Future of the Left with Japandroids and Dead Ponies
Friday, July 31st @ Spaceland (more info)
Future of the Left with Japandroids and Dead Ponies
Rollo & Grady Interview with Mark Hamilton of Woodpigeon (Click Here)
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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)
Rollo & Grady recommended shows for August, September and October.
9/10: Cass McCombs
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
9/22: Pink Mountaintops
8/6: John Doe with The Sadies
8/14: The Henry Clay People & Fol Chen
8/21: The Sonics
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).
Heartless Bastards, Seasick Steve, Fleet Foxes, The National, Organized Konfusion,
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Q-Tip, Jay-Z, MSTRKRFT
MP3: The National – Halo Chagrin
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.