Thursday, October 30, 2014

Album Review: Rancid- ...Honor Is All We Know

Hey all got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of the 8th Studio disk from Rancid titled ...Honor Is All We Know. It is a straight up dope Rancid album, if you liked them in the past you will dig them now. If not the, nothing has really changed. We have always dug them dating back to before they formed in their Op-Ivy days. Early Rancid were very influential on us and we still have a great memory of meeting Tim back at Saratoga Winners. I think we still got a Let's Go t-shirt somewhere too. 

To RtBE ...And Out Come The Wolves is our favorite from the Bay Area Rockers but since those first two early blasts of greatness we would probably call this new release their third best as a band and that is saying something as they have not put out a bad disk, ever.

Enjoy the review, voice your opinion below, support the band here, buy the disk here and peep some video below:

and one of our favorites from the disk:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Album Review: Primus- Primus & the Chocolate Factory with Fungi Ensemble

Primus
Primus & the Chocolate Factory with Fungi Ensemble
*and1/2 out of *****
Over the summer Les Claypool put out one of the quotes of the year when he was pumping his upcoming release. Primus were getting ready to showcase their take on the songs from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory and his quote took on the recent remake:
We need to make sure that kids in the future watch the original Willy Wonka and not the horrendous, horrible remake that came along and left the taste of feces in our mouths. There are a lot of very talented people on the planet. And Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are two of those very talented people. But like all human beings, every now and then, we crap in our pants.
Yeah that movie sucked sucked sucked. Recent efforts from Claypool solo have boarded on the absurd (Killer Pig Soundtracks?) and veered pretty close to sucking too (not in the good Primus way either). While Wonka fits the weirdness, what really made ears perk up was the reuniting of the best Primus lineup, meaning Tim "Herb" Alexander would be returning to the mix.

A funny thing happens though when you listen to P&TCFwFA, it has zero of classic era Primus qualities. Larry Lelonde's angular guitars or Herb's pounding unique rhythms? Nowhere to be seen and the final product plays as a solo Claypool vanity piece. Perhaps worse, it lacks energy and drive, subsisting sparseness and creepy vocals.    

While not a song by song remake of the original soundtrack it does stick close and after the instrumental "Hello Wonkites" introduces the very prominent Fungi Ensemble of percussionist Mike Dillon and cellist Sam Bass, Claypool takes over. The freaky singing and changing tempo with "Candy Man" shows where the band is headed and would be a good intro but things don't pick up at all from there.

"Pure Imagination" gets big in the chorus but again turns down the tempo and cuts out instruments leaving space and a dull sense of going nowhere. The Oompa breaks are prime candidates for big slap bass and weirdness but they are played by the book and don't color anything purple, chocolate or golden.

Bringing Herb back into the mix and not having him play a proper kit was an odd choice; it is impossible to figure out which parts he contributes as Dillon is also a master of beating on odd things uniquely. The Primus moniker is a misnomer, Lalonde in particular is almost absent from the full disk except showing up to get out a solo and take over lead vocals as Veruca Salt in "I Want It Now".

This is clearly Claypool's baby and a tame, incredibly restrained one at that. It should be noted a huge opportunity was missed with "Semi-Wondrous Boat Ride" as the chaos of the original film and soundtrack seems perfectly suited for a mega Primus freak out in the vein of "Hamburger Train" or "Professor Nutbutter's House of Treats".

In fact Tales from the Punch Bowl would make a better companion to Willy Wonka ala Dark Side of the Moon to The Wizard of Oz, then this release would.  

A cool idea in theory but one that doesn't succeed like it should. Very much like another recent cover album release, this is one belongs in the live setting, let the players inject more energy into the proceedings. Not a "crap in your pants" album but almost worse, it is dull and forgettable.     

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We were very stoked when we learned about this, but it didn't live up to expectations. Here's hoping the show on Friday does....

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

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Live Review: J Mascis 10/17/14 Bowery Ballroom, NY, NY

Hey all got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!

