Woody Radio DJ Mike Show #130 7/14/2020: Bastille Day interview with The Brothers Steve!

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As you know, we at Woody Radio are big supporters of Bastille Day, and have been, ever since, um, The Bastille was given a day. Or something like that. As we like to say, “The Bastille rocks!”

I know what you’re thinking. “Why can’t EVERY day be Bastille Day?” And there’s a simple reason for that: because most days aren’t July 14th. But this one was, and I can think of no better way to celebrate than to have a couple of members of L.A. band The Brothers Steve storm my show.

Which Brothers were on my show? Steve Coulter (incidentally, the only guy in the band actually named Steve) and Jeff Whalen. These guys, and the other Brothers (Dylan Champion, Os Tyler, Jeff Solomon), have known each other for a very long time–they met up in college, and a few of them formed the very popular band Tsar. Then a year or so ago, they became The Brothers Steve. I had some pressing questions, and they gave me some impressive answers. I’d been curious about the origins of the band’s name–and they revealed the story for me. (Listen to the interview for the full scoop.) I wanted to know about the transition from Tsar to TBS, and found out that Tsar hasn’t really gone away. They’re just playing and recording as TBS now.

Their sound is shimmery rock and roll–lots of power pop action here. The song “She” is my personal favorite, but there are so many good songs here to love. How could there not be–the band has three principal songwriters and singers, so there’s major bench strength here. (Again, listen in for the key to their songwriting process.) They released their first album last year, “#1”, but kind of in reverse order of how things are being done these days. First came vinyl, then CD, and now, we celebrate the digital release of the album this week on Big Stir Records. That was a partnership meant to be–TBS and BSR have been following each other around for a while, and both are prominent in the L.A. live music scene.

Our chat was fun and lively, but their music, even more so. Learn more, and get your copy of #1 from Big Stir Records: https://bigstirrecords.com/the-brothers-steve.

The rest of the show was jam packed with oddly wonderful and sometimes amusing mixes of music, ranging from classic to not-yet-released. Give a listen, and I hope you enjoy the show!

Artist | Title | Album
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | The Girl In The Camera Obscura | Teasers From The Whispermaphone
Robert Cray Band | Bad Influence | Bad Influence
The Corner Laughers | The Lilac Line | Temescal Telegraph
Sex 66 | My Dying Day | Grew Up Down
The Beatles | Lovely Rita | Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Natalie Cortez & the Ultra Violets | Take You Home | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
DC Cardwell | The Spirit Is Willing | Crystal Set
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Anthology

The Brothers Steve interview
The Brothers Steve | She | #1
The Brothers Steve | Carry Me | #1
The Brothers Steve | Beat Generation Poet Turned Assassin | #1

Uncle Tupelo | Graveyard Shift | 89/93: An Anthology
Hooha and the Peter Guns | Get Up | Single release
Blame The Bishop | Get Up | Single release
R.E.M. | Supernatural Superserious | Accelerate
Nolan Voide | World’s Greatest Lover | The Forever Endeavor
The Kariannes | Every Word Means No | This Song Is a Cure (Big Stir Digital Single No. 17)
The Soundtrack Of Our Lives | Lone Summer Dream | Parasol’s Sweet Sixteen, Volume 5
Lisa Mychols & SUPER 8 | Witchi Tai To | Lisa Mychols & SUPER 8
The Mendoza Line | Assisted Living | We’re All In This Alone
Sunshine Boys | A Ghost, at Best | Work and Love
The Judybats | Convalescing In Spain | Native Son
Kaz Murphy | Hardly Think About That | Home For Misfits
Lannie Flowers | I Got A Secret | Home
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Steve Barton | Before I Get Too Young | Tall Tales And Alibis – album 3
Anton Barbeau | Beautiful Bacon Dream | Kenny Vs. Thrust
Rogers & Butler | 01 Roll The Stone | Poets & Sinners
The Isley Brothers | That Lady, Pts. 1 & 2 | 3+3
The Bye Bye Blackbirds | You Were All Light | Boxer At Rest
Trip Wire | Act Fast | Once & Always
Rachel Taylor Brown | Mercy in Nebraska | World So Sweet
Steely Dan | With A Gun | Pretzel Logic
Drunken Prayer | It Happens All The Time | Cordelia Elsewhere
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure
Felsen | Poor In A Wealthy City | Blood Orange Moon
Dolph Chaney | If I Write It Down | Rebuilding Permit
Crooked Flower | Dancing | Into The Light
Don Hawkins | So Much To Learn | Stutter Step
Sparklejet | Rock ‘n’ Roll Is Sleepin’ | Soap
Bill Lloyd | I’ve Had Enough Of Your Love | Don’t Kill The Messenger
The Armoires | Alesandra 619 | Zibaldone
John Wesley Harding | Crystal Blue Persuasion | The Name Above The Title


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