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What local artists are listening to. This week: Kristin and Jeffrey Howard of Hot Hands



"I'm always listening to all sorts of music, whether via my iPod or my record collection," Kristin says. "At the moment, I'm listening to Lyn Collins' Think (About It) LP (1972), which is produced by James Brown. The title track has been sampled countless times, probably most notably in 'It Takes Two' by Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock. It's a raw soul record with some pro-feminist ideals. Raw soul and R&B are definitely a staple for me. I tend to play it out a lot when we DJ because it always gets people moving.

"Also, The Baby Huey Story LP by Baby Huey, which is produced by Curtis Mayfield. It's a compilation of a few of his scarce releases, including my favorites – 'Mighty Mighty,' 'Listen to Me,' 'Hard Times.' This record is also a landmark for hip-hop sampling. You can hear one of his earlier tracks, 'Monkey Man' on the compilation Teenage Shutdown: Jump, Jive, Harmonize."

Lyn Collins was a Texas soul singer in the '70s who put out two records and, as Kristin points out, has been sampled into fame mainly for this line of her biggest hit: "It takes two to make a thing go right." Although Kristin's recommendations come from the funkier side of Texas, Jeffrey chose to pull from that state's current catalog of artists for his recommendation, Austin's Agent Ribbons.

"Whenever I buy a new record I tend to obsess over it completely and thoroughly," Jeffrey says. "As was the case when I bought the latest Agent Ribbons cassette, Family Haircut, on Cassingle and Loving It Records. From the dreamy 'I Can't Believe That You're Real' to the rip-roaring 'Fucked Up,' the Austin duo of Natalie Gordon and Lauren Hess has quietly but strongly crafted a version of pop that's as theatrical as it is melodic. I must have listened to this about three times a day since last September. I'm not kidding.

"Locally, I am blown away by the Hungry Gayze 7-inch record on Florida's Dying. Road Kill is just killing my skull with pulsing punk noise. I have to question how something so dark and catchy can be coming from the Sunshine State. Anything guitarist Shawn Lloyd has his hands in is pure gold."

Jeffrey and Kristin Howard perform as Hot Hands, a local noise pop band. They play next at Will's Pub 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19; $5 cover. Listen at

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