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Wanderers through the watering holes of late night Kings County may have stumbled upon Evan Fricks, a Southern Gothic crooner with the energy of a lightning bolt, weaving the dark and enchanting tales of Ole Fateful. Born in north Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Fricks has spent the past several years in New York City honing his craft — namely, songs of loss and redemption brought to life by the synergy between band members Jae Ko (slide guitar), Krystine Summers (accordion,banjo) , Rob Hellyer (bass), and Ryan Hayden (drums). The band recently visited us at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to perform a handful of brand new songs from their upcoming LP. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
In this episode, Latishe reminisces about a relationship that started purely based on physical attraction and how, during that time, she realized how important it is to be true to yourself. She also offers advice for those who might be trying to change themselves to make someone else happy.   Music featured in the episode: “Sunsetz” by Cigarettes After Sex
Re-TROS (Rebuilding the Rights of Statues) is a trio based out of Beijing, China. With lead singer/guitarist Hua Dong and his wife, bassist Liu Min, at the core, the band has developed a strong local and international following. Ahead of the release of their upcoming album, recorded by Hector Castillo (Philip Glass, David Bowie, Björk), the band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us a taste of what fans in China have been onto for years. Before The Applause, will be released in September 2017 via Modern Sky USA. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Madeline Kenney is a singer-songwriter based in Oakland, California. Her debut album, Night Night At The First Landing, which was produced by Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bear, is out on September 1 from Company Records. We met up with her in Brooklyn’s McGolrick Park in Greenpoint for this solo performance of her recently released single, “Rita.”
Idgy Dean is the live-loop-based solo musical endeavor of Brooklyn’s Lindsay Sanwald. Sanwald’s presence is electric, and the energy and skill with which she weaves together and manipulates live sound loops is unforgettable. Get a look at how she does it in this session, recorded live at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Heavy Cosmic Lumber is available for pre-order on Pledgemusic now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
John Knefel offers insight on recent policies from the White House that indicate the administration is promoting politics of white resentment in an effort to appeal to President Trump’s base. These latest policies include the plans to limit legal immigration and the investigation into whether or not affirmative action policies have a negative impact on white applicants to colleges and universities. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this episode, Eòghan shares his reasons for teaching Gaelic, the native language of Scotland. He also reflects on his experience as an educator and what he’s learned over the years.   Music featured in the episode: “Ones Who Love You” by Alvvays
Roselit Bone is the 9-piece gang of cowboys spreading the dark visions of Joshua McCaslin, based out of Portland, Oregon. McCaslin’s style draws heavily on country, but the band’s vibe and subject matter veer hard from post-punk to rockabilly, pulling together a soundtrack for the end times that feels wholly appropriate these days. The band crammed into the live room at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to share their tales with us. Blister Steel is available now on Friendship Fever. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
West Virginia songwriter William Matheny cut his teeth in the excellent band Southeast Engine before setting out on his current solo endeavor. Using Americana, country, and folk as a springboard for his powerful, literate indie rock story-songs, Matheny has crafted a body of work to lure even the most devout indie snobs to the twangy side. He dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO with his band to show us just how they rock out down south. Strange Constellations is available now from Misra Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Chicago trio Dream Version — Eric Brummitt, Alec Jensen, and Michael Kunik — have been perfecting their poppy, post-punk-inspired indie rock since 2013. Keeping instrumentation to the classic power trio setup gives the band a lot of room to play and experiment with their idea of pop music, pushing things further into the arty, experimental territory that makes them feel a bit more in line with The Fall than The Kinks. The music is deceptively smart in its simplicity, and the lyrics manage to turn personal questions and conflicts into rock anthems. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share their music with us. Fight Fair by Dream Version is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Molly Knefel offers insight on President Trump’s recent remarks to a Suffolk County Police Department where his suggestion that officers be rough with suspects was met with cheers and applause. She also discusses the danger of proposed “Blue Lives Matter” laws which could lead to increased sentences for those accused of harming an officer, but make it more difficult to hold law enforcement accountable in instances of police brutality. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this episode, Regina recalls how she used to dress up in costumes when she was younger, including one particular occasion when, while dressed as a tiger, her mother thought she was lost.   Music featured in the episode: “Sometimes” by The Obsessives
Dinosaur Pile-Up is the UK-based grunge trio of Matt Bigland, Michael Sheils and Jim Cratchley. Though the sound they’ve mastered has strong associations to a certain era and city, the huge, catchy, riff-heavy verse-chorus-verse dynamics the band employs definitely feel their own. Even more impressive is the group’s super sharp, tight vocal performance and pure rock power. The guys stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO while on tour with Chevelle to show us how it’s done. Eleven Eleven by Dinosaur Pile-Up is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The End is a Brooklyn coffee shop, known for whimsical atmosphere and Instagram-worthy creations, inspired by its sister store, Montauk Juice Factory, on the east end of Long Island. One of The End’s most popular drinks is the Unicorn Latte which is made with a variety of ingredients, including blue-green algae and unicorn dust. Chelsea White sat down with co-owner of the shop, Madi Murphy, to talk about the magic of the Unicorn Latte and experience it for herself. Music featured in the episode: “The River” by Ladyhawke // “I Was Born (A Unicorn)” by The Unicorns
Brian Hill is an ever-evolving work of art in progress. From a brief time in the modeling world to playing guitar in the studio and live with bands like Chairlift and Tamaryn, the revelation of Hill’s own project has been a long time coming. Stemming from a collaboration with friends (members of Froth, Cherry Glazerr, etc) to a rotating cast of players in the form of the Noh Starrs, his music has undeniable nods to 60’s and 70’s New York City rock, folk, and psychedelia. Known for immersive, memorable performances, Brian brought his gang to our live room at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, for this fairly reserved, yet thoroughly impressive performance. And The Noh Starrs will be available August 18, 2017 on Modern Sky. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
John Knefel offers insight on the increasingly authoritarian practices of President Trump which began during his campaign and have continued into his administration. He identifies some of the most prevalent behaviors, which include public attacks on the judiciary, using his base to isolate those he identifies as enemies, and most recently, his criticism of Jeff Sessions who recused himself from ongoing investigations into Russia. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this episode, Mary talks about how a trip to New York led to a change in goals and a career in fashion. She also shares some insight for anyone who wants to move to New York City.   Music featured in the episode: “Baby, I Hope So” by Miniboone
Thelma and the Sleaze is the hardest working band in Nashville! At least that’s what they say… and we’re inclined to believe them. Headed up by the rock ‘n roll powerhouse LG, the band is filled out with only the most capable of shredders to blast out the band’s badass jams. The current power trio lineup stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, during a recent tour. Somebody’s Doin’ Something is available now from Last Hurrah Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Active Bird Community is a Brooklyn-based indie garage pop band who’ve been bubbling up in the local scene for just a couple of years now. They ride the line between the straight up NYC rock and looser, quirky indie rock. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to show us just how it’s done. Stick Around by Active Bird Community is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Molly Knefel offers her take on the recent statements from the Department of Education which appear to support the roll back of Title IX protection guidelines that were put in place during the Obama administration to deal with sexual violence on college and university campuses. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this episode, Tomi talks about turning 21 and shares why she thinks that milestone birthday is overrated and which birthday she is looking forward to instead.   Music featured in the episode: “Concorde” by Incan Abraham
Saw Black is an Americana rock musician based in Richmond, Virgina. Relatively new to the music industry and having just released his debut record on his own label, he’s off to a strong start. Stylistically, there are clear nods to roots and americana rock, with a bit of a twang and a kick in the gut, and he brought his talented crew, including a few legit cowboys, to Serious Business Music in DUMBO for this session. Azalea Days is available now on Crystal Pistol Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Over the past of couple years, Jess Carvo and Alex Marko have been producing jams as the indie electro-pop duo Satellite Mode. The two were brought together by a shift in circumstances and a desire to make music full-time. They describe themselves as “two sides of one whole;” each bringing a different musical style and approach to a harmonious combination. BTRtv caught up with the duo at The Relic Room, a recording studio in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea, for a performance of “Bad Woman,” a track off of Satellite Mode’s upcoming EP, Wild Excuses.
