Friday, August 22, 2014

Full Show Friday: Jonathan Wilson Bonnaroo 2014

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...Jonathan Wilson!


This month we have a special focus on Full Sets from the 2014 Bonnaroo Festival which took place in June down in Tennessee.

Unlike last week with a band we listen to and reviewed on the site, Jonathan Wilson is brand new to us here at RtBE. Wow, we are impressed. Bluesy pop tinged guitar rock that grooves all over in the vein of Gary Clark Jr. Definitely need to find out more about this artist after listening to this set. It is finding great artists that you never heard of at a festival very exciting, and you can do it without having to use a Port-O-John all weekend....Pro-shot, Pro-Sound

Enjoy:

Setlist:
Angel
Fazon
Dear Friend
Desert Raven
Natural Rhapsody
Moses Pain
Valley Of The Silver Moon

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Album Review: Benjamin Booker- Benjamin Booker

Hey all got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
 It is of Benjamin Booker's first self titled release and it is a doozy of roots retro rock and roll.

This kid has got talent for days and it is great to hear this sound in rock and from NOLA as well. We mentioned Khatib in the review but we see a lot of parallels between the two disks. Both are stripped down no nonsense rock and roll that flows with a retro vibe. Khatib is more polished, Booker more raw. Anyway the disk is pretty Boosh.

Support the artist here, buy the album here and peep some video below:
"Violent Shiver"

"Have You Seen My Son?" Live   

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thank You Tom Durkin!

Well it is Travers week and we are excited to be going again. We are not sure, but we are at least up to 12 in a row at this point and are glad that the tradition continues and our friends and family still join us for a great weekend in Saratoga, New York.
To help amp up our excitement, the last few years we have written some of our favorite (and most popular) posts regarding the event. Two years ago we talked about Songs for Gambling on Horses, three years ago we took the money out of it and just talked about Songs for Horses. Last year we addressed maybe the most important aspect to playing the horses, Songs about Luck. This year we are switching it up a bit to pay tribute to one of the most important aspects of Saratoga, Tom Durkin 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Album Review: Cymbals Eat Guitars- Lose

Cymbals Eat Guitars
Lose
***and1/2 out of *****
The third album from the Staten Island rockers find them sticking to their guns and blazing their 6-string driven sound straight out of the late 90's into the middle of the '10's. There are lots of touch points for the sound and style on Lose, Built to Spill and Modest Mouse are two quick ones that come to mind but Cymbals Eat Guitars are more then their influences.

Lyrically the group pulls in teen angst, drugs, regret for watching Faces of Death and other touchstones of punk power while vocals still struggle to keep from being buried under the layers of sound. That can be frustrating as the band has something to say and unlike other post/indie/whatever rock bands the vocals are more then just another sound added to the mix. The album is chock full of fantastic lines if you dig a bit. The high point opener "Jackson" is just one example as it is tied up with the emotions of lose, death, love and fear in an intelligent/unique way. It is worth keeping the lyric sheet handy to get the full effect of the tunes.

Verbiage is mostly secondary to the power of the music though as the sonic whirlwinds are colliding and masquerading with ease; digital keyboard bleeps and high end fret work meld gloriously. Like it's name the guitars dominate but there is so much to sift through, the drums and bass propel "Warning", injecting energy into the track and pump up the groove on "Chambers" and "Lifenet". "XR" blows a harmonica to excellently open up its roots punk vibe while disk closer "2 Hip Soul" gets its sprawling electric jam pants on.  An acoustic guitar combines with some piano and wooden blocks for "Child Bride" disguising a painful song.  

The album has a lot of pluses and while not always a correct combo ("Place Names" picks up once the singing ends) the fact that front-man Joey D'Agostino tries to match falsetto vocals into the tracks with soaring keys/guitars that experimentation of sound is encouraging.  The group still seems to be trying new things and most work out on Lose.

A track like the sprawling "Laramie" goes through many progressions and phases at 8 minutes, this is the bands bread and butter as it shows the musicianship, power and ingenuity the group strives for. However it is the shorter, more typical "songs" on Lose that show growing maturity and promise for the band in the future and right now. 
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We dig this sound and general and like this band in particular having seen them play CMJ way back when in 2009. They have only gotten better and Lose is a winner.

Support the band here, buy the disk here, stream it on NPR for a limited time and peep some video below:


Monday, August 18, 2014

Dylan Cover #151 Mandolin Orange "Boots Of Spanish Leather"

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 the Mandolin Orange of the Dylan tune "Boots Of Spanish Leather"
Thoughts On Original:
From the first time we did someone covering this tune, here are my thoughts:
One of the first Dylan songs that really bowled me over.  I know on the Times They Are a-Changin' there are a ton of epic songs but this was the track that stayed with me the longest.  It is ghostly in it's presentation and still just as dynamic now as when he wrote it back in 1963.  My favorite show I have seen Dylan play live was back in 1999 at the RPI Fieldhouse.  The whole night was great, my favorite backing band of his since The Band, a tiny venue and a setlist that was magical.  One of the major highlights was "Boots of Spanish Leather", I need to break out that bootleg this week and re-live that great night.
Cover:

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Have not heard of Mandolin Orange before listening to this. they are an acoustic duo from Chapel Hill, NC and they sound just fine to these ears.
Thoughts on Cover:
A perfect Dylan song for a duet. Just perfect, yet I can't place hearing another duet version, I am sure there are some out there but obviously these lyrics are literally made for this. The group does an excellent job with the relationship dynamics and vocalizing. They do an even better job with the picking and playing. A really dope cover that makes me want to listen to it again the minutes it is finished, then go and find out more about Mandolin Orange.  

Friday, August 15, 2014

Full Show Friday: Warpaint Bonnaroo 2014

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...Warpaint!

This month we have a special focus on Full Sets from the 2014 Bonnaroo Festival which took place in June down in Tennessee.

We dig the LA Art Rocking ladies of Warpaint having reviewed their 2 albums here on the site and enjoyed both. We missed them when they played in Brooklyn a few months back so this is a nice catchup to their live sound/show.  Pro-shot, Pro-sound this is an easy going, tripped out set that is pleasant for these warm summer days.

Enjoy:
 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Album Review: Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket- In A Dutch Haze

Hey all got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
This is jam/noise/guitar-soloin'g craziness right here. I said most of what I want to say in the review except when dealing with the star ranking, personally this one is MEGA!!! but I understand this type of rock isn't for everyone so I think 7 stars is a good pick and just make sure you know what you are in for.

Also need to mention the Glide team and editing, I love that the whole crew over there that has let me write for them for, jesus I don't even know how long, and I also love they have different senses of what is appropriate for a review. Here is my opening sentence that I sent in:
Stoner/Psych rock geeks get ready to cream in your jeans as a unique pairing of six-string wizards and a jamming rhythm section, one time only improv set from 2012 Roadburn Festival was captured and now released as Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket, In a Dutch Haze.
compared to what they posted: 
Stoner/psych fans are sure to get some pelvic region blood flowing from this unique pairing of six-string wizards and a jamming rhythm section are captured in this one time only improv set from the 2012 Roadburn Festival titled Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket/In a Dutch Haze.
Not any sort of deal big or small to me, but I find it very amusing blood better then geeky sploosh? I still love that cream your jeans line I took from The Kentucky Fried Movie...will have to try to use that again sometime. ...Anyways:
Buy the Album here, stream it on their bandcamp page

and peep some video of them doing it live below: