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What We Played At KAFM In 2016

January 17, 2017
If you are a programmer at KAFM you sometimes can’t see the forest for the trees.  Spinitron can open up a clearing for you.  We play a whole lot of music at KAFM.  Here are some statistics mined from Spinitron about what we played and how often during 2016.
The CDs that got the most play during 2016 are:

  1. Dig In Deep by Bonnie Raitt – 110 spins (added  Feb 25, 2016)
  2. Let Me Get By by Tedeschi - Trucks Band –  108 spins (added Jan 18, 2016)
  3. Stranger To Stranger by Paul Simon – 102 spins (added May 10, 2016)
  4. Blues Of Desperation – Joe Bonamassa - 97 spins (added March 14, 2016)
  5. Ziggy Marley Quick read more or view full article by Ziggy Marley – 93 spins (added April 26, 2016)
  6. True Sadness by The Avett Brothers  - 91 spins  (added June 30, 2016)
  7. The Getaway – Red Hot Chili Peppers – 83 spins (added  July 1, 2016)
  8. Set In Stone by Stick Figure – 82 spins  (added Nov 16, 2015)
  9. Love And Sabotage by David Starr -  82 spins  (added Jan 5, 2016)*
  10. Soulrocker by Michael Franti & Spearhead – 82 spins  (added May 24, 2016)
  11. Santana IV by Santana  - 79 spins  (added April 22, 2016)
  12. Tell Me I’m Pretty by Cage The Elephant – 78 spins (added Jan 8, 2016)
  13. Sweet Tennessee Honey  by Smooth Hound Smith – 76 spins  (added Jan 20, 2016)
  14. I Still Do by Eric Clapton -  69 spins  (added May 10, 2016)
  15. Cleopatra byThe Lumineers  68 spins  (added Feb 16, 2016)
  16. The Chicago Way by Toronzo Cannon – 67 spins  (added Feb 28, 2016)
  17. Hard To Please by The Black Lillies - 66 spins (added Oct 15, 2015)
  18. Hold On! by The James Hunter Six -  66 spins  (added Jan 28, 2016)
  19. Radiate / Dissolve by Rogue Valley - 65 spins  (added July 1, 2016)*
  20. Six On The Out by The Westies - 64 spins  (added Jan 7, 2016)
  21. Signs Of Light by The Head And The Heart - 64 spins  (Added Sept 23, 2016)
  * Radio Room performer increased the number of spins.

The top 10 songs of 2016:
  1. No Good Place For The Lonely – Joe Bonamassa  - 22 spins
  2. Drive – Joe Bonamassa  - 22 spins
  3. Dark Necessities – Red Hot Chili Peppers - 21 spins
  4. Ain’t No Man – The Avett Brothers - 21 spins
  5. I Can’t Give Everything Away – David Bowie - 20 spins
  6. All We Ever Knew – The Head And The Heart - 19 spins
  7. Fire On The Horizon – Stick Figure - 18 spins
  8. Love Is A Rebel – Ziggy Marley – 18 spins
  9. Everything Is All I Want For You - The Westies - 17 spins
  10. Breaking The Blues – Amy Blaschke – 16 spins
   
Top 10 Jazz CDs for 2016
  1. Tengo Blues by John Del Toro Richardson – 56 spins (added Dec 17, 2015)
  2. Sound Of Red by Rene Marie –  51 spins (added May 19, 2016)
  3. Day Breaks by Norah Jones –  49 spins  (added Oct 15, 2016)
  4. Plugged In by Galen Weston –  33 spins (added Dec 6, 2015)
  5. Night At the Speakeasy by Svetlana and The Delancy Five – 32 spins (added Feb 7, 2016)
  6. Full Circle by Brian Bromberg – 28 spins (added March 16, 2016)
  7. Eight Track II by Dave Stryker –  27 spins (added Sept 18, 2016)
  8. A Twist Of Rit by Lee Ritenour –  26 spins (added Aug 23, 2015)
  9. Sun Shine Soul by Ameranouche –  26 spins added April 29, 2016)
  10. Mo’ Puddin’ by Adrienne Fenemor –  24 spins (added May 18, 2016)
Top New Age CDs for 2016

1. Distant Horseman by Timothy Wenzel - 15 spins  (added March 4, 2016)
2. Understanding The Signs by Geoff Hall - 13 spins (added June 16, 2016)
3. Live! by The Piano Guys - 12 spins  (added Dec 22, 2016)
4. Resolution by Mehmet Ali Sanlikol & What's Next - 12 spins  (added Sept 30, 2016)
5. Pacific Journey by Logical Drift - 9 spins  (added Oct 4, 2016)
5. Circles Of 8 by Holland Phillips - 9 spins  (added Sept 6, 2016)
 
Also, programmers played 857 requests during 2016.  The most played requested song was "Imagine" sung by John Lennon.

We are still playing a lot of songs from "legacy" artists, and a couple who may become legacy artists.  (> 50 spins) During 2016 songs by;
The Beatles played 396 times (includes Fab 4 Fridays)
David Bowie - 166 spins (excludes his final new release) **
The Rolling Stones - 159 spins (excludes their new release)
The Eagles - 161 spins **

Bob Dylan - 156 spins
Eric Clapton - 130 spins (excluding his new release)
Tom Petty, with and without The Heartbreakers - 110 spins
Bruce Springsteen - 93 spin
The Doors - 78 spins
Bob Marley (and The Wailers) - 78 spins
Allman Brothers Band - 73 spins
Little Feat - 72 spins
George Harrison - 72 spins (includes Fab 4 Fridays)
Prince - 69 spins **
Fleetwood Mac - 68 spins
Tom Waits - 67 spins
Jackson Browne - 65 spins
The Who - 65 spins
Bonnie Raitt - 63 spins (excluding her new release)
Jason Isbell - 56 spins

** David Bowie & Glenn Frey passed away in Jan 2016, and Prince passed away in April. Impossible to know how much affect this had on the number of spins. Definitely some.

According to Spinitron, KAFM programmers logged 69,746 songs (18 hour live broadcast day). Of this total, 26,703 were designated as "new". During 2016, 38.3% of the music played on KAFM was "new" music from the wall.

If you are interested to check out the stats, log into Spinitron, select Search, click on the down arrow in the Search For box, select Disk Spin Statistics, under the box labeled “Disk” click on the down arrow and select “library” to see an inclusive report encompassing all genres a CD was played under.  If you want stats for the year 2016, make sure to put the right parameters into the box(es) on the bottom lineto the right of where it says “Played”. The search options are picky about spelling.  It does matter what genre you pick to put a CD in, ie: Americana, rock-alt, private (if it doesn't belong to KAFM), etc.  Also The Red Hot Chili Peppers is different in the database from Red Hot Chili Peppers which is different from RHCP. When you log the music you play into Spinitron, and nothing comes up, you have either mispelled something, left something out (such as the word "The" in front of the band name), OR you are the first one to ever play that song from that album (more likely to happen with new music). Distributors, record labels, artists and other radio stations that use Spinitron look at what we play.   







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Charts for November 1-7

November 7, 2014
A bit of a change up this week! A few new number ones, and a few triumphant returns...

Jazz - A brand new number one, and Al Jarreau moves back up the chart!



1. Connie Evingson - All the Cats Join In (Minnehaha)
2. Al Jarreau - My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke (Concord)
3. Stanley Clarke Band - Up (Mack Avenue)
4. Singer and the Songwriter - What A Difference A Melody Makes (Self)
5. Rebirth Brass Band - Move Your Body (Basin Street)
6. Annie Lennox - Nostalgia (Blue Note)
7. Kat Edmonson - The Big Picture (Sony)
8. Chick Corea Trio - Trilogy (Concord)
9. Bobby Quick read more or view full article Hutcherson - Enjoy the Blue (BlueNote)
10. Lenny Pickett with Umo Jazz Orchestra - The Prescription (Random Act)

World - A new number one here as well!



1. Peliroja - Injusticia (Chulo)
2. Saor Patrol - Outlander (Arc)
3. Melaza - Melaza (Chulo)
4. Campo - Remixes and Rarezas (Self)
5. Geoffrey Gurrumul - Gurrumul (Skinny Fish)
6. The Rua - The Rua (FOD)
7. Silva - Ocean View (Six Degrees)
8. Salsa de la Bahia - Vol. 2, Hoy y Ayer (Patios)
9. Bombay Royale - The Island of Dr. Electrico (Hope)
10. Fela Kuti - The Very Best of Black President 2 (Knitting Factory

College - Some new names up on these charts, but Ryan Adams climbs his way back up!



1. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams (Paxamericana)
2. Streets of Laredo - Volume I & II (Dine Alone)
3. Immigrant Union - Anyway (The Musebox)
4. Banks - Goddess (Harvest)
5. Jenny Lewis - Voyager (Warner)
6. Young Statues - The Flatlands are Your Friend (Run For Cover)
7. Lily and Madeleine - Fumes (Asthmatic Kitty)
8. Gary Clark Jr. - Live (Warner)
9. Blake Mills - Heigh Ho (Verve)
10. Sondre Lerche - Please (Mona)

Roots - A bunch of new names, including a brand new number 1!



1. Lucinda Williams - Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (Highway 20 Records)
2. Johnny Winter - Step Back (Megaforce)
3. Deak Harp - Clarksdale Breakdown (Self)
4. Jackson Browne - Standing in the Breach (Inside Recordings)
5. Devon Allman - Ragged & Dirty (Ruf Records)
6. Eric Gates - Good For Sumthin' (Cleopatra)
7. Ray Charles - Genius Loves Company Reissue (Concord)
8. Nils Lofgren - Face the Music (Fantasy)
9. Benny Turner - Journey (Nola Blues
10. Popa Chubby - I'm Feelin' Lucky (Cleopatra)

We've always got great new music coming out - so keep it tuned to KAFM!
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Charts for May 17-23

May 23, 2014
We have all new charts this week! All new number ones!

Jazz - Almost all new names, with a few familiar ones thrown in.



1. Catherine Russell - Bring It Back (Jazz Village)
2. Lalama Brothers - Erie Avenue (Lalama)
3. Fat Babies - 18th and Racine (Delmark)
4. David "Fathead" Newman - Cellar Groove (Cellar Live)
5. Triology - Triology (Cellar Live)
6. Regina Carter - Southern Comfort (Masterworks)
7. Mike Allen Quartet - Panorama (Cellar Live)
8. Roosevelt Dime - Full Head of Steam (Self)
9. Rebekah Bell - To Watch Over Me (Self)
10. Mark Egan - About Now (Wavetone)

World - Ziggy Marley can't Quick read more or view full article be stopped, but there are some titles catching up...


1. Ziggy Marley - Fly Rasta (Tuff Gong)
2. Pacifika - Amor Planeta (Six Degrees)
3. Caetano Veloso - Abracaco (Nonesuch)
4. Karol Conka - Batuk Freak (Mr. Bongo)
5. Palo! - Live (Rolling Pin)
6. Techung - Lam La Che-On the Road (Arc)
7. La Misa Negra - Misa De Medianoche (NAM)
8. Tinariwen - Emmaar (Anti-)
9. Thievery Corporation - Saudade (ESL)
10. Las Cafeteras - It's Time (Self)

College - A strong debut for our number one, and fora few other titles on the College Charts.



1. Nikki Lane - All or Nothin' (New West)
2. Beck - Morning Phase (Capitol)
3. Euforquestra - Fire (Self)
4. Nickel Creek - A Dotted Line (Nonesuch)
5. Sister Speak - Rise Up For Love (Self)
6. Angel Olsen - Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar)
7. Run River North - Run River North (Nettwerk)
8. Old 97s - Most Messed Up (ATO)
9. War On Drugs - Lost in the Dream (Secretly Canadian)
10. City of Glass - The Modern Age (Un-Famous)

Roots - A lot of new and big names up this week!



1. Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - Goin' Home (Concord)
2. Big Head Todd & The Monsters - Black Beehive (Shout Factory)
3. Gregg Allman - All My Friends (Concord)
4. Little Mike and the Tornadoes - All te Right Moves (ELROB)
5. Red Molly - The Red Album (Self)
6. Honey Don't - Heart Likea Wheel (2DOLLA)
7. The Amigos - Diner in the Sky (Self)
8. Bob Corritore - Fifth (Delta Groove)
9. Ben Harper & Ellen Harper - Childhood Home (Concord)
10. Dolly Parton - Blue Smoke (Sony Masterworks)

Awesome charts this week! Keep listening to KAFM!
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Charts May 9 - 16

May 16, 2014
Our new charts! Keep tuning in!

Jazz - Pretty similar to last week, Pete Mills is still on top!



1. Pete Mills - Sweet Shadow (Cellar Live)
2. Motet - The Motet (Motet)
3. Mike Ferro - Django By Ferro (Self)
4. Roosevelt Dime - Full Head of Steam (Self)
5. Catherine Russell - Bring It Back (Jazz Village)
6. Tim Warfield - Inspire Me! (Herb Harris)
7. Pat Metheny Unity Group - Kin (Nonesuch)
8. Monty Alexander - Harlem Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls On (Motema)
9. Lenny Marcus Trio - Second Set (Self)
10. Rebekah Bell - To Watch Over Me (Self)

World - Quick read more or view full article Ziggy Marley and Thievery Corporation still dominate the World Charts, but there are a few new names...



1. Ziggy Marley - Fly Rasta (Tuff Gong)
2. Thievery Corporation - Saudade (ESL)
3. Rodrigo y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive (ATO)
4. Palo! - Live (Rolling Pin)
5. Pacifika - Amor Planeta (Six Degrees)
6. Caetano Veloso - Abracaco (Nonesuch)
7. Tinariwen - Emmaar (Anti)
8. Techung - Lam la che-On the Road (Arc)
9. La Misa Negra - Misa de Medianoche (NAM)
10. Trodrigo Costa Felix - Fados de Amor (Arc)

College - New number one, and new names coming up!



1. Euforquestra - Fire (Self)
2. Lake Street Dive - Bad Self Portraits (Signature Sounds)
3. Afghan Whigs - Do to the Beast (Sub Pop)
4. Temples - Sun Structures (Fat Possum)
5. Shook Twins - What We Do (Independent)
6. Hold Steady - Teeth Dreams (Razor and Tie)
7. Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans (ATO)
8. BadBadNotGood - III (Inovative Liesure)
9. Wye Oak - Shriek (Merge)
10. Trouble With Templeton - Rookie (Bella Union)

Roots - Gregg Allman's new one debuts at number one this week!



1. Gregg Allman - All My Friends (Rounder Records)
2. Candi Staton - Life Happens (Beracah Records)
3. String Cheese Incident - Song In My Head (Loud & Proud)
4. Bob Corritore - Taboo (Delta Groove Music)
5. Planet Full of Blues - Hard Landing (Self)
6. Tommy Malone - Poor Boy (MC Records)
7. Tweed Funk - First Name Lucky (Self)
8. Dave Mason - Future's Past (Something Music)
9. Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band - Goin' Home (Concord)
10. Red Molly - The Red Album (Self)

We have more new music coming in everyday! Keep listening for more!
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Charts for May 3 - May 9

May 9, 2014
We're going to start showing our top ten here on our blog! Enjoy! This week has all new number ones, and a TON of new names!

Jazz - All new top ten, with Pete Mills moving up into the top spot!



1. Pete Mills - Sweet Shadow (Cellar Live)
2. Motet - The Motet (Motet)
3. Mike Ferro - Django By Ferro (Self)
4. Roosevelt Dime - Full Head of Steam (Self)
5. Catherine Russell - Bring It Back (Jazz Village)
6. Tim Warfield - Inspire Me! (Herb Harris)
7. Pat Metheny Unity Group - Kin (Nonesuch)
8. Monty Alexander - Harlem Kingston Express Vol. 2: The River Rolls Quick read more or view full article On (Motema)
9. Lenny Marcus Trio - Second Set (Self)
10. Rebekah Bell - To Watch Over Me (Self)

World - Ziggy Marley takes over the top spot while Thievery Corporation falls to 2...



1. Ziggy Marley - Fly Rasta (Tuff Gong)
2. Thievery Corporation - Saudade (ESL)
3. Rodrigo y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive (ATO)
4. Caetano Veloso - Abracaco (Nonesuch)
5. Tinariwen - Emmaar (Anti-)
6. Bossacucanova - Our Kind of Bossa (Six Degrees)
7. Palo! - Live (Rolling Pin)
8. Pacifika - Amor Planeta (Six Degrees)
9. Karol Conka - Batuk Freak (Mr. Bongo)
10. Techung - Lam Le Che-On the Rod (Arc)

College- New Number one, and a few new names!



1. Ages and Ages - Divisionary (Partisan)
2. Lake Street Dive - Bad Self Portraits (Signature Sounds)
3. Nickel Creek - A Dotted Line (Nonesuch)
4. Cataldo - Gilded Oldies (Red Pepper)
5. Drive-By Truckers - English Oceans (ATO)
6. Run River North - Run River North (Nettwerk)
7. The Bamboos - Fever in the Road (Nettwerk)
8. Dum Dum Girls - Too True (Sub Pop)
9. New Mendicants - Into the Lime (Ashmont)
10. Tacocat - NVM (Hardly Art)

Roots - A lot of variation here this week...



