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Rondo Brothers Prepped to Release CD, Release Show Upcoming

That’s right – The Rondo Brothers, composers for Ten Music are releasing their latest work and throwing a party to celebrate this weekend at The Independent (RSVP to maxwell if interested, you know what to do) – and people are talking.

San Francisco’s Weekly is giving them the love calling them a “powerful pop force”, take a gander at the full article here.

Also getting love here and here!!!

Another article was written on Jim Greer (half of The Rondo Brothers) via Fanactic – and the majority of it is below:

diamond jim

San Francisco’s Jim Greer is a man with so much going on in his professional life that he could easily fill a book — or at least your headphones. The man who comprises one half of the production team and music makers, The Rondo Brothers, has plenty to keep him busy behind the boards, as well as a new Rondos record out now called Seven Minutes To Midnight. This is, of course, in addition to Big Bad Beautiful Dreams, his latest solo record as Diamond Jim, one third of “The Bedroom Trio” of singer-songwriters that includes Trevor Childs and Herman Jolly.

As if all of this weren’t enough, to compliment Greer’s prolific and accomplished musical endeavors as a producer and artist, he is kept very busy with his music composition work for commercials, his state-of-the-environment recording facility, and his record label group, Citrus To Citrus. Between artists Head Automatica, Galactic, and Handsome Boy Modeling School, Greer appears on 250,000+ records sold as a session player, writer, or producer, etc. Greer has also toured with and opened for The Rapture, Interpol, and The Cure.

The Rondo Brothers: “Another gloriously uncategorizeable record from the Rondos. Weird, melodic pop and subtle funk featuring a slew of guest vocalists and players. This makes me want to drink wine coolers on a sailboat…”XLR8R

When Greer and musical partner Brandon Arnovivk make Rondo Brothers music, they treat it as a simple, fun process of layering ideas that sometimes come in five minutes, and other times gestate for months. The duo also has a roundtable of friends who drop in. Letting other bad-ass musicians and singers put a stamp on a Rondo Brothers track is par for the course. The artists that The Rondo Brothers work with are people that they would like to hang out with regardless.

A record release celebration for Seven Minutes To Midnight will take place at San Francisco’s Independent on Sept. 14th. Frequent DJ Shadow/Quannum Projects collaborator Bing Ji Ling (LINK) who appears on the Seven Minutes To Midnight track “Until We All Fall Down” (MP3) will join the Rondos at this special show. Need a “Rondo Reminder” the day of the gig? The band was recently featured by Virgin Moble, so go ahead and grab a Rondo Brothers ringtone! (LINK). The Rondo Brothers will also join Galactic onstage in San Francisco at the Independent on July 25th and 26th. Be there!

This tradition of exploration and collaboration continues on Seven Minutes To Midnight. Two featured tracks from the album that show this off include “Crazed” (MP3) and “Hard Rocks The Roof.” (MP3). “Crazed” is a collaboration with Craig Bonich from Head Automatica and “Hard Rocks The Roof” is a love song enhanced by the vocals of Pedro Shanahan, who also sings lead on the Rondo tracks “Dune Stalker” (MP3) and “In The Valley” (MP3).

Commercials:
At first reluctant to shine the spotlight too much on this aspect of his artistry, Greer is now okay with it, joking, “Now that Wilco has sold their whole album to Volkswagen and Sonic Youth is doing a Starbucks record, fuck it.” It all means that Greer is happy to mention that he has just completed the music for a Haynes commercial featuring Michael Jordan and Cuba Gooding, Jr. which will also includes some Rondo Brothers tunes as part of the online marketing campaign. (Coming soon to Ten Music’s NEW site.)
The Rondo’s commercial work situation presents an environment where they are literally being asked to write a 60-second song every day. While their clients usually have something in mind, they also want a really original piece of music. To accomplish this, Greer generates a bunch of ideas, edit himself quickly, and at the end of the day (if he has that long!) trusts his judgment.

He explains, “This process can only be likened to that of a portrait painter – you know that when it’s all over it needs to look like the person, but you also need to make quick choices along the way. Quick planning and execution are the essential elements for success – sometimes jobs come in and music is literally needed within six hours. That’s very different from the album process – you make an album, and then you wait forever for it to slowly seep out into the world. With the commercial work, it goes out instantly to millions of people. It’s really bizarre how that happens – on one hand, you can get paid to make music that goes out to all these people, but in the record industry, you’re basically begging for a break… probably from the same companies!

The Studio and Citrus To Citrus:
And where is all of this music being made anyway? In Greer’s custom built, environmentally conscious studio of course. Greer is green — make no mistake.

He emphatically states, “You wouldn’t pour oil on your roses, or have an air conditioner rotting in your living room, so why spew lots of exhaust into the air? It’s just common sense.”

Greer is referring to his preferred mode of transport — the golf cart that he tools around town in. “We just filmed a video of us driving all around San Francisco in our electric golf cart. It’s incredibly easy to park, fun to drive and just kicks ass,” he says.

Greer’s recording facility is equally environmentally friendly. In describing the room to BPM Magazine recently, he commented that in addition to using as little heat and air conditioning as possible and keeping water usage low, the Rondo’s gear – which is a hybrid of the best of digital and analog technology – is designed to run on low levels of power.

“You can be running as little as a single laptop at any point while working,” Greer says.

Jim Greer – what more is there to say about this insanely talented and hard working man? He is equally at home in a singer songwriter session as he is on the road with rappers cutting impromptu tracks in a hotel room. He lays down the grooves and creates them for others with The Rondo Brothers, quietly conjures and performs affecting singer-songwriter material as Diamond Jim, pops out television commercials on a moment’s notice in his Earth-conscious studio and finds the time and resources to release records by other talented friends. Obviously, Greer has deftly navigated many facets of the music industry, all with supreme skill, and will continue to do so until he decides to take it easy for a minute or two (which is doubtful!)

Matthew Dear & His Big Hands Tour

Matthew Dear Sonar 2007

Matthew Dear’s Big Hands are slated to tour nonstop for the next two months in support of the new album, Asa Breed, all around Europe. After performances at Sónar and MUTEK, the band rolls on for a string of great dates. Check out recent interviews with Dear in Mixmag, Fact and Billboard.

Architecture in Helsinki – In Case We Die (hard)

Bruce Willis

Stereogum broke the news that, yes, Bruce Willis is a Architecture in Helsinki fan. The scene? A press conference in Belgium. The question: what are your 3 fav new bands? The answer: BRMC, The Strokes and yes….Architecture in Helsinki.

Insert funny, slightly snobby comment here.

The Rondo Brothers Talk to BPM about thinking globally and acting locally, announce CD release party for Seven Minutes To Midnight.

Rondos Golf Cart

Ten Music‘s own Rondo Brothers spoke to BPM Magazine recently for an article in the magazine’s upcoming “Green” issue about how the duo contributes to environmental consciousness.

“We just filmed a video of us driving all around San Francisco in our electric golf cart. It’s incredibly easy to park, fun to drive and just kicks ass,” Jim Greer, one-half of the San Francisco-based production team, tells BPM. “We want to lead the charge in converting every American urban area to small electric cars only,” he continues. “You wouldn’t pour oil on your roses, or have an air conditioner rotting in your living room, so why spew lots of exhaust into the air? It’s just common sense.”

The speed limit around the Rondo’s studio, which is located in Bernal Heights, is 35 mph or less, so the golf cart is street legal wherever they need to go. They love giving people rides in the golf cart and see it as a fun and globally conscious way to get around. The above mentioned video for “In The Valley” which features the Rondo’s ride can be seen HERE.

Greer also tells BPM that when the Rondos aren’t riding around in their golf cart, they can usually be found in their studio, which has been specially modified to be energy efficient. In addition to using as little heat and air conditioning as possible and keeping water usage low, the Rondo’s gear – which is a hybrid of the best of digital and analog technology – is designed to run on low levels of power.

“You can be running as little as a single laptop at any point while working,” Greer says. Also, most of the acoustic treatment in the studio was created out of recycled materials.