It was a fun time last Friday night as J went through his catalog....I emailed this to my editor Shane over at Glide:
I resigned my self mid show to be "the only one" who liked his actual song writing. Then I opened my eyes, bought a beer and realized, fuck j is amazing and all these people dig on him too. It was cathartic.
I throughly enjoy J's song writing but I do feel it is an acquired taste, he isn't for everybody and he has (basically) one style of writing. That said, I fucking love that style.

There is no one else on the planet can play/write/sing like him and that makes catching a solo show a can't miss in my book.  At the end of the night though, it was Friday and I reeeeeeeeallly wanted Dinosaur Jr. to be full throttle and rocking...oh well we have seen them a bunch and can view them now:

Dinosaur Jr:

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dylan Cover #161 Lina Paul & Arthur Kranzler "Love Sick"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Lina Paul & Arthur Kranzler playing "Love Sick" 
Thoughts on Original:
From our first cover take on this song:
The opener on Dylan's 1997 classic Time Out Of Mind, signaled to the world, that the old bard had tons of great songs left in him.  Considered by some (not RTBE) his comeback album  Time Out Of Mind showcased stark songs with biting lyrics and most importantly lush sounding production; Dylan ditched modern sound for one he liked better.  The result was a true winner, no better seen then on this disk opener.  Dylan identified with every human via the lyric, "I'm sick of love/and I'm in the thick of it"  Who hasn't been there?  A great song that kicks off a great album, it would be nice if he played it live though...  
Cover:


Thoughts On Cover Artist:
Like lots of artists in this series I have never heard of Lina Paul or Arthur Kranzler before listening to their take on this tune. Lina Paul seems to be a European singer songwriter from her bandcamp page and I couldn't find out anything about Arthur Kranzler unfortunately.
Thoughts On Cover:
Wow these are the types of covers I really like as it moves the Bards work into complex new realms. A touch of trance digital beats and power all lurk under the service as Paul's vocals floats hauntingly on top, mimicking the original. This is a hell of a cover and continues to prove "Love Sick" is an amazing song, ranking high on Dylan's all time list when it inspires covers like this. A spooky track to kick off Halloween week and closes an October where we found 4 great cover examples, versions we had never heard of; months like this make us want to continue this series for another 161 more songs. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Full Show Friday: Albert Collins 1988

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...Albert Collins!

This month RTBE will pay homage to The Blues with 5 special shows for every Friday in October. So get sad, get happy eat your greens and get the blues.
Albert Collins getting down later in his life, as the energetic performer plays for an TV (and live) audience in 1988 in Germany. Backed by a full horn (and mullet) laden band Collins shows off his trademarked engaging blues style, making things come alive on this night.  The horns are dynamite on this one adding a lot to Collins performance of the blues, thankfully captured on film for us to enjoy in 2014. Collins and company prove the blues can still be energetic and fun...

Enjoy:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Live Review: Black 47 10/11/14 Rocky Sullivans, Bklyn, NY

Hey all got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It was a hell of a good night, got to Red Hook Early to watch some playoff baseball pre-show, I got to make new friends, speak with some people who got me into music way back when and hang with longtime comrades. It was my first time at Rocky's and with how good the vibe and Guinness were I doubt it will be my last. Excellent show, and a great way to finish up our Black 47 run, which started when we first saw the band back at the RACC at SUNY Albany in 94!

If you want to read more about our connection with the band, we did a piece for NYPL Blogs which you can see here and our RtBE post on the subject as well 
All I can say fellas is, Cheers!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Album Review: The Flaming Lips- With A Little Help From My Fwends

Hey all got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of Flaming Lips (and Friends) newest album With A Little Help From My Fwends which is a track by track cover of another little album you may have heard of called Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band.  

I think the first paragraph of the review sums it up, I am not sure why the band feels the need to do this. It is cool, but a live show in this vein, I believe, would be much more fulfilling. Not a bad disk, weird, a decent listen and token appreciation of some tunes. But feel free to find your own opinions.

Support the band here, buy the disk here, stream it here on NPR for a limited time and peep some video below (nudity in videos, be aware):