It’s Network Week on BTR, so I’m taking some fashion cues from a hot new addition to the style network in my hometown of Minneapolis, MN. Askov Finlayson is a craft and quality-focused boutique for men, opened in 2011 by brothers Eric and Andrew Dayton. The storefront stocks independent labels from MN, the USA, and abroad, and is part of a Minneapolis neighborhood trifecta of cool, sitting alongside the Dayton brothers’ other two businesses, farm-to-table restaurant The Bachelor Farmer, and the elegantly laid-back Marvel Bar. On today’s show, we’ll hear from co-founder Eric Dayton about why he chose to invest in the Twin Cities culture scene, a few of the local and long-distance labels carried in Askov Finlayson, their newly developed in-house label, and the quirky story behind the boutique’s unusual name. Plus, a playlist full of indie Minnesota music genius, including tracks from the Eastern European-influenced Dark Dark Dark, Jagjaguwar labelees Peter Wolf Crier, Paste Magazine favorite We Are The Willows, and more. So take a wintery trip up north with me to my hometown, and embrace some its rustically refined style here on BTR!
BTR's CMJ party is just one week away!!! That's right, in seven days we'll be partying it up at Grand Victory in Brooklyn with Eula, Eternal Summers, and Bleeding Rainbow. And that's how we're starting off the show today, with a great track from Bleeding Rainbow. Plus, new tunes from Of Montreal, Frog Eyes, and Like Temple. And don't forget to foliow BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
We are full-on into the summer now, with our 4th of July BBQs behind us. There's an army of good new music on the show today, including a track from Owen, who is of course Mike Kinsella from Joan of Arc and Cap'n Jazz, PLUS a really fun new one from Chicago rapper Serengeti, who often straddles the line between hip-hop and well, pretty much whatever else he feels like. And make sure to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest and greatest on what's going on at BTR!
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March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, but on BTR March comes in with the lead up to SXSW, and out exploring a bunch of new bands that we learned about from the festival! You heard it here first: Dump, Last Good Tooth, and Purling Hiss- we've got great new stuff on the show today. Plus, a two minute rant about music in Starbucks! There really is something for everyone. And of course, don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates!