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KVMR 2017 Year in Review: Our Favorite Albums

More proof that KVMR 89.5 FM plays a wide variety of music is certainly in the pudding below, once again.  (And check our our Music Dept page for the 3-dimensional experience!)

Very few 2017 albums -- and even fewer "best sellers" show up on multiple lists compiled by the Nevada City radio station 150 or so volunteer broadcasters. Most nods went to Lukas Nelson &  Promise Of The Real's self-titled album. 

Some of those participating are broadcasters at the radio station's new alternative music format online stream only: KVMRx, which can  be heard at kvmrx.org

KVMR closes the year with a pair of live music remote broadcasts, featuring Nevada County's own Achilles Wheel live Saturday, Dec. 30,  9:30 p.m. from the Crazy Horse in Nevada City, and Tahoe's acclaimed Dead Winter Carpenters and the Pine Street Ramblers live New Year's Eve, Dec. 31st, from the Auburn Event Center Sunday night, 9pm to 2018 (midnight).

 

Mark Leviton - Pet Sounds - Wednesdays 10pm-Midnight

  • The Replacements - For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986
  • Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
  • Sun Kil Moon - Common as Light and Love Are Red Valleys of Blood
  • Fleet Foxes - Crack-Up
  • Randy Newman - Dark Matter
  • Ani DiFranco - Binary
  • Nicole Atkins - Goodnight Rhonda Lee
  • Kraftwerk - 3-D: The Catalogue
  • Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me
  • The Mountain Goats - Goths

 

Jerianne Van Dijk - Morning Show - Fridays 7am-10am

  • Stanton Moore - With you in Mind
  • Alex Cuba - Lo Unico Constante
  • Doug Macleod - Break the Chain
  • Niia - I
  • JD McPherson - Undivided Heart and Soul

 

Laurie DesJardins - The New Brick Road - Fridays 10am-Noon

  • The Jeremiahs - The Femme Fatale of Maine
  • Cassie and Maggie - The Willow Collection
  • KC Groves - Happy Little Trees
  • Joe Jencks - Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers
  • Trout Steak Revival - Spirit to the Sea
  • Imar - Afterlight
  • Zoe & Cloyd - Eyes Brand New
  • Hanneke Cassel - Trip to Walden Pond
  • Matthew Byrne - Horizon Lines
  • Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas - Ports of Call
  • May Erlewine - Mother Lion

 

Greg Jewett - Music Magazine - Mondays 4pm-6pm

  • Big Thief - Capacity - Saddle Creek
  • Boogat - San Cristobal Baile Inn
  • Fever Ray - Plunge
  • Josh One - Time Stamp
  • Kaleida - Tear the Roots
  • Maggie Koerner - Dig Down Deep
  • La Misa Negra - La Misa Negra
  • Angus & Julia Stone - Snow
  • Tumble - Music for Trio

 

Larry Hillberg - Backroads - Saturdays 7am-10am

  • Willie Watson - Folksinger Vol. 2
  • Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway
  • Kelly's Lot - Bittersweet
  • Rayna Gellert - Workin's Too Hard
  • Tim Grimm - A Stranger In This Time
  • Joe Jencks - Poets, Philosophers, Workers, & Wanderers
  • Charlie Parr - Dog
  • Tom Russell - Folk Hotel
  • Joe West - Rodeo of the Soul
  • Terry Klein - Great Northern
  • Quiles and Cloud - Shake Me Now

 

Bill Emerson - Trance-It Lounge - Tuesdays 10pm-Midnight

  • Zero T. - Golden Section                              
  • Various Drum & Bass - Hospitality In The Park                  
  • Various Bass Music. - The Sound Of Bass Culture
  • Artificial Intelligence - True Colours                                    
  • Special Request. - Belief System
  • Maya Jane Coles. - Take Flight                                      
  • Various Techno. - Klockworks 20

 

Connie Coale - Music Magazine - Wednesdays 4pm-6pm

  • Wailin Jennys - Fifteen
  • Birds of Chicago - American Flowers
  • Wood Brothers - One Drop of Truth (Single)
  • Richard Thompson - Acoustic Rarities
  • Daniel Champagne - Fault Lines
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real - Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
  • Van Morrison- Roll with the Punches- Caroline Records
  • Eilen Jewell - Down Hearted Blues

 

The Guitar Mama - Groove Sessions - Thursdays 2pm-4pm (KVMRx)

  • Kendrick Lamar - Damn.
  • Thievery Corporation - Temple of I and I
  • Thundercat - Drunk
  • ZZ Ward - The Storm
  • N.E.R.D - No One Ever Really Dies
  • Jidenna - The Chief
  • Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings - Soul of a Woman
  • Miguel - War and Leisure
  • Run the Jewels - Run The Jewels 3
  • Jay-Z - 4:44

 

John Rumsey - Four Strong Winds - Wednesdays 10am-Noon

  • Joe Jencks - Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers
  • Variious Artists - Tribute to the Travelin' Lady Rosalie Sorrels
  • Tim Grimm - A Stranger in This Land
  • John McCutcheon - Trolling For Dreams
  • Chris Hillman - Bidin’ My Time,
  • Wailin' Jennys - Fifteen
  • Andy and Judy - This Old Town
  • The Talbott Brothers - Gray
  • Tim O’Brien - Where The River Meets The Road
  • Laura Zucker - Say Yes

 

Smokin’ J - The Breakfast Show - Saturdays 9am-Noon (KVMRx)

  • Tyler, The Creator - Flower Boy
  • Kendrick Lamar - Damn.
  • SZA - Ctrl
  • Maggie Rogers - Now That The Light Is Fading
  • Faye Webster - Faye Webster
  • Greta Van Fleet - From The Fires
  • Lorde - Melodrama
  • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice
  • Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps

 

Johnny Gallagher - Music Magazine - Tuesdays 4pm-6pm

  • Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real - Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real
  • The Soul Of John Black - Early In The Moanin'
  • John McNamara - Rollin' With It
  • Chris Pierce - You've Got To Feel It!
  • Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - A Brand New Me
  • Blackie & The Rodeo Kings - Kings and Kings
  • Chelsea Williams - Boomerang

 

John Adams - Early Morning Ramble - Fridays 4am-7am

  • Willie Watson - Folksinger Vol. 2
  • Tim Grimm - A Stranger In This Time
  • Birds of Chicago - American Flowers
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real - Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
  • Tom Russell - Folk Hotel
  • Andy Hall & Roosevelt Collier - Let The Steel Play
  • Byrd & Street - This Much Is True
  • Beppe Gambetta - Short Stories
  • David Rawlings - Poor David’s Almanack
  • Infamous Stringdusters - Laws Of Gravity
  • John McCutcheon - The Machine (Single)

 

Todd Wahoske - Todd’s Two Too! - Fridays 8:30am-9am

  • Father John Misty - Pure Comedy
  • Run The Jewels - Run The Jewels 3
  • Perfume Genius - No Shape
  • LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
  • The National - Sleep Well Beast
  • Mura Masa - Mura Masa
  • The War on Drugs - A Deeper Understanding
  • Oh Sees - Orc
  • Soulwax - FROM DEEWEE
  • Four Tet - New Energy

 

Felton Pruitt -  Fat Music Radio - Mondays 1pm-2pm

  • Chris Hillman - Biding My Time
  • Van Morrison - Roll With the Punches
  • Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters - Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters
  • Slaid Cleaves - Ghost On the Car Radio
  • Stephen Stills & Judy Collins - Everybody Knows
  • Mipso - Coming Down the Mountain
  • Gregg Allman - Southern Blood
  • JD McPherson - Undivided Heart
  • Pokey LaFarge - Manic Revelations
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real - Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real

 

Mike Bissell - Morning Show - Wednesdays 7am-10am

  • Delbert McClinton - Prick Of The Litter
  • The Waifs - Ironbark
  • Taj Mahal & Keb Mo - Tajmo
  • Joan Osborne - Songs Of Bob Dylan
  • Greg Allman - Southern Blood
  • Van Morrison - Roll With The Punches
  • Liz Wright - Grace

Joyce Miller - Midnight Sun - Thursdays 8pm-10pm

  • Ani DiFranco - Binary
  • Rhiannon Giddens - Freedom Highway
  • Habadekuk - Mollevit
  • Jens Lekman - Life Will See You Now
  • Monoswezi - A Je
  • Margo Price - All American Made
  • David Rawlings - Poor David’s Almanack
  • Shout Out Louds - Ease My Mind
  • Tumble - Music for Trio
  • The Wailin’ Jennys - Fifteen

Dennis Brunnenmeyer - Nevada City Limits - Fridays 10am-Noon

  • Willie Watson - Folksinger Vol. 2
  • Twisted Pine - Twisted Pine
  • Eilen Jewell - Down Hearted Blues
  • Flatt Lonesome - Silence In These Walls
  • Darin & Brooke Aldridge - Faster and Farther

DJ Fatfinger - The Beatslinger - Fridays 4pm-7pm (KVMRx)

  • Camo & Krooked: Mosaik
  • Maya Jane Coles - Take Flight
  • Love & Light: Keep Control
  • Phutureprimitive: Flow
  • Boombox: Bits & Pieces
  • St. Vincent: Masseduction

Kim Rogers - Good Stuff - Thursdays 2pm-4pm

  • Travis Meadows - First Cigarette
  • The Sweetback Sisters - King of Killing Time
  • Rodney Crowell - Close Ties
  • Billy Droze - To Whom It May Concern
  • The Mavericks - Brand New Day
  • Shannon McNally - Black Irish
  • Chris Stapleton - From A Room Vol. 1
  • Ray Cardwell - Tennessee Moon
  • Eilen Jewell - Downhearted Blues
  • Dan Mills - Something Good
  • Jim Lauderdale - London Southern

