Monthly Archives: April 2009

Hello My Name Is… with Deastro, Little Boots and Mr. Lif

Coming up with the perfect name for yourself can be pretty tough, which is why this week’s artists turned to shrooms, Cobra villains, and mad Roman Emperor’s for inspiration.

Mr. Lif

Boston MC Mr. Lif twines his rhymes with political thunder, creating flashy tracks about Obama, post 9/11, and  our “rapidly decaying society.” So it comes as a bit of a surprise that he would derive a moniker from a hallucination, but at least he’s not Mr. Pink Elephant. Let’s proceed:

“It was drug-induced. It was my first time tripping out on mushrooms. I came up with a song called “The Liftedly Man.” The character in the song was living life to the fullest, treating people with respect and hopefully getting that in return. It felt like solid ideals that I would want to associate with. It’s a corny name, so the Man became Mr. and Liftedly became Lif. ”


Apr 30  The Green Room in Flagstaff, AR
May 1   Urban Lounge in Salt Lake City, UT
May 2   Marquis Theatre in Denver, CO
May 3   Three20South in Breckenridge, CO


Deastro is a skittle-covered, light-powered, one man band producer here to spread good vibes from the future. Despite his lyrical cheeriness, Deastro seems to delight in names from the dark side. His other project, Our Brother The Megazord, has ties to Decepticons and the name we’ll discuss today comes from a villainous fiend with a penchant for silver masks. Knowing is half the battle.

His name is modeled after the infamous G.I. Joe villain, Destro. The “A” was added to avoid copyright lawyers. Although Randy Chabot had intentded to change the name, a kindly e-mail from Portugal explained that the name meant “from the stars”, which Chabot thought was rather fitting”


May 9   Proud Galleries – London, England
May 11  Water Rats – London, England
May 12  Fandango (with Heartless Bastards and Narration) – London, England
May 14  Republic of Music’s Day Party – Brighton, England

Little Boots

“Little Boots” was typed out by a bevy of bloggers for many reasons. It’s obvious that’s she’s a 10 on the foxy scale, but in addition, her first single “Meddle” was an infectious dance anthem that spoke to jilted hearts everywhere and her second single has the production and  vocal backing of Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard. Let’s find out how this kitten from the U.K. got her name tag:

“When I started doing my own project I wanted a name that was external to me rather than just use my real name. Little Boots was what my friend had started calling me after watching a film called Caligula. His name is Latin for ‘little boots’, and he was a Roman Emperor who was pretty insane. He turned the palace into a brothel and made his horse a member of the Roman Consul, pretty mad. Anyway, the name just kind of suited me and it stuck.”


Apr 30  Koko – London, England
May 12  Cockpit – Leeds, England
May 13  Club Academy – Manchester, England
May 14  King Tuts – Glasgow, Scotland



Citizen Radio on BTR

April 29, 2009

Peggy Noonan

Citizen Radio discusses the human disaster known as Peggy Noonan, and her comments about not investigating Bush administration war crimes because life needs to remain “mysterious.” Wow.

Jamie talks about getting screamed at by a New Yorker at one of his Australia shows, and why Americans think they’re exceptional.

Jane Harman got busted trying to do AIPAC spies a solid, and she got caught by the very same wiretapping program she championed. Irony with a capital “I.”

Shepard Smith went crazy on FOX again, and Citizen Radio thinks that’s super!

Check out the show here!

BTR Live Studio: Curtis Eller

Check out this live session from New York’s “angriest yodelling banjo player” Curtis Eller. Check out the session here!

Upcoming shows:

5/14 @ Banjo Jim’s – New York, NY

6/11 @ Banjo Jim’s – New York, NY

Ardent Session: The Uglysuit

Members of Oklahoma City’s The Uglysuit have been making music together for almost a decade. After cycling through several genres in their vast history, they finally landed on a sound that dances between the lines of atmospheric rock and psychedelic folk music. While their debut CD, the self-titled The Uglysuit, would not be out of place blasting from the speakers of a convertible on a sunny day, the music takes hold of the listener in a more profound way when listened to in a more intimate setting – like lying in bed with your headphones on. Don’t miss the band on the road this summer when they open for Iron & Wine. Check out the session here!
00:54 Brownblue’s Passing
07:35 Everyone Now Has a Smile
16:38 Brad’s House
23:18 Chicago
28:10 The Way of Swaying
34:51 …And We Became Sunshine

The Uglysuit Live

May 15 2009 Belle Isle Brewery Oklahoma City, OK

BTR Live Studio: Magdyn Osh

Today we’re in the studio with the lovely MAGDYN OSH. They’re finishing up production on their upcoming self titled debut album, which we are more than a little excited about. Check out the session here!

BTR Live from Pianos: Real Estate

Real Estate’s set live from Pianos- check it out here!

00:00 Jezz Harkin Intro
00:22 Suburban Beverage – Real Estate
07:32 Pool Swimmers – Real Estate
10:42 Green River – Real Estate
12:29 Suburban Dogs – Real Estate
16:21 The Mall – Real Estate
18:16 Fake Blues – Real Estate
21:46 Let’s Rock The Beach – Real Estate
24:33 Beach Comber – Real Estate
29:07 Atlantic City – Real Estate

Real Estate LIVE
25 Apr 2009 @ Music Hall of Willamsburg w/ Ponytail – Brooklyn, NY
7 May 2009 @ Public Assembly (Crashin’ In) – Brooklyn, NY
9 May 2009 @ Santos w/ So So Glos, Cybals Eat Guitars – New York, NY
27 May 2009 @ The Annex w/ Your Nature – New York, NY
3 Jul 2009 @ Cake Shop w/ Air Waves, The Beets, Sonoi – New York, NY

Citizen Radio: Mumia Abu Jamal

Mumia Abu Jamal

After the Unfunny But Totally Real Headlines, Citizen Radio discusses Australia, the cursed liberal media, torture memos, miseducation, prison, and Mumia Abu Jamal.

What’s more gross than grown adults pleasuring themselves to the thought of the U.S. military? When the press does it! Citizen Radio discusses the mainstream media, and how they’re miseducating America.

Next, Jamie talks about dropping out of high school and Allison comments on Noam Chomsky’s “On Miseducation,” a book that explores how institutionalized education encourages ideological domestication. Check out the show here!

Upcoming guests include: Glenn Greenwald, Matt Taibbi, Janeane Garofalo, and Jeremy Scahill.