Monday, October 31, 2016

Dylan Cover #253 Domino "I Want You"

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 Domino singing "I Want You" 
Thoughts on Original:
(From the first time we tackled a cover of this song)
A song that fits the Gemini Dylan like a glove; direct lyrical yearning chorus with verses that meander about introducing characters like roadblocks in the way of true love. It was the last tune written for the mega Blonde on Blonde and a song he and others (it was Al Kooper's favorite) admired so much he almost titled the album after it. Never a track that jumps to the top of peoples "favorites" or "best of" Dylan lists but one that really nails what the artist is all about in some of the simplest terms.
Cover:

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Can't find much about Domino, feel free to add info in the comments. Her Youtube page has a few other songs of hers.
Thoughts on Cover:
A fine straight ahead take, nothing grand, nothing bad, just a decent working of the song with some pleasant, soft vocals.

Oh, and can't forget...Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Full Show Friday: Kiss Live In Largo 12/20/1977

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...KISS!!!
With Halloween coming soon, what better way to celebrate with a KISS Full Show Friday. This one comes from 1977 with a tight group of players who are on. Enjoy The Catman, Starman, The Demon and Starchild, the setlist is below:
  
Setlist:
I stole your love
King of the night time world
Ladies room
Firehouse
Love gun
Let me go, rock 'n roll
Makin' love
Christine sixteen
Shock me
Ace's solo
I want you
Calling Dr. Love
Shout it out loud
Gene's solo
God of thunder
Peter's solo
Rock and roll all nite
Detroit rock city
Beth
Black diamond

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Album Review: De La Soul - And The Anonymous Nobody...

De La Soul
And The Anonymous Nobody...
**and1/2 out of *****
Every album these days seems to have a backstory and this (via Rolling Stone) turns out to the first from a major rap group to be entirely funded by Kickstarter. De La Soul met their goal a few times over as fans came from everywhere to contribute, a clear call back to when they were one of the best hip hop acts on the planet. Not having released an album in 12 years, then doing it themselves, allowed the group to indulge themselves fully, and it is exactly times like this that an outsider editor or record label may actually come in handy as the album goes on and on with various levels of good ideas.

Musically the album was recorded with the live band The Los Angeles' Rhythm Roots All-Stars with lots of post production work going on mostly by the band and Supa Dave West. Lush bass rolls and crisp hi hats are welcomed, far from their early sample heavy outputs, but also far from today's lack of kick drum mainstream hip-hop. The smooth sounds are soothing (perhaps a bit too snoozing at times) as the organic mixes gel with the produced remixes.

The band brings in tons of guest stars letting both new artists pay tribute (2 Chainz on "Whoodeeni") and old friends contribute (Pete Rock with Estelle on "Memory Of..."). They also try to adjust things on a few tracks like the large rock inspired epic "Lord Intended" with Justin Hawkins from The Darkness adding an Elton John like vibe and some mid level electric guitar. More successful is the art filled "Snoopies" that has David Byrne some strings, bopping bass pops, and dramatic swelling (a full length combo between these two factions could be incredibly interesting).

Usher arrives with minimalist overtones on "Greyhounds" and ends up busing in dull results while the Damon Albarn mash up "Here In After" is a awkward paced, skittering ode to De La Soul still being here, even though they just got back. "CBGBS" finds the Plug's in fine form but it is only an energizing place holder, there are quite a few of those on the album. And The Anonymous Nobody... it is supposed to be listened to as an album, for example the soundscapes on "Drawn" lead into the club rhymes of "Whoodeeni". "Nosed Up" feels the most like a return to form with odd P-funk like lyrics, a great twist on beats and simple fun, and it is also a track that keeps the guests away.

In the end And The Anonymous Nobody... suffers from overkill, songs run long, there is filler and things seem to amble, not always a bad thing but not all good either; there is also no standout track. Surely those who contributed will be excited to receive so much for their money, but a bit of editing would have resulted in a better overall album. Hopefully the hiatus has ended for Posdenus, Dave and Maseo as their return to hip hop can only lead to interesting results.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Album Review: Drive-By Truckers- American Band

Drive-By Truckers
American Band
****and1/2 out of *****

For one of the great American rock band's of all time to name their most politically focused album American Band, then give it a cover that is stark black-white with a colored American flag on a stand that resembles a cross...well it is safe to say the boys from the south got something to say. This album shows their current world views and while politically left for the majority of the album, the lyrics continue in the groups excellent literary way so fans from any side of the aisle can get down.

The first half of American Band actually finds the group as close as they've ever come to punk rock in a Clash way as the songs are short, direct and poignant. A track like Patterson Hood's "Darkened Flags on the Cusp of Dawn" about the Confederate flag (written the same day he wrote this) and "The Guns of Umpqa" are good examples of this attack; even if you don't know the back story of Chris Mitnz the song is still a powerful meditation on nature and violence, but knowing, adds huge depth to the track as well as the nonsensical mass shootings hatred.

That combo of beautiful nature (a reoccurring theme since Hood moved to Portland, OR) and fear of the current state of the country, tangle again in Hood's excellent "Sun Don't Shine" which haunts after repeated listens via it's simplicity and honesty. Fellow Trucker and song writer Mike Cooley is equally up to the task getting specific when it comes to the history of guns and border wars on opener "Ramon Casiano" a fifteen year old killed by Texan Harlan B. Carter who (while convicted of murder) spent no time in jail and later went on to lead the National Rifle Association. Again, if you don't know the history or don't care you can still revel in the glorious guitars and rocking production, however knowing, elevates everything to a much higher level.

Cooley goes back to his sly wit and ripping on two faced Religious Right leaders "Hot blooded bible thumpers" on the boogie-wooging "Kinky Hypocrite" digging deep into hypocrisy. "What It Means" dives directly into police violence against black youth in front of organs and pleading vocals from Hood adding direct details of true life events, again adding emotional weight,

While the band has always written about their southern roots or as they put it, "Duality of the Southern Thing" over 15 years ago and of course the south looms large here as the band directly address it on "Surrender Under Protest" and "Ever South". The first takes a confederate slogan and turns it into a rousing chorus which may make for awkward singalongs while the verses address the horrific Charleston Church shooting from 2015. The latter (via some grooving bass bombs) easily states the obvious this band is the embodiment of a region of this country, but create such dynamic songs a New York City Yankee (me) can get just as much out of them, if not more than someone from the region. Hood acknowledges this in the linear notes noting there is more of urban/rural divide from his view points these days.  

The most timely of the bands albums lyrically could have used a bit more polish when it comes to vocals, as these impressive lyrics are worth hearing and tend to get buried behind the ragged glory of the great guitar wail. However, the vinyl comes with the lyric sheet and it only takes hearing the opening line of "What It Means" ("He was running down the street/when they shot him in his tracks") once to know what you are dealing with.

Hopefully this record will sound dated in 15 years when police violence against minorities, mass shootings, and depression are all eradicated but I got a feeling it will (sadly) be just as powerful and probably heavier and still rank as one of the bands best efforts.
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We may take on the task of ranking all of the bands albums someday but while this isn't our favorite it is certainly one of their best. Proof they still got so much to say and we would all be better off listening. Support the band, buy the album, peep some video:


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Live Review: Shovels & Rope 10/19/16 Bowery Ballroom

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of the excellent Shovels & Rope show we caught last week at the Bowery Ballroom. Props need to be given to both the headliner and the opener Matthew Logan Vasquez for a killer night of varied Americana. 

RtBE has more scheduled in the up coming weeks for both acts, so until then peep some video below and read the review.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Dylan Cover #252 Esteban Paez- "Jokerman" En Espanol

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Esteban Paez playing "Jokerman" in Spanish
Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
The kick-start to his "back to rock and roll" album Infidels, "Jokerman" is a monster. A torrent of images, symbols, thoughts, proclamations, fears and fables; it feels like a dam was broken in Dylan's brain and all of these things just poured out. Musically it moves along but doesn't add much to the towering wordplay as the tune is dominated by the lyrics which seem almost never ending; Dylan has penned wordier tunes, but few feel as heavy as this. Flawed, but reaching for something, it is a not a great Dylan song but it is one that lets us peak into his brain a bit. For more on this tune, check out this post.
Cover:

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
We actually used a different Paez cover early on in this series as we showcased his take on "Maybe Someday", but we love when Dylan crosses borders and this is pretty clear way he made it down to Argentina.
Thoughts on Cover:
We confess we can't judge the translation as we don' speak Spanish, but from what we can tell it seems to stick pretty close to the original in terms of presentation and playing. The music is a touch cheese-ball 80's as is the original, so we would have liked to update that a bit, but otherwise let it roll... 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Full Show Friday: Al Green Live at the Apollo 12/8/90

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...Al Green!!!

Here comes the Reverend Al Green from the world famous Apollo Theater. What else needs to be said??!?! This is going to be a great full show friday as we get the love flowing via funky sounds and the gospel singing. 

Pro-shot, pro-sound. Enjoy!
 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

New Chuck Berry Album Due in Early 2017

Earlier this week we wished the ultimate rock and roller a happy 90th birthday today we found out that he is releasing his first new album in 38 years.
Pretty crazy news and you can read more about the details, but it will contain "mostly" new songs written and recorded around St. Louis, I am very curious to see what old Chuck's got left.

His original music NEVER ages, it still sounds as fresh today as it did 30 years ago or 50 years ago. He is Rock and Roll, let's just check out some of his songs now and enjoy this Thursday evening with Chuck and company.





Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Album Review: Dr. John- THE MUSICAL MOJO OF DR. JOHN: A CELEBRATION OF MAC & HIS MUSIC

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of Hall of Famer Dr. John and a bunch of his friends, peers and fans. It was a great night of music captured here for all to appreciate and a bunch of excellent performances of his song emerge. 

We said a lot about him already so check out the review and peep some video of two of the best songs from the night below. 

Here is Warren Haynes doing "You Lie":
and John Fogerty doing "New Orleans" 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Happy 90th Birthday Chuck Berry!

"If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might 
call it 'Chuck Berry'." -- John Lennon


Chuck Berry IS Rock and Roll...Period. I had to take a second to wish happy birthday to the absolute legend of the rock and roll sound and attitude...Chuck Berry.

I have actually been listening to a lot of Chuck lately, and finding his tunes just as timeless as I am sure they sounded when they were released. He is the man who inspired The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and everyone else who ever picked up an electric guitar.

He never really found success after his initial sound was milked for as long as it could be but who cares? In the past I have argued that "Johnny B Goode" is the greatest Rock & Roll Song of All-Time and I still stand by that today:

Willie Dixon's bass lines and Lafayette Leaks piano fills are critical, but it is that ringing guitar lead and swaggering vocal that makes it leap to the front of the class...what a tune! Again, it never gets old!

He was a rebel, hitting jail multiple times and not giving a flying fuck about anything, touring solo and demanding to get paid in cash while playing with backing bands who he could give two shits about. A pure Rock and Roller and one who I am excited to honor on his 90th birthday.

Here is the song that started it all....

Monday, October 17, 2016

Dylan Cover #251 Christoph Holzhoefer "What Was It You Wanted?"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Christoph Holzhoefer of the Dylan tune "What Was It You Wanted?"
Thoughts On Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
Oh Mercy brought Dylan back in from the creative wasteland that was his 1980's. It had an eerie sense of foreboding, helped by producer Daniel Lanois and the ghosts of New Orleans. The irritable old man in Dylan came out a bit here as well, and "What Was It You Wanted" is a good example of that, a confused searching that colors the lyrics as the protagonist just can't seem to get it right.
Cover

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Can't find much info on Christoph Holzhoefer but his youtube page is full of Dylan Covers and other songs so give it a listen. Here is another website from the artist.
Thoughts on Cover:
It is a cool cover that doesn't do much different then the original but it is good and sparse. A stripped down version that sticks pretty close to the original. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Full Show Friday- Cheap Trick 1979 Rockpalast

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...Cheap Trick!!!
We recently caught the episode of Live From Daryl's House that Cheap Trick was on, so we wanted to focus on them this friday. Today's concert comes from the bands 1979 tour and is a good sampling of their career to this point with some nice covers tossed in. This show is very close to their must own, At Budokan release. 

