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Katie Dill is currently one half of the music project Mean Lady, but has also been performing and recording her own music for years. Influenced by artists that range from Ella Fitzgerald to The Beach Boys and Bob Marley, Katie has written and recorded hundreds of songs, often folky tunes played on a range of instruments such as piano, banjo, ukulele and omnichord. In this episode of BTR Live Studio, Katie shares a couple of new songs, as well as a solo version of Mean Lady’s “Far Away, played on piano, and discusses some of the inspiration behind her many songs.
Lost Bayou Ramblers got their musical start playing traditional Cajun music in their home state of Louisiana. Deciding that change and growth within the band was necessary led to the production of their newest album — Mammoth Waltz — which amps up the band and combines their traditional instrumentation and sound with recognizable rock n’ roll influences. In this episode of BTR Live Studio, Lost Bayou Ramblers share some Cajun history, new tunes and talk about the process of recording their latest album.
New Years Eve news for Rochester, NY and Burlington, VT that makes me really wish I still lived on the East Coast! Plus, new tunes from Rubblebucket and Ryan Montbleau Band.
The Well-Informed play their own style of classic piano pop in its finest form. They call it “Pop Revivalism for the Record Bin Romantic.” We call it catchy. The group — featuring Serious Business on BTR MVP Brian Kantor — stopped by for a session then sat down with Travis for a beer-fueled chat about formative years in record shops, lost weekends, and Billy Joel’s drummer.
iPhone fever is at an all time high with the release of the latest smartphone from Apple. Orders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours — more than double the amount of its predecessor, the 4S. Making up two-thirds of the company’s profits, the iPhone is Apple’s best selling product and has helped it to become the most valuable company in the world. This week on BTR Pulse, we visit Apple specialty store TekServe to find out more about this latest iPhone and ask people in New York about their use and thoughts on smartphones.
The Two Man Gentlemen Band is comprised of a fine pair of showmen with the best of taste in all things food, beverage, and general good times. The Gents play retro music of the hot jazz and retro swing variety (which they deliver to recitals on the roots and americana circuit via minivan) that harkens back to decades past — pre-irony and electric instruments, and full of humor and wit. Their latest LP, Two At A Time, was recorded live to monophonic analog tape, using exclusively 1940s and 50s microphones and equipment without the use of any digital effects.
Imagine the wildest party ever — maybe it’s on a beach or in an abandoned warehouse — raging out of control to the tune of some blissfully inebriated, loud, hollering band. Wild Yaks are that band — four dudes playing hard and singing their hearts out, pulling you into their own cult of fun. Taking a slightly different, more compact than a previous version of the group, this quartet wastes no time or energy in stirring up the excellent party vibes.
Sleepies proclaim themselves as “nice kid freak punk,” a sound they’ve been perfecting since forming in 2008. The band will soon be releasing their newest album, Weird Wild World, which was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign last year. While gearing up for their record release tour, Sleepies stopped by our studio to talk with Travis and share some of their latest songs.
The Aviation Orange is a Brooklyn-based quintet with significant praise and experience for a relatively young group. With dueling male-and-female vocals, the band approaches their indie synth-pop with startling musical precision, building a sound that references the past yet still sounds modern. Fresh off the July release of the digital album, However Wild, the group plans to head back into the studio this fall, and shares some of those new songs with us for the first time in this episode of BTR Live Studio.
Turnip King, as Travis puts it, are “extremely non-old.” While the members of the Sea Cliff, NY, band might be young, they’ve obviously already learned how to rock. And despite ditching their original name, Beach Moms, the group’s sound is still blissfully reverb-laden, fuzzy, and more than a bit psychedelic. In this episode of Serious Business on BTR, we hear some of Turnip King’s new tunes and plans for their upcoming album.
Brooklyn duo Cultfever created a world of their own for the songs on their self-titled debut album. Drawing on elements of classic indie rock and pop, their genre-jumping style makes for a satisfying mix of dynamic story songs and unconventional soundscapes. Stopping by to chat with Maia for this episode of Live Studio, Cultfever — performing here as a four-piece — shares some songs and a little about the making of their moody music video for “Knewyouwell.”
Hailing from New Jersey, The Static Jacks are a poppy garage punk band that have been together since 2007. After the release of their first album, the group decided they needed to take a different approach to production and began recording in a converted storage unit in Jersey City. The resulting sophomore album is exactly what the band hoped to achieve — a sound that is, according to the band, “spontaneous but polished.” The guys stopped by the studio to chat with Maia about Spray Tan and play a few songs.
Howth (rhymes with “growth”) just might be the most likeable indie rock band in Brooklyn. Previously working as a duo, Newkirk marks the recorded debut of the full five-member group of best friends. Developed over long periods of time and great distances, their sound is a delicate cacophony, winding from subtle folk melodies to danceable pop, with enough room left over for tasteful handclaps and the occasional sax solo freakout. Howth stopped by our studio while preparing for their record release tour to talk about the album, New Jersey, and their friend Jesse Newkirk — he’s the one on the cover.
Condom makers Trojan handed out 10,000 free vibrators at locations throughout Manhattan this week to launch their new line of devices. Deploying purple, hot dog style “pleasure carts,” the savvy marketing campaign created quite the buzz with long lines at the first location in Midtown.
Shenandoah and the Night is a four piece ensemble from Brooklyn who, with their haunting melodies and attraction to minors keys, have been described as “moody pop” and “pop noir.” Currently preparing for the release of their second full length album, the group stopped by for a session of BTR Live Studio to discuss the making of their new record and the shift in their music as of late.
Sleepies proclaim themselves as “nice kid freak punk,” a sound they’ve been perfecting since forming in 2008. The band will soon be releasing their newest album, Weird Wild World, which was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign last year. While gearing up for their record release tour, Sleepies stopped by our studio to talk with Travis and share some of their latest songs.
Katie Dill is currently one half of the music project Mean Lady, but has also been performing and recording her own music for years. Influenced by artists that range from Ella Fitzgerald to The Beach Boys and Bob Marley, Katie has written and recorded hundreds of songs, often folky tunes played on a range of instruments such as piano, banjo, ukulele and omnichord. In this episode of BTR Live Studio, Katie shares a couple of new songs, as well as a solo version of Mean Lady’s “Far Away, played on piano, and discusses some of the inspiration behind her many songs.
Condom makers Trojan handed out 10,000 free vibrators at locations throughout Manhattan this week to launch their new line of devices. Deploying purple, hot dog style “pleasure carts,” the savvy marketing campaign created quite the buzz with long lines at the first location in Midtown.
With the drama of the London Summer Olympics in full swing and winning performances from superstar athletes such as swimmer Michael Phelps and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, we asked people to share their favorite Olympic moments and other thoughts on the number one sporting event in the world.
Elizabeth Devlin, with her haunting combination of lilting voice and enchanting autoharp, is a self-produced NYC singer-songwriter who’s been likened to artists such as Joanna Newsom. Staying away from traditional musical structure with many of her songs, she builds miniature narratives, such as with her new song, “A Chorus Divine,” which she performed for us at her apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
After a musical hiatus following the disbanding of DeYarmond Edison, Chris Porterfield is making music again with his new project, Field Report. Garnering attention from Billboard, Paste, and Pitchfork, the music of Field Report has been described as thoughtful, smart, and intimate. In this session of BTR Live Studio, we catch up with the band, on tour with Counting Crows, and hear a little about Porterfield’s journey from DeYarmond Edison until now.
Dusted consists of Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck) and Leon Taheny (Final Fantasy, Rituals, Bruce Peninsula). The duo plays to their strengths and longtime experience to overcome some of the usual difficulties of a two man band, producing a sound that is richly fleshed out. Their recently released album, Total Dust, is described by Brian as a sort of collage of songs that came together over time and in between touring. Dusted stopped by our studio to talk with Maia about their new album and share a few songs.
Performing as Cadence Weapon, Rollie Pemberton is known for his way with words — even spending two years as Poet Laureate for the City of Edmonton. Pemberton’s last two albums, Breaking Kayfabe and Afterparty Babies, were nominated for Canada’s Polaris Music Prize while his latest release, Hope In Dirt City, is an attempt to capture the artist’s newest musical phase while also paying homage to earlier forms of hip hop. The album combines several genres of music fluidly for what Pemberton considers his most mature album yet.
On July 12th, BTR Pulse attended the first installment of 106.7 Lite FM’s “Broadway in Bryant Park.” The lunchtime series, now in its twelfth year, showcases performances by the casts of some of Broadway’s hottest shows, such as Stomp, Phantom Of The Opera, Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, War Horse and Porgy And Bess. Performances run every Thursday at 12:30 through August 16th.
Polly, a rapper with a decade of experience, produces songs of a storytelling nature. Although influenced by artists such as Eminem, Joe Budden and DMX, he boasts a style all his own. In the midsts of releasing a new album, we caught up with Polly at the Highline in NYC for this episode of BTR Hear & There.
FIDLAR (an acronym for “Fuck It Dog Life’s A Risk) is a group of Los Angeles party rockers with a devil may care attitude; their songs advocate a hedonistic lifestyle of indulgence in the important things — partying, sex and skating. Finishing up a recent tour with The Hives, FIDLAR was likened to the Replacements and Dead Kennedys by LA Weekly. The guys dropped by our studio to share some of their music and tales from the road.
Sydney Wayser is a NYC singer-songwriter with roots in both Los Angeles in Paris. She recently visited our studios to play songs from her latest album, Bell Choir Coast, and to discuss the project with Maia Macdonald.
Former air traffic controller, Dave Munro got his musical start creating demos while serving away from home in the US Navy. Returning from deployment to find a hometown fan base who’d taken a liking to his work, Munro formed a band. Air Traffic Controller’s music combines life experience with a unique sound which has been gaining big name attention since 2009, resulting in — among other things — a nomination for MTV’s “Best Break-Out Artist” and a win for “Best Indie Rock Act” of the 2010 Boston Music Conference.
Originally hailing from central Iowa, but now spending plenty of time on the coasts, Coolzey takes inspiration from a wide range of genres, including hip hop and 90s indie rock, and has toured with Raashan Ahmad, Akil of Jurassic 5, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, and Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen. When he visited us for a performance of his new, yet to be released song, “Want It The Most,” his hip-hop influences were on display. Here, he performs the song at a DIY event and arts space in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
DJ Laura Jam Session 07.09.12 The 11th annual Camp Bisco festival kicks off this weekend Mariaville, NY! We’ve got some of the festival’s headliners including The Disco Biscuits, Lotus and Brothers Past. 00:00 DJ Laura Jam Session 00:40 House Dog Party Favor – The Disco Biscuits 24:23 DJ Wynn World Wide Hour 24:36 Reaching New Heitz – Future Rock 34:42 DJ Laura Jam Session 35:26 Simple Gift of Man – Brothers Past 41:25 The Mirror – Brothers Past 47:41 Tip of the Tongue – Lotus 53:47 Bellweather – Lotus 63:34 Finish Disco Biscuits (Photo by Dave Vann) July 12 – Mariaville, NY @ Camp Bisco October 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ City Bisco at Mann Center October 6 – Philadelphia, PA @ City Bisco at Mann Center Future Rock (Photo by Chad Smith) July 12 – Mariaville, NY @ Camp Bisco July 13 – Mariaville, NY @ Camp Bisco July 14 – Lone Tree, IA @ Camp Euforia August 23 – Bartow, WV @ Camp Barefoot Brothers Past (Photo by Stephanie Figerle) July 12 – Mariaville, NY @ Camp Bisco August 24 – New York, NY @ Rocks Off Concert Cruise August 25 – Bartow, WV @ Camp Hidden Meadows August 31 – Georgetown, CO @ Look Out Below
On May 15th, Vancouver dark-dance band Mode Moderne celebrated the North American release of their new EP, Strange Bruises, on Little Organ Records. Centered around the music of Clint Lofkrantz, Felix Fung, and Philip Intile, Mode Moderne combines synths with chorusy, reverby guitars that instantly bring to mind some favorite moody pop songs from the 1980s. The band made their New York debut in early June, including a stop at our studios to record this exclusive live session.
Team Genius joins visits the studio for a session of BTR Live Studio and discusses and chats with Maia about their music.
Says Travis: “GOES CUBE makes music that pummels your ears. In a pinch you have to classify it as metal but these dudes churn out a brand of heavy music that is soulful and unique, not confined by genre dogma. SICK.”
Asthmatic Kitty recording artist Shannon Stephens returns with her new album, Pull It Together, produced with help from Grammy-winning engineer Kory Kruckenberg. The album highlights an evolution for Stephens, a wife and mother who has chosen to spend the greater part of the last decade out of the spotlight. She writes with a new worldview and explores the Seattle blues while staying true to her indie folk/rock roots. Pull It Together features collaborations with musicians Jeff Fielder (Mark Lanegan), James McAlister (Sufjan Stevens, Pedro the Lion), Steve Moore (Laura Veirs), Bonnie Prince Billy, DM Stith, and Galen Disston.
Teens interested in having anything other than their ears pierced could soon be banned from doing so in New York State. Many piercing shops already reject kids under 18 without explicit parental consent and state lawmakers could follow their lead if a new bill is signed into law. The bill, which would require written consent from parents to be provided and kept on file at shops for 12 months, has already passed both houses in Albany and next goes to the governor’s desk for approval or veto. This week on BTR Pulse we speak to people in New York, including a mother and a local piercer, about their experiences and the proposed law.
The Spinto Band is a hardworking group of guys from Wilmington, Delaware, who make excellent rock music (of the off-kilter pop variety, a la Talking Heads), host parties and concerts at their own space (The Garden Center), and run their own label (Spintonic Recordings). While on a recent tour, they stopped by our studio for a session and a chat with Maia.
Originally an electronic duo from Florida, Conveyor has evolved into a Brooklyn-based quartet whose ambient, experimental indie-pop is marked by warm, folk-inspired melodies that glimmer with bits of dazzling synth. The band — consisting of Gary Alan Busch, Jr., Michael Ryan Pedron, Evan Michael Garfield, and Timothy John Masters — experiments with different textures and moods, sounding like a hybrid of Iron & Wine crossed with Caribou. On this episode of BTR Hear & There, Conveyor perform a poignant new song from their forthcoming EP inside of a glowing Williamsburg loft.

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