Bluffing - Serious Business on BTR [ep171]

Bluffing doesn’t mess around. Established in Brooklyn in March 2012 with the singular mission of crafting concise hits under two minutes, they’re set to make their pop and punk heroes proud. Check them out here, but pay close attention or risk missing something awesome: the songs are over almost as soon as they start!

Featured songs: “Sheltered” / “Mind Over Mood

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

Sugar Coated Pills of Wisdom, Bluffing’s latest release, is now available from PaperCup Music.

Bluffing on Bandcamp: http://bluffing.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/pages/BLUFFING/532748140081403
Twitter: @BLUFFINGband

Field Mouse - Serious Business on BTR [ep169]

Field Mouse is a Brooklyn-based shoegaze/pop-inspired band who we last saw on BTR Live Studio. Here, they return to the studio with a new lineup and songs from Hold Still Life, their upcoming debut LP for Top Shelf Records. Driven by the core duo of Rachel Browne and Andrew Futral, the band is known for washes of noisy guitars and the sweet sweet vocals that make every song feel like a dreamy hit.

Featured song: “A Place You Return To When You Dream”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1l41W1t

Field Mouse’s new album, Hold Still Life, will be available July 22.

Official website for Field Mouse: http://fieldmousemusic.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/fieldmousemusic
Twitter: @fieldmousemusic

Slavve - Serious Business on BTR [ep168]
Slavve is the duo of guitarist/vocalist Chuka Chukuma and drummer Marcos Marchesani, formerly of Weird Wives and Surfer Blood. The duo has played together in various projects since growing up in West Palm Beach, Florida, but recently relocated to Brooklyn. With Slavve, their philosophy is to make everything bigger and louder and, trust us, they had no problem doing just that in the studio. With hardcore undertones to their post-punk howl, they make uniquely cathartic music. Here, they play some tunes and talk to Travis about growing up and playing music together since their childhood in Florida.

Featured song: “Pity Party”

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

Slavve’s self-titled debut EP is available now.

Slavve on Bandcamp: http://slavve.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/slavve
Twitter: @SLAVVE_

Split Single - Serious Business on BTR [ep167]


Split Single is a rock band fronted by Jason Narducy (Superchunk, the Bob Mould Band, Telekinesis, Verbow). Joined on record by Britt Daniel (Spoon) and Jon Wurster (Superchunk, The Mountain Goats), along with a rotating crew of similarly talented friends for live shows, Narducy has put together something worthy of much more attention than most projects with so many parentheses in their bio, if you catch our drift. The band dropped by to treat us to some of the killer tunes and have silly chat time with Travis, including discussion of Narducy’s cameo-filled comedic video, “The Sexiest Elbows in Rock Music” (look out for Dave Grohl, Fred Armisen, and Margaret Cho, to name a few).

Featured song: “Searches”

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

Official website for Split Single: http://splitsinglemusic.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/splitsingle
Twitter: @SplitSingleband

The Teen Age - Serious Business on BTR [ep165]
The Teen Age have come up with their own genre that’s totally appropriate and tells you almost all there is to know about their sound: doo wop garage. There’s a loose and fuzzy, fun punk vibe with an undercurrent of classic touches from another time when songs were made to sing along to. Here, the young Brooklyn band talks to Travis and plays some tunes.

Featured song: “Stop”

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

The latest EP from The Teen Age, Ways To Adapt, is now available.

The Teen Age on Bandcamp: http://theteenagemusic.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/theteenagemusic
Twitter: @TheTeenAgeBK

Big Ups - Serious Business on BTR [ep164]


Big Ups are back, making their second appearance on Serious Business on BTR, and things have been going well for them since they last sat down with Travis. We can see why, as the Brooklyn post-hardcore band is busy touring and making great music, drawn from the Minutemen/Black Flag bloodline. They’ve made tons of fans and friends in their short career and, here, they talk to Travis about their lives on the road and play some excellent new tunes.

Featured song: “Justice”

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

Eighteen Hours of Static, the latest release by Big Ups, is now available.

Big Ups on Bandcamp: http://bigups.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/wearebigups
Twitter: @wearebigups

Beech Creeps - Serious Business on BTR [ep163]

Beech Creeps is a hot new Brooklyn/Queens band featuring Mark Shue, Zach Lehrhoff, and Luke Fasano. With a fine pedigree as former members of Ex Models, Knyfe Hyts, Pterodactyl, and Yeasayer, this trio is set to slam their jammy, lo-fi, noisy surf jingles way deep into earholes everywhere.

Featured song: “Teenage Booby”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1lpqa9J

The Crashing Booms, Beech Creeps’ latest release, is now available.

Beech Creeps on Bandcamp: http://beechcreeps.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/beechcreeps
Twitter: @BeechTreets

Palehound - Serious Business on BTR [ep162]

Exploding In Sound is a Brooklyn-based music blog and label, specializing in the often-guitar-heavy, 90s-leaning rock sound that we love so much at Serious Business On BTR. They cut no corners whatsoever on their promise of “delivering good rock music since 2008.” We’ve had a number of EIS-connected bands in for sessions in the past, so we thought we’d make our love real and invited them to do a little takeover for a few weeks!

Palehound, the third and final in our EISxSBonBTR series, is a band from Yonkers, New York. Yes, Yonkers, not Brooklyn. Got it? Originally the solo project of Ellen Kempner (vocals and guitar), the current quartet came together in the Fall of 2013 and proceeded to launch into a whirlwind of nonstop touring and recording. There’s a distinct 90s alternative rock sound here (somewhere along the Helium-Pavement spectrum) akin to the like-minded Krill and Speedy Ortiz, but don’t get hung up on that. This group of beyond-the-boroughs New Yorkers are super charming and making great music for today that you should check out.

Featured song: “Pet Carrot”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1nZstn2

Palehound’s latest release, Kitchen 7”, is now available from Exploding In Sound.

Palehound on Bandcamp: http://palehound.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/palehoundsounds

Official website for Exploding In Sound Records: www.explodinginsoundrecords.com
Twitter: @EISRecords

Krill (Presented by Exploding In Sound) - Serious Business on BTR [ep161]

Exploding In Sound is a Brooklyn-based music blog and label, specializing in the often-guitar-heavy, 90s-leaning rock sound that we love so much at Serious Business On BTR. They cut no corners whatsoever on their promise of “delivering good rock music since 2008.” We’ve had a number of EIS-connected bands in for sessions in the past, so we thought we’d make our love real and invited them to do a little takeover for the next few weeks!

For the second installment of the series we welcomed Krill, the Massachusetts-based band who just about everybody and their mother has told us that we ABSOLUTELY NEED TO BOOK. You know what? They were right. This fierce, charming, hooky trio crank out the jams in the most delicious of ways. Check it out and get into the Krill action!

Featured song:“Unbounded Nameless Future”

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

Krill’s latest release, Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts Into Tears, is now available from Exploding In Sound.

Krill on Bandcamp: http://wheretheresakrilltheresaway.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/krillforever
Twitter: @krilliamhmacy

Official website for Exploding In Sound Records: www.explodinginsoundrecords.com
Twitter: @EISRecords

Kal Marks (Presented by Exploding In Sound) - Serious Business on BTR [ep160]

Exploding In Sound is a Brooklyn-based music blog and label, specializing in the often-guitar-heavy, 90s-leaning rock sound that we love so much at Serious Business On BTR. They cut no corners whatsoever on their promise of “delivering good rock music since 2008.” We’ve had a number of EIS-connected bands in for sessions in the past, so we thought we’d make our love real and invited them to do a little takeover for the next few weeks!

For part 1 of the EISxSBonBTR Takeover, we’ve got Kal Marks. This Boston based band crushes with drawling melody and swelling, hooky choruses. Tales of perversion, depravity, and beautiful chaos (you know, life stuff) wrapped in crusty slowjams. The band stopped by to melt our faces and have some silly chit-chat with Travis.

Featured song: “Life Is Murder”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1i3jvSE

Kal Marks’ latest release, Life Is Murder, is now available from Exploding In Sound.

