In November 2019, we launched Listening with Landmarks, a digital initiative in which Austin music notables are invited to create playlists iin response to works from the Landmarks collection. With contributions from Peter Bay, Jackie Venson, Walker Lukens, John Aielli, Graham Reynolds, Molly Burch, and others, the playlists cut across musical genres to include opera, reggae, Tejano, country music and more.
We are pleased to announce season two of Listening with Landmark, featuring monthly playlists from a dynamic new lineup of Austin music favorites. Launching with a playlist from troupadour Bob Schneider, this year's contributors also include: Samona Berry (KAZI), DJ Boyfriend, Tiarra Girls, Black Joe Lewis, Alex Lyon (Bubble Studios), Como Las Movies, Justin Sherburn, and Ann Wilson (KMFA). The new season will also feature guest playlists from the Austin community, selected by Landmarks staff.
Listening with Landmarks builds upon existing Landmarks programs designed to engage the music community and provide new ways for experiencing our collection. Stay updated on the latest releases by following our Spotify channel, social media accounts, and website.
Jessamine Batario - 15 July, 2021
Jessamine Batario is an art historian with a PhD in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in the study of modern and contemporary art through an investigation of the aesthetic, critical, and historical interplay between Byzantine and modern art. She is currently the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College in Maine. Inspired by Nancy Rubins' Monochrome for Austin, Batario's playlist selections play off the physical weight of the sculpture. It juxtaposes hits like Beast of Burden by the Rolling Stones with songs like Heavy In Your Arms by Florence + The Machine.
Listen below or on Spotify to Batario's playlist inspired by Nancy Rubins' Monochrome for Austin.
Hayden Juroska - 15 June, 2021
Hayden Juroska is a second-year UT Student pursuing a double-major in Anthropology and Art History. Inspired by Juan Hamilton's Curve and Shadow, No. 2, Juroska's playlist is a pop-infused mix of hits, including songs by The Strokes, Beach House, Billie Eilish, and others.
Listen below or on Spotify to Juroska's playlist inspired by Juan Hamilton’s Curve and Shadow, No. 2.
Tim Rogers - 15 May, 2021
Tim Rogers is a composer, pianist, percussionist, photographer and higher education administrator based in Austin, Texas. Currently, Rogers is the Assistant Director for Student Engagement for Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas. In this role, he works to increase student involvement in the arts. As a part of this work, Rogers co-founded and is the co-director of the Sound in Sculpture concert series, an ongoing partnership with Landmarks and the Butler School of Music that just celebrated its 6th concert.
Ann Wilson - 15 April, 2021
Ann Wilson is President and General Manager for KMFA Classical 89.5, Austin's dedicated classical radio station. Wilson's playlist includes songs by singer-songwriter Peter Allen, string quartets, The Beatles, and more.
Como Las Movies - 15 March, 2021
Como Las Movies is an Indie-Cumbia-Pop quartet based in Austin, Texas. The band combines pan-Latin and contemporary influences into a duality that NPR described as “...a colorful, cultural soundscape from a unique blend of instruments.” Nelson Valente Aguilar, an Austinite by way of border town McAllen, Texas, is chief songwriter for Como Las Movies. The band was nominated for “Best Latin Band” in the 2020 Austin Music Awards, and have performed as part of SXSW, Austin Blues on the Green summer series, and NPR’s Tiny Desk Tour.
Justin Sherburn - 15 February, 2021
Justin Sherburn is a composer, producer, and musical director based in Austin, Texas. He writers, arranges, and records at his home studio in Montopolis, Texas. He received a B.A. in English from The University of Texas at Austin in 2003. Sherburn's music can be heard on PBS programming and appears regularly on Augistin radio station KUT. Justin has composed for television, theater, and dance performances.
Alex Lyon - 15 January, 2021
Alex Lyon joined The Bubble Recording Studio in Austin, Texas as a partner in 2002. With years of experience at renowned studios across the Northeastern US under his belt, Lyon has been instrumental in the local recording field. With his steady hand and golden ear, Lyon has led the development of the Bubble into a supercharged music production facility that is precision-designed for artists to record their music just the way they intend, in perfect balance from start to finish. Follow The Bubble Recording Studio on Facebook and Instagram.
DJ Boyfriend - 15 December, 2020
Boyfriend ATX is Ezra Edwards, born and raised in Austin, Texas. Boyfriend has been a DJ and event producer in Austin since 2010 and has been voted Austin Chronicle's Critic's Choice Best "Lez Get the Party Started DJ" in 2014. Boyfriend was also voted Winner of Best DJ of ATX in 2017, 2018, and 2019. In addition, Boyfriend ATX has raised funds for local causes such as Planned Parenthood, SAFE Austin, Out Youth, The Texas Advocacy Project for Equality TX and is dedicated to serving the community and having fun. Keep up with Boyfriend ATX on Facebook and Instagram.
Black Joe Lewis - 15 November, 2020
Austin-based Black Joe Lewis is a contemporary singer and guitarist with a bent for vintage blues, soul, and R&B. Backed by his band, The Honeybears, Lewis draws inspiration from legendary "shouters" such as Howlin' Wolf, Wilson Pickett, and James Brown, as well as smoother crooners including Sam Cooke. In 2009, Esquire listed Black Joe Lewis and The Honeybears as one of the "Ten Bands Set to Break Out at 2009's SXSW Festival." And in 2017, his album, Backlash debuted at number 3 in the Billboard Top Blues Album Charts. You can find Black Joe Lewis on Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify.
Tiarra Girls - 15 October, 2020
Tiarra Girls are the fierce sisterhood of Tiffany, Tori, and Sophia Baltierra of Austin, Texas. The band has garnered three-time Austin Music Awards and are also alumnae of The Ann Richards School. With many musical influences both in English and Spanish, the power trio delivers an eclectic sound and anthemic lyrics celebrating a message of unity and empowerment. Keep up with Tiarra Girls on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Bob Schneider - 21 September, 2020
Bob Schneider is an Austin-based musician and artist. He has studied visual art - his other primary passion - at the University of Texas El Paso, before moving to Austin and establishing himself as a musician. Schneider has won more Austin Music Awards than any other musician, including Best Songwriter, Best Musician, and Best Male Vocals, rounding in at 54 total awards to date. He continues to perform and create new music, even writing poetry, and regularly showing his visual art in galleries around Austin. Keep up with Schneider on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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