September 30th, 2009

Inc. Magazine – 30 Under 30 // Anthony Volodkin

Inc. Magazine   30 Under 30 // Anthony Volodkin

Congrats Anthony.

[Via - Inc. Magazine - America's Coolest Entrepreneurs]
No. 27: Anthony Volodkin – Founder of Hype Machine
Age: 23
Location: New York, New York
2008 Revenue: Undisclosed
2009 Projected Revenue: Undisclosed
Employees: 3 full-time, 2 part-time
Year founded: 2005
Website: www.hypem.com

Like some of the most successful entrepreneurs, Hype Machine founder Anthony Volodkin got his start by trying to solve an everyday problem. Reed Hastings created Netflix because he didn’t want to lie to his wife about late fees. Craig Newmark launched Craigslist to broadcast event listings to a wider group than just his e-mail contacts. Volodkin was looking for a better way to find cool new music.

In 2005, Volodkin was a sophomore at Hunter College studying computer science on a full scholarship. Volodkin’s parents emigrated from Moscow to Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay when he was 12, and he had been working the same part-time IT consulting job since high school. But the gig was getting tedious. “It boiled down to dealing with clients repeatedly,” he says. “I thought it would be cool to invest that energy into something that left a lasting mark.”

So Volodkin looked to his latest passion: finding new music. On weekends, he traveled to Philadelphia and Boston to see bands like Arcade Fire, Explosions in the Sky, and Mindless Self Indulgence, but stumbling onto the next act to obsess over was tricky. “Music magazines were the result of too many degrees of marketing,” he says. “There was nothing I could trust to find something new.” At the same time, Volodkin discovered music blogs like Music for Robots and Fluxblog. The only problem was that there were so many of them, it was hard to keep up. Continue Reading

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Rollo & Grady Interview with Anthony Volodkin (click here)



September 30th, 2009

Song Of The Day // Outasight – ‘Catch Me If You Can’

Song Of The Day // Outasight   Catch Me If You Can
Richard “Outasight” Andrew

Outasight (Myspace)
Hometown: Yonkers, New York
Album: Brand New Day Sessions (TBA)
Label: Select Records
Outasight – Catch Me If You Can



September 30th, 2009

Dead Weather // Zane Lowe – BBC 1 – June 24th, 2009

Dead Weather // Zane Lowe   BBC 1   June 24th, 2009
The Dead Weather
Zane Lowe Show – BBC Radio 1
June 24th, 2009

Hang You From the Heavens
Treat Me Like Your Mother

The Dead Weather – Horehound (iTunes)



September 29th, 2009

Artist To Watch // The Novocaines

 The Novocaines

The Novocaines (Myspace)
Hometown: Northam, WA, Australia
Album: The Ragdoll – EP (Buy)
Label: Unsigned
The Novocaines – Leaving in the Sunrise



September 29th, 2009

Band Of Horses // Club Nokia – November 9th

Band Of Horses // Club Nokia   November 9th

Band of Horses
Club Nokia
November 9th

Tickets go on sale 10/2 @ 10am

Band Of Horses – The First Song



September 29th, 2009

New Album Releases For Tuesday (9/29/2009)

The Avett Brothers
The Avett Brothers

Rollo & Grady Recommended New Releases – Tuesday, September 29th

Various Artists – Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy (Buy)
Ciao
Label: Shout Factory

Atlas Sound – Logos (Buy)
Bradford
Label: Kranky
Atlas Sound – Shelia

New Album Releases For Tuesday (9/29/2009)



September 29th, 2009

Thom Yorke // Orpheum Theatre – This Weekend

thom-yorke

Thom Yorke is visiting our lovely city. He will be playing the Orpheum Theatre this Sunday (10/4) and Monday (10/5). Tickets go on sale today at 10am, September 29th.

**Apparently Flea is going to be backing him.

To Buy Tickets for Sunday, October 4th (click here)
To Buy Tickets for Monday, October 5th (click here)

Thom Yorke – The Eraser



September 29th, 2009

Rollo & Grady Interview // Cheval Sombre

chevalsombre

Cheval Sombre is the project of New York-based poet and musician Christopher Porpora. He’s published two books of poetry, Becoming and In Mine Eyes. Earlier this year, he released his self-titled debut album on Double Feature Records, the new label founded by Luna alums Britta Phillips and Dean Wareham. Porpora began writing and recording tracks in the early 2000s; eventually, the recordings found their way to Sonic Boom (Spaceman 3), who ended up producing his album.

I recently caught up with Christopher to discuss the album, shoegaze, and working with legends Sonic Boom and Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips.

CS Cover

Rollo & Grady: Tell me about your background as a musician.

