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The Sound & Vision podcast from KEXP features interviews, panels, reporting and commentary that digs into the stories behind the music, with in-depth discussion of the most important issues facing music and arts communities. New episodes are published on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with bonus features throughout the week. Sound & Vision is hosted by Emily Fox and John Richards.

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The Sound & Vision podcast from KEXP features interviews, panels, reporting and commentary that digs into the stories behind the music, with in-depth discussion of the most important issues facing music and arts communities. New episodes are published on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with bonus features throughout the week. Sound & Vision is hosted by Emily Fox and John Richards.

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By mrLOUDYpants - Feb 20 2020
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From interviews with your favorite artists to music industry insights, this show packs all the feels into a well edited podcast that makes me feel more connected to the music and the people that create and support it.

Why Does this Podcast Matter?

By TriciaDavis807 - Feb 17 2020
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Always entertaining, educational, and an excellent reminder of just how important music and independent artists matter.

iTunes Ratings

46 Ratings
Average Ratings
43
3
0
0
0

Your backstage pass

By mrLOUDYpants - Feb 20 2020
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From interviews with your favorite artists to music industry insights, this show packs all the feels into a well edited podcast that makes me feel more connected to the music and the people that create and support it.

Why Does this Podcast Matter?

By TriciaDavis807 - Feb 17 2020
Read more
Always entertaining, educational, and an excellent reminder of just how important music and independent artists matter.
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Sound & Vision

Latest release on Nov 19, 2020

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The Sound & Vision podcast from KEXP features interviews, panels, reporting and commentary that digs into the stories behind the music, with in-depth discussion of the most important issues facing music and arts communities. New episodes are published on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with bonus features throughout the week. Sound & Vision is hosted by Emily Fox and John Richards.

Rank #1: Cancer and Music

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Phil Elverum (Mount Eerie, the Microphones) wrote two albums following the death of his wife, Geneviève Castrée. Castrée was a musician, illustrator and cartoonist who was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer four months after giving birth to her first child. She passed away the following year. This week, Elverum discusses the odd enhanced recognition he got from his albums that were written about death. KEXP DJ Kevin Cole talks with an old friend, former radio station program director and musician Jay Mathews about how he used music to cope with his terminal cancer diagnosis. KEXP DJ Cheryl Waters talks about her ongoing recovery from tongue cancer. Listeners share their personal stories of music and cancer.

Read the full interview with Phil Elverum

Read KEXP's piece about the life and works of Geneviève Castrée

Read Kevin Cole's interview with Jay Mathews

Thoughts on what you love about this podcast, or how it could be better? We’d love to hear from you! Submit your feedback to soundandvision@kexp.org.

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Feb 18 2020

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Rank #2: The mysterious disappearance of musician Jim Sullivan, Rudy Willingham talks samples

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Jim Sullivan was a struggling LA singer/songwriter in the 60s and 70s. In 1975 he left for Nashville to see if he could catch a break there. But on the way, he disappeared in the New Mexico desert and was never seen again. Matt Sullivan of Light in the Attic records talks about the mysterious disappearance and how he discovered Jim Sullivan’s music and rereleased it decades later. Seattle’s Rudy Willingham talks about how he uses collage in both art and music, and discusses how he finds the samples he uses in his songs. This week’s “Day Job” segment features Lindsey Kaghan of the band Salt Lick speaking about her job at a barbershop.

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Oct 29 2019

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Rank #3: Waxahatchee on the Clarity and Challenges of Sobriety

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Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee discusses how her struggle with addiction and codependency influenced her latest record, 'Saint Cloud.' Crutchfield has been sober for two years now, and although sobriety presented new challenges to her songwriting process, the result is her truest and most hopeful record to date.

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Apr 16 2020

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Rank #4: Angel Olsen, ‘Switched on Pop’ and cover songs

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Angel Olsen discusses her latest album, ‘All Mirrors,’ how her rising fame has tested her closest relationships and the strength of learning to be on her own. Producer John Congleton breaks down the production of Angel Olsen’s song, “All Mirrors.” The hosts of the ‘Switched on Pop’ podcast break down the musical elements of some of the decade’s top pop hits as discussed in their new book, ‘Switched on Pop: How Popular Music Works, and Why it Matters.’ KEXP’s Owen Murphy and Troy Nelson talk about how some of the best songs came about accidentally in recording studios, and how Miya Folick takes Death Cab For Cutie’s song, “I’ll Follow You into the Dark” to another level in her cover version of the song.

