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Check out some of the KEXP DJ's favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP's Music That Matters bi-weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world's best independent artists.

Check out some of the KEXP DJ's favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP's Music That Matters bi-weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world's best independent artists.
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Check out some of the KEXP DJ's favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world on-the-go. KEXP's Music That Matters bi-weekly podcast brings you an exclusive mix of new music from the world's best independent artists.






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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...


Music That Matters, Vol. 636 - An Autumn Mix

With sounds both psychedelic and silver, DJ Hans leads you through the desert and into a musical oasis on this week's episode of Music That Matters, featuring new songs from Kikagaku Moyo, John Grant, and Charles Bradley. 1. Kikagaku Moyo - Dripping Sun 2. Kadhja Bonet - Joy 3. Candi Staton - Revolution of Change 4. Ben Pirani - Dreamin's For Free 5. MUNYA - Hotel Delmano 6. Melody's Echo Chamber - Cross My Heart 7. Mirah - Ordinary Day 8. Tomten - Blue Movie 9. John Grant - Touch and Go...


Music That Matters, Vol. 635 - Awesome Tapes From Africa Spotlight

On this episode of Music That Matters, Wo' Pop host Darek Mazzone highlights artists on the record label Awesome Tapes From Africa, including Professor Rhythm, Dur-Dur Band, and Awa Poulo. 1. Professor Rhythm - Raditaba (Nozindaba) 2. Hailu Mergia - Tizita 3. Professor Rhythm - Bafana Bafana 4. Nahawa Doumbia - Danaya (à Sidi Konaté Pour Toujours) 5. Jess Sah Bi & Peter One - Our Garden Needs Its Flowers 6. Hailu Mergia & The Walias - Lomi Tera-tera 7. Hailu Mergia - Wegene (Protect-U...


Music That Matters, Vol. 634 - Embrace The Gift

DJ Kevin Cole lays down a new music mix that flows together into an expressive, wondrously beautiful whole. Take the journey with new music from Say Sue Me, Art d'Ecco, Ross From Friends, Laura Gibson, and more. 1. Say Sue Me - Just Joking Around 2. Our Girl - Our Girl 3. Ross From Friends - R.A.T.S. 4. Art d'Ecco - Nobody's Home 5. Blue J - Hard To Know 6. Public Practice - Fate/Glory 7. The Sha La Das - Open My Eyes 8. Laura Gibson - Tenderness 9. Steady Holiday - Mothers 10. Shigeto -...


Music That Matters, Vol. 633 - The Echo of The World

Sublime guitars, processed beats, and resonant tones echo through Cheryl Waters' latest Music That Matters mix, featuring new songs from NAVVI, Cloud Nothings, OCNotes, and Our Girl. 1. Planes on Paper - All That's Flesh Is Grass 2. OCNotes - True To Life 3. Foxing - Heartbeats 4. NAVVI - Us 5. Wye Oak - Symmetry 6. David Bazan - Thread 7. Lala Lala - Destroyer 8. Emma Ruth Rundle - Darkhorse 9. The Purrs - Out of Sight, Out of Mind 10. Cloud Nothings - The Echo of the World 11. Israel...


Music That Matters, Vol. 632 - Runcast, Vol. 13

John Richards leads you through the latest installment of our Runner Powered Podcasts - the "I like to eat, and drink, a lot (everything hurts and I'm dying!) running podcast", featuring music from Virginia Wing, Metric, Grapetooth, and Spiritualized. 1. Spiritualized - A Perfect Miracle 2. Akron Family - River 3. Hamilton Leithauser - Alexandra 4. Frightened Rabbit - Get Out 5. Holy Esque - I Am the Truth 6. Kristin Hersh - No Shade in Shadow 7. Metric - Dressed To Suppress 8. Haerts -...


Music That Matters, Vol. 631 - This Feeling

Chase that feeling as the summer comes to a close with Cheryl Waters' latest mix of new music from Neko Case, Tres Leches, Forth Wanderers, and Wand. 1. Neko Case - Last Lion of Albion 2. Candi Staton - Confidence 3. Tres Leches - No Llores 4. Wand - The Gift 5. Jonathan Wilson - Rare Birds 6. Jeremy Enigk - Ballroom Blitz (LIVE on KEXP) 7. Hop Along - Prior Things 8. Ruler - Petrified 9. Forth Wanderers - Not For Me 10. The Covasettes - This Feeling 11. Pete International Airport -...


Music That Matters, Vol. 630 - Patio Mixer Late Summer Mixdown Mix

"It's almost September and I haven't even been to Colman Pool yet," you think, gazing at a half-full coconut LaCroix perched precariously on the railing outside. The sky is clogged with smoke and yes, Leo season went by quickly, but don't despair! Late summer has its charms too, so invite some people over, position your speakers just so and clink that glass of vinho verde with a pal as you delight in the bonhomie of patio season.1. Orquesta Akokán - Mambo Rapidito2. River Yarra - Aorsom...


Music That Matters, Vol. 629 - Luminous Waves

Discover luminous waves of song on DJ Kevin Cole's latest Music That Matters mixtape featuring new tracks from Still Corners, Tunng, Spiritualized, Shy Boys, Desert Mountain Tribe, and many more! 1. Smokescreens - Used To Yesterday 2. Cold Soda - Houses 3. The Essex Green - Don't Leave It In Our Hands 4. Still Corners - Black Lagoon 5. Boy Azooga - Breakfast Epiphany 6. Tunng - Dark Heart 7. Ovlov - Fast G 8. BC Camplight - I'm Desperate 9. Beverly Crusher - Gimme The Power 10. Desert...


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

(286548)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...


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 Up...