Lisa Autz
As the East Coast continued its recovery from Superstorm Sandy, we visited the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook which was devastated by flood waters. With many residents without power -- including those in Red Hook Houses, the largest public housing development Brooklyn -- and both big and small business forced to shut down, the Red Hook Initiative organized hundreds of volunteers to work together with FEMA and other local groups to help out the ravaged community. BTR Pulse spoke with everyone from small business owners to government officials on the scene.
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.
An in-depth conversation with the award-winning actress Jessica Polsky and the actor/playwright John Krisiukenas, who will be performing on stage together in the new play Ghost Wife Radio, which runs from Dec 11th -Dec 23rd at the Ray Arias Theater in New York City
Toro Y Moi. Majical Cloudz. Erik Gundel. Mykki Blanco. Future Shuttle. Julian Lynch. Beach House. Com Truise. Father John Misty. Hot Chip. John Maus. And more...
Check my conversation with Nathaniel & Connor of I Guess I'm Floating, recorded outside Pianos a few weeks back
The Sanctuaries are a band from New York City who formed in 2010. Merging the jangly guitars of both the 60s and 90s via classic Rickenbacker style, the quartet pumps out memorable, upbeat pop songs. Currently hard at work on the followup to their full length debut, they're keeping fans happy with an EP that includes remixes of their earlier work, as well as a unique series of "cooking with mom" music videos. Keeping things on topic, the band played some of those tunes and sat down with Maia to talk nicknames, moms, and NJ basements.
Murals. Four Tet. DJ Food. Daphni. Styles P. Currensy. Cliff Dweller. Port St. Willow. Andy Stott. ShowYouSuck. Conveyor. And more...
Lost Boy? began as NY musician Davey Jones issuing forth DIY releases and free downloads with titles and artwork playing on pop culture, featuring songs that explore familiar territory -- invoking the attack of The Fall, the voice and unfiltered honesty of Daniel Johnston, the clever tunefulness of REM, the noise of Dinosaur Jr, and the bashing of early Nirvana. But, these days, Jones is joined by a full band, bringing new life to his lo-fi jams. Currently wrapping up a new album due in the Spring of 2013, the quartet has been honing their live shows and reworking some of the Lost Boy? back catalog to take advantage of a richer recorded sound that better represents the live experience. Of course, if their BTR Live Studio session is anything to go by, the live experience includes a lot of bouncing and smiling, and we wonder how they'll record that.
Lee Bains III And The Glory Fires learned to construct music in the churches of their childhoods, then learned to destroy it in the punk clubs of their subsequent youths. With strong influences running the gamut from country and roots to punk and power pop, this distinctly Southern, soulful, inspired music is a force to be reckoned with. Pulled together by Bains as he returned to his home of Birmingham after a stint in Tuscaloosa institution the Dexateens, The Glory Fires match the passionate frontman with intense urgency and musical prowess. Their debut album (and titular single, featured here), was inspired by the mishearing of a line from an old hymn - as "There is a balm in Gilead," became a bomb, ready to blow up any minute.
It's Oktoberfest on BTR's Roadside Assistance, presented by United Airlines! Listen as 8 different BTR DJs present 8 different interpretations on what kind of soundtrack goes best with sausage, beer and Oompah music! Take it with ye wherever ye are bound!
Daytona are a young Brooklyn indie rock trio whose members boast backgrounds in notably boisterous acts Harlem and Wild Yaks. Think of this project as an antidote to the late night parties and wild shredding found in those bands. Through gentle melodies, Daytona produce pop jams that ably alternate between cheery or melancholy from moment to moment. The guys stopped by the studio to share some songs from their EP and to discuss the challenges of picking a band name.
Gary Vider is a New York City-based comedian whose deadpan, relatable humor has frequently made him a comedy festival finalist and seen print in the NY Times and Time Out NY. In this set, he takes on the tough issues of facing the girl version of himself, the real reason why New York is the city that never sleeps, and the secret to getting a free trip to Israel.
It's Labor Day. Bask. Listen to music.
Nha Toi is an authentic Vietnamese restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Fred Hua, the owner and head chef at Nha Toi, is known for his positive attitude and excellent homemade food. Matt Latola visited the restaurant and spoke with Fred and some of the regular customers about their experiences at Nha Toi. Featured songs: "Home Again!" and “Karina” by Menahan Street Band Official website: Facebook: About BreakThruRadioTV: BreakThruRadioTV is a multi-format series presenting anything and everything from comedy and music to news and documentary. Watch more episodes of BreakThruTV on our Blip page:
Latola talks new albums out this week from Yeasayer, Ariel Pink, Teengirl Fantasy and Four Tet
Ski Lodge plays jangly pop reminiscent of The Walkmen, The Strokes, or, perhaps more directly, The Smiths. Recently, they were listed by The L Magazine as one of “8 Bands You Need to Hear in 2012” and stopped by the Serious Business studio to play some of their newest songs and chat with Travis.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise money for production of a new album, Quiet Loudly recently headed into the studio. The resultant album, Go Into The Light Smiling, is the band’s first in three years. They stopped by our studio to play some songs from the new album and chat with Travis.
Brainchild of former Titus Andronicus drummer, Pete Feigenbaum, Dinowalrus has been making music since 2008. This psychedelic synth punk band from Brooklyn found popularity with the underground scene early on but hoped to reach a broader audience with their second album, embracing a sound reminiscent of 1980s new wave while still holding on to their psychedelic roots -- a sound that Travis describes as “beautiful from all corners.”
