Midnight in a Perfect World: Lusine


Lusine is the alias of Seattle-based electronic producer Jeff McIlwain, a veteran artist within our local music community who’s sublime and meticulous blend of techno, house, ambient, and downtempo styles has found a home on the premier American record label Ghostly International for over a decade now. His exclusive DJ mix for Midnight In A Perfect World perfectly showcases his lush and hypnotic aesthetic, blending top-notch tech-house selections including Seattle’s Pezzner, John Talabot, Dauwd, as well as Jeremy Greenspan’s remix of Lusine’s own track “Lucky.”

Artist Song
Lusine Intro
Fort Romeau New Wave
Sevensol & Bender Captain Trollig (Original Mix)
Lusine Lucky (Jeremy Greenspan Remix)
John Talabot Last Land
DJ Koze Nices Wölkchen (Robag’s Bronky Frumu Rehand)
Terje Bakke Jadore (Original Mix)
HVOB Lion (Stimming Remix)
Dauwd Jupiter George (Original Mix)
Douglas Greed Driven (feat. Mooryc) (Seth Troxler Remix)
Yoko Duo Close These Curtains (Stimming Remix)
Emea Dampler (Sau Poler Remix)
Lake People Tellap Tac (Original Mix)
Pezzner The Answer (Original Mix)
Brett Johnson You Can Count on Me (Original Mix)
Benoit & Sergio Your Darkness (Original Mix)
Doc Daneeka Paname (Piano Vers)

Midnight in an Perfect World, KEXP’s weekly hour-long guest DJ show, airs Fridays at midnight. This multi-genre program features eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJ’s, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Midnight in a perfect world is made possible with support from New Belgium Brewing.

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Live Review: Philip Selway with Adem at Columbia City Theater 4/15/15

Philip Selway

all photos by Brittany Brassell

If there’s a band member sweating on stage during Philip Selway‘s sets, how is it not going to be the drummer? Selway’s work with Radiohead through the late 90s, 2000s, and even the 2010s continuously reinvents how we see and hear the art of drumming in the modern rock and electronic atmosphere. The man paints textures and atmospheres with a drum kit that no one else could dream of. So that being the case, here tonight when Selway switches to front and center to perform tracks from his two fantastic solo LPs (2010’s Familial and last year’s Weatherhouse), how drummer Chris Vatalaro isn’t having an anxiety attack blows my mind. But after seeing him play some truly jaw dropping material throughout the set at hand, I can understand why he and I don’t have the same reaction to the present situation. Assurance from the man himself has to help, too – before the band breaks into a brilliantly transformed rendition of “Patron Saint”, Selway introduces Vatalaro, along with multi-instrumentalists Adem and Quinta, and commends them all for their work. But no one at Columbia City Theater needed to take Selway’s work for it. Between the four of them, the solo work of Philip Selway was brought to brilliant life on Wednesday night. And with an excellent opening set from Adem‘s own reportoire to start things off, the night was truly a remarkable treat.
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Song of the Day: Nic Hessler – Expel Me

photo by Ellen Wildhagen

photo by Ellen Wildhagen

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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 selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Expel Me” by Nic Hessler from the 2015 album Soft Connections on Captured Tracks.

Nic Hessler – Expel Me (MP3)

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Live Around Town This Week

John Talabot // photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

Monday, April 20th:

Colleen Green, Upset, Chastity Belt, Listen Lady at The Black Lodge // All Ages (more info)

Sleep, Bell Witch at The Showbox // 21+ (more info)

Fox and the Law, Powers, Colorworks, Scott Yoder at Chop Suey // 21+ (more info)

Moving Units at The Vera Project // All Ages (more info)

Vieux Farka Touré, Tuatara, DJ Darek Mazzone at Nectar Lounge // 21+ (more info)

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TV Eye: Week of 4/20

The Waterboys

The Waterboys // photo by Charina Pitzel (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, April 20th:
Late Show with David Letterman: The Waterboys
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Matt & Kim
Late Night with Seth Meyers: The Buzzcocks
Ellen: The War on Drugs

Tuesday, April 21st:
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: “Weird Al” Yankovic
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Alabama Shakes
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Mark Ronson
Last Call with Carson Daly: Years & Years

