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Minneapolis noise band Marijuana Deathsquads is the ever-evolving, experimental project lead by Ryan Olson, (here he’s the pixelated member, and producer/writer of POLICA and GAYNGS), Isaac Gale (whose videos for Bon Iver, Polica, P.O.S., and On An On you’ve probably seen), and Stefon Alexander (P.O.S), and supported by multiple drummers and other performers contributing synths, vocals, and miscellaneous sounds to the sonic chaos. For this session, the group was in a stripped-down four piece format (they had the minimum 2 drummers and without Stef there, Isaac handled all vocal duties). Live, they’ve had as many as 7 drummers behind the twisted, effected vocals and electronics, making for a total sensory overload of percussive insanity enveloping their impossibly tight, maniacal, intricate experimental sound. From Marijuana Deathsquads’ explosive energy to its members’ work in other bands and in their hometown music and art scenes, there’s a seemingly endless supply of creative power here to love.
Happy post-Christmas Saturday. Instead of going to the mall to return that ugly sweater, just embrace it and hang out with us here at BTR. It's part two of three of my chronological 2013 countdown! We're starting in April and going through the end of the summer in this section, so stayed tuned for all your favorite indie summer bangers!! And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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For Holiday Week on BTR, we bring you part one of our look back at 2013 on Third Eye!
On Saturday, May 4th, artists, architects, poets, technologists, entrepreneurs, and inventors shared their ideas and invited participants to actively shape their city and involve themselves in its urban improvement. StreetFest served as the grand finale of the New Museum's Ideas City festival, a four-day conference featuring workshops and more than one hundred independent and public events for proposing solutions and accelerating creativity. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker was there.
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Merry Christmas! Christmas is one of my favorite days of the entire year, so I've put together the perfect weird folk Christmas show for you. It's a cozy one- after you've opened presents, grab a cocoa and curl up with your new book and enjoy these cold-weather warm-heart songs! Happy Holidays! I hope it's a great one for you.
NYC-based El Jezel have been together for nearly a decade, combining elements of glimmering, wistful shoegaze and charging, melodic post-rock. The blend of male and female vocals, along with their ability to waver between various genres mid-song, keeps their music unpredictable and refreshing. For our BTR Hear & There Christmas Special, in front of a brightly decorated Brooklyn home, they brave the cold winter weather to perform (as a duo) an acoustic version of their holiday tune, “Working On Christmas.”
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NSFW! It’s not even the topless dancer that makes us think this one could bring some grief from your boss… Celebrate a very special birthday with The Barnyard Boys, back again to wreak havoc on our studio and earholes, all while making sweet love to our eyes and the mother Earth as their own special way of celebrating Christmas. If that sounds scary, well, you’ve been warned. Papa Buns leads the chaos and fun as we take a trip inside the world of this communally-living powerhouse of a band. Just watch it (but seriously, not at work, you’ll totally get fired - and possibly sent to the psychiatrist).
It's finally time for the annual Saturday show end of year wrap up! Instead of just doing my favorite songs from the year, I'm doing something a little different. Over the course of three shows I'm going to play all my favorite songs from the year in chronological order of when they were released! That way you can do a mental/musical walk down memory lane of your year. Pretty fun, right? And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram!
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It's Energy Week at BTR! On today's show, Associate Professor Yebo Li of Ohio State University tells us more about the potentials for algae as a biofuel. And later author and journalist Adam Minter talks about his new book, "Junkyard Planet".
On this week’s episode of BTR Pulse, new correspondent Sarah Fraser hits the streets of New York to ask people what advice they’d give to their younger selves.
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Genghis Hans is the cleverly named Brooklyn-based pop duo of guitarist/singer Hansdale Hsu and producer Stryker Matthews. Hints of tropicalia and chillwave drop in and out of their songs, all of which feature a kind of shimmery, mellow vibe that make a worthy soundtrack for life. We caught up with the band as they played at The Warehouse, on the border of Brooklyn and Queens.
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NSFW! It’s not even the topless dancer that makes us think this one could bring some grief from your boss… Celebrate a very special birthday with The Barnyard Boys, back again to wreak havoc on our studio and earholes, all while making sweet love to our eyes and the mother Earth as their own special way of celebrating Christmas. If that sounds scary, well, you’ve been warned. Papa Buns leads the chaos and fun as we take a trip inside the world of this communally-living powerhouse of a band. Just watch it (but seriously, not at work, you’ll totally get fired - and possibly sent to the psychiatrist).
I know you're probably sick of Christmas tunes by now, and guess what? You're in luck! There are ZERO Christmas songs on this show today! In fact, we're even playing NEW music on the show today. Check out tracks from Childish Gambino, Thee Oh Sees, and Magik Markers. And don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram!
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It's Network Week on BTR! On today's show, architect, urban planner, and author Alex Garvin talks to us about the best and worst in planning America's cities. And later, we're talking with theoretical physicist and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss, the star of a new documentary called "The Unbelievers" about his travels with fellow atheist Richard Dawkins promoting free thinking across the globe.
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On this wintry edition of God Bless Weirdmerica we have new tracks from the very cool I Need You Bad compilation- the weirdest ones, of course. Plus, we're reminding everyone that Julianna Barwick had one of the best albums of 2013, and it was certainly New Weird American. Enjoy the show, and don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram!
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It's the first Saturday in December, which means we're firmly in winter. And we've got a little mini-theme on the show today to celebrate that fact. Wintry songs from The Loom and Hot Panda will be on the show, plus exciting new tracks from The Sandwitches and Thee Oh Sees. And don't forget- if you want to stay up to date on all things BTR, make sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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It's Multitasking Week on BTR! On today's show, Screen Rant's Ben Kendrick joins us once again, this time to discuss the "second screen" experience that could be coming to a cinema near you. Plus, TV's Chef Mike Isabella (of "Top Chef" fame) explains his brand of "international culinary diplomacy." And later, Yahoo!'s Eyal Ophir discusses a Stanford study he co-authored on the psychology of multitasking with a late legend of Communications academia.
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This Month Brought Memories Of Tragedy And Thoughts Of Good Cheer Indeed!!! Chaz Mannenheim, your Newsman Of Yesteryear, brings to you the meaty substance of today’s most popular news stories including the Toronto Mayor’s hilarious addiction crisis, the unending enigma that is the JFK assassination, and the always entertaining answer to the question, “What Are You Doing For Thanksgiving!!!” Thrill as Chaz Mannenheim brings you all the news you missed and all the news you love!!! MONTH IN REVIEW: NOVEMBER 2013!!!
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Well, it's official. We're in the holiday season! And I know, I know, you're already sick of all the holiday music. That's why we've got you covered here at BTR- we're playing the best independent music we can, all day every day! Stay tuned for great songs from Shannon and The Clams, White Fence, and Ty Segall. Plus, don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
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It's Screen Week on BTR! On today's show, BTR's resident Superman kid (and co-host of our movie podcast Restricted Audience Required) joins us to talk about the latest rumors about the upcoming Superman vs. Batman movie. And later, Molly Freeman is in the studio to talk more about her story available now on Breakthurradio.com about the effect that Neilsen's new Twitter TV ratings are having on your favorite shows.
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We've got a great show for you today this Saturday!! There's new tracks from Nils Frahm, White Fence, and From Below. Plus, some old favorites from Joanna Newsom, Darlings, and Double Dagger. And don't forget especially to follow BTR on Instagram! We've got great pics of great bands on there, and you gotta check 'em out!!!
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It's Milk Week on BTR! On today's show, we're exploring the Raw Milk Movement with David Grace, head of manufacturing at Skyhill Napa Valley Farms. And later, mammalogist Katie Hinde helps us better understand the phenomenon that is inter-species nursing. Plus, NYU professor Yanni Kotsonis is on the phone with BTR's Tanya Silverman talking about the impact that Russia's recent imports bans mean for global politics.
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Minneapolis noise band Marijuana Deathsquads is the ever-evolving, experimental project lead by Ryan Olson, (here he’s the pixelated member, and producer/writer of POLICA and GAYNGS), Isaac Gale (whose videos for Bon Iver, Polica, P.O.S., and On An On you’ve probably seen), and Stefon Alexander (P.O.S), and supported by multiple drummers and other performers contributing synths, vocals, and miscellaneous sounds to the sonic chaos. For this session, the group was in a stripped-down four piece format (they had the minimum 2 drummers and without Stef there, Isaac handled all vocal duties). Live, they’ve had as many as 7 drummers behind the twisted, effected vocals and electronics, making for a total sensory overload of percussive insanity enveloping their impossibly tight, maniacal, intricate experimental sound. From Marijuana Deathsquads’ explosive energy to its members’ work in other bands and in their hometown music and art scenes, there’s a seemingly endless supply of creative power here to love.
We have a very, very cool new thing on BTR called BTR Found Sound on Sound Cloud. Check out the show if you want to hear more about (trust me, you do)! Also new on today's show, tracks from Grizzly Bear, The Black Hollies, and an amazing tune from the 10 Year Anniversary Reissue of Songs: Ohia's The Magnolia Electric Co. And, as always, don't forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!
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It's Fanaticism Week on BTR! On today’s show, we’re taking a closer look at how members of the LGBT community are depicted on TV (specifically, MTV’s "Teen Wolf") with BTR’s own Molly Freeman. After the promotional air raid, we’re featuring previously unaired interview audio from past Third Eye guests. Tune in to hear more about Occupy Sandy efforts on Staten Island with last week's guest, Goldi Guerra. And later, we feature more of Tanya Silverman's interview with Sasha Abramsky, author of "The American Way of Poverty".
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It's Saturday here on BTR, and that means we have the best soundtrack for your weekend. There are a ton of brand new songs on the show today, including tracks from Ducktails, Juana Molina, and Connan Mockasin. Plus, we tell you about a bunch of cool stuff we have coming up on BTR this week! As usual, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, and Pinterest.
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It's Exclusive Week on BTR! On today's show, we bring you part two of our retrospective on Occupy Wall Street. Goldi Guerra of Occupy Sandy talks about his organization's depiction in The New York Times. And later, we're honored to have Professor Noam Chomsky on the show talking about Syria, the shutdown, the future of the two party system, and what it all means for America and the world.
In 2012, the ING New York City Marathon was canceled in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. However, on Sunday, November 3rd, the annual event returned for 2013 -- one of many major marathons going on this fall. Partly because of the bombings at the Boston Marathon that took place in April of this year, the NYPD were in a state of high security throughout race weekend. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke with runners at the Javitz Center about their experiences last year and expectations for this year’s marathon, as well as with Rachel Johnson -- a spokesperson from Team in Training, one of the oldest sports fundraising campaigns from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society -- about the current state of fundraising-associated running.
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When was the last time you heard a rock record that was just piano music? Huh? Not in a really, really long time, right? That's why I think this new Moonface album is so exciting and interesting. Just Spencer Krug's beautiful vocals and his beautiful piano-playing. We start off the show toady with the best track form that new album, and follow it up with a full show of the best new weird music. And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, and Pinterest!
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It's the first Saturday in November, and the great albums of 2013 keep pouring in. Most obviously, we've got a track from Arcade Fire's excellent Reflektor. But we've also got Nobunny's new Secret Songs, plus the beautiful Anna Calvi's One Breath. Plus, a whole slew of other new songs to keep your Saturday interesting. And as always, follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter, but also tumblr and Pinterest to get all of the latest updates on the station!
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Zula are a young Brooklyn band with a West African name and tunes built around the songwriting of cousins Henry and Nate Terepka. Exploring psychedelic sounds with a heavy dose of delay, their songs are pleasingly disjointed, experimental pop jams that makes clever use of groove and melody -- not to mention a lot of really weird sounds. What it all adds up to is a deliciously unpredictable blend of jazz, rock, pop, electronica, and ambient bits and pieces, strung together through whatever weird magic these guys possess.
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It's Buried Week on BTR! On today's show, we're looking back at two years of 'Occupying' Wall Street and the rest of America with Kari Koch, an activist who has worked with Occupy Portland. Plus, are wooden coffins and costly cremations becoming a thing of the past? Joe Sehee, founder of the Green Burial Council, joins us to talk about the most ecologically, and spiritually, friendly ways to dispose of human remains. But first, we remember Lou Reed...
Last November, we spoke to residents of the Red Hook community that had been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Despite the fact that Sandy has left a mark on the Brooklyn neighborhood, the strength of the community, and its organizations, have persevered through many obstacles. Now, one year later, BTR Pulse returns to Red Hook to speak with some of the residents, business owners and community leaders affected.
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On October 24th, Forced Meme Productions hosted their fifth annual HallowMeme Costume Party at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Celebrating online culture, the event features partygoers dressed as their favorite memes and internet personalities. BreakThruTV's Lauren Hawker spoke with Forced Meme's founder Andrea Rosen and other participants.
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In keeping with the season, RAR brings you a review of Carrie. Plus a Tropes and Trends with DJ Jordan of Discovery Corner, and the best psychic films to check out.
Happy Saturday!! On the show today we could not be more excited about the brand new Moonface album. It's just Spencer Krug and a piano, and honestly, that sounds like heaven. Speaking of heaven, don't forget to check out BTR's Pinterest and tumblr pages. We have so many fun things on there you won't want to miss out on. And I mean, while we're talking about great things, we've also got new music from Cass McCombs and Maria Taylor, and stay tuned for a fun story about her. And, as always, don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter!
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It's Community Week at BTR! On today's show, we're bringing you the interviews behind two headlines you can find on the BreakThru Radio site today. Up first, Dr. Deborah Peel is a psychoanalyst and founder of Patients Privacy Rights who helps us better understand the new ways that Google is infringing on the rights of its users. And later, Tanya Silverman talks more about urban development with John J. George of the Detroit Blight Busters, a charitable group helping the Motor City fight decay.
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On this edition of God Bless Weirdmerica, we play new (weird) tunes from Of Montreal and Man Man! Plus, we revisit old favorites like Joanna Newsom and Dirty Projectors. If you have a CMJ music hangover, this is the place for you to be! With all this weirdness, your palate will definitely be cleansed! And as always, don't forget to tune into BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates.
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A little recap from our BTR's own CMJ showcase from over the weekend, just in case you missed it...
It's CMJ week! And BTR has our very own showcase! Make sure to listen to this show, then come to the Grand Victory in Brooklyn tonight at 7 to check out some of the artists from this very show! It's going to be a can't-miss event of CMJ. And as always, don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
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It's Development Week at BTR! On today's show, we're joined by the writers behind two stories breaking through the news on the BTR site this week. Plus more updates on the Silk Road arrests and Russia's new charges against Greenpeace, all in news that corporate media didn't think you needed to know from Oct. 7-13.
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CMJ Day 2! And DJRePete starts your day with a mix exclusively comprised of bands playing the New York Music Marathon with alt by Bad Cop, addictive alt pop via Mood Rings, and electronica crossover with The Sounds. Plus, a pair of throwbacks by My Teenage Stride and Luke Temple of Here We Go Magic fame, as well as folky twang with festival vet Father John Misty and upstart I’ll Be John Brown. And tune in for three of the bands playing BTR’s CMJ Showcase this Saturday at Grand Victory with Eternal Summers, Bleeding Rainbow, and the Heliotropes! Get psyched for CMJ or live vicariously Wednesday with DJRePete and BTR!
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BTR's CMJ party is just one week away!!! That's right, in seven days we'll be partying it up at Grand Victory in Brooklyn with Eula, Eternal Summers, and Bleeding Rainbow. And that's how we're starting off the show today, with a great track from Bleeding Rainbow. Plus, new tunes from Of Montreal, Frog Eyes, and Like Temple. And don't forget to foliow BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
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It's Intoxication Week on BTR! On today's show, Medical Director for the Houston Marathon, Dr. John Cianca, explains to us why drinking too much water can be bad even for casual endurance athletes. And later, DJ Jordan chats with Dan Ozzi of the Jaded Punk blog and Noisey, the new music channel from VICE Media, on the current wave of nostalgia intoxicating the pop punk generation.
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We've got some great new songs on God Bless Weirdmerica this week, including a brand new track from show favorites Grizzly Bear. We've also got a really catchy new number called The Blow. And don't forget to stay tuned to all of our other great programming on the station today. And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
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Are you excited for BTR's CMJ showcase? We here at the Saturday show definitely are! That's why we're kicking off today's show with a track from one of our all-time faves, Eternal Summers! And make sure to stay tuned to get all of the details. Plus, new tracks from great bands like The Blow, Grizzly Bear, and The Fresh & Onlys.
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It's Sleep Week here at BTR! First up on the show, Dr. Carl Bazil of the Columbia University Comprehensive Epilepsy and Sleep Center talks to us about new research on the quantity-versus-quality of a good night's sleep. And later, author and former US infrantryman Jared Maxwell joins us to talk about his new memoir about his experiences in one of the most violent and intense fights of the war in Afghanistan.
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It's the end of September and we've still got tons of great new music for you. On today's show, make sure to check out new tracks from Arms, MiniBoone, and our Discovery Artist this week, Appomattox. Plus, we're announcing our CMJ showcase on 10/19 at Grand Victory! Don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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It's Orange is the New Black Week on BTR! On today's show, we're on the phone with Madeleine George, former site director at the Bayview Educational Facility for the Bard Prison Initiative, which works to help inmates earn a degree from Bard College while behind bars. Later, author Victoria Law talks about the challenges female inmates face that their male counterparts don't. And after the promotional air raid, we feature an interview with Sasha Abramsky, author of the new book "The American Way of Poverty".
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There's a three-way-tie for best, weirdest highlight today on God Bless Weirdmerica. First of all, we've got a new track from Philly's own Man Man. Doesn't get better than that, right? But maybe you're wrong! Because we've got a new Islands track!! But wait!! We've also got a new Bill Callahan track! Plus songs from new artists like Tica Douglas and Jonathan Rado, new singers you can learn to love as much as our old favorites! And as always, don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter!
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OOoooohh!!! There's so, so much good music on the show today!! First of all, we've got my absolute favorite album from this summer, Blowout, by Brooklyn's own So So Glos. Plus, brand new Islands AND Bill Callahan AND Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin. Plus, stay tuned for some super cool Speedy Ortiz news that we have on the station this week. And, as always, check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates!
