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This is part 2 of 3 for my 2020 year in music recap. As always, this is an incomplete list of my favorites, and presented unranked, though along the way I may highlight some records that really stood out a little extra for me this year. We’re doing things alphabetically this time around, so this episode covers artist names from E to N.
Nick Zanca is the producer, composer, and musical mastermind behind the glitchy, heady, “nocturnal pop” songs of Mister Lies. Crafting his textural sonic world at home in his bedroom, Zanca has emerged with a twisted, driven sound that will have you totally enraptured. He brought his magic to the live room at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to show us how he does it. Mister Lies by Mister Lies is available now. Check out the video for Mister Lies' "Speedboat" and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
In this episode, we're taking a look at the musical performances from some of my favorite BTR Live Studio at Home episodes from the second half of 2020! Thanks to all the artists who joined us on the show this year, all the various hosts, engineers, and video production people who made it happen!
New York band Alpenglow is Peter Coccoma, Graeme Daubert, and Elori Kramer - joined here by Daniel Ocanto and Nico Hedley. The band’s warm, sprawling sound has such a familiar and inviting feel to it that the songs seem familiar at first, then unravel new threads along the way. The band joined us at Serious Business Music to share some music from their new record. Oceans In Between is available now. Check out the video for Alpenglow's "Figure 8" and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Adam Melchor is a young musician from New Jersey, currently living in LA. With a strong, soft sensibility to his songwriting, his songs have just the right balance of timeless pop hooks and interesting arrangements to keep everything sounding fresh. He dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share a few tunes with us in this solo session. Plan On You is available now. Check out the video for Adam Melchor's "I Don’t Wanna See You Cryin’ Anymore" and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
In this episode, we're revisiting tracks and interviews from after social distancing began and everything went remote. Listen in for music and interviews from SAVAK, Trace Mountains, Tasha, and Pop Can Records.
On today's episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, Jen Meller ranks the top 10 funny moments on the show in 2020, as well as our top 5 favorite performances.
Banana is a rock trio from Boston, MA. With heavy riffs, deep hooks, and the full range from jangly to full on wall of sound, they’re out to give you more than just your daily dose of potassium. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn while passing thru NYC to show us how they do it. Post-Grunge Revival is available now from King Pizza Records. Check out the video for Banana's "Kittie" and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This is part 1 of 3 for my 2020 year in music recap. As always, this is an incomplete list of my favorites, and presented unranked, though along the way I may highlight some records that really stood out a little extra for me this year. We're doing things alphabetically this time around, so this episode covers artist names from A to D.
A longtime BTR Live Studio favorite, Workman Song has been an ever-evolving project showcasing the songwriting of Sean McMahon, whose rich and bold-hearted folk music is as timeless as it is unconventional. This time around, McMahon performed solo for us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us a taste of some of his latest work. “Ragnarok” is the latest single out now from Workman Song. Check out the video for "I Want To Be With You" and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
In this episode, we're taking a look back at the music from the first half of the year, including sessions recorded at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn with Travis Harrison, and the first batch of BTR Live Studio at Home sessions! All of these episodes were hosted by Maia Macdonald.
Realworld are the product of a lifetime of consuming the best of 90’s pop-rock culture - party jams, MTV, sweet style, and totally rad attitude fueling their honest, nostalgic tunes. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to remind us how to really party. “Get Busy” is the latest single from Realworld. Check out the video for Realworld's "Get Busy" and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
In this episode, we're taking a look back at some guest appearances on the show from "The Before" - meaning before working remotely, before the music industry shut down, before everything changed. In this episode we revisit that time with Jon Daily, Jen Meller, Stephen Perry, Ana Backer, and Maia Macdonald in their early 2020 appearances on The Music Digest.
Matt Longo is Thin Lear, joined by an extensive, rotating cast of talented musicians. With rich, dynamic, and thoughtful indie rock - moving from thoughtful minimalist folk to epic, artful rock, Thin Lear has been neatly developing its sound and craft for most of this decade with a slew of releases. For this session, Longo and the band - in this case Tom DiCarlo (upright bass), Yaniv Taubenhouse (keyboard), and Jerad Lippi (drums) dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us this preview of the upcoming album. Wooden Cave is available from Egghunt Records. Check out Thin Lear's performance of "Your Family" and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This weird year is wrapping up—finally. It feels strange to do a year’s end list. A lot happened this year, but also a lot didn’t happen. The music industry as we know it ground to halt in March, but we’ve adapted, and even if there aren’t any tours or sweaty club shows, people are still making music. And that’s a good thing. In this episode I’ll be recapping some of my favorite tracks from the artists who joined me on Live Studio from home. Thanks to everyone who joined me on the show to gripe about 2020  and shared their music with me.