A pro shot, pro sound show that is a great way to end this fall week. Setlist below. Enjoy:
Hello There
Come On
Stiff Competition
On Top Of The World
Ain't That A Shame
Need Your Love
I Know What I Want
I Want You To Want Me
Surrender
Good Night
Day Tripper

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize For Literature

About time!

In case you haven't seen Bob Dylan won a Nobel Prize today. Deserved is an understatement. We love Dylan and could argue he has been society's best writer since Shakespeare but we will save that for another post.

Today we should just celebrate his greatness. Congrats Bob.


Album Review: Warpaint- Heads Up

Warpaint
Heads Up
**and1/2 out of *****

For the bands third album Warpaint, the art-rock group from LA have made a decidedly more mainstream move amping up the dance quotation, moving from the rock world into disco club land. While Heads Up isn't a raver, it is an interesting mid career re-branding that brings with it some pleasure and a few dull tracks.

Emily Kokal,Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg, and Stella Mozgawa are the four band members and they announced this album would reflect more of the current R&B and Hip-Hop scene and while there are hints here, it just seems the band was angling for more mainstream, catchy, less angular tunes. There was a hinting at this directional shift on the bands last self-titled release as a distance was created to go along with softer, safer songs. 

Here the foundation is laid at the beginning with "Whiteout" as the players work with skittering beats, thumping bass and dance vibe. The electric samples and murky backing take over for "By Your Side" while "So Good" has a moaned wordless coda over heart pulsing sounds. Unfortunately this style is all blended together and there are a lot of tracks that don't leave much of a lasting impression and just drip away, such as the bubbling "Don't Wanna" or the soundscape experiment "Dre".

The best effort in their new sound and style comes from the very 80's influenced single "New Song" with its party all the time feel of moving outward and upward. Other positives are the spacey guitars pairing with excellent drums on "The Stall" and the confident "Don't Let Go" which works with an acoustic intro up into dramatic swells. 

In the end the album is a fine transition for the band, but not very exciting of a listen. Dipping their feet into the electronica/dance world could make for a more dynamic follow up or maybe they will switch styles again next go round. 
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Album Review: PILL - Convenience

PILL
Convenience
*** out of *****

On PILL's first full length they amp the chaotic feelings and craft some dynamic post punk for a new generation coming to age in a odd millennium. The Brooklyn based four-piece (Veronica Torres, Benjamin Jaffe, Andrew Spaulding, Jonathan Campolo) came to some national attention with their first EP that showcased some fantastic horns and a bubbling angst, both still present on Convenience but the band seems to be playing with more urgency.

"Which Is True?" scrambles around, frantically looking for meaning but "My Rights" is more laser focused with the lyrics "Is this situation based on power?/My body, my queerness, my decision to bring life./My body my fight - Congressman wants to steal all of my rights." That finding off a voice and direction helps the band as their music touches on different genres and flights of fancy.

The bass and drums excitingly drive the way for "Fetish Queen" as Torres deals with sexual restrictions, misinformation and desires. "Dead Boys" tosses around gender roles and experimental offerings, but sticks around a bit to long while "100% Cute" does the same thing but with more aggression. Closer "Medicine" proclaims the war is over, but for PILL it seems to be just beginning.

There are art tracks that work more as sonic landscapes ("J-E-N-O-V-A", "Sex With Santa") leaning towards some "no-wave" but the band is most engaging when they get their drum/bass/sax combo cooking behind their fierce front woman.Veronica Torres may not be for everyone, but her Kim Gordon spoken word style can be engaging especially when she elevates her lyrics above mere poetry. Pill are still finding their way, but aren't we all in this Brave New World littered with Convenience?
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Album Review: Teddy Midnight - Velvet Blue

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of Teddy Midnight's first full length release, Velvet Blue. If you are a fan of jam/live electronica then you should def check it out. If you are wary of long instrumental songs that repeat in disco fashion you may want to skip it. This is album is not going to change many opinions but if their style is your bag, it will really be your bag. 

Support the band, buy/stream the album, see them live, read the review, peeps some video:

Monday, October 10, 2016

Dylan Cover #250 Antony & The Johnsons "Knockin' On Heavens Door"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Antony & The Johnsons playing "Knockin' On Heavens Door"

Thoughts on Original:
The song that seems to have been covered by anyone, but when originally recorded it it was on one of Dylan's oddest releases yet. A straight ahead mournful number that just seems to work, it has invaded culture (possibly because of all the covers) and I would wager is one of Dylan's most widely known tunes...
Cover:

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Having one of the most distinct voices in popular music, now known as ANONHI, Antony and the Johnsons make some theatrically rich chamber pop. Her newest release is different, and her first solo album, is much more electro/dance and can be found at her bandcamp site.
Thoughts on Cover:
A stirring and emotional version of this song and one of the better in this series. An excellent cover. 

Friday, October 7, 2016

Full Show Friday: Gillian Welch & David Rawlings 8/3/08 Newport Folk Fest

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...Gillian Welch & David Rawlings!
Been a good week for live music, lets end it on a mellow folk mood. Here is Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Pro shot and Pro sound from the Newport Folk Fest in 2008. Setlist links and more below the show. Enjoy:
Gillian Welch & David Rawlings - Full Concert
Recorded Live: 8/3/2008 - Newport Folk Festival (Newport, RI)

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Setlist:
0:00:00 - Look At Miss Ohio
0:03:54 - I Want To Sing That Rock And Roll
0:06:32 - Lawman
0:11:12 - My First Lover
0:14:32 - No One Knows My Name
0:18:41 - The Way It Will Be
0:23:51 - Gamblin' Man
0:28:29 - Red Clay Halo
0:31:29 - Knuckleball Catcher (False Start)
0:31:52 - Knuckleball Catcher
0:38:13 - Sweet Tooth
0:43:58 - Orphan Girl
0:47:02 - Gone At Last
0:50:58 - Jackson

Personnel: 
Gillian Welch - guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals
David Rawlings - guitar, vocals

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Live Review: Tedeschi Trucks Band 10/4/16 Beacon Theater, NYC

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
Had the opportunity to review the 12 piece TTB at the gorgeous Beacon Theater on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on Tuesday Night. Great night of music. It is fun to see this group constantly improve as we caught them last year at their residency. 

Here's to seeing them in 2017! Support the band, read the review, catch them live, peep some video below. You can also stream the whole show below or at archive.org

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Album Review: Bob Weir - Blue Mountain

Bob Weir
Blue Mountain
*** and 1/2 out of *****
Bob Weir never needs to release another song, let alone a solo record, to be an American great, and Blue Mountain finds him mellowing out in those great wide open American spaces.

With a lot of help from his friends (Josh Kaufman, Scott Devendorf, Joe Russo, Aaron Dessner, Walter Martin, Adam Ray Rizzo, Rob Burger along with lyricists Gerrit Graham and John Perry Barlow) and a new co-writing partner Josh Ritter, Weir has come out with this album that was inspired from his Wyoming Cowboy days over 50 years ago, even before he joined The Grateful Dead. The track "Cottonwood Lullaby" places you in that scene as Weir contemplates personal choices and the state of Wyoming.