Black Box Revelation is a garage rock duo from Brussels that’s been playing together for more than ten years. When they recently visited us for a session of BTR Live Studio, they spoke with us about recording their latest album in LA and being able to travel worldwide, as well as how they came to play garage rock -- a genre not native to their Belgian homeland.
Stopping by for their second visit to the Serious Business studio, Bunny’s A Swine still manage to bring their endearingly rough-edged sound with a new batch of tunes, as well as the right kind of humor and antics to keep Travis on his toes. This self proclaimed “awk pop” trio takes their inspiration from the bands they love, people they meet, and... beer. For a great time with just the right dash of ‘super awkward’ and ‘super fun,’ make it a Bunny’s A Swine time.
Is/Is hails from Minneapolis and plays fuzzed out, reverb-laden garage rock. Sarah Rose leads on guitar and vocals, backed by the powerful rhythm section of Sarah Nienaber on bass (and backing vocals) and Annie May on drums. Here, the trio play some new songs and talk to Travis about their most recent touring.
Jon DeRosa’s ambient chamber-pop, featuring his uniquely deep and crooning voice, moves beautifully and tenderly — often building up in all the right places with the help of sweeping orchestral arrangements. Based out of Brooklyn, he’s participated in other musically-styled projects in the past, such as Dead Leaves Rising and Aarktica, but A Wolf In Preacher’s Clothes is the first album released under his own name.
Sampling everything from city traffic and car horns to laser-esque zaps and echoing chimes, Deastro takes electronic-pop to another level. Detroit’s Randolph Chabot Jr. — the man behind the moniker — creates unique musical atmospheres with his synth-driven songs, each full of intense, swirling hurricanes of sound layered atop pop melodies. Sometimes the music is frenetic, glitchy and loud; other times it’s relaxed, spacious and dreamy.
Originally starting as a duo featuring Rusty Matyas (of The Waking Eyes and The Weakerthans) and Marti Sarbit, Imaginary Cities have evolved into a five-piece. The Winnipeg-based group does indie rock that fuses synth-pop and Motown-esque vibes. Sarbit’s soulful and uniquely-textured voice is especially captivating, even sassy at times. In 2011, they were a longlisted nominee for Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize.
Originally from Argentina, but now based out of Spain, Capsula play a manic blend of 60’s South American psychedelic rock and fiery rock ‘n’ roll. The three-piece — consisting of Martin Guevara on guitar and vocals, Coni Duchess on bass, and Ignacio Villarejo on drums — take their name (which means “capsule” in Spanish) from David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” Many of their hard-hitting songs, like fiery single “Hit N’ Miss,” incorporate the sounds of bands like The Stooges and Sonic Youth.
Live audio from the White Birds show at Glasslands last night - you'll feel like you were there! Plus, a conversation with Rad Chris, bassist/multi-instrumentalist for White Birds. And finally a rough demo of my latest remix, Tribute number 2. IT'S GETTING WARM OUTSIDE
From Copenhagen, DK, The Foreign Resort are a three-piece influenced by shoegaze, new wave and post punk. Their dark and driving music — propulsive and packed with the kind of intensity that immediately engulfs — is reminiscent, at times, of Joy Division and The Bravery. The band formed back in 2006, and have since shared the stage with acts like A Place To Bury Strangers and Swervedriver.
Zorch. Boogie Boarder. Mind Spiders. Wavves. Thee Oh Sees. Tame Impala. Women. Fol Chen. Choir of Young Believers. And so much more...
WOMEN’S RIGHTS!! POLITICAL PITTER-PATTER!! THE KONY KRAZE!! BreakThruRadioTV's Month In Review has it all! Join host Chaz Mannenheim for an unbiased, unbridled look at yesterday's top stories.
Although she grew up in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country, singer-songwriter Madi Diaz now calls Nashville home. Her folk-pop songs are enchantingly light and sweet, despite their sometimes somber lyrics. Diaz once appeared in the documentary Rock School (which influenced the Jack Black film), and her songs have been featured on various TV shows. For years she’s collaborated with musician Kyle Ryan, whom she met at Berklee College.
New York City’s The Rusty Guns combine bluegrass, country music and rock ‘n’ roll for wild and unbridled music. The four-piece — with Terry Jenkins on drums, Mark August on banjo, Harlan Short on bass, and Chris Cornwell on guitar and mandolin — crank out rousing songs about outlaws, bandits and lovers. Here they perform at The Chapel, a DIY space in East Williamsburg.
When Particles Collide is made up of former jazz performer Chris Viner and high school chemistry teacher Sasha Alcott. Based out of Bangor, Maine, the duo blends punk and 90s indie rock, drawing from influences like Sleater-Kinney and the Pixies. Their songs are full of rowdy bursts of energy — especially when Alcott lets out her ferocious yelps.
Lushlife is the dynamic hip-hop meets indie-rock project of Philadelphia’s Raj Haldar. Layering his powerful, yet slick Nas-like rapping over ambient soundscapes, his music moves forward with palpable energy and cool swagger. Some of his genre-crossing songs have featured Fleet Foxes, Drake, and Gang Gang Dance samples, and he’s collaborated with Cities Aviv and Heems of Das Racist. On this episode of BTR Hear & There, we capture Lushlife’s intimate and engaging live performance of “Magnolia,” the first track on his forthcoming album Plateau Vision.