Billie Eilish – “bury a friend”
Full transparency: I never thought I’d be personally lauding this next artist, but hey, you’re never too cool to appreciate a good song. Billie Eilish is one of the biggest pop stars in the world right now, having recently graced the cover of Rolling Stone. Slick, morbid, and studded with just the right amount bass, this song sweetly showcases the songwriting team of Billie and her brother Finneas O’Connell. Also playing both weekends of ACL Fest, here’s Billie Eilish with “bury a friend.”
Jay Som – “Superbike”
And from L.A.’s A-list to its underground, this last song is by an artist I’ve been falling in love with for years. Melina Mae Duterte is the brain behind bedroom-pop outfit Jay Som. The new album, Anak Ko, is the first Duterte recorded with a full band. “Superbike” has catchy hooks, dreamy harmonies, and its lo-fi lean emphatically epitomizes the album’s hazy mood.
She looked like she could be toppled by a summer breeze, but her shriek froze you in your tracks. Kim Shattuck, lead singer of the LA punk/pop quartet the Muffs, whose early singles and 1993 debut were mile markers in the city’s power pop scene, has died at age 56 after battling ALS. Shattuck wrote songs of vulnerability – stripped of their velocity, she might have been another LA folksinger. But it was impossible to separate the two – her penchant for bubblegum pop and her sneer, her guitar, and her voice, my God, her voice. Fuhgetabout Courtney Love (Hole’s Live Through This came out a year later). Shattuck’s vocal ferocity riveted your attention, partly because it seemed to spring out of nowhere. “Lucky Guy” became a huge college radio staple. In addition to the Muffs, Shattuck and longtime collaborator Melanie Vammen had an earlier band called the Pandoras, and another project, The Coolies. She also briefly toured as Kim Deal’s replacement in the Pixies. The Muffs made six albums, had a genuine hit covering Kim Wilde’s “Kids In America”, and are about to release No Holiday on October 18th. Without the Muffs, there would be no Green Day, Veruca Salt, Fucked Up, Waxhatchee – they’re all singing Shattuck’s praises on Twitter.
– Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Editor
Heartbroken about Kim. One of the all time greats. How could anyone be such a brilliant pop songwriter, singer, screamer, and such a total punk-rock badass, and be so insanely cute at the same time? No one funnier or cooler. We love you, Kim 💔💔💔#kimshattuck #RIPKimShattuck pic.twitter.com/rD8fsARpV7
— Veruca Salt (@verucasalt) October 3, 2019
We are devastated about Kim’s passing. She was a genuine musician, writer and performer who committed her life for the cause. She brought all of her life force to her endeavors and we are fortunate for her sharing some of that life force with us. RIP. pic.twitter.com/iTBagHViah
— PIXIES (@PIXIES) October 3, 2019
Photos from left to right – (Jay Som, Highwomen, Marshall Terry)
KUTX Host Rick McNulty spills the beans on the BEST SONGS EVER! At least for this week.
Let’s start with Melina Mae Duterte, better known by her stage name, Jay Som. She’s quite the child prodigy, recording her own songs at the age of 12 in her hometown of L.A. Now she’s all of 25 and writing and producing some seriously mature music. This song, called “Tenderness,” is the realization that nothing is ever good enough and tenderness is all she’s got. She’ll be at the Barracuda tonight.
Highwomen-“Don’t Call Me”
Music Nerd Alert: we have a new supergroup among us. Longtime singer-songwriters Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires have teamed up as the Highwomen. Their songs lean towards humor, some of it obvious, and some much darker. “Don’t Call Me” falls into the former category. The protagonist is so sick of her ex, that no matter what happens to him–his truck catches fire, he has an existential crisis–it doesn’t matter, “whatever you do, don’t call me.”
Marshall Terry-“New Sunday Driver”
Finally, we have some old-fashioned fuzz rock from Austin’s Marshall Terry. He’s stepping out from his former band, Living Beings and making a go at playing most of the instruments himself on “New Sunday Driver.” It’s the kind of music you crank up to 11 – and it’s all analog!
Photos from left to right – (Dhani Harrison, Amber Mark, Little Simz)
KUTX Host Jack Anderson spills the beans on the BEST SONGS EVER! At least for this week.
Dhani Harrison- “Motorways (Erase It)” My first pick of the week comes from Dhani Harrison. For an only child of a Beatle, the pressure is on and the bar is high. But Dhani does a great job of channeling father George’s classic psychedelia while keeping his own modern tastes front and center. Here’s Dhani Harrison, “Motorways (Erase It).”