July 30th, 2008

Ryan Adams // A Song For Keith

Ryan Adams // A Song For Keith
Ryan Adams // A Song For Keith

Ryan Adams’ late night dedication to Mr. Richards.

Ryan Adams – A Song For Keith

Ryan Adams – Easy Tiger (Buy)

July 30th, 2008

MY Morning Jacket // The Man In Me

MY Morning Jacket // The Man In Me

July 14th, 2008

Rollo & Grady Music Blog :: First Post

Rollo & Grady Music Blog :: First Post

“At the end of the day, my tastes are all over the map. I don’t see boundaries in music, so if I’m excited about an Outkast song or some Sam Cooke gospel record, I want to bring that into my world.”Jim James-My Morning Jacket

Rollo & Grady Music Blog :: First Post

Thank you for stopping by to check out Rollo & Grady music blog. Like Jim James, my musical tastes are all over the map and have no boundaries. I’m excited to share the music I listen to from both the past, present and everywhere in between.

Rollo & Grady Music Blog :: First Post

Why the name Rollo & Grady? If you are not already familiar, they were classic characters from the 70’s hit sitcom Sanford and Son. The shows theme song, composed by Quincy Jones, is the funkiest opener in television history. The song strongly influenced my musical tastes, along with Good Times and Soul Train.

Because of these classic themes, I discovered the works of Curtis Mayfield, The Funky Meters, James Brown and the J.B. Horns, Bill Withers, The Sugar Hill Gang, Stevie Wonder and countless others.

Rollo & Grady Music Blog :: First Post

July 14th, 2008

Highly Recommended

Highly Recommended

Amos Lee – Street Corner Preacher
Former elementary school teacher Amos Lee is back with his third album, Last Days at the Lodge.It has a good mix of blues, funk and soul. Pick it up from iTunes.

Justin Townes Earle – Yuma
Justin Townes Earle has big shoes to fill. His father is country/rock legend Steve Earle and he’s named after the late Townes Van Zandt. “Yuma”, is a depressingly beautiful song that showcases the mature storying talents of the 26-year-old songwriter. Pick up his LP and EP from Bloodshot Records.

Hayden – Where and When
Canadian singer-songwriter Hayden Desser has been playing music since the mid-90’s. He’s caught the attention of fellow Canadian, Feist, who’s invited him to open her fall tour shows. Download his latest album In Field & Town from iTunes.

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Modern Mystery
Excellent pop song from the Springfield, Missouri band. “Modern Mystery” is on the 2008 album, Pershing. For further listening check out their Myspace page.

Vetiver – Blue Driver
Vetiver’s album Thing Of The Past is a “set of cover versions of songs by some of band-leader Andy Cabic’s favorite artists”. One of the covers is Michael Hurley’s classic, “Blue Driver”. Download the album from iTunes.

The Childballads – Cheekbone Hollows
Frontman Stewart Lupton channels his inner Lou Reed, Donovan and Mick Jagger on this tune. For further listening check out the band’s Myspace page.

July 14th, 2008

David Ibbeken // Indecision

David Ibbeken // Indecision
(L-R) Craig Dougald (Drums); Aaron Evans (Guitar, Vocals);
Chris White (Guitar, Vocals); Doug Wanamaker (Keyboards);
David Ibbeken (Guitar, Vocals); Shawn McCrystal (Bass).

I ain’t got no worries; Ah baby it’s going to be a sunny day
(Indecision, Just A Little Bit)

Stream Only:
Indecision – Just A Little Bit

“Just a Little Bit”, sums up the vibe that Indecision has been passing on to their fans since the mid-to-late 80’s, before Widespread Panic, Dave Matthews Band and Phish became fixtures on the jam-band scene. They were the biggest and best with all three of the previously mentioned bands opening for them at one time or another. Before the band retired from touring full-time in 1993, they released three albums; the self titled Indecision, Ponder Yonder, and Reservoir, and since then have subsequently released Live at the Chameleon Club, The Great Road, indian tadalafil tablets, Black Water Sunday, and Live Volume One.

It’s an honor and a pleasure to have Indecision’s, David Ibbeken, for our 1st interview.

R&G: Hi David. So what are you guys up to these days?

David Ibbeken:
Since we are not touring full time any more, all of us have day jobs, all but one are married, and 4 out of 6 have kids. That said, all of us have stayed active in music in one form or another and will continue to do so hopefully until we drop.

R&G: How are the shows going so far?

David Ibbeken: We stopped full time in 1993, and about a year later started playing a couple shows a year and that steadily grew to playing about once or twice a month which is just enough to stay in the scene without having to be on the road all the time. Most of our shows are still in that southeast coast corridor from DC to Florida, with an occasional run up to NYC.

R&G: Yeah, a lot of friends on the east coast tell me they go to see you whenever you’re playing the Carolinas. How do your current shows compare with those from the 80’s and 90’s?

David Ibbeken: Generally speaking, the shows themselves are still about the same as what we’ve done for the last 24 years, though I think our ability to create on the go has gotten better.

: What is your audience like these days?

David Ibbeken: Our crowd has gotten a bit older….and we have not been great about reaching out to younger audiences.

R&G: Do you guys still get together during the year to practice or do things just come together for you instinctively?

David Ibbeken: Practice with the full band happens a couple times a year because Shawn McCrystal [bass player] lives in Atlanta and everyone else lives in the Charlottesville area, however those of us in Virginia will get together with a little more frequency especially if we are learning new tunes. As far as our interplay with each other during shows, that is pretty much like riding a bike, and playing gigs only one weekend a month keeps it fresh.

R&G: You guys built a grassroots following from your live shows. What do you attribute this to?

David Ibbeken:
In the late 80’s and early 90’s, the live jam was a great thing and college aged folks seemed to really dig live music perhaps a bit more than they do these days. I think the grassroots movement starts at home and grows by having original music that has something unique about it. We had and still have 2 things going for us: solid songwriting, and the ability to make an open jam [either within a song or otherwise] a thing unto itself, accessible to listeners even if one is not necessarily a jam-band fan.

R&G: Over the years I have heard many people refer to Indecision as a jam band. Personally, I wouldn’t put you in that category even though there were definitely some jams during your shows. How would you describe your music?

David Ibbeken: Describing our music was always something of a difficult question, and I guess it still is. Whenever you start adding anything improvisational or “jam” you get labeled as a Grateful Dead style band. We used to get that label quite a bit, usually from people that weren’t into that sort of thing.

Download (Right-Click Save As):

MP3: Indecision – Take It All In (Live)

R&G: Can you take me back to the days when you guys were playing with WSP, DMB and Phish? How was it working with them before they had made their bones?

David Ibbeken: We were very fortunate to play with those bands and even more fortunate to be able to say each of those groups opened up for us at one point. Can’t really say that any of us are tight with any of those guys but, they are all great people and great musicians and hopefully one day we could share the stage again.

R&G: I imagine you didn’t envision that all three bands would sellout Madison Square Garden. That blows my mind.

David Ibbeken: In the early 90’s, selling out MSG was hard to envision, but that is what perseverance and talent will get you.

R&G: You played Bonnaroo in 2003. How did that come about?

David Ibbeken: We just finished our last studio recording with David Lowery of Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven fame, and had some buzz going at the time, but I believe it was Coran Capshaw [manager of DMB and one of the principal organizers of Bonnaroo] who gave us the nod for this one. Coran has always been a supporter of Indecision and was generous to offer a spot at what I think is the best festival going.

R&G: Have there been any discussions about going on an extended tour?

David Ibbeken: Day jobs and family obligations are probably the biggest hurdle to any extended touring. If financially we could make it work, it might be a different story, but that would probably take breaking into a higher bracket of audience size. If we could get some opening slots for some of these bands we used to play with, I feel pretty good we could turn on a whole new group of fans which in turn might allow us to quit our day jobs…who knows, maybe one day.

R&G: If you had to choose, what’s your favorite Indecision album and why?

David: Ibbeken: Well, I like Ponder Yonder, Great Road and Live Volume One for different reasons and depending on what day of the week it is. PY was recorded at a great time for us, when we were playing with Phish, WSP, DMB and many others and it has good tunes on it, most of which we still play.

R&G: I love Ponder Yonder. It’s definitely my favorite. Reservoir is a close 2nd.

R&G: Which one of your Charleston, South Carolina performances was your favorite?

David Ibbeken:
Charleston was always a fun place to play, and we played there quite a bit… people seem to have their own way of enjoying themselves there which is infectious. I would have to say either playing with Blues Traveler at the Ports Authority or one of the old Music Farm gigs was the best. But anyway you look at it we gathered many fans and good times in C-town.

R&G: I was at the Blues Traveler show and a few of the old Farm gigs. They were always a blast. That being said, what prompted you to retire from touring full time in 1993?

David Ibbeken:
Stopping was not an easy decision, but may have been necessary at that point. We had been touring pretty hard for about 3 years and even though we seemed to be on par with the other bands we were playing with, we could not get a record company to put their name on us, and this was becoming a source of frustration which was not manifesting very well among the band members. Had we stuck it out a little longer we might have gotten over the hump, but on the other hand, the last thing you want to do is run the group into the ground trying and risk losing friendships with people you consider to be brothers.

R&G: Are there any plans for another album?

David Ibbeken: We will continue putting out live recordings on CD Baby, iTunes and other download sites. And sometime in the near future we will get another studio recording, we have the songs we just need to work out the logistics.

Download From iTunes:
Indecision – Indecision
Indecision – Ponder Yonder
Indecision – Reservoir
Indecision – Live At the Chameleon Club
Indecision – Black Water Sunday: A Live Compilation
Indecision – Live: Volume One

Indecision Facebook Group

Free live shows @ www.archive.com

July 14th, 2008

Andreas Stevens AKA DJ Greyboy

Andreas Stevens AKA DJ Greyboy

DJ Greyboy is widely known for forming the popular San Diego acid-jazz and funk group
The Greyboy Allstars; he co-founded the band with saxophonist, Karl Denson in the early 90’s.

Greyboy’s solo work mixes hip-hop beats with heavy funk and rare jazz grooves. I miss this genre of music. There are a few other artists currently keeping the vibe alive. I will discuss them in future posts.

DJ Greyboy – Singles Party
DJ Greyboy – Funk On The Brain ***
DJ Greyboy – Unwind Your Mind (Ft. Karl Denson)
DJ Greyboy – Freestylin’
Greyboy Allstars – Sunday School

Bonus Tracks-Samples
The Gaturs – Gator Bait
Billy Brooks – Fourty Days
A Tribe Called Quest – Luck of Lucien

***DJ Greyboy’s “Funk on The Brain” and A Tribe Called Quest’s “Luck of Lucien” sample from Billy Brooks’ “Fourty Days”

Download from iTunes:
Greyboy – Freestylin’

July 14th, 2008

Rollo & Grady Discover Covers

Rollo & Grady Discover Covers
Thom Yorke

M. Ward – Green River
Jim James and Calexico – Goin’ To Acapulco
Galactic – Immigrant Song
Feist – Nothin’ In The World Can.

July 14th, 2008

Rollo & Grady’s Jive-Five // Volume #1

Rollo & Gradys Jive Five // Volume #1

DJs Beat Ventriloquists spin 80’s and 90’s hip-hop Saturday nights @ Club 86.

1707 N. Hudson
Hollywood, CA

July 14th, 2008

Song Of The Day // Two Ways Out

Song Of The Day // Two Ways Out
(L) Tim Presley and (R) Rob Barbato

“Two Ways Out”, the new single from Darker My Love’s forthcoming album, 2 , has been creating quite a buzz.

MTVU recently showcased the video, Nic Harcourt of Los Angeles based radio station KCRW is playing the new single on his “Morning Becomes Eclectic” program. It’s also spinning on LA’s Indie 103.1, Seattle’s KEXP and San Francisco’s KITS.

The optimistic and breezy song is a slight departure from the bands early work. I look forward to hearing the rest of the album. 2 will be released on August, 5th from Dangerbird Records.

Darker My Love – Two Ways Out

DML – 2

July 14th, 2008

NSFW // Not Safe For Work

NSFW // Not Safe For Work

I’m not a fan of the abbreviation NSFW. I don’t plan on typing it again after this post.
But I also don’t want to get anyone fired.

I will use the word “Caution” before unsuitable content. Almost every hip-hop song and comedy post have several f-bombs, the “N” word, Bitches & Ho’s and other various
“R” rated material. So you may want to keep the volume level low and enjoy.

In addition, I will not be using LOL, OMG, OMFG or any of the following abbreviations.

July 14th, 2008

Ryan Adams Versus Jim Derogatis

I love Ryan Adams. But he should probably stay away from sending emails or leaving voicemails. Ryan didn’t care for Jim Derogatis’ review of his 2003 show in Chicago.
He was a little whiny during the 1st part of the call, but closes strong (Caution):

“You know what, I’m going keep coming back and you can’t fucking stop it. Old man,
it’s time for you to probably get out of the fucking business.”

Ryan Adams Versus Jim Derogatis
MP3: Ryan Adams – Voicemail To Jim Derogatis
Ryan Adams – Just Saying Hi (Answering Bell)
The Replacements – Answering Machine (Live)
Ryan Adams Versus Jim Derogatis
Ryan Adams Versus Jim Derogatis
MP3: Courtney Love- Voicemail To Bradley Nowell
Ryan Adams Versus Jim Derogatis
Sublime – What I Got

Ryan Adams Versus Jim Derogatis

***Update: 7/19/08-According to Stereogum, crazy Courtney Love accuses Ryan Adams of using $858,000 of Frances Bean Cobain’s money to fund his 2003 album Rock n Roll, “one of the worst records i can think of in rock and roll history.” Ryan’s gear, hotels, drugs, dinners at Nobu … all expensed to Courtney, stolen STRAIGHT OUT OF FRANCES”S TRUST FUND. Courtney has 29 AMEX cards, so it took a few years for her to notice. ***

July 14th, 2008

The Black Keys // Bass Player Wanted

The Black Keys // Bass Player Wanted
(L) Dan Auerbach and (R) Patrick Carney

I love the “holy shit” moment when I come across an exceptional band. I happened to be watching Conan O’Brien several years ago and caught The Black Keys performing. The Akron, Ohio duo, Dan Auerbach (guitar and vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums), were playing a blistering version of their song “Thickfreakness”. The sonic boom of this blues-rockin’, Jimi Hendrix influenced song made me a fan for life. In my opinion, The Black Keys are the greatest modern rock band out today.

It comes as no surprise that Led Zeppelin’s frontman Robert Plant told Rolling Stone magazine, that he would love to play bass for them. Other admirers included Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood, who asked them to open up several shows for them in 2006.

They are currently touring in support of their latest album, Attack and Release, produced by Danger “Brian Burton” Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Gorillaz, and Beck). An interesting choice for the blues rockers considering they recorded one of their albums in a tire factory and the others in a basement. The relationship started when Danger Mouse called the band to ask them if they would like to write some songs for R&B legend Ike Turner. An offer the band could not refuse, but shelved after two months, because it was taking too long to finish. Sadly, Ike Turner died before they could resume the project.

All of their albums are fantastic. I prefer the first 3 albums, but Chulahoma, Magic Potion and Attack and Release have some outstanding songs.

The Black Keys Albums:
2002-The Big Come Up (Buy)
2003-Thickfreakness (Buy)
2004-Rubber Factory (Buy)
2004-The Moan EP (Buy)
2006-Chulahoma EP (Buy)
2006-Magic Potion (Buy)
2008-Attack and Release (Buy)

**If you get a chance catch these guys live, they rock.

July 14th, 2008

John Lennon // I Met The Walrus

In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan, armed with a reel-to-reel tape deck, snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room in Toronto and convinced John to do an interview about peace. 38 years later, Jerry has produced a film about it. Using the original interview recording as the soundtrack, director Josh Raskin has woven a visual narrative with Lennon’s every word in a cascading flood of multipronged animation.

**Contributor: Todd Feder

July 14th, 2008

Keith Richards // You Got The Silver

Keith Richards // You Got The Silver

“You Got The Silver” off of the Let It Bleed album, was the first time Keith Richards sang the entire lead vocal for The Stones. He previously shared vocals with Mick Jagger on “Salt Of The Earth”. They recorded a version with Jagger singing lead, but decided to release the one with Richards singing. It’s a beautiful song.