This week is nuts! There’s so much good stuff going on, I had to write it all down to try to keep track of it. If you’re like me, perhaps you’re having trouble keeping track of it all, too??? If that’s the case, this list might help you too!
Wednesday, August 8 & Friday, August 10: Pearl Jam Home Shows at Safeco Field
• These are the band’s first Seattle shows in 5 years
• $1M of the proceeds will go towards fighting homelessness in Seattle
Wednesday, August 8: Dine out to Eat and Drink and Fight Homelessness
• 80+ Seattle and King County restaurants will be contributing a portion of their sales to alleviate homelessness in King County. More info here.
Thursday, August 9: Pearl Jam volunteer day
• In between the Home Shows, band together with Pearl Jam by showing your support of local organizations working to fight homelessness. Ideas of how to donate your time can be found here.
Thursday, August 9: Pearl Jam: The More You Need — The Less You Get
with Henrik Tuxen (7PM at the Nordic Museum)
Danish author and rock journalist Henrik Tuxen will read from his new book Pearl Jam: The More You Need — The Less You Get. Tuxen has followed and been friends with Pearl Jam for two decades and this in-depth and personal book might be the closest we get to an official biography. More info here.
Saturday, August 11: MoPOP’s Pearl Jam: Home and Away
• Get a first-hand look at Pearl Jam’s journey from 1990 to the present and into the future through more than 200 artifacts directly from Pearl Jam band members and their Seattle warehouse, including instruments, stage props, original art, and a photo op featuring the towering letters from the front of Pearl Jam’s debut album, Ten.
More information about all of these events and more can be found here.
All week: Sub Pop Count Up
• Crazy ass idea to play a track from each and every Sub Pop release in their catalog — in order — that’s over 1250 releases. We started in the Winter, and we’re almost done — the count up will end this Friday on the Afternoon Show, and as part of the count up, I’m excited to break out songs from a few albums that haven’t even been released yet!
Thursday, August 9: Sub Pop Stories (3:00 PM)
• Hear the final installment in our From the Vault: Sub Pop Stories series, a produced feature that gives unprecedented access to first-hand stories from the people behind the famed label. KEXP DJ OCnotes looks at the future of Sub Pop, featuring insight from A&R rep Ishmael Butler (Shabazz Palaces and Knife KNights), CEO Megan Jasper, and founders Jonathan Poneman and Bruce Pavitt. Listen to the entire series here.
Thursday, August 9: Turntable Sessions: Mudhoney 30th Anniversary
• Mudhoney is celebrating their 30th anniversary with Sub Pop and will visit KEXP's Gathering Space this Thursday night at 6:00 PM to share stories about the good ol’ days with Nils Bernstein and Ed Fotheringham. This event is free and open to the public as part of Songbook: KEXP’s Music and Storytelling Series.
Friday, August 10: Concerts at the Mural
• A special Sub Pop-curated Concert at the Mural featuring Mass Gothic, Yuno, and the Afghan Whigs! This event is free, open to the public, and family friendly.
Saturday, August 11: SPF30
• From noon until 10:00 PM, four stages along the beach will be home to some of the label’s most exciting acts, including Mudhoney, the Fastbacks, Father John Misty, Beach House, LVL UP, Bully, Shabazz Palaces, and more.
• KEXP will be on site, with DJ Morgan, Troy Nelson, and DJ Sharlese broadcasting live from the festival from noon until 9:00 PM. Tune in to hear Sub Pop classics all day long, plus exclusive interviews with the bands playing the festival!
• KEXP will also be hosting live video from the festival on YouTube and Facebook!
12:45 PM LVL UP
1:30 PM Moaning
2:30 PM Loma
3:15 PM Bully
4:15 PM Clipping.
5:15 PM The Fastbacks
6:00 PM Shabazz Palaces
7:00 PM Wolf Parade
9:00 PM Father John Misty
But wait, there’s more…
Friday, August 10, Noon - 11:00 PM
South Lake Union Block Party
Westlake Ave N + Denny
Built to Spill
Deep Sea Diver
The Gods Themselves
So, if you’re not going to Pearl Jam on Friday, you could go to the KEXP and Seattle Center Concert at the Mural show and check out Yuno, Mass Gothic, and the Afghan Whigs — for FREE. Then, you could go to the South Lake Union Block party and still catch Deep Sea Diver and Built To Spill. Also FREE!!! That’s a sick Friday night!
Visit KEXP! Come hang out at KEXP. We’re open to the public daily. We currently have on display a Sub Pop 30th Anniversary art show and a photo exhibit featuring the work of Karen Mason Blair which highlights the early days of Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Soundgarden including photographs of Pearl Jam’s first show! You can take a tour of KEXP, too, and see the inner workings of our arts organization. We do tours at 10 AM and 2 PM.
Gathering Space Hours: Monday-Friday 7AM-6PM; Saturday 7AM-8PM; Sunday 8AM-6PM.
Every Day is Record Store Day in Seattle!
Seattle has great record stores — I know, I leave my heart and wallet in them all the time. Here’s a map to finding your next new vinyl treasure.
Pearl Jam Home Show at Safeco Field
Daniel Norgren + Phil Cook at Tractor Tavern
Phil Cook LIVE on KEXP at 7:30 PM (Broadcast Only)
DakhaBrakha at Nectar Lounge
Jenn Champion + Stres at Chop Suey
Concerts at the Mural w/ Afghan Whigs, Yuno & Mass Gothic
Pearl Jam Home Show at Safeco Field
The Cave Singers at Neumos
SPF30 at Alki Beach