When two longtime friends define their own sound independently and eventually collaborate after years of individual popularity – quite simply, magic happens. Austin hip-hop heads are likely to recognize lyricist/emcee/events coordinator Adam Protextor either through his impressive catalogue dating back to his days as “p-Tek” or as the founder of the now-defunct Weird City Hip Hop Fest and Austin Mic Exchange. On the other side of the coin, indie aficionados will remember Grammy-winning producer Matt Puckett‘s name as one of the fronting members of Mother Falcon, who know resides in New York, performing and producing as “Brother Bear”. While the two had already collaborated on Protextor’s previous album Shift, Puckett used this past year as an opportunity to go all-in on a new full-length album.
That album is American Neon. Nine full-bodied tracks that feature guest performers and incorporate multi-genre soundscapes, complete with intricate pop-leaning arrangements. Incredible production and performance aside, the record also features artwork from Matt Furie and is accompanied by a music video filmed at Spiderhouse Ballroom. American Neon enjoys a release party this Thursday at the Sidewinder and Protextor & Brother Bear will be stopping by Studio 1A for KUTX After Hours tomorrow night, live at 8PM. In the meantime check out “I Don’t Mind” – an R&B-funk-infused single that appears halfway through American Neon.
–Jack Anderson (Host Monday-Wednesday 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)
Former Faith No More Frontman Chuck Mosley Dies at 57
Chuck Mosley, frontman for the mid-eighties run of alt-rock outlier Faith No More, died last Thursday after succumbing to the long-term effects of addiction, despite his long period of sobriety.
Raised around the thick of L.A.’s illustrious punk rock scene, Mosley played keyboards in Faith No More founder Billy Gould’s New Wave band the Animated as well as his own group Haircuts That Kill.
Mosley joined Faith No More in 1985, providing the yowly lead vocals on the band’s breakthrough hit “We Care A Lot.” In being candid about Mosley’s cause of death, his family said in a statement, “We’re sharing the manner in which he passed, in the hopes that it might serve as a warning or wake-up call or beacon to anyone else struggling to fight for sobriety.” Chuck Mosley was 57.
Longtime Grateful Dead Attorney Auctioning Off Dozens of Dead Ephemera
A whole slew of rare Grateful Dead memorabilia is heading to auction this month, courtesy of the Dead’s longtime attorney Hal “The Czar” Kant. Among the dozens of items going up for auction include a series of stage banners designed by Polish-American artist and architect Jan Sawka from the Dead’s 25th anniversary tour in 1989, an invitation to Jerry Garcia and Deborah Koons’s 1994 Valentine’s Day wedding, a Grateful Dead Letterman jacket made especially for Kant by the Dead in 1990, and a “limitDead Edition” staff bag signed by Alice Cooper. These and dozens of other items roll out on the auction floor staring November 22nd.
Sturgill Simpson Busks For Social Justice Outside of the CMAs
Last night was the annual Country Music Awards in Nashville, but not all of today’s famed country singers are enamored with the industry. Few more so than Sturgill Simpson, who spent the night outside of Nashville’s Nissan Stadium busking the night away and offering to talk to people about anything related to his philosophies and the current political climate.
Simpson livestreamed the event, where he also gave a mock acceptance speech: “Nobody needs a machine gun, and that’s comin’ from a guy who owns quite a few guns,” he said. “Gay people should have the right to be happy and live their life any way they want to and get married if they want to without fear of getting drug down the road behind a pickup truck. Black people are probably tired of getting shot in the streets and being enslaved by the industrial prison complex. Hegemony and fascism is alive and well in Nashville, Tennessee. Thank you very much.”
Simpson also collected donations during his busking, all of which he donated to the ACLU.
Hamilton to Hit Puerto Rico
Lin-Manuel Miranda announced yesterday that he’s taking Hamilton to Puerto Rico. In further response to the hurricane-caused disaster in native home, Miranda announced a twenty-day stint for the Tony-and Pulitzer-winning hit at San Juan’s Teatro UPR next January in an effort to augment the economical state of the territory by encouraging tourism to the area. And Lin-Manuel Miranda will be reprising his role as Alexander Hamilton for the first time since the show came off its Broadway run.
Fox Announces Newest Music-Drama, Mary J. Blige to Produce
Fox has announced its next music-based drama, with Mary J. Blige sliding into the producer’s chair. 8 Count will follow the life of famed choreographer Laurieann Gibson as she works her way from amateur choreographer to working with artists like Lady Gaga and Nicki Minaj. Gibson is co-producing the drama alongside Mary J. Blige, who will also act as the show’s music advisor.
Elton John’s AIDS Foundation Celebrates 26 Years
Elton John celebrated the 25th anniversary of his AIDS foundation last night, a grandiose affair in New York City that raised $4.4 million and not only included a rousing, teary-eyed speech from Elton John himself, but ended with a stellar performance by the soon-to-retire Aretha Franklin. The Elton John AIDS Foundation launched in the United States in 1992 and the UK a year later. Together the two organizations have raised more than $385 million and according to John 98% of that goes towards helping those living with and battling HIV and AIDS and fighting the good fight itself.
The Grammy Music Education Coalition Launches
Today marks the launch of the Grammy Music Education Coalition, a non-profit collective made-up of more than 30 of the nation’s progressive music education organizations including the National Association for Music Education, the NAMM Foundation, VH1 Save the Music Foudation, and Lang Lang International Music Foundation.
Essentially, the Coalition exists to boost the populous of youth creating, playing, and performing music in public schools across the country, or as Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow put it, “the big dream was what if we were able to pool our energy, efforts, and resources with others in the music industry who are also doing fine work in music education to attack this big dream of every young person having the opportunity to be involved with music through the public school system?”
The primary focus of GMEC is underserved communities, so the program will initially roll out in Nashville, New York City, and Philadelphia. The Coalition’s strategy is to provide customized funding and services to each community, with the endgame of creating a robust, self-sustaining infrastructure.
SXSW 2018 Second Wave of Artists
SXSW has announced the second wave of bands performing at this year’s megafest. That list includes Annabelle Chairlegs, Faith Healer, Gordi, Holly Miranda, Liza Anne, Molly Burch, Tank and the Bangas, Walker Lukens, and Ume. SXSW music runs from March 12-the 18th of next year.