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09/29/2020 08:56 AM
DJ: John Richards
Perfect Coffee
by Kate Tempest
(54 plays) | (0 fans)

Happy Coffee Day! Kate Tempest performed "Perfect Coffee" live on KEXP in May, 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckrdsokd8Sw
09/29/2020 08:53 AM
DJ: John Richards
Gouge Away
by Nation of Language
(28 plays) | (0 fans)

Ian Devaney of Nation of Language explains how the cover came about: "People come to us all the time suggesting songs we should cover, but 98% of the time they’re songs written by our more obvious sonic influences. If I can’t offer a new angle or interpretation to the song, I’d rather spend that energy on creating original work. When Aidan suggested “Gouge Away” I was immediately struck by how badly I wanted to rework it in our style, and the whole song mapped itself out in my head right away. I didn’t let myself listen to the original from then until it was fully recorded so I might forget certain details about it, leaving only my impression of it’s foundational elements – the way the quiet, unsettling verses give way to the savage choruses, the way the big transitional guitar line overwhelms you every time it happens. What we ended up with felt like an honest reimagining so we’re proud to present it to everyone and shed light on our favorite song by a band we really love."
09/29/2020 08:49 AM
DJ: John Richards
Bizarre Love Triangle
by New Order
(93 plays) | (0 fans)

Brotherhood was released on this day, 34 years ago. (Even if it says 1988 on this playlist!) When it was released "Bizarre Love Triangle" failed to reach the Top 40 and topped out at # 56. Now it is an 80's staple.
09/29/2020 08:45 AM
DJ: John Richards
Strange Timez
by Gorillaz & Robert Smith
(17 plays) | (0 fans)

“We did this tune with Robert completely by email,” Damon Albarn explained on BBC Radio 6. Smith added: “I loved it! I thought it was excellent. I felt ripples in the force and I thought, ‘I better get this done’.”
09/29/2020 08:37 AM
DJ: John Richards

The video of George Michael rehearsing this song while David Bowie and Seal watch: https://youtu.be/46YZ8evUfKk
09/29/2020 08:34 AM
DJ: John Richards
These Are My Friends
by Fantastic Negrito
(5 plays) | (0 fans)

Fantastic Negrito.....Just WOW, will be checking that one out for sure. Thanks for a little positive charge this am, so needed. Keep up the great work you all are doing! Rachael in Rockville -- Hear another from Fantastic Negrito's latest album, this time "How Long?" as featured as the song of the day 9/8/2020. Download it here: https://bit.ly/2GneRDn
09/29/2020 08:30 AM
DJ: John Richards
Passed You By
by Chicano Batman
(1 play) | (0 fans)

Chicano Batman performed "Freedom is Free" live at KEXP back in 2017. See the full performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u06fuYE_Kyk Chicano Batman also shared a set of songs recorded exclusively for KEXP and joined Morgan to talk for Live at KEXP at Home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adWjEdqzhbc
09/29/2020 08:26 AM
DJ: John Richards

"Reflecting Light" features surprise guests: soul singer Sananda Maitreya and folk elder Vashti Bunyan. Bunyan appears only as a sample from her 1970 track “Glow Worms”; the group splices together her original verses to create the refrain, “Dreamers moving slowly through reflected light.” - Pitchfork https://bit.ly/36opAZc
09/29/2020 08:22 AM
DJ: John Richards
Long in the Tooth
by The Budos Band
(55 plays) | (0 fans)

09/29/2020 08:17 AM
DJ: John Richards
by OutKast
(102 plays) | (1 fan)

Aquemini is the third studio album by American hip hop duo Outkast, released today back in 1998. The title is a portmanteau of the two performers' Zodiac signs: Aquarius (Big Boi) and Gemini (André 3000).
09/29/2020 08:11 AM
DJ: John Richards
(Nothing But) Flowers
by Talking Heads
(8 plays) | (0 fans)

Johnny Marr of The Smiths played 12-string guitar on this track at the suggestion of producer Steve Lillywhite. Talking Heads often used outside guitarists, but this was the first time they connected with Marr, who fit right in. He recalled to Uncut magazine February 2008 about his contribution to this track: "When I got there they put down some bass and drum tracks. '(Nothing But) Flowers' sounded almost like a reggae dub track. I wasn't trying to play in an African style - although some people pointed out that I sometimes sound like that anyway! I knew all about King Sunny Ade (performer of Nigerian juju music) and I love Fela Kuti (Nigerian multi-instrumentalist) but really I just played melodies that sounded good in a high range. The intro to 'Flowers' was me playing without knowing the tape machine was on - that's how little attention I paid to any kind of remit! I built that track from the ground up. I was impressed with what David (Byrne) did on it. He worked super quickly on it."
09/29/2020 08:08 AM
DJ: John Richards
Hard Times
by Will Butler
(1 play) | (0 fans)

"Arcade Fire’s Will Butler on How White Privilege, Race Reporting Informed New Solo LP Songwriter examines his family history, and American history, on ‘Generations’" Read more at SPIN: https://bit.ly/3l1TA1n
09/29/2020 08:02 AM
DJ: John Richards
All Day Long
by New Order
(20 plays) | (0 fans)

Brotherhood, the 4th album from New Order, was released on this date in 1986. That's 34 years ago.