Grim Streaker is a musical force to be reckoned with. Full speed ahead, all systems go, with the power of a jet engine flying upside down. You get the picture. This is unabashedly bashing, but tuneful, punk rock for modern lovers, form a Brooklyn band full of some highly talented usual suspects from the scene… grab your board and get out there. Check out this blistering jam from when they crash landed at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Girl Minority is available now on cassette. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
John Knefel offers his take on the importance of the information leaked by NSA contractor Reality Winner that revealed how successful Russian spies actually were in penetrating local and state voter databases and how the revelations have perhaps impacted elected officials and voters. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this episode, Henry recalls how he used to fight with his sister when he was younger and how one such fight led to the cops knocking on his front door. He shares how he felt in that moment and how his relationship with his sister has evolved over time.   Music featured in the episode: “Laissez Les Lazy” by Sweet Crude
Alyse Vellturo is the heart and soul of this Brooklyn synth/guitar indie pop band. Catchy melodies, a bit of punkish pop sensibility, and totally relatable lyrics make everything about Pronoun earworm-prone, as evidenced by this session, when the band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn. There’s No One New Around You is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Imaginary Tricks reflects the mad, musical world of Queens-based Mike Visser (previously of the California band Frank Jordan). With his distinct take on pop and arty indie rock, Visser benefits live from the counter-balance of Harlan Muir on keys and backing vocals along with a full rhythm section, turning the shimmery psych riffs into full-on epic jams. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn to show us just how the songs can come alive. Skommel is available now from Friendship Fever. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Molly Knefel offers her take on President Trump’s most recent, and widely publicized, sexist remarks about MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski as well as the reaction of certain GOP members to the president’s statements. She also runs down how the Republican party’s health care plan is a much larger, sexist attack on women, generally. Molly and John Knefel are hosts of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this episode, Ashley recounts her experience of moving to New York City and getting involved in a serious relationship very quickly — maybe too quickly? She also shares what she learned from that relationship and how it affected her work as an artist.   Music featured in the episode: “You Are A Star” by Ty Richards
Charly Bliss is one of those bands that immediately brings to mind a slew of favorites, especially for those of us who had their musical awakening in the 90s. Reminiscent of the awesomely fuzzy, poppy goodness of Veruca Salt, The Breeders, That Dog, and Letters To Cleo, the band proudly identifies their genre as “bubblegrunge” (was that a word back then? It’s likely, but either way it’s super appropriate for them right here and now) and does a killer job of nailing that vibe and improving upon it, updating the sound and look for the 2010s while still conveying that feeling of throwing a party in your teenage bedroom. Eve, Spencer, Sam, and Dan have a really great thing going on, and they stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, for this session. Guppy by Charly Bliss is available now from Barsuk Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
John Knefel — one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch — explains what may be about to happen next in Syria and who the players will be going forward after the expected imminent defeat of ISIS. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this episode, Lea shares the story of a relationship that stemmed from a moment where she was acting like someone other than herself. She also offers her advice for anyone that is unsure of how they should act in a situation with a new crush.   Music featured in the episode: “Winners” by Delicate Steve
Brooklyn indie rock trio Holy Tunics have been making the scene for a minute now, and we think they’re on to something with their catchy, upbeat, sun-kissed guitar rock. They dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share this song with us. Hot To Trot by Holy Tunics is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The Nashville-based brothers, bandmates, producers, and co-songwriters Michael Ford, Jr., and Ben Ford cut their teeth in the music industry with their previous band, The Apache Relay, which focused on going big with both sound and personnel. With Airpark, they’ve shifted their focus to simpler, tighter, but still highly impactful pop music, which they say is “inspired by minimalism, melody and groove-heavy percussion.” See and hear for yourself in this session, recorded live at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Airpark’s debut, Early Works, Volume 1, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Molly Knefel — one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch — offers her take on the creation and criticism of political art in the midst of a Trump presidency. She runs down some of the more high profile art pieces that have been seen in recent weeks and explains that while media attention has been focused on these, political violence has continued to grow against marginalized communities with limited coverage. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this episode, Jeffrey shares the story of how he was arrested and jailed in China before the 2008 Olympics. He recounts the events leading up to his arrest and the lie he invented during interrogation. 1st Person is presented by Urban Outfitters. Music featured in the episode: “Ephemeron” by Com Truise
Sweet Crude is an exciting, young six-piece from New Orleans, Louisiana. They’ve found a fascinating balance for pairing English and French lyrics that recall Cajun roots within a vibrant pop music sound which is full of joy and energy. This ball of energy packed into Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, for this very fun session. Sweet Crude’s upcoming album, Créatures, is available from Rhyme & Reason Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Matisyahu — first known as a jam-loving, spiritually-influenced, and passionate singer — has evolved over that past decade from a Grammy-nominated, #1 single performer to a full-on band. Rounded out by notable improviser Aaron Dugan, Dub Trio bassist Stu Brooks, percussionist/drummer Tim Keiper, and Addison Groove Project founder Rob Marscher, Matisyahu has amassed a fully capable band to keep up with his intense grooves and follow into jam territory on a whim. The group joined us at Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share a bit of what their new album has to offer in this very special session. Matisyahu’s new album, Undercurrent, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
John Knefel — one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch — offers his take President Trump’s response to the Senate testimony of former FBI Director James Comey and its context within his general approach to those who oppose his administration. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this episode, Yvonne recounts the two scariest moments in her life, which both took place while traveling in different countries and how the situations were resolved. She also offers her point of view as a woman traveling alone and what those experiences have given her. Music featured in the episode: “Mars” The Olympians
Rachel Trachtenburg is back at it with a new band. We know her from the cute and quirky Supercute!, The Prettiots, and The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, but now she’s heading up a dreamy indie rock band, with some post-punk touches, that we’re really digging. At this point, Rachel is a true veteran of the local scene, having been actively recording and performing for over 15 years now, and all that experience certainly comes through. With Wooing, she takes more of a lead than ever before, and is joined by some excellent musicians to help out — you may recognize drummer Rosie Slater from New Myths. Check them out in this session recorded live at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, and let their new EP be your summer soundtrack. Wooing’s debut EP, Daydream Time Machine, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Anders Parker is a veteran musician with a prolific output, releasing nearly twenty albums over the past two decades, either as a solo act or with various other artists. As a singer-songwriter, Parker produces the kind of honest, emotional music often associated with the genre. BTRtoday met Anders on the steps of Brooklyn Bridge Park where he performed “High Flying Bird” from his most recent album The Man Who Fell From Earth, which was released this past April on his label Recorded & Freed.
Molly Knefel — one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch — offers her take on the recently formed United States Climate Alliance. This alliance, formed by U.S. political figures, is a response to President Trump’s official withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord and promises to uphold the goals set in 2015 which aim to reduce carbon emissions and invest in renewable energy. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this episode, Jose recounts the time he was robbed in Arkansas while on a trip. He shares what he was feeling in the moment and what he learned from that experience. Music featured in the episode: “Equal Powers” by Violents and Monica Martin
West Virginia songwriter William Matheny cut his teeth in the excellent band Southeast Engine before setting out on his current solo endeavor. Using Americana, country, and folk as a springboard for his powerful, literate indie rock story songs, Matheny has crafted a body of work to lure even the most devout indie snobs to the twangy side. He dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO with his band to show us just how they rock out down south. Strange Constellations is available now from Misra Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
EZTV play easy, breezy pop — like, seriously catchy, smooth pop. At times it’s so fragile that it feels as if it could fall apart, but these three Brooklyn guys are so good that it just coasts along. And it’s not hard to understand why they’ve been so busy lately, with an ever-ascending profile locally and internationally. High In Place by EZTV is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Blank Range is a Nashville rock n’ roll band — which could mean any of a million things, but in this particular case, it means that this garagey rock band incorporates just enough classic rock (and twang) to give them an edge on other newcomers. Blank Range lands closer to Replacements territory than Johnny Cash, but the common thread is a weight to their pop songwriting that makes them stand out. The guys swung by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to show us how it’s done. Vista Bent by Blank Range is available now from Thirty Tigers. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
John Knefel — one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch — offers his take on President Trump’s first international trip since taking office in January. He describes how, during this trip, Trump showed his support and comfort with world leaders who are traditionally seen as dictatorial or authoritarian rather than aligning the U.S. with the western European nations as has been done by previous presidents. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
Bruce reminisces about a childhood trip to Lake Tahoe in which he, his sister and a friend attempted to swim across before realizing it would be impossible. He also shares the thoughts he had after the first time he saw the lake as an adult. Music featured in the episode: “Follow This River” by Raj and The 100s
Emel Mathlouthi is a Tunisian singer-songwriter who is known for her unique blend of traditional sounds and electronic beats. With her current release, her style has developed into a fully-formed blend that feels both classic and fresh, with distinctly powerful and memorable vocals floating on a bed of guitar, electronically affected sound, and beats. For this intimate session, Emel brought a raw, beautifully stripped-down performance to Serious Business Music in DUMBO. Ensen is available now from Partisan Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Cat Camp is a cat lover’s dream come true. The “cat-centric symposium” was held for the first time in Manhattan this past March and brought together a wide range of cat enthusiasts. Chelsea White, BTRtv’s very own self-identified cat lady, was at the event and spoke with the founder of Cat Camp, Christina Ha, as well as attendees, vendors and cat behaviorist, Jackson Galaxy. Here, she challenges some of the event attendees to a feline trivia game we’re calling “Are You Kittying Me?” Music featured in the episode: “Kings” by Coastgaard // “Spazzmatica Polka” by Kevin MacLeod
Laetitia Tamko is the Brooklyn-based musician behind the much buzzed about project, Vagabon. With an adept skill for storytelling and an unforgettable vocal style, blended with a masterful use of tension in her unique indie rock arrangements, she has managed to gain some serious traction with this project, particularly since this year’s release of her first full length record. Vagabon, in full band form, dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to share some of her fantastic earworms with us. Infinite Worlds is available now from Father/Daughter Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
John Knefel — one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch — offers some background on Robert Mueller, the former FBI Director who was just appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as Special Counsel to investigate potential collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election cycle. Along the way, he describes an episode that involved both Mueller and his recently fired successor at the FBI, James Comey, in which the two gained reputations for integrity among many in Washington, DC, and the media. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
​In this episode, Alice talks about her first crush and, consequently, her first romantic letdown before getting to how she and her current boyfriend got together. Alice also offers advice on how to tell others how you feel for anyone who may be scared to take that leap. Music featured in the episode: “Hands Up” by Blood Orange
Gracie (Coates) and Rachel (Ruggles) are a remarkable new Brooklyn-based orchestral pop piano and violin duo with a tendency towards stark contrast in both sound and visuals. With strong vocals, a heightened sense of drama, and plenty of musical skill to make good on their pop promises, they are aiming high leading up to the release of their debut album. Joined by a live percussionist, they dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to give us a preview. Gracie and Rachel’s self-titled debut full length LP will be released June 23, 2017. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Roya is a Brooklyn-based band with a strong pedigree in the local and national scene, with members from notable acts Habibi, The Clean, Grooms, and Angry Angles. Musically, they tread the now-familiar world of post-punk groove, with touches of 60s pop and a focus on lyrics at the forefront that allow them to sing about even the darkest of subjects with a deceptively upbeat vibe. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us taste of what they have to offer on their debut record! Roya’s self-titled debut record is available June 2, 2017 from Burger Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Fraidycat is the Brooklyn-based trio of Andy Kinsey, Daniel de Juan, and Charlotte Kahn. They call their music “slop pop” but let’s call it what it is because sloppy isn’t really all that accurate: this is fun, anxiously grooving pop music with punk nods. There’s a playfulness and honesty to it that just works really well. Check it out for yourself — the band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to show us what they’ve got (besides an excellent name). Other Better Places by Fraidycat is available now on cassette. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Molly Knefel — one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch — offers her take on the events, so far, surrounding President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and the contradicting stories swirling around the decision. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
​Antonia recounts the scariest experience she’s ever had, which was when ​she and a friend were visited by a ghost. After sharing some of the details of the visit, Antonia debates whether there is a situation in which she might like to be a ghost and haunt people. Music featured in the episode: “Nurse Ratched” by Cherry Glazerr
A seasoned veteran of the music scene, James A.M. Downes has been involved in many projects over the years, currently including the Philly-based trio, The End Of America. This year marks the release of his solo debut EP, Prison Font, with Forest Park Recordings. BTRtv joined Downes at the Meadowport Arch in Prospect Park for a live performance of “Bait My Soul,” the lead track off his new record.
Lexie Roth grew up in upstate New York, surrounded by some huge musical figures connected to her guitarist father, Arlen Roth, laying the strong groundwork for her early musical development. Her first album was released when she was just 18 years old, after which she traveled to the west coast before eventually returning to the east coast. Now she splits her time between Los Angeles and Martha’s Vineyard as she continues to further develop her tuneful, folk-influenced indie rock. Lexie stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some of her music with us in this intimate session. Move Me by Lexie Roth is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
John Knefel — one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch — offers his take on the most recent version of the GOP’s health care bill, meant to repeal and/or replace the Affordable Care Act. In addition to taking away key provisions that have become popular to many, it also basically amounts to a large tax cut for wealthier Americans. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this episode, Carol talks about how a DNA test brought her together with family members she never knew existed, as well as some who she’s lost track of. Those family members helped her fill in the blanks about her father, who had been missing from her life for many years. Music featured in the episode: “Where The Light Gets Lost” by Slow Club
Active Bird Community are a Brooklyn-based indie garage pop band who’ve been bubbling up in the local scene for just a couple of years now. They ride the line between the straight up NYC rock and looser, quirky indie rock. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn to show us just how it’s done! Stick Around by Active Bird Community is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Molly Burch grew up in a showbiz family in LA, raised on classic pop and jazz music that inspired her to dive into her own studies of jazz. Her musical journey eventually led to Austin, where she developed her beautiful, understated style of country-tinged songwriting and crafted what would become her fantastic album Please Be Mine. Molly and her band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn to for this special live session. Please Be Mine by Molly Burch is available now from Captured Tracks. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The Tablets are the Brooklyn-based duo of Liz Godoy and Brenden Beu. Their story began in Mexico, came together in San Diego, and was fully realized once they got to NYC. Musically, they combine shoegaze guitars, farfisa, electronic beats, trippy visuals, and sweet vocals to create their moody pop music. It had been a while since we checked in with the band, so they dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some new tunes in advance of a string of 2017 single releases. The flexi-single “Not a Sign + Tyranny Glitches” is available now via Mon Amie Records Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Molly Knefel — one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch — offers her take on new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and his first vote since being confirmed to his seat. The decision, which despite Gorsuch’s previous assertions that all human lives are valuable, allowed a man to be executed in Arkansas. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this episode, Naya shares what it is like to be a twin. She discusses some of the benefits as well as some of the misconceptions people may have about what it can be like to have an identical sibling. Music featured in the episode: “Awake” by Generationals
Imaginary Tricks reflects the mad, musical world of Queens-based Mike Visser (previously of the California band Frank Jordan). With his distinct take on pop and arty indie rock, Visser benefits live from the counter-balance of Harlan Muir on keys and backing vocals along with a full rhythm section, turning the shimmery psych riffs into full-on epic jams. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn to show us just how the songs can come alive. Skommel is available now from Friendship Fever. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The BTRtv drone explores the skies over South Beach, Staten Island, for your visual enjoyment, all set to the tune of “New Siberia” by Los Straightjackets. The BeBop drone used in this video was provided by Parrot.
A lot has happened since last we caught up with Fred Thomas (in a backyard in Austin, TX). In the two years since then, he quit his day job, got married, moved to Canada, and made a fantastic new album full of his trademark indie folk troubadour-style pop songs, full of hope and brutal honesty. Fred’s musical resumé is impressive, from fronting the lush pop of Saturday Looks Good To Me to playing with and producing bands like Tyvek. He dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share an intimate solo performance for this session. Changer, by Fred Thomas, is available now from Polyvinyl Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Molly Knefel — one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch — offers her take on President Trump’s first hundred days in office and how deportation has become one of the few issues, so far, on which he has been able to successfully execute action that fits with his agenda. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this episode, Yasi discusses her involvement with the Black Lives Matter movement. She describes the atmosphere she has witnessed at some of the protests she’s participated in and why she stands in solidarity with BLM. Music featured in the episode: “Lucien” by Young Magic
Nana Grizol is an indie folk band based in Athens, Georgia, fronted by Theo Hilton, and featuring a sort of who’s who of various Elephant 6-associated bands (Elf Power, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Music Tapes, etc). Their catchy, earnest songs ride the line between folk-punk and indie rock with often playful synths and horns, all tied together by bouncy rhythms underscoring Hilton’s heart-on-the-sleeve honesty. They joined us at Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some music from their first full length release in 7 years. Ursa Minor is available now from Orange Twin Record Company. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Cat Camp is a cat lover’s dream come true. The “cat-centric symposium” was held for the first time in Manhattan this past March and brought together a wide range of cat enthusiasts. Chelsea White, BTRtv’s very own self-identified cat lady, was at the event and spoke with the founder of Cat Camp, Christina Ha, as well as attendees, vendors and cat behaviorist, Jackson Galaxy. Music featured in the episode: “GRIFFIN” by Glass Towers // “My Dying Days” by Bad Cop // “Beach III (Ocean Blue)” by Coastgaard // “Queens” by La Sera
Living Body is the latest project of Jeff T. Smith (previously of Juffage) — a Leeds-based musician originally from Chicago. The experimental pop group began with a “Sonic Cauldron” concert at Left Bank Leeds in 2013, where Smith assembled a group of musicians to collaborate for the event (including Katie Harkin from Sky Larkin and Tom Evans from Vessels), ultimately leading to future collaboration and the evolution of Living Body as a proper band. The live group for their recent US tour took the form of a trio, featuring Alice Rowan handling many of the vocal and electronic drumming duties. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to give us our first taste of how they make it all happen live. Body Is Working, the debut LP by Living Body, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Molly Knefel — one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch — offers her take on the protests and counter-protests that happened last weekend for “Tax Day,” in which affiliated rallies across the country called on President Trump to releases his taxes. In Berkley, these protestors clashed with Trump supporters, some of whom represented the alt-right and their white supremacist views. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
As a recent transplant to New York City from Seattle, Jack shares what it’s been like to leave his best friend and move to a new city. He talks about some of their adventures and even takes the blame for some of their rule breaking.   Music featured in the episode: “Turn and Burn” by The Budos Band
Closeness is the new duo of Todd Fink (The Faint) and Orenda Fink (Azure Ray), who were married for a decade before starting a project of their own together. With a lush electronic landscape and distinct, effect-heavy vocals, the duo blend rock and pop with an approach that draws on the familiar styles of their previous work in a fresh way. Personality Therapy by CLOSENESS is available now from Graveface Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Wyldlife is a supercharged 70s-style punk rock ‘n roll gang from New York City. These guys are the total package — fast, tight, and overflowing with catchy riffs behind a wicked sense of humor and a sneer, all clad in the requisite leather jacket. The guys stopped by Serious Business in DUMBO to tear it up for this session! Out On Your Block is available now from Wicked Cool Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Desert Mountain Tribe (or DMT? Coincidence? We think not!) is a groovy psychedelic rock band from London. Big guitars, groovy drums, and heavy bass support the epic vocals, all up to their eyeballs in reverb. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn on their recent SXSW-anchored tour of the U.S. to get trippy for this session. Desert Mountain Tribe’s EP, If you don’t know Can you don’t know Köln, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Molly Knefel — one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch — takes a closer look at Betsy DeVos and the stances she’s begun to unveil in the weeks since her recent confirmation as Education Secretary. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this episode, Ali talks about what it was like to be the oldest sister growing up. She shares stories of sibling rivalry and the initiation pranks she pulled after convincing her younger brother and sister to join her fake cult. Music featured in the episode: “Only Kid On The Block” by Cherry Glazerr
Over the past decade or so, the Los Angeles-based Blake Hazard has gone from playing on the streets of New York City to the successful duo The Submarines and now on to her current solo project. Blake’s songs work beautifully in the context of a minimalist setup with just voice and guitar, but also lend themselves to huge pop production, which you can hear some of in the series of remixes being released this year. Here, she stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO solo for this intimate session! The Styrofoam remix of “Hey” is out now, with more singles and remixes coming throughout 2017. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Breanna Barbara is a Brooklyn-based musician, but don’t let the geography throw you — her music is steeped in southern/blues rock traditions, as seen through the sweat-drenched eyes of New York City. Howling, yelping, and rockin’ with a furious intensity — even at slower tempos, like a psychedelic waltz — Barbara is fast becoming a force to reckon with in the local scene. Mirage Dreams by Breanna Barbara is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The Gift is an alternative rock band from Portugal who recently celebrated their second decade of music-making. On their latest release, their distinct sound is honed by the production and co-writing magic of the legendary Brian Eno, with singer Sónia Tavares’ distinct vocals as an impressive focal point. The group dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, during their recent U.S. tour to give us this taste of that collaboration, and what to expect from their new record. Altar by The Gift will be released digitally on April 7th, and on CD/vinyl May 5. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Molly Knefel — one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch — discusses the implications of the revelation that Vice President Mike Pence won’t dine alone with any woman other than his wife and how his worldview lines up with that of President Trump. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this episode, Builder shares what drew him to photography as an artistic medium for his own self-expression. He also describes some of the projects he has worked on, including his most recent, which focuses on coal miners in Appalachia.   Music featured in the episode: “Neptune” by The Olympians
Skout is Laura Valk and Connor Gladney — a duo that have found the sweet spot between folk and pop that’s often called indie-folk. They combine gripping, catchy melodies and sweet pop harmonies, which just works so perfectly for their style of songwriting and singing. The Brooklyn-based band recently joined us at Serious Business Music in DUMBO for this refreshing session. Just Words by Skout is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
We’re going to let Darkwing describe themselves here: “Anti-hero Theme Music. Yin yang grunge. Music to promote critical thinking. Happy/albeit sometimes strange music with lyrics about being uncomfortable or disappointed in the world and oneself or straight up love and stuff.” That’s about as perfectly as it can be put. It’s also worth noting that the band — based in Leonia, New Jersey, and made up of Richie, Zach, Louis, and Lyzi (also of Fruit & Flowers) — is exceptionally adept at blasting out huge, badass rock music with sweet hooks. They brought the chaos to the studio at Serious Business Music in DUMBO. Lameonia is available now, and Darkwing has new music coming soon. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Frontier Ruckus is the Detroit, Michigan-based foursome of Matthew Milia, David Jones, Zachary Nichols, and Anna Burch. Their Americana/folk rock has a certain weight to it that sets them apart from many of their contemporaries, weaving stories into their heartfelt songs in an especially meaningful way. The group dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to share some of their latest tunes with us in this live session. Enter The Kingdom by Frontier Ruckus is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Molly Knefel — one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch — discusses the demise of the Affordable Health Care Act, the alternative to Obamacare put forth by President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan. She also discusses some of the fallout, as well as thoughts on the alternative being proposed now by Bernie Sanders. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
Sanatorium is a hospital-themed bar and lounge in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Inspired by the history of 19th century hospitals and remedies, Sanatorium features medicinal cocktails made with botanicals and herbs. Chelsea White joins the bar owner, Albert Trummer, to learn about the medicinal properties of ingredients as she mixes a cocktail of her own. Music featured in the episode: “Juju” by Summer Twins
Brian Chillemi is a Brooklyn musician known for his garage rock work in the bands Junk Boys and Organs. CHILLEMI is his acoustic, folk solo project, floating very much in a Dylanesque realm. Brian joined us for this intimate session at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn to show us how it’s done. CHILLEMI’s I Went To Town EP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Vinegar Mother is a progressive soul group begun in Connecticut and now making moves in the New York City music scene. Comprised of Julia Zivic on vocals, Itamar Gov-Ari on keyboard, Jason Zivic on drums, and Mike Roninson on bass, the band is dedicated to bringing some much-needed good vibes to 2017. They dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some of that with you for this session! The Sunny Seat EP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Sweet Crude is an exciting, young six-piece from New Orleans, Louisiana. They’ve found a fascinating balance for pairing English and French lyrics that recall Cajun roots within a vibrant pop music sound which is full of joy and energy. This ball of energy packed into Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, for this very fun session. Sweet Crude’s upcoming album, Créatures, will be released April 21, 2017 through Rhyme & Reason Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Molly Knefel — one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch — discusses how the new proposed budget recently released by the Trump Administration would drastically impact many vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of people, especially kids who currently benefit from funding for after-school programs. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this episode, Jack describes what it was like being raised in a military family. He also shares how he broke away from the life he was living for more creative pursuits. Music featured in the episode: “Nobody To Call My Own” by Tom Brosseau
