Austin’s Duncan Fellows wrote the bulk of its debut LP, Both Sides Of The Ceiling, in an AC-less house, a proposition that could turn any group into a frothing-at-the-mouth wreck. But the songs are sunny and summery. This is a garage rock band with enough of a pop touch to straddle both scenes here in town.
This week on My KUTX, Colin Harman (guitar/vocals), Cullen Trevino (guitar/vocals), and David Stimson (bass) take over guest DJ duties for an hour of hand-picked music. They cover their love of classic songwriting with picks by Jackson Browne and the Kinks as well as the more experimental sounds of Animal Collective and fellow Austinites Lomelda. Listen to Duncan Fellows’ My KUTX on Saturday, September 16, 6-7 p.m., or anytime at the bottom of the page.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
1. Jackson Browne – “These Days”
2. The Kinks – “Strangers”
3. Chad VanGaalen – “Peace On The Rise”
4. Sam Cooke – “Jesus Gave Me Water”
5. Pinegrove – “Waveform”
6. Lomelda – “Columbia River”
7. WU LYF – “We Bros”
8. Paul & Linda McCartney – “Long Haired Lady”
9. Faces – “Ooh La La”
10. Houndmouth – “Black Gold”
11. Animal Collective – “Fireworks”
From humble, sweaty beginnings using music to make it through Texas heat in an AC-less house with (potentially) as many rats as residents, Duncan Fellows have come a long way in the past 3 years. They’ve teased their fans with singles, EPs, and plenty of great live performances, but now they’ve released their debut album, one with two moods to reflect, as the title suggests, both sides of the ceiling. In the past year, the band has been playing shows in Austin as well as across the country. They toured with Houndmouth through the Southeast and with Joseph on a run of sold out dates along the west coast. Between trips they have been in Denton, Texas recording their debut LP, Both Sides of the Ceiling.The album was written mostly over the summer of 2016 and into the fall which becomes apparent in the composition of the tunes. The first tracks are bright yet biting, not taking themselves too seriously (similar to the band), but as the album progresses the mood turns.
Scroll down to the bottom of the post to hear their recent session from Studio 1A and keep your eyes on this page for more from Duncan Fellows!
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Magna Carda is the KUTX Artist of the Month for August. Photo by Emma Martin/KUTX.
Austin’s Magna Carda returned last month with a stellar new EP that shows a further refinement of their jazz/rap hybrid sound. It’s no surprise that the band picks a lot of similarly-minded songs for their second go-around on the guest DJ decks. This time, producer/keyboardist Dougie Do is joined by MC Megz Kelli and drummer Mike Gonzales for a wide-ranging My KUTX that remembers the late, great Phife Dawg, spotlights Phil Collins’ Prince-ly moves, and ends with an Erykah Badu live stunner. Listen to Magna Carda’s My KUTX on Saturday, August 19 at 6 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
1. A Tribe Called Quest – “God Lives Through”
2. NAO – “Fool To Love”
3. Ramp – “Daylight”
4. Hawk House – “Tidal Tendencies”
5. Prince – “I Feel For You”
6. Teena Marie – “Portuguese Love”
7. Blended Babies – “Make It Work” (ft. Anderson .Paak, Asher Rother, & Donnie Trumpet)
8. Phil Collins – “Sussudio”
9. FKA twigs – “Ultraviolet”
10. Erykah Badu – “Next Lifetime” (Live)
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Even from their 2012 beginnings on St. Edward’s campus, it was obvious that MC Megz Kelli and producer Dougie Do shared a unified vision. Their group, Magna Carda, brews a jazzy, retro, soul-steeped stew, (think Erykah Badu, Digable Planets, Robert Glasper) that has only improved with time, bringing them both fans and critical acclaim. The creative musicians that round out Magna Carda’s lineup push their sound in new directions, making this band much more than just a producer’s studio project. They’ve just released their latest set of songs, Somewhere Between, and they’re off to NYC later this month to show them off.
– Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Director
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Sarah Jaffe is the KUTX Artist of the Month for July.
It’s hard to pin down Sarah Jaffe, and that’s exactly what makes her such an exciting artist. She came out of the fertile Denton music scene about a decade ago with a folk-leaning sound, but she soon remade herself as a pop singer with a darkened, slightly askew sensibility. Jaffe is the only singer I know of who’s played with Cyndi Lauper, Norah Jones, and Midlake while also providing music for everyone from Eminem to Pixar. She’s a worker, a curious artist who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.
Which makes the backstory for Bad Baby, Jaffe’s fourth album, all the more ironic: she was waiting around for inspiration before a friend reminded her that creativity is all about hard work. And Bad Baby shows its seams, in a good way. It’s hard-edged, alternating between big, swing-for-the-fences synth-pop and intimate ballads (“Help Yourself” even starts with a bum note and a muttered expletive). “Bad Baby” is in the former category, huge and glossy with a sticky-sweet earworm. But no matter what Jaffe puts her hands on, she always seems to make it her own.
“Bad Baby” appears on the album of the same name, out July 7.
–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX