In Our Headphones

KEXP

Finding good new music can be a full time job, so let KEXP help! In Our Headphones brings you five song recommendations every Monday, straight from KEXP’s DJs and Music Directors. We learn stories and insights about the artists, make connections between the music and the world around us, and get to know the diverse roster of DJs that make up the KEXP airwaves. Join hosts Janice Headley and Isabel Khalili on this never-ending journey of music discovery.

  • 34 minutes 35 seconds
    Tory J: Deerlady, Under Exile, Tharun Sankar

    Tory J, co-host of KEXP’s global Indigenous music show “Sounds of Survivance” talks with Isabel about how sound and music inform Indigenous life, dispelling myths about Indigenous peoples through his show, and his deep love of Rez Metal. He shares three new songs touching on shoegaze, metal, jazz, plus one foundational track.

    Then, Music Director Chris Sanley shares why she’s dancing and weeping to the new single posthumously released from hyper-pop icon SOPHIE.

    Songs featured:

    1. Deerlady - "Seeing Two"
    2. Under Exile - "Throne of Ashes"
    3. Tharun Sankar - "In Between"
    4. David Maxim Micic - "Smile"
    5. SOPHIE - "Reason Why (feat. Kim Petras & BC Kingdom)"

    Listen to the full songs on KEXP's "In Our Headphones 2024" playlist on Spotify or the “What's In Our Headphones” playlist on YouTube.

    Listen to Sounds of Survivance with Tory J and Kevin Sur every Monday from 3-5am PT, or anytime on the 2-week archive, at KEXP.org or the KEXP App.

    Hosted and produced by: Janice Headley and Isabel Khalili
    Mixed by: Emily Fox
    Mastered by: William Myers
    Editorial director: Larry Mizell Jr.

    Our theme music is “好吗 (Hao Ma)” by Chinese American Bear

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    15 July 2024, 7:00 am
  • 36 minutes 29 seconds
    DJ Chilly: DJ Green Lantern, BRAT, J Noa

    DJ Chilly talks about stepping down as co-host of El Sonido, KEXP’s Modern Latin music show that he founded 14 years ago, and shares three tracks that run the gamut from jazz to grindcore to his favorite genre of all time, soul.

    Plus, KEXP Associate Music Director Alex Ruder shares a chilled-out track that’s been in his headphones, unintentionally tying together this episode’s theme of “home.”

    1. DJ Green Lantern - “Falling For Jazz”"
    2. BRAT - “Human Offense”
    3. J Noa - “Arrogante”
    4. Ohio Players - “Here Today And Gone Tomorrow”
    5. ZG - “Feels Like Home”

    Listen to the full songs on KEXP's "In Our Headphones 2024" playlist on Spotify or the “What's In Our Headphones” playlist on YouTube.

    Catch DJ Chilly’s latest shows on his DJ page on KEXP.org.

    Hosted and produced by: Janice Headley and Isabel Khalili
    Mixed by: Emily Fox
    Mastered by: William Myers
    Editorial Director: Larry Mizell Jr.

    Our theme music is “好吗 (Hao Ma)” by Chinese American Bear

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    8 July 2024, 7:00 am
  • 26 minutes 34 seconds
    Albina Cabrera: Mueran Humanos, Las Nubes, Luisa Almaguer

    Albina Cabrera, host of El Sonido and KEXP’s Latin Partnerships and Editorial Manager, joins Isabel for our quarterly Latin music highlight. As we pass the half-year mark, Albina takes stock of some of her favorite albums of the year so far and shares four standout tracks, ranging from industrial synth to hazy indie punk and universal tales of love and loss.

    As always, we end with one recommendation from KEXP Music Director Chris Sanley, this time bringing us cumbia-inspired avant-pop with ancestral depth.

    1. Mueran Humanos - "Dentaduras"
    2. Las Nubes - "Would Be"
    3. Luisa Almaguer - "Un día nos vamos a morir"
    4. La Zorra Zapata - "El Invento"
    5. Angelica Garcia - "Juanita"

    Listen to the full songs on KEXP's "In Our Headphones 2024" playlist on Spotify or the “What's In Our Headphones” playlist on YouTube.

