July 24th, 2009

Rollo & Grady Interview // Steve Terebecki of White Denim

Rollo & Grady Interview // Steve Terebecki of White Denim
Steve Terebecki @ The Peacock – SXSW 2009 (Image – Rollo & Grady)

When’s the last time you came across a band whose sound you couldn’t categorize? White Denim is a band that prefers it that way. Their music is chaotic – organized or not, but it doesn’t really matter, because White Denim is one of the most exciting and original bands I’ve heard in the past 5 years. If Frank Zappa was alive, I imagine he’d be a fan too.

The Texas trio has been the “buzz” band in Austin since their inception. And thanks to their solid albums, full-throttle live shows and support from UK label Full Time Hobby, they’ve become the “it” band in the UK. It’s something White Denim appreciates, but doesn’t strive for. Their hard work and stellar reputation paid off recently when they signed with U.S. label Downtown Records. It gives me faith that record labels can see the potential in unconventional bands.

I caught up with White Denim bassist Steve Terebecki last week to discuss their new album Fits, British press and signing with Downtown Records.

Rollo & Grady Interview // Steve Terebecki of White Denim

R&G: How was the UK tour?

Steve: It wasn’t bad man. Actually, it was great. All of the shows were well attended.

R&G: Did you guys sign with Downtown Records while you were over there?

Steve: Yes, we signed in Newcastle.

R&G: Nice, and how did the relationship come about?

Steve: We’ve been talking to them for a while. A long time ago, we released an EP on RCRD LBL [joint venture with Downtown Records], and we talked with them a bit then. It was actually the record label we were talking to the longest, and then we finally worked something out.

R&G: Did you sign with them because they understood your vision, and you’re not in the regular mold of the bands that are out there today?

Steve: Yeah, perhaps, because they seemed totally cool with us recording our own stuff in our own studio. They were pretty cool about what we’re doing. We are looking forward to working with them.

R&G: You guys have been vocal in the past that you didn’t want to be labeled the next big thing because it could hinder the creative process. But what if you guys become the next big thing?

Steve: We try to ignore that kind of thing. When we go to the studio, it’s out in the woods in the middle of nowhere and we can forget about everything except for our music. A lot of people ask us about the pressures of making a second record and this and that. It’s all the same. You just make music. Whatever people are saying, we forget about it when we’re out there. We’re fortunate to have that seclusion.
Rollo & Grady Interview // Steve Terebecki of White Denim

July 15th, 2009

Beck // Live on KCRW – November 18th, 2008

Beck // Live on KCRW   November 18th, 2008

November 18th, 2008
KCRW – Morning Becomes Eclectic
Santa Monica, California

MP3: Gamma Ray
MP3: Modern Guilt
MP3: Orphans

Beck – Guero (Amazon)

July 15th, 2009

Daytrotter // Bowerbirds – Blind Pilot – Blitzen Trapper

Daytrotter // Bowerbirds   Blind Pilot   Blitzen Trapper
Blitzen Trapper

Daytrotter has some noteworthy sessions available from Blitzen Trapper, The Bowerbirds, Blind Pilot, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit and Ida Maria. Click here for the full list of sessions.

MP3: The Bowerbirds – Chimes
MP3: Blitzen Trapper – Black River Killer
MP3: Blind Pilot – 3 Rounds And A Sound

July 15th, 2009

Those Darlins // Album Release Video With Black Lips

Here’s video footage of Those Darlins’ album release party in Nashville at Mercy Lounge. The ladies were joined by the Black Lips. The Darlins put on an amazing live show, definitely worth checking out.

Those Darlins – Those Darlins (Amazon)

Related Posts:
Rollo & Grady Interview with Jessi Darlin (click here)

July 15th, 2009

Tuesday Covers

Tuesday Covers
James Murphy

MP3: LCD Soundsystem – No Love Lost (Joy Division Cover)
MP3: Wilco and Fleet Foxes – I Shall Be Released (Bob Dylan Cover)

July 14th, 2009

New Album Releases For Tuesday (7/14/2009)

New Album Releases For Tuesday (7/14/2009)
Ty Segall

Rollo & Grady Recommended New Releases – Tuesday, July 14th:

Blues Control – Local Flavor (Buy)
New Album Releases For Tuesday (7/14/2009)
Label: Siltbreeze Records
MP3: Blues Control – Rest On Water

The Dead Weather – Horehound (Buy)
New Album Releases For Tuesday (7/14/2009)
Label: WEA/Reprise

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Up from Below (Buy)
New Album Releases For Tuesday (7/14/2009)
Label: Vagrant Records
MP3: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Up from Below

New Album Releases For Tuesday (7/14/2009)

July 13th, 2009

Why Aren’t Kids These Days Downloading Music?

Why Arent Kids These Days Downloading Music?

[Via – Derek Thompson the Atlantic]
“For years the greatest fear of music titans was the pimply masses of teens downloading their artists’ music and sharing it with friends, so that the musicians’ product was proliferating even as the profit margins were shrinking. (Does that kind of thing sound familiar?)

But a new report suggests that illegal music downloading has fallen off more than 60 percent in the last two years, as teens are increasingly turning to streaming sites, such as YouTube, Pandora, Grooveshark and others. As they leave file-sharing behind, is this good news for the music industry?

No, but it’s better bad news than the old bad news. When kids download music from illegal sites, the music industry gets nothing out of it. But streaming sites usually pay back money to the music industry, even if it’s not enough to make up for the foregone album sales. Moreover, the sites register users and can market to them — tickets, gear and more bands. Here’s author Alexandra Topping on the possible benefits of a world of streaming music.” Continue Reading The Atlantic Article

July 13th, 2009

Monday Mashup

Monday Mashup

MP3: The Who vs. Daft Punk vs. N.E.R.D. – Who Knew This Nerd Could Jam? (5 Alive Remix)
MP3: Pharrell Vs. A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It Like That?
MP3: The Lovemakers vs. 50 Cent – Shake That 50 Cent