Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Funday: New Screaming Females Video!

Wanted to go into the holiday weekend with a focus on one of RtBE's favorite bands, Screaming Females.  The band has just put out their newest video for their song "Leave It All Up To Me".  It is the second part of a story that started back with the video for "It All Means Nothing", the first single off of the bands great new album Ugly

We will post both below for those who never saw the first, needless to say we dig the band taking the video into their own hands and doing it with friends.  For those who haven't seen it, here is Part 1 with the song "It All Means Nothing":

 Here is part 2 the new video for "Leave It All Up To Me":
I am guessing a part 3 is on the way soon.  Enjoy your holiday weekend all, don't eat any cats, and don't turn into a Zombie. 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Full Red Hot Chili Peppers Concert!

Every month we will search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts posted to the channel.  They may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every way you can but especially by seeing them live...This month...Red Hot Chili Peppers!!!!

Ok I know I posted the Johnny Cash thing yesterday, but since it wasn't a full show of just Johnny I realized a few of you may be let down, so I wanted to share this forgotten gem from a time in the Red Hot Chili Peppers career when they were at their funkiest, and to me, at their best the Mother's Milk Tour.
So to end the summertime blues you get a second long play...This is a currently out of print VHS tape called Psychedelic Sexfunk Live From Heaven.  Staggering to see the boys blasting out from the start, and Flea shows why he is one of the baddest bass players around.  I have never really liked Anthony Keidis but at this point in career I found him more believable then as a "serious singer" that he tried to become.  Give it a watch to relive some funky freaky good times....

Highlights are the opening "Stone Cold Bush", "Magic Johnson" into "Pretty Little Ditty", the metallic "Knock Me Down" and the horny horns on "Subway To Venus".
0:58 Stone Cold Bush
5:19 Star Spangled Banner
6:45 Good Time Boys
13:09 Sexy Mexican Maid
17:00 Magic Johnson
18:49 Pretty Little Ditty
21:48 Knock Me Down
26:11 Special Secret Song Inside
30:55 Subway To Venus
35:27 Nevermind

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Full Johnny Cash Concert!!

Every month we will search the murky back waters of youtube to find full concerts posted to the channel.  They may not be here for long so enjoy them while you can...As always, please support the artist every way you can but especially by seeing them live...This month...Johnny Cash!!!!

We all know the famous Folsom Prison and San Quentin shows but in 1976 Johnny Cash tried his hand again with the prison crowd playing a show with various friends to Nashville Tennessee State Penitentiary Inmates in a show called A Concert Behind Prison Walls, and that is the treat here today for you!

While this isn't the greatest capture of Cash's talent (and focuses a bit too much on his guests) it is still an engaging listen and I am willing to bet many Cash fans have not heard it so give it a listen.

Highlights are a perfect version of "Jacob Green" and hearing Linda Ronstadt singing "Silver Thread & Golden Needles" is pretty cool too, not so much her other stuff though and I would skip the drunk comic bits along with "That Honeymoon Feeling"...

1. Folsom Prison Blues (J.Cash)
2. Sunday Morning Coming Down (J.Cash)
3. Jacob Green (J.Cash)
4. Desperado (L.Ronstadt)
5. You´re No Good (L.Ronstadt)
6. Rolling In My Sweet Baby´s Arms (R.Clark)
7. That Honeymoon Feeling (R.Clark)
8. Shuckin´ The Corn (R.Clark)
9. Half As Much (F.Brooks)
10. Love Has No Pride (L.Ronstadt)
11. Silver Threds & Golden Needles (L.Ronstadt)
12. Hey Porter (J.Cash)
13. Orange Blossom Special (J.Cash)
14. Boy Named Sue (J.Cash)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Jane's Addiction Live 8/17/12 Review

Hey all,

Got a new review up on Glide

Check it out Right C'here!!!

It is of Jane's Addiction recent live show at the Brooklyn Waterfront.

The venue has changed this year from one that was wide open and allowed you to turn around and see the Manhattan skyline to a new location a few blocks down that is penned in by factories and warehouses close to the Brooklyn Bowl.  The new locations has some benefits, no beer garden limitations, better overall sound, but some of the visuals are a bit lacking.     

The show was only half full at best, but the band put on a great show.  Their rhythm based rock and roll is infectious and powerful, it was a good reminder of just how great a band they can be and how important their early albums are.  I have not check out any of the albums they have released since getting back together, but may do so now. 

Here are a few videos from the night. 
"Up The Beach">"Whores"

"3 Days"

"Ocean Size"

Thursday, August 23, 2012

2012 Travers Special - Songs about Gambling on Horses

People who have followed the blog will know that RtBE looks forward to the end of August, because that is when the Mid Summer Derby happens, the Travers Stakes.  Here is 2011's  race in full:

Stay Thirsty ran a great race, unfortunately I had the under-performing Coil to win it after he dazzled me, coming from behind to win the Haskell, earlier that summer.  Boy was I wrong.  This year marks the unbelievable 143rd running of this great race, we have been attending the Travers for the last 10 years and look forward to catching up with old friends picking a few winners and most importantly enjoying a nice day out at the Top Of The Stretch.     
We haven't made up our minds yet on who we will picking to the win the race, currently we are leaning towards the favorite Alpha, but we will probably switch it up 5 times at least pre-race.  If you are looking for an insightful preview check out the Thoroughbred Racing Dudes, they have been pretty good this year and are a solid read.  Here is a direct link to their Travers Preview although I am not as high on the closer Street Life as they are...Coil still burns.

In years past RtBE has marked the occasion of the race with Grateful Dead shows played at SPAC not too far away from the track.  Last year we did one of our favorite posts, songs about horses.  This year we will tackle songs about gambling, with a special focus on the horses.  Click "read more" below to dive on in with your cash at hand.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Trey Anastasio New Song "Scabbard"

It is rare we find two new songs from two people who we consider up there on the greatest guitarists ever list, let alone find those 2 new songs on the same day.  Earlier we shared the new Dinosaur Jr. song, now we share the new Trey Anastasio song, "Scabbard"

There has been a lot of talk regarding Trey's new album and it's "indie" tendencies.  Trey made friends with The National and used their producer Peter Katis to record this record.  I have stopped being excited for any Phish related studio release, but this pairing intrigues me.  The band members need to approach the studio in a new way, hopefully this is it.
As for the song "Scabbard" itself, The opening chaotic drum sound works nicely with layers of sound floating and humming around a simple acoustic guitar line.  Nothing happens fast (this is Trey after all) there seem to be well thought out structured parts that are freaky like the haunted house lines that begin around the 1:10 mark.  Musically there is tons going on and he doesn't even get around to singing until the 2 minute mark. 

Kind of feels like he tossing the musical sink at the listener with this one, but the layering seems like a new twist for Trey.  There is a sunshiny vibe here and enough outside influences that will reward with multiple listens...Ok I admit it I am intrigued to hear the rest of the album now.  Nice work Crimson Dago. 

New Dinosaur Jr. Song "Watch The Corners" Official Video

With great excitement and furious shredding we bring you one of RtBE's favorite's Dinosaur Jr's new song "Watch The Corners".  Here is the Official New Video:
This is a really cool and well done video, I am surprised Funny or Die is hosting it as I think it isn't silly or anything.  It is surprisingly touching, and that seems to be the route Dino has taken in recent years; whiner slackers have turned it yearners if that makes sense.
While we are huge Adult Swim fans, the one set of shows we never got into are Tom Goes To The Mayor or Tim Eric Awesome Show in fact I kinda hate them.  Tim Heidecker doesn't really do anything out of sorts here just plays an angry, caring dad...I dig it.  No cheesy close ups or idiotic ramblings and the restraint works perfectly and feeds to the story.

I am actually doing a full blog post for NYPL on Dinosaur Jr in the near future so I am not going to go too much into this other then say I obviously love it.  Hope you do too. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Album Review- Saint Saviour - Union

Hey all,

Got a new review up on Glide.

Read it Right C'here!!!!

It is of Saint Saviour's debut full length release, Union

One of my favorite things about reviewing albums is going outside of my comfort zone when it comes to music and trying to approach things with a fresh mind.  I can safely say I will personally not listen to this album again, but that shouldn't effect how I review it critically, at least I don't think it should. 

If you are a fan of electro-pop, singer-songwriters, this could be for you. As I mention in the review the songs take risks at times and can come alive, I just know this style doesn't do much for me in my free time.  The 2 and half star rating is supposed to represent this: It’s pretty good.  Has some high points.  You wouldn’t listen to it everyday, but it’s alright.

There you have it, feel free to agree, disagree, whatever.  Support the artist and check out a few songs from this release here:

"I Call this Home"

"Fight" live

Monday, August 20, 2012

Dylan Cover #54 The Sun City Diplomats "Romance In Durango"

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 Sun City Diplomats playing "Romance In Durango"

Thoughts on Original:
Containing the best opening line of any Dylan song (which places it high on the best opening line of any song ever) "Romance In Durango" is a movie played out over violins, words, dead bodies, love, adventure and life.  Since we are starting Travers week, why not pull out a western tinged Dylan tune that talks about a horse taking him to Durango?  A fantastic burst of creative songwriting and exhilarating playing it is a timelessly fantastic tune.    

Thoughts On Cover Artist:
Over the last few weeks we had taken on some high level artists, but this series also combs through youtube finding unknown's to put in the spot light.  So today we take a look at the The Sun City Diplomats.  The band seem to be a folksie group from NYC who put out an album back in 2008 that you can check out here.  They seem to have evolved or at least moved west and become a new group LA Gypsy
Thoughts On Cover:
A fairly sparse and straight ahead cover of a complex tune that really doesn't lend itself to easy stroll through chords and measures.  This version toes the line between the recorded version of the tune and the fantastic live interpretation Dylan performed on the Rolling Thunder Tour.   The singing is strong and confident while the stopping and starting music adds some drama.  A good if not earth shattering cover of a really really fun tune.
Grade: C+

Wilson's Take:
Janasie's Take:

Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday Funday: Free New Tune from Rubblebucket

Happy Friday everyone,

We here at RtBE are happy to share a new single from Rubblebucket's upcoming EP entitled Oversaturated, this first track is called "(Focus) Oversaturated" and it showcases the bands indie-dance tendencies.

This Brooklyn based outfit has been getting a lot of love from both the jam world and indie outfits as they combine a jamband sense of adventure with indie vocals, imagery and light dance beats. 

 The newest track from their upcoming EP is here for downloading and streaming so check it out below, I kinda think it ends right when things are getting good which makes me want to catch this band live...Feel free to post your thoughts, and enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Phish & Bieber?!?!?

For the first time in maybe ever I am at a loss for words...Read this.

Man that is just strange all over.  I guess Biebers band and "musical director" have been trying to turn him onto Phish and other artists for sometime is really weird.  Perhaps the oddest line in that pulpy article was this:
According to photographer Jeff Kravitz, they found common ground in talking music, of course, and also in singing the praises of Phish's revered lighting director Chris Kuroda, who will be designing Bieber's next tour.
That's right, CK5 will be doing lights for Justin Bieber and 12 year old girls all around the's hoping someone doses all of them...I mean this guy is doing lights:

Some video of Bieber's arm and the show:

This image sums everything up...

Anyway, here is their setlist from last night from I am sure the show was pretty good...but who knows. 

Wednesday, 08/15/2012
Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA

Set 1: Suzy Greenberg, Cities > Kill Devil Falls[1], Guelah Papyrus, Cool It Down, Rift, Stash, Bouncing Around the Room > Bathtub Gin, Quinn the Eskimo
Set 2: Rock and Roll > Ghost[2] > Limb By Limb, Guyute, Dirt, Harry Hood > Good Times Bad Times
Encore: Julius
[1] Whole Lotta Love tease.
[2] Roggae tease and quote.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wilco & Lee Ranaldo Live Pictures 7/28/12

A few weeks ago we posted our review of the Lee Ranaldo & Wilco show from July 28th up at the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, NY.  Well we finally got our film processed (not really) and below are some pictures we took at the show.  Enjoy and as always click on them to make'm bigger:

Lee Ranaldo Band
Lee Ranaldo Band with Nels Cline and Pat Sansone

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band Between The Ditches Album Review

Hey all,

Got a new review up on Glide.

You can read it Right C'here!!!

It is of the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band's newest release Between The Ditches.

The album is a good combo of down home folk/bluegrass/country/blues without being too heavy or too hokey.  The playing of the Reverend himself is quite engaging, he can pick and strum with the best of them.

The trio move there way through the album with confidence, while most of the tunes are simple and showcases for the talent players, there a few that ring memorable.  You can grab the album here today and preview some tracks below, including an awesome video for the first track on the album "Devils Look Like Angels".  That is one tough lead singer... 

"Devil's Look Like Angels"

"Easy Come Easy Go" Live:

Monday, August 13, 2012

Dylan Cover #53 Duran Duran "Lay Lady Lay"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Duran Duran playing "Lay Lady Lay"

Thoughts on Original:
My thoughts from when we tackled a different cover of this one:  Excellent track and the first time the world heard Dylan's new singing style, which would only last for Nashville Skyline.  This song is the standout track from this album, it is a classic and so simple, yet sweet and timeless.  One of Dylan's best tracks, the closest to country he ever got and an fantastic piece of music.   

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Duran Duran broke big in music a few years before I really started listneing to things, hence they always struck me as my older sisters friends band...most new wave acts fit that bill.  I never dug their style or substance except for their big hits.  "Rio" is a decent track and "Hungry Like A Wolf" is by far their best song...then again I am not a huge fan and someone should feel free to correct me if I am wrong.    

Thoughts on Cover:
Woof.  Surprisingly this one was done in the early/mid 90's and appeared on Duran Duran's  Thank You album but it still has all the trappings of early 80's cheese. The almost Caribbean sounding keyboards are bizarre when the track starts.  The one thing that I found interesting was the loud/quite dynamic, and Simon Le Bon's singing in the chorus.  Other then that the song some how manages pulling off being overly dramatic and boring...Not the best combination for a cover.

Grade: D-   

Wilson's Take:

Janasie's Take:

Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday Funday: Squidbillies and Whalt Whitman?!?!

A few days ago we posted a review of Trampled By Turtles newest album Stars and Satellites and when we were going to post a few video previews from the album we saw something that blew our minds:

That was amazing!!!  Readers of the site know that our love for Adult Swim runs deep and Squidbillies are easily the top 1 or 2 shows on the network (Venture Brothers are the other one in the mix). When we caught Early Cuyler mixing it up with the Duluth, MN group we were stunned. We knew the group did the theme song for the show, in fact that was RtBE's first exposure to this band:

While that is awesome, a lot of bands have done the theme song.  We had no idea the love on both sides ran so deep though, this is epic AND it includes the patron saint of RtBE with the title of Walt Whitman!!   Hell if there was a Vice-Saint for the site it would probably be Early Cuyler his damn self.

We couldn't ask for anything else on this Friday, we are going to get all shiny like on some brown party liquor, hold up a convenient store and threaten ask out Glen's wife...have a good'en ya'll.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Remembering Jerry Garcia

We here at RtBE have long admired Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia, and covering a Grateful Dead show per week was a staple when the blog got started.  The Dead were unlike anything else and the primary reason for that was JJ Garcia's style, playing and all around attitude.
There have been a lot of tributes to the man recently (one of which we will post below) but Garcia unlike say Hendrix, had the good luck to have the majority of his live playing career recorded by the most devoted fans on the planet.  Today I wanted to showcase one of Jerry's side projects, Reconstruction.  This fantastic show was played on July 8th 1979 in Berkley California:

We recently touched on Legion of Mary but this particular group had a cool funky feel that always struck me as a bit different the other things Garcia was up too...maybe it was the time period or the drugs or what was in the air, but just check out that jamming going on about 4 and half minutes into "Someday Baby" electric stuff.  Really a stellar group of players and a stellar show to enjoy on this day (Setlist below) and click here if you want a downloadable copy.

