Mount Sharp - Serious Business on BTR [ep159]
Mount Sharp is a band proudly hailing from the toxic-post-industrial-superfund neighborhood of Gowanus, Brooklyn. With songs about science, monsters, and bad decisions, this space-obsessed gang of noisy nerds is gearing up to share their debut EP, full of fuzzy, raw indie rock. The band, which features a few faces familiar to the BTR team, shared some new jams and sat down to nerd out over Game of Thrones with Travis and talk about their upcoming record and NYC residency shows.

Featured song: “Crazy Eyes”

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

Mount Sharp’s debut EP, Hello Mount Sharp, is now available.

Official website for Mount Sharp: http://hellomountsharp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/MountSharp
Twitter: @HelloMountSharp

Crobot - BTR Live Studio [ep309]
Crobot is a big, dirty, groovy rock band from Pottsville, Pennsylvania. These guys have clearly studied the works of classic rock and metal’s heaviest hitters, as they pump out riff after riff of absolutely solid tunes. The band stopped by to share some music and sit down for a chat with Maia.

Featured song: “Nowhere To Hide”

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

Crobot’s latest album, The Legend of the Spacebone Killer, is now now available.

Official website for Crobot: http://crobotband.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/Crobotband
Twitter: @Crobotband

“Ewok Sadness” by Marijuana Deathsquads at the BTR Day Party in Austin, TX - BTR Hear & There [ep87]

On March 15, 2014, BTR threw a free, unofficial day party during the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Held at The Liberty — a great East Side watering hole with a huge outdoor area, including a bar and the East Side King food truck — we hosted a fun-filled day with music from Clouder, The So So Glos, Gringo Star, Diane Coffee, Milagres, Zorch, and Marijuana Deathsquads. Our friends at Southern Tier Brewing Company provided complimentary beers for our guests.

Minneapolis noise band Marijuana Deathsquads is the ever-evolving, experimental project lead by Ryan Olson, Isaac Gale (whose videos for Bon Iver, Polica, P.O.S., and On An On you may have seen), and Stefon Alexander (P.O.S), and supported by multiple drummers and other performers contributing synths, vocals, and miscellaneous sounds to the sonic chaos. They’ve quickly become a BTR favorite (you may have caught their incredible session for Serious Business on BTR), so of course we had to have them headline our day party! Here, we get down in the dirt and on the stage with the band as they tear through their single, “Ewok Sadness.”

Featured song: “Ewok Sadness”

The latest release by Marijuana Deathsquads, Oh My Sexy Lord, is available now from Totally Gross National Product.

Official website for Marijuana Deathsquads: http://marijuanadeathsquads.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/mrjna.dthsqds
Twitter: @M_Deathsquads

Official website for The Liberty: http://thelibertyaustin.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Liberty/111540764016

Official website for Southern Tier Brewing Company: http://stbcbeer.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/SouthernTierBrewingCompany
Twitter: @stbcbeer

Mother Falcon at the BTRhouse in Austin, TX - BTR Live Studio [ep308]
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.

Mother Falcon, a group of young, classically trained musicians based in Austin, have a very unique take on music. Beginning as a jam session among a group of high school cellists looking to explore other genres, the massive band also incorporates violins, cellos, saxophones, and trumpet, piano, accordion, banjo, and bassoon to blend rock, jazz, and hip hop rhythms with lush vocal arrangements to craft their orchestral rock. In addition to entertaining audiences with their own impressive display of talent, they launched Music Laboratory, a summer camp for middle and high school orchestra students. The large band crammed themselves into the backyard at the BTRhouse for a very special session.

Featured song: “Porcelain”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1st6ohi

MF Computer, the latest release from Mother Falcon, is now available.

Official website for Mother Falcon: http://motherfalconmusic.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/motherfalconmusic
Twitter: @MotherFalconMus

Upcoming tour dates:
06/07 @ Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago, IL
06/14 @ Lily Pads in Peace Dale, RI
06/24 @ Littlefield in Brooklyn, NY
06/28 @ The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, CT
07/19 @ Spider House Ballroom and Spider House in Austin, TX
08/02 @ Spider House Ballroom and Spider House in Austin, TX

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

Children In Social Media - BTR Pulse [ep169]

These days, parents have more outlets for showing off pictures of their kids beyond the wallet-sized class photos of yesteryear. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people how much say children should have in how they are featured on their parents’ social media accounts.


Featured song: “American Horror” by Speedy Ortiz

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