Kishi Bashi at the BTRhouse in Austin, TX - BTR Live Studio [ep307]

During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest.

K Ishibashi (aka Kishi Bashi) has racked up quite a musical resume over the past few years. From his NYC synth rock band, Jupiter One, to collaborations with of Montreal, Regina Spektor, and Sondre Lerche, this singer/violinist/composer continues to stretch his sonic palette — originally developed as a solo project with complex live loops, Kishi Bashi has filled out his show with a full band. Here, they perform an intimate session at the BTRhouse as a trio that includes Mike Savino from Tall Tall Trees.

Featured song: “Wonder Woman Wonder Me”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1hUyzRI

Lighght, Kishi Bashi’s new album, will be available 5/13 from Joyful Noise Recordings.

Official website for Kishi Bashi: http://kishibashi.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/mrkishibashi
Twitter: @kishi_bashi

Grow/DIY with Eleanor Whitney, Chapter 4: Basic Business Structures - BreakThruTV

Grow: How to Take Your Do It Yourself Project and Passion to the Next Level and Quit Your Job is a book written by Eleanor Whitney. With plenty of experience in the DIY realm herself, as well as with helping others to execute their own DIY projects, Whitney outlines with authority a number of steps that can be key in building a project from the ground up and developing it into a thriving endeavor. She sat down for BreakThruTV to discuss her book, going over it chapter by chapter.

In Chapter 4, Whitney discusses the importance of setting out the way a business or project is organized so as to avoid problems later on.

Featured music by Mark McGuire

Official website for Grow: http://growdiy.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/growdiy
Eleanor Whitney on Twitter: @killerfemme

Roman Remains at the BTRhouse in Austin, TX - BTR Live Studio [ep306]

During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest.

Roman Remains is Liela Moss and Toby Butler from The Duke Spirit. This London-based duo (joined live by additional musicians) has crafted an album and live show full of fantastically dense, noisy, frenetic, fractured pop songs. For this special backyard session, they stripped their setup way down to acoustic instruments to play a couple of songs for us at the BTRhouse.

Featured song: “Gazebo”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/Pd05Pt

Zeal, Roman Remains’ latest release, is available now.

Official website for Roman Remains: http://romanremains.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/RomanRemains
Twitter: @Roman_Remains

Should Tipping Be Abolished? - BTR Pulse [ep168]

This week on BTR Pulse, we ask whether tipping should be abolished. People share their opinions on tipping, raising the minimum wage, and whether they would still tip even if it was no longer necessary.

Featured song: “Awake” by Tycho

Slonk Donkerson - Serious Business on BTR [ep157]
Travis gets his donk slonked by Slonk Donkerson (who are actually, like, really good), learns a bit about the band’s hometown, and even manages to tell his classic Steve Buscemi story. Sometime during the session, the Brooklyn rock trio also happened to play some sweet tunes. We can’t decide if we want to compare them to a hair metal band or R.E.M., but neither one is really at all appropriate — while also totally appropriate, somehow — so just go ahead and check it out for yourself. Don’t let us tell you how to live your life.

Featured song: “Painted From Memory”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1pGhXO0

RE-RUNS, Slonk Donkerson’s latest release, is now available from Black Bell Records.

Official website for Slonk Donkerson: http://slonkdonkerson.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/SlonkDonkerson.music
Twitter: @SlonkDonkerson

Yellow Red Sparks at the BTRhouse in Austin, TX - BTR Live Studio [ep305]

During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest.

Yellow Red Sparks is a fantastic Los Angeles-based folk group. From somber dirges to jubilant stomps and sweet love songs, the band explores every corner of the genre with consistently pristine, cinematic results full of lush sounds. They stopped by the BTRhouse on upright bassist Sara Lynn’s birthday, and we were happy to help celebrate!

Featured song: “Monsters With Misdemeanors”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1hc6v7O

Yellow Red Sparks’ self-titled debut album is now available.

Official website for Yellow Red Sparks: http://yellowredsparks.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/yellowredsparksband
Twitter: @yellowredsparks

Grow/DIY with Eleanor Whitney, Developing Grow
Grow: How to Take Your Do It Yourself Project and Passion to the Next Level and Quit Your Job is a book written by Eleanor Whitney. With plenty of experience in the DIY realm herself, as well as with helping others to execute their own DIY projects, Whitney outlines with authority a number of steps that can be key in building a project from the ground up and developing it into a thriving endeavor. She sat down for BreakThruTV to discuss her book, going over it chapter by chapter.

Here, Whitney describes what led her to write Grow, including her earlier experiences in DIY and non-profit projects.

Featured music by Mark McGuire

Official website for Grow: http://growdiy.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/growdiy
Eleanor Whitney on Twitter: @killerfemme

Jess Williamson at the BTRhouse in Austin, TX - BTR Live Studio [ep304]
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest.

Jess Williamson is a native of Austin, Texas, though she spent time in New York City studying photography. The quieter, slower pace of Austin is appropriate for her folk and country-inspired music, which is soft and spacious, gently carrying her distinct voice and personal lyrics. Jess took time in the midst of the craziness of her hometown’s massive music festival to stop by the backyard of the BTRhouse, where she treated us to a few songs (captured brilliantly by our Edwina mic from Ear Trumpet Labs) and sat down for a chat with Maia.

Featured song: “Blood Song”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1iuOIg5

Native State, the latest release by Jess Williamson, is available now from Brutal Honest.

Official website for Jess Williamson: http://jesswilliamson.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/jesswilliamsonmusic
Twitter: @jessswilliamson

Special thanks to Ear Trumpet Labs for furnishing the Edwina microphone used to record vocals for this session.

Official website for Ear Trumpet Labs: http://eartrumpetlabs.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/eartrumpetlabs
Twitter: @EarTrumpetLabs

Gifts From Exes - BTR Pulse [ep167]

​What’s the right thing to do with a gift from your significant other after you break up? This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser hits the streets to ask people what they do with gifts that were given to them by their exes, the last gift they got rid of, and things they received from exes but held on to. ///

Featured song: “Tinnitus” by Ausmuteants

The Fleshtones - Serious Business on BTR [ep156]
The Fleshtones were formed in 1976 in Whitestone, New York, and have been active for the nearly four decades since. They were there for the rise of punk and the New York rock ‘n roll music of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and were the first band to be booked or to play at iconic venues such as Irving Plaza, Danceteria, Maxwell’s, and the 9:30 Club. With a cult following and reputation as an unforgettable live act, their colorful history continues to grow to this day, as they give every show 100%. Founding members Keith Streng and Peter Zaremba stopped by for a special acoustic performance and chat with Travis.

Featured song: “Remember The Ramones”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/OOmmmN

Wheel of Talent, the latest release by The Fleshtones, is now available.

The Fleshtones on Yep Roc Records: http://yeproc.com/artists/the-fleshtones
Facebook: https://facebook.com/pages/The-Fleshtones-Official/177240861436

Samsaya at the BTRhouse in Austin, TX - BTR Live Studio [ep303]

During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest.

Samsaya is a Norwegian singer set to make her mark on pop music. With a heart painted over her left eye, which she calls “a reminder that everything I meet and see, I will look upon with my heart and see it with an open mind,” Samsaya delivers pop music with smart lyricism and touches of funk and soul. Existing in a similar world as artists like Rihanna, M.I.A. and Amy Winehouse, Samsaya has her own positive spin on things, and she stopped by our backyard to share some of the fun!

Featured song: “Good With The Bad”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1lh1aUd

Bombay Calling, Samsaya’s latest album, will be available soon.

Official website for Samsaya: http://samsaya.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/SamsayaOfficial
Twitter: @Samsaya

Month In Review: March 2014 - Chaz Mannenheim, Newsman Of Yesteryear!
March 2014! A MONTH Where Russia Did Dirty In Crimea! A MONTH Where Malaysian Planes Fell Out Of The Sky! A MONTH Where Hollywood’s Finest Gave Each Other Awards And Made Us Watch It For FOUR HOURS! These Stories And More… Well Just These Stories Brought To You By The One And Only Chaz Mannenheim, Newsman Of Yesteryear! With The Aid Of The Most Entertaining People On The Street You’ve Ever Met! SEE! WATCH! LIKE! LIVE! And LOVE!

Chaz Mannenheim on Facebook: http://facebook.com/ChazMannenheim
Twitter: @ChazMannenheim
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/breakthruradio/chazs-essentials/

This episode features Jamie LeeLo, Kevin Kelly and Eitan Levine.

Jamie LeeLo on Facebook: http://facebook.com/BrunchNightWithJamieLeelo
Twitter: @jamieleelo

Kevin Kelly on Facebook: http://facebook.com/pages/Barcelona-92/237507259763177
Twitter: @otherKevinKelly

Eitan Levine on Facebook: http://facebook.com/ragsvnucks
Twitter: @Eitanthegoalie,

Tom Brosseau at the BTRhouse in Austin, TX - BTR Live Studio [ep302]
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest.

Tom Brosseau is a longtime favorite of BreakThru Radio, so we were extra happy to have him stop by the BTRhouse while making the rounds of SXSW. A folksinger with a very distinct voice and style, hailing from Grand Forks, ND, and currently residing in Los Angeles, Brosseau possesses a particular sort of workingman spirit, as well as the kind of pristine and evocative guitar playing that only comes from a lifetime of singing and playing. Already a fan of the Ear Trumpet Labs microphones, Tom sounded great singing through the Edwina we had on hand! See for yourself!

Featured song: “I Get Lost Inside Of Her Aspect”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1eLH7Wk

Grass Punks, Tom Brosseau’s latest release, is now available from Crossbill Records.

Official Website for Tom Brosseau: http://tombrosseau.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/folktombrosseau
Twitter: @tombrosseau

Special thanks to Ear Trumpet Labs for furnishing the Edwina microphone used to record vocals for this session.

Official website for Ear Trumpet Labs: http://eartrumpetlabs.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/eartrumpetlabs
Twitter: @EarTrumpetLabs

Trigger Warnings - BTR Pulse [ep166]
Designed to warn people that potentially sensitive or graphic material may follow, trigger warnings are being used more frequently than in past years. Especially popular at certain colleges and universities, some students have gone as far as demanding trigger warnings when topics are covered that may make them uncomfortable. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser talks to people about trigger warnings and if they believe they are a good idea.

Featured song: “Would Be” by Dog Bite

Spirit Kid - Serious Business on BTR [ep155]
Spirit Kid is the Boston-based project of jangle-pop-loving songwriter Emeen Zarookian. Their latest album is out today (if you happen to be reading this on the day the session and video premiere) and was produced after a successful Pledgemusic campaign which also benefitted the Boston Children’s Hospital. Check out the session for sweet melodies, hot sax, drummer talk, and a cameo from BTR cameraman and pow wow!/Quiet Loudly drummer, Sal Garro!

Featured song: “Playing Cupid”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1oj0JaJ

Is Happening, the latest release by Spirit Kid, is now available.

Official website for Spirit Kid: http://spiritkidmusic.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/spiritkidmusic
Twitter: @spiritkidmusic