KUTX host Jody Denberg gives you the best songs ever!
John Prine – “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door”
First up, John Prine, from his new album The Tree Of Forgiveness. This is Prine’s first album of all-new material in thirteen years. He’ll be in Austin for a couple of nights next month: June 5 for an ACL taping and June 30 at Bass Concert Hall. Here’s “Knockin’ On Your Screen Door.”
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
Next, a song that debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 100. It’s an explicitly political song from Childish Gambino, who you may know as the actor Donald Glover. “This Is America” got a lot of attention from its video, as well as Glover’s recent hosting stint on Saturday Night Live.
White Denim – “Magazin”
Finally, a song from Austin’s White Denim, or I should say White Denim 2.0, since they’ve undergone some personnel changes the past few years. But this new lineup really comes into its own on “Magazin,” from the forthcoming Performance, White Denim’s eighth album.
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KUTX Music Director Jeff McCord shares the best songs ever…this week!
Alex Lahey – “I Love You Like a Brother”
Let’s start with Alex Lahey, a talented Australian singer/guitarist. The title track to her new album I Love You Like A Brother is an undeniable, full-on pop blitz, and it’s devoid of the unrequited love cliches you might expect. Instead, she sings of becoming friends with, well, her brother. Funny and unpredictable, this one’s a keeper.
MIEN – “Earth Moon”
Up next, some psych-rock with an Austin connection. The band is MIEN (pronounced “mean”), and they are one of those acts made up of members from other established bands—the Earlies, the Horrors, and the Black Angels’ Alex Maas is their lead vocalist. It’s easy to get cynical about these all-star ventures, but these guys are clearly playing music for the fun of it. “Earth Moon,” off the band’s self-titled debut, rises up above the psychedelic haze.
Slowdive – “Star Roving”
And finally, a song we at KUTX have been playing awhile, but it still sounds amazing every time I hear it—Slowdive’s “Star Roving.” When a band decides to reunite after being dormant for years, you never know what you’re going to get. In the nineties, the British band Slowdive released three albums that were all shoegaze classics, and no one really expected them to pick up right where they left off some twenty years ago. But that’s exactly what they’ve done. The reunion album, just called Slowdive, is every bit as good as their earlier work, and their recent show at Stubb’s had them delivering the goods live as well.
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Lauren Ruth Ward – “Did I Offend You?”
I’ll begin with Lauren Ruth Ward, an L.A. troubadour by way of Baltimore. She seems fearless and her lyrics are brutally honest and pointed. On her debut album, there’s one track, in particular, that is wrought with emotion called “Did I Offend You?” – and it’s a little scary because it’s unclear if she’s throwing shade on someone else or if she’s tearing herself down.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise – “Matchbox”
Next up is a North Carolina band with an awesome name: Rainbow Kitten Surprise. Led by the irrepressible Sam Melo, they recently dropped their third album. The band isn’t easy to describe – I hear indie folk, stream-of-consciousness rap, and arena rock. Roll it up into a blunt and it might blow your mind. Here’s “Matchbox,” and catch them at Stubb’s on May 17th.
U.S. Girls – “Rosebud”
Finally, the one album I’ve been listening to more than any other this year is In A Poem Unlimited by U.S. Girls. The group is under the aegis of Meg Remy, an American expat living in Toronto. Her song “Rosebud” is a direct reference to the mystery of the film Citizen Kane. The band finds the groove immediately, one that sounds borrowed from The Spinners “I’ll Be Around.” Yet as much as the groove moves this song along, it’s the supposition that everyone has a “Rosebud,” that you and you alone possess the one key to understanding and delivering yourself.
Austin native Jane Ellen Bryant is redefining what it means to be a singer/songwriter. Her new song “Take Me As I Am” brings pop music back down to Earth and replaces the fluff with real emotion all while reeling you in with some particularly tasty vocal hooks. Stream the song here and keep your eyes peeled for more new music from Jane Ellen Bryant in the near future. We know we will!