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Dumpster Hunter is the NYC-based quartet of Jeff Taylor, Mark Guiliana, Steve Wall, and Chris Morrissey. Taylor (who has played with artists like Feist, Matisyahu, and Trixie Whitley) leads this gang with an impressively versatile performance style, rasping poetically cyclical lyrics over jazzy grooves. Dumpster Hunter's carefully executed compositions make maximum use of explosive, cathartic moments of joy, elevating their subtle, fragile indie rock to shimmery dance pop at a moment's notice.
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It's Algorithm Week on BTR! On today's show, we're on the phone with the creators of a smartphone app that helps quantify one's performance in the bedroom. But first, viral filmmaker Jason Stefaniak returns to kickstart a hip-hop musical inspired by Occupy Wall Street.
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It's Assistant Week on BTR! Madalyn shares one of her worst assistant horror stories, and then spends the rest of the show playing some seriously upbeat pop rock to make up for the horrors. Plus, we've got brand new music from Philadelphia's own Man Man on the show, always an exciting event! And don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter!
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It's Assistant Week on BTR! On today's show, we're getting an inside look at a day in the life of a virtual assistant. And later, we talk to scientists about the realities of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
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September! The transition from summer to fall, my two favorite seasons and, thus, the best time of the year. We're mirroring that mood on the show today. We're starting off with three standout new tracks, and then taking the rest of the show to be a little more mellow-- inspired by fall and the brand new Volcano Choir album, which really couldn't be better. And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates!
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There are some exceptional new albums on the show today! We've got new tracks from Volcano Choir, Grooms, and my favorite artist that I love to hate, Neko Case. Plus, we've got some recent favorites from bands like The Mallard and Purling Hiss. And as always, check out BTR's Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest and greatest going on at the station.
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It's Taboo Week! On today's show, Philadelphia artist Erin M. Riley talks about female sexuality in her work, Bawdy storyteller Reid Mihaulko talks about a non-profit he started for cuddling, and we ask New York City Comptroller John Liu more about why he thinks legalizing marijuana would help the city.
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Brooklyn-based songwriter Leah Siegel is Firehorse. Like her performance moniker, Siegel and her music are appropriately independent, assertive, and free-spirited. An early interest in music through classical violin and self-taught guitar and singing brought Siegel to songwriting at an early age. Add to this mixture the inspiration of heavy musical legends like Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, the Velvet Underground, Led Zeppelin and both Tim and Jeff Buckley, and you've got the formula for a powerful, dramatic take on rock. Not content to rest on the ever-growing-laurels of this project, Siegel also fronts Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout and sings in the Citizens Band, not to mention a new collaboration with Dave Hodge (Broken Social Scene, Bran Van 3000, Basement Jaxx) called Leisure Cruise which features guests from Metric, Blondie, Stars, Broken Social Scene, and more.
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Radical Dads are the Gowanus, Brooklyn-based trio of Lindsay Baker, Chris Diken, and Robbie Guertin (formerly of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah). In addition to pumping out great pop jams accompanied by only the most excellent artwork, the band professes their appreciation for "gummy snacks, hitting the fizz, snoozin’ on Sundays, meditation, meditating on pizza, pizza itself, sunglasses, friends, all-time peace, and the search for the attainment of the transcendence of coolness." We can get behind that. Oh, and the music rules, too.
Today is the Saturday of Awesome Old Bands Coming Out with New Material. I mean, we're talking old bands. Bands you might have forgotten about even. Remember Franz Ferdinand? The band, not the archduke. Well, guess what? There's a brand new song from them on the show today!! And they're not all! We've got Appomattox, Deer Tick, and The Dodos! Very exciting. And as always, don't forget to stop by Facebook and Twitter and follow BTR for all the latest happenings at the station.
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Emily Bell is a Texas musician who belts out soulful rock n' roll that effortlessly incorporates elements of delta blues, '60s rock, and girl-group glam. Raised in musical theater and taught by seasoned performers, her power is clearest onstage, where she delivers what she likes to call "technicolor rock 'n' soul" with the help of her partner and musical companion John Evans. Gaining popularity in Austin through riveting SXSW performances and her performing-arts fests, Summer Camp! and Winter Camp!, Bell is set to continue making a name for herself in both the local and national scenes.
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It's Trailblazer Week at BTR! On today's show, 19-year-old nuclear physicist Taylor Wilson talks about the future of energy and how to keep America safer. And later, MIT Professor Mitchel Resnick tells us about the ways that technology can improve education.
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This week's hot weird topic is Julianna Barwick. Her new album is very, very good and a little bit strange and a little bit folksy, which makes it perfect for God Bless Weirdmerica. And we, of course, have the show loaded with all your weird favorites, like Black Dice, Eleanor Friedberger, and AnCo. And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest happenings.
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Today on the show we've got exciting new tracks from Julianna Barwick and Ty Segall, two of my absolute favorites. Ty Segall has to be one of the most solidly prolific punk rockers to have ever played power chords on this planet, right? Plus, we've got a bunch of solid favorites, plus more new bands that are already turning into our 2013 favorites, like The Mallard. And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest goings on at the station!
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Atlanta's Mood Rings tread in enjoyably murky musical territory. While it's clear that pop music has been a strong influence, the band's output is heavier on vibe and feel than hooks and choruses. The group might be communicating some far out astral messages that we're just not ready to understand, but in the meantime, dig into the mood. Here, they play some tunes and chat with Maia about the evolving sound of the group and their intense love for Enya.
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It's Propaganda Week at BTR! On today's show, Joep Drummen of the Big Internet Museum joins us to talk about their latest exhibition on local networks. And later, author Les Leopold returns to discuss his latest book, "How to Earn A Million Dollars An Hour: Why Hedge Funds Get Away With Siphoning America's Wealth".
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A look into the lost history of propaganda cartoons of the World War II era.
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It's my five year anniversary on BTR!! That's right, five years of Saturday Shows and God Bless Weirdmerica, and I couldn't be happier and more proud to be a part of the BTR family. I'm celebrating by playing my favorite songs that I've ever played on the show. And as always, don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest goings on at the station!
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Horsehands are a Boston-based post-punk trio. Not necessarily the post-punk you may be thinking of, though, with "angular guitars" (we never really knew what that meant either) and off-key yelps, but truly something AFTER punk rock. More in line with Guided By Voices -- who the band is quick to identify as a key influence -- than Fugazi, Horsehands weave weird, whirling, winding melodies and grooves into a jazzed-up, spazzed-out take on pop.
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It's Authenticity Week on BTR! On today's show, Jordan Reisman chats with the creator of the award winning podcast, 'The Truth', Jonathan Mitchell. And later, Jody Stephens, drummer of Memphis power pop quartet Big Star, is on the phone talking about a new documentary out on his legendary band. Plus, last week in independent media and under-reported news.
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We've got another weird one today, and that's a very good thing, seeing as this is God Bless Weirdmerica, BTR's weirdest show! That's not official, but I feel confident that it's true. There are great new bands on the show today, like Pure Bathing Culture and Lace Curtain. And old faces like Death Vessel and Gauntlet Hair. Make sure to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter, too!
The Meaning Of Life is a band from Brooklyn who pulls together the oft-surreal lyricism of singer/bassist Marta DeLeon and the emotive guitar lines of Christian Gallardo to form dreamy pop music with hints of shoegaze and psych-rock. This music video -- the band’s first -- is for “Laura V.,” a song off their first EP, Play Fuego, and was produced in cooperation with BTRtv/BreakThru Radio.
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Radical Dads are the Gowanus, Brooklyn-based trio of Lindsay Baker, Chris Diken, and Robbie Guertin (formerly of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah). In addition to pumping out great pop jams accompanied by only the most excellent artwork, the band professes their appreciation for "gummy snacks, hitting the fizz, snoozin’ on Sundays, meditation, meditating on pizza, pizza itself, sunglasses, friends, all-time peace, and the search for the attainment of the transcendence of coolness." We can get behind that. Oh, and the music rules, too.
Welcome to the Saturday show!! There are a lot of new bands on the show today, like Running and Pond. Plus, we've got a split from Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht, of which both songs I'm really proud. It's definitely a good mix to spend a summer Saturday afternoon. And make sure to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates!
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Your daily news roundup courtesy of BTR!
Your daily news roundup courtesy of BTR!
Did you know that it's Planet Beet's 300th episode this week?!?! That's a huge landmark! I think this particular show is somewhere around 260, but it won't be too long before we hit that landmark, too! In August we'll have some exciting things coming up for our 5th Anniversary on BTR, but today we've got some great new tunes, which is just as exciting! And don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
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It's Touring Week on BTR! First up, DJ J Dayz reflects on his time in Warped Tour. And after the promotional air raid, more with ultramarathoner Charlie Engle about his fifth place finish in the Badwater 2013 race after serving three years in federal prison.
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We've got a great mix of music on the show today! We go from Charles Bradley to Las Robertas punk to New Cool Collective electronic. Whatever kind of fun summer songs you want for you Saturday, we've got 'em here!! And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter to stay current with all the latest goings-on at the station!
Attorney General Holder promises no death penalty for Snowden + second Pussy Riot member denied parole
US deportations of Mexican minors no the rise + an ominous new study regarding the future cost of brain disorders
It's Seven Deadly Sins Week on BTR! On today's show, we're talking about the difference between lust and sex addiction with New York City-based sex and marriage therapist Dr. Gracie Landes. But first, we catch up with prison reform activists Christopher Patrella and Alex Friedmann on the California prisoners hunger strike.
Citi Bike program accidentally leaks member information + bribery exposed in China's public hospitals
Poll captures public opinion on Zimmerman verdict + Justice Department sues Florida over treatment of disabled children.
New report on civilian death toll from US drone strikes + Facebook won't help U.N fight pirates
We have got it ALL on the show today. First of all, we've got The Impressions starting off the show, who are a 1958 R&B group from Chicago. We've got So Percussion, a jazz quartet from Brooklyn. We've got new Hot Chip and all kinds of crazy electronic tunes. Plus all your favorite indie rock from the likes of Fred Thomas and Yellow Ostrich. So stay tuned for a sampling of all the best BTR has to offer!
The latest on North Carolina voter ID + the California state prison hunger strike
Rick Perry signs abortion restrictions into law + inmate art at Pelican Bay State Prison
It's Aesthetics Week at BTR! First, Molly Freeman chats with Ben Kendrick of Screen Rant and Chad Van Alstin of Blogcritics.com about Hollywood's addiction to 3D and CGI. And later, more with Ryan Nethery, founder of the Worst Room Tumblr page, on being picky about living spaces in NYC.
GOP admits using voter ID to help suppress votes + the latest on patent reform
Today on God Bless Weirdmerica, we're showcasing the folk part of Freak Folk with tracks from the likes of Tallest Man on Earth and Marissa Nadler.  But we've also got some great new music that's just come out, like two new tracks from Woods and even a weird hip-hop track from Serengeti!  And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter!
The LGBT community stands behind Trayvon Martin + gay rights activist killed in Cameroon
What's next for Zimmerman + unconstitutional execution in Georgia, USA
Today on the show we've got a brand new band that just happened to be named after one of my favorite comic book characters. Not to mention the best new track from Woods that we've heard in ages. It's the perfect soundtrack to mid-July Saturday. And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter!!
Walmart opposing living wage legislation in DC + Republicans take aim at food stamp program
Scary stats regarding student loan debt + U.S retailers offer subpar plan for improving Bangladeshi garment industry.
It's Hoarding Week and on today's show, Deputy Director of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco, Michael Gause shares with us some better insight into the difference between how mainstream psychology thinks of hoarding and the pop culture stigma surrounding it. But first, BTR's own Tanya Silverman joins us to talk about her coverage of the 'Restore the Fourth' protests in New York City over the holiday.
California inmates on hunger strike + North Carolina activists push back against abortion restrictions.
A lifetime music nerd, BTR's Matt Lehtola has never been to a music festival like Bonnaroo before. Join him as he loses his 4-day music festival virginity and learns what it's all about. Shot entirely on a GoPro camera, Lehtola and DJ Wynn took in the sights and sounds of the festival culture to bring to BreakThruTV.
Health websites possibly leaking personal data to third parties + Congress grapples with Egyptian aid package
California inmates undergo sterilizations without approval + insurers refuse to cover Kansas schools w/ armed staff.
Yoni Gordon is a soulful troubadour who cut his teeth in Boston before landing in Brooklyn. Standing tall and proud, his live show is a whirlwind of storytelling, bravado, and all-out-heart as told through a rock n' roll spectacle. Backed by a vibrant band -- horn section and all -- Gordon throws every bit of himself into his music like he truly means it. Here, he brings his band by the studio to blast through a few songs, and to make band introductions with the appropriate fanfare.
We are full-on into the summer now, with our 4th of July BBQs behind us. There's an army of good new music on the show today, including a track from Owen, who is of course Mike Kinsella from Joan of Arc and Cap'n Jazz, PLUS a really fun new one from Chicago rapper Serengeti, who often straddles the line between hip-hop and well, pretty much whatever else he feels like. And make sure to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest and greatest on what's going on at BTR!
Abortion access in Ireland + changes in North Carolina election law
Songwriter Matt Bauer was born in Kentucky -- though he recently lived in Brooklyn and currently calls Austin home -- and the music of the region makes itself apparent in his work. Drawing on traditional mountain music, bluegrass, and folk, his songs tell carefully crafted tales with heavy tones and fantastically crafted orchestration.
Marriage equality support at a record high + Missouri inmates allege forced fights to amuse guards.
On today's show, Kait McIntyre of the Chicago Antiwar Committee tells us more about her organization's Midwest Action Against Drones event coming to the Windy City in September. And later, we bring you previously unaired conversations on copyright right reform featuring past Third Eye guests.
Neverending Footsteps visits Saigon and Vietnam for her birthday before heading to the United States.
A look at the elderly prison population + Brazilians of African descent demand equality
It's the day before the 4th of July!!! The fourth of July is as American as apple pie. It's about fireworks and cakes with blueberries and strawberries shaped like the American flag on them and the constitution. It's the most normal holiday we have. Which is why today we're gonna be real, real weird. Stay tuned for new tracks from Mood Rings and Baths, plus a new one for the show from The Microphones. And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, and Pinterest.
It’s June! Or at least it was and now you want to know what happened, cause you were probably busy taking conscious-altering product!!! Well, there was a homosexual milestone, something new about George Zimmerman, and more information on a man who leaks!!! All reported by the one and only Chaz Mannenheim!!! He scours the streets and finds you news!! Here’s yesterday’s news today for you, the viewer, from him, the entertainer, Chaz Mannenheim!!! Enjoy!!!
Mayor Bloomberg's faulty logic regarding stop and frisk.
Why should you be forced to grow up, especially on your birthday?
Shades of classic rock and 50's/60's pop permeate The Blank Tapes' stoner/pych-rock vibes. Hailing from San Francisco, Matt Adams is a prolific songwriter -- not to mention a talented visual artist -- with a timeless approach to music. Now in perhaps its leanest and strongest form yet, The Blank Tapes are a trio these days, featuring Adams along with girlfriend/resident-Moe Tucker-style-drummer Pearl Charles, and D.A. Humphrey on bass, and they’re ready to spread their songs across the land, taking us all on Vacation.
The implications of Vance v. Ball State University
The last Saturday in June, which means that music festival season is upon us. Which means that new albums are coming in scores every Tuesday. So stay tuned for new tracks from Superchunk, Boards of Canada, and Mood Ringers, plus pretty much every other song on the show today. And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest and tumblr.
The biggest liberal protest of 2013+ data surveillance in the UK
Rick Perry revives abortion bill + NYC City Council approves Community Safety Act
A historic filibuster + a historic moment for marriage equality
Most Texans oppose anti-abortion measures + immigration reform compromise
Michelle Markowitz, Tara Clancy, Adam Wade, and Ophira Eisenberg tell stories about their mothers, with David Martin as your host.
Study finds gay couples have a harder time finding apartments to rent + transgender people join Turkish protests.
What's the best day of the week? Oh right, it's Saturday. And where's the best place to listen to music? Oh right, that would be BTR. Well you're in luck, because it's the best day of the week on the best station on the Internet, and we've got some great songs coming your way today. Don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, and Pinterest for all of our latest updates!
Massive demonstrations in Brazil + unionizing home health care
France pressures Google for more transparency + anti-gay organization disbands and apologizes to LGBT community.
It's We're Watching You Week on BTR! On today's show, media critic and feminist writer Soroya Chemaly tells us more about the #FBRape campaign. But first, free culture activist Parker Higgins stops by to talk about the state-by-state fight over domestic surveillance drones. And later, James B. Jacobs of the NYU School of law gives his two cents on the Supreme Court's recent ruling giving police broad powers to collect a suspect's DNA.
Supreme Court cases awaiting decision.
It's Wednesday, and that means that it's time for another batch of weird, weird tunes. We're starting off with one of our very weirdest songs from Quintron, plus cool tunes from So Percussion and Kate Bush. Don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, and Pinterest for all of the latest updates on the station.
Did Facebook just block Tor? + Gov. Rick Scott's low blow to Florida workers
Apple releases figures on government requests of customer information + renewed protests in Egypt
Attention BTR listeners, there is a new Alex Bleeker & The Freaks album out, Home Far Away, and I am rejoicing to the the musical powers that be big time. Its lazy, fun guitar tones are just in time for the summer June days that I want to enjoy with as many different members from Real Estate's bands as possible. Also new on the show today are fun tracks from The Mantles and Sonny & The Sunsets. And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, and Pinterest to stay up to date on the station!
The immediate results of yesterday's Supreme Court ruling + Australian government announces new gender guidelines.
New survey from Pew highlights LGBT discrimination.
It's Slow Week at BTR! On today's show, we feature bonus interviews from today's episode of BTR Pulse. Chicago Newspaper Guild President David Pollard talks to Tanya Silverman about how the Sun-Times recently laid off its photography staff. And later, tech and culture Omar Gallaga gushes with our very own Molly Freeman about slow trends in television.
