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Charts October 23rd - 29th

October 30, 2015
Tonight is Zombie Prom for KAFM! Come on out and dance with us! For our last week (and charting day) of October, here's how we stack up:


Some movement, a new #1, and some debuts down the line:

1    JOANN FUNK AND JEFF BRUESKE    Jazz In The Lobby Bar    Self-Released
2    JOHN PIZZARELLI    Midnight McCartney    Concord
3    FRANK VIGNOLA AND VINNY RANIOLO    Swing Zing!    Self-Released
6    LEE RITENOUR    A Twist Of Rit    Concord
7    BLACK VIOLIN    Stereotypes    Universal
8    BILL WARFIELD AND THE Quick read more or view full article HELL'S KITCHEN FUNK ORCHESTRA    Mercy, Mercy, Mercy    Blujazz
9    ARTURO SANDOVAL    Live At Yoshi's    ALFI
10    WESTERN STANDARD TIME    A Big Band Tribute To The Skatalites, Vol. 2    Vintage Vault


Some new names popping up! But, SoulJazz takes the cake again!

1    SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA    Resistance    Strut
2    TRIBECASTAN    Goddess Polka Dottess    Evergreene Music
3    BUCKMAN COE    Malama Ka 'Aina    Tonic
4    CEU    Live    Six Degrees
5    EMPRESARIOS    The Vibes    Self-Released
6    DABY TOURE    Amonafi    Cumbancha
7    BOOGAT    Neo-Reconquista    Maisonette
8    NATTALI RIZE AND NOTIS    New Era Frequency    One Rebel Creative
9    NATION BEAT    Carnival Caravan    Self-Released
10    SOUL SUGAR    All I Know [7-inch]   


A huge debut for Pure Bathing Culture's latest release, in at #5!

1    LUCERO    All A Man Should Do    ATO
2    ARCS    Yours, Dreamily    Nonesuch
3    WIDESPREAD PANIC    Street Dogs    
4    BLITZEN TRAPPER    All Across This Land    Vagrant
5    PURE BATHING CULTURE    Pray For Rain    Partisan
6    RYAN ADAMS    1989    Pax-Am-Blue Note
7    BEIRUT    No No No    4AD
8    FOALS    What Went Down    Warner
9    BEACH HOUSE    Thank Your Lucky Stars    Sub Pop
10    WAVVES    V    Ghostramp-WBR


Colorado Jam Band tops us off this week, debuting at #1 with their latest live release!

1    THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT    Rhythm of the Road, Volume 2
2    TOMMY KEENE    Laugh in the Dark
3    DON HENLEY    Cass County
4    NIKKI HILL    Heavy Hearts Hard Fists
5    SUGAR & THE HI LOWS    High Roller
6    COLIN LINDEN    Rich in love
7    KEVIN SELFE    Buy My Soul Back
8    KAREN LOVE    Ten Miles of Bad Road
9    HAPPY TRAUM    Just For the Love of It
10    CHRIS DANIELS & THE KINGS    Funky to the Bone

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No Charts this Week!

October 23, 2015
Today is the last day of our Membership Drive!

Thanks to everyone who has called in to support KAFM, and the Charts show!

We'll be back next week with ALL new charts and all new music! Thanks!

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Charts - Fall Membership Drive Edition!

October 16, 2015
Today we have a very special edition of the Charts! This is the first day of our Fall 2015 Membership Drive, so we'll be going over a few of our favorites from the past 6 months!

The Charts here on KAFM are specific to KAFM - you only hear these, well, here. They're compiled from our playlists and your requests. KAFM is the only place in the Valley you hear this music, and these charts are the only ones you'll find in the state! You hear the music throughout the week, and we just recap it for you - it's the best of the best. The best part about the Charts, is that it integrates ALL programmers at KAFM, Quick read more or view full article ALL music genres, Local Music, and we get to share them on air, and right here. Give us a call at 241 -8801 to support The Charts, or become a member HERE!

Without further ado, here's our favorites!


We're starting way back in April, and at the time, David Sanborn was dominating our Jazz Charts, along with Cory Weeds - couple of straight ahead players. Throughout the summer, we enjoyed a little Latin Jazz and Gypsy Jazz - something abou the heat... And now, for the past few weeks, we're REALLY into the newest live album from Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis - 2015 summer has been really fun!

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet
Cory Weeds
David Sanborn


Traditionally, Reggae and Latin beats have been favorites at KAFM, and this summer was no different. Xavier Rudd debuted on the KAFM World Charts back in April - around our last Drive - and continued to keep the top spot for weeks. Bomba Estereo and Chico Trujillo created some movement throughout the summer, bringing us that Latin music we are always craving here. Nattali Rize and Notis debuted low on the charts, but once her rebel Reggae beats were heard, she couldn't be stopped. And now, we're back to the Latin beat - SoulJazz Orchestra has quickly climbed the charts, and they don't show signs of stopping.

The SoulJazz Orchestra
Nattali Rize & Notis
Chico Trujillo
Bomba Estereo
Xavier Rudd & The United Nations


Our Charts are always moving, and feature a lot of genres - mostly in Alternative forms (Rock, Pop, Americana, and R&B). That's what we're revisiting today - from the Decemberists early release this year that stayed high on the charts into Spring, to the already Best of 2015 contender Courtney Barnett (oddly enough, they toured together this Spring) providing us our alternative rock, and the Alabama Shakes rocker and Leon Bridges with our R&B. Lately, we can't stay away from those Southern Rockers and Alternative scene guys, Lucero. All of these titles dominated the College Charts this summer and fall:

Leon Bridges
Alabama Shakes
Courtney Barnett


The Roots Charts are the most volatile at KAFM - ALWAYS changing. No surprise with so many genres pouring in - Blues, Bluegrass, Americana, Rock, and more. But, the Charts host a few names that stay on top, including a previous Radio Room performer, classic rocker, and more!

