Band Of Heathens: “All I’m Asking”

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Band Of Heathens: “All I’m Asking”

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016

Photo by Greg Giannukos

Having multiple points-of-view has been an asset for the Austin group Band Of Heathens, which has boasted several songwriters in its lineup since first forming at the defunct Momo’s over a decade ago. “All the players in this band can write songs, arrange harmonies, come up with hooks, produce records,” says singer/guitarist Ed Jurdi via email. “In general I think having more creative fuel in an ensemble is always a good thing.”  For its upcoming fifth album, the Band Of Heathens opened its circle even wider to include Jim Vollentine, a producer and engineer known for working with White Denim, Heartless Bastards, Old 97’s and others.

For a band that started out releasing a pair of live albums, the Heathens have increasingly sounded more comfortable in the studio, so much so that Jurdi calls it the “heart and soul of the creative process.” The group’s roots-rock dynamic still underpins the songs, but on tracks like “All I’m Asking,” the sound is bigger. In fact, it reminds me of the Old 97’s shine-and-grit charm, bouncing on a bubbly arrangement. In a press release, the group mentioned a wariness about technology addiction (who isn’t worried about that these days?). While “All I’m Asking” doesn’t overtly address that, it’s still a yearning ode to direct communication, written by a band that’s been walking that walk for years.

“All I’m Asking” appears on Duende, out January 13.

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

El Tule: “Bailando El Tule”

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El Tule: “Bailando El Tule”

Posted by on Dec 5, 2016

Austin Latin music purveyors El Tule recently teamed up with Beto Martinez–guitarist extraordinaire for Grupo Fantasma and Money Chicha–at his studio Leche House. “Bailando El Tule” is the result, a theme song for a band that hardly sticks to one theme. El Tule blends cumbia, salsa, merengue, and more in its dance-centric music, and the new song is more of a slow burn, fitting the grooves together like dance steps. The simple, exhilarated “whoo!” at the end sums it up perfectly.

El Tule plays a Haiti benefit show on Saturday, December 17 at the Barracuda alongside Money Chicha, Qi Dada from Riders Against The Storm, and more.

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

Scenery: “Smoke & Mirrors”

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Scenery: “Smoke & Mirrors”

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016

The members of Scenery are local music veterans, previously enlisted in groups like Brazos, Pompeii, and Belaire. If there’s anything that unites those bands, it’s an emphasis on pop hooks, and Scenery follows suit. On its new single “Smoke & Mirrors,” the quintet carves its electro-pop into a sleek vehicle built from snaking guitar lines, synths, and harmonies. It’s a precise and tight song, but it still leaves room for heart-on-sleeve explosiveness.

“Smoke & Mirrors” appears on Two Stares, out January 6. Scenery plays an album release show at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Saturday, December 3.

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

My KUTX: Seduced By Sound Austin

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My KUTX: Seduced By Sound Austin

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016

Laura Patiño of Holiday Mountain, photo by Erika Rich

Seduced By Sound Austin is a book that celebrates the past, present, and future of Austin music. Carley Wolf–singer and guitarist for locals the Ghost Wolves–teamed up with Kim Gorsuch, who heads the publishing platform Weeva. Together, they interviewed one hundred Austin musicians, including Adrian Quesada, Alejandro Escovedo, Sabrina Ellis of Sweet Spirit and A Giant Dog, Dana Falconberry, and more, focusing on why they make music, their inspirations, and their advice for up-and-comers.

Part of the proceeds of the book go towards HAAM, and they’re celebrating with a release party at the ABGB on Tuesday, December 6. And this week on My KUTX, Carley and Kim help launch the book with an Austin-centric guest DJ set made up of some of the book’s featured artists. Tune in Saturday, December 3 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Sweet Spirit – “Poor”

2. Walker Lukens – “Lifted”

3. Emily Gimble – “Have In Common”

4. Jesse Dayton – “Mrs. Victoria (Beautiful Thing)”

5. BLXPLTN – “Gun Range”

6. Golden Dawn Arkestra – “Clouds”

7. Roger Sellers – “Tendencies”

8. The Happen-Ins – “Let You Go”

9. BP Fallon & the Ghost Wolves – “Increasingly Often” (Live at KUTX)

10. Christian Bland and The Revelators – “CB 160”

11. The Deer – “Errant Tree”

12. Echocentrics – “Echo Hotel”

13. The Ghost Wolves – “Journey On”

Corner Suns: “The Rattle In The Room” (feat. Sarah Jaffe)

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Corner Suns: “The Rattle In The Room” (feat. Sarah Jaffe)

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

Photo by Jerome Brock

Dallas’ Brandon Carr originally appeared in the Earlies, a British band that blended psychedelia with folk and electronic elements. After Carr left the band in 2007, he stopped playing music altogether, but fellow North Texan John Dufilho coaxed him back. Dufilho’s a great enabler. He’s a multi-instrumentalist who’s led his own outfits (the Deathray Davies) and appeared as more of a utility player in the Apples In Stereo.

Carr and Dufilho originally set out to do something heavy in the vein of Black Sabbath, but Corner Suns ended up going in a completely different direction. “The Rattle In The Room” is the kind of quirky pop-rock that the two originally made their names on, and Sarah Jaffe lends her distinctive voice for some sparkling backing harmonies. The song is literally about how much fun it is to make music, and you can hear it. It’s a reset button for two music veterans.

“The Rattle In The Room” appears on Corner Suns, out January 13 via Idol.

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