Fresh off the Spaceship: The Story of the Black Constellation

Fresh Off the Spaceship: The Story of the Black Constellation
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Fresh off the Spaceship is a new podcast from KEXP telling the story of the Black Constellation, an artist collective with Seattle roots and cosmic reach. It's a 10-part series, an invitation into the music and a journey through the feeling that the Black Constellation evokes. The Constellation is a creative convening of such innovative and varied musical acts as Shabazz Palaces (helmed by Ishmael Butler of Grammy-award winning trio Digable Planets), Stas THEE Boss (formerly of THEESatisfaction), Erik Blood, OCnotes, Porter Ray, JusMoni, and Nicholas Galanin. It also includes visual and literary artists Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes and Nep Sidhu.

Just over ten years ago, Shabazz Palaces released their groundbreaking album, Black Up, the Big Bang of the Black Constellation universe that shook the world of hip-hop. Since then, KEXP has followed the Constellation’s work through live sessions, events, and editorial features, watching it grow from a seed in our Seattle backyard to an entity that moves beyond the stratosphere. 

Fresh off the Spaceship will take listeners on an audio journey that connects the stars of the Black Constellation and draws meaning from their art, emphasizing the revolutionary power of communion along the way. The podcast is hosted by Larry Mizell, Jr. — a member of the collective, as well as KEXP's Director of Editorial and host of The Afternoon Show on KEXP — and Martin Douglas, Digital Content Producer and writer behind our local music column, Throwaway Style.

Episodes drop weekly from March 18 to May 27, 2022.


EPISODES

 


Live on KEXP

Shabazz Palaces, 2018
Stas THEE Boss, 2017
Ya Tseen, 2021
Knife Knights, 2018
JusMoni, 2018
Shabazz Palaces, 2018 Live from Sub Pop's 30th anniversary
porter ray, 2017 
THEESatisfaction, 2015
Erik Blood, 2016
theesatisfaction, 2012 in the bumbershoot music lounge
OCnotes, 2012
Shabazz Palaces, 2011
THEESatisfaction, 2012
Erik Blood, 2015
Shabazz Palaces, 2018 Live from Sub Pop's 30th anniversary
Erik Blood, 2012
THEESatisfaction, 2010 from the capitol hill block party
Shabazz Palaces, 2017
THEESatisfaction, 2010 from the capitol hill block party
Shabazz Palaces, 2011 in the bumbershoot music lounge
THEESatisfaction, 2012 from the pickathon Music Festival
Shabazz Palaces, 2014

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