Bob Malone
Warren Haynes
Gregg Allman
Zac Harmon
Honey Honey

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Charts October 2nd - 8th

October 9, 2015
Short stacks this week - only our top 5! This is because the College Music Journal is taking a break from taking charts this week for their yearly CMJ Festival in New York City, and we chart three of our charts that way! BUT we've got you covered. Here's the top 5 of this first full week of October!

Jazz - Lee Ritenour takes that top spot this week, with a few new names cropping up!

1    LEE RITENOUR    A Twist of Rit    Concord
2    CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE TRIO    Live at the Village Vanguard    Mack Avenue
3    CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT    For One to Love    Mack Avenue
4    LAFAYETTE HARRIS JR.    Quick read more or view full article Bend to the Light    Airmen Records
5     JEFF LORBER FUSION    Step It Up    Heads Up

World - Some movement here, and a new name this week!

1    THE SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA    Resistance    Strut Records
2    FLAVIA COELHO    Mundo Meu    Mr. Bongo
3    DAYME AROCENA    Nueva Era    Brownswood Records
4    VIEUX FARKA TOURE & JULIA EASTERLIN    Touristes    Six Degrees
5    NATTALI RIZE & NOTIS    New Era Frequency   One Rebel Creative

College - Can Lucero be stopped? Doesn't look like it... Plus 2 debuts!

1    LUCERO    All A Man Should Do   ATO
2    BEIRUT    No No No    4AD
3    RYAN ADAMS   1989    PaxAm
4    NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS    Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats    Stax
5    THE ARCS    Yours, Dreamily,    Nonesuch

Roots - Three debuts here, and a new #1!

1    BLUE WATER HIGHWAY BAND    Things We Carry    Blue Water Highway
2    BRICKWALL JACKSON     Beautiful Mystery   BHM
3    CALVIN CONWAY   Dark Horse Deluxe    Tone Royale
4    BOB MALONE    Mojo Deluxe    Delta Moon Records
5    CORB LUND   Things That Can't Be Undone    New West Records

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Charts September 25th - October 1st

October 2, 2015
Happy October! Here are the charts from the last week of September! Beginning to sound like Autumn around here (whatever that means)...

Jazz - A lot of movement, a new #1, and a few new names:

1    LEE RITENOUR    A Twist Of Rit    Concord
2    CECILE MCLORIN SALVANT    For One To Love    Mack Avenue
3    WESTERN STANDARD TIME    A Big Band Tribute To The Skatalites, Vol. 2    Vintage Vault
4    MACK AVENUE SUPERBAND    Live From The Detroit Jazz Festival 2014    Self-Released
6    FRANK VIGNOLA AND VINNY RANIOLO    Swing Zing!    Self-Released
7    BILL WARFIELD AND THE Quick read more or view full article HELL'S KITCHEN FUNK ORCHESTRA    Mercy, Mercy, Mercy    Blujazz
8    DAN TRUDELL TRIO    Dan Trudell Plays Piano    Self-Released
9    GEORGE FREEMAN AND CHICO FREEMAN    All In The Family    Southport
10    BLACK VIOLIN    Stereotypes    Universal

World - Nattali Rize and Notis keeping it up there once again this week!

1    NATTALI RIZE AND NOTIS    New Era Frequency    One Rebel Creative
2    DAYME AROCENA    Nueva Era    Brownswood
3    SOULJAZZ ORCHESTRA    Resistance    Strut
4    FLAVIA COELHO    Mundo Meu    Mr. Bongo
5    SECKOU KEITA    22 Strings    Arc
6    MICHAEL FRANTI AND SPEARHEAD    "Once A Day" [Single]    
7    ELEKTRA KURTIS AND ENSEMBLE ELEKTRA    Bridges From The East    Self-Released
8    ANA ALCAIDE    Tales Of Pangea: Gotrasawala Ensemble    Arc
9    BALLAKE SISSOKO AND VINCENT SEGAL    Musique De Nuit    Six Degrees
10    CEU    Live    Six Degrees

College - Oh, Lucero is back on top... And there's a LOT of familiar names here!

1    LUCERO    All A Man Should Do    ATO
2    NATHANIEL RATELIFF AND THE NIGHT SWEATS    Nathaniel Rateliff And The Night Sweats    Stax
3    GARY CLARK JR.    The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim    Warner Bros.
4    LINDI ORTEGA    Faded Gloryville    Last Gang
5    LEON BRIDGES    Coming Home    Columbia
6    BEIRUT    No No No    4AD
7    WILCO    Star Wars    dBpm
8    ARCS    Yours, Dreamily    Nonesuch
9    ANDRA DAY    Cheers To The Fall    Warner Bros.
10    FOALS    What Went Down    Warner

Roots - Some big debuts here this week:

1    THE RAGPICKER STRING BAND    The Ragpicker String Band    Yellow Dog Records
2    BAD NEWS BARNES    90 Proof Truth    Flaming Saddles Records
3    BOB MALONE    Mojo Deluxe    Delta Moon Deluxe
4    JOE WEST AND THE SINNERS    Jamie Was a Boozer    Blacy Black Panda
5    THE BLUE WATER HIGHWAY BAND    Things We Carry    Blue Water Highway
6    LOWELL LEVINGER    Get Together    Grandpa Raccoon Records
7    LES COPELAND    To Be in Your Company    Earwig
8    DANIELL NICOLE    Wolf Den    Concord Records
9    THE JIMMYS    Hot Dish    Brown Cow
10    GREGG ALLMAN    Back to Macon, GA    Rounder

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