My KUTX: Will Courtney

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My KUTX: Will Courtney

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018

Photo by Emree Weaver/KUTX

Austin’s Will Courtney spent a few years building a home studio to record his latest album, this year’s Crazy Love. But the funny thing is, the record sounds more like it was recorded in a rowdy bar than in the company of couches and rugs. Courtney’s country rock is fried on the edges and filled with heart, in step with his musical heroes but offering something else to the conversation. This week on My KUTX, Courtney returns as our guest DJ to dig deep into Crazy Love‘s patchwork of influences. Hear the episode on Saturday, November 10 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Status Quo: “Down Down”

2. Frank Black & The Catholics – “End Of Miles”

3. J.J. Cale – “I Got The Same Old Blues”

4. Marc Benno – “Speak Your Mind”

5. Tony Joe White – “Groupy Girl”

6. Nick Lowe – “I Read A Lot”

7. Nicky Hopkins – “Waiting For The Band”

8. David Wiffen – “Coast To Coast Fever”

9. Tenlons Fort – “Pain Is Still Alive”

10. Dr. Feelgood – “Cheque Book”

11. Jonathan Richman – “You’re Crazy For Taking The Bus”

12. Kathleen Edwards – “Goodnight, California”

13. Leon Russell – “Stranger In A Strange Land”

My KUTX: Music Writer Jessica Hopper

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My KUTX: Music Writer Jessica Hopper

Posted by on Nov 2, 2018

Photo by Julia Reihs/KUTX

Jessica Hopper is an author, editor, and critic whose work has appeared in Pitchfork, Spin, Rookie, GQ, Rolling Stone, and more (her 2015 piece on Björk is one of my favorite pieces of music writing). Her third book, Night Moves (out now via UT Press), is a memoir of being young in Chicago and finding her musical and critical voice. This week on My KUTX, we’re turning the keys over to Hopper for an hour of songs and artists that inspired Night Moves. Hear the episode on Saturday, November 3 or anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters – “Hard Times”

2. Rufus & Chaka Khan – “Close The Door”

3. Prince – “Strange Relationship”

4. Fugazi – “Merchandise”

5. Curtis Mayfield – “Move On Up”

6. John Lennon – “Meat City”

7. Joan of Arc – “Hello Goodnight Good Morning”

8. Adina Howard – “Freak Like Me”

9. Lungfish – “Love Is Love”

10. Arthur Russell – “That’s Us/Wild Combination”

11. Peter Brötzmann, Paal Nilssen-Love & Mats Gustafsson – “Bullets Through Rain”

My KUTX: Austin Food Critic Matthew Odam

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My KUTX: Austin Food Critic Matthew Odam

Posted by on Oct 26, 2018

Photo by Emree Weaver/KUTX

We love food here in Austin (duh). With some new barbeque/ramen/burger/pizza/kimchi joint opening seemingly every week, you need somebody to help sort the mouth-watering meals from the meh. Good thing Austin-American Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam is on the case: this week sees the release of his annual eating guide, a countdown of the best fifty restaurants in Austin. He’s also the guest DJ on My KUTX, spinning songs that help him write, think, and eat delicious meals for a living. Hear Matthew Odam’s My KUTX on Saturday, October 27 at 6 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. David Byrne & Brian Eno – “Strange Overtones”

2. Steely Dan – “Peg”

3. Miles Davis – “Blue In Green”

4. Okkervil River – “Unless It’s Kicks”

5. Sarah Jaffe – “Slow Pour”

6. John Coltrane – “Giant Steps”

7. Digable Planets – “Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”

8. Kermit Ruffins – “Drop Me Off In New Orleans”

9. Willie Nelson – “I’d Have To Be Crazy”

10. Shinyribs – “Brokedown Palace”

11. Band Of Horses – “Marry Song”

My KUTX: Houston Rap Writer Lance Scott Walker

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My KUTX: Houston Rap Writer Lance Scott Walker

Posted by on Oct 19, 2018

Photo by Julia Reihs/KUTX

In the ’90s, rap in the popular imagination was dominated by East and West Coast voices. But in Houston, a particularly Gulf Coast sound brewed up, boiling over in the early 2000s when Paul Wall and Chamillionaire hit the national spotlight. Before the chart-toppers though, the Houston scene birthed its own distinctive sound and creative vision, thanks to the chopped-and-screwed psychedelia of DJ Screw, Geto Boys’ confrontational style, and countless other Texas-ized innovations.

Writer and Galveston native Lance Scott Walker spent years documenting Houston’s scene, and it’s now immortalized in a handful of books. The most recent–Houston Rap Tapes: An Oral History Of Bayou City Hip-Hop–features interviews, album art, maps, and photos, and Walker brings the book to the Texas Book Festival here in Austin on October 27. And this week on My KUTX, he also brings this knowledge for a Houston-centric takeover of My KUTX. Hear the episode on Saturday, October 20 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Travis Scott – “Sicko Mode”

2. E.S.G. & Slim Thug – “Getchya Hands Up”

3. Klondike Kat – “Ghetto Baby”

4. K-Rino – “Ups & Downs” (feat. Bang)

5. Cl’Che’ – “Can’t Nobody” (feat. Hawk)

6. DJ DMD – “25 Lighters” (feat. Fat Pat & Lil Keke)

7. Oticia Redman – “Subliminal”

8. Paul Wall – “Sittin’ Sidewayz” (feat. Big Pokey)

9. Geto Boys – “Mind Playing Tricks On Me”

My KUTX: Carson McHone

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My KUTX: Carson McHone

Posted by on Oct 12, 2018

Carson McHone is the KUTX Artist of the Month for October. Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX.

Austin’s Carson McHone started out playing both the Hole In The Wall and the White Horse, a pairing that perfectly captures her old school roots as well as her younger appeal. Her new album, Carousel, is just her second, but McHone’s youthful outlook is refreshing. So is her guest DJ set, which reckons with the “ramblin’ man” myth in country music; the brilliance of hometown heroes like Lucinda Williams and Patty Griffin; and the danger of listening to Steve Earle while driving (warning: he might make you want to speed). Hear Carson McHone’s My KUTX on Saturday, October 13 at 6 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page, and be sure to see McHone at the Cactus Cafe on November 1.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

[intro music: Carson McHone – “Good Time Daddy Blues”]

1. Townes Van Zandt – “Rake”

2. Roger Miller – “Leaving’s Not The Only Way To Go”

3. Steve Earle – “Fearless Heart”

4. Willis Alan Ramsey – “Painted Lady”

5. Uncle Walt’s Band – “Don’t You Think I Feel It Too”

6. Lucinda Williams – “I Lost It”

7. James McMurtry – “Childish Things”

8. Patty Griffin – “Driving”

9. Alex Cameron – “Candy May”

10. Tristen – “Glass Jar”

11. Molly Burch – “To The Boys”

12. Blake Mills – “Cheers”