Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Album Review: Mike Gordon -OGOGO

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
This is the biggest musical surprise of the year to RtBE. Not only did a member of Phish manage to craft a damn good studio album, it was bass player Mike Gordon who churned out this doozy. In discussion with Glide's editor we toned things down a bit, but we were both blown away by this disk on a few levels and personally think it is the best Phish band member solo release ever. 

Production is great. Everyone should get extra props for it and things overall feel like a joint effort in the playing department but the writing and editing def seems to come from the warped mind of Gordon. 

We said a lot in the review, and would love to discuss with with Phish fans to get their thoughts, but any fan of quirky interesting rock and roll should check this out; leave your Phish bias at the door. As it stands you should support the artist, buy the album and peep some video below:

Monday, September 18, 2017

Dylan Cover #293 The Band of Kelleys "Maggie's Farm" Live

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 Band of Kelleys

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:
We have not heard of The Band of Kelleys before, but they are a family bluegrass band who are just arriving on the scene. If their first few posts to youtube are any indication they have a successful career ahead of them.
Thoughts on Cover:
This is a fantastic acoustic cover. Tons of great playing, singing and most importantly energy. This is a doozy for the middle of September and a great cover version of this Dylan tune ranking as one of the best we have re viewed in this ongoing Monday series.   

Friday, September 15, 2017

Full Show Friday: Los Lobos Live at The Ritz 1987

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...Los Lobos!

Occasionally for our Full Show Friday series RtBE decides to dedicate the month to certain topics like showcasing random years, say 1979,  or unique live venues, like CBGB's. Sometimes we combine both like Bonnaroo 2014. This month we are focusing on live shows from the historic NYC Venue Webster Hall aka The Ritz. Enjoy!

RtBE have enjoyed many a concert at the famed Webster Hall or as it was known in the 80's, The Ritz and a few weeks ago the club played host to it's last show for sometime as it will be undergoing a long renovation. To celebrate the illustrious venue we will be dedicating September's Full Show Friday's to the club, highlighting some amazing performances. 

Here is Los Lobos at the height of their commercial success on the back of the film La Bamba, playing the famed NYC venue in 1987. The show was shot for MTV and has pro video and pro sound. We recently re-watched the American Epic Sessions and loved Los Lobos, a band RtBE still needs to dig deeper on. Full setlist with timing is below...Enjoy!


Los Lobos - Full Concert
Recorded Live: 3/26/1987 - Ritz (New York, NY)

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Setlist:
0:00:00 - Will The Wolf Survive
0:04:16 - We're Gonna Rock
0:06:54 - Come On, Let's Go
0:09:47 - Our Last Night
0:12:43 - Walking Song
0:15:33 - How Much Can I Do
0:18:16 - Anselma
0:22:01 - Buzz, Buzz, Buzz
0:24:52 - Matter Of Time
0:28:47 - Evangeline
0:31:21 - I Got Loaded
0:34:12 - Let's Say Goodnight
0:38:02 - Corrido #1
0:40:53 - Serenata Nortena
0:43:57 - Volver, Volver
0:47:34 - I Got To Let You Know
0:50:03 - My Baby's Gone
0:54:14 - Farmer John
0:56:42 - Don't Worry Baby

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Album Review: Downtown Boys - Cost of Living

Downtown Boys
Cost of Living
**** out of *****

With 2015's Full Communism Providence, RI's six piece punk rockers gained national attention wailing to the forefront with pro-minority/underdog lyrics, a punk vibe and bellowing brass that made them stand out from the pack. If you are unfamiliar with the band and their mission, their words say it best:
The United States’ myriad inequalities, hatreds and phobias are painfully evident in 2017, offering proof that the age-old dichotomy of “political bands” versus “apolitical bands” simply doesn’t exist. Either you are comfortable and unfazed by the current reigning power structures, or you use your music as a vehicle for the dismantling of oppression and the creation of something better. No matter what your songs are about, you are choosing a side.

The position of Providence, RI’s Downtown Boys has been clear since they started storming through basements and DIY spaces with their radically-minded rock music: they are here to topple the white-cis-het hegemony and draft a new history.

Now they arrive more focused (in every way) for their follow up Cost of Living. With a President and administration to rail against and a clear jump up in production to Sub Pop (from Don Giovanni) the group plans a more calculated approach and on most fronts they succeed in expanding their sound, sharping their chops and bringing more ears into the tent.

Immediately the production of Guy Picciotto stands out, the band has been cleaned up and put on the path of succeeding. From Mary Regalado’s bass (a constant source of joy) bounce on the opening defiant "A Wall" the band is rich and alive, warm in the speakers aggressive when it needs to be but toned down when the music needs to just motor and not wail; this pairing of producer and band is a winner.

Most listeners first reaction however will be to front woman Victoria Ruiz who sings in Spanish and English. As on every other release she remains raw and defiant, repeating things over and over and blasting through the polished production to attack the listener where they sit. Her attack is admirable but as on Full Communism her lyrics and shouts can become one-note, repetitive and ultimately diluted of their power as on "Promissory Note" "Clara Rancia" which are both  musically full throttle motoring but never escape the defiant rage of the front woman. Punk calls for sing-along's and memorable stanzas, but the best transcends and makes connections, not just screams against.

Also noticeable toned down this go around is the out and out saxophone skronk's that so effectually brought to life Full Communism. Here the brass is pushed to more of supporting role, but the fury is still present with tracks like the blistering "Because You" or "Tonta". Tracks like "Violent Complicity" "Somos Chulas (No Somos Pendejas)" and "Lips That Bite" are more well rounded, pulling all of what the band does well at the this point and moves it forward with flashes of groove, electro flourishes and textural nuances.

Cost of Living is a complete record however the Downtown Boys still feel like a work-in-progress but that is fine as they work through sounds, political agendas, feelings and musical styles. Hopefully sticking with Sub-Pop and Picciotto will be in the future as they seem to be cracking open their style more and more with each release.
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Support the band, buy the album, stream it below or on bandcamp, and peep some video:


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Live Review: Classic Quadrophenia Live 9/9/17 @ The MET NY, NY

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of Pete Townshend's Classic Quadrophenia Live at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. For those new to RtBE Quadrophenia holds a special place in this sites digital heart, it is our favorite album of all time.

We can write a book on the album and should probably do something based around that at some point, and we have seen the band do it in 2013 down by the Sea and Sand in Atlantic City. That show had some issues, but we had a fucking blast. Same with this show, it was goofy, over the top and not true to the original...but we had a great night anyway.

The venue was gorgeous, company was top fucking notch and the music was divine. Enjoy the review, feel free to catch it live if you can, buy the vinyl or DVD. Hey and peep some video below:



Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Album Review: Bloodclot - Up In Arms

Bloodclot
Up In Arms
**** out of *****

Two New York City Hardcore legends John Joseph (Cro-Mags) and Todd Youth (Murphy's Law, Danzig) recently rekindled a friendship and a long forgotten band, Bloodclot. That combo has produced this sizzling debut album that directly calls back early 80's thrash/punk/hardcore.

Recruiting Joey Castillo on drums and Nick Oliveri on bass (who have both played with Queens of The Stone Age and others) the four piece lock in from the opening title track which is direct before devolving into a break down that will have mosh pits overflowing when it hits. The band is clear in their throwback style, most songs are short bursts of riffs, screams, crashes and bangs.

"Fire" is a blasting punk burst that would be great on skate mix tape, Youth's fiery solos dominate "Manic" as he shreds the fret board and "Kill The Beast" cuts right to the core with it's power and brevity. Both "Prayer" and "Slipping Into Darkness" motor, letting the low end shine while "Solider's of the New Babylon" is a rousing shout along number, then comes a track like "Siva/Rudra" recalling the best of of both Joseph's Cro-Mag past and Youth's frantic ax playing shining as a highlight to the album.   

For fans of early era NYHC this is a must own as there is no filler anywhere, each song is dynamite exploding in eardrums. From their raw call to unity on "Life As One" to their pummeling stomping of the disk closing 'You'll Be the Death of Me" this quartet is blazing.

Joesph is in excellent vocal form and the whole production sounds crisp and alive, pulsating in speaker cabinets or headphones. While there is clear Bad Brains love and devotion in almost every song, that tribute feel also mixes with tried and true punk staples. Originality isn't a strong point, but the energy, professionalism and balls out enjoyment of the genre is evident from the first note to the last carrying Bloodclot's first release to soaring heights, here's hoping there are more to come.     
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Thanks to Glen for cluing us into this one, legends getting back to their NYHC roots and doing so in a damn great way. Support the band, buy the album stream it below or on bandcamp and peep some video:


Monday, September 11, 2017

Dylan Cover #292 Caitlin Gilligan "Let Me Die In My Footsteps"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is by Caitlin Gilligan and it is a live cover of "Let Me Die In My Footsteps"
Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this track:
A Dylan track that for once you don't have to wonder what he is singing about. This is Dylan's reaction to nuclear war and the cold war scare that was happening, "Let Me Die In My Footsteps" is a defiant statement against to the idea of bomb shelters and fear. A proud American song that still resonates today and an early Dylan track we go back to periodically. Also sounding a whole hell of a lot like "Long Black Veil" helps things out too. Quick side note, it was the first Dylan song we put on the morning of September 11th 2001. (We thought it was appropriate to put a cover of it up today, unfortunately it is relevant in more ways than one)
Cover:


Thoughts on The Cover Artist:
We do not know much of  Caitlin Gilligan, she is a Scottish singer-songwriter and  she shares her youtube clips.

Thoughts on Cover:
This is a excellent delicate version of a great song. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Full Show Friday: Vanessa Carlton Live at Webster Hall 2012

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...Vanessa Carlton!

Occasionally for our Full Show Friday series RtBE decides to dedicate the month to certain topics like showcasing random years, say 1979,  or unique live venues, like CBGB's. Sometimes we combine both like Bonnaroo 2014. This month we are focusing on live shows from the historic NYC Venue Webster Hall aka The Ritz. Enjoy!

RtBE have enjoyed many a concert at the famed Webster Hall or as it was known in the 80's, The Ritz and a few weeks ago the club played host to it's last show for sometime as it will be undergoing a long renovation. To celebrate the illustrious venue we will be dedicating September's Full Show Friday's to the club, highlighting some amazing performances. 

This week we hop ahead in time to when the venue was actually called Webster Hall and showcase Vanessa Carlton's 2012 performance there. While the video is a bit grainy, the sound is excellent. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Album Review: Dead Cross - Dead Cross

Dead Cross
S/T
**** out of *****

A super group of thrash metal come together for Dead Crosses first self titled release and the players dutifully pay their respects to the genre with straight ahead blasts of pure aggression, but being the tricksters they all are there a few curveballs tossed into the mix

The dream lineup of Mike Crain - Guitar Dave Lombardo - Drums  Justin Pearson - Bass Mike Patton - Vocals have worked with each other in various forms before but here they just go directly after it. Outside of Patton's caterwauling and vocal histrionics the group plays it pretty straight ahead; they lineup behind Lombardo's notorious double bass and slam directly forward.

The aggression and fury is palpable from opener "Seizure and Desist" blasting into "Idiopathic" The razor blade changes, shout outs and jarring Patton vocal shifts add a sense of exhilaration to "Obedience School" while the guitar beseeching of Crain pairs perfectly with the tempo changes of the assaulting "Shillelagh". The grinding and industrial feeling gets played with for "Bela Lugosi's Dead" switching up the feel of things while "Divine Filth" slams back into the thrash metal slime cutting through the muck like a chainsaw. 

Patton adds his whacked out perspective, vocal effects and lyrics ("Blow out the candles on the urinal cake" from "Grave Slave" is a good one) to the table and those will keep any listener on their toes as he inserts distorted "woo's" and cat calls from hell, that unique approach will make any record he is on standout (sometimes not in a great way) but pairing him with such a talent backing band elevates Dead Cross higher then other tossed off side projects. 

"The Future Has Been Canceled" is a hyper active blender of noise and drum fills while "Church of the Motherfuckers" is the doom filled cataclysmic finale. The production shifts from track to track, intentionally mucking up the sound at times, or zeroing in with crystal clarity sometime from note to note. The players are dynamite, the songs are explosive and jarring, in the end this is what any listener hopes that adventurous aggressive music should sound like.
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This was a fun bandcamp find that clearly won't befor everyone, support the band, buy the album, stream it below or on bandcamp, and peep some video:

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The National Playing Today (and more) To Hype New Album

The National have a new album due out this Friday and to celebrate it's release they are playing a few shows including one at the Bowery Ballroom that will broadcast on Sirius XM.

They will also be playing today at the Apple Store in Williamsburg and RtBE could not pick a more perfect location for the band...They just scream Apple Store in Williamsburg to us. We have reviewed the band in the past, and there is a part of us that enjoy the professionalism of their music, but this is a band where we just can't past the front man, the lyrics and the dour mood that Matt Berninger facilitates on record and stage. In it way it reminds us of a straight, American middle class version of Morrissey for this generation...not our cup o'meat...

All that said...they will also be playing the Stephen Colbert Show tomorrow night and various other shows to hype Sleep Well Beast, their new album that is due out Friday. Below is the first single from the disk:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Live Review: Phish 7/30/17 MSG, NY, NY

Phish
Live @ Madison Square Garden
New York, New York 
7/30/17

Here was night eight of the Bakers Dozen Phish run and our first chance to jump into the donut goodness of Phish's historic set of shows at Madison Square Garden. RtBE have been into Phish for a long time now and more than any other band this groups shows (and the reviews) are more personal than most others because this was the band that really ignited our passion for live music.

This night was our 82nd time seeing the band and it was a great testament to what we loved about them as artists and what has made us semi move on from them in listening/loving ways. There is no doubt about it; Phish are the best live act we have ever scene on stage. The amount of times they interlock musically is astronomical at this point, but they are also almost incapable of constructing tight, short songs that transcend moments lyrically and spiritually (especially in the studio). Recent shows for us have focused more on the negative, but tonight reminded us why we fell in love in the first place.

During the Bakers Dozen shows, Phish did not repeat a song and let the daily donut theme influence the set list, this nights theme was "Jimmy's" or as New Yorker's say, "Sprinkles". In this case though we bow to the Philly/Vermont "Jimmy's" as we knew a few old tunes would make an appearance and we guessed a few covers that also showed up.

The first set kicked off with one of the classic Phish set one openers, "The Curtain With" which was gorgeously played before the band jumped (predictably) into "Runaway Jim". While this version was short and to the point (along with newer tunes "Waking Up Dead" and "Home"), a curve ball of "Esther" bubbled out with it's evil doll ways. The fact the band was willing to dip all the way back to their beginning (over 30 years ago) proved this run special, where as recent tours had a bust out or two, the Bakers Dozen was chock full of songs the band hadn't played in years, sometimes decades.

While the "Colonel Forbin's > Fly Famous Mockingbird" combo was joyful and the "David Bowie" closer a gas, it was the more delicate "Brian and Robert" that somehow stuck to these ears at set break.While the madcap madness has dulled as the band has aged, the fact that they can turn up the sentiment on a mood song like this speaks volumes.

Many nights at a Phish show it is hard to agree on the jam of the night but from the moment the second set opener "Drowned" kicked open the floodgates until the waves faded on "A Song I Heard The Ocean Sing" the band was full full throttle. This adventurous free form rock and roll is what Trey, Mike Page and Jon are all about; while this night will not go down as an all time must listen this segment will ring in these ears for a long long time.

Amazingly a showstopper like "Harpua" actually ground the show to a halt. The classic song (whose protagonist Jimmy fit the theme on this night) contained a drawn out, written dialog about the nature of the universe and astrophysics. While this could have been saved by say a Neil deGrasse Tyson guest spot, it was a real mood killer. The band instantly tried to kick it back up with a funky "2001" and a cheery "Golgi Apparatus" but the point where most shows take off, this one retreated back into a donut shaped black hole.

However, the band made up for some lacking energy with a pitch perfect cover of Jimi Hendrix's "The Wind Cries Mary". This encore also highlighted another development of Phish in 2017; where in the past the best vocals of the group belonged to Page McConnell, now a sober and nuanced Trey Anastasio has added gravity, age and wisdom to his singing voice in a captivating way.

The Bakers Dozen will prove to be one of the best run of shows ever (any year, any venues) and it was a joy to remember exactly why this band has captivated so many ears on so many nights.
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Support the band, see them live and peep both set openers below:


Monday, September 4, 2017

Dylan Cover #291 Journeyman "Union Sundown" Live

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 Journeyman playing "Union Sundown"
  
Thoughts on Original:
From what has become an annual tradition here and here:
Wanted to pick this one for Labor Day as it is Dylan's take on the lack of US manufacturing jobs as well as the increasing flux of capitalism in society and the death of unions.  The idea of greed taking over is nothing new, but this song seems to come from an impulsive Dylan (a lot do) and shows up on Infidel's of which Dylan has commented something along the lines of "Those songs stuck around too long".  Ideas seem to be a bit jumbled on this disk, but not on this tune, his lament at no good paying job for American workers is clear, but he isn't passing the buck.  It is all of HIS products that are foreign made, this isn't a plea for change as a younger Dylan might have done; it is a simple statement of fact...and a sad one at that.  Having grown up in a extremely pro-Labor house hold I just wanted to point this tune out and the fact that Dylan wrote it almost 30 years ago, and things have only gotten worse... Happy Labor Day....
Cover:

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I don't know Journeyman but he seems to be a solo artist who posts lots of covers to youtube.
Thoughts on Cover:
Love the slide guitar. Happy that Journeyman covered this song. That's enough said.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Full Show Friday: Prince Live at The Ritz 1981

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...Prince!

Occasionally for our Full Show Friday series RtBE decides to dedicate the month to certain topics like showcasing random years, say 1979,  or unique live venues, like CBGB's. Sometimes we combine both like Bonnaroo 2014. This month we are focusing on live shows from the historic NYC Venue Webster Hall aka The Ritz. Enjoy!

RtBE have enjoyed many a concert at the famed Webster Hall or as it was known in the 80's, The Ritz and a few weeks ago the club played host to it's last show for sometime as it will be undergoing a long renovation. To celebrate the illustrious venue we will be dedicating September's Full Show Friday's to the club, highlighting some amazing performances. 

We kick it off with The Purple One from 1981. Prince killing it at The Ritz with his funky amalgamation of rock, soul, R&B to go along with pure sexuality. The sound is crystal clear and while the video isn't perfect it is steady and watchable, full setlist is below. Enjoy!


Setlist:
Do It All Night
Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?
Gotta Broken Heart Again
Broken
When You Were Mine
Gotta Stop (Messin' About)
Sexy Dancer
Sister
I Wanna Be Your Lover
Head
Still Waiting
Partyup
Uptown
Crazy You
Dirty Mind

Encore:
Everybody Dance
Bambi

Thursday, August 31, 2017

New Bootsy Collins Album Out This Fall

The bass legend Bootsy Collins has a new, guest star studded album arriving this October and it is lining up to be funky as all hell.
Glide Magazine has the full breakdown, but needless to say we are very excited for this release as some of our favorites (Chuck D, Buckethead, Bernie Worrell) are coming together to play with Bootzilla himself.

This is also a bass players dream lineup as one track alone has Victor Wooten, Stanley Clarke, Manou Gallo and Alissia Benveniste...that is a TON of funky bass. We will be looking forward to this one and will be grabbing the double vinyl. You can pre-order the album and peep the first single below:


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Album Review: Gogol Bordello - Seekers and Finders

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is a review of Gogol Bordello's newest release Seekers and Finders. We have always enjoyed the gypsy punk's Gogol Bordello live but have usually not really dug their studio albums, but Seekers and Finders is a really solid work of art.

Support the band, read the review, buy the album and peeps some video below:


Monday, August 28, 2017

Dylan Cover #290 Michael J Fillmore "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 Michael J Fillmore playing "Romance In Durango"
Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover version of this song:
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. 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.
Cover:


Thoughts On Cover Artist:
Michael J Fillmore posts a few different songs to youtube. We have not heard of him before.
Thoughts On Cover:
This one really surprised us as the playing is truly topnotch and the singing is grand as well. We will be checking out Mr. Fillmore's other uploads. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Full Show Friday: Willie Nelson Woodstock 1999

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...Willie Nelson!
RtBE have seen Willie Nelson a few times and every show is enjoyable. Hits, a few deeper cuts and a tight as a drum band that keeps the show moving along behind Nelson's historically fantastic voice. While we really dug his last album, you are basically going to see him for the hits and at a big show like Woodstock 1999, you had a festival set full of them.

Pro shot, pro sound, full setlist is below. Enjoy:


Willie Nelson - Full Concert
Recorded Live: 7/25/1999 - Woodstock 99 East Stage (Rome, NY)

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Setlist:
0:00:00 - Whiskey River / Stay All Night
0:05:24 - Good Hearted Woman
0:08:33 - Funny How Time Slips Away / Crazy / Night Life
0:15:47 - Down Yonder
0:17:47 - Me And Paul
0:20:16 - Workin' Man Blues
0:24:02 - Georgia On A Fast Train
0:26:40 - Mama Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
0:29:17 - Angel Flying To Close To The Ground
0:33:02 - On the Road Again
0:35:04 - Always On My Mind
0:38:28 - Will The Circle Be Unbroken? / Uncloudy Day / Amazing Grace
0:46:48 - Milk Cow Blues
0:52:20 - Still Is Still Moving To Me
0:55:39 - Poncho And Lefty
1:00:18 - Ou Es-Tu, Mon Amour? / I Never Cared For You
1:05:00 - Mountain Dew
1:08:54 - My Bucket's Got A Hole In It

Personnel:
Willie Nelson- guitar, vocals
Jody Payne - guitar, vocals
Bobbie Nelson - piano
Bee Spears - bass
Mickey Raphael - harmonica
Billy English - percussion, drums
Paul English - percussion, drums

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Pearl Jam Let's Play Two Coming to a Theater Near You

The 2016 Pearl Jam performances are now being displayed in movie form as Danny Clinch helps out and Let's Play Two is on it's way to theaters.
Here are the trailer's and it looks damn exciting:




Tickets are on sale for special events like The Capital Theater showing and others around the country. Should be a hell of a concert film experience. How about some live PJ to set the mood the until then?


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Album Review: Jen Cloher - Jen Cloher

Jen Cloher
S/T
**** out of *****

A veteran and standout of Melbourne’s DIY music scene, Jen Cloher has been recording for years but things have flourshied recently. Anytime an established artist decides to release a Self-Titled album there is usually a major reason behind it, a shift in tone, a declartion of a new beginning or a sense of an artistic high point. On Jen Cloher, the artist seems to be touching on all of these fronts.

Recorded mostly live with minimal overdubs with a comfortable band of friends and like minded friends the disk has a relaxed feel to it, but never dips into melancholy, kept interesting by oft-kilter riffs and noisy flashes all around the lengthy lyrics and breathy vocals from Cloher.

The opener "Forget Myself" paints a paranoid picture around Patti Smith poems (a clear connection for Cloher) and a lonely lover as the players move in a later day Sonic Youth style ("Kool Thing" even gets a lyrical nod on "Kinda Biblical"). That bands smoother/lighter tones as well as the mellower Wilco is the reference point for the majority of the songs here including the softly swelling "Regional Echo". The nervous lyrics, angular tones and sense of intimacy draws the listener instantly in.

A standout number that combines all of these elements is "Sensory Memory". Slowly working up with Cloher's strumming, lyrically describing an intimate portrait of home life and living with a touring musician, balancing the mundane everyday home life, with the mundane toll of the road. The music swells and majestically soars to close, wrapping up gorgeously.  

Another influence comes with "Analysis Paralysis" a seven minute plus ramble that cracks open the artist head lyrically and also pulls in a Velvet Underground motoring sense of rhythm and cool. "Shoegazers" is a screed against critics "Most critics are pussies who want to look cool/Those who can, they do/Those who can’t review" that has a meaty muscular riff while "The Great Australian Bite" drifts in a glorious feedback sea.

"Strong Woman" does exactly what it sets out to do, but could use an extra injection of energy/abandon while "Loose Magic" starts folksy and might have ended better that way rather than injecting drums and guitars out of key. However, those are minor quibbles with, what is in the end, an excellent album from an artist who has a lot to say and sounds damn good saying it.

Cloher has long been in a relationship with Courtney Barnett (who also plays guitar here) and while Barnett has specifically named Cloher in songs it is easy to infer that 90% of these lyrics here are directed to her but that can be left to others as the feelings of unease, nervousness and wondering are universal. Cloher has increased her angst and pumped up her electric sound, fitting like a glove into those Patti Smith poems she mentioned early on, creating a successfully engaging disk in her own right with this self titled effort.
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A great bandcamp find. Support the artist, buy the album, stream it here or below, and peep some video:


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Album Review: DocFell & Co. -Dust Bowl Heart

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of DocFell & Co. newest release Dust Bowl Heart. The Oklahoma group puts fourth a disk full of Country and Americana sounds and a few of the tracks stand out. "The Less I Know" is one of those that really works well from the band, the female vocals are also a nice touch through out.

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

Dylan Cover #289 Yokey "Girl From The North Courtney" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from Yokey and it is his live cover of "Girl From The North Country"
Thoughts on Dylan's Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover version of this song:
A fun little number that connects Dylan with folk's past. I heard Simon and Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair" first when I was growing up so I have always been a bit more partial to that version of this old folk tune even though Dylan changed a bunch of stuff around (obviously) with his recording that appeared on The Freewheeling Bob Dylan. His duet with Johnny Cash that highlights Nashville Skyline is something else entirely, a major sonic effort that I love. On an album that saw so many massive tunes come flowing out of the bard this one can be overshadowed yet his first version of this track is just a sweet folk ditty that has aged very, very well.
Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
We have not heard of Yokey before, but here is self written bio from his website:
I am Adrian Burruto, the man behind Yokey; a solo music project which was created to explore the art of song. I simply enjoy making art. I work in my quasi-home studio out in Melbourne’s west toying with sounds and trying to organise them into songs. Just as the visual artist has a studio to experiment with colours and textures, I try to use the studio with a similar approach. Yokey is more commonly seen as live act which currently consists of me armed with my guitar, voice and a couple of stories.
Thoughts on Cover:
This is a gorgeous live acoustic cover. The song fits folk singers and Yokey does a hell of a job. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Full Show Friday: Judas Priest 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...Judas Priest!
Flash your metal horns and strap on your leather for Judas Priest. This show harkens back to 1983 when Priest was huge and playing a festival on May 23rd in San Bernadino California. Pro Shot and Pro Sound with a few songs missing for copyright reasons, full setlist is below, Enjoy!


Judas Priest - Live in San Bernadino, California, USA - May 29, 1983 - US Festival 1983 | 720p50 PAL | Intro with Electric Eye, and Screaming for Vengeance are missing, due to copyright.
00:00 - Riding on the Wind
03:31 - Heading Out to the Highway
07:45 - Metal Gods
12:04 - Breaking the Law
15:27 - Diamonds and Rust
19:05 - Victim of Changes
28:40 - Living After Midnight
33:08 - Oh Yeah! (Audience Call)
33:59 - The Green Manalishi
38:21 - You've Got Another Thing Coming
46:10 - Hell Bent for Leather

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Spoon's Best Record

One of RtBE Favorites Spoon is celebrating a milestone in 2017, the 10th Anniversary of their best disk Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. We think this is their peak release, however it may have the worst album title of any disk ever released.
To celebrate, the band will release a remastered version of the album combined with their Get Nice! EP on vinyl October 20th.

RtBE loves this disk, we rated it 28th on our top 50 record's of the 00's list and still listen to it often. It is funny though we normally don't like remastering, which often just means making things louder, but compared to the excellent sound of They Want My Soul, Ga Ga etc sounds thinner and a touch weak so we would like to hear the changes.    

We already pre-ordered the vinyl and can't wait to spin it. Until then, here are some tunes from the disk:


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Angels & Vagabonds Working With Rescuebox

It is with great excitement that we can announce Angels & Vagabonds has worked with Rescuebox  to help raise awareness to their great cause.
If you are unaware of the company here is their about us:
In the summer of 2015, the founders of RescueBox came together to brainstorm new and unique ways to help give back to the animal rescue community. After founding several successful companies in the pet industry such as Coupaw.com, Doggyloot.com and the Animal Rescue Site, as well as collectively donating nearly 500,000 pounds of food to shelter animals in need, the itch to make an even bigger impact in the space would simply not go away.
Their final idea was simple. Create an exciting, easy way to give back that will delight pets and their parents.
Collectively, our team has years of experience catering to the needs of pets and their parents. We’ve built relationships with the best vendors and local distributors in the industry. Like you, we have high standards when it comes to the products that they spoil their pets with. With every RescueBox, subscribers will receive a curated box filled with high-quality toys, delicious treats, and other tail-wagging products that have been vetted by the pets of our team. The best part? Every delivery will feature a rescue story that wouldn’t be possible without the generous donation that your purchase provides. RescueBox is a special monthly delivery that both you and your pet can truly get excited and feel GOOD about.
Millions of animals are abused and abandoned every single year. The team at RescueBox is working hard every single day to reduce that number. We couldn’t do it without your help.

Love,
Team RescueBox
Angels & Vagabonds have worked with them to help get the message out as our music is featured in their newest pro-active marketing message. Please watch (and listen) to the video below and help out if you can, also if you enjoy the music feel free to download/stream it for free on our bandcamp site or below the video.



Thanks for your time and consideration.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Album Review: Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman - Triple Fat Lice

Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman
Triple Fat Lice
*** out of *****

Here comes the third EP from the pairing of two excellent NYC MC's, Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman. Coming on the heels of 2015's Fat Lice and the follow up Lice Two in 2016 is the aptly named (and gross concept of) Triple Fat Lice.

While RtBE missed the sequel we are here to review the third installment and it is more of the same dexterity and fluid beats from the duo and their guest producers. Opening with computerized voices of a mother daughter combo finding lice comes "Pins and Needles" that is an old school introduction to the EP with a throwback to A Tribe Called Quest over skittering piano laced beats from Cohenbeats. If anything, the short track ends too early as it moves along with swaggering strides.

The whole EP is an ode to the Native Tongues as "Comfy" takes harsher lyrics and melds them with smooth soul sounds from producer Oh No. The funky groove gets deeper as Ben Boogz uses Best In Show samples around blaxplotation era guitar/bass lines while the MC's deal with commercialism and calories on the best overall track on this EP.

The lows are never that deep though as this whole collection, and everything this duo has ever produced, is high quality. "Yoohoo" is a bit disjointed with bullet fast rhymes not pairing that well with Quelle Chris's syrupy slow beats while" Panacea" works better to close the EP as M Slago incorpates crackling vinyl sound along with atmospheric swells to support the MC's as they roll along.  

An overall successful outing that proves Aesop Rock and Homeboy Sandman are consistently professional and confident in their style and power, and no matter the producer the duo continue to stick around your head...well, like Lice.  
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Support the band, stream the album on their bandcamp site or below and peep some video:




Monday, August 14, 2017

Dylan Cover #288 The Skyriders "The Mighty Quinn" Live

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 Skyriders playing "The Mighty Quinn"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
Not officially released until 1970's audience and critic defying Self-Portrait "Quinn The Eskimo" first found life with Manfred Mann, before a lot of the world heard Dylan sing it himself. It had been on The Basement Tapes though and lots of bootleggers, underground fans and admiring fellow artists got to bask it its rollicking glory. A fun old ride that makes everyone from children to adults smile. A favorite purely because it is one of the plain funnest songs in Dylan's catalog one of my personal highlights regarding the song has nothing to do with the playing, it has to do with what Dylan himself wrote about it in Chronicles:
"On the way back to the house I passed the local movie theater on Prytania Street, where The Mighty Quinn was showing. Years earlier, I had written a song called 'The Mighty Quinn' which was a hit in England, and I wondered what the movie was about. Eventually, I'd sneak off and go there to see it. It was a mystery, suspense, Jamaican thriller with Denzel Washington as the Mighty Xavier Quinn a detective who solves crimes. Funny, that's just the way I imagined him when I wrote the song 'The Mighty Quinn,' Denzel Washington."
Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
We have not heard of the The Skyriders before this post. They seem to be a German band and lead singer Petra Stokkamp- Ballin has posted a few other live covers from various bands
Thoughts on Cover:
It is a sped up version that contains a jammed out midsection and is an upbeat fun take for a live interpretation of the tune. A good way to start this summer Monday. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Full Show Friday: Gnarls Barkley Live From The Astoria London

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...Gnarls Barkley!

We were recently in Atlanta and had the amazing honor to shake CeeLo Green's hand. It was an experience, so we are celebrating this week with a full live show from his Gnarls Barkley act from London. This is a really cool live set with Danger Mouse and full backing band.

Pro Shot, Pro Sound, Full Set List Below. Enjoy:


00:00 Charity Case 04:04 Surprise 08:03 Gone Daddy Gone 10:39 Run 13:20 Blind Mary 16:49 Just A Thought 19:30 Going On 22:24 Neighbors 27:12 Whatever 29:33 Transformer 33:40 The Boogie Monster 36:20 Storm Coming 39:36 Crazy 42:36 A Little Better 46:37 Who's Gonna Save My Soul 51:12 Reckoner 54:58 Smiley Faces