October 12th, 2009

New Album Releases For Tuesday (10/13/2009)

New Album Releases For Tuesday (10/13/2009)
The Heavy

Rollo & Grady Recommended New Releases – Tuesday, October 13th

People Under The Stairs – Carried Away (Buy)
Label: Om Records
People Under the Stairs – Come On, Let’s Get High

The Heavy – The House That Dirt Built (Buy)
The Heavy
Label: Counter Records
The Heavy – How You Like Me Now

New Album Releases For Tuesday (10/13/2009)

October 12th, 2009

Manager Spotlight // John Turner

Manager Spotlight // John Turner
Jessi Darlin and John Turner – Image By Rob Stack

‘Manager Spotlight’ is a recurring feature on Rollo & Grady in which we speak with rising stars in the music management business. This week we caught up with John Turner, general manager and label chief of Oh Wow Dang Records based in Nashville. Oh Wow Dang is a business partnership between Turner and his artist, Those Darlins.

Manager Spotlight // John Turner

R&G: How did you get your start in the music business?

JT: The momentum began at 5, when my older cousins turned me on to Twisted Sisters’ Stay Hungry album. FYI… this music goes well with blowing things up using GI Joe’s.

R&G: What advice would you give to aspiring managers?

JT: Don’t walk up to prospective business partners. Bring ‘em in close, look around to see if anyone else is listening, and whisper, “I’d like to give you first listen to the best kept secret in music today.” This actually happened to me at a recent conference. Creepy.

R&G: If I had known then, what I know now, I would….

JT: …have realized that this is a marathon and not a sprint. I would have started training earlier.

R&G: How important are social media sites like Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, and music blogs in promoting your acts?

All hugely important. Myspace is like a Yellow Book ad. Ugly format, but you’ve got to have an ad on it. Facebook is really effective and I dig that a band can’t request friends… Folks have to want to be getting news from the band, so a band can never be tempted to send out friend requests to folks who could give two shits about them. Twitter is cool in keeping fans interested and revealing the day-to-day lifestyle of an act they like. And bloggers… for a developing band… are you kidding me?

R&G: Most interesting or humorous situation you’ve dealt with as a manager?

JT: Every day with these girls is humorous. One thing that has happened a lot and is pretty funny is all the roots festivals and shows the girls have been invited to play. Because of where they come from and their name, I really think a lot of folks think they will sound like The Dixie Chicks. When they play these roots gigs – which draw a lot of older folks, families, and frequently social conservatives – their garage sound and wild show antics definitely strike the wrong chord with a lot of these folks. The best was when they played “Fun Stix Party” at a family festival in the middle of the afternoon. (Be sure to check the lyrics on this song on Myspace) They usually only play this song at late night club shows, but were asked to play another 30 minutes at this particular fest, and this was one of the songs they were ready as a band to play. Turned a lot of folks’ heads round. But, as long as nobody gets hurt, a little controversy isn’t such a bad thing.

R&G: Blackberry or iPhone?

JT: Blackberry now. iPhone in 2010. Though am worried my big peasant fingers won’t be able to handle the typing on the iPhone.

Those Darlins – Wild One

Those Darlins Los Angeles Shows:
Thursday, October 22 @ Silverlake Lounge with The Grates (Buy Tix)
Friday, October 23 @ Hotel Cafe 8pm Show (Buy Tix)

Those Darlins – Those Darlins (iTunes)

October 12th, 2009

Artist To Watch // Thee Vicars

Thee Vicars

Thee Vicars (Myspace)
Hometown: Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
Album: Feel So Good / Out of My Mind (Buy)
Label: Dirty Water Records
Los Angeles Show: Silverlake Lounge on 10/13
Thee Vicars – Feel So Good

October 12th, 2009

Amoeba, Waterloo and Other Music Records – Top 10 Sellers

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

1.) Madonna – Celebration
2.) Alice in Chains – Black Gives Way To Blue
3.) Pearl Jam – Backspacer
4.) Where the Wild Things Are Soundtrack
5.) Fool’s Gold – Fool’s Gold
6.) Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions – Through The Devil Softly
7.) Jay Z – Blueprint 3
8.) Paramore – Brand New Eyes
9.) Monsters of Folk – Self-Titled
10.) Avett Brothers – I & Love & You

