Archives for February 2019

Texas Standard: February 28, 2019

A key provision of the Texas open meetings act struck down by the state’s highest criminal court. We’ll look at what it means for government transparency. Also, the state’s school librarians read the fine print of a bill to hike teacher salaries, and they’re pushing back. We’ll hear from the state’s top librarian. Plus the timeless voice of tejano superstar Selena. Was it one voice, or two? All those stores and a whole lot more today on the Texas Standard:

Löwin: “Sake”

It’s the last day of Love Austin Music Month and we gotta show some love for Löwin. This local four-piece has been roaring along with their fierce brand of indie rock since their humble origins half a decade back.

This Tuesday Löwin unleashed their sophomore album Heavy as the Sun, a record that shifts the group’s fuzz rock sound towards pop and clarity, with flashback ’80s moments reimagined with contemporary production. Löwin just joined us in Studio 1A and celebrates the Heavy as the Sun release show this Saturday at Cheer Up Charlie’s. You can get a little celebration of your own going right now with the album opener from Heavy as the Sun, “Sake”!

-Jack Anderson

Texas Standard: February 27, 2019

Texas has a savings account soon to reach 15 Billion dollars. When it comes to spending it, there’s a surplus of ideas, and a deficit of agreement. We’ll take a look at what this adds up to. Also, a long cool dip into the Texas rainy day fund, or should we leave it untouched? We’ll consider the options. And a degree in Video Games? The University of Texas isn’t playing around. We’ll hear about the new frontier in higher education. Plus preserving an important part of Texas history: the freedom colonies. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

This Song: Jungle

On this episode, Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom  McFarland, of British electronic pop outfit Jungle, tell us about the Jai Paul’s “Jasmine” and how it helped their band get comfortable with sonic experimentation. “A lot of our music is just accepting bits and pieces that happen around the creation, and ultimately letting the sounds find you.”

Hear how this openness led the duo to include a creaky door solo on their first record and how they continue to try and walk the line between originality and relatability on their latest record “For Ever.”

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Dr. Joe: “Tell Your Mother”

When he’s not checking to see if you flossed, Joe Sparacino moonlights as musical maniac Dr. Joe. This local dentist-turned-piano man has an insurmountable drive to make his listeners feel something and through his one-of-a-kind custom set of keys, he does just that. We’ve only been able to enjoy the good doctor’s brand of blues rock live onstage up until recently, when he gave us a dose of aural anesthetic in the form of his debut single.

Said single was recorded in Nashville under the supervision of Vance Powell, producer for Jack White, Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton, and was released alongside a killer animated music video not too long ago. You can catch Dr. Joe and his full backing band this Friday at KUTX’s Rock the Park event and right now get a free download of the new Joe, “Tell Your Mother”!

Love Austin Bands

Of course the Austin Music Minute is all over this one. Today’s AMM feature is a lovely fit for the final week of #LoveAustinMusicMonth, although, as you know, KUTX shows love for local artists all year round.

Three bands grace the stage tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s, 901 Red River. You’ve got Lolita Lynne (featured on today’s AMM), Otis Wilkins, and making their debut this evening, Beach Street. Doors open at 9 p.m. for this 21+ show. Remember to buy band merch and REPRESENT. Very recommended.

-Artwork of Lolita Lynne by Ashley Hernandez.

Texas Standard: February 26, 2019

A Texas led rebuke for President Trump? Congressman Joaquin Castro tells us how he’s pushing back against the border emergency declaration. Also, military defectors in Venezuela raise the stakes for strongman Nicolas Maduro after days of violence over aid supplies, we’ll have the latest. And Texas Governor Greg Abbott raising millions and millions of dollars, for what exactly? We’ll take a look. Those stories and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

David Messier: “No Escape”

Love Austin Music Month is quickly coming to a close and we’d be remiss if we didn’t shine the spotlight at least once on Austin treasure David Messier. The former frontman of Boston outfit Papermoon and founder of Same Sky Productions recording studio moved to Texas in 2009 and through his music, Messier’s made the most of the last decade. Historically a high-ranking member of the Grammy’s Recording Academy, Messier is an invaluable music community figurehead with his mitts on SIMS, HAAM, and way more than we can list.