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Dec 17 2019

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Rank #5: KEXP's favorite songs of 2019

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KEXP DJs share their favorite songs of 2019. We also hear interviews with some of the station’s favorite bands of the year, including a conversation with Fontaines DC about using music and poetry to document gentrification in Dublin and a discussion with Combo Chimbita about how music is allowing their all-immigrant band to find a new identity in the US.

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Dec 31 2019

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Rank #6: “No Music for ICE,” why only 2% of music producers are women, industry fallout of Lil Peep’s death

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Sudan Archives shares why she fuses violin with electronic beats on her latest album. Minnesota rapper Dessa describes spending two years working with neuroscientists to train her brain to get over her ex. We’ll explore why only 2% of music producers are women and how some indie artists are working to buck that trend. Macklemore protégé Travis Thompson will talk about collaborating with three generations of Seattle hip hop artists on his latest album. Seattle musicians past and present will weigh in on why they signed the “No Music for ICE” pledge. Pitchfork’s Marc Hogan will talk about a court case that blames Lil Peep’s overdose death on the rapper’s management, and what that would mean for the music industry.

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Nov 05 2019

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Rank #7: Kurt Cobain's House, Wilco's new album, Octo Octa on nature and gender

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The second installment of our “Day Job” series explores how a musician’s encounters while bartending end up being inspirations for songs. Electronic DJ and producer Octo Octa explains how nature inspires her music and discusses her gender transition. Jeff Tweedy talks about Wilco’s new album. Kurt Cobain’s biographer shares his idea on what should be done with Cobain’s Seattle home that’s now for sale. Seattle’s Parisalexa talks about breaking into the national music scene before graduating high school. We’ll also hear a new perspective on why it’s so hard for international bands to tour in the US.

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Oct 08 2019

58mins

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Rank #8: FKA twigs, Jimi Hendrix’s legacy, songs from Iran

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FKA twigs talks about dance, feminism and the impact of her recent health complications. We launch our “Northwest Classics” series, where we’ll discuss iconic albums that came out of the Pacific Northwest. We start off by talking about the life and legacy of Jimi Hendrix through his album, ‘Are You Experienced,’ with KEXP’s Marco Collins and Hendrix biographer, Charles R. Cross. KEXP’s Darek Mazzone, host of Wo’ Pop, shares a variety of music from Iran in response to current events.

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Jan 14 2020

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Rank #9: Northwest Classics: The Postal Service

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As part of our Northwest Classics series, KEXP DJ Marco Collins talks with music journalist Charles R. Cross about the legacy of The Postal Service and how the group’s method of producing music remotely is relevant during COVID-19. We also hear Ben Gibbard’s new track, "Life in Quarantine."

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Apr 09 2020

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Rank #10: The dark side of K-Pop, SYML on overnight pop stardom, Madame Gandhi on the power of femininity

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The coauthor of Bloomberg’s story, “K-Pop’s Dark Side: Assault, Prostitution, Suicide and Spycams” talks about how the K-Pop music industry functions and how it’s been riddled with controversies this year. We learn how a suburban dad became an indie pop star overnight under the name SYML, and what that name means to him. Madame Gandhi talks about misogyny in pop culture and why it’s important to value feminine energy in leadership. We explore why Vashon Island off the coast of Seattle is home to so many big name musicians.

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Dec 10 2019

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Rank #11: Jewish composers behind top Christmas songs, best non-traditional Christmas tunes and Christmas covers

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We hear how Jewish composers wrote many of the most popular Christmas songs, including "White Christmas," "Let It Snow," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and more. KEXP’s Brian Foss shares his favorite non-traditional Christmas songs and KEXP’s Owen Murphy and Troy Nelson share their favorite covers of Christmas songs.

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Dec 24 2019

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Rank #12: Northwest Classics: Heart and Soundgarden

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Sound & Vision’s series, “Northwest Classics,” dives into the stories behind iconic records from the Pacific Northwest. In today’s edition, KEXP DJ Marco Collins and music journalist and author, Charles R Cross discuss Heart’s album, ‘Dreamboat Annie’ and Soundgarden’s record, ‘Superunknown.’

