Live From SugarHill - The Original Series
All 35 episodes of Live From SugarHill Studios are included here in sequential order. Scroll down for more episodes.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 1
Robert Ellis, Benjamin Wesley and Grandfather Child with Sad Gorilla are the guests on our inaugural episode.Live from SugarHill features live music and interviews from Studio A at historic SugarHill Studios in Houston, TX. This episode was recorded December 4, 2008... monthly broadcasts will be featured here for free download as they become available.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 2
Live from SugarHill, Episode 2 features The Blue Hit and Buxton.
The Blue Hit, a progressive folk trio, features Grace Rowland's angelic voice with David Moss on cello and John McGee on guitar. The precocious lyrics and the delicate instrumental arrangements are mesmerizing, and quite unlike any sound out there. Psychedelic, rock, folk fusion? We're just not sure... but it is fantastic.
Buxton is a folk act based in the LaPorte/Houston area. They've played with such notable acts as Okkervil River, Akron/Family, Man Man, Great Lake Swimmers, Maria Taylor, Copeland, Colour Revolt, Anathallo, Look Mexico, Gatsbys American Dream, Statistics and Denison Witmer. Buxton also has a folk influence but that is blended with flavors of Wilco and hard rock as well. Buxton turns in a rock solid live performance filled with energy and not just a little virtuosity.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 3
Episode 3 features performances by Jennifer Grassman and MacAdams.
Jennifer Grassman is a uniquely talented, classically-inspired, celtic, goth, rock, singer/songwriter. She performs songs from her debut CD "At the Back of the North Wind" as well as tunes from her upcoming release "Serpent's Tales and Nightingales." She even belts out a unique version of happy birthday for a member of the production team.
MacAdams is a driving, progressive rock power trio. Robyn MacAdams vocals and mellifluous guitar work are rounded out by the rock solid rhythm section of drummer Perry MacAdams and Bassist Jake Bramwell. Intricate, unusual, rock and roll that defines yet another eclectic facet of the Houston sound.
Lou Congelio, founder of onlyinhouston.com and President of STANANLOU advertising joins the show as our pioneer "audience of one", warming up the big recliner for our upcoming guests.
Our show is hosted by record producer and SugarHill CEO Dan Workman and Rosa Guerro, founder of Ditchwater Records and host of KTRU's Mutant Hardcore Flower Hour.
LFSH is produced by Gina Miller. Engineered by John Griffin and Chris Longwood.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 4
Episode 4 features fantastic performances by singer/songwriter Elaine Greer and psychedelic rockers The TonTons which make this a very exciting hour of new music Live From SugarHill.
Free Press Houston says singer songwriter Elaine Greer has "been playing intricate compositions that complement and are enhanced by her candid, sincere and credible voice."
The TonTons vocalist, Asli Omar, has been touted as "the finest young female vocalist in Houston" and emanating elements of Bjork and Billie Holiday. The band was the recipient of the 2008 Houston Press Music Awards "Best New Act" award.
Elaine and The TonTons are joined by our guest "Audience of One"... Farrah Akhtar from Yelp.com
The performers give very entertaining interviews.
Hosts: Rosa Guerro and Dan Workman.
A Co-production Of SugarHill Studios and Zenfilm
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 5
Live From SugarHill's May episode celebrates Cinco de Mayo and features rock en español band Los Skarnales and world-class accordionist John Ramirez.
The hour-long program includes a short set by two guests and candid interviews with Rosa Guerrero (KTRU's Mutant Hardcore show) and award-winning producer Dan Workman.
Our community guest and 'audience of one' is Joey Guerra, music critic for the Houston Chronicle, one of the country's largest newspapers and the largest daily in Texas. He does artist interviews, reviews concerts and also blogs regularly at chron.com and at 29-95.com, a new entertainment/lifestyle website.
Seventeen year-old accordion player John Ramirez is the first performer. Ramirez is as amazing to watch as he is to listen to. He is the winner of 2008's "The Big Squeeze" accordion competition, a multi-state competition for nonprofessional players under the age of 25. The event, sponsored by Texas Folklife, was recently the subject of a documentary by director Hector Galán. The documentary aired on PBS May 8th.
Los Skarnales is one of Houston's foremost rock en Español acts. The seven-piece rock band mixes in the genres of danzon, cumbia, reggae, ska and cantina music with a punk rock attitude. The band formed in 1993 and has opened for international stars like The Specials and King Chango. The band also traveled to Mexico for a series of gigs that culminated in a performance on the nationally televised variety show Desvelados.
Live From SugarHill Studios is a collaborative effort of Zenfilm and SugarHill Recording Studios.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 6
Live From SugarHill's July episode features solo artist Andrew Karnavas and 60s garage rock legends The Freddie Steady 5.
