My KUTX: Atlas Maior

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My KUTX: Atlas Maior

Posted by on Jun 19, 2019

Photo by Alicia Michelle. Joshua Peters (L) and Joshua Thomson (R) are the guest DJs.

Atlas Maior’s music is a meeting place between a lot of different cultures and sounds. Listening to Riptide, the Austin band’s fifth album, you can hear Middle Eastern, Latin American, and jazz traditions all swirling together, often in the same song. The group is also part of a global music community, touring Europe frequently and collaborating with local guests from across the musical spectrum. On June 28, Atlas Maior plays at the Sahara Lounge with world music ensemble Atash.

This week on My KUTX, saxophone player Joshua Thomson and oud player Joshua Peters play an hour of Atlas Maior’s many influences, from free jazz maestro Sun Ra to Turkish psychedelic rock and beyond. Hear Atlas Maior’s My KUTX on Saturday, June 22 at 6 p.m. or listen at any time below.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Arif Sağ – “Osman Pehlivan”

2. Paco de Lucía – “Chanela”

3. Sun Ra – “Where Pathways Meet”

4. Marcel Khalife – “Caress”

5. Atlas Maior – “Chamber Of Mirrors”

6. Yuri Yunakov – “Belmont”

7. Raquy Danziger – “Monkey Mind”

8. Dhafer Youssef – “Odd Elegy”

9. Dur-Dur Band – “Dooyo”

10. Atlas Maior – “Cumbia Raposa”

11. Alan Chehab – “Nikriz Longa”

My KUTX: Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

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My KUTX: Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

Posted by on Jun 14, 2019

Photo by Michael Minasi/KUTX

Collaboration is at the heart of Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis’ stellar careers, both together and separately. Besides being married for over two decades and raising a family, the Austin duo has released four albums together and continues to host an in-demand annual Christmas show. Robison has written songs for the Dixie Chicks and George Strait, and recently he launched The Next Waltz at his Lockhart studio. The venture is basically an excuse to get together some of his favorite musicians–Jerry Jeff Walker, Carson McHone, Shinyribs, and more–and record them doing what they do best: playing music, live to tape.

Robison and Willis’ fourth collaborative album, Beautiful Lie, is out June 21, and they celebrate the release with a show at the Continental Club on June 22. And this week on My KUTX, the pair trade songs and stories as our guest DJs, spinning songs by their all-time musical heroes alongside the next generation of Austin songwriters. Hear Bruce and Kelly’s My KUTX on Saturday, June 15 at 6 p.m. or listen at any time below.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Nikki Lane – “Send The Sun”

2. The Amazing Rhythm Aces – “Amazing Grace (Used To Be Her Favorite Song)”

3. Leroi Brothers – “Eternally Blue”

4. Charley Crockett – “Jamestown Ferry”

5. Jerry Jeff Walker – “Backslider’s Wine”

6. Carson McHone – “Don’t You Think I Feel It Too”

7. Ray Charles – “Black Coffee”

8. The Davis Sisters – “I’ve Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know”

9. Shinyribs – “Brokedown Palace”

10. Willie Nelson – “She’s Not For You”

11. The 13th Floor Elevators – “You’re Gonna Miss Me”

12. Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis – “Nobody’s Perfect”

My KUTX: Maggie Phillips

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My KUTX: Maggie Phillips

Posted by on Jun 6, 2019

Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX

Maggie Phillips is a Hollywood music supervisor, meaning she’s the one that gets those awesome songs in your favorite TV shows and movies. The Austin native has worked on shows like The Handmaid’s Tale and Fargo, helping amplify the dramatic tension with selections ranging from Kate Bush to the little-known Yamasuki Singers. She also helped soundtrack the Academy Award-winning film Moonlight, worked with fellow UT alumni Mark and Jay Duplass, and much, much more. This week on My KUTX, Phillips is our guest DJ, playing some of her favorite songs she’s included on soundtracks, plus the ones she’s always wanted to put on the screen. Hear My KUTX on Saturday, 6 to 7 p.m., or listen at any time below.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Joan Armatrading – “Me Myself I”

2. Cilla Black – “You’re My World”

3. Yamasuki Singers – “Yama Yama”

4. Stone Poneys – “Different Drum”

5. Kate Bush – “This Woman’s Work”

6. Majical Cloudz – “Downtown”

7. Microphones – “Antlers”

8. Bryan Ferry – “Help Me Make It Through The Night”

9. Genesis – “That’s All”

10. Diana Ross – “It’s My House”

11. James Carr – “The Dark End Of The Street”

12. Van Morrison – “And It Stoned Me”

13. Dino Valente – “Children of the Sun”

My KUTX: Hanif Abdurraqib

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My KUTX: Hanif Abdurraqib

Posted by on May 30, 2019

Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio, and all of those worlds collide in his new book, Go Ahead In The Rain. Out now via UT Press, the book is a meditation on the outsize impact A Tribe Called Quest has had on Abdurraqib’s life and American culture at large. Abdurraqib weaves Tribe’s story into his own in poignant, lyrical snapshots: sitting on the school bus, anxiously pressing play on their new album; connecting their innovative jazz sampling to his parents’ generation; witnessing the painful death of the group and Tribe’s urgent resurrection in 2016 to speak to our troubled times once again. Abdurraqib reminds us that our favorite artists or groups aren’t static, earthbound. They’re made of the same stuff that courses through the veins of music: time, space, love, loss, harmony, dissonance.

This week on My KUTX, Abdurraqib is our guest DJ and tour guide through a set of songs that have profound emotional resonance for him, from the building catharsis of boygenius to the astonishing grace of Aretha Franklin. Hear My KUTX on Saturday, June 1 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime below.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. boygenius – “Me & My Dog”

2. Jamila Woods – “Giovanni”

3. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Too Much”

4. A Tribe Called Quest – “I Left My Wallet In El Segundo”

5. Nipsey Hussle – “Loaded Bases” (feat. CeeLo Green)

6. Lizzo – “Tempo” (feat. Missy Elliott)

7. IDLES – “Samaritans”

8. Lorde – “The Louvre”

9. Sleater-Kinney – “What’s Mine Is Yours”

10. Aretha Franklin – “Never Grow Old” (Live)

11. Noname – “Ace” (feat. Smino & Saba)

12. Mitski – “I Bet On Losing Dogs”

My KUTX: Hand Habits

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My KUTX: Hand Habits

Posted by on May 24, 2019

Photo by Precious Parker/KUTX

For years, Meg Duffy was an incredibly skilled guitarist-for-hire, subtly shading Kevin Morby’s folk-rock excursions or ripping a widescreen slide solo for the War On Drugs. 2017 saw Duffy’s first release under the name Hand Habits, but this year’s placeholder has earned them more of a starring role. Buoyed by the atmospheric “Can’t Calm Down,” the album is quietly intense, finding space for both Duffy’s intimate, spare singing style and spiky guitar leads.

This week on My KUTX, Duffy takes some time out from a long national tour to play guest DJ, spinning an hour of influences that range from ’70s singer-songwriters and glam rock to inspiration from Duffy’s L.A. home. Hear Hand Habits’ My KUTX on Saturday, May 25 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime below. Hand Habits returns to Austin for a two-night stand opening for Whitney at the Mohawk on September 13 and 14.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

[intro music: Hand Habits – “Can’t Calm Down”]

1. Big Star – “Thirteen”

2. Bobby Charles – “I Must Be In A Good Place Now”

3. Damien Jurado – “Where You Want Me To Be”

4. Paul Simon – “Run That Body Down”

5. Sharon Van Etten – “One Day”

6. T. Rex – “Planet Queen”

7. Babehoven – “Icelake”

8. Gia Margaret – “Birthday”

9. Chris Cohen – “House Carpenter”

10. Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, & Emmylou Harris – “The Pain Of Loving You”

11. Blue Ranger – “Missing Persons”

12. H.Takahashi – “Crystal”

13. Kath Bloom – “Come Here”