Prince

Grammys So Black

Confucius and Fresh Interview Austin hip-hop artist Vintage Jay about his upcoming album and his other projects. Then they discuss the recent Grammy Awards, which featured a celebration of 50 years of hip-hop.

You’ll learn Hip-Hop Facts about the connection between Kanye’s song “Big Brother” and Prince, how Jay-Z ended up on Joe Budden’s “Pump it Up” Remix, why 50 Cent once played the Delco Center in Austin, and more.

Fresh states the Unpopular Opinion that concerts, as we know them, may be winding down.

Confucius talks about the upcoming Super Bowl, Biden’s State of the Union address and the recent ice storm in Austin in Confucius Reads the News.

 

The Breaks Live at ACL Fest 2021

This week on the Breaks:

  • Confucius and Fresh were out at the Austin City Limits Festival for weekend 2.  You’ll hear their interviews with Austin artists Mike Melinoe and Sheila, recorded live at the ACLfest Bonus Tracks stage.
  • In this week’s installment of Hip-Hop Facts, you’ll hear about the surprising connection between Megan Thee Stallion and Q-tip, how 50 Cent passed on Freddy Gibbs,  Aaliyah’s intro to 4 page letter, how Rick James felt about MC Hammer’s “U Can’t Touch This,” the story of Prince and Michael Jackson’s Bad and more.
  • Confucius and Fresh discuss OG Ron C’s assertion that DJ Screw didn’t actually chop and screw beats.
  • Fresh puts forth the Unpopular Opinion that Texas Hip-Hop deserves more appreciation than it is currently getting and should get its flowers now!
  • In his Confucius Says segment Confucius says that even though he’s been a fan of comedian Dave Chappelle he thinks the comedian needs to shut the hell up.

You can hear the latest full broadcast of The Breaks Saturday night show.

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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Check out King Princess’s Tour Dates

Listen to the New King Princess album Cheap Queen

Listen to Songs from this episode of This Song

 

This Song: Temples

Could it be that listening to Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill” at age 9 headed  Temples’ James Bagshaw  down a path that lead to recovering a lost PDA, school yard black market exchanges, revelations about the low fi aesthetic of the Strokes, a love of Frank Sinatra and a life of music? We’ll let you decide.

? : Ed Miles

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Check out Temples Tour Dates

Check out Temples set from  KUTX Live at the Four Seasons 

Listen to Songs from Episode 82 of This Song

 

This Song: Run the Jewels // Belcurve

This week we talk to two very different groups about partnerships and the inspirations that guide their voices.  First we hear from El-P and Killer Mike from the hip hop collaboration known as Run the Jewels. The two rappers start out talking about early influences (Prince’s “Beautiful Ones” and Ice-T’s “6 In The Morning”)  and end up expressing their love and respect for Southern Rock, The Clash, Outlaw Country and early hip hop and rap. Next, Sarah Castro and Matt Parmenter of the Austin-based Belcurve explain how their collaborations steer clear of the ordinary and how Kathleen EdwardsPJ Harvey and Tom Waits helped them create their shared musical vocabulary.

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Listen to Songs from Episode 60 of This Song

 

Check out Run the Jewels’ Tour Dates

Listen to “Talk to Me” from the Run the Jewel’s upcoming record “Run the Jewels 3.”

Listen to “2100” from Run the Jewels

Check out Belcurve’s Tour Dates

 

 

Texas Standard: April 23, 2016

Lackland, Fort Bliss, Fort Hood, Carswell…if you had to, which bases would you close? The Pentagon says it’s time for some decisions. We’ll explore. Plus the youngest Texans are at the center of court fights over medicaid and school funding…we’ll have the latest. Also a tale of two cities as Dallas dismantles a homeless settlement: where are they to go? Plus would you want a job with Mark Cuban? You might wanna try shooting him an email. We’ll explain. Plus the story of how Prince tapped some Texans for his royal court. Those stories and lots more today on the Texas Standard: