Monthly Archives: June 2009

BTR Live Studio: Wild Moccasins


Check out this live in studio performance from The Wild Moccasins! The Houston band stopped by our studios during the New York leg of their first tour ever! They are making waves across the country based on their impressive live shows and first release Microscopic Metronomes!

Upcoming Show (tonight!):

6/30 @ Emo’s – Austin,TX

Check out the show by clicking right here.

Live Studio w/ Deastro!


Check out this in studio performance from Deastro! You can listen to the show right here!

Tour Dates:

6/28 @ The Vollrath – Indianapolis, IN

6/30 @ Magic Stick – Detroit, MI

7/3 @ City Fest – Detroit, MI

00:00 Deastro on BTR Live Studio
00:51 Zilwaukee
04:28 Interview Part 1
06:26 Cheerleader
10:05 Green Harbor
13:16 Curigan Wave #1
16:54 Interview Part 2
18:49 Tree Frog
22:21 Steve Ray Jr.
26:08 Day of Wonder
29:33 Interview Part 3
34:23 Toxic Crusaders

Citizen Radio On BTR


Citizen Radio is joined by comedians Mike Drucker and John Knefel, who collectively have contributed to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Onion, Huffington Post, 23/6, McSweeney’s, and Saturday Night Live.

They are Masters of The Funny, which is why Mike and John were lured into Citizen Radio’s studio apartment to discuss such hilarious subjects as religion, the Letterman-Palin debacle, racism, Iran, Twitter, gay marriage, and atheism.

We swear, it gets funny.  You can listen RIGHT HERE!

Check out John and Mike’s websites!
John Knefel:
Mike Drucker:

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BTR Live Studio: The Diamond Center


Check out this in studio performance from former BTR Artists of the Week: The Diamond Center!  Listen here.

The band joined me at Shelter Island earlier this month to perform songs from their awesome album My Only Companion and chat with me about their tour!

Be sure to check them out soon:

6/24 @ Bash’s – Lubbock, TX

6/26 @ Oklahoma Greenfest – Tulsa, OK

00:00 The Diamond Center
00:57 WTT
06:27 Interview Part 1
09:34 Follow
15:01 Dos Fridas
18:32 Interview Part 2
21:08 Nemo
26:11 The Deer Pistol
31:08 Monsters
35:14 Interview Part 3
37:40 Bombay Beach
42:24 Interview Part 4


Artist of the Week: Paul and the Patients

Paul And The Patients

After a quick and cursory listen to Paul And The Patients, a few things become immediately clear. First of all, the band makes accessible music, in the vein of the poppish, rockish and British variety. Second, it’s the kind of music that sounds simple, with matching lyrics, but really is not. Third, looking at this picture, they all apparently smoke. Fourth (and this is the kicker), you won’t want to like them… at first. It’s just too easy.

Comprised of Paul Holmes (vocals/guitar), Jay McBride (guitar), Pete Swan (bass), Dave Greenwald (drums) and Josh Ascalon (synths/vocals), the Brooklyn-based band just dropped their debut release, the To The Lions EP, via American Myth Recordings. The release party actually took place last Friday (6/19) at the Cake Shop in New York City, and the band has upcoming dates at both Webster Hall and Bell House.

With To The Lions, Paul And The Patients have delivered six meaty tracks that sound a great deal more evolved than the band’s age. Musically, this is the kind of band that the major labels try their best to create artificially. Catchy hooks abound, comfy atmospheres dominate, intelligent lyrics surprise, and it’s all easily accessible with a capital ‘A’. Moreover, Paul proves his songwriting chops by not writing the same song six times; each track has a completely different mood than the one before it.

Highlights will indefinitely vary between ears, but “Blogspot” is hilariously finger-snappy from the get-go. The more patient and adventurous might initially be drawn to “Black Beards”, as it bears both the EP’s longest running time and its biggest chorus. Or hey, start at the beginning with “Complaint 15,” in which Paul Holmes really stretches his vocal chords, and ends up sounding the tiniest bit like Jeff Buckley in the process. James Walsh of Starsailor also comes to mind, but in the end it doesn’t  really matter. A homophone-loving band like Paul And The Patients live and die by their chief’s voice, and in this case, the chief does indeed deserve that big piece of chicken.


Jun 19 2009  Cakeshop EP RELEASE! New York, NY
Jun 28 2009 at Studio @ Webster Hall in New York, NY
Jul 22 2009 at Bell House in Brooklyn, NY
Jul 25 2009 at Studio @ Webster Hall in New York, NY

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– Matt Lehtola

BTR Live Studio: Like Bells

Check out this live session from Oberlin Ohio band (and Exit Stencil Recording artists..) LIKE BELLS! Check out their self-titled album, released this year! Hear the session here!

6/19 @ The Empire – Portland, ME

7/11 @ Rooftop Film Festival – New York, NY

BTR Live @ Pianos NYC

Check out the set here!
00:00 Jezz Harkin Intro
00:15 How Could it Be So Wrong? – Action Painters
03:38 Dark in the Daytime – Action Painters
06:38 Leave This City – Action Painters
09:29 A Moment’s Peace – Action Painters
12:54 456 – Action Painters
17:05 Sooner or Later – Action Painters
22:20 We Don’t Need to Live Like This – Action Painters
26:00 Supermarket – Action Painters
29:18 Absolutely Clear – Action Painters

Live mix by Helge Bernhardt

Action Painters LIVE
Jul 02 @ Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC
Jul 03 @ The Talking Head – Baltimore, MD
Jul 10 @ Mercury Lounge – New York, NY