April 30th, 2009

Deerhoof // New, Improved, Live – Session 1

Deerhoof // New, Improved, Live   Session 1
Ed Rodriguez tuning up for the session

New, Improved, Live is a multimedia series launched by TheBayBridged.com and New, Improved Recording. Every month, they invite a popular indie band to their studio in Oakland and record an exclusive live session.

They chose eclectic San Francisco quartet Deerhoof for their first show. The band recorded 4 tracks: ‘Giga Dance’, ‘The Great Car Tomb’, ‘Let’s Dance The Jet’ and ‘Milking.’ You have the option to download the songs (free) @ 160kbps or 320kbps. The sound is terrific. They also have video footage of the session and a Q&A with Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier (click here). New, Improved, Live is off to a great start.

MP3: Deerhoof – Let’s Dance The Jet (New, Improved, Live – Session 1)

Related Posts: Rollo & Grady Interview with John Dieterich (Click Here)

April 30th, 2009

Wilco // Free Download – ‘The Jolly Banker’

Wilco // Free Download   The Jolly Banker
Woody Guthrie

Wilco is offering a free MP3 download of their cover of Woody Guthrie’s ‘The Jolly Banker.’ To download the track click here.

April 30th, 2009

Rollo Grady // Demo, B-Side and Live Tracks – Volume #1

Rollo Grady // Demo, B Side and Live Tracks   Volume #1
MP3: Jack Johnson – Flake (Demo)
MP3: Wilco – The Lonely 1 (White Hen Version)
MP3: Babyshambles – Black Boy Lane (Live)

Peter Doherty – Grace / Wastelands (iTunes)
Jack Johnson – In Between Dreams (iTunes)
Wilco – Sky Blue Sky (iTunes)

April 30th, 2009

Del tha Funkee Homosapien // Giving New Album Away

Del tha Funkee Homosapien // Giving New Album Away

Del tha Funkee Homosapien is offering his new album for free (download here).

[Via: Daily Swarm]

April 30th, 2009

New Dinosaur Jr // ‘I Want You To Know’

New Dinosaur Jr // I Want You To Know

Dinosaur Jr is offering a free download from their forthcoming album Farm, due out June 22nd via PIAS. ‘I Want You To Know’ could easily pass as a track from Bug, Green Mind or Where You Been. They are scheduled to play at the Troubadour on June 22nd and 23rd. For ticket info (Click Here).

MP3: Dinosaur Jr – I Want You To Know

For more info on Farm (Click Here)

April 30th, 2009

Black Lips // Tickets For El Rey Show

Black Lips // Tickets For El Rey Show

I have a pair of tickets for tomorrow night’s Black Lips show at the El Rey Theatre. Email me @ rollogrady@gmail.com to claim tickets.

April 30th, 2009

Four Tet and Burial To Collaborate On Record

Four Tet and Burial To Collaborate On Record
Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet

Two of the most progressive young electronic producers in the UK have teamed up, with Burial and Four Tet working on a new twelve inch. Both producers have remixed the works of Thom Yorke and Radiohead, but have not collaborated together. Moth / Wolf Cub will be released on May 4th.

MP3: Thom Yorke – And It Rained All Night (Burial Remix)
MP3: Radiohead – Skttrbrain (Four Tet Remix)

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April 29th, 2009

Zach Galifianakis // death + taxes

Zach Galifianakis // death + taxes
Image by Robyn Von Swank

From the new issue of death + taxes magazine.

Things To Make One Feel Better:
“Eat an ice cream sandwich in the shower. If that does not work, then: Travel to Little Rock, Arkansas and wait for something outrageous to happen and then look at the person next to you and say, “Only in New York.” If that does not work, try: When you see someone reading People or US Weekly magazine try lighting it on fire. Get a GED for a lawn mower. Open a locksmith company and call it Sure Lock Homes. Let diarrhea just happen — where and whenever. Tell your parents that even though they have ruined your last six Christmases you sill think they are wonderful.”

MP3: Zach Galifianakis ft. Fiona Apple – Come On and Get It (Up In ‘dem Guts)

April 29th, 2009

Spinner.com // Black Lips and GZA – ‘The Drop I Hold’

Spinner.com // Black Lips and GZA   The Drop I Hold
Image – Village Voice

BlackLips.com in Islam

Spinner.com has an exclusive download of the Black Lips collaborating with GZA on ‘The Drop I Hold.’ Needless to say it is dope. I caught GZA performing ‘Liquid Swords’ with the Black Lips at SXSW, they’re a match made in heaven. BTW – check out The Horrors ‘Sea With A Sea.’

The kind people at Vice Records sent me a copy of the MP3, enjoy!

MP3: Black Lips feat GZA – The Drop I Hold

Friday, May 1st – Black Lips @ The El Rey Theatre (More Info)

April 29th, 2009

Rock The Bells Festival // Los Angeles – August 8th

Rock The Bells Festival // Los Angeles   August 8th

Guerilla Union recently announced the dates and venues for this year’s Rock The Bells Festival. Busta Rhymes, The GZA and The Knux have been added to the all-star line-up that features The Roots, Nas, RZA, Raekwon and Chali 2Na to name a few. For full line-up (click here).

Rock The Bells – 2009 Tour Dates:
June 27th – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Chicago
June 28th – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit
July 5th – Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto
July 12th – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Washington DC
July 18th – Comcast Center, Boston
July 19th – Jones Beach Amphitheatre, New York
August 1st – Deer Lake Park, Vancouver
August 6th – Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Denver
August 8th – San Manuel Amphitheatre, Los Angeles
August 9th – Shoreline Amphitheatre, San Francisco

MP3: GZA the Genius – Life Is a Movie (feat. RZA & Irfane Khan-Acito)

April 29th, 2009

Rollo & Grady Interview // Julia Stone

Rollo & Grady Interview // Julia Stone

Julia Stone is half of the brother-sister folk rock duo from Sydney, Australia. She and her brother Angus are household names in the Australia and the UK. Their current record A Book Like This, released overseas 2007, went gold in Australia and spent several weeks in the top ten. It was released here in the US this past March to rave reviews. They followed the US release with two months of touring with Brett Dennen.

Julia and Angus share vocal and writing duties on the album. Their music is honest, warm and deeply personal. Julia’s voice is strong, sweet and the lyrics suggest she’s wise beyond her years. During live show’s you’ll find her playing acoustic guitar, trumpet, piano, harmonica and dancing merrily around the stage. It’s obvious she loves what she’s doing.

I met Julia last week at the Troubadour prior to their sold out show. We were in the front bar area for the interview, while her dad was setting up the merch table. It’s a truly family affair for the Stones. Julia was open and honest, similar to her style of music.

Rollo & Grady Interview // Julia Stone

R&G: In the last 6 months, you’ve played the Hotel Café, opened for Brett Dennen at the House of Blues, been on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, played at Amoeba Records and now you’re headlining the Troubadour. Tell me about your rise in LA and the U.S.

Julia: It feels good. It’s kind of trippy to be here promoting A Book Like This, because it came out in Australia almost two years ago. There’s a weird feeling about it; talking about songs that are super old. In a way, it’s fresh too. The States are exciting unlike London, which was a real stall; moving there and being in the cold and away from the ocean. When we come to LA, we stay in Santa Monica because, for us, being by the ocean feels like home. It makes it easier – better.

R&G: You guys have had success in Australia and the UK. What’s the difference between audiences overseas versus here?

There are some cultural differences, but in the end, when you’re up on stage, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing for or to how many people – it feels the same and that’s a good thing. It always feels euphoric and easy. It’s not that we don’t get nervous. More than anything, we get excited. It doesn’t matter where we are; there’s no strangeness about playing to new crowds.

R&G: At the House of Blues show, you seemed very comfortable – dancing and skipping around the stage. Do you drink wine or are you on a natural high?

Julia: I’m not good with drinking alcohol before I go onstage. I like to have a glass of wine after the show, but I like to be nice and clearheaded. Dancing, for me, is something I really enjoy. When some songs start – there are only specific songs I dance to, like ‘Mango Tree’ or ‘Just a Boy’ – I can’t help it. I’m always standing on my tippee toes too. It’s probably a height thing, because I’m really short. With those two things together – being on my toes and to start floating about when the beat kicks in – it’s hard to just stand there.

R&G: Angus rarely does interviews. He seems a bit shy.

Julia: We did interviews for the first year together, and he would always be quiet. I’d look at him like ‘Do you want to say something?’ I always felt like I was talking so much, and thought maybe he was feeling like I was answering for him. And then one day he just said, ‘You know what? I don’t like it. I don’t like talking about the songs. I don’t want to do interviews. That’s it.’ I was just like, ‘Alright. I like doing interviews, so I’ll do them.’ And, he was like, ‘Cool.’

R&G: I read an interview where you mentioned that you and Angus have become best friends and how fortunate you were to really get to know your brother – not just because he’s a family member – and how nice it is to be given an opportunity to get to know him properly and not just because you’re family. Does that still ring true?

Julia: I think it’ll always be true to us. I really value the fact that this has happened. We’re family and we’ll always be there for each other. That’s how it is with a lot of people in my family. I love them so much, but don’t know all the ins and outs of their lives or who they are. I kinda take them for granted. They’re just hanging there doing their thing. To get to know him has been an absolute pleasure. He’s an amazing and extraordinary man and friend, and he challenges me every day. I think because we have the bond of family, we can push each other even harder too.

R&G: How do you push each other?

Julia: Just emotionally. On this journey, it’s really challenging sometimes, but because we’re family, we can be a little bit more… You know when you’re with your family, sometimes you say things you wouldn’t say if it was just a friend or something? You’d say, ‘I’m not going to get angry at that situation because it’s not cool.’ With family, you can be like, ‘Fuck you! You really fucked up!’ Whoever you love, you have this ability to really let them down, and because of that, you have to figure out ways of growing out of it all the time. Every day, it’s like, ‘Alright. We kind of fucked up yesterday. Let’s say, ‘Sorry,’ and become better people because of it.’
Rollo & Grady Interview // Julia Stone