    Listen to El Sonido with Albina Cabrera every Monday at 7-10 PM PT, or anytime on the two-week archive, at KEXP.org or the KEXP App.

    Hosted and produced by: Janice Headley and Isabel Khalili
    Mixed by: Emily Fox
    Mastered by: William Myers
    Editorial Director: Larry Mizell Jr.

    Our theme music is “好吗 (Hao Ma)” by Chinese American Bear

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    1 July 2024, 7:00 am
  • 26 minutes 37 seconds
    Kennady Quille: Thavoron, VIANNE, Pantsuitguy

    DJ Kennady Quille, host of KEXP’s Pacific Northwest music show, Audioasis, shares three songs with a Northwest focus, as well as the first new music in 19 years from a legendary Olympia, WA queercore band. Plus, KEXP Music Director Chris Sanley shares a stunning slow-burn single off the debut LP of a Brooklyn-based artist on the verge of a breakout.

    Songs featured:

    1. Thavoron - “Body”
    2. VIANNE - “SUPERSONIC”
    3. Pantsuitguy - “Speedracer”
    4. Team Dresch - “Your Hands My Pockets”
    5. Zsela - "Lily Of The Nile"

    Listen to the full songs on KEXP's "In Our Headphones 2024" playlist on Spotify or the “What's In Our Headphones” playlist on YouTube.

    Listen to Kennady Quille on Audioasis live every Saturday from 6 to 9pm Pacific Time, or anytime on the 2-week archive, at KEXP.org or the KEXP App.

    Hosted and produced by: Janice Headley and Isabel Khalili
    Mixed by: Emily Fox
    Mastered by: Jackson Long
    Editorial Director: Larry Mizell Jr.

    Our theme music is “好吗 (Hao Ma)” by Chinese American Bear

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    24 June 2024, 7:00 am
  • 38 minutes 34 seconds
    Greg Vandy: The Lostines, Scott Ballew, Allison Russell

    Greg Vandy is the host of The Roadhouse, KEXP’s Sunday morning roots and American music show. He talks with Isabel Khalili about how the show is more about a feeling than a genre, and how he uses music to draw connections between the past and present. Then he shares three songs he’s been loving lately, from 60’s girl group harmonies to a soulful expression of joy, plus one lesser known track from the inventor of the power chord.

    Lastly, we hear from KEXP Music Director Chris Sanley about a powerful indie collaboration recorded at Abbey Road Studios.

    Songs featured:

    1. The Lostines - “A Tear”
    2. Scott Ballew - “True Love Can’t Surf”
    3. Allison Russell - “The Returner”
    4. Link Wray - “From Tulsa To North Carolina”
    5. IAN SWEET & Porridge Radio - "Everyone's A Superstar"

    Listen to the full songs on KEXP's "In Our Headphones 2024" playlist on Spotify or the “What's In Our Headphones” playlist on YouTube.

    Listen to Greg Vandy on The Roadhouse live every Sunday from 9am to noon Pacific Time, or anytime on the 2-week archive, at KEXP.org or the KEXP App.

    Hosted and produced by: Janice Headley and Isabel Khalili
    Mixed by: Emily Fox
    Mastered by: William Myers
    Editorial Director: Larry Mizell Jr.

    Our theme music is “好吗 (Hao Ma)” by Chinese American Bear

    Support the podcast: kexp.org/headphones
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    17 June 2024, 7:00 am
  • 23 minutes
    Larry Rose: brother bird, Dehd, Catching Flies

    Janice sits down with Larry Rose to discuss his DJ beginnings 30 years ago and how he’s seen radio evolve. Then they get into the stories behind three new song recommendations and a 1980’s “Pride” classic that holds special meaning for Larry.

    Plus, KEXP’s Associate Music Director Alex Ruder shares a song that brings him back to what he appreciated about early- 2000s “indietronica” sounds.

    Songs featured:

    1. brother bird - “State of Mind”
    2. Dehd - “Light On”
    3. Catching Flies - “GLY”
    4. Bronski Beat - “Smalltown Boy”
    5. Jens Kuross - "Savage Lullaby"

    Listen to the full songs on KEXP's "In Our Headphones 2024" playlist on Spotify or the “What's In Our Headphones” playlist on YouTube.

    Catch Larry Rose’s latest shows on his DJ page on KEXP.org.

    Hosted and produced by: Janice Headley and Isabel Khalili
    Mixed by: Emily Fox
    Mastered by: William Myers
    Editorial director: Larry Mizell Jr.

    Our theme music is “好吗 (Hao Ma)” by Chinese American Bear

    Support the podcast: kexp.org/headphones
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    10 June 2024, 7:00 am
  • 27 minutes 56 seconds
    DJ Miss Ashley: Mumu Fresh, Tierra Whack, Beyoncé, Macklemore

    Isabel chats with DJ Miss Ashley about four songs that are playing in her headphones lately and one foundational track that ties them all together. Plus, Ashley shares a protest song that doesn't hold back. Then, KEXP Music Director Chris Sanley shares one standout release that’s an early summer bop.

    Songs featured:

    1. Mumu Fresh – “Be Good To You" 
    2. Tierra Whack – “Shower Song"
    3. Beyoncé – "Texas Hold 'Em"
    4. Lauryn Hill – “To Zion”
    5. Macklemore – "Hind’s Hall" 
    6. Ginger Root  – "No Problems"

    Listen to the full songs on KEXP's "In Our Headphones 2024" playlist on Spotify or the “What's In Our Headphones” playlist on YouTube.

    Listen to DJ Miss Ashley live every Sunday from noon to 3pm Pacific Time, or anytime on the 2-week archive, at KEXP.org or the KEXP App.

    Hosted and produced by: Janice Headley and Isabel Khalili
    Mixed by: Emily Fox
    Mastered by: William Myers
    Editorial director: Larry Mizell Jr.

    Our theme music is “好吗 (Hao Ma)” by Chinese American Bear

    Support the podcast: kexp.org/headphones
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    3 June 2024, 7:00 am
  • 23 minutes 24 seconds
    Mike Ramos: Tommy Richman, Seiji Oda, Young Miko

    Overnight DJ Mike Ramos shares some songs that have been in his headphones lately, from a dirty-south-tinged track that’s an early contender for “Song of the Summer” to a chiptune jam named for an early virtual pet. Plus, KEXP Music Director Chris Sanley shares her own “Song of the Summer,” a standout release recently added to KEXP’s rotation.

    Songs featured:

    1. Tommy Richman - "MILLION DOLLAR BABY"
    2. Seiji Oda - "A Gentle Gigg"
    3. Young Miko - "tamagotchi"
    4. Nia Archives - "Forbidden Feelingz"
    5. Fcukers - "Bon Bon"

    Listen to the full songs on KEXP's "In Our Headphones 2024" playlist on Spotify, or on the KEXP website

    Listen to Mike Ramos on Monday nights / Tuesday mornings from 1-5 AM PT, and on-demand via the KEXP website and app.

    Hosted and produced by: Janice Headley and Isabel Khalili
    Mixed by: Emily Fox
    Editorial Director: Larry Mizell Jr.

    Our theme music is “好吗 (Hao Ma)” by Chinese American Bear

    Support the podcast: kexp.org/headphones
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    27 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 28 minutes 3 seconds
    Sharlese: Nina Belief, Gwendoline, Police des mœurs

    Janice Headley chats with her work BFF Sharlese, host of Mechanical Breakdown, about the four (dark) songs playing in her headphones lately. They also chat about World Goth Day, airing all day on KEXP Wednesday May 22 (and available on the archive for two weeks after). Plus, KEXP Music Director Chris Sanley returns from Radio Camp with a standout release recently added to KEXP’s rotation.

