July 30th, 2009

Reminder // Friday Night Shows

Reminder // Friday Night Shows
Mason Proper

Park The Van Tour featuring Floating Action and Generationals
Friday, July 31st @ Hotel Cafe (more info)

Stellastarr* with Wild Night and Mason Proper
Friday, July 31st @ Troubadour (more info)

Future of the Left with Japandroids and Dead Ponies
Friday, July 31st @ Spaceland (more info)

MP3: Japandroids – Press Corps
MP3: Floating Action – Say Goodbye
MP3: Mason Proper – Lock Lovedown Gets Innocuous (Kanye West/LCD Soundsystem)

July 30th, 2009

Thursday Covers

Thursday Covers
Jim James

MP3: Jim James – My Sweet Lord (George Harrison Cover)
MP3: Woodpigeon ft. Louise Hull – Say Say Say (Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson Cover)

Related Post:
Rollo & Grady Interview with Mark Hamilton of Woodpigeon (Click Here)

July 30th, 2009

Manager Spotlight // Jody White

Manager Spotlight // Jody White
Jody White

Rollo & Grady has a new feature called ‘Manager Spotlight’, where we will be talking to rising stars in the music management business. Our first installment is with Jody White of JD White Management in Nashville. His clients include Tony Joe White, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Royal Bangs and Warpaint. Jody also runs two labels, Polymer Sounds and Swamp Records.

R&G: How did you get your start in the music business?

Jody: I started in music publishing with my dad, Tony Joe White. His manager at the time was Roger Davies, who manages Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Pink and other huge acts. He was super busy, so as time went by, I just started setting up the website/online store, booking shows, and working on record releases. Roger called one day and was like, “you should take over his management, you are doing it anyway.” So my dad and I had a discussion and decided to move forward.

R&G: What advice would you give to aspiring managers?

Jody: You only have two things: time and contacts. Use them both wisely.

R&G: If I had known then, what I know now – I would….

I would not have spent so much time chasing labels and would have started my own earlier.

R&G: How important are social media sites like Myspace, Facebook, Twitter and music blogs in promoting your acts?

Jody: Very important. Never in the history of the music business have artists had the ability to connect directly with their fans on so many levels. I think we are still figuring out the best ways to generate income from these sites, but as a whole, they definitely help create more of a synergy between the fan and artist.

R&G: Most interesting or humorous situation you’ve dealt with as a manager?

Jody: I’m currently working with a band that neither I nor the agent have seen live. Usually, I’ll see the show, get to know the band, and take several weeks or even months to make a decision. However, this was just one of those no-brainer situations where I heard the music, spoke to them on the phone, and knew it would be the right fit. I literally heard the music on Monday, and by Friday we were working together and had an agent on board.

R&G: Blackberry or iPhone?

Jody: Blackberry

MP3: Warpaint – Billie Holiday
MP3: Royal Bangs – My Car is Haunted
MP3: Jessica Lea Mayfield – Call Me
MP3: Tony Joe White – As the Crow Flies

July 29th, 2009

Artists To Watch // Steve Shiffman & Young Prisms

Artists To Watch // Steve Shiffman & Young Prisms
Steve Shiffman

Based in New York via Toronto, singer-songwriter Steve Shiffman began his career years ago with the Canadian band, 4-Star Movie. He then went on to record a 5-track solo EP “Tambourino” before hooking up with The Figgs drummer Pete Hayes. The duo enlisted the help of Kent Heine and Alec Ferrell of Holy Ghost and guitarist Dave Hollinghurst. The five-piece now known as Steve Shiffman & The Land of No plan to release their self-titled debut on August 18th via Tiny Beast Records. The band recorded the album at The Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn where Anitibalas, The National and Neko Case among others, have also recorded. For fans of Pavement, Velvet Underground and Sonic Youth.

