A best-of-the-best soulful music site.
New & legendary artists.
Soul & alternative music.
Authentic reviews & the latest news.
Greetings, I’m DJ Michele Myers. Welcome to my music blog.
As a producer and music historian for Seattle radio station KEXP I’ve made over 200 radio documentaries on musical subjects. You’ll find my music writing at the Smithsonian, Experience Music Project, the Frye Museum, the 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 four-hour mix of cutting edge flavors and legendary favorites. You’ll hear many of the artists that you read about on this site.
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, roots, jazz, punk, dance & more.
Soulful Alternative is written and curated by Michele Myers
Video submissions, MP3s and DJ booking requests can be sent to:
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.
If in reading this you think of a record that should be on here, please e-mail me — email@example.com. Love to talk music with you.
Chemical Brothers – Singles 93-03
Girl Talk –All Day
Hercules and Love Affair –Hercules and Love Affair
Massive Attack -Mezzanine
Saint Germain -Tourist
Thievery Corporation - The Richest Man In Babylon
(Compilation) - Recline
(Compilation) -Verve Remixed, Vol.1
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.
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 –
Kills, The - Blood Pressures
Love and Rockets - Earth, Sun, Moon
Love and Rockets – Express
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of The Moon Documentary and blog.
Pixies, The - Surfer Rosa
Pixies, The - Doolittle –
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.
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
Costa, Nikka – Everybody Got Their Something
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
Funkadelic - Cosmic Slop
Jackson, Michael – Off The Wall
Stone, Allen - Allen Stone - Best New Soul Artist article from Soulful Alternative.