Molly Burch is an artist based in Austin, Texas, who grew up surrounded by art and music in Los Angeles. With a diverse musical background feeding what she calls “romantic pop,” Burch blends pop, jazz, and twangy rock into her own unique style. We’ve been loving her debut record at BTRtoday, and were so excited to have her visit the studio for this session, recorded live at Serious Business Music in DUMBO! Molly Burch’s debut LP, Please Be Mine, is available now from Captured Tracks. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
From Indian Lakes — or Joey Vannucchi, who grew up near Indian Lakes, outside Yosemite National Park — is a fascinating musical project. With lush orchestration on record, carefully thought out over the 3 month home recording process and reworked in a proper studio, and catchy melodies winding from folk to pop with a brief stop at emo along the way, From Indian Lakes seems to occupy a space we haven’t seen so expertly filled since the first couple of Death Cab For Cutie records. Raw emotion spilling out into beautiful, color songscapes are everywhere here, and Joey brought them to Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn to share this special solo performance with us. Everything Feels Better Now by From Indian Lakes is available now from Triple Crown Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Lilah Larson is one-third of the band Sons Of An Illustrious Father, who recently visited BTR Live Studio for an unforgettable session. Now, Larson steps out from the comfort of that group with her solo debut. On record, she plays every instrument while here she is joined live by a drummer to support her thoughtful, raw songs. Check out this session, recorded live at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to get a first look at this incredible musician’s debut. Pentimento, the debut solo LP by Lilah Larson, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Molly Knefel is one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Here, in the new weekly video spinoff series about politics and current events, she discusses the negative effects for women of the new healthcare plan offered in the congressional GOP’s recently introduced bill. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
Sanatorium is a hospital-themed bar and lounge in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Inspired by the history of 19th century hospitals and remedies, Sanatorium features medicinal cocktails made with botanicals and herbs. Chelsea White sat down with the bar owner, Albert Trummer, to find out more about Sanatorium and sample some of the “medicine” offered there. Music featured in the episode: “Moon Dust” by Cherry Glazerr // “Slack” by Tycho // “Bottled Affection” by Cold War Kids
Fiona Silver is a New York City musician who embraces the famously gritty vibe of the downtown music scene, treading the lines between garage rock, pop, soul, and blues with sultry, jazzy tunes. While young, there’s no lack of experience or energy here, as Fiona and her band skillfully blend genres and work the city’s club scene. We last caught up with her on the Lower East Side for an episode of BTR Hear & There; now, she and the band head across the river for this intimate session at Serious Business Music in DUMBO! Fiona Silver is currently working on new music for an upcoming release. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Parlor Walls is the Brooklyn-based trio of Alyse Lamb, Chris Mulligan, and Kate Mohanty. Lamb and Mohanty honed their blend of noise guitar and sax in the band EULA, perfecting their dramatic, modern take on post-punk. The band has been very active since their 2014 inception and, with their upcoming Northern Spy debut, things are set to take off even more. They dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to bring the noise to our live room for this session! Opposites by Parlor Walls will be released March 10th by Northern Spy Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Rose Cousins is a Canadian songwriter and performer, born in Prince Edward Island and currently living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. An accomplished musician on her own, Rose thrives on collaboration while crafting her strong, heartfelt songs, and called upon an extensive list of heavy duty collaborators for her latest album. She brought the band, which has a distinct Nashville leaning, to Serious Business Music in DUMBO for this lovely session. Natural Conclusion by Rose Cousins is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
John Knefel is one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Here, in the new weekly video spinoff series about politics and current events, he discusses the relationships between the Conservative movement represented at the annual event, CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference), Donald Trump, and the newer movement known as the Alt-Right, which is aligned with white nationalist causes as well as with Breitbart News, the right wing news (or meme?) platform once led by Trump’s own Chief Strategist. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this installment of 1st Person, Brittany talks about how she got involved with art as a form of therapy and how her art practice has grown from there. She also shares her opinion on freedom of expression through art. Music featured in the episode: “Santa Cruz” by The Vaughns
Wyldlife is a supercharged 70s-style punk rock ‘n roll gang from New York City. These guys are the total package — fast, tight, and overflowing with catchy riffs behind a wicked sense of humor and a sneer, all clad in the requisite leather jacket. The guys stopped by Serious Business in DUMBO to tear it up for this session! Out On Your Block is available now from Wicked Cool Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Auditorium is the musical project of Los Angeles-based Spencer Berger, who began his music career singing with The Metropolitan Opera’s Children’s Chorus. A sense of drama persists in his music as well as on the album which he created by himself, recording all vocals and instruments — the lush melodies and layers of sound provide a bed for Spenser’s tales. He dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share an intimate, stripped-down look at his music. The First Music is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Molly Knefel is one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Here, in the fifth episode of the new weekly video spinoff series about politics and current events, she discusses the rollbacks that the Trump administration has begun to make on recent advances in rights for transgender citizens and the effects of these rollbacks going forward. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this installment of 1st Person, Marc explains what age he would go back to if he could and why. He also shares some of his favorite memories from that age and what advice he would offer his younger self. Music featured in the episode: “Tie-Dye” by Ducktails
Like any good Jersey band, Springfield’s The Vaughns are inspired by bowling, fried food, and music. Their riffy, garagey take on punk is a fun one, filled with catchy melodies and sweet hooks. If this is your first time hearing/seeing them, pay attention! They dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to show us how it’s done. The Tomfoolery EP by The Vaughns is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The BTRtv drone explores the skies over Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, New York, for your visual enjoyment, all set to the tune of “Breathe” by JEL The BeBop drone used in this video was provided by Parrot.
