Here’s How You Can Listen to Every Sample on ‘Paul’s Boutique’ with Seattle’s KEXP Radio Show

Posted on: July 27th, 2015 at 10:21 am by
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In case you missed it, and have twelve hours to spare, it’s time turn on KEXP and listen to “Inside Paul’s Boutique.” This past Friday, the Seattle-based radio station assembled a stellar, engaging program that completely dissects (probably) every sample included on the Beastie Boys’ seminal 1989 record. That’s fifteen tracks comprised of more than 100 snippets, plus new demos, and interviews with album producers, the Dust Brothers.

To give you an idea of scope, breaking down the second track, “Shake Your Rump,” took two hours.

On the mic is prolific deejay John Richards, a onetime Lower East Side resident, and his cohorts Cheryl Waters, and Kevin Cole. The result is “an odyssey of diverse, unorthodox radio.”

“Breaking down LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Losing My Edge’ song-by-song and reference-by-reference last year was just the warmup,” said John Richards, host of KEXP’s The Morning Show. “In my 20-plus years as a DJ, I never thought I’d be this excited to play Loggins and Messina outside of the privacy of my own car. The organic and eclectic composition of Paul’s Boutique perfectly mirrors the KEXP programming philosophy and our emphasis on digging deep into music of all eras and genres, and the Beasties are one of the best-loved bands in the KEXP Community.”

The half-day of audio programming arrives on the heels of the 26th anniversary of the album’s release (July 25, 1989). You can listen to the streaming archive by heading here.

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Beastie Boys mural by Danielle Mastrion, July 2014

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