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KEXP Becomes Electric

KEXP Becomes Electric

“Where the music matters” is the slogan of KEXP, a public radio station based in Seattle. And, it’s hard to deny that they mean what they say.

I’m a big fan of Santa Monica’s KCRW, but it can be hit-or-miss. Nic Harcourt’s now-legendary morning show, “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” is a great way to start the day. But after that, it can occasionally be hard to stay tuned to the station.

This is not so much the case with KEXP, as the entire day, all 24 hours of it, “becomes electic.” The programming is a delicate mix of new and old, rock and rap, folk and reggae. For example, in the span of one program this morning, the playlist was as follows:

9:08 – Public Enemy, “Shut Em Down”

9:13 – Madlib, “Where Do I Go”

9:17 – A Band of Bees, “Chicken Payback”

9:20 – The Clash, “Clash City Rockers”

9:26 – The Concretes, “Sugar”

9:29 – Imperial Teen, “Butch”

9:34 – The Breeders, “Hellbound”

9:36 – Wolf Parade, “Shine A Light”

9:41 – Tim Seely, “Trucker’s Lullaby”

9:45 – Aqualung, “Brighter Than Sunshine”

9:49 – American Music Club, “Can You Help Me”

9:52 – Billy Bragg & Wilco, “Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key”

9:58 – Kinski, “Hiding Drugs In The Temple (Part 2)”

10:02 – Common, “They Say”

You can listen to it, from anywhere in the world. For iTunes users, it’s in your folder… for everyone else, visit KEXP’s official site.

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