How dirty do you like your blues? So dirty you should get a tetanus shot after listening? If so, you will most definitely enjoy Austin’s The Ghost Wolves. This power rock couple blends the best elements of grunge, blues, and good ole grimy rock n’ roll into an intoxicating concoction served up in short, powerful songs sure to make you feel dirty in the best possible way. Be sure to warn your dance partner before pulling up their recent session from Studio 1A, KUTX is not responsible for any unintentional grinding. Listen in the player at the bottom of the post and then go see them live at one of their upcoming shows here in town!
8/11 @ The Blackheart
8/12 @ Radio Coffee & Beer
After nearly 10 years of fronting both Suicide Pistols and the hard rocking Southbound Drive, Scott Collins’ most recent work strips away the band to focus on his incredibly emotive songwriting. Lyrics have always been Scott’s strong suit but his newest EP, Let’s Start Here, focuses that strength into a powerful collection of songs touching on his own personal experiences. In addition to being a talented musician and performer, Scott also works on the other side of the microphone as a producer and engineer in his own Chicken Run Studios. You’ve got several chances to catch Scott Collins in the next couple of weeks but you can listen to his session from Studio 1A RIGHT HERE!
8/11 @ Spiderhouse Ballroom
8/20 @ Hope Farmers Market
9/2 @ Empire Control Room
Sarah Jaffe was only twenty-two years old when her seasoned debut recording, Even Born Again, was released in 2008. Already a fixture in the fertile Denton musical landscape, her profile began to soar. Soon she was touring with artists as varied as Lou Barlow and Norah Jones, and was pushing her acoustic music into the electronic pop ether. Since then she’s had raves in Rolling Stone, made the rounds on the talk shows, collaborated with Eminem, placed her songs in a couple of films, and released a handful of absorbing albums and EPs. Her fourth full-length, Bad Baby, like each release that has preceded it, finds Jaffe again moving in creative new directions. There’s a dance-floor propulsion, and Jaffe is quick to credit the newly spacious feel to her layered pop to her many collaborators, including photographers and illustrators. Bad Baby will be released July 7th.
– KUTX Music Director, Jeff McCord
Listen to Sarah Jaffe’s session in the player at the bottom of this post!
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What musical experience most set you on the path to a career in radio?
My seminal musical experience was seeing The Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964; the next day I went down to our neighborhood record store in The Bronx to buy the 45 rpm single for “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” The Beatles set me on my musical course; radio was something I accidentally fell into because of my love of music!
What’s your favorite Austin music experience so far?
I can’t pick just ONE favorite Austin music experience. Here are a few: Helping to raise $2 million for the SIMS Foundation; going to the Cactus Cafe and Austin City Limits tapings for more than 35 years; singing onstage with some of my musical heroes, including Pete Townshend, Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane, Billy Bragg, Loudon Wainwright, Shelby Lynne, Doug Sahm, Alejandro Escovedo, Steve Forbert and others; interviewing Yoko Ono at SXSW in 2011 (and co-authoring a book about her); and live on-air interviews and/or performances with the likes of Brian Wilson, Patti Smith, R.E.M., Willie Nelson, The Band and and and …
Why public rather than commercial radio?
I spent 29 years in commercial radio in Austin; my path has now led me to public radio and KUTX 98.9. It almost seemed pre-ordained as I graduated UT in 1981 and 30 years later, voila! – I’m on public radio. Following the deregulation of ownership at commercial radio, budgets shrank and the need for revenue and ratings eclipsed any mission for sharing a wide variety of music with a listening community. Public radio seems the last bastion for broadcasting to a higher target than the lowest common denominator. I am so blessed I found a place where I can serve our community.
How do you spend your time when you’re not spinning records on the air?
When I am not spinning on air I love to hang out with my wife Barbara, our cats, family and friends, read books and watch movies, walk on the treadmill and in the park, go out on the lake, eat good food – and still listen to plenty of great music, live or on shuffle.
Finish the sentence: “Austin Music Is ….”
…the lifeblood of our city!
**STAY TUNED FOR MORE FROM MAGNA CARDA**
Even from their 2012 beginnings on St. Edward’s campus, it was obvious that MC Megz Kelli and producer Dougie Do shared a unified vision. Their group, Magna Carda, brews a jazzy, retro, soul-steeped stew, (think Erykah Badu, Digable Planets, Robert Glasper) that has only improved with time, bringing them both fans and critical acclaim. The creative musicians that round out Magna Carda’s lineup push their sound in new directions, making this band much more than just a producer’s studio project. They’ve just released their latest set of songs, Somewhere Between, and they’re off to NYC later this month to show them off.
– Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Director