Our Favorite Albums (Part II): 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  

Laura Miller - Diamonds & Rust - Alt. Saturdays 6pm-8pm

  • Joan Baez - Whistle Down The Wind - Concord
  • Lucy Kaplansky - Everyday Street
  • Kate Wolf - Live In Mendocino - OWL
  • Rosanne Cash - She Remembers Everything - Blue Note
  • John Prine - The Tree Of Forgiveness - Oh Boy

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

  • Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer - Bad Boy
  • The Breeders - All Nerve - 4AD
  • Beach House - 7 - Sub Pop
  • Father John Misty - God’s Favorite Customer  - Sub Pop
  • Parquet Courts - Wide Awake! - Rough Trade
  • Amen Dunes - Freedom - Sacred Bones
  • Against All Logic - 2012-2017 - Other People
  • Nine Inch Nails - Bad Witch - The Null Corporation
  • U.S. Girls - In a Poem Unlimited - 4AD
  • Black Thought - Streams of Thought, Vol. 1 - Human Re Sources

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

  • Tommy Emmanuel - Accomplice One - CGP
  • Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys - Southland
  • Erin Costello - Down Below, Status Quo - Seayou
  • Tami Neilson - Sassafrass - Outside Music
  • The Travelin' McCourys - S/T
  • Folk Soul Revival - S/T
  • Jon Cleary - Dyna-Mite - FHQ
  • Kelly Willis - Back Being Blue - Premium
  • Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis - Wild! Wild! Wild! - Bloodshot
  • The California Honeydrops - Call It Home, Vol. 1 & 2 - Tubtone

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

  • Laurie Anderson & The Kronos Quartet - Landfall - Nonesuch
  • Atmosphere - Mi Vida Local - Rhymesayers
  • Cat Power - Wanderer - Domino
  • Cowboy Junkies - All That Reckoning - Latent Recordings
  • Karavan Sarai - Painted Sands - Electrofone
  • Ray LaMontagne - Part of the Light - Stone Dwarf
  • Emel Mathlouthi - Ensenity - Partisan
  • Sofi Tukker - Treehouse - Ultra
  • Thievery Corporation - Treasures from the Temple - ESL
  • Conner Youngblood - Cheyenne - Counter

Miss Jiff - Resilience Radio - Thursdays 10am-Noon

  • Thana Redhawk - Fires Of Thunder - Medicine Frequency
  • Sihasin - Fight Like A Woman - Tacoho
  • Bear Fox - Life Blanket - Ohgwalee
  • Goodshield Aguilar & Mignon Geli - Soul-A-Mente 2 - Sovereign
  • Midnight Shine - High Road
  • V/A - Something Inside Is Broken (OCR) - On Native Ground

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

  • Low Lily - 10,000 Days Like These - Mad River Records
  • Connla - The Next Chapter 
  • Oliver the Crow - Oliver the Crow
  • Anne Sumner - Beacon
  • Kittel & Co. - Whorls  - Compass
  • Joan Baez - Whistle Down the Wind - Concord
  • Kyle Carey - The Art of Forgetting  - Riverboat
  • Imar - Avalanche  - Big Mann
  • The Fretless - Live From the Art Farm

Charlotte Peterson - Morning Show - Alt. Fridays 7am-10am

  • Birds of Chicago - Love in Wartime - Signature Sounds
  • Christine And The Queens - Chris - Because Music
  • Macy Gray - Ruby - Mack Avenue
  • Imagine Dragons - Origins - Interscope
  • The Revivalists - Take Good Care - Loma Vista
  • Thievery Corporation - Treasures From The Temple - ESL
  • Polish Ambassador & The Diplomatic Scandal - Jumpsuit
  • Keller Williams - Sans - Freaky Disc

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

  • Tracey Grammer - Low Tide
  • Rita Hosking - For Real
  • Mary Chapin Carpenter - Sometimes Just The Sky - Ambient Light
  • John McCutcheon - Ghost Light - Appalseed
  • Joan Baez - Whistle Down The Wind - Concord
  • Eliza Gilkyson - Secularia - Red House
  • Andy & Judy - Reflections
  • Craig Bickhardt - Home For The Harvest
  • Low Lily - 10,000 Days Like These - Mad River
  • Joe Jencks - The Forgotten - Turtle Bear

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

  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Tearing At The Seams - Stax
  • Durand Jones & The Indications - S/T - Dead Oceans
  • Shemekia Copeland - America's Child - Alligator  
  • Wynton Marsalis - United We Swing - Blue Engine  

Eric Flaherty

  • Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - Tearing At The Seams - Stax
  • Jimi Hendrix - Both Sides Of The Sky - Legacy
  • Charles Lloyd + The Marvels - Vanished Gardens - Capitol
  • Darlingside - Extralife - More Doug
  • The Marcus King Band - Carolina Confessions - Fantasy

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

  • Objekt - Cocoon Crush - PAN
  • Ital Tek - Bodied - Planet Mu
  • Daniel Avery - Song For Alpha - Mute
  • John Hopkins - Singularity - Domino
  • Oneohtrix Point Never - Age Of - Warp
  • Skee Mask - Compro - llian Tape
  • DJ Koze - Knock Knock - Pampa
  • Laurel Halo - Raw Silk Uncut Wood - Latency
  • The Field - Infinite Moment - Kompakt

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

  • Becky Buller - Crepe Paper Heart - Dark Shadow 
  • Dom Flemons - Black Cowboys - Smithsonian Folkways
  • Joe Weed - Two Steps West of the Mississippi - Highland
  • Kaia Kater - Grenades Smithsonian - Folkways Recordings
  • Pharis & Jason Romero - Sweet Old Religion - LULA
  • Sister Sadie - Sister Sadie II - Pinecastle
  • Tellico - Woven Waters - Organic
  • The Honeysuckle Possums - More Possums!
  • The Jellyman's Daughter - Dead Reckoning - Boat Duck
  • The Slocan Ramblers - Queen City Jubilee

Mat Riley - Open Floor Mat - Monday’s 10pm-2am (KVMRx)

  • Preoccupations - New Material - Jagjaguwar
  • Superchunk - What a Time to Be Alive - Merge
  • Dream Wife -  S/T - Lucky Number
  • Beach House -  7 - Sub Pop
  • Lucy Dacus - Historian - Matador
  • Iceage - Beyondless - Matador
  • Marlon Williams - Make Way For Love - Dead Oceans
  • Field Music - Open Here - Memphis Industries
  • U.S. Girls - In A Poem Unlimited - 4AD
  • Renata Zeiguer - Old Ghost - Northern Spy

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

  • John Prine - The Tree Of Forgiveness - Oh Boy
  • Barwick & Siegfried - Stones & Gravel - FGM
  • Willie Watson - Folksinger Vol. 2 - Acony
  • The Travelin' McCourys - S/T
  • Byrd & Street - Eighty Dollar Guitar
  • Alan Barnosky - Old Freight
  • Balsam Range - Mountain Overture - Mountain Home
  • Rita Hosking - For Real
  • Achilles Wheel - Sanctuary
  • Birds of Chicago - Love in Wartime - Signature Sounds

Jeffrey Philpott - Radio Nomadica - Alt. Saturdays 10pm-Midnight

  • Thievery Corporation - Treasures From The Temple - ESL
  • Nightmares On Wax - Shape The Future - Warp
  • Moderator - Sinner’s Syndrome - Melting

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

  • John Hiatt - The Eclipse Sessions - New West
  • John Prine - The Tree Of Forgiveness - Oh Boy
  • Dave Alvin & Jimmy Dale Gilmore - Downey to Lubbock - Yep Roc
  • Rita Hosking - For Real
  • I See Hawks In L.A. - Live And Never Learn - Western Seeds
  • Achilles Wheel - Sanctuary 
  • Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing - Legacy
  • Blackberry Smoke - Find A Light - Earache
  • Barwick & Siegfried - Stones & Gravel
  • Loretta Lynn - Wouldn't It Be Great - Legacy

Larry Casserly - Boomerang Beat

  • Neko Case - Hell-on - Anti-
  • Snow Patrol - Wildness - Polydor
  • Yo La Tengo - There’s a Riot Going On - Matador
  • Nick Lowe - Tokyo Bay/Crying Inside - Yep Roc 
  • Johnny Marr - Call the Comet - New Voodoo
  • Sister Sparrow - Gold - Thirty Tigers
  • The Struts - Young & Dangerous - Interscope

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

  • Low Lily - 10,000 Days Like These - Mad River Records
  • Connla - The Next Chapter 
  • Oliver the Crow - Oliver the Crow
  • Anne Sumner - Beacon
  • Kittel & Co. - Whorls  - Compass
  • Joan Baez - Whistle Down the Wind - Concord
  • Kyle Carey - The Art of Forgetting  - Riverboat
  • Imar - Avalanche  - Big Mann
  • The Fretless - Live From the Art Farm

FatFinger - The Beatslinger - Thursdays 10pm-Midnight (KVMRx)

  • Bob Moses - Battle Lines - Domino
  • Dirtwire - Road Goes All Night - Beats Antique
  • MGMT - Little Dark Age - Columbia
  • Sofi Tukker - Treehouse - Ultra Music

Ralph Henson - Blues Spectrum - Alt. Sundays 1pm-3pm

  • Aki Kumar - Hindi Man Blues - Little Village Foundation
  • Marcel Smith - Everybody Needs Love - Little Village Foundation
  • Marcia Ball - Shine Bright - Alligator

Jodi Selene

  • Dessa - Chime - Doomtree
  • Shemekia Copeland - America's Child - Alligator
  • Jackie Greene - The Modern Lives 1 & 2 - Blue Rose Music
  • Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps - Here in Babylon - Jesi-Lu

Tyler Cook

  • Low - Double Negative - Sub Pop
  • Pressure Highway - S/T
  • Snail Mail - Lush - Matador
  • Julia Holter - Aviary - Domino
  • Cold Beat - A Simple Reflection - Dark Entries
  • Rabbit Island - Deep In The Big - Bedroom Suck
  • The Magnificent Tape Band - The Subtle Art Of Distraction - ATA
  • Screaming Females - All At Once - Don Giovanni

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