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!

Van Morrison // Born to Sing: No Plan B

Oct 4, 2012

 Released 10.9.12 Blue Note

If I were a fire hydrant I would need to be turned off. I am gushing like one over this album. This is some of the best stuff Van has done in a while. Back on the Blue Note label he does Jazz, Blues, his own soul and sometimes all of them all together. I dare you to find a cut you don’t like!

Look through this week's Picks by Sugar, and click below to see a list of the new music released this week.

NEW RELEASES, October 1, 2012

Check out the new music released this week!

Elle King / The Elle King EP / Fat Possum

Only 3 tracks for airplay, but 3 very hot tracks.

Diana Krall / Glad Rag Doll / Verve

She's got the voice, she can play the piano, Marc Ribot, Jay Bellerose,  Colin Linden & T Bone Burnett (he produced the CD) are on board for a nice twist, and you fellas might enjoy the liner photos.

Lee Ritenour / Rhythm Sessions / Concord

Meshell Ndegeocello / A dedication To Nina Simone / Naive

A personal representation of the broad spectrum of the music of the political & iconic vocalist, Ndegecello is joined by Sinead O'Connor, Toshi Reagon & Lizz Wright among others,  to pay tribute.

Maceo Parker / Soul Classics / Razor & Tie

Artist Title Genre
David Byrne & St Vincent Love This Giant Rock +
Helio Sequence Negotiations Rock
Two Gallants Bloom & The Blight Rock
Bob Mould Silver Age Rock
Pet Shop Boys Elysium Rock
Ryan Bingham Tomorrowland Rock Folk
Grateful Dead Spring 1990-So Glad You Made It Rock

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

The XX // Coexist

Sep 9, 2012

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.

Bob Dylan // Tempest

Sep 8, 2012

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.

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

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.

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

Kalen Nash // Ukred

Jul 20, 2012

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.

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.