I first heard Holly Golightly on the White Stripes track “It’s True That We Love One Another,” a perfect pairing of two strains of garage rock. While the Stripes picked up the banner for the 2000s, Golightly came a decade before with the full-on insanity of the British group Thee Headcoatees. They skewed to the punk side of things, but Golightly as a solo artist is equally adept at country, R&B, and soul (and she sings one of my favorite Christmas songs).
This year, Golightly released two new albums: Coulda Shoulda Woulda and Slowtown Now!. “As You Go Down,” from Slowtown Now!, shows off Golightly’s specialty of mixing the sweet with the sour. The hand claps are chipper, but her voice is all sneer. Download the song below and catch Holly Golightly tonight at Hotel Vegas. Doors at 9 p.m.
This Thanksgiving, KUTX will be giving thanks for our great Austin and Texas musicians by handing them the keys to the station. Beginning Thursday morning at 6 a.m., we’re serving up a My KUTX marathon! Each hour, a different musician will guest DJ for your Turkey Day pleasure. Check out the schedule below and don’t forget to tune in!
6 a.m. // Abram Shook (playlist here)
7 a.m. // Will Sheff from Okkervil River (playlist here)
8 a.m. // Felix Pacheco from Cilantro Boombox (playlist here)
9 a.m. // John Fullbright (playlist here)
10 a.m. // Gina Chavez (playlist here)
11 a.m. // Josh Mazour and Ryan Goebel from Crooks (playlist here)
12 p.m. // Tim Crane from T Bird & The Breaks (playlist here)
1 p.m. // Noel McKay (playlist here)
2 p.m. // Kat Edmonson (playlist here)
3 p.m. // Jimmie Vaughan (playlist here)
4 p.m. // Rosie Flores (playlist here)
5 p.m. // Ryan Bingham (playlist here)
6 p.m. // Akina Adderley (playlist here)
7 p.m. // Rhett Miller (playlist here)
8 p.m. // Bobby Patterson (playlist here)
9 p.m. // Ray Wylie Hubbard (playlist here)
10 p.m. // Dougie Do and Derek Van Wagner from Magna Carda (playlist here)
Michael Ramos is a local producer, musician, and composer, known for both his own work as Charanga Cakewalk as well as working with just about everyone: Paul Simon, Patty Griffin, John Mellencamp, and a whole bunch more. He’s also the music director for SIMS Stargazing on December 5. This is a concert that features Patty Griffin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Nakia, and more, hosted by KUTX’s Jody Denberg and Elizabeth McQueen, and it’s a fundraiser for the SIMS Foundation, which provides mental health and addiction recovery to Austin musicians and their family members. The concert is sold out, but you can get more info on SIMS here.
This week on My KUTX, Michael Ramos is our guest DJ. Tune in Saturday at 6 p.m. or listen anytime below the playlist.
Michael Ramos’s playlist
1. The Beatles – “I Should Have Known Better”
2. Tommy James & The Shondells – “Crystal Blue Persuasion”
3. Stevie Wonder – “Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday”
4. Wilson Pickett – “In The Midnight Hour”
5. Johnny Nash – “Stir It Up”
6. Little Joe Y La Familia – “Por Un Amor”
7. The Isley Brothers – “Who’s That Lady”
8. Jackie Mittoo – “Drum Song”
9. Wally Badarou – “Hi Life”
10. Howard Jones – “New Song”
11. Tears For Fears – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
12. Manu Chao – “Minha Galera”
13. Chris “Whipper” Layton – “She’s About A Mover”
Photo by Steve Louie
Lou Reed has long been an influence for the darker, messier side of garage rock, but a lot of bands forget that he didn’t deal exclusively in feedback and sordid tales. Some of Reed’s (and the Velvet Underground’s) best moments came with the volume turned way down, and that’s precisely where Nap Eyes picks up the story. The band’s songs are all recorded live with no overdubs, slowly unfurling around Nigel Chapman’s low-key voice and his intricate tales.
Nap Eyes hails from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and it’s easy to hear that rainy chill in its music. “Mixer”–from Thought Rock Fish Scale, out February 5 via Paradise of Bachelors–is all atmosphere. Raindrop-like percussion sets the scene before Chapman fills in the details: “Mixer on a Friday night / Some pretty girls and guys are here / But when I look at myself on my right / I’m wondering if I’m really here.” For four-and-a-half minutes, you’re more than just passively listening. You’re looking over Chapman’s shoulder as the room comes into view. Download the song below.
Wild Child (the KUTX Artist of the Month) has been on a massive upward trajectory since the Austin band’s 2011 debut and it doesn’t show many signs of stopping. Fools, the group’s third album, is another vibrant collection of folk-pop, but the subject matter is far from sunny. Frontwoman Kelsey Wilson broke up with her longtime fiancé, and she poured her pain into her songs. “My heart is broke / So it can’t bend” she sings on “Bullets,” but the themes of regret and heartbreak are balanced by Wild Child’s bouncy, orchestral arrangement. You can download a Studio 1A version of the song below, and catch Wild Child at Stubb’s on Saturday, November 28.