LOTD Favorites From 2016

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LOTD Favorites From 2016

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016

Rick McNulty hosts Left of the Dial on Fridays, 7-11 pm. Follow him on Twitter @Rick_Daddy

When you host a regular program on KUTX, you feel like you’re being bombarded with a taco cannon shooting new songs at you on a weekly basis – you have to stay on your toes. Hosting Left Of The Dial, where I play more adventurous and sometimes “not ready for prime-time” music, means I’m faced with even more tacos blasting towards my head – it’s like having that taco cannon blast the individual ingredients at you while you have to assemble a taco on the fly.

What I’m trying to say is that I’ve got a truckload of tasty new tacos for you to try, and they’re all from 2016. Below is a Spotify playlist of my favorite tracks from this year, and though you may not dig them all, I bet you’ll find some stuff that you’d use for your own mixtape. In any case, enjoy all the new music. Whoever says that music is dead is full of beans (old crusty beans from a gas station taco).

Tune in to Left Of The Dial on January 30th for Rick’s favorite songs of 2016.

Live Broadcast at Antone’s

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Live Broadcast at Antone’s

Posted by on Sep 15, 2016

Join us on the radio or in-person September 17 as Rick Daddy broadcasts his Saturday night R&B, Blues and Soul show live from Austin’s Home of the Blues. To celebrate the opening of Antone’s vinyl and gift shop, Big Henry’s, Rick (with help from drummer and deejay Mike Buck and his box of 45s) presents four hours of the finest sounds ever pressed on vinyl.

Rick will be joined throughout the evening by a number of legendary Austin Blues and Soul stars as they select their favorite 45s to play on-the-air. Rick has been dusting off his 45 collection and will bring in a couple of singles he received in a trade with the legendary host of Twine Time, the late Paul Ray. “We’ll have more records than you can shake a stick at,” Rick says, “but in any case, come on by and shake your tailfeather.”

Afterwards in the club you can catch Austin legend W.C. Clark with the solid soul of Tomar & The FCs opening. Saturday September 17, 7-11pm 305 E. 5th Street

The Summer of ’66

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The Summer of ’66

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016

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LOTD: Revolver at Fifty

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LOTD: Revolver at Fifty

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016

Rick McNulty hosts Left of the Dial on Fridays, 7-11 pm. Follow him on Twitter @Rick_Daddy

Early cover design.

Early cover design.

Fifty years ago this month, The Beatles released one of the greatest albums in pop music history. It was a game changer — and totally unexpected. Revolver fell into the laps of millions of fans that were used to hearing “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Ticket to Ride” and “We Can Work It Out.” Until that time, nothing The Beatles or anyone else had made sounded like it and nothing could prepare their audience for its arrival.

I recently devoted almost four hours of Left of the Dial to the landmark record, including isolated tracks, cover versions, and all sorts of ephemera related to the making of the album (wait until you hear about the origins of “Got To Get You Into My Life”). The playlist is below to help you skip around, and below that are the files for streaming, divided into four hour-long parts.

Got to Get You Into My Life – Earth, Wind & Fire
Eleanor Rigby – Four Tops
Taxman – Soulive
Taxman – The Beatles
Start! – The JamAt Chiswick
The Zoo – FEWS
She Said, She Said – Mark Mulcahy
Good Day Sunshine – Roy Redmond
Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles
And Your Bird Can Sing – Rogue Valley
Where There’s No One – She-Devils
Slippin’ – Feels
Tomorrow Never Knows – The Beatles
Bottle Rocket – Working for a Nuclear Free City
The New Pollution – Beck
Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
Love You To – Cornershop
She Said, She Said – Don Randi Trio
Got to Get You Into My Life – The Beatles
Paperback Writer – R.B. Greaves
First World Problem – Unknown Mortal OrchestraBeatles '66
And Your Bird Can Sing – The Beatles
Tomorrow Never Knows – Brownout feat. Alex Marrero
Vincent – Car Seat Headrest
Good Day Sunshine – The Beatles
Doctor Robert – Luke Temple
The Cause – Laura Gibson
I’m Only Sleeping (Take 1) – The Beatles
I’m Only Sleeping – The Beatles
Shiny Cage – The Dukes Of Stratosphear
Family Tree – Ben Kweller
Paperback Writer – The Beatles
Rain – The Beatles
She Said, She Said – The Black Keys
Eleanor Rigby – The Handsome Family
Taxman, Mr. Thief – Cheap Trick
Follow Me Home – The Mystery Lights
Taxman – Don Randi Trio
Love You To – The Beatles
Tomorrow Never Knows – Junior ParkerPaperback-Writer-Rain-shoot-the-beatles-9207368-500-358
Here, There and Everywhere – The Beatles
Close to No One – CCC
Good Day Sunshine – Lampshade
Paisley Park – Prince
For No One – The Beatles
Here, There and Everywhere – Roberta Flack
Doctor Robert – The Beatles
T.N.K. (Tomorrow Never Knows) – 801
Eleanor Rigby – Aretha Franklin
Yellow Submarine – Chris Eckman
She Said She Said – The Beatles
And Your Bird Can Sing – Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs
Eleanor Rigby – El Chicano
Love You To – Sukilove
Tomorrow Never Knows – Don Randi Trio
I Want to Tell You – The Beatles
Yellow Submarine – Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
Rain – Ed Harcourt
Tomorrow Never Knows (Take 1) – The Beatles
Got to Get You Into My Life – Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
And Your Bird Can Sing (instrumental) – The Beatles

LOTD Recommends: Man About Town

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LOTD Recommends: Man About Town

Posted by on May 19, 2016

Rick McNulty hosts Left of the Dial on Fridays, 7-11 pm. Follow him on Twitter @Rick_Daddy

Mayer Hawthorne – Man About Town (BMG)man-about-town-500x500

This is the best Hall & Oates album I’ve ever heard. Or at least what I think a Hall & Oates album should sound like: lyrically not profound, largely devoted to heartache and desire, but with the sort of lush hooks and harmonies that make new songs seem instantly familiar. They stopped making this kind of music in 1982 (some call it “yacht rock”) and the world has been a lesser place for it.

Frequently described as “nerdy,” “slick,” and “retro-soul” (sometimes derisively), Mayer Hawthorne is all of the above — though not to any detriment as far as I’m concerned. Sure, he’s a bit of a dork — but he’s a damned fashionable one. “Slick” is hardly derogatory when you’re really good at it like he is. And as far as “retro-soul,” Hawthorne’s songwriting and sound is a glorious throwback to lush ‘70s sophisticated soul (with more in common with the Philly sound of Gamble & Huff than the heavy-handedness of Luther Vandross). If that’s retro, then sign me up.

Man About Town is slinky like a pair of silk pajamas. Abundant in mid-tempo slow jams, it’s perfect for a bubble bath or for the morning after. Speaking of which, “Breakfast in Bed” is a highlight: “Don’t be in such a hurry/You don’t have to worry/I’m finding all your clothes/Do not disturb is hanging from the door so/Let’s order breakfast in bed.”

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The Maestro Rhythm King MRK-2

Hawthorne is musically gifted and yet doesn’t receive enough credit for playing most of the instruments on his records: guitars, bass, drums, keys and marimba. He’s practically self-contained like Stevie Wonder used to be. Hawthorne also deftly incorporates the vintage sounds of the Maestro Rhythm King MRK-2, better known as the wonky drum machine immortalized by Sly Stone in 1971. It’s an excellent texture for these pristine grooves.

The best place to hear the album

The best place to hear the album

Other standouts include “Cosmic Love” which features a seductive falsetto, plus barely audible sounds of, um, ecstasy from between the sheets (headphones pay off on this one). It’s a full-on yacht jam which makes me think that every copy of the album should come with a complimentary captain’s hat. Another favorite is “Lingerie & Candlewax” that spares us the details and instead focuses on what leads to the naughty bits: “Smokin’ in the Cadillac/Take a hit, pass it back/Starts with this and ends with that/Lingerie and candlewax.”

Like I said, perfect for a bubble bath or for the morning after.