of Montreal: “it’s different for girls”

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of Montreal: “it’s different for girls”

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016

Photo by Chad Kamenshine

Anyone who’s seen of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes saunter onstage riding a horse knows the band likes to push buttons, but there’s substance behind the flash. Barnes spills his blood on the lyric page, detailing fizzling relationships while dressing up the woe in sunny duds. It’s the old adage come to life: you gotta laugh just to keep from crying.

Of Montreal’s new album Innocence Reaches returns to the fresh wounds of Barnes’ divorce, but his cutting wit is still intact. On “it’s different for girls,” the one-liners come thick and fast: “They are mercurial creatures, not a masculine dissonance / Or sexual currency”; “For every one psycho bitch, there’s ten thousand aggro pricks.” There’s truth to every barb. Throughout his career, Barnes has reveled in gender-bending, but here, he’s showing that there are real social differences between men and women. This song isn’t filled with empty empowerment platitudes; it’s about setting the record straight, all to a snappy disco beat.

“it’s different for girls” appears on Innocence Reaches, out now via Polyvinyl. Of Montreal plays the Mohawk on Friday, October 28.

–Art Levy // host, Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

Money Chicha: “Echo En Mexico” (Live In Studio 1A)

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Money Chicha: “Echo En Mexico” (Live In Studio 1A)

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016

If you like shaking your rump at some point during your 9 to 5, Money Chicha needs a spot on your payroll playlist. Featuring members of Grupo Fantasma and Brownout, this Austin five-piece specializes in “chicha” music, a genre with origins in 1960s/70s Peru and Colombia that emphasizes Latin rhythms, psychedelic and surf rock-influenced guitar, and heavy auxiliary percussion. Money Chicha adds a modern twist to their eponymous musical style, with syncopated rhythms, gritty organ and synth tones and LOTS of effects.

“Echo En Mexico” perfectly captures Money Chicha’s reinvigorated psych-cumbia sound. It’s a consistent display of technical skill across guitar, bass, keys, and percussion, resulting in contagious Latin rhythms guaranteed to get your booty movin’.

“Echo En Mexico” was recorded live in KUTX’s Studio 1A. It also appears on Echo En Mexico, out now via Vampisoul.

Jack Anderson // host, Saturdays 6-10 a.m., producer, SoundCheck

Weyes Blood: “Seven Words”

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Weyes Blood: “Seven Words”

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016

Front Row Seat To Earth, the title of the fourth album from Santa Monica’s Weyes Blood (a.k.a. Natalie Mering), seems like it should accompany those shots from an orbiting space station that are both awe-inspiring and a little unreal. Her music also sits at this intersection, a dreamlike procession of stately folk-pop that moves slow but nonetheless leaves you captivated.

“Seven Words” shows the end of a relationship in this slow motion. Mering builds each sentiment piece-by-piece, piling on bits of slide guitar and organ to propel everything to a grand finale. She takes a widescreen view while still zooming in on little details that are worth pouring over.

“Seven Words” appears on Front Row Seat To Earth, out October 21 via Mexican Summer.

–Art Levy // host, Sundays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

Allah-Las: “Could Be You”

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Allah-Las: “Could Be You”

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016

“If you had the chance to / Would you do it all again?” Everyone goes through that kind of self-examination at least once in their lives. On “Could Be You,” L.A.’s Allah-Las turn that theme into strummy, propelling folk-rock, all while looking back at diverged paths. The quartet’s own path took a fortuitous turn after three members met each other in 2008 while working at the famed Amoeba Music. Across three albums, Allah-Las have honed a tricky L.A.-inspired sound that’s equally dark and sunny. “Could Be You” turns memories into question marks, and the band attacks them with a Velvet Underground-esque scalpel.

“Could Be You” appears on Calico Review, out September 9 via Mexican Summer.

–Art Levy // host, Sundays 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX

Mayeux & Broussard: “One Way To Heaven” (Live in Studio 1A)

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Mayeux & Broussard: “One Way To Heaven” (Live in Studio 1A)

Posted by on Aug 18, 2016

The music of Tate Mayeux and Brian Broussard is the boot-stompin’, fiddle-shredding, Texas-beer-drinking soundtrack you want when you’re stealing away to the countryside or getting the hell out of dodge, and it’s just what you’d expect of two Texas-bred country musicians. On their latest album High Times & Good Rhymes, the duo play around with different sounds within the country music vein, and they brought their road-tested music to our Studio 1A.

“One Way To Heaven” marries the sounds of bluegrass and country rock with a pinch of inspiration from 90s country pop; it sounds like it could be in a truck commercial. The lyrics center around the duo’s philosophy that life is better spent “broke down” in the fast lane than “sober and broke down.” Overall, their music is relatable in a way that transcends any single genre or lifestyle.

Mayeux & Broussard have a Thursday night residency at the White Horse, play with Hayes Carll at Gruene Hall this Saturday night, and they’ll be at the 26th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival on Sunday. Tate Mayeux is also one of the 6 local artists taking part in the international Project ATX6.

–Taylor Wallace // host, Saturdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; SoundCheck Music News; producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli