New Music

Candy Pennetta  tells us about the new music to hit KVNF every week, and gives us her top picks for the week. Hurricane, SmythDr. Mikey and other DJs give us more in-depth album reviews. Check 'em out!

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MUSIC
11:45 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Sugar's Picks for 9/10/2012

Bettye LaVette / Thankful N' Thoughtful / Anti

The Soul Blues Jazz singer with a lot of history and great pipes takes on songs by Dylan, Neil Young, Black Keys, Tom Waits & Sly Stone and celebrates her 50 years on stage.

The Helio Sequence / Negotiations / SubPop

2 guys writing, singing, producing & playing a variety of instruments create a lush, sultry sound that is refreshing.

David Byrne & St Vincent / Love This Giant / 4AD

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MUSIC
3:58 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

The XX // Coexist

9.10.12 Young Turks

If you haven’t heard The xx before, their unique sound is hard to describe, but it's irresistible. (I still regularly turn to their first record from 2009 for everything from road trips to cooking music.) The music is soft, and although the vocals are lovely centerpieces, they also somehow fade into the songs. Chord arrangements are simple but combine to make beautiful tracks.

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MUSIC
3:17 pm
Sat September 8, 2012

Bob Dylan // Tempest

Released 9.11.12 Columbia Records

Not many artists stay sharp, relevant, and great into their 70’s and later (Picasso, Neil Young, Vladimir Horowitz, et al., come to mind), I have no problem including Bob, at 71, in this elite group. If you are a Dylan fan and don’t have this record you must run, not walk, to your computer and order it.

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Sugar's Picks
3:01 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Sugar's Picks for 8/28/2012

John Hiatt / Mystic Pinball / New West

He always manages to make you think and laugh and scratch your head and with 12 new songs, you may be doing all of the above at the same time.

Shamekia Copeland / 33+1/3 / Telarc

With the reference to good old vinyl, the Blues maven is joined by Buddy Guy and she covers songs made popular by the likes of Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Sam Cooke, and makes them entirely their own.

Ry Cooder / Election Special / NonesuchPolitically

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Album Reviews
3:47 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Sonny & The Sunsets // Longtime Companion

Released 7.31.12 Polyvinyl

Sonny Smith recorded a country album after a breakup...When our tummies settle from the chuckle that incites, two things become clear:

  1. The drive to use steel guitar in the midst of pain must be innate
  2. A twang suits Sonny pretty well.
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MUSIC
4:47 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Bonnie “Prince" Billy // Now Here’s My Plan

Released 7.24.12  Drag City

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

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Music
4:14 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Kalen Nash // Ukred

Released 5.29.12  Normaltown Records

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.

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Album Reviews
2:30 pm
Sat February 25, 2012

Perfume Genius // Put Your Back N 2 It

Released 2.25.12 Matador

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.

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