Category Archives: Nite Life

Friday Nite Spotlight: Telepathique – Last Time on Earth

It’s another early morning at KEXP. I stop for coffee on the way and wait for it to hit me as I stumble into the station. It’s kind of dark here in the mornings… I guess since there are less people there are less computer screens and lamps lit up. I sit at my desk,Read more…

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Friday Nite Spotlight: Raphael Saadiq – The Way I See It

This fall, I took my city-born boyfriend from Harlem to the Washington Rainforest. He’s 28 years old and had never been on a hike. I’m really into hiking and camping and want to slowly draw him in. So I figured that the Hoh Rainforest would be a good place to start. There is a stunningRead more…

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Friday Nite Spotlight – Daptone Records Remixed

I love vinyl. Every detail of it. The cardboard sleeves it comes in. The “swish” sound as it leaves the sleeve. Art you can put your hands on. Unlike CDs, the art is big enough to appreciate. I have started decorating my apartment walls with LP Covers and naked vinyl discs. It’s finally starting toRead more…

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Friday Nite Spotlight: Thievery Corporation – Radio Retaliation

by Michele Myers This morning I passed a construction worker wearing a hardhat that was decorated with the American flag. And it got me to thinking… With the election of Barack Obama, the first African-American president, the meaning of the flag has changed. I don’t know what Mr. Construction Worker is saying with his hat,Read more…

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Friday Nite Spotlight: The Beatles – Let It Be

We had a debate in the record library at KEXP. It was mostly me and Ryan, the Programming Intern, but others weighed in. Best band of all time? The Beatles, in my opinion, no contest. Ryan was leaning hard on Led Zeppelin, but although they morphed themselves a transcendent rock sound, they basically took bluesRead more…

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Midnight Album Spotlight: Louis La Roche – The Peach EP

November 2008. The future is now. You’re in a French nightclub. It is dark except for flashing lights that animate every movement. The beats are silvery, relentless — hard like a robot heart in your chest. But wait. Sneaking into the mix is the real, warm heart of Motown sound. Is that Michael Jackson IRead more…

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Midnight Album Spotlight – The High Decibels – The High Decibels

Let’s talk for a moment about “force field albums.” Force field albums are records that make you feel good no matter what. Records that block out negative energy. Over the years I’ve found many of them: Lily Allen’s Alright, Still, the Ocean’s Eleven soundtrack, Bob Marley’s Natty Dread, The Beatles’ Let It Be. But myRead more…

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Midnight Album Spotlight: Joy Division – Substance

1976 in Manchester, England. The situation was desperate. Neighborhoods were run down. Rubble and smoke filled the streets. It was really hard to find a good job. Most young people felt they had no future. They were destined to work in the factories all their lives. Two young men: Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook scrapedRead more…

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Midnight Album Spotlight: The Chemical Brothers – Singles 93-03

The day is gray and the color has drained from the world. Another Seattle winter/fall/spring morning. It’s that kind of mood that keeps reoccurring during the cold months in this seaside town. It feels like you’re in a black and white photo. It also feels like the grey will go on forever. Where is theRead more…

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Midnight Album Spotlight: Bill Withers – Just As I Am

Every week I choose an album to spotlight on KEXP. This week it’s soul legend Bill Withers, who mixes pop and soul like no one else. Bill Withers’ songs are soulful, literary and emotional. If you only hear his songs, and don’t ever get an earful of him in an interview, you’d never know thatRead more…

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