Friday, February 22, 2019

Full Show Friday: The Beatles Empire Pool 1965

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 Beatles!
For February The Masters focuses on The Beatles.

Our focus this month in our ongoing Masters series are The Beatles and since they stopped touring midway through their career there isn't a lot of video footage to choose from.  Here they are from 1965 back on their home turf of England (if not Liverpool exactly). It is a short but spicy set from the lads.


02:39 I Feel Fine 05:17 She's a Woman 08:26 Baby's in Black 11:04 Ticket To Ride 14:47 Long Tall Sally 17:34 Presentation

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Album Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band - Signs

Tedeschi Trucks Band
***and 1/2 out of *****

The 12 piece Tedeschi Trucks Band have established themselves as one of the top touring acts, delivering vibrant, soulful, roots rock and roll. The group retreated to the band leading husband and wife's home studio Swamp Raga to record their fifth studio record, Signs, live, directly to analog tape. The result is a controlled mix of soul, blues and more restrained songs then some of the bands past efforts; at this point the band is confident in doing exactly what they do.

The album solidifies lyrically around themes of moving forward from loss while putting aside differences and coming together for love and the greater good. Tedeschi's vocals have always been strong and the recording style enhance her warmth, as do the pitch perfect backing vocals. The group has their funky good time rock locked down at this point in their career. Tracks like the opener "Sign, High Times", the grooving "Walk Through This Life" and the climatic "Shame" all already fit gloriously into their live set and these versions work strongly on record. 

The studio allows the outfit to settle down as well, "Strength What Remains" is acoustic based with a Kofi Burbridge flute solo and "The Ending" wraps up the record with just Trucks and Tedeschi duet on a memory tune about past performers with palpable intimacy. The best of the slowed down numbers is the violin draped "When Will I Begin" which increases instrumentation but is based around some of Tedeschi's most emphatic vocals on the record. 

The outfit gets everyone involved on the easy rocking Americana of "Still Your Mind" but all of the players seem a bit more invested in the swaggering southern rocking numbers like "Hard Case" and "They Don't Shine" both of which cook with southern fried fat.

While the group has yet to craft that knock out song which would elevate them even higher, they continue to do what they do with grace and ease. The statement song which coalesces Signs overall theme is "All The World" with gospel vibes straining through the organ, strings and gorgeous vocals. The Tedeschi Trucks Band are professionals who make the music they love for others to enjoy both on record and onstage.

(Edit: This review was written before hearing of Kofi Burbridge's untimely passing. Jambase has compiled musicians reactions and RtBE echoes those.)
RtBE are fans of this outfit. Support the artists, buy the album and peep some video below:

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Dates Announced for "The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa" Hologram Tour

Somehow this feels pretty spot on. The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa will be touring the Northeast and Europe with a mix of live artists and a hologram Frank Zappa playing along.

Glide has the full details where Ahmet Zappa discusses his fathers love of holograms and 3-D technology. This might seem like a money grab (and that is part of it) but Zappa was at the forefront of a lot of mediums (check out the clay at the end of "Stinkfoot" below) and this doesn't seem as blatant.

The touring unit boasts guitarists Ray White and Mike Keneally, bassist Scott Thunes, multi-instrumentalist Robert Martin, percussionist Ed Mann, and drummer and ZAPPA archivist Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers

Live dates are below and to get us psyched for the hologram images how about some live video of Franks and company. Tickets go on sale Friday.

The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa 2019 Tour Dates:
04/19 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theater
04/20 – Rochester, NY @ Kodak Center Theater
04/22 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie
04/24 – Long Island, NY @ Paramount Theatre
04/26 – Boston, MA @ Shubert
04/28 – Albany, NY @ The Palace Theatre
05/01 – Wilkes Barre, PA @ Kirby Center
05/02 – Collingswood, NJ @ Scottish Rite Auditorium
05/03 – Baltimore, MD @ The Modell Lyric
05/09 – Edinburgh, UK @ Playhouse
05/11 – Gateshead, UK @ Sage
05/12 – Manchester, UK @ Bridgewater Hall
05/13 – Birmingham, UK @ Symphony Hall
05/14 – London, UK @ The Palladium
05/16 – Ostend, BE @ Kurssal
05/17 – Amsterdam, NL @ Rai Theater
07/11-14 – Cataluna, ES @ Doctor Music Festival

Album Review: Yola - Walk Through Fire

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

It is of Yola's debut full length titled Walk Through Fire.

I was lucky to catch Yola a few weeks ago for her NYC debut at Rockwood. The show was solid, but nothing crazy, and while this album isn't perfect, it is damn good and a great testament to her talents.

The production by Dan Auerbach fits her expertly and while I thought the Shannon Shaw plus Auerbach combo would be a home run, this record is much better.

