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

Sharkmuffin - Serious Business on BTR [ep153]
Sharkmuffin has the kind of name that demands attention. Ferocious and deadly as a shark, while sweet like a muffin could be the implied meaning — and since this Brooklyn garage-pop band is comprised of three badass ladies, it definitely works. We’re leaning a bit more on the shark side of things here, because Tarra Thiessen, Natalie Kirch, and Janet LaBelle definitely mean business. With song matter leaning towards the dark and heavy side (incest, mythical bestiality, and homicidal heroin using fembots) and music that tears 70s rock riffs through 90s alt-rock noise, all under the guise of garage rock, maybe the name is there to remind us that there’s still something sweet behind all of that mayhem. Or maybe all we should take from it is what the band says themselves, “Sharkmuffin doesn’t really give a fuck, they just want to have a good time.”

Featured song: “First Date”

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

1097, the latest release by Sharkmuffin, is now available.

Official website for Sharkmuffin: http://sharkmuffin.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/sharkmuffin
Twitter: @Sharkmuffin

Exocomet - Serious Business on BTR [ep152]
GIMME TINNITUS is a Brooklyn-based music/MP3 blog run by a dedicated music enthusiast by the name of Bob Reich. We love his constant curation of killer shows, sick playlists, and undying advocacy for spending your hard-earned cash to support the bands he loves. He tends to go for the loud, abrasive, unconventional, and downright obscure-as-hell music that we can’t get enough of on Serious Business On BTR. For the fourth and final installment of the four-part GIMME TINNITUS X SB On BTR Takeover, we’re featuring Exocomet.

Exocomet is a deliberately mysterious band. This Brooklyn-based two-man-machine of a post-punk experimental band has earned the right to keep the details murky, playing fast and precise, with layers of ambient sonic chaos for their krauty no wave dreamscapes to float around on. There’s a sort of familiar, ominous vibe to their music, but, more importantly, there’s persistent forward propulsion that’s highly addicting.

Featured song: “Dive”

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

Exocomet’s debut record will be available on Germfree Records on April 1, 2014.

Exocomet on Bandcamp: http://exocomet.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/exocomet

Official website for Gimme Tinnitus: http://gimmetinnitus.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/gimmetinnitus
Twitter: @gimmetinnitus

Fins - Serious Business on BTR [ep151]
GIMME TINNITUS is a Brooklyn-based music/MP3 blog run by a dedicated music enthusiast by the name of Bob Reich. We love his constant curation of killer shows, sick playlists, and undying advocacy for spending your hard-earned cash to support the bands he loves. He tends to go for the loud, abrasive, unconventional, and downright obscure-as-hell music that we can’t get enough of on Serious Business On BTR. For the third installment of the four-part GIMME TINNITUS X SB On BTR Takeover, we’re featuring FINS.

FINS is a Connecticut trio whose urgent, heavy, throaty rock pummels earholes in the best way possible. They’ve got the post-punk pulse down, and can thrash with the best of them. We’re starting to think that between CT and MA, New England is having a serious rock renaissance, with bands like FINS, Ovlov, Speedy Ortiz, Grass Is Green, etc. mining similar 90s-esque grunge territory and delivering seriously tasty doses of noise.

Featured song: “Frontier”

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

FINS latest release, FINS, is available now.

FINS on Bandcamp: http://xfins.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/pages/fins/425397757499281
Twitter: @FINS_fins

Official website for Gimme Tinnitus: http://gimmetinnitus.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/gimmetinnitus
Twitter: @gimmetinnitus

Clean Girls - Serious Business on BTR [ep150]
GIMME TINNITUS is a Brooklyn-based music/MP3 blog run by a dedicated music enthusiast by the name of Bob Reich. We love his constant curation of killer shows, sick playlists, and undying advocacy for spending your hard-earned cash to support the bands he loves. He tends to go for the loud, abrasive, unconventional, and downright obscure-as-hell music that we can’t get enough of on Serious Business On BTR. For the second installment of the four-part GIMME TINNITUS X SB On BTR Takeover, we’re featuring Clean Girls.

Clean Girls are a heavy band. They’ll tell you that much themselves. But, more than that, they’re intense — thrashing, relentless, undulating waves of sound from every angle, with throaty screams slathered on top of all the punk noise. Here, they drop some face-melting music on the studio, and reveal the dirty origin of their band name.

Featured song: “No New Friends”

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

Clean Girls’ The Last House EP is available now.

Clean Girls on Bandcamp: http://cleangirls.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cleangirls
Twitter: @cleangirls666

Official website for Gimme Tinnitus: http://gimmetinnitus.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gimmetinnitus
Twitter: @gimmetinnitus

bbigpigg - Serious Business on BTR [ep149]
GIMME TINNITUS is a Brooklyn-based music/MP3 blog run by a dedicated music enthusiast by the name of Bob Reich. We love his constant curation of killer shows, sick playlists, and undying advocacy for spending your hard-earned cash to support the bands he loves. He tends to go for the loud, abrasive, unconventional, and downright obscure-as-hell music that we can’t get enough of on Serious Business On BTR. For the first installment of the four-part GIMME TINNITUS X SB On BTR Takeover, we’re featuring bbigpigg.

bbigpigg are a squeal-blasting, face-melting, fat-bottomed groovin’ noise rock band from Brooklyn. Gimme Tinnitus noticed that their Facebook interests seem to reveal a little something about the band and their tunes. Submitted for your consideration: “biological organization. anthropomorphism. survival strategies. transference. Merleau-Ponty. BBQs. homicidal cartoon monkeys. candy empires. self-defense weaponry. kitty-cats.” Yup, that does make a lot of sense.

Featured song: “How Weird Is That Girl”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1bt5iXU

bbigpigg’s latest release, a split cassette with Designer, is now available.

Official website for bbigpigg: http://bbigpigg.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/bbigpigg
Twitter: @bbigpigg

Official website for Gimme Tinnitus: http://gimmetinnitus.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gimmetinnitus
Twitter: @gimmetinnitus

Ava Luna - Serious Business on BTR [ep148]
Ava Luna is a household name among certain circles in Brooklyn. Travis hits the nail on the head here, addressing the band’s masterful use of space in their funky, catchy, damn sweet tunes as a testament to their success in the DIY scene and beyond. They’ve boiled their formula down to something pretty much perfect, crafting weird, complex, and totally awesome arty pop music that lands somewhere between Dirty Projectors and Prince. If you’re not already down with Ava Luna, get caught up; if you already love them, you’re welcome. Get caught up with some of their tunes and a revealing chat with Travis.

Featured song: “Crown”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1bg4Igd

Electric Balloon, the newest album by Ava Luna, is out March 4th.

Official website for Ava Luna: http://avalunamusic.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/avaluna
Twitter: @avalunaband

Foam Castles - Serious Business on BTR [ep147]
For the past few years, Tyler Jackson of Portland, Maine, has been turning out fuzzy pop gems — leaning towards psych rock at times, riff-heavy indie rock at others — under the name Foam Castles (previously seen performing solo in an episode of BTR Hear & There). The project began, like many, as a home recording project that eventually featured an amorphous lineup of musician friends before solidifying into a full-fledged band. These days, the band is a tight foursome pop hit-making machine including some of the most accomplished veterans of the local Portland scene (Jaw Gems, Brenda, Endless Jags, and others among their notable projects). The guys dropped by the studio to share some tunes both old and new and to chat with Travis, providing some insight into where they find inspiration for their music.

Featured song: “Sycamore”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/L3jReP

Bonanza, the latest release from Foam Castles is now available from Teenarena Records.

Foam Castles on Bandcamp: http://foamcastles.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/foamcastles
Twitter: @foamcastles

Potty Mouth - Serious Business on BTR [ep146]

Potty Mouth, a punk quartet from Northampton, MA (which just seems to be spewing forth great new bands lately), is, as they proudly declare, “all-parts smart-pop craftswomen, specializing in taut, infectious, C-86 influenced indie pop meets ‘77 punk perfection.” You really can’t get more accurate than that. This isn’t scrappy pop punk nor boring indie rock — there’s fuzzy guitars, tight-n-clean lead guitar, solid bass, and perfectly tasteful drums all over their songs, which tackle a variety of topics ranging from the Gap to The Truman Show to talking in your sleep. It was a pleasure to have them stop by the studio to play their songs and open up to Travis about their deepest, darkest secrets (or just to say “hi” to Mom).

Featured song: “First Thing”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/JYZu0U

Hell Bent, Potty Mouth’s debut album, is now available from Old Flame Records.

Potty Mouth on Tumblr: http://pottymouthgirls.tumblr.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/pottymouthgirls
Twitter: @pottymouthmass

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
Facebook: http://facebook.com/eartrumpetlabs Twitter: @EarTrumpetLabs

Low Fat Getting High - Serious Business on BTR [ep145]

Brooklyn trio Low Fat Getting High has a simple formula: whether it’s a show, a recording, or live in the studio, the music starts loud, fast, and heavy and doesn’t let up for a second. Appropriately, they describe what they do as “post-noise-grunge-core-shredding” and the pure energy they generate hits that satisfying Nirvana level of intensity. They stopped by the studio to discuss their sound and some of their more interesting live show experiences.

Featured songs “Better Better Worse,” “Childhood Friends,” and “The Claw”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/Jwspd0

Low Fat Getting High’s Bad Yoga EP is available now.

Low Fat Getting High on Bandcamp: http://lowfatgettinghigh.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lowfatgettinghigh
Twitter: http://twitter.com/lwftgttnghgh

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
Facebook: http://facebook.com/eartrumpetlabs
Twitter: @EarTrumpetLabs

Upcoming Tour Dates 2/20 @ Death By Audio in Brooklyn, NY

The Barnyard Boys Xmas Spectacular II - Serious Business on BTR [ep144]

NSFW! It’s not even the topless dancer that makes us think this one could bring some grief from your boss… Celebrate a very special birthday with The Barnyard Boys, back again to wreak havoc on our studio and earholes, all while making sweet love to our eyes and the mother Earth as their own special way of celebrating Christmas. If that sounds scary, well, you’ve been warned. Papa Buns leads the chaos and fun as we take a trip inside the world of this communally-living powerhouse of a band. Just watch it (but seriously, not at work, you’ll totally get fired - and possibly sent to the psychiatrist).

Featured song: “Come Close To My Fire”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1di8cAJ

The Barnyard Boys’ self-titled release is now available.

The Barnyard Boys on Tumblr: http://thebarnyardboys.tumblr.com
Bandcamp: http://thebarnyardboys.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/thebarnyardboys