Born to play the bass
Everything we do is gonna be funky, from now on. August 7 is the date the we drop the next record from Mr Ethan Farmer, AKA Ebassman. The man with the style and the groove, Ethan Farmer has been on the road with many, including Janet Jackson and Lionel Richie. Farmer's Vineyard is his Ropeadope debut, and it's got that signature feel. Check Ethan right here and here, and flash back to his Super Bowl commercial with Craig T. Robinson.
First World Problems
Rockwood is the place
New. York. City. The most amazing place on this here planet earth. Where everything happens, all at once. We are packing up the fake office tomorrow and taking up temporary residence at Rockwood Music Hall as Kuf Knotz, Kalen & The Sky Thieves, and Butcher Brown get ready to throw down like tomorrow isn't there. The show is FREE, but we do reccomment that you drop a dollar for each of the players (That's 12 all together) if you dig what they do. Can't make it? Not to worry, you can drop in for a special collection of music and support right here.
Rolling Stone Argentina broke the news about the next Ropeadope Sur release, set to drop right here on August 21st. An MTV Latino award winner, Loli Molina brings a staggering array of influences into her gentle and evocative guitar playing and stunning vocals. The album is called Rubi, and it will guide you to a dreamy world of thought and reflection. Check Ropeadope Sur right here, drop by and like Loli right here, and stay tuned for pure beauty.
Root Rock Reggae
We just got back from the Prince Polo Records kickoff bash with Quizflo and the Town Band - Raja Kassis, Billy Polo, Elenna Canlas, Justin Kimmel, Aisha Cohen and Pauly Ethnic laid down the root with now and future star Quizflo performing songs from his upcoming release, Out From The Nest. This was OG and straight outa the future all at once. Drop in over here and like this spot to stay in the know.
What happens when your TASCAM 388 is on the fritz? You call the twins - Nick and Michael Rufolo (AKA The Brothers Nylon) and they fix it, dropping an entire EP of analog sounds in the process. Michael Kammers (MKGO) took the project from start to finish with the twins and some special guests, recording everything on the quick to capture each creative moment. The result - Analog Spirit Quest Vol 1: a retro-futuristic jam that sounds like time stretched through space the MK way. Dig it here, support spontaneous ART.
All in good time; Ropeadope is jumping in to the world of reggae as we introduce the next imprint in our family of labels - PRINCE POLO RECORDS. At the helm is New York producer Billy Polo, who knows reggae like he knows his own soul. The label will kick off with releases from Quizflo and Ruff Scott (Easy Star). The sound will be authentic, with firm roots in the deep well of the past and fresh sounds of the present. Check out Billy's sessions with the legendary Clive Chin right here, and get down with the launch party right over here. Stay tuned folks, this right here will be proper.
From coast to coast we got the most! TONIGHT: Karikatura at the Club Congress in Tucson AZ, and dred scott trio at Bar LunÀtico in the BK. FRIDAY: Mark de Clive-Lowe with Jason Lindner and Louis Cole at The Blue Whale in LA, Freekbass at the Abbey Pub in Chi-town, and Marilyn Carino at Nublu in NY. SATURDAY: Mike Nagoda at London (Ontario) Pride, and the Quizflo party to launch Prince Polo Records in Brooklyn. Next TUESDAY is the Ropeadope event to be at, with Kalen & The Sky Thieves, Butcher Brown, and Kuf Knotz all on the bill at Rockwood. Uh HUH.
The Sharp Things
We are on the verge of something big here at Ropeadope, as we announce that NY collective - The Sharp Things - are taking up residence here and preparing the fourth release in their album series 'The Dogs Of Bushwick'. Titled EverybodyEverybody, the new album shows the subtle refinement and dedication to the eternal craft of songwriting and performance that The Sharp Things are known for. Look for the LP to drop on September 25 th, and get on over here and show some love for the newest members of the Ropeadope fam.
Greg Hester X Leon Russell
Our resident southern soul man Greg Hester delighted crowds this weekend, opening for the legendary Leon Russell in Asheville and Atlanta. It's a great opportunity for Greg, and for the fans to hear what we've been saying for some time now - Greg Hester Got SOUL. Take a little trip down the back roads and the city streets of the south with Greg's three Ropeadope releases - Hustlers Killers and Thieves, American Story, and Soul Brother Where Art Thou?. Support this hardworking cat by liking, sharing, buying, caring.