Photo by Josh Timmermans
Kalu & The Electric Joint is a meeting point for a lot of styles and backgrounds. Kalu James was born in Nigeria and earned something of a musical education with a three-year-long residency at the Continental Club Gallery, teaming up with the blues-based stylings of guitarist JT Holt. Add in drummer John Spiece–who’s a mainstay with Grupo Fantasma and Brownout–and you get Time Undone, a funky mix of a debut album.
The trio bring these diverse influences to their guest DJ set this week on My KUTX, ahead of a show at the Empire Control Room with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. Kalu, JT, and John talk about the importance of Jeff Buckley’s voice, Fela Kuti’s polyrhythms, and Led Zeppelin’s riffs on their own sound. Listen to My KUTX on Saturday, November 18, 6 to 7 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
[intro music: Kalu & The Electric Joint – “Too Low To Get High”]
1. Miriam Makeba – “Malaika”
2. Corey Harris – “God Don’t Ever Change”
3. The Beatles – “I’m Only Sleeping”
4. Jeff Buckley – “So Real”
5. Led Zeppelin – “In The Light”
6. Queens Of The Stone Age – “Make It Wit Chu”
7. Bob Marley – “Babylon System”
8. Morphine – “The Night”
9. Stevie Wonder – “As”
10. Fela Kuti – “Colonial Mentality” (radio edit)
photo by Josh Timmermans
When Nigerian-born Kalu James, who’s been on the scene as a songwriter for years, began a month-long residency at the Continental Club Gallery with another Austin mainstay, guitarist JT Holt, they both knew there was chemistry afoot. But neither knew the weekly shows would last nearly three years. Along the way, drummer John Speice joined the party, and Kalu And The Electric Joint officially became a thing. The Joint is an only-in-Austin conception of African polyrhythms, American soul, and blues-rock that sounds as if all the genres had grown up together. And now, they’re releasing their debut album, Time Undone, recorded over the period of a year out in Driftwood, Texas, and produced by Brett Orrison (Black Angels, Widespread Panic). Guest stars include members of Widespread Panic, War On Drugs, The Sword and Grupo Fantasma, who all contribute to a soulful world groove.
11/18 @ 6 p.m. Guest DJ Set
11/21 @ 3 p.m. Live in Studio 1A
11/18 @ Empire Control Room
12/7 @ Mohawk (Time Undone Release Show)
Palo Duro is the KUTX Artist of the Month for October.
After spending a decade in the bands the Glass Family and Gold Beach, Austin’s Michael Winningham started rethinking and reworking his musical direction. The path led him to Palo Duro, a new band that pulls from a lot of disparate influences and experiences on its debut album, Ryou Cannon. This week on My KUTX, Winningham explains what that process was like, and how everything from mysterious Nigerian funk, David Bowie’s sound and vision, and Kanye’s experimental side worked its way into Palo Duro. Hear Palo Duro’s guest DJ set on Saturday, October 14, 6-7 p.m. or anytime at the bottom of the page. Palo Duro plays Hotel Vegas on October 14 and our Studio 1A on October 24 at 7 p.m.
–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX
1. Sam Cohen – “Let The Mountain Come To You”
2. William Onyeabor – “Atomic Bomb”
3. Palo Duro – “Darken The Glow”
4. David Bowie – “Sound And Vision”
5. Angel Olsen – “The Waiting”
6. Kanye West – “Lost In The World/Who Will Survive In America”
8. Jesse Woods – “Danger In The Dancehall”
9. Suicide – “Surrender”
10. Palo Duro – “Surrender”
11. Dr. John – “My Children, My Angels”
12. Kevin Morby – “Beautiful Strangers”
The beginnings of Austin’s Palo Duro date all the way back to 2012, when Gold Beach leader Michael Winningham sought some help from an old friend to try and finish the group’s latest album. Sam Cohen, who first helped Michael arrange a song when they were both sixteen years old, has gone on to produce the likes of Kevin Morby and Benjamin Booker, and his collaboration with Winningham quickly led to something bigger than either of them expected. Time passed, keyboardist Carlos Orozco was recruited, ideas flowed, and whatever the end results were, it became obvious this was no longer Gold Beach. More musicians joined the rotating cast, numerous songs were recorded, and Palo Duro was born. By last year, the band had come to the attention of Brian Burton (Danger Mouse), who released their first single, “Darken The Glow” on his 30th Century label in March of this year. Now comes the band’s first full-length, Ryou Cannon, which expands on “Darken”’s driving world-funk and atmospheric drive.
– Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Director
10/27 @ Cheer Up Charlies
Scroll down to the bottom of this post to hear Palo Duro’s recent visit to Studio 1A !
LISTEN TO RYOU CANNON HERE
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!
9/27 @ Spider House Ballroom
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