Musical choices such as restrained electric guitars and an easy slap and harmonica highlight the more upbeat "Gonesville". Opener "Only A River" takes a lot from the old folk tune Shenendoah, "Lay My Lily Down" picks up a darker tone in texture, sound and subject matter while the title track is the most stripped down and organic number. The loosest Weir gets is "Ki-Yi Bossie" which he wrote for long time partner in crime Barlow who was ailing at the time.

The production from Weir, Kaufman and Dan Goodwin captures the empty landscapes and highways perfectly on tracks like "Ghost Towns" and while the album is meant to be a tone piece, the one note of it runs a bit long. There is a clear Daniel Lanois produced Bob Dylan album at work here as well as Weir takes center stage.

The biggest take away from the album though is Weirs voice. Always an underrated singer, here he may just sound the best he ever has in his career as age has done little to crack his croon, and if anything the gravity is intoxicating. For fans of the Dead this has always been a rallying point around Weir and delivering tracks like the stark "Gallop On The Run" or the dramatic "Whatever Happened To Rose" could have both been sung in 1975 instead of 2015, his voice sounds that fresh.

This feels close to Warren Haynes recent Ashes & Dust; acoustic based numbers that took a long time to marinate, sung excellently by an old pro who can still get it done. Perhaps no longer the "pretty one" Weir still can deliver a number with the best of them and does it over and over again on Blue Mountain.
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Live Review: Band of Horses 9/22/16 Central Park Summerstage

Band of Horses
9/22/16 NYC
Central Park, Summerstage
A steamy fall night in the center of Manhattan saw a mellow crowd enter the gorgeous confines of Rumsey Playfield as White Denim was opening up for Band of Horses. The two pop rock acts that are touring behind recent releases finds the groups hopped up on good vibes.

White Denim took the stage first and played their interesting mix of jam, pop, yacht rock as they moved through their nine song set.  The lounge-y, blue eyed soul vibe from "Take It Easy [Ever After Lasting Love]" was a smooth way to work out the late day blues as beer lines grew to obscene lenghts (can Central Park please get some more vendors?!?!) . The energy got more raucous in a "Radar Love" way for closer "Holda Love (I'm Psycho)" jacking things up to fist pumping levels before ending their brief set.

The New York Night was ready for South Carolina based five piece to take the stage. Opening on a relaxed vibe Ben Bridwell let his pedal steel and gorgeous vocals soar over the restrained "Monsters". Not the expected opening, but the scene was set for a great show as the band kicked it up on "The First Song", which was really second on this night. The band is on tour for their recent Why Are You OK? but those songs did not feature much on this night. "Casual Party" and "Hag" were played early with "Throw My Mess Around" and "In A  Drawer" mid-set, but the band seemed to be interested in showcasing their older songs.

The group sounded well oiled as "The Great Salt Lake" rolled out over the city (and Bridwell urged us all to wake up), while "Laredo" got things two stepping and "Detlef Schrempf" eased out into the now cooling night air. The band has a talent to make some of the simplest songs sound vital, what they don't normally do is cover other artists, so it was a great surprise to hear "Powderfinger" get shot off the stage. While not the feedback driven solo fest Neil Young and Crazy Horse may pull out, the band put its clean pop driven stamp on the song, providing an engaging twist on the original.

That began a closing run of some of the groups best numbers with an emotional "Marry Song", the always rousing "General Specific", the burning "Is There A Ghost?" and the slap happy "Weed Party". Closing with a mega "Funeral" the band proved once again that they are a blast live and no matter how restrained their studio albums are, they can still engage proper in the live setting.
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Monday, October 3, 2016

Dylan Cover #249 Evelinn Trouble "Love Sick" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Evelinn Trouble playing "Love Sick" live.

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 more live though...
Cover:


Thoughts On Cover Artist:
Like lots of artists in this series I have never heard of Evelinn Trouble. Seems she is a singer with an evolving band based out of London. You can find more info on her website or FB page.

Thoughts On Cover:
This is a dynamic cover that injects energy and buzzing life ino tthe blues track. This song is perfect for covers and Evelinn Trouble do an damn good job.