My KUTX: Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg

Photo by Sarah Cass

On Shearwater’s eighth album, Jet Plane And Oxbow, the Austin band sounds huge. They’re in full-on rock-and-roll mode, but Shearwater is also a deeply textural, thoughtful band. Frontman Jonathan Meiburg says he wanted to fit the sound of the album in the year 1980, when past and future technologies combined and produced some stunning work from artists like Brian Eno and Talking Heads.

For his guest DJ set, Meiburg picked some songs that influenced the making of the new record, as well some “wonderful music that’s meant a lot to me over the years.” Listen to this episode in the player at the bottom of the page.

–Art Levy

Jonathan Meiburg’s playlist:

[intro music: Shearwater – “Quiet Americans”]

1. Ry Cooder – “Billy The Kid”

2. Jim Pepper – “Newlyweds’ Song”

3. Nina Simone – “Cotton-Eyed Joe”

4. Malcolm McLaren – “Double Dutch”

5. Brian Eno – “No One Receiving”

6. Laurie Anderson –“Radar (Live)”

7. Talking Heads – “Houses In Motion”

8. Fairport Convention – “Matty Groves”

9. Gusabe – “Long Ago”

10. Talk Talk – “New Grass”

11. Clinic – “Goodnight Georgie”

[outro music: Shearwater – “Pale Kings”]

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