Brooklyn indie rock trio Holy Tunics have been making the scene for a minute now, and we think they’re on to something with their catchy, upbeat, sun-kissed guitar rock. They dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share this brand new song with us. Hot To Trot by Holy Tunics is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
John Knefel is one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Here, in the fourth episode of the new weekly video spinoff series about politics and current events, he discusses how the resistance to Trump’s policies and agenda is developing on the ground, the groups involved in fostering this, and the ways in which it resembles and differs from the Tea Party movement of recent years. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this installment of 1st Person, we meet Briana Joelle; a hair stylist and musician who believes both pursuits are integral parts of who she is. She explains more about her experiences and why she uses two names. Music featured in the episode: “Slash/Burn” by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
From Indian Lakes — or Joey Vannucchi, who grew up near Indian Lakes, outside Yosemite National Park — is a fascinating musical project. With lush orchestration on record, carefully thought out over the 3 month home recording process and reworked in a proper studio, and catchy melodies winding from folk to pop with a brief stop at emo along the way, From Indian Lakes seems to occupy a space we haven’t seen so expertly filled since the first couple of Death Cab For Cutie records. Raw emotion spilling out into beautiful, color songscapes are everywhere here, and Joey brought them to Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn to share this special solo performance with us. Everything Feels Better Now by From Indian Lakes is available now from Triple Crown Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Nelson, Humberto, Andrea, and Luis are Brooklyn-based band, Stuyedeyed. Full of brilliant, nervous energy, their music explodes in every direction at once, pulling from the archives of garage and psych rock beauty for their own take on jangly pop and overdriven rock. They stopped by to destroy the live room at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn for this special session! Funeral by Stuyedeyed will be released March 10, 2017. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
We’re going to let Darkwing describe themselves here: “Anti-hero Theme Music. Yin yang grunge. Music to promote critical thinking. Happy/albeit sometimes strange music with lyrics about being uncomfortable or disappointed in the world and oneself or straight up love and stuff.” That’s about as perfectly as it can be put. It’s also worth noting that the band — based in Leonia, New Jersey, and made up of Richie, Zach, Louis, and Lyzi (also of Fruit & Flowers) — is exceptionally adept at blasting out huge, badass rock music with sweet hooks. They brought the chaos to the studio at Serious Business Music in DUMBO. Lameonia is available now, and Darkwing has new music coming soon. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
John Knefel is one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Here, in the third episode of the new weekly video spinoff series about politics and current events, he discusses the issues raised by Trump conducting the business of the presidency at the private club he owns and now calls “the Winter White House.” What may be the implications and results of classified information being discussed within earshot and plain sight of club members? Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
Baked goods are the best. Even better, are baked goods made from scratch. They are a tiny way to show off your ability to measure ingredients while simultaneously filling your living space with lovely smells. At the end of your hard work you’ve got yourself a treat and a new photo op for instagram. Check out this recipe for cream cheese banana bread that is easy to make, but looks fancy enough to impress your followers. Music featured in this episode: “Chills” by Ladyhawke
Vinegar Mother is a progressive soul group begun in Connecticut and now making moves in the New York City music scene. Comprised of Julia Zivic on vocals, Itamar Gov-Ari on keyboard, Jason Zivic on drums, Paulie Beladino on guitar, and Mike Roninson on bass, the band is dedicated to bringing some much-needed good vibes to 2017. They dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some of that with you for this session! The Sunny Seat EP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Tancred is the solo project of Jess Abbott, member of the Minneapolis band Now, Now. Born in California before growing up in New England, her current home in the Midwest may be a slightly unnatural fit for someone more accustomed to the coasts, but her direct, confessional music has certainly found a home with her fans, as demonstrated by a dedicated internet fan base built up around her YouTube and Tumblr presence. Initially an acoustic project, Tancred has developed into a full band sound on the latest record, and Jess took the music on the road for a brief tour in December 2013, which also brought her to our studio. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Tancred’s latest release, Out Of The Garden, is available now
Secret Crush is an extremely likeable Brooklyn rock band made up of Greg Timmes, Matt Billington, Nick Rogers, and John Swanson. They’ve got the grungy, waily guitar thing so down that it makes it hard not to bounce along to their songs. Take a listen and you’ll see exactly what we mean. It’s ok, nobody can see you dancing in front of the computer. Go for it. Birth EP by Secret Crush is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Molly Knefel is one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Here, in the second episode of a new weekly video spinoff series about politics and current events, she discusses the Trump administration’s reimplementation and expansion of the so-called “global gag rule,” which withholds federal funding from organizations around the world who are involved in or even mention abortion. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
Sunset Botanica is a Brooklyn-based company which makes shrubs, bitters, and other cocktail components. To help get in the Valentine’s Day spirit, the owner of the company, Carlos Victoria, shares his recipe for Cupid’s Arrow, a gin based cocktail featuring handcrafted hibiscus bitters. Music featured in this episode: “Savor Flamenco (Tango Flamenco)” by Gipsy Kings
Parlor Walls is the Brooklyn-based trio of Alyse Lamb, Chris Mulligan, and Kate Mohanty. Lamb and Mohanty honed their blend of noise guitar and sax in the band EULA, perfecting their dramatic, modern take on post-punk. The band has been very active since their 2014 inception and, with their upcoming Northern Spy debut, things are set to take off even more. They dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to bring the noise to our live room for this session! Opposites by Parlor Walls will be release March 10th by Northern Spy Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The BTRtv drone explores the skies over Marine Park in Brooklyn, New York, for your visual enjoyment, all set to the tune of “Comm.” by Botany. The BeBop drone used in this video was provided by Parrot.
Roya is a Brooklyn-based band with a strong pedigree in the local and national scene, with members from notable acts Habibi, The Clean, Grooms, and Angry Angles. Musically, they tread the now-familiar world of post-punk groove, with touches of 60s pop and a focus on lyrics at the forefront that allow them to sing about even the darkest of subjects with a deceptively upbeat vibe. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us a first look at and listen to what they have in store as their debut album looms. Roya’s self-titled debut record will be released via Burger Records on March 5, 2017. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
John Knefel is one half of the sibling host team of the longrunning progressive politics podcast, Radio Dispatch. Here, in the first episode of a new weekly video spinoff series about politics and current events, he discusses President Trump’s recently rolled out “Muslim Ban” and the fallout from its hasty implementation. Come back every week to hear from John and his sister/co-host, Molly, about the news of the week. Music featured in the episode: “Untitled” by Tiny Victories
In this installment of 1st Person, we meet Morticia, who left her Florida home and southern baptist community for New York City after coming out as a trans woman. Morticia shares what it was like to leave her home and find a supportive environment and what that has meant to her. She also has some advice for any who might be looking to make a big move themselves. Music featured in the episode: “Bonnieview” by Zeus
Breanna Barbara is a Brooklyn-based musician, but don’t let the geography throw you — her music is steeped in southern/blues rock traditions, as seen through the sweat-drenched eyes of New York City. Howling, yelping, and rockin’ with a furious intensity — even at slower tempos, like a psychedelic waltz — Barbara is fast becoming a force to reckon with in the local scene. Mirage Dreams by Breanna Barbara is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Nelson, Humberto, Andrea, and Luis are Brooklyn-based band, Stuyedeyed. Full of brilliant, nervous energy, their music explodes in every direction at once, pulling from the archives of garage and psych rock beauty for their own take on jangly pop and overdriven rock. They stopped by to destroy the live room at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn for this special session! Funeral by Stuyedeyed will be released March 10, 2017. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The BTRtv drone explores the skies over DUMBO, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, for your visual enjoyment, all set to the tune of “Insides” by Fort Romeau. The BeBop drone used in this video was provided by Parrot.
