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Album Review: Johnny Jewel – Home Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Johnny Jewel makes music that calls upon the venue of cinema so regularly, that when he actually creates something meant to go along with film, it almost seems more meta than the imaginary films he’s themed in other projects. Likewise, the whole of the Italians Do It Better catalog exists in this space between albumRead more…

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Album Review: Johnny Jewel – Music To Drive

This week, it’s been five years since Drive came out. If, somehow, you’ve lived under a rock for most of those, Drive is a 2005 novel by James Sallis, adapted into Danish film director Nicholas Winding Refn’s most popular (and probably most approachable) film. Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and OscarRead more…

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New Music: Chromatics – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Chromatics have had an unprecedented 2015. The world has been talking about their upcoming LP Dear Tommy since December. We’ve been listening to its singles since February when we got “Just Like You“, quickly followed by “I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around“. In April, we got the massive “In Films” and Johnny Jewel’sRead more…

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Song of the Day: Chromatics – I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around

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 DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “I Can Never BeRead more…

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Album Review: Johnny Jewel – Lost River Original Soundtrack

Here’s a counterintuitive factoid: Lost River is Johnny Jewel‘s first fully commissioned film soundtrack. Any fan of Johnny Jewel or his multifaceted Italians Do It Better disco dynasty knows that every record the man has ever produced is a soundtrack. There is a film playing with a story that only exists in Jewel’s mind, andRead more…

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Album Review: Italians Do It Better presents… After Dark 2

For nu disco bands, there is no greater home than Italians Do It Better. Johnny Jewel and his cohorts have been driving the genre in daring, exotic directions since 2007. Back then, Jewel released a stellar DJ mix of his signees called After Dark. The collection sparkled with all the glitter and finesse of disco’sRead more…

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Song of the Day: Chromatics – Cherry

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 comes from Portland dance band Chromatics. “Cherry” comes from the After Dark II, theRead more…

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Song of the Day: Chromatics – These Streets Will Never Look the Same

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 selection, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “These Streets Will Never LookRead more…

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