Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Album Review: Barrence Whitfield & The Savages- Under The Savage Sky

Barrence Whitfield & The Savages
Under The Savage Sky
***and1/2 out of *****
The second coming of Barrence Whitfield and The Savages continues as their garage rocking soul cruises through their most recent release Under The Savage Sky. Following up on the band's comeback record, 2013’s excellently lo-fi Dig Thy Savage Soul, the fellows are clearly reveling in their renaissance with more of the same grungy swagger that seeps straight out of mechanic's garage, doubling as a congregation hall on Sundays.

The meaty rock riffs on tracks like opener “Willow” and “Katy Didn’t” produces excessive head banging/hip shaking while the soul gets upped for the strutting cover of Timmy Willis “I’m A Full Grown Man”. “The Claw!” goes after a new dance crazy straight from ‘56 while that era’s sounds get revved into the red via swinging horns on the juke joint ready “Rock ‘N’ Roll Baby”.

Production is kept minimal as instruments struggle into and out of the ear adding to shambolic sound and wild abandon feel. While that chaos works wonders for the music, Whitfield's vocals during certain songs get buried; as an overall aesthetic it is expected but when they are highlighted, say on closer “Full Moon In The Daylight Sky”, even better results are found. Cleaning up just the vocals on the next release may make an even greater sonic impact.

As it stands though Under The Savage Sky is a hoot, whether listening to the clanging “Angry Hands” or the howling blues of “The Wolf Pack” the group's energy is palpable. From the jangly tambourine, plinking piano and swampy organs on “Adjunct Street” to the punky sweetness of “Bad News Perfume” the band and its listeners are in for a grimey good time.
Support the band here, buy the album here and peep some recent live video below:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Album Review: Ruby Amanfu- Standing Still

Hey all got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
The first song on this bowled us right over. Ruby sings amazingly in front of gorgeous instrumentation covering "Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand)" like a champ. The album doesn't reach these heights again but it is still solid as hell.

Being at the show when Ruby covered Dylan, and got this record out of the deal is pretty cool, it was also our pick for show of the year in 2013. She was amazing then and pretty on point for all of Standing Still. Support the artist here, buy the album here and peep some video below:

Monday, August 31, 2015

Dylan Cover #199 Solomon Burke "Maggie's Farm"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from Solomon Burke and it is his take on "Maggie's Farm"
Thoughts on Dylan's Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
"Maggie's Farm" is classic Dylan, everyone thinks they know what it's about and they are sure they are right, but they all think different things. I will confess I like the sped up Electric version from Newport Folk Festival that caused the end of popular folk music (in theory) and really solidified Dylan's pop music career. It is a great tune and really flows in lots of forms making it perfect to cover. 

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Solomon Burke is the man. From the killer "Cry To Me" to the stone cold classic "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" Burke was large in all senses. The Bishop of Soul was a legend and probably doesn't get the respect that he deserves in the larger scheme of music appreciation but that's OK. Rolling Stone did rate him on their best singers that's something. 
Thoughts on Cover:
A quick and to the point cover that grooves along effortlessly and showcasing Burke's voice which stays restrained. The pushing bass and scratching guitar are both sweet amping up the overall effort, even if in the end it just fine and a touch forgettable.  

Friday, August 28, 2015

Full Show Friday: Delta Spirit 5/1/10 Maquoketa, IA

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...Delta Spirit
Delta Spirit are a band that we have seen play very small venues during their first NYC shows to  Summer Stage in Central Park. They always have energy and play fun sets. This one is from Codfish Hollow Barn in Iowa, pretty sure this is our first Full Show Friday from Iowa.

It is on their tour for their second album, History From Below, and while we were not the biggest fans of that disk, this show is a good time. Listen to it, see the setlist and read Daytrotters account of things below, and most importantly Enjoy:

0:00:00 - Lovers Waltz
0:04:47 - Bleeding Bells
0:09:52 - Bushwick Blues
0:13:27 - Strange Vine
0:17:27 - Golden State
0:21:28 - Salt In The Wound
0:28:03 - People C'mon
0:31:21 - Ransom Man
0:37:26 - Vivian
0:43:25 - White Table
0:49:42 - St. Francis
0:53:49 - House Built for Two
1:00:37 - Wish You Were Here /Trashcan
1:05:25 - People, Turn Around!
1:14:26 - Crippler King
1:19:35 - Gimme Some Motivation

This was a very special collection of bands -- Delta Spirit and Ra Ra Riot (who traded headlining spots all week), Nathaniel Rateliff, Free Energy and Pearly Gate Music -- and the only Barnstormer tour that kept the same lineup every night of the tour. It was filled with old friends and a couple of bands who had been buddies for a while as well.

We started the tour in West Liberty, Iowa, on a pretty perfect late spring night and then moved on to the first tour show we ever did in a legitimate venue, the always great Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee. From there we ran into a strange snag, with the venue we were supposed to be using in Wisconsin pulled out from beneath us the night before the show by local authorities who had previously granted us permission to but the show on. We moved the show to the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, WI in the 11th hour and had a great night there -- playing Whiffle ball on the grounds pre-show. We then traveled to what became our favorite new barn in Monticello, Ill., just outside of Champaign. Definitely the best night of the tour thus far and it's evident in the recordings that the bands were on fire. The final night in Maquoketa, IA, site of Codfish Hollow, the energy and performances were doubled from the night before, with numerous sing-a-longs and guest appearances in sets. This was the first tour that we ended here and now it's the rule for a reason.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dinosaur Jr. To Play 6 Nights At Bowery Ballroom

With great joy we will point out that tickets go on-sale tomorrow for Dinosaur Jr's six night run at NYC's best live music venue, Bowery Ballroom.
Thanks to Steve for the tip off, this is going to be an epic weekend of tunes. While Dino's first album is far from our favorite it is just going to be a joy having them in town for a few days and catching as many shows as we can with special guests galore.

Our love for Dino has been well documented here and on other sites, our favorite show from a few years ago was the band celebrating our favorite disk of theirs, You're Living All Over Me's 25 anniversary so we have high hopes for this one.

Until then how about some live Dino to wet the audio appetite:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What Is Dead May Never Die

While we know that Winter Is Coming, this post isn't actually about Game of Thrones but the quote fits one of the longest touring acts and our pick of best American Band ever, The Grateful Dead.
What Is Dead May Never Die
When the remaining members of the Dead announced "their last ever shows" to coincided with their 50th anniversary, I didn't care one bit, and this is from someone who spent a whole year of Monday's focusing on their shows on this here site. The main reason was because any/all incarnations of the band will never stop touring until all members are literally dead an even then I know, side projects, family members and fans will keep the vibe alive. 
Turns out those weren't the last shows after all and a variation of the Dead, (without Phil Lesh) will be touring again, as Dead & Company adding John Mayer to the fold and hitting Albany NY, the sight of one the bands (with Garcia) last great stands.

Glide has their list of dates up and if people are willing they can check them out. Us? We don't need to see any variation of their touring act when we can still revisit the real thing through the tapes audio/video. In fact lets listen to a tune now to start the day off proper:

Oh and it turns out George RR Martin is a Dead fan after all...
huh, that gives Damphair a whole new perspective...Hippy!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Free Protomartyr Show This Weekend, New Song Now

The band Protomartyr has been pretty active the last few years and their newest album The Agent Intellect is due out in September on the always interesting label Hardly Art.
The group is an engaging mix of noisy rock, spacey escapism into ones mind and a pretty damn good groove. They are playing a Free show at Villain this weekend in Brooklyn, so you can check them out there. You can also check out their newest (and probably their best) song "Dope Cloud" here:

It is a good mix of angular lines, and moving drums, along with the more moody/noiserock-y "Why Does It Shake?" makes us very excited to hear the full album in the fall. Check that one out here: