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Balkan Taksim: “Zalina”

Balkan Taksim is something you could only describe as entrancing. Originating from Romanian folk, Balkan Taksim lies heavily within Balkanian formed psychedelia, while putting a sagacious twist to its traditional style. Swaying synths are paired with a non-stopping pattering goblet shaped doumbek (or drum), which create an almost disorienting aural space for the listener. It is within this disorientation though, that Balkan Taksim starts to make you move, and tap your feet almost in sync to the rhythm. Soon, that tapping becomes fully fleshed out dance steps, and quickly after that you begin to lose yourself in the nearly too inviting embrace of the Balkan Groove.

For a taste of Carpathian soul in your day, check out Balkan Taksim’s latest and greatest offering “Zalina” out now!

-Felix Kimbrell

 

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

 

This Song: Bully

Alicia Bognanno, lead singer, songwriter and guitar player for the Nashville based band Bully explains how the imperfect beauty of the Breeder’s Pod showed her that she could make music the way she wanted to make it.

Bully has a new record out called Losing.

📸 Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTX

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Listen to Bully’s latest record Losing

Check out Bully’s tour dates

Listen to Kelley Deal of the Breeder’s episode of This Song

Check out Bully’s set from KUTX Live at the Four Seasons

Listen to Songs from Episode 127 of This Song

 

This Song: Kelley Deal of the Breeders

In this episode, The Breeders’ guitar player and singer Kelley Deal describes how watching Jimmy Page play guitar in Led Zeppelin’s concert film The Song Remains the Same exploded her mind and gave her a template for the kind of sonically adventurous musician she would later become.

The Breeders have a new record out called All Nerve.

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 Check out the new Breeders record All Nerve

Check out the Breeders Tour Dates

Listen to Vickie Howell’s episode of This Song

Listen to Songs from Episode 126 of This Song

 

This Song: Mobley (rerun)

Austin songwriter, producer and one and band Mobley has a new project coming out on April 27th called Fresh Lies Vol. 1.  In it he explores his relationship, as a black man, with the United States through the metaphor of a romantic relationship. This is the first volume in a career spanning song cycle.

Listen as he describes how Kanye West’s “808’s & Heartbreak” showed him how powerful and freeing vulnerability could be and why he felt compelled to explore his relationship with America in his work.

Check out Mobley’s Tour Dates

Learn More about “Fresh Lies.”

Pre Order Fresh Lies Vol. 1

Check out Mobley’s Artist of the Month Page

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Listen to Songs from Episode 125 of This Song

 

This Song: Dessa

Rapper and writer Dessa’s latest record Chime finds her exploring everything from feminism to death to her complex feelings about free will. Listen as she describes all the reasons why hearing Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car” as a twelve hear old exploded her preconceived notions about race and gender and gave voice to her feelings of restlessness.  And you don’t want to miss her describe her quest to use science to rid her brain of a love that wasn’t serving her. Seriously, what she did will blow YOUR mind.

Photo: Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

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 Listen to Dessa’s new record Chime

Check out Dessa’s Tour Dates

Pre Order Dessa’s Book My Own Devices

Watch Dessa’s presentation as the Artist in Residence at the Greenespace

Listen to Songs from Episode 123 of This Song

 

This Song: Luke Lalonde of Born Ruffians

Canada’s Born Ruffians just released their 5th album, Uncle, Duke and the Chief.  Listen as singer, songwriter and guitar player Luke Lalonde explores why he loves John Prine’s “Far From Me” and describes the deep impact his father has had on his musical journey.

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Listen to Uncle, Duke and The Chief

Check out Born Ruffians Tour Dates

Listen to Songs from Episode 120 of This Song

 

This Song: Mélat

Austin based R&B artist Mélat just released her latest record Move Me II: The Present. Listen as she explains how  two very different songs –Ella Fitzgerald’s version of “Misty” and Mariah Carey’s version of  “Always Be My Baby” — helped her understand the deep connection between music and emotion.

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Mélat is playing KUTX’s Live at the Four Seasons during SXSW. See the full lineup here 

See Mélat live at Stubb’s Austin on Friday April 6th

Listen to Songs from Episode 119 of This Song

 

This Song: Portugal. The Man

John Gourley and Eric Howk from the band Portugal. The Man explain how “I’m Only Sleeping” by the Beatles along with the Woodstock documentary and soundtrack changed the way they saw music and inspired the making of their latest record Woodstock.

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Check out Portugal the Man’s Tour Dates

Listen to Songs from Episode 117 of This Song

 

Nicole Atkins: “Sleepwalking”

Photo by Anna Webber

Nicole Atkins‘s latest album, her fourth, is the personification of transition: a musician moving from Jersey to Nashville and letting the sonic roots and influences of those cities soak up into the porous bones of her music. The product of Atkins’s life and resolve in sobriety after years of feeling numb towards the things that should have filled her with elation and pride, her fourth release Goodnight Rhonda Lee took three years to write, but only five days to record. Cherry on top? She recruited members of the prolific Dap Kings to back her up throughout the record.

Underneath the light-hearted, danceable energy of “Sleepwalking” lies Atkin’s waxing on a strange plane we’ve all had the odd fortune of experiencing, that plane of transition. Surroundings are familiar, but the feelings and energies are different, and you can’t do anything except wait for the next phase to settle in.

“Sleepwalking” appears on Goodnight Rhonda Lee, out now via Single Lock.

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

This Song — Daniele Luppi

Composer, producer and songwriter Daniele Luppi just released his second record Milano.  In it he explores his teenage experiences in 1980’s Milan. Listen as he describes the impact that The Buggles MTV hit “Video Killed the Radio Star” had on him as a kid and explains why Parquet Courts and Karen O were the perfect collaborators for his new project.

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Listen to Milano

Watch the Video for Pretty Prizes

Listen to Karen O’s new song “Yo! My Saint” produced by Daniele Luppi

Watch the Video for “Video Killed the Radio Star”

Listen to Songs from Episode 116 of This Song

 

This Song: Milky Chance

German indie folk group Milky Chance released their second record Blossom in March 2017. Listen as DJ/ producer Philipp Dausch and singer/guitarist Clemens Rehbein explain how Red Hot Chili Pepper guitarist John Frusciante’s “A Name” and the unreleased Bob Marley demo “Rumors”  helped them clarify how direct and raw they wanted their own music to be.

Check out Milky Chance’s Tour Dates

Listen to Milky Chance perform “Ego” backstage at ACLfest

Listen to Bob Marley’s unreleased demo “Rumors.”

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Listen to Songs from Episode 120 of This Song

 

This Song : Lukas Nelson

Lukas Nelson and his band Promise of the Real  just released their 4th eponymously titled album. They also recently released a record with Neil Young called “The Visitor.” Listen as Lukas describes how Young’s “Tonight’s the Night” inspired him to pursue a career in music and ultimately led him to play with the man himself.

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Check out Lukas Nelson’s Tour Dates

Check out Lukas Nelson Performing “Forget about Georgia” backstage at ACLfest

Listen to Songs This Episode of This Song


 

This Song: Blitzen Trapper — Rerun!

Portland rockers Blitzen Trapper just released a new record called Wild and Reckless. They’re also headlining the first show in KUTX’s 5th Birthday Concert Series at Antones on February 22nd. In this rerun singer, songwriter and guitar player Eric Early describes how the darker realms of R.E.M.’s music inspired him as a teenager. Then drummer Brian Koch explains how his high school peers led him to realize he too could play music.

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Buy tickets to see Blitzen Trapper February 22nd at Antones 

Check out Blitzen Trapper’s tour dates

 

 

This Song: Benjamin Wallfisch (Blade Runner 2049, IT)

Composer and Conductor Benjamin Wallfisch has scored music for over 60 feature films including Hidden Figures and the remake of Steven King’s IT. He also collaborated with Hans Zimmer on the soundtrack for Blade Runner 2049.  Listen as he describes how hearing John William’s score for E.T.  as a young boy set him on the path of making music for movies.

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Listen to Songs from Episode 111 of This Song

 

This Song: Yoke Lore

It’s the Hanukkah edition of This Song! Adrian Galvin, aka Yoke Lore,  plays his own brand of blissed out folk pop. Listen as he explores how singing “In the Window” with his family as a child during Hanukkah opened his eyes to the deeply connective possibilities of music.  And you’ll definitely want to hear his theory about music and magic.

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Check out Yoke Lore’s tour dates

Check out Yoke Lore’s Studio 1A performance

 

Listen to Songs from Episode 110 of This Song

 

This Song: Walker Lukens

This year, Austin’s Walker Lukens released his second album Tell It To The Judge, produced by Spoon’s Jim Eno. It’s a hook-laden mix of pop, rock, electronic, and obtuse lyrics, music that you can emotionally understand without necessarily literally understanding. Listen as Lukens describes how Fleetwood Mac’s “Sara” works in a similar way for him, and hear how it’s gotten him through some tough times.

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Listen to Walker Lukens new record Tell it to the Judge

 Kelcey Ayer of Local Natives also chose to talk about Sara for the podcast. Check out that episode.

Listen to Songs from Episode 109 of This Song

 

This Song: Night Drive

Night Drive’s self titled debut album is full of  dark yet catchy sci-fi inspired synth pop. Listen as Brandon Duhon and Rodney Connell, the creative duo behind the band, explore how Abba’s “Gimme Gimme Gimme” and Radiohead’s Kid A led them to this sound.

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 Check out Night Drive’s Tour Dates

Check out Night Drive’s Studio 1A performance

Listen to Sylvan Esso’s This Song  episode

Listen to Songs from Episode 108 of This Song

 

This Song: Cut/Copy

Australian electronic band Cut/Copy has a new record out called Haiku from Zero.  They’ve been making music that melds samples with live instrumentation since the early 2000’s. Listen as founder Dan Whitford explains how hearing The Avalanches “A Different Feeling” when he first started his career helped open his eyes to how creative and expansive dance music could be.

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Check out Cut Copy’s Tour Dates

Buy Cut/Copy’s new record “Haiku from Zero”

Listen to Songs from Episode 107 of This Song

 

This Song: Angel Olsen

Singer and Songwriter Angel Olsen’s latest record “Phases” is a collection of B-sides and rarities that chronicles her musical journey. Listen as she describes how the The Velvet Underground influenced her on that journey, and how Lou Reed’s “Coney Island Baby”  is helping her in the current moment.

Photo: Martin do Nascimento/KUTX

Check out Angel Olsen’s New Record “Phases”

Check out Angel Olsen’s Tour Dates

Check out the This Song episode featuring Hamilton Leithauser

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Listen to Songs from Episode 106 of This Song