Friday, May 22, 2015

Full Show Friday: Peter Paul & Mary 1965

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...Peter Paul & Mary!
We wanted something easy and breezy today before the holiday weekend, so you get some folk music via Peter Paul and Mary. They are a light version of folk, soft and pretty but they always do glorious covers of Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot as well as a host of others in this hour long show.    
Pro Shot with Pro Sound as it was on BBC back in 1965 on a program called Tonight In Person. The setlist is below so, Enjoy:

1. When the Ship Comes In (Bob Dylan)
2. The First Time (Ewan MacColl)
3. San Francisco Bay Blues (Jesse Fuller)
4. For Lovin' Me (Gordon Lightfoot)
5. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well (Traditional)
6. Early Morning Rain (Gordon Lightfoot)
7. Jane Jane (Traditional)/Children Go Where I Send Thee (Traditional) (new words & music by
8. The Whole Wide World Around (Tom Glaser lyrics; J.S. Bach St. Matthew Passion melody)
9. Early in the Mornin' (Paul Stookey)
10. The Times They Are A'Changing (Bob Dylan)
11. The Hangman (The Gallows Pole) (Traditional)
12. On a Desert Island With You in My Dreams (Paul Stookey & Dick Kniss)
13. Puff the Magic Dragon (Leonard Lipton & Peter Yarrow)
14. The Rising of the Moon (Traditional)
15. Come and Go With Me (Traditional)
16. Blowin' in the Wind (Bob Dylan)
17. If I Had My Way (Rev. Gary Davis)

And enjoy the Holiday weekend.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Album Review: Pill- Pill EP

Pill EP
*** out of *****
A deep but lean toned groove starts off Pill's self titled EP becoming more ominous with squiggling light guitars and a predatory saxophone. By the time Veronica Torres disaffected lyrics enter, the scene has already been set for "T.V. Wedding".

The dynamic between Torres spoken word, relationship/creepy lyrics and the bands pulsing sense of dread make this tug of war in the post punk realm appealing. Ben Jaffe's rock sax makes the band unique in this day and age but the squanks which come to play on "Hotline" add more guitar screech mimicry then free-jazz freak-out.  

The band gets its noise on for "Personality" flaw lead by guitarist Jon Campolo's warbling otherworldly clangs or Jaffe's sax, it is hard to discern. What does come across is the bands willingness to go in lots of different layered directions, at times reminding of a toned down Rollins Band, a more condensed Kim Gordon led Sonic Youth or even a less song structured Pere Ubu.

The energy of the group never goes above a mild head bob, and it would nice to see them go over the edge, but the textured sounds and experimental feel are both intriguing on Pill's first offering, a very positive sign for fans of adventurous rock and roll. 
Really intriguing NYC group getting lots of press right now.

Support the band here, buy/stream the album on their bandcamp site or below:   

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Vedder, Dylan and More Letterman Musical Guests

Tonight marks the last David Letterman show, bringing to end a huge era in the realm of television. To be honest, Late Night TV has never had a hold on us like others of our generation or certainly generations before. We slightly appreciate it but never felt super connected to any host and the format leaves us wanting with some vapid guests, give us Chuck for interviews. It is doubtful Late Night will ever have the same impact now and going forward with diluted media but it still is a huge huge step to play music on any talk show let alone one watched by millions.
This week, to close out Dave's historic, run we had Eddie Vedder sing "Better Man" on Monday night backed by Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra. Check out the fun version below:

You could tell Eddie wanted to go even more nuts and probably play about 100 more songs.

Last night Bob Dylan made an extremely rare network appearance and played "The Night We Called It A Day" see it below:

A fitting tribute on an American Jazz Standard that worked and looked pretty damn good on national TV, better then we thought he would look/sound. Maybe only slightly better then Letterman in Cabin Boy.
A lot more music after the jump, click that read more below:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Album Review: Bop English- Constant Bop

Hey all got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of James Petralli's new kick ass disk as Bop English, Constant Bop. This is some fantastic pop rock, I could say a lot more, but instead you can check it out for yourself. Stream the album on bandcamp or right here: 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dylan Cover #188 Sarah Jarosz "Simple Twist of Fate"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from Sarah Jarosz and is a live cover of "Simple Twist of Fate"
Thoughts on Dylan's Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover version of this song:
Well the classics just keep coming in this series with "Simple Twist of Fate". What a gem of a song.  Impeccable lyrics gorgeous phrasing, just a great great song that is hard not to enjoy.

Thoughts on Cover Artist: 
Like many artists in this series, this is the first time we are discovering Sarah Jarosz talent. She is a folk/roots artist from Texas who can certainly sing up a storm.  
Thoughts on Cover:
While Sarah can certainly croon effortlessly, it is not her pipes that take the forefront on this live cover, it is cellist Nathaniel Smith who really shines. The plucking and strumming he does on the instrument is proper, lending a whole new vibe to an oft covered tune. Miss Jarosz is fantastic but even better is Mr. Smith's musical foundation of the tune. A great live acoustic cover.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Full Show Friday: Frank Zappa 8/21/73 Stockholm

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...Frank Zappa!

Zappa is certainly an acquired taste but one I have enjoyed over the years but it is interesting I rarely go back to him these days. I would say my taste for him is differnt then other acts I have liked in the past, I seem to binge on him then not listen to anything for a real long while...basically a little FZ goes a long way in my book.

This a good show for a spring Friday from a killer tour behind some Franks most loved albums released in 72-73. Playing with expert musicians (didn't he always?!?) the band is tight and the sound is perfect, pro shot and pro sound for 1973.

Favorites of ours from this show are the Opening "Cosmik Debris" and the pygmy pony based "Montana", full setlist below. Enjoy:

01:48 Cosmik Debris
09:49 Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbecue
10:53 Kung Fu
11:54 Penguin In Bondage
16:02 RDNZL
20:26 Montana
29:01 Dupree's Paradise
53:44 Join The March And Eat My Starch
54:22 Farther Oblivion

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lucky Chops Cover Ariana Grande's "Problem"

Our favorite NYC based brass band Lucky Chops have come out with their most recent video
It is an instrumental cover of Ariana Grande's "Problem" check it out below:

Needless to say if you follow this site at all you will know we like this version much better then the original.

We really dig this band having recently interviewed them during Jazzy January and reviewed both of their EP's. For those of you in NYC they are playing the next few Thursday nights on the Upper East Side  at Five Mile Stone 9-12:30 so check them out because they cook. We hope to get up there tonight and a few more times this spring/summer.

Before we leave here's some more of the fellas getting down below ground in the subway doing a few older covers that you will recognize: