Thursday, March 4, 2021

Live Streams: The Hold Steady - Open Door Policy Record Release Party

With live music on lock down (like everything else currently in New York City) live streams and old concerts have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. While this current state of pandemic separation is in order we will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and you can always check out or weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past. Please support the artists any which way you can. 


Today we highlight: The Hold Steady - Record Release Party for Open Door Policy

Today one of RtBE's favorites The Hold Steady celebrate their first record to ever make the Billboard Top Ten, the recently released Open Door Policy.
To get in the mood for tonight's free gathering on Twitch where the the band will perform the full new album, here is a song from the new release:

Beginners Guide To The Grateful Dead - Part One

There is a lot of music out there and some artists have massive catalogs which can paralyze new listeners with overwhelming choices. This Beginners Guide series will attempt to give those new listeners entry points to some of these artists. Today we will look at: The Grateful Dead.


This post became very long so we are breaking it into two parts. This first offering will discuss the five places RtBE feels are the best entry points to the band. The follow up post will dive into the different eras of the Dead and pull out some well known and underappreciated shows for further listening. 

In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic here in NYC the soothing sounds of The Grateful Dead helped ease my mind during a tumultuous sense of loss and uncertainty. Shortly after lock down, a co-worker reached out and mentioned they wanted more information on the band as they were just discovering them. 

That request led to this series, so it makes sense that the good ol' Grateful Dead should be the first group we discuss when it comes to Beginners Guides. RtBE will take an extensive look into their career with a focus on new listeners and will provide links to youtube when possible, but feel free to buy all of the albums from the band themselves. We also wrote about the band in our Masters series previously ranking our favorite studio albums, official live releases and more

Also feel free to check out the amazing Internet Archive with its phenomenal collection of Grateful Dead shows. Almost everything you could want is on there and usually with multiple recordings from the groups insanely dedicated fan base. The truth is the band could hit amazing highs any night they played and while they have the reputation of drugged out hippies, the quality of their musical output remained incredibly consistent and excellent for the majority of their careers.  

We will dissect the bands shifting sound in part two of this post, for now let's start with the basics. Click the read more button: 

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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Live Streams: Liz Phair

With live music on lock down (like everything else currently in New York City) live streams and old concerts have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. While this current state of pandemic separation is in order we will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and you can always check out or weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past. Please support the artists any which way you can. 


Today we highlight: Liz Phair 

Tonight Liz Phair plays old and new songs and chats with her producer:

To get in the mood here is her new single, "Hey Lou":

Album Review: Atlin Gun - Yol

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

It is of Atlin Gun's newest release, Yol

The record mixes euro pop and light funky sound in Anatolian rock style. 

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



Tuesday, March 2, 2021

New Song From Garage A Trois, New Album Coming in April

The oddball jazz trio Garage A Trois is releasing their first album since 2011's Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil.  The new one is titled Calm Down Cologne and it will be released April 16 via RPF Records.

Skerik, Charlie Hunter and Stanton Moore are three great individual musicians and it will be exciting to hear now that they are back together recording. The first song from the upcoming album has been released and you can hear it here:


Album Review: Menahan Street Band - The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band

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

It is of Menahan Street Bands newest release, The Exciting Sounds of...

This is a solid instrumental record that touches on jazz, soul, funk, hip hop, and more. Yet another excellent release on Daptone with some cool album artwork to boot. 

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

 

Monday, March 1, 2021

New Single from Guspy "Steez Luiz"

The Santa Ana born and raised artist Guspy newest single has been released, it is titled "Steez Luiz". 

The track has a laid back Sublime feel to it as the multi lingual lyrics, skittering beats and looping groove recall beach parties and lazy nights. Listen below: