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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. 628 - New Home, Same Passion

DJ Alex shines a spotlight on emerging new artists and cutting-edge sounds from all over the globe in this epic podcast, exploring everything from cinematic ambient compositions to funky hip-house jams along the way 1. Academy Garden x breaking - Credits 2. SOPHIE - It's Okay To Cry 3. Slow Machete - San Ramon 4. Photay - Outré Lux (feat. Madison McFerrin) (Phil Moffa Remix) 5. How To Dress Well - The Anteroom 6. jitwam - desires 7. Svemirko - Meni se ne svira 8. Garren Sean - Call Failed...


Music That Matters, Vol. 627 - Runcast, Vol. 12

Search for that runner's high with another soundtrack to your run curated by John Richards featuring music from Amen Dunes, Dessa, Loma, and Beach Slang. 1. Amen Dunes - Miki Dora 2. On Dead Waves - Blue Inside 3. Sulk - Black Infinity 4. Porcelain Raft - Big Sur 5. Wooden Shjips - Staring At the Sun 6. Loma - Joy 7. Local Natives - Past Lives 8. Beach Slang - Spin the Dial 9. Beach Slang - Punks in a Disco Bar 10. Born Ruffians - Miss You 11. Shakey Grave - Kids These Days 12. Dessa - 5...


Music That Matters, Vol. 626 - Medicine In The Music

Pulling from all the best greens in his garden, DJ Gabriel Teodros is bringing you a mix that's good for what ails you from Be Steadwell, Zaki Ibrahim, Calina Lawrence, and Sa-Roc. This episode is dedicated to the loving memory of Nia Wilson. 1. Be Steadwell - Greens2. Akua Naru - (Love) Right Now3. Astu - Roots4. Calina Lawrence - Songbird5. Meklit - Supernova (Xenia Rubinos Remix)6. Ruby Ibarra feat. Ann One - 7000 Miles7. Rebel Diaz feat. Ana Tijoux - Y Va Caer8. Tunde Olaniran -...


Music That Matters, Vol. 625 - I Feel So Electric

DJ Greg Vandy brings you a mix of a summer electricity featuring music from Cut Worms, Revel In Dimes, Nude Party, Natural Child, Calpurnia, Texas Gentlemen, Wooden Shjips, and a tribute to Richard Swift and his indie-gold productions. Press Play and rock. Then roll. 1. Kelly Stoltz - Crossed Mind Blues 2. Daddy Long Legs - I Feel So Electric 3. The Texas Gentlemen - Habbie Doobie 4. Natural Child - Transcendental Meditation 5. Nude Party - Chevrolet Van 6. Calpurnia - Louie 7. Cut Worms -...


Music That Matters, Vol. 624 - Pounding of My Heart

DJ Kevin Cole brings you a mix of some of his current faves—songs that gets his heart pounding and hopefully yours too. The sweet sounds of love, friendship, and accepting big life changes with music from Israel Nash, The Love Language, Tancred, and more. Press play, turn the volume way up, and feel your heart pound. 1. The Love Language - New Amsterdam 2. oso oso - gb/ol h/nf 3. Linda Guilala - Mucho Mejor 4. Israel Nash - Rolling On 5. Wild Pink - Jewels Drossed in the Runoff 6....


Music That Matters, Vol. 623 - Smile

Put your sunglasses on, go outside, and enjoy this summery mix from Cheryl Waters featuring new tunes from Bob Moses, Jim James, Durand Jones and the Indications, and Petal. 286548 1. Nosaj Thing - How We Do (feat. Kazu Makino) 2. Sufjan Stevens - All of Me Wants All of You (Helado Negro Remix) 3. Bob Moses - Heaven Only Knows 4. Stef Chura - Degrees 5. Dude York - Moon 6. Death Bells - Echoes 7. The Autumn Stones - Mandatory Love 8. Jim James - Throwback 9. Durand Jones and the...


Music That Matters, Vol. 622 - Runcast, Vol. 11

The 2018 Runcast series kicks off with a mix featuring runner-motivating tunes from Simian Mobile Disco, Belly, and Casper Skulls. As Dale Carnegie once said, "remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday." So who knows who or what's gaining on you...RUN! 1. Hammock - Everything and Nothing 2. Mien - Earth Moon 3. Beth Orton - 1973 4. Simian Mobile Disco - Caught in a Wave 5. Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs 6. Bambara - José Tries to Leave 7. Casper Skulls -...


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....