Howdy friends. My candid conversation with the one and only Dennis “The Menace” is airing this Sunday Aug 27 in seven cities across the globe. The hour will also feature my Musical Sandwich™ playlist. Dennis has over 30+ years as a radio personality on both the east and west coast. I’m humbled to join the ranks of personal heroes The Killers, of Montreal, Jon Brion, Travis, Phoenix, and OK Go. Just a few who have been featured on The Menace’s Attic/Just Another Menace Sunday. Tune in!
UPDATE: Listen to the replay here: http://bff.fm/broadcasts/11479
Ty Richards celebrates his Austin homecoming at Microsessions July 22
After his California Radio Tour, Richards is celebrating his Austin homecoming at Microsessions this July 22. It’s speed dating for live music. Listen to him and discover some new Austin music along the way. Be sure to watch his TV interview and live performance of “Spaceman” on CBS’s We Are Austin and get tickets for the show here.
Ty Richards performs live on CBS “We Are Austin”
Ty Richards joins forces with Paul Schomer of Microsessions this week to promote for the Microsessions show this July 22 at Music Lab St Elmo in Austin. In the wake of his California Radio Tour, Ty & Paul do an interview with Trevor Scott and Richards performs “Spaceman”. Watch both videos below and see the full interview article and live performance article.
Watch his TV performance of “Spaceman”
Watch Ty Richards’ TV interview with Trevor Scott of CBS We Are Austin
Austin’s KUTX 98.9 Favorite Songs of 2017 So Far
Austin’s KUTX 98.9 named 2 of Ty Richards’ songs in their top 2017 list!
“This is a total ear worm.” Matt Reilly says about “Shoulda Coulda Woulda”
On “Going Out for a Cigarette” Elizabeth McQueen says:
“I find myself dissecting this pop gem every time I listen to it. The sounds are cool, the lyrics get me, and there’s a special something about it that is super compelling. But what exactly is it?!? I still haven’t figured it out, which means I get to listen to it on repeat again! YAY!”
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Ty Richards Launches California Radio Tour
Following the massive radio success of Ty Richards’ critically-acclaimed debut album “Zillion”, he will be launching a summer radio tour in the great state of California on July 1st. This tour announcement is in the wake of Richards charting on over 50 college stations around the nation.
USA Today recently placed Richards as the No. 4 college album in the Nation. “Zillion” was picked up by over 25 stations in California alone and even landed top 20 on at least 5 college stations there. His song “Spaceman” was featured on 89.9 KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic in Los Angeles and was even named as “Today’s Top Tune”. Tune in live to hear his California in-studio performances on the radio or online on each stations website. Ty Richards’ “Zillion” is the summer jam of 2017.
All this excitement is on top of Ty’s immense Austin radio success. Yesterday the Austin American-Statesman said that his song “Going out for a Cigarette” is “one of the best radio singles to come out of Austin in quite some time.” Austin’s KUTX has adopted the new artist as their own, naming him the “Artist of the Month” for March 2017 during the world-renown SXSW. The heavy airplay on KUTX, KGSR, and KLBJ among others is making waves in Austin and pushing Richards into a bigger role as national artist.
Stay tuned for more. See all tour updates, listen to music, watch the latest music videos and pick up vinyl LP of “Zillion” at tyrichards.com
- July 1 – Camarillo, CA @ Art Center 7pm (Live Performance)
- July 3 – Laguna, CA @ 93.5 KXRN 9:30am
- July 4 – Irvine, CA @ 88.9 KUCI 11am
- July 5 – Claremont, CA @ 88.7 KSPC 3pm
- July 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Lexington 9pm
- July 7 – Redway, CA @ 91.1 KMUD 3pm
- July 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Dennis The Menace (Specialty Show airtime TBA)
UPDATE: Additional date in downtown LA has been added for July 5 at The Lexington 9pm
‘Zillion’ hits No. 4 on USA Today’s Top College Albums
Ty Richards’ new record ‘Zillion’ landed the number 4 spot on USA Today’s top college albums for the week of March 2-8. He is in with the likes of Ryan Adams and Foxygen. Read the full article here.
Top College Albums This Week:
- Prisoner — Ryan Adams.
- I Am Inside My Body — Guytano.
- Young Mopes — Louise Burns.
- Zillion — Ty Richards.
- Hang — Foxygen.
Austin’s KUTX 98.9 “Artist of the Month” for March During SXSW
Ty Richards was just honored as the “Artist of the Month” by KUTX 98.9 in Austin. All of this during the holy-grail month – MARCH (the month of the Austin’s world-renown SXSW festival). This spurred several new Austin shows, and in addition KUTX will be spinning several songs from Richards’ new album ‘Zillion’ daily, all month long. They will also be featuring his Studio 1A performance online, Song of the Day, and a My KUTX guest DJ spot on Saturday Mar 25. Stay tuned friends! Here’s what Jeff McCord had to say and you can see the full article here.
