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01/11/2021 08:59 AM
DJ: John Richards
This Is My Life
by Firewater
(17 plays) | (0 fans)

Throwback time! Firewater, who rose to prominence in the 90s for integrating world music sounds with punk attitude, passed through KEXP in 2012. The studio was smaller then, but it had no limit on the band's energetic performance. Travel back here: http://bit.ly/2sBbWji
01/11/2021 08:56 AM
DJ: John Richards
by Songhoy Blues
(19 plays) | (0 fans)

This song by Malian rock band Songhoy Blues was a KEXP Song Of The Day back in September. Subscribe and download for free here: https://www.kexp.org/podcasts/song-of-the-day/2020/9/2/songhoy-blues-worry/
01/11/2021 08:50 AM
DJ: John Richards
Here Comes The Rain Again
by Eurythmics
(11 plays) | (0 fans)

By request! "The atmospheric river has arrived at my house in kent. Can you play Here comes the rain again by the Eurythmics?" -- Megan in Kent Dave Stewart explains that he and Annie Lennox wrote this song when they were staying at the Mayflower Hotel in New York City.: "I'd been out on 46th Street and bought an early Casio keyboard,...I kept on playing this riff, and Annie was looking out the window at the slate grey sky above the New York skyline and just sang spontaneously, 'Here Comes The Rain Again.' And that was all we needed." https://youtu.be/TzFnYcIqj6I
01/11/2021 08:47 AM
DJ: John Richards
Strange Timez
by Gorillaz feat. Robert Smith
(21 plays) | (0 fans)

Check out the video featuring the rock band's signature animated avatars exploring space in a flying RV while The Cure's Robert Smith appears via his face superimposed on the moon and a passing satellite.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbA5p54Rw2M
01/11/2021 08:42 AM
DJ: John Richards

Paris-bred producer Jean Christophe La-Saout (Wax Tailor) with Mark Lanegan from Queens of the Stone Age and Screaming Trees! Check out the video: https://youtu.be/7teKrEMw4m8
01/11/2021 08:39 AM
DJ: John Richards

The Avalanches very recently were the guest DJ on Midnight in a Perfect World. Check out the archived show details here: https://www.kexp.org/shows/MidnightinaPerfectWorld/ The Avalanches' Robbie Chater says of the new album: “With this album, we got to have this experience with these amazing people – heroes of ours...– days of laughing and making music. It doesn’t matter what happens with this record once it’s released because we had a great f**king time making it.”: https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/the-avalanches-mgmt-johnny-marr-divine-chord/
01/11/2021 08:34 AM
DJ: John Richards

Recorded on January 11th, 54 years ago today!
01/11/2021 08:31 AM
DJ: John Richards
I Want To Tell You
by The Beatles
(4 plays) | (0 fans)

Author and academic Nick Bromell says in his book on rock and psychedelics in the 1960s that "I Want To Tell You" is one of the first examples of pop music "giving voice to the complexities of the breakthrough experience" afforded by LSD and other psychedelic drugs.
01/11/2021 08:27 AM
DJ: John Richards
by David Bowie
(2 plays) | (0 fans)

To celebrate what would have been David Bowie’s 74th birthday (Jan. 8), Rhino Records has packaged two previously unheard studio covers as a limited edition 7-inch single.The newly unearthed recordings can also be streamed online, and they showcase Bowie versions of Bob Dylan’s “Tryin’ To Get To Heaven” and John Lennon’s “Mother” (the latter was a part of an entire tribute LP to the Beatle, which was later scrapped).Both recordings date back to 1998 but never seemed to reach the light of day, until now. The recording of Lennon’s “Mother” was made in 1998 alongside longtime producer Tony Visconti for a Lennon tribute album that was abandoned.
01/11/2021 08:20 AM
DJ: John Richards
Hounds Of Love
by Kate Bush
(137 plays) | (1 fan)

Kris writes from a cabin outside of Edmonton: "Welcome back John! My wife Melanie would love to hear Cocteau Twins or Kate Bush, if you feel like it :) Thanks!"
01/11/2021 08:16 AM
DJ: John Richards
Making Plans For Nigel
by XTC
(130 plays) | (0 fans)

By listener request! On the story behind this song from bassist Colin Moulding: “There were Nigels about. Some of them were quiet types. Bullied, perhaps. I guess I was writing a song for the bullied.” | https://bit.ly/2Hs6kOe
01/11/2021 08:13 AM
DJ: John Richards

Hey John! I hope you had a great vacation, I'm excited to hear you back on air! I wanted to pass along my new single: “Booby Trap” featuring the late, great Murder Dice. I actually played it for the first time on Lawn in the Morning! Aaron Greene (aka Murder Dice) passed away around a year ago. He was my bandmate in “Slow Dance” and one of my best friends. Needless to say, it’s been really tough. One of the ways I’ve been dealing with the grief is by sampling old lyrics of his and building beats around them. In a way, it feels like we’re still making music together. For this track, I sampled one of my favorite lyrics of his: “Growing old is a booby trap”. I combined it with catchy pianos, glorious horns, and funky synths. It was released on Murder Dice’s birthday, January 9th. The cover is a picture from our last performance together, at Neumos for Capitol Hill Block Party. It’s my first proper single since Dunk Reactions (One of KEXP’s Top 10 Albums of 2019!). I hope you like it! - Rudy Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/track/0F3XqyCYQ91cycqL5FZSe6?si=xU-GlVZ6SLWgN1bqGHbxaw
01/11/2021 08:07 AM
DJ: John Richards
I Just Want to Dance
(54 plays) | (0 fans)

From mystery collective SAULT's second great album of 2020 - "a sublime, soul-affirming masterpiece of transcendent musical power" - there are "moments... when you realize, in the middle of the fast and hard-driving “I Just Want to Dance,” that the lyrics have moved abruptly from dancefloor-loving lines like the title to “We lost another life” to “Why do my people always die?” -- https://saultglobal.bandcamp.com/album/untitled-rise
01/11/2021 08:04 AM
DJ: John Richards
by Michael Kiwanuka
(53 plays) | (0 fans)

"My songs were being 'synced' to things like the James Baldwin documentary I Am Not Your Negro. I started to learn more about Baldwin's life and artistry, and also really got into the work of Gordon Parks - his movies but also his photography around the Civil Rights Movement, his portraits of poor black families in the south. And when I started reading up on Fred Hampton of the Black Panthers, it helped unlock the lyrics to 'Hero,' which I'd be done a year earlier but couldn't get any further than the chorus. But thinking about Fred and the movement, the lyrics just poured out of me." - Michael Kiwanuka in an interview to Mojo magazine
01/11/2021 08:00 AM
DJ: John Richards

“I was so excited to get to work on this project as I’ve always been a big fan of Brittany’s music,” Kiwanuka said in a statement. “Knowing this particular track and being such a fan of her voice, I wanted to not meddle with her voice, and then to make it front and center. She sounds so victorious when she sings and speaks, so the music I made was governed by that.” - https://bit.ly/2M3uhQh