Brooklyn-based duo True Dreams are a wickedly fun and raw tag team of “cheerleader punx” songwriters who go right for the throat with their snotty anthems. Don’t be fooled by the cuteness of their gimmicky onstage patty cake (it’s awesome tho) - they absolutely mean business and will FUCK YOU UP. They’re sloppy and fun and silly and totally serious and if you disagree, well, whatever. Angela Carlucci plays guitar and sings, and Hannah Nichols plays drums and sings, and we were so psyched to have them join us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this super fun session. No. 1 is out now from King Pizza Records. Check out the video for True Dreams' "Fucked Up World" and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
In this final indie label feature episode of 2020, we're catching up with Terry Cole of Colemine Records/Karma Chief/Remined Records to learn about the family business of selling records, their awesome physical space in Loveland, OH, and all about how they do things from planning a release to dealing with sync, operating a 45-focused label in the age of streaming, and adapting to a global pandemic and the sudden end of live music. Stick around for a massive mix of music from the label's eclectic output after the interview.  
Dominic Lavoie is a Portland, Maine-based musician whose new album, Wave With A Broken Arm, marks a new phase in the songwriter's decade-plus career. We caught up about all things music, and he delivered a great, stark, acoustic performance of three songs from the record, recorded live exclusively for BTR Live Studio at Home in his studio, Shabbey Load.
Dominic Lavoie is a Portland, Maine-based songwriter, musician, and producer, who’s been active in the music scene for over a decade. Here, he joins us from his one studio, Shabby Load, to share a stripped down, solo performance from his new record. Wave With A Broken Arm is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Colorado based indie-folk artist Xanthe Alexis shares a look inside her home and an intimate, acoustic performance.
It's our last new music episode of The Music Digest for 2020! Lucky for us, the new music still keeps on flowing, including tracks here from Crystal Canyon, Stephen Chopek, Leathered, Femi AND Made Kuti, Calexico, Tom Sanders, and more!  
Guarantee you won't find a holiday mix like this one anywhere else.
Chicago-based singer-songwriter Elizabeth Moen joins us for an intimate solo performance, showcasing some of the music off her brand new EP, Creature Of Habit. Creature Of Habit EP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
On today's episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, singer-songwriter Elizabeth Moen plays some of her latest tunes. Elizabeth speaks with Jen about the making of the single in a pandemic, her songwriting process, and chip clips.
This is our final "catching up" playlist of the year, where we take a quick look at music released or landed here at BTRtoday - including from record label features on this show, The Music Digest, and new additions to our music library - before we head into the end of the year recaps!
The Rizzos return to BTR Live Studio, except this time instead of playing at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn they’re just playing in Justin’s living room in Ridgewood.  In this episode we catch up about staying creative in a global pandemic, the recording of their forthcoming full-length album (hitting your ear holes sometime in 2021) and the joys of quitting a job that you hate.
Megan Mancini and Justin Ferraro of Brooklyn garage punk band The Rizzos - along with drummer Cody Buesing - join us for a very different return appearance on BTR Live Studio, this time from Justin’s living room in Ridgewood, Queens! The Rizzos are working on a full-length album due some time in 2021! Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
HaStyle Rhymes is a hip-hop artist, a cartoon artist and a barber who served time in the U.S. Air Force. A man of many skills and trades, a world traveler and a lyrical writer who has something to say about the state of hip-hop and where it's going. Here he brings us into his home for a straight up performance for BTR Live Studio At Home. Return To Earth is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
It's not just holiday music time (yet) around here - the new singles and albums keep coming! This week we've got new music from Landlady, Mal Blum, Fixtures, Buck Curran, OOLALA, The Governors, Junior Mesa, and more for your ears!
Jerry David Decicca - formerly of the Columbus, OH-based band The Black Swans - is a singer/songwriter living in Texas Hill Country with a strong command of folk storytelling with a hint of humor. Here, he performs a song from his new album from the lovely environs of his backyard. The Unlikely Optimist and His Domestic Adventures is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Jerry David DeCicca first found his way into our ears with the Columbus, Ohio-based band The Black Swans over a decade ago. Now living in Texas Hill Country and performing under his own name, he recently self-released his latest record, The Unlikely Optimist and His Domestic Adventures. In our conversation here, we cover themes familiar to his music: animals, cooking, and holiday songs; and Jerry delivers and intimate, exclusive performance of three songs.
Ava Mirzadegan of Oof Records joins me in this episode to talk about the young label's short but vibrant history, moving from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, and more, plus we check out a selection of music from the label's releases, including their two benefit compilations.
Bird Language is Jake Backer and Will Hutchison, a producing duo who met back in college and have been making beats in Brooklyn ever since. This year Bird Language released their debut album, Insider Art, which was four years in the making. In this episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, Backer and Hutchison discuss their collaborative process, the joys of escaping the city to record, and their all time favorite birds.
Bird Language is Jake Backer and Will Hutchison, a producing duo who met back in college and have been making beats in Brooklyn ever since. In this episode, the duo brings us inside their creative process as they create a beat/song from scratch, including a stirring game of Truth And Dare. Insider Art is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.