In this world, there are artists in a rush – anxious to paint, put to paper or record every thought that comes into their head. And there are those who think, perhaps even overthink, and take their time. With over 200 unreleased songs recorded, Austin’s Ty Richards sits squarely in the latter category. Part of the same fertile Denton scene that spawned Midlake and Sarah Jaffe, Richards first performed at the age of 13. From 2001-2006, he fronted a band called Twilight (nothing to do with the movie series, he takes pains to point out). But mostly, he recorded. And recorded some more. His years were dotted with personal tragedy, health problems, a successful sideline career as a graphic designer, and a new wife and family that he packed up and moved to Austin in 2014. Somewhere in there he decided it was time to get serious about music. Released on the day of the thirtieth birthday, Zillion is a debut album that doesn’t sound like one, full of spry, fuzzy psych-pop that sounds like the work of an accomplished veteran. Which, come to think of it, is exactly what he is.
– Jeff McCord, KUTX Music Director
Ty Richards performs for Austin’s KUTX live in Studio 1A
On the eve of the release of his Debut Album ‘Zillion’, Ty was invited to play KUTX Austin’s very own Studio 1A. You can also catch his Austin album release at the Swan Dive the following day Feb 3 and the following week in Dallas, TX at Three Links – show details here. Hear what they had to say and watch the performances for all three songs below and view the full KUTX article.
Is it possible for a musician to sound like they’re from 1970 and 2070 at the same time? Yes, and his name is Ty Richards. His brand new album “Zillion” has the warm vintage fuzz of 70’s psychedelic rock, and the hard edge of futuristic synth music. It sounds like Beck and Led Zepplin collaborated on an album. Richards’ fingerprints are all over this record, from writing and recording to producing and mixing, it gives it a unique sound that you wouldn’t find from big box rock acts. He’s relatively new on the scene, but he’s already creating a lot of buzz. “Spaceman,” the first single off the new record, is a true delight, groovy and danceable, but at the same time it’s profound and out of this world. Ty Richards stopped by Studio 1A to show us some tunes of the new album, check them out below!
– James Parker
Going Out for a Cigarette
New Music Monday on KXT 91.7
While it’s ever so fitting that fans have bestowed Ty Richards with the nickname “Beck Zeppelin,” there’s nothing derivative about “Going Out For A Cigarette,” the wicked-catchy new number from the DFW native’s forthcoming debut, Zillion. Psychedelic pop and funk-tacular hooks are the consummate cure-all for what ails you, and in a world that could definitely use more levity and dynamism, here’s one you’ll be powerless to resist.
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Austin, TX’s psychedelic dance-pop auteur Ty Richards, is pleased to share his latest visual experience. This time for “Going out for a Cigarette,” Richards captures an animated trip experience reminiscent of Saturday morning cartoons (on LSD). The track will appear on his upcoming debut full-length album, Zillion. Available February 3, 2017.
“It’s like old Saturday morning cartoons on acid,” Richards explains. “The ‘Going out for a Cigarette’ video was very amusing to make. I spent close to 100 hours on it. It was hard to be finished with it because I didn’t want to stop. When I started this video I only had one thing in mind. I wanted to make something that was animated and super trippy, with a very loose hand-drawn feel. I’m tired of seeing all these Pixar animated movies that are sterile as hell. Computers tend to suck the life out of my work. My favorite cartoon growing up was The Simpsons naturally. I especially love the pilot episode and cartoon shorts that existed before the show was a hit. All those old Klasky Csupo animations were super sloppy and I remember the line-work of the characters were all fucked up and wiggly. That is exactly what I wanted. I also got a lot of inspiration from the Tom Tom Club’s ‘Genius of Love’ music video from the early 80’s. So much animation everywhere, very maximalist. I wanted it to have a nostalgic feeling to it, but still feel new and stand apart from all the shiny videos that are out now.”
“The content for this video was created similar to how I’ve been writing songs lately – on a very abstract level. I started by making a list of things that can’t be undone. For example, you can’t unscramble an egg, or un-explode a volcano, or un-smoke a cigarette, or un-flush a toilet. Some things in life are irreversible. I think the hopelessness of those ideas overlay nicely
against the hopelessness of the relationship the lyrics talk about. I took that strange list and turned it into a bunch sharpie drawings, then scanned them into the computer and made designs from them with color. I animated the shit out of everything to my liking and voila. It’s strange and crude just like I wanted, but the visuals are filled with the same spirit and dumbness that this song has, along with the rest of the record. Enjoy!”