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Straight from the knowledgeable KEXP DJs to your ears, now you can listen to a wonderfully eclectic mix of full length songs. KEXP brings you the music that matters from some of its favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world. See what KEXP's all about at KEXP.ORG.

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Straight from the knowledgeable KEXP DJs to your ears, now you can listen to a wonderfully eclectic mix of full length songs. KEXP brings you the music that matters from some of its favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world. See what KEXP's all about at KEXP.ORG.

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Always glad to hear what this radio station is pumping out. Thank you!

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I enjoy this podcast every time I listen. Thank you for the care and effort you put into the pod!

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326 Ratings
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261
37
6
13
9

Consistently quality radio

By Old_Ryan - Jul 04 2019
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Always glad to hear what this radio station is pumping out. Thank you!

So good 😊

By Pypeerey - Jan 03 2018
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I enjoy this podcast every time I listen. Thank you for the care and effort you put into the pod!
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KEXP Presents Music That Matters

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Straight from the knowledgeable KEXP DJs to your ears, now you can listen to a wonderfully eclectic mix of full length songs. KEXP brings you the music that matters from some of its favorite artists from the Pacific Northwest and around the world. See what KEXP's all about at KEXP.ORG.

Rank #1: Music That Matters, Vol. 627 - Runcast, Vol. 12

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Search for that runner's high with another soundtrack to your run curated by John Richards featuring music from Amen Dunes, Dessa, Loma, and Beach Slang.
1. Amen Dunes - Miki Dora
2. On Dead Waves - Blue Inside
3. Sulk - Black Infinity
4. Porcelain Raft - Big Sur
5. Wooden Shjips - Staring At the Sun
6. Loma - Joy
7. Local Natives - Past Lives
8. Beach Slang - Spin the Dial
9. Beach Slang - Punks in a Disco Bar
10. Born Ruffians - Miss You
11. Shakey Grave - Kids These Days
12. Dessa - 5 out of 6
13. Childish Gambino - Have Some Love
14. Lady Wray - Do It Again
15. The True Loves - The Dapper Derp
16. Louise Burns - Storms
17. Crocodiles - Telepathic Lover
18. Beach Fossils - This Year
19. STRFKR - Open Your Eyes
20. Jacuzzi Boys - Lucky Blade
21. Crater - Ladder Song
Aug 03 2018
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #2: Music That Matters, Vol. 649 - Colossus - 2018 Year In Review

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DJ Kevin Cole brings a colossus mix of some of the best music of 2018, including tracks from artists both new and established that ruled KEXP's airwaves and in-studio sessions all year long. Love yourself and love this mix! It's what's really going on…
1. IDLES - Colossus2. Shame - Concrete3. Pearl Jam - Can't Deny Me4. Black Belt Eagle Scout - Soft Stud5. Jason McCue - When He Drinks6. Tres Leches - What Are You Doing7. Dessa - Fire Drills8. Young Fathers - In My View9. Fontaines D.C. - Chequeless Reckless10. Lithics - Specs11. Hot Snakes - Six Wave Hold-Down12. Kikagaku Moyo - Dripping Sun13. Gaye Su Akyol - Laziko14. Khruangbin - Maria Tambien15. Jenn Champion - Time To Regulate16. Júníus Meyvant - High Alert17. Cumulus - Sing To Me18. The Goon Sax - Make Time 4 Love19. Superorganism - Reflections on the Screen20. Courtney Barnett - Nameless, Faceless
Dec 28 2018
1 hour 23 mins
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Rank #3: Music That Matters, Vol. 668 - Runcast, Vol. 15

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KEXP's John Richards takes you along the full journey of a long run with songs of inspiration and fun including the one song he played 13-straight times while running the NY Marathon.

    1. Devon Welsh - I’ll Be Your Ladder

    2. Star Slinger - Choose Yourself

    3. Stats - Lose It

    4. TVAM - Psychic Date

    5. IDLES - Colossus

    6. The Budos Band - Old Engine Oil

    7. Left at London - Revolution Lover

    8. OCNotes - Better Days

    9. Nilüfer Yanya - In Your Head

    10. Piroshka - Everlastingly Yours

    11. Chromatics - Time Rider

    12. Lost Under Heaven - Bunny’s Blues

    13. Black Belt Eagle Scout - Soft Stud

    14. Quivers - You’re Not Always On My Mind

    15. Citizen Cope - The River

    May 10 2019
    1 hour 4 mins
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    Rank #4: Music That Matters, Vol. 622 - Runcast, Vol. 11

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    (286548)The 2018 Runcast series kicks off with a mix featuring runner-motivating tunes from Simian Mobile Disco, Belly, and Casper Skulls. As Dale Carnegie once said, "remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday." So who knows who or what's gaining on you...RUN! 
     
    1. Hammock - Everything and Nothing
    2. Mien - Earth Moon
    3. Beth Orton - 1973
    4. Simian Mobile Disco - Caught in a Wave
    5. Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs
    6. Bambara - José Tries to Leave
    7. Casper Skulls - Primeval
    8. Fontaines DC - Chequeless Reckless
    9. Holy Esque - I Am the Truth
    10. Big Deal - Say Yes
    11. Baio - The Names
    12. Austra - Change the Paradigm
    13. Young Fathers - In My View 
    14. Dom - Gud Tymes
    15. Ride - Charm Assault
    16. Eleanor Friedberger - In Between Stars 
    17. Haley Heynderickx - Oom Sha La La
    18. Belly - Shiny One
    19. Geowulf - Hideaway
    Jun 29 2018
    1 hour 15 mins
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    Rank #5: Music That Matters, Vol. 650 - Drowning in the Sound

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    Start off your year by surrounding yourself with new aural experiences when you dive into Cheryl Waters' latest mix of her current favorites, including new songs from Sloucher, Amanda Palmer, and Big Joanie.
    1. Team Dreams - Black Screen2. Matthew Dear - Modafinil Blues3. Wild Pink - There Is A Ledger4. Sloucher - Up & Down5. Briston Maroney - Under My Skin6. John Parish - Sorry For Your Loss7. Amanda Palmer - Drowning In the Sound8. Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter - Dewayne9. Ghost Pains - Square One10. Crooked Man - Turnaround11. Spendtime Palace - Blackout Control12. Big Joanie - Fall Asleep13. Fontaines D.C. - Too Real14. INHEAVEN - World On Fire15. Mudhoney - Paranoid Core
    Jan 04 2019
    1 hour
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    Rank #6: Music That Matters, Vol. 597 - Come, Let Us Begin!

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    DJ Kevin Cole looks back at musical highlights of 2017 and ahead with anticipation and great expectations!
     
    1. Alvvays - In Undertow
    2. Wolf Parade - You're Dreaming
    3. Žen - Žal (Strand)
    4. Mammút - Breathe Into Me
    5. Ride - Charm Assault
    6. ГШ (Glintshake) - Убожество
    7. Oligarkh - Maria Devo, 
    8. ODESZA - Late Night
    9. Cock & Swan - PERG (Honing)
    10. Shabazz Palaces - Shine A Light
    11. Mikko Joensuu - There used to be a darkness
    12. DoNormaal - Ego Slave
    13. The True Loves - The Dirty
    14. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Matter of Time
    15. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Cumberland Gap
    16. Casper Skulls - Primeval
    17. Waxahatchee - Silver
    18. Thunderpussy - Velvet Noose
    19. Kevin Morby - City Music
    20. Laura Marling - Wild Fire
    21. Julie Byrne - Sleepwalker
    22. Nilüfer Yanya - Baby Luv
    Dec 29 2017
    1 hour 41 mins
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    Rank #7: Music That Matters, Vol. 637 - Runcast, Vol. 14

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    John Richards' latest installment in the Runner Powered Podcast series takes songs from Matthew Dear, Spirit Award, and Shakey Graves to inspire you to keep you running (with a special surprise at the end.)
     
    1. Matthew Dear - Bunny's Dream
    2. Maribou State - Turnmills
    3. Morgan Delt - Some Sunsick Day
    4. Saintseneca - Beast in the Garden
    5. Foxing - Nearer My God
    6. Junip - Your Life, Your Call
    7. Advance Base - Dolores & Kimberly
    8. Weller - Point of Personal Privilege
    9. Owl John - Red Hand
    10. Maps - To the Sky
    11. Haerts - The Way
    12. Spirit Award - Supreme Truth
    13. The Goon Sax - Make Time 4 Love
    14. Fred Thomas - Good Times Are Gone Again
    15. Desert Mountain Tribe - It's All Good
    16. Spesh - Teflon
    17. Shakey Graves - Pay the Road
    Oct 12 2018
    1 hour 7 mins
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    Rank #8: Music That Matters, Vol. 632 - Runcast, Vol. 13

