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An @xrayfm music interview podcast sharing the stories of today's music industry from the voices of working musicians and creatives from Jeni Wren Stottrup. West Coast and beyond.
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An XRAY.FM radio show and podcast all about the grit behind successful artists and creatives, from artist and producer Jeni Wren.

Dec 21, 2016

Seattle Pop duo @sisterstheband aren't actually sisters, but they're taking sisterhood to a new level with their upcoming debut Drink Champagne. Get to know the infectious pair on this week's episode of @grittybirds! Find out more about Sisters at http://www.sisterstheband.com Follow them on socials at @sisterstheband The episode was recorded with a Zoom H4N at Doug Fir Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Scripted by Jeni Wren Stottrup and Ryan Wolf Stroud Transcribed by Christina Donaldson

Dec 15, 2016

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 http://www.davidbazan.com Follow them on socials at @davidbazan The episode was recorded on Zencastr and produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup It was transcribed by Chris Martell Storytelling support by Ryan Wolf Stroud Follow Gritty Birds at @grittybirds

Dec 7, 2016

The women of Spirit House are seeking to do something a little radical: creating a collaborative record platform for women and non-binary voices. Listen to the story of Monica, Johanna and Valerie today on The Gritty Birds! Find out more about Spirit House at https://spirithouse.bandcamp.com/ Follow them on socials at @spirithouserecords The episode was recorded at XRAY.FM's production studio It was produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Transcribed by Amit Erez Follow Gritty Birds at @grittybirds

Dec 1, 2016

Chuck Westmoreland music is genuine. Listening to him speak, you hear authenticity; you get his heart. As a business owner, long-time musical creative and family man, Chuck’s words are about as gritty as it gets. In his own voice, here is his story. Find more about Chuck at http://www.chuckwestmoreland.com

Nov 24, 2016

An audio short of thanksgivings past and present.

Nov 9, 2016

LGBTQ electronic producer Natasha Kmeto sits down for a frank conversation on identity, finding confidence and her new 7". "Obviously the system is not rigged in our favor, but a lot of my thinking lately has been “how do we push past this; what is the solution.”

Nov 3, 2016

When RnB artist Reva DeVito returned with over a half million streams in the first couple days of her EP release, it wasn't a surprise to her producers. The How What and Where artist collaborated with a deep net of some of today's hottest producers including this year's Polaris Award winner Kaytranada. Find out the secret to her grit on this week's episode of @grittybirds

Oct 27, 2016

Get to know the story behind The Minders with songwriter Martyn Leaper. From their Denver origins with The Elephant Six Collective to their new album released this spring, Into the River, producer over 4 years with Larry Crane at Jackpot Recording, Martyn has a story you don't want to miss. Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup at XRAY FM Studios Special Thanks to The Minders for use of the tracks It's Gonna Break Out! and Summer Song The episode was transcribed by Amit Erez and Aimee Burton Board op by Dannon Drips for on-air release Gritty Birds is produced in partnership with XRAY.FM

Oct 20, 2016

Previewing Oct 23rd Rock for Rockwood event at Revolution Hall, kids from Wattles Boys and Girls Club recorded interview questions for two of the artists on the show, Emily Wells and The Thermals! Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Special Thanks to Emily Wells, The Thermals, The Kids of the Wattles Boys and Girls Club and Next Northwest. Thanks to Emily Wells for the use of Light is Drainin Thanks to The Thermals for the use of Thinking of You Gritty Birds is produced in partnership with XRAY.FM

Oct 12, 2016

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

Oct 6, 2016

Pete Krebs is having his best week ever. After a sold out revival of his cult punk band Hazel for their HAZEL: Live in Portland release, to the release of Hey! Pete Krebs! and induction into The Oregon Hall of Fame, he's made his mark. Take a listen to his story on this week's episode of Gritty Birds Photo: John Eckenrode Produced and edited by Jeni Wren Stottrup at XRAY Studios Tracks: Big Fattie and Jilted from HAZEL: Live in Portland and Kid Domino from Hey! Pete Krebs! Theme song: Lucky from Bryson Cone Transcribed by Aimee Burton

Sep 23, 2016

Johnny Galyon and Todd Crosby came together to put on one of the best metal festivals in the US, in an unheard of venue capacity of 500. With acts like Deafheaven, Uncle Acid and Red Fang as well as locals from Portland's stand out metal scene, it's a gem of festival. Take a listen, in the first of the Uncut series.

Sep 22, 2016

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.

Sep 22, 2016

Johnny Galyon and Todd Crosby came together to put on one of the best metal festivals in the US, in an unheard of venue capacity of 500. With acts like Deafheaven, Uncle Acid and Red Fang as well as locals from Portland's stand out metal scene, it's a gem of festival. Take a listen, in the first of the Uncut series.

Sep 15, 2016

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.

Sep 7, 2016

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

Sep 3, 2016

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.

Sep 1, 2016

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 Jeni Wren Stottrup Mastered by Gene Forte

Aug 23, 2016

Pickathon is like Disneyland, it's the happiest place on earth, with a different edge. In part one a 3 part special from the festival we talk with two rising artists, folk violin/fiddle duo 10 String Symphony out of Nashville Tennesee and rocker Ezra Furman. Plus, find out the burning question Ezra Furman super fan and Federal Investigator Zoe Kelleher had for the artist. Photo: Jeni Wren Stottrup Produced and edited by Jeni Wren Stottrup Tracks: Someone to be Good For and Deacon's Waltz from 10 String Symphony(Tasty Creek Records) Teddy I’m Ready Ready by Ezra Furman(Bar/None Records). Theme song: Lucky from Bryson Hanson Special thanks to Pickathon, XRAY.FM and Vortex Magazine

Aug 17, 2016

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, in Goose Island case, Beer and Music – live music, they go pretty hand-in-hand. " Photo: Jeni Wren Stottrup Produced and edited by Jeni Wren Stottrup Edited by Jeni Wren Stottrup Tracks: Natural Villain by Twin Peaks and No Woman by Whitney Theme song: Lucky from Bryson Hanson Special thanks to XRay.FM, Regional Arts and Culture Council, Podcast Movement, Vortex Music Mag and Goose Island Brewing for making this episode possible.

Jul 29, 2016

Meet Dana Janssen, aka Dana Buoy. The "tropicore" artist spent a decade as a member of experimental group Akron/Family before striking out on his own. He's working on a new record and taking a fresh approach to life and health, having fun while he's at it. Photo: Jeni Wren Stottrup Produced and edited by Jeni Wren Stottrup Edited by Jeni Wren Stottrup Tracks: Island by Akron/Family, Isla Mujeras and Lets Start a War by Dana Buoy Theme song: Lucky from Bryson Hanson Sponsored by XRay.FM and Vortex Music Mag

Jul 21, 2016

On this week's episode of Gritty Birds, I talked with Portland favorites Genders. After 4 years together they've found their stride as a long term band, with the release of their upcoming album this fall. Get to know the lighthearted spirits of Maggie and Stephen and listen to their new single "Life is But a Dream". Photo: Todd Walberg Produced and edited by Jeni Wren Stottrup Edited by Jeni Wren Stottrup Tracks: Sugar Coat, Technicolor Dream and Life is But a Dream from Genders Theme song: Lucky from Bryson Hanson Sponsored by XRay.FM and Vortex Music Mag

Jun 30, 2016

In it's 18th year, NW festival Pickathon defies the usual expectations of what makes a festival great. With over 3,500 volunteers and set in the shadow of Mt Hood at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, it's a "beautiful thing". Here about Pickathon from the man who knows it best, found Zale Schoenborn. Tune in to find out about some of the changes afoot for this year's festival August 4-6 as well as a preview of who to look out for and songs from Adia Victoria and Blossom. Photo: Ty Segall at Woods Stage Photo credit: Drew Bandy and Pickathon Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup Edited by Jeni Wren Stottrup Copy Editing by Alexis Kenyon Tracks: Dead Eyes by Adia Victoria and Video by Blossom Sponsored by XRay.FM and Vortex Music Mag

Jun 23, 2016

The Posies released their first album in 5 years this spring, following an emotional year that involved the loss of two members of the band. I met with founding member Ken Stringfellow at the tail end of their latest tour, where he shared the story of how the band found healing. Photo credit: Jeni Wren Stottrup Produced by Jeni Wren Stottrup and Alexis Kenyon Tracks: Unlikely Places, The Definition, Sound of Clouds First aired on XRay FM Special thanks to media sponsor Vortex Music Magazine

Jun 16, 2016

This week we’re talking to Megan Diana McGeorge, founder of Piano Push Play and the songwriter behind LEO. This summer Piano Push Play enters it’s 5th season, boasting 20 pianos that will find homes in public spaces around the city this summer. Starting with a simple idea and launching into a successful non-profit after taking a multi-year break from music, McGeorge is a force of nature and a rising voice in the NW music scene. Photo credit: Jeni Wren Stottrup Sound: Jeni Wren Stottrup Licensing: "Circulation" by Becca Schultz from Please Play Me and "Stopping to Start" by LEO with special thanks to Megan Diana McGeorge First aired on XRay FM Special thanks to media sponsor Vortex Music Magazine http://www.grittybirds.com jeniwrenmusic@gmail.com

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