Wednesday, April 22nd:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Chet Faker
Last Call with Carson Daly: Natalie Prass
Conan: Aloe Blacc (R)

Thursday, April 23rd:
Late Show with David Letterman: Elvis Costello
Last Call with Carson Daly: Caribou

Friday, April 24th:
Late Show with David Letterman: Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires
Late Night with Seth Meyers: The Mountain Goats (R)

Saturday, April 25th:
Austin City Limits: Jack White

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Monday Music News

photo by Brittany Brassell (view set)

  • Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete has reached out to the public for funding for his battle against cancer. Fekete underwent surgery a few months ago to have a large tumor from his abdomen, but unfortunately, this rare and aggressive form of cancer has since spread to his lungs and spine. Since insurance will only cover so much, he’s set up a GoFundMe page here. Fekete says, “Any extra funds collected when this is all said and done will be donated to further my doctor’s alternative cancer research.” [DIY Magazine]

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Photos: The Sonics at Easy Street Records


Saturday night in West Seattle, history was made… or remade… when Northwest legends The Sonics performed a special set at Easy Street Records on Record Store Day to benefit KEXP’s New Home. The iconic Tacoma band alone were a huge draw to the legion of fans inside and surrounding the store, but dozen or so surprise guests made this a show for the archives! Joining them on songs new and old was a who’s who of Seattle rock — Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Calvin Johnson of Beat Happening, Matt Lukin of Mudhoney and Melvins, Emily Nokes of Tacocat, Chris Ballew of The Presidents Of The United States Of America, Big Kahuna of Girl Trouble, Ben Shepherd of Soundgarden, Van Conner and Mark Pickerel of Screaming Trees, and Rod Moody of Swallow — each paying tribute the guys who started it all! Even original Sonics bassist Andy Parypa took the stage for a raw version of “Psycho”, proving to all that a band in their 70’s could tear it up.

We’re still blown away by the night, and we’ll have video to share in the days to follow, but for now, you can relive the night in photos

Photos by Jim Bennett:

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Song of the Day: Sufjan Stevens – Should Have Known Better

Sufjan Stevens

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part 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 selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Should Have Known Better” by Sufjan Stevens from the 2015 album Carrie & Lowell on Asthmatic Kitty.

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Music That Matters: I Break Bands

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.


Mew // photo by Paul Heartfield

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 456 – I Break Bands
Discover your new favourite bands with this latest mix curated by KEXP’s DJ Shannon, including new songs from The Away Days, Mew, Black Rivers (Jez and Andy from Doves), BC Camplight and more.

1. BC Camplight – You Should’ve Gone to School
2. Gengahr – She’s A Witch
3. Black Rivers – The Ship
4. Mew – Water Slides
5. Kassassin Street – To Be Young
6. Public Service Broadcasting – Go!
7. Absofacto – Dissolve
8. The Away Days – Best Rebellious
9. Hooton Tennis Club – Jasper
10. Charles Howl – Lunacy
11. Foreignfox – Quiet At Home
12. Fatherson – I Like Not Knowing
13. Mt Wolf – Red

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Album Review: Drenge – Undertow

When last we saw Eoin and Rory Loveless, they were making snotty garage rock for boys not yet men who were sick to death of love, and they were doing it in style. The brother duo Drenge found a way to blend some mixture of romance, boyhood, and senseless violence into an addictive, invigorating mixture. The band’s self-titled debut, led by singles like “Bloodsports“, “Dogmeat“, and “Backwaters“, moved forward at breakneck speed for 10 tracks with no regard for anyone standing in their way, then went on an eight minute existential crisis on “Let’s Pretend” then gave up any semblance of forward motion altogether on the lovably defeated “Fuckabout“. Truly, taking their name after the Danish word for “boys”, Drenge made a record that deserved its title. Sex, death, fist fights, and rock n roll – what else is there to love? But for outing number 2, the Loveless brothers are taking boyhood to darker territory, taking into account not only the daunting horizon of adulthood, but also the age of technology and isolation in which we live. With an expanded and expansive three man setup (adding bassist Rob Graham), Drenge give us Undertow, an album that builds on its predecessor in every imaginable way.

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