The hour-long program includes short sets by each guest and candid interviews with Rosa Guerrero (KTRU's Mutant Hardcore show) and award-winning record producer, Dan Workman. Community guest and 'audience of one' for Episode VI is Chris Gray, music editor for The Houston Press, a weekly publication with almost 645,000 readers and more than 2 million online hits each month. Live from SugarHill, Episode VI airs on July 2, 2009 at 7p.m. CST. This episode also brings in a new webhost and audio stream partner, OutboundMusic.
Andrew Karnavas' acoustic melodies are a blend of straightforward chord progressions and slow finger picking that combine elements of blues and folk. The songs are largely introspective, image-driven stories that seek to make listeners examine a man's relationships and his opinions in both pastoral and urban settings. In July 2009, Andrew will release The Bridge, a ten-song Blues Rock and Americana LP from his band Runaway Sun, and this fall, Film Noir, a thirteen-song solo debut with acoustic guitar, cello, piano and violin arrangements.
The Freddie Steady 5 is classified as Tex-Pop; a package of jangly, Beatlesque pop with a Texas touch. Texas Music Hall-of-Famer Freddie Krc (rhymes with search) has played drums behind renowned singer/songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker and Roky Erickson; and been in the studio with Carole King, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, and the Small Faces' Ronnie Lane. All along, he has also been out front on his own projects and produces Jenny Wolfe and the Pack.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 7
The program includes short sets and candid interviews with Rosa Guerrero and award-winning record producer, Dan Workman.
Community guest and 'audience of one' is freelance writer Chris Henderson, who covers Houston nightlife in 29-95.com, Houston Press, Houston Magazine and Texas Music Magazine.
Bands Das Automatic & DJ Cuba Gooding Jr. merged to form Glasnost. Fusing elements of bands such as New Order and Cut Copy while combining the energy of a live rock show, Glasnost has become known for their stellar live performances. Their sound is far from typical: driving dance beats, lush vocal arrangements and multi-layered instrumentation. Influences include MSTRKRFT, Midnight Juggernauts, Justice and Gang of Four. Their forthcoming EP, The Great Divide, is out soon.
The Sour Notes are a dreamy pop band hailing from Austin. Beginning in Houston as the solo project of songwriter Jared Boulanger, it wasn't until moving to Austin that he transformed The Sour Notes into the full-fledged performance ensemble it is today. Since 2008, the band has released two full-length albums, The Meat of the Fruit and Received in Bitterness, as well as a 7" single. They've toured nationally and appeared on Austin's KVRX-FM program 'Local Live'.
SugarHill Recording Studios is he oldest continually operating recording studio in America. It is nestled in a southeast Houston neighborhood that over time has been home to legendary producers, record labels, and artists who've produced some of the most historically important and widely recognized musical recordings. Beginning the legacy in 1946, musician Harry Choates, with producer Bill Quinn, laid tracks for the Cajun classic "Jole Blon" for Gold Star Records. Blues icon Lightnin' Hopkins recorded soon thereafter. In the 1950's the studio hosted Pappy Dailey's D label, George Jones cut "Why Baby Why?" and the Big Bopper recorded "Chantilly Lace." Willie Nelson, Bobby Bland and Arnett Cobb recorded sessions. In 1960s, the Sir Douglas Quintet tracked "She's About a Mover." The mid-1970s introduced Crazy Cajun producer Huey P. Meaux and his work with Freddy Fender and Clifton Chenier. Since the 1980s, SugarHill has hosted Tejano artist Little Joe, country great Johnny Bush, and urban powerhouse Beyonce.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 8
Rock combo Chase Hamblin and symphonic quartet Two Star Symphony. The program includes candid interviews with Rosa Guerrero and award-winning record producer, Dan Workman. Community guest and 'audience of one' is freelance writer David A. Cobb of local music and events blog Houston Calling.
Live from SugarHill is a collaborative effort between Zenfilm, OutboundMusic.com and SugarHill Recording Studios.
Two Star Symphony is known as Houston's 'first call' commissioned independent orchestra. Comprised of Jerry Ochoa (violin), Debra Brown (violin), Jo Bird (viola), and Margaret Lejeune (cello), they perform on a matched set of instruments handcrafted by Master Luthier Anton Krutz. Notable works include an original composition for "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari", 24 shorts from Unseen Cinema: "Experimental Treasures from the World's Leading Archives" for the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and a feature-length score for Harold Loyd's film "Girl Shy". In 2004, The American Ballet Theatre enlisted them for the Dominic Walsh-choreographed dance "Alchemy" that premiered in New York. They recently unveiled their first full-length ballet score for a production of Titus Andronicus. They won the 2009 Houston Press Music Award for "Best Unclassifiable Band" and have been mentioned in Spin Magazine.
