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Asthmatic Kitty Sampler Download
November 25, 2014

We normally post a music video for you to enjoy on Tuesdays, but... with it being the holiday week and all, we've got a gift for you!



Asthmatic Kitty Records, home of some of our favorite artists - including Lily and Madeline, My Brightest Diamond, Sufjan Stevens and more - has released a new sampler of their music, which includes these artists, and we've got a download for you! Just click on the album art.

Happy Thanksgiving from the KAFM Music Department!
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New Releases - November 24
November 24, 2014

A couple of new albums to enjoy this holiday week!

Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass - Leaving This Town (Randm Records) Bluegrass



Gorgon City - Sirents (Tusk or Tooth) Electronica



40 Watt Dreams - After the Show (Squirrell Records) Americana



These, and more, here at KAFM!
 
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Charts for November 15 - 21
November 21, 2014

Our newest charts include a ton of new names, and a few old favorites - check it out! Plus, we've got our Roots Charts back up this week, we know you missed 'em...

Jazz - An all new top five, complete with a new number 1!



1. Chris Greco - Standards, Vol. 1 (GWSFourwinds)
2. Marcus Goldhaber - A Lovely Way to Spend and Evening (Fallen Apple)
3. Bill Frisell - Guitar in the Space Age! (OKeh)
4. Champian Fulton - Change Partners (Cellar Live)
5. Andy Waddell - Alive (Rhombus)
6. Ed Stone - King of Hearts (Sapphire)
7. Al Muirhead - It's About Time (Chronograph)
8. Al [more...]
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Throwback Thursday - Katchafire
November 20, 2014

Katchafire's "Best So Far" release was added this week last year. "Best So Far" is a compilation of the band's music spanning 4 albums.



The H-Man had this to say on the Reggae album:

Originally formed as a Bob Marley tribute band, this hard working 7- member New Zealand reggae outfit has developed its own songs to go along with reggae classics. Nice vocals, clean instruments. This cd represents the "best" of their last 4 releases. Top notch reggae grooves.

"Best So Far," released on VP Records, topped the World charts for several weeks, dropping to #2 only a few times. Keep it tuned to KAFM to hear more great Reggae and [more...]
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Music Bureau Recommends - November 19
November 19, 2014

We have SO much new music coming in! Here's what members of the Music Bureau recommend:

Diane (Show: Straigh Ahead Jazz): Al Muirhead, It's About Time (Chronograph Records) - Jazz

The elder statesman of jazz trumpet in Canada, has released his first CD under his own name though he has played with many Canadian greats including Tommy Banks and PJ Perry who play on this CD. It is delightful.

H-Man (Shows: Enjoy the Ride; Divided Sky) The Compact, One At a Time (Choking Chicken) - Rock

3rd cd from the collaboration of Erin Hobson (vocals, guitar) and Steven W. Ross (vocals, bass), whose undeniable [more...]

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The New Basement Tapes -
November 18, 2014

If you haven't heard of the New Basement Tapes, you're in for a treat.  Here's "Kansas City," off the latest album, Lost on the River, out on Electromagnetic/Harvest Records:



The supergroup created by T Bone Burnett consists of Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), and Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons). Burnett got his hands on some Bob Dylan lyrics from The Basement Tape sessions, and set to work to record them with some of the best musicians today. The video is from the forthcoming documentary appearing on Showtime November 21st.

[more...]
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New Releases - November 17th
November 17, 2014

Here's the newest from KAFM:

Eric Bibb - Blues People (Stony Plain) Blues



Bob Seger - Ride Out (CMG) Rock



Los Straitjackets - s Deke Dickerson Sings The Great Instrumental Hits (YepRoc) Rock


 
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Charts for November 8 - 14
November 14, 2014

Woah! The Charts are all over the place this week! But our Roots charts took a break this week... Take a look:

Jazz - A TON of new names, and a new number one!



