Friday, June 24, 2016

Full Show Friday: Col Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade 7/11/03 Vic Theater Chicago, IL

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...Les Claypool's Fearless Flying Frog Brigade!
We are focusing all month on the freaky magic of Les Claypool and his assorted, amazingly weird side projects. This week Fearless Flying Frog Brigade!

The first incarnation of CCFFFB still ranks as some of our favorite live concert experiences. It was capturing lighting in a bottle as Les was free from Primus which he was souring on and exploded into the jamband realm while keeping his power. He introduced tons of new players to the scene and added some much needed energy. If you haven't heard the two live releases, you should buy both.  As well as Purple Onion, a very underrated disk. Hell, buy all three.

This show comes from the second (or third?) go round as the Frogs and while not the classic original lineup it is still a hell of a night from Chicago's Vic Theater. The set list and players are below, so enjoy our final installment of this monthly series focusing on Les Claypool's side projects. Hope you had as much fun as we did re-living some of that kookie guys groups.  


Thela Hun Ginjeet
Ding Dang
Long in the Tooth
Monkey Boy
Highball with the Devil
Highball with the Devil
Running the Gauntlet
2000 Light Years from Home
Cosmic Highway

David Makalaster I

- Cygnus X-1 tease during 2000 Light Years from Home
Les Claypool - Bass
Brian Kehoe - Guitar
Skerik - Saxaphone
Mike Dillon - Percussion
Paulo Baldi - Drums

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Inaugural Meadows Festival Comes to Queens with Kanye and More

Well it looks like the Mets won't be the only players (god willing) rocking Citifield this October. The Meadows will be a new festival thrown in Queens, right off the 7 train in Flushing Meadow Park and the Citifield parking lot.
It is a pop/hip hop focused lineup with Kanye West, The Weekend and Chance The Rapper headlining. Honestly it is very underwhelming to us but a few RtBE Favs are mixed in as well with Charles Bradley and Frightened Rabbit both joining the lineup.

Tickets go onsale to the general public tomorrow, those ticket holders who got washed out of Sunday's Governors Ball can buy tickets starting today. All this and more can be found at The Meadows website. Enjoy some video of the artists playing below:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Live Review: Dr John 6-9-16 Alive at Five, Albany, NY

Dr John
Live: 6/9/16 Albany, NY, Tricentennial Park 
Alive at Five Concert Series

Albany, New York has always been a perfect crossroads for live music. Between New York City and Vermont, Boston, Buffalo, the Capital District of New York State is a definitive stopping off point for artists traveling the northeast. One of the benefits of that route has been a free concert series that is now into its 27 year running, continuing to bring in varied, top flight acts for the residents to enjoy. This years season of Alive at Five kicked off with none other then bayou legend Dr. John and the Nite Trippers and actually returned to the festivals original location Tricentennial Park.

Another sweet touch to the series is when possible a local band will play a short set opening for the national acts and this week the pairing of Jacamo was perfect. The funky five piece has been playing parties and festivals in the area since 1993 and was an excellent way to start off the series. They covered Procal Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale" went down to NOLA for some Cajun delights and inserted a P-Funk Medley to wrap up their quick turn on the stage.

The weather is not fully spring yet in the north country, with the wind not only being a problem for those watching and dancing, but also the sound engineers all evening. The south warmed us up proper though when the good doctor joined the stage. Playing as a four piece the band dropped right into some old classics from early albums as the early highlight was a smooth as slick and funky as donkey pairing of "I Walk On Glided Splinters" directly into "Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya-Ya" containing a break seeing Dr John get up and play the bones.
Sound issues, especially pertaining to the vocals were prevalent all night, but fans got an injection of pure joy when midset Dr. John turned away from his baby grand onto the electro-keys and pumped out his classic "Right Place, Wrong Time", a clear highlight.

Tracks like classics "Iko-Iko" paired nicely with deeper cuts like "How Come My Dog Don't Bark (When You Come 'round)" even without horns the band stayed funky, syncopated drumming, bass walks and timely injected guitar runs were electric. The Dr. may have needed some lyrical help, but the vibe he was giving and receiving from the crowd made smiles stretch from ear to ear.