    Songs featured:

    1. Nina Belief – "Siren of Silence"
    2. Gwendoline – "Conspire"
    3. Police des mœurs – "Commencement"
    4. Eleven Pond – "Watching Trees"
    5. Fontaines DC – "Starburster"

    Listen to the full songs on KEXP's "In Our Headphones 2024" playlist on Spotify, or on the KEXP website

    Listen to Mechanical Breakdown with Sharlese, every Friday night (Saturday morning) from 1-3 AM PT, or anytime on the two-week archive, at KEXP.org, or the KEXP App:

    https://www.kexp.org/shows/mechanical-breakdown/

    Hosted and produced by: Janice Headley and Isabel Khalili
    Mixed by: Emily Fox
    Editorial Director: Larry Mizell Jr.

    Our theme music is “好吗 (Hao Ma)” by Chinese American Bear

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    20 May 2024, 6:05 pm
  • 36 minutes 4 seconds
    Sonic Reducer: Jean Mignon, Candy Apple, Powerplant

    Isabel Khalili sits down with Brian, Jenn, and Dr. West, hosts of KEXP’s punk show Sonic Reducer, to celebrate its 20th anniversary. After reminiscing about the origins and evolution of the show, each DJ shares a new short, fast ‘n loud track they’re excited about. Plus, we hear about the show’s namesake song and what makes it an all-time great.

    As always, we end on one standout release from KEXP’s Music Director team. This time, we hear about a sprawling track with an unconventional story from Associate Music Director Alex Ruder.

    Songs featured:

    1. Jean Mignon – “Cause I'm Scared”
    2. Candy Apple – "Pull the Plug"
    3. Powerplant – "She (Misfits Cover)”
    4. Dead Boys – "Sonic Reducer"
    5. pigbaby – "Texas Girl"

    Listen to the full songs on KEXP's "In Our Headphones 2024" playlist on Spotify.

    Listen to Sonic Reducer with Jenn, Brian, and Dr. West every Saturday at 9-midnight PT, or anytime on the 2-week archive, at KEXP.org or the KEXP App.

    Hosted and produced by: Janice Headley and Isabel Khalili
    Mixed by: William Myers
    Editorial director: Larry Mizell Jr.

    Our theme music is “好吗 (Hao Ma)” by Chinese American Bear

    Support the podcast: kexp.org/headphones
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    13 May 2024, 7:00 am
  • 32 minutes 15 seconds
    Diana Ratsamee: South Acid Mimi, Habibi, TamTam

    To celebrate the start of “Pushing Boundaries,” KEXP’s programming for Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Isabel Khalili chats with Diana Ratsamee. Diana is the host of Eastern Echoes, KEXP’s weekly show exploring music of all styles from Asia and the Asian diaspora. They talk about the 1980’s Lao song that connects Diana with her family’s story, plus three new songs that span the globe, from brain-tingling electro-punk from Southern China to Middle Eastern surf rock.

    And, as always, we hear about one standout release recently added to KEXP’s rotation, straight from KEXP Music Director Chris Sanley.

    Songs featured:

    1. Sothy – “Lam Seung Bang Fai”
    2. South Acid Mimi – “The End”
    3. Habibi – “On The Road”
    4. TamTam –  “Ramble In the Rainbow”
    5. Mei Semones – “Tegami”

    Listen to the full songs on KEXP's "In Our Headphones 2024" playlist on Spotify.

    Listen to Eastern Echoes with Diana Ratsamee every Thursday at 7-10pm PT, or anytime on the 2-week archive, at KEXP.org or the KEXP App.

    Hosted and produced by: Janice Headley and Isabel Khalili
    Mixed by: Emily Fox
    Editorial director: Larry Mizell Jr.

    Our theme music is “好吗 (Hao Ma)” by Chinese American Bear

    Support the podcast: kexp.org/headphones
    Contact us at [email protected].

    Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/donate

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    6 May 2024, 7:00 am
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