KGNU’s Top 100 albums of the year, ranked by how many spins each record received. Considering the variety of music programs in our schedule and the sheer number of DJ’s (100+) doing them, it’s no surprise that this is a diverse list. Thanks for listening with open minds and ears. It’s a credit to you, the listeners, that KGNU has been able to offer a true musical alternative for nearly 40 years.
Over the years we have been very fortunate to have visits to our studio from Antibalas. This incredible band has consistently taken time out of their busy tour schedule to play a few tunes on our airwaves. As usual, our performance space was packed tighter than a NYC subway but the unstoppable power of Antibalas can never be contained and this session proved that fact once again.
The original dance party gets an update from A Tribe Called Red. Find out how Electric Pow Wow is taking over the planet. A Tribe Called Red is a trio of Canadian DJs from Ottawa. Since 2008 they have been creating their own electronic sub-genere, electric pow wow, and are quickly emerging as a musical and political force. KGNU caught up with the members of the group, Bear Witness, DJ NDN, and Canadian DMC champ, DJ Shub by phone from Bear's home in Ottawa.
Around the time of the release of The Slew's 100% album, Kid Koala made his way into our Denver studio for an interview and DJ set on three turntables. Kid Koala scratched up a batch of improvised versions of Skanky Panky, Robbing Banks (Doin' Time), and Audrey Hepburn's 1961 take on Moon River. In between, he covered topics ranging from his graphic novels to his ambitious puppet theater project, as well as how he has pioneered aspects of implementing the turntable as a true musical instrument.
Local Gold: Eighteen members of the Itchy-O collective performed live at our studios. We've had visits from Itchy-O in the past but never had we attempted to capture one of their live performances. At long last, here is the evidence from that session. Members of the group spoke with Nat about their upcoming Gothic Theater performance.
Andrea DeMarcus and Dave Kirslis are the talented team behind Georgia’s Cicada Rhythm. The skilled guitar and bass duo produce a modernized folk sound glistening with sweet strings and haunting vocal harmonies.
Now Playing - Season 2 / Episode 1: In this episode of the program meet Joel VanHorne, the man behind Covenhoven, and hear the memories and stories from his family cabin that inspired one of the most beautiful records of 2014. Watch performances from the Walnut Room and dodge Audis in RiNo. AfterFM is a proud collaborator of Now Playing and its look at the live music scene in Colorado.
Local Gold: We've been lucky enough to have several visits from Danielle Ate The Sandwich over the years. She's performed live during one of our live broadcasts from the early days of the Underground Music Showcase and has stopped by our performance studio on a number of other occasions. On her most recent visit she shared a few tunes, including an unreleased song that she wrote for the new documentary of Edith Lake Wilkinson called Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson.
Local Gold: We had an opportunity to have Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels in for a live performance. We celebrated their latest release 'Honky Tonk Bastard World' - a release of all original material. We also spoke with Casey about his Country roots and carrying the torch of Gram Parsons into the 21st Century.
In an attempt to understand the incomprehensible legacy of Jimi Hendrix, we dig into the stacks to present a small look at Jimi's recorded output. His unparalleled and groundbreaking solo recordings took place over just three years. Excerpts from 'Jimi Hendrix: Rock and Roll Roman Candle' a radio special originally broadcast on October 10th, 2013.