1. Mark Hummel - The Hustle is Really On (Electro-Fi)
2. String Cheese Incident - Song In My Head (Loud & Proud)
3. Rip Lee Pryor - Nobody But Me (Electro-Fi)
4. Steve Dawson - Rattlesnake Cage (Black Hen Music)
5. John Gorka - Bright Side of Down (Blue Chalk Records)
6. Harpdog Brown - What It Is... (Dog Breath)
7. Wailin' Walker - No Regrets (Jitterbug)
8. Infamous Stringdusters - Let It Go (High Country Recordings)
9. Dudley Taft - Screamin' in the Wind (Taft)
10. Various Artists - Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne (Music Road Records)


Keep it tuned here for the best new music!
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Charts for April 26-May 2

May 2, 2014
All new charts - and a ton of new names!

Jazz - New top five all over!



1. Helen Sung - Anthem For a New Day (Concord)
2. Pete Mills - Sweet Shadow (Cellar Live)
3. Mike Ferro - Django by Ferro (Self)
4. Stanton Moore - Conversations (Royal Potato Family)
5. Tim Warfield - Inspire Me! (Herb Harris)

World - Thievery Corporation takes the top spot again, but there are a few new names...



1. Thievery Corporation - Saudade (ESL)
2. Sousou & Maher Cissoko - Africa Moo Baalu (ARC)
3. Techung - Lam Le Che-On the Quick read more or view full article Road (ARC)
4. Ziggy Marley - Fly Rasta (Tuff Gong)
5. Rodrigo Y Gabriela - 9 Dead Alive (ATO)

College - Completely new top 5, complete with a new number 1!



1. Nickel Creek - Dotted Line (Nonesuch)
2. Jamestown Revival - Utah (Wild Bunch)
3. Beck - Morning Phase (Capitol)
4. Shook Twins - What We Do (Independent)
5. Cody ChesnuTT - Landing on a Hundred: B Sides and Remixes (Vibration Vineyard)

Roots - A close race here, but our all new chart goes like this...



1. Carmen Grillo - A Different World (Big Surprise Music)
2. String Cheese Incident - Song In My Head (Loud & Proud)
3. John Mayall - A Special Life (Forty Below Records)
4. Leon Russell - Life Journey (Universal)
5. Rodney Crowell - Tarpaper Sky (New West)

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Charts for March 29-April 4

April 4, 2014
It's a new month! And our charts are changing up, too!!

Jazz - Some new names getting in there, as well as a new number one - from Colorado!



1. 7 on 7 - Back When it Was Fun (Self)
2. Pete Mills - Sweet Shadow (Cellar Live)
3. David "Fathead" Newman - Cellar Groove (Cellar Live)
4. B.D. Lenz - Ready or Not (Jade Buddah)
5. Jane Ira Bloom - Sixteen Sunsets (Outline)

World - New number one, that just came out this week!



1. Thievery Corporation - Saudade (ESL)
2. Spiritual Rez - Apocalypse Whenever (Self)
Quick read more or view full article /> 3. Bossacucanova - Our Kind of Bossa (Six Degrees)
4. Tinariwen - Emmar (Anti-)
5. Sousou and Maher Cissoko - Africa Moo Baalu (Arc)

College - What's this? No Avett Brothers? Sharon Jones? Hmmm...



1. Drive By Truckers - English Oceans (ATO)
2. Desert Noises - 27 Ways (SQE)
3. St. Paul and the Broken Bones - Half the City (Single Lock)
4. Motet - The Motet (Motet)
5. Beck - Morning Phase (Capitol)

Roots - All Blues this week - just about!



1. Terry Quiett Band - Taking Sides (Lucky Bag Records)
2. Various Artist - Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne (Music Road Records)
3. Cathy Lemons - Black Crow (VizzTone)
4. Holmes Brothers - Brothers (Alligator Records)
5. Lisa Mann - Move On (Lisa Mann Music)


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Leon Russell - Life Journey

March 31, 2014


Leon Russell's brand spankin' new album drops tomorrow! Here's what Peggy from Tied to the Tracks has to say about it:

" Legendary singer, pianist, & songwriter celebrates his musical life journey with 2 new songs and covers from 10 other writers, infusing them with his very own style. His signature gravely voice is backed up by a great band which includes, but not limited to, Robben Ford."