Christopher: As a child, I was very much drawn to an old classical guitar of my father’s, on which I taught myself, with the help of some invaluable and patient guidance from my aunt. Growing up, I lived in a house where I recall music playing most of the time. There was a reverence for all types of music there. Sifting through the vinyl in the wooden cabinet, I recall being mystified looking at the sleeves on The Mamas & The Papas’ albums, obscure flamenco guitar records, various medieval recordings, Laura Nyro, even Donovan. The artwork always fascinated me – how it suggested the sounds inside. Billie Holiday could be playing one afternoon, while the next it might be a folk song sung in German, The Who, Bach, or Roxy Music. As I got into school, I discovered – through a small radio station nearby – The Modern Lovers and of course The Velvet Underground – sounds which got me playing along with those records, imagining I was the sixth member of the band, sitting on the edge of my bed with this old classical guitar. Around that time I also was very much absorbed by a certain radio show that played mostly Delta blues. I was fortunate enough to get a slot as a DJ there, young as I was, and skipped school once a week to do a show, in which I played everything from Genesis P-Orridge records to Sonic Boom’s Drone Dream wax, and everything between and beyond. I joined a band around that time, where I mostly played noise and feedback, just content really to be playing with somewhat like-minded folks. Did a long stint in an upstate band known by a few in a thoroughly wild place that no longer exists called The Rhinecliff Hotel; we played hour-long songs at full volume, drenched in delay. The Holy Trinity ended after a good run as a result of the tired old rock and roll clichés involving relationships and certain excesses. After that, I suppose I got to writing songs and recording alone, looking not to depend on others, doing home recordings, listening to stuff like Terry Riley, Alastair Galbraith, Nikki Sudden, Zbigniew Preisner compositions for film, anything really, anything which took me away…

Rollo & Grady: Why did you choose to perform under the name of Cheval Sombre?

Christopher: I guess you could say I was named by a certain clever one, and it stuck…

Rollo & Grady: In addition to being a musician, you’re also a published poet. Do you write about different themes when you write poetry than you do when you write music?

Christopher: Thematically, despite the medium, very similar concepts emerge. Love dominates as a theme and it always has – I imagine it always will. There is also, in both mediums, an obsession with Beauty, which has always been unrelenting. It is in the process of creation where the differences lie. Poetry, and writing in general, has always been a very deliberate act for me, where I often compose the same line several times in my head before writing it down. I will subject a piece to a rigorous editing even once I feel finished. What’s interesting is that often the final changes have to do with allowing the music inherent in the piece to reveal itself, unlocking the musicality of the words, allowing the syntax itself to sing out. When I write music, it’s often upon waking, after a melody was somehow presented to me in my dreams. I wake humming a tune, and I reach for the guitar to capture it. Words usually follow after I put the music together, and words come as I strum the guitar, and I sort of frantically jot them down as they do. Very little editing happens then – it’s as if songs come for the first time in an almost finished, whole state.

Rollo & Grady: Did any of your previously written poems make it onto the record?

Christopher: Not properly as finished pieces, but certain people who have inspired poems I’ve written in the past have indeed been the subject of some of the songs on the records. They continue to…
Rollo & Grady Interview // Cheval Sombre



September 28th, 2009

Phoenix Remixes

Phoenix Remixes

Phoenix – Rome (Neighbors Remix – featuring Devendra Banhart)
Phoenix – Fences (Friendly Fires Remix)



September 27th, 2009

Los Angeles Shows // September 28th – October 4th

The Horros
The Horrors

I have a pair of tickets to give away for The Horrors, Blitzen Trapper, Gil Scott-Heron and Amadou & Mariam. To claim the tickets please email me @ rollogrady@gmail.com

Monday, September 28th
Blitzen Trapper @ The El Rey Theatre
El Ten Eleven @ Roxy Theatre

Tuesday, September 29th
Old Crow Medicine Show @ Ford Amphitheater

Wednesday, September 30th
Pearl Jam with Ben Harper and Relentless7 @ Gibson Amphitheatre

Thursday, October 1st
The Horrors @ El Rey Theatre
Anna Ternheim @ Troubadour
The Cave Singers @ Echo
Desolation Wilderness @ Silverlake Lounge
Sonos Quartet @ Bootleg

Friday, October 2nd
Robert Earl Keen @ Troubadour
Amadou & Mariam @ The Music Box at The Fonda
Postmarks @ Spaceland

Saturday, October 3rd
Ida Marie @ Avalon

Sunday, October 4th
Gil Scott-Heron @ El Rey Theatre
Los Angeles Shows // September 28th – October 4th



September 26th, 2009

Saturday Into Sunday / Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Saturday Into Sunday / Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Bon Iver with Megafaun – Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Sunday, September 27th @ 6:00am
6000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Bon Iver – Blood Bank
Megafaun – Guns
DeYarmond Edison (Bon Iver and Megafaun) – Love Long Gone