My KUTX: Daniel Fears

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My KUTX: Daniel Fears

Posted by on Jul 30, 2021

Daniel Fears is the KUTX Artist of the Month for July 2021. Photo by Michael Minasi/KUTX.

Austin’s Daniel Fears has traveled a very unpredictable route to arrive at the slow burning R&B on Canopy, his strong debut EP. He first felt music’s possibility and promise as a kid, listening to the musicians in his church play every Sunday. Pop music was forbidden in his household, so Fears took up trombone and the classical repetoire instead, and a degree from UT and a master’s in Yale pushed him further down the classical path. But Fears says writing horn parts for a friend’s song finally “flipped a switch.” It convinced him that his heart lay in dreaming up his own music. He just had to discover what that music was.

Canopy is the first taste of that particular journey. It’s musically sophisticated without wandering into the weeds, as a lot of classically-trained musicians can do. Instead, Fears puts his emotions front and center, buoyed by a sound that’s modern but spacious and unhurried.

This week on My KUTX, Fears is our guest DJ. He dives into the inspirations that percolate throughout his music, like Frank Ocean’s storytelling, Miguel’s honesty, and a recent discovery of an old reggae record that’s brightening his days. Hear Daniel Fears’ My KUTX on Saturday, July 31 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime in the player above.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

[intro music: Daniel Fears – “Everything Changes” (feat. Soul Food Horns)]

1. John Legend – “Heaven”

2. SiR – “D’Evils”

3. Frank Ocean – “Super Rich Kids” (feat. Earl Sweatshirt)

4. Emily King – “Down”

5. Emily King – “Aya”

6. Rosalía – “Pienso En Tu Mirá”

7. Third World – “Feel A Little Better”

8. Anderson .Paak – “Parking Lot”

9. Dijon – “Crybaby :*(”

10. Miguel – “So I Lie”

11. Israel & New Breed – “I Will” (live)

12. Jennah Bell – “Candied Daylight”

Soundfounder: 07.28.21

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Soundfounder: 07.28.21

Posted by on Jul 28, 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’s show features artists from Dallas’s genre-bending electronic scene, new music from James Blake, a remix of a Missy Elliott classic, and more.

Playlist:

1. Tweet – “Oops (Oh My)” (feat. Missy Elliott) [Hudson Mohawke unofficial remix]

2. The Delis & DJ Goodsport – “Until Then”

3. Black Taffy – “Geraldine”

4. Ethan Wilson – “Relativity”

5. Botany – “Rare Jubilation”

6. James Blake – “Say What You Will”

7. Modeselektor & FLOHIO – “Wealth”

8. Salami Rose Joe Louis – “We’re Dumb”

9. Caribou – “Sunny’s Time”

10. Thom Yorke – “Traffic”

11. Stimulator Jones – “Chill & Sip”

12. Madlib – “Theme De Crabtree”

13. Portishead – “Numb”

14. DJ Shadow – “The Number Song”

15. Lealani & SnakeFoot – “Bolts”

My KUTX: Hot Dolly!

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My KUTX: Hot Dolly!

Posted by on Jul 23, 2021

Dolly Parton Bash, benefitting Front Steps, January 2019. Photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTX

One cubicle over from my desk sits Deidre Gott, KUTX’s live music booker and the world’s biggest Dolly Parton fan. Parton’s career-spanning box set is permanently enshrined on her desk. Deidre even once worked at Dollywood; she never got to meet the woman herself, but she did pick up Dolly’s can-do attitude and irrepressible need to spread joy.

For the past few years, Deidre has organized a Dolly Parton Birthday Bash in January as a benefit for Front Steps, an Austin non-profit that runs the ARCH and provides resources for our neighbors experiencing homelessness. A January bash wasn’t possible due to the pandemic, but it’s now returning on Sunday, July 25 as Hot Dolly. Over thirty Austin artists will help out Front Steps by singing Dolly’s songs on Stubb’s outdoor stage. Catch performances by Sabrina Ellis (Sweet Spirit, A Giant Dog), Mélat, Jake Lloyd, Leslie Sisson and Cara Tillman (Moving Panoramas), Stephanie Bergara (Bidi Bidi Banda), and many more, all backed by the Steep Cats. Plus, in between sets of music, the Queens of Extragram will perform a Dolly drag show.

