Friday, February 27, 2015

Full Show Friday: The Beach Boys 3/14/64

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 Beach Boys!
We wrap up Feb with an eye towards summer, because it has been too damn cold this winter. What better way then with the classic beach crooners, The Beach Boys.

This show is from 1964 and while we personally have never dug all that much on the BB's this show is a fun little jaunt through the past. Pro Shot and Pro Sound, enjoy the brief concert and lets all hope summer is right around the corner.


Beach Boys The Lost Concert
Intro 0:00-0:46, Fun, Fun, Fun 0:47-2:57, Long, Tall Texan 2:58 - 5:11, Mike Love introduces the boys 5:12-6:00, Little Deuce Coupe 6:00-7:44, Surfer Girl 7:48-10:19, Surfin' USA 10:20-12:36, Shut Down 12:47-14:20, In My Room 14:21-16:38, PaPaOhMauMau 16:40-18:50, Hawaii 19:12-20:48

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Album Review: TOMBTHEMUSICIAN- Hot Minute

Hot Minute
**and1/2 out of *****
TOMBTHEMUSICIAN finds Tom Brent going off as Mike Shawcross drums behind him in a stream of punk angst, while the duo are credited here, Brent is the pushing force as a front-man from the name down to his style. The seven track Hot Minute has a distinct DYI feel that seeps through the headphones and places you in Brent's world for just over 15 minutes of feedback, strums, skin slams and righteous vocals. 

TOMB isn't grungy punk but more odd and engaging as Brent works up a lather over dead kings and queens in the opening "We Are The Villains" before offering up his best track in "Throw It All Away". The tune is a winner as the beginning finds Brent strumming an acoustic guitar proclaiming that he doesn't want to talk about war, just love but that doesn't last one line as something is clearly haunting him. An excellent track that builds over multiple guitars/rhythm patterns and drums, highlighting the release as a whole.    

The heaviest/thrashiest the duo becomes is on the quick burning "Matryrs" which flashes with angry pride and even manages to slam in a descending guitar solo. Brent pulls it back into more of his wheelhouse though with the Minutemen sounding closers of "Awakening" and "I Am The Anti-Christ",  and like those Californians from decades ago, Brent seems to be searching for his own voice which is refreshing.   
Again we were digging into bandcamp and we came up with a pretty quirky and catchy release from TOMBTHEMUSICIAN. Felt it was worth highlighting.

Find more of the artist here on twitter, facebook page here, stream/buy the album here or below:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Album Review: Murder By Death- Big Dark Love

Murder By Death
Big Dark Love
** out of *****
The theatrical tendencies of Murder By Death mix with a production of restraint on their newest offering Big Dark Love. Don't be mistaken Adam Turla and company are still flamboyant in their indie rock ways but there is breathing space between instruments that goes against the groups grandiose feel.

Opening with "I Shot An Arrow" Murder By Death takes clipped beats and horn fills to a precise pace before a spastic over driven ending muddles things; and this is Big Dark Love in a nutshell. The title track starts with a muted production gimmick then focuses in on an iffy lyrical direction, with spitting on someone leading to a greater understanding.  

There aren't any sing along choruses which this style calls for and Turla's voice is more deadpan then can be asked for. The lack of emotion mixed with the dramatic writing can grind, no place more obvious then "Send Me Home" which mixes cheesy keyboards with picking strings for an unsavory finish.

The best offering here is the straight ahead "Last Thing" which seems honest and urgent but still struggles to breath behind an opening keyboard padding that is unnecessary. It just feels like the band over-saturated things on Big Dark Love, shooting for the moon and falling short..
Support the artist here, buy the album here Catch the band in NYC at our favorite venue Bowery Ballroom on 2/28 and peep some video below:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Album Review: Sonny & The Sunsets Talent Night at the Ashram

Sonny & The Sunsets
Talent Night at the Ashram
**and1/2 out of *****
Sonny & The Sunsets are the creation of Sonny Smith who dabbles in art, film and for our purposes, music. His newest release Talent Night at the Ashram is an engaging mix of folkise indie rock and light Americana.

The DIY recording effort is apparent and adds to the charm. Opening with "The Applications" Smith shows off his style with a mix of Beach Boy self harmonies, easy strolling acoustic strumming and a grasp for the lazy in a good way.

"Cheap Extensions" is driven by a bass line that is pulsing in front of disengaged vocals. The title track focuses on Smith's lyrics and a pump organ sound, leading to a disk highlight.

There is a dreamy floating quality to "Alice Leaves For The Mountains" that sums up this release nicely. Things aren't taken at to quick a pace, there is relaxing sense but a creative urge that filters through. Talent Night at the Ashram isn't mind altering, but it is a great easy listen and that is all Sonny & The Sunsets seems to be shooting for. 
Can not say enough about bandcamp and just finding new artists to listen to.

