My KUTX: Black Pistol Fire

Artist of the Month

My KUTX: Black Pistol Fire

Posted by on May 20, 2016

Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTX

Black Pistol Fire is the KUTX Artist of the Month for May. Learn more here.

Kevin McKeown and Eric Owen formed Black Pistol Fire a few years ago in their hometown of Toronto, but they’ve really made a mark locally. This is one of the best live bands around town, and their new album, Don’t Wake The Riot, mixes in some new sounds. They sound a lot bigger than just guitar and drums, and on their guest DJ set, they go real big: old-school Outkast, pre-show pump-ups, and badass rock and soul. Tune in Saturday, May 21 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime in the player below.

–Art Levy

Playlist:

[intro music: Black Pistol Fire – “Storm Cussin'”]

1. The Secret Sisters – “Big River”

2. Alabama Shakes – “Always Alright”

3. Nirvana – “Lounge Act”

4. The Misfits – “Hybrid Moments”

5. The Kills – “Fried My Little Brains”

6. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Phenomena”

7. Lee Dorsey – “Get Out My Life Woman”

8. Outkast – “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik”

9. Big Mama Thornton – “Hound Dog”

10. Jessica Lea Mayfield – “We’ve Never Lied”

11. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – “Beat The Devil’s Tattoo”

12. Bass Drum of Death – “Get Found”

13. Sonny & the Sunsets – “Too Young To Burn”

14. Bootsy Collins – “I’d Rather Be With You”

My KUTX: Hard Proof

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My KUTX: Hard Proof

Posted by on May 13, 2016

Photo by Stevan Alcala

Afrobeat has it’s own local ambassador in the form of Hard Proof, a band that makes music as big as its ten-piece roster. The group’s songs are incredibly  complex musically, but simple to understand: it’s ass-shaking music.

Hard Proof plays Friday, May 20 at KUTX Live at Mueller, and a few of the band’s members are our guest DJs this week on My KUTX. Joe Woullard (baritone sax), Stephen Bidwell (drums), and Jason Frey (tenor sax) spin an hour of their favorites, from jazz, funk, and punk to a sneak-peak of their upcoming album. Tune in Saturday, May 14 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy

Playlist:

[intro music: Hard Proof – “Lots”]

1. Herbie Hancock – “Spank-A-Lee”

2. Red Snapper – “Card Trick”

3. Ibibio Sound Machine – “Uwa The Peacock”

4. RKL – “Scab On My Brain”

5. Lord Kitchener – “Pan In Harmony”

6. Asselefetch Ashine, Getenesh Kebret & Army Band – “Amlak Abét Abét”

7. The Sway Machinery – “Youba”

8. Junkyard Band – “The Word/Sardines” (excerpt)

9. The Heliocentrics – “Discovery”

10. Hard Proof – “Painted Flowers”

11. Johnny Vidacovich – “Coffee”

12. Fela Kuti – “Gentleman” (excerpt)

My KUTX: Tameca Jones

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My KUTX: Tameca Jones

Posted by on May 6, 2016

Tameca Jones has one of those stop-you-in-your-tracks kind of voices. The Austin soul and R&B singer started out at the Continental Club Gallery, but she’s quickly taking over bigger stages. Last year she featured on Gary Clark Jr.’s album The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim and also released the killer single “Hot & Bothered.”

On Friday, May 13, she plays at KUTX Live at Mueller, and in anticipation, we invited Jones to be our guest DJ this week on My KUTX. Tune in this Saturday at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy

Playlist:

[intro music: Tameca Jones – “Hot & Bothered”]

1. Kings Of Leon – “Four Kicks”

2. Bob Schneider – “Funcake”

3. Janelle Monáe – “Givin Em What They Love” (feat. Prince)

4. Amy Winehouse – “Wake Up Alone”

5. Phantogram – “Fall In Love”

6. Mista – “Blackberry Molasses”

7. Soundgarden – “Pretty Noose”

8. Tears For Fears – “Head Over Heels”

9. Greyhounds – “What’s On Your Mind”

10. Jet – “Look What You’ve Done”

11. Kanye West – “Flashing Lights”

12. George Michael – “Father Figure”

My KUTX: Nina Diaz

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My KUTX: Nina Diaz

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016

When Nina Diaz sent over her playlist ahead of her guest DJ set, it made perfect sense. The Girl In A Coma singer/guitarist–and current solo artist, with a record out later this year–has a style that sits at the intersection of a lot of different styles: Morrissey, Bowie, Björk, the Beatles, Selena, hard rock. I can imagine her singing any of these songs on her playlist.

In addition to DJing some excellent songs, Diaz talks about touring with Morrissey, performing with Selena’s family, and fighting back against misogyny in the music industry. Tune in Saturday night at 6 p.m. or listen anytime in the player at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy

Playlist:

[intro music: Girl In A Coma – “Smart”]

1. INXS – “Don’t Change”

2. Morrissey – “Ouija Board Ouija Board”

3. Silverchair – “Freak”

4. The Wonders – “That Thing You Do”

5. Björk – “Enjoy”

6. Selena – “Como La Flor”

7. David Bowie – “As The World Falls Down”

8. The Beatles – “And I Love Her”

9. Ace Of Base – “The Sign”

My KUTX: Levitation Fest 2016 Preview

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My KUTX: Levitation Fest 2016 Preview

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016

Levitation Fest–formerly Austin Psych Fest–returns to Carson Creek Ranch the weekend of April 29-May 1, and this year’s lineup may be the best in the Fest’s nine years: Brian Wilson (playing the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds), Courtney Barnett, Flying Lotus, the Arcs, and a whole bunch more.

The Black Angels’ Alex Maas and Christian Bland curate the fest every year, and they’re back as the guest DJs on My KUTX this week, spinning some of their favorites that will be Levitating next weekend. Tune in Saturday night at 6 p.m. or listen anytime in the player at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy

Playlist:

[intro music: The Black Angels – “Young Men Dead”]

1. The Beach Boys – “Hang On To Your Ego”

2. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – “Wisdom”

3. Ty Segall – “Thank God For Sinners”

4. Ween – “What Deaner Was Talking About”

5. Lee “Scratch” Perry & the Upsetters – “Blackboard Jungle Dub”

6. Allah-Lahs – “Every Girls”

7. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – “Mystery Jack”

8. Parquet Courts – “Dust”

9. Slowdive – “Alison”

10. Caribou – “Melody Day”

11. Amerikan Bear – “I Know The Story”

12. Flying Lotus – “Melt!”

13. Imarhan – “Assossamagh”

14. Animal Collective – “Bluish”