”Ball Dropping” by Hige Kuma - BTR Hear & There [ep77]

Gabe Rothschild and Sal Garro (drummer for Quiet Loudly and pow wow!), both of the Brooklyn/Austin trio The Governors, also play together as Hige Kuma. In this special episode of BTR Hear & There, Gabe and his wife Sao perform a song together while preparing Japanese-inspired street food aboard their food truck, the Love Balls Bus, at the Spiderhouse Cafe in Austin, TX, during SXSW.


Featured Song: “Ball Dropping”


Hige Kuma on Facebook: http://facebook.com/higekumamusic


Official website for Love Balls Bus: http://loveballsbus.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/loveballsbus

Twitter: @loveballsbus

"Sixteen" by You Won’t - BTR Hear & There [ep76]

Originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts, You Won’t mix lo-fi rock and stripped-down folk. Beneath the layers of raw distortion, their songs are strewn with sincere lyrics and endearing twangy-pop melodies. The band — made up of Josh Arnoudse and Raky Sastri — released their debut full-length, Skeptic Goodbye, last year. The duo stopped by the BTRhouse in Austin, TX, during SXSW this year for a very special episode of BTR Hear & There, performing a song written by their friend, My Name Is Gideon.

Featured Song: “Sixteen”


Skeptic Goodbye, the debut full-length by You Won’t, is out via Old Flame Records.


Official website for You Won’t: http://youwontmusic.com/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/youwontmusic

Twitter: @YouWontMusic

"Miracle Man" by Bird Call - BTR Hear & There [ep75]

Bird Call is a NYC-based musical project founded by singer and musician Chiara Angelicola. Featuring synthesizers and heavily-yet-pleasantly processed vocals, their music covers a wide range of emotional territory through vulnerable lyrics and an experimental look towards the future; aliens, the planets, and a whole world of questions can be found inside. Here, the band performs at a popsicle party for an audience of children and their families at a daycare in Brooklyn, NY.

Featured song: “Miracle Man”

Bird Call’s debut LP,
Will We Get To Mars, is currently in production.

Official website for Bird Call: http://birdcallmusic.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/BirdCallMusicMusic
Twitter: @BirdCallMusic

Upcoming tour dates:
4/25 @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge in Brooklyn, NY

“Ladies And Gentlemen” by Cold Blood Club - BTR Hear & There [ep74]

Cold Blood Club usually exhibit their inspired take on dance pop through sweaty beats and joyous bursts of electro enthusiasm. In this setting — stripping their music down to the essentials and spreading out in an artists’ studio near the border of Brooklyn and Queens — there’s the added warmth of bare vocal strength blended with minimal instrumentation and a bit of wine, like the most fun open studio visit possible.

Featured Song: “Ladies and Gentlemen”

Paintings by: David Hansen, Ben Olson, Eric Inkala

Cold Blood Club on Bandcamp: http://coldbloodclub.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ColdBloodClub
Twitter: @ColdBloodClub

Official website for David Hansen: http://www.dhansenart.com/
Official website for Eric Inkala: http://www.ericink.com/

"Underground Interiors" by Foam Castles - BTR Hear & There [ep73]

For the past few years, Portland, Maine’s Tyler Jackson (also of recent BTR Live Studio guests Endless Jags) has been turning out fuzzy pop gems — leaning towards psych rock at times, riff-heavy indie rock at others — under the name Foam Castles. The project began, like many, as a home recording project that then began featuring an amorphous lineup of musician friends before solidifying into a full-fledged band. Here, Jackson presents a new song, stripped down to its essence, as he first wrote it, and performed with only an acoustic guitar and vocal microphone.

In this, the fourth in a series of BTR Hear & There episodes shot on location in Maine, in collaboration with HillyTown.com, Tyler Jackson of Foam Castles performs live and acoustic in his basement practice space in Portland, Maine.

Featured Song: “Underground Interiors”

Foam Castles’ Bonanza vinyl edition will be out soon from Teenarena Records.

