Saturday, September 8, 2018

KEXP “Rocks” - Free Friday/Saturday (“FL&R”)

     Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases.  The end of an offer may be based on the expiration of a set period of time or on a limited number of downloads.  But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one FL&R song each Friday/Saturday.
     Today’s recommendations are both offered via the Seattle superstation KEXP.  

     Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter are based in Seattle. In explaining the motivation for the song “Dewayne:” Skyes said:
  “I wrote a love song to Seattle through a gritty and dusty old lens…and sung through the heart of a boy named Dewayne Pomeroy. Dewayne was one of the street kids in the famous documentary "Streetwise" (directed by Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell in 1984), back when Pike and Pine street were the stomping grounds for some hard core darkness—including a lot of teenage prostitution, when the kids referred to the men that preyed on young boys as “chicken hawks”. Dewayne committed suicide the day before he turned seventeen, which was also the day before he was to be released from juvenile retention. He didn’t want to return to the struggle of life on the streets. The only people attending the funeral were three social workers. Dewayne’s parole officer spread his ashes in the Puget Sound.”

     “Dewayne” by Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter (for the KEXP download, go to -

     Still Corners is the London-based project of Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray. The project formed shortly after Hughes, an American expatriate, met Murray by chance at a London train stop in 2009.

     "Black Lagoon" by Still Corners (for the KEXP download, go to -

Lyrics of "Black Lagoon" by Still Corners
Turning back into the tide
Watching the beach from the other side
We swim with the moon
To an island in the black lagoon

Dreaming as the hours fade away
Watching as the sunlight does the same
Everything we are is on the line
Let's pretend it's not us tonight

Can't get away

Running back into the tide
Sapphire eyes up the sudden night
We swim with the moon
To an island in the black lagoon

Can't get away

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