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Music That Matters, Vol. 397 - Winter Recovery
Positive, upbeat and all very new music from Morning Show host John Richards. This podcast is for those who are or did suffer from a miserable winter, be it weather, flu or anything else that has you looking forward to renewal.
1. Kins - Absblurd
2. There Will Be Fireworks - River
3. Patterns - This Haze
4. East India Youth - Heaven, How Long
5. 10:04’s - Glasshouse
6. Battleme - Just Weight
7. Ming City Rockers - I Wanna get out of here but I can’t take you anywhere
8. Big Ups - Goes Black
9. FAMY - A Ho A Hand
10. Books on Fate - Myth of Trust
11. Be Forest - Colours
12. CYMBALS - The Natural World
13. Elephant - Elusive Youth
KEXP asks musicians, “What is your favorite song, not necessarily of all time, but right at this freakin’ moment?”
Mas Ysa: “It’s been this for about a year, and it’s “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” the Sinead O’Connor version. The live version is unbelievable. The lyrical content is really beautiful, y’know? It’s a nice apology for having broken somebody’s heart. I wanted the apology, so I took that one.”
Mas Ysa’s debut EP Worth is out now via Downtown Records / Maple Music Recordings. Read an in-depth review of it on the KEXP Blog here.
This Friday, March 8th, KEXP’s Community Partnerships Initiative presents a benefit show for Nick of Time Foundation, featuring Campfire OK, Tango Alpha Tango, and The Green Pajamas.
Nick of Time Foundation is dedicated to educating schools, athletes, families, and communities about Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) and death in young people.
On average, a seemingly healthy young person suffers a sudden cardiac arrest every three days in the US and it’s the leading cause of death in exercising young athletes. In most cases of sudden cardiac arrest, cardiac abnormalities are not detected, there are no warning signs, and unless a normal heart rhythm is restored within minutes, death is the end result. The Nick of Time Foundation facilitates youth heart screenings, helps to provide program resources for public access defibrillator programs and teaches the importance of early bystander CPR/AED education and awareness, in an effort to provide “Heart Safe Zones” in our communities. Read More »
Many know Sam Anderson from the band Hey Marseilles. But most don’t know him for his new solo project, Arkomo. Well, not yet, anyway. Anderson, who plays guitar, keys and stringed instruments, is a multi-talented musician working to build Arkomo into something — what that is, specifically, is not 100-percent clear. But that won’t deter him from working, writing and playing out. We caught up with Anderson to talk about his new project, the reactions he’s received from his songs and more!
You play in the well-known band Hey Marseilles. What then made you want to write, record and release songs under the name Arkomo? Were there any other Seattle musicians inspiring you to do this? What’s the story behind the tunes?
For me, writing and recording songs of my own is an important outlet for self-discovery and experimentation while playing with others is more about communion. The band Hey Marseilles is a wonderful outlet and experience that I have learned much from in the last seven years and look forward to a long future with. When I’m not touring, I work on my own music every day. There is a lot of materiel to choose from and it was difficult for me to actually commit to releasing anything. What I did notice when I first began playing the materiel for friends was that it upset most people’s projections of what style of music I would or could make; this feeling stimulates me. I’m amused by the way people label me and enjoy richly the ultimate freedom that I have to express whatever I feel with music. Read More »
Each time we’ve gone back to Iceland over the past five years, we’ve been fortunate to discover and share with KEXP listeners quite a few bands who might not otherwise leave their shores. For every Sugarcubes and Sigur Rós, we found dozens of others, like Hjaltalín, Ásgeir, Of Monsters and Men (back in 2010!), Lay Low, Sin Fang, Hjálmar, Mammút and many, many others. But long before we’d even realized the prolific excellence of this arctic nation, we’d been playing Iceland exports múm, ever since their 2000 debut, Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK, in fact. The quirky orchestral pop group, whose membership seems about as mercurial as their sound, have managed several world tours over the years and have stopped by KEXP twice, but during Iceland Airwaves in 2013, we were lucky to catch them at home in the warmth of Kex Hostel in Reykjavik.
There really is no festival like it. Not far from Portland, but tucked away on a wooded hillside on Pendarvis Farm, Pickathon gathers a diverse lineup of artists to perform intimate sets in unique and captivating spaces. From the majestic aerial sculptures to the miles of trails and comfy campsites, the festival is feast for the eyes and ears. Added to the warm communal vibes is a dedication to sustainability — through recycling, composting, renewable energy, and non-single-use dishware — plus, the food is damn good!
Artists for the festival this year, on weekend of August 1-3, are slowing being revealed. Already announced are a handful of KEXP favorites: X, Valerie June, Foxygen, Mac DeMarco, Gregory Alan Isakov, Courtney Barnett and Woods. Look for more great artists as they pop up on Pickathon’s Facebook page. Read More »
A$AP Rocky and French producer Gesaffelstein have shared their killer track for the highly-anticipated film Divergent. “In Distress” pulls no punches and I can already hear it blasting over an intense sci-fi fight scene. The Divergent soundtrack (out on March 11) will also include new music from Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, and many more. [Stereogum]
Com Truise gave Seattle exactly one week with his interstellar new record Wave 1 before his show here Tuesday night. This is producer Seth Haley’s first Seattle stop since Sasquatch! Music Festival in 2012, where he rocked the roof off the dance tent in middle of the day. If Tuesday night’s sold out gig was at all a good sign, I’m guessing Haley won’t wait nearly as long before returning to the city again. In short, Chop Suey was a madhouse. Paired excellently with LA hard house duo Phantoms with an opener from Seattle’s own Zoolab, Tuesday night was a party from beginning to end. Read More »
It’s time again for Friday on My Mind. Our weekly blog post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News.
We are about to wrap up the 2014 Spring Fundraising Drive later this afternoon and I’m still hoping that if you haven’t already given, that you’ll do so now to help us finish this bad boy on a high note. I want to give a sincere and heartfelt THANK YOU to each and every one of you who donated over the course of this last week. I’m particularly overwhelmed and grateful to all of the Morning Faithful who let me know each day of this drive that the Morning Show means so much to them. It’s all of you that make it possible for the KEXP DJs to program music organically along with your support. One of the many things that you can only find here at KEXP is themed programming, which is something that doesn’t happen at other stations. If one of our DJs decides to spotlight an artist or celebrate milestones in history, or focus on whatever theme just for the hell of it, they have the freedom to do that. I was happy to geek out and program themes throughout this drive and I hope all of you enjoyed it just as much as I did. One of the themes that came about this week was an hour full of songs that were 2 minutes or less. I didn’t realize how many seminal songs were so short. For this week’s Friday on My Mind theme, we thought we would spotlight a few of those songs. And now here are a few of our favorite songs that are 2 minutes or under... Read More »
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 is featured during the 2014 Spring Fundraising Drive. Your continuing support makes it possible for us to share with you “On Tape” by Seattle band Lures from their 2013 Vacant EP on Fin Records.