"♫Makin' a soundtrack for another planet to hear♫ on Episode098 - Watch Me Now which features brand new sounds from Sleepy Sun, Growl, Doug Paisley, Carper Family, Nick Waterhouse, Bossacucanova, De Lux, Latasha Lee & The BlackTies, Magna Carda, Hospitality, Blank Realm, Hard Proof, Erik Koskinen, Haden Triplets and Childbirth...
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♬Liner Notes♬: This week's power-packed episode has five live songs from KUTX, some samba, some soul, some sibling harmonies and even some disco funk - all that and more of the latest and greatest music around!
Dine Alone, 2014
Note: "Northern California's Sleepy Sun are the rare sort of psych-rock band that gets the importance of mixing actual hooks in with their stompbox experimentation. They've been playing together for almost a decade, and they've developed some serious pop chops along the way, as evidenced on their latest single, "Galaxy Punk," premiering right here. It's got a fascinating kind of shimmering psychedelic aura, but if you strip away all the guitar fuzz and backwards echo, you'd still have a taut, catchy song that a much less trippy power-pop band could have a field day with." This is the band's fourth full-length release.
"Review" (Live on KUTX)
'No Years' EP
Note: "The Austin four-piece plays a brand of power pop that swings hard between those two words: crunching, powerful riffs ripped straight from Weezer’s Blue Album, and penetrating pop hooks that have you singing the chorus after the first time you hear it. The group’s 2013 debut EP was a rough-and-tumble introduction to the band, but earlier this year they returned with No Years. The new EP beefs up the sound and keeps Growl’s live intensity intact, which is built around a serpentine two-guitar attack... Growl recently stopped by KUTX’s Studio 1A to preview the new EP, and today’s song of the day comes from that live session. “Review” ended the set on a dynamic note, starting subtle before exploding into a pleading chorus."
"Song My Love Can Sing"
No Quarter, 2014
Note: The Irish Times says you can "imagine some unsuspecting poor soul wandering into a Doug Paisley gig in a dimly lit backstreet bar in downtown Toronto and wondering if they’d traveled back in time to the 1970s... Paisley has been around a long time, but his three recent solo albums have triggered interest in a singer who, disarmingly, sounds as if contemporary is a foreign country."
"Comes A Time" (Live on KUTX)
Note: "Austin’s Carper Family is an all female trio of harmony-wielding country at its truest. Though not family in the traditional since, the three women have formed a musical bond through their combination of upright bass, guitar, fiddle, and vocals, and the name is an homage to the Carter Family. Hailing from Texas, Nebraska, and Alaska, each member grew up honing their musical skills playing a veritable array of Americana music before combining forces in 2010. The Carper Family has graced stages both big and small, appearing on “A Prairie Home Companion” as well as the Cactus Café. The trio recently stopped by KUTX’s Studio 1A to preview their upcoming set at Map Jam. They even included a cover of Neil Young’s classic “Comes A Time,” transforming the ’70s hit into a bluegrass-influenced standard."
Innovative Leisure, 2014
Note: Last heard three weeks ago on Episode095, the buzz continues to build! "LA-based musician and producer Nick Waterhouse's latest record Holly will be released March 3 on Innovative Leisure. The new music follows his 2012 debut Time's All Gone ('the soul album of 2012' MOJO) and Waterhouse's production work on friends and label mates Allah-La's self titled record, both of which received widespread acclaim on either side of the Atlantic."
"Balanca (Nao Pode Parar!)" (w/ Cris Delanno)
'Our Kind Of Bossa'
Six Degrees, 2014
Note: "Celebrating fifteen years together, the boys of BossaCucaNova — founded by Márcio Menescal (son of bossa nova pioneer Roberto Menescal), DaLua and record producer/sound engineer Alex Moreira — utilize this optimistic nationalism as the foundation of their latest album, Our Kind Of Bossa (Six Degrees Records). The upbeat eleven-track record features numerous guests, focusing equally on Brazil’s other homegrown concoction: samba."
"Better At Making Time"
'De Lux EP'
Scion AV, 2013
Note: "More often than not, off chances seem to be behind all of the key events in the story of De Lux, the L.A. modern-disco duo... Popping bass, an undeniable four-on-the-floor beat, and the ever-reliable spiky Rodgers-esque guitar all come together to flank [Sean Guerin and Isaac Franco]’s gang vocals, rising and falling across seven and a half minutes of disco bliss. In the ’80s, “Better At Making Time” would have been a club smash..."
