Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Live Streams: Alice In Chains - Museum of Pop Culture Online Benefit

 With live music on lock down (like everything else currently in New York City) live streams and old concerts have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. While this current state of pandemic separation is in order we will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and you can always check out or weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past. Please support the artists any which way you can. 



Today we highlight: Alice In Chains - Museum of Pop Culture Online Benefit

Lots of artists coming out to support Alice In Chains tonight:

 
Tune in at 6pm PST tonight, to get in the mood here is one of RtBE's favorite Alice In Chains tunes:

Album Review: Ryan Scully - New Confusion

Ryan Scully
New Confusion
**** out of *****

The newest release from New Orleans raconteur Ryan Scully is his first strictly solo album as New Confusion was conceivedwritten and recorded in his Bywater attic studio during the early days of the Covid-19 lock down. Released on Nouveau Electric Records the album expertly captures the uncertainty, fears, and frustration the world felt during early 2020.

The opening effort "Manhole" is New Confusion's thesis statement, it is the exact song for 2020 as good intentions, fear, confessional malaise and that haunting sense of the unknown pulse together perfectly ensnaring that elusive off putting feeling. "Get Meta" continues that feeling as it becomes trippy and dreamlike as the song (and life as a whole) doubles over into itself before dripping into "Covid Sheets" which directly addresses current plights with a bizarre Ween sounding influence before The Flaming Lips sounding "Arrested".  

Scully’s humor, wit, and easy rolling funky groove which has been honed by working with the likes of Andre Williams and Gibby Haynes, are on display during “My Little Phony”, “Look at Papa” and “Babies on the Way” which also brings in modern day societal worries. Those are front and center during “Melania’s Blues” as the punk shreds forth a screed against the wannabe fascist who occupied the White House.

Some of the best tracks come late on the album as “N.O.L.A” is a punked up, troubled theme song for the Crescent City that sounds straight out of the early days of CBGB’s with it's melodic aggression and double meanings. New Confusion closes with the gorgeous orchestrated confessional “Go Home” with Scully leaving listeners via an emotional tale that proves one more is never enough.

Capturing these nebulous times with all the grace, anger and absurdity they deserve, New Confusion cuts to the heart on topics of the moment; isolationism, political revolution, and becoming unstuck in time. It is a very fitting album for this unparalleled year of existence on the planet as the world shifts under our collective feet. 
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RtBE are friends with Scully, having reviewed his music in the past and have helped him promote this record. That doesn't change our critical review however, this is a good one. 

Support the artist, buy the album and stream it below:

Monday, November 30, 2020

Dylan Cover #456 Damian Arbiser "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" Live

 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 Damian Arbiser playing "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"


Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
An energetic romp that has been covered by everyone, this tune is a great swirl through Dylan's freaky mind. It was a punch and a whirlwind journey through Juarez, Mexico around Easter time...Maybe. There are lots of literary hints dropped, as well as a mischievous smile throughout. One of the first Dylan tunes we gravitated towards and with good reason, it is still one of our favorites. 
Cover:

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
This is our first time hearing Damian Arbiser but he is a folk singer from Buenos Aires, Argentina. 

Thoughts on Cover:
This is fun as a lot of the covers of this particular Dylan tune are with a full band. This straight ahead live acoustic version does a solid to the original. Personally we don't dig on the nasally Dylan interpretative singing style, but since English isn't even Arbiser's first language RtBE can't complain at all. Would love to hear this at a party in the near future ourselves...

Friday, November 27, 2020

Live Streams: Trey Anastasio @ The Beacon Theatre

With live music on lock down (like everything else currently in New York City) live streams and old concerts have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. While this current state of pandemic separation is in order we will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and you can always check out or weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past. Please support the artists any which way you can. 

Today we highlight: Trey Anastasio   

For the last month Phish front man Trey Anastasio has been performing live acoustic and electric sets every Friday from the comfy stage of NYC's empty Beacon Theatre. 


Tonight is the last night in the current run and to get in the mood here is Trey and crew playing the Phish song "You Enjoy Myself" from 11/13/20 Beacon Set:


Full Show Friday: Satyricon - Rockpalast 2018

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.. Satyricon

It is upon us! BLACK Friday! In a tradition we started a few years ago it is time for the most evil Black Metal ever; because really it is the perfect soundtrack if you are hitting the brutality of shopping on this day. Granted we here at RtBE are not fans of the genre (or shopping) but have researched a few bands after enjoying the documentary Until The Light Takes Us.

So Covid-19 has wrecked the last 8 months, how will Black Friday be affected by the disease? We shall see, but we will continue our tradition of showcasing a black metal full concert on this day every year. Today we go to 2018 and a show from Satyricon from Rockplast. Pro shot, pro sound, full set list below. Enjoy:
  
Satyricon live | Rockpalast | 2018 | Setlist 1. Midnight Serpent 00:00 2. Our World, It Rumbles Tonight 06:35 3. Black Crow On A Tombstone 11:44 4. Deep Calleth Upton Deep 16:10 5. Now, Diabolical 20:51 6. To Your Brethren In The Dark 27:57 7. Mother North 34:06 8. The Pentagram Burns 41:30 9. Full For Hatred 48:22 10. K.I.N.G. 52:52 Line up Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven - vocals, guitar Kjetil "Frost" Haraldstad - drums Attila Vörös - guitar Steinar "Azarak" Gundersen - guitar Anders Hunstad - keys Anders "Neddo" Odden - bass The concert was recorded on August 11 in 20018 at the Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Live Streams: The Last Waltz New Orleans 11/28/20

With live music on lock down (like everything else currently in New York City) live streams and old concerts have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. While this current state of pandemic separation is in order we will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and you can always check out or weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past. Please support the artists any which way you can. 



Today we highlight: The Last Waltz New Orleans 

Tipitina's is gathering a host of New Orleans musicians to pay tribute to one of the best concerts ever as they perform The Last Waltz New Orleans on Saturday Night 11/28:


To get in the mood here is The Last Waltz Ensemble playing "Further On Up The Road" from the venue a few years back:


Happy Thanksgiving from RtBE!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving. Make sure you spend some time over this holiday doing what is truly important...Watching The Last Waltz:


For the gear heads reading this, here is an excellent run down of all the equipment used for this historic show.

Since it is a holiday, also make sure to enjoy your time with loved ones and family. As a famous man once said, "Enjoy Every Sandwich"...especially the leftover turkey, mashed potato, stuffing and gravy ones on potato rolls...

The last few years we have thrown it back to Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parades of the past and this years no different.

Here is the 1996 Thanksgiving Day Parade, now go get stuffed!