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
Crosss - Serious Business on BTR [ep142]
Crosss (pronounced “Crosses”) is a Canadian trio headed by songwriter Andy March, who also runs a great cassingle series called Craft Singles, which has put out music by Crosss and many more. Their jams are a sort of psychedelic, anthemic metal full of garage riffs and grunge dirges. Over the past year they’ve been hitting NYC regularly, and on a recent trip they stopped by the studio to play some music and chat with Travis. The band also provided a great first run for a new pair of Edwina microphones we’re using to record drums, courtesy of Ear Trumpet Labs in Portland, Oregon.
Featured song: “Sacred Cow”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1dw7012
Obsidian Spectre, the latest release by Crosss, is now available.
Crosss on Bandcamp: http://crosss.bandcamp.com
Ear Trumpet Labs microphones: http://eartrumpetlabs.com
OVLOV - Serious Business on BTR [ep141]
Connecticut-based indie rock band OVLOV are, like their Northeast pals in Speedy Ortiz, Grass Is Green, and other Exploding In Sound-affiliated acts, keeping the 90s guitar rock vibe alive. With Dinosaur Jr.-level volume and walls of shoegaze distortion, they’ve been keeping it heavy since 2008. Fronted by Steve Hartlett (vocals/guitar) and with an evolving/rotating cast of contributors and collaborators (for example, am features guest vocalist Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz on a few tracks), the band is set to keep the melodies and hooks huge as they tear through the underground scene. They stopped by to play some tunes and chat with Travis about transportation options, lovemaking, and music.
Featured song: “The Well”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1dbhDq0
OVLOV’s latest release, am, is now available from Exploding In Sound Records.
OVLOV on Bandcamp: http://ovlov.bandcamp.com
Wolf People - BTR Live Studio [ep273]
Wolf People — a British band signed to North American label Jagjaguwar — comes from the imagination of singer and guitarist Jack Sharp, who crafts fantastical story songs from bits of history and his own imagination. Named for the children’s book, Little Jacko and the Wolf People, and taking the shape of bluesy, retro rock drawing on 60’s folk and 70’s classic rock, the band uses powerful hooks and complex, drifting melodies to produces psychedelic results. On their first ever North American tour, the band stopped by to play some tunes and talk about their recent releases.
Featured song: “When The Fire Is Dead In The Grate”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1gGBApd
Fain, the latest release by Wolf People, is now available.
Official website for Wolf People: http://wolfpeople.co.uk
"A Friend From Argentina" by Anthonie Tonnon - BTR Hear & There [ep82]
Anthonie Tonnon is a songwriter and performer based in Auckland, New Zealand, who performs both solo and with a four piece band. Formerly known as the frontman for the pop band Tono And The Finance Company, his solo work has been quickly gathering steam with a busy schedule touring and opening for internationally-renowned acts. Tonnon’s work melds the dramatic, the dreamlike, and the surreal into tuneful tales filled with everyday characters. While on a US tour, he joined BTR Hear & There on the border of Bushwick, Brooklyn, and Ridgewood, Queens, for a very intimate performance of his song “A Friend From Argentina.”
Featured song: “A Friend From Argentina”
Anthonie Tonnon is currently working on his debut solo album.
Anthonie Tonnon on Tumblr: http://anthonietonnon.tumblr.com
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/
Marijuana Deathsquads - Serious Business on BTR [ep140]
Minneapolis noise band Marijuana Deathsquads is the ever-evolving, experimental project lead by Ryan Olson, (here he’s the pixelated member, and producer/writer of POLICA and GAYNGS), Isaac Gale (whose videos for Bon Iver, Polica, P.O.S., and On An On you’ve probably 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. For this session, the group was in a stripped-down four piece format (they had the minimum 2 drummers and without Stef there, Isaac handled all vocal duties). Live, they’ve had as many as 7 drummers behind the twisted, effected vocals and electronics, making for a total sensory overload of percussive insanity enveloping their impossibly tight, maniacal, intricate experimental sound. From Marijuana Deathsquads’ explosive energy to its members’ work in other bands and in their hometown music and art scenes, there’s a seemingly endless supply of creative power here to love.
Featured song: “Ewok Sadness”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1brWogj
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
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
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
Month In Review: October 2013 - Chaz Mannenheim! [ep10]
What A SPOOKY Month! Government Shutdown! Pagans Tricking & Treating! Miley Cyrus! These Are The Cultural Events Tackled By Man-About-Town, Chaz Mannenheim, In the Newest Installment Of MONTH IN REVIEW!!! If You’re Ready To Think, Laugh, & Be Scared Then You’re Ready For This! CHAZ MANNENHEIM, NEWSMAN OF YESTERYEAR - MONTH IN REVIEW: OCTOBER 2013!!!!
Chaz on Facebook: http://facebook.com/ChazMannenheim
Meredith Hackman on Twitter: @Big_Mer
Nick Carrillo on Twitter: @nickcarrillo77
George Flanagan on Twitter: @georgejezel
Merdeith and Nick are member of GypsyDanger. Here’s their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gypsydangerimprov
YUPPIES - Serious Business on BTR [ep139]
Yuppies are a band from Omaha, Nebraska, who deliver angular, energetic post-punk that sits somewhere between the groove of Fugazi, the minimalist tales of the Fall or the Minutemen, and the anthemic sonic assault of Hüsker Dü. Begun as an antidote to teenage boredom and honed in the basement venues of the midwest, the band developed its own take on the pop song — aggressive, and head on, if a little skewed. In this episode of Serious Business on BTR, they blast through a few jams and spend some time chatting with Travis, just a bunch of dudes sitting around drinking seltzer, talking about tufts and influential bands.
Featured song: “Hitchin’ A Ride”
Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/Hcdqnj
Yuppies’ self-titled debut is now available from Dull Tools.
Yuppies on Bandcamp: http:/yuppies.bandcamp.com
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/