My KUTX: Little Dragon

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My KUTX: Little Dragon

Posted by on May 19, 2017

Over the course of five albums, Little Dragon has perfected a dark, narcotic take on electronic pop. The group hails from Gothenburg, Sweden, but it could be from anywhere. Little Dragon’s music floats in an otherworldly haze, and its fifth album, the just-released Season High, is funky and atmospheric in equal measure.

And “funky” and “atmospheric” are two perfect words to describe Little Dragon’s guest DJ set. Drummer Erik Bodin and keyboardist Håkan Wirenstrand go back and forth with Season High tracks and the sounds that inspired them, while also talking about Texas, ballady ballads, and the awesomeness of Kraftwerk. Tune into My KUTX on Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Little Dragon – “High”

2. Gwen Guthrie – “Thrill Me”

3. Little Dragon – “Butterflies”

4. George Duke – “North Beach”

5. Little Dragon – “Don’t Cry”

6. Yves Tumor – “The Feeling When You Walk Away”

7. Little Dragon – “Push”

8. Little Dragon – “Strobe Light”

9. Kraftwerk – “Techno Pop”

10. Little Dragon – “Gravity”

My KUTX: Aaron Franklin & James Moody Preview Hot Luck Fest

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My KUTX: Aaron Franklin & James Moody Preview Hot Luck Fest

Posted by on May 12, 2017

Aaron Franklin (L) and James Moody (R). Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTX

Music and food go together like, um, music and food. So it’s exciting to see Aaron Franklin and James Moody team up for Hot Luck, a four day celebration of deliciousness with a side of rock-and-roll and country, taking place May 18-21.

Franklin, of course, is the man behind Franklin Barbeque, and Moody helped found Fun Fun Fun Fest (R.I.P.) and turn Red River into Austin’s live music mecca. They’ve also worn each other’s hats: Franklin played in the Austin band Those Peabodys, and Run-DMC reunited at Fun Fest 2012 over a dinner organized by Moody.

This week on My KUTX, the pair spin an hour of their favorites and talk about the early days of Franklin Barbeque, the best era of Metallica, and Run-DMC’s suitcases full of cash. Tune in on Saturday, May 13 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Dinosaur Jr. – “Freak Scene”

2. Run-DMC – “It’s Like That”

3. Firehose – “Walking The Cow”

4. Waylon Jennings – “I’m A Ramblin’ Man”

5. Led Zeppelin – “Immigrant Song” (Live)

6. Metallica – “Seek & Destroy”

7. Polvo – “Tragic Carpet Ride”

8. Fugazi – “Long Division”

9. The Replacements – “Alex Chilton”

10. Nick Lowe – “All Men Are Liars”

11. Prince – “I Feel For You”

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”

My KUTX: Growl

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My KUTX: Growl

Posted by on Apr 21, 2017

Photo by Gabriel Cristóver Pérez/KUTX. Growl is the KUTX Artist of the Month for April.

On its new album Won’t You, Growl’s fuzzy power-pop reaches new, fist-pumping heights, and this week on My KUTX, guitarist/singer Santiago Dietche, bassist Jonny Lee, and guitarist Sam Houdek double down on that sound as our guest DJs. They talk about what songs work best as touring van soundtracks, the influence of early AC/DC, and Pavement-based cat names. Take a listen at the bottom of the page or tune in on Saturday, April 22 at 6 p.m.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

[intro music: Growl – “Passerby”]

1. The Stone Roses – “I Wanna Be Adored”

2. AC/DC – “Jailbreak”

3. The Walkmen – “Little House Of Savages”

4. Broadcast – “Come On Let’s Go”

5. Total Control – “Expensive Dog”

6. The Men – “Open Your Heart”

7. Jonathan Richman – “I’m Just Beginning To Live”

8. (Sandy) Alex G – “After Ur Gone”

9. Misfits – “London Dungeon”

10. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Lariat”

11. Chris Cohen – “Rollercoaster Rider”

12. Balkans – “Edita V”

13. The Strokes – “Hard To Explain”

14. New Order – “Age Of Consent”

My KUTX: Old Settler’s Music Fest 2017 Preview

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My KUTX: Old Settler’s Music Fest 2017 Preview

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017

Photo by Sigi Gonzalez

Thirty years ago, Old Settler’s Music Fest started as a small, roots-based festival in Round Rock, but it’s grown considerably into a four-day, camping-friendly fest in the Hill Country. To celebrate the start of its third decade, Old Settler’s invited a few artists who have grown up with the fest, including former fest volunteer Shakey Graves and Sarah Jarosz, who won the youth competition years before she was a multi-Grammy winner.

The 30th annual Old Settler’s Music Fest takes place April 20-23 at Camp Ben McCulloch, and this week on My KUTX, fest executive director Jean Spivey spins an hour of her favorite songs from this year’s lineup. Tune in Saturday, April 15 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Old 97’s – “Good With God” (feat. Brandi Carlile)

2. Nikki Lane – “Highway Queen”

3. Los Lobos – “Ooh! My Head”

4. Sam Bush – “Play By Your Own Rules”

5. River Whyless – “All Day, All Night”

6. Shakey Graves – “The Perfect Parts”

7. Gregory Alan Isakov – “Big Black Car”

8. Sarah Jarosz – “House Of Mercy”

9. Wood & Wire – “Mexico”

10. The Last Bandoleros – “Where Do You Go?”

11. The Honeycutters – “On The Ropes”

12. Leftover Salmon – “Midnight Blues”

13. The California Honeydrops – “When It Was Wrong”

14. Shinyribs – “Trouble, Trouble”