November 25th, 2009

Pixies // “Hey” on Fallon (Video)

November 25th, 2009

Artist To Watch // The Sandwitches


The Sandwitches (Myspace)
Hometown: San Francisco, California
Album: How to Make Ambient Sadcake (Buy)
Label: Turn Up
The Sandwitches – Kiss Your Feet

November 24th, 2009

SXSW // 2010 Showcasing Bands

SXSW // 2010 Showcasing Bands
Quantic and his Combo Barbaro

SXSW organizers announced over 230 showcasing bands for the 2010 festival. Some of the key artists include: Warpaint, The View, Japandroids, The Middle East, Deer Tick, Quantic and his Combo Barbaro, The Black Atlantic and Harlem, to name a few.

MP3: Quantic And His Combo Barbaro – I Just Fell In Love Again
MP3: Harlem – South of France
MP3: The Middle East – The Darkest Side

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November 24th, 2009

Dan Auerbach // Trouble Weighs A Ton – (SIRIUS Video)

November 23rd, 2009

Artist To Watch // The Bixby Knolls


The Bixby Knolls (Myspace)
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Album: Love To Hate Yourself E.P. (TBA – 2010)
Label: Unsigned
Los Angeles Shows: 11/24 @ Spaceland; 11/29 @ TheYork; 12/11 @ Echo
The Bixby Knolls – Bombs On L.A.

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November 23rd, 2009

Digital Music News // MOG All Access Coming December 2nd

Digital Music News // MOG All Access Coming December 2nd

[Via - Digital Music News]
MOG will soon be unwrapping its All Access offering, well ahead of Christmas. The unveiling happens Wednesday, December 2nd, according to information shared with Digital Music News on Monday morning. In a pre-release discussion, the company promised a “revolutionary digital music subscription service,” one that will “exceed all current music listening services” and carry a $5 monthly price point.

The company will attempt to lure subscribers with a free trial window, a taste that could convince music-focused fans to upgrade. The on-demand offering will feature millions of tracks, though MOG is still competing with free, ad-supported competitors like MySpace Music.

Still, MOG already courts a crowd of music addicts, many of whom are actively blogging. All four majors are on board with the launch, according to details re-confirmed by MOG.

Want a better sense of what to expect? The company is now offering a more detailed video preview.

Related Post:
Rollo & Grady Interview with MOG CEO – David Hyman (Click Here)

November 23rd, 2009

Rough Trade Records // Top 10 Albums of 2009

The Leisure Society
The Leisure Society

Rough Trade Records announced their top albums of 2009. It’s one of the best lists I’ve seen this year.

The xx – xx
The Low Anthem – Oh My God, Charlie Darwin
Fever Ray – Fever Ray
The Horrors – Primary Colours
Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Pains of Being Pure At Heart
Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest
The Leisure Society – The Sleeper & A Product Of The Ego Drain
Fuck Buttons – Tarot Sport
Forest Fire – Survival
The Very Best – Warm Heart of Africa

MP3: The Leisure Society – We Were Wasted

November 23rd, 2009

The Avett Brothers // Slight Figure of Speech (Video)

Skip to the 2:12 mark. The host is from HBO’s Eastbound & Down.

November 22nd, 2009

Artist To Watch // Wetdog


Wetdog (Myspace)
Hometown: United Kingdom
Album: Frauhaus! (Pre-order)
Label: Captured Tracks
Wetdog – Lower Leg

November 22nd, 2009

Los Angeles Shows // November 23rd – November 28th

Los Angeles Shows // November 23rd – November 28th

Recommended Los Angeles Shows November 23rd – November 28th

Monday, November 23rd
Fanfarlo @ Echo
The Happy Hollows @ Spaceland

Tuesday, November 24th
Lissie with Leslie and the Badgers @ Bootleg
Wolfmother @ The Wiltern
The Bixby Knolls @ Spaceland

Wednesday, November 25th
No Recommended Shows

Thursday, November 26th
Happy Thanksgiving

Friday, November 27th
Japandroids with Surfer Blood @ Echo
Julian Casablancas with The Strange Boys @ Downtown Palace Theatre

Saturday, November 28th
Dum Dum Girls @ Spaceland
Black Crowes @ Club Nokia
Peaches @ The Wiltern
The Idyllists @ Hotel Cafe

Surfer Blood
Surfer Blood

Black Crowes – I Ain’t Hiding
Leslie and The Badgers – Los Angeles
Wolfmother – Back Round
Surfer Blood – Catholic Pagans
Japandroids – Young Hearts Spark Fire
Lissie – Everywhere I Go
Peaches – Boys Wanna Be Her

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November 22nd, 2009

Rollo & Grady Interview // Mike Barker – American Dad

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Jim James and Mike Barker – Image Rollo & Grady

In several hours My Morning Jacket will make their prime-time television debut on American Dad. I recently caught up with the show’s co-creator Mike Barker, who penned the episode titled “My Morning Straitjacket,” to discuss his inspiration for writing the script.

Stan and Jim

R&G: How did you first discover My Morning Jacket?

MB: One of my writers, Matt Fusfeld, turned me onto them. He played “Bermuda Highway” for me in the office one day and I was instantly transfixed.

R&G: Tell me about your experience at Bonnaroo 2008?

MB: At Bonnaroo, I’m watching these guys create this lush, intense sound as the rain is washing over them… and as the sheet of rain attacks the stage, the raindrops are being illuminated by the multi-colored stage lights, and it was just… biblical. (note: Mike was not on mushrooms or acid). And it was one of those moments — and by moment I don’t mean during a certain chorus or something, I mean the ENTIRE time the guys are playing — it was one of those moments where everyone in attendance realized they were witnessing something really special. No one’s worried about getting wet, or getting their shoes muddy, or needing to sit down after standing shoulder to shoulder with wet strangers for four straight hours. And I actually remember having the thought, “If lightening strikes these guys dead, there’s not a thing tragic about that.” Seriously, can you tell me a better way for a musician to go? Because I can’t think of it.


But during the show, I start to become aware of how intensely I loved this music, and by extension, these guys for playing it. And I thought to myself, “What if I try to SHARE this experience through the characters in American Dad? Is it possible to translate how much I love this music to a large portion of American Dad’s audience that presently has no idea that this band even exits?” That would be my way of giving back, I suppose. My Morning Jacket is one of the greatest bands of all time, so why wouldn’t I try to share that fact?
Rollo & Grady Interview // Mike Barker    American Dad