Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Album Review: Yuppicide- Revenge Regret Repeat

Hey all got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of Yuppicide's excellent new release Revenge Regret Repeat. IT is out on Dead City Records and it is a primal punch of punk power for the aging rebel.

Full disclosure we really dig the band, the label and the producer/engineer (who also worked on our EP's) but it wouldn't matter if we personally hated everyone involved; this is a damn good record. The sound is incredible, really elastic and powerful for a punk rock recording and the songs are top notch and much more then one note; the nuances are what elevates this offering.

Support the band, buy the album, read the full review and peep some video:

Monday, February 8, 2016

Dylan Cover #220 Unknown "Hurricane" Live

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 an Unknown Performer playing "Hurricane"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover version of this tune:
One of the most iconic songs in Bob Dylan's repertoire and famously returned him to "topical" song writing that many of his fans clamored for. Coming on the story-song-centric album Desire, the song and attached cause obviously invigorated Dylan at a crucial point in his life, and gave us the cool term "pig circus" to boot. You can argue the facts and the case if you want to but simply as a work of art "Hurricane" holds a title belt.  

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
We got no idea who this performer is...

Thoughts on Cover:
...and we feel that makes this even cooler and a vital part of this series, everyone rich poor, beginner expert, old young, loves Dylan and is moved to cover him. If anyone knows who it is, let RtBE know and we will update this post.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Full Show Friday: The Police 2008 Tokyo Dome

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 Police!
After the frigid January Jazz month we usually like to go big names for February. The Police aren't our favorite rock band, but there is no doubting how popular they are. This show happens in 2008 on the bands reunion tour and is in the world famous Tokyo Dome. 

This is pro shot, pro sound and a fantastic capture of the band. Enjoy:

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Listen to "Your Hollows" From Heron Oblivion's Upcoming Debut

The San Francisco based four piece of psychedelic players are putting out their first album on Sub Pop next month and Heron Oblivion are certainly one to watch and listen for.
Pairing screeching guitars with a female vocal that can hit super highs the group has crafted a noiserock gem of a first song titled "Your Hollows", the lead track off their self titled debut:

The disk will be out on March 4th. We can't wait to hear the full thing as RtBE can't get enough of this jam.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Album Review: Dr. Dog- The Psychedlic Swamp

Dr. Dog
The Psychedelic Swamp
*** out of *****
The newest Dr. Dog release dates its origins back to before the band was even formed. Co-Frontmen Toby Leaman and Scott McMicken had worked on this topic/odd-concept album before they ever formed the full version of Dr. Dog and decided to revisit The Psychedelic Swamp once again to flush out all the weirdness.  

There is an undercurrent of Joe's Garage with music being warped around society/the listener, possibly the internet acting as the Psychedelic Swamp itself, but the connections between tracks (minus the swamp interludes) are loose at best. The whole concept feels light, truly like a band's first effort and the album plays more like an EP with filler all around. It does however allow Dr. Dog to flex even more of their Beatles love, more in the vein of "Magical Mystery Tour" than say "Sgt. Peppers" big musical statement.

Opening with layers of augmented sound on "Golden Hind" the band uses its studio to full affect, burying vocals of returning band member Doug O’Donnell, amping acoustics and playing around with palpable freedom. The highlight track is "Dead Record Player" that takes on an off-kilter funk approach and winds it through a greasy filter.

Folk-Pop has always been a strong suite for the Philly band and "Swampedelic Pop" and "Bring My Baby Back" both fit in that 60's era that they crave. The first half of the album is noticeably stronger then the second which seems to stall on ideas.

"In Love" tries for the same swirling effect but falls short as a complete effort. "Badvertise" is upbeat and chugging while "Good Grief" ends the album on a fun groove that seems to be exhaling at the jokes or pain (one in the same?) lyrically. 

The constants concerning the group, it's killer harmonies/it's retro rock obsession, are going strong here. They amp up their weirdness, but lose their growing songwriting in the process; there is no "Too Weak To Ramble" or "Shadow People. While an overarching vibe is present, it's not a particularly exciting one and while The Psychedelic Swamp is obviously a place Dr. Dog is comfortable; it won't be one that the listener dives back into often.   
We love the band and have ever since we first saw them, but aren't always on board with their studio efforts, this one is OK at best. That said, still support them, see them live, buy the album and peep some video:

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Album Review: Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman- Lice

Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman
Lice EP
*** out of *****
Two well respected New York City MC's pair up for a their first release together as Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman work with a series of producers for the Lice EP. The nastiness of the title and cartoon cover art, is combined with crafty word play and sonic movements.

"Strange beats normal" is an agreed upon line by both MC's after going through legit concerns about current hip-hop fans, touring and society in "So Strange Here". That statement from the searching and understated track solidifies the message of this EP as a whole. Curve balls do get thrown as an intriguing organ fueled beat from Optiks seems to be setting up for grandiose rhymes before the duo get silly, talking nasty shit that "Katz" do or shouldn't do.

"Vertigo" kicks things off with energy, power and a sweet use of vibes but the most complete track is "Environmental Studies". Slow piano rolls with Ron Carter like bass before boom boxes and moon rocks roll out. Snares and hi-hats join as Blockheads production perfectly supports behind the duo reminding us to never count the kid out.        

Spinning a nu metal riff into an intriguing tense closer Charles Hamilton sets up the background while the dueling front-men bark out their bars. The pairing itself feels effortless even though their styles are very different. Aesop Rock rhymes direct, sharp and stoic while Homeboy Sandman is languid, nuanced and rope-a-dope. The partnership is comfortable with experimentation (5 tracks, 5 different producers) as it seems to be just beginning a symbiotic pairing if they wish to make this more then a one off adventure.
Another bandcamp find, you can get the album from their page or stream it below:

Monday, February 1, 2016

Dylan Cover #219 Federico Borluzzi "Thunder On The Mountain"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from Federico Borluzzi and is a live cover of "Thunder On The Mountain"  

Thoughts on Dylan Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
The opening track on Dylan's 2006 album Modern Times, "Thunder On The Mountain" has all the ingredients of a classic; ingenious word play, a rhythmic backbone and some sweet fret work.  In my original review of Modern Times I quoted three sets of lyrics from this tune.  It is epic and fits in with the heavyweights of Dylan's past.  

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I have not hear of Federico Borluzzi before, but a quick search pulls up that: Federico Borluzzi is a singer-songwriter, cover artist and busker from Italy. Guitarist, singer and harmonica player
Thoughts on Cover:
This week and next we are showcasing two street performers in Italy doing covers of Dylan. Fun stuff all around even if this cover is a bit sped up. We would love to be strolling through the old world and come upon an artist playing Dylan, wouldn't get much better then that.