Thursday, January 5, 2017

WUMB Staff Picks: Best Of 2016

We've all got different musical tastes here at WUMB and that's part of what makes the station so eclectic! Here are our individual picks for Top 10 Albums of 2016:

Brendan Hogan

1) Dawes - We're All Gonna Die
2) Kacy and Clayton - Strange Country
3) The Jayhawks - Paging Mr. Proust 
4) Leonard Cohen - You Want it Darker
5) Samantha Farrell - September Sun
6) The Rolling Stones - Blue and Lonesome
7) Aaron Lee Tasjan - Silver Tears
8) Esme Patterson - We Were Wild
9) Peter Wolf - A Cure for Loneliness
10) Bob Weir - Blue Mountain

Dave Palmater

1) The Small Glories - Wondrous Traveler
2) Jim Kweskin and Geoff Muldaur - Penny’s Farm
3) Lisa Bastoni - The Wishing Hour
4) Richard Shindell - Careless
5) Kacy and Clayton - Strange Country
6) Mandolin Orange - Blind Failler
7) Bob Weir - Blue Mountain
8) Darrell Scott - Couchville Sessions
9) Session Americana - Great Shakes
10) Eileen Ivers - Beyond the Bog Road

Albert O

1) Vandaveer - the Wild Mercury
2) Hiss Golden Messenger - Heart Like A Levee
3) Ryley Walker - Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
4) Darlingside – Whipporwill
5) Sam Beam/Jesca Hoop - Love Letter For Fire
6) Jayhawks - Paging Mr. Proust
7) Stray Birds - Magic Fire
8) Grant Lee Phillips - the Narrows
9) Cactus Blossoms - You're Dreaming
10) Mandolin Orange – Blindfaller

Jess Phaneuf

1) Ages and Ages – Something To Ruin
2) Fruit Bats – Absolute Loser
3) Esme Patterson – We Were Wild
4) The Lumineers - Cleopatra
5) Sam Beam/Jesca Hoop – Love Letter For Fire
6) Dawes – We’re All Gonna Die
7) Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math
8) Bon Iver - 22, A Million 
9) Regina Spektor – Remember Us To Life
10) Parker Milsap – The Very Last Day 

Jay Moberg

1) The Lumineers – Cleopatra
2) Case/Lang/Veirs – Case/Lang/Veirs
3) Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
4) Samantha Farrell – September Sun
5) Hiss Golden Messenger – Heart Like A Levee
6) The Jayhawks – Paging Mr. Proust
7) Karl Blau – Introducing Karl Blau
8) Esme Patterson – We Were Wild
9) Sam Beam/Jesca Hoop – Love Letter For Fire
10) Stray Birds – Magic Fire

Perry Persoff

1) Allen Touissant - American Tune
2) Aoife O'Donovan - In The Magic Hour
3) Lee Harvey Osmond - Beautiful Scars
4) Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20
5) Carrie Rodriguez – Lola
6) Dennis Brennan - Into This World
7) Sarah Jarosz – Undercurrent
8) Margaret Glaspy - Emotions and Math
9) Christian McNeill - Trapped On The Planet, Part 1
10) The Jayhawks - Paging Mr. Proust

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Top 10 Albums of 2016

WUMB listeners and members weighed in with their picks for the best albums of 2016 and we created a Top 10 list with the results! 

Here's the list:

10. Tedeschi Trucks Band – Let Me Get By

9.     Samantha Farrell – September Sun

8.     The Avett Brothers – True Sadness

7.     Joan Baez – 75th Birthday Celebration

6.    Aoife O’Donovan – In the Magic Hour

5.    Bonnie Raitt – Dig In Deep

4.    Lake Street Dive – Side Pony

3.     The Stray Birds – Magic Fire

2.    Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker

1.    Lori McKenna - The Bird and the Rifle

Thursday, July 14, 2016

New at WUMB

We're loving this collaboration of Neko Case, k.d. lang and Laura Veirs! lang invited Case and Veirs to make this album three years ago in a one-line email, and what they've made is fantastic.

"case/lang/veirs, their first album together, feels like something ... substantial and exciting: a worthy extension of three tremendous catalogs, in which three great singer-songwriters sound enhanced and invigorated by the challenge of living up to each other's legacies."
 -- Stephen Thompson, NPR Music

Eric D. Johnson's group Fruit Bats is getting attention for their recent album Absolute Loser. After a five-year hiatus, Fruit Bats' new record is a great renewal of their old sound. Says Eric Swedlund of Paste Magazine, "anyone who’s tapped feet or nodded along to Fruit Bats in the past will find plenty to embrace with this new batch of familiar, comfortable tunes."

 Esmé Patterson's song "No River" comes off her album We Were Wild. Check out the music video, and see why she's one of our favorite new artists here at WUMB!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

New on WUMB

We've recently been playing the new Paul Simon single "Wristband" from the forthcoming album Stranger to Stranger. The album comes out June 3rd.

Stranger to Stranger is a set of songs that crack jokes and ponder questions about love, death, spirituality, baseball, economic inequality, brain chemistry and music itself. It’s the latest ambitious, tuneful installment in…an exceptionally long career.”

 – Jon Pareles / The New York Times

We've been loving the new Lumineers album Cleopatra! They haven't put out an album since their debut in 2012.

"The number of fans we have blows us away. I don’t care about the number of records we sell, I’m just happy that the music connects with people."

-Wesley Schultz   guitarist/singer

 Have you heard the Eli Paperboy Reed cover of the Johnny Cash tune "Cut Ya Down"?


Check out more new music we've been playing HERE.

Friday, December 18, 2015

WUMB's Top 10 Albums Of 2015

After tallying listener votes, we made a list of the Top 10 Albums of 2015... here they are!

1) Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free2) Josh Ritter - Sermon on the Rocks3) Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - The Traveling Kind4) Patty Griffin - Servant of Love5) Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter6) Alabama Shakes - Sound and Color7) Dave Rawlings Machine - Nashville Obsolete8) Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands9) Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow Is My Turn10) Mark Knopfler - Tracker

Monday, December 14, 2015

WUMB Hosts Choose Their Favorite Albums Of 2015

We'll start our TOP 10 COUNTDOWN tomorrow! Tune in throughout the week as we reveal WUMB's Top 10 Albums of 2015...meanwhile the staff here has shared their personal favorites:

Brendan Hogan


1) Jeffrey Foucault - Salt As Wolves
2) Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
3) Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow Is My Turn
4) Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands
5) The New Basement Tapes - Lost On The River
6) Pops Staples - Don't Lose This
7) The Suitcase Junket - Make Time
8) Mark Knopfler - Tracker
9) Ray Wylie Hubbard - The Ruffian's Misfortune
10) Bob Dylan - Bootleg Series Volume 12: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966

Dave Palmater

1) The Dustbowl Revival - With a Lampshade On
2) Barnstar - Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out!
3) Josh Ritter - Sermon on the Rocks 
4) Old Man Luedecke - Domestic Eccentric
5) Darlingside - Birds Say
6) Tom Russell - Rose of Roscrae
7) Tim O’Brien - Pompador
8) Gretchen Peters - Blackbirds
9) James McMutry - Complicated Game
10) Della Mae - Della Mae

Albert O

1) Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
2) Christopher Paul Stelling - Labor Against Waste
3) New Basement Tapes - Lost On The River
4) Josh Rouse - The Embers Of Time
5) Joan Shelley - Over + Even
6) Joe Pug - Windfall
7) Israel Nash - Silver Season
8) Mandolin Orange - Such Jubilee
9) HoneyHoney - 3
10) The Wood Brothers - Paradise

Jess Phaneuf

1) Alabama Shakes - Sound And Color
2) My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall
3) Decemberists - What A Terrible World What A Beautiful World
4) Josh Ritter - Sermon On The Rocks
5) Brandi Carlile - The Firewatcher's Daughter
6) Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands
7) Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit
8) Punch Brothers - The Phosphorescent Blues
9) Laura Marling - Short Movie
10) JD McPherson - Let The Good Times Roll

