Jenny Lewis – “Wasted Youth”
Let’s begin with a songwriter who knows how to hurt my heart in the most melodic way possible – Jenny Lewis. Her fourth solo album, On The Line, is arguably her best work yet, and the track I’ve selected is “Wasted Youth.” For reasons too complicated for me to even explain, it brings me so much joy to experience an artist as superb as Lewis singing so gorgeously about…regret, and other tangled emotions.
Karen O & Danger Mouse – “Turn The Light”
Over to a dynamic duo that I certainly was not expecting, but certainly makes so much sense when I hear it – Karen O and Danger Mouse. Both artists are known for their own work, and both have also made excellent collaborators with many other artists. So it’s about time these great minds teamed up, and they certainly did to create the album Lux Prima. Overall, it’s an outstanding interaction where it feels like the worlds of ‘60s pop, Motown soul, funk and ‘90s trip-hop collide. It’s brilliant. Karen O’s voice is perfection. I dig the groove on “Turn The Light” in particular.
Lizzo – “Juice”
My final selection on the list comes from a multi-talented artist who can easily rock a classic sound with a modern sensibility, Lizzo. This singer, rapper, flautist and dancer has an album titled Cuz I Love You, and the euphoric track I’ve selected is “Juice.” I’m totally feeling an ‘80s vibe, in terms of…you know, like UK artist Junior doing “Mama Used To Say,” remember that track? There’s similar vibrancy to “Juice.” And Lizzo knows that she rules the school.
Pop-Up Sessions From Old Settler’s Music Fest 2019
Photos (L/R): Grupo Fantasma, Tame Impala, Mavis Staples
KUTX’s Matt Reilly shares this week’s Best Songs Ever!
Grupo Fantasma- “Cuidado”
First up, music from Austin’s Grupo Fantasma. Their new album American Music Vol. VII is a continuation of the process that makes them both wholly unique and beloved: mixing various musical influences to create songs that are infectious, relatable and danceable. This song is the perfect example: it’s called “Cuidado.”
Next, we take it down under for the Australian outfit Tame Impala. Kevin Parker and company made their name as a psych rock band but have since transitioned into a, dare I say it, smoother band. This song makes us want to go roller skating. It’s called “Patience.”
Finally, American icon Mavis Staples. Lyrically, it’s a song that would have worked in the civil rights era just as easily as today, giving it a timeless quality. Add to that the gut- bucket blues production and you have a song rooted in both past and present, which shows us that not that much has changed since we were first introduced to Mavis over 60 years ago. It’s called “Change.”
Photo: Gabriel C. Perez/KUTX
Austin is the music town that it is mostly because of one man: Willie Nelson. We wouldn’t be able to bring you the Austin music experience without Willie.
Join KUTX as we celebrate his birthday with Willie Weekend, now in its third year. We’ll kick the party off Saturday morning April 27th at 6 a.m. with a weekend filled with classic and rare Willie tunes. Also, be listening for your chance, hourly, to win tickets to Willie’s 4th of July Picnic at the Austin 360 Amphitheater.
Willie’s Birthday Weekend Schedule
Saturday, April 27
6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wall-to-wall Willie songs, classics, deep album tracks, and hourly chances to win tickets to Willie’s 4th of July Picnic
6 p.m. My KUTX with Freddy Fletcher
7 p.m. – 10 pm. More wall-to-wall Willie with Rick McNulty
Sunday, April 28
7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wall-to-wall Willie songs, classics, deep album tracks, and hourly chances to win tickets to Willie’s 4th of July Picnic
Big thanks to KUT/KUTX superfan and frequent contributor Ann Leifeste for planting the seed for Willie Weekend back in 2017.
Photos (L/R): Night Glitter, Tom Petty, Adia Victoria
Jody Denberg shares the best songs ever…this week.
Adia Victoria- “A Different Kind Of Love”
Recently, Tennessee-based poet and songwriter Adia Victoria visited KUTX’s Studio 1A. Her second album, Silences, is amazing, punctuated by the rocker “Different Kind Of Love.”