Mississippi's poor in danger of losing Medicaid + 300 Cambodian workers fired during factory strike
Obama embraces emergency contraception without a prescription + labor unions cry for real reform of Bangladesh's garment industry.
The latest on the pay gap.
Your gender/sexism news round-up
The issues to think about during Pride Month.
Stories about Guantanamo Bay that may have slipped under your radar.
It's the first Wednesday in June here on BTR, and of course that means we've got a ton of great new weird tracks for you. Listen for unique tunes from Grandchildren, Mount Kimbie, and Scout Niblett, who I'm sure will be some of your new summer favorites. And, as always, don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates!
Native American student denied diploma + poultry plant fire kills 120 workers
A look at the Obama administration's crackdown on whistle-blowers
It's June first, and as far as we're concerned here on BTR's Saturday show, that means that it's the first official day of summer! So we're pulling out all the stops and playing our favorite summer jams today, including Pavement, The Hold Steady, and Belle and Sebastian. Also make sure to check out all the extra fun content we have for you on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, and Pinterest.
Obama pushed Congress to halt student loan interest rate increase + Police crack down on protesters in Istanbul's Taksim Square
Michele Bachmann leaves Congress + the truth comes out about Artic oil drill run aground + Femen protesters arrested.
It's Best of Summer Week on BTR! First up, BTR contributing DJ and author of our brand new food column, Dane Feldman talks about being a foodie in the Big Apple. And later, activist Lawrence Lessig chats about Citizens United, political corruption, and copyright reform.
Texas shuts 1.5 million low-income workers out of basic health coverage + suspected US drone crashes in Somalia
Texas okays guns on college campuses + New York Anti-Violence Project responds to rash of gay bashings.
Michelle Onufrak, Peter Aguero, Melanie Hamlett, and Adam Wade tell their "Betrayal" stories, with David Martin as your host.
It's all about veterans on this Memorial Day episode of The Daily Beat!
Eternal Summers -- previously a duo of Nicole Yun and Daniel Cundiff, more recently fleshed out with the addition of bassist Jonathan Woods -- are a band coming into their own. While previous releases explored post punk and lo-fi rock territory, their current power trio format pushes things solidly into its own territory, crafting a unique pop sound that's entirely their own. The band is currently running a Pledge Music campaign, offering everything from vinyl pre-orders to sweaty shirts and house shows in order to facilitate the production of their new album.
Boy Scouts of America lift ban on gay members, still discriminates against leaders + Pakistan on Obama's counter-terrorism speech.
Boy Scouts of America vote on gay ban + a look into the blossoming, and devastating, coal mining industry of Mozambique.
It's Craft Week on BTR! First up, more with Phillip Patterson, a 63-year-old retiree who completed a handwritten copy of the Holy Bible this week. And later, Dr. Rufus Pollock tells us why small data - not big - is the future of information.
Judge orders closed session in Bradley Manning court-martial + Guatemala genocide conviction overturned
It's new music Wednesday here on God Bless Weirdmerica. We got a lot of good new and also weird stuff in this week including The Child of Lov and Alessi's Ark. Plus, stay tuned for a story about Belle & Sebastian and !!!. Plus, don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, and Pinterest.
Bird Courage appeared on BTR Live Studio back when they were the duo of Sam Saffery and Erik Meier and accustomed to playing primarily in subway stations around Brooklyn. Since then, they’ve been making a name for themselves above ground, building a joyful ruckus with just three musicians -- thanks to the addition of percussionist, Sean McMahon -- and acoustic instruments. It's a testament to their dynamic, highly-accessible songwriting that the music works in almost any situation, and their steadily-growing fanbase seems happy to follow right along, going so far as to successfully crowdfund their next album, Māia Manu, via Kickstarter in just 4 weeks. For this episode of BTR Hear & There, we found the trio playing in the entryway to Kavé Espresso Bar in their neighborhood of Bushwick.
Factory blast in China leaves 13 dead + Oklahoma plunged into spending cut debate after tornado
New stats on military sexual trauma + the disturbing fetal death bill of the Virgina GOP nominee for state attorney general.
This week here on BTR is #GirlsWeek ! So to celebrate all the awesome females, the station is giving you some great content including articles, performances and videos. The Party Hour joins #GirlsWeek by featuring some of the best female artist in the scene. Tracks in the playlist include bangers with Santigold, Kid Sister, Lykke Li and Dev.
It's a beautiful Saturday in May, and what's better for a beautiful Saturday than an amazing playlist! We've got great new tunes on the show today from Mikal Cronin, Gold & Youth, and Dungeonesse. And don't forget, you can download all the shows on BTR, so you could put it on your phone and enjoy the weather outside! And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, and Pinterest.
Women in developing countries lack access to birth control, study shows + International Day Against Homophobia
Florida student won't face charges for science experiment gone awry + the latest threat on workers' rights to organize
It's Girls Week on BTR! First, feminist blogger and author Amanda Marcotte joins us to talk about the curious role women have played in the gun control debate, starting with Sarah Palin's appearance at this year's NRA convention. And later, more of our chat with Andrew W.K. and Cherie Lily for BTRtv.
Evening cable news shows white-washed, study finds + brothel owners on LinkedIn's anti-prostitution policy.
BTR’s Matthew Demello and Jordan Reisman sat down with fitness guru and musician Cherie Lily and her husband, Andrew WK, a well-known musician and partier himself. The couple discussed their philosophies on life, partying, and fitness as well as their own relationship. Andrew WK’s recent selection to be a cultural ambassador for the US State Department –- which the department quashed before the gig even began -– was also explored.
Supreme Court rules in favor of Monsanto + Sen. Elizabeth Warren sets sights on student loan interest rates.
Shades of classic rock and 50's/60's pop permeate The Blank Tapes' stoner/pych-rock vibes. Hailing from San Francisco, Matt Adams is a prolific songwriter -- not to mention a talented visual artist -- with a timeless approach to music. Now in perhaps its leanest and strongest form yet, The Blank Tapes are a trio these days, featuring Adams along with girlfriend/resident-Moe Tucker-style-drummer Pearl Charles, and D.A. Humphrey on bass, and they’re ready to spread their songs across the land, taking us all on Vacation.
NYC sees streak of gay bashings + Detroit fast food workers go on strike
Eternal Summers -- previously a duo of Nicole Yun and Daniel Cundiff, more recently fleshed out with the addition of bassist Jonathan Woods -- are a band coming into their own. While previous releases explored post punk and lo-fi rock territory, their current power trio format pushes things solidly into its own territory, crafting a unique pop sound that's entirely their own. The band is currently running a Pledge Music campaign, offering everything from vinyl pre-orders to sweaty shirts and house shows in order to facilitate the production of their new album.
Texas authorities launch criminal investigation into West, Texas explosion + sports clubs for women crop up in Kuwait.
Crime rate drops with review of Stop and Frisk + another sport star's coming out
On Saturday, May 4th, artists, architects, poets, technologists, entrepreneurs, and inventors shared their ideas and invited participants to actively shape their city and involve themselves in its urban improvement. StreetFest served as the grand finale of the New Museum's Ideas City festival, a four-day conference featuring workshops and more than one hundred independent and public events for proposing solutions and accelerating creativity. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker was there.
The truth behind LGBT discrimination at work + how to navigate the garment industry as an ethical shopper
It's another Wednesday here on God Bless Weirdmerica, and we all know that that means we're loading up your ears with the very best weird music we can get our hands on. Today we've got everything from rock combined with Scottish folk tunes, electronic music, and very old school Animal Collective. Make sure to check out BTR on Facebook, Twitter, and tumblr for all of the latest updates!
Gabe Rothschild and Sal Garro (drummer for Quiet Loudly and pow wow!), both of the Brooklyn/Austin trio The Governors, also play together as Hige Kuma. In this special episode of BTR Hear & There, Gabe and his wife Sao perform a song together while preparing Japanese-inspired street food aboard their food truck, the Love Balls Bus, at the Spiderhouse Cafe in Austin, TX, during SXSW.
James Holmes to plea not guilty by reasons of insanity + Department of Defense releases military sexual assault report.
Sequestration threatens domestic abuse and sexual assault victims services
Formed in Brooklyn in 2011, Clouder made a big splash with their roaring, guitar-driven 60's-inspired rock 'n roll. After a brief hiatus as singer Eric Gilstrap moved south, the guys are back in action, playing shows up and down the East Coast and working on new music, pushing their psychedelic wall of sound into new realms, spilling beers, whipping hair, and breaking hearts -- we welcome these men back to Serious Business On BTR with open arms.
Apple avoids $9.2 billion in taxes + Minnesota moves to expand tuition aid to undocumented students
Fear of Men are a band from Brighton, England, born of an art school project by vocalist/guitarist Jessica Weiss and her home recordings of ambient soundtracks to short films. Now a four piece and drawing their inspiration from art and philosophy, Fear of Men deliberately juxtaposes iconic museum imagery and lyrical themes of loneliness and fragmentation with buoyant pop melodies, resulting in songs with often bleakly nihilistic subject matter swimming in hummable pop tunes.
