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Weekly updates on the freshest tunes added to the KBUT shelves!

compiled by Music Director Bonnie Gollhofer

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New Music

New Music Added
April 24, 2017

RIYL: Recommended If You Like
*indicates MD pick
 
Bluegrass
*Bobby Osborne Original85-year-old genre pioneer enlists many familiar names to join in on some of his favorite songs.
 
*The Bucking Mules Smoke Behind The Clouds“The Mules traverse the traditional musical landscape of the Cumberland Plateau, the Tennessee River, the Blue Ridge and beyond, favoring spirit and simplicity over pretense.”
 
*Luke Bulla Self-Titled EP/Who Loves You Better – World-class fiddler/songwriter with an A-list of pals in his back pocket.
 
*The Dead South Illusion & Doubt – Boot stompin’ murder ballads, odes to loves lost and good-time drinkin’ tunes done with a tip of the hat and a wink. RIYL: The Devil Makes Three, Trampled By Turtles
 
Blues
*Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’ TajmoTwo living legends collaborate with undeniable chemistry.
 
Compilations
*Bleeps, Beats & Bass: 10 Years of Basserk Records – (slipcase) Genre-spanning collection from a dynamic, Netherlands-based electronic label.
 
Country
*Bobby Bare Things ChangeCountry Music Hall Of Fame-er, Grammy-winner and award-winning songwriter has a laundry list of accolades, but the music speaks for itself.
 
Folk/Americana
David Starr The Head & Heart - Production by John Oats on a solid EP of authentic and timeless rockin’ Americana.
 
Greg Wickham If I Left This WorldAlt-country star’s solo debut pairs great orchestration and polished songwriting with a genre-bending sensibility.
 
*Matt Hannah Dreamland – “A fantastically vivid, melancholy-country spin on Americana music.”
 
Electronic
*Joe Goddard Electric LinesCool, downtempo electro/soul tracks from a member of Hot Chip.
 
*Juveniles Without WarningElectro/nu-disco-inspired dream-pop. RIYL: Cut Copy
 
Lost In Stars Lost In Stars – LA-based producer “mines the depths of experimental electro, house, UK dubstep, grime & synth-pop” without missing a beat.
 
World
Tarek Yamani PeninsularInteresting polyrhythmic fusion of modern jazz and the sounds of the Arabian Penninsula.
 
 
 
Hip Hop/Rap
Sixo The Odds Of Free Will – Producer with a penchant for less-electronic beats rounds up a formidable host of guest vocalists/MCs, including Open Mike Eagle.
 
Jazz
*Chick Corea The MusicianCherry-picked selections from the artist’s 70th birthday concert/collaboration series in 2011 spanning a lifetime of improvisational prowess.
 
*Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio DreamsvilleCurator of the respected, traditional-leaning series teams up for the second time with this formidable trio, pursuing a slightly more subdued feel on their second recording together.
 
*Jeremy Bacon Trio Cage Free Free RangeTraditional trio swings effectively on original takes and nods to the greats.
 
*Leigh Pilzer Strunkin’- 100% original, swingin’ compositions by the bari-saxophonist/bandleader and her all-female quartet of trombone, bass, piano and drums make for a rare treat in the often-repetitious, male-dominated contemporary scene.
 
R&B/Groove/Soul
Blockhead Uncle Tony’s Coloring Book10th anniversary re-release of the influential producer’s 2007 beats/samples album.
 
Miami Horror The Shapes‘80s-inspired synth party incorporating some world flavor. RIYL: Talking Heads, Hot Chip
 
Rock
BNQT Volume 1Veritable indie super-group comprised of members of Midlake, Band Of Horses, Franz ferdinand, Travis & Grandaddy cultivates an easy-going, “draggin’ the line” feeling.
 
*Christopher Paul Stelling Itinerant Arias(slipcase) NPR says   “his music feels undeniable…steeped in tradition yet filled with vitality, immediacy and soul.” A rugged, Americana-leaning sound.           
 
The Courtneys IIFuzzy, lo-fi Canadian power pop. RIYL: Bleached, Charly Bliss
 
*Deep State Thought GardenTackling heavy ideas with undeniably catchy, fuzz-mongering pop/punk.
 
Fotoform FotoformSeattle-based band conjures up melodic shoegaze/pop with nods to ‘80s darkwave bands. RIYL: Kristin Kontrol (Dum Dum Girls)
 
*Golden Pelicans Disciples Of BloodBrash thrashers from the sunshine state throw down on brief yet powerful punk outbursts harkening back to the blissful days of hair metal.
 
