First Ave Lav - Kevin Cole's bathroom rules. Photo: Pete Hilgendorf

A Bathroom Worthy of KEXP’s DJ Kevin Cole

As someone whose artistic talent usually tops out at formatting xls tables, I am constantly amazed by my gifted friends who make the world a more aesthetically pleasing place.

I love basking in the glow of their art – whether it be in the form of t-shirts, videos, album covers, posters, or ceramics. And now I have a new art form to obsess over: BATHROOM DESIGN!

We all know and love KEXP DJ Kevin Cole with every bit of our hearts. It’s a no brainer that his home has a bathroom that rocks as much as he does – especially one that is a tribute to one of the most sacred places on earth: First Avenue. The seminal Minneapolis nightclub is extremely close to Kevin’s heart (he DJ’d there for years) in addition to being an important place on the timelines of many favorite bands/artists including Prince, The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, and many others.

Kevin collaborated with his friend and world-class designer Pete Hilgendorf (brilliant friend, hero, and contributor to TIG) to make it all come together. And, HOORAY!, they’ve shared some photos and videos of it with the rest of us on instagram (and a couple photos exclusive to TIG)!!!

 

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Kevin supplied Pete with some of his favorite First Avenue posters. Pete reworked them into a floor to ceiling wallpaper to cover the walls.

 

 

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The bathroom’s stainless steel utility sink is homage to the industrial-strength hardware in the grungy dank 7th Street Entry bathroom. Beneath Kevin’s sink will be a road case… you know, for towels and TP.

Over the toilet is a priceless piece of art. Kevin explained on instagram:

The First Ave Lav Phase 2: Stink! Continuing work on the First Ave Lav, my record room bathroom that’s a tribute to the @FirstAvenue bathroom and the bathrooms of all the great rock and roll clubs. Phase One was the collage of First Avenue flyers. My designer pal, Pete Hilgendorf (fellow Minneapolitan and Replacements nut!), came up with the next idea—stencil the Replacements “Stink” cover over the toilet. Great idea.
Twin/Tone Records co-founder and former Replacements manager, and dear friend, Peter Jesperson got whiff of the idea and surprised us by sending the original rubber stamp the band, Peter, and folks at Twin/Tone Records used to create the original album covers. The stamp, on loan for a day, under high security, came special delivery disguised in a @Taylorswift13 box! #TayTay, next time you’re in Seattle you’re welcome to a tour of the First Ave Lav! Huge thanks to Peter Jesperson for letting me Stink up my bathroom!
• Design Team: @PeterHilgendorf and @shawnologue
• Stink Stamp: @PeterJesperson11
• Amazing Music That Doesn’t Stink: @TheReplacements!

 

 

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First Ave Lav - Kevin Cole's bathroom rules. Photo: Pete Hilgendorf

Kevin Cole shows off the masterpiece stamp. Photo: Pete Hilgendorf

 

First Ave Lav - Kevin Cole's bathroom rules. Photo: Pete Hilgendorf

Pete Hilgendorf with two original infamous stamps that made history.

In the shower, Pete designed a custom black tile layout inspired by the stars that famously cover the exterior of First Avenue. Kevin has yet to reveal the star…. Follow @djkevincole

And while we’re gazing lovingly at brilliant things and wait for more photos to be posted – I can’t get enough at these record shelves Kevin just installed in his basement.

Hey universe! I’d like to plant an idea seed: How about adding a small stage to that area? I can’t think of a more fantastic place to see a small, intimate show, preference for someone I’ve never heard of, but Kevin has and it’ll be our next favorite thing.

And while we’re on the topic of giving thanks for all the times Kevin has helped us find out next favorite band, the KEXP pledge drive is on! You can support Kevin and KEXP here.

 

 

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Reunited and it’s gonna feel so good! So, a couple years ago while doing my morning yoga routine, I noticed the floors in my living room seemed to be sloping. Turns out I had some structural damage to the foundation of my house and in order to fix it I needed to remove everything out of the basement to make the repairs. Now, a year + later it’s time to move back in! Huge thanks to @acertainabbie and @troynelllson for doing a great job filling in for me on the Afternoon Show during my extended “staycation” as I start the move and unpacking. The upside is that for the first time in decades I’ll have the majority of my record collection in one place—organized and accessible! I can’t wait to dig into it and share with you many of the gems and rarities I reconnect and reunite with…it’s gonna feel, and sound, so good! See you back on the air in two weeks with a sore back, renewed appreciation for the alphabet, and happy ears. . . . #kexp #djkevincole #vegandj #recordcollector #vinyl #vinylpost #vinyljunkie #vinylcollective #vinylgeek #vinylporn #vinyllove #cratedigger #vinyladdict #vinylcommunity #vinylcollector #vinyligclub #vinylcollection #recordcollection #vinylgram #dustyfingers #onmyturntable #nowplaying #instavinyl #vinylparty #vinylcollectionpost #vinylgen_feature #instavinyl #vinylparty #toomanyrecordsisagoodthing

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Top photo: Pete Hilgendorf

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