The band’s low energy studio certainly yields some high energy tracks.  The record release party for the band’s upcoming album Seven Minutes To Midnight will take place at the Independent in San Francisco on July 14. Remixes of two tracks from the album are available for download now:

The Rondo Brothers – “Crazed” – Collette Remix (MP3)
The Rondo Brothers – “Until We All Fall Down” – Cubismo Grafico Pea Coat Remix (MP3)

More about The Rondo Brothers: 2006 allowed The Rondo Brothers to reach some of their widest audiences yet — thanks in part to laptop prodigy rapper MC Lars (Nettwerk) who tapped the pair to produce his underground hit “Hot Topic Is Not Punk Rock” and their contributions to the hit single “World’s Gone Mad” from Handsome Boy Modeling School. Other projects include the Rondos’ contributions to a 2006 remix by Dan The Automator (Gorillaz, Deltron 3030) for The Killers as well as a recent collaboration with him on a Peeping Tom track and Galactic’s Ruckus. The Rondos also worked on a New York Dolls remix for last year’s release on Roadrunner Records, commissioned by legendary producer Jack Douglas (Cheap Trick, John Lennon, Aerosmith). Artists seen working at the Rondo’x studio recently have included seminal guitarist Luther Dickinson from the North Mississippi All Stars, keyboardist extraordinaire Ivan Neville (Neville Brothers, Rolling Stones), F. Sean Martin of Hatebreed, and Casual from Hieroglyphics.

2007 has seen The Rondos continue to make their mark in the commercial world for Ten Music as well – working on projects ranging from Toyota to Comcast.

 Seven Minutes To Midnight is available on hank™ now to stream and download!!

Amon Tobin: Coming to your hood.

Amon Live

Just got back from a visit throughout the northwest: SF, Portland & Seattle. In Portland and Seattle I managed to catch Amon Tobin live on the decks at the Doug Fir and Neumo’s respectively. Haven’t felt my bass move me like it did at those two performances since Radiohead did a few years back.

Should be a fun show this Saturday night as he is joined by a number of friends.  Amon Flyer

All Smiles: All Over!!!!

A bit about All Smiles (Jim Fairchild of Grandaddy) – in case you need to know:

Jim Fairchild is the singer/songwriter and general creator of All Smiles, his first solo outing after his days in the band Grandaddy. His debut record was made along with drummers Janet Weiss (Sleater Kinney, Quasi), Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse, Black Heart Procession, Magic Magicians), Danny Seim (Lack Thereof, Menomena), and Solon Bixler (Great Northern).

The record was almost entirely created on 8-track, recorded in living rooms up and down the West Coast. “It was a no-budget record,” says Jim. “There wasn’t any backing yet. I just set up whatever gear I had in the kitchen of our borrowed house in Portland, and our living room in Los Angeles. It sounds like the places it was recorded in. You can hear the walls, and the floors, and the ceilings, and you can hear the cars, and the trees, and the guys selling drugs outside.”

The album was mixed by Brian Deck (Iron and Wine, Modest Mouse). All Smiles is held together by Jim Fairchild’s spare and decisive sounds, and a resistance to over-embellish. “It couldn’t be any other way. I didn’t want it to be bigger than it was supposed to be.”And now that you know – you can see the love on the “internets”:

PENSATOS
“Ten Recordings in nothing but honest and emotionally real; void of studio wash and pure as the surrounding ambiance picked up in each home-brewed recording.”

TREBLEZINE
Excellent review posted!
“Be it strumming an acoustic guitar, shredding on an electric, or plunking away on the piano, his compositions never suffer from a lack of lush instrumentation.”

KEV CHINO

“The coffee house sincerity and living room comfort will grow on those listeners who value genuine musicianship over glossy production.”

BLOGCRITICS

http://blogcritics.org/archives/2007/04/14/080253.php

http://www.boston.com/ae/music/blogcritics/2007/04/all_smiles_ten.html

“his approach is modestly enticing throughout.”

THE MUSIC BOX
“All Smiles’ Ten Readings of a Warning obliterates the notion that Lytle was the only source of Grandaddy’s talent.” read more here.

AVOID PERIL

http://avoidperil.com/blog/2007/04/all_smiles_fanfreakingtastic.html

“Can’t say enough good things about this record right now”

BLOG ARE FOR DOGS

http://blogsarefordogs.com/?p=394

“Ten Readings Of A Warning is a charming, melodic album, as pleasant and self-assured a first effort as you’d expect from such an experienced musician.”

A PLAGUE OF ANGELS

http://plagueofangels.blogspot.com/2007/04/all-smiles.html

“The proceedings on ALL SMILES’ first LP, TEN READINGS OF A WARNING, are low-key but assert a certain undeniable undertow — whether propelled by subdued acoustic guitar or jaunty, saloon-styled piano.”

Even Pitchfork showing the love:Pitchfork All Smiles

KCRW Hearts Matthew Dear. You can too, now on hank™.

