Above The Basement - Boston Music and Conversation

Above the Basement offers casual and candid discussions with musicians, artists, producers and others from Boston and beyond. The conversations offer experiences ​from those shaping Boston's music community and for whom music is a passion. You'll hear their stories, hardships ​​faced and overcome...and why they love what they do.
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Oct 25, 2017

Singer-songwriter and teacher at Berklee College of Music, Susan Cattaneo switched gears towards a life in music after finding a sign in the cracks of a sidewalk (there's a song in there somewhere).

She then took the big leap to join the amazing music community of songwriters in Boston. A well respected songwriter with numerous awards for her music, her songs have been described as "New England Americana with a twang."

She has just released her latest album The Hammer and the Heart.

Jonathan Beakley guest hosts.

Song List: All songs from The Hammer & The Heart

Song 1: The River Always Wins (featuring Mark Erelli)
Song 2: In The Grooves (featuring Bill Kirchen)
Song 3: Fade To Blue (featuring Nancy Beaudette)
Song 4: Work Hard Love Harder (live)
Song 5: Field Of Stone (live)

Oct 18, 2017

Alyssa is the founder of Lysten Boston and has been booking, promoting and developing Boston bands and artists since 2014. 

This is the second year in a row she has been nominated for the Boston Music Awards Promoter of the Year. She also works for PledgeMusic - an online direct-to-fan music platform that helps connect musicians to their fanbase.

She is the primary booker for The Plough and Stars in Cambridge and recently produced the Tremont Takeover event at The Wang Center and she currently has a fantastic roster of musicians, including Radclyffe Hall, Le Roxy Pro, Cruel Miracle and Ed Balloon.

Song List:

Song 1:   Cruel Miracle - Do You Owe Me from Manifesto
Song 2:   Ed Ballon - Bounce Back from Yellow 20-Somethings
Song 3:   Radclyff Hall - Rather Be from Ghosts
Song 4:   Le Roxy Pro - Bushkill from the self titled Album


Oct 11, 2017

We made a trip up to Burlington, VT and ventured to the home of Ryan Miller, the Accidental Ambassador of the great state of VT.

Maybe you ran into Ryan in an apple orchard in Vermont, or possibly downtown Burlington. Perhaps you’ve heard him on the radio as lead singer and guitarist in the acclaimed group Guster.

Ryan has built a career in scoring for film and also hosts a PBS TV show aptly called Makin' Friends with Ryan Miller, where he travels the state of Vermont speaking with “high functioning weirdos.”

We discovered that Ryan is a creative force in many ways when he kindly invited us to his home for a great conversation.

In this episode we include new songs from his upcoming film scores that are pretty amazing. See song list below:

Song one:     Moving In - Tig soundtrack
Song two:     One Man Wrecking Machine - Guster
Song three:   Road Trip - The Fundamentals of Caring soundtrack
Song four:    Goodbyes - Tig soundtrack
Song five:     This Is The Only Time We Have - The Fundamentals of Caring soundtrack

Oct 4, 2017

While touring as a rock drummer for Vermont's own Waylon Speed, Justin had a crazy idea: to manufacture vinyl records.

In three years he has produced thousands of unique records riding the vinyl wave in Burlington, VT.

The Burlington Record Plant is a labor of love and without any initial experience in production, Justin has become an innovator in the vinyl world, building on a foundation of hard work and determination.

Song One: What goes Up (Blowtorch)
Song Two: Unwound (Blowtorch)
Song Three: Running Colours (Sliding Spring)