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06/03/2022 08:56 AM
DJ: John Richards
Unconditional (Lookout Kid)
by Arcade Fire
(14 plays) | (0 fans)

Arcade Fire (with special guest Beck) will play Climate Pledge Arena on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022. -- "Lookout kid, trust your heart You don't have to play the part they wrote for you Just be true..." See the official video for "Unconditional (Lookout Kid)": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdXRbOrsyRY
06/03/2022 08:52 AM
DJ: John Richards
Open Your Eyes
by School of Seven Bells
(61 plays) | (0 fans)

Read the heartbreaking story of this final album from School of Seven Bells, completed after the passing of member Benjamin Curtis in 2013.: https://diymag.com/2016/02/17/school-of-seven-bells-interview-sviib
06/03/2022 08:49 AM
DJ: John Richards
Want Want
by Maggie Rogers
(3 plays) | (0 fans)

Maggie Rogers was nominated for best new artist at the 2020 Grammy awards. This is the second single from her new album, "Surrender," due for release on July 29th. -- “Want Want” also comes with a video directed by Warren Fu, featuring Rogers performing the song in a Koreatown karaoke bar in New York.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SylF32J2g8k
06/03/2022 08:44 AM
DJ: John Richards
We Love You
by The Rolling Stones
(1 play) | (0 fans)

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards wrote this after they were arrested along with Brian Jones on drug charges stemming from a raid on Keith's house on February 12, 1967. This song was a thank you message to the fans who supported Jagger and Richards through their arrest - note the jail ambience at the beginning. This was also a "Thank You" to The Beatles, The Who and the editorial page of the London Times, who supported and spoke out in favor of the Stones after Jagger, Richards and Jones were arrested. The Who recorded and released a double A-side of the Stones' "The Last Time" and "Under My Thumb" to keep the Stones' music alive while they were going through their court and prison difficulties. -- Oh, John Lennon and Paul McCartney sang backup on "We Love You,"
06/03/2022 08:42 AM
DJ: John Richards
by Iggy Pop
(17 plays) | (0 fans)

My birthday is today! I'm turning sixteen and was wondering if you'd play Sixteen by Iggy Pop off his lust for life album. I discovered music this year and love KEXP, THANK YOU GUYS Solan, listening from Lincoln High School in Seattle -- Here' Mr. Pop, performing "Sixteen" at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwU2qIZjYV0
06/03/2022 08:38 AM
DJ: John Richards
Show Me
by Mint Royale feat. Posdnuos
(37 plays) | (0 fans)

Ahhhh....the Friday song! --- My wife Tina and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary, which sounds crazy now that I'm seeing it in writing. First, please know that KEXP has been a part of our journey all along. I started streaming KCMU around 2000 or so from New York when we were dating, and it's been a part of our lives ever since - the day to day, moving cities, raising kids, changing jobs, all of it. It's the best soundtrack we could have hoped for in so many ways. I honestly don't know what I would do without it, and we feel so fortunate to have found such an incredible community. We have enjoyed so many days listening along the way, especially Fridays, to say nothing of Mom Shows, Music Heals and so many other special shows and DJs and moments. For our anniversary, one song stands out. I first heard it on KCMU/KEXP probably in 2001 when we were living in New York. I bought it in the East Village to listen to it out on the balcony in the weeks after September 11 when it smelled like burning wires when the wind blew north, and I found this to be life-affirming in a way I can't describe and definitely needed. So if it's possible to dig deep into the vaults and find that song, which was "Show Me" by Mint Royale, I would be forever grateful. Best from Chicago, Paul
06/03/2022 08:34 AM
DJ: John Richards

"Say what?..." --- Matt Berninger of The National notes the positivity Ethan Marunas emanates. "What I like most about Baby Dayliner’s writing is that there's rarely any meanness in his songs; no forced posturing or aggressiveness; and they are loaded with empathy. He sings about flawed and vain characters but with genuine understanding and kindness. The music is catchy, smart, and weird — something beautiful and odd, that only he does. Baby Dayliner is something uncommon in pop music. He’s unique." -- KEXP premiered the video for this infectious song from Baby Dayliner: https://www.kexp.org/read/2017/7/5/kexp-video-premiere-baby-dayliner-you-push-ill-go/
06/03/2022 08:30 AM
DJ: John Richards
by Hot Chip
(82 plays) | (0 fans)