Chase Hamblin is a descendent of one of America's first Gypsies. The great grandson of a Vaudeville songwriter, Hamblin has clearly inherited the traits of his freewheeling elders. Born in Italy and raised throughout Europe and Southeast Asia, Hamblin grew up with an odd yet influential mix of culture, art, and music. He worked as a model and movie extra while studying at NYU before moving to Houston where he joined the critically acclaimed group Penny Royal. After the band's demise, Hamblin began work on his debut solo EP, A Fine Time, with Derek Dunivan at the helm as producer and arranger. The upbeat, yet contemplative, late '60s vibe of the album has garnered comparisons to The Beatles and The Kinks, as well as contemporaries like Elliot Smith and Grandaddy. Hamblin's live ensemble includes local heavyweights Derek Dunivan (piano), Corey Power (guitar), Geoffery Muller (bass) and Robert Ellis (drums).
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 9
Johnny Bush and Roy Head, legendary Texas performers perform their hits.... and things get a bit out of hand... but that's live TV...
Singer/songwriter Johnny Bush's set includes his huge hit "Whiskey River. Roy Head performs his #2 rock hit from 1965 "Treat Her Right" in the same studio where it was recorded 44 years ago...a great SugarHill moment...not without surprises.
On this episode, SugarHill chief engineer Andy Bradley celebrates his 25th year at the studio. Andy interviews guests along with host and award-winning record producer, Dan Workman. Community guest and 'audience of one' is Andrew Dansby. Dansby is a Kentucky native and former New York resident who survived stints in the film and book publishing industry. He's currently an entertainment columnist for the Houston Chronicle, where he spends most of his time thinking and writing about music.
Live from SugarHill, Episode IX originally aired on October 8, 2009 and is a collaborative effort between Zenfilm, OutboundMusic.com and SugarHill Recording Studios.The show is produced by Gina Miller with the assistance of Dan Workman, W. Ross Wells, Al and Courtney Delaney.
Studio Engineer: Christopher Longwood
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 10
Female Demand and Runaway Sun are the musical guests. Audience of One is J.R. Cohen, general manager of the Forbes and NY Times acclaimed lounge/coffee bar thecoffeegroundz.com
The hour-long show features performances by the bands and in-depth interviews with hosts Dan Workwan and Rosa Guerrero.
Female Demand is a duo that takes a different approach to the term "band". Their music broadcasts a complex, intricate wave of sound to be received by the ears. Their minimalist style of rock is both ambient and reminiscent of an instrumental Devo.
Runaway Sun's debut EP garnered them a Best Blues nomination in the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards and a slot at an official showcase at SXSW playing alongside GRAMMY nominee Diane Birch. The band moonlights as one of Houston's top do-gooders - playing a myriad of local charity events, including Walk Now for Autism and Empty Bowls Houston. Runaway Sun recently released their 10-song LP The Bridge.
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Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 11
Pop punk trio Something Fierce and internationally loved garage rock legends, The King Khan and BBQ Show are the musical guests.
In this episode, host Rosa Guerrero takes the lead while producer Gina Miller steps out from the shadows to join in the interview mayhem, including zany performances and a surprise striptease from community guest and 'audience of one' Matthew Wettergreen.
Matthew Wettergreen is an educator, community architect and cofounder of Caroline Collective. He teaches at Rice University on the intersection of art and engineering. He develops community based education models and organizes forums for discussion including Bandcamp, Music Mentoring and Barcamps.
Live from SugarHill is a collaborative effort between Zenfilm, OutboundMusic.com and SugarHill Recording Studios.
Something Fierce (Dirtnap Records) started with a love for groups like The Clash, mining their punk/powerpop foundation. Their first full-length, Come For The Bastards, was released in the Summer of 2006 with Frenchie Smith of Young Heart Attack producing. The album served as an introduction to their mix of speedy punk with indie rock sensibilities, such as the dual vocals of Steven Garcia and Niki Sevven. Over the last four years, has released two seven inch records and one full-length, "There Are No Answers". Sara Cress of the Houston Chronicle wrote, "Something Fierce has always been on a mission: say it fast, say it loud, make it fun and make it mean something."
King Khan and Mark "BBQ" Sultan had collaborated as members of the Montreal-based Spaceshits from 1995-1999. During a European tour, Blacksnake (King Khan?s moniker) opted to remain in Germany and the group disbanded. Sultan went on to start another popular Montreal-based band, Les Sexareenos, before venturing off on his own as a one-man band under the pseudonym BBQ. As BBQ, Sultan re-established contact with Khan, playing alongside his new band, King Khan & the Shrines. The two began writing songs and playing them live at sporadic shows around Germany and Spain.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 12
Tody Castillo and Winter Wallace are the musical guests and Jim "Eggs" Bricker, blogger from breakfastontour.com is our "Audience of One" for our holiday show and 1st anniversary episode. Award-winning record producer Dan Workman and Rosa Guerrero are the Hosts.
