Category Archives: Songbook

Oh My Virgin Ears!: Billy Bragg’s Life’s a Riot with Spy vs. Spy

With Oh My Virgin Ears!, KEXP’s (young) intern Gabe Pollak takes a first listen at iconic albums in music history. With singer/songwriter and author Billy Bragg visiting KEXP’s Gathering Space tonight as part of of Songbook: KEXP’s Music & Literature Series, we had Gabe reflect on his first time listening to Bragg’s 1983 studio album debut, Life’s A Riot withRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: The Singing Earth by Barrett Martin

When most people hear the name “Barrett Martin,” they immediately think of rock bands, like ’90s grunge gods Screaming Trees or maybe supergroup Mad Season (which also featured members of Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam). Or maybe you flashback to 2015’s Raw Power supergroup, performing on the top of Pike Place Market. After readingRead more…

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KEXP Songbook: Of Potato Heads and Polaroids with Mike McCready

Live in the KEXP’s gathering space last Tuesday, we celebrated a special edition of our Songbook Live series, featuring an hour-long conversation between DJ Kevin Cole and Pearl Jam guitarist, and photographer, Mike McCready. Mike’s new book, Of Potato Heads and Polaroids, is filled with photos, mostly Polaroids, he took documenting years recording and onRead more…

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KEXP Presents: Damon Krukowski and The New Analog 4/20

You needn’t be an audiophile snob to conclude that today’s MP3 downloads, or their streaming counterparts, sound worse than 1965’s LPs – MP3s are designed to sound worse. It’s a crucial part of what enables them to be so portable, cheap (if not free), and ubiquitous. If you are dancing while wearing earbuds, like inRead more…

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KEXP Presents: Lol Tolhurst of The Cure 10/28 + Exclusive Interview

Join us this Friday, October 28th as KEXP welcomes Laurence “Lol” Tolhurst, founding member of iconic post-punk band The Cure, and author of the new memoir, Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys, out now on Da Capo Press. Tolhurst and Robert Smith began their friendship at the age of five, holding hands at aRead more…

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Photo Gallery: Trouble Boys with Author Bob Mehr + Peter Jesperson 7/20

Thanks to everyone who came out last week for our reading and signing of Trouble Boys: the True Story of The Replacements! We will thrilled to be joined by author Bob Mehr, and former Replacements manager and co-founder of Twin/Tone Records, Peter Jesperson. After Mehr shared the story of how the band shaved their eyebrowsRead more…

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KEXP Presents: Trouble Boys w/ Author Bob Mehr + Peter Jesperson 7/20

We can’t hardly wait for this hootenanny of an event! If you will dare, join us in the KEXP Gathering Space on Wednesday, July 20th as we welcome Bob Mehr, author of Trouble Boys: the True Story of The Replacements, with special guest, Peter Jesperson, former Replacements manager and co-founder of Twin/Tone Records. With TroubleRead more…

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Scribes Sounding Off: Trouble Boys

The Replacements may have broken up 25 years ago (and then gotten back together, and broken up again), but their influence grows larger every year. Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy once declared that everything his band does is based on The Replacements. Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day calls them his favorite band of all time. TheRead more…

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