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08/25: The Love of Link.

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Last night we lost a very magical person who was near and dear to us and one of the biggest supporters of R + F.

My good friend Josh Link was nothing but full of genuine smiles. He was my fifth grade dance partner, my hebrew school cut class chum, my skateboard buddy (though i didn't REALLY skate), and my proud date to the high school reunion. People loved this guy. He exuded a strong confident originality and didn't need to prove anything to anyone which is a charisma that shone through him to this day.

My fondest memories of Josh were in the days where Avenue A was a street you didn't tell your parents you were going, the city was a passion that became an addiction, the guys wore x-large, the girls wore x-girl. The parking lots of diners and Long Island shopping plazas were fodder for skating and exchanging mix tapes. The heavy tune interest led Josh to an exciting and successful DJ career. I loved giving him advice on psych/classic rock records and he'd pass on some juicy hip-hop/dance jams in return.
Mr. Link was also one of the first devoted customers and supporters to the world of Rotter and Friends, sporting his tees at DJ gigs and always attending our events and my art exhibitions with great pride. Sending lots of love to the family and friends-this was a loss that was shocking and heartbreaking.

Thanks for the legacy of good you left.

xo Jess

08/17: Under The Beatles Covers

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FRIENDS..another Monday and it's 90 degrees again here in NYC to boot. I will most likely have 8 massive iced coffees today: sip, sigh, repeat.

Time to fix the Garfield vibes with this amazing mix of Beatles cover songs curated by the holy dublab wizard Frosty.

Totally in the zone right now-dig the awesome audio horizon HERE and do click/mark/highlight dublab as your "go to" for internets radio, because they are really special and important dudes.



Tom Newman - She Said - Fine Old Tom - Virgin

Soulful Strings - Within You Without You - Within You Without You 7″ - Cadet

Mia Doi Todd - Norwegian Wood - La Ninja: Amor and other dreams of Manzanita - Plug Research

Ramsey Lewis - Cry Baby Cry - Mother Nature’s Son - Cadet

Nina Simone - Here Comes the Sun - Here Comes the Sun - RCA

George Shearing (the Quintet and the Amigos) - Eleanor Rigby - the Way We Are - BASF

Baroque Ensemble of the MErseyside Kammermusikgesellschaft - L’Amour s’en cachant: You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away - The Baroque Beatles Book - Elektra

Caetano Veloso - Help - Joia - Philips

Edu Lobo - Hey Jude - Sergio Mendes Presents Edu Lobo - A&M

801 (Phil Manzanera, Eno, Bill MacCormick, Frances Monkman, Simon Phillips, Lloyd Watson) - T.N.K (Tomorrow Never Knows) - 801 Live - Island

Karaoke Ice - Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - Karaoke Ice - L.A.C.E.

Walter Carlos - Eleanor Rigby - Walter Carlos By Request - Columbia

Gershon Kingsley - Paperback Rider - Lo Mas Grande en Musica Electronica - Audio Fidelity

The Charles River Valley Boys - Yellow Submarine - Beatle Country - Elektra

Mrs. Miller - A Hard Day’s Night - Wild, Cool & Swingin’ - Capitol

Sodsai Chaengkij - Lady Madonna - Thai Beat a Go-Go Volume 2 - Subliminal Sounds

Suzanne - Drive My Car - Seize the Beat - Island

Lindero County Middle School Bands - Norwegian Wood - 1974-75 - Custom Fidelity Records

Ramsey Lewis - Dear Prudence - Mother Nature’s Son - Cadet

Kenny Rankin - Blackbird - Silver Morning - Little David

Big smiles and hope your day is COOL.

xx Rotter

08/13: Roar it out Tiger B. Smith

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...the only thing i can say about these two ditties from Tiger B. Smith in 1974 is-they just don't make 'em like they used to. Presenting the best video compositions I've seen all month:


08/11: A Grand Entrance

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As you probably gather, one of our favorite things here at R + F is seeing our tee shirts worn onstage, especially from bands we love and mutually support. So it put huge smiles on our faces to see our (Graham) Nash tee appear on our golden buds The Entrance Band's tour posters, worn by the amazing drummer Derek James.

Folks, this band. 'Tis a difficult thing to be influenced by so many different genres of the past, cerebral musical methods, rare world sounds and actually cook it up to a roaring genuine rock spirit that leaves the hair standing straight up and the heart pumping. The Entrance band are a special lot and if you haven't seen the mind blowing madness live-now's your chance. New Yorkers-come get a bangover with me on August 22nd at Santos and get stoked for their self titled album coming out September 1st.

ALSO Check out this rad video for Grim Reaper Blues off their first EP, that R + F contributor Maximilla Lukacs directed:

Entrance tour dates can be found HERE.
xx Jess