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72 Hours In Newport – Jake Lloyd “My-Polar”

Episode 3 of “72 Hours in Newport” features Austin-based alternative R&B crooner, Jake Lloyd! In this episode, our confessor shares an intimate story of discovering her bi-polar diagnosis while traveling through China and opens up about how she’s dealt with it since. Later; Walker hashes it out with Jake about some of the ways they manage their own mental health, mutual love of Nate Dogg, Bootsy Collins, and if the Austin music scene is rising up to be actively more inclusive for black artists.

For another episode dealing with mental health, revisit our Husky Loops episode here. Also check out Genomind, the experts starting point for your mental health.

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Love In Quarantine – Kam Franklin “I Can’t Wait”

Love In Quarantine Episode 2 features Kam Franklin, lead singer of Gulf Coast Soul band The Suffers who you might recognize from performances on Late Night with David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah or basically every major music festival in North America.  Throughout her career, Kam has been a vocal opponent of sexism and racism in the music industry. Walker and Kam discuss this at length as well the French-themed confession that inspired “I Can’t Wait” in the interview. Now available wherever you stream and download music.



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This Song: King Princess

In this episode, Mikaela Mullaney Straus aka King Princess describes how  listening to “Cosmic Dancer” by T. Rex as a kid made her feel seen. And she explores how anthemic rock bands, along with artists like Prince and Tina Turner helped her understand her gender and showed her how music could transport the listener to another place and time.

“It’s about throwing people into a world. It’s about putting people into something that’s like completely separate from reality.”

📸 Greg Noire

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This Song: FINNEAS

Singer, songwriter and producer Finneas O’Connell not only writes and produces music with his sister Billie Eilish, but also makes his own music under the name FINNEAS. He just released a solo EP called Blood Harmony. Listen as he explains why he loved “Holy S**t” by Father John Misty from the moment he heard it and how the song helped understand that when it comes to songwriting, nothing has to be off the table.

“My general rule with songs — it’s the rule I follow with Billie, it’s the rule I follow with every other artist I collaborate with —  is like, write about the stuff that you’re uncomfortable writing about, write songs that you’d be scared to put out, because you wouldn’t want the person who it’s about to hear it…and then put it the f*ck out.”

📸 Michael Minasi

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Billie Elilish talked to NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson at ACLfest. Listen to that interview here

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This Song: Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend

Ezra Koenig, lead singer and songwriter for the band Vampire Weekend, explains why he recently became obsessed with  “I Don’t Think Much About Her No More” by country singer and songwriter Mickey Newbury.  He loved it so much that he even included a cover of the song as a bonus track for the Japanese release of the band’s latest record Father of the Bride.  Listen as he describes why he finds that song so compelling and explores what it was like to apply country music’s direct approach to songwriting to some of the the songs on Father of the Bride.

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📸 Monika Mogi

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This Song: The Teeta on “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen

Austin rapper The Teeta breaks down all the reasons he loves “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen and how it influenced the direction he took on “Rain” from his latest record  Teeta World.  

The Teeta will join Confucius and Fresh, hosts of our hip-hop show The Breaks for “The Breaks Live: Graduation Edition” this Friday, May 10th at Empire Control Room along with Grizz,  DJ Manny Mo, and Dj Yupthtsher.

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This Song: Allison Moorer

Allison Moorer just released a new book and record, both titled “Blood.” Both works explore the legacy of her childhood in an abusive, addicted household and examine the impact that her parent’s murder suicide had on her life. In this episode, Moorer describes how “Every Breath You Take”  by the Police gave her a window into an entire other world of music, and helped her define herself apart from her family.

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This Song: Jackie Venson

Jackie Venson explains how seeing  “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina,” from the movie Evita, changed the way she listened to music and the way she saw herself. Then she describes her journey from classical pianist to blues guitarist.  It’s a tale of soul expanding love, self crushing doubt, and musical perseverance.

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