Nots are a badass garage punk quartet from Memphis, Tennessee. Fronted by singer-guitarist Natalie Hoffman (formerly of Ex-Cult) and balanced by drummer-singer Charlotte Wilson, the band snarls and howls its way through cool, shout-along post-punk jams. They are Nots, and they're your no-BS, sci-fi soundtrack to tomorrow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.