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Hosted by John Richards

KEXP Radio hand selects all of its music, with expert DJs showcasing both established and emerging bands. Rock is generally a broad term for KEXP, as indie and alternative sounds are often blended with a variety of other genres in an innovative music format. KEXP variety mix programming makes up the bulk of our broadcast service, bringing listeners an edgy mix of alternative rock, hip hop, electronic, roots & blues, world, jazz and more.







1910 – T-Bone Walker, American singer-songwriter, musician, and composer (d. March 16, 1975 age 64) ✅

1944 – Gladys Knight, American singer-songwriter and actress (Gladys Knight & the Pips) ✅

1945 – John Fogerty, American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Creedence Clearwater Revival and The Golliwogs) ✅

1949 – Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (d. April 6,1998 age 48) ✅

1955 – John McGeoch, Scottish guitarist (Magazine, Visage, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Public Image Ltd., and The Armoury Show) (d. March 4, 2004) ✅

1961 – Roland Gift, English singer and actor (Fine Young Cannibals and Akrylykz) ✅

1965 – Chris Ballew, American singer and bassist (The Presidents of the United States of America and Caspar Babypants) ✅

1968 - Singer, actress, Kylie Minogue. Suggestions: "Breathe" is good, plus her duet with Nick Cave "Where the Wild Roses Grow" is daaaark. ✅

1968 - Rap artist Chubb Rock. ✅

1970 – Jimi Goodwin, English singer-songwriter and musician (Doves and Sub Sub) ✅

1981 – Adam Green, American singer-songwriter, musician, and filmmaker (The Moldy Peaches) ✅

1981 – Victoria Legrand, American singer-songwriter and keyboardist (Beach House) ✅

1993 - Haley Heynderickx is an American singer-songwriter from Portland, Oregon. Questions still remain as to whether she started a garden or not. Now back to you, already in progress. ✅


2014 – Maya Angelou [Marguerite Johnson], American author ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), poet and actress (Nyo-Roots). (b. April 4, 1928) 86 years old. ✅


1930 - Son House records "Walking Blues" in Grafton, Wisconsin, for Paramount Records. The story goes that In 1930, Art Laibly of Paramount Records traveled to Lula, Mississippi to persuade blues legend Charlie Patton to record several songs in Grafton, Wisconsin. Along with Patton came House, Willie Brown, and the pianist Louise Johnson, all of whom recorded "sides" for the label. House recorded nine songs during that session, eight of which were released, but they were commercial failures. He did not record again commercially for 35 years, but he continued to play with Patton and Brown, and with Brown after Patton's death in 1934. During this time, House worked as a tractor driver for various plantations in the Lake Cormorant area.
As a side-note the song was lost until 1985. ✅

1964 - Marianne Faithfull records "As Tears Go By." ✅

1966 - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass have four of the top 10 albums: What Now My Love, Whipped Cream and Other Delights, South of the Border, and Going Places. It's a record for most albums in the Top 10 at the same time. ✅

1971 - Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story. NOTE: The lyrics to the title track have not aged well BUT "Maggie May" is still amazing. ✅

1977 - The trio of Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers, under the name Stronium 90, perform for the first time at the Circus Hippodrome in Paris. The group quickly changed their name to The Police. ✅

1981 - The Clash and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five play Bond's in Times Square, New York (future home of Tower Records). ✅

1982 - Roxy Music release "Avalon" featuring "More Than This" and "Avalon". It may be a perfect record. ✅

1982 - A Flock of Seagulls release their "Space Age Love Song" single. ✅

1982 - Bow Wow Wow release the single "I Want Candy." ✅

1982 - After The Fire release the single "Der Kommissar", an English translation cover of Falco's 1981 hit single. ✅

1983 - May 28 (29 and May 30...The US Festival '83' took place in California, featuring The Clash, U2, David Bowie, The Pretenders, Stray Cats, Men At Work, INXS and others. Over 750,000 fans attended the festival. ✅

