June 19th, 2010

Artist To Watch // The Sister Ruby Band

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The Sister Ruby Band (Myspace)
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Album: A Shot In The Dark EP (Buy)
Label: Unsigned
The Sister Ruby Band – Rebecca (Just Take It From Me)

June 19th, 2010

Origami Vinyl // Weekly Top 10 Records

Origami Vinyl // Weekly Top 10 Records

Origami Vinyl :: Top 10 Records (6/12- 6/17)
1. The Like – “Release Me”
2. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Before Today”
3. The Beatles – “Paperback Writer/Rain” 7″
4. Active Child – “Curtis Lane” 10″
5. Best Coast – “Sun Was High” 7″
6. Alex Bleeker – “These Days” 7″
7. Delorean – “Subiza”
8. No Joy – “No Summer” 7″
9. Future Islands – “In Evening Air”
10. Arthur Russell – “Calling Out of Context”

Alex Bleeker – Getting By
Arthur Russell – Make 1, 2

Origami Vinyl Website (Click Here)

June 18th, 2010

Tame Impala Add Early Show – Silverlake Lounge 6/29

Tame Impala Add Early Show   Silverlake Lounge 6/29

Silverlake Lounge has added a second Tame Impala show, which will begin at 7pm on Tuesday, June 29th. Doors for the second (early) show will be 6p; advance tickets are available at In Ticketing. They are no longer selling advance tickets for the late show on the 29th. I highly recommend checking these guys out.

MP3: Tame Impala – Remember Me (Blue Boy Cover)

June 18th, 2010

We Are Country Mice // “Festival”

We Are Country Mice // Festival

Here’s a new cut from the forthcoming We Are Country Mice limited-edition cassette release, Transmissions.

We Are Country Mice (Myspace)
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Album: Transmissions (July 2010)
Label: Train Man Tapes
We Are Country Mice – Festival
We Are Country Mice – Ballad of John
We Are Country Mice – A Good Old Fashioned Barn Raising

June 18th, 2010

Manager Spotlight // Jay Steele


‘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 Jay Steele, Director of Shipping and Receiving for New West Records in Athens, Georgia, and manager of Futurebirds.

Image – Alyssa DeHayes

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

Jay: I started out interning at American Songwriter Magazine in Nashville. I pretended I knew about music and journalism and eventually secured a regular gig writing for the magazine. After deciding that I didn’t see myself as a full-time music journalist, I set about getting involved in as many music industry outlets as I possibly could. I hit the road with the Ice Cream Man and interned at Merge Records and the Progressive Global Agency. I then went on tour with Dead Confederate. I also worked as a doorman at Local 506 in Chapel Hill. I now work in Athens, GA, at New West Records and manage Futurebirds.

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

Jay: Find a band that you really care about and really believe in. This is obviously very much easier said than done, but it’s important. Focus your efforts on one band. If in the beginning you spread yourself too thin, you won’t be nearly as effective. Try to learn as much as you possibly can about the industry before you start managing. There will still be a lot that you learn on the fly, but it helps to have some idea of what you are doing before you tell a band you will help them out. I suggest finding a mentor. It’s important to create strong relationships with other industry folks. Also, don’t give up if you lose an artist or potential artist. The first artist I tried to manage was Chaz Bundick aka Toro Y Moi. That was back in 2006 when no one knew who he was and I had no idea what I was doing. We were very close to working together before he realized I was totally clueless at the time. Needless to say it worked out for him without me, and I’m more than happy with my current situation.

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

Jay: …studied more in college so I could have gotten into the business school at UNC and pursued a career in finance. Right. I would have tried to learn more about the nuts and bolts and day to day operations a manager deals with in the music industry. Most everyone can think of the big picture ideas; if you slack on the details the big picture ideas will never turn out exactly as planned. Trust me: I’ve learned this the hard way on a couple of occasions. You’ve got to know how to lay the foundation and it’s a notion that I am still figuring out on the fly.

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

Jay: I think Twitter and Facebook are the most important social networking sites now. They are a great way to maintain the attention of your fans. Artistdata is an awesome site to help you keep all of your social networking outlets on the same page. In my opinion, MySpace has lost a lot of steam. Someone just helped me set up our Bandpage feature on Facebook. It’s just one of many applications that I think could spell the end for MySpace Music.

Music blogs are obviously tremendously important. Blogs like Aquarium Drunkard, Rollo & Grady, HearYa and Harmon Drive have championed Futurebirds since the early days, providing the band with really great exposure. After they started writing about the EP, the Bandcamp downloads and sales jumped significantly.

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

Jay: Hard to say. Nine shows in four days during the band’s first trip to SXSW was a test. There were more than a few adverse situations that the dudes handled very well. The house party they played the last night is a perfect example. The cops showed up as the second band finished playing outside and told us to shut it down. It was Futurebirds’ ninth show in four days. The band was exhausted and we could’ve very easily packed up and headed home. Instead, we cleaned out a twelve by twelve breakfast room and set the band up. There were probably fifty people in this tiny house. People were watching from the kitchen and the living room. There was barely space to breathe. The only light came from a colored projector and the occasional camera flash. No one there will ever forget that show. Folks were blown away.

R&G: Blackberry or iPhone?

Jay: Right now I’ve got a flip phone. The front screen is cracked. Verizon doesn’t support the iPhone. I’m thinking about bringing back Morse code.

MP3: Futurebirds – Megachills
MP3: Futurebirds – Johnny Utah
MP3: Futurebirds – Dirty D

Manager Spotlight // Jay Steele

June 18th, 2010

Next Stop … Soweto Vol. 2

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Album: Next Stop … Soweto Volume 2 (Buy)
Label: Strut
Mahotella Queens – Wozani Mahipi

June 17th, 2010

Erykah Badu – Ticket Giveaway

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We have a pair of tickets to giveaway to R&G readers for Erykah Badu with Janelle Monae and Lupe Fiasco at The Greek Theatre this Sunday, June 20th. The tickets also admit the winner to a backstage, post-show meet and greet with Badu. Please no stalkers. Email us at rollogrady@gmail.com to claim the tickets. The winners will be notified via email.

Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh (Amazon)

June 16th, 2010

Artist To Watch // Circle Pit


Circle Pit (Myspace)
Hometown: Sydney NSW Australia
Album: Bruise Constellation (2010 TBA)
Label: Slitbreeze
Circle Pit – Another Trick

June 16th, 2010

Mazes // Mazzzes

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Chicago’s Mazes (featuring Edward and Caroline from The 1900s) have released a new remix album for free download today. I prefer their studio material, but there are several keepers on Mazzzes. Despite rumors to the contrary, the band is not breaking up. They’re currently recording a new album to be released later on this year.

Mazes – I Have Laid in the Darkness of Doubt (Pierce Doerr mix)
Mazes – I Have Laid In The Darkness Of Doubt
Mazes – Heather Kissing Heather On the Dancefloor (Joshua Dumas mix)
Mazes – Things I Threw In the Well

June 16th, 2010

Wednesday Covers

Wednesday Covers

Tame Impala – Vital Signs (Midnight Juggernauts Cover)
Mark Lanegan – Cripple Creek (Skip Spence Cover)

June 16th, 2010

New Black Lips // “Before You Judge Me”

New Black Lips // Before You Judge Me
Ian Saint Pé of Black Lips

MP3: Black Lips – Before You Judge Me