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Craig Finn Tour Announced & Live Video

One of RtBE's Favorites Craig Finn will be touring this spring, here is his Instagram announcement:

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I’m very excited to announce the first full band shows I’ll be playing around the new record I Need A New War. We are going to a bunch of cool places, and I’ll be backed by a new and expanded version of The Uptown Controllers. I’m really excited to play the new material live and share this music with you. We have some very cool support we'll be announcing soon. I expect these to be really exciting and special shows. Fan pre-sale begins Wednesday, February 20 at 10am local time, EXCEPT New York. ***There is NO pre-sale for either New York show. All tickets for the shows at Joe's Pub in New York go on-sale TODAY, Tuesday, February 19 at 5pm Eastern. *** General on-sale begins Friday, February 22 at 10am local time. Additional dates will be announced. For complete details, link in bio. Special bonus: Last month I played a show at the Murmrr Theater presenting the songs from the new album live for the first time. We filmed it, and it turned out super cool. I’m psyched to share “Blankets” with you. Link in bio. I Need A New War is out April 26, 2019. You can pre-order now, and there’s a bunch of cool stuff that’s available beyond the record: posters, shirts, badges, a book of lyrics featuring all of the songs from the last two albums and the upcoming record (with a forward from Rob Sheffield!), and much more. I’m so excited for everyone to hear this record and I’m looking forward to all that comes next. Stay Positive. Be Honest. cf
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Tickets for the NYC shows will be going on sale in about 15 minutes, so feel free to to jump on those. The tour will be showcasing his upcoming release of I Need A New War which you can pre-order.

Finn and company debuted all of the songs live last month in Brooklyn and filmed the show. You can see the intro and the first song/single from the record, "Blankets" below:

Album Review: Greensky Bluegrass - All For Money

Greensky Bluegrass
All For Money
**** out of *****

The Kalamazoo, MI based outfit Greensky Bluegrass has been delivering their own mix of acoustic bluegrass and experimental rock and roll for a while now. Their seventh full length titled All For The Money is aimed at our current times while still mainlining the bands unique vein of music.

The players, Anders Beck [dobro], Michael Arlen Bont [banjo], Dave Bruzza [guitar], Mike Devol [upright bass], and Paul Hoffman [Mandolin] are live stage veterans who have developed a strong following with their touring and extended high energy sets but on All For Money they have confidently brought their style into the studio and modern day.

Opener "Do It Alone" perfectly questions our vapid 2019 society with electronic effects to the groups sound while the ominous distorted strings of "It's Not Mine Anymore" delivers both Eastern meditation and metal-ish vibes as the song swirls out; both tracks show the range of the band which leads to a successful album via strong song writing, imagination/experimentation and yes, picking.

"Murder of Crows" excellently falls more back towards the traditional bluegrass vein with mandolins and banjos leading the charge, but lyrical it deals poetically with distance, addiction and loss. The upbeat twangy workout "Courage for the Road" is also acoustically driven and works as a solo laden extended ride with dobro highlights, perfect for the live stage, but succeeding on disk as well.

The songs are all solid with the great bass groove of "What You Need" supporting singing about wealth love and material relationships while "Collateral Damage" continues that lyrical journey with the pains, yearning and heartbreak intact. "Like Reflections" is an easy folk influenced numbers with backing vocals sounding straight out the Counting Crows  and "Wish I Didn't Know" also feels like bluegrass inspired tune from that group, only better.

Produced by Dominic Davis the band and Davis worked hard to meld the onstage success in the studio and they were successful. At times the singing and lyrics can feel buried, behind the strings, but each player is bright and alive. 

The country twang gets umped up for "Cathedral Eyes" and the dynamite closing title track is an extended technical tour de force combined with a spacey experimental break before a climatic finish in Pink Floyd fashion, lyrically questioning their own motives, which will certainly connect with their fans on the live stage. Greensky Bluegrass continue to forge their own path and All For Money is an robust journey to join them on. 
Support the artists, buy the album, and peep some video below:

Monday, February 18, 2019

Dylan Cover #363 The Beatles "Rainy Day Woman No 12 & 35"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, The Beatles performing a live cover of "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" 

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
The first song on the iconic Blonde on Blonde "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" is an anthem for a do what with, is up for debate. Stoned in the head or stoned by the masses up to you to decide. Whatever your thoughts on the lyrics and meaning it can't be argued that Bob is having fun which doesn't always come across on his studio releases. The "salvation Army" style horns and marching is a hoot...once in a long while but not made for everyday consumption. Truth be told, the song is normally skipped when I am listening to the album, I like opening Blonde on Blonde better with "Pledging My Time".


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE is featuring The Beatles all month in our Masters series and needless to say The Beatles are the bee's knees.

Thoughts on Cover:
A fun jaunt in the studio, not the full song obviously, but this tune always works best in haphazard marching drunk fashion, so this studio outtake is a great snippet of Beatles life. Whimsical and silly, the way this tune should be. Also since it was short, here is a quick video of the Beatles talking about Bob: