KUTX host Laurie Gallardo shows us the best songs ever… for this week!
Christine and The Queens – “Doesn’t Matter”
We’ll start with one from Paris-based synth-pop outfit Christine and The Queens, led by songwriter Heloise Letissier, and the single “Doesn’t Matter,” from the forthcoming album, Chris. Now, this is gonna be the band’s second album, which is coming out next month. With an infectious danceable beat, “Doesn’t Matter” carries some heavy subject matter – like, contemplating one’s existence, the belief in an omnipotent being, God, or if anything really means anything anymore. Bring it on.
Natalie Prass – “Short Court Style”
Up next: An artist that teamed up once again with producer Matthew E. White and his Spacebomb House Band to hone in on some tasty R&B, funk and disco vibes, Natalie Prass with “Short Court Style.” Some soft, smooth and sweet vocals on this one, and pretty much throughout her album, The Future and the Past. And Natalie’s here to remind you: Love is hard work. Do it.
Damien Jurado – “Random Fearless”
Last but not least, a longtime favorite of mine, the master of supreme subtleties, Damien Jurado, with “Random Fearless,” from his self-produced album, The Horizon Just Laughed. The tones on this track may be soft, but don’t be deceived; there’s an intensity there burning like amber amid those hushed vocals and stripped-down rhythms. And this is a fire that takes you places. You’re teleported in his gorgeous lyrical journey through human desire. “Random Fearless” is – dare I say it? – sexy.
Every Friday morning, Music Director Jeff McCord plays a forgotten classic recommended by a KUTX listener. We’ll keep a running playlist of the recommendations here so you can keep up with all the great music we rediscover. Join in the fun by sending your requests to [email protected]!
Friday, July 20, 2018
Silver Jews – “Suffering Jukebox”
Friday, June 22, 2018
Aldous Harding – “Imagining My Man”
Friday, August 9, 2018
Amen Dunes – “Miki Dora”
KUTX host Taylor Wallace shows us the best songs ever, at least for this week!
Caroline Rose – “Bikini”
Caroline Rose is one of my favorite artists right now, and her album Loner, which came out a few months ago, is definitely my favorite album of 2018 so far. And my favorite song on that one is called “Bikini.” It’s her surf-rock, riot grrrl anthem, and it speaks out against the patriarchy in the entertainment industry. It’s fun, it’s only two-and-a-half minutes long, and it’s just energy, energy, energy from beginning to end.
Sweet Spirit – “Los Lonely Girls”
For this next one, we’re going to bring it back home to Austin with the newest single from Sweet Spirit, “Los Lonely Girls.” While “Bikini” is a very razor-tongued pro-female anthem, this one is softer, it’s nicer, it’s about being friends. It’s about not letting society, fashion magazines, and toxic masculinity tear us apart and make us fight. This is the perfect summer song, it’s sunny, it’s bright, it’s Sweet Spirit.
Wild Moccasins – “Boyish Wave”
For this last one, we’re going to keep it in the Lone Star State but kick it over to Houston with Wild Moccasins. Their song “Boyish Wave” is a synth-pop dance anthem, and it’s got a good message too. The song is about stripping away the myriad of dating stigmas pushed by society, like taking into account how many sexual partners someone’s had or why their previous relationships haven’t worked out. And if you like this song, you can catch Wild Moccasins at Cheer Up Charlie’s on Saturday, August 4th.
We’re excited to give you an exclusive preview of Brian Pounds’ new music video for “Rattlin’ My Bones”. It’s the lead-off song on his brand new album Southern Writer, available exclusively online at his website.
This take of “Rattlin’ My Bones” was filmed and recorded live at Blue Rock Studios in Wimberley, Texas as part of Brian’s larger effort to draw attention and pay respect to the musician’s creative process.
For just about any artist going forward, it’ll probably be necessary to have really good streaming numbers. But I’ve lived with it long enough, and I can no longer consciously be a part of the problem. The songs on this record took me years to write. They’re about my 10 years of driving through the night to get home from smoke filled bars. They’re about staying up all night to watch my daughter sleep the first night she was home. They’re about trying to understand the death of my best friend. They’re worth more to me than a click on a website.
– Brian Pounds
You can catch Brian Pounds playing more new music this Tuesday, July 31st at Saxon Pub. Grab your tix HERE!
KUTX host Jody Denberg tips us off to the best songs ever…this week!
Tom Petty – “Keep A Little Soul”
We’ll start with a sentimental favorite: a previously-unreleased song called “Keep A Little Soul” from the late, great Tom Petty. This dates back to 1982, and it’s from the forthcoming box set of rarities An American Treasure, which is out in September.
Glorietta – “I Know”
We continue with an Austin outfit called Glorietta. Yes, it’s a place in California, but it’s also a new band spearheaded by Delta Spirit’s Matthew Logan Vasquez, David Ramirez, Adrian Quesada, and Wild Child’s Kelsey Wilson. Nathaniel Rateliff also helps out on the song “I Know.”
Death Cab For Cutie – “Gold Rush”
And finally, it’s the return of Death Cab For Cutie with an album called Thank You For Today. The first single is “Gold Rush,” and it’s based on a sample from a 1971 Yoko Ono song called “Mind Train.”