A unique tribute by his living Grateful Dead band mates also went down this week, and it's lineup is impressive in their range and scope.  Bob Weir put together Move Me Brightly to pay tribute to Garcia.  Embedded below is the whole show and it is a just know somewhere Jerry is smiling...and probably high...and jamming with Coltrane.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Album Review: Trampled By Turtles - Stars and Satellites

Trampled By Turtles
Stars and Satellites
***and1/2 out of *****

More then just a talented bunch of pickers, Trampled By Turtles newest release Stars and Satellites shows off this groups nuanced dynamics and songwriting skills.  That textured touch is evident from the first song "Midnight on the Interstate" which paints a vivid lyrical picture of traveling hearts and minds over a building acoustic network of strings both thick and thin.

"Widowers Heart" also shows growth, with a formulaic folk progression but elevated lyrics that talk about the disintegration of a relationship with a raw openness.  The ease and grace with which "Keys To Paradise" flows out both lyrically and musical is also a highpoint.    

The constant tour-hounds from Duluth, MN still love to cut loose and let the acoustic fur fly as evident on the bluegrass flavored instrumentals "Don't Look Down" and "Risk" however they also combine faced paced musicianship with song writing on the excellent "Walt Whitman".  Acting as the bands first single "Walt Whitman" poetically describes vexing love over motoring acoustic phrasing instantly ringing awesome in the ear.

The band gives its most countrified tune to close the disk with the pleasantly meandering "The Calm and the Crying Wind" to wrap up on a relaxed note.  Cliches abound in "Beautiful" and "Sorry" and some tracks like "Alone" drag, showing the band can still grow, but the bulk of Stars and Satellites is an engaging deep listen that will reward with repeated listens around summer campfires.  

Trampled By Turtles are a very talented acoustic band out of Duluth, MN, you can grab this album here.  below are a few samples of these tracks, but make sure to support the artist, and definitely catch them live

"Midnight on the Interstate"


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

RIP Gore Vidal

Reactions to celebrity deaths are one of the worst parts of twitter, but this one got us:
RtBE has long admired Gore Vidal and we would like to issue a statemtent that is more then a tweet:

WE THE EDITORS of Rock The Body Electric mourn the passing of Gore Vidal - an eponymous American who, better than most, personified the words of Jeffrey Lebowski, "You're not wrong, you're just an asshole."  Few people, possessed of Gore Vidal's talents, have also taken such obvious delight in needling the world, in offending contemporaries and shattering fluffy historical myths under the weight of a mighty pen. His 1973 masterwork, Burr, remains a cherished novel in the electronic halls of RBTE - a novel we would make mandatory in American High Schools. While we didn't always agree, we always respected.  His appetite for life is to be revered, and the elegance of his pen will be missed.
Gore Vidal (1925-2012)
"Because there is no cosmic point to the life that each of us perceives on this distant bit of dust at galaxy's edge," he once wrote, "all the more reason for us to maintain in proper balance what we have here. "Because there is nothing else. No thing. This is it. And quite enough, all in all."
or in Zevon terms..."Enjoy Every Sandwich".

Wilco/Lee Ranaldo Live Review 7-28-12

Hey all,

Got a Live Review up over on Glide.

You can check it out right c'here!!!

It is of Wilco and Lee Ranlado's set's from 7-28-12 up in Cooperstown New York at the Ommegang Brewery.

It was a great weekend north with friends as we checked out the Baseball Hall of Fame (more on that in a future RtBE post), hung out with the locals, and drank some fine brew under a rainy summer sky.

It was a really great summer weekend getaway all around and the show was just icing on the cake. This was my first time seeing Lee Ranaldo solo (well without Sonic Youth) and his band was tight yet still adventurous, bringing his excellent album to life.

I have seen Wilco a few times now and while I am not a huge fan of there's this was probably the most satisfying set of music I have heard from them.  I like their softer, singer/songwriter side more and this set seemed to feature that vibe.  Below are a few crowd shot video's from the show, and of course I need to wish Megan Jean a Happy Birthday!  Love you Sis.:

"Handshake Drugs"

"I Got You (End Of The Century)">"Outtasite" Finale

"Either Way/Hummingbird"