Hot Chip's eight album, "Freakout/Release," due out in August, is their first album in three years. The album features contributions from Cadence Weapon, Soulwax, and Lou Hayter. “We were living through a period where it was very easy to feel like people were losing control of their lives in different ways,” Joe Goddard said. “There’s a darkness that runs through a lot of those tracks.” -- Hot Chip was officially started by vocalists Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard in 2000, but the duo had actually been making music together since 1991.
06/03/2022 08:27 AM
DJ: John Richards
Starfish and Coffee
by Prince
(91 plays) | (0 fans)

It's that time again for me. Ringing in my 45th bday and my 25 year of celebrating with KEXP/KCMU. I appreciate all that you do every day, giving hope and connection through each and every song that you play. Could you play Starfish & Coffee by Prince for me? Thank you!! Love, Kathleen B in Poulsbo -- Cynthia Rose was a real person, but it wasn't actually coffee... Read Susannah Melvoin's account of this song: https://www.starfishandcoffeeofficial.com/pages/the-story
06/03/2022 08:21 AM
DJ: John Richards
Ray Of Light
by Madonna
(4 plays) | (0 fans)

Did you know that the title track from "Ray of Light' was based on an obscure folk oldie, the song "Sepheryn" from English singer Christine Leach?: https://www.rollingstone.com/feature/madonnas-ray-of-light-6-things-you-didnt-know-197343/
06/03/2022 08:15 AM
DJ: John Richards
Perfect Coffee
by Kae Tempest
(10 plays) | (0 fans)

"The squats we used to party in Are flats we can't afford..." Here are the lyrics: https://genius.com/Kae-tempest-perfect-coffee-lyrics -- Kae Tempest performed "Perfect Coffee" live in the KEXP Studio in 2017. Watch their full session here: https://youtu.be/Ype63tsMMTw
06/03/2022 08:13 AM
DJ: John Richards
Selfish Soul
by Sudan Archives
(51 plays) | (1 fan)

Sudan Archives will be at Capitol Hill Block Party on July 22nd, and then at Neumos on Saturday, October 1st, 2022. -- In a statement, Sudan Archives said this song is “about women and the celebration of hair. It’s about representation of different hair textures and embracing all colors and textures of it.” -- See the joyous video, in which Sudan Archives plays her violin upside down on a pole and standing on a roof and dances in the mud with her girlfriends.: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaY8kI0oEpA
06/03/2022 08:09 AM
DJ: John Richards
The Keepers
by Santigold
(29 plays) | (0 fans)

The song's music video was directed by Santigold and it sees the singer play a member of an idyllic 1950s American family in a pointed criticism of today's society. Watch out for cameo appearances from Wu-Tang Clan's GZA, Robert F. Kennedy's granddaughter Kick Kennedy and snowboarder Trevor Andrew. -- Santigold explained the clip's concept: "It's about taking responsibility for the state of the world," she said, "and how we can't turn a blind eye because everything is falling apart. It's about the need to sit up and take responsibility for it.": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SZoHSce004M
06/03/2022 08:07 AM
DJ: John Richards
Roman Candles
by Death Cab for Cutie
(40 plays) | (0 fans)

Death Cab for Cutie will play The Paramount Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday, October 26th and 27th. -- Don't miss the video for this new song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE7Tt3gw8Aw
06/03/2022 08:03 AM
DJ: John Richards
Terrible Lie
by Nine Inch Nails
(88 plays) | (0 fans)

Trent Reznor was still living in Cleveland when he made the Pretty Hate Machine album with various collaborators, Reznor and his crew spent a lot of time refining the songs, agonizing over them to get them just right. The exception was "Head Like A Hole," which he banged out in about 15 minutes and considered a throwaway. "The fact that it produced this huge reaction really pissed me off because I hadn't agonized over it," he said. --- Both the song name and the band name Nine Inch Nails were inspired by a quote by Al Jourgensen, lead singer of the metal band Ministry: "Listening to Ministry is like having a nine inch nail hammered into your head like a hole."