My KUTX: Gina Chavez


My KUTX: Gina Chavez

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015

Gina Chavez cleaned up at this year’s Austin Music Awards, winning musician, album, and song of the year. It’s on the strength of Up.Rooted, an album that blends bossa nova and cumbia rhythms with politically passionate lyrics. Chavez is a natural guest DJ too, taking us through the Latin American sounds and ideas that inform her own music while also leaving time for a little pop punk sing-along (always a necessity). Listen to Chavez’s hour-long mix below her playlist.

–Art Levy

Gina Chavez’s playlist:

1. Lyle Lovett – “She’s No Lady”

2. Fugees – “Killing Me Softly With His Song”

3. Green Day – “Basket Case”

4. Patty Griffin – “Rain”

5. The Hudsons – “Bollingreen”

6. Mercedes Sosa – “Sólo Le Pido A Dios”

7. Chancha Via Circuito – “Quimey Neuquen”

8. Bebe – “Malo”

9. Calle 13 – “Latinoamérica”

10. Brandi Carlile – “The Things I Regret”

11. Stromae – “Papaoutai”

My KUTX: Rhett Miller


My KUTX: Rhett Miller

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015

Photo by Jason Quigley

Rhett Miller is a rock-and-roll lifer. From the first time he heard R.E.M. he was hooked, dedicating himself to music either as the frontman of the Old 97’s or as a solo artist. Nobody writes classically simple songs like Miller. They often wear country and folk duds, but the Beatles, Bowie, and even R.E.M. are hidden in the melodies.

Miller recorded his new solo album The Traveler with Black Prairie, a Decemberists side project, and he stopped by KUTX to talk about it and play some of his favorite songs. Listen to Rhett Miller’s hour-long guest DJ set below his playlist.

Rhett Miller’s playlist:

1. Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s – “Long Legged Blonde Memphis”

2. Turnpike Troubadours – “7 & 7″

3. Courtney Barnett – “Elevator Operator”

4. Guster – “Simple Machine”

5. Roger Lion – “A Dead Man’s Song”

6. Black Prairie – “Nowhere, Massachusetts”

7. Benjamin Booker – “Violent Shiver”

8. David Wax Museum – “Harder Before It Gets Easier”

9. Temples – “Shelter Song”

10. Nicole Atkins – “Who Killed The Moonlight?”

11. Ben Kweller – “In Other Words”

12. Salim Nourallah – “Hit Parade”

My KUTX: The Grassy Knoll


My KUTX: The Grassy Knoll

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015

It’s almost impossible to describe the Grassy Knoll’s music: it’s psychedelic, it’s jazz, it’s experimental. Their own website says it best: “Established 1993. Relentlessly badass.” During their ‘90s heyday, the band collaborated with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and Vernon Reid of Living Colour. The Grassy Knoll has been quiet for years, but founder Nolan Green restarted the project here in Austin and just released Electric Verdeland, Vol. 1 which features Vernon Reid alongside locals like Jon Dee Graham and Laura Scarborough of Golden Dawn Arkestra. The Grassy Knoll is our artist of the month, and you can learn more about the upcoming features here. Green also is this week’s guest DJ on My KUTX. Listen to his hour-long mix below his playlist.

–Art Levy

Nolan Green’s playlist:

1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Have You Ever Been (To Electric Ladyland)”

2. Aphrodite’s Child – “Do It”

3. Black Sabbath – “Supernaut”

4. The Psychedelic Furs – “Imitation Of Christ”

5. Gang Of Four – “It’s Her Factory”

6. Magazine – “Rhythm Of Cruelty”

7. A Certain Ratio – “Loss”

8. Jah Wobble – “Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of My Life”

9. Public Enemy – “Who Stole The Soul”

10. The Damned – “Life Goes On”

11. Mr. Gnome – “Barb’s Revenge”

12. Roland S. Howard – “Autoluminescent”

13. The Specials – “Enjoy Yourself (reprise)”

My KUTX: Noel McKay


My KUTX: Noel McKay

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015

Photo by Melinda K Thoms

Noel McKay knows a thing or two about Texas music. He’s a local singer-songwriter who tours all over the world with his songwriting partner Brennen Leigh. He’s a longtime friend of Guy Clark, who discovered McKay in Kerrville in 1993. He’s also lived all over the state, from Corpus Christi to Bandera to Lubbock to Austin. His grandfather started the first country radio station in South Texas, and fittingly enough, McKay is total natural on My KUTX. His guest DJ episode features a lot of Texas-centric music with a few memorable detours. Tune into Noel McKay’s hour-long mix anytime below the playlist.

–Art Levy

Noel McKay’s playlist:

1. Al Dean & The All Stars – “Jalisco”

2. Steve Jordan & Virginia Martinez – “Falta Tu Amor”

3. Terry Allen – “Truckload of Art”

4. Randy Newman – “Political Science”

5. Willie Nelson – “Sister’s Coming Home / Down At The Corner Beer Joint”

6. Guy Clark – “That Old Time Feeling”

7. Lucinda Williams – “Crescent City”

8. Leonard Cohen – “Story of Isaac”

9. Tommy Hancock & The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra – “Faded Love”

10. Butch Hancock – “They Say It’s A Good Land”

11. Correo Aero – “Las Dos Huastecas”

12. Alberto y Roberto – “Cómo Le Haré”

13. Louis Armstrong – “What A Wonderful World”

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 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)