Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Album Review: Earthless - Black Heaven

Earthless
Black Heaven
***and1/2 out of *****

The newest studio release from the psych/stoner/metal outfit is a huge change for the power trio. For the first time in the band's career Earthless has moved from the instrumental realm to songs with  *gulp* actual vocals. Out of Black Heaven's six songs, four feature Isaiah Mitchell singing, something he hasn't done since the band covered Groundhog's "Cherry Red" back in 2007. 

Mitchell's vocals properly recall late bluesy hard rock 70's titans most instantly comparable to Black Sabbath, Deep Purple or Mountain, with not as much vocal range or firepower, but Mitchell presents himself favorably. Opener "Gifted By the Wind" is a groove statement track with nature influenced lyrics while both "End To End" and "Electric Flame" deal with post apocalyptic landscapes and the end of the human race. The lyrics for "Sudden End" are grounded in a sadder reality as Mitchell finished up his guitar parts while watch Netflix's 13 Reasons Why and the next morning Chris Cornell committed suicide, lending the song it's hefty lyrical weight.

While the singing is new and an exciting addition to Earthless's arsenal, this group is primarily about the riffs and pummeling rhythm section moving as one; thankfully that has not changed. "Electric Flame" is a monster, scrambling all over the speakers in crushing fashion. The style reigns in the group from their past wandering ways but even the brief instrumental "Volt Rush" has a propulsive energy that jumps out to the forefront.

Drummer Mario Rubalcaba and bassist Mike Eginton have a synergy as the plow ahead with sludgy riffs that never seem to drag, just listen to the kick off of the title track as huge behemoth gets moving. RtBE's personal favorites are still these blistering instrumentals but the bluesy take on heavy "Sudden End" is unique for Earthless as they dip into more conventional sounding riffs and stomps with plenty of room for Mitchell's soloing at over eight minutes. 

Earthless long, often sidetracked career has been on the fringes and Black Heaven may push them more into the metal mainstream with its compact blues rock heavy attack. While long time fans may yearn for more expansive jam based offering like the title track, this evolution of the trio is an unexpected and successful twist. 
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Ween Touring This Fall/Winter Playing Capital Theater December

The freak n' rolling chaos that is Ween is back at it. The group will be touring this fall and early winter wrapping up their jaunt with some holiday shows at one of our favorite venues, Port Chester's Capital Theater.
The Boognish will be in full effect as Ween is always a fun act to catch live. We saw them back in 2008 and hope to head up to Port Chester to do it again in a few months. Tickets are onsale and until then the full list of dates and some live video is below:




WEEN – 2018 TOUR DATES
OCT 05 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Friday, 12:00PM San Francisco, CA
OCT 13 The Fillmore Saturday, 7:00PM Miami, FL
OCT 14 St. Augustine Amphitheatre Sunday, 7:00PM St. Augustine, FL
OCT 16 Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, 7:00PM Nashville, TN
OCT 16 Ryman Auditorium – 2 day Package Tuesday, 7:00PM Nashville, TN
OCT 17 Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, 7:00PM Nashville, TN
OCT 19 The Tabernacle Friday, 10:00AM Atlanta, GA
OCT 20 The Tabernacle Saturday, 7:00PM Atlanta, GA
OCT 30 Royal Oak Music Theatre Tuesday, 7:00PM Royal Oak, MI
OCT 31 Aragon Ballroom Wednesday, 7:00PM Chicago, IL
NOV 02 The Rave / Eagles Club Friday, 7:00PM Milwaukee, WI
NOV 03 Palace Theatre Saturday, 7:00PM Saint Paul, MN
NOV 04 Palace Theatre Sunday, 7:00PM Saint Paul, MN
DEC 14 The Met Philadelphia Friday, 7:00PM Philadelphia, PA
DEC 15 The Capitol Theatre Saturday, 7:00PM Port Chester, NY
DEC 16 The Capitol Theatre Sunday, 7:00PM Port Chester, NY

Monday, September 17, 2018

Dylan Cover #342 Phil Cohen "When My Ship Comes In" 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 Phil Cohen playing "When My Ship Comes In"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
One of our favorite songs from the early days of Dylan. The purest Irish Folk we felt he ever got, Joan Baez was a fan of this one and told a cool story during No Direction Home, about him being pissed at a hotel attendant and then having this song just spiral out of him. Images of the sea, the salt, the song, raiding/pillaging; a pirate song at heart. When we are looking for pure folk Dylan this one usually finds it's way to our ears.
Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Have not heard of Phil Cohen before today but he is a singer/songwriter based in Brooklyn and has a bandcamp page with recordings, but doesn't look to have released anything since 2014.

