Friday, December 31, 2010

Top Albums of 2010, #1 to #50

The Top 100 Albums of 2010, as determined by airplay on KXCI. Here's #1-50, for #51-100 please see our earlier blog post:
1. New Pornographers, Together
2. Spoon, Transference
3. KXCI Presents: Live From Studio 2A Vol. 8
4. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
5. Los Lobos, Tin Can Trust
6. Daptone Gold compilation
7. The Swell Season, Strict Joy
8. Grupo Fantasma, Existential
9. Dr. Dog, Shame Shame
10. Local Natives Gorilla Manor
11. Alejandro Escovedo, Street Songs Of Love
12. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, I Learned The Hard Way
13. Josh Rouse, El Turista
14. Broken Bells, Broken Bells
15. Andrew Collberg, On The Wreath
16. Chuck Prophet, Let Freedom Ring!
17. Jack Johnson, To The Sea
18. Leila Lopez, Fault Lines
19. Vampire Weekend, Contra
20. Bettye Lavette, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook

21. The Black Keys, Brothers
22. Carolina Chocolate Drops, Genuine Negro Jig
23. Citizen Cope, The Rain Water LP
24. Namoli Brennet, Black Crow
25. Delta Spirit, History From Below
26. Trombone Shorty, Backatown
27. Fitz & The Tantrums, Pickin' Up The Pieces
28. Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Sound Of Sunshine
29. Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs, God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise
30. 2010 Festival En El Barrio Viejo

31. Eels, Tomorrow Morning
32. Sheryl Crow, 100 Miles From Memphis
33. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals
34. Anders Osborne,American Patchwork
35. Jakob Dylan, Women + Country
36. Stefan George, Cloth
37. Peter Wolf, Midnight Souvenirs
38. The Modeens, Take A Ride with The Modeens
39. The Album Leaf, A Chorus Of Storytellers
40. Robert Plant, Band Of Joy

41. The Weepies, Be My Thrill
42. Robert Francis, Before Nightfall
43. Clem Snide, The Meat of Life
44. Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars, Rise & Shine
45. Broken Social Scene, Forgiveness Rock Record
46. Josh Ritter, So Runs The World Away
47. Sarah Jaffe, Suburban Nature
48. Angelique Kidjo, Oyo
49. Pink Martini, Splendor In The Grass
50. Ra Ra Riot, The Orchard

Top Albums of 2010, #51-#100

The Top 100 Albums of 2010, as determined by airplay on KXCI. Here's #51 to #100:
51. Shout Out Louds, Work
52. Gotan Project, Tango 3.0
53. V.V. Brown, Travelling Like The Light
54. Jason Collett, Rat A Tat Tat
55. Bobby Bare Jr., A Storm - A Tree - My Mother's Head
56. Jenny And Johnny, I'm Having Fun Now
57. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Mojo
58. Nomad Planets, You're Never Lost Until You Panic
59. The Morning Benders, Big Echo
60. Gorillaz, Plastic Beach

61. Daniel Johnston, Is And Always Was
62. The Aliens, Luna
63. Good Old War, Good Old War
64. Brian Lopez, El Blanco
65. Junip, Fields
66. The Cat Empire, Cinema
67. Johnny Cash, American VI: Ain't No Grave
68. Eels, End Times
69. Mavis Staples, You Are Not Alone
70. Terri Hendrix, Cry Till You Laugh

71. Flyin' High: A Collection of Phoenix Blues, Rhythm, and Spirit
72. Sarah Harmer, Oh Little Fire
73. Jamie Cullum, The Pursuit
74. She & Him, Volume 2
75. Jay Farrar & Ben Gibbard, One Fast Move Or I'm Gone
76. Norah Jones, The Fall
77. Railroad Earth, Railroad Earth
78. Sufjan Stevens, The Age Of Adz
79. The National, High Violet
80. Eric Bibb, Booker's Guitar

81. Laura Veirs, July Flame
82. Ringo Starr, Y Not
83. Goldspot, And The Elephant Is Dancing
84. Seashell Radio, What Do You Have Against Happiness?
85. Loren Dircks, Killing The Magic
86. Stone River Boys, Love On The Dial
87. Ozomatli, Fire Away
88. Tom Waits, Glitter and Doom Live
89. Systems Officer, Underslept
90. Eli 'Paperboy' Reed, Come and Get It!

91. Mumford & Sons, Sigh No More
92. Widespread Panic, Dirty Side Down
93. Ray Davies, The Kinks Choral Collection
94. Kevin Pakulis, Shadesville
95. MGMT, Congratulations
96. David Byrne & Fatboy Slim, Here Lies Love
97. Jackie Greene, Till The Light Comes
98. Forro In The Dark, Light A Candle (Dig)
99. OK Go, Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky
100. Band of Horses, Infinite Arms

Monday, December 27, 2010

Featured This Week on KXCI:

(L-R) James Vincent McMorrow, Susie Hug, Natacha Atlas, Roxy Music (CD Documentary)

From Dublin, Ireland, comes James Vincent McMorrow whos new album - his very first, mind you - impresses in its depth and density. We catch up with former Katydids front woman Susie Hug who teamed up with Burns and Convertino (Calexico), for a rhythm section on her summer of 2010 release. Belgian songstress Natacha Atlas continues to embrace her mixed heritage as she sheds the dance floor beats and strides further towards the acoustic. Our CD Documentary: Roxy Music's Country Life stands as a seminal album of the 70's, if not a controversial one.

