Music that Matters: Charm Assault

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.

Mark Gardener of Ride at KEXP in 2015 // photo by Jim Bennett

Currently you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 556 – Charm Assault

Cheryl Waters’ latest mix is equal parts melody and noise, a dazzling selection of sounds from pristine folk to gauzy waves of noise from Ride, Sera Cahoone, Fufanu, and more.

Tracklist:
1. Kevin Morby – Beautiful Strangers
2. Sera Cahoone – Only One
3. Mac DeMarco – My Old Man
4. Real Estate – Darling
5. Monster Movie – Keep The Voices Distant
6. Fufanu – Sports
7. Brenda Xu – Lovely Storm
8. Kevin Devine – Guard Your Gates
9. Ride – Charm Assault
10. Froth – Romance Distractions
11. Earwig – Wisdom Teeth

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KEXP at Trans Musicales: Octave Noire

photo by Morgan Chosnyk

This week, we continue sharing our discoveries from the Trans Musicales festival in Rennes, France, where last December we captured twelve exclusive sessions. We’re sharing with you one unique session each Friday, and you can watch all the previously released ones here. This week we present cinematic electronic artist Patrick Moriceau, who performs under the name Octave Noire, with his live band.

DJ Morgan says of our experience with them:

We keep hearing from each band that one of the most unique things about Trans Musicales is the fact that the Artistic and Program Director Jean-Louis Brossard makes a point of booking unknown and often extremely new bands. The second band of the day, Octave Noire, is a prime example of a brand new band being booked by the merit of just a couple of recordings and having the development of their live performances nurtured by the festival itself. Singer/lyricist Patrick Moriceau and keyboardist/synth player/music maker/dreamer of dreams Ton’s began writing songs in the beginning of 2016, then went their separate ways for months to develop the music on their own before reconvening a month and a half ago to begin playing live performances to prepare for their show tonight at Trans Musicales. The festival seems to be an amazing resource for new bands having a summit a month before the proper festival called the Tourné Trans, which helps workshop bands and give them experience in front of audiences before their showcase at the festival in December. This afternoon saw Octave Noire playing a groovy set of dream-pop with the addition of French pop-star Yelle’s drummer Franck Richard to improve the groove.

Watch our live session below, recorded at the historic Hôtel Pasteur, now a dental university and arts performance space, and find more about Octave Noire on their website and Facebook page. Also, be sure to pick up Octave Noire’s debut album, Néon, out now.

Watch more sessions recorded by KEXP at Trans Musicales here.

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Song of the Day: Minus the Bear – Invisible

photo by Amber Knecht

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Invisible” by Minus the Bear, from their 2017 album, VOIDS, on Suicide Squeeze Records.

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A Note About Federal Funding for Public Media and KEXP

Gabriel Teodros / photo by Morgen Schuler

By Tom Mara, KEXP Executive Director

Recently, many KEXP listeners have reached out to me to express concern about the future of federal support for public media through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, or CPB. This morning, we learned that President Trump’s proposed budget includes the elimination of federal funding for CPB. This past year, KEXP received around 10% of our annual budget from CPB through a Community Service Grant.

In the coming weeks and months, Congress will consider the President’s budget proposal and come up with a spending plan of their own. At this point, we don’t know if that budget will include funding for CPB or not.

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As an independent nonprofit, KEXP understands that it’s prudent to receive funding from as many different sources as possible. Of course, when we say that KEXP is listener-powered, we mean it. Individual donors represent the largest percentage of our funding mix. In addition to your support, the KEXP programming you love is also powered by donations from local businesses, local government, foundations and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

KEXP’s Community Service Grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting helps support our general operations as a public broadcaster. It pays for some basic essentials that help us bring you music programming every day of the year.

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This grant also makes possible the creation of original live performance programming that is distributed free of charge to dozens of college stations across the country and around the world. This program, Under the Needle, features the very best of in-studio performances captured by KEXP. It is designed to be shared with student and public stations all over the world who don’t have access to the technology or space required to host these performances, or who would not otherwise be able to feature the types of artists who are drawn to play in our studio.

Particularly important for music-centered stations like KEXP, CPB also helps negotiate music rights and pay music royalties for public broadcasters.

