KEXP Presents: World AIDS Day Concert at Showbox at the Market 12/1

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This Tuesday, December 1st, KEXP, in partnership with Lifelong, presents the 2015 KEXP World AIDS Day Concert at The Showbox at the Market. Enjoy a FREE concert from Ivan and Alyosha, Fly Moon Royalty, and Graig Markel and the 88th St. Band, with KEXP’s own DJ Darek Mazzone, as we shed light on the worldwide observance of those affected by HIV and AIDS.

The KEXP World AIDS Day Concert will follow a full day of events in the community centered on World AIDS Day, including fundraising, informational, and awareness-building events carried out by several partner organizations in the local community.

“Many people from all walks of life – for over 34 years – have been infected and affected by this disease – almost 13,100+ are living with HIV disease right here in our state,” said Scott Bertani, Lifelong’s Director of Prevention Education & Community Relations. “And regardless of a person’s sexual orientation, socioeconomic or demographic background, likes or dislikes, HIV disease doesn’t discriminate, and neither should our commitment to seeing an end to AIDS.”

“That’s why programs like KEXP World AIDS Day Concert are so vital to getting the message that HIV disease is still here – still in our community. And while we often see this disease targeting the most marginalized in our community, we also know it doesn’t have to happen; not these days. Not with enhanced access to treatment and testing, care and prevention services, pre-exposure and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP and PEP) – just to name a few.”

“And until there’s a cure, there is so much work that still needs to get done, and one of the best ways to support the mission is to come together on days like World AIDS Day – to rededicate ourselves, to talk about it, to remember all those who passed, and… to dance.”

This all-ages event is FREE and open to all. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and the event will run ’til 10:00 PM. The Showbox at the Market is located at 1426 1st Avenue.

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Live Video: Death & Music

photo by Melissa Wax

It started with the Mom Show, a dedication by KEXP Morning Show host and producer John Richards as way to honor his mother after she passed away from cancer. The show touched so many listeners, who themselves have all been touched by the memory and loss of loved ones, that the show became a much requested annual feature. This year, John decided to gather a local crowd at Seattle’s Town Hall for a night to share his inspirations for the show and take an honest look at how a community comes together to share their experiences of death and music. He was joined by local artists Rocky Votolato, Noah Gundersen, Sean Nelson, and Shelby Earl, who each shared their own personal stories though talk and song. It was a special and cathartic night for those in attendance, one that we felt needed to be also shared with the global KEXP community, so we captured these moments of raw emotion on video to share with all of you at this time of the year when our loved ones are most likely to be in our minds.

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Tuesday Music News

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

  • Seattle boys Beat Connection spotlight the Product 3 track “Rosealene,” which you can watch a live performance of below. Watching online not enough? The group are currently wrapping up a North American tour, including some mid-December Northwest dates in Spokane and Vancouver. Product 3 is out now on Anti- Records. [Under the Radar]

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Midnight in a Perfect World: Teen Flirt

photo by Mariana Garcia

photo by Mariana Garcia

Teen Flirt is the alias of Monterrey, Mexico-based electronic producer David Oranday. He’s emerged as a standout artist in the Latin electronic music community with his seductive nostalgia-tinged future bass/R&B sound as well as serving as the driving force behind the label Finesse Records. His shape-shifting exclusive mix for Midnight In A Perfect World sheds light on some of his recent standout productions and remixes as well as fresh selections from kindred contemporary artists exploring the intersection between bass, R&B, electronic, hip-hop, house, and spacious trap.

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2015 Top Ten List Spotlight: DJ Tim

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2015, leading up to our 2015 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Vote today for your favorite albums of the year, and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a 10 CD pack of the Top Albums of 2015, as voted on by KEXP listeners. Voting ends on Friday, December 11th at 6:00 PM PT, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 18 to hear if your picks made the list!

Jamie xx

Jamie xx // photo credit: Dave Lichterman (view set)

DJ Tim’s 2015 Top Ten Albums

rank artist album label
1 Jamie xx In Color Young Turks
2 Sufjan Stevens Carrie & Lowell Asthmatic Kitty
3 Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love Jagjaguwar
4 Lower Dens Escape from Evil Ribbon Music
5 Doldrums The Air Conditioned Nightmare Sub Pop
6 AM & Shawn Lee Outlines Celestial Electric Music
7 Beat Connection Illusion Anti-
8 Petite Noir La Vie Est Belle/Life Is Beatiful Double Six
9 Deerhunter Fading Frontier 4AD
10 Tame Impala Currents Interscope

DJ Tim is a fill-in DJ at KEXP.

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Song of the Day: Martin Courtney – Northern Highway

photo by Shawn Brackbill

photo by Shawn Brackbill

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 DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Northern Highway” by Martin Courtney from his 2015 album, Many Moons, on Domino Recording Company.

Martin Courtney – Northern Highway (MP3)

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Out This Week 11/20

It’s a holiday week, so for new releases, we get a cornucopia of reissues, remixes, retrospectives, and more. Husband-and-wife duo Shovels & Rope share a surprise covers album that KEXP Music Director Don Yates notes features appearances “ranging from Shakey Graves and JD McPherson to Lucius and J. Roddy Walston.” Violin virtuoso Kishi Bashi shares “a live album recorded at various locations across America with a string quartet and banjo, featuring all-acoustic versions of songs from his first two albums.” Castle Face Records (co-founded by Thee Oh Sees’ John Dwyer) continues their Live In San Francisco series with Useless Eaters and “a scorching live set of fiery garage-punk from this Memphis-bred, San Francisco-based band, recorded at the basement venue Vacation earlier this year.

Shelflife and Korda Records have teamed up to reissue the first three Sire Records albums from dream-pop veterans The Ocean Blue on vinyl: The Ocean Blue, Cerulean, and Beneath the Rhythm and Sound. You can hear an exclusive live performance from the band on KEXP, on Monday, November 30th at 9:00 AM PT, recorded at The Cutting Room Studios in New York City.

Sub Pop have reissued the first five Mark Lanegan solo albums, which were either out-of-print or previously unreleased on vinyl. Each album was cut from new lacquers and pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and is housed in a sleeve reproducing the art for its original release. And Domino pays tribute to another Northwest legend, Olympia trio Beat Happening, with a remastered, career-spanning double album anthology, lovingly curated by the band themselves.
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Live Around Town This Week


Thunderpussy // photo by Bebe Labree Besch (view set)

Tuesday, November 24th:

Oneohtrix Point Never, James Ferraro at Neumos // All Ages (more info)

Minus The Bear, Murder By Death, Aero Flynn at The Showbox // All Ages (more info)

Taj Mahal Trio at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley // All Ages (more info)

Wednesday, November 25th:

• KEXP Presents Thunderpussy, Nightmare Fortress, Draemhouse, BOD at Neumos // 21+ (more info)

Silas Blak, Proh Mic, DJ Able Fader at The Crocodile // 21+ (more info)

Tuatara, Living Daylights at Nectar Lounge // 21+ (more info)

Taj Mahal Trio at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley // All Ages (more info)

Katie Kate, Tilson XOXO, Arkomo at The Sunset // 21+ (more info)
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TV Eye: Week of 11/23

My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket // photo by Alan Lawrence (view set)

KEXP has our TV eye set for this week in late night television. Set your DVR, TiVo, or just drink some coffee to stay awake for these musical guest performances on your favorite talk shows. Here are the highlights:

Monday, November 23rd:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Adele
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert: My Morning Jacket
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: Christine and the Queens (R)
Conan: Hot Chip (R)

Tuesday, November 24th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Kimya Dawson (R)
Conan: Jason Isbell (R)

Thursday, November 26th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Kool Keith
Last Call with Carson Daly: Houndmouth (R)

Friday, November 27th:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Talib Kweli (R)

Saturday, November 28th:
Austin City Limits: Jason Isbell and Neko Case (R)

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Monday Music News

photo by Nate Watters (view set)

  • Last night at the American Music Awards, Seattle’s own Macklemore & Ryan Lewis debuted a brand-new track titled “Kevin,” which we can only assume is named for KEXP’s Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole. (Note: it’s not.) Soul sensation Leon Bridges joins them on guest vocals. Stream the single and watch their live performance below. [Spin]

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