Today’s the last day of KEXP’s spring pledge drive. KEXP, if you don’t know, is a listener-supported, commercial-free radio station in Seattle. And it’s the best fucking radio station in the world. It streams online for free, so you should go check them out, and then you should become a member and support this kind of awesomeness. I’ve been a member for years, since before I lived in Seattle. You should listen and then you should join, too.
In relation to PJ (since this is a PJ site), in the last week, I’ve heard them play “Last Exit”, “Rise”, “Leaving Here”, “The American in Me”, “Hunger Strike”, and the kickass cover of “Masters of War” from the Bob Dylan anniversary show. I won a copy of “Pearl Jam vs. Ames Bros.” the first morning of the drive. They’ve been playing a ton of Mudhoney, Mother Love Bone, Soundgarden, Mad Season, Nirvana (“Molly’s Lips”!), and other Seattle classics. This morning, they’ve played Sigur Ros, Bowie, the Star Wars theme (!), the Magnetic Fields, the National, the Beta Band, Catherine Wheel, the Temptations, and so much other goodness I can’t list it all, including a ton of stuff I have never heard of but like a LOT. They played “Can’t Touch This” yesterday. They also played William Shatner’s cover of “Common People”. They played Kristen Hersh’s cover of “When the Levee Breaks”. I mean, really now.
And it’s not only an amazing source for music, but they’re a fantastic non-profit that is actively engaged in the broader Seattle community. Anyone with a KEXP bumper sticker on their car (or bike) feels like an immediate friend. Stone and Mike both power KEXP (and probably the rest of the band, too). This station is wonderful, and rare.
They ALSO do amazing in-studios and put them online. Like these two.
Here: Star Anna with Mike from last year.
And here’s a full set from RNDM last year, too: