Photos from left to right – (the Infinites, Shea Carley ; Hembree, Stephen Shireman ; Nick Waterhouse, Zach Lewis )
KUTX host Rick McNulty spills the beans on the BEST SONGS EVER! At least for this week.
The Infinites- “Jimmy Smith”
Let’s start with a young band called the Infinites, based right here in Austin. Their music features fine guitar weaving and infectious rock ‘n’ surf sounds, and on their self-titled debut, every song has the name of an imaginary character. Check out “Jimmy Smith” by the Infinites.
Hembree is that rare band from Kansas City that breaks out to a national audience–really, after Janelle Monae, you pretty much have to be a bebop horn player to get a wider audience. Hembree has gone from an NPR Slingshot artist to an A-list band pretty quickly, and I think “Culture” is a good reason why.
Nick Waterhouse- “Song For Winners”
Finally we have a guy who understands the virtues of analog recording. Nick Waterhouse believes in capturing his band live to tape and overloading the microphones so they distort and sound extra hot. His songwriting is a throwback as well: you can hear authentic garage soul informing every song, like “Song For Winners.” And check it: you can see him live at the Parish tonight or catch him in Studio 1A at 1 o’clock this afternoon.
All female alt-rock band The Mrs. stopped by Studio 1A this week to play a few songs off their newly released album Five Minutes. The Mrs. was formed after Andra Liemandt put her daughter into piano lessons and was told she should pick up an instrument and learn as well. She recruited her best friend Jenny Mason to join her and they learned bass and drums eventually writing their own music and recruiting their other core members Mandy Prater (guitar) and Larissa Ness (keys) to fill out their lineup.
Focused on writing songs that not only entertain but also empower those who listen to them, The Mrs. create harmony-filled pop songs inspired by everyone from Kelly Clarkson, to Ed Sheeran to The Go-Go’s. They play Stubb’s Indoor tonight 5/23 with Nobody’s Girl.
–Claire Hardwick, KUTX Intern.
Host: John Aielli
Audio Engineer: Ryan Graham, Cliff Hargrove
Producer: Deidre Gott
photo by Gabriel C. Pérez
The psychedelic rock band Dead Meadow returned to their almost twenty year musical career last year with a new album, The Nothing They Need. Their first release since 2013’s Warble Womb, their newest album sees them returning to their signature hard riffs, layered guitars, and melodic vocals by lead singer Jason Simon. This release also came about as an opportunity to work with collaborators that had contributed to their albums across their career since they got their start in Washington D.C. in 1998.
The eight song album features everyone whose ever gotten the chance to play on a Dead Meadow song but maintains the three core members Simon, bassist Steve Kille, and drummer Mark Laughlin. Dead Meadow stopped into Studio 1A before their show with Saint Pé and Sailor Poon at Barracuda, chilled out as ever. They talk about the process of recording a new album with their self-run record label Xemu Records, and what it’s like to get everyone back in the studio to play together again after so many years.
–Claire Hardwick, KUTX Intern
Host: Laurie Gallardo
Producer: Deidre Gott
Audio Engineer: Cliff Hargrove, Chris Preston
Camera: Gabriel C. Pérez
Edit: Gabriel C. Pérez
photo by Tristan Ipock
Singer-Songwriter Pete Yorn blew through Studio 1A on Monday to play a mix of new singles, fan requests, and classics from his catalog ahead of his evening acoustic show at The Parish. His new tour: An Evening with Pete Yorn: You and Me supports his most recent releases including the reunion EP Apart which features past collaborator Scarlett Johansson. With a career that began almost twenty years ago with the release of his critically and commercially acclaimed debut album, musicforthemorningafter, Yorn is showing no sign of slowing down.
With this new set of dates, Yorn is looking to re-examine why he started playing music in the first place and solidify the intimate relationship he has with the audience each night. He talks about the improvisational nature of his acoustic shows, and some of his earliest influences which ranged from heavy metal acts to The Cure and The Smiths. After a long-lived career of writing, touring, and performing songs, Yorn doesn’t skip a beat- launching into songs old and new filling this Studio 1A session with his signature wistful and melancholic trademark tunes.
–Claire Hardwick, KUTX Intern
Host: Laurie Gallardo
Audio Engineer: Jake Perlman
Producers: Deidre Gott
Cameras: Gabriel C. Pérez, Tristan Ipock
Edit: Tristan Ipock
photo by Jesus Acosta
A humid Austin night didn’t stop hordes of super fans and new listeners from flocking to the TC Superstar record release show this past Saturday at Cheer Up Charlies. As the ballad of Ricky and Dana- the two protagonists on TC’s new album R&D out last week on local label Porchfire Records– unfolded the crowd became one moving organism, reflecting and mimicking the collective performative effort of eight-member orchestrated magic that is TC Superstar. As love, summer nostalgia, anger, and heartbreak filled the air- pink jumpsuit-clad dancers moved purposefully illustrating the movement behind synth wave beats so catchy it’s almost unfair.
The brainchild of Austin music outfit frequenter Connor McCampbell, the band has been steadily building a loyal following since the release of their debut Masc which introduced the crooning vocals, infectious synth beats, and heartbreaking lyrical stories to the world. But the mysticism and glittery magic of TC doesn’t stop there.
It was clear to see Saturday night, that this smart combination of performance, music, and carefully curated aesthetic has captured something specific in the Austin music scene. With openers Blair Howerton (Why Bonnie), the groovy and psychedelic Indoor Creature who featured their own take on one of their favorite TC songs “I Don’t Mind”, and experimental pop act Smiile, by the time TC graced the stage the crowd was packed to the brim, ready to dance, cry, or do both at the exact same time.
While TC Superstar has been playing shows regularly, even closing out a night at the recent premiere KVRX Fest in early May, this record release show marked a new moment in the band’s career. They played through the entirety of their new release R&D, featuring all new choreography beautifully executed and collaborated on by their four principal dancers. When the album was over, the crowd emphatically chanted for one more song. After checking that they still had enough time to play, they burst into a crowd favorite and a band staple- “Toyota Corolla,” McCampbell pausing during the chorus to extend the mic to the audience tentatively and was met with a wall of sound chanting along “Toyota Corolla Superstar!”
This newest album feels like a perfect elevation of TC’s presence but on a grander scale. With contributors from across the Austin scene joining them for various numbers onstage, the record release show felt more like a big surprise party we were all invited to- celebrating as dancers jumped, sweat dripped, and TC Superstar established themselves as the perfect example of what the Austin music scene can do- create verified magic.
-Claire Hardwick, KUTX Intern