Archives for June 2020

Where To Start

If “Where To Start” is any indication, Sugaregg is guaranteed badassery. Yet again, Bully‘s Alica Bognanno delivers more raspy, raucous brilliance on the new LP, set for release August 21, only this time she took a more collaborative route. John Congleton shared production and mixing duties, rather than Bognanno taking on the entire deal herself, as she did previously with her band’s first two albums. It was a huge creative overhaul, one that’s paying off with another winner.

Don’t miss Bognanno doing a solo set of Sugaregg at 7 p.m. (Central) tonight, Tuesday June 30, at Noon Chorus.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

Texas Standard: June 30, 2020

A plea to Governor Abbott as COVID-19 cases set new records in Texas: do more to curb the spread, or let us take steps to do it. A return to stay at home orders? That’s one thing leaders in Travis county are asking for the power to enforce, as hospitalization rates in and around the Texas capitol city approach 70 percent. Also the pandemic sparks extended food benefits for millions of Texas kids. And though the current plan is for many Texas schools to reopen in the fall, many teachers may not be in the classroom. We’ll hear why plus a whole lot more today on the Texas Standard:

Datura: “Hotel Lobby”

Faithful to her handle, singer Jess Pyrdsa AKA Datura is all about altering the vision of a traditional song narrative. Rather than take tried and true subjects like a breakup and describe them head on, Pyrdsa physiologically recreates her surroundings through careful doses of candid lyrics, delicate vocals, and dreamy, piano-driven arrangements.

Datura’s latest comes ahead of her upcoming debut album, due out later on in 2020 and comprised of years worth of emotional and musical development. You won’t need any jimsonweed to enjoy these first few chilling minutes of Datura, so kick back and let Pyrdsa be your torch song liaison on “Hotel Lobby”.

-Jack Anderson

Photo: Hollie Hart

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Ornelas Monday Night

Austin-based songwriter Oscar Ornelas is keeping his Monday night live shows going online and on TV with Blue Monday Live, a weekly broadcast/live stream set featuring Ornelas on the keys delivering originals and classic faves – sent out into the universe with those booming heartfelt vocals.

You can catch Ornelas at 8 p.m. (Central) tonight, Monday June 29, on Austin Music Television, Channel 16, or online at Austin Music Television’s website.

-Photo by J.M. Grimaldi.

Shutting Down…Again

This week on The Breaks, Confucius and Fresh:

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Texas Standard: June 29, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court upholds an important decision in a case concerning access to abortions, closely watched in the Lone Star State. We’ll have the latest. Also, amid a pandemic, the start of early voting statewide in primary runoff elections. What’s been called a dry run for November. And a second look at a string of police shootings in Houston that predate the killing of George Floyd, and what they could mean for the future of police transparency. Plus Texas researchers develop a sensor to distinguish between symptoms of the flu and COVID-19. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

Bill Callahan: “Pigeons” [PREMIERE]

It’s one hell of a bold move to name your unreleased album Gold Record, but if there’s anyone who can pull it off, it’s one hundred percent Bill Callahan.

Callahan’s now a decade and a half into the eponymous portion of his songwriting career, but he unequivocally retains much of that enigmatic aura of his Smog days. Ever keen on experimentation and unwilling to let lower fidelities obscure his at-times bewildering lyrics, Bill Callahan’s eager to put his voice right inside your ear with this latest batch of recordings. Six of the ten new tracks were completed in single live takes with Matt Kinsey providing much of the guitar work, thus allowing Callahan to focus on his gargantuan, one-of-a-kind vocals.

True to its name, Callahan promises that each song on Gold Record will have a standalone feel, and the full thing comes out on September 4th. Bill was kind enough to toss us the keys to Gold Record‘s album opener for a test drive, so drop in and coo on this first listen to Gold Record‘s lead single, “Pigeons”!

-Jack Anderson

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Howard Bryant (Ep. 30, 2020)

This week on In Black America, producer and host John L. Hanson, Jr. speaks with journalist Howard Bryant, Senior Writer with, National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition  correspondent, and author of Full Dissidence: Notes From An Uneven Playing Field.

Where The Wild Things Are

All right, fellow party monster/music lover. Here’s the plan of action: Tune in and turn it up loud for Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s live stream show, Wild Night In.

This time, the spotlight’s on songwriter Ray Prim, who performs at 7 p.m. (Central) tonight, Saturday June 27, on the Wildflower Center’s Facebook and YouTube channel. And while you’re at it, get yourself a copy of Prim’s latest release, Soulwriter Diaries, a soul-rattling, expectation-shattering outpouring of unwavering fire, calling out the b.s. and coming in for the love. Behold the badassery.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

KUT Weekend – June 26, 2020

Texas reverses its phased reopening. Plus, suburbs around Austin confront monuments to the Confederacy in their backyards. And what happened when Big Bend reopened? Those stories and more in this edition of KUT Weekend!

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There’s an incredible story behind the recording of Ley Line‘s latest single “Ciranda,” which will be included on their forthcoming release We Saw Blue, out this fall. Then again, at the heart of Ley Line’s collective creative soul, there is always a beautiful story behind the inspiration.

The name Ciranda comes from a traditional musical style from Northeastern Brazil, created from the strong spiritual connection that the community has to the ocean The specific origins stem from a song written by a man named Capiba, titled “Ciranda e Frevo,” about a nearby beach named Praia do Janga and the presence of the Orixás, or Afro-Brazilian deities representing the world’s elements.

