Raw Power KEXP: Q&A with Barrett Martin

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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, drummer Barrett Martin (Tuatara, Screaming Trees, Mad Season) hops in the hot seat.

How did you discover the music of the Stooges?

I discovered the Stooges when I was a kid in the ‘70s because my aunt (the rock & roll aunt everyone should have) was playing me records by The Who, The Rolling Stones, and Elton John, and The Stooges got mixed in there, too. I liked the rawness of The Stooges the best, although no one called it punk rock back then, it was too early for that term.

Later in my youth I investigated The Stooges again because they were clearly one of the most influential bands in the alternative rock movement, especially in Seattle. Their sound is classic, unique unto them, and it stands the test of time.

What’s your favorite record by the Stooges?

Raw Power.

Why’d you pick that one?

Because it’s got “Search & Destroy,” “Penetration,” and “I Need Somebody” which are genius songs. Although I have to say that Iggy’s standalone single, “I Got a Right,” is probably the greatest American punk song of all time. That song, just by itself, kind of obliterates everything that came before or after it.

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Midnight in a Perfect World: SassyBlack


SassyBlack is the solo music project of Catherine Harris-White, a multi-faceted Seattle artist and core member of local hip-hop duo THEESatisfaction. Her exclusive mix for Midnight In A Perfect World displays her love of cosmic and groovy R&B/funk vibes, mixing together both old-school favorites and underground contemporaries while spotlighting a couple standout tracks from her latest SassyBlack release, Personal Sunlight.

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KEXP at the OFF Festival: Day 5, Part 1 – Juxtapositions

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KEXP @ The OFF Festival: Day 5. Part 1

Tribes have been the dominant social structure for humanity. Tribes evolved into villages, towns, countries. The dominant feeling I’ve been trying to find words for in my first week being back in Poland is that I’m back with my tribe. This makes moving in crowded cities easier as I follow millisecond length social cues that the tribe has worked with for multiple millennium. It’s refreshing to be so comfortable, but it’s also unnerving. I live in the broader world and thrive on the friction and wonder of seeing many cultures melding in a glorious stew. The streets of NYC, London, Paris are my favorite places to wander, listen, and feel connected to it all. I Love the burgeoning internationalization of my home, Seattle, brought by its technological boom. It’s also great to have access to good multi-cultural cuisine.

So, spending most of my life in the US, travelling the world, and finally coming back to my birthplace has given me a sense of perspective on what I have become and what I’ll aspire to be. Poland will now be a much bigger player in my life and more importantly my family’s experience. My daughters have a large family to meet and a culture to discover. A culture tied to an ancient, glorious, painful past but with a wonderful future ahead. I ask myself often here, what I would have become if I had stayed. I would have definitely gone through experiences that didn’t happen in the US, but I believe my core values and a deep love of music and culture would have happened wherever I ended up.
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Song of the Day: Vök – If I Was

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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 “If I Was” by Vök from the 2015 self-released EP Circles.

Vök – If I Was (MP3)

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TV Eye: Week of 8/17


Morrissey // photo by Dave Lichterman (view set)

KEXP has our TV eye set for this week in late night television. Set your DVR, TiVo, or just drink some coffee to stay awake for these musical guest performances on your favorite talk shows. Here are the highlights:

Monday, August 17th:
Last Call with Carson Daly: Hundred Waters (R)

Tuesday, August 18th:
The Late Late Show with James Corden: Morrissey

Wednesday, August 19th:
Jimmy Kimmel Live: Mumford & Sons
Conan: Langhorne Slim

Friday, August 21st:
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Unknown Mortal Orchestra (R)

Saturday, August 15th:
Austin City Limits: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

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Out This Week 8/17

This week’s new release highlight came as a surprise: last week, UK artist FKA twigs stealthily unleashed a new EP via Young Turks. KEXP Music Director Don Yates says, “this British artist follows up her masterful debut album with a powerful 5-song EP blending futuristic R&B with deep post-dubstep electronic grooves while also featuring some of her hardest-hitting lyrics to date.”

Other highlights this week include a rarities collection from Pavement. The Secret History Vol. 1 collects outtakes, Peel Sessions, and b-sides recorded during the Slanted and Enchanted recordings, circa 1991. Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips (also of Luna) release the soundtrack to Mistress America, the latest film from acclaimed director Noah Baumbach. (Wareham, himself, plays a small role in the movie as a cantankerous neighbor.)

Portland group Wild Ones release a 5-song EP of “emotive electro-pop with moody synths, sleek guitars, propulsive rhythms, crystalline vocals, melancholy lyrics and wistful melodies.” Canadian producer CFCF (aka Mike Silver) returns with a 41-minute long composition he started working on back in 2011 while living in Paris. In a press release, Silver explained, “It’s a super simple corny song built on a Roland CR-78 loop and just the silliest pan-global optimistic tone. And I got into the idea of doing a record of music like that, that would incorporate a lot of this stuff I was listening to and be of use as like, call waiting background music — just the most pleasant thing and kind of trying to push to the edges of tolerable cheese in some places, but also have it be totally sincere and not ironic, like actually purely pleasurable music.” And finally, Parquet Courts team up with Big Ups for a split live 7″ single, with only 300 pressed, so get on that.
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Live Around Town This Week


Tuesday, August 18th:

Matias Aguayo at Vera Project // All Ages (more info)

• Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series presents Correo Aereo at IBM Building // All Ages, FREE (more info)

Wednesday, August 19th:

Nick Waterhouse, B.D and The Chics, DJ Cooky Parker at Tractor Tavern // 21+ (more info)

Shlohmo DJ set at Q Nightclub // 21+ (more info)

• Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series presents Shelby Earl at Two Union Square // All Ages, FREE (more info)

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Monday Music News

photo by Matthew B. Thompson

  • It’s such a great day for new videos! Let’s kick things off with a new clip from KEXP faves Tame Impala. In the video for the single “Let It Happen”, a business man goes on a very bad trip. Whoa. Let it happen, indeed. The anxiety-inducing short0film was directed by David Wilson, and the track itself is off the band’s latest full-length, Currents, out now on Interscope. [Spin]

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Live Review: Jason Isbell with Damien Jurado at The Moore Theatre 8/7

photos by Alan Lawrence (view set)

If there’s another performer who has received two standing ovations for a single song at the Moore, Jason Isbell should call them and see if they’ll go for best two out of three, because chances are that he’ll win. The revitalized Southern songwriter is at a career high at the moment, and no other song captures his turnaround more than “Cover Me Up”, the same song that received the aforementioned applause. The first roar of applause came for the line “I swore off that stuff forever this time”, the most explicit reference in his entire songbook to his own personal demons, and the second came when his backing band, the 400 Unit, reemerged onstage to build the song in to an emotional, triumphant climax. It was both nakedly sincere and borderline theatrical, but that’s Isbell’s style: incisive, magnetic, and often breathtakingly brilliant in its ability to extrapolate as much significance out of his subjects as possible. And since Isbell is firing on all cylinders like never before, he is quite arguably at his highest peak to date, making his stop in Seattle at the Moore a snapshot of the Alabaman journeyman’s latest shining chapter.

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Live Video: Boxed In

As Oli Bayston, a.k.a. Boxed In, says, “Everyone who creates something is a product of their influences” – and he should know. The British record producer certainly has had a wide of array of influences, growing out of his previous work as frontman for the four-piece Manchester rock band Keith and working behind the scenes in recent years writing and engineering songs for other artists. Bayston’s back in the spotlight with his solo project Boxed In and a self-titled debut album released last January. Atmospheric synths, jumpy piano riffs and discordant, funky bass lines coupled with Bayston’s distinctive, deadpan vocals results in a truly unique form of upbeat dance pop. The music is frenzy of so many different textures it’s almost overwhelming, but undeniably danceable. Stylish and full of whimsy, Boxed In’s music is an honest-to-God treat. Indulge yourself in Boxed In’s performance, brought to life with a live band, in the KEXP studio now.

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