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An insiders view behind the music scenes, profiling the insights and personalities of the grittiest of the industry, the unsung heroes running the game.

An insiders view behind the music scenes, profiling the insights and personalities of the grittiest of the industry, the unsung heroes running the game.
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An insiders view behind the music scenes, profiling the insights and personalities of the grittiest of the industry, the unsung heroes running the game.






Sassy Black and Lucia Fasano

In episode 2 of Season 3 of Gritty Birds we’re talking touring the world as a one woman force of nature with Sassy Black at Treefort Music Festival and then coming to a live taping in Porland, Oregon with Lucia Fasano to talk about taking risks, financing your art and why Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a badass. Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup, recorded at Treefort Music Festival and Revolver Studios. Mixed by Nalin Silva and Jeni Wren Stottrup Featuring music by...


Reptaliens, Wild Ones and Priests

Season 3 launches and we talk with Priests on message, Reptaliens on risks and songwriting with Wild Ones! In the first episode of Season 3 of Gritty Birds. When it comes to the lives of artists in the music industry, a certain amount of Grit has to exist These are the voices of independent artists today and Gritty Birds’ is on a journey to discover how we create art and why it’s so...


Logan Lynn

Logan Lynn has something to say... about mental health. The artist has been everywhere from the LOGO network to the Grammy's. 9 year's sober he has found his ground following his latest record, adieu.


Episode 55: Manika

Vegas born artist Manika is a natural performer. She has a hefty resume: protégé of Michael Jackson’s manager Frank DeLeo, charting singles with artists including Tyga, touring with One Direction and as host of TLC’s Global Beauty Masters Student Edition and Manika’s Love Line. And despite all that, she’s making the time to connect with her audience through her new app. Download Manika's app on iTunes for exclusive tracks and giveaways. Featuring the songs "I Might Go Lesbian", "Vegas...


Episode 54: The Griswolds

Aussie pop band The Griswolds have had a fast rise in recent years. The fun-loving band's new album "High Times for Low Lives" is and ode to the joys and perils of life on the road. Lead singer Chris sat down with me to share the inspiration behind the album and how they're taking charge today. Find out more about The Griswolds at Featuring the songs "Out of My Head", "Rufio", "YDLM(featuring Lizzo)" and "High Times for Low Lives". Produced,...


Episode 53: Mini Blinds Live

Mini Blinds describe themselves alt-pop and have a passion for fusing music with minimalism. They just released their first album, Air Signs last fall. The emerging Portland band joined us for our first live taping at Kelly's Olympian. Listen to Air Signs at Gritty Birds is produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup with the support of XRAY.FM. This week’s episode was created in partnership with Revolver studios. Bryan Wollen was our live sound + recording...


Episode 52: Ages and Ages Live

Ages and Ages joined us for our first live taping. Sometimes called "tent revival", it's music with a hopeful message. They shared songs from their latest release, Something to Ruin and a conversation about music and the power to connect. Find out more about Ages and Ages at Follow grittybirds on socials at @grittybirds Produced and edited by Jeni Wren Stottrup In partnership with Revolver Studios and XRAY.FM Bryan Wollen was our live sound + recording...


Episode 51: Arcosanti short

Arcosanti is an artist community in Arizona unlike others. They're in a place of a transition asking themselves: "What's Next?" A Gritty Birds short, created for the @xrayfm #radioisyourscontest Official Contest Selection Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Featuring music by Mero


Episode 49: Larry Crane

The eponomous producer behind Elliott Smith’s Either/Or and editor of Tape Op Magazine shared some of his stories and where he sees the future of recording. Featuring Music by The Secret Sea, Elliott Smith and Summer Cannibals The episode was sponsored by Tumbleweed Creative Gritty Birds is produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup with the support of XRAY.FM. This week’s board operator is Dannon Drips. The episode was transcribed by Christina Donaldson. The episode was transcribed by...


Episode 48: The Modern Savage

Alaska's "Best Indie Band" of the last 5 years is going stateside with a personal new album, "Unwilling Participants". Listen to singer Jenni Toro's story of overcoming abuse and finding her voice with the band she calls family. Find out more at: The episode was recorded with a Blue Yeti on Skype Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Scripted by Jeni Wren Stottrup Transcribed by Chris Martell Follow Gritty...