At its core, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting helps stations like ours provide ad-free radio programming that enriches and informs, in a way that just isn’t available elsewhere in the commercial media landscape. For KEXP, this funding ensures that we are able to provide universal free access to music and performance to all communities, regardless of income, geographic location, or any other qualifier.

We will no doubt learn more about the future for public media in the coming days and weeks. In the meantime, I encourage you to share your story about how public media impacts your life at by sending me an email at tom@kexp.org.

As always, you can support KEXP and ensure that great music programming will continue to be here for you and your family for years to come by making a gift at kexp.org/donate.

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2017 Spring Fundraising Drive: Spotlight on Chad Syme

Chad Syme // photo by Jonas Seaman // hand drawn background by Chad Syme

Chad Syme // photo by Jonas Seaman // hand drawn background by Chad Syme

Chad Syme has been powering KEXP for over a decade now. The Idaho-born, Queen Anne-dwelling graphic designer has contributed many of the station’s iconic t-shirt designs including the popular Troop 90.3 kids design from 2014.

This year he designed our Spring Fundraiser t-shirt. The focus is on community and his artwork reflects that idea. “At first, I thought about all the different things power means in various cultures, from electrical sockets to wind power.” Capturing the unique way KEXP connects with its listeners was Chad’s gameplan. The result was a design that showcases the heart to heart connection KEXP’s listeners feel with each other and the station. Become an Amplifier and you can choose the “Communi-tee” as your thank-you gift. Read More »

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Song of the Day: Hurray for the Riff Raff – Rican Beach

photo by Alex Crick

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Rican Beach” by Hurray for the Riff Raff, from their 2017 album, The Navigator, on ATO Records.

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Midnight In A Perfect World: Simic

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Simic is the alias of Ben Block, a Seattle-based DJ, electronic producer, and core member of the local secondnature collective. With musical interests weaving from classic house and techno to krautrock and 80’s sonic experiments, his sets reflect an immersive and dynamic quality that comes from a search for music that is both effective on the dancefloor and stimulating to the mind. In 2017 he has released COROT-7b, a 12” on Los Angeles’s Acid Camp and has a new EP, Discussion of Interests, coming out this month on secondnature’s own label. His exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World eases in with some gorgeous, drifting ambient pieces before diving into a cerebral blend of minimal techno grooves for a thoroughly hypnotic and stimulating sonic journey.


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Song of the Day: Hater – Mental Haven

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Mental Haven” by Hater, from their 2017 album, You Tried, on PNKSLM Records.

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2017 Spring Fundraising Drive: You Make KEXP Special

Bed-In for Peace // photo by Morgen Schuler

Maybe you were in the Gathering Space for our Bed-In for Peace or saw a public In-studio performance by Minneapolis underground hip hop legend P.O.S. or Austra from Montreal. You could have been at home listening to the fifth annual International Clash Day or enjoying Banned in the USA during your morning commute.

P.O.S. // photo by Melissa Wax

Spring Drive is a great time to donate and ensure that all of this magic continues for many years to come.

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These kinds of events and special programming are only possible with the help of our amazing donors and volunteers. One of them, Alexis, was championing KEXP before she even lived in Seattle. Here, she explains the grass roots way she promoted KEXP to her friends. She also talks about why the station matters so much to her.

When I lived out of state I would come to Seattle for KEXP shows and events, always grabbing a handful of KEXP pins. I would go home and throw them in a drawer in my kitchen and every time I had a party I would ask my guests if they knew about the station. If they hadn’t I would tell them “listen and donate!”

I can’t imagine my music universe without KEXP and have known for years that if there is anything I can do to help keep this station on the air I want to help. Good times and bad, donating has always been in my budget.

I feel like everyone can find something here that is unique, relevant and irreplaceable when it comes to music and the only way to keep that alive is to donate. As an avid music fan, I need that in my life and need to know that I have done everything in my power to keep in going for myself and future generations.

Just like Alexis, you are an essential part of what makes KEXP so special. Please take a moment and donate to KEXP and power the place where the music matters.

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Song of the Day: The Wild Reeds – Only Songs

photo by Genevieve Davis

photo by Genevieve Davis

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 Morning Show with John Richards, is “Only Songs” by The Wild Reeds, from their 2017 album, The World We Built, on Dualtone Records.

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