The staff at our sister station KUTX scour the earth to bring listeners the best music. Each Friday, they share three of their favorite songs on Morning Edition.
First up, music from Austin’s Grupo Fantasma. Their new album American Music Vol. VII is a continuation of the process that makes them both wholly unique and beloved: mixing various musical influences to create songs that are infectious, relatable and danceable. This song is the perfect example: it’s called "Cuidado."
Next, we take it down under for the Australian outfit Tame Impala. Kevin Parker and company made their name as a psych rock band but have since transitioned into a, dare I say it, smoother band. This song makes we want to go roller skating. It’s called "Patience."
Finally, American icon Mavis Staples. Lyrically, it’s a song that would have worked in the civil rights era just as easily as it does today, giving it a timeless quality. Add to that the gut- bucket blues production and you have a song rooted in both past and present, which shows us that not much has changed since we were first introduced to Mavis over 60 years ago. It's called "Change."
Produced by Art Levy