Congratulations to President Obama for being re-elected as the POTUS. DJ Wynn has put together a celebratory set featuring Flying Lotus, Dan Deacon, Meyhem Lauren, and Ty Segall
Today on the show we've got a great new song from one of my favorite bands, King Tuff. Plus, we've got great hip-hop, punk, and experimental tunes, plus all the indie favorites that we know you love. Want more? Make sure to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates.
This week on the show painter and community advocate Peter Krashes joins me to talk about his new exhibition Make It Work In Brooklyn! He tells me some of the stories behind the paintings in his show, talks about the relationship between painting and community organizing, and explains how to make "seed bombs." His show is on view at Theodore Art in Bushwick through October 14th.
Last Tuesday, Steve Sabol, the long-time president, filmmaker and creative force behind NFL Films, passed away. Through artful cinematography and epic orchestral soundtracks Sabol is largely credited with creating the mythology and visual aesthetic of the National Football League, forever changing the way people watch football. This week I speak with writer, professor, filmmaker and former NFL player Michael Oriard about how NFL Films created a new visual language for sports highlight films. I also speak with photography curator David Little about how sports are intertwined with the history of film and photography. He also explains how the artist Alexandr Rodchenko and filmmaker/Nazi propagandist Leni Reifenstal helped invent some of the visual conventions we take for granted in live sports broadcasts
This is the first official Saturday of summer!!  That's why we're celebrating on the show with a perfect summer mix.  If you have a barbecue or a drive to the beach, or are just sitting on your roof enjoying the weather, then this is the show for you.  So put on some sunscreen, grab a beer, just sit back and relax, and enjoy the show!
What makes a great entrepreneur? Is one born with it? Or can it be learned? This week on Book Talk I take a look at some of the more classic books that teach the formulas to success.
A Summer Dance Mix featuring Chairlift, Flying Lotus, Crystal Castles, Azealia Banks, and Nicolas Jaar
My guest on the show this week is painter Jane Dickson. Jane has a show up at Valentine Gallery in Ridgewood Queens called Eat Slots, Play Free. The paintings are based on photographs Jane took during a visit to Las Vegas in 2009, right at the height of the housing bust. Instead of packed casino floors, Jane found desolate rows of video slots and gaming table. Her paintings juxtapose the hyper-saturated casino interiors with lone figures feeding change into slots.
After a long week at SXSW, DJ Wynn has relaxation in mind with a set featuring North Highlands, Radiation City, and The Magnetic Fields
Harold Eugene Edgerton, Football Kick, 1938 Today on the show we are going to be talking about sports. My guest, curator David Little, has just put together an exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts called The Sports Show: Athletics As Image and Spectacle. The show charts the cultural significance of sports media from the early days of photography to the present day. It includes work from well known artists like Andy Warhol, Andreas Gursky and Henri Cartier-Bresson, as well as  news photographs, television footage, film and video. This range of media sheds light on the myriad ways that our politics, racial tensions, national identities and cultural values are reflected in sports. The Sports Show also reveals some of the surprising artistic per-cursors to the way we visually experience sports today. For example, the concept behind instant replay, David suggests, was developed back in the 1890s by a photographer named Eadweard Muybridge who made stop-action photographs of bodies in motion. Other visual conventions that we take for granted in modern sports broadcasts --- telephoto close ups, on the field shots, aerial views from the Goodyear blimp --- were pioneered in photographs and films by artists Alexander Rodchenko and Leni Reifenstahl, Hitler's infamous propagandist. David recently spoke with me over the phone from Minneapolis about the history of sports images and why he thinks sports have been largely absent from critical discussion in visual art. `Eadweard Muybridge, Animal Locomotion Plate 344, 1887 Paul Pfeiffer, The Saints, 2007 Martin Munkacsi, Spectators at a Sports Event, from the series “Crowd,” 1933 Unknown photographer, Babe Ruth, 1919 Alexander Rodchenko, Horse Race, 1935 Leni Riefenstahl, Jesse Owens, 1936 Roger Welch, O.J. Simpson Project, 1977 Kota Ezawa, Brawl, 2008 Frank Lloyd Wright, Girls Gym Class, 1900 Playlist: 00:00 Thomas Intro 01:49 David Little Interview pt. 1 04:32 Final Day - Young Marble Giants 05:36 David Little Interview pt. 2 10:22 Take a Trip - Utah Smith 13:02 David Little Interview pt. 3 17:27 Telephoto Lens - The Bongos 19:43 David Little Interview pt. 4 23:40 Cheerleader - St. Vincent 25:18 David Little Interview pt. 5 34:16 Bass Drum Dream - The Microphones 34:50 David Little Interview pt. 6 38:02 Wrong Time Capsule - Deerhoof 39:26 David Little Interview pt. 7 42:55 I Don't Want to Play Football - Belle and Sebastian 43:49 David Little Interview pt. 8 47:07 Evanescent Psychic Pez Drop - Yo La Tengo 47:38 Finish
The voice of In The Den, Matt Lehtola, shares memories about his parents, how he imprisoned his friends to show them new music, and his view of SXSW
Photographer Thilde Jensen's story starts rather typically. She moved to New York City in 1997 to pursue a career as a photographer, and for while things were going pretty well. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts, fell in love, got married and was getting editorial work with Newsweek and other Magazines. Then, something very strange happened: she started getting sick. "I started to just not feel totally right," she says. "I would have fevers in the summer... and I would get sore throats, and have constant sinus infections."
We've all been on Google Earth and used it's satellite view or street view tools to get directions, find our way around a new city or just explore. My guest, artist Jenny Odell, has taken these tools a step further to use them as the subject of her work. Jenny scrolls around Google Satellite View collecting images of uniquely man-made structures -- like swimming pools, parking lots and landfills --- and arranges them on large prints, a way of re-examining the human-built landscape from the very inhuman perspective of a satellite's remote camera.