Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Neil Young Interviewed by Howard Stern

Thanks to Ed for sending over this interview that Howard Stern conducted with Uncle Neil:

I really enjoy Howard Stern interviews when he is not talking to a porn star. Neil Young is a lot of things but porn star is not one of them.
I dig when he talks about his voice, he has such an identifiable tone, which can't be classified as good, but IS great. He is his own muse, he goes where the vibe takes him, even in his personal life apparently. Fantastic, this is a in depth listen so give it a shot. When your done with this give this song a listen, a personal favorite of ours:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Bob Dylan Cover #160 Jedd Hughes "Lay Lady Lay"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a live cover from Jedd Hughes and it is of "Lay Lady Lay"
Thoughts on Dylan Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
Excellent track and the first time the world heard Dylan's new singing style, which would only last for Nashville Skyline.  This song is the standout track from this album, it is a classic and so simple, yet sweet and timeless.  One of Dylan's best tracks, the closest to country he ever got and an fantastic piece of music.     

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I do not know Jedd Hughes, but apparently he is an Australian born country/singer-songwriter. With those credentials "Lay Lady Lay" would seem a pretty perfect choice...let's see if it is.     
Thoughts on Cover:
Hell's yeah. This is a dynamite cover, Hughes' singing and electric guitar playing is top notch. His solo at about 3:40 in is dynamite, recalling both Robbie Robertson lead lines and Dylan's original country feel. Before more praise is heaped on him though, his backing band needs props. From the well played Steel guitar to the deep booms from the stand up bass and drums this is a great sounding group. Well produced and mic'ed for a live set. Excellent cover all around and makes me want to hear the full set from these players. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Full Show Friday: Freddie King Live in Europe 73 & 74

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...Freddie King!

This month RTBE will pay homage to The Blues with 5 special shows for every Friday in October. So get sad, get happy eat your greens and get the blues.
The man with the killer guitar face, Freddie King is our Full Show Friday this week as we still got the blues.  Out of all the blues greats we probably know the least from Freddie King as he died at the young age of 42, but god damn do we love to hear him play and sing, what a treat. Having both Chicago and Texas blues styles is a perfect combo as the weeping/fiery guitar can intermingle gorgeously. 

Simply put, one listen to him playing and singing "Have You Ever Loved a Woman" puts Eric Clapton's version to shame.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Karl Denson Joins The Stones...For the Next Few Months

In a cool piece of news to anyone down under catching The Rolling Stones in the next few months, on of RtBE's fav's will be joining them on stage. Karl Denson has signed on to tour with the band for it's upcoming shows in Australia and New Zealand.
Denson will be playing his horn, maybe horns plus, but I can't think of a Stones tune with a flute at the moment....

We love Denson and the Stone and specifically loved Denson when he helped cover our favorite Stones album in its entirety at a fantastic show a few years back. This must obviously be a huge thrill for him and we wish him the best. His album with The Tiny Universe from earlier this year was a blast, so 2014 keeps coming up Denson...Keep the funky stuff flowing:

and keep the Stones Evil Life a-rockin':

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Album Review: Screaming Females- Live at The Hideout

Screaming Females
Live at The Hideout
*** out of *****
The three piece arena sounding/club playing punk band from New Brunswick, NJ, Screaming Females have made major waves in the recent years around excellent records but primarily because of their constant touring and energetic, engaging, must see live show.  Live at The Hideout is the groups attempt to capture that onstage magic on record and like most live records parts of what make them vital is there but it also proves seeing/being/feeling in person is hard to duplicate.

The group went for a rawness/simplistic approach asking Steve Albini to record the trio at a tiny Chicago bar during a freezing January cold spell. Albini is familiar with their work, manning the boards for the groups fantastic 2012 release Ugly.The band booked 2 nights in Chicago at The Hideout for the recording to take place and the album is mix up of those two shows.

The group attacks its songbook in its now well honed fashioned, going after 14 tracks. Screamales love to play with extended jam parts while still managing tight precision/drop-on-a-dime-changes when they are needed. A track like "Foul Mouth" from Baby Teeth rolls in with a confident ease before banging back and fourth between the rhythm duo and guitar solos.

Overall Albini's no frills approach serves the band very well and while the group works hard to not make Females the Marissa Paternoster show, the live recording seems to push her vocals and guitar under the moving bass and pounding drums. Mike Abbate's bass in particular sounds fantastic but a clearer path to the forefront for Paternoster is desired at times, especially during solos.

The band shines brightest on their long standing road tested warhorses with this live document. "Lights Out" is always a show stopper and here at 7+ minutes it is a clear go to as the band plays with the songs extended intro, scorchingly slamming riffs, tempo changes and driving beat. Speaking of beats it is "Starve the Beat" that bubbles up as a highlight towards the middle and the killer album closing "Boyfriend" shows off chops, groove and style that the band excels at; closing things on a super high note.     

Perhaps it is simply the fact that we have had the great privilege to catch the band numerous times over the last few years but Live at The Hideout, while doing what it sets out to do, never pushes things to over the top status. That simply stated, is something the band does on a consistent, nightly basis. Listen to the album sure, but make sure you catch them live. 

We love this band, have written about them a ton, interviewed Marissa, etc. For some reason we thought this album would be their highpoint and I don't think it is (for us that is still Power Move maybe because that's when we first got into them though).

Again if you have never seen them this is probably an eye opener, but I feel like I have caught better versions/shows. Maybe I am just being to harsh or too in love with the shows I have caught. Either way, go see them, won't be long before they are in your town.

Buy the disk here,  catch the band live here peep some video below and see from the first one why it was better to have been there: 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Album Review: Prince- Art Official Age

Hey all got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of one of Prince's new albums, his solo release, Art Official Age. This one was tough because there is obviously a lot going into the disk and a lot behind it given Prince's long and varied career.   

The disk itself is full of varied tunes too...and judging by the comments already filling up the bottom of the page it seems people aren't really reading or hearing what I am putting down. This album isn't bad by any stretch, he has had his fair share of bad ones over the last say 20 years (almost all of them), but when he comes so close to pulling off a major statement and it doesn't come together I think it should be noted.

Anyway, I said a lot about the disk in the official review, but I am happy to talk more about it, feel free to give your thoughts in the comments below, but before that support the artist here, grab the album here and peep some video below:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bob Dylan Cover #159 Taj Mahal & the Phantom Blues Band "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band playing "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream"
Thoughts on Original:
Showing up on one of Bob's greatest accomplishments Bringin' It All Back Home, "Bob Dylan's 115th Dream" always feels like a breather in the albums context. It is silly, the playful Dylan, a Dylan that still exists and can be forgotten about especially when getting "deep" into his serious songs. A vital part of Bob is his playful charm, and amongst the silliness and simple word play on this track he still manages to drop some bombs, " I said, 'You know they refused Jesus, too'/He said, 'You're not him'". A great example of a level of Bob's genius not often exhibit in this series, his playfulness. 

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Taj Mahal has had a long distinguished career, but I have yet to hear him play with The Phantom Blues Band until today's holiday cover of Bob Dylan. Apparently they formed to back Taj up on his 1993 album Dancing The Blues and still play together today, releasing albums.
Thoughts on Cover:
This is excellent, one of the few covers in this series that probably by passes the original with its style and substance. A song that always felt like a throw away with a few great lines from Dylan, really gets improved in the hands on Taj and the players. Oh and we picked this for today because of the closing phrase, Happy Columbus Day:
I saw three ships a-sailin’
They were all heading my way
I asked the captain what his name was
And how come he didn’t drive a truck
He said his name was Columbus
I just said, “Good luck”