My KUTX: Night Drive

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My KUTX: Night Drive

Posted by on Jun 23, 2017

Night Drive is the KUTX Artist of the Month for June. Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTX.

Austin’s Night Drive makes music that’s, um, perfect for night driving. Their self-titled debut is sleek, stylish, and a little dangerous, offering a punked-up take on electronic music. And this week on My KUTX, Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon provide a hand-picked soundtrack for your very-own night drive, swerving between club bangers, punk howlers, and experimental favorites. Hear My KUTX on Saturday, June 24 at 6 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Maethelvin – “Lost In The Big City”

2. Panama – “Always” (Classixx remix)

3. YACHT – “Le Goudron”

4. S.C.U.M. – “Faith Unfolds”

5. The Soft Moon – “Circles” (4:02)

6. Brian Eno & John Cale – “Spinning Away”

7. Crystal Castles – “Vanished” (4:03)

8. Bryan Ferry – “Don’t Stop The Dance” (Punks Jump Up remix)

9. The Spits – “Bring”

10. The Knife – “Neverland”

11. Wild Nothing – “To Know You”

12. The Walker Brothers – “The Electrician”

Night Drive: “Easy To Lie” (Live In Studio 1A)

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Night Drive: “Easy To Lie” (Live In Studio 1A)

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017

Night Drive is the KUTX Artist of the Month for June.

All you need to know about Night Drive is right there in the band name. Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon make incessant, infinitely-propulsive music that’s best heard at night, zooming at a hundred miles per hour. The Austin duo’s self-titled debut is one of the more fully-realized local releases this year, boasting an electronic gleam but a punk rock engine.

This is a good recipe for a great live show. In our Studio 1A last week, Night Drive was both stylish and a little out-of-control. Connell’s brooding croon makes it sound like Morrissey is riding shotgun on the electrifying “Easy To Lie.” His shrieking “yeah!” about halfway through the song is the perfect exclamation point for a band that’s all about the maximum.

KUTX and Margin Walker present Night Drive at Cheer Up Charlie’s tonight. Connell and Duhon are the guest DJs on My KUTX on Saturday, June 24.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

Night Drive

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Night Drive

Posted by on May 31, 2017

Back in the Eighties, the world was lousy with bouncy synth-pop duos. But Austin’s Night Drive is reaching beyond imitation. While the era is evoked by their instrumentation, their sound is modern and foreboding on their eponymous debut, out June 16th on Roll Call Records. You’ve likely heard some of their early singles – they’re included here along with newer metaphorical material like “Trapeze Artist Regrets”. Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon claim in their bio they met after a woman they were both dating – each of them unaware of the other – died in a car crash. True or not, it’s a strange tale for a duo whose energetic debut seems cloaked in mystery.

– KUTX Music Director, Jeff McCord

Pre-order Night Drive’s  debut album HERE!!!

 

**KUTX FEATURES**

6/8 @ 8 p.m. Live Session in Studio 1A (KUTX Afterhours)

**UPCOMING SHOWS**

6/4 @ Free Press Fest (Houston, TX)

6/15 @ The Secret Group (Houston, TX)

6/16 @ Cheer Up Charlies (Record Release)

7/21 @ Free Week at Granada Theatre (Dallas, TX)



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The Octopus Project: “Wrong Gong” (Live In Studio 1A)

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The Octopus Project: “Wrong Gong” (Live In Studio 1A)

Posted by on May 15, 2017

The Octopus Project is the KUTX Artist of the Month for May. Photo by Martin do Nascimento/KUTX

The Octopus Project’s live shows are often of the sensory-overload variety. The Austin band let loose its geeky A/V club charm at its sold-out album release show last Friday in one of the Bob Bullock Museum’s theaters, utilizing sound effects, rumble seats, and of course, a big-ass movie screen to great effect.

But the Octopus Project also impresses in a (relatively) stripped-down environment. There was no video-assisted sleight-of-hand in our Studio 1A last week, but the band’s whizz-bang electronic rock was more than enough to keep the packed audience entertained. The Project’s sixth album–the Dave Fridmann-assisted Memory Mirror–might be its best, still defiantly weird but also flat-out fun. “Wrong Gong” kicked off the live set with a splash of color, sounding like a comic book come to auditory life. Listen below.

–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

My KUTX: The Octopus Project

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My KUTX: The Octopus Project

Posted by on May 5, 2017

The Octopus Project is the KUTX Artist of the Month for May. Photo by Thalia Juarez/KUTX

The Octopus Project has been keeping the weirdo flame lit in Austin for close to two decades. Their music can be both abrasive and gleeful, reflecting a refreshing curiosity that’s often lacking in a lot of electronic music. Their live shows are notoriously left-field: on Friday, May 12, the Octopus Project celebrate their new album Memory Mirror with three shows in the Spirit Theatre of the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, complete with rumbling seats, sound effects, surround-sound, and videos on the Texas-sized screen.

The Octopus Project’s Josh Lambert, Yvonne Lambert, and Toto Miranda bring this anything-goes energy to the airwaves this week with their very own guest DJ set. They talk about unlikely influences, the importance of film soundtracks, and what it was like to play as DEVO’s backing band. Tune in on Saturday, May 6 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Flying Lizards – “Lovers & Other Strangers”

2. Cornelius – “Count Five Or Six”

3. Sonic Youth – “100%”

4. Adriano Celentano & Raffaella Carra – “Prisencolinensinainciusol”

5. Melt-Banana – “Tapir’s Flown Away”

6. Mr. Oizo – “No Tony” (feat. Phra)

7. Rita Lee – “Amor Branco e Preto”

8. The Tammys – “Egyptian Shumba”

9. Francois de Roubaix – “Les Amis”

10. Ennio Morricone – “Guerra E Pace Pollo E Brace”

11. RD Burman – “Duniya Mein Logon Ko”

12. Zhou Xuan – “Age of Bloom (Hua Yang de Nianhua)”

13. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – “Very Rare”

14. Orchestre Poly-Rhytmo de Cotonou – “Noude ma gnin tche de me”

15. Deerhoof – “Spirit Ditties of No Tone”

16. Enon – “In This City”

17. DEVO – “Girl U Want”