My KUTX: The Zellner Brothers

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My KUTX: The Zellner Brothers

Posted by on Jun 15, 2018

David (L) and Nathan (R) Zellner. Photo by Andrea Garcia/KUTX

David and Nathan Zellner are filmmakers who often turn their gaze on heady, multilayered subjects. Their Sundance-nominated film Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter tackles film obsession and the fictional realities we all construct. Damsel–starring Robert Pattinson and Mia Wasikowska, out June 29–is a period Western that nonetheless feels very timely, exploring the sexual dynamics between “heroes” and “damsels.”

The Zellners are also avowed Austinites. KUTX Artist of the Month alumni the Octopus Project have scored several of their films, and the Zellners have directed a few of their music videos (peep Camp Mabry in this one) and concert visuals. This week on My KUTX, we’re turning the keys over to David and Nathan for an hour of music that’s inspired or soundtracked their films. Hear My KUTX on Saturday, June 16, 6 to 7 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Yamasuki Singers – “Yamasuki”

2. Queen – “Flash’s Theme”

3. Public Enemy – “Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic”

4. The Pastels – “Thru Your Heart”

5. Sparks – “A Big Surprise”

6. Sparks – “Sextown USA”

7. Bonnie Beecher/Jeff Alexander – “Come Wander With Me”

8. The Finches – “The Road”

9. The Beach Boys – “Lonely Sea”

10. Lee Hazlewood – “Nobody Like You”

11. Gilberto Gil – “Cérebro Eletrônico”

12. T. Rex – “Dreamy Lady”

13. The Sugarcubes – “Motorcrash”

14. Olivia Newton-John – “Xanadu”

My KUTX: Golden Dawn Arkestra

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My KUTX: Golden Dawn Arkestra

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018

Golden Dawn Arkestra is the KUTX Artist of the Month for June. Photo by Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUTX.

Take one part Sun Ra, another part ’70s disco-funk, some psychedelic rock, mix it with Austin’s triple digit summers, and you get Golden Dawn Arkestra, this city’s very-own art collective/dance party/quasi-religious experience. Just in time for summer, the band is back with its second album, Children Of The Sun, produced by Austin’s Erik Wofford.

This week on My KUTX, band founder/keyboardist Topaz McGarrigle–who you can also see DJing at his club Sahara Lounge most months–returns as our guest DJ to get the party started. Get out your glitter and robes: this one’s a real treat. Hear Golden Dawn Arkestra’s My KUTX on Saturday, June 9, 6 to 7 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Dallas Acid – “Soft Rave”

2. Black Moth Super Rainbow – “Forever Heavy”

3. Ibibio Sound Machine – “The Talking Fish”

4. Jean-Jacques Perrey – “E.V.A.”

5. Hubbabubbaklubb – “Mopedbart”

6. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Polygondwanaland”

7. Os Mutantes – “A Minha Menina”

8. Mixed Grill – “A Brand New Wayo”

9. The Lay Llamas – “Holy Worms”

10. Khruangbin – “People Everywhere (Still Alive)”

11. Vaudou Game – “Pas Contente” (feat. Roger Damawuzan)

12. Arşivplak – “Volga Nehri”

13. Laraaji – “I Can Only Bliss Out (F’Days)”

Best Songs Ever…This Week 06.01.18

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Best Songs Ever…This Week 06.01.18

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018

Golden Dawn Arkestra at KUTX’s Map Jam 2015. Photo by Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUTX

KUTX host/producer Art Levy brings you the best songs ever…this week.


Golden Dawn Arkestra – “Children Of The Sun”


It’s a new month, so that means KUTX has a new Artist of the Month. And for June, it’s Austin’s very own psychedelic dance party band, Golden Dawn Arkestra. This is a group that’s best experienced live with all the costumes and dancers, but their records are great too. Check out the title track to the new one: “Children of the Sun.”

