Run the Jewels // Belcurve

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Run the Jewels // Belcurve

Posted by on Nov 30, 2016

This week we talk to two very different groups about partnerships and the inspirations that guide their voices.  First we hear from El-P and Killer Mike from the hip hop collaboration known as Run the Jewels. The two rappers start out talking about early influences (Prince’s “Beautiful Ones” and Ice-T’s “6 In The Morning”)  and end up expressing their love and respect for Southern Rock, The Clash, Outlaw Country and early hip hop and rap. Next, Sarah Castro and Matt Parmenter of the Austin-based Belcurve explain how their collaborations steer clear of the ordinary and how Kathleen EdwardsPJ Harvey and Tom Waits helped them create their shared musical vocabulary.

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Alex Trimble of Two Door Cinema Club // Big Thief

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Alex Trimble of Two Door Cinema Club // Big Thief

Posted by on Nov 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! To prepare for you for crowded airports, jammed freeways, family tension and delicious food, Team This Song offers up tales of musical epiphanies.  In the first half of the podcast Alex Trimble, lead singer of the Irish indie rock trio Two Door Cinema Club, explains to  Taylor Wallace how Beck’s “Midnight Vultures” album illustrated the concept of music-making without rules and in turn reinvigorated his songwriting.  We then hear from Adrianne Lenker and Buck Meek from the Brooklyn-based band Big Thief as they describe how “The Leanover” from Life Without Buildings and the work of Michael Hurley inspired them and lead them to approach their songwriting and musical performances from completely new directions.

 

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Banks and Steelz // Lizzo

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Banks and Steelz // Lizzo

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016

Welcome to the first episode of This Song’s 2016 Fall Season

As we of Team This Song are recovering from the presidential election and the death’s of both Leon Russell and Leonard Cohen, we have decided to celebrate the life of Mr. Cohen with this season’s first interview.  Recorded at the 2016 Austin City Limits Festival in October this conversation features Paul Banks and RZA of the collaboration known as Banks And Steelz.  Both these music biz vets are huge fans of not only Cohen’s lyrics (Banks says there are none better) but also his guitar playing (RZA has sampled the late Canadian’s finger-picking) and they have both obviously bonded over the late artist’s works. We then move to rapper/singer/flutist Lizzo (also interviewed at the 2016 ACL Festival) who takes us through a myriad of influences, talks about her love of outer space and ends up describing how her adopted city has acted as a catalyst for her creation.

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This Song Season 2 Preview featuring Lizzo

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This Song Season 2 Preview featuring Lizzo

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016

The new season of This Song starts Wednesday, November 16th and it’s going to be a good one!   Tegan and Sara, Andrew Bird, Paul Banks and RZA, Nathaniel Ratliff Andrew WK and lots of other artists will talk about the songs that changed their lives and give you insight into their artistic process.  Subscribe to This Song on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts. Listen to a preview featuring Lizzo right now!  You can catch up on old episodes on the KUTX website.

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Eric Earley & Brian Koch of Blitzen Trapper

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Eric Earley & Brian Koch of Blitzen Trapper

Posted by on Sep 28, 2016

Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Early (pictured holding the chicken) was raised in a small, Oregon community watching no MTV and learning to play and listen to music from his father.  His musical trajectory was permanently altered by R.E.M. and their breakout album “Out Of Time.” In this episode he tell Elizabeth about how Michael Stipe’s poetic lyrical approach spoke to his own circumstances and inspired his craft.  Then bandmate/drummer/actor Brian Koch (pictured holding the dog) tells a tale of his family who did very little to encourage his music and how he was inspired by hidden radios, friends with guitars and a young singer-songwriter with whom he now shares a stage.  It’s the most direct line of influence and inspiration of any This Song yet.

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