Today we’re presenting another KUT/KUTX podcast Pause/Play – a podcast about live music, a global pandemic and what comes next. Live Music has returned to Austin, even as COVID cases continue to surge in Texas. Hear about three live music experiences from the perspective of a fan, three musicians and a promoter.
In this episode you’ll hear from: host Elizabeth McQueen stepping into the role of a fan, Greg Gonzalez bass player for Money Chicha & Grupo Fantasma, Tomar Williams from Tomar and the FC’s, Geoff Earle from Stiletto Feels, and Song Confessional co-host Walker Lukens.
When my husband told me the new Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric, Office Hours) album had been released and that it heavily featured the artist Weyes Blood (“ways-blood” he called her), my immediate thought was, “that’s interesting. What’s that story?” Had it been Phoebe Bridgers, I wouldn’t have batted an eye. Heidecker and Natalie Mering (who uses the Weyes Blood moniker) are deeply talented musicians, but I still couldn’t stop wondering, “who put these two in the same room?”
The answer is Drew Erickson, an LA-based producer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist who played keys on Weyes Blood’s 2019 album Titanic Rising. Heidecker tells us the full story in the interview, so I won’t spoil it here, but it essentially comes down to connected session musicians in LA know how to hustle and wrangle. In this case, that included the D’Addario brothers of the Lemon Twigs and Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa. After just a few days in the studio, Fear of Death was born. True to Heidecker’s sound blending 70’s rock, singer-songwriter and jam band elements, Mering’s harmonies add a transcendent texture that fills-out a space you might have never known existed.
The lyrics of Fear of Death, in broad strokes, wrestle with the consequences of middle age, but like any broad-scoped introspection, some things deviate slightly to better understand the whole.The song “Little Lamb,” for instance, is a metaphor for being an artist trying to move onto new endeavors completely separate from what they originally got famous for doing, but being told by their fans to basically stay in their lane. This is certainly an album that necessitates a careful ear. –Taylor Wallace, KUTX Morning Host
Our final episode of “72 Hours in Newport” features alternative blues band, Houndmouth! This week our confessor shares a story of his death-defying sailing trip from Hawaii to California, ultimately pushing him to propose to his then-girlfriend. Later, Walker sits down with Matt Myers of Houndmouth to discuss how the music industry can adapt post-Covid, Houndmouth’s secret band member, and how Matt is unintentionally romantic.
Episode 4 of “72 Hours in Newport” features Austin-based indie pop band, Wild Child! In this episode our confessor tells us about meeting her long lost half-brother at a party in high school. (Oh, she had no idea he even existed beforehand.) Later, Zac and Kelsey Wilson of Wild Child discuss how boring the ‘end of the world’ is, finding her voice in multiple musical projects, and building community around her.
Love In Quarantine Episode 2 features Kam Franklin, lead singer of Gulf Coast Soul band The Suffers who you might recognize from performances on Late Night with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah or basically every major music festival in North America. Throughout her career, Kam has been a vocal opponent of sexism and racism in the music industry. Walker and Kam discuss this at length as well the French-themed confession that inspired “I Can’t Wait” in the interview. Now available wherever you stream and download music.