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
Official website for Gardens & Villa: http://gardensandvilla.com
Bye Bye Baldwin? - BTR Pulse [ep162]
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.
Official website for Sharkmuffin: http://sharkmuffin.com
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.
Official website for Glasvegas: http://glasvegas.net/
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.
Official website for Tropic of Pisces: http://symmetry.fm/
Obsolete Week - BTR Pulse [ep162]
It’s Obsolete Week at BTR, so we’ve been focusing on things that are no longer useful or will be phased out due to technological advancements. BTR Pulse’s Sarah Fraser hits the streets to ask people what they think will soon be obsolete.
Featured song: “Hope Dealers” by POW!
Exocomet - Serious Business on BTR [ep152]
GIMME TINNITUS is a Brooklyn-based music/MP3 blog run by a dedicated music enthusiast by the name of Bob Reich. We love his constant curation of killer shows, sick playlists, and undying advocacy for spending your hard-earned cash to support the bands he loves. He tends to go for the loud, abrasive, unconventional, and downright obscure-as-hell music that we can’t get enough of on Serious Business On BTR. For the fourth and final installment of the four-part GIMME TINNITUS X SB On BTR Takeover, we’re featuring Exocomet.
Exocomet is a deliberately mysterious band. This Brooklyn-based two-man-machine of a post-punk experimental band has earned the right to keep the details murky, playing fast and precise, with layers of ambient sonic chaos for their krauty no wave dreamscapes to float around on. There’s a sort of familiar, ominous vibe to their music, but, more importantly, there’s persistent forward propulsion that’s highly addicting.
Featured song: “Dive”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1kSKxxM
Exocomet’s debut record will be available on Germfree Records on April 1, 2014.
Exocomet on Bandcamp: http://exocomet.bandcamp.com/
Official website for Gimme Tinnitus: http://gimmetinnitus.com
Doug Gillard - BTR Live Studio [ep295]
Doug Gillard is well known as a member of Guided By Voices, Nada Surf, Lifeguards, Bambi Kino, Death Of Samantha, Cobra Verde, Gem, and more. The Ohio-bred, New York-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist is currently celebrating his third solo album of solid, memorable jams. Previously seen on Serious Business On BTR, Doug is back in our studio (with Serious Biz mastermind Travis Harrison behind the kit this time around) for BTR Live Studio.
Featured song: “Angel X”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1gS6w3Q
Doug Gillard’s new single, Breaking In Two, is now available. His upcoming LP, Parade On, will be available April 8th from Nine Mile Records.
Official website for Doug Gillard: http://douggillard.com
Ms. Drama Presents Algebra Blessett - BreakThruTV [ep63]
Algebra Blessett is a contemporary R&B singer who was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. In school she sang in a gospel choir as a way to stay after school with her friends, and eventually found herself performing as a background singer for artists including Monica and Bilal, as well as touring with Anthony Hamilton and collaborating with India.Arie while also developing her own music. Now, with her first release in a few years, she sat down with BTR’s Ms. Drama to talk about change, making music, the Recovery process, and how she got to where she is now.
Featured song: “Better For Me”
Complete Broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1bW7szN
Recovery, the latest album from Algebra Blesset is now available.
Algebra Blesset on Facebook: http://facebook.com/mynameisalgebra
Official website for Ms. Drama: http://msdramatv.com/
MiWi La Lupa - BTR Live Studio [ep294]
MiWi La Lupa grew up and started playing music in Buffalo, New York, before finding his way to New York City to pursue his dreams. Once in the city, he racked up an impressive list of collaborators, from El-P and David Byrne to Femi Kuti and Charlie Hunter. Over time, his voice and songwriting style developed and grew strong, resulting in his signature frank, honest delivery and style. With the help of a number of talented friends, MiWi crafted his latest album by uniting a diverse range of sounds, styles, and influences with the common thread of his own vision.
Featured song: “Radio”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1eiQ882
New Way Home, MiWi La Lupa’s debut album, is now available from Team Love Records.
Official website for MiWi La Lupa: http://miwilalupa.com
CVS To Stop Selling Tobacco - BTR Pulse [ep161]
CVS Caremark, the largest drugstore chain in the country by sales, recently announced they plan to discontinue sale of tobacco products by October. BTR Pulse’s Sarah Fraser asks people what they think of the decision.
Featured song: “Echosassy” by Gardens & Villa
Fins - Serious Business on BTR [ep151]
GIMME TINNITUS is a Brooklyn-based music/MP3 blog run by a dedicated music enthusiast by the name of Bob Reich. We love his constant curation of killer shows, sick playlists, and undying advocacy for spending your hard-earned cash to support the bands he loves. He tends to go for the loud, abrasive, unconventional, and downright obscure-as-hell music that we can’t get enough of on Serious Business On BTR. For the third installment of the four-part GIMME TINNITUS X SB On BTR Takeover, we’re featuring FINS.
FINS is a Connecticut trio whose urgent, heavy, throaty rock pummels earholes in the best way possible. They’ve got the post-punk pulse down, and can thrash with the best of them. We’re starting to think that between CT and MA, New England is having a serious rock renaissance, with bands like FINS, Ovlov, Speedy Ortiz, Grass Is Green, etc. mining similar 90s-esque grunge territory and delivering seriously tasty doses of noise.
Featured song: “Frontier”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/MFSjMH
FINS latest release, FINS, is available now.
FINS on Bandcamp: http://xfins.bandcamp.com/
Official website for Gimme Tinnitus: http://gimmetinnitus.com
Benjamin Verdoes - BTR Live Studio [ep293]
Benjamin Verdoes makes his second stop by BTR Live Studio — previously seen as half of the buzzing duo, Iska Dhaaf — this time performing solo, demonstrating his unorthodox approach to songwriting. Already well known in Seattle and beyond, largely due to his work with the band Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Verdoes is quickly building a reputation with this, the first work under his own name.
Featured song: “Evil Eye”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1lqtEZ1
The Evil Eye, Benjamin Verdoes’ debut album, is now available.
Official website for Benjamin Verdoes: http://benjaminverdoes.com
Special thanks to Ear Trumpet Labs for furnishing the Edwina microphone used to record the vocals for this session.
Official website for Ear Trumpet Labs: http://eartrumpetlabs.com
Blood Warrior - BTR Live Studio 
Blood Warrior is Greg Jamie (of o’death) and Joey Weiss (of Supermonster). Friends for most of their lives, they launched this project as a way to start playing music together after a decade of not doing so. As a band, Blood Warrior is based in Portland, Maine, though Long Island, New York, plays a large part in their story. The music is haunting and gorgeous, as much about the space as the sound, with sparse acoustic guitars and bare drum beats laying the foundation for the chanting and howling confessions of a shipwrecked soul. There’s an intense softness to Blood Warrior’s music that manages to evoke catchy, memorable melodies and the band shared some of these as they work towards the release of their next album.
Featured song: “Untitled Song”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1dmMxpe
Blood Warrior’s self-titled debut album is now available, they are currently finishing their second album.
Official website for Blood Warrior: http://bloodwarriormusic.com