Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Happy 75th Birthday Bob Dylan

No one has ever been better. Happy 75th Birthday Robert Allen Zimmerman aka Bob Dylan.
Enjoy a few of his best songs:

Monday, May 23, 2016

Dylan Cover #235 Patti Smith "Wicked Messenger"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Patti Smith of "The Wicked Messenger"

Thoughts on Dylan Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
A breezy musical number (only 2 minutes long) with some biblical lyrics that actually would foreshadow Dylan's religious musical phase that would arrive in the late 70's/early 80's "The Wicked Messenger" has a cool bass line to match the acoustic guitar. Like most of John Wesley Harding there is a mellow mood that tends to play down the lyrics and even masks the fire and brimstone a bit. The song has seemed to pop up every few tours and can usually be found towards the ends of sets, playing the roll of up-tempo-get-down track. Live versions certainly have improved the tracks standing in my mind from the original.
Cover Tune:

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
A few years ago, if I picked this cover, I would say right here that Patti Smith does nothing for me. After seeing her a few times live over the last couple of years though I realized how mistaken I was. Totally blown away, she, Lenny Kaye and the whole band are fantastic. Most importantly she is a real artist, rock star and a poet one of the best out there still.
Thoughts on Cover:
The off kilter rocking and vocals ramble around and being amplified helps immensely. This isn't my favorite cover in the series but it isn't horrible, an aggressive way to start this spring week.  

Friday, May 20, 2016

Full Show Friday: The Jacksons 1979 - The Destiny Tour

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...The Jacksons!

Here is a jamming show from The Jackson's Destiny Tour. That album was the first the brothers wrote and recorded for themselves in their whole career. It was their third post Motown release and also their best, also their last before Michael went full solo. A nice slice of history with the brothers.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Free R&B Shows in Brooklyn This Summer

More free shows for New Yorker's to partake in. This time we are headed to Metrotech in Brooklyn for their day time R&B Festival sponsored by BAM.  Some day time funky tunes? Don't mind if we do.
The lineup is fantastic this year (as always) and who can complain about free shows? Full lineup here and some highlights below with video.
The classic Zapp plays June 2nd, kicking off the series:

The Fatback Band another old school funk group take the stage on July 7th.

And pictured above is The Hallelujah Train featuring the amazing Brian Blade, his dad the pastor Brady Blade Senior and Daniel Lanois!  That is going to be a show on July 21st...and it's all free.

The Hallelujah Train - Trouble in My Way from Savannah Music Festival on Vimeo.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Riot Fest Reunites Original Misfits & The Hold Steady

For the last few years Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago has delivered some excellent reunion shows and this year is no exception. We will get to the headliner in a bit, but what caught our eye immediately was that an RtBE Personal Favorite The Hold Steady will be returning to the stage and reuniting with Franz Nicolay to celebrate their best album Boys & Girls In America.

This marks the first time The Hold Steady are playing since their Bowery Show that we were less then thrilled with so we are hoping they are energized and will take this reunion show on the road. We first saw the band on the original B&GIA Tour and were blown away they instantly jumped up our list of favorite bands.  

Speaking of bands that have jumped up our list of favorites, the original Misfits lineup who will be headlining Riot Fest in both cities is one of those bands lately for RtBE. Last fall we downloaded the first three albums of the band on recommendation of a music lover and in looking at some recent stats Static Age has been our most played album since then.

When we were younger we never liked the Misfits, thought they were silly. They are still silly, but we have grown to love their musicality and Danzig's voice; their early stuff easily rises to the heights of punk rock.

So support both of these reuniting acts, as well as the rest of the lineup and grab your tickets to both shows today.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

House of Vans Free Shows Brooklyn 2016

Another week, another set of free shows coming up in NYC this summer. We already discussed Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn, now it's House of Vans time.
As you can see from the flyer above the excellent Summer Series is back. We have reviewed a few of these in the past and they are fun shows. You will need to RSVP for the Jon Hopkins, The Black Madonna and The Field show coming up on Thursday.

This week's free show is not RtBE's style but we are looking at the Quicksand/Converge punk show on July 6th as a possibility to attend. Def support this great series and all the others around the city this summer.

Here are some videos of bands who are playing House of Vans to get the blood pumping.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Dylan Cover #234 Andi Knittel "Shelter From The Storm"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover by Andi Knittel of the Dylan tune "Shelter From The Storm"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover version:
An epic track, feeling simple and etched in history at the same time. Religious overtones, passionate asides all mix within the confines of the illustrious/mysterious "She" who is bringing us all in. A gorgeous song and one of my favorite odd phrases Dylan has ever recorded, "Hunted like a crocodile/Ravaged in the corn". I have no idea what it is supposed to mean and I don't care, it is perfect. One thing that may bring this one down a peg overall is the connection to another great song "Up To Me" which is basically the same tune...hearing one always makes me want to hear the other.

Thoughts on Cover Artists:
Have not heard of Andi Knittel, but you can find out more about him on his facebook page.
Thoughts on Cover:
Straight ahead if a bit quicker acoustic cover. Downside is Andi's affected Dylan impersonation. No need to put on the fake accent, better when you sing like yourself.