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….

Jody:
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

Download:
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



July 27th, 2009

The Avett Brothers // Daytrotter Sessions – 7/27/2009

The Avett Brothers // Daytrotter Sessions   7/27/2009

Daytrotter just posted a new session featuring The Avett Brothers. The performance was recorded at this year’s SXSW and features four tracks. Click here for the session.

MP3: The Avett Brothers – Paranoia In B Major (Daytrotter Session -SXSW)



July 27th, 2009

Album Review // White Denim – ‘Fits’

Album Review // White Denim   Fits

Hard rocking Austin trio, White Denim is back following their powerful debut album Workout Holiday with their sophomore effort, Fits. Fits takes things up a notch with strong production work by drummer Josh Block streaming three guys together playing to their limits. One might worry that this much talent and energy would conflict, but not so with bandmates Block, Steve Terebecki (bass), and James Petralli (guitars, vocals).

“Radio Milk How Can You Stand It” starts off with a little distortion and fuzz before kicking into high gear and rarely slows down for the remainder of the CD. They are masters of their game, and even though there are obvious nods to 70’s rock, White Denim makes it all their own. The band’s earlier material sounded like it was recorded in a garage, but Block steps up his game here, layering vocals to new instrumentation including a sitar, wood blocks and a cow bell. These new sounds are never overpowering or out of place – they show up here and there, adding just the right flourishes when needed.

“All Consolation” continues the attack, but the band opens things up here. Petralli lays down some guitar licks that contain the same passion that made axe men from Jimmy Page to Jack White famous. “Sex Prayer” and “Mirrored and Reverse” have a touch of the Lizard King to them, channeling Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger like men possessed. And just when the listener might begin to get stuck in these established, churning grooves, White Denim changes things completely with “Paint Yourself,” which incorporates hand claps and percussion rolls to sustain a jazzy vibe. “I’d Have It Just The Way We Were” stays in this more chilled groove before “Everybody Somebody” ups the ante again and the rock machine comes back to life.
Album Review // White Denim   Fits



July 26th, 2009

Robin Pecknold // Neumos, Seattle – July 11th, 2009

Robin Pecknold // Neumos, Seattle   July 11th, 2009

Robin Pecknold from the Fleet Foxes performed an acoustic set for the charity, Vera Project, which was billed as “A Drink For The Kids” at Neumos in Seattle. During his set Pecknold was joined by his bandmates J. Tillman and Skyler Skjelset, plus his sister Aja. He also played several amazing covers by Fleetwood Mac, B.B. King, Neutral Milk Hotel, Bob Dylan and The Magnetic Fields. You can download the entire show plus read the review of the performance at Sound on The Sound.
Robin Pecknold // Neumos, Seattle   July 11th, 2009



July 26th, 2009

Amoeba and Waterloo Records // Top 10 Sellers

Amoeba and Waterloo Records // Top 10 Sellers
Amoeba Records – Hollywood

1.) Dead Weather – Horehound
2.) Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below
3.) Michael Jackson – Off the Wall
4.) Michael Jackson – Essential Michael Jackson
5.) Maxwell – BLACKsummers’night
6.) Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
7.) Michael Jackson – Thriller
8.) Soundtrack – (500) Days of Summer
9.) Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
10.) Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest

As of July 13th

Amoeba and Waterloo Records // Top 10 Sellers
Waterloo Records – Austin

1.) Dead Weather – Horehound
2.) Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
3.) Black Joe Lewis – Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is!
4.) Son Volt – American Central Dust
5.) Slaid Cleaves – Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away
6.) Sarah Jarosz – Song Up In Her Head
7.) Regina Spektor – Far
8.) Phoenix – Wolfgang Amodeus Phoenix
9.) Levon Helm – Electric Dirt
10.) Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca

As of July 18th



July 26th, 2009

New York Times // Streaming Will Save The Music Industry

New York Times // Streaming Will Save The Music Industry

[Article Via New York Times]
“Like many teenagers, Josh Wilson, the 13-year-old son of the New York venture capitalist Fred Wilson, has on occasion visited the Internet’s peer-to-peer file-sharing services to download music and television shows.

Daniel Ek of Spotify, a popular ad-supported music streaming service based in Sweden. It is planning to enter the American market.

But recently, as Mr. Wilson recounted last week on his popular blog, A VC, Josh has started streaming television shows from Netflix under the family’s $24-a-month subscription plan and listening to licensed, ad-supported music videos from YouTube on his iPhone. Asked by his father why he was not using file-sharing services like BitTorrent to download shows like “Friday Night Lights,” Josh replied, “BitTorrent takes too long.”

The answer neatly encapsulates the remaining hope of beleaguered media executives everywhere, especially those in the rapidly deteriorating music business. After a decade of rampant digital piracy that has helped to gut album sales, a raft of new streaming music sites is making the experience of legally finding and listening to music just as seductive as downloading it free.” Continue reading article at New York Times Online.