My KUTX: T Bird & The Breaks


My KUTX: T Bird & The Breaks

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015

T Bird & the Breaks–our artist of the month–spread the gospel of “chunk”: soul, funk, hip-hop, and rock all brewed together. Since 2007, they’ve quickly becoming one of the must-see acts around town, and you can catch them at 2nd Street Soundcheck on Saturday. Harmonizm, the band’s third album, is bigger and brighter, veering between the sounds of New Orleans, Memphis, and Detroit while still adding some local flavor. T Bird himself (a.k.a. Tim Crane) takes over My KUTX this week with the help of sax man Andy Panda McCormick. Listen to their guest DJ set and see their playlist below!

–Art Levy

T Bird & The Breaks’ playlist:

1. Pointer Sisters – “Pinball Number Count”

2. Kool & The Gang – “Ancestral Ceremony”

3. Fatima – “The Biggest Joke Of All”

4. Roberta Flack – “Compared To What”

5. Dr. John – “Singalong Song”

6. Greyhounds – “What’s On Your Mind”

7. Drew Smith’s Lonely Choir – “Something So Much”

8. Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – “Doin’ What Comes Naturally”

9. D’Angelo & The Vanguard – “Til It’s Done (Tutu)”

10. Vulfpeck – “Wait For The Moment”

11. Johnny “Guitar” Watson – “Feel The Spirit (Of My Guitar)”

12. Ernie K. Doe – “Here Come The Girls”

13. Jay Electronica – “Better In Tune With The Infinite”

My KUTX: Will Patterson’s Favorite Film Music


My KUTX: Will Patterson’s Favorite Film Music

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015

When he’s not making spacey, slightly psychedelic music under the name Sleep Good, Austin’s Will Patterson runs a recording studio and works as a film composer and sound designer. Over the past few years, he’s lent his talents to documentaries and feature films, including a few by legendary director Terrence Malick. With the Oscars taking place on Sunday, February 22, we’re turning over the station to Patterson so he can play his favorite film music, both pop songs from soundtracks and orchestral cues. Get your popcorn ready and catch Patterson’s guest DJ set Saturday at 6 p.m. or anytime in the player below!

–Art Levy

Will Patterson’s set list:

1. Mulatu Astatke – “Yegelle Tezeta” (from Broken Flowers)

2. Harry Nilsson – “Everybody’s Talkin’” (from Midnight Cowboy)

3. Jack Nitzsche – “Theme” (from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest)

4. Leonard Cohen – “Sisters of Mercy” (from McCabe & Mrs. Miller)

5. Arvo Part – “Spiegel Im Spiegel” (from Gerry)

6. M. Ashraf – “The Sound Of Wonder” (from Dekha Jaega)

7. The Sandals – “Theme” (from Endless Summer)

8. Cat Stevens – “Where Do The Children Play?” (from Harold And Maude)

9. Serge Gainsbourg – “Le Soleil Exactement” (from Anna)

10. Harry Nilsson – “Me And My Arrow” (from The Point)

11. John Barry – “Alpine Drive” (from Goldfinger)

12. Camille Saint Saens – “The Aquarium” (from Days of Heaven)

13. Krysztof Komeda – “Theme” (from Rosemary’s Baby)

14. The Ronettes – “Be My Baby” (from Mean Streets)

15. Moby – “Porcelain” (from The Beach)

My KUTX: Golden Dawn Arkestra


My KUTX: Golden Dawn Arkestra

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015

There’s nothing worse than seeing a band stand completely still on stage. Austin’s Golden Dawn Arkestra subscribes to the idea that shows should be larger-than-life; they should wake you up from your day-to-day existence. Formed two years ago, the Arkestra has become a freeform artistic collective, bringing in avant-garde musicians, dancers, and visual artists into its weird orbit. It’s the brainchild of Topaz McGarrigle, a.k.a. Zapot Mgwana, whose background in theater and music led him to create something that’s bizarre, fun, and above all else, danceable.

Ahead of the Arkestra’s performance at Map Jam next weekend (they play at 6 p.m. at Pan Am Park), we invited McGarrigle to play guest DJ for us and reveal the inspiration behind his music. His mix draws from the cosmic rhythms of Sun Ra while also leaving room for some Valentine’s Day picks that will get you in the mood. Catch his guest DJ set on Saturday at 6 p.m. or anytime in the player below.

–Art Levy

Topaz’s setlist:

1. Cold Sun – “South Texas”

2. The Panthers – “Malkaus”

3. Sun Ra – “The World Of Africa”

4. Chakachas – “Jungle Fever”

5. Roy Ayers – “Red, Black, & Green”

6. Fred Wesley & The J.B.’S – “Blow Your Head (LP Version)”

7. Rob – “Make It Fast, Make It Slow”

8. William Onyeabor – “Fantastic Man”

9. Shina Williams & His African Percussionists – “Agboju Logun”

10. Goat – “Hide From The Sun”

My KUTX: Kurt Braunohler


My KUTX: Kurt Braunohler

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015

Photo by Mandee Johnson

Speaking truth to power, challenging long-held beliefs, and getting people to stop punching each other in the face–maybe comedy is the new punk rock. Kurt Braunohler takes those ideas to heart in his comedy by injecting a hefty dose of absurdism into everyday life. For his new Comedy Central show, Roustabout, Braunohler jet-skied down the Mississippi River from Chicago to New Orleans to raise money for Heifer International. The very definition of absurdism might be the sight of a man cruising America’s industrial waterways on a boat intended for “divorced dads to seem cool to their kids.”

Braunohler is also a deeply knowledgeable music fan, which is why we invited him to play guest DJ for us. He grew up loving punk rock, and now he’s releasing comedy albums on one of punk’s biggest flagship labels, Kill Rock Stars. Follow him on Twitter, check out his podcast, and catch his guest DJ set Saturday at 6 p.m. or anytime in the player below.

–Art Levy

Kurt’s setlist

1. Unwound – “Dragnalus”

2. Furry Things – “Introism”

3. Dramarama – “Anything, Anything”

4. Far East Movement – “Like A G6″

5. The Unicorns – “Jellybones”

6. Slint – “Breadcrumb Trail”

7. The Gaslight Anthem – “The ’59 Sound”

8. Parts & Labor – “Hurricane”

9. The Hold Steady – “Slapped Actress”

10. They Might Be Giants – “Ana Ng”

My KUTX: A Giant Dog


My KUTX: A Giant Dog

Posted by on Jan 29, 2015

A Giant Dog likes its music fast, loud, and theatrical. The Austin band’s legendary live show is a punk rock baptism: beers will fly, guitars get thrown around, but through it all, co-vocalists Sabrina Ellis and Andrew Cashen continue to deliver brilliant pop hooks. In a crowded local punk scene, A Giant Dog’s sweet sound–a little bit of X, some power-pop, and a whole lot of glam-rock drama–separates them from the rest of the pack. Fresh off a tour with Spoon, Ellis and Cashen played guest DJ for KUTX, bringing their eclectic picks and a little bit of comedy to the hour. You can catch their other band Sweet Spirit at the ABGB on Saturday night, but first, join A Giant Dog on their My KUTX adventure Saturday at 6 p.m. or anytime in the player below!

–Art Levy

A Giant Dog’s setlist:

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!)”