Best Songs Ever. . .10.11.19

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Best Songs Ever. . .10.11.19

Posted by on Oct 10, 2019
Photos from left to right – (Ley Line, Bedouine, Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
KUTX Host Jody Denberg spills the beans on the BEST SONGS EVER! At least for this week.

Ley Line – “Oxum”
Austin’s Ley Line is the KUTX Artist Of The Month for October. On “Oxum”–from their forthcoming album We Saw Blue, out in 2020–the quartet weaves together the cultures of Austin and Brazil. Ley Line plays ACL Fest on Sunday at 12:45 p.m.

Bedouine – “Dizzy”
Bedouine is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter of Syrian-American heritage. Her given name is Azniv Korkejian, and her second album, Bird Songs Of A Killjoy, is out now. “Dizzy” features the orchestral production work of Spacebomb Records, from Richmond, Virginia.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band – “Keep Your Head Up”
And finally, “Keep Your Head Up” from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who have been making great music since the early 1960s. Their latest, A Tuba To Cuba, is a fusion of New Orleans and Cuban music, and there’s a documentary of the same name that covers the making of the album.
Best Songs Ever…10.4.19

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Best Songs Ever…10.4.19

Posted by on Oct 3, 2019
Photos from left to right – (Shura, Billie Eilish, Jay Som)
KUTX Host Taylor Wallace spills the beans on the BEST SONGS EVER! At least for this week.

Shura – “Forever”
Let’s start with a couple of women playing ACL Fest this weekend. First, British singer Shura, who’s sound is best classified as 90s vintage pop. Imagine some of your favorite early Mariah Carey songs, but they’re about kissing and having long-night, flirty phone calls with other girls. Don’t dismiss it as just being pop though. There’s a lot going on in her multi-layered sound. You can see Shura at both weekends of ACL Fest and on the new Bonus Tracks stage recording an episode of our podcast This Song. Here she is with “Forever.”

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.

 

 

LA Punk Kim Shattuck Dies At Age 56

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LA Punk Kim Shattuck Dies At Age 56

Posted by on Oct 3, 2019

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



Best Songs Ever….9.27.19

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Best Songs Ever….9.27.19

Posted by on Sep 27, 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.


Jay Som-“Tenderness”
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!

Best Songs Ever… 9.20.19

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Best Songs Ever… 9.20.19

Posted by on Sep 19, 2019

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).”


Amber Mark-“What If”
While we’re talking about musicians pulling from past decades, let’s check in with Amber Mark. Mark’s R&B/soul first caught our attention with her 2018 debut EP, and since then she’s been teasing us with her vocal talent one single at a time. This latest song, “What If,” sounds like it’s straight out of a 1980s Quincy Jones production.

Little Simz-“Selfish”
Last up, we visit London with rising hip-hop artist Little Simz. Her third full-length Grey Area dropped in Spring but the caliber of its features still warrant plenty of spins going into fall. “Selfish” is a perfect example of Simz’s laid-back style, balanced out with the delicate falsetto of fellow Londoner Cleo Sol.