On Friday, November 27, join KUTX and HOME (Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers) for Home Cookin’ for the Holidays. This free, virtual event will feature some of your favorite artists singing and cooking! Guests include Shinyribs, Jackie Venson, Lucinda Williams, Gina Chavez, Ray Benson, Joe Ely, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Delbert McClinton, Miss Lavelle White, and many more. The stream is free, but donations to HOME are appreciated.
Watch Home Cookin’ for the Holidays on the KUTX YouTube channel – Friday, November 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.
In honor of Home Cookin’ for the Holidays and Thanksgiving, some KUTXers shared the recipes that make them feel at home (even when they can’t be home) …
I think it annoys my mom that after all the hard work she’s done over the years cooking for the holidays that this became the “famous” family favorite. Now she doubles the recipe and makes two batches to ensure we have enough to eat all the leftover turkey with. Also, she didn’t note on her recipe card but she garnishes with parsley, ya know to spruce them up for the holidays.
– Amy Chambless, Assistant Manager, Cactus Cafe
My wife & I actually printed a cookbook with a mix CD in it for our family a few years ago. Each recipe came with a song & listening recommendation. Here’s our favorite meatloaf recipe, to be prepared while listening to Queens of the Stone Age.
It’s the ultimate comfort food. It takes longer than you might think, so make it when you have plenty of time & aren’t rushed. Great for a Sunday dinner. HINT: Cheapo white bread, ketchup & a slice of this loaf outta the fridge is the sandwich of a god the next day. Not sure just sure what god is that lazy, but it’s totally their sandwich.
– Jake Perlman, KUTX Production Engineer
This is my mother’s recipe. She passed in 2016 and I make this every Thanksgiving and Christmas in her honor.
– Matt Munoz, Manager, the Cactus Cafe
Okay, this isn’t my wild rice salad – it’s my take on a to-go side I used to frequently buy at Central Market back in the late 90s. I left Texas in 2002, and didn’t return until I took the job at KUTX in 2015, so while I was away from Texas and all things H-E-B, I had to improvise my favorite side dish. Over the years, my version has become a Thanksgiving staple – we’ve brought it to both family gatherings and Friendsgivings ever since.
– Jacquie Fuller, KUTX Assistant Program Director
While my Nana regularly made them around the holidays, these cookies were loved and devoured year-round. My first memory of these cookies was a time she made them for my Aunt’s drill team, and she would call them Eaglette cookies (after the drill team). I started making them myself for the first time in high school. My best friend and I would spend a whole day making treats for our friends, and the entire next day delivering them. Regardless of the occasion, these cookies remind me of my favorite person … then I look down, and they’re all gone. Note – her recipe specifically calls for yellow cake mix, but you can use whatever mix you like!
– Taylor Wallace, Host, weekday mornings
Deidre’s No-Recipe Turkey Recipe
I’m a gal that loves efficiency. So that’s why this crock-pot turkey is the best for a carefree, easy Thanksgiving. You can throw in whatever you want – no need for a recipe! I usually chop up an onion, celery and potato or two and throw in some baby carrots. Put the turkey breast (even if it’s still frozen!) in the crock-pot, fill with enough water or chicken broth to cover the turkey, add your salt and spices, turn on the pot and cook for 6-8 hours while you binge Netflix. The end.
– Deidre Gott, KUTX Live Music Producer
KUTX fans on Animal Crossing: pay a visit to KUTX’s Studio 1A in New Horizons!
If you’re longing for pre-pandemic live sessions in KUTX’s Studio 1A, come to the islands! My island, to be exact.
Dubbed “Avocado Island” by my elementary-aged daughter (in honor of her favorite food), it appears at first glance to be unremarkable – there’s nothing thematic going on, the art section of our museum is empty, and we still haven’t grown any gold roses. But head to the basement of my house and you’ll find Avocado’s crown jewel, and the project of many summer hours where I should’ve instead been learning to knit or reading an actual book: a recreation of KUTX’s Studio 1A.
Just fire up one of our KUTX at Home interviews, or a favorite past Studio 1A session, then take your seat in this state-of-the-art facility fashioned entirely of stuff purchased at Nook’s Crossing, or gifted by floating balloons or my New Horizons-playing KUT/KUTX coworkers (thank you, Ana Paula, for the drum kit.) Pay a visit anytime via Dream Code: DA-7816-6830-3135.
< You can also scan this QR code for your own KUTX logo, which you can wear as a sleeveless tank a-la-Jody-Denberg, or slap on any customizable item. Just log in to the Nintendo Switch app on your smartphone (not your Nook phone), choose Animal Crossing, then Designs, then scan the code using your phone’s camera. Next, open the Custom Designs app on your Nook phone (not your smartphone) and download the new design.
Use your Switch or smartphone to grab a photo – of your Studio 1A dream-visit, or sporting your KUTX shirt – and share it on social (be sure to tag us!)
And enjoy a couple other goodies, below, for KUTX fans of Animal Crossing: videos from Sylvan Esso and T Pain that pay tribute to everyone’s favorite time suck, plus a Zoom performance from the musicians behind the New Horizons theme song.
See you in my basement! (Yeah, that sounds creepier than I intended.)
– Jacquie Fuller, KUTX Assistant Program Director and resident of Avocado Island
Get to Know KUTX’s New Weekday Morning Host, Taylor Wallace
Photos by David Brendan Hall
There’s an old scout song that goes: make new friends, but keep the old / one is silver and the other’s gold.
After 50 years on the air, Austin gold John Aielli, who is recovering from a stroke, has retired the name of his show, “Eklektikos,” and passed the morning torch to host Taylor Wallace.
However, Taylor’s not exactly a new friend at KUTX 98.9. In addition to formerly hosting weekday evenings, Taylor also worked as John’s producer for three years. As your new morning pal from 6 to 9 a.m. weekdays, Taylor brings her own love of music and quirkiness to the time slot.
We posed a few questions to Taylor about how she got her start, what inspires her and why you should tune in. And if that’s not enough for you, get to know Taylor even better in this September 18 Austin Chronicle story “Taylor Wallace Takes Over KUTX Morning Show” and by following her on Twitter @TDubonNothing and Instagram @pineladyofmetropolitanorlando (Bob Vance bought her perfume too).
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up and why?
I’ve always been a want-to-do-it-all person (a true ENFP). I remember listening to Kidd Kradick with my mom on the way to elementary school, then Jagger and Julie (morning co-hosts on the now-dissolved DFW alt-rock station the Edge) during middle and high school, and I always thought, “this would be such a cool job! You just get to gab, talk about music, and interview artists. Who wouldn’t want to do that?!”
Literally being a radio host was the first career I wanted as a kid. But, through my childhood, I went through phases where I wanted to be a detective, vet, writer, professional musician, doctor, and probably a dozen other things I don’t remember any more.
What are you doing when you’re not working?
I’m alternating between novels and music history, or people’s history non-fiction, exploring and mastering new recipes, catering to my very affectionate cat, spending as much time on my porch or walking around my neighborhood as possible, gorging on my daily menu of podcasts, and – my true guilty pleasure and escape from reality – watching “90 Day Fiancé” and listening to … several … podcasts that cover it.
Oh! And listening to music and collecting records, but I think that goes without saying. Really anything that involves learning. Learning is my favorite hobby.
When did you start working at KUTX?
I started as a KUT intern back in the summer of 2012 (before KUT moved its music service to KUTX 98.9 in 2013) when we migrated the music library to digital. I was on a team of interns who hung out in the music library ripping CDs into the new system and getting to nerd out with some of the music hosts. It’s where I met John Aielli, Jay Trachtenberg, Susan Castle, and Jeff McCord. John and I even saw Idina Menzel together that summer.
What inspires your programming?
Inclusion. I don’t believe in the “a certain percentage of your show needs to be this” philosophy. It needs to be all-around diverse and inclusive across race, gender and sexual orientation. As a pansexual person, it irks me when people forget about queerness in programming. But this isn’t limited to the person holding the mic. Broken Bells is one-half Danger Mouse. Brix Smith, Poison Ivy and Kim Deal wrote plenty of songs in bands where a dude was behind the mic – and they shouldn’t be discredited because of that. When you’re being mindful, percentages don’t matter.
