Candy Pennetta tells us about the new music to hit KVNF every week, and gives us her top picks for the week. Hurricane, Smyth, Dr. Mikey and other DJs give us more in-depth album reviews. Check 'em out!
The Menahan Street Band is one of a crew of performers -- Sharon Jones, The Budos Band, Antibalas, Sugarman 3 to name a few -- who record on the Daptone Label out of Brooklyn. The Daptone artists as well as a bunch of other musicians are leading the Nu-Soul movement.
<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.
Tribute albums are a dicey thing and usually don’t work. “Beat the Retreat” (tribute to Richard Thompson) & “Timeless: A Tribute to Hank Williams” come to mind as ones that really work. This one is equally well done.
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.
<font color="red"><strong>Cody ChesnuTT / Landing on a Hundred / CC</strong></Font><P>
A bonafide Soul Brother with the pipes, the lyrics, a 10 piece band, truth & confession on tap & 12 extremely cool tracks recorded in Memphis. Listen closely.
<font color="red"><strong>The Floacist / Presents Floetry: Re:Birth / Shanachie</strong></Font><P>
Celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Floetry, the sound is sultry, soulful, jazzy & irresistible.
<font color="red"><strong> Wanda Jackson / Unfinished Business / Sugarhill</strong></Font><P>
Touted by the likes of Dylan, Springsteen & Adele, the gal can still rock it with the twang & swagger of a veteran.
<font color="red"><STRONG>Ed Robinson / Written in Stone / EZ</Strong></font><P>
The Jamaican Singer, Songwriter, Drummer, & Producer has made a stellar release in the traditional Reggae sound.
<font color="red"><strong>Various Artists / First Came Memphis Minnie / Stony Plain</strong></font><P>
A Loving Tribute to a real Queen of the Blues featuring Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt, Koko Taylor, Phoebe Snow, Rory Block, Ruthie Foster & more!
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!