Friday, December 31st, 7am-6pm The KXCI 2010 Top 100 Countdown

Your Morning Brew w/Jim Blackwood

Global Express | 7:20am
Natacha Atlass | Mounqaliba

Featured Album of the Week | 8:20am
Susie Hug | Tucson Moonshine

The Home Stretch w/Jason Repko

3:30 Local Music News
M- Silverthread Trio
T- Mostly Bears
W- VanGogh Rescue
R-Mik Garrison

Featured Album of the Week | 5:00pm
James Vincent McMorrow | Early In the Morning

CD Documentary | Monday @ 4pm, repeats Thurs. @9:50am
Roxy Music | Country Life

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Monday, December 20, 2010

Featured Last Week on KXCI:

(L-R) Cassandra Wilson, World Christmas, Edie Brickell, Golden Alphabet

Cassandra Wilson's new album mixes songs recorded both live and within a studio setting and features an outstanding backing band. Edie Brickell releases a fantastic solo effort produced by Martin Sexton. We hear from local super group Golden Alphabet and Putamayo releases their current holiday compilation.

VOTING starts today for our KXCI Listener's Top 10. We'll air the Listener Top 10 on Monday, January 3rd at 5pm.

The KXCI TOP 100 will air Friday, December 31st from 7am-6pm with hosts Jim Blackwood, Ginger Doran, Susie B and KXCI's Music Director, Duncan Hudson covering for Jason Repko on The Home Stretch.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Also This Week On KXCI:

Tue., Dec 21 | Rosie's Rhythm Room | 8-10pm
From silly to sentimental, it's a Redneck Christmas Show!

Thr., Dec. 23 | Halftime At The Apocalypse | 8-10pm
The Paul Winter Consorts version of The Man Who Planted Trees

Fri., Dec. 24 | Digital Empire | 10pm-mid
Italo Christmas Eve - pop hits from 70-80's Italy with Dave Wright

Christmas Day | Mele O Hawaii | 4-6am
Host John Putnam covers classic Hawaii and stateside favorites. He might tell a story or two if you leave him cookies and milk...

Christmas Day | Betsi's B&B goes 6-9am, and Milo goes Bluegrass from 9am-noon.

Christmas Day | Ruby's Roadhouse | noon-2pm
One Nut Short of a Fruitcake | offbeat and slightly irreverent songs for your holiday

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Celebrate the season Live: The KXCI 9th Annual Sonic Solstice

Live local musicians celebrate the sounds of the seasons Monday, December 20th beginning at 5pm.

5:00 Michael Ronstadt
5:20 Ashbury
5:40 John De Roo
6:00 Michael P. Nordberg and Christina Williams
6:20 Salvador Duran
6:40 Silverbell
7:00 The Technophobes (Scotty Kerr and others)
7:20 Ferrodyne
7:40 Leila Lopez
8:00 Logan Green and The Bricks
8:20 Brittany and Gabe

Plus special recordings from Lisa Otey and Diane Van Deurzen, Howe Gelb and Ricky Gelb plus more!

On Air Today @ 5:30pm

Live in Studio 2A!, Lisa Otey and Diane Van Deurzen on The Home Stretch

Monday, December 13, 2010

Featured Last Week on KXCI:

(L-R) Pete Yorn, Radical Face, Johnny Clegg, Studio 2A

Pete Yorn, churning out the creativity, releases his third album in the past 12 months. We'll listen to an EP from Radical Face, a project of young Floridian Ben Cooper. We're also excited about Johnny Clegg's first U.S. release in 17 years! Clegg's group Juluka introduced South African rhythms to the U.S. way before Paul Simon's Graceland. This week on the 3:30 Local Music News, we highlight local acts playing in town by revisiting KXCI Studio 2A recordings from the past.

Dr. Dan features Gaza Strip on Locals Only, live in Studio 2A, Monday at 9pm.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Last Week On KXCI:

(L-R) Balval, Diane Van Deurzen & Lisa Otey, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Steve Wynn

Swing into the season this week with Dianne Van Deurzen and Lisa Otey's new holiday album; Spanish Harlem Orchestra release another fantastic album that keeps the salsa swinging for all generations; Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3  is psychedelic, greasy, sneaky, manic, wise, seasoned, nervous and ragged in all the right places, and Balval (meaning wind in Romanes, the gypsy language), blend traditional sounds with cosmopolitan, musette-inflected ballads in their latest.

Holladay Intermediate Magnet School kidos sing us some holiday cheer this Wednesday. We'll learn a bit more about the The Great Cover Up and hear about 2nd Saturdays Downtown.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Holladay Chorus Live On KXCI Community Radio

The chorus from Holladay Intermediate Magnet School joined us to perform some holiday tunes on Tuesday morning. We will re-air their performance at 5:30pm Wednesday on The Home Stretch. The students will also perform Saturday at The Screening Room downtown (6:30pm) as part of 2nd Saturdays Downtown.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Karl Denson Thursday at The Rialto - Friday an Irish Christmas in America live in Studio 2A

Karl Denson
KXCI Presents! Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe at The Rialto Theatre
on Thursday, December 2nd. Between stints with the Greyboy Allstars and
Lenny Kravitz, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe create a funky dance party
combining jam band soul with jazz and hip hop. Doors open at 8pm
with Orgone for this all ages show. Tune in to KXCI for your chance to win tickets all day Wednesday and Thursday.

Irish Christmas In America
Tune in to The Home Stretch at 5:30pm Friday for special guests in Studio 2A, an Irish Christmas In America. Assembled by the band Teada, this 7 member group on tour from Ireland for the season, plays Irish music on fiddle, uilleann pipes, Irish harp, accordion, bodhran (Irish drum) with vocals in Irish (gaelic) and English by Seamus Begley on his first trip to the U.S., from County Kerry. Also Irish dancing, Brian Cunningham from Ireland, plus local dancers to be announced. They perform Friday night at The Berger Performing Arts Center, More info at In Concert Tucson.