My KUTX: Ley Line

My KUTX

My KUTX: Ley Line

Posted by on May 14, 2021

Ley Line (l-r: Maddy Froncek, Emilie Basez, Kate Robberson, Lydia Froncek) is the KUTX Artist of the Month for October. Photo by Julia Reihs/KUTX.

Last year, Austin’s Ley Line released its second album We Saw Blue, a welcome breath of fresh air in the tumult of 2020. On the album, the KUTX Artist of the Month alumni continue to expand their globetrotting folk sound, tying it in with nature-centered lyrical themes.

On May 21, the band will screen a visual version of the album at the Paramount Theatre called “We Saw Blue: An audio-visual journey through Brasil” that features footage from the group’s 2017 Brazilian tour paired with songs from the album. The show is in partnership with the SIMS Foundation, and it will also showcase a short film from fellow Austin band (and KUTX Artist of the Month alumni) Nané.

This week on My KUTX, the four members of Ley Line–Maddy Froncek, Kate Robberson, Emilie Basez, and Lydia Froncek–are back as our guest DJs, spinning an hour of favorites from fellow Austinites and around the world. Hear Ley Line’s My KUTX on Saturday, May 15 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime in the player above.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Dominque Fils-Aimé – “Birds”

2. Sampa The Great – “Energy” (feat. Nadeem Din-Gabisi)

3. Melody Gardot – “It Gonna Come”

4. Kalbells – “Diagram Of Me Sleeping”

5. Adrianne Lenker – “ingydar”

6. Nané – “Always On My Mind”

7. Ley Line – “En Busca Del Agua”

8. Greentea Peng – “Hu Man”

9. Branko & Mayra Andrade – “Reserva Pra Dois”

10. Ley Line – “Sereia”

11. Little Dragon – “Another Lover”

12. Sly & The Family Stone – “Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)”

Soundfounder: 05.12.21

Soundfounder

Soundfounder: 05.12.21

Posted by on May 12, 2021

Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX

Every Wednesday night, 8-9 p.m., Soundfounder plays electronic and beat music from Austin and around the world, focusing on new releases and old classics. This week features a celebration of Dr. Octagonecologyst, the groundbreaking collaboration between rapper Kool Keith and producer Dan The Automator that helped elevate beatmaking to a new level twenty five years ago. Plus, new music from Rochelle Jordan, quickly, quickly, and more.

Playlist:

1. El Guincho – “Bombay”

2. Rochelle Jordan – “Love You Good”

3. The Skull Eclipses – “Pillars” (feat. Baba Maraire & Felicia Douglass)

4. Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You” (extended mix)

5. quickly, quickly – “Feel”

6. Dr. Octagon – “Blue Flowers”

7. Jurassic 5 – “Lesson 6: The Lecture”

8. Flying Lotus – “Crust”

9. Onra – “Ms. Ho”

10. Todd Terje – “Inspector Norse”

11. Vegyn – “Like A Good Old Friend”

12. Lealani – “The Night”

13. BoomBaptist – “Komfort Food”

My KUTX: Simón Mejía of Bomba Estéreo

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My KUTX: Simón Mejía of Bomba Estéreo

Posted by on May 7, 2021

Photo by Maria Jose Govea.

Simón Mejía and Li Saumet formed Bomba Estéreo in Bogotá, Colombia in 2006, and it wasn’t long before the duo exploded internationally. They’ve received a handful of Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations, worked with Arcade Fire and Sofi Tukker, and have quickly become a must-see live band at festivals worldwide. Their music is a blend of heart-pumping rhythms and electronics, mixing the past with the future in surprising ways.

For Deja, Bomba Estéreo’s sixth album, the group consider our present, writing songs about this current moment of vast simultaneous connection and disconnection. They’re releasing the songs as EPs organized around the four ancient elements: water, air, fire, and earth.

