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Music of the Moment:

Close Up Needle on Record

May 30, 2015 - 6:00 am

5 brand new releases we can’t wait to share with you this month:

1. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch) – Musical kin and friends for over 40 years, it’s not surprising these Americana icons sound so good together. Their 2nd collaboration feels as comfortable as your favorite piece of clothing.

2. Milk Carton Kids Monterey (Anti) – The Grammy-nominated indie folk duo bring their wistful harmonies and flat-picking skills to 11 new songs written on tour. Recorded live in six days, in the empty halls prior to their evening performance, the album captures all the inspiration and emotion of the moment. Often compared to the Everly Brothers or Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Monterey tells the too-true and often melancholy stories they’ve uncovered on the road. Just the album for easing your time spent on the road too.

3. Hiatus Kaiyote Choose Your Weapon (Flying Buddha/Sony) – The sound of Hiatus Kaiyote is instantly recognizable, largely due to the lissome vocals of Nai Palm. Her enlightened style taps contemporary soul, jazz, and catawampus worldbeats, while the band generates intricate grooves and spacy analogue textures. Tastemakers like BBC1 DJ Gilles Peterson, Erykah Badu, and Questlove spread the word on their self-released 2012 debut, ultimately leading to a surprising 2014 Grammy nomination for Best R&B Performance, and a deal with Sony. Shaolin Monk Motherfunk expands their sound in all directions. It’s a stylish, joyful, imaginative recording that might suit your taste for the futuristic. [Review by Patrick Whalen]

4. Hamilton de Holanda World of Pixinguinha (Adventure) – Mandolinist extraordinaire Hamilton de Holanda pays tribute to one of the great composers of Brazilian acoustic choro music. Joined by such luminaries as Chucho Valdés, Richard Galliano, and Wynton Marsalis, it’s a perfect album to channel some Brazilian warmth into your summer.

5. Della Mae Della Mae (Rounder) – This Boston-bred quartet’s 3rd full length album finds them hitting their musical stride. The sound of this all female band is rooted in traditional bluegrass, but they aren’t afraid to put a contemporary stamp on it, such as their cover of the Rolling Stones’ “No Expectations.” These ladies will certainly be influencing a lot of young musicians in bluegrass and acoustic music for years to come.

Last Month’s Top 3 Releases:

1. Calexico Edge of the Sun (Anti)

2. Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds)

3. Lila Downs Balas y Chocolate (Sony)

Past Lists

Top Ten May 18th – 24th:

Weekly Top Ten

May 26, 2015 - 9:44 am

  1. Eilen Jewell Sundown Over Ghost Town (Signature Sounds)
  2. Bhi Bhiman Rhythm & Reason (independent)
  3. Calexico Edge Of The Sun (Anti)
  4. The Very Best Makes a King (Moshi Moshi)
  5. Brandi Carlile The Firewatcher’s Daughter (ATO)
  6. Bettye LaVette Worthy (Cherry Red)
  7. Laura Marling Short Movie (Ribbon)
  8. Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell The Traveling Kind (Nonesuch)
  9. Sam Lewis Waiting On You (Brash)
  10. Mandolin Orange Such Jubilee (Yep Roc)

Past Top Ten

Democrats keep pushing for new voting measure

The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia. The Legislative Building of the Washington State Capitol, Olympia.

May 8, 2015 - 11:00 am

By John Stang Senate Democrats and supporters made a symbolic push Thursday to get a state voting rights act to the Washington Senate floor. The legislation appears doomed for 2015. Technically, though, two similar bills are in play, one sponsored by Sen. Cyrus Habib, D-Kirkland and the other by Rep. Luis Moscoso, D-Mountlake Terrace. The

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Phone Volunteers needed in June


May 4, 2015 - 9:26 am

KBCS is listener-supported, public radio. The vast majority of our operating budget comes directly from listeners. To raise that support, we hold on-air membership drives each year, as well as year-round membership relations. We are always in need of volunteers to help answer phones and take pledges during pledge drives.

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