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It’s Anti-Social Week on BTR! On today’s show, we’re talking with the minds behind two of the most provocative viral videos on the subject of how the Digital Age is doing more to keep us apart rather than bring us together.
It’s Future Week on BTR! On today’s show, BTR staff writer and co-host of the Scotch & Cinema podcast, Jess Goulart, joins us to discuss how video game movies may someday become the new comic book movies, as far as Hollywood blockbusters go. And later, freelance journalist and spoken word artist Jennifer Leigh Oprihory joins us to discuss a slew of foreign policy issues, her recent story for the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative on the US military’s role in international disaster relief, and read us some poems!
Future Death is an Austin-based band with an amazing mix of swirling, chaotic post-punk and noise that few bands can pull off. Launched in 2012 by Alton Jenkins and Bill Kenny, and now with bassist Jeremy Humphries and finally vocalist Angie Kang added to the mix, the project has evolved substantially in its short history. Pay attention or these jams may blast past you so quick you won’t know what you missed.
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest.
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. Minneapolis noise band Marijuana Deathsquads is the ever-evolving, experimental project lead by Ryan Olson, Isaac Gale (whose videos for Bon Iver, Polica, P.O.S., and On An On you may have seen), and Stefon Alexander (P.O.S), and supported by multiple drummers and other performers contributing synths, vocals, and miscellaneous sounds to the sonic chaos. They’ve quickly become a BTR favorite (you may have caught their incredible session for Serious Business on BTR), so of course we had to have them headline our day party! Here, we get down in the dirt and on the stage with the band as they tear through their single, “Ewok Sadness.”
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest. Mother Falcon, a group of young, classically trained musicians based in Austin, have a very unique take on music. Beginning as a jam session among a group of high school cellists looking to explore other genres, the massive band also incorporates violins, cellos, saxophones, and trumpet, piano, accordion, banjo, and bassoon to blend rock, jazz, and hip hop rhythms with lush vocal arrangements to craft their orchestral rock. In addition to entertaining audiences with their own impressive display of talent, they launched Music Laboratory, a summer camp for middle and high school orchestra students. The large band crammed themselves into the backyard at the BTRhouse for a very special session.
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest. K Ishibashi (aka Kishi Bashi) has racked up quite a musical resume over the past few years. From his NYC synth rock band, Jupiter One, to collaborations with of Montreal, Regina Spektor, and Sondre Lerche, this singer/violinist/composer continues to stretch his sonic palette — originally developed as a solo project with complex live loops, Kishi Bashi has filled out his show with a full band. Here, they perform an intimate session at the BTRhouse as a trio that includes Mike Savino from Tall Tall Trees.
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest. Roman Remains is Liela Moss and Toby Butler from The Duke Spirit. This London-based duo (joined live by additional musicians) has crafted an album and live show full of fantastically dense, noisy, frenetic, fractured pop songs. For this special backyard session, they stripped their setup way down to acoustic instruments to play a couple of songs for us at the BTRhouse.
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest. Yellow Red Sparks is a fantastic Los Angeles-based folk group. From somber dirges to jubilant stomps and sweet love songs, the band explores every corner of the genre with consistently pristine, cinematic results full of lush sounds. They stopped by the BTRhouse on upright bassist Sara Lynn’s birthday, and we were happy to help celebrate!
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest. Jess Williamson is a native of Austin, Texas, though she spent time in New York City studying photography. The quieter, slower pace of Austin is appropriate for her folk and country-inspired music, which is soft and spacious, gently carrying her distinct voice and personal lyrics. Jess took time in the midst of the craziness of her hometown’s massive music festival to stop by the backyard of the BTRhouse, where she treated us to a few songs (captured brilliantly by our Edwina mic from Ear Trumpet Labs) and sat down for a chat with Maia.
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest. Samsaya is a Norwegian singer set to make her mark on pop music. With a heart painted over her left eye, which she calls “a reminder that everything I meet and see, I will look upon with my heart and see it with an open mind,” Samsaya delivers pop music with smart lyricism and touches of funk and soul. Existing in a similar world as artists like Rihanna, M.I.A. and Amy Winehouse, Samsaya has her own positive spin on things, and she stopped by our backyard to share some of the fun!
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest. Cheers Elephant is a Philly band with wonderfully sticky hooks, harmonies, and a hell of a sense of humor. With musical sensibilities and a sound that lands them somewhere between the Kinks and Spoon, there’s a lot to love here. They were the first in a long week of sessions at the BTRhouse, and they definitely got things off to a great start!
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. Check out the video to catch some of the performances and exclusive interviews with BTR Live Studio host, Maia Macdonald.
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