KEXP Presents Music That Matters

KEXP Presents Music That Matters

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Straight from the knowledgeable KEXP DJs to your ears, now you can listen to a wonderfully eclectic mix of full length songs. KEXP brings you the music that matters from some of its favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world. See what KEXP's all about at KEXP.ORG.


Music That Matters, Vol. 547 - Radio Kids  

For her first mix of 2017, Cheryl Waters gathers tracks from as far north as Norway, as far south as Australia, and, as always, some local Seattle tunes for a vibrant set featuring new tracks from Laura Marling, The Besnard Lakes, and Moon Duo.  1. Laura Marling - Soothing2. Jenny Hval - Female Vampire3. The Veils - Swimming With the Crocodiles4. Beyond The Wizards Sleeve - Iron Age5. The Courtneys - Silver Velvet6. Moon Duo - Creepin'7. The Besnard Lakes - Laura Lee8. Golden Gardens - Dream of Venus9. Fast Romantics - Why We Fight10. Strand of Oaks - Radio Kids11. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Julie's Place12. Teenage Fanclub - I'm In Love13. NE-HI - Stay Young14. My Goodness - Islands15. Crying - There Was a Door16. RNDM - Stray

Music That Matters, Vol. 546 - Shake the Shack 2.0  

Mike Fuller serves up a baker's dozen of super-rockin' tunes that he's unearthed since settling into the captain's chair on Shake the Shack. 1. The Hillbilly Moon Explosion - Depression2. Southern Culture on the Skids - Dirt Road3. Eleven Hundred Springs - Raise Hell, Drink Beer4. The Hi-Risers - Foundation Rock5. The Outta Sites - Arula Mata Gali6. Kenny "Blues Boss” Wayne - Jumpin' & Boppin' With Joy7. Wayne Hancock - Slingin' Rhythm8. Marshall & The Martins - Bundamba9. Wau Y Los Arrrghs!! - Momia Twist10. The Royal Hounds - Elvis Is Haunting My Bathroom11. The Starjays - The Right Girl12. King Louie Combo - Hot Rod Rumble13. Joakim Tinderholt & His Band - Stumblin' and Fumblin'

Music That Matters, Vol. 545 - The Best of 2016  

DJ Kevin Cole highlights some of the best albums, songs, and moments of 2016. 1. Blood Orange – Best To You2. Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me3. Deep Sea Diver – Secrets4. Pinkshinyultrablast – The Cherry Pit 5. Naked Giants – Ya Ya6. King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Gamma Knife7. Thee Oh Sees – Plastic Plant8. Bob Mould – The End Of Things9. Kate Tempest – Don't Fall In10. Aesop Rock – Blood Sandwich11. NAVVI – Simpatico12. Samaris – Wanted 2 Say13. Manatee Commune – Be Still14. Tacocat – I Love Seattle15. Bread & Butter – Desperation16. Junius Meyvant – Beat Silent Need17. Charles Bradley – Change For The World18. Damien Jurado – Exit 35319. David Bazan – Both Hands20. PJ Harvey – The Wheel21. Kweku Collins – The Outsiders

Music That Matters, Vol. 544 - 2016 Trans Musicales Festival and Other Gems  

DJ Morgan presents a collection of artists KEXP recently discovered at the 38th annual Trans Musicales Music Festival in Rennes, France and a couple of other recent gems. 1. Trad.Attack! - Must Madu2. Moon Gogo International - Candy Store3. Chouette - Snake Hunting4. Fai Baba - Can't Get Over You5. Grand Parc - Unchestra6. Octave Noire - Un Nouveau Monde7. Blow - You Killed Me On The Moon8. Le Sera - Queens9. Chemtrails - Aeons10. Weeknites - Carry It

Music That Matters, Vol. 543 - Un Par De Cosas  

Chilly of KEXP's El Sonido compiles a mixtape with a handful of some of his favorite Latin beats of 2016. 1. La Yegros - Chicha Roja2. Thornato - Chapinero3. Olmeca - Hasta Que Te Encontre feat. Maya Fernandez4. Bocafloja - Sankofa feat Sekou5. El Guincho - Comix (feat Mala Rodriguez)6. Fyahbwoy -Tanto Por Ti7. Chico Mann & Captain Planet - Como Me Miras8. Alex Anwandter - Siempre Es Viernes En Mi Corazón9. Algodón Egipcio - La Estrella Irregular10. Helado Negro - Lengua Larga11. Jesse Baez - Un Par De Cosas12. Mateo Kingman - Sendero Del Monte13. Quitapenas - Guayabo (Yukicito Remix)14. El Bles - IALS

Music That Matters, Vol. 542 - Sweep Me Off My Feet  

For her final mix of 2016, Cheryl Waters dives into a colorful spectrum of hip-hop, rock, and roots music from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, featuring new tracks from Pond, SISTERS, and Springtime Carnivore. 1. Hiss Golden Messenger – Biloxi2. DRAEMHOUSE – Hard Times For Good Days3. Headwaves – Bare Hands4. The Away Days – Best Rebellious5. Aan – All You Have To Say6. SISTERS – Trails7. Secretary – Words8. Springtime Carnivore – Double Infinity9. Pavo Pavo – Ran Ran Run10. Chimurenga Renaissance – The B.A.D. Is So Good11. Fujiya & Miyagi – Extended Dance Mix12. Kate Tempest – Ketamine For Breakfast13. Pond – Sweep Me Off My Feet

Music That Matters, Vol. 541 - Monday Night John in the Morning  

Today's podcast description is sung to the tune of the Monday Night Football theme. “John John John Johnnnnn. John John John John Johhhnnn. John…john…john…Johnnnnnn. JohnJohnJohnJohnJohn.”   1.      The Cinematic Orchestra – To Believe (featuring Moses Sumney) 2.      Lushlife – The League of Frightened Men 3.      Little Children – (We Used to Feel) Higher 4.      Sad 13 – Less than 2 5.      Kindling – Blinding Wave 6.      Menace Beach – Maybe We'll Drown 7.      Kristen Hersh – Soma Gone Slapstick 8.      Doubles – Plant 9.      Desperate Journalist – Hollow 10.   Austra – Utopia 11.   STRFKR – Open Your Eyes

Music That Matters, Vol. 540 - Shake Your Windows and Rattle Your Walls  

DJ Kevin Cole unleashes a torrent of tracks for a changing world including the latest from Kate Tempest, Moby, Anomie Bell, and A Tribe Called Red.  1. Moby & The Void Pacific Choir – Hey! Hey!2. Midnight Faces – Heavenly Bodies3. Kate Tempest – Don't Fall In 4. A Tribe Called Red – Virus (feat. Saul Williams & Black Bear)5. Anomie Belle – Unwind6. Kishi Bashi – Can't Let Go, Juno7. Bellows – Dark Heart8. How To Dress Well – Salt Song9. Terry Malts – Seen Everything10. Flyying Colours – Long Holiday11. Ablebody – Backseat Heart12. Hotels – Linnette13. Sonny Knight and The Lakers – It Had To Change14. Robyn Hitchcock & Emma Swift – Life Is Change

Music That Matters, Vol. 539 - Everybody Wants To Love You  

Songs of psychedelic love and enrapturing courtship color the spectrum of Cheryl Waters' latest mix, including new tracks from Cherry Glazerr, Cloud Nothings, and El Perro Del Mar. 1. PWR BTTM – New Hampshire2. Weyes Blood – Used To Be3. Bad Bad Hats – Say Nothing4. Japanese Breakfast – Everybody Wants to Love You5. Cherry Glazerr – Told You I'd Be With the Guys6. TZECHAR – Bot7. Goat – Psychedelic Lover8. El Perro Del Mar – Kokoro9. Conner Youngblood – Diamonds10. Avers - Vampire11. The Pooches – Another Evening, Another Town12. Ty Segall - Orange Color Queen13. Wovenhand – Come Brave14. Tres Leches – Get Off (My Back)15. Cloud Nothings – Modern Act

Music That Matters, Vol. 538 - Higher Vibrations  

Don Slack elevates your mind with a variety of new songs from roots-rock and alt-country to garage-rock, punk, hip hop and soul. 1. Alejandro Escovedo - Heartbeat Smile2. Lydia Loveless - Same To You3. Drive-By Truckers - Ramon Casiano4. Luke Bell   - All Blue5. Courtney Marie Andrews - Table For One6. Bread & Butter - Desperation7. Swampmeat - Brand New Cadillac8. Jacuzzi Boys - Lucky Blade9. Sad13 - Hype10. Jeff Rosenstock - Wave Goodnight to Me11. The Men   - Crime12. Tay Sean   - Higher Vibrations13. NxWorries - Livvin

Music That Matters, Vol. 537 - The Kids! The Dog! The Boss!  

The kids! The dog! The boss! John in the Morning Music Matters Podcast take me away! Indulge yourself in the soothing luxury of John Richards, now with aloe vera! 1. How to Dress Well – Lost Youth/Lost You2. Haley Bonar – Your Mom is Right3. Roses – Dreamlover4. Moses Sumney – Lonely World5. Shana Falana – Cool Kids6. Wolf People – Ninth Night7. The Wytches – C-Side8. Jeff the Brotherhood – Punishment9. American Wrestlers – Amazing Grace10. Trails and Ways – Get Loud11. Sisters – Buck

Music That Matters, Vol. 536 - Iceland Airwaves 2016  

Senior Video Producer Jim Beckmann joins DJ Kevin Cole to preview some of the great Icelandic bands playing Iceland Airwaves 2016, featuring psych rock, hip hop, indie pop and more, from bands like Sin Fang, Singapore Sling, WESEN, SUÐ and JFDR. 1. Ljóðfæri - Intro 2. Andy Svarthol - Ofbirta 3. Sin Fang - Candyland (feat. Jónsi)4. Singapore Sling - Let it Roll, Let it Rise5. Dream Wife - Hey Heartbreaker6. SUÐ - Plastgea7. Kött Grá pjé & Nolem - Aheybaró8. WESEN - Beachboys 9. Puffin Island - Stúlka 10. Prins Póló - Dúllur 11. Par-Ðar - Don't Know Who I Am12. Moji & The Midnight Sons - Keep My Memory 13. JFDR - White Sun (live) 14. Vaginaboys - Stjörnur (prod. kef LAVÍK)15. Gangly - Holy Grounds 16. aYia - Water Plant 17. Skelkur í Bringu - Eyðimerkursvín (live)

Music That Matters, Vol. 535 - The Long Goodbye  

After 10 amazing years at KEXP, DJ El Toro is moving to Tucson, AZ next month. In his final “Music That Matters” podcast, you'll hear some of his favorite new songs, with special emphasis on punk and no wave veterans (Jah Wobble, Alice Bag, James Chance) who continue to innovate and instigate in the 21st century. It's not really goodbye, merely au revoir.   1. Lambchop – The Hustle2. The April Seven – Platform Shoes3. Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart – Cosmic Blueprint4. Tay Sean – Um Tryin' (feat. Jusmoni)5. Lilac – Secrets6. Rob Townsend – U Can Be My Lover7. Ultimate Painting – Song for Brian Jones8. Dungen – Jakten Genom Skogen9. Toy – I'm Still Believing10. Alice Bag – No Means No11. James Chance and the Contortions – Melt Yourself Down12. Pylon – Volume (live)13. King Dude – Holy Christos14. Dust Moth – Corrections15. Marissa Nadler – The Best You Ever Had16. Little Annie – Dear John

Music That Matters, Vol. 534 - The Light Is Clear In My Eyes  

Cheryl Waters ushers in autumn with a mix of her latest acoustic, electric, and psychedelic fall favorites including new music from Temples, Cass McCombs, and Moby & The Void Pacific Choir. 1. SYML – Leave Like That (feat. Jenn Champion)2. Cass McCombs – Opposite House3. Van William – Revolution (feat. First Aid Kit)4. Moby & the Void Pacific Choir – The Light Is Clear In My Eyes5. Steve Mason – Planet Sizes6. Temples – Certainty7. Wild Beasts – Big Cat8. Xenia Rubinos – Mexican Chef9. Sin Fang – Lost Girls10. Kingdom of the Holy Sun – Flown Away11. Good Morning TV – Ordinary People12. Rollling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Wide Eyes13. The Green Pajamas – When Juliet Smiles14. EZTV – High Flying Faith15. Dead Gaze – Running All Around

Music That Matters, Vol. 533 - America Is Great (Again)  

Greg Vandy reaffirms the inherent greatness and depth of American music with 15 tracks from today's song makers of cosmic Americana, psych pickers, hill country blues, low-down soul, folk ramblin', and plain hard country, proving that this generation often looks back to go forward. 1. Daniel Norgen - Howling Around My Happy Home2. Promised Land Sound - Push and Pull (All The Time)3. Steve Gunn - Wildwood4. Kevin Morby - Water5. Ryley Walker - Roundabout6. Luke Winslow-King - I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always7. Banditos - Fun All Night8. Daniel Norgren - Black Vultures9. Barna Howard - Then and There10. Kacy & Clayton - Springtime Of The Year11. Courtney Marie Andrews - Irene12. Jeremy Pinnell - Rodeo13. The Easy Leaves - Fresno14. The Deslondes - Low Down Soul15. Birger Olsen - The Lights Just Buzz

Music That Matters, Vol. 532 - The Rich, Corinthian Leather Music That Matters Podcast  

John Richards presents a mix of music that, to quote the man himself, "feels like riding next to Ricardo Montalbán in his 1975 Chrysler Cordoba... I have no idea what that means, but these songs are excellent." 1. Morgan Delt - Some Sunsick Day2. Delorean - Epic3. Bellows - Orange Juice4. Goat - Try My Robe5. COMBAT! - Olive Skin6. Communions - Don't Hold Anything Back7. Eros and the Eschaton - The Way I Feel 2Nite8. Midnight Faces - Blue Haze9. Sun Club - Worm City10. Twin River - Knife11. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings - I'm Still Here

Music That Matters, Vol. 531 - Get Started Now  

DJ Kevin Cole provides a motivating mix to get you started now on achieving greatness.  Featuring new music from Local Natives, Trentemøller, The Wedding Present, Anomie Bell, Manatee Commune and more. 1. Gringo Star – Get Closer2. Death By Unga Bunga – Fight!3. LVL UP – Hidden Driver4. The Wedding Present – Bear5. Manatee Commune – Be Still (feat. Marina Price)6. beGun – Yoko7. Anomie Belle – Unwind 8. Ever So Android – Pretty Teeth9. Odonis Odonis – Nervous10. Trentemøller – Never Fade11. Flock Of Dimes – Minor Justice12. Local Natives – Dark Days

Music That Matters, Vol. 530 - Ready for the Magic  

In this enchanting mix of artists from Seattle to Scotland, Cheryl Waters shares some of her current faves and tracks from her most anticipated records of the fall, including American Wrestlers, The Tallest Man on Earth, and Honeyblood. 1. Adia Victoria - Sea of Sand2. Fly Moon Royalty - Find You3. Hotels - Green Apples4. Anomie Belle - Lovers5. FKL - Elliott 6. The Tallest Man on Earth - Rivers 7. Chris Staples - Golden Age8. American Football - I've Been So Lost For So Long9. Sam Coomes - Bugger Me10. Allah-Las - Could Be You11. John K. Samson - Postdoc Blues12. Gordi - Wanting 13. American Wrestlers - Give Up14. Adult Books - Casual Wrecks15. Honeyblood - Ready for the Magic 16. Thee Oh Sees - Toe Cutter - Thumb Buster (live)

Music That Matters, Vol. 529 - 2016 Ain't So Bad  

John Richards leads you through a mix of the top songs currently being rocked on the Morning Show. With new music like this coming out, 2016 isn't all bad. 1. Tom Brosseau - You Can't Stop2. Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam - A 1000 Times3. Geowulf - Saltwater4. Smokey Brights - In Demand5. Luxury Death - Radiator Face6. Decker - The Holy Ghost7. Pixies - Um Chagga Lagga8. Naked Giants - Ya Ya9. Kestrels - No Alternative10. Purling Hiss - Fever11. Restorations - Sea

Music That Matters, Vol. 528 - Bumbershoot 2016 Pacific Northwestern Showcase  

In an episode of Music that Matters that doubles as a showcase for some of the region's most notable rock, electronic, and hip-hop outfits, Audioasis host Sharlese highlights thirteen of the Pacific Northwestern acts playing this year's edition of Bumbershoot, a music and arts festival that takes place on the Seattle Center campus (also the location of KEXP's New Home.) 1. Deep Sea Diver – Secrets2. Chastity Belt – Joke3. Lisa Prank – Why Can't We Just Dance4. DoNormaal – Blacklifemother5. Fly Moon Royalty – Grown Man6. Radiation City – Come and Go7. Manatee Commune – What We've Got ft. Flint Eastwood8. The Flavr Blue – Feathers9. Erik Blood – Chase the Clouds10. Lemolo – White Flag11. Snuff Redux – How Could It Be?12. So Pitted – No Nuke Country13. Dude York – Love Is

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