Archives for April 2018

Jonathan Terrell: “Thinking About You” (Live in Studio 1A)

Longtime KUTX listeners are likely to recognize the whistling, lyrically wistful sound of native Austinite Jonathan Terrell. Formerly known just for fronting Not In The Face, Terrell has been crushing it as a solo performer for the past couple years in the local scene, regionally and abroad internationally. Terrell’s transition from country singer to rock frontman back to solo country is evident with the ever growing maturation of his compositions and powerful live shows.

Terrell is set to tear up this week’s edition of the Wild Texas Music Series, Friday at 5pm out at the Desert Store Distillery in Driftwood, just a stone’s throw away from the Live Music Capital. Jonathan Terrell last joined us in Studio 1A one year ago to the month – relive that local love before making it out to Driftwood this weekend!

-Jack Anderson (Host Monday-Wednesday 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)

Texas Standard: April 30, 2018

Reversed: Texas’ Voter ID law once found to discriminate on the basis of race now gets the green light. So what forms of ID will you need to bring with you to the polling place? That won’t change. We’ll hear how the court came down and why. Also, remember gas prices closing in on 4 dollars a gallon? Would you be wiling to pay double that? A prediction that could make em smile in the Permian Basin, but put the big squeeze on SUV drivers. And those commercial DNA genealogy tests: could they be used against you in a court of law? A high profile case raising red flags. All those stories and a whole lot more today on the Texas Standard:

Higher Ed: Competing Demands In Education Lead To Stress

The end of the school year is a busy time for students, faculty, staff, and families. Finals exams are looming; seniors may be on the hunt for a job; and many students have to say goodbye to friends and teachers. In this episode of KUT’s podcast “Higher Ed,” Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger and KUT’s Jennifer Stayton discuss the origins of stress; the role it can play in education and learning; and how to successfully manage it (both in and out of school).

Actually, the entire school year can feel stressful with tests, grades, activities and high expectations to perform well. Ed says that a primary cause of overall stress in education stems from multiple, competing demands inherent in the system: students are trying to get the training and background they need to take the next step and launch their careers while also making deep meaning of the material they are learning. He says those two interests don’t always happily co-exist.  In this episode, Ed and Jennifer talk about the definition and origins of stress. They also discuss ways to manage it, which does not necessarily mean completely eliminating stress.

One good way to get rid of some stress? Go to a party. Listen to the full episode to get the latest puzzler which is all about party guests’ favorite school subjects.

This episode was recorded on April 20, 2018.

Loren Walton (Ep. 21, 2018)

This week, In Black America producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. presents a conversation with Loren Walton, a promising young classical ballet dancer from Austin, Texas, regarding his aspirations and his experience of being a male African American ballet artist.

KUT Weekend – April 27, 2018

The Austin City Council votes to rename two streets named after Confederate figures. Also, how scientists are making star stuff in labs here on Earth. And a hidden piece of Austin history falls underneath the shadow of road construction. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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Dead Meadow: “I’m So Glad”

Two decades since their humble origins, D.C. stoner rock outfit Dead Meadow is still blowing minds and rupturing ear drums! Coinciding with their 20-year anniversary and the release of their eighth album The Nothing They Need back in March, Dead Meadow has been enjoying a coast-to-coast concert tour, concluding this weekend right here in Austin for Levitation Fest.

Dead Meadow kicked off their leg of Levitation last night at Barracuda and you can see them performing 5:45pm tomorrow at Beerland. Bummed that you have to go a whole day without sounds from Dead Meadow? That’s where you’re wrong! Immerse yourself and show some appreciation for stoner rock with “I’m So Glad”

Jack Anderson (Host Monday-Wednesday 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)

Texas Standard: April 27, 2018

Can the Governor force a disgraced ex Congressman to compensate taxpayers for the costs of a special election to replace him? We’ll explore your questions. Also, the National Rifle Association is coming to Dallas for its national convention next week. A writer for the Dallas Morning News says its coming full circle in a sense, since two texans turned it into the group it is today. We’ll hear how and why. Plus, an idea to get more future teachers to turn their sights to rural Texas. And an unlikely pick from an unlikely place: football’s Cinderella story from San Antonio. Also, the man convicted of murder who’s helping the wrongly accused get of jail. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:


It’s that time of year when just breathing can be challenging in Texas. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Texas Standard: April 26, 2018

Another Trump Administration official in the hot seat today after a slew of bad press. One who’s avoided negative attention? Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, we’ll explore. Also, the largest school district in Texas in turmoil? No permanent leader at the top and facing a potential state takeover. What’s going on with Houston ISD? Plus, you upgrade your TV or your phone but what do you do with the old stuff? Recommendations from our resident tech expert. And what the devil is devil sauce? We’ll take a little jaunt through BBQ history. We’ll also explore the history of a Texas town often overshadowed by the likes of the Alamo and a whole lot more on today’s Texas Standard:

Golden Dawn Arkestra: “Lovely Day”

Photo By Gabriel Perez

Reverently descending from the spirit of the cosmos and budding off the warm, influential beams of the almighty Sun Ra are Golden Dawn Arkestra, warming the Earth with their message one audience at a time and choosing humble Austin as their Earthly base. A brilliant gumbo of Afrobeat, jazz, and psychedelia draped in the bold, heavily textured robe and gilded mask of the avant-garde, this collective of musicians and souls have been treating music lovers to their larger than life performances for nearly half a decade. Amazingly, their spirit and energy are not lost in translation from the stage to the stereo, and today we proudly deliver to you the latest single from this band of cosmic journeymen ahead of their Levitation Fest show tomorrow night at Cheer-Up Charlies.

-Taylor Wallace // Host, Thursdays 8p-11p & Saturdays 2p-6p; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli

This Song: Ibeyi

Lisa-Kaindé Diaz of Ibeyi explains how Nina Simone’s version of “I Put a Spell on You” helped her understand what singing was really about and how music helped heal the relationship with her sister Naomi.  Oh yeah, and what it was like to be a part of Beyonce’s Lemonade!

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Listen to Ibeyi’s second record Ash

Check out Ibeyi’s tour dates With David Byrne. Look for the dates marked with a ^^

Listen to the  Two and Fro episode celebrating the two year anniversary of Beyonce’s Lemonade

Listen to Songs from Episode 128 of This Song


Texas Standard: April 25, 2018

The governor calls for an emergency election in a Harvey hit district that’s also lost its Congressman. Does the maneuver pass muster? By November 6th, voters in Texas 27th district will have one, two, three chances to cast a ballot for their representative to the US.. House. Confusing? We’ll walk you through it. Also a new ruling on DACA and a blow to President Trump. We’ll hear what the decision means for young undocumented immigrants and the program designed to protect them from deportation. And the man president Trump wants to pardon, they called him the Galveston giant. We’ll have the view from Jack Johnson’s hometown and so much more on todays Texas Standard:

Calexico- The Town & Miss Lorraine (Live in Studio 1A)

Calexico‘s ninth studio album The Thread That Keeps Us is Joey Burns and John Convertino’s efficacy at capturing “the room sound…what’s living and breathing in the room.” Each song is a story in one way or another about displacement, specifically concerning immigration. Not historically known for being so explicitly political, it seems even Burns and Convertino seem to have their limits, but instead of making the TTTKU an album’s worth of soapbox lectures, the two have painted their stories of border issues, etc. organically into their indie-folk soundscape, adding a new, more pensive texture to their storytelling canvas. Even their songs that don’t have any political implication are laced in a dark tone. “The Town and Miss Lorraine” is one of the more sonically upbeat tunes on the album, but within its brief lyrics lies a story of tragedy. This live version strips away many of the album version’s instrumentation, allowing the lyrics to take center stage. Check out the entire Studio 1A session here.

“The Town and Miss Lorraine” appears on The Thread That Keeps Us, out now via Anti Records.

-Taylor Wallace // Host, Thursdays 8p-11p & Saturdays 2p-6p; Producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli

Texas Standard: April 24, 2018

Flattery will get you how far, exactly? How the French Prime Minister’s trying to cultivate a special relationship with the US President, and what it really means. Also, after the Cold War what happened to all those nuclear-tipped missiles? A lot of them wound up in Amarillo, and now, the stockpiles are adding up to a potential crisis. Rick Perry’s Plutonium problem. Plus in the US, the word Socialist used to be a political slur. But now, it’s becoming a campaign platform even in traditionally conservative states, including you know where. And a New York Times reporter tells us about the tea party movement on the left, and its rise in Texas. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

L.A. Witch: “Drive Your Car”

Despite a six-year release history Los Angeles trio L.A. Witch only recently put their full hex on listeners with the debut nine-track self-titled album towards the tail end of 2017. The dark, raw energy that L.A. Witch conjures with each punk-inspired composition is impressive to say the least, especially coming from just three members.

These distortion-dabblin’, reverb-rarin’ West Coast rockers will be making a pit stop in the Live Music Capital as part of their national tour this Friday night at Empire Control Room as part of Levitation Fest. Check out the music video for L.A. Witch‘s lead single and put your ear into gear with L.A. Witch’s “Drive Your Car”

-Jack Anderson (Host Monday-Wednesday 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)

Stimulator Jones: “Tempt Me With Your Love”

Raised in Roanoke, Virginia, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Samuel Lunsford AKA Stimulator Jones thrives sonically with his genre-inclusive vintage production. Exposed to a wide variety of musical styles at a young age, Lunsford initially found his calling performing in rock bands and producing melodic hip-hop but ultimately found himself naturally drawn towards ’80s R&B and alas Stimulator Jones was born. 

Stimulator Jones’ debut album Exotic Worlds and Masterful Treasures releases this Friday, eleven songs of analogue, downtempo delight showcasing Lunsford’s lush production and multi-instrumental performance. Ease your adjustment back into the work week with this delicious ’80s-inspired synth-heavy head-bobber, the final track from Exotic Worlds and Masterful Treasures, “Tempt Me With Your Love”

-Jack Anderson (Host Monday-Wednesday 8-11pm, Saturday 6-10am)