Thoughts on Cover:
So musically this is a straight ahead live acoustic number in the vein of the original. HOWEVER we don't normally mention the videos, just the music, but this is one of our favorite pure videos during our on going Dylan cover series as it was filmed on the front lawn of RtBE headquarters, NYC's Highline Park.

The playing, the ambient noise, random snippets of passing conversation and slowly strolling Cohen just add's to the majesty. It is one of our favorite cover videos we have showcased in this series, excellent work Mr. Cohen and Motiki Media Productions

Bob Dylan Playing Seven Night Beacon Stand

Just last week RtBE posted about the announcement that Bob Dylan would be re-opening the Philly Met in early December. While we were happy to spread that news, we also pointed out that his annual NYC stop around Thanksgiving had yet to be announced.

Well we didn't have to wait long. Now it is confirmed that Dylan and his band will be playing seven nights at the Beacon Theater on the Upper West Side of Manhattan closing out November and running into December.

Pre-sale starts tomorrow, full on-sale is later in the week. To get in the mood for the Bard's appearance in his adopted city, here are a few live tunes recorded sneakily by fans on his 2014 tour, the first from the Beacon itself.
 

Friday, September 14, 2018

Jack White: Kneeling At The Anthem D.C. Out Next Week

Jack White is releasing a concert film from his May 30th Washington DC show this spring. It is titled Jack White: Kneeling at the Anthem D.C.

For some reason it will only be released exclusively through Amazon Prime. For a man who cares about packing, delivery and owns his own god damn record company it seems an odd pairing to work with Amazon Prime solely for this release.

There is a very good chance it will be released elsewhere in the future, but for now, fire up your prime account and get ready to grab the film and the accompanying EP next Friday the 21st.

Peep the trailer below to get pumped.

Full Show Friday: Pet Shop Boys 2013 Electric Tour

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...Pet Shop Boys!

This week we focus on the Pet Shop Boys, the 80's group who were on their Electric Tour in 2013.

Pro-Shot, Pro-Sound, full set list below. Enjoy:


Pet Shop Boys Full Concert 2013
Intro: Gui Boratto - Arquipélago Rex The Dog 'Prototype'

Axis
One More Chance / Face Like That
Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)
Memory of the Future
Fugitive
Integral (Sample of "The Rite of Spring")
I Wouldn't Normally Do This Kind of Thing
Suburbia
I'm Not Scared
Invisible
Last to Die (Bruce Springsteen cover)
Somewhere (Leonard Bernstein cover)
Leaving
Thursday
Love Etc.
I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too)
Rent
Miracles
It's a Sin
Domino Dancing
Go West (Village People cover)
Always on My Mind (Brenda Lee cover)

Encore:
West End Girls Vocal

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sheer Terror & More Playing Tompkins Sq 9/28 Jimmy G Benefit

Getting sick sucks and it what happened to Jimmy Gestapo, lead singer of Murphy's Law. Jimmy has been in the hospital dealing with some serious health issues and is in need of support. He is one of the most beloved people in the NYHC scene and his friends are coming together to perform a benefit for him in Tompkins Square Park on Saturday September 29th.

If you can not attend you can still donate here

We just caught Murphy's opening for the Misfits and hope Jimmy G can recover as quickly as possible. A few years ago RtBE attended the show when it was a benefit for Dr. Know. The worthy cause was very helpful to his recovery and the music/vibe all day was fantastic as we got to hang with new and very old friends. In fact, it was one of our favorites of 2016.

This year RtBE will also be attending as well because besides the great bands playing (Killing Time to name just one) and because we have meet and hung out with Jimmy on multiple occasions. Come to think of it, who hasn't who has been around the NYHC scene for the last 40 years?

A great guy, killer bands, in the heart of the Lower East Side, Saturday the 29th should not be missed. To get in the mood here are some songs from the groups playing in a few weekends: 




Album Review: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears "The Difference Between Me & You"

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

It is of their newest album The Difference Between You & Me.

This is a dense album to dissect. On one hand you can just put the tunes on and not think too deeply as most of the vocals/lyrics are mixed to blend into the album ("Culture Vulture" being the exception). On the other, when you listen to what Lewis is singing about things are very bleak.

The same as on Father John Misty's excellent 2018 release their are times as a listener you want to check on Lewis to make sure he is really O.K? Unlike that album though, the music and playing seems to be at odds with the lyrical theme at times. Modern, raw almost bi polar blues, that is what the listener is in for. 

Support the artists, buy the album and peep some video below:


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Bob Dylan to Open Renovated Philly Met on 12/3

One of RtBE's patron saints, Bob Dylan will be opening the renovated and rejuvenated Philly Met on December 3rd.

