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(52) Weeks
June 26, 2015

Seconds, anyone?  One year ago today we added trailblazing Harrisonburg Virginia band, 'Old Crow Medicine Show' second album for Dave Matthew's label, ATO Records, and fifth major studio release overall, to our new music rack. The album, 'Remedy', features a second, Dylan collaboration of an old unfinished Dylan song and new Old Crow Medicine Show compositional input from Ketch Secor.  Confused?  It's a long story.  'Sweet Amarillo' and other track spins keep 'Remedy' on the KAFM College Charts through September of 2014.  The most recent track played, 'Tennessee Bound', came from the one and only Vetabluegrass on KAFM's 'Bluegrass and Beyond' March 24th, 2015.  

 

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Charts June 12 - 18
June 19, 2015

Well it got ridiculously hot this week. Here's what we've been playing to cool down:

Jazz - Again, a week full of Daves... But a new #1!



1    VINCENT HERRING    Night And Day    (Smoke Sessions)
2    DAVID SANBORN    Time And The River    (OKeh)
3    DAVE STRYKER    Messin' With Mister T    (Self-Released)
4    CHRIS CORTEZ    Top Secret!    (Blue Bamboo)
5    KEVIN EUBANKS AND STANLEY JORDAN    Duets    (Mack Avenue)
6    DAVID CHESKY    Jazz In The New Harmonic    (Chesky)
7    CAROL SABOYA/ANTONIO ADOLFO/HENDRIK MEURKENS    Copa Village    (AAM)
8    DAWAN MUHAMMAD    Consider The Source    (Lifeforce Jazz)
9    ROBERT KENNEDY TRIO    Big Shoes    (Self-Released)
10    TODD MARCUS JAZZ ORCHESTRA    Blue For Tahrir    (Hipnotic)

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(52) Weeks
June 17, 2015

From internet to international phenoms, Swedish siblings Klara and Johanna Söderberg's rocket ride to fame as First Aid Kit was launched with a cover of Fleet Foxes 'Tiger Mountain Peasant Song' on YouTube.  Their second release, 'The Lion's Roar', firmly established the duo as global folk favorites, with the song 'Emmylou' touted by Rolling Stone Magazine as the number 10 "Single of the Year" for 2012.  'Stay Gold', their third, was added to KAFM's new rack one year ago on June 20th, 2014 with the latest spin coming from KAFM's 'Tied To The Tracks' with The Wolfman on Satuday, May 2nd, 2015.  Honored at Sweden's 2015 Polar Music Prize, Laureate [more...]
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New Release on Anti- Christopher Paul Stelling
June 17, 2015

His name is Christopher Paul.  But if ever there was a modern day equivalent of “one crying in the wilderness”, New York singer/songwriter Christopher Paul Stelling is it.  After recording his first release for the ‘Anti-‘ record label, Stelling is riding an exponential wave of attention and critical acclaim from the likes of 'NPR''The Rolling Stone', and CBS This Morning.  And no wonder.  With rapid fire fretwork and fervent, penetrating vocals, Stelling delivers songs of yearning for hope and goodness.  Songs of human shortcomings, guilt, and of being lost and found.  Songs that appeal to the base goodness, the spirit, whether human or divine, in all of us.  Self-assured in his delivery one might truly believe [more...]
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Alabama Shakes - Don't Wanna Fight
June 16, 2015

The Alabama Shakes sophomore release, Color & Sound (ATO Records) is a marked departure from their 2012 debut (Boys and Girls, ATO), with a heavier sound and more cutting tracks. Love it or hate it, the album has made a mark, especially here at the station!

Here's their latest single, "Don't Wanna Fight":



Color & Sound has been up and down our top 30, peaking at #2 (so far) - keep it tuned to 88.1 for more from them!
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Charts June 5 - 11
June 12, 2015

Well, the Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival begins today - and you can tell the influence it's had here this week! We've got a bunch of new number 1 spots, as well!

Jazz - New number 1, new top 5!



1    CORY WEEDS    Condition Blue, The Music Of Jackie Mclean    (Cellar Live)
2    CURTIS NOWOSAD    Dialectics    (Cellar Live)
3    DANA LANDRY QUARTET    Standard Elevation    (Artist Alliance)
4    REGGIE QUINERLY    Invictus    (Independent)
5    STOCKTON HELBING    Patina    (Armored)
6    DAWAN MUHAMMAD    Consider The Source    (Lifeforce Jazz)
7    JAGA JAZZIST    Starfire    (Ninja Tune)
8    GREG RUBY AND RHYTHM RUNNERS    Washington Hall Stomp    (Greg Ruby)
9    ELIANE ELIAS    Made In Brazil    (Concord)
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New Releases!
June 11, 2015

Just a sample of the new releases arriving here daily at 1310 Ute Ave.  

Honey Honey (Rounder) - Americana



Tony Furtado The Bell (Yousayfurtado Records) - Americana



Blue Plate Specials Servin' It Up (Lanark) - Blues



More to come at eighty eight one.
 
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(52) Weeks
June 10, 2015


Change name.  Check.  Graduate from Berklee College of Music. Check.  Release sophomore title, 'The Awakening', one week later.  Check.  Score big spins at KAFM.  Er... Check!  Clearly, 2014 was a big year for soul, jazz, hip hop, and reggae singer/songwriter Lilla, previously known as Lilla D'Mone. One that she had prepared for her whole life, playing piano at six, singing in gospel choirs at 14, and touring as a back up singer throughout high school.  Added to KAFM's new rack on June 11th, 2014, it wasn't until September and into the winter months for 'The Awakening' to, well, awaken with the latest spin being on Sunday, May 24th, 2015 on KAFM's 'Moonlight Melodies' with Nick.  Change mind.  Check.
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Charts May 31 - June 4
June 5, 2015

It's finallly warming up! Here's what we've got for the first week of June:

Jazz - New number 1, new names, what's not to love?



1    REGGIE QUINERLY    Invictus    Independent
2    DANA LANDRY QUARTET    Standard Elevation    Artist Alliance
3    DAWAN MUHAMMAD    Consider The Source    Lifeforce Jazz
4    CORY WEEDS    Condition Blue, The Music Of Jackie Mclean    Cellar Live
5    GRANT STEWART    Trio    Cellar Live
6    RODRIGO BONELLI    Septet Works    Self-Released
7    ELIANE ELIAS    Made In Brazil    Concord
8    GLEN ACKERMAN    Glenious Alien Landscape    Blue Bamboo
9    DAVID CHESKY    Jazz In The New Harmonic    Chesky
10    DAVE STRYKER    Messin' With Mister T    Self-Released

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