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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.

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. 621 - Big Gay Podcast 2018

Celebrate Pride with this year's Big Gay Podcast, which is bigger and gayer than ever. Hosted by DJ Riz, Larry Rose, and DJ Tim, this threesome bring you an eclectic mix by, for, and about the LGBTQ community with songs from Donormaal, Rostam, Jenn Champion, Shamir, Erik Blood, serpentwithfeet, and more.1. Jenn Champion - O.M.G. (I'm All Over It)2. Lushloss - Sisters3. serpentwithfeet - cherubim4. Rostam - Gwan (Live on KEXP)5. JusMoni - Characters6. DoNormaal - Next Week (prod....


Music That Matters, Vol. 620 - Johnny Bravo Gets Self-Help on Shadow Mountain

Abbie of the Overnight has packed together some of her musical discoveries from her month long tour of Europe ranging from ambient techno, Glaswegian post-punk, and frenetic art-pop. Dig deeper into the music that matters with a gorgeously dark in-studio from Chelsea Wolfe alongside chats from Daniel Avery, Jon Hopkins, and Tomberlin. 1. Artificial Pleasure - Wound Up Tight 2. Boy Azooga - Loner Boogie 3. The Goon Sax - She Knows 4. Dizzy Fae - Johnny Bravo 5. Suzi Wu - Taken Care Of 6....


Music That Matters, Vol. 619 - Goddess on the Mountain Top

A summit of beauty and love, DJ Kevin Cole weaves together a new music mix featuring Jenn Champion, Pearl Jam, Horse Feathers, Tancred and more that burn like a silver flame 1. Jenn Champion - Time To Regulate 2. Horse Feathers - Born In Love 3. Barrie - Tal Uno 4. Pearl Jam - Can't Deny Me 5. Lithics - Specs 6. Tancred - Reviews 7. HYOWLP - Afterglow 8. Tunng - Flatland 9. Collections of Colonies of Bees - Ruins 10. Gobbinjr - november 163 11. Fatoumata Diawara - Negue Negue


Music That Matters, Vol. 618 - The Things You Loved

Pacific Northwest icons, Australian upstarts, Swedish mood-setters, and Philadelphia's finest pack Cheryl Waters' latest mix with lots to love, including new songs from Exitmusic, Olden Yolk, and Cary Brothers. 1. Neko Case - Hell-On 2. Damien Jurado - Allocate 3. Arthur Buck - Are You Electrified 4. Cary Brothers - Crush 5. Hop Along - How Simple 6. Shamir - The Things You Loved 7. Olden Yolk - Cut To the Quick 8. HYWAYS - Go 9. American Wrestlers - Ignoramus 10. Okkervil River - Pulled...


Music That Matters, Vol. 617 - Blush-Inducing Geysers

Holy Esque! It's John Richards' latest podcast! This time it's full of geysers that will make you blushh with two h's featuring new tracks from Protomartyr, Holy Esque, Mourn, Mitski, and Blushh. 1. Big Ups - Imaginary Dog Walker 2. Holy Esque - I Am The Truth 3. Protomartyr - Wheel of Fortune 4. Lost Under Heaven - Bunny's Blues 5. Late Bloomers - Heaven 6. Ex-Vöid - Boyfriend 7. Mitski - Geyser 8. Mourn - Fun At The Geysers 9. The Beths - Future Me Hates Me 10. Blushh - Do I Look Tired?...


Music That Matters, Vol. 616 - Trans Musicales 2017 Highlights

DJ Morgan guides you through a musical journey of the sessions that KEXP captured at the 2017 Trans Musicales Festival in Rennes, France, including tracks from Cosmic Project, Eight Rounds Rapid, and Husky Loops. 1. Gloria - Beam Me Up 2. Midnight Revolution - Miracle 3. Flamingods - Rhama 4. Superorganism - Reflections on the Screen 5. Altin Gun - Şad Olup Gülmedim + Cemalım 6. Husky Loops - Tempo 7. Eight Rounds Rapid - Bully Boy 8. One Sentence. Supervisor - Onomatopoeia ft. Bahur Ghazi...


Music That Matters, Vol. 615 - Mr. Jukebox

Don Slack features his favorite new Swingin' Doors releases with new tunes from Neko Case, John Prine, and Sarah Shook & The Disarmers. 1. John Prine – Knockin' On Your Screen Door 2. Phil Cook – Steam Powered Blues 3. Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore – Buddy Brown's Blues 4. HYWAYS – The Line 5. Kelly Willis – Only You 6. Neko Case – Bad Luck 7. Joshua Hedley – Mr. Jukebox 8. Trampled By Turtles – Kelly's Bar 9. Western Centuries – Own Private Honky Tonk 10 Sarah Shook & The Disarmers –...


Music That Matters, Vol. 614 - Show Up For Life

DJ Kevin Cole shows up big time with a hard hitting mix of current faves including new Courtney Barnett, Natalie Prass, illuminati hotties, power pop from Philly band Hurry, and psychedic funk rock from Hungarian band The Qualitons, and more awesomeness to blow your mind. 1. illuminati hotties - Paying Off The Happiness 2. Tancred - Reviews 3. Courtney Barnett - Need a Little Time 4. Horse Feathers - Born In Love 5. The Qualitons - All We Can Do 6. Moaning - Tired 7. Natalie Prass -...


Music That Matters, Vol. 613 - Australian Adventure

After immersing herself in Australian music during a trip Down Under last year, Cheryl Waters returned to the Northern Hemisphere to bring you a mix of Aussie music from KEXP faves like Courtney Barnett, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and emerging new acts like G Flip, TV Haze, and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. 1. Camp Cope - The Opener 2. Jen Cloher & The Endless Sea - Fear Is Like a Forest 3. Courtney Barnett - Faceless, Nameless 4. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - The Fourth...


Music That Matters, Vol. 612 - No, Thank You! NO, THANK YOU!

Get caught up with new music and intense gratitude with the No, Thank You! NO, THANK YOU! Music That Matters Podcast featuring John Richards as John "In the Morning" Richards. May the Blackwater Holylight be with you. 1. Damien Jurado - Over Rainbows and Rainer 2. Breckin - The Story Bridge 3. Hilary Woods - Inhaler 4. Lost Under Heaven - The Breath of Light 5. Exitmusic - Iowa 6. Now, Now - AZ 7. Air Waves - Morro Bay 8. Sam Evian - Health Machine 9. No Thank You - Cubic Zirconia 10....


Music That Matters, Vol. 611 - Music That's Been Greatly Lately

From psychedelic punch to synth symphonies, Troy Nelson rounds up some fantastic tunes from all across the musical universe to form a killer mix featuring new tunes from ShitKid, Ed Schraeder's Music Beat, and Lena Raine. 1. Ed Schrader's Music Beat - Dunce 2. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Baby's In the Void 3. Falon Sierra - Try Me 4. Middle Kids - Mistake 5. Ought - Disaffectation 6. The Black Tones - The Key of Black (They Want Us Dead) 7. Starchild & The New Romantic - Language 8. ShitKid...


Music That Matters, Vol. 610 - Lost In Space

DJ Evie leads takes you into new musical frontiers from all around the galaxy featuring new tunes from Wye Oak, Keep Shelly In Athens, and Anna Burch. 1. Nabihah Iqbal - Zone 1 to 6000 2. Spirit Award - Heavy Fog 3. Trudy and the Romance - Is There A Place I Can Go 4. Dresage - Center 5. Amen Dunes - Believe 6. Dusted - Dead Eyes 7. Fascinator - Dead of the Night 8. Keep Shelly In Athens - Denial 9. Superorganism - Reflections on a Screen 10. Emmit Fenn - Lost in Space 11. Anna Burch -...


Music That Matters, Vol. 609 - Hope Springs Eternal

This week's episode is a stunning selection from DJ Kevin Cole featuring the coolest new shoegaze, dream pop, down tempo electronica, and hip-hop from secret sonic vortexes all over the globe. 1. GUM - The Blue Marble 2. Garden City Movement - Before I Fall 3. Jorge Elbrecht - Here Lies 4. Jason McCue - When He Drinks 5. Dungen & Woods - Loop 6. Linda Guilala - Primavera Negra 7. Mint Field - Ojos En El Carro 8. Kung Foo Grip - Don't Go Missing 9. Parisalexa - Gardens feat. Mista DC 10....