*Laure Briard Sorcellerie(slipcase) French psych-pop and ‘60s ye-ye mystique.
 
*Loose Tooth Big DayThey’re kinda like a scrappy version of Pavement, which is great.
 
Low Cut Connie Dirty Pictures Pt. 1Piano bashin’ rock revivalists rest somewhere between The New York Dolls and Old 97’s.
 
*Low Roar Once In A Long, Long WhilePiano-based ambience and subdued, electro-tinged anthems.
 
Michelle Blades Premature Love Songs(slipcase) Beautifully unadorned, multilingual, lo-fi acoustic ruminations.
 
Ray Davies AmericanaFormer Kinks frontman uses his latest solo effort to delve deep into a love/hate relationship with the American Dream.
 
Skating Polly New Trick EPTeen alt-rock duo gets a hand from members of Veruca Salt. RIYL: Samantha Crain
 
*Slowdive SlowdiveThe movement that emphasized dreamy, headspace-filling sound over bravado has seen quite the resurgence lately, so it makes sense that some of the finest shoegazers out there are making a triumphant return as well.
 
*Toma Aroma – Austin, TX group makes “loose-limbed power-pop of the highest order” with ‘70s influences. RIYL: Foxygen, White Denim
 
Violents & Monica Martin Awake And Pretty Much SoberSubtle R&B nuances form the spine of this orchestral, electro-leaning collaboration.
 
*Woods Love Is Love – New material effortlessly captures the wild, meandering, often funky spirit of their live performances, while delving into politically reactionary, yet hopeful territory.

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New Music Added
April 18, 2017

RIYL: Recommended If You Like
*indicates MD pick
 
Blues
*The Hooten Hallers The Hooten HallersThroaty, growlin’, howlin’ blues/Americana bustin’ at the seams.
 
Compilations
Concord Singles April 2017 – Gov’t Mule, Marcus King, John Lee Hooker, Coltrane remastered and more!
 
Country
*Angaleena Presley WrangledOf no relation to the King himself, she’s best known for her contributions to The Pistol Annies (along with Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe) and a gift for tell-it-like-it-is songcraft wrought with observational humor and versatile pipes.
 
Folk/Americana
The Two Tracks Postcard TownSheridan, WY-based quartet has the chops to move well beyond the small-town scene that fostered them.
 
Electronic
Actress AZDRepetitious, trance-like rhythms that appear to be caught in a loop.
 
Corbo Adrift – Brief dalliances with the ambient/downtempo realm.
 
darkDark Heathered – Electro/pop duo doesn’t break new ground, but certainly gets the cool vocals/beats formula down to perfection.
 
*Juana Molina Halo- Argentinian experimentalist/actress creates a hypnotic aura through synthetic and organic means.
 
Kelly Lee Owens Kelly Lee Owens – Subdued, sparse and spectral electro/pop.
 
World
*Battle Of Santiago La MigraCanadian ensemble is a cocktail of Afro-Cuban ideas and post-rock accents. Think Mogwai meets Fela.
 
*Yorkston/Thorne/Khan Neuk Wight Delhi All-StarsA super-group of sorts with a passion for traditional Indian themes fuses this fascination with mellow indie folk.
 
Jazz
The Black Market Trust Just One Of Those ThingsBarbershop-style harmonies and effortless acoustic swing.
 
R&B/Groove/Soul
*Tuxedo IIMayer Hawthorne/Jake One collab pays further homage to the finest disco funk.
 
Rock
Alvarez Kings Somewhere BetweenGlossy and synth-laden ala Two Door Cinema Club, The Wombats.
 
Andre Cymone 1969Gifted industry songwriter and one-time Prince collaborator calls ‘em as he sees ‘em in a fresh rock/groove style.
 
Big Star Thank You Friends: Big Star’s ‘Third’ Live & MoreJody Stevens (last surviving member) and famous comrades pay tribute to the band’s hugely influential body of work at an epic live show.
 
Blume Hinges We Float – Roiling pop/rock for fans of Cloud Nothings, Joyce Manor, etc.
 
*Charly Bliss GuppyExuberant pop/punk encased in the sweet n’ sour shell of youth.
 
*The Funaddicts What’s The Rush?Punny names are the best. “Kick it down under with second wave ska from Brisbane.” This is their second album.
 
Future Islands The Far Field – There is certainly a reason this up-and-coming crew have made a name for themselves with Destroyer-esque vocals, raw songwriting, and danceable synth appeal.
 
Hajk Hajk – Nordic outfit has a pleasing, radio-ready indie vibe.
 
Horse Jumper Of Love Horse Jumper Of Love(slipcase) Bummed-out and fuzzed-out, dude.
 
*Hoops RoutinesChillwave daring to occupy a space between the heyday of the cassette and the last gasp of a coastal sunset. RIYL: The Radio Dept
 
The Kubricks The HeistUK ska-sters with a soulful, futuristic Clash vibe.
 
*Little Dragon Season HighLeaning more heavily than ever into the retro synth grooves.
 
Little Hurricane Same Sun, Same MoonPower duo’s latest comes closest to capturing the essence of their engaging blues/folk/rock dynamic as experienced live.
 
*Matt & Sam’s Brother My Brain Hurts A Lot – Catchy and often humorous pop/punk solo project from a member of JPNSGRLS.
 
*Nightlands I Can Feel The Night Around Me – Smooth harmonies and lite rock in the best possible way from Dave Hartley of The War On Drugs.
 
Warm Soda I Don’t Wanna Grow UpYou won’t either after taking a listen to these slightly lo-fi power pop gems. RIYL: White Reaper, Car Seat Headrest
 
The Whistles & The Bells Modern Plagues – Kooky songwriter on the fence between Americana and soft-spoken rock n’ roll. RIYL: A more down-to-Earth Cold War Kids
 
*Wilsen I Go Missing In My SleepA deft amalgamation of Slyvan Esso-like vocals and shimmery guitar/percussion interplay. RIYL: Maggie Rogers, Laura Marling
 
Singles Club
Pinecastle Records Spring 2017 Singles – Three baby-fresh bluegrass ditties for your listening pleasure.
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New Music Added
April 10, 2017

RIYL: Recommended If You Like
*indicates MD pick
 
Country
*Jason Eady Jason EadyOne of the genre’s strongest emerging talents keeps an eye on the past while gazing into the future, creating a perfect sound for the here and now.
 
Electronic
B. Miles B. Miles(slipcase) Streamlined downtempo pop.
 
*Clark Death PeakGlitchy, atmospheric sounds channeling “warehouse rave” while incorporating the occasional essential vocal manipulation.
 
World
*Gaby Moreno IlusionFolk, rock and soul have met their match in this bilingual songstress.
 
*Oumou Sangare Mogoya(slipcase) Incredible Malian artist points toward changing the status quo in funky fashion.
 
Jazz
Antonio Adolfo HybridoA tribute to Wayne Shorter done with Brazilian lounge flair.
 
Bobby Watson Made In AmericaThe composer/saxophonist and trio play around on cool, unassuming originals inspired in part by influential and oft overlooked American historical figures.
 
Hermon Mehari BleuElectric vibraphone adds a surprising sizzle to this ensemble’s originals and standards.
 
*Renaud Penant In The Mood For A Classic – A fresh perspective on timeless favorites by this international trio, accentuated by deftly bowed acoustic bass.
 
R&B/Groove/Soul
*Jeb Loy Nichols Country HustleThis is not a country record. It’s bona-fide low-key left-field soul fest.
 
Pho TwoAstute instrumental funk/rock outfit hailing from the Minneapolis area.
 
Reggae
*Nattali Rize Rebel FrequencyOne of the finest voices on the scene today returns to inspire and empower the masses.
 
Rock
American High Bones In The Attic, Flowers In The Basement Bit of an early Shins/R.EM. thing happening here.
 
*The Black Angels Death Song“A sharply-honed elaboration on their signature sound – menacing fuzz guitar and cutting wordplay, steeped in a murky, hallucinatory dream.” RIYL: All Them Witches
 
Blaenavon That’s Your LotPianos and guitars and thoughtful lyrics stirred up into a nice modern indie stew. RIYl: Foals
 
*Brett Newski The Worst Of Brett Newski (Songs To Sink The America Dream)It’s all hilarious because it’s all true, and you have this folk/rock troubadour to thank for it.
 
*Those Lavender Whales My Bones Are SingingAdorably lo-fi, to-the-point musings on the struggles and trifles of everyday existence. RIYL: The Moldy Peaches, Allo Darlin’
 
Cold War Kids LA DivineFoot-stomping, heart-pounding, and more pop-like with every album.
 
Diet Cig Swear I’m Good At ThisLots of quick interludes on the trials and tribulations of young adult life. RIYL: Bleached, Bully
 
Humble Braggers I Know Better, I’m No Better(slipcase) Hooky-y, glossy-y, synth-y, dance-y.
 
*The Jesus & Mary Chain Damage & Joy18 years and the iconic, game-changing sound hasn’t missed a beat.
 
