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Los Angeles lo-fi psych trio Tashaki Miyaki don’t reveal much about themselves. Named after a mispronunciation of Japanese director Tashaki Miike’s name and often operating under aliases themselves, the mysterious vibe seems to be working in their favor. With a drummer/singer leading their laid back pop tunes, the band dropped by our studio to share some music and talk about their upcoming record, all in a special black-and-white episode of BTR Live Studio.
Golden Suits is Fred Nicolaus from the band Department of Eagles. His experience co-writing songs for that group, combined with a strange year which included a rat-infested apartment, a painful breakup, an emotional trip to Germany, and other challenges inspired Nicolaus to write a solo album. With a nod to classic pop and the aid of contributions from members of Grizzly Bear, Ava Luna, and Mason Jar Music, Golden Suits’ music combines nostalgia, sentimentality, obscure literary references, and personal confessions. Here, we present a performance of “Under Your Wing” from Golden Suits’ recent session of BTR Live Studio.
Golden Suits is Fred Nicolaus from the band Department of Eagles. His experience co-writing songs for that group, combined with a strange year which included a rat-infested apartment, a painful breakup, an emotional trip to Germany, and other challenges inspired Nicolaus to write a solo album. With a nod to classic pop and the aid of contributions from members of Grizzly Bear, Ava Luna, and Mason Jar Music, Golden Suits’ music combines nostalgia, sentimentality, obscure literary references, and personal confessions.
Dumpster Hunter is the NYC-based quartet of Jeff Taylor, Mark Guiliana, Steve Wall, and Chris Morrissey. Taylor (who has played with artists like Feist, Matisyahu, and Trixie Whitley) leads this gang with an impressively versatile performance style, rasping poetically cyclical lyrics over jazzy grooves. Dumpster Hunter’s carefully executed compositions make maximum use of explosive, cathartic moments of joy, elevating their subtle, fragile indie rock to shimmery dance pop at a moment’s notice.
Strange Talk are an Australian foursome making summery dance music. A live band that commands the dance floor with more beats and synths than your favorite club DJ, they’ve got the right pedigree to do the genre justice. With the requisite classically trained musician, a dance producer/DJ, and an array of funk/soul musicians, all the elements are there to make the kind of catchy, upbeat dance music that fits right in at festivals and headlining gigs on the international circuit.
Based in Victoria, British Columbia, Aidan Knight and his band play — in their words, quoting the words of others — “baroque” and “downtrodden” music. Don’t let this mislead you — though much of it is slow, or mellow, or quiet, there’s a subdued sort of optimism going on just below the surface throughout many of these experimental folks songs. Sure, there’s the sort of melancholy that comes from recording in a cabin in the woods, Bon Iver-style, but there’s more to Aidan Knight than that. Here, he and the band play some songs and Aidan talks a bit about the songwriting and recording process.
Birds in Weather is a Brooklyn indie rock trio whose meteorological moniker is more than just an excuse to put birds on their artwork (though that does tend to happen). Comprised of a painter, an opera singer, and an alcohol distiller who were brought together by floods in both Brooklyn and Denmark, BiW craft dynamic, Velvety art-pop songs. Here, we present an additional video from their recent session, featuring a performance of their “Internet Song.”
The Box Tiger is an international indie rock band from the outskirts of Toronto, Ontario, led by songwriter Sonia Sturino; however, as one member lives in Portland, Maine, surely they can be considered international. The band clearly has a lot of heart, as dramatically displayed in their performances, which blast through huge hooks and spirited choruses for an overwhelming experience. Though still a young band, their rigorous tour schedule and opening slots for some popular, like-minded bands such as The Joy Formidable are a clear indicator that they’re on a mission.
A playful rock trio from Long Beach, California, Tijuana Panthers don’t waste time with overwrought effects or needlessly lengthy tunes. They have a surf vibe that makes every 2-minute tune sound extra poppy and fun — and appropriately, thankfully, these guys actually do surf. The guys dropped by to play some tunes and talk about the Fellini-inspired music video for their catchy single, “Boardwalk.”
Brooklyn-based songwriter Leah Siegel is Firehorse. Like her performance moniker, Siegel and her music are appropriately independent, assertive, and free-spirited. An early interest in music through classical violin and self-taught guitar and singing brought Siegel to songwriting at an early age. Add to this mixture the inspiration of heavy musical legends like Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, the Velvet Underground, Led Zeppelin and both Tim and Jeff Buckley, and you’ve got the formula for a powerful, dramatic take on rock. Not content to rest on the ever-growing-laurels of this project, Siegel also fronts Brooklyn Boogaloo Blowout and sings in the Citizens Band, not to mention a new collaboration with Dave Hodge (Broken Social Scene, Bran Van 3000, Basement Jaxx) called Leisure Cruise which features guests from Metric, Blondie, Stars, Broken Social Scene, and more.

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