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New 'Smooth Hound Smith' Music Vid... Just In Time For Valentines Day!

February 13, 2016
'Sweet Tennessee Honey', the second release for KAFM favorites Zach Smith and Caitlin Doyle of Nashville based 'Smooth Hound Smith', debuts at number one on KAFM's roots chart.  

And what's not to like?  Dirty country blues, country sway, ballads, sunny syncopation, foot stompin' foot drum, slide guitar, finger picked frets, with a who's who of guest appearances from Natalie Maines, Sarah Jarosz, Noam Pikelny, Eamon McLoughlin, and Jano Rix.

Fast on the heels of the CD release is this video, featuring Zach and Caitlin performing 'Stopgap Woman Blues'.  So grab your cat, dog, significant other, whatever's handy, and turn it up!  



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Debuting Now! Marlon Williams - Marlon Williams

February 10, 2016


Added this week to the new music wall at KAFM: Marlon Williams, with his self titled album Marlon Williams.
From the first track you think you know what the album will be. "Hello Miss Lonesome" features fast picking,
fast vocals, and an overall Americana, nearly bluegrass feel. It certainly draws you in. Yet as the album goes
along, it gets farther and farther from the norm. "Dark Child," the single from the album, is a deeply heartwrenching
anthem, as is "Strange Things." This track though adds a whole new element to the story telling, combining
perfect volume and tone to accentuate the odd and upsetting feeling of the tale. "I'm Lost Quick read more or view full article Without You" has an almost
50's feel, and "After All" and "Silent Passage" completely capture Americana. This album is varied in so many 
ways but is strung together perfectly by William's rich, expressive vocals.

"Each song is a character,” says Marlon Williams of his self-titled solo debut: a remarkably assured and
diverse nine-track tapestry, united by one of the most versatile and evocative voices you’ll hear this or
any other year. “I don’t really ever sing out of character. Even if it’s a very personal song, once it’s written
it doesn’t belong to me.”
(Marlonwilliams.co.nz)

This album absolutely captured me, and I am GREATLY anticipating a tour date in Colorado.


Tori Miner
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Charts&Adds: January 30 - February 5

February 10, 2016
So from now on I'm going to be showing your our TOP ADDS as well for each chart!
What's a TOP ADD you say? Here's my spiel: 


TOP ADDS
Our charts show what we've been playing within the last week, but ADDS are a little different. 
ADDS are things we got in THIS WEEK that have yet to spin, BUT we think they're going to do well, we're excited about them, and
really enjoy them ourselves! So I Quick read more or view full article showed our TOP ADDS this week, and then added some genre info next to each artist. One of the
best ways for artists we care about to do well is to spin them ourselves! Feel free to check them out. I'll be putting them in the studio
today/tomorrow. And remember, if you hear an artist/band during the week that you LOVE, shoot me that email! I'll put it in for consideration as a TOP ADD on the following Tuesday. 

Other question to answer, "What exactly IS Top 200?"

TOP 200 essentially includes all genres of music except some roots. 
It really depends on the routes the artists take with their promoter/management whether or not they'll be eligible for CMJ charts. So
some roots musicians (take Angela Perley for example) show up on CMJ! While others are too independent/focused on other charts to 
want to be on CMJ. That being said, CMJ does stand for COLLEGE MUSIC JOURNALISM, so you can assume that some artists may
not be entirely interested in the stations that contribute. BUT CMJ is widely used by College/Non-Commercial stations across the
country, it is most certainly not just colleges.
So TOP 200 for the most part means just that, the TOP 200 artists spinning at your station. 
 
 

Anyway, now that that's out of the way, let's talk spins!




ROOTS

1 SMOOTH HOUND SMITH  Sweet Tennessee Honey  
2 SAM LEWIS  Waiting On You
3 CHRIS ISAAK  First Comes the Night
4 THE WESTIES  West Side Stories
5 JOHN DEL TORO RICHARDSON  Tengo Blues
6 KING LOUIE AND LARHONDA STEELE  Rock Me Baby
7 JOHNNY RAWLS  Tiger in a Cage
8 BENNY TURNER  When She's Gone
9 RACKY
THOMAS  Goin' Home
10 TOMMY Z  Blizzard of Blues

 
TOP 200 ADDS
1 MARLON WILLIAMS Marlon Williams Liberation
2 DONKEYS Midnight Palms Easy Sound
3 DR. DOG The Psychedelic Swamp Anti
4 FIELD MUSIC Commontime Memphis Industries
5 EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS "No Love Like Yours" [Single]
 
TOP 200 CHARTS
1 TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND Let Me Get By Concord
2 STICK FIGURE Set In Stone Ruffwood
3 JAMES HUNTER SIX Hold On! Daptone
4 CHRIS ISAAK First Comes The Night Vanguard
5 CAGE THE ELEPHANT Tell Me I'm Pretty RCA
6 THE PINES Above The Prairie Red House
7 RECORD COMPANY Give It Back To You Concord
8 MIRANDA LEE RICHARDS Echoes Of The Dreamtime Invisible Hands
9 PHOTO OPS Vacation Bad Friend
10 SHEARWATER Jet Plane And Oxbow SUB POP
11 MASS GOTHIC Mass Gothic SUB POP
12 ANGELA PERLEY AND THE HOWLIN' MOONS Homemade Vision
13 ADRIAN YOUNGE Something About April II Linear Labs
14 BEACH HOUSE Thank Your Lucky Stars Sub Pop
15 REED TURNER Native Tongue Self-Released
16 VILLAGERS Where Have You Been All My Life Domino
17 ANE BRUN When I'm Free Balloon Ranger
18 HEY MARSEILLES Hey Marseilles Shanachie
19 CHAIRLIFT Moth Columbia
20 JULIEN BAKER Sprained Ankle 6131
21 NIGHT BEATS Who Sold My Generation Heavenly
22 NAP EYES Thought Rock Fish Scale Paradise of Bachelors
23 JENNY GILLESPIE Cure For Dreaming Narooma
24 ST. GERMAIN St. Germain Nonesuch
25 ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER New View Frenchkiss
26 HIGH HIGHS Cascades Pias
27 DAWN LANDES AND PIERS FACCINI Desert Songs [EP] Six Degrees
28 MONEY Suicide Songs Bella Union
29 BESNARD LAKES A Coliseum Complex Museum Jagjaguwar
30 DAVID BOWIE Blackstar Columbia
 
