This week, we’ll be featuring a playlist a day from Ropeadope, one of our favorite labels and a mainstay of the Earbits catalog. Lined up for you, we’ve hand-picked a few eclectic lists, a few focused specifically on Jazz, and one each devoted to Hip-Hop and Funk of exclusively Ropeadope artists. Their output is diverse and singular: string arrangements, glitchy electronics, boogie funk lines, extended instrumental solos, Minimalist classical structure, deep neo-soul changes. The array of ideas and musical breadth is dizzying, and this kind of cross-pollination and open experimentation is what, for me, makes Ropeadope such a fantastic imprint. The first of seven lists goes live tomorrow, so keep your ears peeled!
I love my job. Not many people can say that. Why do I love it, you ask? I do nothing but listen to Earbits all day, which provides me some serious time to peruse the up and coming music that we are constantly adding. From Metal to Jazz, and everything in between, I am ever-impressed by the catalog that our music department is building. Frankly, it’s getting ridiculous.
What does this mean to you?
Anyone who has experimented with mind-altering substances will tell you that most of them enhance (or at least affect) the experience of listening to music. Those who play music well enough to do so under the influence will often tell you that drugs enhance your creativity and ability to dream up new music, too. In particular, you often see bands or people who write incredibly inventive music during periods of drug abuse, and then become incredibly boring and stale when they sober up (although there are a lot of reasons that might happen). At any rate, I don’t think many people will argue that drugs have no affect whatsoever on making music, or on your experience listening to it.
Most artists struggle to master one genre. Since the late 1960s, Steve Gadd’s been consistently tackling them all. Gadd is a professional drummer, perhaps one of the world’s most well-renowned players of the instrument. He’s appeared on albums with Joe Cocker, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney Kate Bush and hundreds of other popular and critically-acclaimed artists of various styles and ages.
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Since the inception of Earbits, our goal was always to not only build an awesome online radio experience, but to build a service that helps high quality artists develop their career. We are working hard to create new opportunities for the artists we work with. From licensing opportunities for TV, film, and commercials, to booking live shows, and now we are pleased to announce our new initiative with Spectra Records in their search for new talent.
How Does It Work?
One of the common criticisms of digital music is that it lacks the artwork and, of course, tangibility found on cassettes, vinyl records and CDs, among other forms of music distribution. It’s a treat, then, when an artist takes the time to craft a visually appealing album.
That’s exactly what singer/songwriter Mark Cote has done with his new album, entitled Funhouse Of Your Mind. The disc comes enclosed in a visually appealing case, featuring a design style similar to that found on the artist’s website. The intriguing design adds to Cote’s concept behind the album, which deals with the various emotions contained within the complex “funhouse” of the mind.
As one of the top Vibraphone players in the Los Angeles area, Nick Mancini has performed and recorded with such noted musicians in the jazz, pop and classical world as Kenny Werner, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Charles Fambrough, Bob Hurst, Jennifer Holiday and Leon Fleisher. He was recently honored by the Los Angeles Annual Vibe Summit for his contributions to the L.A. Jazz scene. Yotam Rosenbaum got a chance to sit down and chat with him about that and more!
An Exclusive Interview with Nick Mancini (click here for the audio)
Mads Tolling is an internationally renowned violinist, violist, and composer, and is also a member of the two time Grammy Award-Winning Turtle Island Quartet. Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, Tolling spends time playing for Stanley Clarke’s touring band, as well as fronting his own group – the Mads Tolling Quartet. Yotam Rosenbaum had a chance to talk with him. Enjoy!
An Exclusive Interview with Mads Tolling (click here for the audio)
Throughout school, I learned to accept at least one single truth: I suck at math. Hate it. Think it’s pointless and irrelevant in daily life. I’m more of an English/Social Studies guy than a Science/Math guy. I’m interested in the arts. You know— movies, TV, and music.
Well, at least I’ve long considered music one of the arts. I guess I still do, and many people throughout the world do as well. However, it has become increasingly apparent that music is not simply a form of self-expression or storytelling. It is, essentially, mathematics.