Ley Line’s Emilie Basez learned the song in 2013 with bandmate Kate Robberson, following a trip to Brazil. Then, in another interesting twist of fate, during a visit to the very beach the song references, Basez was connected to the widow of the song’s composer, and was able to receive permission to record the song.

This weekend’s in-person show at The Far Out Lounge has been cancelled, due to the rise of COVID-19 cases. However, Ley Line invites you to join them for their live stream performance this Saturday night, June 27, at 8 p.m. (Central). The purchase of your virtual ticket provides a link to the stream. If you already purchased tickets for the live show, you can exchange them for the live stream link.

-Photo courtesy of the artist.

Texas Standard: June 26, 2020

Bars being closed, new curbs on restaurants and other steps issued this morning to deal with the huge spike in COVID-19 cases statewide, we’ll have details. Also, its condition red in Laredo as the city runs low on hospital beds and staff to help those suffering from COVID-19. We’ll hear about how officials are trying to manage the situation there. Also answers to more listener questions about COVID-19. Plus a comprehensive police reform bill passed late last night by the U.S. house. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson on her concerns about the bill’s future. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

Uncomfortable Conversations

At the same time as we are being “socially distant” — we are grappling with deeply rooted issues that can be tough to talk about. That was the inspiration for this Typewriter Rodeo poem.

Sam Houston & Blk Odyssy: “Floating”

Today’s feature may be a first, in that you might decide on your dinner after reading this. That’s thanks to Austin-by-way-of-New Jersey group Sam Houston & Blk Odyssy has just launched their very own food service: The Soul House. Their mission of “catering to culture” was realized just this past Monday when they began the service, (offering fried chicken and waffles, sides and more for both individual and family meals) but they’ve already sold out of delivery pre-orders!

You can still pop on down to their Red River location at Stubb’s for pick up between 5 and 7pm and even if you’re a vegetarian, you’ll still be able to find something appetizing in Sam Houston & Blk Odyssy’s latest release, a genre wanderer that travels between classic R&B-soul, alternative rock, and even a little bit of hip-hop, “Floating”!

-Jack Anderson

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Legacy Live: Jackie Venson

Imagine the exhilaration that comes from creating music. Maybe you know this incredible feeling all too well, being a songwriter/musician yourself. Or, perhaps you know a young person who makes music. Either way, you soon realize that it’s only one facet of the entire picture. What if you decide to make music…your career?

Did you hear the breaks screech? Daunting. There are many elements to consider before making the big leap into that realm. More questions arise: How do I promote myself? Who do I send my music to? How do I do interviews? What about songwriting credits and royalties?

Questions like these are why E4 Youth Creative Leadership Academy’s Music Legacy Project was created for burgeoning creative minds. The local nonprofit provides opportunities for young creatives to work directly with music industry professionals to learn about things like publishing, recording, songwriting, performing, marketing and distribution of their work.

And to further raise awareness of Music Legacy ATX, Program Director Chaka Mandla Mhambi Mpeanaji (Riders Against the Storm) will host a performance and conversation with multi-talented badass Jackie Venson. Catch the show at 7 p..m. (Central) tonight, Thursday June 25, presented by One-2-One Bar via Facebook and YouTube. You can make your donation at this link.

-Photo of Jackie Venson by Ismael Quintanilla III.

Texas Standard: June 25, 2020

As COVID-19 cases spike the governor hints at new local restrictions and millions of Texas parents and students remain in limbo for the fall, we’ll have the latest. Also, new visa restrictions the president says is designed to help American citizens looking for jobs during the COVID-19 economic downturn. Texas could take a major hit: we’ll hear how and why. And as demands grow for police reform, tech companies stepping in to help people monitor interactions with police. Also the beginning of the end for college admissions testing? All those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

Leadership and Being Liked (Rebroadcast)

If you’re in a leadership position you know you have to make some difficult decisions. Some of those decisions might put you in the doghouse for a while, but if you are motivated by the good of the group as opposed to the need to be liked, things tend to work out better.

In this edition of Two Guys on Your HeadDr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the psychology of leadership and being liked.

Jake Lloyd: “Crossroading” [prod. DSII]

The week may be coming to a close but we’ve got one more Juneteenth release recap for you. And right out of the den let’s just go ahead and say that Austin’s Jake Lloyd is not just a “rapper”. Yes, he does employ hip-hop lyricism and R&B-style singing, but if you listen to the grooves he gravitates towards, you’ll realize that Lloyd’s dipping his paws into rock formulas and other multi-genre elements.

Last Friday, Lloyd’s lupine energy and lyrical lycanthropy made a bold appearance on his most recent EP, Lloyd Pack, highlighting a trilogy of tracks that migrate across three distinct styles. For the rock-minded folks, today’s Song of the Day might be a safe bet to start off on, “Crossroading”!

-Jack Anderson

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Occidental Supreme

The AMM has a few recs for you, if you haven’t checked these out already. They’re all conveniently located on our website: Mobley’s interview with your AMM host for KUTX At Home, including a chat about the gargantuan A Home Unfamiliar collaborative project, raising money for COVID-19 relief; Mobley’s superb My KUTX guest DJ set revisited, featuring artists who have inspired him as both artist and listener; and Mobley’s performance of “Nobody’s Favourite” from the EP Young & Dying in the Occidental Supreme for the KUTX Social Distancing Pop Up Sessions.

So good. And don’t forget to catch Mobley on his weekly live stream show, starting at 8 p.m. (Central) tonight, Wednesday June 24, on his Instagram and YouTube channel. All of the badass.

-“It’s for YOU.” Phone photo courtesy of the artist.