Music

KUMD Album Review: Sad13

Nov 23, 2016

Sad13 | Slugger

What Sad13’s premiere album, Slugger, may lose in approachability is quickly supplemented by songs so unique they cannot be forgotten without a good effort. Each song has a rough edge, a DIY feel, and yet a modern and electronic presence can always be felt. The tracks, while certainly part of the modern pop scene, stand out like the sore thumbs that won the game.

KUMD shared an concert on Thanksgiving with Native American musicians Sonny Johnson and Annie Humphrey in an evening of  Minnesota music and stories of shared traditions. The KUMD event Ojibwe Then & Now included a full day of events celebrating Ojibwe tradition and bringing it forward, from the youth of Remer schools performing at the traditional walleye feast  to this evening concert at Weber Music Hall. This event was supported by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and by Native Lives Matter.

This Duluth trio from the early 2000s featured Fractals members Barry "Chuck #2" Pirkola and Darryn "D" Wallace as well as Chuck "Chuck #1" Juntunen playing a mix of acid and surf rock and traditional country. They'll reunite for a CD release show on Friday, November 25 at Beaner's Central in Duluth for Super Rally Case, a collection of hot rod songs from the Double Chucks, the Fractals, and another Pirkola project, the Hootowls. They joined us in the studio November 21, 2016.


We were happy to welcome this young bluegrass trio, originally formed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin but now based in Milwaukee, back to our studios on November 17, 2016.  

  

Since their last visit they've toured steadily, played numerous festivals, and released a critically-acclaimed third album, Cartoon Moon. They performed the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.


KUMD Album Review: Bon Iver

Nov 16, 2016

Bon Iver | 22, A Million

Kanye West once said that Justin Vernon, also known as, Bon Iver, was his favorite living artist. 22, A Million, Vernon’s newest album has many saying the same.

Beautiful, willful and something of a triumph, 22, A Million moves listeners, though they may struggle to explain why or how. The first listen leaves them wondering. The second — wanting. And the third — crying tears of both sorrow and joy.

In its nearly 10-year history, this Minneapolis bluegrass group has released several albums, performed everywhere from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to A Prairie Home Companion, and even founded their own festival, Blue Ox.

On their new album Discovery of Honey, founding member Ryan Young of Trampled by Turtles re-joins them. We found out more about the album when they stopped by our studios on November 11, 2016 in advance of their CD release show the same night at the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth.


KUMD Album Review: NxWorries

Nov 9, 2016

NxWorries | Yes Lawd!

If anyone has been sleeping on Anderson Paak, it’s time to wake up. Paak and beat maker extraordinaire, Knxlwledge, have joined forces under the alias NxWorries to present their brain child, Yes Lawd!

Local singer, songwriter, and fiddler Gaelynn Lea's whole life changed when she won NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert contest earlier this year. She and her husband sold their house, outfitted a van for touring, and hit the road. Lea was last in our studios the day before she found out the big news; we were happy to welcome her back on November 9, 2016 to find out about everything that's happened since then, and to hear tracks from her upcoming Christmas album Deepest Darkness, Brightest Dawn. She'll perform a CD release show on Saturday, November 12 at Beaner's Central in Duluth.

KUMD Album Review: The Radio Dept.

Nov 2, 2016

The Radio Dept. | Running Out of Love

Who wants a break from American politics? –All hands go up- Alright, let’s get started. Running Out Of Love is an album composed from social and political unrest, hailing from one of the few places that could rival Duluth for being the most victimized by winter: Sweden.

KUMD Album Review: Ruminations

Oct 26, 2016

Conor Oberst | Ruminations

The leaves have turned and in that Duluth wind whispers a certain change. The crisp leaves will soon give way to even crisper, icy mornings. Fear not, Northerners; where layers of sweaters and wool socks fail to wrap snugly, Conor Oberst’s new album, Ruminations, will be sure to blanket every listener in warmth. Oberst’s smooth vocals with a slight twang glide over the piano and guitar with various lapses into Bob Dylan-esque harmonica affairs.

This Minneapolis alt-country performer recently put out his second release, and EP with tight backing band the Red Daughters. He'll be returning to the Red Herring Lounge in Duluth for a show on November 19th; we got a preview when he joined us in the studio on October 24, 2016.


KUMD Album Review: Kishi Bashi

Oct 19, 2016

Kishi Bashi | Sonderlust

From time to time an album will arise that is truly a joy to listen to. Sonderlust qualifies. Sonderlust is lead vocalist and violinist Kaoru Ishibashi’s third time at the head of the musical experiment that is Kishi Bashi. Third albums, much like second albums, are often the testing ground for a band’s ability to stay relevant and powerful. The reports are in. Kishi Bashi hasn’t lost its step.

Kate Voss (Sundae) and Jason Goessl (Mr. Goessl) make up this Seattle wife-and-husband duo. With vocalist Voss backed by Goessl on guitar, the pair specializes in vintage jazz from the 1930s on, with forays into western swing, Brazilian jazz, and other retro styles. They joined us in the studio on October 19, 2016 for a preview of their show the same night at the Spirit Room in Superior.

Listen to our session with this Portland, Oregon based singer/songwriter from October 17, 2016. He performed the same night at Beaner's Central in Duluth.

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KUMD Album Review: Drugdealer

Oct 12, 2016

Drugdealer | The End of Comedy

Often one wouldn’t know they wanted an album like Drugdealer’s debut The End of Comedy. It takes one or two front-to- back listens to realize that this album, an amalgam of classic psychedelic riffs, jazz, and alternative rock, is exactly where you wanted the new age of “make what you want” to go.

A quick history lesson makes it clear that Michael Collins, the hand and mind behind the band, isn’t new to this game. Previously working under the names Run DMT and Salvia Plath, Collins now leads the charge with Drugdealer.

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