MLK & The Songs Of Freedom on The Roadhouse

On Wednesday, January 16th, DJ Greg Vandy presented a very special episode of The Roadhouse: MLK & His Songs Of Freedom. As he explains it:’ll hear the soundtrack of a Movement, with minimal interruptions. It’s a playlist with a story, featuring words from Dr. King, testimonials of other participants, field recordings from mass church meetings and other demonstrations, chants, hymns, and the many popular songs of the time, which all combined is a pretty inspiring listen. And to me, there are not too many things more inspiring than what happened back then, when regular people marched, risked life and limb, and went to jail for demanding their fair and equal rights. It was Dr. King who was the voice and soul of the movement who took the high moral ground in his case to denounce segregation and bigotry to the American people. But there were songs too. Really good songs.

Read more about the show here, and listen via the Two-Week Streaming Archive. [ stream expires Wednesday 1/30 ]




Midnight in a Perfect World
January Schedule:

Multi-genre program featuring eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJs, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Check out the archives of previous exclusive mixes here, and check out the upcoming schedule below:

January 4th: Roosevelt
January 11th: Qrion
January 18th: Ahold Of
January 25th: Dorian Concept


KEXP Running Powered Podcast

KEXP’s Morning Show host, John Richards, presents the KEXP Running Powered Podcast, a series of Music That Matters podcasts. Enjoy these training podcasts, featuring high-energy local and international artists with songs about running and songs that will motivate runners. Download now and allow KEXP’s resident runner to amplify your inspiration and soundtrack your next run.

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From the Vault



Sub Pop Stories: Weird & Funny

Sub Pop is famous as and indie music label, but it also has a long history of humor, both in its music, and in the comedy albums it's produced; from Sarah Silverman and Patton Oswalt to "jazz daredevil" Jon Benjamin and KEXP faves Flight of the Conchords.

Our latest feature in the Sub Pop Stories series, hosted by KEXP DJ and Morning Show host John Richards, is about a few of the humorous and frankly weird stories from our friends at Sub Pop. 

"Sub Pop Stories 5: Weird & Funny" is part of the From the Vault documentary series, made possible thanks to a generous gift from Paul Allen, and in cooperation with MoPop. Production, writing, and editing thanks to Isaac Kaplan-Woolner and Julian Martlew, with help from Owen Murphy. Hosted by KEXP DJ John Richards.


Death Cab For Cutie Live on KCMU // July 11, 1998

Before they would become one of the biggest bands to emerge from Seattle, Death Cab For Cutie stopped by KCMU (which would eventually become KEXP) to play on the station's weekly live shwocase The Live Room with former Audioasis host Abe Beeson and produced by eventual Midday Show host Cheryl Waters.

For the first time in 20 years, this early session is now available. You can also catch a broadcast of the entire performance on Audioasis on July 14 at 7 p.m.

[ Revisit the 1998 Session Now ] 


It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Breakdown


In celebration of its 30th anniversary, KEXP presented the latest in our series of album breakdowns on Thursday, June 21st, dissecting the classic platinum-selling Public Enemy record It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Over the course of 12 hours for this live radio event, the station played every discernable recording sampled on the album, along with exclusive interviews with Public Enemy co-founder Chuck D, the producer of the record Hank Shocklee of the Bomb SquadIshmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces and Digable Planets, former KEXP DJ Larry Mizell, Jr., professor, writer, and historian Dr. Daudi Abe, and more. It’s a celebration of Public Enemy, only on KEXP, where Public Enemy really matters. 

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