Brian Posehn’s Guilty Pleasures

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Brian Posehn’s Guilty Pleasures

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017

Produced by Art Levy. Photo by Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUTX

This weekend, Moontower Comedy Fest takes place at venues all across Austin, and one of the comedians taking part is Brian Posehn. He’s a stand-up and actor known for roles on Just Shoot Me, Mr. Show, and The Sarah Silverman Program. He’s also a big metal fan, but in this feature, we wanted to hear about his musical guilty pleasures. Take a listen below and catch Posehn at Moontower.

Ondatrópica: “Bogotá”

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Ondatrópica: “Bogotá”

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017

Photo by Maria Elisa Duque

Will Holland is English, but his music as Quantic is deeply influenced by cumbia. Enter Mario Galeano, a self-styled “cumbia activist” who has sought to bridge a number of cultural divides in his native Colombia. Four years ago, the pair cooked up Ondatrópica, a revolving cast of diverse musicians separated by nationality, race, and age. But together, the band makes inventive, insistent music that’s traditionally-rooted while still irreverent (check out their cover of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man,” rendered as “Me Rum Man” in Spanish).

For Baile Bucanero, Ondatrópica’s second album, the group ballooned to 35 members and recorded on Providence Island, which has British, African, and Spanish history. Fittingly, calypso and soca sounds bubble up throughout the record, even in the mainland-set “Bogotá.” Seventy-nine-year-old saxophone player and band leader Michi Sarmiento first wrote the song in the early ’70s, but now it gets its recorded debut. Tropical influences blend with an irresistible cumbia beat, all while a psychedelic undertow drenches the capital city.

“Bogotá” appears on Baile Bucanero, out now. Holland and Galeano play a special Ondatrópica DJ set tonight at Empire Control Room.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

My KUTX: Growl

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My KUTX: Growl

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017

Photo by Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUTX. Growl is the KUTX Artist of the Month for April.

On its new album Won’t You, Growl’s fuzzy power-pop reaches new, fist-pumping heights, and this week on My KUTX, guitarist/singer Santiago Dietche, bassist Jonny Lee, and guitarist Sam Houdek double down on that sound as our guest DJs. They talk about what songs work best as touring van soundtracks, the influence of early AC/DC, and Pavement-based cat names. Take a listen at the bottom of the page or tune in on Saturday, April 22 at 6 p.m.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

[intro music: Growl – “Passerby”]

1. The Stone Roses – “I Wanna Be Adored”

2. AC/DC – “Jailbreak”

3. The Walkmen – “Little House Of Savages”

4. Broadcast – “Come On Let’s Go”

5. Total Control – “Expensive Dog”

6. The Men – “Open Your Heart”

7. Jonathan Richman – “I’m Just Beginning To Live”

8. (Sandy) Alex G – “After Ur Gone”

9. Misfits – “London Dungeon”

10. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Lariat”

11. Chris Cohen – “Rollercoaster Rider”

12. Balkans – “Edita V”

13. The Strokes – “Hard To Explain”

14. New Order – “Age Of Consent”

Old 97’s: “I Don’t Wanna Die In This Town”

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Old 97’s: “I Don’t Wanna Die In This Town”

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017

Photo by Jason Garner

A few years ago, the Old 97’s were Most Messed Up, hitting their tenth album and their second decade like a runaway train. The record sounded like both a mid-life crisis and a reaffirmation of the band’s strengths: making sweaty, twangy rock that’s more than a little messed up.

Album number eleven, Graveyard Whistling, downshifts a bit but keeps the barbed-wire edges intact. The 97’s made their name on their full-throttle live shows, and Graveyard hits the gas immediately with “I Don’t Wanna Die In This Town.” Much like his idol David Bowie, singer and guitarist Rhett Miller has a way of performing for both the kids up front and the older ones sipping a beer in the back row. “I Don’t Wanna Die” is a country-punk plea that could’ve slotted in nicely on the 97’s scruffy 1994 debut. Twenty-three years later, the band still plays with abandon, but they’re also keeping an anxious eye on the clock.

“I Don’t Wanna Die In This Town” appears on Graveyard Whistling, out now via ATO. The Old 97’s play the Old Settler’s Music Festival on Saturday, April 22.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

The Wild Reeds: “Fall To Sleep”

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The Wild Reeds: “Fall To Sleep”

Posted by on Apr 17, 2017

Mackenzie Howe, Kinsey Lee, and Sharon Silva formed the Wild Reeds in L.A. shortly after meeting in college. All three are songwriters, individually coming up with songs before bringing them to the rest of the band. But when the trio harmonizes, the Wild Reeds become bigger than the sum of their parts. The World We Built, the band’s second album, is just that: a world that’s built around the Reeds’ golden voices, orbited by folk, pop, and garage rock touches. Lee takes the lead on “Fall To Sleep,” a song that reckons with the not-too-glamorous side of being a musician, like scraping together gas money or working a 9-to-5 on little sleep. Even with its otherworldly sound, “Fall To Sleep” is rooted in a common bond: getting by the day-to-day.

“Fall To Sleep” appears on The World We Built, out now. Margin Walker & KUTX present the Wild Reeds at the Barracuda on Saturday, April 22.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX