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As we enter a new year, we ask people in New York City about any resolutions they may be considering and whether they think making resolutions actually helps people to make their desired changes.
Johanna Botta stopped by Barcade in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood to speak with the bar’s co-owner, Paul Kermizian. While there, she unleashed her inner child, playing Pac-Man and devouring a fried chicken and waffle sandwich, then washed it down with a craft beer from Barcade’s vast and rotating selection.
A very jammy New Years Eve playlist, featuring Flow Tribe, RAQ and The Bridge. Tune in for last minute NYE plans in Denver and Boston.
More than 100 vendors have set up shop at this year's Union Square Holiday Market to sell unique gifts from local businesses unavailable elsewhere. This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker speaks with shoppers and vendors about holiday gift ideas and why the market is so popular.
NYC-based El Jezel have been together for over 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.”
Donovan Wolfington is apparently a person. He's out there somewhere, but that's a story for another day... This is about the band from New Orleans who borrowed his name: four guys making poppy punk rock, with some heavy parts and some happy parts and some sad parts. They didn't name their album How to Treat the Ones You Love by happenstance. It serves as an exploration of their own lives' difficulties and lessons, and an honest, literate way to attempt to be a slightly less terrible person in a not-always-so-great world.
It’s “Dusk Week” at BTR… with the setting sun of dusk, comes reflection on the preceding day. In that spirit, BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people at NYC’s Madison Square Park to reflect back on their proudest achievements in life.
Although Lena Fayre is a young artist, she's already released an EP and two LPs, as well as had her music included in the hit tv show The Vampire Diaries. Where does that leave the 19-year-old Los Angeles-based indie pop singer? Looking towards the future, following her album full of post-relationship melancholy and beautiful songs. Her style is really about as flawless as it gets, with perfectly composed and arranged tunes to back up every bit of the hype. She stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to play a few, and to share the story behind her album's concept and cover art.
We talk about the best sunset scenes in cinema history and review the new documentary The Wolfpack!
Dilly Dally is a Toronto-based band who descended upon NYC during the CMJ Music Marathon seemingly on a mission to destroy everything in their way -- appropriate for a group whose website features an old school post-apocalyptic fighting video game. The band's core members, Katie Monks and Liz Ball, have a long history of making music together, inspired by the dynamics of the Pixies, heavy darkness of Nirvana, noise of Sonic Youth, and the arty thrash of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. A tight band with catchy, powerful songs (not to mention Monks' memorable vocal style), Dilly Dally is a long time in the making and set to make an impact. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to tear through some songs and chat with Maia.
What do you cherish most in your fridge? Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis discover what kitchen-goods people in New York can and can't live without.
Des Ark is the name of Aimée Argote's long-running musical project. Based in North Carolina, the band has taken many forms, but has always been guided by the focused and hauntingly beautiful words and music of Argote, from hushed tones to roaring rockers. Des Ark stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to play some of their latest songs -- which happened to have some of the most colorful titles we've seen in a while -- and to chat with Maia about where the music comes from and how it's heard.
This week BTR went to check out the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, a well recognized symbol of the holidays in NYC.
Liz Vice is a musician from Portland, Oregon. With a soulful voice and love of storytelling, her jazz-tinged tunes are infused with a spirituality and warmth that recalls classic gospel. Liz stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO on a recent visit to NYC to play some music and chat with Maia.
Arguably, everyone has a type - that ideal set of traits they look for in another person. BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York City’s Madison Square Park about what it is they seek out in their relationships.
Frogbelly and Symphony is an international band, splitting its time between Sheffield, UK, and Brooklyn, NY. Members Liz and Tom Hanley, Ben Trott, and Ray Rizzo come from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, bringing in a world of influences to their finely executed experimental tunes. The influence of traditional folk music and poetry is evident, but the prog and post-punk vibes can't be ignored either. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to mesmerize us with some of their swirling jams, and to chat with Maia about the origins of their complex work.
The collective seeks to bring reflection and activism in taking an artistic approach to agriculture in America.
Part 2 with Scott Zdrazil discusses shareholder engagement with fossil fuel companies and The Accountability Project.
Wet Nurse is a garage pop band from Orlando, Florida. Their music lands in the fast/short/catchy realm, and takes things even further with the secret weapon of Nina and Susana Chaplin's dual lead vocals. You really can't do better than sibling harmonies -- the Chaplins even remind us a bit of the Deal sisters, with their pleasing slight-raspiness. Musically, the band draws on surf, punk, and pop, all wrapped up with a nod to the 90s alt-rock that makes it feel just right. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to rip it up and chat with guest host Travis Harrison.
Scott Zdrazil, Director of Corporate Governance at Amalgamated Bank, discusses shareholder engagement with fossil fuel companies.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, BTR Pulse takes to the streets to ask people in New York what they are thankful for this year and how they will be celebrating.
Reid Capalino coordinates and advises the firm’s work on behalf of companies seeking to make New York City more resilient and sustainable.
Self-reflection can be a powerful thing. With that in mind, BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people at Madison Square Park about their moments of self-discovery.
Helen Rosenthal discusses the responsibility of public officials and calls for a financial study on the detriment of fossil fuel investments.
Narc Twain is an indie rock band based in New York City and fronted by Jukebox The Ghost's Tommy Siegel. This particular project came about thanks to the inspiration of some thought-provoking 21st-century dystopian poetry, and the hard-edged, punk-tinged music pairs well with Siegel's dark perspective. The band stopped by Serious Business Music to give us a first listen to the new band's songs and to chat a bit about conspiracy theories and music (but mostly conspiracy theories).
Astronauts, etc. is the primary musical outlet for Oakland, California’s Anthony Ferraro. With a background in classical music, Ferraro crafted the project's initial recordings at home in his bedroom before fleshing them out with a solid stable of jazz players. Things took a decidedly indie turn when he wound up as a touring member of the band Toro Y Moi, whose chilled-out funk touches seem to have rubbed off a bit on Astronauts, etc.’s own psych-tinged pop. The group stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to play some tunes and chat a bit about the band.
No matter the virtue, vice is never far behind. BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York about their most self-indulgent habits and what they do to overcome those habits.
The Lighthouse and the Whaler, whose name is inspired by the Herman Melville classic, Moby Dick, is a four piece indie rock band from Cleveland. The lineup has undergone some changes since its inception in 2008, while they have received national attention since the release of their debut EP, A Whisper, A Clamour, in that same year. The guys, who have maintained a heavy tour schedule (often with BTR faves like Surfer Blood and Matt Pond PA), dropped by during a recent stop in New York to share a few songs and talk with Maia about the new album.
BTR went to check out “Scenario In The Shade"--an immersive installation created by artists Jonah Freeman, Justin Lowe and Jennifer Herrema.
BTR staffers share their strangest moments; buckle up because it’s going to get weird. From people peeing in the streets to sleeping on stairways, the world sure is awkward.
No longer the “baby band” they were back when we last checked in with them, Brooklyn trio Boytoy dropped by Serious Business Music to lay down some of their latest twin-guitar-attack groovy pop vibes. Check out their great new tunes, and get a peek at their impressive paradiddle skills!
It’s Super Week at BTR, so Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis take to NYC's Madison Square Park to find out the answer to the perennial question, “what superpower would you like to have?
Soda Shop is a New York band whose dreamy, shimmery indie pop evokes the same 50s nostalgia as their wholesome name. With songs centered around the songwriting/producing duo of Maria Usbeck (also of Brooklyn band Selebrities) and Drew Diver (formerly of The Drums), they rarely play live but have been making a huge impression with their fantastically recorded tracks. The band stopped by Serious Business Music to share a live taste of what they're capable of, and to chat about the meaning of their songs.
Sometimes all of the right pieces just seem to fall into place. BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York City about the moments in their lives where they've felt intense chemistry.
Brooke Annibale is a singer/songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who credits much of her musical direction to experiences growing up around her family's music store. This musical direction led her to Nashville, where she attended college and lived, returning often over the years to record there even after returning to her home city. She stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some tunes and talk about how she crafts her timeless folk songs.
PHOTOBLOG: This week BTR went to Paul Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea to check out the Simon Hantai exhibit, Blancs. The exhibition will run until December 5, 2015.
It’s not without a hint of irony that the Brooklyn trio Dances--who self-admittedly “formed from the skull of a rat”--can trace their roots back to a far gentler image of serendipity.
Ryan Camenzuli, aka Zuli, is already ahead of the game at just 22 years old. Beyond being a skilled musician and songwriter, the NYC-based artist had a bit of luck early on, benefiting from a relationship with a member of his favorite band, Akron/Family. Zuli admittedly wears his influences on his sleeve, and so folk, experimental, and psych-pop touches stemming from A/F, Animal Collective, and the like shine through in his own music. We caught up with Zuli (the band) at a friend's apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn, for this intimate acoustic performance.
Mystery Week - To the naked eye, the place looks no different than any of the other looming office buildings or retail spaces. But unlike its slumbering neighbors, there’s something quite different lurking on the second floor of 163 Varick Street in Manhattan, NYC.
Wet Nurse is a garage pop band from Orlando, Florida. Their music lands in the fast/short/catchy realm, and takes things even further with the secret weapon of Nina and Susana Chaplin's dual lead vocals. You really can't do better than sibling harmonies -- the Chaplins even remind us a bit of the Deal sisters, with their pleasing slight-raspiness. Musically, the band draws on surf, punk, and pop, all wrapped up with a nod to the 90s alt-rock that makes it feel just right. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to rip it up and chat with guest host Travis Harrison.
BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz talk with passersby in NYC's Madison Square Park about the most mysterious and unexplainable events in their lives.
Janie Price is an English/Irish musician who performs as Bird. Her sweet, synth-laden pop music is often centered around her main instrument, the cello, along with her voice. She stopped by the studio to share some songs and talk about how the process for each album has evolved, the latest of which was produced with Chris Kimsey (known for his work with the Rolling Stones).
PHOTOBLOG: This week, BTR went to check out the 25th annual Halloween Dog Parade at Tompkins Square Park. The park was filled with people and their pooches, dressed to the nines in homemade costumes.
Jonah Parzen-Johnson is a Brooklyn-based experimental folk musician, previously seen on BTR leading the afrobeat group, Zongo Junction. Utilizing a baritone saxophone and analog synth, he uses circular breathing to craft his very unique style of indie and folk-inspired solo work.
Fear Week - Ysabelle Cheung writes and archives sounds to reconcile her fear in becoming deaf after she was diagnosed with a rare disease.
Whether it's created by the media, dark secrets, the great unknown, or our own selves, in one way or another fear permeates all of our lives. Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz take to NYC's Madison Square Park to ask people about their biggest fears and what they can do to face them.
Kagoule is a band of three teenagers from Nottingham, Great Britain. Growing up as friends and bandmates, the trio has a special chemistry that fuels their creative forces, from their 90s alt-rock sound to the artwork and visual approach of everything they do. Full of spot-on dynamics and verse-chorus-verse turns to make Dinosaur Jr, Smashing Pumpkins, and Pixies fans take notice, the band is poised to bring their big sound, which is already making waves in their home country, to the U.S. in a big way.
PHOTOBLOG: This week BTR went to see the Mike Kelley exhibition at Hauser & Wirth. This show featured an array of the late Los Angeles artist's work, namely his illuminated “City” sculptures and a sprawling installation that has never been exhibited before in the US.
Bond Week - There are many ways to bond with those around you. Perhaps you share a love of TV or a love of coffee (or maybe a love of both). Here are the many ways in which BTR staffers bond with their friends and family.
Gato Loco is an instant party -- a wild, instrumental explosion of horns and beats harnessed into an avant-garde "psycho-mambo" group with a dizzying array of influences, pulling from jazz, rock, and latin sounds and grooves. The whole New York-based crew of Stefan Zeniuk (tenor & bass saxes), Tim Vaughn (trombone), Joe Exley (tuba), Lilly Maase (guitars), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass), Kevin Garcia (drums), and Rich Stein (percussion) crammed into the studio at Serious Business Music to blow it out and chat with Maia about how their memorable sound got to where it is now.
BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York City about how they form and maintain bonds with the people around them, as well as how those bonds help people to get through the good and bad times in their lives.
Johanna Botta gets a lesson on how to properly push some biscuits from Jonathan Schnapp, owner of the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club.
Bond Week - Companion makes sure users never walk home alone, but there are some bugs in the app. BTR reviews the features.
PHOTOBLOG: This week BTR went to check out Comic Con, one of New York’s biggest and most attended pop culture conventions. Costume wearing enthusiasts can be seen all around the west side heading to and from the Javits Center, where they can indulge in all things comic-related.
Tunes from the new ALO album, plus a sneak peek at next week’s 5-track spotlight on the new Rob Drabkin live album.
Farm Road Hospitality opened a pop-up at Madison Square Eats this September in the hopes of spreading the word about their upcoming brick and mortar shop. The team curates delicious state fair-inspired food and boasts a seasoned chef who has worked at countless places, including Momofuku.
Technology continues to mobilize various aspects of our personal and professional lives. In this week's Pulse, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York City about the effects of this mobilization on their own lives.
Williamsburg's Brooklyn Brewery has been churning out some of the city's favorite brews for decades. The neighborhood boasts some of the hippest places in the world to get together, but for those willing to wait in line, you can find rare beers for $5 and enjoy a tour as well.
Mobile Week - The state of New York is a stark exercise in living, breathing contrast. Groups are rallying to secede Upstate New York from New York City.
PHOTOBLOG: This week, BTR went to check out a solo exhibition by London-based artist Danny Rolph, titled 'RECOLLECTION'. This series consists of many different visually striking plastic panels that have been collaged and painted on to create sharp, emotive compositions that are reminiscent of graffiti and also pop art.
Ryan Camenzuli, aka Zuli, is already ahead of the game at just 22 years old. Beyond being a skilled musician and songwriter, the NYC-based artist had a bit of luck early on, benefiting from a relationship with a member of his favorite band, Akron/Family. Zuli admittedly wears his influences on his sleeve, and so folk, experimental, and psych-pop touches stemming from A/F, Animal Collective, and the like shine through in his own music. We caught up with Zuli (the band) at a friend's apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn, for this intimate acoustic performance.
Makers at the faire explain their showcases of different technology, from funky piano synthesizers to different fun gadgets to toy with using technology.
Last Thursday, Sept 24, coffee news center Sprudge.com threw a kick-off party for the NY Coffee Festival, doubling as a sixth anniversary celebration in conjunction with local chain, Everyman Espresso. Roxanne Lim had the opportunity to attend this party.
Welcome to a special happy hour edition of Thirsty Thursday here on Dish + Drink. This week, I wandered to Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood for a few drinks on my way home to Hoboken. After just missing the happy hour deal at a place nearby, my friends and I decided to try Swine on Hudson Street.
Pop culture is a guilty pleasure most of us enjoy in one way or another, whether it's catching up with the latest late night show or reading up on celebrity gossip. BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in New York about their favorite pop culture indulgence for this week's Pulse.
PHOTOBLOG: This week BTR paid a visit to the Strut Your Mutt festival in Hudson River Park. The festival features a five mile race, treat stations, dog yoga, face painting, photo booths, and a doggie kissing contest. All money raised during the festival and walk goes to saving homeless animals and helping pay for any medical procedures they may require. The festival also featured many lovable pooches that were looking for new homes and could be adopted immediately.
Brunch at Jack's Wife Freda is something of a New York staple, despite how new the restaurant is. The Mediterranean-inspired food is fantastic, the service is wonderful, and the atmosphere is truly delightful.
Check out people spilling the details on what makes them the most stressed and the tactics they use to mitigate that stress.
Listen to people from New York City explain the greatest stressors in their life and give helpful tips on how to manage stress.
New York is thought of as a place where anything is possible. But in such a fast-paced environment, with everyone rushing to make it out on top, does the opportunity come with a price? BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people at New York City’s Madison Square Park about the things that stress them out most about living in NYC and what they do to relax.
Stress Week - Those who enjoy the challenges of NYC may argue that the competition is beneficial for betterment and that the rewards are ultimately worth the struggle. Here’s how we handle the stress in our own lives.
Johanna Botta stopped by Barcade in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood to speak with the bar’s co-owner, Paul Kermizian. While there, she unleashed her inner child, playing Pac-Man and devouring a fried chicken and waffle sandwich, then washed it down with a craft beer from Barcade’s vast and rotating selection.
PHOTOBLOG: This weekend, BTR paid a visit to the San Gennaro Festival in Little Italy. Since 1996, Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (Children of San Gennaro), a not-for-profit community organization, has arranged this 11-day festival to celebrate Italian culture and tradition. The tiny three block neighborhood gets packed every year with New Yorkers and tourists alike eager to see the sights, take a chance on the sketchy carnival rides, and try the diverse food. This year the streets were nearly impenetrable with the amount of people. The festival boasts a number of events, such as a cannoli eating contest, food tastings, marching bands, and comedy shows.
Mesiko is the trio of Raquel Bell, David Marshall, and Ray Rizzo. Together, they make a beautiful, chaotic, psychedelic pop racket. We joined them in their Moose Lab studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn, for a very close encounter of the rock n' roll kind.
Fall Week - Joanna Ebenstein, cofounder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, recalls childhood curiosity on death. She talks about how she’s bringing the taboo topic to mainstream discussion.
It's that time of year once again: the leaves are changing, school is back in session, and the pumpkins are rolling in. BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz don their autumn jackets and take to Madison Square Park, where they ask people to talk about what they enjoy most about Fall in New York City.
To celebrate autumn, BreakThruTV’s Lyndsey Rodrigues stopped in to a few New York City spots known for their popular fall flavors. She sat down with the owners of 12 Corners Cafe to discuss their pumpkin spice latte, visited Doughnuttery in Chelsea Market to sample some fall-inspired doughnuts and got the recipe for the Tin Star, a returning fall favorite at the Tippler, a bar under Chelsea Market.
PHOTOBLOG: This week, BTR went to go check out 'Energy & Abstraction,' an exhibition of drawings by Gordon Matta-Clark at the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea, NYC. Matta-Clark was a well-known conceptual interdisciplinary artist in the '70s.
Open Week - BTR talks with Free the Nipple freedom fighter Rachel Jessee. She’s an actress, model, performer, and NYC’s GoTopless spokeswoman. She shares her experience from the NYC parade and some insights into how we can all do our part to spread more awareness.
Despite loving brunch and booze, Molly Freeman had yet to enjoy the two together. In order to remedy this tragedy, she dined at The Crooked Knife's 30th St location with a group of friends for boozy brunch.
On one summer night, Molly Freeman ventured to the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn to check out L'isola's wood fire pizza. Though the pizza was delicious the service was slightly lacking.
The open source movement is attempting to bring a level of transparency and democratic engagement not usually seen in government. BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis spoke with people in New York about their take on the concept of an open source city in the future.
Twenty years ago, St. Marks was a totally different place, crawling with crusty punks and cheap dives. Nowadays, it's not as grimy, but it is ripe with tourists, NYU lanyards, and restaurants. There remains one reminder from decades ago; a less observant person might just miss it walking down the street. It's a basement bar with only a dusty red sign that says, "GRASSROOTS TAVERN," in between Mamoun's and yet another smoke shop.
The documentary ‘Never Get Tired’ chronicles the success of DIY punk band Bomb the Music Industry! and other elements of the scene. Samantha Spoto watched the film recently at the SVA Theatre in NYC.
Listen to our Labor Day Special episode as Lisa Autz hits the streets of NYC to learn about the best and worst jobs out there--everything from Lobster fishing on a boat in Maine to working in Finance and cleaning up nasty burger grease.
PHOTOBLOG: If you're in New York and want to see a unique public art installation, check out 'Fata Morgana' in Madison Square Park. The 500 foot long sculpture by Teresita Fernandez was made from cut-out mirror-polished metal disks that hover above the park's walkway.
Janna Pelle is a Miami-bred, Brooklyn-based pop songwriter with a flair for the eccentric. Proudly inspired by the likes of Lady Gaga, Fiona Apple, and David Byrne, her fun, creative performances and style reflect that. Her daring music video for the single, "City Life," took the song to the rooftops of the city. Here, she is joined by Doug Berns on bass and Alex Cohen on drums to share the other side of it, bringing the song back home to her bedroom, where she writes and rehearses her music.
Abdu Ali left his community in Baltimore to seek inspiration in Brooklyn, NY. What he discovered, however, was far from what he was searching for. After returning to his roots, Ali reflects on the destructive environment that he left behind and shares with BTR some insights into what he learned along the way.
Grand Banks is an oyster bar located on Pier 25 in New York City's Tribeca neighborhood. The oyster bar boasts delicious cocktails, an incredible lobster roll, and digs like you can't believe. As a matter of fact, the bar itself is located on an historic schooner built over 70 years ago.
For the current generation entering the workforce, the first job they have may not necessarily be part of a fixed career trajectory. Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in New York City about some of the jobs they’ve liked and disliked the most.
On Monday, Dish + Drink's Dane Feldman was fortunate enough to attend the very first day of the 2015 US Open. The fourth and final tennis grand slam of the year began on Monday at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York and will run for two weeks.
PHOTOBLOG: BTR checks out the opening day of the 2015 US Open at Flushing Meadows' Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY. Players compete in their first round matches under the scorching sun while fans try to stay hydrated and race to the shady spots on the grounds.
Yana Kunichoff joins us to discuss the Dyett hunger strike for a public school in Chicago, homelessness amongst NYC’s children surges, and listener mail.
PHOTOBLOG: This week, I went to go check out free kayaking on the Hudson River. The event, which occurs everyday in August as well as every weekend in September, is hosted by the Downtown Boathouse: a volunteer nonprofit committed to providing public awareness and access to New York City's harbor.
Labor Week - Last month, workers in New York City saw the passing of an historic bill: legislation mandating that all fast food chains raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour. The measure will roll out over the next few years.
Surface Week – Brooklyn has become a brand name around the country and the world. How much of Brooklyn’s reputation is real and how much of it is hype?
The landscape of producing news and information is rapidly changing, but does that mean its quality has to be compromised? Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people on the streets of NYC about our increasingly superficial media and how to support quality over speed.
PHOTOBLOG: Battery Dance Company performed in Robert Wagner Park in front of the New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty. The public performance welcomed a crowd to witness the dancers as well as a beautiful summer sunset.
We talk with your average gym-goer and fitness instructors on the effects of soda on the body when working out.
Gearing up for my event this Saturday at Fresthetic in Brooklyn. We caught up with store runner Carlos from Classic Material. Saturday I will be spinning with the legendary DJ Doo Wop to celebrate his 95 Live Snapback release. Rocking some fresh tunes today so tell your friends. Enjoy.
As summer begins to wind down, kids and young adults prepare once again for school books and teachers’ dirty looks. Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis take to the streets to ask people about their fondest memories of school and the intricacies involved in the bittersweet return to academia from the break of the warmer months.
PHOTOBLOG: BTR checked out Stargazing on New York City's High Line. The Amateur Astronomers Association provided telescopes for visitors, as they do weekly. This free event runs until the end of October.
Peace BTR Family. I'm sure you all are aware of the passing of Sean Price. I had a show lined up for today but decided to play all Sean Price today. A couple of people asked me if I would do a show but i wasn't sure if I was going to. I decided to pay my respect to a artist that have supported on BTR since my very first show in 2008. It's only right.
We live in a time when abundance reigns king. There can sometimes seem to be no limit of places to eat and shop, ways to communicate with others, and methods for consumption. BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis take to the streets of New York City to ask people about some of their most excessive habits and what they may do to combat their own excessiveness
Molly Freeman recently checked out the Loopy Doopy Rooftop Bar at The Conrad Hotel in Battery Park City. While the views and drinks were enjoyable, she found the whole venue to be a bit overrated.
The Thursday Mix for August 13, 2015 brings you a brand new album by Wilco. Their latest release and 11th studio album is called Star Wars and is available for free via their website. You'll also hear tracks by Brooklyn outfit Soda Shop, Boston based group, Vundabar, Flo Morrisey, Kissing Cousins and more! Email me at Lottie@btrtoday.com
Activists discuss some of the greatest polluted waterways in America.
With waves crashing in the background I read aloud the Missed Connections of New York City and pair posts with apropos songs
With a flagship store in Williamsburg and a new addition in the East Village, OddFellows Ice Cream Co. has become famous for their homemade ice cream and inventive unconventional flavors. BTRtv's Johanna Botta spoke with the owner and also had a blind tasting of four of the shop's unique flavors and tried to guess their creative combinations.
Part 2 of our interview with Christopher Swain, an activist that has been swimming and advocating for our waterways since 1996.
Famed Filmmaker Wes Anderson inspires an honorary tribute, pop-up weekend gallery exhibit at the Joseph Gross Gallery in New York City. Over 70 international artists were featured.
This Thursday BTR went over to East River Park in NYC for a free Summer Stage concert. The patches of grass surrounding the stage were quickly filled by kids and adults eager to relax, unwind and hear some live music.
Just because it’s Happiness week here at BTR doesn’t mean that Pharell song is any good. It’s still terrible. But, I’m eternally happy that I was able to take my vegan buddy out for a little b-day meal where he could order more than just some weak, stir-fried veggie after-thought. We went to Udupi Palace in the Mission District here in San Francisco Udupi Palace. I have a love/ love relationship with Indian cuisine because it’s so intensely flavorful. I have a love/ hate relationship with most Indian restaurants because I sometimes feel as if they’ve all conspired to offer just a basic, uninspired menu that always screams to me “they won’t know the difference anyway.” There are so many distinct cuisines within India that aren’t represented and I think deserve to be put on show. We get it. You have Tikka Masala and Nann. Nice. Anyway, Udupi Place is doing it right and it’s all vegetarian and vegan. Hanabi went H.A.M. on some shortbread recipes. You do realize he eats all this stuff so you don’t have to right? Insane Dane, what can I say? He’s out there eating at places called OM Cafe. I hope he’s expensing this stuff. Oh, and then he did a great write up for Dish + Drink about comfort food. I have to say the part about bacon-cheese fries from Nathan’s is just amazing.
What makes people happy? Perhaps it’s a long-awaited journey to a foreign country or a simple walk through a garden. Whatever it may be, people seem driven to find value in existence and to discover answers to questions that lead to joy in life. BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people on the streets of New York City what makes them most happy in life.
A new app called Wonder lets users search for and save NYC and London restaurants, bars, stores, and more by swiping. Wonder also lets users click on the location’s photo for a short description and link to the place’s main site.
PHOTOBLOG: BTR checks out JazzReach's Yes Indeed! in Madison Square Park. The event is meant for children to learn more about blues roots as well as "blues in the jazz context."
Laser Background, the hazy dream-pop brainchild of Philadelphia's Andy Molholt, plays around in that murky field of tape hiss and slow grooves. There's a playfulness here, falling somewhere in the fuzzy, psychedelic territory between the Beatles and Pavement, where pop melodies definitely rule, but everything sounds just a little bit… well, strange. Here, we present “Tropic Of Cancer,” from their recent session for BTR Live Studio.
Buzz week may seem like a great week to do honey tasting, but there isn’t better honey you can buy than Hanabi’s family label from Minnesota. So there’s really no point in tasting others. It’s not even close. So let’s switch gears and talk about beer, because that’s a great way to catch a buzz. First on the list from Ales Unlimited in San Francisco is Wolf 7 from Belgium. It’s a blonde ale that tastes delicious, especially when you’re on a sunny beach. Also the label design is on point too. Next up we tried Trooper which is an ale crafted by Bruce Dickenson of Iron Maiden. Seriously, even if it was terrible, which it wasn’t it’s the best beer ever. Next we tried a Hanabi favorite, XH by Hitachino Nest, It’s aged in sake casks. Awesome! Last on the big four we had Suiyoubi No Neko, or “Wednesday Cat” which is a a Belgian style white ale. This is some crisp and tasty stuff. The label design is winning points with Hanabi too. Hanabi made Buffalo wings from a recipe found in the film The Great Chicken Wing Hunt. That’s really interactive of him. Hanabi also went to a little place called El Borracho. Unfortunately, he didn’t get a good pic, so he dressed up his cat and that may be better than the duck carnitas he had. Insane Dane is crazy you guys. He’s only gone and given you a recipe for a smoothie, made in a Magic Bullet blender! WTF?
Uber is getting a lot of heat for it's aggressive disregard for the existing yellow cabbies, but how are they treating their own drivers?
Photographer Nona Faustine poses nude before former New York City slave trading spots, calling attention to history’s enduring legacy. The Brooklyn-born artist has been bringing awareness to the city's roots in slavery within her latest self-portrait series, “White Shoes.”
Samantha Spoto wraps up July with a handful of burritos from all over the New York area. Calexico, Mexicali Blue, and Taco Shack all make appearances as Spoto hits 72 burritos with still five months left to go.
We hear from the New York Taxi Workers Alliance on their strategy to fight Uber.
Our media landscape is increasingly clogged with constant content, spinning virally and then fizzling out. Everything we blog, tweet, and click is a public act of feeding this online buzz. Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis take to the streets in NYC to learn what people have to say about online trends and what buzz consumes them on a daily basis.
BTR travels to one of Social Media Director Jess Goulart's favorite spots in Manhattan, a gastropub called The Wayland down in Alphabet City. The bar serves up impressive cocktails and local fare.
Javaid Tariq, NYC yellow cab driver of more than 20 years, struggles to maintain his only source of income in face of Uber.
Johanna Botta stops by to push some biscuits and sample the modern leisure and fun vintage vibe at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, located in the burgeoning Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. The world’s first shuffleboard night club, Royal Palms is housed in a 1919 Printing Press, has 18 shuffleboard courts, and offers tropical drinks and a variety of food -- thanks to an ever-shifting lineup of food trucks that drive right into the building!
Part II with Sarah Lacy focuses on the questionable morals of Uber's culture in impacting the larger culture of Silicon Valley.
Some of the funniest writers in New York are getting together to let you know about the nights of their lives - those nights that stand out a cut above the rest, that left behind stories so full of hilarity and wonder that they're worth sharing. This performance was recorded on August 31, 2011 at the UCB Theater in NYC. Hosted by David Martin Theme: "Scars"
Sarah Lacy, founder and editor of PandoDaily, speaks with us about the cautionary culture of Uber as one of Silicon Valley's most successful start-ups.
BTR checks out a weeknight evening session of Bryant Park Yoga. Hundreds of participants showed up for this healthy summer tradition. Going strong for over a decade, hundreds of yoga fans head to the Midtown park for these free, outdoor exercise sessions.
In the midst of a sea of impressively hip restaurants on Frederick Douglass Boulevard sits a northern Italian bar and restaurant that boasts an average rating of four stars and attracts a diverse crowd. Lido serves brunch, lunch, and dinner, and the menu consists of "organic and local" food "whenever possible," as well as cruelty-free meat and poultry.
Mmmmmm, food! We’ve got lots of it for you too. Basically, Hanabi and Insane Dane are out here stretching our waistlines so that you don’t have to. But seriously, Hanabi went to Trestle the other day and had what can only be described as a super delicious, four course price-fixe menu for a measly $45 clams. Although the star of the show wasn’t the entree course, but rather the pasta, it was still well worth it. Check out the show to see how worth it. Hanabi also has a simple, yet delicious recipe for Queso Fundido which if you’re unfamiliar is melted cheese and chorizo. Any questions? Hanabi also visited Lost Lake Cafe for a little of that throwback, retro diner thing that NOBODY else is doing these days. Insane Dane pretty much ends the controversy of how to drink bourbon and eat mac n cheese when you’ve only got minutes to spare. The secret is to mix them together. Check out his take on Bourbon mac n cheese on the old Dish + Drink blog if you don’t believe me. He also makes a killer Gin + Juice for a guy from New Jersey.
In 2005, Blossom Restaurant opened in Chelsea and provided yet another option for New York plant-eaters. Blossom doesn't just craft vegan-friendly options for people though, they create artful dishes that make vegans rejoice and meat eaters forever abandon their misconceptions about vegan food.
BTR sits down with Butterfly Bakery and Bakeri to chat about the baking industry. In New York City and neighboring Brooklyn, a plethora of food establishments exist where culinary enthusiasts can gather to try new, groundbreaking delicacies. Sometimes, it may appear as if kitchen masterpieces are emerging from every avenue, especially if you’re walking in a trendy neighborhood.
No matter where you roam, you're always coming home. Third Eye Weekly host Zach Schepis returns to New York City’s Madison Square Park to ask people about their roots. Whether a lineage of Italian immigration, military brotherhood, spiritual seeking, or artistry, everyone has a seed from which they've grown.
Diet Cig, which may or may not require a government warning, is actually New Paltz, New York-based duo Alex and Noah. They're a young band cranking out satisfyingly concise and pointed slop-pop tunes with a thousand volts of fun. The two are caught in a whirlwind of touring, but found some time to stop by the brand new Serious Business Music in DUMBO to talk about their experience and to help break in the new live room.
Highbridge Park recently reopened to the public, allowing pedestrians to stroll from northern Manhattan into the South Bronx. BTR stopped by this spot on a sultry summer day to walk across the High Bridge (of the greater park’s namesake). The height of the structure offered a fine vantage point to observe the Hudson River and various highway ramps underneath. Inland, there was also some public art installed along the Manhattan esplanade, a series of sculptures titled 'Oh Sit! 14 Sculptors Consider the Chair.'
It’s been warming up around here. The reality of that statement has led us all to ditch our ovens and try to beat that summer heat by preparing eats that are simple to prep and don’t really totally require much heat, (except Hanabi cheated, but it was delicious so we give him a pass).
The discussion gets into the complex cultural tensions in the neighborhood of Brooklyn and importance of public debate.
A rise in food studies programs shows that Americans are starting to educate themselves on how politics, demographics, and location affect the food insecurity of an area.
The Museum of the Moving Image’s newest exhibition, titled 'Sensory Stories: An Exhibition of New Narrative Experiences', provides a momentary escape from reality but leaves much to be desired.
What is real? Do our perceptions help shape the world around us, or is there some outside force at work that defines the world in which we live? Third Eye Weekly host Zach Schepis asks people at NYC’s Madison Square Park how they choose to define their realities, and whether they believe perceptions can truly be shared.
Finding a roommate you can actually handle living with is a very necessary, yet complicated task. Though it can be difficult to maintain a system of organization, people tend to fall back on attempting to enforce “chore charts” or leaving passive aggressive notes next to stacks of dirty dishes in the sink.
Love at first sight is a dangerous emotion even when it comes to food, but Jack’s Wife Freda completely lived up to the hype. Eggs benedict with beet hollandaise, Stumptown coffee, and duck prosciutto make appearances.
Even though it’s not Hanabi’s birthday, it was the nation’s birthday so to speak last weekend. Anyway, this week Hanabi discussed the upcoming Cochon Heritage Fire event coming up in Napa in August. If you like Argentinian style nose to tail grilling, this is the place. Hanabi also gives you some tips on making a grilled kale salad because why not grill a salad? You can grill fruit after all. Hanabi also gets into some creative uses for left overs territory with his Tom Ka salmon using left over Tom Ka soup. A Top Cutter IPA by Bale Breaker you say? Hmmmm. Not to be outdone by his salmon, but you should try the grilled mackerel al a Hanabi. Blue Apron. What have you got for us Insane Dane? Beet Hollandaise Benedict from Jack’s Wife Freda? Okay, I’m in. Also peep game on some of the latest from Dish + Drink.
Shaka Burrito is a Hawaiian-themed burrito joint located on 23rd Street in Manhattan between Second and Third Ave. The restaurant boasts "grass fed, GMO-free New Zealand beef," as well as "non-GMO basmati brown rice and cooking oil," which means Shaka is off to an impressive start.
Brandon Doman, founder of The Strangers Project, invites people to share their handwritten stories. He chats with BTR about the history of his project and how he wants to keep expanding it.
A person’s birthday can be a time to all-out party or a time for more low-key festivities, but regardless of how it’s celebrated, everyone has a birthday and everyone has their preferred way to mark it… or not. BTR’s Lisa Autz ask people in NYC's Madison Square Park how they prefer to enjoy their own birthdays, and what some of their most memorable celebrations have been.
PHOTOBLOG: Smorgasburg is open on weekends from April to November in NYC. On Saturdays, the flea market is hosted in East River State Park while on Sundays it takes place in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Patrons can find all sorts of food, drink, and people watching.
Made in the USA Week - The most American of the American cities is now determined for 2015: Indianapolis, Indiana. But in case you were shopping for a house with the intent of paying the most median price on the real estate market, you should search around New Orleans, LA.
When Seattle is feeling too popular, and not cool anymore, locals head to Oregon to remind them that Seattle has running water and electrify. I kid Oregon, I kid! Seriously though, Washington’s neighbor to the south and California’s neighbor to the north is not only beautiful but it’s also a great place to find some delicious eats.
We are looking into Part 2 of our interview with Steven Barrison about the specific policy work being made to support local job growth.
The US remains vague on the status of a detained ISIS widow, Cuomo and de Blasio trade barbs over control of city policy, and listener mail.
Can we produce more within the borders of our country, or is sourcing from other countries part of an inevitable economy and future?
People often say they like to support American businesses and buy locally in their communities, but how many actually do? Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in NYC's Madison Square Park about their favorite American brands and where they love to shop locally.
Caverns is a five piece rock band based in New York City that blends classic rock hooks with psychedelic vibes, all pinned together with touches of blues, funk, and prog. Here, we present “Count To Five,” performed during their recent session for BTR Live Studio and also featured on their latest EP, Tonche.
This month's edition of Guac is Extra sees Samantha Spoto jetting off to Maine for a few burritos. The first sushi burrito in NYC also makes an appearance as she hits 61 'ritos on the year.
PHOTOBLOG: If you're in Manhattan and looking for something close by to keep you occupied or take a break from work, Bryant Park is the perfect place to go. Settled right next to the New York Public Library's main location, the park is conveniently located. Beautiful gardens border opposite ends of the park's lush lawn. While many parks have lush landscapes and beautiful flowers, Bryant Park stands out among the rest.
This week is Fan Week here at BTR and we’re fans of many things. A big one isMolletes, which is a Mexican open face sandwich that Hanabi will give you the lowdown on. Since it’s fan week, Hanabi might as well say that he’s a huge fan of chef David Chang and Momofuku. As a fanboy, Hanabi throws down chef Chang’s recipe for ginger-scallion noodles ginger scallion. The always affable Insane Dane is crazy about jelly beans, well as crazy about jelly beans as can be considered normal. So, he decided to do a taste test on Dish + Drink.
Fan Week - Have you ever been starstruck? We at BTR have served Johnny Depp, bumped into Alec Baldwin, and chatted with Kirstie Alley. Check out our experiences of celebrity encounters.
What are some of the ways that fans take their reverence to the next level, to further not only themselves but to bring other people together?
Obsessive admirers can notably go to extreme lengths to show their desperate appreciation for a celebrity or sports team. Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis learn some of the wackiest, craziest stories of fandompeople around NYC’s Union Square have to share, many of which blur the line between admiration and obsession.
PHOTOBLOG: The 33rd annual Mermaid Parade took place on Saturday in Coney Island, New York. The country's biggest art parade brought in an enormous crowd of wildly costumed participants.
Uma Temakeria has unveiled the first sushi burrito in New York City. The long-awaited fusion item debuted on Thursday at their brick and mortar shop on 14th and Sixth in Manhattan. As it so happens, Thursday was also International Sushi Day.
This week we feature DJ/Producer the great KERRI CHANDLER!! Timeless classic and new music will be featured today! Heading into the weekend with Wayne Ski on the tables. Follow us on our social media handle and enjoy the set.
Whether it be nail biting or constant texting, many find certain quirks of their significant others to be downright annoying. But which quirks are deal-breakers? Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in New York City what relationship-related pet-peeves could make or break a romantic fling.
PHOTOBLOG: The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art displaying medieval art and architecture. It has been open to the public since 1938. Pieces of five separate European monasteries or convents were shipped to the United States and reassembled to create what is currently The Cloisters.
Monday's Mix features new music from Wild Yaks, Hudson Mohawke, Cayucas, and FFS.
BTR Eatopia: Rain Dance Edition
The rather small Maguro, located on the border of Rose Hill and Kip's Bay in Manhattan, boasts impressively fresh fish and a 4.4-star rating.
Gentle drizzle on a cloudy afternoon can be a recipe for a day of Netflix-binging or cozy reading. Everybody has their own special indulgence when the rain showers on their plans. BTR Pulse host Lisa Autz asks people about their favorite thing to do on a rainy day.
Whimsical chalkboard signs are a common sight for storefronts, but the drawings may cause more confusion than outreach. Some of the most effective chalkboard phrases are ones that maintain relevancy.
Brooklyn's annual Go Green! Festival is designed to show an appreciation for our environment through information and demonstrations. A variety of vendors with environmentally friendly merchandise were present like Holly's HeART by Hand, Taproot Organics, and AE Wooden Toys. Charlie & Sarah provided a clothing swap to exchange clothing without all the packaging of newly bought garb. Food vendors included Sugar Couture and Two Books Pizza among many others.
This week Hanabi decides to steal Insane Dane’s couture drink thunder. A visit to the Palm House for their blended passion fruit with Kraken rum is a good start Palm House. But, lets talk Micheladas for moment, shall we? In fact let’s talk about the Michelada Verde from Hecho. With cucumber, lime, jalapeño, cilantro, cane syrup and Modelo, you can’t lose! If you really want to get into it, and delve into some serious mixology you must try Trick Dog. It’s amazing! Pro-tip: Order Manimal fries with your drink. Lastly, you have to visit Dr. Teeth, as in Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. They have a drink called the “beer-garita. Enough said! Hanabi also likes to drink sake, so why not check out Umi Sake House, and while he’s at it he washes it down with a little Ikiki Sushi. Okay, Insane Dane, what have got for me? Oh, some spicy shrimp and mushroom, nice! Spicy Shrimp. Okay, you should probably check out the bands Cusses, Jim O’Rourke and Cale Parks
The original Haru first opened its doors nearly 20 years ago. It is “not only one of the longest standing establishments” on the Upper West Side’s famed “’restaurant row,’” but Haru also claims to be “one of the pioneers of Japanese cuisine in New York.”
Mike Konczal joins us to discuss the war on higher education and the new rules for the economy, the USA Freedom Act becomes law, and listener mail.
Each Thursday, the internet summons us to reflect back on the past and celebrate it in the present. Whether a favorite childhood photo or a canceled TV show, there are things from the past still cherished today. BTR Pulse host Lisa Autz learns people’s favorite throw-back trends and what they’d love to revive in the present.
Highly Suspect is a Brooklyn-based heavy blues/garage rock band. The trio draws on classic blues rock sounds and subject matter, pushing their riffs through solid grooves and perfectly overdriven amps to hit just the right blend of catchy and heavy. Here, they perform “Lost,” a song they played during their recent session for BTR Live Studio, which will be featured on their new album, Mister Asylum, out this July from 300 Entertainment.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar closes its doors after years of offering music, shopping, and a free place to hang out in the after-hours. The Bazaar will temporarily relocate to Queens this summer.
Guac Is Extra columnist Samantha Spoto recounts her journey through the month of May. She's up to 48 burritos of the year and has had several new 'ritos in the past few weeks.
PHOTOBLOG: 'Touch the Art' stands apart from most conventional art exhibits that discourage the public from touching. Danish contemporary artist Jeppe Hein is known for creating works that encourage the public to actively participate in his art. In Brooklyn Bridge Park, people are encouraged to touch, splash, sit on, and walk through art depending on what you're in the mood for.
Tompkins Square Bagels on Avenue A and 11th Street is one of the most popular bagel joints in Manhattan. It boasts a 4.6-star rating on Google and the line on a warm Sunday morning is particularly lengthy.
This week is vacation week at BTR. For Hanabi and Insane Dane it was Stay-cation week. Hanabi explores some upscale, delicious dishes in the San Francisco Mission District at Commonwealth. Seattle may be many things, but it’s not a BBQ capitol. But, Pecos Pit Barbecue is doing it’s very best to change that.
How a band of NYC guerrilla artists resisted the city’s censorship of an illicit tribute to Edward Snowden. BTR examines different reactions in the US and in Europe.
Dreaming of sandy shores and clear, blue waters? Summer is around the corner and many people are day dreaming of their next escape from the daily routine. BTR Pulse hosts, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis, ask people in New York City to describe their dream vacation. Details of serene tropics and adventurous mountain climbing are just some ideal travels people are yearning to go on.
The Symphony Space in NYC celebrates the writings of best-selling author Chuck Palahniuk. Sarah Steele, Alex Hurt, and others read stories authored or appreciated by Palahniuk.
Howard is one of those bands that blurs the lines between a solo project and band; named for the lead singer/songwriter, Howard Feibusch, their performance indicates that there's more musical interplay than the name might imply. Musically, the Brooklyn-based band straddles the line between traditional songwriting and (tastefully) using modern technology to craft their own distinct take on folktronica. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Beck, Radiohead, and the Antlers, with fragile, crooning vocals over noise-laden ambience and beats, Howard has a refreshingly developed sound. They stopped by Saltlands Studio to share some music (in trio format) and to talk about the project.
PHOTOBLOG: At Internet Week New York, famous furry friends of social media made an appearance with their owners. The panel included MenswearDog, ToastMeetsWorld, and the creator of famed TheDogist.
Manhattan's Cascabel Taqueria does more than just serve delicious burritos. Their Mexican brunch includes bottomless cocktails and offers creative items like chorizo benedict and tuna Thai chili tacos.
It's another week of (mostly) random Bandcamp best-sellers on this week's show! We discuss new rock tracks from The Phoenix Foundation (NZ) and Martha (UK), funk and soul from The Slackers (NYC) and Saun and Starr (NYC), hip-hop from Future Rock (Germany), and classic French pop from Joanna (Belgium). It's a truly thrilling ride, so buckle up!
This small West Village tapas restaurant successfully brings a taste of Spain to New York City. With a menu full of small plate dishes and delicious sangria, as well as a cozy atmosphere, Las Ramblas is cool spot, if a bit pricey.
This week theme on the Daily Beat: We are looking at New York's next healthcare revolution with technology, digitization and affordability.
This week theme on the Daily Beat: We are looking at New York's next healthcare revolution with technology, digitization and affordability.
Blacklist Week - Activist Christopher Swain has taken hazardous dives into America’s dirtiest waterways in the name of cleaner water since 1996. He spoke with BTR about one of the filthiest swims he has ever taken in his life and his hope to encourage cleaner waterways everywhere.
This week theme on the Daily Beat: We are looking at New York's next healthcare revolution with technology, digitization and affordability.
MoMA’s latest exhibit showcases the iconic artist’s work from ballpoint pen drawings to pop art prints. Assorted renditions of Andy Warhol's soup cans, fun shoes, and popular portraits are displayed.
This week theme on the Daily Beat: We are looking at New York's next healthcare revolution with technology, digitization and affordability.
PHOTOBLOG: The Spanish Around the World Carnaval took place Saturday on 91st street between West End Avenue and Riverside Avenue in Manhattan. Plenty of festive children and adults strolled through the area to learn about Spanish culture, which they did so through craft making and cupcake decorating.
This popular Upper West Side spot serves up incredible southern-inspired comfort food. From biscuits and gravy to bourbon cocktails, the restaurant lives up to the hype.
Right in the heart of Manhattan’s West Village sits Rosemary’s Enoteca & Trattoria. The large space located on Greenwich Ave welcomes an array of New Yorkers for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Rosemary’s authenticity to its Tuscan roots is abundantly noticeable from the food to the drinks.
This week theme on the Daily Beat: We are looking at violence and the city and investigating the nature and effects of various types of urban warfare.
In an age when the latest technology, medicine, or super-foods are developing at an exponential rate, how do we know what's hazardous and what's not? BTR Pulse hosts Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis talk with people about the greatest health hazards in our lives and how we can all be more mindful of them.
It takes about fifteen years before music genres make a comeback, right? Great, then Vomitface has arrived right on schedule. There's no denying that this Jersey City trio are straight up 90s with their loud-quiet-loud dynamics, heavy-ass chunky bass, self-deprecating angst-laden lyrics thru yelps, murmurs, and hollers, and even a convincing 90s grunge look. It all adds up to a well-proven formula for a good time. Sure, there's a bit of nihilism here (how could they leave that out?), but the sound is so good that we can't help but get a little excited about it. Here’s another track from their session at Saltlands in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Read between the lines to understand the importance of writing in one artist's creative process; Basquiat’s open notebooks at the Brooklyn Museum provide such opportunity.
PHOTOBLOG: The semi-annual pop-up food market, Mad. Sq. Eats, is currently underway in the Flatiron District. BTR checks out the spring installment of the event in its own backyard.
BTR took its talents to the biannual foodie haven that is the Mad. Sq. Eats pop-up here in NYC where we tasted everything from beer to ice cream sandwiches to tuna hand rolls.
Nashville-via-Brooklyn-via-everywhere country singer/songwriter MIchaela Anne returns to BTR in the midst of a tidal wave of critical acclaim (including a Rolling Stone premiere of her latest music video). We caught up with her in a classroom at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Red Hook, Brooklyn, for this very special performance.
This Hell's Kitchen Mexican spot serves up a slightly different style of prix fixe brunch that's well worth looking into. Great margaritas, spicy chilaquiles, and delicious coffee are on offer for a decent price.
This restaurant serves pure, unadulterated fish; you won't find special rolls here. The restaurant has four and a half stars for good reason, and that reason is its remarkable, but simple fish.
The Museum of the City of New York’s ‘Everything is Design’ showcases a display of Paul Rand’s graphic work. Visitors can also learn about Rand’s personal history and design philosophy.
FOMO (aka, the Fear Of Missing Out) is, according to some, a growing phenomenon at least partially caused by constant social media consumption. This week, BTR Pulse hosts Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis get the scoop from the public on their worst FOMO moments and what causes the strange longing for a moment that is anything but your own.
PHOTOBLOG: BTR explores NYC's Meatpacking District, which has evolved over the years into one of the city's most interesting neighborhoods. Though many of the meat distribution companies that once occupied the area no longer exist, this area of Manhattan retains it's name.
Manhattan's Bamboo 52 serves up fresh sushi, killer ribs, and an abundance of great cocktails. This happy hour spot is perfect for dinner or just a lengthy hangout session.
Is the new watch a milestone in technology, or will time only tell the fate of Apple’s wrist wear? BTR evaluates the new device in terms of tech, practicality, and fashion.
New York City takes to the streets in solidarity with Baltimore, Baltimore police claim that Freddie Gray injured himself, and we're joined by Jesse Myerson to discuss it all.
Today, the thought of “nerds” might have a more positive connotation than the socially awkward geeks of the past. After all, people like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are billionaires as well as major pop culture icons. This week, BTR Pulse hosts Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis get nerdy with people in New York City on their favorite brainy moments and what’s cool about being a nerd.
Storytellers gather in NYC to share personal writing for the Moth StorySLAM. Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in SoHo hosted one of these events last week, where writers shared their experience with distance.
BTR stopped by the new Whitney Museum in NYC’s Meatpacking District and listened to architect Renzo Piano's insight. 'America Is Hard to See' proved to be quite a diverse opening exhibit.
PHOTOBLOG: Cherry blossom season has finally arrived in New York. From the Bronx to Brooklyn, the blooming trees can be seen almost anywhere. BTR visited Central Park to get a good look at the trees, some of which were just beginning to bloom, while others were well on their way.
Sylvana Joyce possesses a powerful voice and tons of charisma. Hailing from Queens, New York, she's built an impressive list of accolades along with her top-notch band, The Moment. We headed out to Astoria for this very intimate, stirring performance of the song "Me For You," filmed in the apartment building stairwell where Sylvana practiced music as a child.
Many people seem to agree that the climate is changing, but disagree on what can be done about it. This week on BTR Pulse, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people on the streets of New York what they believe their role is in dealing with the issue. While many acknowledge the environmental stakes to be high, some of the reactions may be surprising.
New York has seen a resurgence of speakeasies in recent years, but some say they're not really speakeasies due to the fact that we don't live in the Prohibition Era. That may be true, but the so-called speakeasies of today still hold down a certain vibe of the bygone time period, especially The Tippler which opened in the 1890s.
PHOTOBLOG: An Earth Day kick-off took place on Sunday, April 19 at the Audubon Center Boathouse in Prospect Park from 1-4 pm. Activities included fishing lessons, a mulching and garbage clean up class, button making, and a performance by Bash the Trash.
Champignon is a cafe located on Seventh Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Street in Manhattan. The Chelsea cafe is named after the champignon mushroom, a popular and widely-known ‘shroom, Champignon is just a quaint neighborhood spot that seems to fly comfortably under the radar.
This week on the Daily Beat we look into NYC's vanishing local, small businesses and the action taking to save them.
This week on the Daily Beat we look into NYC's vanishing local, small businesses and the action taking to save them.
Laurie Simmons' photo exhibit at the Jewish Museum in NYC critiques a culture in which people alter themselves to look like dolls. Observers can consider the ways in which people alter their appearance with costumes, cosmetics, and in extreme cases, plastic surgery.
For Care Week at BTR, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people when they felt most cared for in their lives and when they have been most caring toward other people.
PHOTOBLOG: BTR checks out US landmarks from the Washington Monument to Central Park, as well as the Vietnam War Memorial, the Brooklyn Bridge, and even the view from the top of the Empire State Building.
MiniBoone is a Brooklyn-based quartet that should be familiar to regular viewers of BTRtv. They make catchy, heart-wrenchingly honest tunes and, live, filter it through an explosive ball of energy with yelps, kicks, and impressive melodies and harmonies. We met up with the band at Unit J out in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where they played a song off their upcoming release, Bad Sports, due out 4/21 from Ernest Jenning Recording Co.
Jimmy's Diner is a delicious hole in the wall brunch spot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Like most diners, the menu at Jimmy's Diner is chock full of breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes that are available all day, including burgers, sandwiches, and fried platters.
This week on the Daily Beat we learn about the rally taking place across the country to shine light on corrupt money in politics.
For “Monitoring Week” at BTR, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people at Grand Central Station whether they believe whether there is any personal privacy today. People also share the steps they take to protect their privacy.
Crying is a NYC chiptune trio. Their take on the video game-jamming blend of prog and pop-punk is packed with energy, highly explosive, and totally takes you to the next level. For this episode of BTR Side Tracks, we present “Sick” off their recent album Second Wind, as performed at the recent session for BTR Live Studio.
This week on the Daily Beat we learn about the rally taking place across the country to shine light on corrupt money in politics.
Graffiti can be seen almost everywhere in New York City, and can either intrigue or deter onlookers. It takes someone with a certain talent to create the beautiful wall pieces seen in some areas. Detailed murals, portraits, and colorful words pop up on almost every couple street corners.
Class Week - Learning is an essential part of any fulfilling life. However, even after several years of formal schooling, many graduates depart from universities lacking certain skills that simply are not touched upon in such a structured setting. NYC's Brooklyn Brainery offers students unique opportunities to learn outside the institutional classroom environment.
For “Class Week” at BreakThru Radio, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis hit the streets to ask people about the most interesting class they have taken and how they hope classrooms might evolve in the future.
BTR Side Tracks is our recently launched series where we present previously unseen performances of full songs from artists who have visited us for a studio session. Back during 2014’s CMJ Music Marathon, the Florida-based punk band Flashlights stopped by Let ‘Em In Music in Gowanus, Brooklyn, for a special session, engineered by Nadim Issa. Here, the band performs “Don’t Take Me Seriously” off their latest release, Bummer Summer.
PHOTOBLOG: Macy's Annual Flower Show beautifies Herald Square store.
The second installment of Guac is Extra details quality burritos at high prices.
Janna Pelle is a Miami-bred, Brooklyn-based pop songwriter with a flair for the eccentric. Proudly inspired by the likes of Lady Gaga, Fiona Apple, and David Byrne, her fun, creative performances and style reflect that. Her daring music video for the single "City Life" took the song to the rooftops of the city, and here she shares the other side of it, bringing the song back home to her bedroom, where she writes and rehearses her music.
Raw menu items are all the rage, but are they worth the hype?
On today’s show, I got to chat with a dear friend and fantastically fashionable production designer, Virginia Hastings. Virginia has worked in production design here in New York for over seven years, leading and contributing to design teams on feature films, shorts, commercials, and corporate events like the Tonys, MTV Video Music Awards, and even this year’s Superbowl! On today’s show, Virginia talks about the role of production design within film, some of the creative challenges she’s faced on the job, the skills and strengths required to work as part of a film team, and how to prepare to be stylishly unprepared. And I’ve got a nature-themed playlist featuring tracks off the latest from Nebraska legend Simon Joyner and Georgia native Matthew Houck (aka Phosphorescent), along with songs from Canada’s Gold & Youth, German trio Aloa Input, and Brooklyn’s own indie sensation Cults. So get ready to look your best even when you’re unprepared, with Sew & Tell on BTR!
Leave The Planet is the London-based shoegaze duo of Nathalia Bruno and Jack Milwaukee. Influenced by the likes of Slowdive, early Sarah Records releases, and Galaxie 500 (whose song inspired their band name), the pair came together as flatmates and eventually began collaborating based on their shared taste in music. They stopped by Saltlands Studio on a recent trip to the states to play some songs and chat about the band.
A compilation of visuals, sounds, costumes, and instruments showcasing the artist’s multifaceted career.
THE MASTERS AT WORK (MAW) EDITION!!! #WMC
Dish + Drink checks out 'Mad Men' Dining Week in NYC.
It’s “Unprepared Week” at BreakThru Radio, so BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis hit the streets to ask people about times when they felt unprepared and how they handled those situations.
Devin Tuel is a songwriter from Pennsylvania and Stephen Harms is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Over the past year, they came together as the Brooklyn-based indie folk duo known as The Native Harrow and set out to write and perform together. They took a break from working on their debut album to stop by the back room of Freddy's Bar in South Slope, Brooklyn for this episode of BTR Hear & There.
Poetry in Unexpected Places launches instantaneous performances around NYC.
