Sharlese Metcalf has worked at non-profit radio station and Seattle institution KEXP for over a decade. She started as a volunteer, and has since expanded into her current role as host of Mechanical Breakdown and Producer of The Afternoon Show and Programming Education Manager. She’s led community focused programs such as 90.TEEN, and champions the local and global music community as a DJ and events promoter. She also serves on the board for The Recording Academy and as Vice Chair of the Seattle Music Commission. The woman literally lives and breathes music and could not be better positioned to help you find the perfect gift for the music lovers in your life.... more
“Cute, bright, and stylish drawing of Prince that is great for working on during the holidays. Grab a bottle of wine and put on your favorite Prince album and get to it!”
“Life on Mars’ mission is music and community so their vinyl selection reflects the music you would hear on turntables at the bar and what they want to share with you. All the vinyl is chosen by KEXP DJ John Richards and a reflection of his great taste. You can join the vinyl club and/or order any of the vinyl online and have it sent to you. Some of my favorites are: ‘Definitely Maybe’ by Oasis, Single ‘The Movie’ Soundtrack and ‘Talking Heads: 77’ by Talking Heads.”
“I love visiting Everyday Music and digging for music, new and old, and KEXP DJ Hans is usually there working. He is the nicest and always helps me find what I’m looking for. I asked if he’d pick out one of his top albums of the year and combine it with one of my choices to create a special gift for the ultimate KEXP lover. Hans chose ‘Set My Heart of Fine’ by Perfume Genius and I chose ‘All the Time’ by Jesy Lanza. Between both of these albums, you’ll receive a full emotional dancing experience brought to you by two amazing artists.”
“Wall of Sound is one of Capitol Hill’s treasures! It’s another great record store to go digging and diving in. They have an interesting selection of titles and gems and I always walk out of there incredibly satisfied that I didn’t have to pay a gazillion dollars in shipping. I picked out a couple of fun records that I thought a KEXP listener would enjoy: the ‘Spezial Edition Fariges’ vinyl reissue of Kraftwerk Tour De France and Autechre, surprise 2020 fifteenth studio album ‘Plus’. These are great gifts for someone who is interested in learning about two seminal electronic bands, or they already love them and want the latest releases.”
“Light in the Attic Records has a shop located in KEXP and they are such an iconic entity in the music world. They have reissued important albums like the Wheedle’s Groove comps and Rodriguez and Pacific Breeze: Japanese City Pop, AOR & Boogie 1976-1986 comp. If you’re not going to pick up one of their iconic reissues, you can also pick up their great selection of t-shirts either featuring records they’ve released or repping the shop itself.”
Fresh Chalk has partnered with Sharlese to support King County Equity Now. “A team full of epic community leaders representing the black community and voicing the necessities of change, follow-through and education in our city!” says Sharlese. King County Equity Now is a Black-led research, policy, advocacy, and amplification institute, engineering and designing a new normal rooted in equity. They include more than sixty accountable, Black-led community-based organizations in the greater Seattle area.
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