JAZZ ADDS
1 JEFF COFFIN WITH CALEB CHAPMAN'S CRESCENT SUPER BAND The Inside Of The Outside Ear Up
2 ADISON EVANS Hero Aditone
3 ERENA TERAKUBO Time For Love Cellar Live
4 HERLIN RILEY New Direction Mack Avenue
5 CHAMPIAN FULTON After Dark Gut String
 
JAZZ CHARTS
1 CORY WEEDS AND THE JEFF HAMILTON TRIO This Happy Madness Cellar Live
2 CLAUDETTES No Hotel Yellow Dog
3 BILL FRISELL When You Wish Upon A Star OKeh
4 MILOS Blackbird: The Beatles Album Mercury Classics
5 KENNETH SALTERS HAVEN Enter To Exit Destiny
6 CYRILLE AIMEE Let's Get Lost Mack Avenue
7 CHRIS CONTE Our Love Will Last Self-Released
8 BLACK VIOLIN Stereotypes Universal
9 SVETLANA AND THE DELANCEY FIVE Night At The Speakeasy oa2
10 CLARE FISCHER Out Of The Blue Self-Released
 
WORLD ADDS
1 SULTANS OF STRING Subcontinental Drift McKhool
2 SOLAS All These Years Self-Released
3 IBRAHIM MAALOUF Kalthoum Impulse
 
WORLD CHARTS
1 STICK FIGURE Set In Stone Ruffwood
2 BAABA MAAL The Traveler Palm
3 KARAVAN SARAI PROJECT Woven Landscapes Electrofone
4 RAZTERIA Aventurera Asteria
5 ST. GERMAIN St. Germain Nonesuch
6 BLACK MASALA I Love You Madly Self-Released
7 BROOKLYN FUNK ESSENTIALS Funk Ain't Ova DORADO
8 EVA SALINA Lema Lema Vogiton
9 SOAPKILLS The Best Of Soapkills Crammed
10 JONNY GREENWOOD/SHYE BEN TZUR/RAJASTHAN EXPRESS Junun Nonesuch
 
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Colorado's own, 'The Lumineers', announce new release!

February 9, 2016
First, The Broncos win Superbowl 50 and now this!?!  It's almost too much.  KAFM programmers supported 'The Lumineers' self titled 2013 debut with airplay very early on, way before they became domestic and international nu-folk sensations.
 
Guitarist and lead vocalist Wesley Schultz had this to say about the bands new album, 'Cleopatra', that will be released April 8th, their second for Dualtone.  “We took the same approach this time as we did with the first album, recording demos in a small house we rented in the original Denver neighbourhood where we first moved. The record is our greatest hits reflecting what’s happened to us over the last three years. We tried to come up with the best Quick read more or view full article possible version of every song, so we recorded a lot of different iterations, changing the tempos, dressing ’em up, stripping ’em down. It took a lot of work to make them sound so easy. We’re very passionate about the process. It was a very intense and beautiful experience. There was a lot of battling, a lot of tears, but some amazing stuff came out, and at the end, we were much better off. It transformed our relationship.”

Check out the first single, 'Ophelia', below....

 

....and keep your dial set to 88.1. We'll discover the best new, emerging artists together. Read Less
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Debuting Now! Photo Ops - Vacation

February 1, 2016


Sometimes you just fall in love with a record.
That is exactly what happened to me with Photo Ops new album, Vacation. (Bad Friend Records)

This album is deep and dreamy, full of pop melodies The Beach Boys would applaud. In fact, a lot of the production and vocals sound as if they could have come from Brian Wilson himself, which I believe is one of the highest compliments a pop song could receive. The amount of pain channeled through these songs is immense, almost hidden beneath the gorgeous voice of Terry Price. If you simply listen at the surface of this album, you will undoubtably dance around your house or Quick read more or view full article tap your desk, much to the annoyance of your cubicle mate.
But, give it a second listen. Hear Price's words, and not only will you be dancing, you'll be connecting. Understanding. 
This is certainly a body of work that hits the heart, but it's a good pain. It's the feeling of release.
My favorite tracks are "Memories that Glow," "Maybe We'll Change," "You Could Be Great," "I'd Be Dead," and "To Move On."
I honestly could list every song off the album though, it's magical as a complete work. I do love the Indiana/Chicago reference in "You and Me Driving Cross Country." Nothing like an I-65 reference to remind me of my home state and my 3.5 hour monthly trips up and down that interstate.

I've been listening this album on repeat for a full week now and I simply cannot stop. 

This album enters the KAFM on-air studio this week, so tune in for some spins off of Photo Ops - Vacation


Track List:
1. Once Around the Town Square
2. Old Lullabies
3. I'd Be Dead
4. You Could Be Great
5. Memories That Glow
6. Maybe We'll Change
7. You and Me Driving Cross Country
8. Kathleen
9. To Move On
10. It Isn't Mine


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