Gatesmith of Howler

As a teenager, Jordan Gatesmith fronted the Minneapolis-based band Howler, whose sneering garage-rock sound caught the attention of UK label Rough Trade. (You can check out their KEXP performance during SXSW 2012 here on the blog, and a 2014 in-studio session here.) After two albums, Gatesmith disbanded the group earlier this year, moved to LosRead more…

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Feelin’ Minnesota: Exclusive Interview with Alan Sparhawk of Low

While most of the well-known Minnesota bands hail from Minneapolis, out on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior is the city of Duluth, hometown to the band Low. In the early ’90s, the local sound was loud, abrasive, and grunge-inspired. Someone made the joke, what if a band were to play quiet music on stage?Read more…

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Feelin’ Minnesota: Exclusive Interview with Scott MacDonald of Arcwelder

They may not have made the majors like The Replacements and Hüsker Dü did, but Minneapolis-based band Arcwelder were more than a perennial local favorite, cracking John Peel’s Festive Fifth countdown in 1992 and getting crowned NME‘s “Punk Rock Single of the Week” by none other than guest editors, New Order. After four excellent albumsRead more…

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Feelin’ Minnesota: Exclusive Interview with Jim Walsh

If something was happening in the Minneapolis music scene, writer Jim Walsh was there to cover it. A former City Pages music editor (think, The Stranger) and award-winning columnist for the Pioneer Press, Walsh writes about music and culture. He is the author of the oral history The Replacements: All Over but the Shouting. KEXPRead more…

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: Rachel Goswell of Slowdive

It was exciting enough when Slowdive reunited in 2014 for a worldwide tour, but now the Berkshire-based shoegazers will release a self-titled LP tomorrow, Friday, May 5th, via Dead Oceans. It’s their fourth album, and first new music in 22 years. Founding member, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist Rachel Goswell took some time to chat with KEXPRead more…

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Local Artist Spotlight: Sashay

Leading up until the Upstream Music Fest + Summit, a Northwest regionally focused festival with over 300 acts, KEXP will be featuring a new local artist from the lineup with an interview and suggested tracks for where to start. Today’s post features Seattle queercore act Sashay, performing Friday, May 12 on the Mo-Wave stage at 9:45 PM. HardcoreRead more…

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: Susan Rogers Remembers Prince

Besides being the director of the Berklee Music Perception and Cognition Laboratory, and an associate professor at Berklee, Susan Rogers is also the person who worked most closely with the late Prince during quite possibly his most important period artistically. From 1983 to 1988, it was Susan who was on the other side of theRead more…

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: David Byrne on Here Lies Love

Back in 2010, David Byrne and Fatboy Slim collaborated on the concept album and “disco musical” Here Lies Love, which tells the story of former First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos. Following award-winning runs in New York, London, and Adelaide, Australia, the project has now arrived in Seattle, with performances running through May 28thRead more…

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