This week on My KUTX, Deidre fulfills her greatest DJ wish: playing nothing but Dolly on the air, plus a few songs Dolly wrote and others sang. Hear a Dolly-themed My KUTX on Saturday, July 24, and find tickets and more information on Hot Dolly here.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Dolly Parton – “Puppy Love”

2. Dolly Parton – “Dumb Blonde”

3. Johnny Russell – “Act Naturally”

4. Dolly Parton – “Gettin’ Happy”

5. Merle Haggard & The Strangers – “Kentucky Gambler”

6. Dolly Parton – “Sweet Summer Lovin'”

7. Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers – “Islands In The Stream”

8. Tina Turner – “There’ll Always Be Music”

9. Emmylou Harris – “To Daddy”

10. Dolly Parton – “Why, Why, Why”

11. Jean Shepard – “Slippin’ Away”

12. Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton – “Two Sides To Every Story”

13. Dolly Parton & Willie Nelson – “Everything Is Beautiful (In Its Own Way)”

14. Dolly Parton – “I Will Always Love You”

Soundfounder Dives Deep Into The Weird World Of Warp Records

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Soundfounder Dives Deep Into The Weird World Of Warp Records

Posted by on Jul 21, 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’s show features a deep dive into the weird, wonderful world of Warp Records. Founded in 1989, the UK label helped launch the first wave of boundary-pushing electronic music in the ’90s, releasing records by Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, and Boards Of Canada. Since then, Warp has helped connect the dots between electronic, jazz, indie, and folk music, becoming a genre-defying home to Flying Lotus, Brian Eno, Grizzly Bear, Broadcast, and more.

Playlist:

1. Aphex Twin – “4”

2. Nightmares On Wax – “Nights Interlude”

3. Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me” (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

4. Gonjasufi – “Duet”

5. Prefuse 73 – “Storm Returns (A Prefuse/Tommy Guerrero Interlude)”

6. Brian Eno – “The Ship” (excerpt)

7. Boards Of Canada – “Aquarius”

8. Clark – “Ted”

9. Luke Vibert – “Stan D’infamy”

10. Broadcast – “America’s Boy”

11. Squarepusher – “Iambic 5 Poetry”

12. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Long Road Home”

13. Grizzly Bear – “Easier”

14. TNGHT – “Bugg’n”

My KUTX: Superfónicos

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My KUTX: Superfónicos

Posted by on Jul 16, 2021

Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX. Erick Bohorquez (seated, front row, center), Jaime Ospina (seated, second row), and Nico Sanchez (seated, front row, right) are the guest DJs.

Superfónicos is an eight-piece Austin band formed around a love of Colombian and African music, mixed with funk and psychedelic rock. In their hands, all these sounds collide with the force of a runaway train, and that’s exactly what the band’s My KUTX episode from 2018 feels like. Bassist Nico Sanchez, guitarist Erick Bohorquez, and gaitero and singer Jaime Ospina put together a mix that’s dizzying and highly danceable.

Listening to this guest DJ set is a great way to get acquainted with Superfónicos ahead of the band’s July 30 show at the Mohawk, where they perform alongside fellow psychedelic/Latin music explorers Money Chicha. Hear Superfónicos’ My KUTX on Saturday, July 17 at 6 p.m. or listen anytime in the player above.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Paito y Los Gaiteros de Punta Brava – “El Gusto de las Mujeres”

2. Carmelo Torres – “Tierra de Poetas”

3. Abelardo Carbonó – “Palenque”

4. Wganda Kenya – “Shakalaodé”

5. Bloque – “Daño en el Baño”

6. Carlos Vives – “Ella”

7. The Meters – “Cissy Strut”

8. Jimi Hendrix – “Bold As Love”

9. Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – “The Bottle”

10. Lee Perry/Seke Molenga & Kalo Kawongolo – “Bad Food”

11. Son Palenque – “ La Zorrononona”

12. Petrona Martínez – “La Vida Vale La Pena”