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Feb 25 2020

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Rank #13: Music Venues at Risk of Permanent Closure Amid COVID-19

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Many Seattle-area venues say they can only muster 8-9 weeks of being closed amid coronavirus until they have to shut down permanently. Washington State’s governor has extended shelter in place orders until at least May 4, which will put local venues at about the eight week mark. Even if venues can open on May 4, they won’t have performances ready. Venues often have to book performances months in advance and many musicians have cancelled their tours completely for 2020. Members of the newly formed Washington Nightlife and Music Association talk about the current state of music venues and the five steps that need to happen in order for them to survive. Plus we hear from listeners about the songs that make them hopeful.

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Apr 07 2020

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Rank #14: Musicians & Their Day Jobs

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We explore the stories of three musicians who work day jobs to supplement their work as artists. First is Lesli Wood, who fronts the band Skates! As a lawyer by day, she used to have to hide her tattoos and neon hair in court in order to be taken seriously. Then, we meet Mark Arm of the iconic Seattle grunge band, Mudhoney. His day job is stuffing records and managing the warehouse for the record label his band is on, Sub Pop. Lastly, we talk to Geo. He’s best known for his Seattle hip-hop group, Blue Scholars, but his main job now is running two acclaimed café/bars in Seattle called “Hood Famous."

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Mar 24 2020

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Rank #15: The New Pornographers, musicians’ day jobs, music & wrongful imprisonment

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We kick off a new series called “Day Job.” The first story in this series explores how Chong The Nomad finds musical inspiration during her day job as a line cook. Carl Newman of The New Pornographers talks about how the state of America influenced the band’s latest album. We explore music of wrongful imprisonment, including a conversation about a new Broadway musical on the subject, the story of how Pearl Jam and Metallica helped get one man out of wrongful imprisonment, and a band made up entirely of exonerees. We also hear how 47SOUL fuses traditional Arabic music with electronic beats.

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Oct 01 2019

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Rank #16: Vagabon, Kim Gordon and Jónsi

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Vagabon will talk about her latest album and the meaning behind her song, “Every Woman.” Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon will fill us in on how materialism, LA culture and her “trashy aesthetic” influenced her first solo record, ‘No Home Record.’ Jónsi & Alex talk about touring on their 10-year-old album, ‘Riceboy Sleeps,’ after their recent romantic breakup. Jónsi (also of Sigur Rós) discusses moving to LA to make pop music. In this installment of our series, “Day Job,” we speak with a musician who works at a call center for their 9 to 5. We hear about how the Austin-based organization Black Fret is coming to Seattle to help financially support musicians.

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Oct 22 2019

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Rank #17: Brittany Howard, Thunderpussy, Mary Lambert and Hollis Wong-Wear on channeling their experiences through music

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Brittany Howard says her song “Goat Head” is about society’s reaction to her parents’ interracial marriage in Alabama. She also talks about the “gay R&B song” she wrote about musician Georgia Anne Muldrow. Thunderpussy talks about female empowerment and diversifying their sound on their new EP, ‘Milk It.’ Mary Lambert says her experiences of mental health and sexual assault weave through her latest album, ‘Grief Creature.’ Hollis Wong-Wear talks about how poetry and her mother’s hustle starting up a Chinese restaurant as an immigrant inform her music career.

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Nov 26 2019

42mins

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Rank #18: Thundercat on Mourning, Loss and Humor

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Thundercat’s latest album, 'It Is What It Is,' touches on the loss of rapper and producer Mac Miller who died from a drug overdose in 2018. The album also showcases Thundercat’s profound sense of humor, an underrated feature throughout much of his music. Thundercat discusses the new record and how music and humor can be healing in times of adversity.

Read the full interview on KEXP.org

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Apr 14 2020

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Rank #19: Bikini Kill on Riot Grrrl Movement, Remembering Richard Swift

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Bikini Kill talks about their role in the feminist punk rock, Riot Grrrl movement in the 90s and how some of their songs are still relevant today. Yuuki Matthews of The Shins talks about the side project he’s released called Teardrops. He created the project with the late Richard Swift. Richard Swift was a solo artist, producer and played with The Shins and Black Keys. He died in 2018 from complications from alcoholism.

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Mar 17 2020

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Rank #20: Iceland’s DIY music scene

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KEXP’s Dusty Henry talks about Iceland’s DIY music scene and how it’s more about doing it together than doing it yourself. A panel discusses Iceland’s music culture, music's impact on Iceland’s economy, and how Iceland helps financially support musicians. Panelists are: Sólveig Matthildur, from the band Kælan Mikla; Hlynur Guðjónsson, the Icelandic Trade Commissioner for North America; and Sigtryggur Baldursson, managing director for Iceland Music and founding member of the Björk-fronted Icelandic band The Sugarcubes.

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Nov 12 2019

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Marie Davidson on Divesting from Perfectionism

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Marie Davidson’s popular 2018 song, “Work It,” was a club hit, but also pointed to workaholism, in both her own life and society at large. Her latest album, 'Renegade Breakdown,' is a conscious departure from the club sound. It explores her process of detachment from commercial ideals and “industry in general."

In this episode, Davidson discusses working through her various addictions that were fueled by the pressures of capitalism, her connection to the life and music of Karen Carpenter, and how she’s embodied the punk rock spirit of “enough is enough” by being unapologetically herself.

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Nov 19 2020

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Study Finds Ways to Prevent COVID-19 Spread at Concerts

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On November 1st, Germany announced that they would be in partial lockdown for the month of November. That meant bars, clubs and cinemas could not host any guests. This came one day after a study was published that found that if indoor music and sporting venues followed good ventilation and social distancing measures, chances of virus transmission would be low.

Dr. Michael Gekle is part of the team at Martin Luther University Halle Wittenberg who conducted the study. He discusses the findings of the research and what venues will have to keep in mind in the future to prevent the spread of the virus.

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Nov 17 2020

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SassyBlack on Creating a Better Future for Artists

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SassyBlack is an independent musician and educator, and a staple in the Seattle arts scene. After signing to Sub Pop at age 23 with her former duo THEESatisfation, she continues to evolve as a solo artist and this year was featured on Michelle Obama’s official Spotify playlist.

She’s out with a new EP, ’STUCK,’ which addresses mental health, working for free in the music industry, and the “Karen”s of the world.

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Nov 12 2020

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Marshall Law Band on Underscoring the Seattle Protests

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Marshall Law Band has been the de-facto house band for the ongoing Seattle protests that began following the death of George Floyd. The band is out with a new album, '12th and Pine,' representing their experience at the heart of the protests and the resounding messages they carry.

KEXP’s Larry Mizell Jr. talks with frontman Marshall Hugh about the role of music in protest, the events and activists they highlighted in the new record, and how we all must sustain the movement through dedicated work.

“We really believe that 12th and Pine is something that all sides need to hear, no matter where you sit on this fence,” Hugh says. “It’s really important that you use music for education and understanding other people’s perspectives and we believe that 12th and Pine represents our perspective from a frontlines lens.”

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Nov 10 2020

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Sa-Roc Reflects on Self-Love and Her New Album

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Sa-Roc’s latest release, ‘The Sharecropper’s Daughter,’ is KEXP DJ Gabriel Teodros’ favorite hip-hop album of 2020. Teodros spoke with Sa-Roc about her song, “Forever." She says her goal for the song was to champion “the individual, particularly individuals that didn’t see themselves reflected within media imagery, or if they saw themselves reflected, it was in a negative light.” 

“Forever" is a song about self-love, but it also explicitly points out that the scars on her wrists are from self-harm. Sa-Roc says it’s an issue that’s not discussed in all communities and her fans responded. “As a Black woman who experienced self-harm, that’s rare or not talked about. So a lot of Black women were coming up to me and saying, ‘Thank you for sharing this, I thought I was the only one.’ Or, ‘My daughter had been experiencing this and I didn’t know how to deal with it because I thought it was something that happened outside of our community.'”

Read about another song from the album, "The Black Renaissance (feat. Black Thought)," on KEXP's Song of the Day feature.

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Nov 05 2020

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War on Women Make This 'Wonderful Hell' Worth Living In

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The new album by the feminist hardcore punk band, War on Women takes on issues of race, gender and politics. It’s called 'Wonderful Hell.'

The theme of the record is encapsulated in the title track with the lyrics, “There’s got to be a better way than giving up and wallowing. Let’s raise some wonderful beautiful hell and make this world worth living in.” As frontwoman, Shawna Potter explains, “You’ll find that theme through the record. Stuff sucks but let’s get to work now.”

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Nov 03 2020

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Laura Veirs' Songs Predicted Her Divorce

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Laura Veirs calls her latest album, 'My Echo,' her “my songs knew I was getting divorced before I did" album. Her now ex-husband, Tucker Martine, was her producer of 20 years and produced the record.

Veirs talks about how artist couples handle parenting, going through a divorce, her renewed sense of self and juggling music and motherhood during a pandemic.

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Oct 29 2020

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Polaris Prize Winner Backxwash Finds Comfort in Horrorcore

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Backxwash was announced the winner of Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize last week. Backxwash describes her music as industrial hip hop and horrorcore.

She talks about how issues of mental health and her identity as a Black trans woman come up on her latest album, 'God Has Nothing To Do With This Leave Him Out Of It,' and how she finds comfort in addressing these issues within the genre of horrorcore.

Check out the recent episode of The Weekly Mix featuring Backxwash's "Spells"

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Oct 27 2020

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How to Write a Song With Jeff Tweedy

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Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco fame) set a goal for himself during the pandemic—to write one song a day. The resulting work makes up his latest album, ‘Love Is The King.’ He also just released a new book, ‘How To Write One Song,' sharing tips around his creative process.

Tweedy discusses the habits that helped him develop this prolific writing style, sometimes writing a song in just 15 minutes. He also shares the word games he uses to help conjure lyrics when he’s feeling uninspired.

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Oct 23 2020

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Kevin Morby's 'Sundowner' Puts Midwest Twilight Into Sound

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Kevin Morby feels a sense of melancholy when the sun goes down. That feeling inspired his latest album, ‘Sundowner.’ The album was written after Morby moved from LA to his hometown of Kansas City. He says this record was his “attempt to put the Middle American twilight—its beauty profound, though not always immediate— into sound.”

Many of the songs paint a picture of campfires, stars, dead deer on an open road and storms. And while the sunsets mark a darkening chapter of his day, he says they are particularly beautiful in the Midwest.

“They say it’s 'God’s country' or 'big sky country' and the clouds are so big out here and the clouds sort of act as these projectors for the light and just kind of hold on for a really long time,” Morby says.

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Oct 22 2020

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The Fight to Keep Music Live

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It’s now been seven months since music venues have been able to hold shows. Steven Severin of the Seattle venue, Neumos, talks about the efforts to rally for federal and state aid as well as the recent #KeepMusicLiveWA fundraising campaign to save independent music venues.

“If we don't get some type of funding, and soon, the venues are going to go away and they're not coming back,” Severin says.

Sound & Vision also hears from folks who worked in live music before the pandemic hit and have had to find jobs in different industries altogether—from wine to welding. For some, the switch is for good.

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Oct 20 2020

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Deep Sea Diver's Journey of Healing and Empathy on 'Impossible Weight'

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Seattle’s Deep Sea Diver is out with their third album, 'Impossible Weight.' The album was written after frontwoman Jessica Dobson's experience with depression.  

“I just hit this crazy wall where everything turned black and I couldn’t see a foot in front of me,” Dobson says.

On the journey to heal and overcome that sadness, Dobson started volunteering with a non-profit that works with unhoused, drug dependent Seattle-area residents. Conversations with folks there inspired the song, "Switchblade." Dobson says those conversations helped her tap into a stronger compassion for herself and empathy for others.

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Oct 16 2020

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Bob Mould’s 'Blue Hearts’ Beats With Protest

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Bob Mould has been making music for more than 40 years. His career started when he played in the punk band, Hüsker Dü, which was prominent in the 80s. Mould is now out with his 14th solo record, 'Blue Hearts.'

Mould discusses some prominent themes from the new album, as well as parallels he sees in politics of the 80s and today, and the importance of music as protest. He also talks about the role of musicians to use their platforms to speak out on issues like climate change. In the song "Next Generation," he urges listeners to actively engage with politics and their communities with the lyrics, "Please pay attention, take to the streets for your rights."

