Monthly Archives: November 2007

Friday, November 30 is for beggars and gin

Make sure to check out the featured article of the week “November Adds” in the articles section of the BTR website.
Family Lumber
BTR Live Studio – DJ Jeff K delivers Long Island natives, Family Lumber to all you BTR Listeners. With a set combining electric and acoustic songs, this four-piece showcases their depth and originality that you’ll be sure not to miss…just like this edition!

The Synapse – DJ Latola gains enlightenment in today’s set. Get a little closer yourself with new songs from All India Radio, Born Ruffians, The Fake Fictions, PGDM and many more that’ll surely carry you to nirvana. Also, Black Friday may have been last week, but Latola’s got one last trick up his Buddha sleeve.

BP Fallon’s Wang Dang Doodle – Take the recommendation to heart and indulge yourself in the music of BP Fallon’s Band of the Week, Shock Cinema. In addition, BP spins Sean Lee, Red Organ Serpent Sound, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Metro Riot, and many more in today’s edition dedicated in memory to BP’s good friend, Kevin Dunne.

All Access – Teenage musicians and teenage musician lovers (!) get your kicks out with Friday’s edition from DJ Lottie. Sonya Kitchel, Jason Lowe, Fiasco, Kyle Taylor, Charlotte O’ Connor impart their youth and musical artistry in no way any 20-year-old could. Check out DJ Maxim’s edition on Tuesday’s and to all the teenagers, keep the tunes coming…we love them!

Matt & Emily – Keepin’ it all in the family, DJs Matt & Emily interview DJ Bryan, host of BTR’s new punk rock “Loud Fast Rules” every Monday. They put a little flavor in your mouth with songs from The Germs, Black Flag, Mission of Burma, and much more. Make sure your ears are free for more songs from BTR Artist of the Week, Bedouin Soundclash.

Rock Block – Send Christmas music where it belongs…Christmas! DJ Darkside spins the straight-up rock of Ill of Day, Oh My God, Semi Precious Weapons, Super Heavy Goat Ass and others. Also, listen for the BTR debuts of Ultra High Frequency, Hard-Fi, The Alarmists and Earthless. What’s that sound?…Santa crying.

Walter Meego
Revolver – DJ Wynn, the sharp-shooter he is, gets right to the right point starting off with Pretty Good Dance Moves and casually shooting his way through Walter Meego, Ms. Led, Headlights, The Arcade Fire, Belle & Sebastian, Hot Hot Heat and plenty more. Enjoy!

Remix Hour – For something definitely different, DJ Pat knows where it’s at. Featured is TeamAwesome! with an exclusive remix from DJ Pat himself. S.K.I.P., Grizzly Bear, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, My Brightest Diamond, Baaba Maal, and others make an appearance so get ready for a mix nothing less than pure excitement.

Be Cool…Reeeaaaalllll Cooooolllll…

My first guitar teacher told me that going to your first concert was like seeing the beach for the first time. The disparity between the image of an ocean formed in your head and the actual sight of this aquamarine infinitude is so large that the sight itself only barely tops the amazement resulting from this realization. You feel so little and as a result, so much a part of the grains of sand, the warmth of the sun, and the pure grandeur of space that we become less human and only closer to the consciousness of the universe, not man.

Alright…watching the Nirvana: Unplugged in New York DVD may not make you believe in God, but it’ll make you believe in something: Nirvana…the band. Released over a decade ago, the Nirvana Unplugged CD has become representative of what Unplugged sets should sound like. It’s aggressive and touching and different.
To visualize such a sound from the CD’s cover and liner notes simply conjure images of a typically 90s MTV set, but watching Kurt especially, seems to reveal a sonic infinitude that leaves one speechless. It may be odd to think that seeing could enhance the listening experience, but it really is the addition of a completely different dimension.

No longer is the music listened to but now, also watched. Sure you can say the same about seeing any musical performance, but what makes this extra dimension interesting in this case was Kurt’s general aversion to the music “industry.” To watch the troubled singer perform such great songs one just feels closer to the way Nirvana would like you to have experienced music, not from it’s most efficient means of consumption, but from it’s most representative.

Seeing the music and experiencing this extra dimension may not add to the sound, but to the music, definitely.

Thursday, November 29 is for knuckle sandwiches

Oh No Oh My
Live at The Hitone – Oh No! Oh My! at the Hitone Café would definitely be the broadcast o’ the day. Re-visiting one of her favorites, DJ Rachelandthecity plays an amazing live set from this three-piece indie outfit whose latest EP was released August of this year. Hear songs from the EP Between the Devil and the Sea and the band’s self-titled debut as well as tracks not formally released.

DJ Lottie BTR – With music from BTR Artist of the Week, Bedouin Soundclash, as well as Man Man, Shout Out Louds, Sam Champion, New Buffalo, Katzenjammer, and more, DJ Lottie’s got the soundtrack for the downhill ride to the weekend. Also get a peek into Lottie’s end-of-the-year top ten with a track from St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, guitarist for The Polyphonic Spree.
St. Vincent

The Bloggeratti – DJ Rachelandthecity re-ups before 2008 rolls around with un-played gems from some of her favorite BTR artists. Songs from The Dimes, Mike Ladd, American Music Club, Big Dipper, Asobi Seksu, and I, Colossus will have you reminiscing before this year is even over.

Reggae Hour – DJ Drew reminds you of all the great music that reggae, dub, and dancehall artists never fail to produce in this body-jarring genre. Pepper, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Sly Dunbar, Fatman Riddim Section, and Brooklyn’s own Dr. Israel are only some of the artists today that’ll leave you craving tropical drinks and dance parties on the beach.

Wednesday, November 28 is for my apologies

Make sure to check out the “Reviews” section to read Rachel’s review of the recent Secret Service show at The Hitone.
Mixtape Show – DJ Annie tackles Thanksgiving leftovers with a little help from Downtown Harvest, Neutral Milk Hotel, Maggots, Candy Bars and many more scrumptious bands and artists. Listen for songs like “Banana Man,” “Sweet Potato,” and “The Taste in My Mouth,” because that stomachache most likely means you’ve had way too little! Experience music a little differently on the Mixtape Show.

DJ RePete BTR – Today’s show is jam-packed with DJ RePete’s best picks from Ra Ra Riot, Oskar & the Psycholovers, The Polyphonic Spree, Skidmore Fountain, Chris Glover, Maido Project, and BTR Artitst of the Week, Bedouin Soundclash among plenty more BTR standouts. Make sure to listen for the debut of new BTR artist, Humankind….Remember, people, to re-hydrate often.

Front & Center – You’ve found four of the best singer/songwriters around. DJ Jeff K introduces to you the beautiful songs of Tobias Froberg, The Acorn, Adam Masterson, and Marissa Nadler. We all know it’s the hump day, so take a listen and bring back a little humanity into the world.

Matt & Emily – DJs Matt & Emily bring you up to date on all relevant news stories! The Hulk and Dancing with the Stars find their place among Bedouin Soundclash, Born Ruffians, Fela Kuti, Sylvie Lewis, The Nudie Suits, and several others. Be all you can be with BTR Matt & Emily.

Planet Beet – Real Shemales from Brazil…trust me, Mr Jason knows exactly what he’s doing. And he does it well with more songs from Bearsuit, Sometimesnever, Three Vicars, Buttonhead, The Defeat and a couple other class-act UK artists. And whaddya know?! Another special treat here: Havana Guns live performance at Prior’s Inn.

My Apologies, NPR

Turning your back on National Public Radio is like watching the class bully beat up the smart kid you cheat off of. You probably should get involved, but you’ve better things to do. Well, here’s your chance to absolve yourself of all that residual guilt.

NPR is currently allowing listeners to vote for what they believe to be the best album of 2007. Visit the NPR site to view the list of albums (accompanied by track samples) and decide once and for all whether Radiohead trumps Spoon or whether Feist has Animal Collective by the balls.

Don’t think of it as an opportunity to simply go through your iTunes and find which albums have been most played, but rather, view this as a significant step in the development of music. Which band gets my ass shaking? Which artist’s ass would I like to see shaking? Who has crafted the sound concoction that flows like warm honey through my brain?

