Best of KEXP 3

KEXP is an independent radio station in Seattle which streams live and also hosts musical artists playing in their in-house studio.  The station makes these live performances available on YouTube.  I have discovered many new bands by following KEXP’s YouTube channel.  Here are some of my favorite live performances. See also Best of KEXP 1 and Best of KEXP 2.

We Were Promised Jetpacks (2019)

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Neil Peart (1952-2020)

On Friday evening, January 10, 2020, we got the shocking news that Neil Peart, drummer for the band Rush, had died. He had died the previous Tuesday, January 7, but the announcement came days later. Like many people, I consider Peart to be the greatest drummer of all time.

My cousin Mark introduced me to Rush in 1980 after the release of Moving Pictures. Even at the age of 12, I could tell this band was composed of amazing musicians. I don’t play an instrument myself, but have always been drawn to the drums. And Neil was the best.

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Living in the small town of Daytona Beach, I don’t get to enjoy a lot of live music. But in 2017 my boss introduced me to a local punk bank called SHOT OUT. George, Rob, Furey, and Jon put on a fun show, four geeks not taking themselves too seriously and who clearly enjoy playing together. That night I bought their eponymous six-track CD.

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World Goth Day

World Goth Day

Did you know May 22nd is World Goth Day?

Goth Day started in the UK in 2009. BBC Radio 6 Music DJs Cruel Britannia and Martin Oldgoth started the annual celebration of goth music and culture.

While not really a goth myself, at least not on the outside, I have enjoyed listening to “goth” music (and its rougher mate “industrial” music) as my favorite subcategories of classic alternative music. I am a longtime listener of Sunday Night Vinyl on Orlando’s 104.1 which plays all of these genres of music.

Below is a sample of some of my favorite goth bands. Please enjoy in a low-key, introspective way.

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