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:

Also, friend them on Facebook and Twitter:

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

Citizen Radio on BTR

Meet Tom Golisano, the man behind the New York Senate coup!

Citizen Radio discusses the billionaire behind the New York Senate coup, and how one man not wanting to pay 2% more in income taxes resulted in the Democrats losing control of the state Senate.

Next, Allison and Jamie discuss why involving Max Baucus in the health care reform is a terrible, terrible idea. Hint: Max Baucus receives hundreds of thousands of dollars from the private health industry.

Also, the very special return of Citizen Radio’s film review!

In case they lost you on the politics or health care talk, Allison and Jamie caps off another amazing episode with an enthralling conversation about masturbation.

And finally, Citizen Radio discusses the issue of abortion and the death of women’s health doctor, George Tiller. Check out the show here!

BTR Live Studio: A Stillwater Satellite

Today we’re in the studio with A Stillwater Satellite! This Long Island based band has been together over a decade, and their experience shines through!

Check them out this Sunday night (after Alexa Ray Joel!) at the Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, Long Island @ 9 PM!

Artist of the Week: tUnE-YaRdS

The location is the first clue that something’s up. On her myspace page, tUnE-YaRdS lists her place of origin as “Merrillville,” which happens to be the name of a town in Indiana. It also happens to be a very special place inside the head of Merrill Garbus (real origin: Vermont). While she’s not making music with her band Sister Suvi, Merrill is crafting dancy folk jams as tUnE-YaRdS, piecing together shards of found sound, percussion, and ukulele on her debut album, Bird-Brains.

I first saw tUnE-YaRdS opening for Beirut at his Music Hall of Williamsburg show. If you’re like me, you don’t really expect much from openers – just something to kill time before getting to the good stuff. My expectations were fairly low, and when I saw a woman step onto the stage with nothing more than a ukulele, drums, and looping pedals, I figured I was in for another neo-tribalist bandwagon-jumper doing the whole “primitive” thing. But while there is a certain primitivism to the music of tUnE-YaRdS, I was unprepared for the sheer amount of soul. Over drum loops that were simple yet undeniably funky, Merrill strummed her ukulele and sang in a style that fluttered somewhere between jazz singer and possessed shaman.  She was soon joined on stage by more people, including a bassist, saxophonist, and extra drummers. The additional band members infused her songs with an incredible amount of energy, filling out the low-end and pushing the rhythms to a visceral level. I was sold.

On record, tUnE-YaRdS is all Merrill. Bird-Brains was pieced together with a digital voice recorder and a laptop (using Audacity), and contains field recordings from the past two years of Merrill’s life. It’s a pretty ramshackle setup, but Bird-Brains makes no secret of its rough edges. Noise permeates the music, whether you’re hearing a field recording, the hiss of the recorder, or the crackle of distortion. tUnE-YaRdS also uses noise in less incidental ways, organizing fragments into additional rhythmic material. The lo-fi nature of the album gives it a very personal feel; listening through, it’s pretty clear that this music is located squarely in Merrillville.

Bird-Brains is currently available on vinyl via Marriage Records ( You can also buy the album in digital form from the Marriage Records website and iTunes. The album is only 10 bucks, but if you still can’t afford that, you can try e-mailing Merrill at to work something out. You can also make a donation on her website ( if you feel like giving some extra support. Be supportive!

-Matt D.


Jun. 15th – Green Room – Montreal, QC
Jun. 27th – The Tempest – San Francisco, CA
Jul. 15th – Holocene – Portland, OR
Jul. 16th – The Northern – Olympia, WA
Jul. 18th – The Vera Project – Seattle, WA
Jul. 21st – Echo – Los Angeles, CA
Jul. 22nd – The Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA