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KEXP Documentaries: “Electronic Innovators” – Trentemøller

Each week KEXP Documentaries bring you a musical subject in the time it takes to play just one song! For our current series we’ve teamed up with Seattle’s Decibel Festival to bring you profiles of 10 “Electronic Innovators”. Today at 3pm on Kevin Cole’s Afternoon Show it’s Danish artist Trentemøller. He started out as aRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Electronic Innovators” – James Blake

KEXP Documentaries starts a new series, Electronic Innovators, on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole today at 3pm, with a feature on James Blake! This episode re-airs on my show this Saturday at 4pm. Electronic music first made its way into pop culture through soundtracks to science fiction films in the 1950s. The German band KraftwerkRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Grunge” – Mudhoney

One of the first grunge bands, Green River, broke up in 1987. Two of its members, Mark Arm and Steve Turner, were looking for new musical projects and both ended up doing a stint in the improvisational rock group The Thrown-Ups.  They also experimented with another lineup, recruiting bassist Matt Lukin, who had played withRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Grunge” – Pearl Jam

In 1990, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard from Mother Love Bone, drummer Matt Cameron from Soundgarden and guitarist Mike McCready got together to make a demo. This cassette tape ended up in the hands of California surfer Eddie Vedder. Vedder recorded vocals and sent it back, and these recordings were the start of their mostRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Grunge”- Tad

The dark side of grunge music is not always about heroin and death.  In the story of the band Tad, the dark side takes the form of careless marketing choices and the corruption of the music industry.  Tad was a band that seemed to be cursed with bad luck — with two recalled releases.  OneRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Grunge” – Mother Love Bone

Singer Andrew Wood was well-loved in the Seattle community in the late ’80s.  He said he named his band after the two things he loved the most.  Mother Love Bone was formed in 1988 by members of two earlier groups from the grunge era,  Malfunkshun and Green River. Andrew Wood, from Malfunkshun, was undeniably charismaticRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Grunge” – Nirvana

The band that made grunge famous was Nirvana.  Founding members Kurt Cobain and Krist Novaselic met at a Melvins concert in their hometown of Aberdeen, Washington.  By early 1988, they were playing under the name of Nirvana and had developed a cult following in nearby Olympia. Later that year, the new Seattle label Sub PopRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: Grunge” – Alice In Chains

Of all the KEXP Documentaries I’ve made, this one may have been the hardest.  When I heard the tragic story of how lead singer Layne Staley died from heroin addiction it was hard to keep going.  I have an immediate family member who’s a heroin addict.  It’s been almost impossible to watch the progression ofRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Grunge” – Screaming Trees

In 1983, more than 100 miles from Seattle in the Eastern Washington town of Ellensburg, a group of high school students started a band and named it Screaming Trees.  The four members didn’t have much in common, other than the fact that they all liked obscure music and went to the same school.  Their mutualRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Grunge” – Soundgarden

The first grunge-era band to get signed to a major label was Seattle’s own Soundgarden.  They got started officially in 1984, naming themselves after a sound sculpture near Seattle’s Magnuson park.  One of six bands to appear on the first grunge compilation, Deep Six, released in 1986, Soundgarden’s original sound was psychedelic garage — veryRead more…

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