Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Featured Last Week:

(L-R) Thievery Corporation, Bon Iver, Khaira Arby, Rainer

KXCI connects you with more new music this week as Thievery Corporation releases their sixth album, continuing to draw from British influences such as Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead. Their latest, Culture of Fear is the featured album this week on Your Morning Brew.

Whether Justin Vernon is shacked up in his quiet Wisconsin recording studio, or bustin' lyrics with Kanye West, everything he does seems to be hailed by critics. Bon Iver, Bon Iver is Vernon's follow up to 2007's For Emma, Forever Ago, and even though we don't always "get" the rustic chamber folk-pop of artists like Vernon, Mumford and Sons or Fleet Foxes, a lot of folks sure do. And there is most certainly something there in the music, requiring patience and space to absorb. Bon Iver is the featured album this week on The Home Stretch.

Mali's Khaura Arby is an icon in contemporary Sonrhai culture and her latest album Timbuktu Tarab is a wonderful mix of traditional African and Tinarawin cultures. The mix of traditional African [n'goni, sokou, calabash] and American [batterie, electric guitars] musical instruments are still her standard. This album adds electric guitars.

Finally, from the vast Rainer archive comes our 330 Local Music News this week, Roll Back the Years, Recorded in 1997 with Joey Burns and John Convertino. At the time, Rainer was at the high point of his recovery from a brain tumor, but would eventually pass away in November of the same year.


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