Tune in to KAFM to hear "Life Journey!"
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Charts for March 22-28

March 28, 2014
March has had a lot of new names... A lot of good music coming out this month!

Jazz -  Not much different here, actually...



1. David "Fathead" Newman & The Tilden Webb Trio - "Cellar Groove" (Cellar Live)
2. Ira Sullivan Presents the Jim Holman Trio - "Blue Skies" (Delmark)
3. Gregory Porter - "Liquid Spirit" (Blue Note)
4. B.D. Lenz - "Ready Or Not" (Jade Buddah)
5. Magic Sam - "Live at the Avant Garde" (Delmark)

World - No new names, but a new number one!



1. Bossacucanova - Our Kind of Bossa (Six Degrees Records)
2. Quick read more or view full article Tinariwen - Emmaar (Anti-)
3. Rokia Traore- Beautiful Africa (Nonesuch)
4. Beats Antique - A Thousand Faces, Act I (Beats Antique)
5. P-Nuckle - The System (Self)

College - A few new names up there...



1. Drive By Truckers - English Oceans (ATO)
2. Beck - Morning Phase (Capitol)
3. Dum Dum Girls - Too True (Sub Pop)
4. Euforquestra - Fire (Self)
5. Autumn Defense - Filth (Yep Roc)

Roots - A ton of new names this week!



1. Various Artists - New Arrivals Vol. 5: Artists for Hurricane Sandy Relief (MPress Records)
2. Polly O'Keary - Compass (Self)
3. Patti Parks - Cheat'n Man (Self)
4. Pam Taylor Band - Hot Mess (BMI)
5. John Gorka - Bright Side of Down (Blue Chalk Records)


Keep it tuned for more great music - only on 88.1!
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Black Keys Release New Single!

March 25, 2014



Are you as excited as we are!?

Keep it tuned to KAFM to hear "Fever," off of the upcoming album "Turn Blue" - out May 13th!
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Charts for March 15-21

March 21, 2014
Our charts are completely new this week - all around! Perfect for the change of seasons...

Jazz - All new top 5 - which includes our new number 1!



1. David "Fathead" Newman & The Tilden Webb Trio - "Cellar Groove" (Cellar Live)
2. Ira Sullivan Presents the Jim Holman Trio - "Blue Skies" (Delmark)
3. Gregory Porter - "Liquid Spirit" (Blue Note)
4. B.D. Lenz - "Ready Or Not" (Jade Buddah)
5. Magic Sam - "Live at the Avant Garde" (Delmark)

World - Still very Reggae dominated, but all new stuff.



1. Eek-A-Mouse - "Eek-Ology" (VP)
2. Quick read more or view full article Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba - "Jama Ko" (Out Here)
3. Tinariwen - "Emmaar" (Anti)
4. Spiritual Rez - "Apocalypse Whenever" (Self)
5. P-Nuckle -  "The System" (Self)

College - New number one, and a lot of the old favorites aren't here this week...



1. Motet - "The Motet" (Motet)
2. Beck - "Morning Phase" (Capitol)
3. Blackie and the Rodeo Kings - "South" (File Under)
4. Drive-By Truckers - "English Oceans" (ATO)
5. Desert Noises - "27 Ways" (SQE)

Roots - Always new, and always changing!



1. John Lyons - "Sing Me Another Song" (Self)
2. Various - "Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne" (Music Road Records)
3. Cyrill Neville - "Magic Honey" (Ruf)
4. Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown - "Goin' to the Delta" (Ruf)
5. Mick Kolassa - "Michissippi Mick" (Swing Suit Records)

What'll happen next week? Keep it tuned to 88.1!
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Belle Brigade and Ray LaMontagne

March 20, 2014


Station favorites Belle Brigade and Ray LaMontagne will be touring this summer, with a stop at Red Rocks in August...

Hearts a-flutter.
 
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Bang on the Ear

March 17, 2014


Bang on The Ear comes recommended from Suzi Creme Cheeze - from Cry of the Celts! This Canadian group combines traditional Irish music with Folk, Rock and Country! 

Happy St. Patrick's Day, from the Music Department at KAFM!
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Charts for March 8 - 14

March 14, 2014
New week, new charts!

