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Our Favorite Albums: Once Again, All Over The Musical Map

Steve Baker

More proof that KVMR 89.5 FM veers all over the musical map -- and then some -- is in the pudding, well, the "top ten" favorites lists below. 

Very few 2018 albums -- and even fewer "best sellers"-- show up on multiple lists compiled by the Nevada City radio station's 150 or so volunteer broadcasters. A preliminary count shows that Davis-based bluegrass/Americana artist Rita Hosking's album, "For Real," and legendary folksinger John Prine's first original music album since 2005, "The Tree Of Forgiveness,"  may have been listed on the most broadcasters' "top ten" selections. 

Some of those participating are broadcasters at the radio station's alternative music format: KVMRx, which can  be heard on The Bridge 105.7 FM 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekdays and 1 p.m. to 5 a.m. weekends, and 24/7 online at kvmrx.org  

Mark Leviton - Pet Sounds - Alt. Wednesdays 10pm-Midnight

  • Bob Dylan - More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 - Columbia
  • The Beatles - White Album (50th anniversary) - Apple
  • Parliament - Medicaid Fraud Dogg - C. Kunspyruhzy
  • The Travelin' McCourys - S/T
  • Drake - Scorpion - Cash Money
  • Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Downey to Lubbock - Yep Roc
  • Phish - Baker’s Dozen Live at Madison Square Garden - JEMP
  • Kamasi Washington - Heaven and Earth - Young Turks
  • The Beths - Future Me Hates Me - Carpark
  • Yo La Tengo - There’s a Riot Going On - Matador

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

  • The Wood Brothers - One Drop of Truth - Honey Jar
  • Lake Street Dive - Free Yourself Up - Nonesuch
  • Richard Thompson - 13 Rivers - New West
  • Rita Hosking - For Real
  • Hannah Jane Kile - Broken Girl's Anthem
  • Joe Craven & the Sometimers - Garcia Songbook - Blender Logic Arts

Prickly Pear - Music Magazine - Alt. Mondays 4pm-6pm

  • Billie Eilish & Khalid - Lovely (Single) - Darkroom/Interscope
  • Son Lux - Yesterday’s Wake (EP) - City Slang
  • LM5 - Little Mix - Columbia
  • Tash Sultana - Flow State - Mom + Pop
  • LSD - Thunderclouds (Single) - Columbia
  • Jonas Blue - Rise (feat. Jack & Jack) (Single) - A Positive
  • DeJ Loaf & Leon Bridges - Liberated (Single) - Columbia
  • Tender - Closer Still / Falling Asleep (Single) - Partisan
  • Lauren Auder - Who Carry’s You (EP) - True Panther Sounds

Thomas Greener - Ragged But Right - Alt. Saturdays 12pm-2pm

  • Colter Wall - Songs Of The Plains - Young Mary’s 
  • Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis - Wild! Wild! Wild! - Bloodshot
  • Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Downey to Lubbock - Yep Roc
  • Kinky Friedman - Circus Of Life - Echo Hill
  • John Prine - The Tree Of Forgiveness - Oh Boy
  • Chris Smither - Call Me Lucky - Signature Sounds
  • Mary Gauthier - Rifles & Rosary Beads - In The Black
  • Stephen Clair & The Pushbacks - S/T - Old School
  • Jim Lauderdale - Time Flies - Yep Roc
  • Vivian Leva - Time Is Everything - Free Dirt

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

  • Amen Dunes - Freedom - Sacred Bones
  • Beach House - 7 - Sub Pop
  • The Breeders - All Nerve - 4AD
  • Exploded View - Obey - Sacred Bones
  • Flasher - Constant Image - Domino
  • Haley Heynderickx - I Need to Start a Garden - Mama Bird
  • Jo Passed - Their Prime - Sub Pop 
  • Khruangbin - Con Todo El Mundo - Dead Oceans
  • Renata Zeiguer - Old Ghost - Northern Spy
  • U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited - 4AD

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

  • Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Downey to Lubbock - Yep Roc
  • Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis - Wild! WIld! Wild! - Bloodshot
  • Jesse Harris - Aquarelle - Apple
  • Hawktail - Unless - Padiddle
  • I’m With Her - See You Around - Rounder
  • Vivian Leva - Time Is Everything - Free Dirt
  • Kacey  Musgraves - Golden Hour - MCA Nashville
  • John Prine - The Tree of Forgiveness - Oh Boy
  • Aaron Lee Tasjan - Karma For Cheap - New West
  • Kurt Vile - Bottle It In - Matador

Shelter - Rollerz Radio - Fridays 4pm-6pm (KVMRx)

  • Joe Ford - Colours In Sound - Shogun Audio
  • Klax - The Lucid EP - Critical Music
  • Enei & Kasra - Transmitter EP - Critical Music
  • V/A - Sick Music 2018 - Hospital Records
  • Black Barrel - Last Frontier - Dispatch Recordings

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

  • Jon Cleary - Dyna-Mite - FHQ
  • Anderson Paak - Oxnard - Aftermath Entertainment
  • John Prine - Tree of Forgiveness - Oh Boy
  • Khruangbin- Con Todo El Mundo -  Dead Oceans
  • LP   Heart to Mouth - BMG

Larry Hillberg - Backroads - Saturdays 7am-10am

  • Martha Scanlan - The River and the Light - Rock Ridge Music
  • Colter Wall - Songs of the Plains - Young Mary’s
  • 3Hattrio - Lord of the Desert - Okehdokee
  • Barwick & Siegfried - Stones & Gravel - FGM
  • Rita Hosking - For Real
  • Chris Smither - Call Me Lucky - Signature Sounds
  • Ry Cooder - The Prodigal Son - Fantasy
  • Tommy Emmanuel - Accomplice One - CGP Sounds
  • Darol Anger & Emy Phelps - Music of Our People - Fiddlistics
  • Kevin Welch - Dust Devil - Dead Reckoning

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

  • Folk Soul Revival -  S/T
  • Hot Club Sandwich - No Pressure
  • Shake Russell & Michael Hearne - Live - Puff Bunny
  • The Steven Blane Band -  Motel Blue
  • Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing - Legacy
  • Riders In The Sky - 40 Years The Cowboy Way
  • Karen Jonas - Butter
  • Bobby Sweet - All These Changes
  • Rhyan Sinclair - Barnstormer - Little Haunted Girl
  • Chicago Farmer - Live

Bex - Radish Beets - Thursdays 8pm-10pm (KVMRx)

  • Liz Cooper & The Stampede - Window Flowers - Sleepyhead
  • Dr. Dog - Critical Equation - We Buy Gold
  • Anna St. Louis - If Only There Was A River - Mare
  • Sudan Archives - Sink - Stones Throw
  • Molly Burch - First Flower - Captured Tracks
  • Valley Queen - Supergiant - Roll Call Records
  • The Wild Reeds - New Ways to Die - Dualtone
  • tUnE-yArDs - I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life - 4AD
  • Shakey Graves - Can't Wake Up - Dualtone

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

  • The Crooked Jades - Empathy Moves the Water - Jade Note Music
  • Monks of Doom - The Bronte Pin - Pitch-A-Tent
  • Calexico - The Thread That Keeps Us - Anti-
  • Dom Flemons - Black Cowboys - Smithsonian Folkways
  • Rita Hosking - For Real
  • Neko Case - Hell-On - Anti-
  • Sera Cahoone - The Flora String Sessions - Lady Muleskinner
  • Frank Lee - Gourd Head
  • Adam’s House Cat - Town Burned Down - ATO
  • Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmore - Downey to Lubbock - Yep Roc

Don Lipari - Earth Sounds - Alt. Tuesdays 10am-Noon

  • V/A - A Woman's World: Songs of Resilience and Hope - ARC
  • Elina Duni - Partir - ECM
  • Kiran Ahluwalia - 7 Billion - KiranMusic
  • Yiddish Glory - The Lost Songs of World War II - Six Degrees
  • Robert 'Robi' Svärd - Alquimia - Asphalt Tango
  • Bombino - Deran - Partisan
  • Seckou Keita - Soar - Bendigedig
  • Monsieur Doumani - Angathin
  • Sonido Gallo Negro - Mambo Cosmico - Glitterbeat

Lynn Heintz - Morning Show - Alt. Wednesday 7am-10am

  • The Bones of J.R. Jones - Ones to Keep Close
  • Sam Lewis - Loversity
  • Cowboy Junkies - All That Reckoning - Latent Recordings
  • John Hiatt - The Eclipse Session - New West
  • Joe Grushecky and The House Rockers - More Yesterdays Than Tomorrows - Schoolhouse
  • Cat Power - Wanderer - Matador
  • Doyle Bramhall II - Shades - Provogue
  • Richard Thompson - 13 Rivers - New West
  • Rita Hosking - For Real
  • Darol Anger & Emy Phelps - Music of Our People - Fiddlistics

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

  • Clothesline Revival - Holy Cow - Paleo Music
  • Eric Bibb - Global Griot - Stony Plain
  • Fantastic Negrito - Please Don't Be Dead - Cooking Vinyl
  • Janiva Magness - Love Is An Army - Blue Elan
  • Kat Riggins - In the Boys' Club - Bluzpik Media Group
  • Marcel Smith - Everybody Needs Love - Little Village
  • Muddy Gurdy - S/T - Vizztone
  • Rory Block - A Woman's Soul: A Tribute to Bessie Smith - Stony Plain
  • Shemekia Copeland - America's Child - Alligator
  • The Gold Souls - Good To Fee

Click Here To See Part II Of KVMR's Favorite Albums Of 2018