Maryland signs abolition of the death penalty + South Dakota tribe faces ultimatum
The landscape of professional sports changed on Monday, April 29th, when NBA center Jason Collins revealed in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he is gay. Collins is the first active player in the history of major U.S. team sports to come out as openly gay. As opinions from notable NBA stars, as well as other well-known personalities, began rolling in, BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker asked people about the historical timing of this announcement and what the future may hold for sports and sexual orientation equality.
The facts about the discrimination of Roma + a campaign in California demands healthcare for undocumented immigrants.
Chris Broussard's remarks on Jason Collins + High Court of Bangladesh takes action against collapsed building owners
Jason Collins comes out + black voters make history
A bill to legalize discrimination against LGBT people in Washington + Women can now legally pray at Western Wall.
The music of Xenia Rubinos is uniquely dependent on beats in a big way; drummer Marco Buccelli contributes much more than just your standard percussion, crafting entire soundscapes from a mish-mash of drums and effects, tirelessly modified and honed into one of the most impressive music-making machines we've had the pleasure of seeing in action. Xenia, herself, is a force to be reckoned with, culling enormous vocal power into dramatic tunes that she propels through her keyboard. Somehow, these two have tapped into a deep well of energy and passion that pleasantly comes across in every move they make.
New Department of Justice guidelines for rape victim emergency care + Boston hospitals and insurers waive medical fees
It's Earth Week on BTR! On today's show, we take a look at a solar mirror manufacturing plant in Pennsylvania that recently shut its doors after receiving generous government subsidies. Later, founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, Les U. Knight talks to BTR's Mark Falanga about our moral imperative not to procreate.
On Monday, April 15th, two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed and more than two hundred others injured, leading to a massive manhunt, the lockdown of a major city, the death and injury of law enforcement officers, and the eventual death of one suspect and capture of another. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker asks people their thoughts on the media's coverage of the events as well as what rights and considerations they believe the suspect in custody should be allowed.
Hospitals conducting de facto deportations + an 8-story building of garment factories in Bangladesh collapses, dozens dead.
TSA postpones controversial rule change + high school student pushes back against abstinence-only education.
Michelle Markowitz, Mike Guild, Christian Cappozoli, and Adam Wade tell their "Most Daring and/or Adventurous Night" stories, with David Martin as your host.
Arms is a project led by former Harlem Shakes guitarist Todd Goldstein. Now in its ninth year and having undergone personnel and stylistic changes, it continues to revolve around Todd's songwriting alter-ego. On record, Arms has evolved from its lo-fi roots into a fully-realized -- though still-developing -- pop music venture.
The problem with resorting to labels in times of crisis + discrimination rears its ugly head in school suspension statistics.
Can the earth really support all the people in it and those to come?
Raccoon Fighter is a trio of Brooklyn-dwelling men making rip-roarin' rock 'n roll. They offer heavy, groovy, Sixties-inspired, punk thrashin', headbangin' stuff coming at you in hi-fi sound. And even their mellower jams pack a solid, gritty punch that draws on their raw energy. Here, they play some tunes and talk with Travis about their new album.
Holy SMOKES there's a lot happening on BTR today. First and foremost, it's April 20th, so there's that-- also, we've got a ton of great new bands on the show. And finally, we have a BRAND NEW SHOW debuting on the station today, so make sure to stay tuned after to listen! And as always, don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Boston on lockdown + Boy Scouts of America discussing lifting discriminatory ban on gay members
A fertilizer plant explodes in West, Texas + Gun violence victims subject to background checks
It's What Happened Week on BTR! On today's show, Jordan Reisman catches up with one of our favorite BTR Discovery Artists, Roz Raskin of Rhode Island's The Rice Cakes. And later, what happens to your brain after memory loss? Dr. Walter Koroshetz of the National Institutes of Health and Neurological Disorders gives us some answers along with fresh details on the Obama Administration's new BRAIN initiative.
On Tuesday, April 16th, a committee of New York Assembly lawmakers approved a bill to legalize marijuana for medical needs. If the bill should eventually pass into law, New York State would join several other US states where doctors are certified to authorize marijuana use for patients with serious medical conditions. This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker asks people in New York their thoughts on making medical marijuana available and whether there are benefits in legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
Amnesty International calls for an investigation into the death of a protester + study links belief in angry god to mental illness.
President Obama on the Boston Marathon attack.
Looking ahead to Earth Day + 31 dead in rash of bombings in Iraq + Ohio tries to defund Planned Parenthood (again)
The Brooklyn-based artisanal flea market is back.
White Mystery are the brother-sister ginger rock 'n roll slaying duo of Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White. Making the most of the classic atomic-hot drums-and-guitar combo and sharing vocal duties, these two blast out tunes with impossible energy and gusto. They dropped their rock bomb on our studio and sat down for an interview with Travis, to share a bit about their hard-touring lifestyle.
It's Saturday on BTR, and boy do we have a good crop of music for you today! We've got lots of new tunes from bands like Bleaches and Generationals, plus, we're reviewing some old favorite like Antony & the Johnson and Real Estate. AND if you have a Tumblr or Pinterest you're in luck, because we just added those share buttons to the bottom of the BTR page. So enjoy some tunes and check it out!
Reebok pressured into dropping Rick Ross after date rape lyric outrage + Egyptian army denies torturing protesters.
Uruguay legalized same-sex marriage + Connecticut gun store with connection to Newtown in violation of federal regulations.
It's Demand Week at BTR! On today's show, did the people's republic of the internet help the "Harlem Shake" go viral or was it corporations trying to better take advantage of social media? And later, what is a public owned bank doing in the deep red state of North Dakota? Kevin Ashton of Quartz and Les Leopold of Alternet join us to discuss.
In a society where bullying is an ongoing major cause for concern and, in light of recent news that dodgeball has been banned in certain elementary schools, BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker asks people in New York whether they believe kids today are too coddled.
Sequester takes toll on cancer patients + the latest on death penalty abolition from Amnesty International
Spring is here! It's here! And you know what the best kind of spring is? A weird spring. A weird spring with lots of weird music. And that's what we're going to play for you today! New tunes from Dark Horses and Wax Idols, plus a great weird tune from Yo La Tengo! And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter!
Speaker Quinn creates LGBT Advisory Panel for NYPD + hunger strikers at Guantanamo force-fed.
Questioning Margaret Thatcher's legacy as a "feminist icon" + tomorrow is Equal Pay Day.
Erik Paparazzi has been recording and touring in various incarnations of The Paparazzi since way back. His heroes are the underdogs of pop like Harry Nilsson, Nick Lowe, Todd Rundgren, Lee Hazelwood, Brian Wilson, and all the other musical visionaries who can get down with happy accidents, soul power, and the lushness of it all. And his experiences performing with the likes of Cat Power, Dirty Delta Blues, and other notable acts informs his powerful solo work. Here, he catches up with Travis, talks about his work, and offers a rousing interpretation of a perhaps-familiar commercial.
It's Fan Week here on BTR, and we're celebrating on the Saturday show by playing crowd-pleasing favorites like Ezra Furman and The Harpoons, Generationals ,and even The Postal Service. Plus, make sure to check out our Discovery Artist of the week, Shugo Tokumaru and follow us on Facebook and Twitter! Happy Saturday!
Landmark victory for women's rights + Muslim women send a message to 'sextremist' collective Femen.
A mom pushes Mattel to make party supplies featuring Barbies of color + a critique of the NRA's "National School Shield."
It's Fan Week on BTR! On today's show, Jordan Reisman talks about Discovery Corner, his brand new podcast airing every monday on BTR. And later, we're on the phone with Graham Putnam, the creator of a viral video that puts a 9/11 truther twist on the Star Wars saga. Did Luke Skywalker really destroy the Death Star, or was it all an inside job? Tune in to find out...
The AP Stylebook drops the term "illegal immigrant" + The UN adopts historic Arms Trade Treaty
Autism Awareness Month + town in Georgia passes mandatory gun ordinance, encouraging citizens to take law in their own hands.
A special episode dedicated to marriage equality.
Supercute! is a an all-girl band from Brooklyn who definitely live up to their name. Founded by 19-year old singer Rachel Trachtenburg -- whose musical roots go back to playing drums in The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players at age 6 -- and joined by bandmate Julia Cumming, this duo is currently prepping their debut album, produced by British songwriter Kate Nash. Here, the girls are joined by friends to complete the super cuteness, just before they head out on tour.
It's Optimism Week here on BTR, and just in time, because spring has sprung! That means not only great weather, but a whole bunch of great music for us to listen to! We've got new tracks from Mudhoney, Charles Bradley, and Telekinesis, plus a whole lot more! Don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
Gender myths debunked + NYC Council poised to pass bill requiring paid sick leave
Search warrants of Adam Lanza's home released + CA Chick-fil-A gives away coupons at marriage equality rally.
It's Optimism Week on BTR! On today's show, former senator Ted Kaufman once led the fight against too-big-to-fail banks in Washington. He joins us today to talk about a new documentary from PBS about his efforts that sheds light on new whistleblowers who might help to finally bring fraudulent Wall Street executives to justice.
Our favorite moment from yesterday's oral arguments on Prop 8 + Russia cracks down on human rights watchdogs
It's Weird Wednesday on BTR! We've got new weird tunes this week from Fol Chen, Dump, Amatorski, and Herbcraft. Plus, old favorites like Joan of Arc and Dent May will grace your ear drums with the ultimate weirdness. Don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest weird updates!!
Your BTR cheat sheet for DOMA and Prop 8.
A round-up of the Supreme Court cases and UN actions you should be tuned into this month!
Infamous Brooklyn punks, party-starters, Mets fans, and wranglers of legendary DIY venues Market Hotel and Shea Stadium, So So Glos are always up to something. A true rock 'n roll band of brothers via divorce and remarriage, their childhood musical beginnings found a new life in 2007 when they formed the band and set out to tour, make records, and operate all ages venues.
March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb, but on BTR March comes in with the lead up to SXSW, and out exploring a bunch of new bands that we learned about from the festival! You heard it here first: Dump, Last Good Tooth, and Purling Hiss- we've got great new stuff on the show today. Plus, a two minute rant about music in Starbucks! There really is something for everyone. And of course, don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates!
Body armor for children hits the American market + Representative John Kavanagh proposes anti-trans bill in Arizona.
We ask women what they think of Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" + Marijuana sniffing dogs retrained in Washington
It's Reunion Week on BTR! On today's show, we feature audio from Jordan Reisman's interview with the founders of the Found Footage Festival.
A petition to get COPS off the air + UK charities combine to aid Syria + conservatives continue to besmirch Ashley Judd.
The BTR team hit Austin, Texas for the 2013 South By Southwest music festival last week! Packed in a house on the east side of town, a short walk to all the official -- and unofficial -- activities, we hit the streets and the shows to bring you a taste of the insanity. Check out these daily videos, which offer a solid sampling of all that went on -- though, rest assured, there's oh so much more happening in Austin during the annual invasion of music industry and fans! We caught The Flaming Lips, the Zombies, tons of bands whose names we didn't even catch, threw a day party, checked out the Gear Expo and Flatsock 38, scoped out the scene on South Congress, and much more!
Cyberattack on Florida elections website + a historic trial for Guatemala + NJ Senate panel approves bill banning gay conversion therapy.
Ohio's attorney general pursues further charges after Steubenville rape case convictions.
Astoria, Queens-based pow wow! is the brainchild of Eddie and Jeff Nazareno, brothers originally from the suburbs of northern New Jersey. The duo has solidified their lineup with bassist John-Paul Anthony, lead guitarist and co-vocalist Amanda Burden, and drummer Sal Garro and playing their own sort of party soul music, with traces of brit-pop, shoegaze, and plenty of indie rock touches.
Holy smokes, there is a LOT going on today! First of all, it's Saturday of SXSW. Second, it's Hair Week on BTR and we're celebrating that with a hair-themed show today. There's a new Discovery Artist show that you'll have to stay tuned to hear about, AND we have new songs from Rachel Zeffira and Fol Chen. And as always, don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
UN official says drone strikes kill innocents in Pakistan + Pope Francis under scrutiny + HIV "functionally cured"
The man behind the infamous 47 percent video reveals himself + Fox apologizes for using B-roll of boobs in Women's Day coverage.
It's Hair Week on BTR! On today's show, filmmakers Jason Stefaniak and Siobhan O'Loughlin join us to talk about their short film, This is My Body. And later, BTR's Molly Freeman breaks down the wide world of hair blogs.
National Association of Letter Carriers calls for a national day of action March 24 + the truth about NGOs.
Today is 3-13-13, which seems like a pretty mystical date to play some weird, witchy music. Well, at least some music that sounds like it's trying to conjure spirits from the other world, like GAYNGS and Hortlax Cobra. Plus, we've got exciting new tunes from Autechre and Helado Negro. And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter!
A report documents the impact of NYPD's targeting of Muslims on the Muslim community + another protest for Kimani Gray.
Some SXSW updates + corporate profits have never been higher; U.S. companies parking $166 billion in offshore tax havens.
It's another Saturday show here on BTR! Today, we're contemplating picking up a theme song. Should it be "Saturday Love" by Toro Y Moi? Maybe! We're testing it out today, along with new songs from Girls Names, True Sons of Thunder, and Autechre. And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest station news!
Obama signs expanded Violence Against Women Act + Bill Clinton urges court to overturn DOMA
North Korea threatens nuclear strike + writers and activists take a discerning look at victim blaming.
It's Danger Week at BTR! On today's Third Eye Weekly, we bring you an extra special extended episode with four expert guests chiming in on hidden dangers in our health and food system. First up, Darell Rogers of the Alliance for Natural Health USA, Jonathan Emord, lead attorney with Emord & Assoc. join us to talk about how regulatory policies and procedures at the FDA only stand to benefit big phrama and factory farms while putting public health at risk. And later, Dr. Heather Patisaul of North Carolina University and Dr. Michael Hansen of the Consumer's Union join us to talk about the unseen dangers of endocrine disruptors, and their ubiquity in the marketplace.
The human rights abuses of Chavez's presidency + The National Guestworker Alliance organizes a work stoppage at McDonald's.
We don't want to cry wolf, but you probably should never eat anything from a plastic container. Here's why...
The NCAA releases a guidebook for creating more LGBT-inclusive college sports teams.
Freedom to Connect 2013 & the 57th Commission on the Status of Women kick off today + The Daily Caller slut shames Ashley Judd.
A mayoral candidate is murdered in Mississippi + a glimpse into life in Tehran.
Businesses push back against Defense of Marriage Act + NYC tries to dismiss lawsuit against NYPD.
It's Marijuana Week on BTR! On today's Third Eye Weekly, we feature our special segment on transparency in private prisons. Activists Chris Petrella and Alex Friedmann join us to talk about their campaign to bring the Private Prison Information Act back to the floor of the House. And later, Mark Miller of High Times magazine joins us to talk about the future of legalization and what business models for recreational use could look like.
Arkansas still grappling over abortion ban + a UNC student might be expelled for speaking out against sexual assault.
We've got a super cool show for you on God Bless Weirdmerica today. We've got brand new tracks from ASPE, UUVVWWZ, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, plus great throwback tracks from Man Man and Mount Eerie. And make sure to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest station updates.
Today is the anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death + prominent actors of color left out of Oscar's "In Memoriam" reel.
An article on how The Onion's crude tweet aimed at Quvenzhane Wallis illustrates racially-infected attitudes towards sheltering children.
We've got a great show for you on BTR today. We've got great tunes from Miracles of Modern Science, Veronica Falls, and Ulrich Schnauss. It's the perfect way to enjoy your Saturday, whether you're just hanging at home, exercising, or hanging out with friends. Don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter!!
Two more stories on how sexualized violence is used as a tool of genocide and conflict.
Syrian women share stories of torture and rape at the hands of government forces + the U.S is split on the next pope.
It's Word Week on BTR! On today's show, John Knefel of Radio Dispatch recounts his recent visit to Guantanamo Bay and Christian Reese joins us to talk prison libraries. Photo courtesy of the National Guard.
A new documentary shines a light on innocent persons condemned to death row + Maryland rallies to abolish the death penalty.
NYC indie rock band MiniBoone is the real-life mashup of the catchiest, spazziest, most heart-wrenchingly honest, tuneful bits of every one of your favorite bands, all happening at once. Live, they're an explosive ball of energy, all yelps and leaps and full on SICK RIFFS. Lovers of MiniBoone are crazy for the band, and rightfully so. Here’s a taste of the fun in their upcoming episode of Serious Business on BTR, as they kick out the song, “I Could, I Could.”
Ethiopian activists claim their government is leasing community lands to foreign companies.
The numbers are in: New York City spent at least $20 million over the course of the school bus strike.
Yukon Blonde is a Canadian indie rock band from Vancouver, though they tour so much they’re rarely actually there. Originally called Alphababy, the quartet has toured internationally and drawn critical praise for their catchy, hook-and-harmony-heavy songs. The band stopped by our studio on a recent tour of the states to talk about getting government help for a music career, the difference between American and British harmonies, and more.
Has everyone recovered from their Valentine's Day hangovers yet? Had enough chocolate covered strawberries, champagne, and cutesy hearts and doilies? Us, too. That's why even though for some people it's still date night, we're straight up playing good tunes today- not necessarily love songs. Happy Saturday! And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
Could the money spent on the One Billion Rising campaign have been better spent on grassroots efforts?
Is Glee the most regressive show on television?
It's Help Week on BTR! On today's program, Diana Robinson of the Food Chain Workers Alliance tells about their Welcome Table outreach program that seeks to engage foodies in the fight for fair food. Later, ProPublica's Abraham Lustgarten tells us about how current regulations allow industry to pollute water aquifers we could one day rely on for our drinking water supply.
While Obama pushes for universal Pre-K, a Republican-hyped for-profit school deletes students' failing grades.
Will Obama fight for gay rights in his second term?