1. Mack Avenue Superband - Live at DJF 2013 (Mack Avenue)
2. Kat Edmonson - The Big Picture (Sony)
3. Connie Evingson - All the Cats Join In (Minnehaha)
4. Annie Lennox - Nostalgia (Blue Note)
5. Ray Charles - Genius Loves Company ReIssue (Concord)
6. Bill Frisell - Guitar in the Space Age! (OKeh)
7. Rebirth Brass Band - Move Your Body
8. Bobby Hutcherson - Enjoy the View (BlueNote)
9. Al Muirhead - [more...]
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The Decemberists "Make You Better"
November 11, 2014

Portlander indie rock band, The Decemberists have just released the video for their first single off the forthcoming album, What A Terrible World What A What A Beautiful World, and its not out of place for the upcoming winter season. The song is called "Make You Better."



KAFM has added the first single to the new music rack, so keep it tuned to hear it here!

What A Terrible World What A Beautiful World will be released January 20th, 2015 on Capitol Records.  
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New Releases - November 10
November 10, 2014

Here's a few new titles we've been listening to!

JD McPherson - The Warm Covers EP (Rounder Records) Blues, Rock, R&B



Lisa LeBlanc - Highways, Heartache, and Time Well Wasted (Bonsound) Americana



Saint Saviour - In the Seams (Surface Area) Folk Rock



All this and more... Only at KAFM!
 
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Charts for November 1-7
November 7, 2014

A bit of a change up this week! A few new number ones, and a few triumphant returns...

Jazz - A brand new number one, and Al Jarreau moves back up the chart!



1. Connie Evingson - All the Cats Join In (Minnehaha)
2. Al Jarreau - My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke (Concord)
3. Stanley Clarke Band - Up (Mack Avenue)
4. Singer and the Songwriter - What A Difference A Melody Makes (Self)
5. Rebirth Brass Band - Move Your Body (Basin Street)
6. Annie Lennox - Nostalgia (Blue Note)
7. Kat Edmonson - The Big Picture (Sony)
8. Chick Corea Trio - Trilogy (Concord)
9. Bobby [more...]
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Throwback Thursday - Minor Alps
November 6, 2014

This week last year, we had quite a few additions to our library. The newly formed duo Minor Alps caught our attention.



Music Bureau member, Lance, had this to say about the album, Get There, released on Barsuk Records:

Longtime east coast rockers, Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws , and singer-songwriter, guitarist, andMTV darling Juliana Hatfield, join forces and knock out some guitar heavy, edgy pop rock tempered here and there with nice slower acoustic based tracks. Most remarkable is the almost sibling quality of their paired voices.

The album debuted at #11 on our College Charts and stayed on the top 30 for a few weeks.

Keep it tuned to [more...]
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Music Bureau Recommends - November 5th
November 5, 2014

What's the best way to keep warm? Probably a nice roaring fire, but new music always helps. Here's what the Music Bureau is listening to!

Veta Bluegrass (Show: Bluegrass and Beyond): Earls of Leiceseter - Earls of Leicester (Rounder Records) - Bluegrass



"Tribute to LESTER Flatt and EARL Scruggs, with Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Shawn Camp and more.Very traditional but excellent musicians."

Ol' Dog (Shows: New To Me, New To You; On the Porch): Rory Block - Hard Luck Child (Stony Plain) - Blues



"Very nice tribute album to Skip James. Acoustic and well done."

Alicia (Shows: [more...]
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New Releases - November 3
November 3, 2014

Happy November! Here are some newly added albums to the station to get you ready for the cold winter months:

Alicia Olatuja - Timeless (World Tune Records) - Jazz



Various Artists - The Rise & Fall of Paramount Vol. 2 (1928-1932) (Third Man Records) - Blues, Jazz, Country



The Flaming Lips - With a Little Help From My Fwends (Warner Brothers) - Alternative



Tune in to 88.1 to hear these albums and more new music!
 
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