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KEXP Presents Music That Matters


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.

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.
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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. 656 - Breathe More Deeply

DJ Kevin Cole brings you a new music mix to circulate deep within your personal galaxy tapping into the lifeforce of sonic awesomeness with new songs from Ellis May, Pedro the Lion, Ibibio Sound Machine, Please the Trees, and more! 1. Criminal Hygiene - Hardly News 2. Ex Hex - Cosmic Cave 3. Eyelids - It's About To Go Down 4. Pedro The Lion - Quietest Friend 5. Vok - Erase You 6. Pion - Sympacide 7. Ellis May - The Distance 8. Young Scum - Wasting Time 9. Tallies - Eden 10. Business of...


Music That Matters, Vol. 655 - 2019 MoPOP Sound Off! Semifinalists

Ahead of the 2019 MoPOP Sound Off! semifinals, Audioasis host Eva Walker showcases the 12 Northwestern Under 21 artists competing in the local music competition. 1. Alex Cade - Woosha 2. Baja Boy - Finally Done 3. Crissy P - My Mind 4. Fuzz Mutt - Quiet End 5. Huey and the inFLOWentials - Stay Tru to it 6. i///u - Don't Need It 7. King Sheim - Grape Soda 8. Niamh - We Are Who We Are 9. Nora Meier - Bluebird 10. Sharmaine - Home 11. Wilsonlikethevolleyball - Thick Iron Fog 12. Zoser -...


Music That Matters, Vol. 654 - Island Vibes

DJ Miss Ashley brings you some of her current favorites from Jamaica to Zambia, Toronto to Italy, spanning reggae, Latin pop, and hip-hop beats. Let new songs from Jah9, Alex Anwandter, Waahli, and more bring you the right vibes from all over the globe! 1. Jah9 - Heaven 2. Sampa The Great - Energy 3. Kelissa - Take You There 4. Terror/Cactus - Voces de Barro 5. Alex Anwandter - Latinoamericana 6. Thundercat - Friend Zone (Ross from Friends Remix) 7. Auntie Flo - Nobody Said It Would Be Easy...


Music That Matters, Vol. 653 - Nobody Puts Abbie In The Corner

Follow the insomnia-ridden princess of the KEXP overnight onto the dancefloor to shake out your stresses and excesses while she weaves together her favorite new releases that include a placeholder, a Berlin heroine, and hidden gems from the enchanted land of Vancouver, BC. Plus, hear from Berlin electronic pioneer, Gudrun Gut, Justice McClellan of Mesa Luna, London new jazz artist, Nardeydey, and Maria Minerva about her dance pop collaboration with the late Cherushii. 1. Nardeydey -...


Music That Matters, Vol. 652 - Thank You Maximum Rocknroll

Sonic Reducer's DJ Jenn highlights a wave of brilliant new punks including Khiis, Lexicon, and Jabber, and pays tribute to Maximum Rocknroll on the day it announced the end of the print run of the essential punk zine. 1. Fatty Cakes and the Puff Pastries - Panic Attack 2. Big Joanie - Fall Asleep 3. Jabber - Melt 4. Pylon Reenactment Society - Messenger 5. Special Interest - Disco II 6. Gumming - Jumpin Jumpin 7. Khiis - Saboor 8. Hologram - Anesthetized 9. Lexicon - Chained 10. Sick Head -...


Music That Matters, Vol. 651 - The Not Goth but Still Sorta Witchy Podcast

DJ Atticus returns with another round of music colored with shades of goth, including tracks from The Twilight Sad, Parisalexa, All Them Witches, and plenty of other witches. 1. All Them Witches - Diamond2. Blackwater Holylight - Sunrise3. Klaus Johann Grobe - Discogedanken4. Parisalexa - Hothead5. Jamila Woods - Giovanni6. Molly Burch - Wild7. Faye Webster - Kingston8. Still Corners - The Message9. Caroline Rose - Cry!10. Makeness - Stepping Out of Sync11. The Twilight Sad - VTr12. William...


Music That Matters, Vol. 650 - Drowning in the Sound

Start off your year by surrounding yourself with new aural experiences when you dive into Cheryl Waters' latest mix of her current favorites, including new songs from Sloucher, Amanda Palmer, and Big Joanie. 1. Team Dreams - Black Screen2. Matthew Dear - Modafinil Blues3. Wild Pink - There Is A Ledger4. Sloucher - Up & Down5. Briston Maroney - Under My Skin6. John Parish - Sorry For Your Loss7. Amanda Palmer - Drowning In the Sound8. Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter - Dewayne9. Ghost Pains...


Music That Matters, Vol. 649 - Colossus - 2018 Year In Review

DJ Kevin Cole brings a colossus mix of some of the best music of 2018, including tracks from artists both new and established that ruled KEXP's airwaves and in-studio sessions all year long. Love yourself and love this mix! It's what's really going on… 1. IDLES - Colossus2. Shame - Concrete3. Pearl Jam - Can't Deny Me4. Black Belt Eagle Scout - Soft Stud5. Jason McCue - When He Drinks6. Tres Leches - What Are You Doing7. Dessa - Fire Drills8. Young Fathers - In My View9. Fontaines D.C. -...


Music That Matters, Vol. 648 - Merry Xmas (Face The Future)

Ahead of his traditional Christmas Day show, Brian Foss, host of Sonic Reducer and KEXP's de facto authority on non-traditional Christmas songs, brings you a mix of newer holiday songs that have tickled his fancy this season, including tracks from BEAK>, Say Sue Me, The Dip, and Sunset Flip. 1) BEAK> - (Merry Xmas) Face The Future 2) Pre Nup - War, On Christmas 3) Gaspard Royant - (C'mon Baby) It's Christmas Time! 4) The Dip - Santa's Got A Sweet Tooth 5) Hans Toupee - Lights Camera...


Music That Matters, Vol. 647 - Now That's What I Call Troy, Vol. 8

Looking for something to soundtrack your holiday party that isn't holiday music? Troy Nelson's latest collection of certified smash hits will light up any occasion with new songs from Toro Y Moi, El Ten Eleven, and Foxxxy Mulder. 1. Cobra Man - Bad Feeling 2. Death Valley Girls - Disaster (Is What We're After) 3. Middle Kids - Salt Eyes 4. Foxxxy Mulder - Broken Glass 5. Sink Ya Teeth - Petrol Blue 6. Little Dragon - Lover Chanting 7. Chastity - Heaven Hell Anywhere Else 8. Miss World - You...


Music That Matters, Vol. 646 - These Northwest Songs Are Awesome

Looking for more awesome music in your life? Check out some of the freshest sounds from the Northwest as Audioasis host Eva Walker takes you through a mix highlighting music from Tres Leches, Riot AF, Familiars, and Prom Queen and others. 1. Tres Leches - What Are You Doing 2. Dark Smith - It Gets Worse 3. Pampa - La Escena De La Ventana 4. Bearaxe - Brown Liquor 5. Whitney Monge - Be Mine 6. TxR - Special Ed 7. Ural Thomas & The Pain - Slow Down 8. Imij - Medgar Evers DGC Bill Clinton And...


Music That Matters, Vol. 645 - The Promise of Every Path

DJ Kevin Cole unleashes an ambitious mix that is all over the map musically and literally with independent label punk, hip-hop, neo-soul, global folk, and electronica from Ireland, Italy, Turkey, France, Germany, and all over the States including Minneapolis, L.A., New York, Austin, and Seattle. Relish new Fontaines D.C., Brother Ali, Gaye Su Akyol, Euringer and more! 1. Cumulus - Sing To Me 2. Fontaines D.C. - Too Real 3. JOHN - Balfron 4. Bee Bee Sea - Sonic Boomerang 5. Brother Ali -...


Music That Matters, Vol. 644 - Dose Your Dreams

Cheryl Waters' latest mix is filled dope, devoted, and dosed songs to soundtrack your consciousness - or, if you listen as you fall asleep, your dreams - with new music from IAN SWEET, Adia Victoria, and Kikagaku Moyo. 1. Ocean Hope - Devotion 2. Maribou State - Kingdom 3. Red Ribbon - Your Car 4. Adia Victoria - Dope Queen Blues 5. Y La Bamba - Mujeres 6. IAN SWEET - Hiding 7. Muncie Girls - Bubble Bath 8. Whitney Ballen - Mountain 9. Art d'Ecco - Never Tell 10. Wild Powwers - Skin 11....


Music That Matters, Vol. 643 - You Can Do Almost Anything

It's the "You Can Do Almost Anything to This Podcast" Music That Matters Podcast, featuring the finest in new music from Liela Moss, Tres Leches, Guerilla Toss, and The Twilight Sad, as well as more music from across this golden, shimmering universe we call home. So go ahead and listen, and remember, you CAN do almost anything while listening. Almost. 1. Liela Moss - Wild as Fire 2. Saintseneca - Beast in the Garden 3. Doe - Heated 4. Maribou State - Turnmills 5. Guerilla Toss -...