Roo Cantada - Rock Outside The Box - Tuesdays 10pm-Midnight

  • Cherry Glazerr - Apocalipstick
  • King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana & Murder of the Universe
  • POW! - Crack an Egg
  • Five Alarm Funk - Sweat
  • Sneaks - It's a Myth
  • The Claypool Lennon Delirium - Lime And Limpid Green EP
  • Guided by Voices - August by Cake

Thomas Greener - Ragged But Right - Saturdays Noon-2pm

  • The Mavericks - Brand New Day
  • Blaze Foley - The Lost Muscle Shoals Recordings
  • L.A. Rivercatz -  L.A. Rivercatz
  • Vince & The Sun Boppers - Spinnin’ Around
  • Samantha Fish - Chills & Fever
  • Bill Carter - Bill Carter
  • Steve Earle - So You Wanna Be A Cowboy
  • The Hot Texas Swing Band - Off The Beaten Trail

Mat Riley - Open Floor Mat - Mondays 6pm-8pm (KVMRx)

  • Aldous Harding - Party
  • Waxahatchee - Out In The Storm
  • A Giant Dog - Toy
  • Broken Social Scene - Hug Of Thunder
  • Manchester Orchestra - A Black Mile To The Surface
  • Alvvays - Antisocialites
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield - Sorry Is Gone
  • Thee Oh Sees - Orc
  • Protomartyr - Relatives in Descent
  • Wolf Alice - Visions Of A Life

Gary Wells - Crooked Highway - Sundays 7am-10am

  • Paper Wings - Paper Wings
  • The Sadies - Northern Passages
  • Son Volt - Notes of Blue
  • Anders Parker - The Man Who Fell From Earth
  • Colter Wall - Colter Wall
  • Jake Xerxes Fussell - What in the Natural World
  • Eilen Jewell - Down Hearted Blues
  • Charlie Parr - Dog
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound
  • The Replacements - For Sale: Live at Maxwell's 1986

Amee Medeiros - Women’s Show - Mondays 8pm-10pm

  • Perfume Genius - No Shape
  • Gus Dapperton - Yellow and Such EP
  • Jlin - Black Origami
  • Ibeyi - Ash 
  • Sylvan Esso - What Now
  • Galantis - The Aviary
  • Hello Moth - Take This Away (Single)
  • Nick Hoppner - Work

Ruby Slippers - Click Your Heels Together - Saturdays 4am-7am

  • L.A. RiverCatz - L.A. Rivercatz 
  • No Good Sisters - You Can Love Me
  • Dale Watson and Ray Benson - Dale and Ray
  • Mary Battiata & Little Pink - The Heart, Regardless
  • Hot Texas Swing Band - On the Beaten Trail
  • The Hens - Chicon
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real - Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
  • Gwyneth Moreland - Cider
  • Moot Davis - Hierarchy Of Crows
  • Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio - Singin’
  • Bumper Jacksons - I’ve Never Met A Stranger
  • Jefferson Ross - Live At Hillbilly Haiku

Ralph Henson - Blues Spectrum & Bayou Country - Sundays 1pm-5pm

  • Rockin' Johnny Burgin - Neoprene Fedora
  • Aki Kumar - Aki Goes To Bollywood
  • Rick Estrin and the Nightcats  - Groovin’ At Greaseland
  • Various Artists - Howlin’ At Greaseland
  • June Core - Rythmn and Blues

Lynn Heintz - Over Easy - Wednesdays 4am-7am

  • The Waifs - Ironbark
  • Slaid Cleaves - Ghost in the Car Radio
  • Valerie June - The Order of Time
  • John Moreland - Big Bad Luv
  • Jim Keaveny - Put it Together
  • Sera Cahoone - From Where I Started
  • The War and Treaty - Down to the River
  • Julie Byrne - Lines in the Tides
  • Kora Feder - Marigolds

Steve Cagle - Blues Spectrum - Sundays 1pm-3pm

 

  • Altered Five Blues Band - Charmed And Dangerous
  • Corey Dennison Band - Night After Night
  • Doug MacLeod - Break The Chain
  • Jason Ricci & The Bad Kind - Approved By Snakes
  • Otis Taylor - Fantasizing About Being Black
  • Rev. Sekou - In Times Like These
  • Selwyn Birchwood - Pick Your Poison
  • Souther Avenue - Southern Avenue
  • Sugaray Rayford - The World That We Live In
  • Wee Willie Walker & The Anthony Paule Soul Orchestra - After A While

Suzanne Calkins - Undertow - Mondays 8pm-10pm (KVMRx)

  • Big Thief - Capacity
  • Land of Talk - Life After Youth
  • Priests - Nothing Feels Natural
  • Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness
  • Shannon Lay - Living Water
  • Chicano Batman - Freedom is Free
  • Faith Healer - Try ;)
  • Wand - Plum
  • Ty Segall - Ty Segall
  • Jackie Shane - Any Other Day