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Oct 15 2020

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The Cheater's Guide to Spotify

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The Cheater’s Guide to Spotify is a series on Medium by OneZero author, Peter Slattery. In the series, Slattery lays out various ways people game the Spotify system to rack up streams. In this episode, he talks about some of those methods, like creating playlists of popular soundtracks and adding in music that wasn’t part of the soundtrack to give a song more streams, faking a big name featured artist on a track, and increasing search optimization by using an artist name like “White Noise” or “Stress Relief.”

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Oct 13 2020

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Fleet Foxes on the Significance of Nature in 'Shore'

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Fleet Foxes recently released a surprise album at the exact moment of the fall equinox, 6:31am PT on September 22.

Frontman Robin Pecknold discusses the significance of the equinox on the record, tells stories behind some of the songs, and shares how he found a renewed appreciation for music during the pandemic.

KEXP is a listener-funded nonprofit, and we need your help to keep creating podcasts like this one. Donate now for our Fall Fundraising Drive! 

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Oct 08 2020

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Matthew James-Wilson on "What It’s Like to Be Black in Indie Music"

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Pitchfork published an article last week titled, “What it’s Like to Be Black in Indie Music.” Its author, Matthew James-Wilson, talks about his personal experience in the scene as well as what he gathered from various musicians he interviewed for the story.

He says the artists he spoke with were “playing to largely white crowds and feeling like their music was subject to a predominantly white gaze because of the audiences they were playing to or the ways their music was being marketed.”

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Oct 06 2020

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Sylvan Esso’s Love for Radio DJs and Dancing

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Sylvan Esso is out with their third studio album, 'Free Love.' Sylvan Esso has said that this record is “about being increasingly terrified of the world around you and looking inward to remember all the times when loving other people seemed so easy, so that you can find your way back to that place.” 

Amelia Meath of the pop duo breaks down some of the stories behind the music, explains how dancing is a major theme on the record, and shares her love of radio DJs, as demonstrated in the song “Frequency.”

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Oct 01 2020

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Aluna on Dance Music's Black Origins

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Aluna Francis started her career as one half of the electronic duo AlunaGeorge. But as a Black artist in dance music, Aluna always felt like an outsider. For her first solo record, 'Renaissance,' she wanted to create a record for Black folks and bring dance music to its roots. After all, techno was formed in the early 80s by Black artists in Detroit and House was created by Black DJs in Chicago around the same time. By the time electronic dance music was mainstream, however, the genre's origins were unknown to many.

“I had approached this idea as a visitor, as a guest to dance music, as someone trying to break into a world that was not mine and when I found out about the Black history of dance music I was, well, slightly enraged,” Aluna says.

Read Aluna's open letter on racial inequities in dance music.

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Sep 29 2020

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Jessica Hopper on Misogyny in Music

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Music journalist Jessica Hopper has been writing about misogyny, sexism and abuse in the music industry for more than two decades. When reacting to the fallout of Burger Records because of sexual abuse and misconduct, she says abuse in the music industry is nothing new.

“Historically within music for male artists, women’s bodies, particularly young women’s bodies has been seen as their right. That it is a reward for playing a good show, etc. That it is part of what power can get you in these spaces, which is access to women,” Hopper says.

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Sep 22 2020

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Preventing Sexual Abuse After the Fall of Burger Records

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Burger Records was a garage rock record label in Orange County that built its brand on bringing rock and roll to teens and putting the spotlight on underground bands. It folded in July after a wave of sexual assault and misconduct allegations were posted on social media that involved members of more than a dozen bands on the label.

Today’s story will dive into the rise and fall of Burger Records. We’ll hear from women who were abused by men on the label and from one of the former co-owners of the label. We’ll also hear what the music industry can do to prevent sexual assault—from labels to venues to bandmates.

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Sep 17 2020

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By mrLOUDYpants - Feb 20 2020
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From interviews with your favorite artists to music industry insights, this show packs all the feels into a well edited podcast that makes me feel more connected to the music and the people that create and support it.

Why Does this Podcast Matter?

By TriciaDavis807 - Feb 17 2020
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Always entertaining, educational, and an excellent reminder of just how important music and independent artists matter.