Research by Christopher Petrella and Josh Begley suggests that people of color are especially over-represented in for-profit prisons
Takka Takka began in 2006 as Gabe Levine put together a live band to support his home-recorded demos. Since that time, the band's lineup has changed with nearly each release (3 LPs, 2 EPs), with only Levine and drummer Conrad Doucette lasting through each change. Currently in a compact, efficient trio format with the addition of Craig Montoro (formerly of Volcano, I'm Still Excited! and Sufjan Stevens) on bass, the band's latest release heads further down the minimalist, African-inspired path hinted at on their 2008 release, Migration. In this episode, Travis kicks things off with some directorial advice, makes a plea to Bliss cymbals for sponsorship, and chats with the band about lineup changes, the new record, and the difficulty of making music.
We've got a lot of really great new songs on the show today, including BTR's Discovery Artist of the week, Souljazz Orchestra. But I'd especially like to highlight a brand new track from UUVVWZ, a great band that BTR has championed for a long time, and we haven't heard anything new from in awhile! We're very excited to be able to play a track from their new album on the show today.
Your weekend roundup of political action in New York City this weekend. Bad weather be damned!
An LGBT organization slams Obama for supporting an evangelical group with ties to anti-gay legislation in Uganda.
It's Viral Week on BTR! On today's episode, we bring you the second part of our segment on the first ever computer model of an organism. Syracuse University's Jayodita Sangvhi talks to us about the ways in which their model must prove its experimental usefulness into the future. And later, security technologist and author Bruce Schneier helps us draw conclusions on the future of cyber espionage in the wake of recent Chinese malware attacks on the American press.
While Britain votes to allow same-sex marriage, The Boy Scouts of America postpone the decision on whether or not to lift the ban on gay members.
Today is the 20th anniversary of the Family Medical Leave Act. We talk sick leave for food service workers and sexist Super Bowl ads.
You've just tuned in to The Daily Beat and welcome to the very first show! Today we talk sex trafficking and The Super Bowl, racist ads, and human rights injustices abroad.
We've got a lot of new music on the show today, including Ducktails. We kick things off by reminiscing about Matt Mondanile's career, and then we do like we always do, and play today's best new independent tracks. Happy February, and don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter!
It's Bullshit Week on BTR! On today's episode of Third Eye Weekly, author Mark Weston joins us to talk about women's rights in Saudi Arabia. And later, National Hockey League Fans' Association President Jim Boone lets us know how much he does not give a puck.
The Ravens and 49ers meet in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, February 3rd -- an historic battle that pits head coaching brothers Jim and John Harbaugh against each other. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker visits bars devoted to both Baltimore and San Francisco fans to ask about their thoughts on the big game, as well as what they have planned for the day-long festivities of Super Bowl Sunday.
On February 2nd, Grand Central Terminal celebrates the centennial anniversary of its opening. To mark the occasion, New York Times Urban Affairs correspondent Sam Roberts spoke with BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker about his new book, Grand Central: How A Train Station Transformed America.
DJRePete’s got the BTR Wednesday debut of the latest albums by Toro Y Moi and Foxygen. Also, tune in for a Kate Nash-inspired set that’s sure to please, tour news down-under with The Presets, and info on a metal-themed cruise ship festival---we wish we were kidding---as the trend of vacation festivals in the Caribbean appear to be here to stay. Hit up the Wednesday mix with DJRePete on BTR!
It's Scariest Stories with Adam Newman, Adam Wade, and Anthony Atamanuik, hosted by David Martin.
From fuzz-punk beginnings to their current "psyched lo-fi pop with stoned enthusiasm," Seattle trio The Pharmacy have been working hard to expand both their minds and their sound. The pop songs on their latest release, Stoned & Alone, were recorded in a number of locations and here they sit down with Travis to share some of their stories about the process, plus burgers, hippie sex, and plenty of drugs.
Today on the show we've got new tunes from Toro Y Moi, Foxygen, and Companion, not to mention Gold Soundz from Pavement. So make sure to stay tuned to these tunes on your Saturday morning. And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates.
It's Sense Week on BTR! Andrew Phillips of the National Association of the Deaf joins us (vicariously) to talk about disability issues in the 21st century, and Dr. Kristopher Wells returns to talk about a new ad from his No Homophobes campaign that calls into question the equal treatment of obscenities and derogatory language in the eyes of censors.
Today on God Bless Weirdmerica we've got SO MANY cool things. First, the new stuff. We've got brand new very weird tunes from Petra Haden of The Decemberists and Fred Thomas of Saturday Looks Good To Me. Second, we've got classic tunes from Joanna Newsom and Old Time Relijun. And finally, we have weird wolf facts. You'll just have to stay tuned to figure out what that means. And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter!
TBTB is one of the few theaters in the country dedicated to working with actors and writers with disabilities.
Your Wednesday mix delivered from your browser to your ears via DJRePete and BTR. Tune in for info on this weekend’s 36th annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival, and a preview by featured artist: The Head And The Heart. And DJRePete introduces you (or re-introduces you to) Mumford & Sons by way of a b-side to their latest album. Plus, hit up alternative from Wintersleep, soulful vocals with Bettye LaVette, and a few choice throwbacks via Here We Go Magic and One Eskimo. Start your Wednesday with DJRePete and BTR!
The Pint-Sized Cocktail Orchestra is a jazz collective from New York City. Comprised of a group of friends who are veterans of other musical groups and backgrounds, they came together through a shared appreciation for jazz. With multi-instrumentalist Bob Parins (seen recently playing with the likes of Vetiver, Josh Mease, the Fruit Bats, etc.) at the helm, the group is clearly dedicated to classic jazz and the pursuit of a good time. Travis sat down with P.S.C.O. to discuss their style and stature, while the band explained the double entendre nature of their name.
Well, there's a flu epidemic going around, as I'm sure you've heard, and this DJ was not immune!! We're having a sick-themed set with sick songs, but we'll also play all of the great new (and old!) music that you expect from BTR. And don't forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest BTR updates.
On today's program, the first ever computer map of an organism and DJ Margaret crashes our show.
DJRePete infuses some energy and funk into your Wednesday with electro beats by Metric and Grimes, alternative with Remy Zero and King Tuff, and jams by Galactic and Jamie Lidell. Plus, preview a few bands playing a pair of festivals including the multicity Laneway festival in Singapore and Australia, featuring the Cloud Nothings and Tame Impala. And for good measure, check out a remix of Passion Pit. Not a bad way to spend 90 minutes, eh? BTR and DJRePete on your BTR Wednesday!
Mail The Horse is a grunge gospel/country rock band that found its start in New Hampshire before moving to Brooklyn, NY. The band still has a New England connection through their Western MA-based label, TinyRadars, which is also home to fellow Serious Business on BTR favorites, Bunny's A Swine. Interweaving melodies, soul, and Americana influences along the lines of Dylan and the Boss are bolstered by a healthy sense of humor to drive these love songs to the failure of love. The guys played some tunes and sat down with Travis to talk about spending all your money at your place of work, getting robbed by strippers in Nashville, and using every room of the house in making a record.
It's another Saturday here on BTR, and today we're taking our inspiration from thoughtful lads with guitars (I mean, I guess that's often the case, but …). We've got Kurt Vile, The Mountain Goats, Jens Lekman, and introducing Fred Thomas with the first of his solo material we've had on the show from his new album Kuma. And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates on the station.
It's Health Week on BTR! Comfort Dogs prove to be Newton, CT's new best friends and is it better to prepare for or prevent death?
Five healthcare specialists you may need to see no matter how young you feel.
A week in, and DJRePete’s already getting nostalgic this year. Hit up a mix of old and new, with fresh tracks from Bleeding Rainbow, Wild Yaks, and Dominic Lord. Plus, some choice throwbacks with The Hundred In the Hands, Standfast, and You Say Party! We Say Die! Also, check out a BTR band offering up their archive, pay-as-you-wish. And don’t miss info on a pair of festivals you still have time to jet out to, if you’re feeling like a musical reprieve this winter in Phoenix or the Netherlands! All that and more, today, with DJRePete on BTR!
Yukon Blonde is a Canadian indie rock band from Vancouver, though they tour so much they’re rarely actually there. Originally called Alphababy, the quartet has toured internationally and drawn critical praise for their catchy, hook-and-harmony-heavy songs. The band stopped by our studio on a recent tour of the states to talk about getting government help for a music career, the difference between American and British harmonies, and more.
It's the first Saturday Show of 2013!!! We're ringing in the new year with really great music- exactly what you've come to expect of BTR! Make your New Year's resolution to keep up with BTR this year- and you can do that by following us on Facebook and Twitter!
On today's show, a "best of 2012" album list that's sure to throw you for a loop. Plus, a look back at one of the biggest stories of the year.
As we leave behind 2012 and begin 2013, we ask people in New York City about any new year’s resolutions they may be considering and whether they think making resolutions actually helps people to make their desired changes.
DJRePete ushers you back to reality after the holidays, but a new year makes way for a fresh mix including electronica crossover from Animal Kingdom and Dragonette, alternative with Hacienda and Dr. Dog, and lyricless tracks to get lost in via Los Straitjackets and Slow Magic. Plus, feeling the back-to-the-grind and the winter chill in the northern hemisphere, hit up an apropos bluesy set for good measure. That’s Wednesday on BTR with DJRePete!

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