What it is…


Soulful Alternative

A best-of-the-best soulful music site. 

New & legendary artists.  

Soul & alternative music.

Authentic reviews & the latest news.


I’m DJ Michele Myers. Thanks for visiting my music blog.

As a producer and music historian for Seattle radio station KEXP I’ve made over 200 audio documentaries on musical subjects. You’ll find my music writing at the SmithsonianExperience Music Project, the Frye Museumthe University of Washington and NPR.

My Friday night radio show on KEXP 90.3 FM Seattle (kexp.org) airs at 9pm weekly. It’s a three hour mix of cutting edge flavors and legendary favorites. You’ll hear many of the artists that you read about on this site. A live party DJ, I also spin at events and venues around the country. Please see DJ booking info below.

Here on Soulful Alternative you’ll get:

Honest personal and historical takes on the best soulful music.  

The full story on the latest and greatest songs…

Artists with staying power and positive messages that change your mind and your mood.

Soul, alternative, rock, electronic, pop, international, punk, dance & more.

Blog written and curated by Michele Myers.

Don’t be shy! Follow Michele’s musical feeds on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


DJ Bookings by date availability. Please contact michele@soulfulalternative.com.

*Radio personality and DJ Friday nights on 90.3FM Seattle, KEXP.
*Plays sets of music at select private and public events.
*Brings experience, a positive attitude and a true love of music to every party.
*Full P.A. and party lighting included.
Prior live gigs have been at:
Seattle Space Needle (Main Attraction/New Year’s Eve DJ), Seattle Art Museum, Golden Gardens Park, Chihuly Museum, Doe Bay Festival, Fred Wildlife, Nectar Lounge, Baltic Room, Bellevue Art Museum, Experience Music Project, Bumbershoot and select private events.


Soulful Alternative – PO Box 31295 – Seattle, WA 98103


Michele’s Record Collection

Over the years as a DJ at KEXP I’ve heard thousands of records.

This list is of the (relatively small amount of) releases that I actually listen to at home, with friends or in the car. There are many more artists to love, but this collection is about full-lengths that are good all the way through and have proved themselves in the test of time.

You’ll also find links here to stories on the artists that I’ve written for the KEXP BlogNPR Music, my music site Soulful Alternative and links to radio features I created for KEXP Documentaries.

If in reading this you think of a record that should be on here, please e-mail me — michele@soulfulalternative.com. Love to talk music with you.


Chemical Brothers – Singles 93-03

Fatboy Slim – Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder? – Big Beat feature by Michele Myers on NPR.)

Girl Talk –All Day

Goldfrapp – Supernature  – Band write-up here.

Hercules and Love Affair –Hercules and Love Affair 

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening – Band write-up here.

Massive Attack -Mezzanine 

Saint Germain -Tourist

Thievery Corporation – The Richest Man In Babylon 
(Compilation) – Recline

(Compilation) -Verve Remixed, Vol.1

Hip Hop

Arrested Development – 3 Years, 5 Months and 2 Days In The Life of…

Danger Doom – The Mouse and The Mask

Handsome Boy Modeling School – White People

High Decibels – High Decibels 

Lyrics Born – Later That Day

M.C. Solaar – MC Solaar


Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club

Cheb I Sabbah – Shri Durga

Evora, Cesaria – Miss Perfumado

Gilberto, Joao – Joao Voz E Violao

Gonzalez, Reuben -Introducing Reuben Gonzalez

Gotan Project, The – La Revancha Del Tango


Coltrane, John – Impressions 

Holiday, Billie – The Legacy – 1953-1958 (Disc 3 of the Legacy Series) –  Artist story from our KEXP Documentary series “Sirens of Jazz”.


Bauhaus  – The Sky’s Gone Out –  Band documentary here.

Beatles -Abbey Road 

Beatles – Let It Be –  Band documentary here. 

Beatles – The White Album  – Band documentary here. 

Black Keys, The –Brothers– Their article on Soulful Alternative.