Foam Castles on Tumblr: http://foamcastles.tumblr.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/foamcastles
Twitter: @foamcastles

Official website for HillyTown:http://hillytown.com
HillyTown on Facebook: http://facebook.com/hillytown
HillyTown on Twitter: @hillytown

There In The Water” by Lisa/Liza - BTR Hear & There [ep72]

Lisa/Liza is the project of Portland, Maine’s Liza Victoria. This ethereal-sounding folk singer has an appropriately hazy mystique about her, offering little more in biographical detail than where she calls home. We know there’s more to the story, but it’s not important. Her gentle songs have such a fragile quality that they just barely make it out of her body, and the reward when they do is high. At this shoot, she spoke about wanting to play electric guitar, and contemplating the addition of more instruments and collaborators; in the time since then, she’s performed as a duo with a saw player and later added a drummer plus, boldly, an electric guitar. This is a fresh, evolving project, captured here at a critical point, just as changes were bubbling up and about to come to fruition, but while still performing solo with only an acoustic guitar — train interruptions and all.

In this, the third in a series of BTR Hear & There episodes shot on location in Maine in collaboration with HillyTown.com, Lisa/Liza performs solo on a foggy day in the backyard of her apartment building in Portland, Maine’s West End.

Featured song: “There In The Water”

Lisa/Liza’s Humble Noon EP is available digitally now.

Lisa/Liza on Bandcamp: http://lisalizas.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/LisaLiza/193653500693164

Official website for HillyTown:http://hillytown.com
HillyTown on Facebook: http://facebook.com/hillytown
HillyTown on Twitter: @hillytown

“Limbo” by Rural Ghosts - BTR Hear & There [ep71]

A relatively young trio based in Portland, Maine, Rural Ghosts seem to have emerged from the dark woods to haunt the local music scene. Steeped in folk tradition with a lo-fi indie background and experimental leanings, the band has quickly made a name for themselves as a local favorite, bolstered by the recent launch of their own boutique label, Lorem Ipsum Recordings.

In this, the second in a series of BTR Hear & There episodes shot on location in Maine in collaboration with HillyTown.com, Rural Ghosts perform live and acoustic at The Oak + The Ax, an art/film/music venue & cafe in Biddeford, Maine.

Featured song: “Limbo”

Rural Ghosts are currently at work on their first full-length record, to be released in 2013.

Rural Ghosts on Bandcamp: http://ruralghosts.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RuralGhosts

Official website for HillyTown:http://hillytown.com
HillyTown on Facebook: http://facebook.com/hillytown
HillyTown on Twitter: @hillytown

Official website for The Oak + The Ax: http://theoakandtheax.com/
The Oak + The Ax on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheOakAndTheAx

“Undone” by if and it - BTR Hear & There [ep70]

if and it are a prolific Portland, Maine, trio with a knack for creative dynamics. Playing sparse folk songs in a modern indie rock format, the group has a warmth and sensitivity often lost on your average rock band.

In this, the first in a series of BTR Hear & There episodes shot on location in Maine in collaboration with HillyTown.com, if and it perform live at Bunker Brewing Company in Portland’s developing industrial neighborhood of East Bayside.

Featured song: “Undone”

if and it’s Grrr Boo Hiss (Cabin Recordings II) is available now.

Official website for if and it: http://www.ifandit.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ifandit
Twitter: @ifandit

Official website for HillyTown: http://hillytown.com

Bunker Brewing Co. on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bunker-Brewing-Co/220777511268316

“Watercolors” by Mal Blum (feat. Zoe Boekbinder) - BTR Hear & There [ep69]

Mal Blum is a 24 year old songwriter and performer from New York who spends her time writing songs, traveling the country playing songs, and writing songs about traveling the country playing songs. Her clever and playful style of songwriting has brought praise from many music blogs and publications, as well as the cult hit cable access/internet show, The Chris Gethard Show. For this special episode of BTR Hear & There, Mal is joined by her friend and tourmate, Zoe Boekbinder, for an intimate performance at Sardine, a project space in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Mal Blum is currently recording a new full length/full band studio album for 2013.