Perry Persoff

1) Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
2) Josh Ritter - Sermon On The Rocks
3) Calexico - Edge Of The Sun
4) Mike & Ruthy Band - Bright As You Can
5) Ana Egge w/The Stray Birds - Bright Shadow
6) Mandolin Orange - Such Jubilee
7) Rhiannon Giddens - Tomorrow Is My Turn
8) The Dustbowl Revival - With a Lampshade On
9) Eilen Jewell - Sundown Over Ghost Town
10) Danielle Miraglia - Glory Junkies

Patrick Coman
Local Folk

1) Suitcase Junket - Make Time
2) Jeffrey Foucault - Salt As Wolves
3) Brown Bird - Axis Mundi
4) The Grownup Noise - Stewing
5) Caitlin Canty - Reckless Skyline
6) Session Americana - Pack Up The Circus
7) Darlingside - Birds Say
8) Barnstar - Sit Down! Get Up! Get Out!
9) Tall Heights - Holding On, Holding Out
10) Krista Baroni - The Alabaster Girl

Jay Moberg
Program Director/Music Director

1) Jason Isbell - Something More Than Free
2) Dave Rawlings Machine - Nashville Obsolete
3) Israel Nash - Silver Season
4) The Wood Brothers - Paradise
5) Mandolin Orange - Such Jubilee
6) Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell - The Traveling Kind
7) Jeffrey Foucault - Salt as Wolves
8) Joan Shelley - Over + Even
9) The Ballroom Thieves - A Wolf in the Doorway
10) The New Basement Tapes - Lost on the River

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

In Memory Of Michael Troy

We lost one of the good ones last Sunday. Michael Troy lost his long, courageous battle against cancer. He was a brilliant songwriter, a kind and gentle man, and I am proud to have called him friend for some three decades. He was a true working class folksinger. More Guthrie than Dylan. He worked hard all his life. He had been a commercial fisherman and a mill hand.

The thing about Michael’s songs it that you believe every word of them, every line of every song. That's because Michael has seen it, done it, and been it. His songs are about real people who have real lives. People who work and love and triumph over the everyday obstacles that we all face, and sometimes fail. He writes of the people that populate the seacoast of his native Massachusetts but are they that different from the people that you know? And as soon as you've heard the songs don't you feel like you've known them all your life?

Michael was a rare observer who could condense a story into a few simple verses. He was a rare writer who creates poetry that sounds like speech. It seems to be just the way people talk, only better. Michael was also a rare composer who writes melodies that sound like the people whose stories they carry.

In ancient days Michael might have been called a bard, but rather than telling tales of epic battles he chooses to tell the stories of people whose battles are smaller but, in their own way, just as epic. As you listen to Michael's songs you come to know these folks and you come to like them. As you listen to his songs you'll also come to know Michael, you'll like him too, and believe him, every line of every song.

For more information on Michael visit

-Dave Palmater

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

WUMB 2015 Fall Fundrive

It's that time again! Here at WUMB we are asking for your monetary support to help us continue to bring you the programming that you love. Where else will you hear artists ranging from Ryan Adams to Townes Van Zandt, to local artists like Darlingside? If you didn't learn about them on WUMB you may not know about these talented artists. Your financial support for WUMB gives you a radio station that plays the music you want to hear even if it's your first time pledging. Listener support makes up a significant percentage of WUMB's overall funding and that is why your contribution is vital.

WUMB is always here for you, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. You will always find great music and knowledgeable hosts like Albert, Brendan and Dave. You can count on them being there every day. And we count on you for a pledge.

We're asking you to be as generous as you can when you call 800-573-2100. If you could make a $50 a month commitment to WUMB we'd be glad to thank you with our WUMB jacket. You can also pledge on our website Pledging only takes a couple of minutes. Soon you'll have done your part to keep WUMB on the air. And if $50 a month is out of your price range contribute any amount that is comfortable for you. Every dollar makes a difference.

Call 800-573-2100 or pledge online here.