Traumahelikopter - BTR Live Studio [ep276]
traumahelikopter (lowercase intentional) have got it figured out: play short, fast, loud songs, and do it faster, louder, and more intensely than anyone else. This Dutch band from Groningen Noord is a trio, but with two guitars (no bass) and a minimal drum kit, they’re anything but traditional. Their unique setup and infinite energy give these punk anthems a fresh angle on the genre. They stopped by during CMJ to blast through some jams and chat about their music.
Featured song: “Infected”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/IhomBb
traumahelikopter’s self titled album is available now.
traumahelikopter on Bandcamp: http://traumahelikopter.bandcamp.com
Duologue - BTR Live Studio [ep275]
Duologue are a 5-piece band from London. With a rich falsetto sitting neatly on top of a finely-crafted web of electronics and stringed instruments, they build memorable pop tunes that deserve repeated listens. Programmed loops and breakbeats blend perfectly with ambient, folk, and pop elements, making for an immersive sonic experience. The band stopped by to share some songs and to chat with Maia about making music without a drummer and going undercover while traveling.
Featured song: “Underworld”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1ekDOGE
Duologue’s latest release, Song & Dance, is now available.
Official website for Duologue: http://duologuemusic.com
Courtney Barnett - BTR Live Studio [ep274]
Courtney Barnett lives in Melbourne, plays guitar, and writes songs. As vague as that sounds, it’s the absolute truth. She even releases her records via her own label, Milk! Records. What we’re not telling you is that there’s something very special about her songwriting — something almost nostalgic and definitely timeless, akin to the folk and psych of the 60s. Once you hear her songs, you’ll want to keep her your own little secret, too.
Featured song: “Avant Gardener”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/17huC4t
The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, the latest release by Courtney Barnett, is now available.
Official website for Courtney Barnett: http://courtneybarnett.com.au
together PANGEA - BTR Live Studio [ep272]
Los Angeles-based together PANGEA began with lead singer-songwriter William Keegan’s teenage 4-track recordings. Over the years, with the addition of Danny Bengston on bass, Erik Jimenez on drums and, later, Cory Hanson on lead guitar, the band grew their garage pop beast from West Coast DIY shows to iconic LA venues and national tours. With previous releases on Lost Sound Tapes and Burger Records, the group’s debut full length is set to premiere this January via Harvest Records. The band stopped by to rock out and chat about their recent 7,” how switching labels has caused delays in releases, and fans with notable ass tattoos.
Featured song: “Badillac”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1fz7fWq
The latest release by together PANGEA, their Snakedog 7”, is now available, with their debut full length, Badillac, set to be released in January 2014.
Official website for together PANGEA: http://togetherpangea.com/
This Week + Next Week on BTRtv
Here’s a recap of the videos we featured this week on BTRtv and what we’ve got coming up next week:
MON, 11/11: ENCORE: Grooms - Serious Business on BTR [ep137]
TUE, 11/12: Charlene Kaye - BTR Live Studio [ep270]
WED, 11/13: Road to Sochi - BreakThruTV [ep60]
THU, 11/14: Life Before The Internet - BTR Pulse [ep150]
FRI, 10/15: Susanne Sundfor - BTR Live Studio [ep271]
MON, 11/18: Marijuana Deathsquads - Serious Business on BTR [ep140]
TUE, 11/19: together PANGEA - BTR Live Studio [ep272]
WED, 11/20: "Silver Hours - March" by Melaena Cadiz - BTR Hear & There [ep82]
THU, 11/21: BTR Pulse [ep151]
FRI, 11/22: Wolf People - BTR Live Studio [ep273]
Susanne Sundfør - BTR Live Studio [ep271]
Norwegian songwriter Susanne Sundfor exists at the intersection of two worlds (as cleverly depicted in the video for her single “The White Foxes”) — the ancient, natural world of forests and ruins, and the modern, manufactured world of technology, all covered in snow. This is true both thematically, as her songs are often lyrically cold and dark with subtle overtones of brilliant warmth, as well as sonically, blending lush piano elements with the more mechanical, almost industrial elements of pop music. Susanne stopped by to play some solo tunes and talk about the therapy of making art and how her own style developed.
Featured song: “The Silicone Veil”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/16AFsCr
The latest release by Susanne Sundfor, The Silicone Veil, is now available.
Official website for Susanne Sundfor: http://susannesundfor.com
Charlene Kaye - BTR Live Studio [ep270]
Charlene Kaye is a New York-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Growing up in Hawaii, Kaye developed a background in classical music that creeps into her glam-inflected, high-energy style, with Kaye shredding on guitar and singing her heart out over a tight double-drum and keyboard foundation. Extensive touring, festivals showcases, and praise from major entertainment and news sources all point to big things.
Featured song: “I Want Your Gold”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1he3BFU
Animal Love, the latest release by Charlene Kaye, is now available.
Official website for Charlene Kaye: http://charlenekaye.com
Group: Celestial Shore
Trio from Brooklyn producing hazy indie pop that’s so far out there you might start to wonder if your speakers are working correctly. Messy at times but once you scratch below the surface it’s easy to see the complex nature of the construction of each track with several musical ideas layered on top of each other. May not always work perfectly but it’s a new, fresh sounds which can’t really be compared to any other band, Look out for the group’s debut LP 10x in September.
Their album is out and we dig it! We recently had Celestial Shore in for a session of BTR Live Studio. They play “Even After” and chat it up with Maia. See it here.
BTR Live Studio: Twin Peaks - BTR Live Studio [ep269]
Twin Peaks is a Chicago-based band comprised of Cadien, Clay, Connor, and Jack — four young dudes blasting out fuzzy rock ‘n roll. Catchy hooks, a pile of effects, and blasts of attitude have brought a whole lot of attention to this foursome, based on their demos and hard-touring. After trying to hang it up and go to school, the guys realized they were destined (or doomed?) to rock, and headed right back into their own world of honest garage rock.
Featured song: “Flavor”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/Hp3FCJ
Sunken, the latest release by Twin Peaks, is now available.
Twin Peaks on Bandcamp: http://twinpeakschicago.bandcamp.com
Last Week + This Week on BTRtv
Here’s a recap of the videos we featured last week on BTRtv and what we’ve got coming up this week:
MON, 10/28: Coke Weed - Serious Business on BTR [ep138]
TUE, 10/29: The Crookes - BTR Live Studio [ep266]
WED, 10/30: HallowMeme 2013 - BreakThruTV [ep59]
THU, 10/31: Red Hook After Sandy: One Year Later - BTR Pulse [ep148]
FRI, 11/1: Zula - BTR Live Studio [ep267]
MON, 11/4: Yuppies - Serious Business on BTR [ep139]
TUE, 11/5: Baoku Moses - BTR Live Studio [ep268]
WED, 11/6: Month In Review: October 2013 - Chaz Mannenheim [ep10]
THU, 11/7: Topic of the Week - BTR Pulse [ep149]
FRI, 11/8: Twin Peaks - BTR Live Studio [ep269]
BTR Live Studio: Zula - BTR Live Studio [ep267]
Zula are a young Brooklyn band with a West African name and tunes built around the songwriting of cousins Henry and Nate Terepka. Exploring psychedelic sounds with a heavy dose of delay, their songs are pleasingly disjointed, experimental pop jams that makes clever use of groove and melody — not to mention a lot of really weird sounds. What it all adds up to is a deliciously unpredictable blend of jazz, rock, pop, electronica, and ambient bits and pieces, strung together through whatever weird magic these guys possess.
Featured song: “This Hopeful”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/16qPiU7
Zula’s latest release, This Hopeful, is now available.
Official website for Zula: http://zulamusic.net/
This is an awesome cover from Scout Niblett. You should also check out the BTR Live Studio session featuring Scout Niblett HERE.
A new TLC cover from Scoutt Niblet — plus an interview here.
The Crookes - BTR Live Studio [ep266]
Formed in 2008 in Sheffield, England, the Crookes consist of George Waite, Daniel Hopewell, Russell Bates and Tom Dakin. Heralded as a prominent group in the UK’s New Pop movement, their list of press accolades is extensive and their fan base apparently large and growing. Romanticism is heavy, with soaring melodies and strident lyrics (which even Noel Gallagher has praised), carried out by Waite’s undeniably strong vocal delivery. They stopped by to blast through some tunes and to chat with Maia about their new record.
Featured song: “Bear’s Blood”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/17ESfkq
The latest release by The Crookes, “Bear’s Blood” / “Dance In Colour” 7” is now available.
Official website for The Crookes: http://thecrookes.co.uk