Music That Matters: Cooperating with the Energies of the Unseen World

Check out some of the KEXP DJ’s favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP’s Music That Matters weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world’s best independent artists.

Falon Sierra at KEXP in 2017 // photo by Bebe Labree Besch

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Music That Matters, Vol. 600 – Cooperating with the Energies of the Unseen World

Musical alchemist DJ Kevin Cole provides the soundtrack to penetrate the darkness and fear that obscures our awareness of the divine chord. Includes new songs from Dessa, Sufjan Stevens, Gord Downie, and other cosmic creators.

1. Dessa – Fire Drills
2. Tús Nua – Fight!
3. The Luxembourg Signal – Blue Field
4. Nabihah Iqbal – Saw U Twice
5. Sufjan Stevens – Tonya Harding (in Eb major)
6. Bekon – Cold As Ice
7. Falon Sierra – Sprained Ankles
8. Gord Downie – A Natural
9. Airiel – Molten Young Lovers
10. Pia Fraus – Autumn Winds
11. Boulevards – Donezo
12. Ikebe Shakedown – Brushfire

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KEXP Exclusive Interview: St. Vincent

all photos by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

In the middle of her two night stand at The Moore Theatre here in Seattle, St. Vincent stopped by the KEXP studios to share songs from her latest LP, Masseduction (with a fan-favorite from 2011’s Strange Mercy thrown in for fun). With just an acoustic guitar and her powerful voice, St. Vincent (real name: Annie Clark) stripped the intricately textured, densely produced sound of the new release, giving KEXP listeners a fresh new take on these tracks. Video of her performance is being produced and will be shared via our YouTube channel soon, but in the meanwhile, revisit her interview with DJ Cheryl Waters, where she talks about her recent film work, designing guitars, and her time hiding out in a bathroom here in Seattle.

Transcribed by Abbie Gobeli

Cheryl Waters: We’re live in the KEXP studios with St. Vincent who plays tonight at the Moore Theatre. That was absolutely beautiful.

St. Vincent: Thank you.

I mentioned how lovely it is to hear you playing these songs acoustically. Of course, the album is big and full of all kinds of sounds. I read somewhere that you wrote that song [ed. note: “New York”] specifically on guitar — it sounds a bit different on the record. Do you generally start that way?

No, I’m all over the place. Sometimes I’ll go to an MPC and make a beat, and sometimes I’ll have lyrics written top to bottom and then go, “OK, what do these lyrics sound like?” Sometimes it is more organic — what you think of as a classic singer-songwriter process where you’re sitting down with a guitar and a pen and your feelings. But it really is all over the place for me. Read More »

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KEXP Exclusive Video Premiere: Buffalo Tom – “Roman Cars”

photo by: Lily Garceau

photo by: Lily Garceau

Last year, alt-rock veterans Buffalo Tom released a 25th Anniversary Edition of their breakout album Let Me Come Over. And now in 2018, the long-running band are releasing their first new album in six years, Quiet and Peace, due March 2nd via Scrawny/Schoolkids Records. Today, KEXP is excited to premiere the video for the track “Roman Cars,” which you can watch below.

Against a beautifully-animated clip, painted in muted colors, the band delivers that exuberant, Big-Star-esque sound that we fell in love with 25 years ago. As the vocals of bassist-vocalist Chris Colbourn and singer-guitarist Bill Janovitz chime together in harmony, shapes and scribbles serenely float across the screen. Quiet and Peace features the most songs with lyrics and lead vocals from Colbourn than any other Buffalo Tom record to date, including today’s featured track. About the video, Colbourn tells KEXP:

In this song Buffalo Tom take a rollercoaster ride from grumpy middle age back to the halcyon days of youth. For the video, we decided to utilize the great cover art we have for the album and think it came out great.

Buffalo Tom will be LIVE on KEXP at 9:00 AM on Thursday, March 1st (incidentally, the day before the album comes out). They’ll also be at Neumos later that night, with two more west coast dates after that. Until then, get mesmerized by the kaleidoscopic clip for “Roman Cars” below:

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Song of the Day: Black Nite Crash – The Things We Do


By Sam Goldner

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “The Things We Do” by Black Nite Crash, from the album Nevergreen, which is available now via Neon Sigh.

