My KUTX: Wiretree


My KUTX: Wiretree

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015

If I got to do a My KUTX, my playlist would be scarily similar to Kevin Peroni’s. The frontman for Austin’s Wiretree is a huge fan of sunny rock and power-pop, and it comes across in his songs. The band started back in 2007 as more of a folk outfit, but over the years Wiretree has shifted towards winsome rock ‘n’ roll. The band just re-released its debut album Bouldin, and Peroni stopped by to spin some songs for us. Listen below his playlist.

–Art Levy

Kevin Peroni’s playlist:

1. Sound Team – “Born To Please”

2. Jason Lytle – “Brand New Sun”

3. E.L.O. – “Julie Don’t Live Here”

4. Madeleine Peyroux – “Between The Bars”

5. The La’s – “Timeless Melody” (Mike Hedges mix)

6. Brendan Benson – “Tiny Spark”

7. The Shins – “Australia”

8. The Mamas & The Papas – “Monday, Monday”

9. Chet Baker – “I Fall In Love Too Easily”

10. Damnations TX – “No Sign Of Water”

11. The Beatles – “Lovely Rita”

12. Kathleen Edwards – “Goodnight, California”

My KUTX: David Ramirez


My KUTX: David Ramirez

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015

On his new album Fables, David Ramirez builds a band that lends an atmospheric touch to his songs. It’s a perfect fit for the Austinite. He’s a natural storyteller, and Fables unspools like a short story. Ramirez is the KUTX Artist of the Month–you can find more of his features here–and he’s also our guest DJ this week on My KUTX. Listen below his playlist.

–Art Levy

David Ramirez’s playlist

1. Dawes – “Most People”

2. Robert Ellis – “Friends Like Those”

3. The National – “Demons”

4. Escondido – “Black Roses”

5. Willie Nelson – “Crazy”

6. Gregory Alan Isakov – “Big Black Car”

7. Matt McCloskey – “Until My Dying Day”

8. Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”

9. Paul Simon – “Graceland”

10. Billy Joel – “She’s Always A Woman”

11. Bob Dylan – “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”

12. Lorde – “Royals”

My KUTX: Utopia Fest 2015 Preview


My KUTX: Utopia Fest 2015 Preview

Posted by on Aug 13, 2015

Utopia Fest started in 2009 in tiny Utopia, Texas, about 2 ½ hours southwest of Austin. It’s a little music festival on some big land—imagine ACL Fest, but with only 2000 people and no music overlap. This year’s lineup includes Explosions In The Sky, Tune-Yards, Charles Bradley, and more, and it takes place Labor Day weekend, September 4-6. This week on My KUTX, Utopia Fest masterminds Travis Sutherland and Aaron Brown give us a taste of what to expect, some of their favorite memories from past Utopias, and a special guest appearance by the one and only John Aielli. Listen below their playlist.

–Art Levy

Utopia Fest 2015 playlist

1. Thrift Store Cowboys – “Bright Fire”

2. Charles Bradley – “Strictly Reserved For You”

3. Lucius – “Hey Doreen”

4. Benji Hughes – “The Mummy”

5. Of Montreal – “Gronlandic Edit”

6. Tune-Yards – “Gangsta”

7. Holiday Mountain – “Como Te Llamas”

8. Man Man – “Head On (Hold On To Your Heart)”

9. Valerie June – “Workin’ Woman Blues”

10. WhoMadeWho – “Keep Me In My Plane”

11. Wild Child – “Fools”

12. Explosions In The Sky – “Postcard From 1952″

My KUTX: Bidi Bidi Banda’s Stephanie Bergara


My KUTX: Bidi Bidi Banda’s Stephanie Bergara

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015

Selena has been gone for twenty years, but her spirit lives on. Everyone from Beyonce and Lady Gaga to Drake and Girl In A Coma have been influenced by the Texan, and her music–blending cumbia and Tejano with funk and pop–still sounds revolutionary. Bidi Bidi Banda, Austin’s all-star Selena tribute band, plays Saturday night at Holy Mountain. The band’s singer, Stephanie Bergara, is our guest DJ this week, spinning some of her favorite Selena songs plus some other Tejano classics she grew up with. Listen anytime in the player below her playlist.

–Art Levy

Stephanie Bergara’s playlist:

1. Selena – “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom”

2. Selena – “Como La Flor”

3. George Strait – “El Rey”

4. Laura Canales – “Cuatro Caminos”

5. Texas Tornados – “(Hey Baby) Que Paso”

6. Beyonce – “Irreplaceable (Irreemplazable)” – Norteña Remix

7. Selena & David Byrne – “God’s Child”

8. David Garza – “Kinder”

9. Maneja Beto – “Ubicate”

10. Kumbia Kings ft. Ozomatli – “Mi Gente”

11. Brown Sabbath – “Iron Man”

12. Vallejo – “Waiting On You”

13. Selena – “Techno Cumbia 2012”

My KUTX: Alex Johnson & Andrew Kenny


My KUTX: Alex Johnson & Andrew Kenny

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015

Alex Johnson and Andrew Kenny have a new film called Two Step. It’s a thriller set here in Austin, written and directed by Johnson. Kenny did the score (which you can stream here), and fans might know him from a couple of great Austin bands: the American Analog Set and the Wooden Birds. Two Step hits iTunes this week and comes to the Violet Crown on August 27, and you definitely want to see it because our own Laurie Gallardo plays a villain in the movie. Johnson and Kenny are the guest DJs this week with a set inspired by the characters in the film–think of this as an alternate soundtrack. Listen below their playlist.

–Art Levy

Alex Johnson and Andrew Kenny’s playlist:

1. Richard & Linda Thompson – “I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight”

2. Kitty Wells – “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels”

3. MC 900 Ft. Jesus with DJ Zero – “Real Black Angel”

4. The Compulsive Gamblers – “Sour & Vicious Man”

5. Barbara Manning with the San Francisco Seals – “Still?”

6. Jim O’Rourke – “All Downhill From Here”

7. Reigning Sound – “Straight Shooter”

8. Caitlin Rose – “Learning To Ride”

9. Nick Lowe – “All Men Are Liars”

10. The Wooden Birds – “Be No Lie”

11. The American Analog Set – “The Golden Band”

12. Andrew Kenny – “Long Time To Lose It (piano version)”