Friday, August 26, 2016

Full Show Friday: Phish 7/3/16 SPAC Saratoga, NY

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...Phish!
August is a special month for us here at RtBE and the main reason why is the perfect little upstate New York town of Saratoga which blooms in full each summer. Live music at the gorgeous Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a major reason for that affection, so this month we will be picking shows from SPAC to present for our Full Show Fridays

With Travers weekend here, we figured we would end this series with the band we have seen the most at the historic Saratoga venue. Phish. With Vermont being so close this is almost a hometown show for the band anytime they visit the state park. Page's Father has shown up on a few occasions and the band just seems to really enjoy the venue. 

While we didn't make up there this year our Sister did and while she wasn't enamored with the shows, Summer + Saratoga + Phish ='s Classic any way you add it up. Especially with the amazing interwebs and the ability to watch this show now (until it is taken down) wherever you may be. Pro Shot, Pro Sound. We hope you enjoyed this month's focus on a great venue. 

Now Enjoy Phish's show from last month:

Phish: Sun, Jul 03, 2016
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Set 1:
0:42 The Wedge,
7:25 Heavy Things,
13:14 Tube,
18:12 Sugar Shack,
24:35 Lawn Boy,
27:44 Sparkle
31:49 Sample in a Jar, *
36:39 It's Ice
44:48 Guelah Papyrus,
51:08 Ocelot
1:00:14 Scent of a Mule
1:11:14 Possum

Set 2:
1:58:48 Soul Shakedown Party,
2:02:54 The MOMA Dance **
2:20:31 Twist
2:28:25 Joy
2:34:01 Breath and Burning,
2:39:11 Axilla
2:42:31Theme From the Bottom
2:50:28 Harry Hood
3:01:29 Show of Life

Encore:
3:09:23 Rock and Roll

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Album Review: John Paul White- Beulah

John Paul White
Beulah
**and1/2 out of *****

One half of the wildly popular The Civil Wars, John Paul White returns after a few years of silence with his first solo album and his first release since the splitting of that group. Beulah is a soft mediation on relationships and loss which fit White's soothing croon perfectly.

There is an easiness to White's voice, but as a songwriter things seem to be a bit harder to come by as his mix between simple country folk and overproduction schmaltz clouds the record. Things open well with the delicate acoustic based "Black Leaf" that adds chimes for some uniqueness and "What's So" is excellent southern Gothic folk with energy. After that things go a bit wonky.

"The Once And Future Queen" moves into fairly pop mainstream areas but adds some gorgeous backing harmonies. Lyrically it is stale as are follow ups "Make You Cry" and "Fight For You" the first is delicate but dull and the second has more muscle but doesn't take it anywhere.

"Hope I Die" picks things back up with some bizarre tape loops to start and an intriguing beat. Lyrically it pulls in blues folk and pop string sections over his fluttering vocals that soar. It is a highlight of the disk putting emotion and substance into the track.

The simple and sparse "Hate The Way You Love Me" amps the country while "I've Been Over This Before" brings in The Secret Sisters for a duet but that pull between backyard folk and pop gets blurred with late arriving strings.

"The Martyr" is more confident and direct showcasing a B3 organ with Whites most secure singing over standard lyrics but some that may go to the deeper feelings of his last bands breakup. This track (which somehow reminds of a Tom Petty tune) clearly shows the past Grammy winners talent, but consistency on this first solo disk is the issue.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Album Review: River Whyless- We All The Light

River Whyless
We All The Light
**** out of *****

On the bands second album We All The Light an Americana spirit meets a world vibe and gets filtered through unique vocal play, string work, rhythms and phrasing creating an awesome full length work. The Asheville based four piece River Whyless (Ryan O'Keefe: vocals, guitar Halli Anderson: vocals, violin Alex McWalters: drums Daniel Shearin: vocals, bass, harmonium) will be making a national name for themselves with this release.

