Serious Business on BTR: LVL UP - Serious Business on BTR [ep170]

LVL UP seem to be at the center of a growing storm of kickass Northeast-based bands. Part of the extended Exploding In Sound Records family and apparently making friends wherever they tour, there’s no shortage of positive vibes here. Oh, and their music happens to sound like fuzzy teenage anthems blasting out of a garage — the perfect soundtrack to the basement party of your suburban fantasies.

Featured song: “Big Snow”

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

LVL UP on Bandcamp: http://lvlup.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/pages/LVL-UP/225155120882216
Twitter: @LVLUPBAND

Wilder Maker - Serious Business on BTR [ep132]

Originally known as Boy Without God, Gabriel Birnbaum’s eccentric indie folk project, Wilder Maker, is full of enough noise and passion to live up to the new name. With the help of a large cast of friends and acquaintances, Birnbaum makes each song a journey, weaving a story through bursts of noise and varied riffs and time changes, with plenty of room to live and breath. Then there are pop songs — well, they’re all pop songs, really, but these tight little nuggets have horns that stab in all the right places, just daring you to dance, and maybe even get a little wild.

Featured song: “Float Us Through The Barroom”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/15UA78c

Wilder Maker’s new release, Year Of Endless Light, will be available 9/10.

Official website for Wilder Maker: http://wildermaker.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/wildermaker
Twitter: @WilderMaker

Kleenex Girl Wonder - Serious Business on BTR [ep131]

Kleenex Girl Wonder is the chameleon-esque stage name of one Graham Smith, a songwriter from the suburbs of Chicago who’s been calling New York City his home for some time now. Beginning with a group of neighborhood friends and evolving into a shifting cast of players, KGW is a sort of indie rock institution, constantly experimenting while staying true to its time-tested formula. The current band features Smith on bass and vocals, Thayer McClanahan on guitar, and Matt LeMay on drums.

Featured song: “Dieffenbachia”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1d0kLUf

The latest release by Kleenex Girl Wonder CGSQ313 is now available.

Official website for Kleenex Girl Wonder: http://kgw.me

Facebook: http://facebook.com/kleenexgirlwonder

Twitter: @grahamsmith

"Road Dog" by Dope Body - Serious Business on BTR [ep127.5]

Dope Body is a band from Baltimore, Maryland. Though their use of punk tactics — abrasive blasts, loops, yelps and shouts — gets them pegged as a noise band, there’s also a tight groove running through their jams that makes them largely danceable; as Travis says, it’s very physical AND musical. Here, we present an extra video of Dope Body playing “Road Dog” at their recent session of Serious Business on BTR.

Featured song: “Road Dog”

Dope Body’s latest release, Saturday, is now available. Watch

Dope Body’s previous episode, featuring more music and interview: http://b-t-r.co/1dKoH7y

Dope Body on Tumblr: http://dopebody.tumblr.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/DOPE-BODY/310914069790

Twitter: @DopeBody

Dope Body - Serious Business on BTR [ep126]

Dope Body is a band from Baltimore, Maryland. Though their use of punk tactics — abrasive blasts, loops, yelps and shouts — gets them pegged as a noise band, there’s also a tight groove running through their jams that makes them largely danceable; as Travis says, it’s very physical AND musical. This sort of flexibility is what enables them to share the stage with more dance-oriented acts like Mykki Blanco as frequently as their thrashier brethren in Roomrunner. Here, they kept some of that boundless energy just barely under wraps as their sound exploded in the studio.

Featured song: “Youth Relic”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/10WGnKC

Dope Body’s latest release, Saturday, is now available.

Dope Body on Tumblr: http://dopebody.tumblr.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/DOPE-BODY/310914069790

Twitter: @DopeBody

Jane Eyre - Serious Business on BTR [ep125]

Jane Eyre — briefly known as Boy King Island in its early stages — is a quickly rising band on the New York scene and marks a shift from the critically acclaimed folk of songwriter Jesse Rifkin’s previous efforts as The Wailing Wall. While fans might first notice their outfits (Travis sure did) or the omnipresence of R. Buckminster Fuller’s portrait onstage, the songs should really be taking precedence here. Combining the group’s collective backgrounds in music studies, rock bands, and assorted experimental noisemaking situations, Jane Eyre is a powerful force generating uniquely memorable, experimental pop music.

Featured song: “Home Alone 2: Lost In New York”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/10J9p0a

Jane Eyre’s debut LP, With Our Thoughts We Make The World, will be released on August 8, 2013.

Jane Eyre on Tumblr: http://janeeyrebk.tumblr.com/

Bandcamp: http://janeeyre.bandcamp.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/janeeyrebk

Twitter: @janeeyreband

Yoni Gordon - Serious Business on BTR [ep124]

Yoni Gordon is a soulful troubadour who cut his teeth in Boston before landing in Brooklyn. Standing tall and proud, his live show is a whirlwind of storytelling, bravado, and all-out-heart as told through a rock n’ roll spectacle. Backed by a vibrant band — horn section and all — Gordon throws every bit of himself into his music like he truly means it. Here, he brings his band by the studio to blast through a few songs, and to make band introductions with the appropriate fanfare.

Featured Song: “The Hard Way”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/17B4P60

Yoni Gordon’s latest release, The Hard Way, is now available from Kerosene Machine Records.

Official website for Yoni Gordon: http://yonigordon.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/pages/Yoni-Gordon/111258802274109

Twitter: @yonigordon

ENCORE: pow wow! - Serious Business on BTR [ep110]

Astoria, Queens-based pow wow! is the brainchild of Eddie and Jeff Nazareno, brothers originally from the suburbs of northern New Jersey. The duo has solidified their lineup with bassist John-Paul Anthony, lead guitarist and co-vocalist Amanda Burden, and drummer Sal Garro and playing their own sort of party soul music, with traces of brit-pop, shoegaze, and plenty of indie rock touches.