The results will be broadcast later in December, but until then, listen to every single album listed, and maybe…just maybe, you’ll realize that the Flight of the Conchords dudes probably wrote the 2007 NPR album of the year in their briefs.

Tuesday, November 27 is for lo(n,v,s)ers

BTR Live Studio – DJ Maia presents long-time BTR favorite Spottiswoode & His Enemies on today’s live studio. Making beautiful songs from whatever’s lying around, whether it be rock, folk, blues or jazz, Jonathan Spottiswoode speaks with Maia about the band’s upcoming albums, 10-year anniversary, and tour shows!

DJ Emily BTR – You’re stomach is stretched out and the leftovers are gone! Fill up with DJ Emily and the scrumptious sounds of Denizen Kane, Edmund Cake, The Nudie Suits, Kyle Mann Combo, Downtown Harvest, and BTR Artist of the Week, Bedouin Soundclash among many others.

Maximum Music – DJ Mojo brings you a very special treat that’ll be well worth the listen. The mix opens with a live 4-song set from Brooklyn rockers, Rahim. Keep the high going with additional tunes from Red Robot, The Go Station, Katie Todd, Creepy Pretty, and Crystal Castles on this week’s Maximum Music.

Pull In Emergency
All Access – “They’re not wrong, they’re young…and I’d be damned if it isn’t the youth that makes them so good!” DJ Maxim brings you the best music comin’ from the nineties and eighties babies with The Mystery Tramps, Pull In Emergency, Charlotte O’ Connor, The Metronomes, Care Bears on Fire and much more…Care Bears on Fire?!?!

Makeshift Music – DJ Rachel speaks with Jake and Toby Vest of the Third Man to discuss the band’s upcoming album /Among the Wolves/!! Hear additional songs from The Secret Service, Antenna Shoes, Brad Posthelwaite, and The Glass for a true rock experience.

Spotlight on the City: Vienna – DJ Lottie’s got the lowdown on the Vienna music scene with music from 22 of the city’s native bands. Hear what the hip Austrians are shaking their asses to with songs from Chris and the Other Girls, Kreisky, Velojet, Killed by 9V Batteries, TNT Jackson, Aber Dal Leben Lebt and plenty more.

Really Good Grief

It’s about that time of the year when people start saying “it’s about that time of the year.” Often times this phrase is used as a cheap segue for people to start talking about the holiday spirit, family, love and other abstract ideas described as “fuzzy.” Thankfully, however, in this post I hope to infuse this phrase with a more indie, “cheap, but good” feel by presenting you my 3 best gift ideas for the music-lover in your life.

1. Saul Williams’ The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!. Get your favorite alternative hip-hop fan a gift to remember this season. Fill their e-stocking with this pretty sick digital album produced by Williams’ buddy Trent Reznor. Best Part: Available free for digital download at

2. Holiday Mixtape. Weezer, Twisted Sister, and even Mr. Hankey from South Park have tried their hand at producing the Christmas album to end them all, but I’ve got a feeling that you…yeah, you, have got what it takes. Even if you choose not to go for the warm, “fuzzy” sound of vintage audio cassettes, give your friends and family an album packed with modern holiday classics like “Dick in a Box.” Best Part: Available pre-made in that shoebox under your bed, under your vehicle’s passenger seat, or under all those other mixtapes you’re gonna sell on eBay when the digital music bubble bursts.

3. Really good alcohol. Simply because music is best enjoyed drinking with your buddies! Best Part: [insert college memories]

Monday, November 26 is for topping off

Bedouin Soundclash
Matt & Emily – Get a special listen to BTR’s Artist of the Week, Bedouin Soundclash, and additional tracks from Dub Trio, Polyphonic Spree, Valley of Giants and a few others. DJs Matt & Emily re-cap the Thanksgiving weekend, so sit back and reminisce before everything becomes just memories.

DJ Wynn BTR – DJ Wynn’s got the music to detox to. Do not let the holidays clog your brain when there’s plenty of s*** to do before Christmas. Get back in the groove with Manu Chao, Miracle Fortress, The Brownies, The New Pornographers, Bedouin Soundclash, Illinois, and plenty more.

The Darkside – DJ Darkside breaks two new artists in today’s show. Enemy of Myself and House Made of Dawn show what it takes to make it on The Darkside in their first BTR appearance. And be sure to listen for tracks from Frozen Tears, Immortal Dominion, Emplates Vengeance, Svolk, Mind and more..

10 Degrees in Memphis – For this year’s last edition, DJ Rachelandthecity counts down her 10 favorite tracks of the year to make it out of Memphis. Oh No! Oh My!, Amy Lavere, Antenna Shoes, Giant Bear, and 6 others make the list this year’s best reasons to make 4th graders study geography.

BTR’s Loud Fast Rules – DJ Bryan brings you the first edition of BTR’s new Loud Fast Rules. With the best punk rock to ever embody angst, the show examines all punk from even a quarter century ago. The Adverts, The Avengers, The Germs, The Undertones, The Vibrators, and several more punk rockers kick your teeth in for a healthful start to your week…no other reason.

BTR Top 10 – DJ Jeff K wastes no time bringing the rundown of the last week’s top ten tracks. The Jonestown Massacre, Ra Ra Riot, Taken by Trees, Apostle of Hustle, and 6 others establish their harmonious dominance as the top spot goes to none other than…

Thursday, November 22 is for everything but

Just a reminder. Remember that with the “Download” button on the BTR radio player, all BTR shows are downloadable for convenient placement in most digital music playing devices.
Mouthful of Bees
DJ Lottie BTR – DJ Lottie wishes all a Happy Thanksgiving with a special treat today. Lottie’s brought together the most apropos of songs given the day’s holiday occasion. Warm up with “Red Fire” by Fever Marlene, share the love with “The Spirit of Giving” by The New Pornographers, and indulge in “Apple Pie” by Bugs in the Dark. Just take a look at the set list for this season’s best offerings.

Dapper Fitting Drinking Hour – DJ Latola will make sure you complete the holiday trifecta with songs to keep the turkey-induced slumber at bay. Eat, drink, and be merry with tunes from CSS, Edmund Cake, Malajube, Nervous Cabaret, Of Montreal, Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, and plenty more to get that jive turkey ass shakin’!

The Bloggeratti – Hear 5 picks from this week’s guest blogger, Patrick Duffy, of the Poptartssucktoasted blog. DJ Rachelandthecity’s got additional music from Poison Control Center, The Callen Sisters, Camphor, The Lisps, and Mouthful of Bees.

Reggae Hour – DJ Drew gets you your reggae and dub fix without fail, as always. With songs from Feel the Pulse, John Brown’s Body, High Tone, Thievery Corporation, Kulcha Knox, and plenty more you may not be able to sit still long enough for a decent meal.
Live @ The Hitone – This one will really get your Thanksgiving juices flowing. In the giving spirit, today’s set comes from a Live from Memphis benefit performed at The Hitone. And the main attraction: the Subteens! Caution: BTR is not responsible for any punk rock-induced food fights that may result.

Wednesday, November 21 is for Thursday, November 22

DJ RePete BTR – DJ RePete does double duty today. First supplying you with the best tunes from The Brownies, Destroyer, Skidmore Fountain, The Most Serene Republic, The Mercers, and more. Second, check the show for RePete’s upcoming concert highlights of BTR’s favorite artists.

Front & Center – DJ Jeff K’s got new music from Jason Collett in today’s show. And hear an intimate performance from singer/songwriter New Buffalo, writer of Feist hit “1234.” Matt Ellis and Seu Jorge round out the set with extra doses of that stuff that makes holidays so pleasant.

Matt & Emily – Practice your dinner conversation with DJs Matt & Emily as they discuss vacation and sunny Florida. Music comes from Artist of the Week, The Most Serene Republic, Gogol Bordello, The Nudie Suits, Yerba Buena feat. Dead Prez, The New Pornographers and from current BTR label showcaser, Lil Chief Records.

Planet Beet – Find DJ Mr Jason spinning Fuck Dress, Lizaveta’s Work, Chickedy & McGuffin, Fuzzface, and a handful of other UK artists. Stick around for the Planet Beet Live Gig featuring the band Student, pictured atop.