October 21st, 2009

Reuters // Google Music

Reuters // Google Music
Via – Reuters

Google is partnering with major music labels to launch a new feature to make it easier to discover, sample and buy songs on the search engine, according to two people familiar with the plan.

The recorded music industry, struggling with plunging sales and fewer media outlets to break new acts, hopes that streaming songs or clips on the world’s most popular search engine will help stem the tide. Google has around 65 percent of all search queries in the United States, according to comScore.

Start-ups iLike and LaLa will facilitate the new feature, which will enable songs to be streamed on the Google page that will also include a “buy” button. This will help reduce the number of steps fans need to purchase their favorite songs or albums. Continue Reading

October 21st, 2009

Julian Casablancas // Downtown Palace Theatre – November

Julian Casablancas // Downtown Palace Theatre   November

The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas has announced details of an upcoming Los Angeles residency. Playing in support of his forthcoming debut solo album Phrazes For The Young, Casablancas will play four consecutive Friday night shows at the Downtown Palace Theatre, starting Nov. 6th.

The Downtown Palace Theatre will offer a residency pass for those of you that want to go to every Casablancas show in November for $150. Tickets for individual shows range from $35, $40, and $50. Tickets go on sale this Friday, October 23rd at 10:00am. For further ticket information click here.

Show Dates:
November 6th – on-sale Friday, October 23rd at 10am (Pre-Sale October 22)
November 13th – on-sale Monday, October 26th at 10am
November 20th – on-sale Wednesday, October 28th at 10am
November 27th – on-sale Friday, October 30th at 10am

October 20th, 2009

Amoeba, Waterloo and Other Music Records – Top 10 Sellers

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

1.) Flaming Lips – Embryonic
2.) Where the Wild Things Are – Soundtrack
3.) Bob Dylan – Christmas In the Heart
4.) Air – Love 2
5.) The xx -XX
6.) Monsters of Folk
7.) The Beatles – Beatles in Stereo
8.) Muse – Resistance
9.) Raveonettes – In & Out of Control
10.) Built to Spill – There is No Enemy

Week Ending – 10/12/2009

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

1.) Bob Schneider – Lovely Creatures
2.) Robert Earl Keen – The Rose Hotel
3.) Flaming Lips – Embryonic
4.) Rosanne Cash – The List
5.) Black Joe Lewis – Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is!
6.) Avett Brothers – I & Love & You
7.) Monsters of Folk
8.) Matt the Electrician – Animal Boy
9.) James McMurtry – Live In Europe
10.) Guy Clark – Someday The Songs Writes You

Week Ending – 10/17/2009
Amoeba, Waterloo and Other Music Records   Top 10 Sellers

October 19th, 2009

Scion Garage Fest Photos // Portland – October 17th

Images By Megan Mcisaac

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Joe Bradley – Almighty Defenders

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King Khan and Mark Sultan

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King Khan and Jared Swilley – Almighty Defenders

Scion Garage Fest Photos // Portland   October 17th

October 19th, 2009

Hype Machine To Release iPhone App

Hype Machine To Release iPhone App

[Via - Martin Bryant of The Next Web]
Good news for keen music fans – influential music blog aggregator The Hype Machine is working on an iPhone app. Speaking at the In The City music conference in Manchester, UK, on Sunday, the site’s founder Anthony Volodkin discussed his plans for an iPhone app that would provide a “radio-like” experience with royalties for the music paid for by charging for the initial download of the app. There’s no word on when this would be released as of yet.Continue Reading

October 19th, 2009

R&G Presents // Fort Knox Five and Kraak & Smaak To LA

Artwork by Will Cauthen

Rollo & Grady is proud to present Fort Knox Five, Kraak & Smaak and URSULA 1000 at The Roxy Theatre on October 30th. Tickets for the show are $16.50 (buy tix).