Old Monk is the brooklyn-based rock trio of Josh, Ian, and Tsugumi. Their heavy, prog-inflected indie rock is both catchy and complex, and they've been spending the past few years touring the country to get it heard. The band stopped by Saltlands Studio to play some of their latest songs, which explore the subject of love, and to share a few tales from the road with guest host Travis Harrison.
PHOTOBLOG: The Coffee & Tea Festival NYC brought tea, coffee, and treats from all over to the Big Apple.
The Editorial Staff picks their favorite bars around the globe.
For a good time call Big Daddy's (and get your booze on).
Harlem's Pisticci serves up authentic Italian fare, great cocktails, and a whole lot of ambience.
Happy Spring! It is the first official day of the season, and I thought it was the perfect time to use our heads & do some beauty “spring cleaning.” Rubi Jones is a personal and editorial hairstylist based in Paris and New York, whose beautiful blog reflects her refined sensibilities and taste for timeless looks, combined with her savvy knowledge of the most recent trends. Trained at Bumble & Bumble here in NYC, Rubi’s styling work is effortlessly elegant and it’s easy to see why New York Magazine gave her the title “The Braid Whisperer.” On today’s show, Rubi talks about the career path that led her to styling, what made Bumble & Bumble a great training experience, some of the trends she spotted on the F/W runways, timeless hairstyles that transcend trends, a few of her favorite summer hair care products, and an exciting new project she’s recently launched. Plus, you’ll find a ton of new music in the playlist today, including a song off the solo debut from Arcade Fire member Will Butler, a track from the much-anticipated sophomore release from Brit band Evans the Death, and a new EP from talented up-and-comer Petite Noir. So join us for a simple springtime makeover with Sew & Tell on BTR!
How easy is it for a school cafeteria to become vegetarian?
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether they prefer warm or cold weather.
Adventure Week - These exciting urban activities will get the blood pumping.
PHOTOBLOG: NYC held its fourth annual Vegetarian Food Festival this past weekend at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
Adventure Week – Old and antique travel books illustrate adventurous histories.
On March 15, 2014, BTR threw a free, unofficial day party during the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Held at The Liberty -- a great East Side watering hole with a huge outdoor area, including a bar and the East Side King food truck -- we hosted a fun-filled day with music from Clouder, The So So Glos, Gringo Star, Diane Coffee, Milagres, Zorch, and Marijuana Deathsquads. Our friends at Southern Tier Brewing Company provided complimentary beers for our guests.
This brunch spot fuses the classics with just the right amount of Middle Eastern inspiration.
Oxido is brand new and already making waves in NYC.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at the changing landscape of universities in our world of information technology.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at the changing landscape of universities in our world of information technology.
According to a recent survey, the average first date in New York and Washington, D.C., is over $150. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people what they think to be an appropriate amount to spend on a first date.
Our old buddies Howth (rhymes with growth) have undergone some changes since last we heard from them with their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-inspired batch of tunes. Now with a freshly stripped-down 4-piece rock band lineup, we caught up with the gang at Muchmore's in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a fresh look at songwriter Carl Creighton's re-energized project.
Feminists and activists gathered at Barnard College for the third New York City Feminist Zinefest.
It takes about fifteen years before music genres make a comeback, right? Great, then Vomitface has arrived right on schedule. There's no denying that this Jersey City trio are straight up 90s with their loud-quiet-loud dynamics, heavy-ass chunky bass, self-deprecating angst-laden lyrics thru yelps, murmurs, and hollers, and even a convincing 90s grunge look. It all add up to a well-proven formula for a good time. Sure, there's a bit of nihilism here (how could they leave that out?), but the sound is so good that we can't help but get a little excited about it. The band dropped by Saltlands Studio to play some songs and chat about their history with guest host Travis Harrison.
This week the Daily Beat will be looking at the changing landscape of universities in our world of information technology.
PHOTOBLOG: The significance walking can have is represented through this Central Park exhibit.
Dish + Drink does Restaurant Week right.
Mark, Scott, and Nathan make up Heaven For Real, the indie rock trio from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Musically, they work in distinctly Pavementesque non-sequiturs and shout-alongs that tend to to be super catchy and fun. We've seen a couple of these guys before (Crosss and Monomyth) and if we're lucky, perhaps they'll bring even more of their friendly Halifax scene our way... They stopped by Let 'Em In Music in Gowanus, Brooklyn, to play some songs, talk about the band, and address their non-existent connection to the Burpo family and their story, Heaven Is For Real.
Located in a hot dog shop, Please Don’t Tell is one of New York’s most well known secrets.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether the ring needs to be given back after an engagement is called off.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at the legalization of Medical Marijuana.
Monomyth is a psych-pop foursome from Halifax, Nova Scotia. We caught up with them for a session of BTR Live Studio when they were in town for CMJ 2014. Not seen in that session is this full performance of “Cruel Blue Hello.”
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at the legalization of Medical Marijuana.
Jordan Buschur works with themes to paint books, donate to causes, and curate exhibits.
Bonsai is a Brooklyn-based band made up of singer-songwriter Simone Stevens, Greg McMullen on guitar, and Bryan Bisordi on drums and bass (like, at the same time!). Though their orchestration can be a bit minimal, to amazing effect, the band weaves a lush world of sounds for each song and manages to fill them with refreshingly surprising shifts. Pop songs at their core, there are hints of country and rock (you could even call some of them “slowcore” -- sure, why not?) scattered throughout. The band stopped by Let 'Em In Music in Gowanus, Brooklyn, for this session.
PHOTOBLOG: 'Gazing Globes' sculpture exhibition adds to wintery scene in Madison Square Park.
Fried chicken and champagne aren't Birds & Bubbles only strong suit.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at NYC's attempt to compete with Silicon Valley with growing tech community.
BTR favorites EULA have been skronking their way across the NYC DIY landscape for a few years now. From their days as a notoriously wild, noisy, post-punk trio to their current incarnation (featuring a new drummer and the wise addition of sax), lead instigator Alyse Lamb has clearly been on some sort of mission. Their latest release, which had them working with Martin Bisi, brings them closer to the 80s No Wave that they've long been hinting at, as the music itself seems to be getting clearer, heavier, and more focused than ever. Here, guest host Travis Harrison sits down with these animals to catch up.
Dish + Drink brings February to a close with a burrito round-up.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at NYC's attempt to compete with Silicon Valley with growing tech community.
The Sketchbook Project comprises personal artistic interpretations from people all over the globe.
For years, Chicago residents have used furniture, toys and all manner of things to save their parking spots after clearing them of snow. Recently, however, the city banned the saving of public parking spaces. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people share whether or not they believe it is appropriate to save a parking space with a placeholder after shoveling the spot out.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at NYC's attempt to compete with Silicon Valley with growing tech community.
On this episode of BTR Side Tracks we present a previously unseen performance from Minneapolis-based trio The Blind Shake. They perform the full version of their song “Old Lake, ” from their recent Goner Records release Breakfast Of Failures, not seen in their session for BTR Live Studio.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at NYC's attempt to compete with Silicon Valley with growing tech community.
DRGN KING began as an experimental studio collaboration between Philadelphia-based songwriter Dominic Angelella and producer Ritz Reynolds. Eventually morphing into a quartet before shifting lineups around, DRGN KING now finds Angelella with a fresh crop of musicians giving life to the project's catchy psych-pop songs. The foursome stopped by Let 'Em In Music in Gowanus, Brooklyn, to share some tunes and talk a bit about the inspiration and history of the music.
Follow-Up Review: Consistency in freshness and overall good quality is mastered at Community Food & Juice.
This Italian-Sardinian spot owns up to its high ratings.
‘The Selfie and Others’ on Manhattan’s Upper East Side features digital photos amongst other portraits.
Cariad Harmon is a charming London-bred folksinger who currently lives in New York. She dropped by Saltlands Studio, joined by her friend Orly, for this intimate session, then spoke with Maia.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether they think men or women take more selfies and shares the finding of a recent study on the topic.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at the community garden protests in NYC.
NYC charter school policy violates state and federal law, Beauty and the Beast, and listener mail.
BTR Side Tracks is our recently launched series where we present previously unseen performances of full songs from artists who recently visited us for a studio session. This episode features Eliot Bronson, an Atlanta-based Americana artist, who recently stopped by for BTR Live Studio. Here he performs "River Runs Dry," off his recent self-titled release from Saturn 5 Records.
This week on the Daily Beat will be looking at the community garden protests in NYC.
NYC Museums ban the selfie stick, a new rule for a new device.
Maquina Supervium (it’s ok if you don’t quite know how to pronounce it) are a Brooklyn trio built around the jangly, noisy, experimental “intergalactic gospel” songs of singer/guitarist Jhedi, along with Steve on guitar (from Clouder) and Benji on drums (from Slang King and more). Here, they share some of the songs from their long-awaited album, and share some of the reasons behind the 2-year delay.
Great deals and a creative menu make Amigos stand out in the brunch crowd.
Outlier Week - Manhattan’s last natural forest stands at Inwood Hill Park.
Crying is a NYC chiptune trio. Their take on the video game-jamming blend of prog and pop-punk is packed with energy, highly explosive, and totally takes you to the next level. Here, the band gives Maia some insight into exactly how they make their supercharged anthems.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people how they prefer to celebrate Valentine’s Day, whether it be with gifts, or nights out -- or even nights in.
Normally, at studio sessions, we’re only able to shoot enough footage to properly showcase one full song in our videos. However, from time to time, we’re able to shoot enough footage of an artist’s session that we can present a second song in full. So, welcome to this new video series we’re calling BTR Side Tracks, where we’ll now be presenting those songs. Our first video is “Kites,” a song by Philadelphia-based indie-pop band Literature, and comes from their recent session for BTR Live Studio. It appears on the band’s latest LP, Chorus, released by Slumberland Records.
Outlier Week - Brooklyn Public Philosophers bridge the public and academia, fostering invaluable debate.