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Thursday Music News

photo by Bebe Labree Besch (view set)

  • Beck has shared a new (but not first) cover of The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting For The Man,” off The Velvet Underground and Nico. The song is for Spotify’s “Music Happens Here” series, which has previously included songs from Local Natives, Twin Peaks, and Allen Stone. Beck previously recorded a cover of “I’m Waiting For The Man” back in 2009 when he was doing an online project called Record Club, where he would gather a group of fellow musicians to cover entire albums. The first one they covered was The Velvet Underground and Nico. Beck released Colors last year on Capitol Records. [ SPIN ]

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Throwaway Style: Parisalexa Grows Up and Searches Through Love on Bloom

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Throwaway Style is a weekly column dedicated to examining all aspects of the Northwest music scene. Whether it’s a new artist making waves, headlines affecting local talent, or reflecting on some of the music that’s been a foundation in our region; this space celebrates everything happening in the Northwest region, every Thursday on the KEXP Blog.

“My mom always says ‘bloom where you’re planted,'” Seattle R&B songwriter Parisalexa says in a press statement for her new EP, Bloom. “I didn’t understand it before, but now I feel like that’s exactly what I’m doing.”

At 19-years-old, Parisalexa (aka Paris Alexa Williams) boasts more wisdom than most of us could say we did at her age. It’s not just in the way she describes her journey, but the way it’s felt on Bloom. Since her performance at the 2016 SoundOff!, Williams’ presence has elevated the Seattle scene. Whether it’s jumping on tracks with COSMOS and Samurai Del or performing with packed crowds on her own, she’s effortlessly stepped up with the prowess of a seasoned professional and elevates any track she appears on. But Bloom is truly something special. Beyond all the truly great work she’s already done, this is easily the best thing she’s done. And it’s clearly just the start of something bigger.

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Knox Fortune


Knox Fortune is a Chicago-based, Grammy Award-winning artist and producer that’s been a prominent behind-the-scenes figure within his home city’s vibrant music scene over the past couple years. First making waves on collaborations with fellow Chicago artists Chance the Rapper, Joey Purp, Vic Mensa, and Towkio, Knox Fortune stepped more clearly into the spotlight last year with his solo debut album Paradise, a confident and colorful record that displayed his unique fusion of psych-pop, hip-hop, R&B, and pop styles. His exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World is a brilliant showcase of his eclectic ears, as he pieces together a mix that quickly jumps between disparate styles with an enthusiastic abandon that all makes sense and feels surprisingly cohesive. Between New Order and The Knife, Knox Fortune splices in nearly 20 additional tracks ranging from esoteric electronic to fuzzy punk rock, unveiling an illuminating glimpse into his diverse influences and taste.

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Review Revue: The Frenz Experiment and I Am Kurious Oranj

The Fall - The Frenz Experiment

Welcome to Review Revue, where every Thursday I dig through the KEXP stacks to share DJ reviews and comments written on the covers of LPs (and occasionally CDs) in the ’80s and ’90s, when the station was called KCMU, the DJs were volunteers, and people shared their opinions on little white labels instead of the internet.

By now you’ve doubtless already heard the incredibly sad news of Mark E. Smith’s passing. As I type this, seven hours have passed since I heard the news, and I’m sure thousands of people more knowledgeable than I have already penned heartfelt tributes to the man. I don’t by any means consider myself to have anything of substance to add to the conversation, but fortunately, my own words aren’t what this series is about, and the KCMU DJs of yore have written many, many words about the Fall over the years. So with that said, I will hand it over to the KCMU DJs of thirty years ago — with a special tip of the cap to Damon Creed, who was a super-commenter back then and continues to chime in here on the blog from time to time (including the posts I wrote about the CD and LP of Extricate), and might well be the biggest Fall fan in Seattle. Read More »

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Upstream Music Fest + Summit Announces 2018 Guest Curators

Photo by Bebe Labree Besch

Upstream Music Fest + Summit returns to Pioneer Square for its second year on June 1-3. As festival goers may remember from last year, one of the most unique parts about Upstream is its utilization of guest curators to build out their club stages. It’s a tradition they’ll cement this year with a roster of new and familiar names, from record labels to icons.

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Eugene Fauntleroy

Photo by Valerie Calano

Photo by Valerie Calano

Eugene Fauntleroy is an enigmatic figure on the Seattle underground electronic scene, known for his skills behind the decks, his vast record collection that spans the gamut of quality house and techno, and his deft ability to string sleek rhythms together in a seamless sophisticated fashion. He’s currently a resident DJ alongside Brian Lyons and AC Lewis for Loving Touch, held at Lo-Fi on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, and he also spearheads Looters Records, a new online and pop-up record shop on Capitol Hill specializing in high quality dance music and beyond. His exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World is a hypnotic journey through deep underground tech-house rhythms, showcasing his impeccable mixing talents, a few of his unreleased collaborative productions, and his sharp crate digger’s ear for obscure leftfield gems.

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