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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. ✅


Thursday, Feb 22

Radiohead Cover By Jeremiah Fraites Featuring Gregory Alan Isakov)

Jeremiah Fraites (The Lumineers) sent us a cover that was just released of Radiohead's “No Surprises” (fea Gregory Alan Isakov) from his new solo album called piano piano 2 coming out March 29. If you missed it, get thee to the archive below. 

Future Islands Secret Word is...

"The Future." Yep, we want you to text, um, the future. But FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS HOLY, please wait until John asks you to text in. 

We're Hearing...

Portland's The Fourth Wall have a new album coming out called Return Forever and we heard the first single from the album, “Darkness of Heart" on Early with Eva Walker and LOVED IT! Songwriter  Stephen Agustin tells Under The Radar that this song was about "...processing all these fragments of my immigrant family’s history. In hearing a lot of personal stories about the conditions and motivating factors that led to their move to the states, I began researching some of the histories of war and colonialism (in Korea and the Philippines) that was always lurking in the background, though hardly discussed amongst family members across generations." 

3/23 - Seattle / The Crocodile


Wonderful conversation between Seattle's Ray Lacorte, the hero behind the Instagram account Bipoc Punk and KEXP's Martin Douglas. Listen here and follow Bipoc Punk here.

There's No Future In History


1950 - Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (D. March, 14th 2020) was an English singer-songwriter, musician, poet, performance artist, visual artist, and occultist who rose to notoriety as the founder of the COUM Transmissions artistic collective and lead vocalist of seminal industrial band Throbbing Gristle. ✅

1953 - Graham Lewis, bassist and vocalist with Wire. ✅

1963 - Roger Charlery, known professionally as Ranking Roger, was a vocalist in the Beat (or The English Beat) and later General Public. Died: March 26, 2019, Birmingham, United Kingdom.

1968 - Laura Jane Ballance is the bassist in the rock band Superchunk and co-founder of Merge Records along with Mac McCaughan.✅ 

1974 - James Lavelle (UNKLE), English electronic musician, record label owner and curator. He founded the Mo'Wax record label in 1992, and has been the only constant member of UNKLE.✅  

1976 - J-Live, real name Jean-Jacques Cadet, American rapper, DJ, and record producer. ✅   


1987 – Andy Warhol, American artist, director, and writer who worked closely with The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed and other musicians. Warhol was a huge influence on both David Bowie and DEVO. Bowie recorded a song called "Andy Warhol" for his 1971 album Hunky Dory. Lou Reed wrote the song "Andy's Chest", about Valerie Solanas, the woman who shot Warhol. Bowie would later play Warhol in the 1996 movie, 'Basquiat'. (b. August 6, 1928) 58 years old. ✅

2002 – Drummer Ronnie Verrell died aged 76. Worked with The Ted Heath Orchestra and The Syd Lawrence Orchestra. Provided the drum licks for Animal in The Muppet Show. When American drummer Buddy Rich, (one of Verrell's heroes), guested on the show, Verrell (as Animal) had a drumming duel with Rich, and won after Animal smashed a snare drum over Rich's head. ✅

2022 - Mark Lanegan, 57 years old, American singer-songwriter (solo, Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, three collaboration albums with Isobel Campbell, and The Gutter Twins, and contributed to music by Moby, Bomb the Bass, Soulsavers, Tinariwen, The Twilight Singers, Manic Street Preachers, and Unkle, among others.). B nov 25, 1964. ✅


1980 – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark release their self-titled debut album. ✅ 

1983 - Styx release Kilroy Was Here, a concept album about a dystopian future where rock and roll is banned and technology has run amok.✅  

1990 - The Church  Gold Afternoon Fix ✅  

1993 – Suede release the single "Animal Nitrate". ✅ 

1993 – Radiohead release their debut studio album "Pablo Honey" ("Creep")  ✅
-> The album is named after a Jerky Boys prank call skit in which the prank caller says, "Pablo, honey? Please come to Florida!", which is sampled on the song "How Do You?".

1994-- Beck released his 2nd album, "Stereopathetic Soulmanure." ✅ 

1999 - The Cardigans release the sinister single "Erase/Rewind." ✅ 

2000 - Supreme Beings of Leisure release Supreme Beings of Leisure. ✅ 

2000 - Yo La Tengo release And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out. ✅ 

2005 - Thievery Corporation release The Cosmic Game featuring "Warning Shots feat. Sleepy Wonder and Gunjan," "Amerimacka feat. Notch," and "Satyam Shivam Sundaram feat. Gunjan."  ✅  

2005 - M. Ward releases Transistor Radio ✅  

2011 -  Toro y Moi release Underneath the Pine ✅  

2011 - Adele releases her second album, 21, in the US. ✅    

2019 - Julia Jacklin releases Crushing     ✅


Oh, Hello Wednesday


BLH at Levis Corner House, a pub in County Cork, Ireland


Bonny Light Horseman have released a new single called “When I Was Younger." It was recorded at Levis Corner House, a pub in County Cork, Ireland, and they say "...you can hear coughing, cars, and the whole audience did that wordless wail with us in the middle. It felt like a primal collective shake-off. Next morning we were collecting our things from the pub and the owner Joe was out front ... sweeping up the cigs from the street singing, ‘When I was younger, I used to dress fancy…’”


Weep Wave Debut

Weep Wave

We're HONORED to debut a new Weep Wave song called "Phasing" this morning. The Seattle band will have a vinyl release show at the Sunset Tavern on April 5th. Get tickets here.

Middle Kids Ticket Gives

Hannah Joy, Middle Kids - Photo Carlos Cruz


Text in the name of your favorite middle kid in your life. For example, my favorite middle kid is my brother "Dan," and as it turns out, John is a middle kid. BUT REMEMBER TO WAIT UNTIL JOHN TELLS YOU TO TEXT IN, NOT BEFORE, NOT AFT...well after is okay. So text 206-903-KEXP (5397) for your chance to win. - Owen 

There's No Future in History: Febuary 21st


1933 – Nina Simone (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon), American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. (d. April 21, 2003) ✅

1949 – Jerry Harrison, American musician (Talking Heads and The Modern Lovers) ✅

1952 – Jean Jacques Burnel, Franco-English musician, producer and songwriter, best known as the bass guitarist with the British rock band the Stranglers. (The Stranglers) ✅

1958 – Jake Burns, Irish singer and guitarist (Stiff Little Fingers) ✅

1962 – Mark Arm, vocalist for Mudhoney. His former group, Green River, is one of the first grunge bands, along with Malfunkshun, Soundgarden, Skin Yard, the U-Men, and others. ✅

1963 - Roger Charlery, known professionally as Ranking Roger, was a vocalist in the Beat (or The English Beat) and later General Public. Died: March 26, 2019, Birmingham, United Kingdom. ✅

1969 – James Dean Bradfield, Welsh singer-songwriter, musician and record producer. (Manic Street Preachers)  ✅

1971 - Rob Crow,  singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Pinback. ✅

1978 - Helen Marnie, lead singer and songwriter for Ladytron. ✅

1986 - Kim West - Vocals and Keys, Smokey Brights, Mega Cat.  ✅  


1965 – Malcolm X, Black American civil rights leader, assassinated (b. May 19, 1925) ✅

1976 – Florence Ballard, one of the founding members of The Supremes, died aged 32. Ballard had left The Supremes in 1967. Ballard was posthumously inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Supremes in 1988. ✅

2019 - American musician Peter Tork died age 77. He was diagnosed with a rare form of tongue cancer in 2009. The Monkees were brought together for an American sitcom TV series in 1966. Best known as the keyboardist and bass guitarist, they had the 1967 UK & US No.1 single 'I'm A Believer' plus other hits including 'Last Train to Clarksville', 'Pleasant Valley Sunday', and 'Daydream Believer'. ✅


1954 - Art Blakey records A Night at Birdland Vol. 1 featuiring "Announcement by Pee Wee Marquette" and "Split Kick" sampled in US3 - Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia). ✅

1972 – Led Zeppelin released 'Rock And Roll / Four Sticks' as a 7 inch single in the US. The song was written as a spontaneous jam session, whilst the band were trying to finish 'Four Sticks'. Drummer John Bonham played the introduction to Little Richard's 'You Keep A-Knockin' and Page added a guitar riff; with the tapes rolling the basic song was finished fifteen minutes later. ✅

1975 – David Bowie released the "Young Americans" single ✅  The song features a near-direct lift from the Beatles’ "A Day in the Life" with the line "I heard the news today oh boy!" Former Beatle John Lennon, who wrote that line, appeared twice on the Young Americans album, providing guitar and backing vocals on his own "Across the Universe" and "Fame", for which he also received a co-writing credit. 

1984 - The Go-Go's release "Head over Heels" from the album Talk Show. ✅

1995 - DJ Quik released his third album Safe + Sound. ✅

1986 – Elvis Costello released his 10th studio album "King of America" ✅

2005 - Doves    release Some Cities ✅

2012 - Grimes releases Visions. ✅

2014 - Beck releases Morning Phase. ✅

2017 - Dirty Projectors release "Dirty Projectors" ✅

2017 - King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard release "Flying Microtonal Banana" ✅ 

2017 - Los Campesinos! release "Sick Scenes" ✅

2020 - Best Coast release Always Tomorrow ✅

2020 - Greg Dulli releases Random Desire ✅

2020 - Grimes    releases Miss Anthropocene   ✅

2020 - Moses Sumney releases Græ (stylized in all lowercase). The double album was released in two parts by Jagjaguwar. The first part was released digitally on February 21, 2020, followed by the full album, including its second part, on May 15, 2020. ✅





John's got a great show planned today featuring new music from Portishead's Beth Gibbons, a Smiths' cover from Nouvelle Vague, plus the latest from Liam Gallagher (Oasis) & John Squire (Stone Roses) and so much more. 


Join us Friday, February 23rd on KEXP as we celebrate the life of one of Seattle's unsung heroes, the late Susie Tennant, who as a publicist for Sub Pop and numerous other labels championed artists as varied as Nirvana, Beck, Hole, Mother Love Bone, Sebadoh, Sonic Youth, Supersuckers, Teenage Fan Club, Veruca Salt and more. It will be a day filled with special guests and incredible music for all who loved her or were touched by the artists she helped bring into our lives. Susie Tennant day, Friday, February 23rd on KEXP. 


NOTE: Please don't text in until John says, um, text in. 

KEXP would like to offer you and friend tickets to Just Like Heaven Fest, Featuring: Postal Service, DCFC, War On Drugs, Phoenix ++ and more & taking place at Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA on Saturday May 5/18. This give is for tickets only. Text GOD to 206-903-KEXP (5397) for your chance to win


The peeps at Doom Trip Records just let us know that locals somesurprises have just released two new singles, "Be Reasonable" and "Why I Stay,". Their new album is coming out on vinyl on April 19th.  Check it out here.


What do music directors Chris Sanley and Alex Ruder say about the latest from IDLES, Middle Kids, serpentwithfeet, and more? Well just click here to find out! 


The upcoming album, "Survival Vibration" by Clinton Fearon, is set for release on April 5th VIA Kool Yu Foot label. Clinton will have a single release party at Nectar Lounge on March 2nd, a pre-release show in Paris at New Morning on April 4th.


Loving LIVE on KEXP Fri. Feb. 23 at 12PM (Open to Public)
Squid LIVE on KEXP on Mon. Feb. 26 at 12PM (Open to Public)
Brittany Davis LIVE on KEXP Tues. Feb. 27 at 12PM (Open to Public)


You’ve been someone I reach out to at milestones in my sobriety and I love what you do to persistently foster human connection. I owe it to you in a lot of ways that I’m on this journey to begin with, so as always thank you. I hit 6 months last week and went on my first run of the year to celebrate. I hope to sign up for a half soon and I’m looking forward to the new season of the runcast. In sobriety, I’ve been shown the sustainable joy that comes from being there for others, and I hope this email is encouragement enough to help you feel like there’s one more person who appreciates who you are and how you choose to show up in this punishing world. 

You’re not alone either,
Snohomish, WA



1927 -- Ibrahim Ferrer, Cuban musician with Buena Vista Social Club (Died: August 6, 2005, Havana, Cuba). ✅

1937 - Nancy Wilson (D. December 13, 2018) was an American singer whose career spanned over five decades, from the mid-1950s until her retirement in the early 2010s. She was especially notable for her single "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am" and her version of the standard "Guess Who I Saw Today". ✅

1941 - Buffy Sainte-Marie, Native-Canadian singer-songwriter and Sesame Street regular, is born Beverly Sainte-Marie in Qu'Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan.✅

1953 – Poison Ivy (born Kristy Marlana Wallace),  American guitarist, songwriter, arranger, producer, and occasional vocalist who co-founded the American rockabilly band The Cramps. (The Cramps) ✅

1954 – Jon Brant, bass player for the band Cheap Trick from 1982 to 1987. Brant was a founding member of the Chicago band D'Thumbs with Tommy Aldridge and Pete Comita and has also played with Chris Spedding, Robert Gordon, Lou Reed, Diana Ross, Lesley Gore, Jason & the Scorchers, Micki Free, and others. Brant has appeared on over 30 albums as composer and bassist. ✅

1962 - Nick Marsh, singer, Flesh For Lulu. Checkout "I Go Crazy" from the Some Kind of Wonderful soundtrack. Note: This date is my best guess based on some internet sleuthing. (Died in June of 2015). ✅

1963 – Ian Brown, English singer (The Stone Roses). ✅

1967 – Kurt Cobain, American musician (Nirvana) (d. April 5, 1994 age 27) ✅

1972 – Neil Primrose, drummer with Scottish group Travis  ✅

1977 – Ed Graham, English drummer (The Darkness and Stone Gods) ✅

1988 - Rihanna, (real name Robyn Rihanna Fenty). Musician, actor, entrepreneur, kind of a bad ass. ✅


2005 – Hunter S. Thompson, American journalist and author, and the founder of the gonzo journalism movement. Best known for "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream" which was first serialized in Rolling Stone magazine and released as a film starring Johnny Depp, Benicio del Toro and directed by Terry Gilliam in 1998. The majority of Thompson's best-known work appeared in Rolling Stone magazine, where Thompson was one of the primary writers who helped expand the focus past music criticism. (Fun fact: Thompson was the ONLY staff writer of his time to never to contribute a music feature to the magazine.) Nevertheless, his articles were always peppered with a wide array of pop music references ranging from Howlin' Wolf to Lou Reed. (b. July 18, 1937) 67 years old. ✅


1959 – Jimi Hendrix, a 16-year-old high school student, played his first public gig with an unnamed band in the basement of Temple De Hirsch in Seattle. Hendrix was actually auditioning for the band, but his wild playing and show-off style (dropping to his knees, sticking out his tongue, flailing his arms) got him fired before the second set.  ✅

1970 – The single 'Instant Karma!' by The Plastic Ono Band was released in the US. (It was released February 6th in the UK after John Lennon had wrote, recorded and mixed the track all in one day on 27th January 1970.)  ✅

1974 - Steely Dan release Pretzel Logic featuring "Rikki Don't Lose That Number", a song written about artist and author Rikki Ducornet who currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington. ✅

1979 - The Cars release the single "Good Times Roll." ✅

1981 - Rick James releases "Give It To Me Baby." ✅

1984 – The Smiths release their self-titled debut album.  ✅

1989 - Elvis Costello releases the single "Veronica," co-written with Paul McCartney. ✅

1991 - My Bloody Valentine release their Tremolo E.P. which featured the single "To Here Knows When", which subsequently appeared (in a different mix) on the band's second album Loveless. ✅  

1995 - The Notorious B.I.G. released the single "Big Poppa." ✅  

1995 – Tricky’s "Maxinquaye" released on this day in the US ✅

1996  - Jay-Z released the single Dead Presidents ✅  

2001 - Spoon release "Girls Can Tell" Featuring Everything Hits At Once, The Fitted Shirtand Believing Is Art ✅

2006 - Liars release Drum's Not Dead featuring  “The Other Side of Mt Heart Attack” ✅

2019 - Quivers release the single "You're Not Always On My Mind." ✅




Tommy from LA
I literally just delayed the start of a meeting until Borderline finished.


MGIF: My Goodness, it's Friday


Adam and Joe from IDLES


Do you have the new IDLES? Uh, do Idles love kittens? Yes, and YES! 

Here's what KEXP music director Chris Sanley says about this fantastic album.

"The fifth studio album from British post-punk heroes is urgent, delicate and their most dynamic release to date. While frontman Joe Talbot has always been a confident vocalist, we hear him leaning into his singing voice heavier than ever, allowing for a more intimate delivery of IDLES message, largely being that LOVE IS THE FING! Layered, swirling guitars, enthralling percussion, driving bass, masterful, nuanced production and arrangements that are so quintessentially IDLES allow for the band to effectively continue preaching their gospel of joy, perseverance and love."

Here's our favorite part of the review: Pronunciation: TANGK—pronounced “tank” with a whiff of the “g, LOL!

Check this out!

You want to hear something hilarious and exceptional? Of course you do. Checkout DJ Mike Ramos filling in for Eva on Early about :57 minutes into the show. Just great stuff. 

Vampire Weekend Secret Word

Hey, Vampire Weekend are playing Climate Pledge Arena on Thursday, June 20th and we're giving away three pairs of tickets this morning. So you know, the double-secret-probabtion word is "Weekend."

NOTE: Please wait to text in until you hear John say, um, "text in, now." 

New Local Out Today

Our pals, local shoegaze heroes Black Nite Crash have releaseed their new album Signal to Noise.

And so have Mega Cat, who to our eyes sure look a lot like Smokey Brights. Heyyyyy, wait a second here. They write on their bandcamp site: "Reports of holographic thought, enhanced perception, and minor instances of levitation have been widely documented from just one encounter with mega cat. Though the being doesn’t seem to use traditional language to communicate, mega cat transmits instrumental narratives that feel familiar to fans of 20th century science fiction, afro-beat, hip hop, and psychedelic music..."

Hey,  What Were John's Most Played Albums This Week?

  1. Salt Cathedral - Before It’s Gone
  2. Gossip - Real Power
  3. Melenas - Ahora
  4. Middle Kids - Faith Crisis Pt 1
  5. Pillow Queens - Name Your Sorrow
  6. TORRES - What an Enormous Room
  7. James - Is This Love
  8. Gemz - Younger
  9. Pearl Jam - Singles
  10. The Dead Milkmen - Beelzebubba

There's No Future in History


1931 – Otis Blackwell, American songwriter and producer who copyrighted over a thousand songs. Songwriter for Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis, he wrote ‘All Shook Up’, ‘Return To Sender’, ‘Don't Be Cruel’, ‘Great Balls Of Fire’ and ‘Fever.’ Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. (d. May 6th 2002) ✅

1935 – Sonny Bono (born Salvatore Phillip Bono), American singer, producer, and politician. Performed with his wife Cher (d. January 5, 1997 aged 62).
NOTE: Etta James covering "I Got You Babe" is pretty great. ✅

1953 – John "Brad" Bradbury, best known for having been the drummer in the English ska group The Specials (d. December 28, 2015 aged 62.) ✅

1958 - Ice-T, rapper, actor, err, raptor? ✅

1961 – Andy Taylor, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer (Duran Duran, The Power Station) ✅

1965 – Dave Lombardo, Cuban-American drummer (Slayer, Grip Inc., Fantômas, Voodoocult, and Testament) ✅

1982 - Lupe Fiasco - (Born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco), American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur, and activist. ✅  

1990 – The Weeknd, Canadian singer-songwriter and producer ✅

2000 - Mikayla Victoria Simpson, better known as Koffee. Reggae singer, songwriter, rapper, and guitarist from Spanish Town, Jamaica. ✅


2004 – Doris Troy, American R&B singer and songwriter known to her many fans as "Mama Soul" died. She had been a session singer with Dionne Warwick, sang on Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon and released an album on The Beatles' Apple label. (b. January 6, 1937)  ✅

1964 – The Beatles made their second live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, just one week after the first. Before an audience of 3,500 at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, The Beatles performed ‘She Loves You’, ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘From Me to You’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’. ✅

1971 – Johnny Cash recorded "Man in Black" at Nashville's Columbia Studios. The song was first introduced during an episode of Cash's tv series the next day. ✅

1987 - The Cult release "Love Removal Machine" from the album Electric. ✅

1988 – The Church released "Starfish" ✅

1991 – The Simpsons were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Do The Bartman' from the album "Songs In The Key of Springfield". (Even though it received a lot of radio airplay in the United States, "Do the Bartman" was never officially released as a single in the US.) The song was written by Bryan Lorenand (NOT Michael Jackson, as was rumored for many years). Jackson was a massive fan of The Simpsons and had called the producers one night offering to write Bart a number one single and do a guest spot on the show.  The Simpsons became the first cartoon to make No.1 since the Archies hit 'Sugar Sugar' in 1969. ✅
-> http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/07/michael-jackson-did-not-actually-write-do-the-bartman/

1993 - 2Pac release his second studio album Strictly 4 My (N-word spelled out) ✅

2018 - Brandi Carlile releases By the Way, I Forgive You. ✅

2018 - Under the moniker EVERYTHING IS RECORDED, Richard Russell releases Everything is Recorded featuring collaborations with  Sampha, Ibeyi, and Kamasi Washington among others. ✅


Thursday, Feb 15th...The Day After

Middle Kids have given us the okay to play stuff off their new album so WE SHALL PLAY STUFF OFF THEIR NEW ALBUM. It's called Faith Crisis Pt 1, and KEXP music director Chris Sanley writes "...throughout the thirteen tracks on the Sydney trio’s third studio album, the outfit instead reminds us “that even in the darkest moments, belief can flourish.” With bright melodies, propulsive guitars, catchy hooks and sobering lyricism, this magnificent new album cements Middle Kids as one of the premier indie-rock bands of our time."

Plus John has curated an INCREDIBLE SHOW today including songs from James, Sebadoh, and maybe our favorite Lemonheads song of all-time, so BUCKLE UP bub.

Pearl Jam Gives, Day 2: We're giving away 3-more pairs of tickets to see Pearl Jam at Climate Pledge Arena on Tuesday May 28th, Just text ALIVE to 206-903-KEXP (5397) for your chance to win. Early texters will be suspended from the show...which makes no sense. #Radio FOR THE LOVE OF GOD...WAIT UNTIL WE PLAY PEARL JAM! 

We're hearing...Local favs somesurprieses will release their first album in five years. Singer-songwriter Natasha El-Sergany posts on social media that it's called ‘Perseids’ and is out "April 19, 2024 via Los Angeles’ Doom Trip Records. Note: we heard the album late last year and it is EXCELLENT! Pre-orders available now at somesurprises.bandcamp.com, with limited edition galaxy purple vinyl 

Band to watch: A Deeper Heaven which is the Salt Lake City based solo project of Marc Wheeler who pulls inspiration from inspiration from Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils, DIIV, Film School, and The Haunted Youth, as well as Ride, Echo & the Bunnymen, Adorable, Catherine Wheel, New Order, The Cure, and The Smiths. Hey, we like all those bands, too! 

If you haven't checked it out yet, locals TV Star and Spiral XP have combined forces to take over the universe...err...to release this amazing EP. So cool. 

Plus, we listened and learned a lot about Bad Brains from the latest Cobain 50 podcast. Has a listen



1941 - Brian Holland  is an American songwriter and record producer, best known as a member of Holland–Dozier–Holland, the songwriting and production team that was responsible for much of the Motown sound and numerous hit records by artists such as Martha and the Vandellas, The Supremes, The Four Tops, and The Isley Brothers. Holland, along with Lamont Dozier, served as the team's musical arranger and producer. He has written or co-written 145 hits in US and 78 in the UK. They would write and produce scores of songs for Motown artists, including 25 Number 1 hit singles, such as "Heat Wave" for Martha and the Vandellas[5] and "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" for Marvin Gaye. Holland–Dozier–Holland are mentioned (along with the Four Tops and their vocalist Levi Stubbs, as well as Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong) in the lyrics of the song "Levi Stubbs' Tears" from the 1986 Billy Bragg album Talking with the Taxman about Poetry; and also in the lyrics of the Magnetic Fields' song "The Death of Ferdinand de Saussure", from their 1999 album 69 Love Songs.✅

1944 – Mick Avory, drummer for The Kinks until 1984. ✅

1946  - John Trudell NOTE: "True-DELL"  (D. December 8, 2015) was a Native American author, poet, actor, musician, and political activist. He was the spokesperson for the Indians of All Tribes' takeover of Alcatraz beginning in 1969, broadcasting as Radio Free Alcatraz. During most of the 1970s, he served as the chairman of the American Indian Movement, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After his pregnant wife, three children and mother-in-law were killed in 1979 in a suspicious fire at the home of his parents-in-law on the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes Duck Valley Indian Reservation in Nevada, Trudell turned to writing, music and film as a second career. 
Most played: "What It Means to be a Human Being - Part II."

1954 – Matt Groening (pronounced GRAY-ning), American animator, screenwriter, and producer (Creator of 'The Simpsons'). Grew up in Portland, OR. Creator of the comic strip Life in Hell, The Simpsons (which featured MANY musical guests like The Ramones, The Rolling Stones, Cypress Hill, Paul McCartney, and more) and Futurama. ✅

1959 - Ali Campbell (lead singer of UB40) is born in Birmingham, England. ✅

1964 - Brad Wood, producer, drummer, saxophonist. In 1988, Wood, along with Brian Deck and Daniel Sonis built Idful Music Corporation recording studio in Chicago's Wicker Park. While at Idful he recorded and produced hundreds of records, including Liz Phair's Exile in Guyville, Veruca Salt's American Thighs, Ben Lee's Grandpa Would, Sunny Day Real Estate's Diary and LP2, and albums by Red Red Meat, Seam, That Dog, and others. In addition to producing records, Brad was the drummer/soprano saxophonist for Shrimp Boat and touring drummer for Liz Phair (1993–94). ✅

1977 – Brooks Wackerman, American drummer (Bad Religion, Infectious Grooves, Fear and the Nervous System, and Bad4Good, Avenged Sevenfold and Mass Mental.) ✅

1979 - Wesley Eisold, singer, songwriter, Cold Cave.✅

1980 – Conor Oberst, American singer-songwriter (Bright Eyes, Desaparecidos, Park Ave., Monsters of Folk, The Faint, Better Oblivion Community Center (with Phoebe Bridgers) and Commander Venus) ✅

1984 - Blues guitarist Gary Clark, Jr. is born in Austin, Texas.✅

1995 - American rapper, singer, and songwriter Megan Thee Stallion. ✅


1965 – Nat King Cole, American singer and pianist (b. March 17, 1919) 45 years old ✅✅

1968 – Little Walter, American blues harmonica player, died from injuries incurred in a fight while taking a break from a performance at a nightclub in Chicago. Joining Muddy Waters' band in 1948, he was the first harmonica player to amplify his harp, giving it a distorted echoing sound. (b. May 1, 1930) ✅


1941 - Duke Ellington records "Take the A Train."✅

1954 - Big Joe Turner records one of the first Rock songs, "Shake, Rattle And Roll," at Atlantic Records studios in New York.✅

1969 - Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People" hits #1 for the first of four weeks. Was sampled in "People Everyday" by Arrested Development. ✅

1974 - David Bowie releases the single "Rebel Rebel" from the album Diamond Dogs. ✅

1980 – Elvis Costello and The Attractions release "Get Happy" ✅

1982 - ABC release the single "Poison Arrow" from the album The Lexicon of Love. ✅

1985 – "The Breakfast Club", directed by John Hughes, was released. Soundtrack featured Simple Minds' 'Don't You (Forget About Me)'. ✅

1987 - Echo & The Bunnymen released their cover version of The Doors ‘People Are Strange’. Recorded for the cult film The Lost Boys it featured Ray Manzarek on keyboards & production. ✅

1988 - The Primitives release the single "Crash" from the album Lovely. ✅

1988 - The Church release the single "Under the Milky Way" from the album Starfish. ✅

1991 - Gang Starr  Step In the Arena. ✅

1993 - Nirvana and The Jesus Lizard release the split 7" "Puss"/"Oh, the Guilt." "Oh, the Guilt" was recorded by Barrett Jones on April 7, 1992 in Seattle, Washington. The song was re-released in 2004 on the Nirvana rarities box set, With the Lights Out, and in 2005 on the compilation album, Sliver: The Best of the Box, although on these latter releases the song was remixed by Adam Kasper, and does not include the sound of lighter clicks present on the original mix. ✅

1993 - Duran Duran release the album Duran Duran featuring the singles "Ordinary World" and "Come Undone." ✅

1993 - Depeche Mode release the single "I Feel You" from the 1993 album Songs Of Faith And Devotion. ✅

2000 - The Cure release Bloodflowers. ✅

2011 - Yuck release Yuck, their debut studio album. Then on the 10-year anniversary of its release in 2021, they announce that they have broken up. ✅ 


Wednesday, Feb 14: Valentine's Day 2024

Songs of Love and Hate, New Song From Ride, Pearl Jam tickets, and more

We're so excited to debut Ride's new single ‘Last Frontier' from their latest album Interplay, out March 29th. Singer Andy Bell says “This was the runt of the litter of the very first jam session ... and I didn’t even include it on my shortlist of the best tracks. It was our producer Richie Kennedy who saw the potential of the song, and we attacked this with a vengeance...and we took it right back to basics, more towards a pounding Joy Division feel." 

On top of that, the band has just announced that they will return to Seattle to play the Showbox on Saturday, May 25th...so you better, um, dear God forgive me...ahem...get a ticket to Ride. 


The keyword for a chance to win a pair of tickets to see Pearl Jam at Climate Pledge Arena on TuesdayMay 28th is "Jam." Be ready to text it in to 206-903-5397.

NOTE: Please wait for us to play Pearl Jam before you text. 

Some great shows in the next few days in Seattle

Today: DeVotchKa - Wednesday The Showbox & Live on KEXP at noon in Gathering Space


-The Veils (solo) - Sunset Tavern

-Silversun Pickups - Moore Theatre


-Feist - Showbox SoDo

-Rural Alberta Advantage - Tractor Tavern

Shows just announced in Seattle 

  • Metz Tue. May 07 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
  • Warpaint Monday, May 13 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
  • The Magnetic Fields November 1-2—Seattle, WA—Neptune Theatre
  • Yard Act 06-08 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
  • Robert Plant and Allion Kraus 08-16 Seattle, WA - Venue and 08-17 Seattle, WA - Venue TBD *

On This Day, the Valentine's edition

***1994 – Pavement Released "Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" TURNS 30

1967 - In New York City, Aretha Franklin records "Respect."

1975 - Heart release their debut album Dreamboat Annie featuring "Magic Man," Crazy On You" and the title track, Dreamboat Annie. 


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.