KCRW officially hearts Matthew Dear. Great news! The second most added album on KCRW this week was Asa Bread – the new release from Matt due out June 5 on Ghostly International. You can listen to Matthew Dear’s entire album – now exclusively on hank.

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Electric Soft Parade on first US Tour!!!

ESP Photo

Our friends on Better Looking Records – have hit the road!!! They will be passing thru LA on May 30 playing a show at Spaceland. So best. Come out and say hello to Ten Music’s newest friends.

May 22, Tue : San Diego, CA @ Casbah w/ The Clientele
May 23, Wed : Hollywood, CA @ Club Moscow (Boardners) w/ Wallpaper 18+
May 25, Fri. : LIVE ON KCRW 89.9fm “Morning Becomes Eclectic” 11am
May 25, Fri : San Jose, CA @ The Portable w/ Facing New York
May 27, Sun : San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill w/ Wallpaper
May 28, Mon : Sacramento, CA @ Club Pow! w/ Wallpaper
May 29, Tues : Long Beach, CA @ INSTORE at Fingerprints Records (7pm)
May 30, Wed : Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland w/ Brakes
June 2, Sat : Portland, OR @ Dantes w/ Brakes
June 3, Sun : Vancouver, BC @ Media Club w/ Brakes
June 4, Mon : Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey w/ Brakes
June 6, Wed : Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court w/ Brakes
June 7, Thu : Denver, CO @ Hi Dive w/ Brakes
June 8, Fri : Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room w/ Brakes
June 9, Sat : Minneapolis, MN @ 400 Bar w/ Brakes
June 10, Sun : Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle w/ Brakes
June 12, Tue : Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace w/ Brakes
June 13, Wed : Montreal, QB @ Club Lambi w/ Brakes
June 14, Thu : Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bears w/ Brakes
June 15, Fri : Hoboken, NY @ Maxwells w/ Brakes
June 16, Sat : New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ Brakes
June 17, Sun : New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ Brakes

Polyvinyl Signs Architecture in Helsinki!!!

AIH

High fives! Aussie sextet Architecture in Helsinki has signed to our very own Polyvinyl Record Co. for North America.  AIH will release its new single on the Heart It Races EP on the label on CD, 12″ and digital formats on June 5th and its eagerly awaited third full-length album Places Like This on Aug. 7th.  To make things more interesting, there will be several different remixes and cover versions of “Heart it Races” released as B-sides.  The band will be touring the US in June and again later in 2007.

Silversun Pickups rock Webster Hall.

The Silversun Pickups played Webster Hall last night – here is the review from The New York Times.

Silversun Pickups

We are all very proud of these guys as they continue their prolific march across the U.S. Here are a few more dates to catch them on tour:

May 18, Area 108′s Gathering @ The Joint @ Hard Rock Hotel / Las Vegas, NV
May 19, KROQ’s Weenie Roast y Fiesta @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater / Irvine, CA
May 20, 91X’s X Fest @ Coors Amphitheater / Chula Vista, CA

UK TOUR
May 23, Water Rats Theatre / London, UK
May 24, Proud Gallery / London, UK
May 25, The Social / Nottingham, UK
May 26, Leadmill / Sheffield, UK
May 30, Barfly Camden / London, UK
May 31, Night & Day / Manchester, UK
June 01, Barfly Birmingham / Birmingham, UK
June 02, Barfly Cardiff / Cardiff, UK
June 03, Nice N Sleazy / Glasgow, UK

June 6, WFNX’s Best Music Poll 2007 @ Lansdowne St / Boston, MA
June 8, KJEE’s Seaside Beach Ball @ Ventura Country Fairgrounds / Ventura, CA
June 9, Live 105′s BFD 07 @ Shoreline Amphitheatre / Mountain View, CA
June 10, KWOD’s Summer Buzz @ Sacramento Memorial Auditorium / Sacramento, CA
June 29, WLUM’s Summerfest Stage / Milwaukee, WI
July 27, Capitol Hill Block Party / Seattle, WA
July 29, In The Venue / Salt Lake City, UT
July 30, Ogden Theatre / Denver, CO
August 1, Slowdown / Omaha, NE
August 3, Lollapalooza / Chicago, IL

OPENING FOR FOO FIGHTERS
August 21, Meadowbank Sports Center / Edinburgh, Scotland
August 22, Marley Park / Dublin, Ireland

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