2014 Top Ten List Spotlight: Troy Nelson

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2014, leading up to our 2014 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Voting ends on Tuesday, December 16th at 6:00 PM PT, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 19th to hear if your picks made the list!

Phantogram

Phantogram // photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

Troy Nelson’s 2014 Top Ten Albums

rank artist album label
10 Ex Hex Rips Merge
9 Sarah Silverman We Are Miracles Sub Pop
8 Broncho Just Enough Hip To Be Woman Dine Alone
7 Morgan Delt Morgan Delt Trouble In Mind
6 HTRK Psychic 9-5 Club Ghostly International
5 Jungle Jungle XL
4 Perfume Genius Too Bright Matador
3 Ty Segall Manipulator Drag City
2 Total Control Typical System Iron Lung
1 Phantogram Voices Universal/Republic

Troy Nelson is on the air Saturday afternoons, 3PM-6PM.

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Friday Music News

photo by David Estep (view set)

  • Former Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle shares a new live album today via Bandcamp. The release — appropriately titled House Show — was recorded back in May at his friend Stephan Bayley’s home in Portland. It’s an intimate, casual affair, with great in-between song banter left in the recording. Stream below: [Stereogum]

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Music That Matters Podcast: Loaded

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.

The Rosebuds // photo by Amber Zbitnoff (view set)

Currently, you’ll hear:

Music That Matters, Vol. 438 – Loaded
Join Midday Show host Cheryl Waters as she celebrates a wonderful year in music and offers this gift for the holiday season, featuring new music from Francisco the Man, The Vaselines, Black Whales and more!

Tracklist:
1. Francisco the Man – Loaded
2. The Rosebuds – In My Teeth
3. We Were Promised Jetpacks – Safety In Numbers
4. The Vaselines – Inky Lies
5. Will Butler – Take My Side
6. Polvo – The Water Wheel
7. Lyla Foy – Feather Tongue
8. The Twilight Sad – There’s a Girl In the Corner
9. Oyama – Siblings
10. Flyying Colours – Not Today
11. Black Whales – Avalon
12. Nikki Lane – Seein’ Double
13. Purling Hiss – Forcefield of Solitude

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Friday on My Mind: 2014 Favorites

The War on Drugs in front of my office // photo by Renata Steiner

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.

Thank you again to each and every one of you who donated to help build our home and specifically a new in studio performance space. Besides being able to provide more access to our exclusive in studios, we’ll also be able to continue to bring you the special programming that you’ve come to love and look forward to each and every year. This upcoming week during The Morning Show will be a perfect example of the programming content you’ve come to appreciate and love. On Tuesday, we’ll be talking about the Winter edition of the TimbRRR! Music Festival with its co-founder, Kevin Surr. On Wednesday, we’ll have Mayor Ed Murray by to talk about our fine city. Thursday, we will have our yearly memorial show where we pay tribute to all of the artists we’ve lost during 2014. And remember that on Friday we’ll begin counting down all of your top albums of 2014 starting during Cheryl’s show at 10am and continuing on through Kevin’s show until 6pm. You have until next Tuesday at 6pm to vote. During that Friday, I’ll be counting down all of my top albums and songs from 2014. Here are a few of the songs that I played the hell out of during 2014…
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2014 Top Ten List Spotlight: DJ Alex

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2014, leading up to our 2014 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Voting ends on Tuesday, December 16th at 6:00 PM PT, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 19th to hear if your picks made the list!

How To Dress Well

How To Dress Well // photo by Eric Gonzalez Alfaro (view set)

Hey hey, DJ Alex here! It’s always a blast to look back upon a year’s worth of playlists and reviews to recall what sounds stood out the most, what struck the hardest, what seemed the most influential, iconic, and important. As has been a tradition over the last couple years (here + here), I tend to get giddy come December about sorting through all the sounds that passed through my ears in order to share my favorites. Here’s an extensive breakdown of what got me most excited over the last 12 month in hopes that you discover some artists, albums, or singles that catch your ear, too! :)

DJ Alex’s 2014 Top Ten Albums

rank artist album label
10 Submotion Orchestra Alium Counter
9 Lewis L’amour Light In The Attic
8 Popcaan Where We Come From Mixpak
7 Alexander Turnquist Flying Fantasy Western Vinyl
6 The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Days Of Abandon Yebo Music
5 Dej Loaf Sell Sole self-released
4 Posse Soft Opening Beating A Dead Horse
3 Caribou Our Love Merge
2 How To Dress Well “What Is This Heart?” Weird World/Domino
1 FKA twigs LP1 Young Turks

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Song of the Day: Cabana – Warmest Night

Cabana

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 “Warmest Night” by Seattle band Cabana from their 2014 self-released, self-titled EP.

Cabana – Warmest Night (MP3)

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2014 Top Ten List Spotlight: The Best in Free

Poolside

Poolside // photo by Victoria Holt

As another year of declining CD sales hits us, music distribution continues to move in a progressively liberal direction. Sure, vinyl might be making a temporary comeback in sales, but for the most part, what little is left of the intake for small artists in terms of direct music sales is taken from streaming services and third-party royalties. For the rest of them, the benefit of exposure supersedes the need for an attached dollar sign. Thus, it only makes sense that in 2014 we saw a lot of great free stuff come our way. With this list, we hope to get the best of it all in your hands at no cost to celebrate as the year comes to a close.

Poolside – Stir It Up mixtape

The LA daytime disco duo Poolside have brought us some incredible stuff in the past couple years. Between their debut LP Pacific Standard Time and a handful of great live appearances in Seattle, Poolside are growing into the market they deserve, and their latest DJ mix Stir It Up sure isn’t deterring us at all. A full hour of positive vibes, fresh Poolside disco edits, and world music eclecticism, Stir It Up is exactly what you need to keep the winter nights warm.
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Thursday Music News

photo by Charina Pitzel

  • Like all good things from the ’90s, The Juliana Hatfield Three are back! It’s been 22 years since the release of their breakthrough album Become What You Are, but on February 17th, 2015 they’ll return with Whatever, My Love via American Laundromat. Today, they share the first single “If I Could,” which hardcore Hatfield fans may recognize from older demos. In a statement, the former Sassy Magazine postergirl says, “Some of you may have heard an older demo version of this song… I have always loved this song and I always wanted it to be done up properly and although this is not shockingly or radically different than the demo, I really love it.” [Consequence of Sound]


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Review Revue: R. Stevie Moore – Teenage Spectacular

RSM-teenage-spectacular

Where does one begin with R. Stevie Moore? That’s what I’ve been asking myself, and likely what most people ask themselves when faced with the enormity of his recorded output. Well, you’ve got to start somewhere, and since I happened to pull this record off the shelves, and it seems to have been a hit at KCMU when it came out, Teenage Spectacular seems like as good a place as any to start. (Moore has a jaw-droppingly thorough Bandcamp page, so for once you can actually listen along as you read this blog post.)

R. Stevie Moore has been making and recording his own music for coming up on fifty years now. 1987’s Teenage Spectacular was his eighth “official” album – pressed on a record rather than on homemade cassettes – but in reality he had created dozens of releases by this time, and has created dozens more since then. His level of output is maybe not quite where it was in the ’70s and ’80s, but it still puts even Robert Pollard to shame, averaging three releases a year over the past decade (not that this is a competition). And the incredible thing is you could go to his bandcamp page and buy them all right now! You’d probably put quite a dent in his bills while you were at it. Read More »

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2014 Top Ten List Spotlight: Don Slack

For the rest of the year, we’ll be spotlighting our KEXP DJs Top Albums of 2014, leading up to our 2014 90.3 Top Album Countdown! Voting ends on Tuesday, December 16th at 6:00 PM PT, so let us know your favorites now, and tune in on Friday, December 19th to hear if your picks made the list!

Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson // photo by Kristina Moravec (view set)

Don Slack’s 2014 Top Ten Albums

rank artist album label
10 Cloud Nothings Here And Nowhere Else Carpark
9 Run The Jewels Run The Jewels 2 Mass Appeal
8 Sun Kil Moon Benji Caldo Verde
7 YG My Krazy Life Def Jam
6 Strand of Oaks Heal Dead Oceans
5 FKA twigs LP1 Young Turks
4 Ty Segall Manipulator Drag City
3 Cymbals Eat Guitars Lose Barsuk
2 Angaleena Presley American Middle Class Slate Creek
1 Sturgill Simpson Metamodern Sounds in Country Music High Top Mountain

Don Slack is the host of Swingin’ Doors, airing Thursday nights, 6-9PM.

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