The set ended with a powerful run through of "Such A Night" that contained numerous solos, multiple endings and thousands of cheers from the appreciative crowd. The mysterious voodoo legend and songster who has been the embodiment of New Orleans brought the bayou magic to Albany for a rollicking set that friends family and strangers could all enjoy.
This was special for use as we got to experience it with close friends and our family. We won't forget this show and while we have def seen and heard the doctor in better form, this will stick with us for a while. Peep some video below:

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Album Review: Seratones- Get Gone

Get Gone
**** out of *****

The Shreveport based four piece Seratones just released their first album for Fat Possum Records and it is a pure doozy of rock and roll goodness. While the band is fairly new to the game, their sound is well crafted, exciting and full of nuances that help with repeated visits to this hip shaking garage rock.

From the opening raw six string of "Choking On Your Spit" the band makes its presence known. The group mixes punk, garage rock with touches of soul and R&B into an excellent overall package. Consisting of AJ Haynes - Vocals, Connor Davis - Guitar, Adam Davis - Bass, and Jesse Gabriel - Drums the band seems to be comfortable mashing genres into a powerful roux of rock and roll energy.
The swagger and rhythm of the band is everywhere as "Chandelier" manages to oscillate between powerful and sweet with ease and "Trees" jangles with retro rock intensity containing a soaring guitar solo that would cook if extended live. The motoring "Sun" puts four on the floor and drives straight-ahead while the groove gets established for the rising and falling of the title track.

"Kingdom Come" splashes in a touch of Santana into the mix (think Jingo on meth) and "Don't Need It" builds to a raucous finish. "Tide" plays up the soul vibe with front-woman Haynes taking over on vocals and spirit of the song. While it is easy to focus on Haynes contributions the staying power and success of the disk stems from the full band gelling and delivery of their own southern fried rock and roll.

There are a few standard tracks, like "Headtrip" and "Take It Easy" that don't add much except to the overall run time, but the majority of Get Gone shows off the Seratones nailing their intoxicating sound collage to the wall then partying proudly around it all night long.
Support the band, buy the album and peep some video below:

Monday, June 20, 2016

Dylan Cover #237 Amos Lee "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 cover by Amos Lee of the Dylan tune "Boots Of Spanish Leather"

Thoughts On Original:
From the first time we highlighted someone covering this tune:
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.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
A folk singer from Philly, Amos Lee has been around a bit, but probably never thought he would be heard by a few million people while covering this song for a TV show about outlaw bikers...strange times. The Forest Rangers who are backing up Amos are Bob Thiele and studio musicians who helped out on Sons Of Anarchy's soundtrack over the years.
Thoughts on Cover:
A mellow take on the track, but a good one and a nice way to start the week. 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Full Show Friday: Les Claypool's Duo De Twang 6/15/14 Aspen, CO

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...Les Claypool's Duo De Twang!
We are focusing all month on the freaky magic of Les Claypool and his assorted, amazingly weird side projects. This week Duo De Twang!

We continue the Les is more month with a live Duo De Twang show, while we were a little underwhelmed by the studio release, this live show is a lot of fun. Claypool and Byran Kehoe get after it on classic Primus tracks like opener "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" as well as cover's like Jerry Reed's "Amos Moses". Chris Robinson shows up to talk farts and alligator cannonballs while singing on Jimmy Driftwood's classic tune "Battle of New Orleans", a really cool easy rolling set for this spring Friday.

Fan taped set, but the sound is excellent, even with crowd chatter. Enjoy:

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Voodoo Fest Headliners: Arcade Fire, Tool, The Weekend

RtBE used to love looking forward to Voodoo Fest as much as JazzFest. Times they are a changing though as we are no longer really into the Voodoo Experience, or at least not nearly as much as Jazzfest but with the recent announcement of headliners we thought we would take a look at whose playing.
The three headliners who we already mentioned Arcade Fire, Tool and The Weekend, honestly don't do much/anything for us, which is fine. NOLA festivals always seem to be better when you don't care about the headliner. So here are some deeper bands we would check out if we head down (Still up in the air at his point).

Band of Horses 
We mentioned this last week, but we are excited for one of favorite bands to come back onto the scene after a few years of silence. Here they are playing live on Letterman from a few years ago.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium
We reviewed them recently and this would be fun, but this leads us to think Les will be sitting in during a lot of late night gigs around town which would probably be even better than this set at the fest.

We loved them a few months ago live and really dig their new album obviously this would be a set to catch. Here they are live:

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaire's
Some Retro soul would work well at the fest....