Brooke A McKinney - F*cking Vote

We at KEXP want to again remind you to vote in this November’s election. We’re keeping it pretty simple this time – no celebrities or rock stars telling you how they vote, no high-minded rhetoric – just F*cking Vote. A little crass? A little vulgar? Yeah, maybe, but some of what’s going on in our city, our state, and our country is pretty vulgar too.
Please, remember to vote or mail in your ballot on or before Tuesday, November 6th. F*cking Vote.



Home Studio Recording Tips for Producers, Engineers, and Musicians.

Home-Studio-Handbook - Brooke A McKinney

Several great articles and tips for home recording from Disc Makers.

Looking for advice on recording and music equipment, acoustics and speaker stands, and everything in between? We’ve got a ton of guides, blog posts, and articles we’ve published over the years, and we’ve collected most of them here for you. Dig in to interviews with great music producers, tips on how to build your home studio, and recording insights from the pros.

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Touch the sky: Solar Impulse 2 takes first flight #FirstFlight #SolarImpulse


Solar Impulse, which counts Richard Branson among its patrons, is led by Swiss psychiatrist and aeronaut Bertrand Piccard. They have been pushing boundaries of aviation since 2003, when their dream of traversing the air without the resources of traditional fuels began to take flight. As the crew themselves once said:

“We have not tried to replicate, but to travel in a different way, to change the paradigm.”

Rezo.ch Solar Impulse
Now, over a decade later, the second prototype aircraft from the company has successfully flown for the first time. The model used is the HB-SIB, following on from Solar Impulse’s first aircraft, the HB-SIA.

Using more of a unique technology, the HB-SIB’s development has been designed specifically to hold the powers to circumnavigate the globe on pure solar power. The mission to build such a creative vehicle has been a challenging one, taking over 12 years of design concepts and construction to complete the logistics of its solar-intentions.
With over 50 engineers working away, not to mention over 100 professional advisors, Solar Impulse 2 has had a bumpy ride to fruition. However, Bertrand Piccard has always been brimming with confidence about the future, with solar round-the-world flights planned for 2015. As he told us in a guest-blog earlier this year:

“We need visions to become a reality. The impossible can be achieved only if we learn how to think and act outside of the usual certitudes and convictions. This is called pioneering spirit and it is what we all need to invent a better future.”

The result? A test passed with flying colours, with the maiden flight lasting a total of two hours and 17 minutes at an altitude of 5,500ft and a ground speed of 55.6km/h. In layman’s terms: that’s a lot of ear popping.

Jubilant, the team’s dramatic achievement takes them one step closer to circumnavigating the world using renewable energy alone.

With the brave Scherdel greeted by founders Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, (and of course: champagne) the pioneer’s momentous flight takes Solar Impulse soaring into a greener future for aviation in 2015.


Written by @SophieHall

Sub Pop Records Retail Store Lands at Sea-Tac Airport #SubPop


Ask out-of-towners what Seattle is best known for, and you’ll get the usual laundry list — rain, great coffee, iconic tech companies.

But a lot of people also mention music, and that’s not surprising, given a history that includes Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana, among others.

Maybe that’s why it doesn’t seem bizarre that Seattle’s best-known indie label, Sub Pop Records, is opening a brick and mortar store Thursday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

“We became internationally renowned in the very late ’80s and early ’90s as a mecca for music,” said Kate Becker, director of Seattle’s Office of Film + Music. “Lots of people drink coffee. I bet even more people connect with music.”

The new store, located in the main terminal near the entrance to Concourse C, kicks off at 9:45 a.m. Thursday with a performance by Sub Pop artist Chad VanGaalen, a singer-songwriter. (You need a plane ticket to go; the store is on the other side of security lines.)

Sub Pop popularized grunge music in the ’90s and has more recently signed neo-folkies such as The Head and the Heart.

“Sub Pop is classic Seattle,” Becker said. “They find great bands, and they’ve diversified their musical portfolio.”

Music has already been a big part of the Port of Seattle’s marketing strategy for Sea-Tac. Working with the Office of Film + Music and the Seattle Music Commission, the port has featured live music, artists reading public service announcements and photographs of Seattle jazz musicians as part of its efforts to brand the airport with local flavor through its Experience The City of Music project.

“Our travelers like a local flavor,” said Deanna Zachrisson, Sea-Tac’s manager of dining and retail management. “We know that from the research that we conduct. Folks that live here have … a sense of familiarity with local concepts, but they also have local pride when folks come to visit Seattle.”

Local flavor doesn’t always guarantee success. In February, Portland powerhouse Powell’s Books was forced to close two of three locations at Portland International Airport, after it failed to agree on a lease renewal.

Sub Pop signed an 18-month lease, Zachrisson said, explaining that the store is part of a move by Sea-Tac to emphasize the concept of the airport as a “gateway to the city.” The arrival of Sub Pop and Metsker Maps of Seattle, which opens next month, are part of an initiative to attract local businesses that typically wouldn’t think to have a shop in the airport.

Last year, Sub Pop opened a temporary “pop-up” store in Georgetown to celebrate its 25th anniversary and previously had two stores in the 1990s, but this is the label’s first permanent residence in years.

Sub Pop designed the store, believed to be the first of its kind, with travelers in mind, said Sub Pop vice president Megan Jasper. It will be open 365 days a year, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. The bins will feature vinyl records, T-shirts and a listening station for weary travelers to relax with Sub Pop bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden and Death Cab for Cutie, as well music by non-Seattle artists.

IT’S ALL THE SAME LOVE – #Macklemore #GrammyWeddings


At the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis won four GRAMMYs and performed “Same Love.” The three performers were joined on stage by Madonna, and Queen Latifah. Over the course of the performance more than 30 couples – including same-sex couples, different-sex couples, older couples, and younger couples – married live on stage.

Recording on a Mac with Apogee MiC and JAM in GarageBand #Apogee

Apple’s Mac OS lets you to connect two Apogee USB audio interfaces to separate USB ports on your Mac. “Aggregation” is a great way to access more channels of input or output for your recordings. With the microphone in ONE and JAM’s guitar input, you can record vocals and guitar sumultaneously in GarageBand, Logic, Pro Tools or any Core Audio compatible application. You can also monitor and mix your music through ONE’s studio quality output.