Holiday music is ubiquitous. Our turkey dinners have barely had time to digest before we start hearing it everywhere. These days, it seems you can’t buy groceries or a giant television without your ears being assaulted by the forced cheer of Mariah Carey or the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Hey – let it be known that we’ve got nothing against either – but here at KUTX, we strive to bring you a holiday mix that’s more in line with what you normally hear on our airwaves.
Prefer to spend the holidays with the likes of The Shins, XTC, The Pretenders, Willie Nelson, Heartless Bastards, Aimee Mann, and Johnny Cash? Then spend the holidays with KUTX. Beginning December 22nd at 6 A.M., KUTX will go wall-to-wall holiday music, without the cheese (unless it’s, you know, ironic cheese. We like that flavor.) And we’ll keep at until midnight on December 25th.
It’s our way of saying Happy Holidays! (And it also might be our way of getting a few days off work.)
photo by Gabriel Peréz
Shinyribs defies genres as an Austin-based 8-piece Swamp-Pop-Soul supergroup fronted by the outrageously charismatic Kevin Russell. Shinyribs delivers a package of Christmas cheer with the 2018 holiday release of The Kringle Tingle. With 10 shiny and bright tracks from the wildly diverse group, the album features reimagined classics, original creations, and a holiday spin on familiar mega-hits designed to lift the spirits and get hips shaking like a bowl full of jelly. The Kringle Tingle came out on Bloodshot Records 11/30. Shinyribs will be performing songs from the new album as part of Robert Earl Keen’s Cosmic Christmas at Moody Theater Dec. 22. Catch the Christmas spirit with Shinyribs caught live in Studio 1A at the bottom of this post then head to ACL Live to grab your tix to the show.
12/22 @ ACL Live (Robert Earl Keen’s Cosmic Christmas)
Producer: Deidre Gott
Host: Jay Trachtenberg
Engineer: Cliff Hargrove
FOH Engineer: Oscar from The Werd Company
Austin five-piece Shy Beast is serving up indie-dream-pop to die for. Formerly known as MGC, the group rose like the proverbial phoenix with a knockout debut EP in 2017. Shy Beast is now a fully matured musical animal. Heading up the act is Marieclaire (MC) Glaeser; taking the mantle of chief songwriter, singer, and keyboardist. She is the creative heart of the group and a real force to be reckoned with; tracks abound with her lovely vocal acrobatics. The band just released their newest EP, Leave Me/Let Me, last month and to celebrate they’re releasing videos to accompany their new music. Today we’re excited to premiere the video for their song “Leave Me Be”, produced and directed by Shy Beast guitarist David Tenczar. It’s an awesome song made better by some great visuals and MC’s one of a kind choreography. Check it out and then be sure to catch Shy Beast at Antone’s on January 18 for the Austin Music Foundation’s showcase, The Next. Enjoy!
Leave Me Be is about the thoughts and behaviors associated with someone dealing with grief. But in the case of the video we wanted to find humor and reveal some of the personality of MC and the band.
– Shy Beast
photo by Gabriel C. Pérez
Over the years Billy Harvey has been playing his own brand of Post Modern Pop, working not only as an artist but also as a musician (Patty Griffin, Forest Rangers, The Courtyard Hounds), or a producer (Luke Wade, Charlie Mars, Bob Schneider, Slaid Cleaves, Steve Poltz).
As an artist, he has been the recipient of the International Songwriters Award for Best Rock Song “Frozen Through,” and broke into the Top 100 on the CMJ charts with his hauntingly soulful release “Bearsick.” The caffeine-addled do-it-yourselfer that he is, he has also been quietly directing, animating, and editing the accompanying music videos to his records, culminating in the making of the documentary film “Everywhere Now”. Filmed entirely on his laptop camera, Harvey intimately chronicled a 7000-mile plus tour in a car powered by waste vegetable oil. Given the diversity of his interests, it is not much of a surprise to learn that he has been pursuing acting as yet another form of expression gaining his first LEADING role for the thriller “Strings.” Over the course of its festival season, “Strings” won multiple awards including Best Ensemble Cast, and Best Song…Harvey’s own, “The Greatest Escape.”
Billy Harvey has just released his 9th studio album, The Arsonist, recorded with George Rieff before he passed with guest appearances from:
Michael Ramos, Audley Freed, David Boyle, Jon Dee Graham, Rafael Gayol, Conrad Choucroun, John Ginty, Darin Murphy. Listen to a few of the new songs performed live in Studio 1A at the bottom of this post!
Host: Jody Denberg
Producer: Deidre Gott
Engineer: Cliff Hargrove
Camera: Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, Salvador Castro
Edit: Gabriel C. Pérez
Density512’s Mad King weaves a tale of monarchy, madness, anachronism, and palace intrigue. Witness a head of state, King George III, train birds to sing and deteriorate into a disturbing state of insanity in Peter Maxwell Davies’s masterpiece of musical-monodrama Eight Songs for a Mad King. Discover the sweet counterpoint of Musica quince vocum attributed to the princess nun Leonore D’Este (1515-1575). Contemplate the connection with your darker self in Peter Maxwell Davies’s Tenabrae Super Gesualdo, an ode to the composer and Prince of Venosa who famously murdered his wife and her lover. Not for the faint of heart, Mad King is sure to be a thrill.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
4:00 PM 6:00 PM
916 Springdale Rd #101