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20 Sep 2020

Live on KEXP

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Formerly known as “KEXP’s Live Performances,” Live on KEXP brings you the very best of KEXP’s world-renowned live in-studio and remote performances. Each week, we’ll bring you a new live session, from emerging artists to well-established acts, spanning styles, genres and cultures. Full video of all Live on KEXP performances available at youtube.com/kexp.

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    Yīn Yīn

    Listening to Yīn Yīn, you might expect the band to hail from the country from which their main source of inspiration is derived: Thailand. Instead, the quartet were surprisingly born and bred in the city of Maastricht in the Netherlands. That doesn’t stop them from skillfully employing their twist on 1960s psychedelia from South East Asia, alongside a long list of other inspirations including disco, rock, dub, funk, and western. Troy Nelson delves into the importance of recognizing the thin line between cultural appropriation versus appreciation while pointing out how artists like Yin Yin, the Beatles, Khruangbin, and Kamasi Washington have sincerely integrated different cultural reference points into their music. HAW PIN! This expression of unity is posted everywhere in Maastricht during the ongoing pandemic. Recorded 12/07/2019. Pingpxng One Inch Punch Chông ky Dis̄ Kô Dis̄ Kô Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

  • Posted on 15 Sep 2020

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    Travis Thompson

    Burien’s biggest musical export Travis Thompson has been building buzz since signing a record deal with major label Epic last year to release his latest album Reckless Endangerment. Filling the KEXP stage with a full band, the young rapper spits his flows gracefully and effortlessly like a seasoned pro. Troy Nelson traces Thompson’s trajectory from spitting rhymes over Lil Wayne beats to open mics to Macklemore to major label signing. For those unfamiliar, Nelson also explains the geographical relationship of Burien to Seattle and the complications of repping a small, largely-unknown city. Everyone’s always from the biggest city near to where they're really actually from.   Recorded 01/07/2020. The Move Malice Mad Mad World Don’t Run Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube (This session was previously aired on the KEXP Live Performances podcast) Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

  • Posted on 08 Sep 2020

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    Moundrag

    Brother band Moundrag brag about their lack of guitars, which may not seem like a big deal, but you try making heavy progressive psych without it! Camille and Colin Goallen created the band from a former 4-piece project called Smooth Motion. Troy Nelson dives into a history lesson on other notable bands that have spawned from less-notable projects while also giving us the 411 on Moundrag, who hail from a small town outside of Rennes, France. The capital of the region of Brittany is where KEXP caught Moundrag for this Live on KEXP session at the fantastic Trans Musicales festival, where they wowed the audience with a fun, energetic set consisting of costumes, dueling vocals, furious percussion, wailing keys and more gongs than there are members in the band. Dang we miss going to local music shows. Recorded 12/04/2019 My Woman Hangman The Priest & The Whore Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

  • Posted on 01 Sep 2020

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    L'Eclair

    Swiss six-piece L’Eclair make eccentric grooves inspired by an eclectic combination of sources including dub, funk, krautrock, ambient, and prog. A jam band at heart, the Geneva band can stretch sets out for hours at a time, if the audience so desires. Which, they usually do. We hop the pond for a dash of European culture on this week’s Live on KEXP. Witness Troy Nelson attempt to educate listeners on the history of and difference between L’Eclair, the band, and eclairs, the French pastry, while reciting Charlotte Brontë. Imagine him with a wood pipe in hand, if necessary. “I could not go in: too resistless was the delight of staying with the wild hour.” Recorded 12/08/2019. Dallas Coke Mountain Castor MacDavid Disco Dino / Suite / Suite No. 2 Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

  • Posted on 25 Aug 2020

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    The Joy Formidable

    Welsh band The Joy Formidable have spent the past decade making stadium-ready indie rock opuses that sound larger than life itself. In 2019, after releasing four great albums, the band celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their debut EP, 'A Balloon Called Moaning,' with a deluxe re-issue and a major tour behind the album. That’s when the band found themselves amongst the glimmering lights of KEXP’s in-studio session room to play four songs. Troy Nelson details the history of the band, from the hallowed halls of KEXP in late 2019 to their roots as a band called Tricky Nixon, while also weaving in some education on the history of impeachment amongst American presidents. Kierkegaard said “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards." Recorded 12/17/2019. The Greatest Light Is The Greatest Shade Y Bluen Eira While The Flies Passerby Watch the full Live on KEXP session on YouTube Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.

  • Posted on 18 Aug 2020

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