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Hunnybee”


From the Arkestra, we turn now to the Orchestra–Unknown Mortal Orchestra brings us some more summery psychedelic music. This is a band that usually crams so many details into its music, but “Hunnybee” is a little bit sparse, sounding like a disco oasis in the triple digits.

Beach House – “Lemon Glow”


Finally, something for after dark. Beach House is back with its seventh record, fittingly called 7. The Baltimore band gets better and better with each album, and this one sounds a bit more sinister, but it’s beautiful nonetheless. Beach House is playing a sold-out show at ACL Live on July 31, part of KUTX’s 5th Birthday concert series, so let’s blow out some candles on “Lemon Glow.”
My KUTX: Jess Williamson

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My KUTX: Jess Williamson

Posted by on Jun 1, 2018

Photo by Julia Reihs/KUTX

Jess Williamson moved from Austin to L.A. a few years back, but she still holds tight to some local roots. Her just-released third album, Cosmic Wink, was recorded at Dan Duszynski’s studio in Dripping Springs, the space that helped shape Loma and KUTX Artist of the Month alumni Cross Record. Austin’s RF Shannon served as Williamson’s backing band on Cosmic Wink, lending a Hill Country haze to Williamson’s country/folk songs.

This week on My KUTX, Williamson is back in town to host her very own guest DJ set. Hear it on Saturday, June 2, 6 to 7 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Townes Van Zandt – “No Lonesome Tune”

2. Bruce Springsteen – “Tougher Than The Rest”

3. RF Shannon – “Tooth Ache”

4. Emmylou Harris – “Red Dirt Girl”

5. Jess Williamson – “I See The White”

6. Emahoy Tsegue-Maryam Guebrou – “The Homeless Wanderer”

7. Willie Nelson – “Can I Sleep In Your Arms?”

8. Jesse Woods – “Misery’s Love Song”

9. Amen Dunes – “Miki Dora”

10. Kacey Musgraves – “Space Cowboy”

11. Molly Burch – “Try”

12. Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté – “Ruby”

My KUTX: Brownout

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My KUTX: Brownout

Posted by on May 25, 2018

Photo by Cecile Fusco Photography

Since starting as an offshoot of Grupo Fantasma close to two decades ago, Austin’s Brownout has served as a funkier cousin to Grupo’s cumbia-inspired workouts. An album ago, Brownout even transformed the Black Sabbath catalog into some truly gnarly brilliance, and this year they’re taking on another foundational influence: Public Enemy. Part of the greatness of PE (and a lot of hip-hop) is how they helped reintroduce a new generation to ’70s funk and soul through their inventive sampling. Fear Of A Brown Planet finds Brownout in effect resampling the samples, adding a Texas twist to these hard-hitting political anthems (how timely!).

This week on My KUTX, Brownout guitarists Adrian Quesada and Beto Martinez play an hour of all things Public Enemy, from their favorite tracks and deep cuts to the original source material–consider this a funk excavation. Hear My KUTX on Saturday, May 26, 6 to 7 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page. And celebrate with Brownout at the Mohawk on Saturday, June 2.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

[intro music: Brownout – “Louder Than A Bomb”]

1. Public Enemy – “Countdown To Armageddon”

2. Mandrill – “Two Sisters Of Mystery”

3. Kool & The Gang – “Who’s Gonna Take The Weight?”

4. The Jackson 5 – “Walk On/The Love You Save”

5. Slayer – “Angel of Death”

6. Anthrax – “Bring The Noise” (feat. Public Enemy)

7. James Brown – “I Got Ants In My Pants (And I Want To Dance)”

8. Public Enemy – “Shut Em Down” (Pete Rock remix)

9. The Temptations – “Psychedelic Shack”

10. James Brown – “Funky Drummer”

11. Queen – “Flash’s Theme”

12. Marva Whitney – “It’s My Thing (You Can’t Tell Me Who To Sock It To)”