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    John Richards leads you through the latest installment of our Runner Powered Podcasts - the "I like to eat, and drink, a lot (everything hurts and I'm dying!) running podcast", featuring music from Virginia Wing, Metric, Grapetooth, and Spiritualized.
    1. Spiritualized - A Perfect Miracle
    2. Akron Family - River
    3. Hamilton Leithauser - Alexandra
    4. Frightened Rabbit - Get Out
    5. Holy Esque - I Am the Truth
    6. Kristin Hersh - No Shade in Shadow
    7. Metric - Dressed To Suppress
    8. Haerts - New Compassion
    9. Virginia Wing - Be Released
    10. Gui Boratto - Forgive Me
    11. Sink Ya Teeth - Substitutes
    12. Grapetooth - Trouble
    13. Decker - The Matador
    14. Active Bird Community - Spend the Night
    15. Jacuzzi Boys - Sun
    16. First Aid Kit - Emmylou
    17. Jose Gonzalez - Leaf Off/The Cave
    Sep 07 2018
    1 hour 10 mins
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    Rank #9: Music That Matters, Vol. 612 - No, Thank You! NO, THANK YOU!

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    Get caught up with new music and intense gratitude with the No, Thank You! NO, THANK YOU! Music That Matters Podcast featuring John Richards as John "In the Morning" Richards. May the Blackwater Holylight be with you.
    1. Damien Jurado - Over Rainbows and Rainer
    2. Breckin - The Story Bridge
    3. Hilary Woods - Inhaler
    4. Lost Under Heaven - The Breath of Light
    5. Exitmusic - Iowa
    6. Now, Now - AZ
    7. Air Waves - Morro Bay
    8. Sam Evian - Health Machine
    9. No Thank You - Cubic Zirconia
    10. Chatham Rise - Hummingbird
    11. Mien - Earth Moon
    12. Blackwater Holylight - Sunrise
    13. Weller - Point of Personal Privilege
    Apr 20 2018
    50 mins
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    Rank #10: Music That Matters, Vol. 646 - These Northwest Songs Are Awesome

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    Looking for more awesome music in your life? Check out some of the freshest sounds from the Northwest as Audioasis host Eva Walker takes you through a mix highlighting music from Tres Leches, Riot AF, Familiars, and Prom Queen and others. 
    1. Tres Leches - What Are You Doing
    2. Dark Smith - It Gets Worse
    3. Pampa - La Escena De La Ventana
    4. Bearaxe - Brown Liquor
    5. Whitney Monge - Be Mine
    6. TxR - Special Ed
    7. Ural Thomas & The Pain - Slow Down
    8. Imij - Medgar Evers DGC Bill Clinton And Me/I
    9. Donormaal - Ego Slave
    10. Riot AF - Aeroplane
    11. Chris King & the Gutterballs - Stories of Me
    12. Electric NoNo - What Happened to Rock
    13. Prom Queen - End of the World
    14. Suffering Fuckheads - Bar Slut
    15. Familiars - Snake
    Dec 07 2018
    1 hour 7 mins
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    Rank #11: Music That Matters, Vol. 673 - Runcast, Vol. 16

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    John Richards and special guest, KEXP volunteer and marathon expert Ken Tarleton, take you through the DOs of being a runner. 

    1. Liela Moss - “Wild as Fire” 

    2. Mitski - “Geyser” 

    3. Blushing - “The Truth” 

    4. Calexico and Iron and Wine - “Father Mountain” 

    5. Black Pumas - “Colors” 

    6. Shovels and Rope - “The Wire”

    7. The Cinematic Orchestra - “A Caged Bird/Imitations of Life” 

    8. Maps - “Surveil” 

    9. Strand of Oaks -“Weird Ways” 

    10. Swervedriver - “Mary Winter” 

    11.Greys - “These Things Happen” 

    12. Lust For Youth “Great Concerns” 

    13. Generationals - “Beggars in the House of Plenty”

    14. La Neve - “Maximum Wage”

    Jun 14 2019
    1 hour 1 min
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    Rank #12: Music That Matters, Vol. 677 - Runcast, Vol. 17

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    This one (pardon the pun) runs the gammut from amazing music to jokes about runners. Sing, laugh, run!

    1. Sharon Van Etten - Every Time the Sun Comes Up
    2. Slaughter Beach, Dog - Good Ones
    3. Cave Singers - Have to Pretend
    4. Spoon - I Turn My Camera On
    5. Guards - You Got Me
    6. Honeyblood - She’s a Nightmare
    7. Skating Polly - Play House
    8. Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile
    9. Culture Abuse - Goo
    10. Sad Planets - Just Landed
    11. Temples - Hot Motion
    12. Tycho - Division
    13. Slow Club - Complete Surrender
    14. Drab Majesty - Ellipsis
    15. Trust - Capitol
    16. Wye Oak - The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs

    Jul 12 2019
    1 hour 3 mins
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    Rank #13: Music That Matters, Vol. 653 - Nobody Puts Abbie In The Corner

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    Follow the insomnia-ridden princess of the KEXP overnight onto the dancefloor to shake out your stresses and excesses while she weaves together her favorite new releases that include a placeholder, a Berlin heroine, and hidden gems from the enchanted land of Vancouver, BC. Plus, hear from Berlin electronic pioneer, Gudrun Gut, Justice McClellan of Mesa Luna, London new jazz artist, Nardeydey, and Maria Minerva about her dance pop collaboration with the late Cherushii. 
     
    1. Nardeydey - Freefallin'
    2. Otha - I'm On Top 
    3. Sir Babygirl - Heels
    4. TEEN - Only Water
    5. Cherushii + Maria Minerva - A Day Without You
    6. Escort - Josephine
    7. Aaron Childs - Easy
    8. N0V3L - To Whom It May Concern
    9. FRANKIIE - Dream Reader
    10. Mesa Luna - Dispel 
    11. Zanias - Aletheia
    12. Gudrun Gut Lover
    13. Liza Anne - Paranoia 
    14. Hand Habits - placeholder
    Jan 25 2019
    1 hour 4 mins
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    Rank #14: Music That Matters, Vol. 644 - Dose Your Dreams

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    Cheryl Waters' latest mix is filled dope, devoted, and dosed songs to soundtrack your consciousness - or, if you listen as you fall asleep, your dreams - with new music from IAN SWEET, Adia Victoria, and Kikagaku Moyo.
    1. Ocean Hope - Devotion
    2. Maribou State - Kingdom
    3. Red Ribbon - Your Car
    4. Adia Victoria - Dope Queen Blues
    5. Y La Bamba - Mujeres
    6. IAN SWEET - Hiding
    7. Muncie Girls - Bubble Bath
    8. Whitney Ballen - Mountain
    9. Art d'Ecco - Never Tell
    10. Wild Powwers - Skin
    11. Kikagaku Moyo - Gatherings
    12. Conner Youngblood - The Birds of Finland
    13. Daggy Man - Atlas
    14. Alice Robinson - Rise
    15. Fucked Up - Dose Your Dreams
    Nov 23 2018
    1 hour 2 mins
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    Rank #15: Music That Matters, Vol. 656 - Breathe More Deeply

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    DJ Kevin Cole brings you a new music mix to circulate deep within your personal galaxy tapping into the lifeforce of sonic awesomeness with new songs from Ellis May, Pedro the Lion, Ibibio Sound Machine, Please the Trees, and more!
    1. Criminal Hygiene - Hardly News
    2. Ex Hex - Cosmic Cave
    3. Eyelids - It's About To Go Down
    4. Pedro The Lion - Quietest Friend
    5. Vok - Erase You
    6. Pion - Sympacide
    7. Ellis May - The Distance
    8. Young Scum - Wasting Time
    9. Tallies - Eden
    10. Business of Dreams - Keep The Blues Away
    11. Please The Trees - Mind & Care
    12. Heavy Lungs - Jealous
    13. Ibibio Sound Machine - Tell Me
    14. Harrison - Your Girl
    Feb 15 2019
    54 mins
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    Rank #16: Music That Matters, Vol. 611 - Music That's Been Greatly Lately

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    From psychedelic punch to synth symphonies, Troy Nelson rounds up some fantastic tunes from all across the musical universe to form a killer mix featuring new tunes from ShitKid, Ed Schraeder's Music Beat, and Lena Raine.
    1. Ed Schrader's Music Beat - Dunce
    2. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Baby's In the Void
    3. Falon Sierra - Try Me
    4. Middle Kids - Mistake
    5. Ought - Disaffectation
    6. The Black Tones - The Key of Black (They Want Us Dead)
    7. Starchild & The New Romantic - Language
    8. ShitKid - All My Fears
    9. Holy - Night On Earth
    10. Spice Boys - Spice City Boys
    11. Bat Fangs - Bad Astrology
    12. Lena Raine - Resurrections
    Apr 13 2018
    57 mins
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    Rank #17: Music That Matters, Vol. 613 - Australian Adventure

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    After immersing herself in Australian music during a trip Down Under last year, Cheryl Waters returned to the Northern Hemisphere to bring you a mix of Aussie music from KEXP faves like Courtney Barnett, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and emerging new acts like G Flip, TV Haze, and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. 
     
    1. Camp Cope -  The Opener
    2. Jen Cloher & The Endless Sea - Fear Is Like a Forest
    3. Courtney Barnett - Nameless, Faceless
    4. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - The Fourth Colour
    5. Orb – You Are Right
    6. Montero - Performer
    7. Pascal Babare - Native Birds
    8. GUM – The Underdog
    9. G Flip - About You
    10. Hachiku - Moon Face
    11. Alex Lahey -  Perth Traumatic Stress Disorder
    12. TV Haze -  Bobby and Sally
    13. Bloods – Feelings
    14. Middle Kids - Mistake
    15. Hockey Dad - I Wanna Be Everybody
    16. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever - Mainland
    Apr 27 2018
    1 hour 6 mins
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    Rank #18: Music That Matters, Vol. 664 - About The Light

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    Need some new music for your springtime adventures? Cheryl Waters has you covered with new tracks from Kevin Morby, Shana Cleveland, and Weyes Blood to bring more light into your musical life.
    1. Shana Cleveland - Face of the Sun
    2. Emma Lee Toyoda - Planes & Cranes
    3. Fruit Bats - Getting in a Van Again
    4. Kevin Morby - No Halo
    5. Ibibio Sound Machine - Basquiat
    6. Maribou State - Kingdom
    7. Toro Y Moi - Ordinary Pleasure
    8. Nilüfer Yanya - Paradise
    9. Steve Mason - Fox on the Rooftop
    10. Jai Wolf - Your Way (feat. Day Wave)
    11. Mac DeMarco - All of Our Yesterdays
    12. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Fishing For Fishies
    13. Weyes Blood - Movies
    14. Ex:Re - Crushing
    15. SASAMI - Morning Comes
    16. Flamingods - Marigold
    17. Chemtrails - Tedium's Jaw
    Apr 12 2019
    1 hour 11 mins
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    Rank #19: Music That Matters, Vol. 679 - Stars Are The Light

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    DJ Cheryl Waters' latest mix is the perfect cosmic soundtrack to stargazing on late summer nights. With energetic new tracks from Broken Social Scene, Moon Duo, Kishi Bashi, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, you might even get a glimpse into another world.

    1. Broken Social Scene - Can’t Find My Heart
    2. Youryoungbody - Intentions
    3. Moon Duo - Stars Are The Light
    4. Operators - Faithless
    5. Girl In Red - Dead Girl In The Pool
    6. Rodrigo y Gabriela - Mettavolution
    7. Bleached - Hard To Kill
    8. Craig Finn - Blankets
    9. Brittany Howard - History Repeats
    10. Stef Chura - They’ll Never
    11. Vanishing Twin - KRK (At Home In Strange Places)
    12. Kishi Bashi - Marigolds
    13. Fruit Bats - Gold Past Life
    14. Chris Staples - Holy Moly
    15. Yeasayer - Let Me Listen In On You
    16. Wand - Scarecrow
    17. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Cyboogie

    Jul 26 2019
    1 hour 15 mins
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    Rank #20: Music That Matters, Vol. 623 - Smile

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    Put your sunglasses on, go outside, and enjoy this summery mix from Cheryl Waters featuring new tunes from Bob Moses, Jim James, Durand Jones and the Indications, and Petal. 286548
    1. Nosaj Thing - How We Do (feat. Kazu Makino)
    2. Sufjan Stevens - All of Me Wants All of You (Helado Negro Remix)
    3. Bob Moses - Heaven Only Knows
    4. Stef Chura - Degrees
    5. Dude York - Moon
    6. Death Bells - Echoes
    7. The Autumn Stones - Mandatory Love
    8. Jim James - Throwback
    9. Durand Jones and the Indications - Smile
    10. Sheer Mag - Need To Feel Your Love
    11. Alice Bag - Turn It Up
    12. King Tuff - Raindrop Blue
    13. Snuff Redux - Country
    14. Petal - Better Than You
    Jul 06 2018
    55 mins
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