Austin, Texas, goes back a long way with psychedelic music — maybe all the way back when you consider the claim that Austin's own Roky Erikson's Thirteenth Floor Elevators was the first psychedelic band back in 1965. Our guests this hour on our Sense of Place: Austin show, The Black Angels, ably carry on the tradition. They are part of the "Reverberation Appreciation Society" that started the Austin Psych Fest in 2010. The festival has now grown into a three day event of like minded bands, and will take place May 2-4 this year. We are happy to welcome The Black Angels back to the show.
We'll hear a set of music from their 2013 album Indigo Meadow. You can download a song from our set today as well.
To find out the best new bands in Austin for our Sense of Place visit we went to the source at KUTX Radio, program director Matt Reilly. We asked him to pick five, knowing it wasn't an easy task. Matt was careful to represent the many styles of music in Austin's always churning music scene. Today we will hear from Max Frost, Emily Wolfe, Latasha Lee and The BlackTies, Abram Shook, and The Digital Wild.
Our Sense of Place visit to Austin continues as we move into the KUTX studio for a performance by Wild Child. The Austin band put out its debut in 2011 and its second album, The Runaround, produced by Ben Kweller, in October. The band is led by the very personable singers and songwriters Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins. When they met they had to figure out how to write songs together, something that now seems completely natural.
Wild Child was named best indie band and best folk band at the 2013 Austin Music Awards. Take a moment to download their performance of "This Place" from our session.
Our early headlines:
Other stories making headlines:
— "Obama Will Seek Broad Expansion Of Overtime Pay." (The New York Times)
— "San Francisco Firefighters Mopping Up Massive Mission Bay Blaze." (KQED)
— "Miami Dolphins trade Jonathan Martin to San Francisco 49ers." (Miami Herald)
— "Pistorius Trial: Cricket Bat, Toilet Door In Court." (The Associated Press)
— " 'Flappy Bird' Creator: I Might Bring It Back." (Mashable)
Conceding that "we cannot launch a military operation in Crimea, as we would expose the eastern border and Ukraine would not be protected," Ukraine's acting president has told Agence France Presse that his nation won't use force in a bid to keep Crimea from breaking off and joining the Russian Federation.
Oleksandr Turchynov also writes on the op-ed pages of The New York Times today that, "no one should doubt that Ukrainians are prepared to defend their country." But, he says, "the memory of our people's terrible losses during the [recent] protests in Kiev is still fresh; we cannot permit more bloodshed."
"We are fully aware that," Turchynov adds, that "should force be used, containing the situation would be impossible."
Turchynov's words come as Ukraine's interim prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk prepares to meet with President Obama later today at the White House. The Obama administration is trying to signal its continuing support for Ukraine's new leadership. The U.S. has condemned Russia's actions in Ukraine, where Russian and local self-defense forces have seized strategic locations and surrounded Ukrainian military bases.
Turchynov's words also come as the pro-Russia leaders in Crimea — an autonomous region of Ukraine that has historically long ties to Russia and where Russia maintains a naval base — prepare for a public referendum on Sunday. The question they're putting before Crimeans: Should the region break away and join the Russian Federation. That referendum is expected to pass.
As we've previously said, Crimea has been the focus of attention as the ripple effects of the protests that led to last month's ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych have spread.
Summing up the history and importance of Crimea to Russia and Ukraine isn't possible in just a few sentences, of course. The Parallels blog, though, has published several posts that contain considerable context:
We've recapped what set off months of protest in Kiev and ultimately led to Yanukovych's dismissal by his nation's parliament last month this way:
"The protests were sparked in part by the president's rejection of a pending trade treaty with the European Union and his embrace of more aid from Russia. Protesters were also drawn into the streets to demonstrate against government corruption."
It was after Yanukovych left Kiev and headed for the Russian border that troops moved to take control of strategic locations in Crimea.