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

April 29th, 2009

The Kills // Henry Fonda Theatre – May 22nd

The Kills // Henry Fonda Theatre   May 22nd

The Kills are coming to town next month. The duo will be playing Friday, May 22nd at The Music Box. The Horrors and Magic Wands are the openers. To purchase tickets to the show (click here). May is shaping up to be a nice month with The Avett Brothers, Black Joe Lewis, King Khan and Black Lips playing gigs in LA.

The Kills Studio Session at World Cafe – May 14, 2008
Last Day of Magic
Sour Cherry
Cheap and Cheerful
Goodnight Bad Morning

The Kills // Henry Fonda Theatre   May 22nd
The Horrors

MP3: Magic Wands – Black Magic
MP3: The Horrors – Sea With A Sea

April 29th, 2009

Rollo & Grady // Discover Covers – Volume #34

Rollo & Grady // Discover Covers   Volume #34
Wye Oak

MP3: Marco Benevento – Heartbeats (The Knife)
MP3: José González – Heartbeats – (Live – The Knife Cover)
MP3: Wye Oak – Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair (Pernell Roberts)

Wye Oak – If Children (iTunes)
Jose Gonzalez – Veneer (iTunes)
Marco Benevento – Me Not Me (iTunes)

Thursday, April 30th – Wye Oak with Buddy @ Silverlake Lounge (More Info)

April 28th, 2009

Department of Eagles // KCRW – January 22nd, 2009

Department of Eagles // KCRW   January 22nd, 2009
Daniel Rossen (l) and Fred Nicolaus (r)

Department of Eagles
KCRW – Morning Becomes Eclectic
January 22nd, 2009

Phantom Other
No One Does It Like You
Not For Long
In Ear Park
Balmy Night
You’ll Never Know

Department of Eagles // KCRW   January 22nd, 2009
MP3: Department Of Eagles – The Curious Butterfly Realizes He Is Beautiful

Department of Eagles – In Ear Park (iTunes)
Department of Eagles – The Cold Nose (iTunes)

April 28th, 2009

Spotify // One Million Registered UK Subscribers

Spotify // One Million Registered UK Subscribers

From: ITProportal.com
Spotify has reached a major milestone, revealing that it reached one million registered user during the weekend in just a few weeks.

The free music streaming website allowed users to register back in February 2009 and reached one million users in the 7 territories where it operates one month after it started to offer its free subscription without requesting an invite from a friend.

28 new users sign up every minute to Spotify – that’s 280,000 listeners every month – with half of that coming from the UK. Spotify has declined to reveal what proportion of users actually pay for the service.

It charges £9.99 per month to get an ad-free version of the service and in the past few weeks, we have noticed that Spotify has increased the frequency of adverts on its free version.

Paul Brown, the managing director for Spotify UK and former Pandora exec, told Paidcontent that they “are at the beginning of this – we’ve got some very good ad sales people in our UK office, they know what they’re doing and the company knows what it’s doing.” Continue Reading

April 28th, 2009

New Album Releases For Tuesday (4/28/2009)

New Album Releases For Tuesday (4/28/2009)

It’s been a slow week for quality new releases; the sole album that caught my attention was from New York-based poet/musician Christopher Porpora aka Cheval Sombre.

His one-man band, self-titled LP was produced by Spaceman 3’s Sonic Boom and released on Double Feature Records; the new label started by Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, formerly of Luna. It’s a perfect pairing for Porpora’s brand of low-key psych-folk music.

Cheval Sombre is a refreshingly mellow record with beautiful, hypnotic tracks made for lazy summer days. I love this album, hopefully it will get the recognition it deserves.

Rollo & Grady Recommended New Releases – Tuesday, April 28th:
Cheval Sombre – Cheval Sombre (Buy)
Funkadelic – Free Your Mind…And Your Ass Will Follow (Vinyl Reissue) (Buy)
Funkadelic – Cosmic Slop (vinyl reissue) (Buy)
Pulp – This Is Hardcore (Vinyl Reissue) (Buy)
Wilco – Ashes of American Flags (DVD) (Buy)

New Album Releases For Tuesday (4/28/2009)

MP3: Cheval Sombre – The World Is Wrong
MP3: Funkadelic – Nappy Dugout
MP3: Wilco – Handshake Drugs (Otto’s 5/20/2004)

April 27th, 2009

Austin City Limits Festival Lineup Announced

Austin City Limits Festival Lineup Announced
The Dead Weather

The lineup for the eighth annual Austin City Limits Music Festival was just announced. The headliners include Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Beastie Boys, Kings of Leon and Sonic Youth. The event will take place in Zilker Park on October 2nd-4th. Three-day passes are available for $185. Tickets and VIP packages are available at www.aclfestival.com,
Austin City Limits Festival Lineup Announced

April 27th, 2009

Stereogum // Serena Ryder Covers BOH ‘The Funeral’

Stereogum // Serena Ryder Covers BOH The Funeral

Stereogum is running a feature on Serena Ryder’s cover of Band of Horses ‘The Funeral.’

“Canadian songstress Serena Ryder’s had a productive decade, releasing four albums and three EPs of original material, alongside working as a lead vocalist on this year’s Great Lake Swimmers LP Lost Channels, since debuting in 1999.” Continue Reading

MP3: Serena Ryder & The Beauties – The Funeral
MP3: Band Of Horses – Billion Day Funeral (Live – Tour EP)

Serena Ryder – Sweeping the Ashes – EP (iTunes)