On any given day on 88.1 KDHX, you'll hear a dizzying array of sounds: folk, rock, pop, country, funk, blues, world, bluegrass and beyond. "Live at KDHX, Volume 11" is an aural portrait of the diversity, quality and independence that makes KDHX unique.
Oh ye merry music fans, do we have a compilation for you. The second volume of KDHXmas features 17 artists from St. Louis and beyond, all playing brand new and/or familiar songs to make the season bright.
Coming in at 23 tracks strong, "Live at KDHX, Volume X" spans the worlds of indie rock, pop, folk, bluegrass, Americana, honky tonk, blues and Latin music. It's as diverse and independent as the station that powers it.
Humidity. Beer. Hose water splashing over the edge of a galvanized steel swimming pool. Mosquitos. More beer. Cooler doors slamming shut, the oily odor of burning citronella, and as it gets dark, blocks away, the faint wail of police sirens. Beer.
The first songs were probably love songs -- unless they were hunting and gathering songs. Regardless, romance is one gift that keeps on giving to songwriters.
Craig Finn left Brooklyn to record "Clear Heart Full Eyes" in Austin during a four-month break for the Hold Steady. While he arrived in Texas with songs in hand, the actual recording process -- including meeting up with producer Mike McCarthy and introductions to musicians Josh Block, Jesse Ebaugh, Ricky Ray Jackson and Billy White -- took only three weeks.
With the not quite over-night success of tUnE-yArDs, it appears that the immediate forecast calls for more chopped and drizzled rhythms, the clink and clatter and whirring whiz bang of more-is-always-never-enough lo-fi sample upon sample.