Cutting to the chase with the opening lyric of "You can talk to god/In the morning when your sober/You can talk to me/when you're all fucked up tonight" the bands "Baby Brother" takes violins, glowing harmonies and light percussion to announce the groups intentions. "Failing Son" has the rhythm take over but there in lies the strength of the band, even with country influences and soaring harmonies are in the spotlight, it is the rhythm of the tracks that takes the lead in various forms.

"All Day All Night" is the best example of this and calls to mind Paul Simon's best work with flashes of West Africa mixed into this Americana string play and singing. Another Asheville based group, Toubab Krewe fused the music of Mali with a jamband direction but here River Whyless take a more pop approach and succeed.    

"Sail Away" and "Kalangala" continue that melding of world vibes before Anderson takes lead vocals and delivers fluttering affections with the dramatic "Bend Time" the questioning "One For One" and darker "Blood Moon". The dueling of lead vocals over hand claps for "Life Crisis" lead to the disks best story but the one downside to the album is that there isn't a truly standout complete track that ropes the listener in. That said, the music does that trick after just one listen even if the album gives its best songs early.  

The cover art and the wrapping up of the closing track linking the thematic album give an artistic touch and proof the band are fans of the Talking Heads, but they are still evolving. For now consider them a more mountain version to Vampire Weekends city world music vision, River Whyless makes everyone's ears shine with We All The Light.
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Had never heard of River Whyless before this review but damn we love this disk. Support the group, buy the album and peep some video:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Album Review: Miss Sharon Jones! Soundtrack

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of the soundtrack of the new documentary film Miss Sharon Jones! The soundtrack takes live tracks from Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings from throughout the bands amazing career. We have written about the band before, but still don't think they get enough credit for basically creating that retro-soul sound that seems to be everywhere right now. 

The trailer for the film is below as well as a song from the soundtrack. Read the review and enjoy the film. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Dylan Cover #244 The Rhipeters "Maggie's Farm"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes is a live cover of "Maggie's Farm" from The Rhipeters
Thoughts on Dylan's Original:
From the first time we tackled 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 making it perfect to cover.
Cover

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
 Not much out there on them,  but they seem to be a cover band doing tracks for youtube videos. More can be found here.
Thoughts on Cover:
A good basic acoustic cover that moves at a bright tempo. THe best part may be the added harmonies to this offering. Happy Monday. 

Friday, August 19, 2016

Full Show Friday: Def Leppard 8/5/2014 SPAC Saratoga, NY

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...Def Leppard!

August is a special month for us here at RtBE and the main reason why is the perfect little upstate New York town of Saratoga which blooms in full each summer. Live music at the gorgeous Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a major reason for that affection, so this month we will be picking shows from SPAC to present for our Full Show Fridays

Wow, great to see the Lep make an appearance this month! This show is from their 2014 tour where they hit the US with KISS of all people. Def Leppard is a fun live experience as their songs just work perfectly in big crowds and strip clubs. 

On thing that we have not mentioned yet in this series is how weak this years August SPAC lineup is. With the horses running you would think they would be able to bring in more top notch acts, but they are few and far between in 2016. 

Back to the show, this is a handheld video of the full show, and while it is shaky and zoom heavy the sound is really solid. The visuals gave me a bit of a headache, so you may want to put this one on in the background, but thanks to person who suffered and videotaped the full show. 

Enjoy:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Original Misfit Jerry Only Ready For Riot Fest

We already wrote about the upcoming Riot Fest with some intriguing reunions but more is coming out directly from the Misfits bassists mouth regarding their reunion. Jerry Only the bands original bassist chatted with Blabbermouth and some cool facts came out.
Some exciting revelations came out of this chat. Only hopes to keep this going, running through about 25 classic songs for both of these reunions shows with the hope the band doesn't implode onstage. 50/50 odds on that....

The fact that they hope to still play (Halloween shows in NYC anyone?!) is exciting, so is the rumor that Dave Lombardo of all people will be behind the kit for these shows. Lombardo earned the respect of all metal fans by pounding the skins of Slayer and it will be a total treat to hear him supporting Only, Danzig and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein.
Here's hoping things go well and until those shows, how about some Misfits for Thursday night?