Letting you in on a little secret - find the Music that Matters
May 23, 2008
If you're on a constant, relentless quest for new music of the independent stripe, KEXP should be your destination. Covering most of the musical bases outside of pop, they have programs featuring Blues, Country, Roots, Electronic, Hip Hop, Jazz, Rock, and World music, as well as frequently showcasing new bands from the Pacific Northwest. They offer a few different podcasts, and you should subscribe to all of them. The ones I tend to listen to the most are the "Song of the Day" podcast (updated every weekday) and the "Music that Matters" podcast, which is weekly.
The "Song of the Day" podcast is just one song -- no introduction, no commercial, nothing but one track from a band they think you should know about. Recent featured artists include Pela, Jamie Lidell, Wolf Parade, its related projects Handsome Furs and Sunset Rubdown, Cloud Cult, Devotchka (the guys who did the majority of the "Little Miss Soundtrack" music), MGMT and one of my favorites, Beirut.
The "Music that Matters" podcast is really great, too. It's updated once per week and lasts anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half, depending on the topic and the DJ that put it together. Many are themed, sometimes featuring bands playing at an upcoming music festival or focus on new and exciting developments in a particular musical genre, but more frequently it's KEXP's fantastic DJs putting together playlists of bands that have recently come to their attention. The KEXP DJs are incredibly knowledgeable and are always putting forth great mixes, and they nicely include a list of the artists and songs featured in this lengthy podcast on their website for easy reference later on.
The other three podcasts are not ones I listen to regularly, but it's mostly a matter of not having the time to be listening to them all day long. They are Live Performances, in which bands come into the studio and perform; Sonarchy Radio, featuring local artists; and a public affairs podcast called "Mind Over Matters Sustainability Segment".
If you check out their podcasts and become obsessed with them (as I now am, unfortunately), drop by the KEXP website and give them some money -- they ARE a member-supported radio station.
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