Featured Song: “Don’t Stop To Look”

pow wow!’s Don’t Stop To Look is out now.

Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/WEnhcl

pow wow! on Tumblr: http://powwownyc.tumblr.com

Bandcamp: http://powwow.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/powwownyc

Twitter: @powwownyc

Raccoon Fighter - Serious Business on BTR [ep115]

Raccoon Fighter is a trio of Brooklyn-dwelling men making rip-roarin’ rock ‘n roll. They offer heavy, groovy, Sixties-inspired, punk thrashin’, headbangin’ stuff coming at you in hi-fi sound. And even their mellower jams pack a solid, gritty punch that draws on their raw energy. Here, they play some tunes and talk with Travis about their new album.


Featured Song: “My Ticket”


Raccoon Fighter’s Liars Feet EP is available now and they’ll have a new album out soon.


Complete Broadcast and Playlist: http://b-t-r.co/11id0Ru


Official website for Raccoon Fighter: http://raccoonfighter.com/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/RaccoonFighter

Twitter: @RACCOONFIGHTER

Yellowbirds - BTR Live Studio [ep212]

Songwriter Sam Cohen — previously of the band Apollo Sunshine — has been developing his psych-pop style for years now, gaining a strong following along the way. The band features Josh Kaufman, Brian Kantor, and Annie Nero, all friends and regulars of the Serious Business world whom play in such bands as Rocketship Park, Higgins, the Bandana Splits, and Balthrop, Alabama, among others. With this illustrious company, Cohen’s sunny, timeless pop songs attain an outsize, cinematic quality that easily conjures vivid imagery.

Featured Song: “Julian”

Complete broadcast and radio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/YGJZiZ

Yellowbirds’ Songs From The Vanished Frontier will be released May 28.

Official website for Yellowbirds: http://yellowbirdsmusic.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/YellowbirdsMusic
Twitter: @yellowbirdsbk

White Mystery - Serious Business on BTR [ep114]

White Mystery are the brother-sister ginger rock ‘n roll slaying duo of Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White. Making the most of the classic atomic-hot drums-and-guitar combo and sharing vocal duties, these two blast out tunes with impossible energy and gusto. They dropped their rock bomb on our studio and sat down for an interview with Travis, to share a bit about their hard-touring lifestyle.

Featured Song: “Jungle Cat”

White Mystery’s Telepathic will be released on 4/20.

Official website for White Mystery: http://whitemysteryband.com/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/WhiteMysteryBand

Twitter: @missalexwhite

The Paparazzi - Serious Business on BTR [ep113]

Erik Paparazzi has been recording and touring in various incarnations of The Paparazzi since way back. His heroes are the underdogs of pop like Harry Nilsson, Nick Lowe, Todd Rundgren, Lee Hazelwood, Brian Wilson, and all the other musical visionaries who can get down with happy accidents, soul power, and the lushness of it all. And his experiences performing with the likes of Cat Power, Dirty Delta Blues, and other notable acts informs his powerful solo work. Here, he catches up with Travis, talks about his work, and offers a rousing interpretation of a perhaps-familiar commercial.

Featured Song: “Hi”

The Paparazzi’s Rococo is available from Serious Business Records.

The Paparazzi on Serious Business Records: http://seriousbusinessrecords.com/artists/show/17

Supercute! - Serious Business On BTR  [ep112]

Supercute! is a an all-girl band from Brooklyn who definitely live up to their name. Founded by 19-year old singer Rachel Trachtenburg — whose musical roots go back to playing drums in The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players at age 6 — and joined by bandmate Julia Cumming, this duo is currently prepping their debut album, produced by British songwriter Kate Nash. Here, the girls are joined by friends to complete the super cuteness, just before they head out on tour.

Featured song: “I Do”

Supercute!’s debut album is being produced by Kate Nash and will be released Summer 2013.

Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/108vlNY

Official website for Supercute!: http://www.supercuterocks.com/
Bandcamp: http://supercute.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/supercuteband
Twitter: @SUPERCUTEROCKS

So So Glos - Serious Business on BTR  [ep111]

Infamous Brooklyn punks, party-starters, Mets fans, and wranglers of legendary DIY venues Market Hotel and Shea Stadium, So So Glos are always up to something. A true rock ‘n roll band of brothers via divorce and remarriage, their childhood musical beginnings found a new life in 2007 when they formed the band and set out to tour, make records, and operate all ages venues.


Featured song: “Son Of An American”

So So Glos’
Blowout will be released on April 2nd.

Complete radio broadcast and playlist:
http://b-t-r.co/16ELLEb

Official website for So So Glos: http://thesosoglos.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sosoglos
Twitter: 
@sosoglos

pow wow! - Serious Business on BTR [ep110]

Astoria, Queens-based pow wow! is the brainchild of Eddie and Jeff Nazareno, brothers originally from the suburbs of northern New Jersey. The duo has solidified their lineup with bassist John-Paul Anthony, lead guitarist and co-vocalist Amanda Burden, and drummer Sal Garro and playing their own sort of party soul music, with traces of brit-pop, shoegaze, and plenty of indie rock touches.

Featured Song: “Don’t Stop To Look”

pow wow!’s Don’t Stop To Look is out now.

Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/WEnhcl

pow wow! on Tumblr: http://powwownyc.tumblr.com
Bandcamp: http://powwow.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/powwownyc
Twitter: @powwownyc