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Beginning as a synth-pop duo in London, Lovelife (aka LVLF) sure have gotten around. After spending some time in Brooklyn, they're now based in L.A., where they continue to work on new music. With tight, exquisitely-crafted pop songs full of lush production and heavy on the electronics, it's easy to assume these hits are full of loops and automation, when in reality there are talented musicians playing live behind it all. Add in that the group has done official remixes for some of the biggest international rock and pop bands and it's easy to get confused -- but seeing the foursome in action here should be more than enough to convince anyone that their smooth crooning, sexy pop songs, and perfect aesthetic (just take a look at their Instagram account if you don't believe us) is all truly impressive.
Los Angeles-based together PANGEA began with lead singer-songwriter William Keegan's teenage 4-track recordings. Over the years, with the addition of Danny Bengston on bass, Erik Jimenez on drums and, later, Cory Hanson on lead guitar, the band grew their garage pop beast from West Coast DIY shows to iconic LA venues and national tours. With previous releases on Lost Sound Tapes and Burger Records, the group's debut full length is set to premiere this January via Harvest Records. The band stopped by to rock out and chat about their recent 7," how switching labels has caused delays in releases, and fans with notable ass tattoos.
This week on the show my guest is painter Jason Brockert. Jason currently has a show up at Iam8bit gallery in Los Angeles. The show is called American Icons, and features paintings of atari game cartridges, vintage gaming consoles, and toy action figures from the film star wars. The works explore idea of nostalgia and ask us to reflect on the ways our childhood imaginations cascade into our adult lives.
My guest this week is film director & cinematographer Andrew Morgan, whose personal passion for storytelling has led him to create a series of beautiful, intimate pieces. His team's latest film is "The True Cost," a exciting documentary that takes an in-depth look at the broken links in today's fashion production system and supply chain. On today's show, we'll hear from Andrew about his start in filmmaking, the moment that triggered his mission to create "The True Cost," and how he and his team have been changed through the process of researching and developing this film. Plus, a full-throttle music mix today featuring new tracks from Johnathan Rice, Saint Rich, Love Inks, Lizzo, MiniBoone, and more! So tune in and join us for an inspirational look at the future of fashion…
Los Angeles lo-fi psych trio Tashaki Miyaki don't reveal much about themselves. Named after a mispronunciation of Japanese director Tashaki Miike's name and often operating under aliases themselves, the mysterious vibe seems to be working in their favor. With a drummer/singer leading their laid back pop tunes, the band dropped by our studio to share some music and talk about their upcoming record, all in a special black-and-white episode of BTR Live Studio.
Fighting crime is a game of numbers and a series of patterns, as technology predicts future outbreaks.
I have a seriously sartorial trailblazer for you on today's show: meet designer Courtney Allegra, who debuted her eponymous ready-to-wear women's line at last fall's LA Fashion Week. She's been featured on The Today Show alongside Rachel Roy, appeared in the pages of Seventeen, Girl's Life, Essence, Huff Po, and Avant Garde, and her label has been worn on the red carpet. She's also in high school. On today's show, you'll hear from Courtney about what it's like to launch and run a label at age 16, where she gets inspiration for her bold, fresh, sophisticated-yet-playful designs, and her amazing post-graduation ambitions. Plus, a playlist full of great songs off just a handful of this week's new releases - tracks in the mix from Dent May, The Dodos, Califone, and Franz Ferdinand (they're back!!) So tune in and get ahead of the fashion curb with Sew & Tell on BTR!
Today on the show, my guest is Los Angles-based artist and jack of all trades, Tucker Neel. Tucker's artwork takes the form of site specific installations, photography, drawing, video as well as online and telephone communication. His work draws on images of national monuments, political iconography, and the landscape around LA to examine how individual and cultural memories take material form.
Free events throughout big cities this July 4th Weekend.
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.
Emily Wells is known as a talented multi-tasking multi-instrumentalist, exercising an acrobatic array of electronics in her live performance. For her latest release, she has shed the protective wall of gadgets and sounds and picked up only an acoustic guitar to reimagine the songs from her 2012 debut. The translation is flawless, and reveals a new perspective on these compositions, which easily hold their own with the stripped-down approach.
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.
CRMNL HYGNE or Criminal Hygiene, take your pick. This punk band has caught BTR's eye with more than their name.
Have you heard the one with the Australian singer-songwriter who decides to give up everything he owns in Sydney to play music in the USA?
This week on the show my guest is painter and illustrator Esther Pearl Watson. Esther's paintings draw on memories from her childhood growing up in the Texas suburbs around Dallas Fort worth where her father had the unusual hobby of building large UFOs out of scrap in her backyard. Encore show from February 2011.