Latasha Lee & The BlackTies
"Watch Me Now" (Live on KUTX)
'Latasha Lee & The BlackTies'
Note: After a heartbreaking flame out on TV's "X Factor", the are just getting warmed up. "In 2013, she released her self-titled debut, featuring her band the BlackTies. The album combines the grittiness of Lee’s live performance with a deft throwback touch. Producer Salih Williams – who arguably put Houston rap on the map with his signature sound – lends a subtle hand, coating the album in a modern sheen without stepping on the toes of Lee or her crack backing band... “Watch Me Now” is the sound of a woman standing up after being knocked down, a broken heart (or singing competitions) be damned."
"Inviting You" (Live on KUTX)
Note: "Megz Kelli and Dougie Do first met at St. Edward’s, drawn together as like-minded musicians in a burgeoning hip-hop scene... That style–spacy funk and R&B samples anchoring Kelli’s rapid-fire rhymes–has positioned the group as one of Austin’s hottest up-and-coming outfits. A full band fills out Magna Carda’s live sound, which highlights the underpinning classic influences..."
Note: We heard "I Miss Your Bones" two weeks ago and now here's more from the Brooklyn trio. "It’s been almost exactly five years since we named Hospitality a Band To Watch, and today, as they release their second full-length Trouble, we have a new way for you to watch them. Actually, it’s not them you’ll be watching in Scott Jacobson’s “Going Out” video. Esteemed musical spouses Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips — he of Galaxie 500, both of Luna and Dean And Britta — star in the clip, which finds them dozing off before Wareham embarks on a woozy, slightly glammed-out, highly entertaining sleepwalking adventure. The imagery is a good match for “Going Out,” which pairs Hospitality’s signature spunky indie-pop with a slinky, understated dream-state groove."
"Back To The Flood"
Note: And now our nearly-weekly entry from the land down under! "After a handful of full LPs printed and released on CD-Rs over the course of five or six years, Grassed Inn is Blank Realm’s second release for Fire Records... “Back To The Flood” is full throttle from the get go. Crunchy guitars saturated with vintage synth bring the track to near clipping levels of noise before...Ramones-meet-Tame Impala vocals come in... Meanwhile, the band pound along with no holds barred on a classic 1-4-6-4 chord progression. The track is always just about to blow your speakers... a summertime pop song for the ages..."
"Dragon" (Live on KUTX)
'Dragon b/w Tere'
Note: "Afrobeat originated in Nigeria in the ’70s and gained traction thanks to Fela Kuti, who took his cues from both traditional sources and American funk and soul. Since Kuti’s death in 1997, Afrobeat has spread across the world, even landing in Austin with the local outfit Hard Proof. Much like the musical melting pop that is Austin, the group mixes their Fela Kuti-inspired sounds with elements of jazz, funk, samba, psychedelia, and more, resulting in a musical stew that can move even the shyest of dancers. The 10-piece ensemble started as a Sunday afternoon side project for members of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, the Echoccentrics, and the Calm Blue Sea, but it’s quickly grown into a different beast altogether. The best way to experience Hard Proof is through their high-energy, frenetic live shows, and today’s song of the day is a perfect example of that."
"Six Pack Of Beer and A Pack Of Cigarettes"
Note: "A native of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Koskinen has been a just-under-the-radar-cornerstone of the Twin Cities music scene for going on a decade. He’s an in-demand producer, recording engineer and guitar player... Despite wearing his influences on his sleeve, however, Koskinen is able to pull his own distinct sound out of a very traditional format, and that is where the brilliance of America Theatre lies."
Third Man, 2014
Note: Song source KCRW says, "There is nothing like sibling harmony. The Haden Triplets have finally released their self-titled debut album after a lifetime of singing together. Joined and produced by legendary producer and guitarist Ry Cooder, it was worth the wait." But wait, there's more! "From 1991 to 1997, Petra and Rachel Haden were best known as members of the Los Angeles power-pop quartet That Dog. But the two had been singing for years before that, along with their sister Tanya... Here’s the first single, the sisters’ take on the Carter Family’s “Single Girl, Married Girl,” from 1928."
"Will You Be My Mom?"
'It’s A Girl!'
Help Yourself, 2014
Note: Our Pacific Northwest closer this week is Seattle's female trio who definitely have a theme going... "The all-female trio, Childbirth, call themselves a supergroup. Well, it takes a supergroup to get away with the type of silly-serious songwriting displayed on their 2014 record It’s A Girl!... Childbirth – comprised of Julia Shapiro, Bree McKenna and Stacy Peck – also have a knack for quick, punchy riffs and lovable vocal hooks. On “Will You Be My Mom?” there’s a call and response that’s both fun and haunting."
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