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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. 683 - Melody of Love

Take a cathartic sonic journey through love and loss with DJ Cheryl Waters on her latest mix featuring tracks from Julia Jacklin, Purple Mountains, Ty Segall, and Combo Chimbita. 1. Julia Jacklin - Body 2. Camp Saint Helene - Farfisa Song 3. Juliper Sky - Heaven 4. Hot Chip - Melody of Love 5. SAULT - Don’t Waste My Time 6. Calexico and Iron & Wine - Follow the Water 7. Purple Mountains - Darkness and Cold 8. RVG - Alexandra 9. Ty Segall - The Arms 10. Combo Chimbita - Revelación...


Music That Matters, Vol. 682 - Mixtape Week Edition

DJ Riz delivers a smooth late-night mix featuring Four Tet, Blood Orange, Quelle Chris, JusMoni and Makaya McCraven. In his words, “In honor of KEXP’s mixtape week, here’s a little contemporary something I put together in my head then on ‘tape. I don’t think there’s an on air ‘selector’ here that hasn’t done dozens of these, made personally for someone they love, cherish, or even hate. This one’s a nocturnal mix.. ‘nocturne’ from wikipedia: “The name nocturne was first applied to pieces in...


Music That Matters, Vol. 681 - Black August Mixtape

Celebrating Black liberation and global solidarity movements, DJ Gabriel Teodros curates this powerful mix featuring stand-out tracks from Salaam Remi & Black Thought, Shafiq Husayn, DAM, Tobe Nwigwe, Klassy & Ruby Ibarra, Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins, Sampa the Great, Jamila Woods and more. 1. S.O.U.L. Purpose - In Flight Movie: Dr. Goodlungs (feat. Zubz, Skyzoo & Pharoahe Monch) 2. OCnotes - Radio Nat Turner 3. DAM - Hada Yid'ie Sitna 4. Salaam Remi - Bad To The Bone (feat....


Music That Matters, Vol. 680 - Dancing in the Streets

Summer festival season is upon us! It's time to gather together with your family, friends, and neighbors, celebrating the sunny weather and all that your community has to offer. With new tracks from Bleached, Mal Blum, Apex Manor, and more, DJ Kevin Cole soundtracks the making of your fondest summer memories - from dancing in the streets to strolling on the beach. 1. Jeanines - Either Way 2. Mal Blum - Not My Job 3. Lower Dens - Young Republicans 4. Night Moves - Recollections 5....


Music That Matters, Vol. 679 - Stars Are The Light

DJ Cheryl Waters' latest mix is the perfect cosmic soundtrack to stargazing on late summer nights. With energetic new tracks from Broken Social Scene, Moon Duo, Kishi Bashi, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, you might even get a glimpse into another world. 1. Broken Social Scene - Can’t Find My Heart 2. Youryoungbody - Intentions 3. Moon Duo - Stars Are The Light 4. Operators - Faithless 5. Girl In Red - Dead Girl In The Pool 6. Rodrigo y Gabriela - Mettavolution 7. Bleached -...


Music That Matters, Vol. 678 - Shut Up and Play the Riffs

Overnight DJ Reeves brings a mix of some of the best new guitar riffs from around the world, featuring the rock of Sheer Mag, the metal of Russian Circles, the punk of Otoboke Beaver & the desert rock of Mdou Moctar. Air guitar not required, but highly encouraged. 1. Sheer Mag - Blood From A Stone 2. Magic Circle - Departed Souls 3. Spirit Adrift - Angel & Abyss 4. Russian Circles - Milano 5. Torche - Admission 6. Dude York - Falling 7. Drinking Boys and Girls Choir - Song of...


Music That Matters, Vol. 677 - Runcast, Vol. 17

This one (pardon the pun) runs the gammut from amazing music to jokes about runners. Sing, laugh, run! 1. Sharon Van Etten - Every Time the Sun Comes Up 2. Slaughter Beach, Dog - Good Ones 3. Cave Singers - Have to Pretend 4. Spoon - I Turn My Camera On 5. Guards - You Got Me 6. Honeyblood - She’s a Nightmare 7. Skating Polly - Play House 8. Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile 9. Culture Abuse - Goo 10. Sad Planets - Just Landed 11. Temples - Hot Motion 12. Tycho - Division 13. Slow...