Texas songwriter Tody Castillo's sound has been compared to Tom Petty, Ron Sexsmith, Ryan Adams and Rufus Wainwright with the vocal stylings of Jeff Buckley, Fran Healy and Jeff Tweedy. When Steve Earle first heard Tody's music while shopping for producers for his critically acclaimed album Townes, its claimed that one listen gave Earle enough confidence to hire Houston producer Steve Christensen for the project. Castillo's new album Windhorse was born out of personal tragedy, yet teeming with hope.
According to the Houston Press, Winter Wallace is a phenomenally genteel indie band that has a certain Ingrid Michaelson/Cat Power quality to them, with similarities stretching beyond similar song format or quirky clothing accessories or soft colors on their MySpace pages: they are legitimately talented. Their first EP, entitled Lisa, was produced by Dan Workman.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 13
Jazz Trio Paul English,Dennis Dotson & Brennan Nase as well as experimental indie rockers Peekaboo Theory are the musical guests. Community guest and 'audience of one' - a 17 year veteran of creative direction and design whose work covers print, web design, video, photography and writing is Henry "von Wolffe" Davis, who also acts as the Live Music Examiner for Examiner.com.
The program includes short sets and candid interviews with Rosa Guerrero and award-winning record producer, Dan Workman.
Live from SugarHill Studios is a collaborative effort between Zenfilm, OutboundMusic.com and SugarHill Recording Studios.
Paul English is an established composer, producer and educator, is known to Texas audiences as a jazz pianist who has performed and recorded with such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Arnett Cobb, David Liebman, Mark O'Connor and Kirk Whalum. As a studio musician, he has appeared on over 350 recordings of various genres and has produced a number of mostly jazz and classical recordings including arrangements and orchestrations for country music legends, Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush and Ray Price.
Peekaboo Theory has been serving refreshing audible treats, slaughtering boundaries and stereotypes linked to their sound. The band has gained loyalty, respect and critical acclaim of fans and media alike with raw talent in the national music scene, boasting a resume of live shows everywhere from Albuquerque to Los Angeles to New York City.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 14
Tyagaraja and Wild Moccasins are the musical guests. Community guest and 'audience of one' is photographer Mark C. Austin - Mark has covered nearly every major music festival from Bonnaroo, Voodoo Music Fest to Coachella and Jazz Fest and his work has been featured in publications like SPIN, Paste, Rolling Stone and Village Voice Media. His images are currently on display in 5 different permanent exhibits at the Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas.
The hour-long show features performances by the artists and in-depth interviews with hosts Rosa Guerrero and award-winning record producer Dan Workman.
Tyagaraja is a singer/songwriter from the Houston and Austin areas. His voice, songwriting and lyrical content display the teachings he has absorbed from pilgrimages to India and his travels across the United States. His first band, Million Year Dance, won Album of the Year in the 2008 Houston Press Music Awards. His first full-length solo album An Open Book is due out in late March 2010.
Wild Moccasins are Winners of Best EP in the 2009 Houston Press Music Awards, the band just returned from an East Coast/Midwest Tour which found them recording sessions like Daytrotter, My Old Kentucky Blog, WOXY, BreakThru Radio and If You Make It. The band is recording their first full-length and getting ready to represent Houston at SXSW 2010.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 15
Suzanna Choffel and The Umbrella Man are the musical guests.
Community guest and 'audience of one' is KPFT 90.1 FM's host Rhonda Garner. She's been highlighting local and regional talent on her radio program RadioACTIVE, along with co-host Phil Schawe, for six years and was the one co-creators of The SugarHill Sessions.
The hour-long show features performances recorded live in SugarHill's historic Studio A and interviews with Hosts Dan Workman and Rosa Guerrero.
Suzanna Choffel is a singer/songwriter from Austin whose unique sound has been described as ?equal parts Beat poetry, smoky soul grooves and indie-pop eccentricity. Think Feist meets Erykah Badu?. In Spring 2009, Suzanna won the "Best Indie Band" prize at the Austin Music Awards SXSW as well as 2nd Place in the "AAA" category of the prestigious International Songwriting Competition. Previously, Suzanna was selected by The State Of Texas to represent contemporary music in Texas On Tour, a countrywide traveling show promoting Texas tourism.
The Umbrella Man is a Gulf Coast combo fronted by esteemed bassist, Nick Gaitan. Nick has won Houston Press Music Awards "Best Bassist" title from 2004 - 2008 consecutively. Additionally, he also plays and tours with Country music legend Billy Joe Shaver, who recently recorded "I've Found my Weakness in You", composed by Gaitan. The group performs "a gumbo of styles" including Country, Rockabilly, Swamp pop and Conjunto and are currently working on their debut album.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 16
Grooveline Horns & Zach Balch are the musical guests. The program includes performances by bands and candid interviews with Rosa Guerrero and award-winning record producer, Dan Workman. Community guest and 'audience of one' is Keaton Branch, contributor to the blog AudioADD.net.
The Grooveline Horns are an internationally known three-man horn section including Carlos Sosa (sax), Fernando Castillo (trumpet) and Reggie Watkins (trombone). The band has won several accolades including the 2005 Latin Grammy Winner with La Mafia Best Groupera Album, Austin Chronicle Reader's Poll Best Horn Section seven times and has played with everyone from Jason Mraz, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews to Ozomatli and The Meters.
Zach Balch is a singer/songwriter from Levelland who admits, "If West Texas is in your blood, songwriting arrives like rows of cotton and Bible-belt Choruses". Born on Elvis' 50th, a graduate of Buddy Holly's alma mater, and the grandson of a lifelong pianist and music educator, Zach's training includes South Plains College where he studied guitar, and a short stay in the Jazz Program at the University of North Texas, where he was a vocal major.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 17
Prog-math rockers Motion Turns It On & the Dublin-based Autumn Owls are the musical guests. Community guest and 'audience of one' is Ruben Dominguez, a founding member of rock group Toho Ehio and former freelance journalist for local rag Thorazine. Currently, he works as an entertainment anchor at KRIV-TV Fox 26 and was instrumental in the Fox Rocks local band segment among other music coverage. With this episode LFSH welcomes producer Gina Miller as the new co-host alongside award-winning record producer, Dan Workman.Autumn Owls are a four-piece post rock-meets-folk band from Dublin. The band was one of the 10 selected by Hot Press to represent Ireland in the New York Tisch School of Arts 2007 Music Video Project. The song selected, went on to feature on Dave Fanning's television program The Last Broadcast. After two EP releases, they began work with acclaimed producer Ciaran Bradshaw of Westland Studios. The band was nominated in the newcomer category "Hope for 2009 Award" in the Meteor Irish Music Awards. At the time of this filming Autumn Owls are currently recording their debut album and on tour in the U.S. Behind every great band lies a story waiting to be told. For Houston-based Motion Turns It On, a local trio that roller coaster ride began, as stories of this nature often do, with misguided youth living in the suburbs. Manufactured living leads young ones to the kind of restlessness that occasionally sparks dormant creativity. MTIO formed in 2004 and the original members have transformed their vision into something truly cutting edge. Their stunning debut E.P. entitled Rima garnered rave reviews from Houston Calling to Amplifier Magazine. Now MTIO is a seasoned band with a new album entitled Kaledioscopic Equinox and a remarkable live performance thats been called schizophrenic, kinetic and controlled frenzy.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 18
Roky Moon and BOLT! and the Covington-Richmond band are the musical guests. Vernon Caldera from keephoustonrich.com is the community guest and audience of one. Dan Workman and Gina Miller are the hosts.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 19
The Happen-Ins and Craig Kinsey (Sideshow Tramps) are the musical guests. Gina Miller invites Zenfilm's W. Ross Wells to share the co-hosting duties. Community guest and 'audience of one' is Amber Roussel, co-founder of a creative consulting group called Ah-Ha! Creative that serves clients in the areas of arts, travel, hospitality, non-profit and technology including producing events for http://www.kirtsy.com. She is also one-half of the local TeamHouston in the national FordFiestaMovement contest. Live from SugarHill, Episode XIX airs now at 7pm and is a collaborative effort between Zenfilm, OutboundMusic.com and SugarHill Recording Studios. Comprised of former members of the Dedringers, Austin's The Happen-Ins features Sean Faires and John Michael Schoepf with Lomita frontman Ricky Ray Jackson and joined later by Harlem Spiritual Orchestra Drummer, Falcon Valdez --its no surprise that they offer up a sound that blurs the lines between classic taste and youthful filth. Brimming with infectious melodies, bacon greased guitars and sweaty hip shaking swagger, the live shows helps them brandish their own culture and spirit seeped in rhythm & blues and rock n' roll. Born a full turn from the white picket fences of America, Craig Kinsey was raised on Southern lore from a family of moon shiners. His teenage years were spent train hopping, walking, and driving across the country in search of "the old days... Guthrie, Kerouac, and John Lee Hooker." This seeking out the marrow of life led him into the great silence of a monastery and out again into music's center stage. His album, The Burdener starts off with a circus— a raucous, grinding New Orleans sound, then blending tunes which weave a tapestry of barroom piano, brass, strings and gypsy frontier styled swing.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 20
Bluesman Scott H. Biram and art punkers NoBunny are the musical guests. Community representative and Audience of One is Craig Hlavaty of the Houston Press. SugarHill’s Gina Miller is joined by Guest Host Matthew Wettergreen of Do713.com.
After his departure from Harvard Business School, Craig Hlavaty now spends his days tirelessly defending the merits of Lady Gaga and Slayer. The love child of Oliver Stone and Lester Bangs, Craig makes a living as the assistant music editor of the Houston Press, or does it make a living as him?
Scott H. Biram, a self proclaimed ‘Dirty Old One Man Band’ successfully, and sometimes violently, lashes together blues, hillbilly and country precariously to raucous punk and godless metal. Biram ain’t no candy-ass singer/songwriter either, sweetly strumming songs about girls with big eyes and dusty highways. HELL NO!!! His singing, yodeling, growling, leering and brash preachin’ and hollerin’ is accompanied by sloppy riffs and licks from his 1959 Gibson guitar and pounding backbeat brought forth by his amplified left foot. The remainder of this one-man band consists of an unwieldy combination of beat-up amplifiers and old microphones strung together by a tangled mess of guitar cables.Years of non-stop touring have honed his assault to a fine edge; his wide-eyed throw downs in the First Church of Ultimate Fanaticism routinely lead giddy followers to a fiery baptism.Scott H. Biram won’t die. On May 11th, 2003, one month after being hit head-on by an 18-wheeler at 75 MPH, he took the stage at The Continental Club in Austin, TX in a wheel chair – I.V. still dangling from his arm. With 2 broken legs, a broken foot, a broken arm and 1 foot less of his lower intestine, Biram unleashed his trademark musical wrath.
Entertaining atypical audiences fits squarely into Nobunny’s career plan. “I originally wanted to be a rabbit Elvis impersonator, then wanted to be a children’s performer,” he explains. “I still might do both, though I kind of am both. We can play to any crowd, young or old, PG or R.” Which explains why one finds playful props like foam novelty ears and dolls at his merch table as well as lines in his lyrics like, “This little piggy wants to get an erection.” Though he now lives in Oakland on the rare occasions when he’s off tour, the mysterious self-dubbed “half-man, half-jackalope” grew up in Chicago’s Ravenswood.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 21
Caddywhompus and Young Mammals are the musical guests. ian Wells, host of KTRU's The Local Show is our Audience of One. The show includes sets by both bands and interviews with hosts Gina Miller and Dan Workman. Brought to you by St. Arnold Brewery, Zenfilm, Sugarhill Studios and Outbound Music.
The The colloquialism "caddywhompus" is defined by such adjectives as "uneven," "crooked" and "out of whack"—a list which could, in some instances, allude to the mind-bending sounds of the experimental noise-pop band who bears said name but whom can otherwise be described thus: spot on. Song structures alternate between sweet psychedelic indie ballads to the most intense, ear-splitting of noise-driven crescendos.
They have two EPs worth of material under their belts, as well as a new full length, all of which—true to their D.I.Y. roots—were composed and recorded themselves, and can be downloaded for free at communityrecords.org Their full-length [Remainder], released on New Orleans-based Community Records, has proven itself a more focused and cohesive representation of their unique sound.
Carrots is the debut album from Young Mammals. Recorded in their hometown with producer and Grammy Award-winner Steve Christensen, Carrots shows a real sophistication within the pop realm. Already featured on the Urban Outfitters blog, opener and single “Confetti” serves as the perfect initiation. The Daily Texan wrote, “The marriage of traditional pop with experimental noise makes for arrangements that always surprise.”
The Free Press proclaims, “This is one Houston band that – high gas prices or not – needs to get on the road, take it to the people, and show them how it’s done.”
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 22
The Energy and Weird Party are the musical guests. Community representative and audience of one is photographer, musician and perpetual music fan Mark Brubaker.The hour-long show features sets by the band recorded in SugarHill's historic Studio A and interviews with record producer Dan Workman and Host Gina Miller.
One of Houston's hottest hardcore punk bands, the Energy describe themselves as ?weird fuckers playing noisy punk rock music with lyrics about violence and animals doing human activities.? The band are no strangers to the hardcore scene; their members have previously been involved in No Talk, Black Congress, and the Born Liars (to name but a few), and bassist Chris Ryan has recorded countless other acts at Dead City Sound.After a string of demos and singles, the band released their first LP earlier this year. Unceremoniously titled The Energy's First Record, the album has already sold out for independent label Team Science. With reviewers praising the release as "legitimately boundary-pushing" the Energy are poised to light up the city.
Weird Party are up-and-comers in the Houston music scene. Formed in December 2009, the band is planning to release two twelve-inch EPs in the coming year. Weird Party?s sound has been christened ?spit rock,? but the band themselves prefer ?throw-up rock.? Confused? Just imagine your half-witted brother got his fingers stuck in the fretboard of your broken, $25 guitar... But with the addition of numerous scuzz distortion devices and a certain joi-de-vivre, they manage to sound like the best unrecorded band from your favorite musical era. To (mis)quote Screamin Jay Hawkins, "Weird Party doesn't care if you want them, they're YOURS RIGHT NOW!?"
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 23
Motel Aviv and Deniz Tek and Love Street are the Musical Guests. Community Representative and Audience of One is Thomas Escalante best known as vocalist for Houston bands Clouseaux and The Suspects and as owner as Houston cultural mecca and record store Sig's Lagoon.
The hour-long show features sets by the bands and interviews with Hosts Gina Miller and Record Producer Dan Workman.
MoTel Aviv formed in Austin in January 2009. Drawing on influences such as the Smiths, the Clash, David Bowie, and New Order, the band creates their own brand of infectious, high-energy post-punk-pop. In a city awash with talent, Motel Aviv have managed stand out, garnering high praise for their polished, stylish songwriting and vivacious? performances.
Continuing their rise, MoTel Aviv opened for Everclear last month, and is in Houston for the first of three shows before returning home to mix their debut LP, which is being recorded at Satellite Studios in Austin.
Deniz Tek is a rock n? roll journeyman best known as the guitarist for Radio Birdman during the mid 1970s. After growing up outside of Detroit, Tek moved to Austrialia and started the influential garage-punk band when he was only 18. Since then he?s continued to make music under with scores of other lineups and as a solo artist.
Love Street is composed of first-call session musicians who pass through SugarHill?s doors on a regular basis. Kenny played for many years with the great Jaco Pastorius; Paul is one of Houston?s premier arrangers and keyboardists; Mark was a member of Heart, Spirit, Canned Heat, and other well-known bands; and Tyson? ...well Tyson just rocks.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 24
Tim Easton and Ancient Cat Society are the featured artists. Community representative and Audience of One is recording artist Robert Ellis. The hour-long show features performances and in-depth interviews with Host Gina Miller and Guest Host Ruben Dominguez.Tim Easton is a versatile roots rock singer songwriter who makes his home in Joshua Tree, CA. ;Ancient Cat Society is a folk pop project conceived by Sergio Trevino (Buxton) and Haley Barnes.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 25
Tody Castillo and his band are the musical guests.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 26
The Jonx and Tax The Wolf are the musical guests. Jeremy Hart of Space City Rock is the the community representative and Audience Of One. spacecityrock.com. The hour-long show features sets by the artists and in-depth interviews with hosts Dan Workman and Gina Miller.
The Jonx began in December of 2002, produings two EPs, Jonx and The Wrath of Shawn, over the next couple years. After a lineup shuffle in 2004, they released their debut LP, The Return of the Death of the Legacy of the Revenge of the Jonx, to critical acclaim in 2005.
According to their website, "The Jonx believe in the expressive power and malleability of the rock idiom as a vessel through which to make the modern condition tolerable, at least to themselves. Recognizing this, astute observers have compared them to bands like the Minutemen, NoMeansNo, The Jesus Lizard, Wire, The Grifters, Television, The Vehicle Birth, and Alice Donut."
Tax the Wolf brings a soundscape of surreal melodies and thick vocal structures with their own form of Prog-Rock. Forming in late 2007 and all hailing from Houston,TX, Tax the Wolf has been forming a sound of their own using latin roots and modern rock structures.
These 4 young musicians have garnered a loyal fanbase and underground attention in their hometown of Houston,TX and continue to reach audiences by collaborating w/hip-hop and pop artists. Voted "Best Progressive Rock" and "Best Band Name" in Houston Press 2010 hasn't stopped Tax the Wolf from aiming for a contemporary sound.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 27
Sarah Sharp is the musical guest and Lenny Ambrose of Saint Arnold's Brewery is our community representative and Audience of One.
The half hour show features a performance by Sarah Sharp w/ Buffalo Speedway and an in-depth interview with Hosts Dan Workman and Gina Miller.
Live From SugarHill Studios is brought to you in part by Saint Arnold's beer and is a co-production of SugarHill Recording Studios and Zenfilm.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 28
Electric Touch (Island Records) are the musical guests. Jody Schmal of Houston Magazine is the Audience of One. Record producer Dan Workman and Gina Miller are the hosts.
Brought to you in part by Saint Arnold's Beer.
With members hailing from both sides of the Atlantic this 5-piece delivers a unique brand of British-American Rock music. The result is Electric Touch, the type of unbridled rock band with a sound that is big enough to fill an arena.
Shane, who?s originally from Nottingham, England, landed in Austin, met guitarist Christopher and things just clicked. Soon Christopher?s twin brother Louis left Houston and headed to Austin to join Electric Touch on drums.
Electric Touch shot off to an impressive start. Soon after their mercurial formation in 2007, the four-piece played their first show that December and immediately signed a deal with Texas label - Justice Records. Austin.com wrote, ?How good are they live? Enough that we?re going out on a limb to call Electric Touch the best set of the (ACL) fest. Upon its release, Electric Touch debuted at number one on FMQB Radio with their first single and snagged the #1 spot on Amazon.com release day.
2011 saw Electric Touch perform at SXSW, Coachella and the release of their new album produced by Grammy-nominated producer of the year Howard Benson.'
LIve From SugarHill Studios - Episode 29
Space City Gamelan are the musical guests and Ben Tecumseh DeSoto is the Audience of One. The half-hour-ish long program is brought to you by St. Arnold's Brewery. This episode features a performance by Space City Gamelan and an in-depth interview with record producer Dan Workman and co-host Gina Miller.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 30
Texas guitar rock legend Van Wilks is the musical guest and Mike Trigger Trigg is the audience of one. The half hour show features artist performances and in-depth interviews with record producer Dan Workman and co-host Gina Miller.
Brought to you in part by St. Arnolds Brewery.
Live From SugarHill Studios | Episode 31
Leatherbag is the musical guest and Tim deSilva of Culture Pilot is the Audience of One. The half hour show features a set by the band and an in-depth interview with hosts Gina Miller and record producer Dan Workman.
Tim deSilva is a graphic designer and partner of Culture Pilot.With his partners Tim, Kara, and Grace, Culture Pilot are the driving force behind a number of community events including an interactive Houston at SXSW event and TEDxHouston.
Leatherbag is an American power trio from Austin, Texas. After relocating to Austin from Houston in 2005, Leatherbag was formed by songwriter/guitarist, Randy Reynolds. In the time between the recording of Yellow Television (2011) and its release, Leatherbag pared down from a quartet to a trio. The band's new and final form finds Drew Emmons wired on bass and Danny Blanchard wild behind the drums. The band has performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival and at the SXSW Music Conference
Leatherbag is a book reference. In addition to their LP release, they have released a seven song EP Patience and are currently working on a new album, Ditto Time to be released later this year.
Live From SugarHill Studios 32 - We Were Wolves
We Were Wolves are the musical guests and Dave Morales of backstageOL.com is the Audience of One.
Dave Morales is a radio guy. Heapos;s worked in LA, San Francisco, Dallas and now he is with KRBE Houston. Heapos;s launched an online entertainment platform called backstageOL.com, together with media partner KRIV-TV 26.
Formed in early 2008 We Were Wolves is a loud explosive rock group from the heart of Texas. Fueled by a passion for music and a relentless work ethic, the Wolves thrive on charged live performances. With influences including Thin Lizzy, Queens of the Stone Age, Iggy Pop, Fugazi, Faith No More, the group looks no further than to add new noise to the rock world. This episode was filmed on the heels of their release "Lost At Sea".
Episode 33 - The Ghost Wolves
The Ghost Wolves are the musical guest. The show features a set by the band recorded by engineer Chris Longwood in Studio A. followed by an interview with hosts Dan Workman and Gina Miller.
Blanco,TX based guitar/drum duo The Ghost Wolves call their sound "rabid rock roll", and like their recorded work, the bandapos;s live show is explosive. Guitarist Carley Wolf, 23 years old, bounces about the stage, a true guitar slinging femme-fatale. Drummer Jonny, 24 years old, carves a manic groove. They draw inspiration from across the musical spectrum, blending blues, punk, 60's garage, rockabilly and glam.
Live From SugarHill Studios - Episode 34
The Autumn Defense recorded Live at SugarHill Studios. The half hour show features a set by the band and an in-depth interview with hosts Gina Miller and Dan Workman.
This week the Audience of One is Laura Brickey representing our new sponsor Vitamin Water.
By day John Stirratt and Patrick Sansone sell thousands of albums, tour the world with indie juggernaut Wilco and lend their writing, playing and producing abilities to dozens of high-profile recordings. But by night these renowned pros are able to sit down, relax and create something special that comes straight from the heart of why they pursued music as a career - and that?s the Autumn Defense.
Live From SugarHill 35 - Lynch Mob
Lynch Mob is the musical guest and John Escamilla is the community representative and "audience of one".
The half-hour show includes an unplugged performance by the band in SugarHillapos;s historic "Studio A" as well as an in-depth interview with hosts Dan Workman and Gina Miller.
Legendary Dokken guitarist George Lynch, vocalist Oni Logan, bassist Robbie Crane and drummer Brian Tichy, supported by percussionist Tyson Sheth, play a one-of-a-kind acoustic Lynch Mob set.
This episode was recorded while Lynch Mob was touring in support of their album "Sound Mountain Sessions" released on Rat Pak Records. The band performs smokinapos;, soulful versions of their hits "Wicked Sensation", "River of Love" and more.
Live From SugarHill's original 35 episodes are here in sequential order.