Wil Cope is a spelunker of the soul, an emotional explorer poking into the dusty corners of life, kicking up lost memories and the feelings that come with them. Some of that introspection comes with the country music genre, but Wil Cope takes it in a whole new direction. His tone, tempo, and delivery all work together to create wonderfully lazy, languid songs ripe with innuendo and honest emotion we are going to call Stoner Country. On songs like “Misguided Memories”, Cope uses all his tools as a songwriter to paint a picture of some love-weary soul thumbing through a picture book of faded memories. Wil Cope was joined in Studio 1A by guitarist Doug Walseth, Simon Florey on bass and backup vocalist Sarah LePuetia to play us a few songs off his brand new EP Gloom Shrine, out February 11th.
photo by Martin do Nascimento
“Stop pretending I’m not there / When it’s clear I’m not going anywhere”
– from “Shut Up Kiss Me”
Angel Olsen isn’t going anywhere. A point made abundantly clear by her excellent new album, My Woman, released in September of 2016. Not to mention the fact that she just sold out not 1 but 2 shows at, The Mohawk, one of Austin’s biggest venues. No big surprise to those of us following her career from acoustic folk to full-throated indie rock with a penchant for biting lyrics and big guitars. Listen to her recent session from Studio 1A and hear it for yourself, because Angel Olsen isn’t going anywhere.
We were fans of Chris Cohen before we knew it. As a driving creative force behind numerous bands, including The Curtains, Cryptacize, and most notably Deerhoof from 2002-2006, Cohen’s take on psychedelic indie-pop felt familiar when we first heard the standout single “Torrey Pine” from his latest solo album As If Apart. Unlike other psychedelic-tinged groups that rely on slow builds and spaced out jams, Cohen jumps right into fully formed textures and grooves, containing any freakouts within his concise indie songwriting sensibilities. Chris Cohen and his band stopped by Studio 1A as part of lengthy U.S. tour with Angel Olsen. Take a listen to the session in the player at the bottom of this post or scroll down to watch the video of his performance of “Torrey Pine” from Studio 1A.
(originally posted on KEXP.org)
One Friday in February 2013, KEXP Morning Show host John Richards decided that one Clash song wasn’t enough, and so International Clash Day was born.
This year we also celebrate all of the world governments that have declared International Clash Day an official holiday: The City of Seattle, The State of Washington, The City of San Francisco, The City of Vancouver, BC, The City of Austin, and more!
Read Austin Mayor Steve Adler’s International Clash Day proclamation and make plans to join KUTX and KEXP at the ABGB Tuesday, February 7th starting at 6:30 p.m., with Rick Broussard’s Two Hoots and a Holler, Migrant Kids, a dub DJ set, and special guests. Below, KUTX’s Clash expert Paul Carrubba talks with KEXP’s John Richards about the celebration and the Clash’s enduring legacy.
photo by Shelby Gold
The Michigan Rattlers sound like a front porch jam session. A front porch jam session with two incredibly talented songwriters who’ve honed their music through a lifetime of friendship and adventure. Guitarist Graham Young and bassist Adam Reed first met and started swapping songs at their North Michigan high school before reuniting in Los Angeles after going separate ways for college. That close bond allows the two to write and perform deeply moving songs about people and places they’ve encountered with a shared voice. Just take a listen to “Sweet Diane” and “Strain of Cancer” from their session in Studio 1A for a good example of their unique brand of folk infused Americana, ripe with rich characters and real life stories. Stream their session from KUTX in the player below and keep up with the rest of their U.S. tour at the links provided.