Music That Matters, Vol. 608 - The Thread That Keeps Us

Cheryl Waters' latest mix weaves a fabric of new tunes from artists including Franz Ferdinand, Soccer Mommy, and Jeff Rosenstock into a dazzling set of sounds. 1. Calexico - Voices in the Field 2. The Moondoggies - Easy Coming 3. Dungen & Woods - Turn Around 4. Jupiter & Okwess - Pondjo Pondjo 5. Jeff Rosenstock - All This Useless Energy 6. Soccer Mommy - Your Dog 7. Speedy Ortiz - Lucky 88 8. The Prids - Lie Here 9. Salad Boys - Blown Up 10. Black Nite Crash - The Things We Do 11. Franz...


Music That Matters, Vol. 607 - Dapper Derps That Matter

John Richards' latest podcast is not just any kind of Music That Matters podcast, it's the dapper derpiest Music That Matters imbedded with a secret message at the end. 1. The Amazing - Pull 2. Belly - Shiny One 3. Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs 4. Eleanor Friedberger - In Between Stars 5. Simian Mobile Disco - Caught In A Wave 6. Moby - Mere Anarchy 7. Dessa - 5 out of 6 8. Fontaines DC - Chequeless Reckless 9. Bambara - Jose Tries To Leave 10. Frigs - Solid State 11....


Music That Matters, Vol. 606 - Sigue Los Pasos

The latest mixtape from El Sonido's DJ Chilly is a collection of some of his favorite modern Latin tracks from the last year featuring a variety of genres from a dozen different countries. Sigue los pasos por el mundo. 1. Ghetto Kumbé - Waré Warrior 2. Macha Kiddo – Monster 3. DJ Neo - Guacharaca Indu 4. The Chamanas - No Valió La Pena 5. Los Blenders - Ya No Te Quiero 6. Futuro Terror – Precipicio 7. Kill Amigo – Bronto 8. AJ Dávila – Beautiful 9. La Vida Boheme – Lejos 10. Ságan – Todo...


Music That Matters, Vol. 605 - Something Familiar

There's something familiar in Cheryl Waters' latest mix with sounds from artists both emerging and established, including new tracks from Hibou, The Hold Steady, Bat Fangs, Django Django, and Laura Veirs, among others. 1. Loma – Black Willow 2. Laura Veirs – Everybody Needs you 3. Crater – Brood 4. HIBOU – Junipero Love 5. Brownout – Supernaut 6. OCS – On And On Corridor 7. Field Music – Count It Up 8. Django Django – In Your Beat 9. Curtis Harding – Go As You Are 10. No Age – Drippy 11....


Music That Matters, Vol. 604 - Sparkles and Glitter Elite

DJ Kevin Cole lays in all down with a rad mix of new music discovery featuring Daniel Avery, Hollie Cook, Lake Jons, and Holy, plus a tribute to Jóhann Jóhannsson. 1. Khruangbin - Maria También 2. Hollie Cook - Stay Alive 3. The James Hunter Six – Blisters 4. Lake Jons - Call Me 5. No Age - Send Me 6. Holy - Night On Earth 7. Long Neck - Elizabeth 8. Tenderfoot - Break Apart 9. Daniel Avery - Slow Fade 10. Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Drowned World (Live on the Afternoon Show, 4/20/2017)


Music That Matters, Vol. 603 - Podcast of Champions

Some say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Others say that the Music That Matters podcast, when hosted by KEXP's Morning Show host John Richards, is the most important podcast of the day. One thing is for sure, it's the right thing to do and the tasty way to do it. 1. Kasbo - Snow In Gothenburg 2. EMA - Moptops 3. Mint Field - Quiero Otono De Nuevo 4. Crater - Novocaine 5. Austra - Change The Paradigm 6. The Blow - Get Up 7. Amen Dunes - Miki Dora 8. Dr. Dog - Listening In...


Music That Matters, Vol. 602 - 2018 MoPOP Sound Off! Semifinalists

Ahead of the 2018 MoPOP Sound Off! semifinals, Audioasis host/Expansions rotating host Sharlese showcases the 12 Northwestern Under 21 artists competing in the local music competition. 1. Dreadlight – Blister (Oregon City, OR) 2. Jawzilla – Family Reunion Pt. 1 (Tacoma, WA) 3. Maiah Wynne – Ballad for an Old Soul (Gresham, OR) 4. Strawberry Mountain – Vice House (Seattle, WA) 5. Micaiah Sawyer – Rest (Olympia, WA) 6. NËSTRÄ – Bucolic (Lynnwood, WA) 7. Sam Foster – Needles in my Mind...