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, they 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.
SOLKO - It's not often we get to record reggae bands around here in sunny Norwich in the U of the K, so today's rather refreshing. Listen to all the warm, crunchy, analogue goodness, put on your skanking slippers, and most importantly, make sure you at some point leave the house, and go and catch Solko playing live, in a venue near you.
MIRE - This week's session is a local 3-piece that were brought to my attention by my glamorous assistant Conor, who was also on engineering duties for the session. And a sterling job he's done too! Let us see if you agree. If you don't, then, well, you're wrong. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
Have you ever seen a sweater at the store and thought, “You know, if I knit, I could *make* that”? Meet Wool and the Gang, a London-based knitwear label that’s all about helping you realize your knitting potential. Not only does WatG offer beautifully-designed, sustainable knitwear, they also sell a “knit kit” of pattern and supplies for each garment so that, yes, you can DIY it! They’re so jazzed about knitting that they also offer a bunch of great educational resources, and the opportunity to be part of a global community of enthusiastic knitters. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Aurelie Popper, co-founder of this innovative company, about how the idea for Wool and the Gang developed, how their community of customers and knitters is critical to their growth, what makes their brand sustainable, some of the latest trends in knitwear, some great Wool and the Gang holiday gift ideas, and more! Plus, I’ve got a very cozy playlist for you full of folky songs that are the perfect hibernation soundtrack, including music from Bon Iver, Alessi’s Ark, and UK Afro-pop-folk hybrid The Melodic. So find your favorite blanket, brew yourself a cup of tea, and settle in as we hunker down for a stylish winter here on BreakThru Radio!
Makeshift Week - How to makeshift a public space into an open debate.
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Obstacle Week – Steven Barley chats about installing squirrel obstacle courses in his backyard.
Joanna Gruesome is an irresistible noise pop five-piece from Cardiff, UK. During the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, the band took some time from their packed show schedule -- where they seemed to make fans of nearly everyone who saw them -- to drop by for this session. Full of catchy pop melodies, full-on walls of shoegaze noise, teen angst, and punk drum beats, they exude energy from every pore, both in the studio and onstage. Lead singer Alanna has a ferocious power that comes out in playful, sweet whispers and dark, abrasive screams that match the intensity of the fuzzed-out guitars. It only makes (too much?) sense that the band met in an anger management group and didn't even get along at first -- how else could you explain such perfect musical chemistry?
BEN SMITH - This week's show is brought to you live on tape from Brooklyn's best venue, The Grand Victory! I was lucky enough to record a load of shows there last June, and I've gradually been bringing them to you bit by bit since then. This one's a doozy, featuring frontman from The Brought Low, the amazing Ben Smith. If you're wondering why the photos aren't from the gig, it's because I was busy doing the live sound mix, AND recording it separately to reel to reel tape, so I wasn't able to leave the booth to go down the front. You'll just have to use your imagination, or better still, why not go and see Ben playing a show? Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
Dub'n it with DJ Drew on BTR
The need for the UK’s red telephone booths wanes, but creativity expands.
This week we review the U.K. prison drama "Starred Up" and interview the film's director David Mackenzie
The Norwich, UK-based surf-pop band on donning animal masks to entertain.
Playing the music of and speaking to Norwich, UK-based surf-punk band CLAWS.
LET'S EAT GRANDMA - This week, we have a live set from Norwich's best all-girl multi-instrumentalist duo, Let's Eat Grandma! Between the two of them, Rosa & Jenny, during this session they played drums, guitar, keyboard, mandolin, saxophone, cello, harmonica, chimes, and they both sang. They were rushing around, swapping instruments, running from the keyboard to the drums, that kind of thing. Hopefully they won't have a nasty fall, like Mr Dumpty.. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let's Radio!
York’s finest explore the art of creating “shitty” pop.
It's Hero Week on BTR! On today's show, we're celebrating banned books and the brave American bookstores who sell them. And later, Molly Freeman of the Hash podcast on BTR talks about Marvel's awesome job of bringing better representation to comic books.
The Norwich, UK-based band who likes to upload their colors onto YouTube.
Playing the music of and speaking to Norwich, UK YouTube sensations Box of Light.
What's good ya'll? World Hiphop…u DON'T Stop!!!
THE ORKNEY CAVALCADE - This was a fun and relaxing session. A lovely summer's day outside our nuclear bunker, and a conveyor belt of musicians inside. They swapped instruments, helped out on each other's songs, then played some songs all together at the end. Apologies for possibly mis-remembering exactly who played what.
Google recently made headlines after announcing that they are planning to put their driverless cars to the test in California and lawmakers in the UK are already beginning to address a future that includes cars without human drivers. With driver error being one of the most common reasons for collisions in the United States, cars that drive themselves may soon be a welcome transportation alternative. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they would ever ride in a driverless car.
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.
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.
The mysterious London, UK-based retro-soul group who is embracing its end before it's even begun.
Hugh Cornwell is a bit of a legend. As the original guitarist, singer, and primary songwriter in UK hit-making band The Stranglers, he has more than enough credibility, not to mention a hell of a catalog of widely-known tunes under his belt. Just as The Stranglers grew from a howling punk band to a more refined pop unit, Cornwell's solo work takes advantage of all this experience and development as an artist, blasting forth a more mature, but still gnarly, perspective.
The Norwich, UK-based folk group who threw it all away to start again.