John Aielli

KUTX Staff

John Aielli

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017

Host: M-Th 6a – 8a

Top Tracks of 2017


What musical experience most set you on the path to a career in radio?

None. I was just desperate to find a job, any job.

 

What’s your favorite Austin music experience so far?

Impossible to say, there have been zillions.

 

Why public rather than commercial radio?

Got to go where the money is.

 

How do you spend your time when you’re not spinning records on the air?

Collecting information, listening, preparing for the next show.

 

Finish the sentence: “Austin Music Is ….”

…turning and turning in the widening gyre.

Susan Castle

KUTX Staff

Susan Castle

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017

M-F: 9a-12p

Top Tracks of 2017


What musical experience most set you on the path to a career in radio?

I listened to a lot of great radio in Chicago growing up, but never dreamed that I’d be on it! My unexpected path started with my stinking up the airwaves at a radio station in a NW Indiana farm town and has been pure serendipity ever since.

 

What’s your favorite Austin music experience so far?

Not sure I can pinpoint one music event during my 27 years in Austin which began at Liberty Lunch and the Austin Opry House, to having The Backyard 5 minutes from my actual backyard, to 26 SXSWs, to every ACL Fest, to my crazy, hazy days at KGSR and eventually landing at KUT & KUTX as the cherry on top of this amazing musical sundae?! An impossible task, I’m afraid.

 

Why public rather than commercial radio?

It’s all about making music fiends happy, not wall street shareholders.

 

How do you spend your time when you’re not spinning records on the air?

Cooking, eating, watching shows about cooking and eating, gardening, traveling, face timing my darling daughter who’s in college, dog wrangling, and soon, being in water.

 

Finish the sentence: “Austin Music Is ….”

… the soundtrack to a fun, friendly and free-spirited city.

Jack Anderson’s Top Tracks of 2017

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Jack Anderson’s Top Tracks of 2017

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017

Jack Anderson is music host Monday through Wednesday 8 – 11 p.m. and Saturday 6 – 10 a.m. Here are his top 5 songs of the year:

 

1) !!! – NRGQ

High intensity digital disco dancer complete with !!!’s signature “dance-punk” mid-song call and response breakdown.

2) Cilantro Boombox – Living in a Box

Get funked up with a message about putting the phone down and living more in the moment. Perfect for today’s social media superficialities.

3) Washed Out – Hard to Say Goodbye

Sample-based deep house. Toro Y Moi-esque vocals. What’s not to like?

4) RoyBoy – Fall Back

Sade & Bobby Caldwell-influenced R&B from this Austin-based up-and-comer.

5) Ty Richards – Going Out For a Cigarette

This local-yet-intergalactic modern day Steve Miller kills it with laid back vocals on this one.

Jacquie Fuller’s Top Tracks of 2017

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Jacquie Fuller’s Top Tracks of 2017

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017

Jacquie Fuller is our Assistant Program Director. Here are her top 5 songs of the year:

 

1) Broken Social Scene – Hug of Thunder

This song is an exercise in duality – it’s heavy and weightless; it restrains and explodes. Milan Kundera would probably dig it. Also, I love that Feist and the band wrote it while Kevin Drew was in another room – it feels a little subversive.

2) Walker Lukens – Don’t Wanna Be Lonely

I’ve always liked Walker Lukens, but of course Jim Eno would be the one to take me from like to love. This song is 100% groove. I want to say something deep and intellectual about it, but I only feel it in my body.

3) Spoon – Do I Have to Talk You Into It?

Okay, so yes, this is sort of “The Beast and Dragon Adored” funked-up a bit, and I want you to know that Spoon could just recycle all their old songs from here on out and I’d keep paying my hard-earned money for them. So the answer is: no, duh, you don’t, never.

4) Juana Molina – Cosoco

Locomotive, playful, weird. I just want to get high and listen to this song all day while watching back-to-back episodes of The Discovery Channel’s How It’s Made.

5) Sweet Spirit – The Power

Gary Glitter was a perv and, starting right now, this song shall replace every one of his songs at every sporting event ever. “The Power” is a feminist jock jam.

Rick McNulty’s Top Tracks of 2017

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Rick McNulty’s Top Tracks of 2017

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017

Rick McNulty is Producer and hosts Left of the Dial Friday night 7 – 11 p.m. and Uptown Saturday Night from 7 – 11 p.m. Here are his top 5 songs of the year:

 

1) Matthew Logan Vasquez – Same
With a string arrangement straight out of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and what sounds like the amen corner of The Raelettes threading throughout the song, I can’t get enough of this sweet stuff. Vasquez puts his prodigious lungs to good use. And I swear there’s a wonky Moog synth!

2) Thundercat – Show You The Way (ft. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins) 
I love the recent revival of yacht rock and no one gets it more than Stephen Bruner (aka Thundercat), so much so that he asked the captains who invented the genre to join him on his sloop. It was a stroke of genius to literally introduce Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald on this track.

3) Childish Gambino – Have Some Love
It’s a pastiche, definitely, but if you’re going to appropriate something it may as well be the glory days of Parliament/Funkadelic. It’s a spiritual sequel to “Can You Get To That,” which is all you really need to know. Long live the P-Funk!

4) Sinkane – U’Huh
Sinkane is a well-traveled Sudanese-American who offers a fresh bit of optimism and something danceable for the coming end times. I want to believe him when he says “we’re all gonna be alright.”

5) Naked Giants – Ya Ya
Guitar. Thunder. More guitar. Repeat. For ever.