MP3: Steve Shiffman & The Land Of No – Tweed Skirt

Artists To Watch // Steve Shiffman & Young Prisms
Young Prisms

Young Prisms is a San Francisco psychedelic/garage rock band with roots in Detroit. The group is made up of Matthew Allen, Giovanni Betteo, Jason Hendardy, Stefanie Hodapp, and Jordan Silbet. The Prisms are releasing two 12″, one with Brooklyn-based label Mexican Summer and the other with Oakland-based label South Paw Records. There is a tremendous upside for these Bay Area rockers, look for 2010 to be a breakout year for them. They will be in town next month playing at L’Keg Gallery on August 23rd.

MP3: Young Prisms – Gone to Clear Lake
MP3: Young Prisms – Amanda Brown

July 29th, 2009

NPR’s Best Albums Of 2009….So Far

NPRs Best Albums Of 2009....So Far

NPR recently posted their top albums of 2009 (so far). My list is entirely different, but it generally varies from their selections. What are your favorite albums thus far?

Best Albums of 2009 (so far)
1. Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective
2. The Hazards of Love by The Decemberists
3. Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear
4. Middle Cyclone by Neko Case
5. Wilco (The Album) by Wilco
6. Noble Beast by Andrew Bird
7. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix
8. It’s Blitz! by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
9. Dark Was The Night by Various Artists
10. Bitte Orca by Dirty Projectors
11. Far by Regina Spektor
12. Actor by St. Vincent
13. Manners by Passion Pit
14. Hold Time by M. Ward – Hold Time

NPRs Best Albums Of 2009....So Far

July 28th, 2009

Pixies // The Palladium – November 4th

Pixies // The Palladium   November 4th

The Pixies are gearing up for a tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Doolittle. The band recently added 14 U.S. tour dates. They kick off the tour at The Palladium on November 4th. Tickets for the shows go on sale Saturday, August 1st via Ticketmaster.

Tour Dates:
11/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Palladium
11/08 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/09 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
11/12 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
11/13 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
11/14 – Eugene, OR @ Hult Center
11/16 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
11/20 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/21 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
11/23 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
11/24 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
11/25 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
11/27 – Boston, MA @ Wang Center
11/30 – Washington, DC @ Constitution Hall

MP3: Pixies – Hey

Pixies – Doolittle (iTunes)

July 28th, 2009

New Album Releases For Tuesday (7/28/2009)

New Album Releases For Tuesday (7/28/2009)
Rainbow Arabia

Rollo & Grady Recommended New Releases – Tuesday, July 28th:

10 Ft. Ganja Plant – Bush Rock (Buy)
New Album Releases For Tuesday (7/28/2009)
Label: Roir Records
MP3: 10 Ft. Ganja Plant – Machete Strike

Rainbow Arabia – Kabukimono (Buy)
New Album Releases For Tuesday (7/28/2009)
Label: Manimal Vinyl Records
MP3: Rainbow Arabia – Harlem Sunrise

New Album Releases For Tuesday (7/28/2009)

July 27th, 2009

Los Angeles Concert Calendar – August – October

Los Angeles Concert Calendar   August   October
The Growlers

Rollo & Grady recommended shows for August, September and October.

Bootleg Theater

9/10: Cass McCombs

The Echo
8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/31: The Growlers
8/4: Bowerbirds & Megafaun
8/5, 8/12: Dawes
8/20: J. Tillman with Evans & Falls
8/27: The Dirt Bombs
9/16: Fanfarlo
9/22: Pink Mountaintops

The Echoplex
8/6: John Doe with The Sadies
8/14: The Henry Clay People & Fol Chen
8/21: The Sonics

Los Angeles Concert Calendar   August   October

July 27th, 2009

All Points West // July 31st – August 2nd

All Points West // July 31st   August 2nd
The National

New Jersey’s All Points West Festival (Coachella East) begins this weekend and features 65 artists including, MGMT, The Black Keys, The National, Elbow and Fleet Foxes. Tickets are still available for the event (click here).

All Points West // July 31st   August 2nd

Friday Recommendations:
Heartless Bastards, Seasick Steve, Fleet Foxes, The National, Organized Konfusion,
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Q-Tip, Jay-Z, MSTRKRFT
MP3: The National – Halo Chagrin
All Points West // July 31st   August 2nd