January 31st, 2009

Super Bowl // Lewis Black and Ozomatli

Super Bowl // Lewis Black and Ozomatli

Ozomatli will be playing @ The House of Blues in Anaheim 2/26-2/28 (Buy Tix).

Ozomatli – Super Bowl Sundae
Lewis Black – Coke and Pepsi and the Superbowl of 2001

Download:
Lewis Black – Rules of Enragement (iTunes)
Ozomatli – Don't Mess With the Dragon (iTunes)



January 31st, 2009

What Katy/Katie Did

What Katy/Katie Did

Download:
Babyshambles – Down In Albion (iTunes)
The Libertines – The Libertines (iTunes)



January 30th, 2009

Coachella 2009 // The Official Lineup

Coachella 2009 // The Official Lineup

Oh my! Coachella just redeemed itself. What a line-up. It’s still way too fucking hot in Indio, but this may be worth it. What are the odds that Amy Winehouse will make the trip?
Coachella 2009 // The Official Lineup



January 30th, 2009

People Under The Stairs // Los Angeles’ Finest

People Under The Stairs // Los Angeles Finest

Los Angeles’ Finest=Best Hip-Hop Group In America

I’m about four months off on praising the best hip-hop album of 2008, “Fun DMC”. But I’m still hooked on their 2002 classic “O.S.T.” I will beat a dead horse, but you guys who drool over Lil’ Wayne, Kanye, 50 Cent, Young Jeezy or any other of those prepackaged “rappers”, expand your horizons. If you want to hear great rhymes and beats without the bling and bullshit check out People Under The Stairs’ catalog. You will not be disappointed. BTW-you have to love West Coast rappers paying respect to the Bronx.

I Rest My Case: Lil’ Wayne Fans (Click Here)
Question for Lil’ Wayne: How many Gangsta’s chat with Katie Couric???


Download:

MP3: People Under The Stairs – The Break Down
MP3: People Under the Stairs – Acid Raindrops
MP3: People Under The Stairs – Letter 2 C/O Bronx
MP3: People Under The Stairs – Love’s Theme #1

Download:
People Under the Stairs – Fun DMC
People Under the Stairs – "O.S.T. (iTunes)
People Under the Stairs – The Next Step (iTunes)



January 29th, 2009

The Kills // Live

The Kills // Live

The Kills are one of the best live bands out today. When they come to town they normally play at the El Rey Theatre. It’s a perfect venue for their stage show. They are touring in Germany, New Zealand and Australia in March. I imagine that they will not return to Los Angeles until 2010.

The Kills // Live

Download:
The Kills – Midnight Boom (iTunes)
The Kills – No Wow (iTunes)



January 29th, 2009

Modest Mouse // The Hollywood Palladium – Feb. 24th

Modest Mouse // The Hollywood Palladium   Feb. 24th
Modest Mouse tickets went on sale today for their February 24th show @ The Hollywood Palladium (Buy Tix-$35).

California Tour Dates:
Sun Feb. 22 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
Mon Feb. 23 – Visalia, CA – The Fox Theatre
Tue Feb. 24 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium

Tour Info (Click Here)

Download:
Modest Mouse – Good News for People Who Love Bad News (iTunes)
Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West (iTunes)



January 29th, 2009

John Martyn

John Martyn
When it rains, it pours.

Colin Irwin:: Telegraph.co.uk

Singer and guitarist John Martyn, who died yesterday, had a reputation that always preceded him. A rebel in all senses, he railed against every musical cliché and genre straitjacket they tried to pin on him – annihilating the genre barriers between folk, blues, jazz, rock and avant-garde as he bullishly rejected attempts to tame him and mould him into a sellable product. Continue Reading

Download:
John Martyn – Sweet Little Mysteries: The Island Anthology (iTunes)



January 29th, 2009

Black Mountain // West Coast Tour

Black Mountain // West Coast Tour
Stephen McBean of Black Mountain

Black Mountain just announced their West Coast tour dates. They will be playing @ The Echoplex on March 21th (Buy Tix).

**All dates will be performed with The Sadies.

Tour Dates:
March 20th San Francisco @ Rickshaw Stop (Buy Tix)
March 21st Los Angeles @ The Echoplex (Buy Tix)
March 22nd San Diego, @ Casbah (Buy Tix)
March 23rd Santa Cruz @ The Crepe Place (Buy Tix)
March 25th Portland, @ Hawthorne Theatre (Buy Tix)
March 26th Bellingham, @ The Wild Buffalo
March 27th Seattle @ Neumos (Buy Tix)

Download:
MP3: Black Mountain – Druganaut
MP3: Black Mountain – Thirteen Walls (Live @ Maps – RCDC)
MP3: Black Mountain – Angels (Live @ Maps – RCDC)

Download:
Black Mountain – In the Future (iTunes)
The Sadies – Favourite Colours (iTunes)



January 29th, 2009

The Rolling Stones // Con Le Mie Lacrime

The Rolling Stones //  Con Le Mie Lacrime

“As Tears Go By” is considered to be the first original composition written by Jagger and Richards. The song was initially named “As Time Goes By.” Their manager Andrew Oldham received a writing credit for changing “Time” to “Tears.” Oldham gave the ballad to 17 year-old Marianne Faithfull in 1964. The single hit #22 on the Billboard Charts and helped launch her career.

The Stones recorded their own version in 1965. The same year they released the Italian version “Con le mie lacrime” as a bonus track to the “As Tears Go By” single album.

Download:
The Rolling Stones – Hot Rocks 1964-1971 (iTunes)
Marianne Faithfull – Greatest Hits (iTunes)



January 28th, 2009

Billy Powell

Billy Powell

Jonathan Cohen: Billboard Magazine

“Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell died this morning (Jan. 28) at his home in Orange Park, Fla. He was 56.

According to the Associated Press, Powell called 911 around 12:55 a.m. this morning, saying he was having trouble breathing. Rescue crews arrived at the home but Powell was pronounced dead just before 2 a.m.

Orange Park Police Lt. Mark Cornett told the AP that Powell had missed an appointment yesterday for a cardiac evaluation.

Powell, whose fluid piano runs spiced such classic Skynyrd songs as “Freebird,” “Call Me the Breeze” and “Sweet Home Alabama,” and founding guitarist Gary Rossington were the only two surviving band members aboard the 1977 plane crash that killed singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup vocalist Cassie Gaines.” Continue Reading



January 28th, 2009

Paste Magazine // February CD Sampler

Paste Magazine // February CD Sampler
Neko Case

Neko Case is featured on the cover of the February issue of Paste Magazine. It’s the magazine’s 50th issue.

Features: Paste’s 50th Issue Timeline, Neko Case Drives Us Batty, Objects Of Their Affection.

Reviews: M. Ward, Andrew Bird, Heartless Bastards, Animal Collective, Franz Ferdinand, Neko Case and many more.

This month’s CD sampler includes tracks by Andrew Bird, M. Ward, Neko Case, Josh Ritter, Heartless Bastards and The Guggenheim Grotto to name a few.

Download:
MP3: Neko Case – People Got A Lotta Nerve
MP3: Heartless Bastards – The Mountain
MP3: M. Ward – Never Had Nobody Like You

Download:
M. Ward – Hold Time (Pre-Order from Insound)
Neko Case – Middle Cyclone (Pre-Order from Amazon)
Heartless Bastards – The Mountain (Pre-Order from Insound)



January 28th, 2009

Rollo & Grady Interview / Matty McLoughlin Of The Soft Pack

 Rollo & Grady Interview / Matty McLoughlin Of The Soft Pack
Matty McLoughlin (r)

I recently met with The Soft Pack (formerly known as The Muslims) backstage at the Echo, where they opened for Darker My Love last month. The band told me that they had started a “new chapter” when they renamed themselves The Soft Pack. Some fans expressed disapproval, but the old name had brought out a dark and sometimes racist side of listeners and critics. I interviewed Matty McLoughlin (lead guitar) for the piece and got the chance to hang out with the band, which includes Matt Lamkin (lead singer/guitarist), Dave Lantzman (bass), and Brian Hill (drummer).

The Soft Pack originally hails from San Diego, but recently moved here to Los Angeles to get themselves more in the mix. You can tell that Matty and his fellow bandmates are good friends; they’re a laid-back, tight-knit group. They’re all super talented as they effortlessly play their unique blend of pop-punk-garage rock n’ roll.

Since I met with Matty and The Soft Pack they have signed with New York-based Kemado Records. They were one of the hottest bands at last year’s SXSW and CMJ festivals and the industry buzz they generated there is what led to the deal. You can expect their debut album with Kemado late next year, and until then they’re playing some of their new tracks on tour. You can catch them at The Echo tonight (1/28) and again on February 4th & 13th.

R&G: Tell me a little bit about the name change. How did that come about?

Matty: I think we officially changed it around Thanksgiving. We had wanted to change it for about a year now, but hadn’t come up with anything that we could all agree upon. Brian came up with The Soft Pack, and we liked it a lot, so we changed it. We were sick of the shit people would say about the old name. I guess they were trying to be funny and some things that were said came off as racist… It just became fucking stupid.

R&G: Journalists or fans?

Matty: Everyone in general. Anybody on the street asking about our band’s name, everything about it became a nuisance.

R&G: Why The Soft Pack? After cigarettes?

Matty: It sounded really good. It’s neutral. That’s why I like it. It doesn’t mean anything; it doesn’t matter.

R&G: Were you worried about the name change, in terms of alienating the fans that you’d already made with The Muslims?

Matty: No, I wasn’t. Some people got upset, but it’s their choice to not follow the band anymore. It was our choice to change our name. If you don’t want to listen to our music because you only liked our name, it’s cool with us.

R&G: Did the Velvet Underground and the Strokes influence your brand of music?

Matty: We grew up listening to the Velvet Underground in high school. I like the Strokes; good pop music. Their first record had some pretty awesome songs on it.

R&G: Tell me about your first recordings.

Matty: We recorded with our friend Ryan at 1928 recordings. It was our first EP, which is seven songs and it comes in a CD with three bonus tracks. Then we released a 7-inch with Sweet Tooth Records in San Diego, that’s where we’re from. And then, we released a 7-inch with I Hate Rock and Roll, which is an LA based label.

 Rollo & Grady Interview / Matty McLoughlin Of The Soft Pack



January 28th, 2009

Breaking News // Joaquin Phoenix Is A Fraud (Who Cares)

Breaking News // Joaquin Phoenix Is A Fraud (Who Cares)

According Entertainment Weekly:

Two people close to Joaquin Phoenix tell EW that the actor’s recent attempt to reinvent himself as a rapper is not what it appears to be.

Ever since the actor announced he was ditching his career in movies to try to make it as a rap artist, speculation has flown wildly about what, exactly, the two-time Oscar nominee might be thinking. Following his widely panned three-song debut as a rapper at a Las Vegas nightclub on Jan. 16 — a shambling performance that concluded with the actor falling off the stage — two competing theories emerged: Either Phoenix is perpetrating an elaborate Andy Kaufman-style hoax (with an assist from his friend and brother-in-law Casey Affleck, who’s ostensibly shooting a documentary about his career transition)–Continue Story @ Entertainment Weekly



January 28th, 2009

New Black Lips Song // Short Fuse

New Black Lips Song // Short Fuse

The Black Lips have released another track from their upcoming album “200 Million Thousand”, out February 24th on Vice Records. “Short Fuse” is the second single released from their highly-anticipated follow-up to 2007’s “Good Bad Not Evil.” The Atlanta rockers had to cancel their tour of India following a run-in with police over their raunchy onstage antics. Rock on.

They will be playing @ The El Rey on May 1st (Click Here For Tickets)

Download:
MP3: Black Lips – Short Fuse
MP3: Black Lips – Starting Over

Download:
Black Lips – Good Bad Not Evil (iTunes)