This week on My KUTX, Simón Mejía is our guest DJ, providing a mix of Bomba Estéreo’s influences and inspirations, ranging from Peruvian electro-dub and Argentinian cumbia to the music of Malian blues legend Ali Farka Touré. Hear Bomba Estéreo’s My KUTX on Saturday, May 8 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime in the player above.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

[intro music: Bomba Estéreo – “Deja”]

1. Lutchiana – “Eki Bis”

2. Chancha Via Circuito – “Tarocchi”

3. Son Palenque – “La Negra” (Bosq remix)

4. Dengue Dengue Dengue – “Ágni”

5. Nicola Cruz – “Siete”

6. Ali Farka Touré – “ASCO”

7. Four Brothers – “Ndibvumbamireiwo”

8. Poirier – “Sowia” (feat. Samito)

9. Joe Arroyo – “Suave Bruta”

Soundfounder: 05.05.21

Soundfounder

Soundfounder: 05.05.21

Posted by on May 5, 2021

Photo by Michael Minasi/KUTX

Every Wednesday night, 8-9 p.m., Soundfounder plays electronic and beat music from Austin and around the world, focusing on new releases and old classics. This week features the Cure and post-punk band Fontaines D.C. reimagined electronically. Plus, new Austin releases, a peak into the Flying Lotus-scored anime, and more.

Playlist:

1. RJD2 – “1976”

2. J Dilla – “Body Movin'”

3. Fontaines D.C. – “A Hero’s Death” (Soulwax Remix)

4. Burial – “Archangel”

5. The Avalanches – “We Will Always Love You” (feat. Blood Orange)

6. Kiefer – “Between Days”

7. Lyftdriver – “This Is Why”

8. Aphex Twin – “Fingerbib”

9. Kaytranada – “Lite Spots”

10. Madlib – “Theme De Crabtree”

11. Flying Lotus – “Crust”

12. The Point. – “Rip2pimp”

13. Sofia Kourtesis – “By Your Side”

14. Dangerdoom – “Crosshairs”

15. Bad Snacks – “York”

16. Nightmares On Wax – “The Sweetest”

My KUTX: Ismael Quintanilla III

My KUTX

My KUTX: Ismael Quintanilla III

Posted by on Apr 30, 2021

Photo by Robert Hein. Artist portraits by Ismael Quintanilla III.

Last spring and summer, as the reality of the pandemic settled on the Austin music scene like a shadow, Ismael Quintanilla III grabbed his camera and sought to document this historic shutdown. He’s used to capturing Austin music in all its live, sweaty glory, working as a photographer with the Red River Cultural District and Do512. But in 2020, Quintanilla saw musicians in an unfamiliar place: stuck at home, with no live concerts on the horizon, severed from the audiences, spaces, and music they hold so dear.

The result is a gorgeous book of photography called I Am Here All Day, featuring poignant, intimate, and emotional portraits of Austin musicians like Sabrina Ellis, Jackie Venson, Bad Boy Croy, Ray Prim, and more. All proceeds from the book will benefit Austin non-profits, including HAAM, SIMS, DAWA, Banding Together ATX, Free Lunch, and Niñas Arriba.

This week on My KUTX, Quintanilla talks about the impetus of the book and plays a DJ set full of Austin favorites. Hear Ismael Quintanilla III’s My KUTX on Saturday, May 1 or listen anytime in the player above.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. The Human Circuit: “No Warranty”

2. The Guacamole Police – “Get Off My Lawn”

3. Pleasure Venom – “Fascist”

4. Gina Chavez – “La Que Manda”

5. Square Waves – “Constant I Know”

6. Croy & The Boys – “For The First Time I’m Starting To Think About My Age”

7. The Dead Coats – “Fire Again!”

8. Ley Line – “Slow Down”

9. Ray Prim – “Too Much To Lose”

10. Cosmic Chaos – “Bananas”

11. The Boleys – “Sick Of The Man”

12. Belcurve – “Not Alone”

13. Jackie Venson – “Back To Earth”