Thursday, July 31, 2014

Primus and The Chocolate Factory Tour

In what can only be described as pure Boosh news, the best Primus lineup (that's with Herb on Drums...sorry Jay Lane) are doing a pretty unique tour this time around.
While we are normally in NOLA come this time of year, we will be north and hope to catch the show in one of the 2 New York settings. Pre-Sale tickets for NYC go on sale in just a few minutes over here. Try the password SOCIAL.Going to be a night of pure imagination....

The band is alo putting out a disk based on this concept in October.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Two Young Girls Own Slayer

Thanks to Glen for Fwd'ing this amazing video, something fun for your Humpday evening and musically amazing to boot. What is more metal then a 10 year old girl and her little sister completely destroying Slayer's "War Ensemble": 

Answer, nothing.
I had a conversation with a friend about Rocksmith, and I wonder if any of the guitar playing would be retained outside of the game, but that is just being a jerk when it comes Audrey and Crazy Kate. Who really cares about hypothetical when who you can watch the playing and screaming of these girls. Super great.

Album Review: Dead Fingers- Big Black Dog

Dead Fingers
Big Black Dog
***and1/2 out of *****

The trio from Birmingham, AL have released their sophomore effort titled Big Black Dog containing a quirky mix of shuffling lo-fi country and pop ditties. While Alan Rousser holds things down on drums and percussion the band is a showcase for Kate Taylor and Taylor Hollingsworth to duet on every track as the couple (both professionally and personally) sing and play for each other.

Opening with the title track the group lets you know what you are in for as it straddles genre's sounds and definition's. That oddness on this particular track doesn't elevate it much but it lets the listener know this isn't going to be your normal pop duet disk. "Shoom Doom Babba Labba" takes a 50's girl group style and adds the modern worries of American life, while "Feet Back On The Ground" is a winning mix of grooving twang and dance breaks; songs that morph this easily show the true freedom the players are working with.    

"Twisted" is another one on the positive side, playing with a simple upbeat snare march while various instrumentation peek in on the proceedings before a restrained version of a early Meat Puppets guitar flies in for a solo. That southern fried weirdness sticks around with some wah-wah work from Hollingsworth on "Holy Water" which duels with spirits while Kate takes center stage on "Pomp & Circumstance". Vocally the voices are night and day, with Kate shining on almost every level while Hollingsworth takes on a more Ry Cooder sound with his singing; both axeman are acquired tastes and better guitar players first and foremost.   

The duo credits recently having their first child as to having them re-evaluate themselves as a group in all forms. Like a lot of other male/female groups there is no true lead but unlike those acts there isn't a reliance on sap or back and fourth boy/girl troubles. The group seems to be going after something more elusive and a bit trickier, while they don't always grasp it Dead Fingers make a valiant effort and Big Black Dog is an engaging listen because of this.
Support the band here, buy the disk here, stream the disk here for a limited time and peep some video below:

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Album Review: Jenny Lewis- The Voyager

Jenny Lewis
The Voyager
**** out of *****
On her first solo disk in 6 years Jenny Lewis teamed up with producer Ryan Adams because of how much she dug his Pax Am Studio and the tons of gear that could be played with, but this isn't a disk that hides much. Musically it displays a crisp, clear, powerful pop-rock sound with direct guitars, keys, bass and strings while Lewis' vocals are bright her lyrics are not as shiny.

The opener finds Lewis with collaborator/boyfriend Jonathan Rice as "Head Underwater" showcases a spacey cool sound. "You Can't Outrun 'Em" gets its Fleetwood Mac groove on as "The New You" harkens back to September 11th 2001 as the beginning of the end of a relationship peppered with some excellently specific lyrics over a fantastic snare sound; this song could get sappy or even worse in lesser hands.    

While the matching of upbeat well produced tunes don't always jive with Lewis' questioning/deep wordplay the combo still manages pop workouts that get better and better as you let the broken relationship tales sink in. In the end the disk sounds like a deeper lyrical version of a Tom Petty album, that is if Petty wrote effecting songs as a mid-thirties woman reflecting on life.   

Missed/upcoming marriages, no children and ending of odd vacations all get lyrical airings but never fall into cheesy even as things stay mainstream. The best combos instantly hit home as on the gloriously soulful "She's Not Me" that feels aching, while the title track hits the outer-space lands as Lewis trips into the cosmos with violins and soaring drama.

Perhaps the best of the bunch though is "Just One Of The Guys" as Lewis teams with Beck for some easy country rollicking over deep bass, jangling guitars and drum. The lush sounding track tackles middle age opposite sex friendship and the struggles that come with it from the female point of view.

While Lewis nails lots of lyrics on The Voyager with direct lyrical pinpoints (even in this song) she leaves the end aloof with the phrase, "I'm not gonna break for you/I'm not gonna pray for you/I'm not gonna pay for you/That's not what ladies do". I will personally never truly know what they do, but if Lewis keeps making tracks like that I will keep listening to find out. 
Having not really known Ms. Lewis before seeing her recently I feel in a unique position of approaching this album differently then long time fans of hers. This disk works really well as 70's styled pop-rock, not usually a genre favorite of ours but The Voyager is a damn good ride.

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

Monday, July 28, 2014

Dylan Cover #148 Torresi Maffei Liberti Rockestra "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 the Torresi Maffei Liberti Rockestra and is a live cover of "Maggie's Farm"
Thought's on Original:
From the first time we reviewed 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... 

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Like a lot of artists in this series we are not familiar with Torresi Maffei Liberti Rockestra but they are cooking...
Thoughts on Cover:
We love covers like this when the band makes the original their own. Turning this into a grooving blues number is a great idea and it is excuted live winningly, cheers!!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Full Show Friday: The Avett Brothers 3-22-14

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...The Avett Brothers!
We reviewed some poppy bluegrass last week, so lets into a full live show from one of the biggest bands on that scene these days The Avett Brothers. This is from this years Springfest and is a fan shot video, no professional sound, but not entirely bad either. While we couldn't get into this bands last disk, their live show is always fun, so enjoy on this hot summer day, it is almost like you are in the crowd.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Live Review: Murphy's Law, Yuppicide, JennCity 7/19/14 NYC

Hey all, got a new review up on Glide. Read It Right C'here!!!!
It is of a Rocks Off Boat Cruise with NYHC Legends Murphy's Law, Yuppicide and new comer JennCity.  To be honest it is one of my favorite recent reviews, punk rock and NYHC is bigger then three chords and a cloud of dust; this show epitomized that. Hell of a show and an even better party. This pic comes from the after party, hanging with Jimmy and Murphy's Law crew on the LES.
Loved Murphy's forever, one of the first NYHC bands we got into. Love Yuppicide as well, thanks to Jesse for hooking it up, we reviewed their album here in case you missed it. Thanks also to Glen for telling us about the show...Hardcore Lives...
Random live videos of the bands: