Photos (L to R): Neko Case (Jon Shapely/KUTX); The Internet (Roger Kisby); Kurt Vile (Jake O’Hare/KUTX)
KUTX host and producer Art Levy lets you know about the best songs ever…this week.
Neko Case – “Last Lion Of Albion”
This first song is a few months old, but we’ll bend the rules a bit. Neko Case released her seventh solo album, Hell-On, earlier this year, and “Last Lion of Albion” is a standout. She has a way of writing songs that sound timeless the first time you hear them, and this is no exception. Also, the lyrics are incredible, weaving together the perils of nationalism and environmentalism in a few quick lines.
Kurt Vile – “Loading Zones”
Kurt Vile is one of my favorite current artists because he is so totally himself. His songs are always a little loopy—some stream of consciousness lyrics, a dreamy atmosphere, and then there’s his guitar playing, which mirrors the way he sings. And for his new single “Loading Zones,” he actually mailed realistic looking parking tickets to some of his fans, so you gotta love his sense of humor. Vile is back in town December 6 for a show at ACL Live at the Moody Theater.
The Internet – “La Di Da”
Finally, a song from the Internet, who for a minute had one of the most unsearchable band names—that is, until they got semi-famous. The band comes from the same L.A. scene that gave us Frank Ocean, and they have a similar vibe on their new album, Hive Mind—kind of a psychedelic take on R&B. Check out “La Di Da” by the Internet, and catch them at Emo’s on November 15.