Kal Marks on Bancamp: http://kalmarks.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/kalmarks

Official Website for Exploding In Sound Records: http://explodinginsoundrecords.com
Twitter: @EISRecords

Mount Sharp - Serious Business on BTR [ep159]
Mount Sharp is a band proudly hailing from the toxic-post-industrial-superfund neighborhood of Gowanus, Brooklyn. With songs about science, monsters, and bad decisions, this space-obsessed gang of noisy nerds is gearing up to share their debut EP, full of fuzzy, raw indie rock. The band, which features a few faces familiar to the BTR team, shared some new jams and sat down to nerd out over Game of Thrones with Travis and talk about their upcoming record and NYC residency shows.

Featured song: “Crazy Eyes”

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

Mount Sharp’s debut EP, Hello Mount Sharp, is now available.

Official website for Mount Sharp: http://hellomountsharp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/MountSharp
Twitter: @HelloMountSharp

Slonk Donkerson - Serious Business on BTR [ep157]
Travis gets his donk slonked by Slonk Donkerson (who are actually, like, really good), learns a bit about the band’s hometown, and even manages to tell his classic Steve Buscemi story. Sometime during the session, the Brooklyn rock trio also happened to play some sweet tunes. We can’t decide if we want to compare them to a hair metal band or R.E.M., but neither one is really at all appropriate — while also totally appropriate, somehow — so just go ahead and check it out for yourself. Don’t let us tell you how to live your life.

Featured song: “Painted From Memory”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1pGhXO0

RE-RUNS, Slonk Donkerson’s latest release, is now available from Black Bell Records.

Official website for Slonk Donkerson: http://slonkdonkerson.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/SlonkDonkerson.music
Twitter: @SlonkDonkerson

The Fleshtones - Serious Business on BTR [ep156]
The Fleshtones were formed in 1976 in Whitestone, New York, and have been active for the nearly four decades since. They were there for the rise of punk and the New York rock ‘n roll music of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and were the first band to be booked or to play at iconic venues such as Irving Plaza, Danceteria, Maxwell’s, and the 9:30 Club. With a cult following and reputation as an unforgettable live act, their colorful history continues to grow to this day, as they give every show 100%. Founding members Keith Streng and Peter Zaremba stopped by for a special acoustic performance and chat with Travis.

Featured song: “Remember The Ramones”

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

Wheel of Talent, the latest release by The Fleshtones, is now available.

The Fleshtones on Yep Roc Records: http://yeproc.com/artists/the-fleshtones
Facebook: https://facebook.com/pages/The-Fleshtones-Official/177240861436

Spirit Kid - Serious Business on BTR [ep155]
Spirit Kid is the Boston-based project of jangle-pop-loving songwriter Emeen Zarookian. Their latest album is out today (if you happen to be reading this on the day the session and video premiere) and was produced after a successful Pledgemusic campaign which also benefitted the Boston Children’s Hospital. Check out the session for sweet melodies, hot sax, drummer talk, and a cameo from BTR cameraman and pow wow!/Quiet Loudly drummer, Sal Garro!

Featured song: “Playing Cupid”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1oj0JaJ

Is Happening, the latest release by Spirit Kid, is now available.

Official website for Spirit Kid: http://spiritkidmusic.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/spiritkidmusic
Twitter: @spiritkidmusic

Great Western Plain - Serious Business on BTR [ep154]
Great Western Plain is a trio of dudes from Maine, playing gnarly rock music. Continuing the tradition of Portland-based bands (though drummer Tony would be quick to point out that he lives a couple hours north of Maine’s biggest city, we’re sticking with it) making the trek down for shows and a beer-and-chat session with Travis for Serious Business On BTR, the guys stopped by to play some of their more recent jams, now with more krauty, no-wave goodness slathered on top of their punk jams.

Featured song: “Moving Parts”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1lq75mW

Elastic Smile, the latest release from Great Western Plain, is now available.

Great Western Plain on Bandcamp: http://greatwesternplain.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/GreatWesternPlain
Twitter: @greatwstrnpln