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February 1, 2020
Programmers Favorite New Music, Jan 4 - Jan 31, 2020

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top spins January 2020
SpinsCount Artist name
19 Samantha Fish
19 Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
18 Darin and Brooke Aldridge
17 The Mavericks
16 The Bluesland Horn Band
15 11 Guys Quartet
15 North Mississippi Allstars
14 Popa Chubby
12 EmiSunshine and the Rain
10 Bonafide Fabian
10 Steep Canyon Rangers
10 Jan Schiferl
10 Guided By Voices
10 Hootie & The Blowfish
10 Lucky Peterson
10 James Blunt
10 Bombadil
9 Cane Mill Road
9 JC Coe
9 Nick Nace
9 Hudspeth & Taylor
9 The Bean Pickers Union
8 Mike Duke
8 Lee Sims
8 Big Thief
8 Eilen Jewell
8 Van Morrison
8 Sam Weber
8 Mark Shock
8 TOMISLAV GOLUBAN
8 Babe Rainbow
8 Tierro Band
8 Keller & The Keels
8 The Jimmys
8 South Carolina Broadcasters
8 Wilco
8 Mark Hummel
8 Dave Specter
8 Clint Alphin
8 Griff Hamlin and the Single Barrel Blues Band
8 Chandler Holt
8 Quicksand Soup
7 Blues Meets Girl
7 Sugar Blue
7 The Shivas
7 James LeBlanc & The Winchesters
7 Cheryl Cawood
7 Pixies
7 Devon Gilfillian
7 Dee White
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Music Video Monday - January 22nd, 2018

January 22, 2018
Music videos are an art form in their own right, a visual bonus to the music we love. Every Monday we bring you an eclectic mix of audio-visual goodness.
 
This week we start off with a couple of British Folksters who are leaning full band rockers.  Up first, Irish singer/songwriter Glan Hansard, who has just released his second for  label Anti-, ""Between Two Shores"".   Director Piotr Kabat says of the video,   Roll On Slow ,  “In terms of story we wanted to convey the vibe of a solo night out in New York. Getting kicked out of bars and hanging out in front of liquor stores ‘til sunrise just to escape from your own demons.”  Just Quick read more or view full article the way we would want to spend the night. 
 



Long established southwest England folk singer/songwriter perfoming under the name Ruarri Joseph, has gone full band with the name William the Conqueror, and switched to a grittier Country/Americana sound.  Debuting the new band and name this past summer with a full length release, "Proud Disturber of the Peace" features this excellent track,  Tend to The Thorns, On the Loose Music label.




Discover the best new music in the Grand Valley at KAFM Community Radio!
 
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Music Video Monday

January 15, 2018
Music videos are an art form in their own right, a visual bonus to the music we love. Every Monday we bring you an eclectic mix of audio-visual goodness.

Boxer Rebellion

 
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Music Blog of The Week

January 11, 2018
In addition to small, independent radio stations like KAFM, online music blogs are front line resources for finding new and emerging artists.  They range in scope from well supported and staffed to a single individuals.  They can encompass music from every corner of the world, or focus on a certain genre, region, or country.  They might post multiple times a day or once every few months.  They may review dozens of releases daily or post just a track of the week.  They might be well written and easy to navigate, or a total mess.  They might invest hundreds of hours a week in research and publication, or throw things up on a whim.  Regardless there is very seldom any feedback Quick read more or view full article or monetary compensation.  It is a thankless, consuming endevour done for the love of music.  Every week, we will feature one of our favorite music blogs here on the blog site of your favorite radio station - KAFM!
 
5 out of 5 Stars for                The Alternate Root      
            
A beautifully designed site!  Crisp, clean, and easy to navigate.  Online companion the the quarterly print magazine of the same name.  Created in 2007, this visually stunning blog contains content written by industry people with decades of experience in artist management and development, commercial  and independent radio, music publishing and marketing.  Content includes new releases, reviews, top ten, artist interviews, music videos, staff picks, bands on the radar, and lots of embedded media.
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Wild Wednesday

January 10, 2018
We just received a new CD from Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox and as I listened to it this morning I went wild!  I'm a long-time fan, especially "All About That Bass".  They are always raising the bar - check it out!       

 
Listen for more on Fresh Tracks at 11 a.m. this Friday Jan. 2!
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Music Video Monday

January 8, 2018
Music videos are an art form in their own right, a visual bonus to the music we love.  Every Monday we bring you an eclectic mix of audio-visual goodness.

The Last Bandeleros - "I Don't Want To Know"

Whew!!!  Watch out for these guys, Tex-Mex Tejano spiced rockers, The Last Bandeleros.  Having toured with The Mavericks and more recently with Sting, and with this huge nod from Rolling Stone Magazine, it looks like the San Antonio based quartet is in for a huge 2018. 



Sufjan Stevens - "Tonya Harding"

Sufjan Stevens released "Tanya Harding" as a single last December, just before the biopic Quick read more or view full article "I, Tonya" was released on December 8th.  In this essay, Stevens describes Harding as a "strange and magnificent America hero."  With the 2018 Winter Olympics just a single axel away, play this and see if you too, might have wished a softer fall from grace for Tanya Harding.


 

The Ben Miller Band - "Akira Kurosawa"

Melding clips from old black and white films and contemporary tunes to produce a music video is nothing new.  We love 'em!  It's fitting that The Ben Miller Band's new upcoming January 26th release on New West Records, "Choke Cherry Tree", uses classic clips from famed Japanese film director and screenwriter Akira Kurosawa to serve as a storyboard for the band's gritty single of the same name.  Creative editing brings it all together.


 
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Programmers Picks For January 5th, 2018

January 5, 2018
Here at KAFM we are happy to boast a volunteer programmer force of over 100.  Here are some recent new music favorites from a few of our programmers!!!

KateA is a high school student in Mesa County District 51 who enjoys subbing when she can for other programmers.  She loves War on Drugs new release "A Deeper Understanding".

 

Check out KateA's playlists here.

H-man is in the drivers seat for "Enjoy The Ride" every other Monday from 1-4 PM.  This choice cut is from Walter Trout's current release, "We're All In This Together"....

 

Check out H-man's playlists Quick read more or view full article here.

Longtime KAFM programmer VetaBluegrass is loving this recent cut from Molly Tuttle's new CD "Rise".

 

Checkout VetaBluegrass' playlists here.

Find your favorites on air or online at kafmradio.org.  Listen live everywhere here.
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FRESH TRACKS - February 24, 2017

February 27, 2017
Every week Tori, the Music Director here at KAFM, has a new music spotlight show called Fresh Tracks.
Each Tuesday TONS of music goes into radio rotation, and Tori tries her best to keep a finger on the pulse.
Let's check out the featured artists and tracks this past week!


ARTIST - SONG - ALBUM
1. Sinkane - U'Huh - Life & Livin' It

Born Ahmed Gallab, to two college professors in Sudan, and moved to the US at 5 to Ohio. Worked as a studio musician for Eleanor Friedberger, Of Montreal, Yeasayer, and more. Also the band director of the Atomic Bomb! Band, which includes David Byrne, Jamie Lidell, Dev Hynes, and Joshua Redman, just Quick read more or view full article to name a few. This is his 6th studio album as Sinkane, out on City Slang records.

2. The Luyas - All of Everything - Human Voicing

From Montreal, formed in 2006. This band is known for using a wide variety of instruments, including a Moodswinger, swung my singer/guitarist Jessie Stein. A Moodswing is an electric 12 stringed zither. This is their 4th LP, called Human Voicing out on Paper Bag Records

3. Maggie Rogers - Dog Years - Now That The Light is Fading EP

Since I mentioned more about how she came to music in the last post, I'll put a piece of her own personal bio on Facebook "Dear listening ears/reading eyes, For a long time, I've introduced myself as a banjo player from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I'm a hiker and an environmentalist. I'm an optimist. I'm loud. I'm still all those things, but I went quiet for a few years. I cut my long hair short. I got a cat named Cat Stevens. I fell in love. I moved to New York, to France, and back. Inevitably, I found my space in the place between knowing who I was and finding out who I am."

4. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Fireproof - The Tourist

Project of Alec Ounsworth, based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Started in 2004 and really hit it big on the internet, with no real help from a record label. But their bio on Facebook keeps it short and sweet, "We formed several years ago. We have made 4 albums. We plan on making 300 more."

5. Leif Vollebekk - All Night Sedans - Twin Solitude

From Montreal, his new album Twin Solitude reflects on how the music he started making didn't make him feel saved like other music he loved, and his journey to creating the music he needed. Out on Secret City records.

6. The Orwells - They Put a Body in the Bayou - Terrible Human Beings


From Chicago, IL, this is their 3rd album out on Canvasback Records. Playing blues in the background of all their garage rock power, and whining about girls.

7. Dude York - Life Worth Living Pt. 2 - Sincerely


(not the song featured on the show, but a good song off of the album!)
A trio out of Seattle, WA, they say this album "Sincerely is a loud, sweaty rebuke to those moments in life when it seems like nothing's working, a testament to the power of friendship, staring problems directly in the face, and finding solace in art." Out on Hardly Art Records.

8. The Right Now - That's Enough - Starlight

Soul band from Chicago, that say their music confronts the darkness of modern times head on, and they utilize their music as a beacon to navigate to safer ground

9. Xiu Xiu - Wondering - Forget

An experimental art-rock band from San Jose, California. Fronted by Jamie Stewart. 13th album since 2002. Stewart says that Xiu Xiu was formed as an answer to feeling off, wanting to dance away the negative emotions, and realizing that club music made you feel just as bad - so he made his own.

10. Middle Kids - Your Love - Middle Kids

From Sydney, Australia, with a huge debut under their belt without even releasing the EP yet. After two singles they've been all over the radio, so now with their full EP, out on Domino, there's no stopping this trio.

11. The Matinee - Dancing on Your Grave - Dancing on Your Grave

From Vancouver, Canada, "Just a bunch of good 'ole boys, never meaning no harm" out on Light Organ Records.

12. Old 97's - Good With God - Graveyard Whistling
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Alt-country band from Dallas, TX, formed in 1993. Playing along with the likes of the Drive-by Truckers, The Jayhawks and Whiskeytown. This is their 10th studio album out on ATO Records.
(PS. Fake interview comedy bit with Fred Armisen before the song :p)

13. Sinkane - Telephone - Life & Livin' it
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2016 - PJ's Finest Hour

February 20, 2017
2016 - The Finest Hour, by PJ - programmer for the KAFM Desert Canyon Music show on Sunday night.
 
Aspiring on-air programmers for KAFM sit in on an orientation program conducted by our Program Director, Coach. Aspiring programmers get a rundown of the dos and don'ts associated with representing the station on air.  Obviously it's not appropriate to rave about the soup at your brother's restaurant, but I was taken aback by one point: Coach was adamant that KAFM is not an oldies station.  We want fresh programming he insisted, and said his expectation was that at least 30% of the music we play should be new releases.  I dutifully accepted, not realizing that the door to a golden Quick read more or view full article musical opportunity was about to swing open.
 
Three years later, a Desert Canyon playlist routinely includes nearly 50% new material.  Music distributors send KAFM new releases from artists, asking only that that we play them.  Given our lack of musical obligations at KAFM such as a requirement to play hits, we are uniquely positioned to support these artists by giving them air time.  We like them.  They like us.  It's really great to be part of such a positive relationship.
 
To celebrate the work of these modern day artists, I present my list of the "finest hour" of new music added to the KAFM library in 2016.  I employed a one song per artist ground rule in developing this list. There is so much material, I only heard some of what was available.  Your top hour would surely be different.  Here's mine.  
 
15.   Waiting for the World to End  - All Night Live, Vol. 1 - The Mavericks  The spectacular "Mono" CD hit the KAFM new wall in 2015.  They went on tour in 2016, and I had the great fortune to catch one of their high-energy good-time shows on the shores of Lake Superior.  It is hard to imagine a better summer evening, so I was thrilled when a disk of their live CD showed up  at the station.  Frankly this recording is a little fuzzy.  It is a problem easily remedied by adjusting the volume upward.  Do it!
 
14.  The Do Without - Not Gonna Worry - Bob Rasero  It's fun to pair Howling Wolf's "Do the Do" with Bob Rasero's "The Do Without."  It helps that Bob Rasero is an exceptional acoustic lead guitar player, song writer and vocalist.
 
13.  Afraid - Love and Sabotage - David Star A Cedaredge local artist, David Star played at the KAFM Radio Room in early 2016.   His guitar work on "Afraid" is cutting edge both with regard to the acoustic rhythm, the slide, and wah wah lead.  JJ Cale would have loved this guy.
 
12.  Find Ourselves - Devin Allman - Ride or Die  Greg Allman's son Devin has definitely found himself as a musical talent.  I'm sure his name is both an obstacle and an advantage depending on the circumstance, but check him out on youtube and he looks like he was born to play that cherry sunburst Les Paul.


 
11. Boulevard Six - Jim Duffy - Pale Afternoon  This is just one example of a jazz record that is consistently bright and upbeat.  I'd like to go to New York with Booker T, and watch Jim Duffy play keyboard.
 
10.  Comes a Time - Coral Creek - Coral Creek  Ever listen to a song and think, hey this better than the original?  This Neil Young cover is so cool!  The song is bluegrass rooted for sure, but with a pleasing drum beat.  Try to categorize them and they'll break out a saxophone, or perhaps launch a mean electric guitar solo.  Their vocals are always excellent.
 
9. She thinks I Still Care - Eric Lindell - Matters of the Heart  Reminiscent of Eric Stewart of 10cc trying to convince himself he's "Not in Love,"  Eric Lindell wants us to know he doesn't still care.  Of course he does.  This is nifty song writing - nicely implemented.
 
8. Belly of the Sea - Darcy Malone & the Tangle - Still Life  Blues rock with a great saxophone, great vocals and unique songwriting make this a special tune.
 
7. Maybe I'm A Rose - For The Sender - Love Letters From Vietnam  The tempo change when this song switches gears is quite the hook.  She says, "Maybe I'm a Rose, but first I'm your girl."  Lucky guy.
 
6. Leave This Town - Stewart Lindsey - Spitballin'  Stewart Lindsey, the former other half of the Eurythmics, excels in this rockin' tune that showcases his guitar skills more than the heavily produced Eurythmics material.


 
5. Jacqui Juice - The Jimmys - Live In Transylvania Like the Mavericks, the Jimmys feature an impossible to indentify genre that moves from jazz, to country, to big band swing, then good old fashion rock and roll.  It's a sweet niche they occupy together, and they do it with gusto.  The all instrumental Jacqui Juice is a round trip through that splendid niche, with bass, drums, trumpet, saxophone, guitar, and keyboards alternating and blending to carve out a wonderful song.
 
4.  Cathy With The Curly Hair - Eleanor Friedberger - New View  Eleanor trends toward non flashy, but she conveys a down home groove that really works.  This song captures from the outset and keeps me interested until it fades away.
 
3.  Lessons Learned - Three Beards - Lessons Learned  At a KAFM music board team gathering in the spring of 2016, I pulled a CD from the mail bag that had this adult coloring book looking skull on the cover.  I reluctantly agreed to review it.  In my hand was a five song EP that includes three of the best rock and roll songs I've heard in years.  Lessons Learned is one of them.   Gentlemen, it's time to release another CD.
 
2.  The Pain Around Me - Toronzo Cannon - The Chicago Way  I can just feel the personal commitment inherent in this incredible song.  Toronzo Cannon still drives a bus for the Chicago Transit Authority.  Somehow that fact seems to personify the music business.  How could this man possibly still need his day job?  I guess that just sums up why I like to play Toronzo's songs on KAFM.  They're great, and he deserves to be recognized.  It's an honor to have the opportunity.
 
1. Rita - Gnarly Feat - Gnarly Feat I play a lot of songs for people.  Come over to the house and chances are you'll be asked to listen to one.  People love this song.  And why not?  It has incredible guitars, biting lyrics, sweet vocals and a rhythm line that flows like a river.  Looking at the videos, I doubt any of these guys are twenty.  I can't wait to hear their 15th CD.  Oh, and I do have some fatherly advice.  If you boys ever write another song as good as Rita, make it longer than three minutes and 20 seconds.


 

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FRESH TRACKS - February 10, 2017

February 14, 2017
Every week Tori, the Music Director here at KAFM, has a new music spotlight show called Fresh Tracks.
Each Tuesday TONS of music goes into radio rotation, and Tori tries her best to keep a finger on the pulse.
Let's check out the featured artists and tracks this past week!


ARTIST - SONG - ALBUM

1. Justice - Fire - Woman


French Electronica duo, consisting of Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay. Nominated in 2007 for best electronic/dance album, and won the grammy for best remixed recording, for their remix of the MGMT song, "Electric Quick read more or view full article Feel" in 2009. This is their third album, in the works for 2 years, out on Because Music. Justice combines cut up or slapped basslines with compressed and distorted synth sounds.

2. Strand of Oaks - Salt Brothers - Hard Love
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Timothy Showalter - originally from Goshen Indiana, and I recently found out I know his cousin - but now resides in Philadelphia. This is his fifth album, out on Dead Oceans records. Dude has suffered some trauma - his wife bailed on him when he was on tour, and when he came back his house had burnt down. Between sleeping on park benches and borrowing guitars, he found a lot of inspiration for his music. 

3. All Them Witches - Bruce Lee - Sleeping Through the War


Psych rock band from Nashville, TN, and started in a very DIY way - recording their initial EP with 2 mics straight to a tape recorder. Their third album, Dying Surfer Meets His Maker kind of put them on the map. The new album is called "Sleeping Through the War" and it's out on New West records. 

4. Greyface - What Did You Lose - Greyola


From Los Angeles. First album, from what I can tell, and I love the name. Granted, couldn't find a ton about them on the interwebs - let's see what else comes from Greyface!

5. SOHN - Conrad - Rennen


AKA Christopher Taylor, is an English Singer/songwriter based out of Los Angeles, where is he also a producer for artists like BANKS. This is his second album out on 4ad Records, who picked him up rapidly after he put out his EP in 2012. He was known as "Trouble over Tokyo" from 2005-2012, but dissolved that project and reintroduced himself as SOHN, which apparently worked much better for him. New record is called "Rennen"

6. Shelles - Carousel - Landfill


Built around the solo work of Stuart Edwards, this 5 piece advances his compositions into a larger, sweeping Southern Gothic affair, with rhythms and tonal nuances interacting underneath the witty, hauntingly melodic, sometimes eviscerating verse of Edwards. Out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

7. Less Than Jake - Welcome to My Life - Sound the Alarm


The biggest names in ska fueld self deprication are back with their 9th album. From Gainsville FLA. Rumor has it that back in their formative years, Vinnie Fiorello's family dog, Jake, was treated better than anyone else in the household - hence their name. 

8. Hidout - Doctor - So Many Hoops, So Little Time

 

Side project of Gabriel Rodriguez, a core member of the band Cults. This is the second album Gabriel and his rotating contributors.

9. Nikki Lane - Highway Queen - Highway Queen


Born in Greenville, South Carolina and dropped out of high school there. Powered by fashion she moved from LA then to New York, and then broke up with the country musician she had been dating, who left her to record an album in Alabama. This all inspired her to begin writing country music, too. Lane, who now lives in Nashville, also owns and operates a clothing store called "High Class Hillbilly". This is her third album, called Highway Queen out on New West Records

10. Moon Duo - Creepin' - Occult Architecture, Vol. 1


Their genre on facebook is "Repeat-o rock." From Portland, Oregon. This album is actually a 2 parter - occult architecture vol 1 and 2. 2 is set to release later, focusing on the brighter side of Moon Duo's music, so yes, that means vol.1 is the dark side. Out on Sacred Bones records.

11. Strand of Oaks - Radio Kids - Hard Love


12. Justice - Randy - Woman
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