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Friday, July 13, 2007

KEXP Teaches Me A Lesson, Rubs It In

posted by on July 13 at 16:21 PM

Yesterday I posted about the unhealthy relationship I was developing with KUBE, “Seattle’s #1 Hit Music Station,” which plays the same eleven songs over and over and over until they are eating your brain while you sleep.

Today I turned away from KUBE (thanks to another goddamn song built around a whiny “R&B”-style vocal hook; maybe it was Akon or T-Pain or Neyo or whatever douchebag is making slimy love to his vocoder these days) and landed on KEXP. At first I thought the song playing was another wispy indie-guitar trifle but then the guitar riff opened up over some sunny hip-hop beats, and some guy with an appealingly raspy voice starting rapping about trigonometry? Calculus? Some math thing, and all these great weird instrumental hooks started falling in place and by the second chorus I realized this one track had more substance than 1,001 KUBE jams.

To rub it in, the KEXP mystery jam was followed—seamlessly and gorgeously—by the muffled electro-beats and weeping-whale noises of TV on the Radio’s “I Was a Lover”….

Forgive me, KEXP; I’ll never stray again.

(At least not until Ciara has a new single or KEXP’s Saturday morning political reporter mumbles his 10,000th “uh..” of the hour…)

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That mystery track was "Algebra" by Soul Hooligan, who have a silly name.

The DJ that created that segue was Cheryl Waters, whose name is less silly than Soul Hooligan. Cheryl is a friend of mine.

I know this because I checked out KEXP's playlist online.

So you know.

Posted by matt garman | July 13, 2007 8:37 PM

Thank you, Matt! Thank you, Cheryl! Thank you, SOUL HOOLIGAN!

Posted by David Schmader | July 13, 2007 10:26 PM

this- was a beautiful moment.

Posted by lar | July 14, 2007 12:57 PM

Let's burn that muthafucka down!

Posted by Joan Rivers | July 15, 2007 8:29 AM

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