Jessica has been in radio for 5 years, working for originally for the student radio station in Austin, Texas as DJ and Programming Manager. Jessica was an intern at KVNF in 2012 in the music department doing the folk and bluegrass shows, and did album reviews for the station during that time.
<font color="red"><strong>Neil Young and Crazy Horse / Psychedelic Pill</strong></font> Partially inspired by the writing of his new memoir, "Waging Heavy Peace," Psychedelic Pill feels like the sprawling ride that Young's career is.
<font color="red"><strong> Greg Brown / Hymns to What is Left</strong></font> From old coal mining country in Southern Iowa, this is stripped-down folk with a voice that crackles wisdom (or is that too many cigarettes?)
<font color="red"><strong>Takuya Kuroda Sextet / Six Aces</strong></font> Self-taught Japanese Trumpet player, Kuroda, moves to New York and blasts out some hoppin' "neo-bop" tracks.
<font color="red"><strong>Karthala 72 / Diable Du Fue!</strong></font> Gritty world beats dragged out of a dirty tie-dyed magic bag.
<font color="red"><strong>Goldenboy / Blue Swan Orchestra</strong></font> An '02 reissue, Blue Swan Orchestra has the crystal feel of a Wes Anderson movie, with the whispery blues of Bell and Sebastian. These are familiar, but sweet sounds.
<font color="red"><strong>Day Joy / Got To Sleep, Mess</strong></font> Fleet Foxes sweetness with Dinosaur Feathers silliness, Day Joy is pretty, young folk out of Brooklyn.
Mark it down, guys: October 19th, the day KVNF started getting in Christmas albums. Not to worry, the airwaves won't be jingling for at least another month, I imagine. But with NPR's piece, New Holiday Songs: A Smart Career Move, we can ponder just why it is so attractive for every man, woman and child with access to a mic (read: every man, woman, and child) to record a bit of their own xmas cheer.
In the malevolence of Ty Segall's 2012 album onslaught (this is #4 if you include his tasty, old-time-high-fi collaboration with White Fence), Twins is the most organized- like a less-severe natural disaster. As the cover depicts, we're still in for a mind-bend, but it's as if some of the sheer fuzz was combed & suited by NASA in preparation for a space launch.
<font color="red"><strong>Menahan Street Band / The Crossing</strong></font>
Thomas Brenneck of the Menahan Street Band says it best, "The Crossing is music to an unreleased Sergio Leone western starring the Wu Tang set in 1992."
<font color="red"><strong>Ty Segal / Twins</strong></font>
In the malevolence of Segall's album onslaught (this is #3 for 2012), Twins is the most organized, like a less-severe natural disaster.
<font color="red"><strong>Frankenweenie Unleashed!</strong></font>
An indie-pop packed soundtrack for the black & white stop motion remake by Tim Burton of his '84 short film of the same name. It's cute & expected, but with a few tracks not to miss.
Danny Elfman does an indie-pop packed soundtrack for the black and white stop motion remake by Tim Burton of his 1984 short film by the same name. It's cute and expected, but with a few tracks not to miss.
If this is your introduction to Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, you are meeting a man part-genius, part-indulgent rambler. His score’s of albums under a variety of names (Palace Music, Palace Brothers, Palace, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Bonnie Billy, Bonnie 'Blue' Billy, & Will Oldham) are expansive and lonely, romping and snide, and all together strangely harmonious
Ukred, is exactly as fresh and lamby as its newly-birthed label, Normaltown. An imprint label of New West Records (Dwight Yoakam, Steve Earle, Kristofferson). Normaltown, named for the artists district in it's home town, Athens, GA, was established to grow young talent without immediate expectations.
Another hauntingly soft and beautiful turn through the painful past of Mike Hadreas. This time the melodies aren't hung so gauntly on the notes of a singular piano, as with Learning, but fleshed out with a little more instrumentation and collaboration. Back deals with many of the same issues as Learning, but with a tinge of nourishment added to the pallor.