My KUTX: The Bright Light Social Hour


My KUTX: The Bright Light Social Hour

Posted by on May 28, 2015

It took the Bright Light Social Hour five years to follow up their debut album, but they have a good excuse. They built their own studio and scrapped a couple different versions of their new album, and all the work was definitely worth it. Space Is Still The Place is one of my favorite local albums of the year so far—it’s somehow able to combine Pink Floyd with the dancefloor.

Bright Light is playing the KUTX Stage at the X Games on Friday, June 5 at 3:30 p.m., and this week on My KUTX, guitarist/singer Curtis Roush and bassist/singer Jack O’Brien are the guest DJs. Tune into their hour-long mix Saturday night at 6 p.m. or anytime below the playlist.

–Art Levy

The Bright Light Social Hour’s playlist:

1. LCD Soundsystem – “Dance Yrself Clean”

2. Muddy Waters – “I Just Want To Make Love To You”

3. Doves – “Rise”

4. Pure X – “Starlight”

5. Marvin Gaye – “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)”

6. Neil Young – “Revolution Blues”

7. The Flaming Lips – “Silver Trembling Hands”

8. The Bright Light Social Hour – “The Moon”

9. The Whitest Boy Alive – “Golden Cage” (Fred Falke remix)

My KUTX: Ann Richards School Interns


My KUTX: Ann Richards School Interns

Posted by on May 22, 2015

Our interns from the Ann Richards School each got a chance to guest DJ, making up their own playlists for their own episode of My KUTX. Here are the results!

Gicela Lechuga: I chose these songs because they sound nice and I like these artists in general.

Gicela’s playlist:

1. The Temper Trap – “Love Lost”

2. Electric Guest – “Awake”

3. Portugal. The Man – “Waves”

4. Radiohead – “Bulletproof… I Wish I Was”

Violet Ames 

Violet’s playlist:

1. Smashing Pumpkins – “Tonight, Tonight”

2. Nine Inch Nails – “Hurt”

3. Death Cab for Cutie – “Transatlanticism”

4. Cold War Kids – “Hospital Beds”

5. Pink Floyd – “Hey You”

6. Arcade Fire – “Neon Bible”

Cici Verastegui: I love music that can evoke a feeling of freedom and independence. I picked these songs because they do all of that; they take me to a different place and give me chills whenever I listen to them.  Music like this is my escape, and I wanted to share that feeling with all of you.

Cici’s playlist:

1. Marvin Gaye – “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”

2. Nirvana – “Come As You Are”

3. Smallpools – “Dreaming”

4. MGMT – “Electric Feel”

5. Aerosmith – “Sweet Emotion”

6. M83 – “Midnight City”

Febe Martinez: I chose these songs because they are all about growing up; they really speak to me because soon my friends and I will be going to college and becoming adults. This is something that hasn’t ever really been real to us until now. Adulthood is nearing and starting to sink in, and all of these songs explore that.

Febe’s playlist:

1. Lorde – “Ribs”

2. Fun. – “The Gambler”

3. Electric Youth – “Innocence”

4. Daft Punk ft. Julian Casablancas – “Instant Crush”

5. The Postal Service – “Such Great Heights”

6. Family of the Year – “Hero”

Miranda Ward: I chose these songs because they reflect my taste in music and the people mentioned in my playlist have influenced me. My favorite part of being a DJ was being in the studio and getting to record the playlist because I got to experience what real radio people get to experience as a part of their job.

Miranda’s playlist:

1. Brandi Carlile – “The Stranger at My Door”

2. The Shins – “Young Pilgrims”

3. The Beatles – “Let it Be”

4. Misterwives – “Reflections”

5. Saint Motel – “My Type”

6. Phil Ajjarapu – “Sing Along Until You Feel Better”

7. Lyle Lovett – “Texas River Song”

Guinevere Thomas: I chose these songs because they evoke strong memories from my childhood. They are all songs that I heard with my dad, and they bring a sense of nostalgia whenever I hear them. My favorite part of being a DJ was collecting all of these songs and reminiscing about the fun I had with my family.

Guinevere’s playlist:

1. Elton John – “Candle In The Wind”

2. Nina Simone – “I Put A Spell On You”

3. Steely Dan – “Do It Again”

4. Stevie Wonder – “Isn’t She Lovely”

5. Ray Charles – “Hit The Road Jack”

6. Louis Armstrong – “Jeepers Creepers”

My KUTX: Delta Spirit


My KUTX: Delta Spirit

Posted by on May 20, 2015

Delta Spirit has roots in Southern California and New York, but they’ve always put a little country twang into their songs. Lead singer Matt Vasquez actually grew up here in Austin, and the band comes back to town Saturday, June 6 at the Parish. It’s billed as an “Evening With Delta Spirit and Friends”—they’ll be playing deep cuts, maybe a cover or two, and you can also expect some special guest appearances. In anticipation, Vasquez is our guest DJ this week on My KUTX. Tune into his hour-long anytime below the playlist.

–Art Levy

Matt Vasquez’s playlist:

1. Nirvana – “School”

2. Metallica – “For Whom The Bell Tolls”

3. Sublime – “Badfish”

4. Neil Young – “Harvest Moon”

5. Big Brother & The Holding Company – “Summertime”

6. Stevie Ray Vaughan – “Life By The Drop”

7. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “Into My Arms”

8. Tom Waits – “Just The Right Bullets”

9. Bob Dylan – “To Ramona”

10. Led Zeppelin – “Dancing Days”

11. Bonnie Raitt – “Not Cause I Wanted To”

12. Can – “Little Star Of Bethlehem”

My KUTX: Sweet Spirit


My KUTX: Sweet Spirit

Posted by on May 13, 2015

Photo Collage: Marla / CC BY

With A Giant Dog, Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen can make all of the other Austin punk bands seem pretty tame. But fast and loud only carries you so far, so the duo launched Sweet Spirit–our Artist of the Month for May. This 9-piece behemoth is truly something to behold: Ellis’s magnetic presence is still front-and-center, and between the horn section and the soulful hooks, Sweet Spirit brings something new to the local scene. A self-titled EP is out now and a full-length is forthcoming, and this week Ellis and Cashen are the guest DJs. Listen anytime below the playlist.

–Art Levy

Sweet Spirit’s playlist:

1. Gino Washington – “Gino Is A Coward”

2. Sonny & Cher – “You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me”

3. Sparks – “Angst In My Pants”

4. William Onyeabor – “Atomic Bomb”

5. The Adverts – “My Place”

6. The Scientists – “Last Night”

7. Them – “Don’t Look Back”

8. The Slackers – “The Nurse”

9. Sparks – “Sherlock Holmes”

10. Harry Nilsson – “Spaceman”

11. Slim Whitman – “Rose Marie”

12. Sparks – “Eaten By The Monster Of Love”

13. Brother Machine – “Peace”

14. Gary Glitter – “Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah!)”

My KUTX: Spike Gillespie


My KUTX: Spike Gillespie

Posted by on May 7, 2015

With Mother’s Day this weekend, we’re turning over My KUTX to Austin’s Spike Gillespie. Not only is she the mother of a musician–Henry Mowgli, frontman for Popular Culture–she’s also a longtime cheerleader for Austin’s music community. Gillespie is also an accomplished writer and the author of eight books. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Texas Monthly, and more, and her latest book is Sit. Stay. Heal. How Meditation Changed My Mind, Grew My Heart and Saved My Ass. Listen anytime below her playlist.

–Art Levy

Spike Gillespie’s playlist:

1. Daniel Johnston – “True Love Will Find You In The End”

2. Abra Moore – “Four Leaf Clover”

3. Don Walser – “Yodeling The Blues”

4. Kathy McCarty – “Living Life”

5. James McMurty – “Iolanthe”

6. Jon Dee Graham – “Butterfly Wing”

7. Matt The Electrician – “Valedictorian”

8. Southpaw Jones – “Everyman”

9. Modest Mouse – “Float On”

10. The Polyphonic Spree – “Light & Day”

11. Meat Puppets – “I Quit”

12. Popular Culture – “Affair”