Music That Matters, Vol. 676 - Grand-Slammable

DJ Kevin Cole hits it out of the park with a rockin’ music mix featuring new Sleater-Kinney, Amyl and the Sniffers, Bill Callahan, Sufjan Stevens, and local artist Hezza Fezza sampling the purple one explain his concept of time. Glam slam grand slam. 1. Sleater-Kinney - Hurry on Home 2. Abjects - The Storm 3. Institute - Dazzle Paint 4. Amyl and The Sniffers - Got You 5. The Chills - Complex 6. PUP - Kids 7. J. Robbins - Anodyne 8. Trupa Trupa - Remainder 9. Bill Callahan - What...


Music That Matters, Vol. 675 - Big Gay Podcast 2019

In celebration of Pride Month, DJs Riz, Brit Hansen, StasTHEEBoss, and Larry Rose curate a mix of LGBTQ artists from across the globe whose work is pushing creative boundaries, including Melanie Charles, Girl In Red, Wizard Apprentice, and Jusmoni. 1. Your Heart Breaks - Somewhere in Between 2. The Drums - Loner 3. Girl In Red - i wanna be your girlfriend 4. Orville Peck - Dead of Night 5. Dizzy Fae - Johnny Bravo 6. HANDSOME - Late Night Ball Game 7. Nappy Nina - Might Not Make...


Music That Matters, Vol. 674 - Colors

Put some color into your ears and your life with DJ Cheryl Waters’ mix, featuring vibrant new songs from Just Mustard, Stef Chura, and Charly Bliss. 1. Just Mustard - Frank 2. Alex Lahey - Don't Be So Hard On Yourself 3. Supercrush - I've Been Around 4. Jay Som - Superbike 5. Minor Poet - Tropic of Cancer 6. Mac DeMarco - On The Square 7. Black Pumas - Colors 8. Orville Peck - Turn To Hate 9. Charly Bliss - Chatroom 10. Altin Gün - Süpürgesi Yoncadan 11. J. Robbins -...


Music That Matters, Vol. 673 - Runcast, Vol. 16

John Richards and special guest, KEXP volunteer and marathon expert Ken Tarleton, take you through the DOs of being a runner. 1. Liela Moss - “Wild as Fire” 2. Mitski - “Geyser” 3. Blushing - “The Truth” 4. Calexico and Iron and Wine - “Father Mountain” 5. Black Pumas - “Colors” 6. Shovels and Rope - “The Wire” 7. The Cinematic Orchestra - “A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life” 8. Maps - “Surveil” 9. Strand of Oaks -“Weird Ways” 10. Swervedriver - “Mary Winter” 11.Greys - “These Things...


Music That Matters, Vol. 672 - My Body My Choice

Greta Rose has collected 13 tracks that take you on an immersive, sonic adventure ranging from celestial shoegaze to dream-pop and eminent rock. An auspicious compilation climaxing with a trancey number "My Body" - the song and inspiration for the title of this podcast. Dive on in! 1. Tanika Charles - Tell Me Something 2. Reptaliens - Shuggie II 3. Emily Reo- Phosphenes 4. Blushing -Dream Merchants 5. Mega Bog - For the Old World 6. Cate le Bon - Home To You 7. Faye Webster - Right...


Music That Matters, Vol. 671 - Silken Peacock

Like the extravagant iridescent plumage of the peacock, DJ Kevin Cole’s latest Music That Matters mixtape comes in many musical colors and includes new songs from Hatchie, Kishi Bashi, Jamila Woods, Chong the Nomad, and Ibibio Sound Machine. Silken Peacock is also the color of my new record room! 1. Better Oblivion Community Center - Little Trouble 2. Crows - Chain of Being 3. Institute - Dazzle Paint 4. Hatchie - Stay With Me 5. Y La Bamba - Lightning Storms 6. Kishi Bashi - F...


Music That Matters, Vol. 670 - Trans Musicales 2018 Highlights

DJ Morgan guides you through a musical journey of the sessions that KEXP captured at the 2018 Trans Musicales Festival in Rennes, France, including tracks from Sink Ya Teeth, Nabihah Iqbal, and WOOZE. 1. The Blind Suns - Personal Way of Love 2. Nabihah Iqbal - Zone 1 to 6000 3. Praa - Do It All Again 4. WOOZE - Hello Can You Go 5. MADMADMAD - GWARN 6. Sink Ya Teeth - Glass 7. Initials Bouvier Bernois - Buenos Aires 8. Nâtah Big Band - Monn 9. Ajate - Kobockle 10. The Psychotic...


Music That Matters, Vol. 669 - Another Kind of Love

Seattle summer is just around the corner and Cheryl Waters is here to bring you the soundtrack to warm days and nights, featuring new tracks from Diane Coffee, Body Type, Tacocat, and MorMor.


Music That Matters, Vol. 668 - Runcast, Vol. 15

KEXP's John Richards takes you along the full journey of a long run with songs of inspiration and fun including the one song he played 13-straight times while running the NY Marathon. Devon Welsh - I’ll Be Your Ladder Star Slinger - Choose Yourself Stats - Lose It TVAM - Psychic Date IDLES - Colossus The Budos Band - Old Engine Oil Left at London - Revolution Lover OCNotes - Better Days Nilüfer Yanya - In Your Head Piroshka - Everlastingly Yours Chromatics - Time Rider Lost Under...


Music That Matters, Vol. 667 - Descubre El Sonido

DJ Chilly, host of KEXP’s El Sonido, compiles a mix of recent modern Latin favorites featuring a wide array of genres from eleven different countries - from Costa Rica to Spain, the U.S.A. to Colombia and beyond. ¡Buen provecho! 1. Nicola Cruz - Hacia Delante (con Chato) 2. Combo Chimbita – Testigo 3. Los Blenders - Ha Sido 4. Yawners - La Escalera 5. Amor Elefante - San Cayetano 6. Bronko Yotte – Mantanga 7. Montoya – Perla 8. Canalón de Timbiquí - Tío Guachupesito 9.Léo Leobons -...


Music That Matters, Vol. 666 - The One With All The Shiny Songs

In this ominously numbered episode, DJ Evie returns with a devilishly good set of sparkly songs that shimmer and shine, including new tracks from Kero Kero Bonito, Barrie, and Jamila Woods. 1. MorMor - Outside2. Pure Bathing Culture - Devotion3. Kero Kero Bonito - Swimming4. Peyote Ugly - Home5. Barrie - Clovers6. Kelly Finnigan - I Don't Wanna Wait7. Jamila Woods - Eartha8. Gemma - Miss U9. Y La Bamba - Cuatro Crazy10. Kingdom of the Holy Sun - Over Under Down and Out


Music That Matters, Vol. 665 - Favorite Flavors of La Troix

DJ Troy “La Troix” Nelson picks out his favorite musical flavors in this bubbly mix that washes down like a fancy beverage. Sample new tracks from Weyes Blood, Julia Shapiro, and Diane Coffee in twelve-pack of melodic refreshments. 1. Weyes Blood - Everyday 2. Lowly - Stephen 3. Tender - Handmade Ego 4. Martha - The Void 5. Control Top - Covert Contracts 6. New Age Healers - Satellites 7. Diane Coffee - Like a Child Does 8. Goon - Datura 9. Julia Shapiro - Natural 10. Ritual Howls - Alone...


Music That Matters, Vol. 664 - About The Light

Need some new music for your springtime adventures? Cheryl Waters has you covered with new tracks from Kevin Morby, Shana Cleveland, and Weyes Blood to bring more light into your musical life. 1. Shana Cleveland - Face of the Sun 2. Emma Lee Toyoda - Planes & Cranes 3. Fruit Bats - Getting in a Van Again 4. Kevin Morby - No Halo 5. Ibibio Sound Machine - Basquiat 6. Maribou State - Kingdom 7. Toro Y Moi - Ordinary Pleasure 8. Nilüfer Yanya - Paradise 9. Steve Mason - Fox on the Rooftop 10....