Archive
Blending sparse acoustics and glistening synth, Brooklyn’s Snowmine make indie-rock music that evokes both the aching sentimentality and darling harmonies of Fleet Foxes, and the body moving tribal beats and electronics of Yeasayer. The five-piece — led by new-classical composer Grayson Sanders — knows how to assemble songs that are well-textured and emotional, but it’s their real knack for building upon strong pop melodies that makes their work so appealing.
On November 26, 2012, TBWA/Chiat/Day hosted a launch party for photographer Rose Hartman’s new book, Incomparable Women Of Style. Before the event, BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker spoke with Rose about the book and her career, during which she has photographed a number of celebrities, models, and fashionistas — Jacqueline Onassis, Kate Moss, Bianca Jagger, Naomi Campbell, and Lauren Hutton among them — and been a fixture at such famed hot spots as Studio 54.
On October 25th, Force Meme Productions hosted the Fourth Annual HallowMEME Costume Party at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Celebrating online culture, the event features partygoers dressed IRL as their favorite internet memes and personalities. BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker spoke with Forced Meme’s Andrea Rosen and other partygoers, including the winner of the evening’s costume contest.
Today’s episode of Spit Take Comedy on BreakThruTV features Reid Faylor, a stand-up comedian with the enthusiasm of an excited – albeit unstable – preschool teacher. In this episode, he touches on the sensitive subjects of dramatic pauses, love, and war.
Chaz Mannenheim is out on the street, asking the people what news stories were the absolute tops in September 2012!!! Hear tales of Politicians and Parties, Savory Burgers and Secret Video, Raging Riots and Ryan Reynolds! And if that’s not enough, Chaz finds himself in quite the bind when someone from his past comes (literally) running back to him! Fun and Games on this edition of MONTH IN REVIEW!!!!!!
Today’s episode of Spit Take Comedy on BreakThruTV features Narinder Singh, a New York-based comedian known for taking a refreshingly honest and hilarious look at the experience of being different and marginalized. Here he addresses the problems of having sexy lips, shopping with mom, and trying to get a chicken to hug.
Condom makers Trojan handed out 10,000 free vibrators at locations throughout Manhattan this week to launch their new line of devices. Deploying purple, hot dog style “pleasure carts,” the savvy marketing campaign created quite the buzz with long lines at the first location in Midtown.
Condom makers Trojan handed out 10,000 free vibrators at locations throughout Manhattan this week to launch their new line of devices. Deploying purple, hot dog style “pleasure carts,” the savvy marketing campaign created quite the buzz with long lines at the first location in Midtown.
Duncan Bird is Creative Director at the Cloudbreak Group, the creative agency who has worked with the New York Yankees to develop a fragrance line with the iconic baseball team’s brand. BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker spoke with Duncan about his experiences in branding and with the development and marketing of the Yankees fragrance, specifically.
DID YOU HEAR!!! Jerry Sandusky Is Going To Jail!! DID YOU KNOW!!! Wisconsin Stopped Eating Cheese To Engage In Democracy!!! OH MY GOD!!!! Alec Baldwin Just Got Physical!!! These Stories And MUCH MUCH MORE As The Ever Enigmatic Chaz Mannenheim Brings You Today’s News In Only The Way That He Can! With Style, With Panache, With Class!!! ENJOY!!
Teens interested in having anything other than their ears pierced could soon be banned from doing so in New York State. Many piercing shops already reject kids under 18 without explicit parental consent and state lawmakers could follow their lead if a new bill is signed into law. The bill, which would require written consent from parents to be provided and kept on file at shops for 12 months, has already passed both houses in Albany and next goes to the governor’s desk for approval or veto. This week on BTR Pulse we speak to people in New York, including a mother and a local piercer, about their experiences and the proposed law.
George Gordon is a Brooklyn based comedian with a kind of low-key, measured delivery — perfect for conveying his particular brand of anecdotal humor. Here he talks about the concept of well-known musicians doing DJ sets and trying out a new pick-up line with unexpected results, among other things.
The folk-pop tinged music of Brooklyn singer-songwriter Kelli Scarr is pure and poignant, smooth and seductive, reminiscent at times of Neil Young or Gillian Welch. Scarr — who has toured and worked with Moby and been nominated for an Emmy for her soundtrack work on HBO’s In a Dream — wears her heart on her sleeve lyrically, and her cool and soothing vocals are especially soul-stirring.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has started a nationwide debate with his efforts to combat obesity. Bloomberg is leading the charge by proposing a ban on sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces from restaurants, movie theaters, sport stadiums, and food carts. With critics suggesting this is an attack on civil liberties and the freedom of consumer choice, we asked people in New York what they thought.
Hey!!! Do you know what most “immoral” human act is celebrated in the month of May? Did you hear about the new “public” relations of social media juggernaut facebook? Do YOU KNOW what Obama’s opinions about men who love men, women who love women, and Joe Biden are? All this and more comes to you via the news-stylings of the one and only Chaz Mannenheim.
