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Fresh off the Spaceship

KEXP

Fresh off the Spaceship tells the story of the Black Constellation, an artist collective (Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction, Ya Tseen) with Seattle roots and cosmic reach. Hosted by KEXP’s Larry Mizell Jr. and Martin Douglas, each of the 10 episodes takes listeners on a musical journey connecting the stars of the Black Constellation and drawing meaning from their art, emphasizing the revolutionary power of communion along the way.


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Fresh off the Spaceship: Coming March 18
Fresh off the Spaceship: Coming March 18You Are Now Entering the Black ConstellationIshmael Butler Shines a Light (Part One)Ishmael Butler Shines a Light (Part Two)Stas THEE Boss Pays the Cost in ChangeMaikoiyo Alley-Barnes Clears Some Space Out
Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes is a multi-disciplinary artist – a filmmaker, writer, designer, and founding member of the Black Constellation. His work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum National History in New York, and the Frye Art Museum in Seattle – including a series of exhibitions in collaboration with several members of the Constellation. He’s also directed music videos and short films for Shabazz Palaces, THEESatisfaction, and Porter Ray. In this episode, Larry Mizell, Jr. hosts an extended conversation with Alley-Barnes. The two discuss not just Alley-Barnes’ work, but the pivotal art and community work of his parents, the engine of erasure that resounds throughout Seattle, and grander ideas around attribution, continuum, and authenticity. If every member of the Black Constellation is a star, Alley-Barnes is akin to gravity – an unseen force putting pieces into motion and holding disparate artistic worlds together. Thank you to Beverly Glenn-Copeland, KMRU, Laraaji, Nailah Hunter, Niecy Blues, Noel Brass Jr., Shabazz Palaces, Space Afrika, and Yves Tumor for lending their music to this episode. Listen to a playlist of music from the episode and read the transcript on KEXP.org. **If you're in the Seattle area or want to make the trip, you can join KEXP at Clock-Out Lounge on Friday, May 27 for "Fresh Off The Spaceship Live." The event will feature performances from Black Constellation artists Shabazz Palaces, Stas THEE Boss, Porter Ray and more. You can find more information on KEXP.org and buy tickets here. Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/fresh See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 8 2022
1 hr 53 mins
Interlude: Mac Dre was one of God for usUniversal Mother: JusMoni’s Love In PracticeNicholas Galanin Closes the Distance
Nicholas Galanin is the force behind musical projects Ya Tseen, Indian Agent, and Silver Jackson. Based out of Sitka, Alaska, he creates art – both musical and physical – from and for his Tlingit community. Continuum is core to Galanin’s being. Being of both Tlingit and Unangax̂ heritage, Galanin’s work is concerned with serving his community and creating space for their voices, art, and culture in a world that has intentionally tried to strip it away. His collaborations as part of the Black Constellation represent an important statement of solidarity between Black and Indigenous artistic communities. In this episode, we journey with Galanin through his numerous musical projects, his HomeSkillet festival and label, and some of his various exhibits and large scale art installations, like the “Never Forget” piece that saw him placing the words “INDIAN LAND” in Palm Springs in the style of the Hollywood sign. Galanin’s work is a mirror to the past while reflecting toward the future. Listen to a playlist of music from the episode and read the transcript on KEXP.org. Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/fresh **If you're in the Seattle area or want to make the trip, you can join KEXP at Clock-Out Lounge on Friday, May 27 for "Fresh Off The Spaceship Live." The event will feature performances from Black Constellation artists Shabazz Palaces, Stas THEE Boss, Porter Ray and more. You can find more information on KEXP.org and buy tickets here. Support the show: https://www.kexp.org/fresh See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 29 2022
1 hr 13 mins
OCnotes, the 808 PunkErik Blood, Super Producer and Certified FreakNep Sidhu: Finding the Seams