My KUTX: Adrian Quesada of Black Pumas

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My KUTX: Adrian Quesada of Black Pumas

Posted by on Jul 19, 2019

Black Pumas are the KUTX Artist of the Month for July. This week on My KUTX, we’re revisiting a guest DJ set from guitarist/producer Adrian Quesada. Photo by Gabriel C. Pérez/KUTX.

A few years ago, producer Adrian Quesada had a psychedelic-soul instrumental laying around, but it needed a singer, someone who could bring the song to life. Enter Eric Burton, who had moved to Austin from Los Angeles, busking along the way with some musician friends. Together, Quesada and Burton turned that sketch into “Black Moon Rising,” and Black Pumas rose up in its midst. The band’s self-titled debut follows the thread of that origin, offering up songs that are perfectly realized while still retaining a beginner’s energy.

This year, Black Pumas take their sound on a big North American and European tour, with a midway stop for two nights at the Mohawk, August 23 and 24. So as the band chews up the miles,  we’re revisiting Quesada’s guest DJ set from 2016. Here, he offers up psych-soul influences from the Temptations, talks about the mind-blowing sound of Public Enemy, and digs into what artists like the Beastie Boys and Marc Ribot have meant to him over the years. Listen to My KUTX on Saturday, July 20 at 6 p.m. or at any time in the player below.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. The Temptations – “Ain’t No Sunshine”

2. Serge Gainsbourg – “Requiem Pour Un Con”

3. Public Enemy – “By The Time I Get To Arizona”

4. Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos – “Postizo”

5. Goat – “Run To Your Mama”

6. Daniel Johnston – “American Dream”

7. Croy & The Boys – “Good Enough”

8. Liam Bailey – “When Will They Learn”

9. Beastie Boys – “Gratitude”

10. George Harrison – “Apple Scruffs”

11. The J.B.’s – “The Grunt”

12. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”

13. The Lijadu Sisters – “Life’s Gone Down Low”

My KUTX: Hunt Sales

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My KUTX: Hunt Sales

Posted by on Jul 12, 2019

Photo by Salvador Castro/KUTX

Hunt Sales is the force behind that beat. Iggy Pop’s “Lust For Life” sounds like Bo Diddley on rocket fuel thanks to Sales’ incredible drumming, which manages to be exhilarating, life-affirming, and terrifying all at once. It is one of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time, performed in part by a guy who knows a lot about rock and roll.

Sales was born into a show business family. His father, Soupy Sales, was one of the preeminent television hosts and comedians of his time. Hunt Sales has played with Todd Rundgren and Bootsy Collins, and he and his brother Tony made a formidable rhythm section, first for Iggy and later for David Bowie and his ’80s band Tin Machine. Since settling in Austin in 2000, Sales has been a fixture as a session player and bandleader. Earlier this year, he released Get Your Shit Together, an album recorded with his band Hunt Sales Memorial, and it features his pummeling drumming and soul-baring voice in equal measure.

This week on My KUTX, Hunt Sales is our guest DJ, running down the songs and people who have made an impact on his life. He’s seen and heard a lot, and you can hear My KUTX on Saturday, July 13 or at any time in the player below.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. The Isley Brothers – “It’s Your Thing”

2. The Orlons – “South Street”

3. Tin Machine – “Under The God”

4. Screaming Trees – “Nearly Lost You”

5. Hunt Sales Memorial – “Magik”

6. Johnny Paycheck – “The Outlaw’s Prayer”

7. Soul Clan – “Soul Meeting”

8. The Smiths – “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want”

9. Roberta Flack – “Ballad Of The Sad Young Men”

10. Blue Cheer – “Summertime Blues”

11. Hunt Sales Memorial – “One Day”

12. Iggy Pop – “Lust For Life”

My KUTX: Queue Queue

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My KUTX: Queue Queue

Posted by on Jul 5, 2019

Photo by Tristan Ipock/KUTX

If the original punk impulse was all about economy of sound, then Austin’s Queue Queue are punk subversives. On Fang & Claw, the band’s second album, there’s a lot going on: primal rhythms, metallic guitars, three-part harmonies, and Claire Hamilton’s sardonic lyrics about misogyny, the mundane, and Oprah. The trio looks to punk’s past for inspiration, but brings bigger ideas to the table.

All three members–Claire, Mary Streepy, and Carrie Clark–take turns guest DJing this week on My KUTX. You can triangulate a lot of Queue Queue’s sound in this playlist, from the Breeders’ pop pleasure to My Bloody Valentine’s wall-of-noise to Courtney Barnett’s dark humor. Hear Queue Queue’s My KUTX on Saturday, July 6 at 6 p.m. or listen at any time in the player below.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. The Breeders – “Divine Hammer”

2. My Bloody Valentine – “I Only Said”

3. Cate Le Bon – “Are You With Me Now?”

4. Public Image Ltd. – “Poptones”

5. Camp Cope – “The Opener”

6. The Velvet Underground – “What Goes On”

7. Summer Wardrobe – “Redbook”

8. Blondie – “Union City Blue”

9. Courtney Barnett – “Hopefulessness”

10. Dusty Springfield – “I Don’t Want To Hear It Anymore”

11. Spiritualized – “Lay Back In The Sun”

My KUTX: Los Coast

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My KUTX: Los Coast

Posted by on Jun 28, 2019

Los Coast is the KUTX Artist of the Month for June 2019. Trey Privott (standing, center) is the guest DJ on My KUTX. Photo by Michael Minasi/KUTX.

Austin’s Los Coast first found itself as a live band, holding down a months-long, talked-about residency at C-Boy’s in 2015. Samsara, the group’s debut, has been a long time coming, but it takes Los Coast’s fiery live sets and turns them up a notch. Singer Trey Privott is a voracious music fan, and you can hear that in the band’s melding of soul, rock, funk, and more. You can also hear that appetite in Privott’s guest DJ set. This week on My KUTX, he plays an hour of inspirational singers, running from Whitney and Sam Smith to heroes like Aretha Franklin and Dr. John. Listen to My KUTX on Saturday, June 29 at 6 p.m. or at any time in the player below.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Jeremih – “Impatient” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

2. Whitney – “Giving Up”

3. Los Coast – “Simplify”

4. Sam Smith – “Nirvana”

5. Gary Clark Jr. – “Low Down Rolling Stone”

6. Kanye West – “Wouldn’t Leave” (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)

7. Big Red Machine – “Lyla”

8. Dr. John – “Such A Night”

9. Warpaint – “Whiteout”

10. Aretha Franklin – “Wholy Holy”

11. Mac DeMarco – “Choo Choo”

12. Los Coast – “Mannequin”

My KUTX: Atlas Maior

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My KUTX: Atlas Maior

Posted by on Jun 19, 2019

Photo by Alicia Michelle. Joshua Peters (L) and Joshua Thomson (R) are the guest DJs.

Atlas Maior’s music is a meeting place between a lot of different cultures and sounds. Listening to Riptide, the Austin band’s fifth album, you can hear Middle Eastern, Latin American, and jazz traditions all swirling together, often in the same song. The group is also part of a global music community, touring Europe frequently and collaborating with local guests from across the musical spectrum. On June 28, Atlas Maior plays at the Sahara Lounge with world music ensemble Atash.

This week on My KUTX, saxophone player Joshua Thomson and oud player Joshua Peters play an hour of Atlas Maior’s many influences, from free jazz maestro Sun Ra to Turkish psychedelic rock and beyond. Hear Atlas Maior’s My KUTX on Saturday, June 22 at 6 p.m. or listen at any time below.

–Art Levy // producer, My KUTX

Playlist:

1. Arif Sağ – “Osman Pehlivan”

2. Paco de Lucía – “Chanela”

3. Sun Ra – “Where Pathways Meet”

4. Marcel Khalife – “Caress”

5. Atlas Maior – “Chamber Of Mirrors”

6. Yuri Yunakov – “Belmont”

7. Raquy Danziger – “Monkey Mind”

8. Dhafer Youssef – “Odd Elegy”

9. Dur-Dur Band – “Dooyo”

10. Atlas Maior – “Cumbia Raposa”

11. Alan Chehab – “Nikriz Longa”