Open Mike Eagle & Paul White: “Check To Check”

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Open Mike Eagle & Paul White: “Check To Check”

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016

All this week, the Song of the Day spotlights artists playing Sound On Sound Fest, happening November 4-6.

Hearing Open Mike Eagle, you could imagine him venturing down a ton of different avenues: playwright, actor, maybe even stand-up comedian. The Chicago-born, L.A.-based rapper is simply really good with words (he also hosts a great podcast called Secret Skin). Earlier this year, Eagle teamed up with British producer Paul White for Hella Personal Film Festival, the title a good clue towards Eagle’s particular skills.

With Eagle, the mundane can be profound, like on “Check To Check.” He’s a conversational rapper; as he details his phone addiction, it feels like he’s actually talking to you on the phone, weary but funny and intimate. As the quick song tumbles forward, he sounds increasingly exhausted, and White matches it with a busy beat. It’s hard to get a grip on our tech-obsessed times. Open Mike Eagle doesn’t even try. He’s just speaking from his very-humanistic heart, and it shows.

“Check To Check” appears on Hella Personal Film Festival, out now via Mello Music. Open Mike Eagle plays Sound On Sound Fest on Sunday, November 6 at 5 p.m. on the Forest stage.

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

My KUTX: JT Habersaat

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My KUTX: JT Habersaat

Posted by on Nov 4, 2016

Photo by Kaitlin Anne

A lot of punk rockers could be comedians (looking at you, Danzig), and given their penchant for pizza, beer, and truth-telling, a lot of comedians could be punk rockers. Austin’s JT Habersaat straddles both worlds. He’s led the Altercation Punk Comedy Tour since 2008, both as a performer and a curator. He frequently tours with punk bands, and he runs his own record label, Altercation Records. In August, Habersaat released Misanthrope, a one-hour comedy special.

Habersaat brings his Altercation Punk Comedy Tour to Sound On Sound Fest, playing on Sunday, November 6 at 3:05 p.m. on the Globe Stage. He also brings his incredible punk music knowledge to My KUTX this week, guest DJing an hour of his favorites and Sound On Sound Fest recommendations. Tune in Saturday, November 5 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. FIDLAR – “West Coast”

2. Tim Barry – “Prosser’s Gabriel”

3. Drakulas – “Neon Town”

4. Mishka Shubaly – “New Jersey Valentine’s Day Orphan Blues”

5. Black Eyed Vermillion – “Buddy Alcohol”

6. The Fantastic Plastics – “Under The Knife”

7. The Dead Milkmen – “Beach Party Vietnam”

8. A Giant Dog – “Creep”

9. Radioactivity – “Pretty Girl”

10. Mark Lanegan – “I’ll Take Care Of You”

11. American Sharks – “Iron Lungs”

12. The National – “Bloodbuzz Ohio”

13. Lucero – “Texas & Tennessee”

14. Black Flag – “Wasted”

Bleached: “Sour Candy”

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Bleached: “Sour Candy”

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016

All this week, the Song of the Day spotlights artists playing Sound On Sound Fest, happening November 4-6.

L.A.’s all-female punk-rock/pop group Bleached have done a lot of living in the time between their debut and sophomore albums: ending unhealthy relationships, eviction, and excess to name a few. Sisters Jen and Jessie Clavin used these demons to dive head-first into making music for the next Bleached record (enlisting bassist Micayla Grace as a fellow songwriter for the first time).

Thus, Welcome The Worms: a portrait of the frivolous nature of L.A.-life. With the help of co-producer Joe Chicarrelli (The Strokes, Morrissey, Elton John), the album hones in on Bleached’s catchy melodies without sacrificing their raw, Greg Ginn-influenced guitar sound. “Sour Candy” is just that: a fun conjunction of surf and punk rock that is purely West Coast, from the sweet melody to the bitter (all too relatable) lyrics.

“Sour Candy” appears on Welcome The Worms, out now. Bleached plays Sound On Sound Fest on Saturday, November 5th, from 4:00-4:40 on the Forest Stage.

–Taylor Wallace // host, Saturdays 2-6 p.m., producer, SoundCheck and Eklektikos

Radioactivity: “Pretty Girl”

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Radioactivity: “Pretty Girl”

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016

All this week, the Song of the Day spotlights artists playing Sound On Sound Fest, happening November 4-6.

About a decade ago, the Marked Men exploded out of the Denton punk scene, releasing four albums before going on something of a hiatus in 2009. The band has proved to be like a baseball bat to a windshield though, splintering off in a hundred different directions up and down the I-35 corridor. There’s the sci-fi punk of Mind Spiders, whose synthy songs make them sound like Devo on speed. There’s the shout-along urgency of High Tension Wires. And then there’s Radioactivity, a punk band with such laser focus they make the Ramones sound like a prog-rock bombasts.

Radioactivity features members of the Marked Men and Denton/Austin’s Bad Sports, and across two albums, the band has perfected a form of punk that’s aggressive but pop-obsessed. The songs are usually three chords but sometimes they only use one, riding a tightly-coiled engine that’s as catchy as it is menacing. “Pretty Girl,” though, is pure punk beauty. It’s got all the Radioactivity trademarks–drum machine-like rhythms, jagged guitars, Jeff Burke’s full-throated croon–but it’s arranged as an epic, album-closing mic drop. Like the band, it’s refreshingly simple and infinitely replayable.

“Pretty Girl” appears on Silent Kill, out now via Dirtnap. Radioactivity plays Sound On Sound Fest on Saturday, November 5 at 3:1o p.m. on the Keep stage.

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

Protextor: “The Help” feat. guesthouse & Matt Puckett (prod. Ruler Why)

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Protextor: “The Help” feat. guesthouse & Matt Puckett (prod. Ruler Why)

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016

All this week, the Song of the Day spotlights artists playing Sound On Sound Fest, happening November 4-6.

Austin Mic Exchange and Weird City Fest cofounder Adam “Protextor” – formerly known as p-teK – got his start in the underground Iowa City scene before moving to the Live Music Capital in 2008. Since the 2011 release of his debut full-length Oh! What a Miracle! Protextor has released five albums and has shared the stage with hip hop heavyweights like Geto Boys, Kool Keith, Doomtree and more. p-teK’s gradual transformation to Protextor accompanied a thorough interest in collaboration and artistic maturity, heard best in his most recent full-length Shift.

Track 3 among Shift‘s 17 collaborative tracks, “The Help,” unifies a motley crew of Austin artists underneath Protextor’s high-energy yet laid back flow. Protextor’s lyrics about the financial and personal stress of working in the service industry fit perfectly over a sample-heavy instrumental produced by SubKulture Patriots veteran Ruler Why. With the verses out of the way, Mother Falcon members and personal producers guesthouse (Sterling Steffen) and Grammy-Winner Matt Puckett provide saxophone and electric guitar for the track’s climax. The service industry just found its unofficial anthem.

Protextor is performing on Friday, November 4th at the Sound on Sound Fest Forest Stage at 2:20 p.m. along with his group Space Camp Death Squad.

Jack Anderson // host, Monday-Tuesday 8-11 p.m., Saturday 6-10 a.m.