The Pacific Northwest has produced some incredibly influential artists of all kinds, but especially in alternative, punk and grunge rock. Many of your requests made it into this #ThematicStatic set, which you can now stream (👇🏼) and share.
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#ThematicStatic Playlist – 4/13/23
Pearl Jam – “Animal” – Track 2 from the still-dominant Seattle band’s second LP, Vs., is this ripper.
Sleater-Kinney – “The Fox” – The state capital of Olympia produced many heavy-hitters in the ’90s including this riot grrl group, which originally featured Carrie Brownstein, Corrin Tucker and Janet Weiss. Their 2004 record The Woods put Sleater-Kinney top of mind again with songs like this one. “Laaaaaand HO!”
La Luz – “The Pines” – “This is Nashville” Senior Producer Steve Haruch at WPLN requested this band, originally formed in Seattle, and they’re coming back to Nashville for a WNXP Presents show at The Blue Room on June 3.
Fleet Foxes – “Your Protector” – Both Justin Barney, your Midday Host, and Patrick on Instagram wanted to hear the soothing tones of Robin Pecknold and I chose this one from 2008.
Sir Mix-a-Lot – “Posse on Broadway” – I had no idea this rapper was from Auburn, a suburb of Seattle. Thank you, Aaron!
Modest Mouse – “One Chance” – Mark thumbs upped this band from Issaquah, Washington. I played a favorite from Good News For People Who Love Bad News, released in 2004.
My friends, my habits, my family,“One Chance”
They mean so much to me.
I just don’t think that it’s right.
I’ve seen so many ships sail in,
Just to head back out again and go off sinking.
Bikini Kill – “Double Dare Ya” – Drew recently saw this legendary group, originating in Olympia and fronted by Kathleen Hanna, at Marathon Music Works.
Pretty Girls Make Graves – “This Is Our Emergency” – Another early aughts hit parade for you, this tune courtesy of a Seattle band whose 2003 Matador debut The New Romance made waves, too. Self-dubbed “aging punk” Isaiah requested this.
Enumclaw – “Park Lodge” – This Tacoma band — named after another Washington town, as it were — came to Nashville last month on their tour. Coming soon: a session they did in our Sonic Cathedral that same day!
Heart – “Straight On” – Will and I traded love for the Wilson sisters over on Instagram, where he requested Heart, another band of Seattle stars!
Tacocat – “I Love Seattle” – Jon shouted out this Seattle band via Instagram from Seattle. The ode to the city from 2016 goes like this:
Oh-oh, make it through the winter
Oh-oh, summer too warm
I wouldn’t live anywhere else but
Don’t say you weren’t warned!
Ooh, beautiful Seattle“I Love Seattle”
Ah, fall into the sea
Earthquake, tsunami, there’s still no place I’d rather be
The Posies – “Please Return It” – These darlings of the ’80s and ’90s hail from Bellingham. They were requested by Dale. Check out this Swedish TV performance:
Band of Horses – “Ode to LRC”– Although songwriter and frontman Ben Bridwell has lived in his home state of South Carolina for the past decade, he was based in Seattle when he formed Band of Horses.
Soundgarden – “Fell On Black Days” – I know the Nirvana omission is glaring, but I couldn’t skip Cornell and the boys, too!