Week Ending – 9/29/2009

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.) Pearl Jam – Backspacer
4.) Avett Brothers – I & Love & You
5.) Monsters of Folk – Self-Titled
6.) Black Joe Lewis – Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is!
7.) Band of Heathens – One Foot In The Ether
8.) Guy Clark – Someday The Songs Writes You
9.) Alice in Chains – Black Gives Way To Blue
10.) Muse – Resistance

Week Ending – 10/5/2009
Amoeba, Waterloo and Other Music Records   Top 10 Sellers

October 11th, 2009

Los Angeles Shows // October 12th – October 18th

Darker My Love – Photo by Heather Culp

Recommended Los Angeles Shows for October 12th – October 18th

Monday, October 12th
Great Lake Swimmers and The Wooden Birds @ El Rey Theatre

Tuesday, October 13th
Thee Vicars and Dirt Dress @ Silverlake Lounge
Bob Dylan @ Hollywood Palladium

Wednesday, October 14th
Random Patterns @ Bootleg
Cave Country @ Silverlake Lounge
Bob Dylan @ Hollywood Palladium

Thursday, October 15th
BLK JKS with The Growlers @ Spaceland
Yo La Tengo @ Avalon
Thao and The Get Down Stay Down with The Portland Cello Project @ Echoplex

Friday, October 16th
Darker My Love @ Echo
Ghostface Killah @ Key Club

Saturday, October 17th
The Soft Pack and WAVVES @ Echoplex
Wax Tailor @ Troubadour
Patrick Watson @ Largo at the Coronet

Sunday, October 18th
Monster of Folk @ Greek Theatre
Haim @ Spaceland

Los Angeles Shows // October 12th – October 18th

October 10th, 2009

Artist To Watch // Beach Fossils

Dustin Payseur of Beach Fossils

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

October 10th, 2009

Wired Magazine // 8-Bit Players

8-bit Pac

[Via Melissa Maerz - Wired.com]
In July, a 23-year-old electronic artist named Je Deviens DJ en 3 Jours (”I Become a DJ in Three Days”), released Da Chip, a collection of Daft Punk covers made entirely with the sound processors found in classic videogame systems. It became an instant underground hit, charting up to 25,000 downloads a day and elevating the chiptune—a Game Boy-inspired genre that’s been kicking around for two decades—from fanboy in-joke to serious headphone fare.

Waxy blogger Andy Baio has taken the genre to the next level with Kind of Bloop, a technically accomplished chiptune tribute to Miles Davis. Other 8-bit acts like Dr. Zilog have refashioned songs from Animal Collective and MGMT into chilling mini-symphonies of blips and bleeps. And the recent release of 8Bitone, a chiptune synthesizer app for iPhones, means that now everyone can play along. – Wired.com

Dr. Zilog – Kids [MGMT Cover]

October 9th, 2009

Rollo & Grady // Friday Into Saturday – Volume #28

Rollo & Grady // Friday Into Saturday – Volume #28

El Michels Affair – Uzi (Pinky Ring) – [Wu-Tang Clan Cover]
Jay-Z & The Black Keys – Psychotic Girl Say Hello [Mash-Up]*
*[VIA - CD]

October 9th, 2009

Rollo & Grady Interview :: Roberto Carlos Lange


I’ve never been a fan of karaoke; I’ve always thought it was just for drunks who wanted to see how bad they could butcher “You Shook Me All Night Long” and “Sweet Home Alabama.” Talking to Roberto Carlos Lange changed my perception of it. The South Florida native learned how to make music by experimenting with his parents’ karaoke machine.

Lange grew up listening to Latin American pop songs with his Ecuadorian parents and their friends during festive parties in the late 80s and early 90s. He left Florida for Savannah, Georgia – a “completely different world” – to attend Savannah College of Art and Design. He then went on to collaborate with famed music producer Guillermo Scott Herren in Savath & Savalas and Prefuse 73, and also worked with School of Seven Bells and Bear in Heaven.

His latest project, Helado Negro, combines his Caribbean musical influences with computer synthesis, record samples, and mellow Spanish lyrics. His debut album Awe Owe is one of the most refreshing and unique albums of 2009.

Awe Owe

R&G: What’s up Roberto? How are you doing?

Roberto: Doing well, thanks.

R&G: You’re from Miami, originally, correct?

Roberto: Yeah, well, I was born in South Florida, so I grew up in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, in a way. I lived in Fort Lauderdale, but I was back and forth most of the time.

R&G: Tell me about your experiences growing up in South Florida.

Roberto: There’s a huge Latin American community down there. My family’s from Ecuador. Most of our time was spent with the types of parties and cultural events and the general sense of community of Latin American countries. When I was growing up, my family had parties almost every weekend. There was always a lot of dancing and singing. My dad would have his friends come over and play instruments, and they would play dance songs, or late night they would play really slow folk music, like South American stuff or cover songs.

R&G: Did you play or just observe the adults?

Roberto: I was little. I would learn a song and then my dad would make me stand in front of all his friends and sing and play guitar.

R&G: Was it embarrassing?

Roberto: [Laughs] Yeah, it was really embarrassing, but I was just doing it. It had nothing to do with anything other than having fun.

R&G: Sounds like fun.

Roberto: My parents would also record each other singing on a karaoke machine. Then, like an hour later, after they’d been drinking some more and hanging out, they would listen back to the recording. It was a lot of entertainment for them, you know?

R&G: So experimenting with the karaoke machine was the first time you learned about sampling music.

Roberto: Yeah, I thought I invented overdubs. I was sitting there and I thought, “Oh man.” I played one guitar line and laid another one right over it immediately. I was like, “Holy Crap!” I couldn’t believe I could do that and just kept doing it over and over and over again.

Rollo & Grady Interview :: Roberto Carlos Lange

October 9th, 2009

Artist To Watch // Japanese Motors

Artist To Watch // Japanese Motors

Japanese Motors
Hometown: Costa Mesa, California
Album: Self-Titled (iTunes)
Label: Vice
Japanese Motors – Spendin’ Days

October 9th, 2009

Uncut’s Top 20 Albums Of The ’00s

Uncuts Top 20 Albums Of The 00s

Respectable list. I would have gone with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot over A Ghost Is Born; Kid A over In Rainbows. Kate, Bruce and Bob wouldn’t have cracked my top 100 list of albums.

Uncut’s Top 20 Albums Of The ’00s:
1.) The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
2.) Bob Dylan – ‘Love and Theft’
3.) Wilco – A Ghost is Born
4.) Brian Wilson – Smile
5.) The Strokes – Is This It
6.) Robert Plant and Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
7.) Arcade Fire – Funeral
8.) Bob Dylan – Modern Times
9.) Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker
10.) Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
11.) The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
12.) Portishead – Third
13.) Gillian Welch – Time (The Revelator)
14.) Primal Scream – XTRMNTR
15.) Radiohead – In Rainbows
16.) LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
17.) The White Stripes – Elephant
18.) Kate Bush – Aerial
19.) Bruce Springsteen – The Rising
20.) Amy Winehouse – Back to Black

Ryan Adams – Time The Revelator (Ft. Gillian Welch)
Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal

October 8th, 2009

Artist To Watch // Rough Francis


Rough Francis (Myspace)
Hometown: Burlington, Vermont
Album: TBA
Label: Unsigned
Rough Francis – Waiting [Demo]

October 8th, 2009

Coachella Festival // April 16th – 18th, 2010

Coachella Festival // April 16th   18th, 2010

[Via Billboard]
While still officially unannounced by the promoters, Billboard sources confirm that another major Indio music festival, Coachella, will once again take place the weekend before Stagecoach, from Apr. 16–18. Pavement, the 1990’s alt-rockers who recently announced plans to reform and tour next year, are widely rumored to be one of the headliners, giving Coachella fans the band’s first reunion show.

October 8th, 2009

Thursday Samples

Thursday Samples
Thao with The Get Down Stay Down

The Black Hollies
Album: Softly Towards The Light (Buy)
Label: Ernest Jenning Record Co.
The Black Hollies – Gloomy Monday Morning

Thao with The Get Down Stay Down – Know Better Learn Faster
Album: Know Better Learn Faster (Due Out October 13th)
Label: Label: Kill Rock Stars
Thao With the Get Down Stay Down – Know Better Learn Faster

Thao with The Get Down Stay Down is playing the Echoplex on October 16th (Buy Tix)