Gardens & Villa - BTR Live Studio [ep298]
Gardens & Villa are a band from Santa Barbara, California. Members Adam Rasmussen, Chris Lynch, Dusty Ineman, Levi Hayden and Shane McKillop craft lush, beat-driven music full of creative pop harmonies and featuring unique instrumentation — with prominent synths, tastefully effect-laden bass, and memorable lead melodies played on flute. With these quirks, Gardens & Villa seem to have tapped into something special, producing some of the catchiest, most danceable pop music that we’ve heard in a while.
Featured song: “Echosassy”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/OuBKVC
Dunes, the latest release by Gardens & Villa, is now available from Secretly Canadian
Amid a yearlong downward media spiral, Alec Baldwin recently spoke out in an op-ed piece for New York Magazine, addressing accusations of his alleged homophobia, his history with New York paparazzi, and his now happy, adult life, among other topics. He ended by sharing that he is done with public life and, with that, also perhaps done with New York. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people what they thought of Baldwin’s piece and how they feel about his potentially leaving New York.
Featured song: “Never Lonely” by Diane Coffee
Sharkmuffin - Serious Business on BTR [ep153]
Sharkmuffin has the kind of name that demands attention. Ferocious and deadly as a shark, while sweet like a muffin could be the implied meaning — and since this Brooklyn garage-pop band is comprised of three badass ladies, it definitely works. We’re leaning a bit more on the shark side of things here, because Tarra Thiessen, Natalie Kirch, and Janet LaBelle definitely mean business. With song matter leaning towards the dark and heavy side (incest, mythical bestiality, and homicidal heroin using fembots) and music that tears 70s rock riffs through 90s alt-rock noise, all under the guise of garage rock, maybe the name is there to remind us that there’s still something sweet behind all of that mayhem. Or maybe all we should take from it is what the band says themselves, “Sharkmuffin doesn’t really give a fuck, they just want to have a good time.”
Featured song: “First Date”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1ebSDxS
1097, the latest release by Sharkmuffin, is now available.
Chaz Mannenheim covered Oscar Pistorius last year; now his murder trial has begun. See Chaz’s coverage on Blip.tv!
Post-session #roofhangs with @slonkdonkerson #sbonbtr photo by @subinev
All our slonks just got donked with @slonkdonkerson on #SBonBTR #pano by @subinev (at Serious Business Records)
Glasvegas - BTR Live Studio [ep297]
Glasvegas is a Scottish indie rock band from Glasgow consisting of James Allan (vocals), Rab Allan (lead guitar), Paul Donoghue (bass guitar) and Jonna Löfgren (drums). Characterized by rolling drum beats, washes of delayed guitars, and strong, narrative-driven vocals, the band has a huge following and a history of critical and commercial success. Here, the band performs in stripped-down duo form, but manages to maintain the epic pop power that their performances are known for.
Featured song: “Geraldine”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1fyyL88
Later… When The TV Turns To Static, the latest release from Glasvegas, is now available.
February 2014 Made Us Believe! Made Us Cry! Made Us Angry! Made Us Wonder! WHAT Is Going On In Kiev? WHY Did Philip Seymour Hoffman Leave Us So Soon? WHO Cares About The Olympics? These Questions Will Be Thought Through And Answered With The Comic Adroitness Of One Of Those Fake Arrows Through The Head! Watch & Believe Chaz Mannenheim’s MONTH IN REVIEW: February 2014!!!
Chaz on Facebook: http://facebook.com/chazmannenheim
This episode features Kara Durrett, Leila Ben-Abdallah, and Jess Miller.
Official Website for Kara Durrett: http://karadurrett.com
Official Website for Leila Ben-Abdallah: http://leilaben-abdallah.com
Jess Miller on Twitter: @littlejgmiller
Tropic of Pisces - BTR Live Studio [ep296]
Tropic of Pisces is the new project from Brooklyn-based Oberhofer guitarist Mathew Scheiner. The project’s debut is a home-recorded album, which was mixed by Mathew’s Grammy winning engineer/producer/father, Elliot Scheiner (Beck, The Flaming Lips, Fleetwood Mac, etc). Musically, Tropic of Pisces crafts exquisite pop music that manages to use pieces of funk, electro-pop, indie rock, and more.
Featured song: “Symmetry”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1gSidHO
Symmetry, the latest release by Tropic of Pisces, is now available from Ooh La La records.
Magic hour #roofhangs with @crobotband after they rocked our faces off for #btrlivestudio photo by @subinev
Things are gettin’ heavy with @crobotband in here for a #btrlivestudio session