The Royal Munkey aims to bring the flavor and feel of “Old Bombay” to New York City. Inspired by the Anglo-Indian cooking of colonial India, The Royal Munkey serves European-style dishes and drinks prepared with Indian spices and flavors. Co-Owner Arun Mirchandani demonstrates how to make one of the restaurant’s signature drinks, the Indian Spiced Old Fashioned. Music featured in this episode: “Elephant Walk” by Lettuce
Solilians is a psychedelic drone pop band from Long Island, New York. Appropriately enough, their album is dedicated to the memory of the late, great Leonard Nimoy, and sung in Hebrew. This cosmic crew of Sharon Malkin, Benjamin Malkin, Gabriel Walsh, and Neptune Sweet is very much on their own, special trip and we’re along for the ride. They dropped into Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to bring some of their vibes our way for this session. Shin from Solilians is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Our old buddies Howth (rhymes with growth) perform their song, “Tourist Town,” as a stripped down 4-piece rock band at Muchmore’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in this episode of BTR Hear & There that we originally presented in March of 2015. “Tourist Town” appeared on Howth’s 2015 album, Trashy Milky Nothing Town.
Samuel Tyrone Cotton is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist from Louisville, Kentucky. Playing music since his early 20s, Cotton draws on the influence of a wide range of blues, folk, and rock greats — from BB King (the first artist he saw in concert) to Jerry Garcia, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix. For his latest project, Tyrone has ventured to Woodstock, New York, along with the talented production team of Josh Kaufman (Bob Weir, Craig Finn, Dear Georgiana, David Wax Museum, Josh Ritter, Caitlin Demarrais, and Balthrop, Alabama) and Ray Rizzo (Bob Weir, Yo Yo Ma, Doveman, Trixie Whitley, Glen Hansard, Days Of The New, Dawn Landes) to craft a career-defining record. The gang stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to give us a look at what they have in store for these recordings. Tyrone Cotton is currently working on a full length LP. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The BTRtv drone explores the skies over Red Hook, a waterside neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, for your visual enjoyment, all set to the tune of “Black” by Protein. The BeBop drone used in this video was provided by Parrot.
The Royal Munkey aims to bring the flavor and feel of “Old Bombay” to New York City. Inspired by the Anglo-Indian cooking of colonial India, The Royal Munkey serves European style dishes and drinks prepared with Indian spices and flavors. Chelsea White sat down with Co-Owner Arun Mirchandani to try two of the restaurant’s signature drinks: a classic Aviation Cocktail and an Indian Spiced Old Fashioned. Music featured in this episode: “Subliminal” by Heaven For Real // “Together Or Alone” by Eternal Summers // “Tiny” by Dinosaur Jr.
Emilyn Brodsky plays the ukulele with so much fire that you have to wonder why she doesn’t make the move to electric guitar… well, because she’s chosen her weapon, and it’s that tiny stringed instrument that she bashes away at while singing and commanding the stage with a similar intensity. This is part folk, part punk, but not entirely either one in the traditional sense. We’re kind of fascinated by Emilyn (she’s very chatty and has a way of drawing you into her world quickly) and we think you will be too. Check out this fun session recorded live at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn to see for yourself. Emilyn Brodsky’s Digestion is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Ahead of the release of her new album, Brooklyn songwriter/autoharp enthusiast/artist Elizabeth Devlin returns for her third episode of BTR Hear + There. Joined by cellist-about-town Emily Hope Price (who you may recognize from the recently-departed band Pearl and the Beard), Devlin set up shop at the Cypress Hills Taxidermy Studio in Queens among the deer, bear, and a whole jungle worth of animals for a very intimate performance of one of her new songs. Orchid Mantis by Elizabeth Devlin will be released February 8, 2017.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser talks with people about New Year’s resolutions. People talk about the resolutions they have made and whether or not they have kept them. Others share why they do or do not believe in the practice of making resolutions.
As part of an aviation unit, Freddie jumped out of countless airplanes during his four years in the Army. In this installment of 1st Person, he describes the feeling you get while falling through the air. Freddie also shares why he joined the military and offers some advice for those who are looking to expand their comfort zone. Music featured in this episode: “Water & Power” by Cold War Kids
Very Fresh is the musical project of Cindy Lou Gooden, a versatile musician who floats around the familiar Ava Luna and Speedy Ortiz orbit of bands. The band’s music is heavily anchored in the sweet verse-chorus-verse 90s territory with just slightly off-kilter, tender melodies. Cindy’s voice is raw and powerful, if deceptively gentle at times in a way that works to counter the punkish rhythms of the music. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn to share some tunes. Very Fresh’s Hey, It’s Me! EP is available now from New Professor Music and Inflated Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
LaKendra Tookes, who waist-trained and contoured in preparation for her visit to the tub, stops by to discuss racism, among other things. Brooke and LaKendra briefly discuss how racist our country is and feelings of solidarity with people of color as Trump’s inauguration draws closer. Much like the President-elect, the two have trouble staying on topic.
Frances Cone is songwriter-keyboardist Christina Cone, along with Andrew Doherty, Alex Baron, and Adam Melchor. Their soulful pop is rich with harmonies and emotion, stunningly orchestrated to hit you right in the heart and leave you breathless. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to share some of their magic. Arizona by France Cone is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis recently visited the Javits Center in New York City to speak with marathon runners, health-product representatives, and the general public about their top fitness goals for the year. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “The Music Got Me” by Claptone
Vancouver songwriter and writer Dan Mangan returns to BTR Live Studio to share some of his latest music in this intimate solo session. The two-time Juno Award-winner uses storytelling and song in a timeless, captivating way that we always love. Check out this special performance recorded live at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Dan Mangan’s new EP, Unmake, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
“1st Person” is a new recurring segment that will feature people telling firsthand stories about their own lives and experiences. For our first of these videos, we present David, who spoke to us at New York City’s Grand Central Terminal about his time in prison, what led him there, and how his life has gone since being released. Song featured in this episode: “New Ways” by Daughter

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