Messier’s philanthropy and creative contributions to the local scene as a songwriter, producer, engineer and overall good guy earned him the declaration of June 8th as “David Messier Day” by Austin Mayor Steve Adler. Late last year Messier released his solo album, Time Bomb, and you have two opportunities to hear some selections from it live this weekend. David Messier joins the 11:59 Songwriting Group this Friday at the Cactus Cafe and has another performance this Saturday at One-2-One BarTime Bomb is available for streaming and download everywhere so let’s tick towards the weekend and set it off with “No Escape”!

Mind the Stairs

We’re in the home stretch, the final week, of #LoveAustinMusicMonth, but to clarify: KUTX is committed to showing the love for Austin music artists all – year – long.

Today’s Austin Music Minute highlights an Austin-based band ruling the room with a soundscape aesthetic that goes loud and slow, The Teddys. Granted, it may not always be a slow trip, but count on the energy and volume to tip past eleven. There’s new music on the way from their forthcoming release, Falling Down A Drunk Staircase (the AMM previewed the track “A.M. Snooze”).

Catch The Teddys at their show tonight at Beerland, 711 1/2 Red River, with Mother Water House and Frosty Palms, and Arkansas artist Mouton. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the music starts at 10 p.m. The Teddys play at 12:30 a.m., but you have to understand, this is worth staying up late for. Recommended.

Texas Standard: February 25, 2019

A male only military draft is unconstitutional says a federal court judge in Houston. Should women have to sign up for selective service? We’ll have the latest. Also, Texas is #1 in cases of a mystery polio-like illness striking children, according to last years numbers from the CDC. We’ll hear how TX doctors and parents are fighting back. And the price of gasoline spiking at the pumps: why’s this is happening at a time when oil production in west Texas is reaching record levels. We’ll take a look. Plus a fight over casino style games in Texas hits home for Native Americans. All of that and so much more today on the Texas Standard:

Durand Jones & The Indications: “Don’t You Know” (featuring Aaron Frazer)

A quick listen to Indiana quintet Durand Jones & The Indications has you walking out of a time machine and re-entering the golden age of ’60s soul. Vocal duties are shared between the eponymous frontman and drummer Aaron Frazer, who collectively evoke the spirit of artists like Jackie Wilson and Curtis Mayfield. The Indications have come quite a ways since forming in 2012 and on their upcoming sophomore record, American Love Call, the group tackles how to find a comfortable place between love and rage within the country’s current political climate.

With musical inspiration ranging from Duke Ellington to Earth Wind & Fire to Jay Z, American Love Call is a gargantuan achievement for Durand Jones & The Indications in commentary, production, arrangement and performance. American Love Call is out this Friday and to get you buttered up and ready for it, enjoy the album’s soaring lead single, “Don’t You Know”!

Photo: Rosie Cohe

Higher Ed: Learning To Map “Baby” Steps To Reach Bigger Goals

For many people, goal-setting is an annual ritual perhaps fueled by the New Year and a commitment to make personal or professional improvements. But creating truly meaningful and achievable goals is a more complicated undertaking than simply tossing together a life “to-do” list. In this episode of KUT’s podcast “Higher Ed,” Southwestern University President Dr. Ed Burger and KUT’s Jennifer Stayton answer a listener’s question about learning to craft and meet relevant goals.

A Higher Ed listener wrote in as she was struggling to fill out her new planner for 2019. “I am very good at completing tasks that are given to me,” she wrote. “But here I am thinking about setting goals for myself and I am unsure of what that means , or what are the steps to take. I actually feel kind of dumb for asking this.”

Not at all! Setting and reaching goals is something that can be learned; it may not necessarily be an intuitive process.

Ed says a goal is really the envisioning of a “future potential place” where someone wants to be. That may be easy to imagine, but it not necessarily as easy to think about how to get there. Where to start? Ed says first, to think big, you might actually want to think small.

“To move yourself, you have to create the intermediate steps that are required… that are not that taxing and dramatic, like a resolution,” says Ed. “But rather, little things that I can do and then have that become the standard and the norm and then incrementally change.”

Other tips for leaning to set and actually achieve goals:

* Think of goals as moving toward something rather than away from something. “I want to feel better physically” is a different framework than “I need to lose weight and exercise more.”

* Understand that goals change over time. As one goal is reached, the next goals on the list may need to be altered. Be open to flexible goals.

* Keep a meta-goal in mind as you move through the smaller steps to reach a goal.

Listen to the full episode to hear more about goals and to get the latest puzzler. It may sound easy at first, but be ready for a twist along the way!

This episode was recorded on Jan. 25, 2019.

Dr. Imani Perry, pt. 2 (Ep 12, 2019)

On this week’s In Black America, John L. Hanson, Jr. concludes a conversation with Dr. Imani Perry, the Hughes-Rogers professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and author of Looking For Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry.

Exótico Americano

As part of KUTX‘s #LoveAustinMusicMonth celebrations, the Austin Music Minute highlights a local artist of international standing.

If you’ve ever indulged in the jams of Os Alquimistas, Suns of Orpheus or the Jorge Ben/Gilberto Gil/Tropa Maldita-era vibed Macaxiera Funk, then you must know Frederico Geib. The songwriter makes his official solo debut as Frederico7 with a new LP, Exótico Americano, a cross-section of Pan American soul and a universal message of unity.

Dig the massive album release party happening tonight at Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7th St. This is one huge blowout with Kiko Villamizar, Cilantro Boombox, Manolo Black, and Maracatú Texas. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 9 p.m. Parabéns, Frederico! Recommended.

-Photography by Juan Figueroa for KUTX.

Frederico7: “Nature of Love”

Frederico7’s Pan-American soul music is a result of his diverse background. Born in Brazil, he has lived in Mexico, Argentina, and, finally, settled in right here in Austin. Speaking English, Portuguese and Spanish, the singer-songwriter isn’t short of words or rhythm. Frederico7’s music is a fusion of Afro-Brazilian rhythms, American Funk, Soul, Dub and Psychedelia.

His debut album, Exótico Americano, is out today. The album tackles themes of unity and resilience while sharing the melodies that embody a diverse American continent. Come celebrate the release of Exótico Americano with Frederico7  tonight at the Empire Control Room on East Seventh Street. For now, let’s play something we can bop our heads to. From Frederico7,  here is “Nature of Love.”

-Simone Puglia

Photo by Juan Figueroa

KUT Weekend – February 22, 2019

Why voter registration groups are fighting the state’s effort to remove suspected non-citizens from voter rolls. Plus, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen’s ties to the beer distribution industry and lobbyists. And the rules of the road for rentable electric scooters in Austin. Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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Texas Standard: February 22, 2019

A botched drug raid in Houston sparks an FBI civil rights inquiry and a push to curb so-called no-knock police raids statewide.

After the Las Vegas shooting, a ban on bump stocks has some Texans worried the feds are coming for their guns. Forget the guns, the feds will have a tough time coming for the banned bump stocks.

Is zombie deer disease spreading to humans? So goes the viral headline–and ‘no’ goes the formal answer. Still some say the sensationalism has an upside. Plus the week in politics with the Texas Tribune and a whole lot more.

Bless You

It’s the season for sneezin’ — and that was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Kelly Hafner: “If It’s Love”

Berklee grad Kelly Hafner first started singing with San Francisco outfit Fire, and it wasn’t long after that she relocated to the Live Music Capital, got a few gigs at the legendary Elephant Room, and cemented herself as one of Austin’s most robust voices. Taking cues from vocal legends old and new, be it Amy Winehouse, Lauryn Hill or Etta James, Hafner’s style is still a unique beast and exudes pure soul.

Today Hafner shares her debut studio album, If It’s Love, ten tracks of jazzy R&B created with the help of her live backing band. The release show for If It’s Love is 10:30pm tonight at Geraldine’s and in case you’re still not won over, enjoy a free download of the lush title track!