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08/27/2021 08:59 AM
DJ: John Richards
Mountain Song
by Jane's Addiction
(107 plays) | (0 fans)

"Mountain Song' was written by Eric Avery and Perry Farrell in 1985. Eric Avery has stated that this was the first thing he and Perry wrote together and pre-dated the Jane’s Addiction band name. -- The official video has the band performing at The Scream in 1988: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kAIMlISHhU
08/27/2021 08:56 AM
DJ: John Richards

Diamond performed this on The Johnny Cash Show, where he explained: "This song was written about a revival meeting I was at in Jackson, Mississippi. I went there because I was curious, and also because I was a college kid who had all the answers - no one was going to teach me anything and I could lay a few answers on them. I sat in the back of this tent meeting and I got really caught up in the music - clapping, the singing - tremendously exciting. -- This marked a turning point for Diamond, as it was a character-driven song as opposed to something personal and introspective. This allowed Diamond to play a character on stage, and he quickly developed into a very charismatic performer. In the liner notes to his boxed set "In My Lifetime," Diamond wrote: "This recording became a hit and was to make a showman out of me. How could you not let go of your inhibitions when playing such a wonderful character?"
08/27/2021 08:52 AM
DJ: John Richards

Ahhh...the Friday song. Join KEXP on Thursday, September 9th for Music Heals: Mental Health as we acknowledge the struggles of mental health and emotional well being that so many of us deal with and how music can really make a difference. From 5AM-7PM we'll be reading your stories and playing your requests. You can send yours in today by emailing stories@kexp.org and then tune in on Thursday 9/9 to hear the stories and experiences of your fellow listeners.: kexp.org/musicheals.
08/27/2021 08:49 AM
DJ: John Richards
Talk About It
by Jungle
(83 plays) | (0 fans)

Jungle come to the Paramount on Friday, October 22, 2021. -- The duo plan to provide a “visual identity” for each track on the album. Directed by Jungle alongside their longtime collaborator Charlie Di Placido, the visual features dancers that appeared in the clip from lead single “Keep Moving.” The dancers meet up in a gymnasium for what starts out as a sort of therapy session, but tensions rise and the group splinters. They work it out through expertly crafted dance choreography. Breaking out into smaller groups, they move to the pulsating track, before uniting towards the end.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gC4t39f0URI&t=1s
08/27/2021 08:44 AM
DJ: John Richards
Emotional Rescue
by The Rolling Stones
(8 plays) | (0 fans)

RIP, beloved Charlie Watts, who died this week at age 80. Here's Ringo Starr reflecting on what made Charlie Watts great: https://www.wsj.com/articles/charlie-watts-rolling-stones-ringo-starr-11629850410
08/27/2021 08:41 AM
DJ: John Richards

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band are a mysterious steel pan outfit hailing from Hamburg, Germany. https://bacaorhythmandsteelband.bandcamp.com -- They have just released "Expansions," an album of diverse covers: https://bacaorhythmandsteelband.bandcamp.com/album/expansions
08/27/2021 08:38 AM
DJ: John Richards
Spill The Wine
by Eric Burdon & War
(15 plays) | (0 fans)

Eric Burdon sang lead on this track. Before Burdon joined, the group was known as Nightshift and was playing backup for Deacon Jones, a former US football player who was trying to become a soul singer. The group was re-named War and played with Burdon for two albums, both credited to "Eric Burdon and War.": https://www.allmusic.com/artist/war-mn0000191947/biography
08/27/2021 08:34 AM
DJ: John Richards
Fill My Mouth
by Goat
(17 plays) | (0 fans)

Masked Swedish psych-rock experimentalists Goat haven’t released a proper studio album since Requiem in 2016. But today, Friday, August 27th, they’re releasing Headsoup, a rarities compilation that includes B-sides, standalone singles, and two brand new tracks, including this one, "Fill My Mouth." -- The band’s anonymous members claim to hail from the remote and cursed village of Korpilombo in northern Sweden, where inhabitants had for centuries been devoted to a form of voodoo introduced by a travelling witch doctor Read more and purchase 'Headsoup' -- https://goat.bandcamp.com/
08/27/2021 08:31 AM
DJ: John Richards
Blood And Roses
by The Smithereens
(5 plays) | (0 fans)

They were founded in New Jersey in 1980 (That's 41 years ago!). Although frontman Pat DiNizio died in 2017, they're continuing to tour with guest vocalists: https://www.officialsmithereens.com/shows
08/27/2021 08:27 AM
DJ: John Richards
Need You Around
by Smoking Popes
(18 plays) | (0 fans)

If you can fit in some Smoking Pope's for my wife, her best friend and our daughter who are out in Chi-Town for a quick trip, I'd greatly appreciate it. TY! --Mark "From their early indie releases to their critically acclaimed major label albums, [Chicago band Smoking Popes] developed a unique blend of buzzsaw guitars, caffeinated rhythms and heartfelt crooning vocals, combining the angst of punk with the smooth sophistication of Frank Sinatra, creating music both urgent and timeless, and influencing a generation of musicians in their wake.": https://www.allmusic.com/artist/smoking-popes-mn0000036468/biography
08/27/2021 08:23 AM
DJ: John Richards
by The Linda Lindas
(35 plays) | (0 fans)

The Linda Lindas comprises sisters Lucia and Mila de la Garza, their cousin Eloise Wong, and close friend Bela Salazar. -- Enjoy KEXP's feature on The Linda Lindas, who have "the most fun job in the world. https://www.kexp.org/read/2021/8/6/futures-so-bright-linda-lindas-on-having-the-most-fun-job-in-the-world/ -- See their colorful video for "Oh!": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wF-1IIs9_5U
08/27/2021 08:20 AM
DJ: John Richards
Guided By Angels
by Amyl and The Sniffers
(52 plays) | (1 fan)

The gentle "Guided by Angels" is the new single from this Australian band's sophomore album, "Comfort to Me," out on September 10th. -- In the video, Amy Taylor dances around and belts the song in various locales — a field, a storage unit, the ocean — as her bandmates stand cooly by.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z--D1flPLnk
08/27/2021 08:17 AM
DJ: John Richards
by Metallica
(7 plays) | (0 fans)

Speaking of Metallica.... James Hetfield wrote this song with his high school friend Hugh Tanner before Metallica was even formed, and is one of only two songs that Lars Ulrich doesn't receive a writing credit for. It is also the band's shortest song, clocking in at only three minutes and eight seconds.
08/27/2021 08:13 AM
DJ: John Richards
The God That Failed
(8 plays) | (0 fans)

IDLES will play the Showbox on Tuesday, November 9th, 2021.: https://www.showboxpresents.com/events/detail/401303 -- This is their cover of the Metallica "Black Album" classic.: https://www.guitarworld.com/news/idles-the-god-that-failed -- The "Metallica Blacklist" – a gargantuan, 53-track tribute to Metallica's self-titled 1991 LP (better known as The Black Album)--will be out on September 10th.
08/27/2021 08:09 AM
DJ: John Richards
Mama Said Knock You Out
by Ll Cool J
(126 plays) | (3 fans)

Though “Mama” is used in the album’s title, it was actually LL’s grandmother who gave him the directive to knock out his critics. To date, the album has sold more than 2 million copies and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The album also garnered LL Cool J the 1991 Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance. Here's an interview with producer Marley Marl: https://www.vanityfair.com/culture/2015/08/ll-cool-j-mama-said-knock-you-out-marley-marl-interview
08/27/2021 08:02 AM
DJ: John Richards
Freedom 90
by George Michael
(40 plays) | (1 fan)

"I just hope you understand Sometimes the clothes do not make the man..." "All we have to see Is that I don't belong to you and you don't belong to me..." -- George Michael was trying to free himself from the shackles of Sony, which was his record label at the time. They created an image for him to promote his Faith album, and Michael was now trying to distance himself from it. In the video, all the Faith trademarks explode: the jacket, the jukebox, the guitar.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diYAc7gB-0A