Monday, September 15, 2014

Dylan Cover #155 Jason Arimoto "Simple Twist of Fate"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from Jason Arimoto and is a live cover of "Simple Twist of Fate"
Thoughts on Dylan's Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
Well the classics just keep coming in this series, with "Simple Twist of Fate" what a gem of a song.  Impeccable lyrics gorgeous phrasing, just a great great song that is hard not to enjoy.

Thoughts on Cover Artist: 
First I am hearing about Jason Arimoto, but it looks like he is an accomplished Ukulele musician an string developer.
Thoughts on Cover:
This is why I love continuing this series even 155 covers deep. I am able to find amazing musicians/artists/performers interpreting Dylan's music in their own way and it literally brings joy. I was blown away by this cover, fantastic work from Mr. Arimoto as Jason strums a guitar, plucks the Uk' and sings majestically. Really top notch and worth listening to...repeatedly. Excellent cover Jason.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Full Show Friday: Ratty Scurvics and the Black Market Butchers 2011

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...Ratty Scurvics!

We've been thinking about NOLA a bit lately so we are glad that we found this rare gem. A
Ratty Scurvics and the Black Market Butchers CD release show. Theatrical and odd, just like Ratty and crew. We reviewed a Ratty release back in 2013 but this is a different beast with it's visual (all be it dark on this video) element and amped up chaos. Also a quick side note, he plays Keys for our fav's The Rough Seven.

Enjoy The Madness:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Live Review: Reigning Sound 8/28/14 NY, NY

Hey all got a new live review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
One of our favorite bands played out favorite NYC venue the Thursday before Labor Day as Reigning Sound played the Bowery Ballroom.

The show wasn't the best we have seen them but it was a fun night on the LES. As we said last week we aren't enamored with the playing on the new album and that style stuck in the live setting. The band seems to be in a chill mode and I really think I dig them better with a bit of an edge, but either way you can really appreciate the great catalog of tunes they produce. This also got us pumped for a show Labor Day Sunday that we will be reviewing shortly on RtBE.

Read all about it on Glide and peep some video below, not of this particular show (because I can't find any) but of other live moments from RS and Naomi Shelton:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Guitar Guys Get After it in Central Park

Axe slinging fans must have rejoiced as Gary Clark Jr. played Central Park last night. As a special treat he brought out a fast rising star to join him. Our man Brandon Niederaur joined Clark to get down and rock out.

We wrote about Brandon when we covered Shorty Fest this year as he was the clear highlight. Watch him steal the show yet again this time on Clark's own "Bright Lights"

Thanks Loren for sending this along. Niederaur is a fantastic talent, as we also know Clark's pretty damn great live as well, but keep an eye on Taz.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Album Review: Too Many Zooz- Fanimals EP

Too Many Zooz
Fanimals EP
*** out of *****
The trio known as Too Many Zooz consists of Matt Doe Leo P and King Sludge and the group specialize in a house brass sound that bumps beats and blows its way into your brain. Horns and percussion swirl repetitively and engagingly as the groups builds to funky freakouts and dance breaks.

The opening "Mouse Trap" opens things as the group gets loose with beats and riffs that would be excellent backing an MC while "Limbo" builds and builds into an ominous peak. The dance driven and cleverly named "Turtledactyl" bounces and thumps with late night get down appeal. The baritone sax, trumpet, and drum make for some delicious combo's as the group interact well.  

"Wet" starts minimalist buts takes on an eastern flair and huge deep bass rumblings about a minute into things; a juicy cut the adds a lower sonic level to the groove ending too soon. Closing out the disk is the 2 parts of "House of the Glass Red", the most experimental tracks on the disk, but still designed to make you shake and dance.

In the vein of an instrumental Morphine (if that band was in a late night club) the group pushes deep sax grooves, percussive beats and trumpet runs to the forefront and let everything else slip away.
Another great bandcamp find.

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

Monday, September 8, 2014

Dylan Cover #154 Bad Religion- It's All Over Now, Baby Blue

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by the Bad Religion of the Dylan tune "It's All Over, Now Baby Blue" 
Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
It is still stunning that there are songs as great as this in the Bard's catalog that we haven't even touched on in the first 100 we have talked about...wild. Baby Blue is magical all around, from the pure asshole way he sung it to Donovan to put him in his place in Don't Look Back to the heart breaking recent live versions on the never ending tour. The song has a lot of what makes Dylan who he is; mystery but a sense of understanding somehow. Dominated by the amazing lyrics the song is a hard one not to like.    

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Have always liked Bad Religion from a bit of a distance. Loved and still love Epitaph Records and it's list of clients and releases, but never really jumped into Bad Religion's catalog all that much.
Thoughts on Cover:
Another really great cover of an amazing song. This time though the punk band goes for a driving under current with the bass and drums to move things along. The harmonies are a fantastic addition and as a whole this cover reminds anything is possible when interpreting a Dylan tune. Excellent cover. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Full Show Friday: Santana 8/18/1970

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...Santana!

Santana always gets us thinking about live outdoor summer shows, so why not put a nice closing button on 2014's summer of Full Show Friday's? This is the second time we showcased Santana in this series, but we like this show a bit better. Coming from August 1970 the quality isn't perfect, but what the hell do you want, this is classic! The original lineup doing what it did better then anyone.

The group is in fine form, two of our favorite numbers are played back to back here with "Jingo" and "Soul Sacrifice", but the whole set is great. In fact I will just put the setlist and the notes from the show underneath the video and let you get right to listening:


Lenox, MA

01 Batuka/Se A Cabo (7:55)
02 Black Magic Woman (5:27)
03 Oye Como Va (4:30)
04 Incident At Neshabur (5:39)
05 Toussaint L'Overture (5:00)
06 Evil Ways (4:31)
07 Hope You're Feeling Better (4:37)
08 Treat (4:17)
09 Savor (2:14)
10 Jingo (9:15)
11 Soul Sacrifice (13:12)
12 Gumbo (4:50)
13 Persuasion (3:42)

unknown low gen VHS tape (Pro-shot) with SBD audio

Carlos Santana - guitar, vocals
Gregg Rolie - keyboards, piano, lead vocals
David Brown - bass
Michael Shrieve - drums
Jose "Chepito" Areas - percussion, conga, timbales
Mike Carabello - percussion, conga, vocals

"Just a year after Santana played its historic Woodstock Music & Art Fair performance, the band was fast becoming one of the biggest in the world. They were about to release their second album, Abraxas, and were riding high on the heels of three hit songs from their debut album and a new Top 10 hit, a cover of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman."

A year earlier - in fact only a few days before the Woodstock Festival - Bill Graham staged the first of several concerts billed as "The Fillmore at Tanglewood."

Tanglewood is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the storied venue had just begun to experiment with staging contemporary concerts on their grounds. Staging a rock concert in a classical venue had yet to be done, so of course the concept of doing so excited Graham. He brought the full-scale Fillmore East production team in, including the Joshua Light Show, and booked a great lineup. This first concert featured B.B King, Jefferson Airplane and The Who, and drew the largest crowd that Tanglewood had ever seen by far.

Buoyed by the event's success, Tanglewood and Graham agreed to stage three similar dates in 1970. The last of these is this show, when Santana headlined after The Voices of East Harlem and the legendary Miles Davis had played. This historic and beautifully recorded performance features a smoking performance by Santana in the last year of their classic lineup, before a young Neal Schon joined the band."