Friday, October 19, 2018

Full Show Friday: Action Bronson 2018 Miami

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...Action Bronson!

Some hip hop for this Friday from Action Bronson. RtBE have reviewed him in the past so how about some Full Show Friday action? Well hip hop rarely, if ever, gets better live and this is no exception but why not give it a spin this week.

From Bayfront Park Miami Fla... Pro shot, pro sound, Enjoy:

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Album Review: High on Fire - Electric Messiah

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!

It is of High on Fire's bad ass Electric Messiah

This band is so fucking consistently great, each of their last three albums could be considered their best and long time fans may even like Surrounded By Thieves but there is no denying that they are still blisteringly awesome in 2018. Who saw that coming?  

Personally, at present time, RtBE would rank Der Vermis Mysteriis slightly ahead of Electric Messiah and Luminiferous third out of their recent run, but Messiah may just prove the best after it sinks in a bit...we shall see. There have been a lot of good 'heavy' records this year and this one is way up there, killer album cover art included. 

Support the band, buy the album, read the review and peep some video below. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Album Review: Restorations - LP5000

***and 1/2 out of *****

The fourth full length from the Philly five piece Restorations, titled LP5000, is a strain of atmospheric emo rock with layers of guitars around direct lyrics from front man Jon Loudon.

The opening "St." is a gorgeous slow burn, conserving energy while creating a evocative musical scene. The follow up "Nonbeliever" is more inline with the bands bread and butter; direct lyrics, buzzing guitars which fill the complete sonic space, never letting the sound drop before a bass fill twists things up. The lines "Got a partner, for starters, and a kid on the way / Can't be doing all this dumb shit no more" shows exactly where this bands collective head is at.

"Remains" is bright with organ strains and swelling guitar work while the mellow and looped augmented "Melt" is more restrained with Loudon mentioning he reads a lot, which is pretty clear from his frank lyrics which are displayed in a writers fashion. It is also pretty clear he is fed up with the current political state as closer "Eye" (which begins drab before ending in cinematic fashion) connects with the line “Glance at your phone and you mumble, ‘I hope he dies’/Yeah, I hope he dies, too,’” a common thought when checking your news feed these days.

While the band works with the interlocking levels of guitar work, each track on the short LP5000 adds a unique element which keeps it from becoming routine. "The Red Door" is a shining example at the band clicking on all cylinders fiddles with tinkling sounds around a racing snare run before breaking into a climatic ringing chorus, displaying the traits that make Restorations an engaging band.

Like The National this is middle age rock, but with a shade more directness and slightly less artsy pretense, hence better. Never jubilant the band is mature and a touch dour/tired/weary at times because they just can't be doing all that dumb shit anymore.
Support the artist, buy the album and peep some video below:

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Album Review: Loretta Lynn- Wouldn't It Be Great

Loretta Lynn
Wouldn't It Be Great
**** out of *****

In 2016 Loretta Lynn released the excellent Full Circle. It was the first release culled from a huge  collection of tracks that were recorded at her leisure by her daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash. After a Christmas album, now comes Wouldn't It Be Great the third (of a planned five) in a series which allows Lynn to look back on her best tracks, covers and tunes she just liked to sing. While parallels can clearly be drawn to Johnny Cash's American series, Lynn is totally in control, sounding vibrant in these tracks; it is hard to believe she is 86 years old.

The opening title tune is a take on her song that was first released in the mid 80's then again with Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette in the 90's. This version is stripped down with simple acoustic backing and Lynn's solo vocal performance which is stately and yearning, not only a great song writer, an exceptional singer. Her newer effort "Dying For Some One To Live For" is embedded with a more melancholy sense of failure and longing that seems flat but drives the songs point home even stronger.

Lynn sings "The Big Man" (co-written with Shawn Camp) to show her devotion to God above by twisting proverbs and blossoming with her vocal take. The mid tempo waltzing with strings "Another Bridge To Burn" is pure Nashville roots country while the fiddle led "Ain't No Time To Go" and the murder ballad "Lulie Vars" push more into Appalachian folk mountain territory before the delicate "My Angel Mother" finding Lynn backed only by a acoustic guitar on a number she first released back in 1968 and still sounds sweet.   

