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
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/
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
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
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
Gregory And The Hawk - BTR Live Studio [ep291]
Gregory and the Hawk is the solo project of Meredith Godreau from New York. Known for her touching lyrics and vocal talents, she conceived the band name in 2003 to set herself apart from other female singer-songwriters. The trick seemed to work, as she’s developed a loyal following of fans — thanks in no small part to her hard touring work ethic and the internet — and continues to grow as an artist, calling on talented musicians to lend their skills to the project’s recordings. Here, she stops by the studio for a solo performance of songs from her next album, which can currently be heard in demo form online.
Featured song: “Heart Attack”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1gGYSwc
Come, Now, the most recent release by Gregory and the Hawk, is now available.
Official website for Gregory and the Hawk: http://gregoryandthehawk.com
Secret Someones - BTR Live Studio [ep290]
Secret Someones is the fresh NYC-based project from singer-songwriters Bess Rogers, Lelia Broussard, Hannah Winkler, & drummer/multi-instrumentalist Zach Jones. Though they give a lot of credit to their love for fuzzy pop rock masters Weezer, the band’s music is so catchy that we might even say it’s got more pop potential than even their heroes.
Featured song: “Quit Pulling Me Down”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1jBLnyn
Secret Someones’ self-titled album is now available.
Official website for Secret Someones: http://secretsomeones.com
Karikatura - BTR Live Studio [ep289]
Karikatura is a band based in New York City pumping out lively, body-shaking music that blends gypsy, latin, hip-hop, indie rock, afrobeat, and reggae styles into one huge, organic sonic party. Based on strong rhythms and topped with socially conscious-lyrics, bright horns, and an abundance of joy, the band, which was born on the road — conceived in South India and ultimately realized in NYC — can sound at home anywhere in the world.
Featured song: “Some Kind Of”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1f77lDx
Departures EP, the latest release from Karikatura is now available.
Official website for Karikatura: http://karikaturanyc.com/
Special thanks to Ear Trumpet Labs for furnishing the Edwina microphones used to record the drums for this session.
Official website for Ear Trumpet Labs: http://eartrumpetlabs.com
PEP - BTR Live Studio [ep288]
PEP is a project built on the retro-pop love of Karys Rhea, who you may recognize from the band Starlight Girls. For this project, Karys drew heavily on 1950s girl-group melodies and, with the help of a full band, brings those ditties of teenage love to life. Take a listen and you’ll quickly hear just how infectious the upbeat vibe of PEP can be!
Featured song: “Stephen”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1mBn6IA
PEP’s debut album, My Baby And Me, will be available February 11th.
Official website for PEP: http://pepisaband.com
Hugh Cornwell - BTR Live Studio [ep285]
Hugh Cornwell is a bit of a legend. As the original guitarist, singer, and primary songwriter in UK hit-making band The Stranglers, he has more than enough credibility, not to mention a hell of a catalog of widely-known tunes under his belt. Just as The Stranglers grew from a howling punk band to a more refined pop unit, Cornwell’s solo work takes advantage of all this experience and development as an artist, blasting forth a more mature, but still gnarly, perspective.
Featured song: “God Is A Woman”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/KWnMcQ
Totem And Taboo, Hugh Cornwell’s newest album is now available from Red River Entertainment.
Official website for Hugh Cornwell: http://hughcornwell.com
The Can’t Tells - BTR Live Studio [ep285]
The Can’t Tells are a trio of scrappy late twenty-somethings from Brooklyn — specifically (and alphabetically) Mike DiSanto, Blaze McKenzie, and Jonathan Smith. In 2006, the self-described music geeks came together in Boston, bonding over a shared love of especially-weird microphones (they must love the Ear Trumpet Labs Edwina microphones used in our sessions!). With a sound that careens from pleasant pop to explosive noise — often turning in an instant and catching the listener by surprise — they’re carving out a niche that seems to be right at the intersection of their influences of Elvis Costello and Mission of Burma, without mimicking either.
Featured song: “Drug Store”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1ayMVEc
No Television, the latest release from The Can’t Tells, is now available.
Official website for The Can’t Tells: http://thecanttells.com
Iska Dhaaf - BTR Live Studio [ep284]
Iska Dhaaf (taken from Somali, translating roughly to “let it go”) is a Seattle-based duo composing meditative, circular post-punk. Nathan Quiroga and Benjamin Verdoes dive into rhythmically-driven music with poppy indie rock melodies, all inspired by Sufi poetry. The band stopped by to share some songs and chat with Maia about the project.
Featured song: “Everybody Knows”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1dayh8G
Happiness, the latest release from Iska Dhaff, is now available.
Official website for Iska Dhaaf: http://iskadhaaf.com
The Griswolds - BTR Live Studio [ep283]
Yes, Australian indie pop band The Griswolds ARE named after the cinematic family we all know and love from the National Lampoon’s Vacation films. These self-described chameleons of pop reportedly found each other just the way a band should — by working out a sound-defining riff that became their first single. In the few years since that fortuitous collaboration, the band has toured extensively and in good company (Passion Pit, Django Django, San Cisco), and now the States is starting to catch on as their catchy melodies and huge choruses hit our shores.
Featured song: “Heart Of A Lion”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1ly5woh
The Griswolds’ Heart Of A Lion EP is now available.
Official website for The Griswolds: http://wearethegriswolds.com