August 25th, 2009

Rollo & Grady Interview // Scott Avett

Rollo & Grady Interview // Scott Avett
Scott Avett – Image by Crackerfarm

The Avett Brothers put on an amazing show last Wednesday in Telluride – part of the Sunset Concert Series held in Mountain Village. Most of the shows this summer have been well attended, but the crowds are usually pretty mellow. Not so last Wednesday. The Avett Brothers rockin’ performance kept the audience on their feet dancing for most of the 1 hour and 45 minute set. The Brothers played a couple new songs from their forthcoming album, I and Love and You, set to drop on September 29th, and some tracks from their previous albums: A Carolina Jubilee, Emotionalism, Four Thieves Gone and Mignonette. They also performed a fantastic cover of the Flatt and Scruggs’ classic, “Til the End of the World Rolls ‘Round.”

The Avett Brothers are playing The Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, September 5th (buy tix).

Rollo & Grady Interview // Scott Avett
Images by Merrick Chase Telluride Photography

I caught up with Scott Avett after their set before the Brothers rolled down the valley towards Steamboat. He was amped from a great show and all smiles as he took a few minutes to answers some questions about their new gig with Columbia and working with Rick Rubin.

R&G: How has it been working with a major label – Columbia?

Scott: It’s been nothing but fuel to the fire. Their whole take has been ‘We don’t need to fix anything that isn’t broken.’ They’ve done nothing, but add value and give us the ability to do more as band. And that’s what we were looking for when we signed with them. It didn’t hurt having Rick Rubin produce the album (laughs).

R&G: Speaking of, what was it like working with Rick Rubin?

Scott: He’s unintrusive and very adaptable. We tried a lot of things on this album that we wouldn’t have normally tried. And if you haven’t tried it, then you don’t know. Before, we would just nail it and that was it. This has been a wiser way to work, and when you have a guy like Rick Rubin, the wisdom just pours out of him.

R&G: So you guys have said that this album is more complex and refined…

Scott: I think lyrically there aren’t as many parts, as say on our last album, Emotionalism.

R&G: Did you guys bring the high energy from your live shows into the studio for this album?

Scott: Some. The second to last song that we played tonight (“Slight Figure of Speech”), that’s one of the highlights on the new record. But we slowed it down in the studio to showcase the lyrics.

Rollo & Grady Interview // Scott Avett

How did it feel to be named “Artist to Watch” by Rolling Stone Magazine this month?

Oh, I don’t know man (laughs). I always say that, that stuff – if it comes that’s good. It seems like with Rolling Stone or Creative Loafing, as soon as you stop caring, they start caring. And to us it was kinda like, you know what… if we’re gonna get in there, then they’ll come to us and we’ll get in. And finally we did. But by that time, it was like – that’s great, but it’s not gonna to change the roll of everything we’ve already got going.

How do you like playing in Colorado, and in Telluride tonight?

Scott: This is amazing… amazing – this place is sick. Absolutely sick.

R&G: So, what’s next?

Scott: You’re seeing it. It’s the touring, we just keep doin’ it. We’re gonna tour ‘til Halloween, take a little break and then we’re heading overseas.

R&G: Where are you guys going overseas?

Scott: Everywhere.

R&G: Scott, thanks for the time, anything you want to add?

Scott: Yeah. Our new album is coming out on September 29th.
Rollo & Grady Interview // Scott Avett

August 24th, 2009

Tuesday Samples

Tuesday Samples

MP3: Radiohead – Weird Fishez (AmpLive Mix)
MP3: Bagheera – Horizons Lined With Scars
MP3: Sic Alps – L Mansion

August 24th, 2009

Rollo & Grady Interview // Rick Marini

Rollo & Grady Interview // Rick Marini

Rick Marini has been a pioneer in online social media for the past ten years. After graduating Harvard Business School in 1999, he started a company called Emode, which later became Tickle was one of the largest social media sites on the Internet and the first site to successfully leverage viral marketing through personality tests, photo-sharing and matchmaking products. Under his leadership, Tickle operated as a profitable company with close to $40 million in annual revenue and 200 million users. In 2004, Marini ended up selling the company to for just over a $100 million dollars.

Rick is back in the social media space as the Founder and CEO of, a site where users can become Fans of everything that they love. Marini sees SuperFan as the intersection of three companies: “the fun and customization of Myspace, the efficient communication platform of Facebook, and the self-expression of Twitter.”

Rollo & Grady Interview // Rick Marini

R&G: Tell me about your new venture,

Rick: SuperFan is a social network site that allows users to become a Fan of everything they love and like in life. We’ve identified ten major Fan categories, including music, celebrities, TV/movies, sports, brands, places, schools, charities, books, and video games; pretty much anything you could become a Fan of, we have in the site. SuperFan is also a social game, where Fans use a virtual currency called “credits” to compete to become the “SuperFan” of their top “Faves” (favorite things). As the SuperFan, the user gains control over certain aspects of the Fave profile such as the color palette, profile picture, wallpaper, and the SuperFan can also add a personal quote about their Fave. The user has special privileges as a SuperFan, but anyone can be a Fan. For example, if you’re a big fan of U2 or Kings of Leon, you can bid credits against other Fans to control the page dedicated to the band. In the music area, you could become a Fan of a musician, a band, a song, or an album. It’s really to express who you are to the rest of the world and to find other people that are like you with similar interests.

R&G: SuperFan was originally named MyRockstar, correct?

Rick: That’s correct. The beta site was called MyRockstar, and that was just focused on music. Then we relaunched the site as SuperFan to include every Fan category.

R&G: What led to your decision to expand beyond the music category?

Rick: It was always in the original business plan that I wrote four years ago to go after all the Fan categories. That was always part of the plan. We started with music because that’s our core passion, but the music space, as you know, is super crowded online. You’ve got Imeem and iLike and Lala and Myspace Music and ten others. We quickly realized we needed to go to part two of the business plan and expand to all of the categories, including music.

R&G: Are you in discussions with the record labels to possibly stream music or sell digital downloads from the site?

Rick: Yes. What’s happened in the last couple of weeks has been pretty amazing for me, in that three of the labels have reached out to us. They see us as kind of that next generation fan platform to connect their acts and musicians with the fans that love them. They’ve actually reached out to me as partners, which has been phenomenal. I know that fifteen months ago, when we started the site, this environment wasn’t what it is today. The labels have been great. They’re approaching us as partners, and not throwing lawsuits at us. Instead they’re saying, “How can we work together to promote our artists on SuperFan?”

R&G: Are there any deals in place?

Rick: Well, the discussions have literally just started in the last three weeks. EMI called me today. So, literally, these discussions are just taking off now. I think we could have something up within the next two months. I don’t think it’s something we’d put in place next week. It takes some integration time, but it’s a priority for us, so I think you’re going to start to see some real work being done, real partnership between us and the labels in the near future.
Rollo & Grady Interview // Rick Marini

August 23rd, 2009

Amoeba, Waterloo and Other Music Records – Top 10 Sellers

Amoeba, Waterloo and Other Music Records   Top 10 Sellers
Amoeba Records – Hollywood

1.) Soundtrack – (500) Days Of Summer
2.) Dead Weather – Horehound
3.) Amanda Blank – I Love You
4.) Modest Mouse – No One’s First, and You’re Next
5.) Slaughterhouse – Slaughterhouse
6.) Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
7.) Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
8.) Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Up from Below
9.) Mos Def – Ecstatic
10.) Behemoth – Evangelion

*Week Ending – 8/10/2009

Amoeba, Waterloo and Other Music Records   Top 10 Sellers

August 23rd, 2009

MOJO – September 2009 Issue // White Denim

MOJO   September 2009 Issue // White Denim
James Petralli of White Denim – SXSW 2009 (Image – Rollo & Grady)

“Weaned on P-Funk, jazz licks and Captain Beefheart’s sense of mischief, WHITE DENIM have been sequestered in their trailer on the outskirts of Austin for five years. Emerging reluctantly into the spotlight, they’re now being hailed as the most exciting band in the world.” Andrew Perry – MOJO

MP3: All You Really Have To Do > Mess Your Hair Up > Shake Shake Shake (BBC – Live)

White Denim’s new album Fits is available only in the UK from Full Time Hobby (Download)

MOJO   September 2009 Issue // White Denim

August 22nd, 2009

Rollo & Grady // Saturday Into Sunday – Voulme #14

Rollo & Grady // Saturday Into Sunday   Voulme #14

MP3: Clinic – Earth Angel
MP3: The Management – The Same
MP3: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – How Long Do I Have To Wait For You? (Ticklah Remix)

August 21st, 2009

Rollo & Grady // Friday Into Saturday – Volume #24

Rollo & Grady // Friday Into Saturday   Volume #24

MP3: Helado Negro – Verceremos
MP3: The Mighty Imperials – The Matador

August 21st, 2009

DJ 5 Alive // Santana – ‘Soul Sacrifice’ (Remix)

DJ 5 Alive // Santana   Soul Sacrifice (Remix)

MP3: Santana – Soul Sacrifice [5 Alive Remix]