Support the artist here, buy/stream the album here and peep some video below:

Monday, February 23, 2015

Dylan Cover #177 Holly Henry "Make You Feel My Love"

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 Holly Henry of "Make You Feel My Love" 
Thoughts on Dylan Original:
From our first take on a cover of this tune:
There is something about this tune that always felt off to me, it doesn't strike me as a Dylan song (which makes it an excellent candidate for covers). Perhaps it is just too Broadway or schmaltzy but the tune never really felt like his to me. Simple and direct in it's lyrics and sparse with a piano for the tune, it should be a simple pleasure, but it always felt forced to me coming out of the bard's mouth.  The fact that he has never played it live perhaps gives some indication to his feelings on the song as well. Or maybe he just hasn't found a way to re-work it yet....

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I had never heard of Holly Henry before today's cover, but a quick search unearths that she was apparently a contestant on The Voice and has already had a successful singing career at such a young age. Congrats to Holly.      

Thoughts on Cover:
As we have said, this is a perfect candidate for covering from Dylan and Holly does a fantastic job as she just lets her voice shine with little else too it. Excellent work.  

Friday, February 20, 2015

Full Show Friday: Bob Marley 1979 Harvard Stadium Boston, MA

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..Bob Marley!
This show comes from 1979 and it has a full intro in the video and a Dick Gregory introduction that puts you smack back in that year, lasting until 15:10. This was Bob and company's first show on their 1979 Survival Tour and it took place in early October up in Boston.   

The video comes from a VHS tape, it is pro sound and pro shot, but a bit weathered in this digital age, still great though. The setlist from this show is also a bit different then others on this tour so this is fun experience on this freezing Friday.

Let the "Positive Vibrations" flow with songs like "No More Trouble", "Lively Up Yourself" and my personal favorite Marley tune, "Exodus" which here features Babatunde Olatunji the Nigerian drummer/activist. The rally was a political ones though so songs like "Slave Driver" Wake Up & Live" and "Them Belly Full" with a nice guitar solo, all get featured.

Really cool time capsule show. Enjoy:

1.opening announcer (Mel King)
2.Dick Gregory talk
3.Dick Gregory introduces Bob Marley Bob talk
4.Positive Vibration
5.Slave Driver
6.Them Belly Full
7.Running Away
8.Crazy Baldhead
9.The Heathen
11.No More Trouble
12.Lively Up Yourself
13.No Woman No Cry
15.Get Up Stand Up
16.Exodus (with Babatunde Olatunji)
17.encore break
19.Wake Up & Live intros by Junior Marvin
21.credits & announcer

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Live Review: The Hold Steady 2/13/15 Bowery Ballroom, NYC

The Hold Steady
Bowery Ballroom, NYC
Thank God for Charity. 

Matthew Bonner threw an Alt Star Party in NYC this year and I am hoping all the money went to people who need it. That and the The Hold Steady’s playing is all the good I can say about Friday night in NYC.

Mr. Bonner may have good intentions but his execution is pitiful. When you come to New York and host a party, with the literal statement of providing to the paying crowd new beer brewed specifically for the event, fresh gear and a “Music extravaganza In NYC” you should probably do better research, especially during a party packed NBA All-Star Weekend.

STRNGRS opened the night with their boring take on indie-gospel. A less than captivating front man with no soul? Check. Shitty engagement from the crowd? Double check and it only got weaker from there. After an hour delay and a clear breakdown between staff and Bonner’s team there was a only a slight hope that things would improve during the set break. They didn't.

No chance to sample the new beer, which was only in the VIP section, no “fresh gear” to be found, no idea from the Bowery Ballroom Staff (who are fantastic usually) what was even going on.

A supposed DJ set from Win Butler (Arcade Fire), Chris Tomson (Vampire Weekend), Dapwell (formerly of Das Racist), was next and all three (to their credit) looked like they wanted to be anywhere else but here, standing in a semi circle playing records awkwardly. Playing questionable tunes for an hour and a half does not make you a DJ, and they all knew it.

When the pain receded the Hold Steady did what they could to quell the growing frustration.They blasted out straight ahead and started with a "Positive Jam" playing a set of their old favorites. With oldies like "Sweet Payne" mixing with "Spinners" the home town team took to the court with ease. “Constructive Summer” was a set highlight but for a band who prides themselves on a Unified Scene they looked less engaged then in the past and perhaps this year break from playing live is needed.

Fans were their normal raucous selves tossing glitter and singing along as the group bet on horses, held a conference at “The Ambassador”. Some nights are massive and we were all told how a resurrection really felt to close the night. 

It is too bad that this is the only show that The Hold Steady have booked for 2015 with what proceeded them and we have certainly caught better shows from the band. As the group all going on to perform individually this year, perhaps the breather will inspire for future greater returns.