KUTX at Home: This Is The Kit 10.19.20

KUTX at Home

KUTX at Home: This Is The Kit 10.19.20

Posted by on Oct 19, 2020
Photo by Phillipe Lebruman

Laurie Gallardo and Kate Stables of This Is The Kit talk about touring with The National, celebrating our differences, and her latest album Off Off On. 



Being enamored with the style of This Is The Kit, I often consider two things that attracted me to the music, though admittedly my main reference points tend to be Moonshine Freeze (2017) and Bashed Out (2015), the latter of which was recommended to me as a fan favorite.

First, there’s the poetry of the song arrangement, never stifled by any sort of typical song structure and moving with this lucid flow that falls in quite naturally, from each delicate tread to every voluminous swell, curiously shaped into a most refined tumult. Secondly, and what initially drew me in, is the actual poetry itself – the ballet of gorgeous language telling every story. Kit commandeer Kate Stables is a remarkable songwriter of immeasurable talent, with an extraordinary sensitivity to unspoken moods or emotions, those buried so deeply that eventually they have no choice but to rise back up and haunt, like so many ghosts.

And now, make way for the magic of This Is The Kit’s newest release, Off Off On (Rough Trade). Recently, I had the pleasure of chatting with Kate about working with producer Josh Kaufman (Bob Weir, The National, Hiss Golden Messenger, Craig Finn), working on her own music while on tour as an ensemble performer with The National, and some convo about yours truly’s personal picks from the LP, “Started Again,” “Shinbone Soap” (“…knowing better but still sinking”), “This Is What You Did” and most apropos for reasons you’ll hear us get into, “No Such Thing” (“We all move at different speeds”).

-Laurie Gallardo, KUTX Host


THIS IS THE KIT
WEBSITE || BANDCAMP ||ROUGH TRADE


YOUTUBE/KUTX – Kate Stables and Laurie Gallardo full interview

HOST: LAURIE GALLARDO
PRODUCER: DEIDRE GOTT
AUDIO MASTER: JAKE PERLMAN
10.19.20

KUTX at Home:  Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes 10.16.20

KUTX at Home

KUTX at Home: Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes 10.16.20

Posted by on Oct 16, 2020
‘Shore’ Album Art

Robin Pecknold and Jody Denberg talk about how Richard Swift, a near death experience, and Brian Wilson influenced Shore, the new album from Fleet Foxes.


YOUTUBE/KUTX – Robin Pecknold and Jody Denberg


Since their debut EP in 2006 (!), Fleet Foxes has created songs with unique sonic landscapes that build upon and eclipse the work of other harmony-driven folk-rock groups. The group’s visionary, songwriter Robin Pecknold, has taken a great leap forward with Fleet Foxes fourth full-length Shore by building upon their formidable catalogue and making a leap forward in sound and emotion.

Inspired by his musical heroes and joined by guests including Daniel Rossen of Grizzly Bear, Hamilton Leithauser, Kevin Morby and a sampled Brian Wilson, Pecknold has come up with something “bright and hopeful” in the midst of uncertainty and personal anxiety.

Recorded in New York, Los Angeles and France before and during the pandemic, “Shore” takes its title from a harrowing incident:

“The title came kind of came to me,” Pecknold remembered. “I had a surfing accident where I snapped my leash and I was kind of caught in this big set of waves and then I was pretty far out to sea and you know if you snap your you know you’ve lost your life preserver and you’re just swimming to safety, and I think I started hyperventilating, and I that was kind of the closest I’ve come to feeling like maybe I was going to die, and the feeling of relief I had when I did make it back to shore…I think that that kind of that feeling really stuck with me because you know, that sense of – and this is something we’ve experienced all year – just, you know, appreciating life.”

Appreciation and gratitude also play into Pecknold’s writing on Shore – the death of his musical comrade Richard Swift and Fleet Foxes ability to regroup after Pecknold’s five-year musical absence as he worked on a degree at Columbia University in his newfound home of New York.

And yes, Fleet Foxes reconvened after 2017’s Crack Up album, but circumstance led to him being the only member of the group present on this latest album. In 2021 he plans to co-write with the other band members for the first time, and hopefully play live again when the time is right. In the meanwhile there’s a 16-mm road movie that accompanies each song on Shore. Watch below or attend a drive-in screening October 19

-Jody Denberg, KUTX host


FLEET FOXES
WEBSITE||LISTEN||NPR LIVE SESSIONS


ABOUT THE FILM: Shore is a road-movie depicting Northwest American landscapes and the people and animals that inhabit them. Kersti Jan Werdal is an artist working in film, photography, installation, and collage.


KUTX Social Distancing Pop-Up: Heartless Bastards

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KUTX Social Distancing Pop-Up: Heartless Bastards

Posted by on Oct 13, 2020

“Revolution” the new single from Heartless Bastards is out now with proceeds benefiting the ACLU.


NPR Live Sessions/KUTX – Erika Wennerstrom/Heartless Bastards – shot in Lockhart City Park, Lockhart, TX by Michael Minasi, August 2020

 

With a title like “Revolution” one would assume Heartless Bastards’ songwriter Erika Wennerstrom was writing a political song. But that’s not quite the case. “It’s about loving your fellow man and if that’s a political stance then I’d think about what side of that you’re on. I saw the deep division the last election created, and I felt a lot of anxiety and frustration with how people treated each other. To me the most important message I could put out in the world was a reminder to love each other and that starts with ourselves.”

A full Heartless Bastards record is finished, started in Lockhart, TX (where Wennerstrom now lives) and finished in LA right before the March shutdown. Some would say it’s been five years since the band put out a proper album- referring to 2015’s Restless Ones– but that is only because 2018’s superb album Sweet Unknown was put out under her name as a solo album. Wennerstrom has always been the driving force since she started the band in Cincinnati. When asked about going back to the Heartless Bastards moniker, Wennerstrom says, “I think there are some messages in these songs that are medicine and could possibly provide some comfort to people, and I can reach a lot more people with the HB moniker. I’ve been making music as Heartless Bastards since I first started in 2003. There were some changes along the way, and I had the same team for a long time. They’re my family, but our timing is just not on the same page. We took a break and I did an album under my name. Though Heartless Bastards has always been my project and my songs, I didn’t want to wait around for everyone else to be on the same page.”


Heartless Bastards
WEBSITE || BANDCAMP || NPR LIVE SESSIONS


We asked Erika to tell us about the inspiration behind the powerful first single released in July of 2020.

EW: “Commercialism constantly imbeds a false idea of what it is to lead an abundant life. I think it creates a competitive society where people scramble to the top so they don’t get left behind. Within that scramble fear lends itself to bigotry. It’s that animal side of man out there surviving. The side that’s opposite of compassion.

My intention was to invite people to look within, and also outward to try to imagine other perspectives. Our planet can’t continue to sustain human life on its current path. Native Americans think about the impact they make for up to 7 generations. How can we all work together to take care of each other and future generations? To me that’s society as a whole having a revolution in thought, and learning to live with less. Materialism is a virus on our planet. It attempts to fill voids that can’t be satiated. Self love is the void.

My intent is also not to make people that have wealth feel bad or guilty. I just feel that those things don’t make someone a better human being. Let’s make sure we have equal access to education, health care, and our basic needs. The mansions, designer clothes, fancy cars are just fluff. That’s ego.

I don’t have all the answers on how to change, but it’s a conversation that should be present. Ultimately we’re all connected. Let’s love each other.”

-Deidre Gott, KUTX Live Music Booker/Producer

KUTX Pop-Up Credits:
Musician: Erika Wennerstrom, vocals, guitar
Cameras and Edit: Michael Minasi; Edit Michael Minasi; Audio Mix: Jake Perlman; Producer: Deidre Gott


“REVOLUTION” LYRICS

Where you going, my friend
Have you forgotten when
There was a time filled with hope instead of fear that’s in your heart
There was a time when life was simple and innocent to start
Do you remember?
Where you going, my friend
Have you forgotten when
There was a time when false information wasn’t so rampant in the sphere
There was a time when you weren’t questioning everything you hear
Do you remember?
Constantly being advertised a life commercialized and disguised
As happiness in pills and potions, fancy threads and cars in motion
Hypnotized by gilded lies to line the pockets of so few
While hungry politicians feed bullshit to the masses
To ensure their statuses and further divide the classes
You were born with a voice so open up and speak your mind
Raise consciousness and elevate how we all relate, don’t hesitate
No need to be better or smarter than anybody else
Leave judgement at the door for others and yourself

The revolution is in your mind

Big brother’s watching you and tryin’ to sell you something new
And I just want to take away, take away the blues

The Revolution is in your mind

Revolution

When I get up, oh, I get up in the morning
All I really want is the truth
Oh, when I open my eyes and I get up in the morning
All I really need is the truth
You were born with a voice so open up and speak your mind
Raise consciousness and elevate how we all relate, don’t hesitate
No need to be better or smarter than anybody else
Leave judgement at the door for others and yourself

The revolution is in your mind

When I get up, oh, I get up in the morning
All I really want is the truth
Oh, when I open my eyes and I get up in the morning
All I really need is the truth
Revolution
The revolution is in your mind

Early voting in Texas starts Tuesday, October 13 and runs through Friday, October 30. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Find more information here.


ACL Fest 2020 Goes Virtual

ACL Festival

ACL Fest 2020 Goes Virtual

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020

Austin City Limits Music Festival has gone virtual this year, reimagined as a free, three-night online event combining past performances, behind the scenes footage and original content.

This weekend, October 9 -11, starting at 7p each evening, ACL Fest 2020 will feature past Zilker Park sets from Paul McCartney (2018), Radiohead (2016), St. Vincent (2018), LCD Soundsystem (2010), Alabama Shakes (2015), Willie Nelson (2016), Spoon (2017), Gary Clark Jr (2019), Phoenix (2018), Sylvan Esso (2018), The XX (2017), Juanes (2014), My Morning Jacket (2011), Billie Eilish (2019), and more.

The Austin music scene (outside the usual well-deserved suspects) is given a nod by including performances from seven ACL alums – Mélat, Paul Cauthen, Black Pumas, Otis The Destroyer, Mobley, and Jackie Venson filmed recently in various local parks in partnership with the Austin Parks Foundation.

Noticeably missing from the event is any hip-hop or rap representation and there is an unbalanced male/female ratio.

Austin City Limits Festival is hoping to return to Zilker Park to celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2021. *Sweet Baby Jesus please and thank you.*

– Deidre Gott, Live Music Booker/Producer


Austin City Limits Festival
October 9-11, 2020

SCHEDULE || WATCH


Since 2002, artists from all over the world have come to perform in Zilker Park for the annual ACL Festival. The past several years the KUTX live music crew post up backstage and create a portable stripped down “Studio 1A” of sorts.

While we wait for our VIP couch experience this October 9-11, may you enjoy this epic video playlist of some of our favorite ACL pop-up sessions including Lizzo, Alessia Cara, The Black Angels, Shakey Graves, Nick Hakim, Japanese Breakfast, Orville Peck, Lily Allen, Flor de Toloache, Eagles of Death Metal, Jamila Woods, First Aid Kit, and more. Just hit play!

 

 

KUTX at Home: Sylvan Esso 9.25.20

KUTX at Home

KUTX at Home: Sylvan Esso 9.25.20

Posted by on Sep 25, 2020
photo courtesy of the artist

KUTX host Jody Denberg talks with Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso about their latest studio album “Free Love” out today on Loma Vista.



YOUTUBE/KUTX – Jody Denberg and Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso

North Carolina’s Sylvan Esso has just given the world its new album – Free Love – and as usual the duo’s timing is perfect, and its art multi-layered.

The multiple entendre in the title of Sylvan Esso’s third studio release arrives when what the world needs now is love sweet love, unconditional and free. It also mirrors the free-wheeling sound of its ten songs, songs that pair complex emotions with accessible beats and melodies.

In this KUTX AT HOME conversation, singer and co-songwriter Amelia Meath expands upon her statement about Free Love: “It’s a record about being increasingly terrified of the world around you and looking inward to remember all the times when loving other people seemed so easy, so that you can find your way back to that place.” Though produced before the global pandemic, Meath’s description of the Free Love could have been made today.

The Grammy-nominated duo (who visited Austin for SXSW in 2017 and Austin City Limits Festival in 2018) timed the album’s first single “Ferris Wheel” to coincide with summertime (“August in the heat, sweaty in the street”) while the newest emphasis track “Frequency” is perfect for autumn, replete with a Moses Sumney directed video that shows off Meath’s inspiring dance moves.

Amelia Meath and her partner-in-crime Nick Sanborn have now released Free Love into the world, with all of its dualities. So its not surprising that it was conceived as a two-sided vinyl record, five songs on side one, the other five on the flipside. And until we can see Sylvan Esso perform on the flipside, we can hear them here. Jody Denberg, KUTX host


SYLVAN ESSO
WEBSITE || YOUTUBE


Credits: 
Host: Jody Denberg
Producer: Deidre Gott
Audio Master: Jake Perlman

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