Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Album Review: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Sparkle Hard

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks newest album Sparkle Hard.
It is a pretty solid slice of indie rock with jam parts, adult ideas and catchy tunes. While RtBE always enjoys Malkmus work, with both the Jicks and Pavement, falls into the category of, "Oh this is cool...and easily forgotten". The tunes are all good, just not particularly memorable to these ears.

That said, support the artists, buy the album, read the review, catch them on tour and peep some video below:

Monday, May 21, 2018

Dylan Cover #326 Neil Young & Tom Petty "Everything Is Broken" 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 Neil Young & Tom Petty playing "Everything Is Broken" 

Thoughts on Original
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
If Bob wasn't the Bard "Everything Is Broken" would just be another tossed off song. However, is anything with Dylan just simply tossed off? Well..yeah...this song certainly feels tossed off to me...sorry. Oh Mercy is a hell of an album, one of Dylan's classics, and this song is fine, it just can't even stand close to any of his all-time gems, not remotely close. One of the reasons I started this cover series was to show how amazing The Bard's songs are in just about anyone's hands, but if the original of this tune was written by Joe Schmo would people think it was great, or is it just the Dylan name that gives it clout?  


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Uncle Neil and Cousin Tom, two all time classic artists They have been written about on RtBE multiple times and hold them both in very high regard, especially live...
Thoughts on Cover:
A fun ramshackle live rendition from the Bridge School Benefit in 1989. What is cool is that this is the same year that the tune was released on Oh Mercy. RtBE loves current Dylan covers, as in covering his newest tunes close to their release. Not much to this one, far from an all-time classic take, just getting after it with piano, acoustic guitar and some nice conga drum work. 

Friday, May 18, 2018

Full Show Friday: Lionel Richie The Outrageous Tour 1987 Ahoy Arena, Rotterdam

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...Lionel Richie!

We were at Jazzfest the same day as Lionel Richie this year, but we decided to head back to the quarter before he took the stage. To make up for that we are highlighting him today in our Full Show Friday Series from his 1987 tour.

Pro Shot, Pro Sound, Full Setlist below. Enjoy:

01. Hello 02. All Night Long 03. Running With The Night 04. Truly 05. You Are 06. Three Times A Lady (deleted due to copyright issue) 07. Sail On 08. Say You Say Me 09. Se La 10. Penny Lover 11. Tonight Will Be Alright 12. Dancing On The Ceiling

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Phish Fall Tour Announced: Halloween In Vegas 2018

More tour dates, as Phish has announced their Fall Tour for 2018 and the ticket request period has begun. The tour starts in a familiar spot, Albany, NY.
RtBE has caught some of our favorite shows from Phish @ The Knick (when it was still officially called the Knickerbocker Arena) downtown in Albany and may head up there for this opener. Then the band hits the legendary Hampton Coliseum where we have also been lucky enough to have caught Phish for some fun shows. The true highlight however is the closing dates of Las Vegas where Phish will celebrate Halloween.
The group has made Halloween a musical holiday in the jam community and elevated the expectations for a lot of bands on that spooky night.  Full tour dates are below an to get in the mood here are a few videos from Phish playing Albany back in the day and from the last time Phish celebrated Halloweens in Vegas 2014:

October 16: Albany, NY – Times Union Center
October 17: Albany, NY – Times Union Center
October 19: Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum
October 20: Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum
October 21: Hampton, VA – Hampton Coliseum
October 23: Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
October 24: Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
October 26: Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
October 27: Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
October 28: Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
October 31: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
November 1: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
November 2: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena
November 3: Las Vegas, NV – MGM Grand Garden Arena

Dr. Dog Touring with (Sandy) Alex G Next Month

Dr. Dog have a new record out Critical Equation (which RtBE recently reviewed) and are touring this June with (Sandy) Alex G which should be a stellar night of indie pop rock when/wherever they play. We dug (Sandy) Alex G's last release and always enjoy Dr. Dog live.

The tour pulls into Brooklyn Steel for three nights and RtBE will be there to get down. In prep for those nights here are a few videos to get in the mood:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Album Review: Sarah Shook & The Disarmers - Years

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
*** out of *****

On Sarah Shook & The Disarmers second album Years the honky-tonk players sound as if they have been around forever and are tired of all the shit. Shook and company trudge the well worn barroom paths from stool to stage with steel guitars and a steel spine as they recant failed loves and drunken adventures.

The outfit crisscross familiar tropes, and while they proclaim a punk streak and influence, Years is straight up outlaw country with perhaps a wee bit more edge. "Good As Gold" is a confident opener about a guy who is too good for his girl, as she is about to run out and the well written number is sung from her POV before the go-to problem solver/starter alcohol enters center stage for "The Bottle Never Lets Me Down"; ahh that old safety blanket of booze feels comfortable. 

There is a sense of tiredness on the album as if Shook is hungover and giving up, both "New Ways To Fail" and "Over You" face this directly, saying that things are just beat and beat down. Both tracks fit in the country vein but vocally/lyrically Shook adds a palpable sense of "fuck it" with her performances but also retreats into lyrical cliches ("need this like a hole in my head"). Shook's singing is disaffected and while not for everyone, it works best with these feed up numbers. 

A unique effort is the more emotionally delivered, "Parting Words" which works in both classical and pop country realms. The marching drums skip with ease as guitars work in and out but it is the more soaring singing style of Shook on this number which gives it wings. The title track also mixes up the script a bit with a warbling ending that breaks away from the sawdust floors into more modern vein, interestingly giving a peak at a possible wider scope for the band.

It is the Merle Haggard style that is the constant present through out however as "What It Takes" picks up the pace, "Lesson" swaggers with excellent electric guitar work and the follies of a fun night and it's home-life consequences lightens the mood for "Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don't". Bloodshot Records puts out rock solid Americana/country records that capture the independent spirit,  Sarah Shook & The Disarmers Years continue their winning streak over weeping strings, whiskey drowned lyrics and a sense of finding ones self among the wreckage.   
Support the band, buy the album, peep some video below:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Album Review: Arctic Monkeys- Tranquility Base: Hotel + Casino

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of the Arctic Monkeys newest record Tranquility Base: Hotel + Casino.
We love the Monkeys. We have seen them every tour they have played NYC since they broke out way back in 2006 with the fantastic Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not. Partied after shows with them, enjoyed their oddball albums and their last release, 2013's AM is one of our favorite records of the decade. Their most recent release is an odd album in the vein of art project, clearly inspired by the chameleon David Bowie

It completely drops all of the rock and roll from the group and the difference between the Monkeys and Bowie is quite clearly the times. Between The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars and Station to Station only 4 years elapsed but he released 7 albums total in that time!!  

7 albums in 4 years! Bowie reinvented himself multiple times and fans could sift through Diamond Dogs, Aladdin Sane and Young Americans, all vastly different as Bowie experimented with sound and style. The Monkeys put out 2 albums in 5 years. When expectations ran high after AM this experiment is kind of cool, but not really satisfying. 

I am curious, I feel it is probably 7 stars worthy, but I also personally really like Alex Turner and would give him the benefit of the doubt. Glide's editors went 6 which is fine by me. I have a feeling at the end of 2018 I will have either really come around on this album or place it in the let down's category. We shall see often it gets played.   

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