Live Video: Wilco

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

It was an afternoon of contrasts when Wilco performed for a packed room of KEXP donors at Columbia City Theater earlier this month. You’ve never seen a sold out show so quiet, so reverently enraptured, as the band presented song after song in their set, ranging from old favorites to new singles from their recent surprise full-length, Star Wars. But once each song ended? The roar of applause was deafening, and the love from fans so intense, that even frontman Jeff Tweedy seemed taken aback, lowering his hand jokingly at the audience to get us to stop cheering. But no one could resist singing quietly along with the Woody Guthrie track “California Stars,” uniting the entire room in song. It was a beautiful moment, encapsulating what brought us all together that day: raising funds for KEXP’s New Home, so we can continue to enrich lives with “music that matters.” Watch below, and stay tuned for future fundraisers for KEXP’s new home.

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Song of the Day: Strange Wilds – Pronoia

photo by Rachel White (view set)

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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Pronoia” by Strange Wilds from the 2015 album Subjective Concepts on Sub Pop.

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Thursday Music News

photo by Renata Steiner (view set)

  • While we’d naturally prefer you to keep listening to KEXP, there’s several great full album streams out today, too. Yo La Tengo share their forthcoming full-length, Stuff Like That There, which hits stores August 28th via Matador Records (stream here). Much like the band’s 1990 release Fakebook, the album consists of covers, and reunites them with Fakebook producer Gene Holder and original band member Dave Schramm. KEXP presents Yo La Tengo on Friday, November 20th at the Neptune Theatre. [Consequence of Sound]


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Review Revue: Richard Lloyd – Field of Fire

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The main reason I pulled this album out is because Richard Lloyd! Television! Not only did I recently see his legendary old band, sadly without him, but it turns out that the man himself is embarking on a very rare solo tour which will bring him to our own beloved Columbia City Theater this September 9th! How could I not talk about this record?

But it turns out there is more to Field of Fire than a fine slab of mid-’80s guitar rock. As I was looking for a version to listen to, I soon learned that Lloyd was less than thrilled with how this album originally turned out, and as a companion to a 2007 remastered edition of the album he released a completely rerecorded and reimagined version on his own terms. I have no idea how KCMU circa 1986 would have liked it, but I’m glad he’s happy with it. You should probably go listen to both right now, while you buy a ticket to that show on September 9th. Read More »

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Raw Power KEXP: Q&A with Mark Arm

Mudhoney at Bumbershoot 2012 // photo by Dave Lichterman

On Sunday, August 23, KEXP proudly presents Raw Power KEXP, an all-star tribute to proto-punks Iggy and the Stooges. Every day for the rest of this week, we’re asking the members of the Raw Power band – Mike McCready, Duff McKagan, Mark Arm, and Barrett Martin – why they love the Stooges.

Today, Mark Arm from Mudhoney hops in the hot seat.

How did you discover the music of The Stooges?

I got into The Stooges shortly after I immersed myself in punk rock. I was trying to figure out where this exciting new music came from and all roads led back to The Stooges.

What’s your favorite record by The Stooges?

My favorite Stooges album is The Stooges, Fun House and Raw Power. I love them all equally and if I had to pick one and exclude the other two because of the way a question is framed, I would be lying.

Why’d you pick that one – or rather, those three?

There are some feelings that are too intense for words.

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Song of the Day: ScotDrakula – Shazon

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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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Shazon” by ScotDrakula from their self-released 2015 album ScotDrakula.

ScotDrakula – Shazon (MP3)

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Photo Gallery: Concerts at the Mural with Shaprece, Manatee Commune & Natasha Kmeto 8/14

all photos by Dave Lichterman

Thunderstorms did nothing to dampen the fun of Decibel Festival Night at 2015 Concerts at the Mural last Friday. Shaprece, Manatee Commune, and Natasha Kmeto provided a lovely evening of the finest of Pacific Northwest electronic music, from inside the comfort of a dry Seattle Center Armory. Smiles were rampant, dancing feet were common, and everyone seemed more than content to sit on the Armory floor and enjoy the evening of sonic exploration.


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Wednesday Music News

photo by Brittney Bollay (view set)

  • It’s only 73 seconds long, but this mini-trailer has us very excited for the eagerly-awaited sophomore release from UK group Savages. In the clip, none other than Henry Rollins (??!!) reads from Phyllis Rose’s Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker In Her Time as new music from the band plays in the background. The album is scheduled for a 2016 release, which now feels painfully far away. Watch below, and then watch their 2013 KEXP session here: [Stereogum]


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Raw Power KEXP: Q&A with Duff McKagan

photo by Dagmar Sieglinde Patterson

On Sunday, August 23, KEXP proudly presents Raw Power KEXP, an all-star tribute to proto-punks Iggy and the Stooges. This week we’re asking the members of the Raw Power band – Mike McCready, Duff McKagan, Mark Arm, and Barrett Martin – why they love The Stooges.

Today, we talk to bassist Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, 10 Minute Warning), who covered “Raw Power” with GN’R on its 1993 album, The Spaghetti Incident.

How did you discover the music of The Stooges?

In 1979, Kim Warnick of The Fastbacks turned me onto The Stooges. A few nights later, I had a dream I was Iggy, and I was playing a show in a church basement… rolling around in broken glass and totally immersed in the moment of noise and chaos. I still reference that dream before gigs to this day.

What’s your favorite record by Iggy Pop or The Stooges?

Any/all of them.

Do you have a favorite Stooges song?

I don’t have a “favorite” per se. “Dirt” works for me on some days, “Gimme Some Skin” on others. Iggy and the Stooges becomes a soundtrack to ones’ life, if you’re lucky enough to have had them as an early influence and benchmark.

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Live Video: Toro Y Moi

photo by Andy Bokanev (view set)

If Chaz Bundick, a.k.a. multi-instrumentalist/producer Toro Y Moi, is one of the founding fathers of chillwave, he seems to have defected in recent years to a rogue nation operating under somewhat looser rules and conditions. In this new land, framed by Bundick’s most recent LP, What For?, a greater range of pop music thrives, albeit under the same smart, fluid, and groovy tenets that have safely guided Toro Y Moi through his varied and sustaining career. As evidenced by the splendid KEXP live session, the additions of funk, rock, and psych elements allow the live band version of Toro Y Moi to flourish. Whether it be on the head bobbing hard stops of “Buffalo”, or the all-American guitar solo in “Empty Nesters”, the new material connects as much in performance as in production without losing any of Bundick’s traditional laid-back charm. Get your vibe on now:


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