My KUTX: Sylvan Esso

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My KUTX: Sylvan Esso

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017

Photo by Shervin Lainez

The last time we had Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn as our guest DJs, the duo crafted one of the most eclectic mixes, covering their love of early-aughts rap, skittering electronic music, and jazzy folk. Sylvan Esso’s music kind of sits at this odd intersection, matching big pop ideas to intimate, detailed arrangements.

Meath and Sanborn took some time out of touring behind their second album, What Now, to once again take over the guest DJ controls. This time around, the duo play cuts from some of their favorite albums of 2017 alongside the usual musical curveballs. Listen to Sylvan Esso’s My KUTX on Saturday, October 7, 6-7 p.m., or anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. D’Angelo & The Vanguard – “Sugah Daddy”

2. Otis Redding – “Love Man”

3. Feist – “The Wind”

4. Kendrick Lamar – “YAH.”

5. Robert Palmer – “Woke Up Laughing”

6. Yo La Tengo – “Our Way To Fall”

7. Nick Lowe – “Shelley My Love”

8. Paul Simon – “The Obvious Child”

9. Marvin Pontiac – “No Kids”

10. Jenny Hval – “Conceptual Romance”

11. Big Thief – “Mary”

Valerie June: “Astral Plane”

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Valerie June: “Astral Plane”

Posted by on Oct 4, 2017

This week, the Song of the Day features ACL Fest 2017 artists.

Years ago, Memphis’ Valerie June told NPR that’s she’s long been drawn to “perfectly imperfect” voices. Her own voice fits in that category, but it’s perfectly suited to her music. June is a master at distilling a lot of distinctly American influences–blues, country, gospel–and making them her own.

On her breakthrough 2013 album, June was Pushin’ Against A Stone, but this year’s The Order Of Time is (understandably) more expansive. “Astral Plane” is clothed in religious and cosmic overtones, but the message is distinctly earthy: the power is within you. June’s unconventional voice is testament to that faith.

“Astral Plane” appears on The Order Of Time, out now.

Valerie June at ACL Fest 2017:

*Friday, Oct 6 // KUTX Live at the Four Seasons // 10:30 a.m.

*Friday, Oct 6 // Tito’s Stage // 2:30 p.m.

*Friday, Oct 13 // Tito’s Stage // 2:30 p.m.

Bonobo: “Bambro Koyo Ganda” (feat. Innov Gnawa)

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Bonobo: “Bambro Koyo Ganda” (feat. Innov Gnawa)

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017

This week, the Song of the Day features ACL Fest 2017 artists.

Bonobo is the moniker for Simon Green, a British musician and DJ now based in L.A. His music is a mix of global and celestial sounds, which is probably the reason I hear a lot of his songs on yoga playlists. That’s not to denigrate his craftsmanship, though. Bonobo can seize on a small detail and spin a landscape out of it, one that bridges folk and electronic, organic and synthetic.

For his sixth album, Migration, Bonobo keeps burying deeper into that beautiful friction.  New York’s Innov Gnawa helps out on album highlight “Bambro Koyo Ganda.” True to its name, the collective plays gnawa, a Moroccan form of healing and devotional music that gets its power from repetition; some gnawa performances can last hours. American blues music gets some influence from gnawa, and you can hear a little bit of that in Bonobo’s hands. “Bambro Koyo Ganda” is a 21st century blues, one where the words don’t matter, but the feeling and rhythm certainly do.

“Bambro Koyo Ganda” appears on Migration, out now via Ninja Tune.

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

Catch Bonobo at ACL Fest 2017:

*Friday, Oct 6  // Tito’s Stage // 6:15 p.m.

*Saturday, Oct 7 // Emo’s (official ACL Late Night Show) // 10:00 p.m.

*Friday, Oct 13 // Tito’s Stage // 6:15 p.m.

Kacy & Clayton: “The Light Of Day”

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Kacy & Clayton: “The Light Of Day”

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017

Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum’s second album, last year’s Strange Country, sneaked in like some phantom radio transmission from another, well, country. The two are united by blood–they’re second cousins–but more than that, they’re united by a body of folk and country influences that stretches back decades, if not centuries. Kacy & Clayton’s songs are hypnotic, precisely because you feel like you’ve heard them before in some past life.

For The Siren’s Song, the Canadian duo teamed up with Jeff Tweedy at Wilco’s Loft recording space in Chicago, and the pairing is perfect. Tweedy has increasingly opted for a crisp, intimate recording style in his own work, and The Siren’s Song is necessarily warm. “The Light Of Day” kicks off the record in a honky-tonk mood, crackling with the barbed-wire intensity of peak Loretta Lynn. Anderson’s voice is airier than your typical country heroine, but no less badass, especially as she subtly skewers suburban living. Strange countries, siren songs–this is the stuff of myth, and Kacy & Clayton are forging their own.

“The Light Of Day” appears on The Siren’s Song, out now via New West.

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

My KUTX: ACL Fest 2017 Preview

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My KUTX: ACL Fest 2017 Preview

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017

Photo by Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUTX

ACL Fest returns for its sixteenth year in Zilker Park, October 6-8 and October 13-15, and this week on My KUTX, it’s a festival preview. Join KUTX’s Art Levy, Deborah Sengupta Stith of the Austin American Statesman, and Kevin Curtin of the Austin Chronicle as they spotlight the must-see ACL Fest artists. Hear My KUTX on Saturday, September 30, 6-7 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.

Playlist:

1. Spoon – “Tear It Down” (Art’s pick)

2. DRAM – “Cute” (Deborah’s pick)

3. Skepta – “Shutdown” (Kevin’s pick)

4. BADBADNOTGOOD – “Seasons (Waiting On You)” (Art’s pick)

5. Solange – “Cranes In The Sky” (Deborah’s pick)

6. The Growlers – “Going Gets Tough” (Kevin’s pick)

7. White Reaper – “The World’s Best American Band” (Art’s pick)

8. Jamila Woods – “Blk Girl Soldier” (Deborah’s pick)

9. Vulfpeck – “Back Pocket” (Kevin’s pick)

10. Valerie June – “Shakedown” (Art’s pick)

11. Songhoy Blues – “Voter” (Deborah’s pick)

12. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – “High Times” (Kevin’s pick)