Shelly Peiken

Shelly Peiken has is Grammy Nominated Songwriter with multiple #1 hits to her name. But her current fight, for the rights of songwriters with action group Songwriters of North America is her most important work to date. Listen to her amazing story of success and advocacy on this week's episode of Gritty Birds. Find out more about Shelly: The episode was recorded with a Blue Yeti on Skype Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Scripted by Jeni Wren...


Episode 45: Christmas with David Bazan

David Bazan wants to bring Christmas back. This week's episode, brings on a journey from darkness to hope. It's a Christmas story. Find out more about David Bazan at Follow them on socials at @davidbazan The episode was recorded on Zencastr and produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup It was transcribed by Amit Erez Storytelling support by Ryan Wolf Stroud Follow Gritty Birds at @grittybirds


Episode 42: A Very Gritty Birds Thanksgiving

An audio short of thanksgivings past and present.


Episode 36: Maiah Manser

This week Gritty Birds features Seattle based pop singer Maiah Manser, on her new album, music video and how being raised by a female clan has helped her navigate pressures as a woman in music. Photo: Juan Franco Produced and edited by Jeni Wren Stottrup at XRAY Studios Tracks: Second Skin and 3Remain by Maiah Manser Theme song: Lucky from Bryson Cone First aired on XRAY.FM


Episode 32: The Women

It takes a little something extra tough to be a woman and music, not to mention the women who inspired us. This week I talked with 4 women, in different stages of their careers, in different parts of the industry, about the woman artists who inspired them. Including Alana Ranes, Alicia J Rose, Cervante Pope, Johanna Kunin and... myself, Jeni Wren Stottrup. Music from Tove Lo, Kate Bush, Bjork, Tina Turner and Tori Amos.


Episode 31: Eyelids

Chris Slusarenko and John Moen are two of Portland's most prolific side men.. no longer. Get to know the artists behind one of the Portland's longest over due bands, Eyelids. We talk about the creative process, their experiences with Guided By Voices and Decemberists and their special approach to visuals.


Episode 30: Pickathon Pt 3 w/ Protomartyr, Boulevards and Palehound

In the final installment of the Pickathon Series, we are going to hang out with Joe Casey of Protomartyr, relax with Ellen Kemper of Palehound and get sexy with Jamil Rashad of Boulevards. Photo: Jeni Wren Stottrup Produced and edited by Jeni Wren Stottrup Tracks: Born to Wine by Protomartyr, Molly and Cinnamon by Palehound and Got to Go by Boulevards Theme song: Lucky from Bryson Hanson Special thanks to Pickathon, XRAY.FM and Vortex Magazine


Episode 26: Gritty Birds: Live w/ Blossom

In the first installation of Gritty Birds: Live, Keisha Chiddick aka Blossom came into the studio before her Pickathon sets. Enjoy this bonus episode before the final installation of the Pickathon Series is released this week.


Pickathon Special Pt 2: Thao Nguyen and Guild Works

In Part 2 of the Pickathon series, we talk songwriting with punk pop experimentalist Thao Nguyen of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down. Then we head into the sky to talk with Guildworks, between Yo La Tengo and Jeff Tweedy's sets. With a special message for Thao from Tex Clark The Gritty Bird: Jeni Wren Stottrup Tracks: Astonished Man and Nobody Dies from A Man Apart by Thao and The Get Down Stay Down Recorded at Pickathon Music Festival 2016 with a Zoom H4n and XRAY.FM Mixed and Edited by...


Episode 25: TJ Annerino of Goose Island Talks Sponsorship

Sponsorship is about more than trading banners. TJ Annerino gets that with partnerships that include Pitchfork Music Festival, WBEZ public radio and the podcast Sound Opinions. It's about knowing who you are and building relationships that last. "It takes you about 10 seconds to realize that at 90% of live music you have an engaged music you have live audience that have paid a premium to be there. They’re looking for that experience. They look forward to that experience. So, in this case,...