Category Archives: Reviews

Beijing Rocks: Public Image Limited’s Martin Atkins in China

by Chris Estey Not to get all “Weird At My School” (that’s DJ El Toro’s job here on the KEXP Blog), but my favorite album that seemed to freak everybody out when I was growing up was Public Image Limited’s Flowers of Romance. This was a spare, traumatic burst of language and noise from JohnRead more…

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DVD Review: Punk’s Not Dead

reviewed by Chris Estey It’s been a big year for banging your head on the punk rock — on DVD. Long-time fans will be hitting the stores to score the release of Julien Temple’s majestic Joe Strummer bio-pic The Future Is Unwritten and of more-than-local-interest is the astonishing love and care put into Kerry O’Kane’sRead more…

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Audioasis CD Review: The Russians’ self-titled debut

review by Rachel LeBlanc Perhaps it’s because I had house shows on my mind lately, but when I first listened to Bellingham’s The Russians on their debut self-titled release, I instantly thought of how great they would sound, smashed up in a crowded basement. Energy oozing out of every song, they entice you to moveRead more…

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Album Review: Tyler Ramsey’s A Long Dream About Swimming Across The Sea

by Ben Guerechit A lanky bearded fellow from North Carolina has begun to make a name for himself on the touring circuit. That name is Tyler Ramsey. Riding shotgun along the Band of Horses North American, and currently European, tour trail, Ramsey has brought along the soft, warming touch of instrumentalism he demonstrates on hisRead more…

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Review: I’m Not There – The two faces of Dylan lore

The KEXP blog is not a typical place to find film reviews, but the film I aim to review is not a typical film. In fact, it has taken me a week and half to sufficiently assemble my thoughts to the point I feel comfortable talking about it. This is actually a fitting representation ofRead more…

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Audioasis CD Spotlight: Blicky – Posthumous

photo from MySpace Imagine if Bauhaus and Depeche Mode went on a tour together. The resulting sound blending and coming out of the venues would sound like Seattle band Blicky. Glance over at their MySpace, and you’ll find they credit the two influential bands as having a pull on their styles, among many other electronic,Read more…

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Review: Panzah Zandahz – More Than A Mash-Up/Humbly Optimistic

photo from MySpace review by Ben Guerechit A while back, four months maybe, I came across a strange and intriguing remix album while perusing the wide world of webs. No telling how it made its way to my hard drive at this point, but the album had all these Radiohead tunes featuring some of hip-hop’sRead more…

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Live Reviews: Menomena, Festival in the Desert & Dusty Rhodes

This week, we have three reviews, one from Boston and the other two from Seattle. Menomena, Paradise Rock Club, Boston, 11/9/07 by Miriam Lamey Tinariwen & Vieux Farka Touré, Festival in the Desert, Town Hall, Seattle 10/31/07 by Catherine Roth Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, Neumo’s, Seattle 11/9/07 by Ben Guerechit Menomena, Paradise RockRead more…

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Album Review: edIT – Certified Air Raid Material

edIT – Certified Air Raid Material (Alpha Pup) review by Alex Ruder Certified Air Raid Material opens up with a journalist discussing the unique production techniques of LA’s Edward Ma aka edIT. He confesses: “Most people don’t even have a context for what it is and what kind of music you’re playing… How do youRead more…

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Album Review: Strategy

Strategy – Future Rock (Kranky) review by Alex Ruder I’m no cook. My talents in the kitchen were minimal from the beginning, and proficiency certainly has not come with the passing years. But one day after school, at the ripe and naive age of 9 or 10, I decided to create homemade burritos out ofRead more…

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