Photos from left to right – (Los Coast, Renee Dominguez; Norah Jones; Tame Impala, Mary Kang)
KUTX host Jack Anderson spills the beans on the BEST SONGS EVER! At least for this week.
Los Coast – “Monsters”
Let’s kick it off with Austin quintet Los Coast. This group has been popping up on local show bills and marquees for a few years now, but they only recently took their talents to the studio for a full-length album due out in June called Samsara. The first two singles have the same soulful heat you get from their live performances, so try not to unleash your inner beast when you hear this one: “Monsters.”
Norah Jones – “Begin Again”
Next up we have Norah Jones. Ranging everywhere from trip hop to country folk, Norah covers a lot of ground on her new album Begin Again. Check out the title track, one that’s moody and ready for your next road trip soundtrack.
Tame Impala – “Borderline”
To wrap things up, let’s check in with Tame Impala. This year Kevin Parker been keeping his herd of fans at bay with a couple of new singles from his Aussie outfit. “Borderline” packs a punch with sweet-yet-sinister psychedelia and bonus yacht rock-inspired elements.
Photos from left to right – Fontaines D.C.; Hayes Carll by Tristan Ipock; Nilüfer Yanya by Hollie Fernando
KUTX host Art Levy spills the beans on the BEST SONGS EVER! At least for this week.
Fontaines D.C. – “Boys in the Better Land”
First up, a group out of Dublin called Fontaines D.C. They were one of the most-hyped bands at SXSW, and I managed to catch them…for about three songs before the bass amp blew up because they were playing so loud. So yeah, they’re that kind of punk band, but with a poetic sensibility on top of all the chaos. Check out “Boys in the Better Land.”
Hayes Carll – “None’ya”
Next, new music from Austin’s Hayes Carll. He has that rare ability of writing songs that can be really funny and bittersweet at the same time, and “None’ya” feels like a short story in song form.
Nilüfer Yanya – “In Your Head”
Finally, a song from the British artist Nilüfer Yanya. She comes from a family of artists: she created her debut album Miss Universe in her uncle’s studio, and her sister directs her music videos. “In Your Head” is all about self-doubt–though you’d never guess it from the music. She sounds like she’s ready to conquer the world.
Photo by Tristan Ipock
The twin brothers that form Cayucas, Zach and Ben Yudin, are out on tour promoting their latest album, Real Life, which was released on April 19th on Park the Van Records. The band really focuses on their always present nostalgic theme on this record. “Jessica WJ” tells about the brothers’ bass playing friend from high school and the title of the song “Winter of 98” speaks for itself. After losing certain pieces of the band, the twins decided to take a new approach. This record focuses less on the surf guitar we are familiar with and more on synths and clapping rhythms. It is a thought-out, whole piece of work that we are excited to bring to you through Studio 1A! Scroll down for the new sounds!
Host: Jody Denberg
Sound: Jake Perlman & Cliff Hargrove
Cameras: Tristan Ipock & Juan Figueroa
Editing: Tristan Ipock
Photo by Tristan Ipock
Boy, is it good to hear from these guys again. Peter Bjorn and John’s latest and eighth full length album received praise from Pitchfork late last year, saying that Dark Ages is “undoubtedly their strongest since Writer’s Block, with a renewed focus on eclecticism and sweet melodies.” There is something on this album for everyone, ranging anywhere from something that could accompany a Western in “Dark Ages” to pop anthems in songs like “Gut Feeling”. Then, right when we weren’t expecting it, they released “EPBJ”, the self-proclaimed “mellow, wintery melancholic ballad-EP of sorts” in February this year. We can attest that is a fair assessment of the project, and it’s quite refreshing to get this to go along with the album. It is the perfect accompaniment to a chill evening of reflection. We had the good fortune to get to host the Swedish band in Studio 1A. Scroll down for the live session and interview!
– Wes Simms, KUTX Intern
Host: Jody Denberg
Audio Engineer: Cliff Hargrove
Producer: Deidre Gott
Cameras: Gabriel C. Pérez; Tristan Ipock, Michael Minasi
Edit: Gabriel C. Pérez
Borris, County Carlow native, Pat Byrne, won Ireland’s “The Voice” in 2012. He subsequently landed a deal with Universal Ireland and released his debut album, “All or Nothing”, the same year. After taking a recent liking to Austin, he decided to plant himself here with a 3-year visa and try his luck in the capital of Texas, and we are excited to embrace him. Byrne’s influences early on were the likes of Elvis and Johnny Cash, something that you might be able to see coming through his music. With the way he blends genres and influences, it seems as if Byrne was meant to land in Texas all along. His latest album, “Rituals”, was released in November of last year, and we can’t get enough of it. Oh, and did we mention, he’s Austin 360’s April Artist of the Month? Needless to say, we were lucky to get to host him in Studio 1A. Scroll down for the full set and interview!