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11/06/2020 08:53 AM
DJ: John Richards
Lovely Day
by Bill Withers
(8 plays) | (0 fans)

"I know John would only play Lovely Day if he was feeling optimistic.... still afraid to be optimistic, but love that you guys are!
11/06/2020 08:50 AM
DJ: John Richards
Vote 'Em Out
by Willie Nelson
(14 plays) | (0 fans)

“Bring some new ones in / We’ll start the show again.” “Vote ‘Em Out” was written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon and features Nelson’s sons Lukas on guitar and Micah on drums. See the animated video for this song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CjH7hOuq_Q
11/06/2020 08:47 AM
DJ: John Richards

“This machine kills fascists” was emblazoned on folk singer Woody Guthrie’s guitar, and he used his weapon of choice to compose timely songs of protest, which still remain relevant. One of those tunes is “All You Fascists Bound To Lose” which Guthrie wrote in 1942. -- Rhiannon Giddens is singing with the Resistance Revival Chorus, an activist and musical group that formed out of the 2017 Women’s March ; video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWUa7aAIfLE ; https://www.resistancerevivalchorus.com
11/06/2020 08:45 AM
DJ: John Richards
Tears of a Clown
by The Beat
(4 plays) | (0 fans)

"The Tears of a Clown" is a song written by Hank Cosby, Smokey Robinson, and Stevie Wonder and originally recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles for the Tamla Records label subsidiary of Motown (Thank you, Detroit!). In 1979, British ska/new wave band The Beat released a cover of the song as their debut single. See the original here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaMX0Cs5Bc4
11/06/2020 08:41 AM
DJ: John Richards
by Beck
(74 plays) | (0 fans)

Interesting song title...hmmmm. --- Coming to you from the South, where you're seeing a lot of red on the electoral map. I have a complicated relationship with my feelings about the south, but as we see Biden take lead in Georgia (thank you GA!!), I am so filled with pride for all of the grassroots organizers who are working tirelessly to fight against voter suppression and deeply rooted racism. This is hard work, and these people are showing up! Mary
11/06/2020 08:40 AM
DJ: John Richards
Hit The Road Jack
by Ray Charles
(5 plays) | (0 fans)

"What'd you say?" "Hit the Road Jack" is a song written by the rhythm and blues artist Percy Mayfield. It became famous after it was recorded by Ray Charles with The Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendrix.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rEsVp5tiDQ
11/06/2020 08:37 AM
DJ: John Richards
Gone Daddy Gone
by Violent Femmes
(100 plays) | (1 fan)

Thank you, Wisconsin! Violent Femmes formed in Milwaukee in the early 80's: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/violent-femmes-mn0000922200/biography They played an extraordinary show for the crowd in KEXP's Gathering Space: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICixXOKmYbQ
11/06/2020 08:31 AM
DJ: John Richards
Another One Bites the Dust
by Queen
(3 plays) | (0 fans)

John Deacon’s hard-pulsing bass riff is the heart of “Another One Bites The Dust,” and it’s basically a version of Bernard Edwards’ descending bassline from Chic’s 1979 #1 “Good Times.” Read an in-depth exploration of this Number 1 song: https://bit.ly/3exlRL6
11/06/2020 08:27 AM
DJ: John Richards
Under Pressure
by Queen and David Bowie
(60 plays) | (0 fans)

Liz wrote us, "Oh my god I am dying from living in 2020. I can't stop shaking today. I just tuned in to calm down. Thank you for being there. I keep saying it, but I feel like I have to. ❤️" --- Here's an intimate look at the recording session that produced "Under Pressure": https://www.biography.com/news/david-bowie-queen-under-pressure-recording-session
11/06/2020 08:21 AM
DJ: John Richards
by David Bowie
(251 plays) | (1 fan)

I just want to start by saying that until this summer it had been a very long time since I listened to any live on air radio station. I am super happy I found KEXP though. It was a great reminder that I am not alone in these hard times. And it was great to find an incredible source of great music. As well as awesome DJs that felt like close friends. So thank you for that. I luckily just got my job that I had lost with the pandemic back and now I will be going back to Antarctica. But that sadly means I wont be able to listen to you down there. But I will take all sorts of the music you introduced me to, so thank you for that. And thank you for the music set this morning. That Macklemore song hit me in some crazy sort of way and it felt so good that I definitely had a joyful cry this morning. So again, thank you. Your whole team is amazing and I will miss all of you during my deployment. Rob -- Thank you for carrying us through this mess. I’ve been absolutely gutted and today beyond hopeful with the new numbers. Thank you for being here for us, John. We’ve needed your voice during all of this. Most sincere gratitude, Chad ---- Live in Berlin in 2002: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsYp9q3QNaQ
11/06/2020 08:18 AM
DJ: John Richards
Show Me
by Mint Royale feat. Pos from ...
(61 plays) | (0 fans)

Danielle: "The Friday exchange between you and Henry just now.. Ow my heart. Thanks for keeping a smile on my face even when times seem unbearable." ---- Ahhh...the Friday song! The New York Times, noting that all eyes are on Philadelphia today, published scenes from that city this morning: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/11/06/us/trump-biden?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage#in-photos-all-eyes-on-philadelphia
11/06/2020 08:16 AM
DJ: John Richards
Rock 'N Me
by Steve Miller Band
(1 play) | (0 fans)

I went from Phoenix, Arizona All the way to Tacoma Philadelphia, Atlanta, L.A. Northern California
11/06/2020 08:10 AM
DJ: John Richards
Movin' On Up
by Primal Scream
(170 plays) | (0 fans)

Frontman Bobby Gillespie, on the simplicity of the lyrics: "I like country and soul and blues imagery, it's very simple and direct, and it's written in a language that anybody can understand. But it's hard to write that simple because people will always want to complicate things to show off that they can, you know, they think they can write better than they actually can. It's all about communicating and touching people.": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKFYtUJFYVE
11/06/2020 08:02 AM
DJ: John Richards
Move On Up
by Curtis Mayfield
(5 plays) | (0 fans)

"Love you all. What's really cool about right now is the majority of votes being counted are from the black community. Standing up made all the difference." --Mr. G., aka Michael ---- "Move on Up" was a tribute of sorts to Mayfield's Chicago neighbors, The Staple Singers. "Curtis lived around the corner from us," Mavis Staples told Mojo magazine. "He was like my baby brother. He'd drop by and we'd eat together and he'd talk politics with Pops. One day he came to Pops and said 'I want to write songs like The Staple Singers do, and Pops said 'Curtis man, you're a writer, a poet! Write some of those songs!' The first one Curtis wrote was 'Move On Up' and he came round and played it to us and Pops said, 'That's my boy!'"