January 31st, 2011

Fleet Foxes :: Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes :: Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes
Album: Helplessness Blues (May 3rd)
Label: Sub Pop
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes are playing the Hollywood Palladium on May 7th.



January 30th, 2011

Artist To Watch :: Whalers

Artist To Watch :: Whalers

Whalers
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Album: How The Ship Goes Down (Buy)
Label: Unsigned
Whalers – That Rabbit



January 29th, 2011

Alexander Ebert :: Million Years

Alexander Ebert :: Million Years

Alexander Ebert :: Million Years



January 28th, 2011

Digital Music News :: Is This Working?

Digital Music News :: Is This Working?

[Via - DMN]
Is this strategy screaming for change? We just took a look at the top 100 singles on the iTunes Store (for Friday afternoon), and found that 95 of them were priced at $1.29. The remaining 5 were $0.99, and none were $0.69. Meanwhile, paid downloads are flattening (up just 1% in the US in 2010 last year according to Nielsen Soundscan).

So what happens when you expand the list? Apple actually posts the top 200 singles, so we expanded the count. But even among the top 200, 93.5 percent were $1.29, with just one 69-cent track available.

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This is all part of a hard-fought victory by the majors, who wrestled with Apple for years to achieve ‘variable pricing.’ But this obviously isn’t working, and the trajectory suggests that iTunes singles will decline in 2011. “The price increase probably couldn’t have come at a worse time,” Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr. even admitted during a financial review at about this time last year. That implementation happened in 2008, or as Bronfman noted, in “the teeth of the worst recession since the Depression.”

So, why not change the pricing strategy, and save this format? The idea as initially proposed was to hike the price on more popular tracks, while matching lower pricing tiers with catalog songs. Sounds reasonable enough, though it looks that even this game plan has changed. Sources to Digital Music News recently noted that EMI has decided to price everything at $1.29 – new, old, whatever. We called EMI about this, and they declined to answer the question, though an initial examination validates the claims.

The results of our deeper dive are ahead. (Continue Reading)



January 28th, 2011

Spotify Close To A Deal With EMI

Spotify Close To A Deal With EMI

[Via - Ben Sisario - NYT]
Spotify, a digital music service that has been popular in Europe but met roadblocks in its plans to enter the American market, is inching closer to its goal. A week after it signed an arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment for distribution in the United States, the company is very close to closing a deal with EMI Music, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations but was not authorized to discuss them.

If a contract is signed, as is expected soon, it would give Spotify a strong beachhead in America, with two of the four major labels on board. But a deal with Universal Music Group, the largest of the labels, has been elusive, and people with knowledge of those talks say that no agreement is imminent. Universal has about a 31 percent market share of music sales in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan; Sony and EMI combined have about 37 percent. (Continue Reading)



January 28th, 2011

Calexico :: Corona

Calexico :: Corona
Calexico
Album: Convict Pool (Buy)
Label: Quarterstick Records
Calexico – Corona



January 27th, 2011

Hanni El Khatib :: Loved One (Video)


Hanni El Khatib – Loved One

Related Posts:
Rollo & Grady Interview with Hanni El Khatib (Click here)



January 26th, 2011

The Black Keys :: KCRW – December 13, 2010

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Black Keys – Live on KCRW – December 13, 2010

Set List:
Everlasting Light
Next Girl
Chop And Change
Howling For You
Tighten Up
She’s Long Gone
Ten Cent Pistol
Sinister Kid
Your Touch

Download:
Black Keys – Brothers (iTunes)



January 25th, 2011

The Kills :: Kiss The Wrong Side

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THE KILLS
Cheap And Cheerful (2008 UK limited edition 2-track 7″ vinyl single)
Label: Domino
The Kills – Kiss the Wrong Side

The Kills :: Kiss The Wrong Side



January 25th, 2011

Devin Therriault :: In My Solitude

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Devin Therriault will be making his Los Angeles debut this Thursday at the Echoplex. He will be joined by headliners Monotonix and Ty Segall. You can purchase tickets here.

MP3: Devin Therriault – In My Solitude (demo)



January 25th, 2011

J. Irvin Dally :: Big Ugly Yellow Couch Session

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J. Irvin Dally recorded three acoustic songs for a recent Big Ugly Yellow Couch session. BUYC is an acoustic video session series run out of the Brooklyn apartment of writer Carlye Wisel and photographer/videographer Donald Rasmussen. Previous sessions include Twin Sister, Dawes, Yellow Ostrich, Phantogram, and others. They offer MP3’s and video footage of the sessions. It’s a great site worth checking out.

Download:
J. Irvin Dally – Despistado (Buy)

MP3: J. Irvin Dally – Brown Sugar (BUYC Session)
MP3: J. Irvin Dally – Sun Room



January 24th, 2011

Charles Bradley :: No Time For Dreaming

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This album is guaranteed to be in my top 10 of 2011. On “No Time For Dreaming,” Bradley is backed by the Menahan Street Band and some sweet sounding soul singers. It’s Godfather of Soul worthy material with heavy bass lines, killer horns, and some serious screaming. Shit is tight.

Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band
Album: No Time for Dreaming (Download)
Label: Daptone Records/Dunham Records
Charles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming



January 24th, 2011

Photographer Profile :: Patrice Jackson

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Patrice Jackson – Image by Bridget Russell

I’ve always been a fan of rock photographers. Some favorites are Jim Marshall, Bob Gruen, and Eddie Kramer. These photographers had all-access to legendary bands such as The Stones, Sex Pistols, Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. I currently admire the work of Danny Clinch; he has done some excellent work with Radiohead, My Morning Jacket, Beastie Boys, and Tupac, to name a few.

When I started Rollo & Grady, I shot all of the live shows for the blog. Having no previous experience, I realized how difficult it was to capture a great live shot. I didn’t follow the rules, basically blinding musicians with my flash. After a year or so, I decided to let professionals handle the photography for the site.

Last year at SXSW, a mutual friend introduced me to Patrice Jackson during Warpaint’s show at the Red Eyed Fly. She was full of energy and wearing a Daniel Boone hat. We discussed music and it turned out we loved the same bands, especially JEFF The Brotherhood. Not having seen any of her previous work, I asked her on the spot to shoot the festival for me. When she sent me the photos a week later, I was floored with the shots that she had captured. She went on to shoot JEFF The Brotherhood for me last April.
Photographer Profile :: Patrice Jackson



January 23rd, 2011

Recommended Shows :: January 24th – January 29th

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Ty Segall

Recommended Shows :: January 24th – January 29th

Monday, January 24th
Wanda Jackson and Jack White @ El Rey Theatre
Iron & Wine @ Amoeba Records

Tuesday, January 25th
The Vaccines @ The Satellite
Iron & Wine with Laura Marling @ Wiltern

Wednesday, January 26th
Foster The People @ echo
Iron & Wine with The Low Anthem @ Wiltern
Mark Farina @ Ecco

Thursday, January 27th
Hanni El Khatib with White Arrows @ Mountain Bar
Monotonix with Ty Segall and Devin Therriault @ echoplex
The Blow @ Satellite
Growlers @ Slidebar Cafe (Fullerton – Free Gig)

Friday, January 28th
Crocodiles with Tamaryn and Heavy Hawaii @ echo
Les Savy Fav with Dirt Dress @ echoplex
Jon Brion @ Largo

Saturday, January 29th
Deerhoof @ echoplex
Ween @ Wiltern

Recommended Shows :: January 24th – January 29th