Letters To Lions Clean EatingAussie guys have the shimmery, shiny tempo change down pat. RIYL: The Kooks
 
*Mastodon Emperor Of SandAn epic concept album coping with tragic loss. Cancer sucks. This record rocks and you know it.
 
*RF Shannon Jaguar PalacePositively dreamy post-shoegaze…i.e. less reverb, more pedal steel.
 
San Fermin BelongLiquid vocals accentuate indie rock tracks both hypnotically subtle and dance-floor ready.
 
*Timber Timbre Sincerely, Future PollutionSocio-political commentary and decidedly funkier sounds abound, along with the same darkly seductive sense of freak-folkiness we’ve come to know.
 
*Walker Lukens Ain’t Got A Reason EPTaking all things familiar and compiling them in a way that still manages to feel new is no easy feat, yet here he goes.
 
*White Reaper The World’s Best American BandMan, can these guys write a killer, guitar-drenched chorus.
 
*The Wild Reeds The World We Built – Intricate harmonies form the backbone of engaging, crescendo-laden indie with a healthy respect for folk forbearers.
 
Added To Main Library (See list in the on-air booth for many, many more!)
Rock:
Annie Lennox Medusa (1995) Diva (1992)
Bob Dylan Remasters (2003)
Blood, Sweat & Tears Greatest Hits (1999)
Five Iron Frenzy The End Is Here (2004)
Jimmy Buffett Fruit Cakes (1994) Changes In Latitudes…(1977)

Groove/Soul: Whitney Houston Self-Titled (1985)

etc…
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New Music Added
April 9, 2017

RIYL: Recommended If You Like
*indicates MD pick
 
Digital Only

Electronic: *ANOHNI Paradise EPPristine selections from last year’s Hopelessness sessions that didn’t quite make the album, but inhabit the same dark, daring electro space and are no less powerfully relevant. Try: 2, 4, 5
 
Rock: *Monster Movie Keep The Voices Distant – One-time member of Slowdive and a buddy have been making all-encompassing shoegaze for decades now. It shows. Try: 1, 6
 
Bluegrass
*Andrew Vogts Sasquatch With An Alien On Its HeadSuzuki-trained kiddo joins up with a few of his peers and mentors on tunes both familiar and fresh.
 
Rob Benzing Rob Benzing Another gifted youngster and co. relish in traditional favorites as well as his original works.
 
*Tom Ewing Adventures Of A Blue Grass Boy – Former member of Bill Monroe’s band shares a personal history in song.
 
Country
Sam Outlaw Tenderheart“…daring to tread gently with unapologetic sentiment and un-ironic nods to country music’s greatest neon rainbow chasers.”
 
Folk/Americana
*Jackson Melnick Notes From Slate RiverHometown boy makes good on his first fully-formed studio release, pairing poetic sensibility with a fuller sound and promising stylistic maturity.
 
*Jamie Kindleyside It Is What It Is – Poignant, often light-hearted storytelling with shades of Cat Stevens in the mix.
 
Electronic
*Jimmy Whoo Motel Music Part IISteady beats and ambivalent vocals, a bit like Chromatics lite.
 
Lou Canon SuspiciousToying with vocal manipulation along with some run-of-the-mill breathy, downtempo ideas.
 
World
Mashkoor Ali Kahn TranscendenceTraditional Indian compositions from a true vocal master.
 
*Viewx Farka Toure SambaSon of Malian artist Ali Barke Toure recorded this session in front of a live-audience, pausing occasionally to get the recordings just right and lend insight into the collaborative studio process. The result is exhilarating.
 
Hip-Hop/Rap
*Curta Click Bait – Denver-based fringe rap tackling themes of alienation from tech-saturated society and life in general with wry, observational humor and panache.
 
 
 
Jazz
*Angie Wells & Raphael Lemonnier Love & Mischief - Brilliant debut of seductive vocal favorites and a few originals.
 
*Chicago/London Underground A Night Walking Through Mirrors(slipcase) Absolute free jazz from the long-standing experimental quartet.
 
Ed Palermo Big Band The Great Un-American Songbook(slipcase) Swingin’ renditions of the irreverent band leader’s favorites: from The Beatles to Jeff Beck, Radiohead, Green Day and beyond.
 
Jimmy Greene Flowers: Beautiful Life Vol. 2 A dynamic companion to the first record made in memory of his young daughter is filled with vibrant energy and the sort of “groove-oriented” sounds she loved.
 
*The Microscopic Septet Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down To MeOn an unpretentious mission since the early ‘80s to “break all the rules and respect all the saints,” the ensemble continues to invigorate and challenge, this time specifically exploring themes of the blues.
 
*Terence Blanchard The Comedian - Though the recent Robert De Niro film was panned by critics, its score stands as a masterwork of all things cool and familiar.
 
*Tigran Hamasyan An Ancient Observer – Beautiful solo piano works with a classical focus.
 
R&B/Groove/Soul
*Chaz Bundick (of Toro Y Moi) Meets The Mattson 2 Star Stuff(slipcase) Funky fresh psych-rock/soul collaboration designed for late nights and plush velvet furniture.
 
Cilantro Boombox ShineA nifty mix of funky soul and old school hip-hop flair with a sense of humor.
 
*Justin Carter The Leaves Fall – (slipcase) Blending the acoustic with the cutting edge seems an easy feat for this golden-voiced artist.
 
Rock
Adam Melchor The Archer EPSad guitar guys are everywhere. EVERYWHERE.
 
Big Brutus The Odd Willow(slipcase) Part mystical meditation, part familiar-yet-challenging neo-folk lyricism.
 
*Craig Brown Band The Lucky Ones ForgetHitting the sweet spot between slacker rock and astute Americana with a punk aesthetic.
 
*Father John Misty Pure ComedyHumanity’s swan song astutely interpreted in pure observational long-form poetics. A gorgeous, horrifying work of nonchalant genius.
 
The Gift Altar – (slipcase) Brian Eno lends a hand on production for these Portuguese indie rockers.
 
*Happyness Write InDulcet tones with just a dash of shoegaze. RIYL: The Feelies
 
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer ApocalipstickSolid blues and soul-focused themes dance around the occasional touch of synth. RIYL: Marcus King Band, Black Joe Lewis
 
Here Lies Man Here Lies Man – Straightforward psych rock with all the right grooves.
 
Juliana Hatfield Pussycat‘90s indie pop/rock queen’s latest outpouring tackles all the important points.
 
*The Magnetic Fields Selections From 50 Song Memoir – Mastermind Stephin Merrit wrote one song for every year of his life, deftly encapsulating the prolifically odd and often hilarious beauty of the work that’s become his trademark.
 
*Me First & The Gimme Gimmes Rake It In: The Greatestest HitsRoll the windows down and crank up some top notch numbers from America’s finest punk covers outfit.
 
*Particle Kid Particle KidIt starts with a whisper and proceeds to follow a meandering path that’s equally serene and cataclysmic, playing on anticipated folk and rock ideas in unanticipated ways.
 
Radiator King A Hollow Triumph After AllRugged, Americana-influenced indie rock. RIYL: Old 97’s
 
Robyn Hitchcock Robyn HitchcockEnglish stalwart remains quite the odd duck.
 
Said The Whale As Long As Your Eyes Are WideImmediately catchy, piano-driven, upbeat stuff with great vocals. RIYL: Portugal The Man, Ra Ra Riot
 
Sneaks It’s A MythOvertly breathy and lackluster seem to be the selling points here.
 
Some Kind Of Animal Some Kind Of Animal – Released under the banner of a well-known Philly punk label’s “folk” series, the band inhabits a sphere more closely related to orchestral indie with folk leanings, like a sleepy Local Natives.
 
String Cheese Incident BelieveHeard this name before…something to do with the Eldo?
 
The Weeks EasyBand of brothers dish up “rowdy, raucous, Mississppi indie rock.”
 
Zoe Sky Jordan Topiary – (slipcase) Quite bright, engaging, pop-oriented songwriting from this young Canadian.
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KBUT Updates

Board of Directors Update

KBUT's annual membership meeting was on Saturday January 13th. Kirsten Atkins was re-elected and Johnna Bernholtz and Kyle Ryan were elected to KBUT's Board of Directors. Carlos Velado was appointed  President and Kirsten Atkins was appointed Vice-President.The annual meeting was followed by a regular Board meeting. For more information  contact Toni Todd at 970-349-5225. 

KBUT’s Top 10 New Albums Of 2017


1. Odesza - A Moment Apart
2. Dirty Projectors Dirty Projectors
3. Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real - Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
4. Tony Allen - The Source
5. Taj Mahal & Keb' Mo' - TajMo
6. Beck - Colors
7. St. Vincent - Masseduction
8. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
9. alt-J - RELAXER
10. Trout Steak Revival - Spirit To The Sea

Honorable Mention:
Dee Dee Bridgewater - Memphis ...Yes, I'm Ready
Antibalas - Where The Gods Are In Peace
The Black Angels - Death Song
Beth Ditto - Fake Sugar
L.A. Witch - L.A. Witch

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