September 23rd, 2010

Paul Cary Rips

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My friend Amy over at Flamgirlant turned me on to this gem today.

Paul Cary
Hometown: Chicago
Album: Ghost of a Man (Buy)
Label: Stankhouse Records
Paul Cary – Iryna
Paul Cary – The Curse Of China Bull

September 23rd, 2010

Rollo & Grady Interview with Sharon Van Etten

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Voice of an Angel

Over the past decade, the haunting, love-sick voices of Beth Orton, Regina Spektor, and Chan Marshall have helped pave the way for a new crop of talented female singer-songwriters: Lissie, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Alela Diane. One of the most promising artists in this category is Brooklyn-via-New Jersey’s Sharon Van Etten. The beautiful harmonies and heartfelt lyrics of her 2009 debut album Because I Was In Love landed her on many critics’ year-end best-of lists. On her forthcoming album, Epic, Van Etten is joined by a full band and expands her sound with the accompaniment of electric guitar, piano, lap steel, drums, and backing vocals from Meg Baird (Espers) and Jessica Larrabee (She Keeps Bees). Epic will top lists once again, and Van Etten, a unique talent, will be making music for years to come.

I caught up with Sharon earlier this summer to discuss touring, Tennessee, and her new album.

Rollo & Grady Interview with Sharon Van Etten

R&G: Hey Sharon, how are things with you?

Sharon: Good, thanks.

R&G: I recently received an email from you regarding Zoom. What are your day-to-day responsibilities at Ba Da Bing?

Sharon: I do mostly publicity and so write a lot of emails, whether a record is coming out or a band is coming through or is going on tour. I’m still learning the whole process as I’ve only been officially full-time for the last year and I’m learning as I go. I try to write people and hope that they already like the band, and if they don’t know the band, I introduce it to them. I’ve had to learn about what’s too intrusive to say and what’s annoying and how to phrase emails.

R&G: Last year you toured with the Great Lake Swimmers, Rain Machine, Megafaun, Bowerbirds, and Antlers. What did you take from the shows while touring with those musicians?

Sharon: One of the things I gathered was their level of professionalism. The bands that I’ve gotten to open up for, they’ve been doing this a lot longer than I have. They’re really organized, they’re really poised, and they’re really patient. When bands tour that often, at some point, the shit is going to hit the fan. Something’s going to go wrong. Someone doesn’t show up. Equipment fails. Whatever. But they’ve gotten to the point where you do what you can and it’s not always perfect and it’s not the end of the world if you don’t have the best show or if someone’ talking or whatever. They really helped me a feel more confident in that things just happen and you just do your job.

R&G: You lived in Tennessee for five years. Can you tell me a little bit about the time that you spent in the South?

Sharon: I had just graduated high school and I was really idealistic about the world. I thought that I could go to college and actually start taking classes in music and not worry about general education classes anymore. I also wanted to go far away from home, but I found a school that was tied for number one with Berklee for recording and it was really cheap to go there. That became the one thing that I could talk to my parents about, saying, “This is a responsible decision. I get to pursue music, but it’s also a back-up plan for a real job.” So I went down there and hated it. I dropped out of school and ended up getting a job at an all-ages venue called The Red Rose.
Rollo & Grady Interview with Sharon Van Etten

September 22nd, 2010

TV Torso :: “Slanderers’ Stew”

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TV Torso
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Album: Status Quo Vadis 12″ (Buy)
Label: Visible Hand
TV Torso – Slanderers’ Stew

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Top 29 New Artists 2010 – (click here)
TV Torso – Artist To Watch (click here)
SXSW 2010 – Bands That Are Going To Blow Up (click here)

September 20th, 2010

Rollo & Grady Interview with Lord Huron

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Presence of the Lord

Lord Huron, the mysterious band that appeared out of thin air earlier this summer, is actually the work of musician Benji Schneider. In a short period of time, he’s created a buzz similar to that surrounding Bon Iver several years back. Bands hate comparisons; still, the first time I heard Lord Huron’s music, I thought of Fleet Foxes, but with a pulse. Make no mistake about it: Benji’s band is worth all of the hype and attention that it’s received thus far. Benji creates music that makes you want to tell everyone you know about it.

Benji is a soft-spoken, humble guy from Michigan. I did find it a bit odd that he would only let me address him as Lord during our interviews, but hey: it is Los Angeles. Our first meeting took place at Barbrix in Silver Lake. Lord joined me with his drummer and childhood friend Mark Barry. We had a great time drinking beers, chatting, and eating average food, but the recording of our conversation turned out to be shit, so we caught up a couple days later by phone. Lord expressed his enthusiasm for his forthcoming EP and his excitement to spread the gospel beyond Los Angeles. Here’s what went down on our call.
Rollo & Grady Interview with Lord Huron

September 20th, 2010

Waved Out II @ Echo + Echoplex – September 25th

Waved Out II @ Echo + Echoplex   September 25th

This Saturday, Aquarium Drunkard presents the 2nd annual Waved Out festival at the Echo & Echoplex. The lineup features Lord Huron, Hanni El Khatib, Dungen, Sharon Van Etten, The Fresh & Onlys, and others. We’re giving away five pairs of tickets to the show.

Hanni El Khatib

To enter the contest, please write an email to Include “Waved Out II” in the subject line and your full name & e-mail address in the body of the email. We’ll pick the winners later this week. For further show info (click here).


Hanni El Khatib – You Rascal You
Lord Huron – When Will I See You Again
Dungen – Det du tanker idag ar du I morgan

September 19th, 2010

Megafaun // Heretofore

Megafaun // Heretofore

Album: Heretofore (Buy)
Label: Hometapes
Megafaun – Heretofore

Related Posts:
Rollo & Grady – Interview with Joe Westerlund of Megafaun (click here)

September 17th, 2010

The Fresh & Onlys // Waterfall


The Fresh & Onlys
Album: Play It Strange (October 12)
Label: In The Red
The Fresh and Onlys – Waterfall

Related Posts:
Rollo & Grady Interview :: Shayde Sartin – The Fresh & Onlys (click here)

September 17th, 2010

Origami Vinyl // Weekly Top 10 Records

Origami Vinyl // Weekly Top 10 Records
Origami Vinyl :: Top 10 Records (9/11 – 9/17)
1. Florence & The Machine “Lungs”
2. Florence & The Machine “A Lot Of Love A Lot Of Blood”
3. Grinderman “Grinderman 2”
4. The Walkmen “Lisbon”
5. Robotanists “Current”
6. Of Montreal “False Priest”
7. Blonde Redhead “Penny Sparkle”
8. Deerunter “Revival” 7″
9. The Drums “S/T”
10. Summer Darling “S/T”

Origami Vinyl Website (Click Here)