Live Video: Poliça at Bumbershoot Music Lounge

photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

Forget the big sales and weekend trips, KEXP spends Labor Day at Bumbershoot every year, where once again we returned to the “secret space” of the Music Lounge to present 14 exclusive live sessions with many KEXP listener favorites, including an otherworldly set of live and electronic instrumentation by Poliça, featuring Channy Leaneagh’s ethereal vocals. Read more about this stunning session and see photos here and watch the full session below:



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Friday on My Mind: Stop Making Sense

photo courtesy of the band

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.

This year the concert film Stop Making Sense celebrates its 30th Anniversary. The film was directed by Jonathan Demme and filmed during the Speaking in Tongues tour. Demme eventually went on to win a Best Director Oscar for Silence of the Lambs, but in 1983 he filmed Stop Making Sense, which was to become one of the most seminal concert films of all time. The film was recorded over a string of performances that took place at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater during December 1983. The film version of Stop Making Sense was officially released in April 1984, but the official soundtrack to the film saw its release in September of 1984. Upon its initial release, many were disappointed and felt the album poorly represented what is found within the film. When the album received the re-issue treatment in 1999, many of the complaints from super fans were addressed and the album and doubling the album’s length. And now, although it’s difficult to pare down, here are a few highlights from the album.
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Agitated Atmosphere: United Waters - Sunburner

As major labels continue to exist behind the times, artists and labels with little capital and lesser reputations are producing some of the most innovative, interesting, and inspiring music. Whether it’s creating a new niche in digital technology or looking to once obsolete formats, Agitated Atmosphere hopes to pull back the curtain on a wealth of sights and sound from luminaries such asUnited Waters.

Funny how things tend to befittingly name themselves.
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Song of the Day: Naomi Punk - Television Man

photo by Morgen Schuler

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 song, featured on The Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Television Man” by Olympia band Naomi Punk from the 2014 album Television Man on Captured Tracks.

Naomi Punk - Television Man (MP3)

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KEXP Suggests: Noise for the Needy 9/12-13

This weekend, the long-running Noise for the Needy series will turn off the volume, but not before one last memorable blast in Ballard.

Friday, September 12
Black Whales, Hand Of The Hills, Transmissionary
Hilliards // 8:00 PM, FREE

Acapulco Lips, Lures, The Moonspinners, Bad Motivators, UBU ROI
2 Bit Saloon // 9:00 PM

The Helio Sequence, Ravenna Woods, Prism Tats, Black Nite Crash
Tractor Tavern // 9:00 PM

Saturday, September 13

Ryan Caraveo, Breaks and Swells, Future Shock
Hilliards // 8:00 PM, FREE

Day Laborers and Petty Intellectuals, Hallstrom, Sebastian and The Deep Blue, & Yet, Special Guest
Conor Byrne Pub // 9:00 PM

Ivan and Alyosha, Horde & the Harem, Sarah Garritsen, Silver Torches
Tractor Tavern // 9:00 PM


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KEXP Presents: Electronic Audioasis 9/13

photo by Lauren Stelling

Tune in this Saturday, September 13th for another special all-electronic edition of Audioasis as KEXP and the city of Seattle gears up for this year’s Decibel Festival happening September 24th through September 28th. Hosted by DJ Alex and co-produced with the help and guidance of Audioasis host DJ Sharlese, the show will feature live performances from Seattle-based outfit Cock & Swan at 6:30 PM PT and Vancouver, BC-based electronic duo Sabota at 8:00 PM PT.
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Thursday Music News

photo by Brittney Bollay (view set)

  • Brooklyn band Parquet Courts have just released a split 7″ with their neighbors in Future Punx. Released as part of the Less Artists More Condos series through Famous Class, proceeds from the sale of the single go to benefit the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save The Music. Stream the track “This Is Happening Now” below: [Under the Radar]


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Review Revue: Wartime - Fast Food for Thought

There’s a lot to unpack here. There’s the fact that despite my teenaged fondness for Black Flag, Rollins Band, and Pigface, I completely missed the existence of this project produced by Mr. Rollins, a key member of the first two bands, and Andrew Weiss, a key member of the latter two. There’s the underrated status of Mr. Weiss himself, an unsung bass hero who went on from his days with Rollins and Pigface to work with the Butthole Surfers, Ween, and Akron/Family. There’s the impressively adventurous spirit of Chrysalis Records, the major label that released this very strange record before the alterna-boom of the early ’90s had really gotten going. (Other 1990 releases by Chrysalis included Gang Starr’s Step in the Arena, The Pursuit of Happiness’s One Sided Story, Sinead O’Connor’s I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, and World Party’s Goodbye Jumbo.)

All important things to consider, no doubt. But really, I think you just need to watch this video and read the DJ comments below and you’ll have a pretty good handle on this album.
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Live Video: Those Darlins at Pickathon

photo by Shelly Corbett

Nothing like dirtying up a pristine wooded oasis with some gritty rock from Those Darlins. The Nashville band joined us in the Bunny Glade during Pickathon last month for an acoustic set of twang-tinged girl group meets garage rock songs from their latest album, Blur The Line, and a chilling cover of The Crystals’ “Then He Kissed Me”. Check it out here:


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KEXP Top 12 Spotlight: Michele Myers

KEXP Top 12

KEXP wants to know: “Who are your Favorite Artists of All Time?” Pick out a dozen musicians, bands, projects, and share them with us before Friday, September 19th at 6:00 PM PST. And then tune in during KEXP’s Fall Fundraising Drive, September 26th through October 3rd, to hear which artists your fellow members of the KEXP Community voted for! KEXP’s DJs piped in with their own Top 12 lists, which we’ll be unveiling all month long in anticipation of the countdown.

LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem // photo by James Bailey

Michele Myers’ Top 12 Artists That Hit The Deepest

12 LCD Soundsystem
11 Otis Redding
10 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
9 Billie Holiday
8 Cat Stevens
7 David Bowie
6 Tom Waits
5 Pink Floyd
4 Stevie Wonder
3 The Clash
2 Aretha Franklin
1 The Beatles

Michele Myers is on the air every Friday night from 9 PM to 1 AM.

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