Photo By Julia Reihs
The self-proclaimed “shellfish bastards” of Austin’s the Oysters are well-loved around town, known for their fun, high-energy rock ‘n’ roll sets to their warm, friendly demeanors that radiate on-and-off stage. The collaborative progeny of Will Maxwell, Sean Taggersall, and Paul Pinon, each song possess its own identity and life force, sometimes shifting between the realms of ballad and power pop, and other times getting in your face form the first riff and staying there. The Oysters release their sophomore EP Space to a wildly excited devoted fanbase, with the strong potential to be a new favorite of this city at large and beyond.
Engineer: Cliff Hargrove
Producer: Deidre Gott
Host: Taylor Photographers
grpahers: Julia Reihs, Renee Dominguez, and Jenan Taha
Yoko Ono’s 14th album, Warzone, will be released October 19th. Until then, the New York-based artist is unveiling its songs one-at-a-time with lyric videos featuring her singular dot drawings. KUTX is proud to host the world premiere for her new recording of “It’s Gonna Rain” (which was written in 1973 and first released on 1986’s Starpeace).
Warzone is a unique album for Ono. Although songs from her catalog have been revisited and remixed by countless alternative artists for #1 dance singles, as well as the Yes, I’m A Witch volumes, this is the first time Ono herself has re-recorded songs from her 1973-2009 releases. These new versions are sparse and put the focus on her songwriting and unique vocalizations. For this new take on “It’s Gonna Rain” – originally produced by Bill Laswell – Yoko has done away with the electronic production of the recording from three decades ago and replaced it with a gentle string quartet, electric guitar from Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and subtle instrumental layering by the co-producer of Warzone, Thomas Bartlett.
Along with the rejiggered versions of her songs that have topped the dance charts numerous times, and the remix/reinterpretations of her songs done by artists including Cat Power, Portugal. The Man, Sparks, tUnE-yArDs, Moby and others, Ono’s works have also been brought to a new generation of listeners via the ongoing reissue series of her albums by Secretly Canadian/Chimera Music, not to mention the prominent sample of her 1971 track “Mindtrain” by Death Cab For Cutie on their new single “Gold Rush.” At the age of 85, the world has almost caught up with Yoko Ono.
Austin’s hip-hop, R&B, pop and soul artists are beginning to take the city by storm. In appreciation of these artists’ creativity and hard work, KUTX and the Hakone Agency are putting on Austin’s inaugural Summer Jam event on Friday, August, 31st. The event will be hosted by Austin’s #1 hip-hop radio show, The Breaks, who have merged both national and local acts on their Saturday night radio show. The hosts, Confucius and Fresh, not only want to highlight the hottest artists in the city, but also to bring various pieces of our community together, uniting in appreciation of Austin’s vibrant music community. Peep the line-up below and get a taste of the live energy with videos and links to the artists’ Studio 1A sessions! We’ll see you August 31st at Barracuda.
Sponsored by: Austin Revitalization Authority, Great American Smiles, and EQ Austin
Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez
Blaze is the biopic chronicling the unique and tragic journey of Austin-based singer-songwriter Blaze Foley. In tandem with the film’s regional release last Friday, director Ethan Hawke, Blaze’s real-life lover Sybil Rosen (and author of Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley), and lead actor Ben Dickey (who plays Foley) stopped by our Studio 1A to chat about the film, its music, and the man who made it all.
Photo by Renee Dominguez
Lafayette’s GIVERS use the ol’ Cajun Country roux as the base of their music and add to it a myriad of influential spices ranging from new wave to funk back home to zydeco, dressed with colorful costumes, glitter, and a percussion set-up you don’t find on a lot of indie-catering venues these says. While currently at the end of the first leg of their current tour, the good people of GIVERS stopped by our Studio 1A to play some tunes from their newest album Moving On.