Why should people tune in to KUTX between 6-9 am?
Hey, if we all have to be up that early, we may as well have fun and get down!
What can listeners expect when they tune into 98.9 weekday mornings?
Absolute buffoonery channeled into a morning of music that I hope is fun for everyone.
Why work in public radio vs. commercial radio?
Well, for one, I don’t have to worry about format flipping, random management changeover or being erroneously fired as a result. And no one’s making me play Imagine Dragons.
Among the many Austin music non-profits that KUTX supports, Swan Songs has long been one close to our hearts. Swan Songs is dedicated to fulfilling musical last wishes by organizing personalized concerts for individuals nearing the end of life. Musicians who perform are compensated, so in addition to bringing comfort through music, the organization supports Austin musicians.
Since the organization’s founding in 2005, Swan Songs has provided concerts for more than 1,000 terminally-ill Central Texans, at no cost to the recipient, family or healthcare facility. Traditionally, these concerts were performed at bedsides, in homes, and in care facilities. However, the current pandemic forced Swan Songs to pivot. Most of their recipients had compromised immune systems, facilities weren’t allowing visitors, and it quickly became clear that singing was a high-risk activity in terms of virus transmission. Swan Songs founder and CEO Christine Albert explained to me by email how the organization responded. “We met the moment by engaging musicians to record virtual concerts of diverse styles and genres of music, making them available on our website.” Swan Songs essentially created a menu of pre-recorded concerts that families or facilities could easily access when needed.
“Gradually, as our community adjusted to the new normal,” Albert said, “the requests for specific music for individuals began to come in again.” Swan Songs’ musicians began to fulfill those requests by recording personalized concerts. “Now that the weather has cooled,” she added, “we’re also fulfilling requests with outdoor, safe-distanced concerts, both at care facilities and private homes.”
Like a lot of organizations, the pandemic has also hit Swan Songs’ bottom line. “We have lost some funding, for sure,” said Albert. “Sponsors who were not able to contribute this year, people needing to scale back their financial commitment, planned events that were put on hold.” But thanks to the organization’s strong board and years of community support, she says “We are not in danger of shutting our doors.”
Nevertheless, Swan Songs’ annual gala, Swan Song Serenade, remains a crucial source of both revenue and outreach for the organization. This year, the event will be held virtually on October 25, with a virtual silent auction, artist testimonials, and special performance by Texas music giant Robert Earl Keen. “Creating a virtual Serenade is giving us the opportunity to tell our story and highlight our programs more deeply than we do at the in-person gala,” said Albert. “We are excited about that and I believe that supporters and viewers will come away with an even greater understanding of and appreciation for what we do.”
Visit Swan Songs’ website to purchase passes to the gala and to learn more about their mission, services, and how you can get involved.
– Jacquie Fuller, KUTX Assistant Program Director
Ready to learn something new? Austin musicians are ready to teach you!
Summer is nearly upon us. With state parks requiring reservations, pool openings delayed, and the mercury creeping upward, you might be wondering how you’ll the pass these most unprecedented of dog days. You’ve cycled through all the House Party trivia, sewn enough face masks to cover the neighborhood, and your Animal Crossing island is so tricked out it should be featured in Travel & Leisure. Now what?
Maybe you’re parenting school-aged kids, and wondering how you can keep them occupied this summer so you can do important things like, you know, work (as well as hide out in the bathroom for half-hour stretches.)
Let’s not sugar-coat it – the last few months have sucked. But seeking silver linings is a natural human inclination, so if you’ve got down-time, why not use it to learn a new skill? From acoustic guitar to voice lessons to music production, KUTX has a way you (or your child) can level up your music skills, while helping Austin music professionals who are struggling financially from venue closures. It’s a little bit of win-win during a time when we’ve all lost a lot.
Dust off your uke (or drums, or Garage Band, or whatever) and check out our list of Austin-area musicians who are available to teach music classes remotely by clicking the learn button, below. And if you’re a musician who wants to be added to the list (or you know one who is), click the teach button to add yourself (or share this post with them!)
Got questions or comments, or need to be removed from the list? Email us!