Her feisty side comes out in the pep in your step, pissed on a Friday Night, brand new track "Ruby's Stool" finding Lynn still fighting for her man in sneaky fashion. The excellent tune is just another example of her top notch song writing before one of her most famous tunes "Don't Come Home A Drinkin'" solidifies that notion in a more upbeat manner using steel guitars, banjos and soft backing vocals.

Lynn is and always has been one of American Country musics best songwriters and while a few of the tracks don't really improve on the originals ("God Knows Best") all the songs on Wouldn't It Be Great find Lynn in killer voice with tastefully strumming strings. On the disk closing steel guitar driven biographical "Coal Miner's Daughter" Lynn sings and smiles through the pain and proves that even at this juncture she is worth hearing as Wouldn't It Be Great continues her late career string of top notch records.   
Another stunningly great collection of fantastic songs from Loretta Lynn. Full Circle made RtBE's top ten in 2016 and this may just do the same this year.
Support the artist, buy the album and peep some video:

Monday, October 15, 2018

Dylan Cover #346 Bettye LaVette "Ain't Talkin'" 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 Bettye LeVette playing "Ain't Talkin'" Live

This month we are doing another special focus in RtBE's Dylan Covers series. In the past we have highlighted The ByrdsCoulson-Dean-McGuiness-FlintThe HolliesJoan OsbourneMountain and more. Now the spotlight shines on Bettye LaVette and her recently released Things Have Changed covers album.

Thoughts on Original:
The closer on Dylan's excellent Modern Times (old Glide Star Structure, would be 10 now) is a haunting work of minimalist accompaniment. The clipped tone of his vocal delivery sound so pissed off, rather than distant he seems engaged and frustrated. Live the song takes on a otherworldly feel and has been the highlight of some of his sets as the mood turns on a dime from a soft love song to an instant sense of dread. These words in others hands may convey different messages, but in Dylan's the cold reality burns through.


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE first became aware of Bettye LaVette while watching The American Epic Sessions on PBS and were semi shocked to learn that until the last decade or so LaVette only had minor success in the industry. She is a powerhouse singer and can turn a phrase with the best of them, using Gospel, R&B, Soul and Funky backings to croon her way forward.

Thoughts on Cover:
Mixing it up as we reach the half way point on our monthly focus on Ms. LaVette, we are using a live version of her covering the Bard. We choose "Ain't Talking" live because her band and her vocals add more to the scene than Dylan's original. LaVette's warm vocals add a different tone, the lyrics make it clear she is pissed, but sense of hopelessness isn't present. The band sounds locked in and grooving as LaVette traverses the lyrical passages with grace and ease.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Full Show Friday: Johnny Winter & Dr. John - In Session 1983

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...Dr. John & Johnny Winter!

Keeping October rolling as this is a really cool find with some great playing and chatting between Texas and NOLA. Back in 1983 (the tile of the video is wrong as you will see a few seconds in) the two idiosyncratic stars (who were friends) teamed up for a set of music on the television program In Session.

Dr. John and Johnny Winter getting after it for 50 minutes, (along with Brian Russell - Guitar John Paris - Bass, Harmonica & Terry Clark - Drums). There are shorter higher quality versions on youtube, but this seems the most complete so it gets posted for Full Show Friday.


Johnny Winter & Dr. John - In Session (1983)

Tracks : 01. A Right Place At The Wrong Time 02. Johnny Be Good 03. Junior Parker's Song 04. Talk To Your Daughter 05. You Lie Too Much 06. She Doesn't Mean Mistreated 07. Tipitina 08. Such A Night

Line up : Winter - Guitar,Vocal Dr.John - Piano,Vocal Brian Russell - Guitar John Paris - Bass,Harmonica Terry Clark - Drums Live Studio "In Sessions" 1983

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Jack White Playing Brooklyn, Chicago & Nashville

Jack White is wrapping up his Boarding House Reach world tour with shows in Brooklyn Chicago and Nashville next month.

Tickets are on sale tomorrow and the wide ranging tour has already spawned a live DVD and Vault released live vinyl collection. The tour has been a blast and having caught him twice can highly recommend seeing these final dates as per Dominic Davis's Instagram, it is looking like Jack will not be touring solo next year....

Which brings us back to RtBE's post Raconteurs tunes...New album on the horizon...pretty please tour dates!?!??! From someone who has seen the band all across the country, we would happily do the same again as they are a blast live.

So until the good word comes down from Mount about a few live Boarding House Reach tunes to commemorate the end of this great tour: