New Music

Music Director Candy Pennetta  tells us about the new music to hit KVNF every week, and gives us her top pick for the week.

U-Roy - Solid Gold - Trojan Jamaica: The late, legendary Reggae star, originator of "toasting;"  a chatty rhythmic vocal style,  has posthumously  gifted us with 12 old school tracks featuring Santigold, Ziggy Marley, Shaggy, Robbie Shakespeare, Big Youth and more...He will be missed but his legacy of real reggae  music will indeed keep us dancing and happy...

Rodrigo Amarante / Drama / Polyvinyl: The Brazilian Renaissance Man (he writes his fine tunes with pen and paper and a typewriter!) has created 11 songs in English and that irresistible Portuguese with many violins, horns, lyrics to be felt and a mood of peaceful drama...

Dave McMurray - Grateful Deadication - Blue Note: The adventurous Jazz Saxophonist displays his affection, admiration and great respect  for the Grateful Dead with his band of players and a distinctive Soulful, Jazzy Detroit sound...The vocals with Bettye LaVette & Bob Weir and Herschel Boone are fine interpretations adding to the mix...Jerry would be happy...

Hiss Golden Messenger / Quietly Blowing It / Merge: Every song (And thankfully there are 11 of them!) on the latest from M.C. Taylor and his masterful band are treasures; real gifts to be cherished and listened to again and again, danced slowly to, sweetly pondered,  interpreted in your own heart...And listened to again...

Schwey / Schwey 2: Cyber Soul / 604 Records: Looking for that summer breeze with a hint of  laid back funk, a lot of soulful and thoughtful lyrics and a true appreciation of the power of nature and music...The band from Vancouver will have you chillin, dancin, thinkin and coolin down while they provide a  heap of fun...

Leo Sidran / The Art Of Conversation / Nardis: Ben Sidran has been a star  for decades and  Leo Sidran shines bright right alongside his father ... With lyrics that give you pause,  a voice that soothes and seduces, and a long, long list of friends and family making music and magic he will make you feel good and be happy...(And after listening to "The Art Of Conversation" if you can locate "When The Mask Comes Off" with Das Papi you should  be fully blown away...)

Marcus Machado / Aquarius Purple / Soul Step: Anyone who played Jim Hendrix's "The Sky Cries Mary" for his kindergarten class has my attention...And then listening to the 12 tracks which the guitar prodigy wrote, arranged and produced; all the while blending that Blues, Funk, Jazz and Soul sound with remarkable grace and cool...Very impressive...

Allison Russell / Outside Child / Fantasy: The first solo album by the co-founder of Our Native Daughters  and Birds of Chicago is virtually impossible to define other than the truth of a remarkable voice that moves through many musical waters...Folk, Soul, Jazz... with grace and healing and wonder...

Shannon McNally / The Waylon Sessions / Compass: Good old Waylon Jennings Country tunes fondly interpreted by Shannon McNally with a few guests...Buddy Miller, Lukas Nelson, Jesse Colter,  Rodney Crowell...It sounds good and it feels good...

Conor Gains / Three / Wax: With a teaser of 5 tracks, and the featured single "Light Shine In" we can only hope for more from the Toronto talent...Knowing that  the late, legendary Les Paul invited him onstage at NY's Iridium Jazz Club you may want to check his latest which incorporates his R&B/Soulful voice, lush guitar and rich lyrics to mesmerize...

Ya Tseen - Indian Yard - SubPop: Nicholas Galanin (aka Ya Tseen), native Tlingit & Unangax of Alaska is an artist of boundless range...Music, Art, Activism...With Shabazz Palaces and Nick Hakim on this release, a nod to Sun Ra, a tune sung in Yupik...Each and every one of the  11 tracks  speak profoundly  and beautifully to Indigenous Relevance in our world today...

Carsie Blanton / Love & Rage / So Ferocious: We should all love everything about this release... From the photography... To the track "Be Good" and all lyrics... To  the artist's integrity, ingenuity and insight...Enjoy...

Bartees Strange / Live Forever / Memory Music: Released a while back, the 11 tracks on the debut from the English born and DC based musician lend a helping hand to the Black/White question mark looming in the sky with profound lyrics and a rich blend of Rock, Rap, Soul, Folk, Jazz that will have you rewinding and relistening and rethinking...

The Big Takeover / Spilling Water / The Big Takeover: The NY-based band features Jamaican-born lead singer NeeNee Rushie and the 7-piece group  honor the  tradition of Desmond Dekker and the  Reggae/Ska/Rock Steady sound - Add a little Retro Soul/Pop mix up for an upbeat, need-to-dance encounter through 13 thoroughly enjoyable, loveable tracks...

Dumpstaphunk / Where Do We Go From Here / Funk Garage: Continuing their New Orleans family legacy, cousins Ivan and Ian Neville and their explosive  band,  joined here by Marcus King on the Buddy Miles 70's anthem "United Nations Stomp" bring their own brand of Funk Fusion to the table and how fulfilling, important  and fun!

Jon Batiste / We Are / Verve: Gotta love the multi-talented musician that can cover a range of musical genres (Jazz, Soul, Funk, Blues...), culture, important topics and have fun doing it... With guests like Mavis Staples, Trombone Shorty, Zadie Smith, Steve Jordan and more... the message is profound and perfect...

AJ Fullerton / The Forgiver And The Runaway / VizzTone: The Multi Talented and Multi Award Winning Native Coloradan incorporates a fantastic medley of Blues, Roots and Rock with his stunning vocals, guitar riffs and songwriting...With a power packed  Hammond B-3, bass and harmonica added,  the sound on the new release could not be finer...

Andra Day / Strange Fruit / Warner Brothers: During Women's History Month and International Women's Day I felt it appropriate to honor the Triumphant Triumverate of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Andra Day  for their brave renditions of the timeless and timely tune "Strange Fruit..." Originally a poem penned in the 1930s by Abel Meeropol, a white Jewish poet and recorded by Billie Holiday in 1939, the impact of the lyric was incredibly powerful and her performance beyond courageous. Nina Simone made the song increasingly relevant with her haunting interpretation in 1965.

Fruit Bats / The Pet Parade / Merge: With an impressive two decades long musical career, the 8th album from the musical collective features 11 tracks, many which were initially written before the pandemic and recorded across the country in home studios and bedrooms with a result that is provocative and contemplative and completely comforting in a time of discord...

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians / Hunter & The Dog Star / Shuffle: With a thirty year history and a new album recorded in Austin, this band and their fearless leader travel the galaxy with Orion & Sirius as inspiration on  a magical, humorous and  hopeful journey...

Quiet Takes / San Fidel / StGA: Wondrous in it's mystery, lush in it's synth mastery, a voice to soothe the madness, and lyrics you will come back to again and again...5 perfect tracks...Wish there were more...

Adrian Younge / The American Negro / Jazz Is Dead: An uncomfortable cover, a difficult conversation, a month of Black History and Music...Adrian Younge with his inimitable talent and style confronts the listener with 26 tracks of spoken word and fine  music...Provocative and important...

Curtis Salgado / Damage Control / Alligator: With an impressive Blues history and a touching Back Story, the vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter believes..."You can dance to it, but the words have to carry the weight..." With his latest release he will have you dancing and thinking and giving thanks...

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