Bowie, David -The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust… Artist documentary here from our series Pop Goes Electronic.

Cat Stevens – Greatest Hits

Clash, The – London Calling – Band documentary from our series Punk Evolution.

Cure, The – Galore –  Band Documentary.

Dylan, Bob – Highway 61 Revisited - Whole radio documentary series on Dylan here.

Echo and The Bunnymen – Ocean Rain – Radio Documentary.

Fugazi – 13 Songs 

Gorillaz – Demon Days –

Gossip, The - Standing In The Way of Control – Documentary on lead singer Beth Ditto.

Hendrix, Jimi – Axis, Bold As Love Artist documentary.

Hendrix, Jimi – Electric Ladyland  Artist documentary.

Joy Division – Substance - Documentary on the band here.

Kills, The – Blood Pressures   

Love and Rockets – Earth, Sun, Moon 

Love and Rockets – Express

Morphine – Cure for Pain –  Documentary on lead singer Marc Sandman.

Pink Floyd – Dark Side of The Moon    Documentary and blog.

Pink Floyd – Meddle–  Documentary here.

Pixies, The - Surfer Rosa

Pixies, The - Doolittle –

Ramones, The – The Ramones – Listen to the band documentary here or read up and find their best songs in this Soulful Alternative article.

Replacements, The – Pleased to Meet Me - Documentary on guitarist Bob Stinson.

R.E.M. – Life’s Rich Pageant

Rolling Stones, The – Hot Rocks

Sex Pistols, The – Never Mind The Bullocks Band documentary from our series Punk Evolution here.

Throwing Muses – House Tornado  – Raw, dynamic, feminine, strong.

T. Rex -Electric Warrior -Marc Bolan documentary.

Velvet Underground, The – The Velvet Underground – Their finest album, a pioneering psychedelic pop release that shows the reflective side of Lou Reed. Era documentary that shows VU as part of the   Birth of Punk in The Bowery documentary here. Documentary on Nico here. Band documentary from our series “Psychedelics”. 

Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes

Waits, Tom - Heart of Saturday Night, The  

Waits, Tom – Nighthawks At The Diner – Artist documentary.

Waits, Tom – Swordfishtrombones

White, Jack – Blunderbuss –  Read more at Soulful Alternative.


Linton Kwesi Johnson – Dread Beat and Blood –  Artist documentary here.


Hawkins, Ted -The Next Hundred Years

Howlin’ Wolf – Moanin’ At Midnight – Documentary from our series Blues for Hard Times.

King, B.B. – Live At The Regal

Majal, Taj – Natch’l Blues 


Brown, James – 20 All Time Greatest Hits  – Artist documentary from series “Civil Rights Songs”. Artist documentary from The Heart of Soul.

Brown, James - James Brown’s Funky People, Vol 1   –   Artist documentary from series Civil Rights Songs.

Costa, Nikka – Everybody Got Their Something

Funkadelic – Maggot Brain

Funkadelic – Cosmic Slop

Jackson, Michael – Off The Wall

Lavette, Bettye – Scene of The Crime – Documentary where she schools me on air is here.

Redding, Otis - The Ultimate Live Otis Redding Show – Artist documentary from The Heart of Soul series.

Stone, Allen – Allen Stone – Best New Soul Artist article from Soulful Alternative.

Winehouse, Amy - Back to Black Artist documentary.

Withers, Bill – Just As I Am –  KEXP Documentary on Bill – Article on Bill Withers from Soulful Alternative.


Amores Perros

Ocean’s Eleven

The Virgin Suicides


2 thoughts on “What it is…

  1. Awesome! Michelle! I have always been into music but it was in the last 5 years do to hard times that I have REALLY appreciated the inspiration that music has given me to carry on. Keep up the good work!

  2. It’s Official! The NEW Butterfield album is now available.!!

    Find it on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, CDBaby, Rdio, and more. You can also download it for FREE just ”Like” the Butterfield Facebook page!



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