Music, Podcasts

Catching Up with KEXP

Due to a short attention span and a series of meetings (many of which involve actual face to face interaction with coworkers) your Monkey has fallen behind in his podcast listening.

Today he tried to settle himself in and get through some of the backlog. At 20-30 minutes each, the KEXP live performances podcasts seemed like a low risk time investment and thus a good place to start.

Three different artists were on the plate today: Peter, Bjorn and John (live from Austin Texas), the Seattle band the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and the Berkley-based rapper Lyrics Born.

This may not be the popular opinion, but your Monkey found Peter, Bjorn and John to be the least engaging of the three. Something about their music just doesn’t seem to connect. Their most popular single “Young Folks” is catchy enough, but nothing else has really stuck so far.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, on the other hand, definitely sparked some interest and are worthy of a further listen. They were an engaging, refreshingly modest band who seemed genuinely surprised for the recent recognition they have been getting. Pitchfork likes them–see the review here.

The Monkey is not sure the Pains of Being Pure at Heart is something he would listen to nonstop, but he is willing to give them a try. They also get extra credit for having a video shot on Super 8 film.

Lyrics Born is an smooth underground rapper from the Bay Area of California who brought some welcome energy to the proceedings. He is certainly not a household name, but he seems to love making music and has developed a solid fan base on his own terms. Seems pretty good to this Monkey.

Here are two videos:

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