1991 – Smashing Pumpkins released "Gish" ✅

1991 - N.W.A. released their second and final album Efil4zaggin. ✅

2001 – Air released "10 000 Hz Legend" ✅

2015 - Donnie Trumpet and The Social Experiment release the album Surf.✅

2021 - Bachelor release Doomin'.✅


John's Fav Songs on a Flight Home After a Funeral in The UK

in order 1-147

Pixies “Where is My MInd”            
The Waterboys “This is the Sea”            
Talking Heads “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)”            
Joy Division “Love Will Tear Us Apart”            
David Bowie “Heroes”            
Sigur Ros “Hoppipolla”            
The Cure “Plainsong”            
U2 “With Or Without You”            
Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime (from Stop Making Sense)”            
Sugar “Hoover Dam”            
Radiohead “Karma Police”            
PJ Harvey “You Said Something”            
The Rolling Stones “She’s a Rainbow”            
Tears for Fears “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”            
LCD Soundsystem “Someone Great’            
Kate Bush “Running Up that Hill”            
The The “This is the Day”            
Mint Royale “Show Me”            
Depeche Mode “Enjoy the Silence”            
New Order “Your Silent Face”            
David Bowie “Ashes to Ashes”            
PIxies “Gigantic”            
REM “Belong”            
Public Enemy “Fight the Power”            
New Order “Love Vigilantes”            
Stevie Wonder “Superstition”            
David Bowie “Life On Mars?”            
U2 “Red Hill Mining Town”            
Joy Division “Transmission”            
Pixies “Debaser”            
New Order “Age of Consent”            
Queen “Under Pressure”            
Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash “Girl From the North Country”            
Sinead O Connor “I Am Stretched On Your Grave”            
The Stone Roses “I Wanna Be Adored”            
M83 “Outro”            
The Cure “Just LIke Heaven”            
Ride “Vapour Trail”            
Quivers “You’re Not Always on My Mind”            
The Church “Under the Milky Way”            
Fleetwood Mac “Dreams”            
Lea Porcelain “I am Ok”            
New Radicals “You Get What You Give”            
James “Sometimes”            
Massive Attack “Teardrop”            
U2 “Bad”            
The Kinks “Celluloid Heroes”            
Pink Floyd “Fearless”            
Screaming Trees “Butterfly”            
Depeche Mode “Never Let Me Down Again”            
Echo & The Bunnymen “The Killing Moon”            
Siouxsie and the Banshees “Kiss Them For Me”            
Jane’s Addiction “Jane Says”            
Sigur Ros “Med Sud I Eyrum”            
Beatles “Tomorrow Never Knows”            
The Cure “Pictures of You”            
JAMC “Just Like Honey”            
The Velvet Underground “Sweet Jane”            
De La Soul “Eye Know”            
Japandroids “The House that Heaven Built”            
Pearl Jam “Alive”            
Ned's Atomic Dustbin “Grey Cell Green”            
INXS “Don’t Change”            
Oasis “Wonderwall”            
Prince “Raspberry Beret”            
The Clash “Police On My Back”            
Duran Duran “The Chauffeur”            
The Cars “Since You’re Gone”            
Echo and the Bunnymen “Bring on the Dancing Horses”            
Pixies “Wave of Mutilation (UK Surf)”            
Cowboy Junkies “Sweet Jane”            
James “Getting Away With it”            
Buffalo Tom “Larry”            
The Clash “Should I Stay or Should I Go”            
Stranglers “Golden Brown”            
The Smiths “How Soon is Now”            
Ennio Morricone “The Good, The Bad and Ugly”            
Prince “Take Me With You”            
Love and Rockets “No New Tale To Tell”            
Talk Talk “It’s My Life”            
NIN “Head like a Hole”            
Sisters of Mercy “This Corrosion”            
The Replacements “I Will Dare”            
Psych Furs “Love My Way”            
Peter Murphy “Cuts You Up”            
The Godfathers “Work, School, Birth Death”            
Pet Shop Boys “West End Girls”            
Elbow “One Day Like This”            
Bob Marley “Three Little Birds”            
Queen “Bohemian Rhapsody/Radio Ga Ga”            
Shawn Smith “Wrapped in my Memory”            
Death Cab For Cutie “Sound of Settling”            
David Bowie “Changes”            
Radiohead “Let Down”            
The Verve “Lucky Man”            
Tom Petty “Wildflowers”            
Lou Reed “Perfect Day”            
Robert Earl Keen “Feeling Good Again”            
The La’s “There She Goes”            
TV on the Radio “Trouble”            
The Reindeer Section “you are my joy”            
Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues”            
Tones on Tail “Go”            
Simon and Garfunkel “The Boxer”            
World Party “Ship of Fools”            
Suzanne Vega and DNA “Tom’s Diner”            
Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Hysteric”            
Snow Patrol “Run”            
The Prayers and Tears of Arthur Digby Sellers - Lisa            
Prince and the Revolution “When Doves Cry”            
Throwing Muses “Not Too Soon”            
The Wrens “This Boy is Exhausted”            
Sunny Day Real Estate “In Circles”            
Nick Drake “Pink Moon”            
Cat Stevens “Moonshadow”            
Spiritualized “Ladies and Gentlemen…”            
The Cars “Drive”            
Cinematic Orchestra “To Build A Home”            
Smashing Pumpkins “I am One”            
Kate Bush “Hounds of Love”            
The Cure “Boys Don’t Cry”            
Sky Cries Mary “Shipwrecked”            
Blur “Song 2”            
The Beatles “A Day in the Life”            
Peter Gabriel “In Your Eyes”            
The Lightning Seeds “Pure”            
Catherine Wheel “Crank”            
The Waterboys “The Whole of the Moon”            
Underworld “Born Slippy”            
Billy Idol “Eyes Without a Face”            
Dead Can Dance “The Ubiquitous Mr Lovegrove”            
Jane’s Addiction “Classic Girls”            
Billy Bragg and Wilco “California Stars”            
Harvey Danger “Little Round Mirrors”            
Bob Dylan “Like a Rolling Stone”            
David Bowie “Let’s Dance”            
Fleetwood Mac “Tusk”            
INXS “Need You Tonight/Mediate”            
U2 “Where the Streets Have No Name”            
TMBG “Ana Ng”            
Built To Spill “In the Morning”            
House of Love “I Don’t Know Why I Love You”            
English Beat “Save it For Later”            
Pixies “Bone Machine”            
Stevie Nicks “Stand Back”            
James “We’re Going To Miss You (Orchestral Version)”            
Cut Copy “So Haunted”            