Music That Matters, Vol. 642 - Orange Leaf Music For When You're Feelin' Blue

Open your ears and mind as Sunday Soul host OCNotes sets you on the path to a blissed-out autumn with a mix featuring tracks from Blvck Spvde, Sen Morimoto, Lion Babe, and Brett Eclectic. 1. Blvck Spvde - After 2. Brett Eclectic - My Fix Of U 3. 10-4 Roger - They Someplace Else Now 4. Specswizard - The Question 5. Def Dee - Anthem Down 6. StasTHEEboss - Sex Pack 7. Swarvy, Nelson Bandela - No Evils 8. Shabazz Palaces - Self Made Followonaire 9. DoNormaal - Gold Rooster 10. Rude Operator -...


Music That Matters, Vol. 641 - Iceland Airwaves 2018 Preview Part Two: Fire

Part two of DJ Kevin Cole's Iceland Airwaves 2018 music festival preview features new pop and rock leaning tracks, from the hardcore sounds of Une Miserè, to the atmospheric post rock of Sólstafir, to the beautiful harmonies of Árstíðir. 1. Teitur Magnússon - Lifsspeki 2. Bagdad Brothers - ég er strákur með kók í gleri flensu 3. Moses Hightower - Snefill 4. Nanook - Aarnuaq 5. Árstíðir - Mute 6. Snorri Helgason - Seluriin 7. Berndsen - Wildfire 8. Sólstafir - Silfur-Refur 9. GlerAkur - Can't...


Music That Matters, Vol. 640 - Iceland Airwaves 2018 Preview Part One: Ice

DJ Kevin Cole previews the 2018 Iceland Airwaves music festival and the rich Icelandic music scene. Episode one, Ice, features a slew of brilliant atmospheric and chill songs along with a bit of goth-tinged electronica and a smoking hot new Júníus Meyvant track. 1. Júníus Meyvant - High Alert 2. Kælan Mikla - Draumadís 3. Solveig Matthildur - Absolution 4. Hugar - (Waves feat. Arnór Dan) 5. Arnor Dan - Stone By Stone 6. Högni - Komdu Með 7. Högni and Kiasmos - Zebra 8. GYDA - Moonchild 9....


Music That Matters, Vol. 639 - All Is Love

DJ Shannon unleashes her favorite songs from the best UK bands right now such as long-time favorites, Frightened Rabbit and Twilight Sad. Also featuring new amazing talents: Idles, Boy Azooga, Avalanche Party and more. That's entertainment! 1. Frightened Rabbit - Old, Old Fashioned (Live on KEXP) 2. The Twilight Sad - Videograms 3. Idles - Love Song 4. Heavy Lungs - Poster Boy 5. Deja Vega - Eyes of Steel 6. Crewel Intentions - Youth In Overload 7. Boy Azooga - Taxi to the Head 8. Avalanche...


Music That Matters, Vol. 638 - Hi Hello

Hazy melodies from legends and upstarts alike flow through Cheryl Waters' latest mix of her favorite songs, featuring new songs from Johnny Marr, J Mascis, Menace Beach, and Boy Azooga. 1. Eggshells - Bone Marrow 2. Chromatics - Blue Girl 3. Film School - Crushin' 4. Johnny Marr - Hi Hello 5. Nothing - Blue Line Baby 6. American Wrestlers - Devils 7. The Midnight Revolution - Goodbye 8. Free Cake For Every Creature - Around You 9. J Mascis - See You At The Movies 10. Boy Azooga - Waitin' 11....


Music That Matters, Vol. 637 - Runcast, Vol. 14

John Richards' latest installment in the Runner Powered Podcast series takes songs from Matthew Dear, Spirit Award, and Shakey Graves to inspire you to keep you running (with a special surprise at the end.) 1. Matthew Dear - Bunny's Dream 2. Maribou State - Turnmills 3. Morgan Delt - Some Sunsick Day 4. Saintseneca - Beast in the Garden 5. Foxing - Nearer My God 6. Junip - Your Life, Your Call 7. Advance Base - Dolores & Kimberly 8. Weller - Point of Personal Privilege 9. Owl John - Red Hand...