Public Service Broadcasting: TAS In Session

The London-based Public Service Broadcasting is a bespectacled electronic duo who call themselves J. Willgoose Esq. and Wrigglesworth. Utilizing clips borrowed from archival propaganda movies, newsreels and educational films found in the British Film Institute and elsewhere, Public Service Broadcasting makes humorous, uplifting and resonant music that is mostly instrumental with spoken samples serving as vocals. Watch Public Service Broadcasting performing live in Studio A, listen to the duo's session now in the FUV Vault, or listen to it on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, April 11, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

 

Milagres: WFUV Live

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The latest release from the Brooklyn-based Milagres is called Violent Light and it finds the band refining its icy synthpop sound. There are subtle hints of '80s-era Roxy Music and David Bowie filtering through Milagres' lush and grand songs. Not long ago the men Milagres, who mark the release of Violent Light with a show at Bowery Ballroom on April 10, stopped by Studio A for a conversation. Watch Milagres in performance and listen to their session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, April 4, at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.

Dum Dum Girls: FUV Live

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Singer and songwriter Dee Dee Penny leads New York-via-L.A. rockers Dum Dum Girls into dark, shimmering pop territory on their latest release, Too True. They're in the midst of a North American tour and are in New York this week, sweeping into Bowery Ballroom last night, March 25, and taking on Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight, March 26, for a sold out show. Watch videos of Dum Dum Girls in FUV's Studio A playing intimate versions of "Under These Hands" and "Are You Okay" and listen to the entire session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, March 28, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

Courtney Barnett: FUV Live

With her smart guitar chops and droll sense of humor, Australia’s Courtney Barnett impressed many with the vibrant compilation of her early work, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, but Courtney is focused on finally recording her debut album. Courtney Barnett and her bandmates are touring Australia with Billy Bragg this month (more New York shows are set for mid-June), but they recently stopped by Studio A for a conversation. Watch videos of Courtney Barnett's live performance and hear the entire session on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, March 21, at 11 a.m. EDT, also streaming online. The session is also available now in the FUV Vault.

Cut Copy: TAS In Session

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To shake up the sound of their fourth album Free Your Mind, Melbourne's Cut Copy reached out to longtime Flaming Lips producer Dave Fridmann. The result is a sunny, mind-banding dance record. Cut Copy plays two sold-out shows at Terminal 5 on March 21 and 22, but around the time of Free Your Mind's release, TAS headed to an East Village studio to chat with Cut Copy about the album's development, their affection for The KLF and other sundry fun facts. Listen to the interview now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE tomorrow, March 14, at 11a.m. EDT, also streaming online.

FUV Live: Phantogram (SXSW 2014 Band)

The latest release from Saratoga-spawned, Brooklyn-based duo Phantogram is the enigmatic and handsome Voices. And yes, Phantogram is a part of the formidable lineup for Public Radio Rocks which airs tomorrow, March 14, beginning at noon and broadcast on 90.7FM WFUV (also streaming online). Phantogram have a 3pm EDT set, nestled between sets by Damon Albarn, The Hold Steady, Jeremy Messersmith, Lucius and Temples. Want to check them out prior to their Public Radio Rocks showcase at the Austin Convention Center? Watch videos of Phantogram's session here, including songs like "Bill Murray," and listen to it streaming now in the FUV Vault.

Los Campesinos!: TAS In Session

Over the last eight years, the music of Los Campesinos! has straddled both the irreverent and serious, the wise and the witty. Frontman Gareth "Campesinos" Paisey's lyrics briskly percolate with personal and pop culture references, leapfrogging from soccer puns to romantic strife. The Welsh band's latest album, No Blues, might be their strongest to date and earlier this winter the sextet stopped by FUV and TAS for a session. Watch videos of Los Campesinos! in Studio A, listen to the conversation now in the FUV Vault or hear the band's session this Friday, March 7, on TAS on 91.5 WNYE at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks: FUV Live

Wig Out At Jagbags is the sixth full length album from Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, surpassing the output of Malkmus' other storied band, Pavement. As expected, Wig Out At Jagbags  is a quirky, rocking mélange of witty lyricism and rugged instrumentation. The quartet of Malkmus, Joanna Bolme, Mike Clark and Jake Morris stopped by Studio A to play some of the new songs and discuss music, board games and travel. Watch videos of the band in session here and listen to the interview with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks now in the FUV Vault or on the air this Friday, February 28, on TAS on 91.5 WNYE, also streaming online.

The Fratellis: FUV Live

Over nine years and three albums, the scrappy Scottish trio The Fratellis has meshed swaggering rock with a boisterous sense of humor. Following a three-year hiatus, the band returned with a third album, We Need Medicine, last year and on February 21 they embark on a brief North American tour. Not long ago, The Fratellis visited FUV's Studio A for a session and conversation. Watch videos of The Fratellis live and listen to their session now via the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, February 21, at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.

Emiliana Torrini: FUV Live

Emiliana Torrini's fourth album, Tookah, has earned the ethereal singer four nominations at the upcoming Icelandic Music Awards, including nods in the categories of Composer, Album and Song of the Year. This March, she'll be competing against fellow artists like John Grant at the awards show. But her real reward is the evolution of Tookah itself. Torrini took her time recording the follow-up to 2008's acclaimed Me and Armini, focused on motherhood and also her own artistic conundrums. She recently visited FUV for a session and discussed that winding journey. Watch the videos and listen to Emiliana Torrini's songs and conversation now in the FUV Vault or catch the session on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, February 14, at 11am EST, also streaming online.

Yuck: TAS In Session

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Yuck has more than persevered following the departure of frontman Daniel Blumberg in early 2013. Guitarist Max Bloom, who wrote the bulk of the music on the band's 2011 self-titled debut, is now at the helm, and the London-based band released a bold and dreamy sophomore album, Glow & Behold, last fall. In addition, Yuck is touring North America this winter, playing Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, February 15. The refreshed lineup of Yuck came by Studio A not long ago for a session and a conversation. Watch the videos, listen to the interview in the FUV archives now, or catch the session on TAS on 91.5 WNYE today, February 7, at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online.

Arctic Monkeys: FUV Live

Arctic Monkeys have lost none of their cheek and swagger, but the band's fifth album, AM, reaches for a more mature layer of self-examination and romantic contemplation. Upon AM's release last year, Arctic Monkeys collected critical kudos, commercial success (it's their best-selling album to date) and a Mercury Prize nomination. When the band traveled to New York last fall, The Alternate Side's Eric Holland caught up with them for a chat. Listen to Arctic Monkeys in conversation now in the FUV archives or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE on Friday, January 31, at 11a.m., also streaming online.

King Krule: TAS In Session

Archy Marshall, who goes by King Krule, is a 19-year-old London songwriter with a caustic voice and a candid perspective. He is a paradox onstage, a slight boy with a pugilist's bearing. That tone runs through his agitated debut, 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, revealing youthful bravado underscored by woe. King Krule begins an Australian tour this week, but when he visited New York late last year, he stopped by The Alternate Side for a session. Watch videos of King Krule live in Studio A playing "The Octopus" and "Cementality."

Midlake: FUV Live

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When a frontman departs a band, there are two basic routes that a band can follow: breaking up or soldiering on. Fortunately for its fans, Midlake chose the latter option when Tim Smith left in 2012. Rather than crumbling, Midlake regrouped with guitarist Eric Pulido assuming lead vocals and last fall, the refreshed group released Antiphon, their fourth album. Not long ago Midlake visited Studio A: watch videos of Midlake in performance and listen to the session now in the FUV Vault or on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, January 24, at 11a.m. EST, also streaming online. 

Laura Veirs: FUV Live

Laura Veirs' songs resonate with clarity, sagacity and nuanced sketches, often conjuring intriguing characters like jazz composer Alice Coltrane and outsider artist Howard Finster. Her latest album, Warp and Weft, is a visceral and emotional journey, gracefully produced by her husband, Tucker Martine. Laura, with infant in tow, stopped by Studio A with her band during a brief tour last fall and you can watch videos of their performance here. Listen Laura Veirs' entire FUV Live session now in the FUV Vault  or on TAS in Session on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, January 17, at 11am EST, also streaming online.

Man Man: FUV Live

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Last year, Philadelphia's experimental rockers Man Man released what might be their most straightforward pop album to date, the buoyant On Oni Pond. The entertaining Man Man visited the Bronx for an FUV Live session which you can listen to now in the archives or this Friday, January 10, on TAS on WNYE at 11am EST, also streaming online. Watch videos of Man Man performing songs in Studio A like "Head On" and "Born Tight" right this very minute.

Best Of TAS In Session 2013: Staff Picks

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Over the past 12 months, the TAS staff — Russ Borris, Alisa Ali, Eric Holland and Kara Manning — has chatted with an array of bands and artists for our in-studio sessions that straddle The Alternate Side and FUV Live. Narrowing those conversations down to three sessions that we especially enjoyed was difficult, but our TAS in Session standouts of 2013 included Nick Cave, John Grant, Chvrches, Laura Veirs, Yo La Tengo and many others. Check out our selections (and listen to them in our archives) and find out what lies ahead for them in 2014.

Cults: TAS In Session

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Cults might possess one of the most Google-averse band monikers —  file their intractable name next to Friends, Real Estate and Men for sheer search engine frustration —  but Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion have worked hard to make their internet mystery project become an international breakout band. Cults, which adds touring members on the road,  released Static earlier this year and stopped by the FUV studios this fall for an upbeat session. Even better, they'll be playing a DJ set at Brooklyn Bowl on New Year's Eve. Watch videos of Cults in Studio A and listen to the entire session now or via TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, December 20, at 11am EST, also streaming online.

Two Door Cinema Club: TAS In Session

Since the release of Two Door Cinema Club's 2010 debut Tourist History, the three Northern Irish bandmates have rapidly ascended as unorthodox indie rockstars. The trio won the Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year for its first release and singer Alex Trimble was prominently featured in the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. On the heels of 2012's Beacon, Two Door Cinema Club released an EP this past August, Changing of the Seasons, which signals an intriguing shift in the band's sound. Watch videos of Two Door Cinema Club in performance at FUV and listen to the band's conversation with The Alternate Side's Alisa Ali on TAS on 91.5 WNYE this Friday, December 13, at 11am EST, also streaming online.

Luscious Jackson: FUV Live

Luscious Jackson played New York's  Webster Hall this past Saturday night in support of the the band's first studio album in 14 years, Magic Hour. Three of the four founding members —  Jill Cunniff, Gabby Glaser and Kate Schellenbach — and their touring comrades stopped by Studio A recently to perform a mix of new and classic tracks. Watch videos of Luscious Jackson live at FUV and listen to Alisa Ali' s conversation with Jill Cunniff and Gabby Glaser about Magic Hour and the changes they've experienced in the music industry and their own lives.

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