My KUTX: Aaron Franklin & James Moody Preview Hot Luck Fest

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My KUTX: Aaron Franklin & James Moody Preview Hot Luck Fest

Posted by on May 12, 2017

Aaron Franklin (L) and James Moody (R). Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTX

Music and food go together like, um, music and food. So it’s exciting to see Aaron Franklin and James Moody team up for Hot Luck, a four day celebration of deliciousness with a side of rock-and-roll and country, taking place May 18-21.

Franklin, of course, is the man behind Franklin Barbeque, and Moody helped found Fun Fun Fun Fest (R.I.P.) and turn Red River into Austin’s live music mecca. They’ve also worn each other’s hats: Franklin played in the Austin band Those Peabodys, and Run-DMC reunited at Fun Fest 2012 over a dinner organized by Moody.

This week on My KUTX, the pair spin an hour of their favorites and talk about the early days of Franklin Barbeque, the best era of Metallica, and Run-DMC’s suitcases full of cash. Tune in on Saturday, May 13 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Dinosaur Jr. – “Freak Scene”

2. Run-DMC – “It’s Like That”

3. Firehose – “Walking The Cow”

4. Waylon Jennings – “I’m A Ramblin’ Man”

5. Led Zeppelin – “Immigrant Song” (Live)

6. Metallica – “Seek & Destroy”

7. Polvo – “Tragic Carpet Ride”

8. Fugazi – “Long Division”

9. The Replacements – “Alex Chilton”

10. Nick Lowe – “All Men Are Liars”

11. Prince – “I Feel For You”

Art Feynman: “Feeling Good About Feeling Good”

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Art Feynman: “Feeling Good About Feeling Good”

Posted by on May 12, 2017

L.A. musician Art Feynman makes loopy, lo-fi pop music that’s all about one thing: groove. “Feeling Good About Feeling Good” sounds like an organic take on dance music, built around an afrobeat-inspired rhythm that could very easily cruise off into infinity. Though he recorded it all himself on a four-track, Feynman didn’t use any loops; all the beats and melodic phrases are played in real-time. It’s a human level of perfection, where the seams (and sweat) show between the irresistible polyrhythms. Despite the bpm, there’s a cosmic serenity floating on top. Feeling good and feeling bad get considered, with Feynman reaching his DIY conclusion: “either way / it’s no big deaaaal.” Just keep moving.

“Feeling Good About Feeling Good” appears on Blast Off Through The Wicker, out July 14 via Western Vinyl.

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

Naked Giants: “Ya Ya”

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Naked Giants: “Ya Ya”

Posted by on May 10, 2017

You wouldn’t think that a chorus hook of, “Whoaaaaa, ya-ya-ya-ya hey!” would amount to anything on an emotional level, but you’d be wrong. When the Naked Giants hit the chorus on “Ya Ya,” you’ll feel the release of endorphins into your bloodstream.

Led by singer and guitarist Grant Mullen, Naked Giants are a red-hot power trio from Seattle that rock as hard as that certain other power trio from their neck of the woods. “Ya Ya” closes out the band’s 2016 EP R.I.P., and it’s a new spin on an old blend of psychedelic garage rock ‘n’ roll performed with wild abandon. It’s also the stuff of Lester Bang’s dreams: chunking power chords, holler-along choruses, and some psychotic guitar. And really, there is no language barrier between “Whoaaaaa, ya-ya-ya-ya hey!” and “Gabba gabba hey!”

–Rick McNulty // host, Left Of The Dial (Fridays, 7-11 p.m.), Uptown Saturday Night (Saturdays, 7- 11 p.m.)

Andy Shauf: “The Magician”

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Andy Shauf: “The Magician”

Posted by on May 8, 2017

Photo by Colin Medley

Andy Shauf has a “musicians’ musician” quality to him. I first learned about the Canadian singer last spring via Dana Falconberry, and over the next few months, I saw his name repeatedly get shout-outs from fellow artists. It makes sense: Shauf’s music is full of intricate and playful details that can perk the ears of even the most seasoned pros.

Shauf’s 2016 album, The Party, is a true statement of artistic intent. Shauf examines, yes, a party from every angle, hovering between the characters with a Richard Linklater-level of ease and poetry. “The Magician” opens the record like the raising of a curtain, and Shauf decorates the scene with bold, orchestral flourishes. The small, painstaking elements add up to much bigger, abstract truths, like a party that’s crept into the dawn hours: “Just a shaking hand without a concrete plan.”

“The Magician” appears on The Party, out now via Anti-. Andy Shauf plays Stubb’s indoors on Monday, May 8.

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

My KUTX: The Octopus Project

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My KUTX: The Octopus Project

Posted by on May 5, 2017

The Octopus Project is the KUTX Artist of the Month for May. Photo by Thalia Juarez/KUTX

The Octopus Project has been keeping the weirdo flame lit in Austin for close to two decades. Their music can be both abrasive and gleeful, reflecting a refreshing curiosity that’s often lacking in a lot of electronic music. Their live shows are notoriously left-field: on Friday, May 12, the Octopus Project celebrate their new album Memory Mirror with three shows in the Spirit Theatre of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, complete with rumbling seats, sound effects, surround-sound, and videos on the Texas-sized screen.

The Octopus Project’s Josh Lambert, Yvonne Lambert, and Toto Miranda bring this anything-goes energy to the airwaves this week with their very own guest DJ set. They talk about unlikely influences, the importance of film soundtracks, and what it was like to play as DEVO’s backing band. Tune in on Saturday, May 6 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Flying Lizards – “Lovers & Other Strangers”

2. Cornelius – “Count Five Or Six”

3. Sonic Youth – “100%”

4. Adriano Celentano & Raffaella Carra – “Prisencolinensinainciusol”

5. Melt-Banana – “Tapir’s Flown Away”

6. Mr. Oizo – “No Tony” (feat. Phra)

7. Rita Lee – “Amor Branco e Preto”

8. The Tammys – “Egyptian Shumba”

9. Francois de Roubaix – “Les Amis”

10. Ennio Morricone – “Guerra E Pace Pollo E Brace”

11. RD Burman – “Duniya Mein Logon Ko”

12. Zhou Xuan – “Age of Bloom (Hua Yang de Nianhua)”

13. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “Very Rare”

14. Orchestre Poly-Rhytmo de Cotonou – “Noude ma gnin tche de me”

15. Deerhoof – “Spirit Ditties of No Tone”

16. Enon – “In This City”

17. DEVO – “Girl U Want”