Friday, November 21, 2014

Full Show Friday: Rage Against The Machine London 2010

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...Rage Against The Machine!

I am not sure how I missed the amazing scenario that Chuck D elegantly describes in the opening to today's Full Show Friday, but it is dope. Rage Against the Machine are a fantastic group, one of the very very few who can combine hip-hop and metal. They put on a show we still think about often back in Roseland in '96 that was mega and unforgettable for lots of reasons.

Zack just popped up in Run The Jewels 2 so we thought we would focus on his biggest band (not his first but we love them too). This show is killer and for a pretty crazy reason...fuck X Factor.


00:00 - INTRO
3:20 - TESTIFY
52:11 - FREEDOM

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Huge Noiserock Sampler Blooming from Fleeting Youth Records

Did this morning's J Mascis post start you itching for some real fuzz laden high energy rock and roll? Well Fleeting Youth Records is here to scratch that itch with it's mega sampler LP titled Blooming which showcases (in their words): 90+ minutes of fuzz-fucked bliss from 33 different bands.
You can stream the full album here on Soundcloud and it is a doozy with the majority being high quality rock and roll that gets fuzzy/scuzzy/punky/groovy in the right spots. Lots of noisy riffs, feedback drenched bass and smashing cymbals. Give the whole thing a listen there are lots of interesting bands and a few who we hope to feature full album reviews on their own in the near future. RtBE will take a second though and highlight a few tunes that jumped out at us below with links to the bands full site if available:

J Mascis Covers Mazzy Star, Record Day Vinyl Special

A few weeks ago we caught one of our favorite guitarists J Mascis play Bowery Ballroom (our favorite venue in NYC).
It was a fun night you can read the full review here and you can see our RtBE post here. The clear highlight from the set though was being able to catch J cover Mazzy Star's classic "Fade Into You" in his soloing style.

A few days after that post went live we got an email from Sub Pop stating that J would be releasing a cover of that on 7" vinyl for the upcoming Record Store Day on Nov 28th. Exciting stuff, make plans now for the vinyl freak on your list and help out on the 28th. Until then peep this live cover from a fan video at this years Timber! Fest:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Album Review: Run The Jewels- Run The Jewels 2

Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels 2
**** out of *****
The second offering from the successful Run The Jewels duo of Killer Mike and El-P is more of the same complex wordplay and stark, deconstructed EDM beats; in the end not only is it their best collaboration, it is the high-water mark in both of their careers.

Produced primarily by El-P with help from friends the beats don't look back, they stare into the future with random laser blasts, gunshots, digital bleeps and bass burps. It could sound chaotic and fraudulent in others hands but behind Killer Mike's ATL confident revved up rhyme style and El-P's own lines thing stay linked and flow in full.   

Individual songs stand out, but the duo wanted this to be a complete album just as much as they want this to be a "band" as opposed to another side project. They are onto something with tracks as powerful as "Blockbuster Night Part 1" which, in front of digital scratches, allows Killer Mike to drop the groups own press release "This Run The Jewels is, murder, mayhem, melodic music".

In a full album of good lines the two best lyrical offerings close the disk with "Crown" having a split tour-de-force as Mike recounts past mistakes with drugs, lovers and children leading to the hook that is less about boasting and more about recognizing what keeps you from the top. El-P's artistic contribution could be a metaphor for violence, drug use, male on female abuse or a combo of all three with amazing flows like:
This is for everything you’ve ever loved/
Use all the pain that you’ve felt in your life as the currency go out and trade it for blood
You are not you/You are now us
We are the only ones that you can trust
Disk closer "Angel Duster" focuses on dropping the RTJ name over and over sealing the deal of this groups power as mega truths are spit from both of the MC's with Killer Mike delivering powerful ideas:
God really exists I tell you like this it reside inside
And anybody tell you different, just selling you religion, tryin' to keep your ass in line
I kill my masters/I mentor none
While the duo run the show a few guests easily slide in and enhance things, top of that list is Zack De La Rocha contributing to "Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)". Sampled and sped up for the hook before dropping the last verse in which he shouts out to Miles Davis, Philip K Dick Rakim and the death of the working man. Producer Boots also helps out on "Lie, Cheat, Steal" where El-P gets his Hotlanta flow on as the beats pick up and the track flows downhill capturing all of Killer Mike's questions about society in sticky syrup.

Boots sticks around and helps out on the cop abuse jam "Early" and the groups gets its sex rhymes on during "Love Again" with the female side of the dirty acts represented by the Memphis based Gangsta Boo. Clocking in at around 40 minutes RtJ2 is a complete work that engages challenges and bumps with ease and will easily top some best of hip-hop (and other) lists come years end.    

Far from a traditional sounding hip-hop album Run The Jewels have made something that sounds distinctly like the year 2014 yet still manage to infuse their sparse beats and rhymes chock full of old school references (Jungle Brothers shout out in the bumping "All Due Respect") resolving into a full length effort that old school hip hop heads can get behind as long as they have an ear towards to the future.  
Very pumped to have heard this after getting turned onto "some of the best hip hop of the year" a few weeks ago and not digging it all that much. This is that, Run the Jewels is a much better combination of skills and this album is damn solid. It is easily the best Hip-Hop disk we have heard so far in 2014, possibly in much longer.

Support the group here, buy the album ( the digital for free) here and peep some video below.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Album Review: The Buzzcocks- The Way

Hey all got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
Our last review was punk rock for Glide and now we go back to some originators of the genre. The Buzzcocks kick ass, plain and simple and Singles Going Steady should be mandatory for any fans of good rock and roll music. I will admit getting into them much later then a lot of other punk bands, for some reason they never hit the radar growing up so I am more attached to the Ramones. When I mentioned to some English friends that I just got into them in the early 00's they were shocked.

Anyway, they are worth hearing and so is The Way for long time fans because some songs still have the pop/punk combo that the band perfected. Support the band here, buy the album here and peep some video below:

Monday, November 17, 2014

Dylan Cover #164 The Wild Feathers "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"

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 Wild Feathers playing "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" 
Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we addressed this cover:
A great song, and one that sounds so simple.  It always felt to me that these are the kind of songs Dylan has seeping out of his pores, with lines like "Tailgates and Substitutes" that anywhere else would sound foolish yet here works wonders.  The musical backing from the original Band version is loose and matched fantastically with the lyrics.  I am sure it wasn't as easy going as it sounds on the final version, but what a gem of a track.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
We actually caught The Wild Feathers do this exact cover but not in a van, at our favorite show of 2013 and they were a definite highlight. We really liked their last album but got to it a bit to late to review it. They play Iriving Plaza on Friday and we are planning on attending, you should too.      
Thoughts on Cover:
After last week when we got deep we wanted to scale things back with a easy rolling Dylan tune and The Wild Feathers delivered perfectly. Really cool cover version, love that the band took it's driving time to practice and record this song in a really sweet/personal fashion. No pretension here and the song/cover is better for it. Vocally it is dynamite and it fits the traveling the open road vibe perfectly. Well done amigos.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Full Show Friday: The Temptations Live in 1983

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 Temptations!
We are getting on with some singers and funky stuff this Friday as we dip into the Temptations from 1983. There is a bit of 70's disco in today's performance, but the cheese doesn't weigh things down, especially when you consider they are playing a Casino in Atlantic City and end the opening "Superstar" with a nod to Jesus Christ Superstar

Pro shot and pro sound throughout. At 17:40 the players break out my favorite Temptation tune, "Cloud Nine" and they do it all sped up, cooking into "Psychedelic Shack". The classics of "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" and "My Girl" still sound great. As do some of the lesser known tunes...and the crazy cover of "Eye of the Tiger". Never thought I would hear the Temp's cover Survivor...ahh the 80's. 


1. Superstar
2. Masterpieces
3. Get Ready
4. the Way You Do the Things You Do
5. Ain't too Proud to Beg
6. Beauty is Only Skin Deep
7. I Wish It Would Rain
8. Cloud Nine
9. Psychedelic Shack
10. Runaway Child, Runaway Wild
11. Old Man River
12. Eye of the Tiger
13. My Girl
14. I Can't Get Next to You
15. Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)
16. Papa Was a Rolling Stone
17. Love on My Mind Tonight
18. Surface Thrills
19. What a Way to Put It