Based out of Los Angeles, RACES (formerly Black Jesus) blends bits of psych-rock, indie-pop, and even a little country twang for music that’s one moment guitar-driven and rollicking, and the next brimming with intense emotion and poppy hooks. The wild, but charming songs on the band’s Frenchkiss Records debut, Year Of The Witch, are further highlighted by frontman Wade Ryff’s raspy-textured, yearning vocals.
Flying Pace is a four-piece based out of Brooklyn. The band’s melodic, multi-layered and weaving indie-rock music is topped off perfectly by the hushed, sultry vocals of frontwoman Kristie Redfield. The rest of the lineup — Marta DeLeon, Josh Arenberg, and George Flanagan — is made up of veteran New York City indie rock musicians, whom have “dabbled” in a number of other local bands.
Jesse Marchant, or JBM as he’s more commonly known in the music world, creates delicate, subdued and moving indie rock. Written mostly on an acoustic guitar, his songs are sparse, though never simplistic — he’s classically trained on the guitar and quick with his fingers — and overall the music often conveys a haunting, yet beautiful emotional quality. He’s shared the stage with well-known acts like St. Vincent and The Tallest Man On Earth.
Based out of Portland, Maine, A Severe Joy is the new electro-pop project of musician José Ayerve, formerly of indie rock band Spouse. On stage he wears a Batman-like mask as he plays his beat-heavy pop ballads. Though the music is vibrant and booming, it still retains a sentimental tone, as he often sings about love stories. Here he performs under Tukey’s Bridge in Portland. Thanks to Chelsea Dowd for audio assistance.
One minute rife with warm and contagious dance-pop beats, the next minute boasting edgy rock riffs, Kodacrome’s songs are full of relentless energy and shimmery appeal. The trio’s knack for strong pop melodies make for airy synth-rock soundscapes, while frontwoman Elissa Pociask’s rich and raspy vocals have a seductive texture to them, reminiscent of Beach House’s Victoria Legrand.
Baltimore-based band Gary B & the Notions play loud and spunky indie-rock that’s full of bold, crunchy guitar riffs intertwined with catchy, power-pop melodies. Made up of Gary Lee Barrett, Jr., Kristofor Heath, Rick Bowman and Bryan Elliott, the four-piece has shared the stage with the likes of Joan Jett, Sufjan Stevens and Of Montreal. Their latest record, How Do We Explode, was recorded by friend and fellow musician J Mendicino of Pretty & Nice.
Memorial Day weekend — full of cookouts and beach openings — marks the unofficial launch of summer. With vacations and getaways right around the corner and on peoples’ minds, BTR Pulse host Lauren Hawker asks New Yorkers about their plans for the season.
Bill Stiteler is a New York-based comedian. His credits include “The Newlywed Game” where he was the scoreboard operator for 130 episodes (4real). Here at Spit Take Friday’s 2-year anniversary show at Fort Useless, he jokes about French dads and wanting his own comedic partner, or, as he calls it, his “Garfunkel.”
Blurring the lines between genres, Emily Wells is a New York-based musician who channels hip-hop, synth rock, pop and even classical music. Her songs are at once sentimental, hypnotizing and electrifying. Though she’s been dubbed a hybrid of Nina Simone, Biggie Smalls and Bob Dylan, on stage Wells offers her own uniquely impressive one-woman show, playing a number of instruments and looping them live throughout her entire set. Here she performs a brand new song called “Come To Me.”
Originally an electronic duo from Florida, Conveyor has evolved into a Brooklyn-based quartet whose charming indie-pop features sweet harmonies, folk-inspired melodies, and bits of dazzling synth. The band — consisting of Gary Alan Busch, Jr., Michael Ryan Pedron, Evan Michael Garfield, and TJ Masters — play with various textures and moods, poppy and playful one moment, subdued and forlorn the next. Here, the band discuss the recording of their new album and perform a number of new songs.
With The Avengers setting record numbers in theaters worldwide — poising it to be one of the blockbuster hits of the summer — and with more Marvel Comics films on the way, we hit the popular New York City comic book store Forbidden Planet to ask folks what they find most appealing about the “Superhero” story and what superpowers they wish they had.
This Is The Kit is the project of English-born singer-songwriter Kate Sables. Based out of Paris and often accompanied by longtime collaborator Jesse Vernon, she plays folk-rock that is sparse, stripped-down, and marked by a captivatingly tender and calm ambiance. Sables has been lauded by artists like Sharon Van Etten, and she is currently signed to Brassland Records, the label co-founded by The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner.
New York City-based Reckless Sons make rowdy, roaring rock ‘n’ roll. Led by dynamic frontman Matt Butler, the four-piece have opened for the likes of Peter Bjorn and John and Hercules and Love Affair, and, in 2009, they won the “Free The Noise” contest judged by SPIN, John Varvatos, Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell and Island Records.