Jazz - A lot of similar names, but a new Top Spot!



1. Phil Woods and the Festival Orchestra - "New Celebration" (Chiaroscuro)
2. Rene Marie - "I Wanna Be Evil: With Love To Eartha Kitt" (Motema)
3. Pete Mills - "Sweet Shadow" (Cellar Live)
4. 7 on 7  - "Back When It Was Fun" (Artist Alliance)
5. Cory Weeds Quintent - "Let's Go" (Cellar Live)

World - Katchafire is still on top, but some new names made the list!



1. Katchafire - "Best So Far" (VP)
2. Beats Antique - "A Thousand Faces, Quick read more or view full article Act I" (Beats Antique)
3. Dom La Nena - "Golondrina" (Six Degrees)
4. Rokia Traore - "Beautiful Africa" (Nonesuch)
5. P-Nuckle - "The System" (Self)

College - All new this week!



1. Drive By Truckers - "English Oceans" (ATO)
2. Asgeir - "In the Silence" (One Little Indian)
3. New Mendicants - "Into the Lime" (Ashmont)
4. Desert Noises - "27 Ways" (SQE)
5. Avett Brothers - "Magpie and the Dandelion" (Universal Republic)

Roots - A lot of Blues this week... All new, too!



1. Blue Lunch - "Special 30th Anniversary" (Rip Cat)
2. Various - "Blind Raccoon Collection, Volume 4" (Blind Raccoon)
3. Sylvia Embry & John Embry - "Troubles" (Delmark)
4. Nick Moss - "Time Ain't Free" (Blue Bella)
5. Various - "Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne" (Music Road Records)

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New Video From Billie Joe & Norah

March 13, 2014

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Chart toppers Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones have released a new video for their single, "Kentucky," off their collaborative tribute album, "Foreverly." Check it out here, and keep listening to KAFM for more tunes from "Foreverly!"

Video Courtesy of Warner Brother Records.
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Music Charts for January!

February 6, 2014
The Avetts are taking over the station! And we aren't stopping them!

Each month, I get to go on air and bring you our top five in each genre, for that entire month. Here's what we've been absolutely loving in January at KAFM!
 
Jazz – This month, Ahmad Jamal takes the top spot again, with his release, “Saturday Morning,” while Trombone Shorty climbs back up from number five to number three. Claudette makes her way up to the second spot – her first appearance for her newest release.
  1. Ahmad Jamal – “Saturday Morning”
  2. Claudette – “Infernal Piano Plot…Hatched!”
  3. Trombone Shorty – “Say That To Say This”
  4. Dave Bennett – “Don’t Be That Way”
  5. Chaise Lounge – Quick read more or view full article “Dot Dot Dot”
 
World – Another very reggae month for our World Charts! Must be the cold weather… Or the amazing music these guys are putting out lately. Bombay Dub Orchestra is the only release that isn’t tropical, but no less popular.
  1. Katchafire – “Best So Far”
  2. Alborosie – “Sound the System”
  3. William Onyeabor – “Who is William Onyeabor?”
  4. Bombay Dub Orchestra – “Tales from the Grand Bazaar”
  5. P-Nuckle – “The System”
 
College – The Avett Brothers are unstoppable. They’ve been at the top of every chart for the past two months, also taking the honors of most played station-wide, in December and January. But Sharon Jones’ new R&B release isn’t far behind…
  1. The Avett Brothers – “Magpie and the Dandelion”
  2. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – “Give the People What They Want”
  3. Elvis Costello and the Roots – “Wise Up Thought: Remixes”
  4. Billie Joe and Norah – “Foreverly”
  5. The Head and the Heart – “Let’s Be Still”
 
Roots – Roots is the most volatile chart at the station, simply because our favorite genres are all grouped here. This month, however, these names have constantly been in the Top Ten, including Colorado natives, Elephant Revival.
  1. Tinsley Ellis – “Midnight Blue”
  2. Downchild – “Can You Hear the Music”
  3. Tommy Castro – “The Devil You Know”
  4. Becky Barksdale – “The 2120 Sessions”
  5. Elephant Revival – “These Changing Skies”
 
The charts at KAFM are always changing, and we’re always getting spectacular new music in. I’m happy to say that our charts are unlike anybody else’s because of the range of music we play. Be sure to tune in to hear the best in new music, and keep an eye out for our weekly charts on our Facebook page, and via our website, at kafmradio.org!
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