New Music

Music Director Candy Pennetta  tells us about the new music to hit KVNF every week, and gives us her top pick for the week.

Kan Wakan / Molasses / Murmur: The LA Based Jazz & Electronica  infused project is led by the Bulgarian born Gueorguil Linev with lush vocals from Elle Olsun...

Various Artists / The Musical Mojo Of Dr John-Celebrating Mac & His Music / Concord: 2 full discs, 22 tunes made famous by the New Orleans legend, joined by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Aaron & Cyril Neville, Anders Osborne, Allen Toussaint, Jason Isbell, Widespread Panic, Irma Thomas...The list is long and the music is The Best...

Melissa Etheridge / Rock and Soul / Stax: Recorded in Memphis, the tribute to Stax Records & Southern Soul features a  dozen tracks covering a wealth of classics ("Respect Yourself," "Hold On," "Born Under A Bad Sign"...) plus 2 original trax penned by that powerful guitarist performed by that signature raspy voice...

Robert Glasper Experiment / ArtScience / BlueNote: The Grammy Award Winning band is back after 3 years with a fine fusion of Jazz/HipHop/Funk/Soul/Rock/Blues/Electronica..., and with the songwriting, production and vocals shared by all 4 members; their unforgettable energy and sound is as good as ever and  better than ever...

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad / Make It Better / Rootfire CoOperative: A Great sound from a Great band with a Great Intention to "Make It Better" with that Reggae Dub beat and Great lyrics; "Walk Right Talk Right," "Really True..."

Carl Broemel / Fourth of July / Stocks In Asia: The 2nd solo album for the guitar savant of My Morning Jacket (On Rolling Stone's "New Guitar Gods" list) features his lowkey side with stellar songwriting and his own stand out vocals, along with 2 tunes featuring Neko Case & Laura Veirs - Really enjoyable...

The Frightners / Nothing More To Say / DapTone: Jamaican Rock Steady, Reggae, Ska and a nod to R&B make this 11 track wunderkind a "must listen" and "must dance to..." With the  passing of the dominant lead singer, Dan Klein, the band will hopefully continue to regale their fans with the magic of that Caribbean sound blended with an irresistible soulfulness and lushness...

Macy Gray / Stripped / Chesky: You know that voice, that Soulful sound, and now she is stretching into the Jazz World with guest musicians like Wallace Roney & Russell Malone and covering Bob Marley's "Redemption Song" plus showing off her songwriting skills with her own original tunes - She does it all with her familiar ease and sultriness...

Thirty Three & 1/3 (3+31/3) / Richie Hart - Bobby Deitch - James Hart / Hohenberger Music: With  history & pedigree & a true "Family Affair" sensibility,  this Funky/Jazzy/Extremely Cool ensemble needs to be heard - If you are hip to Eric Krasno and the group Lettuce, you will recognize the sound & the irresistible tempo, lush vibes and soulfulness,  and you may find yourself playing it again and again...

Nick Waterhouse / Never Twice / Innovative Leisure: A sterling Singer/Songwriter, a remarkable Producer, a hot GuitarPlayer, and on this release he has put together a Powerhouse Gang of musicians & instrumentation (Waterhouse & Leon Bridges wrote "Katchi!") - He crosses the R&B/Soul/Rock/Jazz genres with ease and style...Wow!

Matt Brown / Walk Into The Light / Rock Ridge: Known as a Blue Eyed Soul Singer, the Washington state musician stretches a bit on "Walk Into The Light,"  with a genre bending collection of tunes, a memorable voice and stylistic guitar playing...

Eric Krasno / Blood From A Stone / RoundHill: The remarkable but "little known" guitarist for SoulLive and Lettuce brings his voice to the forefront on this CD and with his friend Derek Trucks on one searing track, plus his R&B/Soul sensibility fueled by the Blues & Rock; this release is jam packed; only wish there were more than 10 tracks!

Raging Fyah / Everlasting / VP/DubRockers: "Regarded as one of Jamaica's most promising young acts..." the 5 musicians create an authentic Roots-Reggae sound with a modern lyricism...

ZuluZuluu / What's The Price / Sound Verite: With a nod to the masters of Funk and an opening track originally penned by Stevie Wonder, lush vocals, serious synths & rhythms, the 7 tracks on this CD are exceptional...

Red Hot Chili Peppers / The Getaway / Warner Brothers: Their first studio album in 5 years, produced by Danger Mouse, 13 jam packed, unique, lyrically potent and lush tracks, make this a stand out release.

The Motet / Totem / Motet: In a  week filled with a lot of great music; the Denver based "Funk Revivalist"  band wins out with their Funk/Jazz/Afrobeat / Upbeat sound and with 12 tracks co-written by everyone in the 7 piece ensemble, you will be up and testifying...

Jah Works / Believe / Riddim House: They are based in Baltimore but they take you right back  to the yard in Jamaica with their lively rhythms, stellar lyrics and island vocals - Gotta love the good Reggae...

Michael Franti & Spearhead / SoulRocker / Fantasy: HipHop, Reggae, Rock, Poetry, Dance, Politics; it is all here as it always with this relentless songwriter and his stellar band - He reminds us that a "SoulRocker is: One who lives from the heart, with compassion for all, and possesses a tenacious enthusiasm for music, life and the planet..." Hmmm...

Ana Popovic / Trilogy / ArtisteXclusive: She is Serbian born, based in Memphis, and her Blues Funk Rock Guitar is universal - With a few guests (Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph, Rapper Al Kapone...) on her new 3 CD release there is a wide range ("Morning,"  "MidDay" & "Midnight") of  moods and music.

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers / Rehab Reunion / 429 Records: Playing dulcimer and adding vocals lends a new bent to the Bruce Hornsby sound, and his "Noisemakers" back him up in supreme fashion. Bring in Mavis Staples on a duet ("Celestial Railroad") and Justin Vernon on vocal in the background ("Over The Rise"), and you may have a new favorite 10 track CD.

Silva / Jupiter / Six Degrees: The young Brazilian vocalist's 3rd release creates a minimalist sound, ironically filled with a warm, love song sense and hints of Bossa Nova, R&B, HipHop, Jazz, Electronica and Pop. Perfect for a rainy day, or a sunny day...

Boxer Rebellion / Ocean By Ocean / Absentee: The London based quartet has been around for 15 years and with a lead singer from Tennessee their 5th release transcends genre and location with an exquisite sound...

Ziggy Marley / Ziggy Marley / Tuff Gong: He has won 7 Grammy Awards,  has made his father proud and with 12 new tracks he will  make you happy...

Santana / IV / Santana IV Records: With the Woodstock Era classic lineup of players plus newer members, the legendary group led by Carlos Santana and his American/Latin Rock/Jazz/World/Fusion sound have 16 all new tracks and with Ronald Isley on vocals on 2 tunes, that sound is grander than ever!

Allen Stone / Radius / ATO: The young Blue Eyed Soul Singer from Washington released "Radius" in 2015, but with 7 additional tracks on the new  CD, the "Hippie With Soul" shows off the Stevie Wonder/Marvin Gaye/Meters/ Bill Withers influence with 20 "Get Up And Dance" tunes...

Allen Stone - Radius - ATO: The young Blue Eyed Soul Singer from Washington  put out "Radius' in 2015 and it remains a strong release but with 7 additional tracks in 2016, the  "Hippie with Soul" brings his Stevie Wonder/Marvin Gaye/Meters/Bill Withers influence to a new high with 20 "Get Up and Dance" tunes...

Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros / PersonA / Community Music: The 10 musicians express their true talent on the 4th CD with 10 tunes that stretch and expand and will embrace and inspire via Virtuoso Guitar, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Horns, Organs, Bass, Marimba, Timpanis, & their trademark Magical Song Writing...

French Horn Rebellion / Foolin' Around / FHR: 2 brothers making great music!

An incredible array of music for the week! David Bowie, John Trudell, Lucinda Williams, Bill Frisell, Basia Bulat, DJDS - Gotta Pick One:

The James Hunter Six / Hold On / Daptone: The label is stellar and only features the cream of the crop - James Hunter is a Soulful R&B master and stretches on this one with a sweet taste of  Rock, Bossa Nova and a whole lot of "Get Up And Dance" music.

Sugar's Pick For Week Of January 18, 2016

Boss Selection / Volume 1 / Orange Stella: Producer/Recording Artist Sunny Levine brings together 12 tunes (Riding on A Love Train, Wouldn't It Be Wild, Flip & ReWind...) and his dream lineup of artists (Rashida Jones, Pete Yorn, James Gadson, Hugh Masekela...) to create a broad sweep of the musical spectrum.

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