Originally a duo featuring Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, Brooklyn’s Lucius now has four permanent members and performs with a rotating fifth. Their charming indie-pop borrows mostly from country and folk, but their songs vary in mood and style — some are quirky and frenetic (reminiscent of St. Vincent), while others are sparse and delicate (like Feist). Though they sing heartbreaking tales, it’s the powerful, yet tender, harmonies of Laessig and Wolfe that make the music especially poignant.
With the passing of Adam “MCA” Yauch last week, BTR Pulse looks back on the extraordinary contribution of the Beastie Boys, asking New Yorkers their thoughts on the hip-hop trio’s impact in the worlds of music, culture, and even politics.
On Tuesday, May 1st, the New Museum store hosted a launch party for CNNCTD+100, a project that spotlights the cross-pollination of downtown New York City’s fashion, music, art and culture. Each of the 100 audio/visual pieces has an accompanying Playbutton, a wearable pin and mp3 player. BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker attended the event and spoke to its co-founders and contributors like iconic designer Maripol and actress Paz de la Huerta.
Marked by beautiful, lush orchestration and impassioned, whispery vocals, Ravens & Chimes’ indie rock is enthralling and emotionally compelling. The Brooklyn five-piece has opened for bands like Billy Bragg and Tim Fite, and their honest, heart-on-the-sleeve songs — three of which have been featured on MTV’s Skins — have earned praise from musical icons Leonard Cohen and Jeff Mangum. Just recently, they were listed as one of The L Magazine’s “8 Bands You Need To Hear.”
Sean Bones’ brand of indie-rock oozes a chill and relaxed, almost tropical vibe. Based out of Brooklyn, he hooked up with producer Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells, Cults) for his new, self-released sophomore album, called Buzzards Boy. The record’s shimmery songs — steeped in reverb and laden with resounding steel drums — make for the ideal breezy, beachy soundtrack.
At this year’s Coachella, the late Tupac Shakur was brought back to life as a hologram to perform alongside Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Video of the concert has become an instant sensation, helping to push the possibility of a “virtual tour” in the near future. On this week’s BTR Pulse, host Lauren Hawker asks New Yorkers what they think of the late rapper’s resurrection and who they would like to see represented as a hologram.
Back from some much needed alone time, eligible bachelor and charismatic internet show host Chaz Mannenheim takes you through the backlog of scintillating news stories from the month of April, 2012!!! The Titanic sunk and we’re all remembering it! “Rooster” Santorum robs us of his own powerful personality! The nail-biting drama of Robin Gibb’s coma is told in idiosyncratic detail!! AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!!!
Now in its 11th year, the Affordable Art Fair brought new and emerging art to New York City that even the most cash-strapped art lover can enjoy. The four-day event — which travels around the world to cities like London, Singapore and Brussels — aims to demystify the art-buying experience by presenting it as welcoming, fun, and most importantly: economical. BreakThruTV attended the affair and spoke to artists about their work.
Bird Courage is a folk-rock duo who perform their moving, mellow folk-rock in subway stations all over New York City. The pair — made up of New Zealand artist Samuel Saffery and Bushwick musician Erik Meier — teamed up after originally competing for busking spots. Together they create acoustic music that’s full of raw emotion, especially with the group’s fragile, almost hushed, vocals.
Here we present an extra video from our BTR Live Studio session with You Won’t, featuring a performance of their song, “Three Car Garage.”
Originally from Cambridge, Mass., You Won’t mix lo-fi rock and stripped-down folk. Beneath the layers of raw distortion, their songs are strewn with sincere lyrics and endearing twangy-pop melodies. The band — made up of Josh Arnoudse, Raky Sastri, Tony Leva — released their debut full-length, Skeptic Goodbye, earlier this year.
New York City’s The Split combine jangly 60’s-inspired pop with gruff rock ‘n’ roll. The quartet — made up of Charlie Duerr (vocals, guitar), Lee Ferran (bassist), Steve Oben (guitarist), and Tim Gray (drums) — play songs that are simultaneously rough and catchy, reminiscent of older acts like The Rolling Stones and Chuck Berry or contemporaries like Harlem and The Soft Pack.
Blending sparse acoustics and glistening synth, Brooklyn’s Snowmine make indie-rock music that evokes both the aching sentimentality and darling harmonies of Fleet Foxes, and the body moving tribal beats and electronics of Yeasayer. The five-piece — led by new-classical composer Grayson Sanders — knows how to assemble songs that are well-textured and emotional, but it’s their real knack for building upon strong pop melodies that makes their work so appealing.
With businesses large and small closing up shop due to the fluctuating economy, many wonder whether it’s pragmatic to go the entrepreneurial route and start one. On this week’s BTR Pulse, host Lauren Hawker asks New Yorkers what businesses they’d want to create — if they’d even be willing to take the risk — and how they would fund them.

recommendations