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Bryan Bruchman
Dave Monks - best known as the bandleader of Canadian indie rock band Tokyo Police Club - doesn’t waste any time. For the past several years, he’s used the downtime from TPC to work on his solo music with a focus on his voice and acoustic guitar, resulting in his first solo full length being released just ahead of a new record from his other band. Here, he presents a stripped-down taste of some of his newest tunes, accompanied by Alyson McNamara, at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn. Dave Monks’ first solo LP, On A Wave, is available now from Dine Alone Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Taali - aka native New Yorker Talia Billig’s collaborative solo project - blends pop, electronic music, and a sort of breathlessly joyful performance with the musician’s jazz background and interest in Jewish culture for a sound that feels both familiar and brand new. Taali and drummer Dustin Kaufman joined us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this magical session. I Am Here is available now from Rainbow Blonde Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This week we're recording in Bryan's basement, and have Jon The Guilt stopping by to share the first song - "Sycophant American" - from the project, and of course to do the whole listen-and-react to new music thing, featuring tracks from Vundabar, Honey Cutt, addy, Pottery, The Bobby Lees, Melody English, The Big Net, Nova One, and Wilma Archer!
Wintersleep are a Juno Award-winning Canadian indie rock band from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia comprised of Paul Murphy, Loel Campbell, Tim D'Eon, Chris Bell, and Jon Samuel. Well into their third decade of the band, the group has a well-established, rich sound rooted in rock with touches of folk that has kept them sounding fresh and innovative all along. Notably, they pack their extremely hooky songs with poignant lyrics and self-reflective, critical storytelling that brings you in closer on each listen. It was exciting to have them in for this fantastic session at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn. In The Land Of is available now from Dine Alone Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
It's a Valentine's Day playlist full of songs about love - both the highs and lows of it.
ing is an experimental rock band from Richmond, VA comprised of Hannah, Will, and Garen. Employing the distinct - and sonically unusual for a band playing any sort of rock music - technique of playing only single notes and not chords, the band has a unique sound and feel, more akin to jazz or progressive, technical music than rock n’ roll, even though their structures ten to follow a somewhat traditional pop template. They dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to blow our minds with their skills. self titled by ing is available now from Citrus City Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Diane Coffee - aka the pop alter-ego of Bloomington, IN musician Shaun Fleming - has transformed since we first encountered the experimental, shape-shifting project a few years ago. With his latest release, Fleming has pushed further into the pop realm, exploring themes of technology and the isolation of our increasingly digitized world through epically catchy and danceable songs. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share a few tunes with us in this massively fun session! Internet Arms is available now from Polyvinyl. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Stephen Perry of Brooklyn indie rock band <a href="https://theplanesnyc.bandcamp.com/">The Planes</a> drops by to talk a bit about his own music and to do the whole listen-and-react thing, including new music from Crisman, Arbor Labor Union, Deeper, Lemon Pitch, Phantom Posse, and Post Louis.
The Makeout Club is the pure pop fantasy of Robert Granata come to life. The rich sonic landscape of tight, dancy drums, spacey synths, and shimmery guitars makes for a dreamy ride. The band - featuring Daniel Deitz, Jacob Read-Harber, and Jonathan Murphy - joined us at Seroius Business Music in Brooklyn for this amped-up and blissed-out take on their music. “Lose Yourself” is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This week we're chatting with Emily Hilliard and Sally Anne Morgan about the intersectional feminist record label, SPINSTER, and checking out extended selections from their four releases to date:  Trouble Anyway by Rosali, Quilt Of The Universe by Various Artists, Ruby Glass by Amelia Courthouse, and Slut Pill's self-title record.
Motherhood is the Fredericton, NB, Canada-based trio of Brydon Crain, Penelope Stevens, and Adam Sipkema. A (rightfully) self-proclaimed trio of “deep-thinkin’ rippers,” they share an impressively high level of musicality and intensity that comes thru on record and truly shines in a live environment. With a twisting, propulsive sort of artiness to their heavy, HEAVY rock, the band manages to produce a gnarly, twangy, fuzzy sort of new sound without ever feeling like too much. They dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to blow our minds for this session. Dear Bongo is available now from Forward Music Group. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Alexandra Levy is the Montreal-based songwriter performing as Ada Lea, whose debut album reveals a collection of songs that balance an often big and bold rock sound with fragile, revelatory pop songs to dramatic, cathartic effect. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share this intimate look at Ada Lea’s tunes. what we say in private is available now from Saddle Creek. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Today on Roadside Assistance we tackle Presidents Day. 8 DJs have chosen tracks they feel fit the theme and we have some fun along the way. Enjoy.
BTRtoday music writer, podcaster, and underground music scene guru Elena Childers is back on the show to do the listen-and-react-to new music thing with new tunes from Activity, Andy Shauf, Scratchy Blanket, Red Mass, Tan Cologne, Torres, and Glass Beach!

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