Bed Peace: A KEXP Video Roundup

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono were certainly not the only ones singing for peace, and many have and will join them in the decades to come. As KEXP gathers for a Bed-In for Peace in the Gathering Space, starting at 8:00 AM, here on the blog, we’ve gathered some of our favorite songs about love and unity. Share your own favorites in the comments below.



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Song of the Day: Aan – All You Have To Say

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, unrealeased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “All You Have To Say” by Aan from their 2016 sophomore LP, Dada Distractions, out on Party Damage Records.

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Bed Peace: The Story of John & Yoko

John and Yoko

photo courtesy of Nationaal Archief

Dear Friends,

In 1969, John and I were so naïve to think that doing the Bed-In would help change the world.
Well, it might have. But at the time, we didn’t know.

It was good that we filmed it, though.
The film is powerful now.
What we said then could have been said now.

In fact, there are things that we said then in the film, which may give some encouragement and inspiration to the activists of today. Good luck to us all.

Let’s remember WAR IS OVER If We Want It.
It’s up to us, and nobody else.
John would have wanted to say that.

Love, yoko

Yoko Ono Lennon
New York, USA
September 2013

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Thursday Music News

  • The rollout of new Arcade Fire begins! And it truly couldn’t happen at a better time. Stream the single “I Give You Power” below, which features guest vocals from legendary vocalist and civil rights activist Mavis Staples. The track is a Tidal exclusive (a company Win Butler and Régine Chassagne are part-owners of). All proceeds will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union. Via a tweet, the band message, “It’s never been more important that we stick together & take care of each other.” Perfectly put. [ Pitchfork]


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Midnight In A Perfect World: OCnotes

MIAPW-OCnotes

Born Otis Calvin III, OCnotes is an artist, musician, DJ, author, motivational speaker, and vibrant figure active within Seattle’s music scene since the turn of the decade. A chameleonic artist who records as a solo entity, as one-half of Metal Chocolates, and through his countless collaborations, OCnotes is also known for his wildly unpredictable and consistently on-point DJ sets. Recently relocating back to his birth state of Arizona, Otis is poised to make the new year a fruitful one, with a forthcoming solo album due out on Seven Davis Jr.‘s Secret Angels label, as well as more solo and collaborative works upcoming on Silver Jackson‘s Homeskillet label. His exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight in a Perfect World is an excellent showcase of his razor-sharp ear for groovy underground house gems packed with soul, funk, and boogie – all of which he mixes in a smooth, seamless fashion, while also throwing in some surprising curveballs and forgotten favorites along the way.


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Review Revue: Hula – 1000 Hours

Hula - 1000 Hours

It’s been four and a half years since I’ve talked about Sheffield’s Hula, and there’s still not much about them out there on the old world wide internet – except, perhaps, this charming little amateur doc from not long before the release of their double LP 1000 Hours.

Speaking of 1000 Hours, you really do have to shake your head at the band’s habit of giving their albums names that would later be attached to much better-known releases. Actually, it appears REM had dibs on Murmur first, but something tells me it hadn’t penetrated the Sheffield zeitgeist a year later, when Hula released their own Murmur. But they absolutely had dibs on Shadowland before K.D. Lang and 1000 Hours before those snotty Bay Area punk Green Day. Ah well, to the victors go the spoils – and the Wikipedia listings. But, for the record, Hula were a band, and they were, in the immortal words of a certain KCMU DJ, very good. Read More »

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Song of the Day: Laura Marling – Soothing

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, unrealeased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Soothing” by Laura Marling from the upcoming 2017 album, Semper Femina, out March 10th on More Alarming Records/Kobalt Music Recordings.

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Wednesday Music News

photo by Matthew B. Thompson (view set)

  • As we mentioned earlier this month, Seattle’s own Soundgarden are set to reissue their 1988 debut LP Ultramega OK. Like previous reissues, it’ll come bundled with cool previously unreleased bonus tracks, like this early demo of “Beyond the Wheel.” Sub Pop explains, “The [early versions] were recorded in 1987 on 8-track tape by Jack Endino and Chris Hanzsek at Reciprocal Recording in Seattle, and mixed by Jack Endino in 2016. These versions feature the band in raw, powerful form — sonically closer to the band’s Endino-recorded six-song debut, Screaming Life — and provide a fascinating window into the development of songs that eventually became staples of the band’s set.” Listen below. Ultramega OK expanded will be out March 10th. [ Spin]


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Live Review: A Prairie Home Companion with Regina Spektor and The Shins at Paramount Theatre 1/7/2017

A Prairie Home Companion

On Saturday January 7th, A Prairie Home Companion made its first stop of 2017 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. New host Chris Thile, well known for his brilliance on the mandolin with bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, brought his accompaniment The First Call Radio Players in support and a showcase from two prolific artists. Regina Spektor and The Shins were both in Seattle to debut new music and perform some of their previous tracks. Unfortunately, political comedian Hari Kondbolu was scheduled to perform, yet was delayed and could not attend.

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Song of the Day: Strand of Oaks – Radio Kids

photo by Beth Eisgrau-Heller

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, unrealeased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJ’s think you should hear.  Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Radio Kids” by Strand of Oaks from their forthcoming album, Hard Love, due February 17th on Dead Oceans.

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