Susie Tennant's daugther Ella Swenson, husband Chris, Dow Constantine, Marco Collins, and John Richard plus Dow holding the Susie proclamation


Susie Tennant was a giver. That was her deal, she helped people. When Doug Pray was working on the Hype! documentary, she told him who to speak to. She helped me put together a resume when it seemed like the most daunting task in the world. Last week, a colleague asked me if I had a moment to talk about a keynote speech that she was doing about mentors and role models. She asked to pick my brain because Igave the same speech last year. When I opened my notebook to go through last year's notes, my heart melted. There was Susie,front and center, on my very short list. With all of the things that I learned from her, be kind, don't talk shit, we are always stronger together. How fucking lucky were we to have had Susie in our lives. Let's all walk in her footsteps and do some good in the world. I'm certain that we will feel her smile.

L-R: Bruce Fairweather, Jeff Ament, Andy Wood, Stone Gossard, Tower Records Manager Dave Coker, Susie Tennant


"Little known fact: Susie helped promote Mother Love Bone early on at Seattle University District Tower Records! It's "little known" because a total of about 8 people were in the store at their record release promo day including staff and band girlfriends! Susie didn't care, she just bopped around chatting up the band and cracking Artie Fufkin Spinal Tap jokes. Susie's enthusiasm  and fun-ness made the best of a bust day, and well, soon more people got to know about this band!
We love you dearly Susie."


Ella mentioned that Susie always sang Brown-eyed Girl to her. On a whirlwind 5 day trip to NYC in December 1989, Susie invited myself and our friend Nikki to share her hotel room at the Chelsea Hotel while she was there on business with Geffen. True to form, it was a whirlwind of fun with Susie seamlessly juggling work and play. We were watching a guy in a bar doing Van Morrison songs. He started to sing Moondance and she quickly and deftly corrected him to play Brown-Eyed Girl for her. She hated Moondance. He didn't quite know what had happened, but he had experienced the positive whirlwind that was Susie. What a gal!




1685 - German-English baroque composer George Frideric Handel is born in Halle, Duchy of Magdeburg, in modern day Germany. ✅

1868 – W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights leader (d. August 27, 1963) 95 years old ✅

1948 – Steve Priest, British bass, co-vocalist, (Sweet) ✅

1955 - Howard Jones is born in Southampton, England. ✅

1958 - David Sylvian is an English singer-songwriter and musician who came to prominence in the late 1970s as frontman of the band Japan. ✅

1963 – Rob Collins, keyboards with The Charlatans (d. July 22, 1996 age 33) ✅

1967 – Chris Vrenna, Grammy-winning producer, engineer, worked with Tweaker, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein, U2, Weezer, David Bowie, The Smashing Pumpkins, Hole, Marilyn Manson and the Japanese rock band Dir en grey. ✅

1973 – Olaf Lasse Johansson, Swedish keyboardist (The Cardigans) ✅

1975 - Sabina Sciubba (singer, Brazilian Girls). ✅

1994 - Little Simz, (real name Simbiatu 'Simbi' Abisola Abiola Ajikawo)  ✅


2003 – Howie Epstein, bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers died of a suspected drug overdose in New Mexico. He had replaced The Heartbreakers original bassist Ron Blair, Epstein also worked with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Linda Ronstadt and Del Shannon. ✅

1940 – Folk singer Woody Guthrie writes one of his best-known songs, "This Land is Your Land." Guthrie wrote the lyrics to 'This Land Is Your Land' in his room at the Hanover House Hotel in New York City. The song was brought back to life in the 1960s, when several artists of the new folk movement, including Bob Dylan, The Kingston Trio, Trini Lopez, Jay and the Americans, and The New Christy Minstrels all recorded versions, inspired by its political message. ✅
-> http://www.npr.org/2000/07/03/1076186/this-land-is-your-land 

1974 – David Bowie's 'Rebel Rebel' single first charted in the UK, eventually reaching No.5 the following month. Originally written for an aborted Ziggy Stardust musical in late 1973, 'Rebel Rebel' was Bowie's last single in the glam rock style that had been his trademark. It was also his first hit since 1969 not to feature lead guitarist Mick Ronson; Bowie himself played guitar on this track. ✅

1988 - Biz Markie releases Goin' Off featuring classics like "The Vapors" and "Pickin' Boogers." 
"The Vapors" Contains samples of 1 song "Papa Don't Take No Mess" by James Brown (1974) and was sampled in 92 songs including
-A Penny for My Thoughts by Common (1992) 
-All the Places by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth (1994)
-Take You There by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth (1994)
-Putting Shame in Your Game by Beastie Boys (1998)
-Dial 7 (Axioms of Creamy Spies) by Digable Planets (1994)
-Mister Cee's Master Plan by Big Daddy Kane (1988)
-Dewitt to Do It by J Dilla (2013)
and a whole bunch more. 
https://www.whosampled.com/Biz-Markie/Vapors/sampled/ ✅

1993 – Naughty by Nature, released their third album, "19 Naughty III" featuring “Hip Hop Hooray” which contains samples of "Funky President" by James Brown, "Don't Change Your Love" by Five Stairsteps, "Make Me Say it Again, Girl" by Isley Brothers, "You Can't Turn Me Away" by Sylvia Striplin and "Sledgehammer" by Peter Gabriel.✅

1999 - The Roots release  Things Fall Apart. Featuring "You Got Me". ✅

1999 - Sleater-Kinney release The Hot Rock. ✅

1999 - TLC's third album, FanMail, is released featuring "No Scrubs" ✅

1999 - Sleater-Kinney released the album 'The Hot Rock' ✅

2010 - Shearwater release The Golden Archipelago ✅

2011 – The Obama administration said it would no longer defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act, a federal law banning recognition of same-sex marriage. ✅

2015 - Public Service Broadcasting released The Race for Space. ✅

2018 - Mint Field release Pasar de las Luces. ✅


For All Who Loved Michael Hukin 

It’s hard to write this but my dear friend, brother in music, the man who started Loveless Records with me one drunken night at the Crocodile has died. With a heavy heart, the legend, Michael Hukin died from a brain aneurysm.

He was one of a kind. Wicked humor, impeccable taste in music, always in black but a heart of gold. He will always be one of my favorite music writers and someone who didn’t back down. He was one of those friends that understood you without explaining yourself, he cared deeply for me and my sister and reached out right after she died to say he had lost a sister. Well, today I lost a brother.

I love you man. I’m so happy we saw each other when I was in the UK. I loved your emails each week while you listened to the show. My heart goes out to your loved ones, especially the one who found you again, and you, her….he is irreplaceable.

Listen to the show below.