Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Live Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band 10/2/15 NY, NY

Hey all got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
Photo Credit: Metropolitan Entertainment
Getting a bit soggy last Friday was worth it especially because the end result was catching a hell of a touring group, the Tedeschi Trucks Band. The power couple fronted 10 other players and a few guests, putting on a very memorable show.

Having not seen the new Late Show, I was unaware Jon Batiste actually had a high profile gig as the band leader, replacing the amazing Paul Shaffer. Great for him, happy to see New Orleans moving into the Big Apple and taking over.

One thing from the show that I think was noticeable was Trucks personal restraint. Sure he let a few ripping solo's go, and he is an amazing guitarist by anyone's standards, but the act of band leader and dynamite guitarist seems to be rubbing against each other a bit awkwardly at times. Perhaps if he had a second full time player to feed off of things may be even cleaner and more dynamic moving forward. That said this was my first time seeing the full band, so maybe I just need to give it a bit more time to sink in my ear.    

Please go and read the review here, support the band here and peep some video of the show below:
"Keep On Growing"

"Midnight In Harlem"

Monday, October 5, 2015

Dylan Cover #203 Julie Corbalis "Isis"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from Julie Corbalis and is a live cover of "Isis" 

For October RtBE will feature lesser known artists doing live acoustic covers of Dylan tunes.

Thoughts on Dylan Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune in the series:
Desire is such a thick album, Dylan's most complex story songs seem to hover in and around it, and not all are winners...."Isis" is though.  A great song that manages to engage even without a chorus, it is one of Bob's more "mystical" tunes and lures most people in the first time they hear it...before the mp3 age it came right after the powerful "Hurricane" and transforms the album from timely to timeless. 


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I had not heard of Julie Corbalis until checking out this cover version of "Isis". She is a singer/songwriter from the Hudson Valley here in New York. You can check out her bandcamp page here.

Thoughts on Cover:
A powerfully strummed and song straight ahead acoustic version of the tune. Corbalis confidently takes over the song and produces a fine offering for this Monday. 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Full Show Friday: Farm Aid 1998

We search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts and post them to the site weekly, come back every seven days to help us celebrate Full Show Friday's.  These shows are of varying quality and may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every which way, but especially by seeing them live (if they are still playing)...This week...Farm Aid 98!
Ok so we are cheating a bit this week, we are not doing a full show, but rather harkening back to highlights of an amazing night of music that happened 17 years ago tomorrow. Keyrist, has it been 17 years...where does the time go. Anyways...this Farm Aid show is a beast and we will share some clips that deserve watching, especially the last one...Uncle Neil with Phish? Yes please.  Enjoy.

Start it with Willie Nelson introducing Man himself:

Then a little Wilco, doing their best tune, well theirs and Woody Guthrie's.

A little Cougar? John Mellencamp time:

One more Neil doing "Heart of Gold":

and here is Phish:

Now let's combine those for the crowning moment, "Down By The River" with Neil and the 4 Vermont fellas, I go back and listen to this version once every few months...mega:

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Album Review: BOYTOY- Grackle

**** out of *****
The pop rock band with grittiness BOYTOY are a trio of players from Brooklyn, who expertly craft catchy ass tunes. Female guitarists Saara Untracht-Oakner and Glenn Van Dyke strum while Matthew Gregory drums on the bands first full length release titled Grackle.

The instant worm-into-your-ear goodness of opener "Postal" is pop punk gold as it drives home the bands vibe expertly; lo-fi pop punk with splashes of retro-rocking noise. The driving "Shape Up" is another stand out with its swagger and layers of guitar feedback and pumping drums. Male/female vocal dynamics are played with on "Pulp" and the perhaps Brooklyn lyrical looking "Building An Empire".

"Poison Breeder" amps up the grime but still manages to shuffle while "Owe Somebody" is a swaying dance floor filler. "Sailor Jerry" gets it's snarl and motor on recalling old Veruca Salt while "To The Line" looks even further back going for a 50's rock vibe; all the tunes are quick to the point and deliver the goods.

When the band moves away from their formula excellent results are still discovered as on "Wild One" which surprisingly cleans off all the distortion and highlights Van Dyke and Untract-Oakner's fantastic harmonies. Also a mid disk highlight "Your Girl" really shows off layers of spacey freak-out guitar work over marching drums, hinting at a tripped out side from the trio.

Grackle doesn't feel like any bands first full length it is a clear confident step for the Brooklyn trio.   
Support the band here, buy the album here (out 10/2), stream it here, and postal below:

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Album Review: Craig Finn- Faith In The Future

Craig Finn
Faith In The Future
**** out of *****
On Craig Finn's first solo album Clear Heart Full Eyes the lonesomeness was palpable as was the Southwestern motifs, this time around things are more (dare I say) positive. Finn seems to be in a better space as the outlook and music surrounding his newest solo release Faith In The Future moves in the right direction, even though hardships are still everywhere.

The Hold Steady front-man uses his solo releases to turn down the guitars and amp up the story telling, this time digging into his September 11th, 2001 experience during "Newmyer's Roof" which was messy and confusing or inhabiting a drifters world view on opener "Maggie I've Been Searching For Our Son". While the words are what Finn does best, assembling a tight band around him this go around was key.

Joe Russo's drumming is the focal point musically keeping things moving at a steady clip providing pace when needed on the opener and even waltzing booms for "Sarah From Scranton". Producer Josh Kaufman's keeps it mostly mellow but adds flourishes like the horns in "Roman Guitars" counterbalancing the lyrics nicely or the piano line that dances with vibrations during "Going To A Show".  

Tracks where it all comes together like "St. Peter Upside Down" proves that Finn still has a lot to say even if his recent tHS offerings have been on the dull side. Like the title says faith is restored as Finn even recalls "Chips Ahoy!" and horse races this time on "Sarah, Calling From A Hotel" even if the results are a bit scary. A track like the swelling "Trapper Avenue" would in the past been an epic closer for his main band but now a world weary Finn takes things down a notch closing with the conflicted "I Was Doing Fine (Then A Few People Died)".

Having gotten older, Finn always seems to write age appropriate songs, this time at 43 having recently lost his mother, things are restrained as he has seen more of the world, yet still manages to look forward to the next phase.
We love Craig Finn, one of the best songwriters out there. Support the artist here, buy the album here, and peep some video below:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Album Review: The Dead Weather- Dodge and Burn

Hey all got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of The Dead Weathers newest release, Dodge and Burn. We are big fans of the band having caught them a bunch in the past and are happy to say that Dodge and Burn continues their string of good music. All three albums are must owns for us and ranking them would be difficult.  

So support the band here, buy the album here and peep some video below:

Monday, September 28, 2015

Dylan Cover #202 Kevin Ayers- "Lay Lady Lay"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover from Kevin Ayers and it is of "Lay Lady Lay"

Thoughts on Dylan Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
Excellent track and the first time the world heard Dylan's new singing style, which would only last for Nashville Skyline.  This song is the standout track from this album, it is a classic and so simple, yet sweet and timeless.  One of Dylan's best, the closest to country he ever got and an fantastic piece of music.     

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I have never heard of Kevin Ayers until listening to this cover but a quick search reveals he was vital in England's psychedelic scene as both a member of Soft Machine and his solo records.       
Thoughts on Cover:
This is an interesting cover, a bit of mangled reggae topped off with some trippy outings and a deep vocal performance from Ayers. Can't say it is one of our favorites from this series but it is certainly unique, and we always appreciate it when people make the covers their own.