With a couple of more years of shows and tons of praise fueling them, Brooklyn’s Lazyeyes returns for a second BTR Live Studio session, this time with guest host DJ Latola and recorded at Saltlands Studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The group, led by singer/guitarist Jason Abrishami plays dream pop that’s both energetic and hooky as hell, and here they reveal a bit about what gave their recording its unique sound.
PHOTOBLOG: BTR takes a look at 'Snow Monsters' in Flatiron Plaza.
On companies fueling artists, layering perspectives, and taking the time to do it all right.
This Morningside Heights Italian restaurant is the perfect neighborhood spot.
This week is Disruptive Week at BreakThru Radio, the Daily Beat will be investigating gentrification.
Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Scandal, has been reported saying that it is impossible for women to have it all -- that if there is success in one area of life, another area is lacking. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they believe women can have it all. People share their opinions on balancing work, careers, and relationships as well as whether they believe it’s possible for women to have it all.
This week is Disruptive Week at BreakThru Radio, the Daily Beat will be investigating gentrification.
White Reaper is a badass rock 'n roll/garage-pop band from Louisville, Kentucky. You really don't need to hear much more than that to know that you'll love them from the first fuzzy chord. They stopped by in the middle of a CMJ blitz for this session sat Saltlands in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Ayad Al-Adhammy is the heart and soul of Brooklyn rock n' roll gang, Team Spirit. Previously the brains behind Passion Pit's synthy pop tunes, Ayad has taken his musical skill and spun it into a beer-soaked punk rock party full of fun, thrashy riffs, and catchy hooks. The band stopped by Saltlands to tear it up and give us a firsthand account of why they have so many cheerleaders.
This Peruvian spot is authentic, high quality, and down right superb.
This week, the Daily Beat will be tackling the growing national student debt.
‘Space Jam’ exhibit inspires basketball fans, nostalgic Millennials, and modern art enthusiasts.
This week, the Daily Beat will be tackling the growing national student debt.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people what things they think should never be skimped on. People share their opinions about what they believe is worth extra time, money, or attention.
Nikki Yanofsky is a young Canadian jazz/soul singer. Just 20 years old, she's already been performing in the public eye for eight years, garnering awards and appearances at international festivals and world class venues. We caught up with Nikki at Caroline Music’s office space for this intimate acoustic performance.
Chatting with Maia Cruz about the tunnels in the Philippines, paintings, and photos.
The Blind Shake is a Minneapolis-based trio fronted by brothers Jim and Mike Blaha, with their friend Dave Roper on drums. Intense, uniform-clad, and seemingly from another time or world, the Blind Shake blasts out tight, catchy, surfy punk tunes. In addition to their own growing catalog of releases, the band has collaborated with the likes of psych legend Michael Yonkers and surf "Swami" John Reis. The guys stopped by Saltlands Studio to crank it out just for you in this session.
PHOTOBLOG: New York's Javits Center hosted the 'New York Times' Travel Show this weekend.
This week on the beat: The Daily Beat will be tackling the affordable housing crisis.
Jared Samuels and his collective of musical conspirators, aka Invisible Familiars, seems to be almost too good to believe. Distilling elements of every corner of rock radio through some hazy modern filter with careful production and spot-on flourishes. Samuels' background playing with the likes of Martha Wainwright, Sharon Jones, Cibo Matto, and Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger makes a lot of sense, pulling it all together into some vaguely Beck-ish territory with funk and folk hits, pulled together with 60s rock hooks. Here, the band drops by Let Em In Music in Gowanus, Brooklyn, to share masterfully performed renditions of a few songs and chat about the project.
Michael Anderson, coach of the Arroyo Valley High girl’s basketball team in California, has been suspended for three games after his team beat their competition with a score of 161-2. Anderson has been accused of ‘poor sportsmanship’ for allowing the gap in points to be so wide. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they believe the coach should have been suspended, and whether they think there should be a limit on scoring in high school sports.
This week on the Daily Beat: We will be tackling the affordable housing crisis.
Flowers is the London-based trio of Sam, Rachel, and Jordan. Formed in 2012 and booked for a tour supporting The Pains Of Being Pure at Heart before playing their first gig, they've been making brilliant first impressions all along the way with their charmingly fuzzy pop. From solid, minimalist structures to sonic mayhem and captivating vocals, the band has a way of captivating audiences. They stopped by Let Em In Music in Gowanus, Brooklyn, while in town for CMJ for this special session, recorded by engineer Nadim Issa.
Singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. There, he played in folk band The Brilliant Inventions, would up in Atlanta, and released two solo records before getting himself to Nashville to record his latest cycle of Americana songs with a full band of seasoned musicians as well as sought-after producer Dave Cobb at the helm. Here, he stops by Saltlands Studio to share some raw, solo versions of the songs, highlighting his timeless and powerful vocals.
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Workman Song is a solo project fronted by Sean McMahon, a 25-year-old from Western Massachusetts currently living in New York. A sort of mystic folk storyteller, McMahon's dramatic, stirring music wouldn't sound entirely out of place in a church -- which is exactly where we took it. For this special episode of BTR Hear & There, we joined Workman Song, including members of Streets Of Laredo (who McMahon also plays with regularly) as well as Totara Jack on guitar and Sean's brother, Griffin McMahon, on the house organ, at Christ Church in New York City.
Inspired Week - NYC’s chosen 2015 youth poet laureate asks for civic engagement and community building.
Inspired Week - A closer look into one of NYC’s premiere underground party circuits.
Popstrangers are an indie pop band from Auckland, New Zealand, who recently relocated to London. Their sound appropriately straddles that Kiwi sound and 80s British art-rock to give them their own unique musical foothold. During CMJ 2014, the trio dropped by Saltlands for this session to share some tunes and talk about the process of recording their latest album before rocking our very own showcase that week.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser talks with people about New Year’s resolutions. People talk about the resolutions they have made and whether or not they have kept them. Others share why they do or do not believe in the practice of making resolutions.
Workman Song is a solo project fronted by Sean McMahon, a 25-year-old from Western Massachusetts currently living in New York. A sort of mystic folk storyteller, McMahon's dramatic, stirring music wouldn't sound entirely out of place in a church -- which is exactly where we took it. For this special episode of BTR Hear & There, we joined Workman Song, including members of Streets Of Laredo (who McMahon also plays with regularly) as well as Totara Jack on guitar and Sean's brother, Griffin McMahon, on the house organ, at Christ Church in New York City.
Mike Pace once led the popular NYC band Oxford Collapse, who dished out catchy, 80s college rock-tinged post-punk in the shape of records from Kanine and Sub Pop. Now, after a six year break from playing music, and picking up an acoustic guitar and moving to Austin, Texas, for a few years, those familiar 80s sentiments -- touching on Pace's Long Island upbringing and apparent nostalgia for the decade in general -- are more apparent than ever in his first solo release with The Child Actors. Here, he presents the new music in duo form and talks with Maia about his experiences.
On making a song good enough to play by yourself and reading young-adult British sci-fi novels.
One of the oldest bars in New York City serves up a respectable brunch.
This ramen spot in Harlem is trendy for good reason.
Dott is a band based in Galway, Ireland, who play shiny, harmony-driven garage pop. If you're into super hummable melodies full of oohs and aahs, slathered with tasty guitar noise, they've got exactly what you need. During CMJ 2014, the band came all the way to New York to play some shows and join us for this session at Saltlands.
Serial, a podcast spun off from This American Life, released its first twelve episode season over the course of fall 2014 and quickly became one of the most downloaded podcasts in history. Hosted by Sarah Koenig, it shares a true story, unfolding the details week by week. Season one shares the case of Adnan Syed who has been in jail since he was found guilty for the murder of his girlfriend in 1999, yet still maintains his innocence. Using her background in investigative journalism, Koenig looks into the details of the case and shares them over the season, trying to find the truth. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks Serial listeners whether it the show exploits a tragedy or seeks justice.
Fitness Week - A unique workout studio models sessions on the theme of old school exercises in NYC.
This week, Mr Jason will be playing some old stuff, some new stuff, and everything in-between, whilst whittering on about what he's been upto this past week. Oh boy! I can't wait! Can you? How will it all turn out???
Fitness Week - Studios with unique workouts that kick your butt are expanding and becoming more successful.
Literature is an indie-pop band based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band's roots were planted when songwriter Kevin Attics met Nathaniel Cardaci and Seth Whaland in Austin, Texas. After a move to Philadelphia, where they met fourth member Chris Schackerman, the band got up and running in 2012. Their mod-leaning indie pop found a great match in analog recording techniques, which the band put to fantastic use on their Slumberland Records release, Chorus. Literature stopped by Saltlands Studio in DUMBO while in town for CMJ, where they also cranked out a killer set at the official BTR showcase.
Fiona Silver is a young New York native with an old soul. Musically, her work drifts from rock to soul and pop, all carried by her captivating stage presence and smoky voice -- think Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday. Here, she brings her band to Grit N Glory, a Lower East Side Rock N Roll and tattoo shop, for an intimate performance of her ukulele-led tune, "Sweet Escape."
Crema serves up some of the best Mexican brunch around (oh, and bottomless brunch cocktails).
BTR catches up with the experimental pop duo Soft Touch that makes killer dance music.
Following a 13-year stint as a member of beloved New York band The Walkmen, Peter Matthew Bauer is now on his own (with, perhaps, a little help from his friends). His debut solo album, Liberation!, was largely conceived on a trip across Europe and delivers a driving, dense sonic package that may feel a little familiar to fans of his previous band. He stopped by to share some songs and talk a bit about the project with special guest host Travis Harrison in this, the final episode of BTR Live Studio recorded at the SoHo location of Serious Business.
This week we reflect on our New Year and invite WFIT Radio Director Alex Bodnar onto the show to discuss 2014's best entertainment moments
As we enter a new year, we ask people in New York City about any resolutions they may be considering and whether they think making resolutions actually helps people to make their desired changes.

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