Mal Blum’s official website: http://www.malblum.com/
Mal Blum on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MalBlumMusic
Mal Blum Twitter: @malblum

Zoe Boekbinder’s official website: http://www.zoeboekbinder.com/
Zoe Boekbinder on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZoeBoekbinderMusic
Zoe Boekbinder Twitter: @zoeboekbinder

Sardine’s official website: http://sardinebk.com/
Sardine on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/SARDINE/196512347078738

Upcoming tour dates:
1/17 @ Death By Audio in Brooklyn, NY

“Salt Water” by Zoe Boekbinder (feat. Mal Blum) - BTR Hear & There [ep68]

Zoe Boekbinder was born in Ontario, Canada and currently resides in New Orleans. She tours internationally, playing her songs with clever rhymes about love gone awry, backed by live looped vocal harmonies and electronic beats. Her next album will be a collaboration with inmates at New Folsom Prison to benefit arts in prisons. For this special episode of BTR Hear & There, Zoe is joined by her friend and tourmate, Mal Blum, for an intimate performance at Sardine, a project space in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Featured song: “Salt Water”

Zoe Boekbinder’s latest release is the Sister Scarecrow 7”, available now.

Zoe Boekbinder’s official website: http://www.zoeboekbinder.com/
Zoe Boekbinder on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZoeBoekbinderMusic
Zoe Boekbinder Twitter: @zoeboekbinder

Mal Blum’s official website: http://www.malblum.com/
Mal Blum on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MalBlumMusic
Mal Blum Twitter: @malblum

Sardine’s official website: http://sardinebk.com/
Sardine on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SARDINE/196512347078738

This Week + Next Week on BreakThru Radio TV


Here’s a recap of the videos we’ve featured this past week on BreakThru Radio TV and what we’re planning to feature next week:

This Week:
MON, 5/28: Night Manager - Serious Business on BTR [ep71]
TUE, 5/29: Kodacrome - BTR Live Studio [ep125]
WED, 5/30: A Severe Joy - BTR Hear & There [ep60]
THU, 5/31: Madison Square Eats - BTR Pulse [ep78]
FRI, 6/1: JBM - BTR Live Studio [ep126]

Next Week:
MON, 6/4: Flying Pace - Serious Business on BTR [ep76]
TUE, 6/5: RACES - BTR Live Studio [ep127]
WED, 6/6: A Month In Review: May 2012 - BreakThruTV [ep26]
THU, 6/7: Topic of the Week - BTR Pulse [ep79]
FRI, 6/8: Kelli Scarr - BTR Live Studio [ep128]

Additionally, we shot Month In Review: May 2012 and Goes Cube. Stay tuned for these videos!

“Inside Out And Hand Grenades” by A Severe Joy - BTR Hear & There [ep60]

Based out of Portland, Maine, A Severe Joy is the new electro-pop project of musician José Ayerve, formerly of indie rock band Spouse. On stage he wears a Batman-like mask as he plays his beat-heavy pop ballads. Though the music is vibrant and booming, it still retains a sentimental tone, as he often sings about love stories. Here he performs under Tukey’s Bridge in Portland. Thanks to Chelsea Dowd for audio assistance. /// A Severe Joy’s self-titled album is his latest release. /// Official website: http://www.aseverejoy.com /// Twitter: @aseverejoy

This Week + Next Week on BreakThru Radio TV

This Week:
MON, 5/14: Reckless Sons - Serious Business on BTR [ep74]
TUE, 5/15: This Is The Kit - BTR Live Studio [ep121]
WED, 5/16: "Baby" by t-kette - BTR Hear & There [ep59]
THU, 5/17: Why Do We Need Superheroes? - BTR Pulse [ep76]
FRI, 5/18: Deastro - BTR Live Studio [ep122]

Next Week:
MON, 5/21: Conveyor - Serious Business on BTR [ep75]
TUE, 5/22: Emily Wells - BTR Live Studio [ep123]
WED, 5/23: TBD - BreakThruTV [ep]
THU, 5/24: Topic of the Week - BTR Pulse [ep77]
FRI, 5/25: Gary B and the Notions - BTR Live Studio [ep124]

Additionally, we shot Team Genius, Bosco, The Spinto Band, and an exclusive interview with Duncan Bird, of fragrance brand developer Cloudbreak Group. Stay tuned for these videos!