Fort Knox Five is a group of 4 DJs/producers from Washington, D.C. that specialize in some nasty funk. Sid Barcelona, Jon Horvath, Rob Myers and Steve Raskin are the masterminds behind the beats. They are touring in support of their latest album Radio Free DC Remixed and their forthcoming album, The New Gold Standard 2, due out November 3rd via Fort Knox Recordings.

Kraak and Smaak is a house act from Holland comprised of three musicians, Oscar De Jong, Mark Kneppers & Wim Plug. Their eclectic DJ sets have rocked festival crowds at SXSW, Coachella and Glastonbury.

URSULA 1000 is the alter ego of Brooklyn based producer/DJ Alex Gimeno. His albums and mix sessions feature retro-tinged grooves, latin disco, funk and electro. Gimeno’s music/beats have been used in television ads for AT&T, Samsung and Adidas.

Fort Knox Five Ft. International Velvet – Sitargazer
Ursula 1000 – Savoir Faire (Thievery Corporation Remix)
Kraak & Smaak ft. Ben Westbeech – Squeeze Me

Kraak & Smaak – Plastic People (iTunes)
Ursula 1000 – Mystics (iTunes)
Fort Knox Five – Radio Free DC Remixed (iTunes)

October 18th, 2009

Los Angeles Shows // October 19th – October 25th

Those Darlins

Recommended Los Angeles Shows for October 19th – October 25th

Monday, October 19th
Bob Mould Band @ Troubadour
Brazilian Girls @ Avalon

Tuesday, October 20th
Grizzly Bear and Beach House @ Hollywood Palladium
Noah and the Whale with Robert Francis @ The Roxy Theatre

Wednesday, October 21st
The Heavy @ Echo

Thursday, October 22nd
Those Darlins with The Grates @ Silverlake Lounge
The Oh Sees and The Fresh & Onlys @ Echo
Liam Finn and Jason Lytle @ Echoplex
Ben Gibbard and Jay Farrar @ Largo
Bela Fleck and Zakir Hussain @ Royce Hall at UCLA

Friday, October 23rd
Those Darlins @ Hotel Cafe (8pm Show)
Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar @ El Rey Theatre
Blind Pilot and The Low Anthem @ Troubadour
Kurt Vile @ Spaceland
Jon Brion @ Largo

Saturday, October 24th
The Very Best @ Echoplex
El Ten Eleven @ Bootleg Theater
Weezer @ Hollywood Palladium

Sunday, October 25th
Tegan and Sara @ Orpheum Theatre

Los Angeles Shows // October 19th – October 25th

October 17th, 2009

Guide To CMJ Music Festival (A – Z)

Guide To CMJ Music Festival (A   Z)

Here’s our guide for bands to see at next week’s CMJ Music Festival in New York. Look for Warpaint, Rough Francis, Electric Tickle Machine, Sin Fang Bous, Japandroids, The Very Best (canceled CMJ dates) and The xx to generate the biggest buzz at the festival.

Air Waves (Myspace)
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Label: Catbird Records
Air Waves – Knock Out

Alec Ounsworth (Myspace)
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Label: Anti
Alec Ounsworth – Holy, Holy, Holy Moses (Song for New Orleans)

Arborea (Myspace)
Hometown: Maine
Label: Fire Museum Records
Arborea – Dark Is the Night, Cold Is the Wind

Atlas Sound (Myspace)
Guide To CMJ Music Festival (A   Z)
Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
Label: Kranky
Atlas Sound – Walk A Thin Line (Fleetwood Mac Cover)

Au Revoir Simone (Myspace)
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Label: Our Secret Record Company
Au Revoir Simone – Oh! You Pretty Things (Bowie Cover)

Beach Fossils (Myspace)
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Label: Woodsist, Captured Tracks
Beach Fossils – Daydream

Best Coast (Myspace)
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Label: Group Tightener
Best Coast – When I’m With You

Binky Griptite and The Dap-Kings (Myspace)
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Label: Daptone Records
Binky Griptite – Mellowmatic Mood

Guide To CMJ Music Festival (A   Z)