My KUTX: Michael Corcoran

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My KUTX: Michael Corcoran

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017

Michael Corcoran is one of Texas’ best music writers, known for his columns in The Austin American-Statesman and The Dallas Morning News as well as books and liner notes on early gospel pioneers Arizona Dranes and Washington Phillips. Recently, Corcoran updated his 2005 book All Over The Map: True Heroes Of Texas Music with a 2017 edition, featuring eighteen new chapters. He’s celebrating the release with a show at the Continental Club on Monday, June 19, featuring Shinyribs, Carolyn Wonderland, and Shawn y Ribs (that’s Shawn Sahm doing Doug Sahm covers backed by Shinyribs).

This week on My KUTX, Corcoran also takes us on a tour of Texas music, covering everything from jazz and conjunto to punk and gospel, while also finding the Lone Star connection in Simon & Garfunkel and the Rolling Stones. Hear his guest DJ set on Saturday, June 17 at 7 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. True Believers – “She’s Got”

2. T-Bone Walker – “Strollin’ With Bones”

3. Janis Joplin – “Me And Bobby McGee”

4. Bobby Fuller Four – “Let Her Dance”

5. The Soul Stirrers – “Feel Like My Time Ain’t Long”

6. Lefty Frizzell – “Always Late (With Your Kisses)”

7. Freddy Fender – “It’s All In The Game”

8. Lionel Hampton & Illinois Jacquet – “Flying Home”

9. The Rolling Stones – “Rip This Joint”

10. Ella Mae Morse – “Get On Board, Little Chillun”

11. Esteban “Steve” Jordan – “Midnight Blues”

12. Simon & Garfunkel – “The Sound of Silence”

13. Ronnie Dawson – “Up Jumped The Devil”

14. Townes Van Zandt – “Ain’t Leavin’ Your Love”

15. Willie Nelson – “You Don’t Know Me”

16. Arizona Dranes – “He Is My Story”

Night Drive: “Easy To Lie” (Live In Studio 1A)

Artist of the Month

Night Drive: “Easy To Lie” (Live In Studio 1A)

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017

Night Drive is the KUTX Artist of the Month for June.

All you need to know about Night Drive is right there in the band name. Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon make incessant, infinitely-propulsive music that’s best heard at night, zooming at a hundred miles per hour. The Austin duo’s self-titled debut is one of the more fully-realized local releases this year, boasting an electronic gleam but a punk rock engine.

This is a good recipe for a great live show. In our Studio 1A last week, Night Drive was both stylish and a little out-of-control. Connell’s brooding croon makes it sound like Morrissey is riding shotgun on the electrifying “Easy To Lie.” His shrieking “yeah!” about halfway through the song is the perfect exclamation point for a band that’s all about the maximum.

KUTX and Margin Walker present Night Drive at Cheer Up Charlie’s tonight. Connell and Duhon are the guest DJs on My KUTX on Saturday, June 24.

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

Daktyl: “The Act Of Hesitation” (feat. Krrum)

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Daktyl: “The Act Of Hesitation” (feat. Krrum)

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017

Daktyl is a British producer who’s spent most of his career working in the darker corners of dance and electronic culture, opting for thudding soundscapes that blend hip-hop with electronic flourishes. But on “The Act Of Hesitation,” he moves a bit more firmly into the light. Daktyl opens up his sound with looped strings and crackly textures, leaving space in the mix for British singer Krrum to float away with his ethereal R&B croon. The song seems to, well, hesitate in mid-air, a club hit for endless daydreaming.

“The Act Of Hesitation” appears on The Act Of Hesitation EP, out June 20.

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

The Foreign Resort: “She Is Lost”

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The Foreign Resort: “She Is Lost”

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017

Photo by Melanie Smith

The Foreign Resort is a trio from Copenhagen, Denmark that takes cues from the gothic wing of new wave. There’s a reason they’ve toured with bands like the Raveonettes and Swervedriver: the Foreign Resort makes sweeping, dramatic music that sounds huge, even when they’re singing about the insular world of two lovers, like they do on “She Is Lost.” The song is almost literally lost itself, unmoored from an album that doesn’t have a release date yet. But it sounds great all alone, building around stabbing synths and an incessant drum beat. Singer Mikkel Jacobsen is the master of the gloomy ceremonies, displaying a Robert Smith-like gift for brooding romance.

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

Big Bill: “Food Chain”

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Big Bill: “Food Chain”

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017

Photo by Bryan Parker

Each Friday in June, Austin’s Big Bill takes over the Electric Church for its very own summer residency. And Big Bill is very much a must-see band, offering up an anarchic skewering of punk rock convention. Their targets include masculinity and city living (all together now: “Every! City! Sucks!”), but they lace furious power chords with gleeful melodies and surf rock shivers. It can sound like some weirdo party thrown by the B-52s, DEVO, and Violent Femmes. “Food Chain” even cooks up a Ramones-inspired bratty bop for a handy lesson on the natural world. Science never sounded this catchy or terrifying.

“Food Chain” appears on “Every City” b/w “Food Chain, out now. Big Bill plays the Electric Church tonight with Suspirians, Soaked, and Soda Lilies.

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