One of RtBE's favorite all time Dylan concerts took place in Philly back in 2002.  You can see the set list here, but it doesn't do it justice to just what an amazing night of music and hanging with friends it truly was.

The bard has not yet announced his annual NYC gathering around Thanksgiving. Usually Dylan will play The Beacon or comparable venue for a few nights before Turkey Day, but his camp has been silent on any announcements as his tour had ended on the 20th in Connecticut until the news he will be playing Philly broke.

Here's hoping some NYC dates get added really soon, as the last time we caught Dylan was a fantastic night of tunes, the best we have seen him in years and it ended up being one of our favorites of 2017.

To hopefully put good vibes into the ether, here are some live Dylan tunes which have not yet been taken down from youtube. These are from Dylan's amazing run at The Supper Club in 1993 to get ready for his Unplugged performance...hmm RtBE should write some more about these shows one day...:





Album Review: Pig Destroyer - Head Cage

Pig Destroyer
Head Cage
**** out of *****

Opening with soothing pianos the grindcore veterans Pig Destroyer expressly warn listeners from the get go that they are not responsible for any hearing damage that they may suffer at the hands of the bands sixth studio release Head Cage.  The noise, banging, rage, clanging, screeching and yelling begin shortly there after and don't stop until one of the best heavy albums of 2018 wraps up.

Metal has more sub-genres then you can shake a leather studded fist at and Pig Destroyer dips into all of them on this release; the band confidently expands it's sound on a hardcore groove based "Army of Cops" which feels almost mainstream. The track is a highlight on an album full of them with head banging, pit ready riffs and vocals which are recognizable, all layered around bassist John Jarvis and drummer Adam Jarvis flow.

The Jarvis squared rhythm section are an excellent new addition to the band with Adam joining half way through recording their last album and John joining the band here on record, the first time Pig Destoryer has ever recorded with a bassist. "Circle River" also continues this groove based thrash metal direction with pounding drums, screeches, well produced gang vocals and a swirling breakdown.

While long time fans may gravitate to the more clanging noise, blast beat explosions like "Dark Train" and "Terminal Itch" yet it is these more spread out efforts that lend texture and depth to Head Cage. "The Torture Fields" blends both of these worlds with screeching and off kilter expert drumming, that could just as easily move a live pit or be a theme song for a horror flick.

Pig Destroyer are alive with power and ferocity throughout, constantly twisting their sound to keep it fresh for both their fans and themselves. Including guest vocalist Kat Katz (Agoraphobic Nosebleed) who spices up "Concrete Beast" which thunders forward with crushing force while the blistering minute and a half "Mt. Skull" finds front man JR Hayes lamenting lost homes and lives. 

"The Last Song" mixes in digital samples from Blake Harrison along with a sludgy low end while Full of Hell's Dylan Walker adds more vocal dynamics as the beat trudges through swampy intros before exploding out of the depths splashing and descending from all sides. Guitarist Scott Hull is at the forefront of this record having recorded it and written multiple memorable runs.

The album closes with the over seven minute nightmare of "House of Snakes" adding another dimension to the group who are riding a late career high throughout Head Cage. Every sub-genre of metal the band tries out works winningly and while Pig Destroyer's newest clearly won't be for everyone, fans of adventurous heavy music need to give Head Cage a spin; it is some fierce shit. 
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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Album Review: Candi Staton - Unstoppable

Candi Staton
Unstoppable
**** out of *****

The soul singer Candi Staton's 2014 comeback was titled Life Happens and was a soulful survivors guide to staying positive through tough times. Unstoppable keeps that vibe alive, but also pushes up the energy on all fronts.

Going on her seventh decade recording music Staton is fiery and lets you know right from the drop as "Confidence" sets the tone. Lyrically Staton can not be contained, but it is the electro-funk playing around her that kicks the record into a higher gear. Pumping horns and a locked in rhythm section that just happens to be provided by her sons Marcus (drums) and Marcel (bass) Williams pop and lock throughout the strutting opener.

The groove keeps rolling, in a more relaxed fashion on the head bopping "I Fooled You, Didn't I?" and the smooth and slinky (complete with funky keyboard accents) "Love Is You" is just restrained enough to keep it from the disco realm. The full funk force kicks back in for "It Ain't Over" which is a soul survivor bumper, dedicated to anyone who has ever felt like the world was all against them.

Her positive call for fixing the present "Revolution of Change" uses warbling guitars allowing Staton to stretch out and speak directly to the listener while "Stand Up" continues this call to action but injects more energy into the mix with a faster tempo; however both tracks run on a bit too long with their message of change.The two closing tracks are a bit more effective in this vein with the direct song about domestic violence "The Pleasure's Not Worth The Pain" and her Muscle Shoals retro soul blazer "Can I Change My Mind".

The crisp production was handled by Mark Nevers and things never become to slick as there is always a funky break, trumpet squeal or keyboard bubbling over to keep things unique. Candi has always had an interesting ear for covers and this album is no exception. She and the band give a funky strutting work out to Patti Smith's "People have The Power" turning it into a gospel influenced anthem while she pulls back for a more nuanced take on "(Whats so Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" stripping away the rock and her funky players for acoustic guitars and a focus on her vocals. 

Pairing Life Happens with the even better Unstoppable, it is clear that Candi Staton is enjoying a late career renaissance and is in a wonderfully positive place artistically. Her fierce singing, strength and determination shine through even during the darkest of times.
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Dylan Cover #341 The War On Drugs "Tangled Up In Blue" 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 War On Drugs performing "Tangled Up In Blue" 
Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this track:
Wow. The song that never ends, the tune that might just best sum up Dylan, if that is remotely possible. Dylan constantly toyed with this song (check out the Rolling Thunder and Real Live version's if you haven't yet) and even he knows it can't stay stagnant in one form for long, so covering it is a good bet.  Needless to say it is in the top 5 greatest songs he ever wrote if we were ranking them...hmm.
Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE digs the War on Drugs. Their most recent album was excellent and we ended up ranking it high on our best of list for last year. Their sound seems perfectly suited for takes on Dylan's 80's period.
 
Thoughts on Cover:
Here they go for a classic, and while the sound isn't perfect with a phone recording the band from super close range, the spirit is there and an admirable cover flows out. We particularly dig the fuzzed up guitar solo that is thrown down to close the shortened number as certain verses are skipped.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Full Show Friday: Vieux Farka Touré @ Brooklyn Bowl 2/25/18

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...Vieux Farka Toure!

This week RtBE is proud to showcase Vieux Farka Toure for Full Show Friday. The Mali singer and guitar player puts on a spirited show from early this year. Recorded at Brooklyn Bowl the group work through Mali's songs with dexterity but it is truly Toure who stands out with his fiery playing.

Definitely an artist to keep tabs on going forward.  Pro-Shot, Pro-Shot. Enjoy:

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Album Review: Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band - 6/5/81 Wembley, London

Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band
June 5th, 1981 Wembley, London
**** out of *****

The Site http://live.brucespringsteen.net/ has been releasing shows from Bruce's past for anyone to download and enjoy. While all of the recent shows have been recorded and uploaded, every month or so the site will dig into the archives for a blast from the past. Last month the site offered up the June 5th 1981 Wembley Stadium show and it is a behemoth; over three and a half hours of music.

This performance was during the bands six night London stand on the worldwide River Tour. The European leg was Springsteen's first shot at playing to this market and he poured his all into it, so much so that the Western European leg was delayed three weeks due to Springsteen's exhaustion from the first two legs. There is a weariness in Springsteen's voice on the selected night, but the band is whip crack tight and the (slightly) reserved Bruce lends himself to the quieter/softer numbers.

The biggest surprise of the show has to be the pacing and song placement, this is immediately evident as the concert starts with none other than "Born To Run". Springsteen and crew used this as the opener on The River Tour and it is almost as if crowds weren't prepared for it right off the bat. The guitars are low in the mix for "Prove It All Night" but gradually increase in volume as the show goes on while the "Out On The Street" is a touch sluggish not hitting the joyful high of studio or other live takes.

On the flip side the introspective "Follow That Dream" is successful with only minimal instrumentation and Bruce's raspy/weary vocals. That sense of foreboding works amazingly well for "The River", "Independence Day" and "Darkness on the Edge of Town" but the lesser played "Johnny Bye-Bye" never captures the 50's rockin' sound the group were shooting for while a mid-set "I Fought The Law" feels misplaced. The emotion and seriousness embedded in Springsteen's take on Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land" is hypnotic while the cover of Creedance Clearwater Revival's "Who'll Stop The Rain?" nails the dramatic aspects of the song.

"Badlands" is grandiose, opposite of the some of the tighter/manic performances this group of players have banged out during this number and the performance on this night is an upbeat highlight of the first set. The odd pacing however returns as Springsteen chooses to wrap up the first set with the introspective "Thunder Road", it is a wealth of riches from a song perspective, but the performance aspect of the beginning of the show never truly locks in.

The second set flows better to start as "Hungry Heart" is already crowd pleasing, "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)" is revved up hip swinging rocker and both "Cadillac Ranch" and "Sherry Darling" keep the party flowing with Clarence Clemons saxophone solo in particular highlighting the last of those.

The whole show hits a cinematic high-point however in the middle of the second set as "Because The Night" steals the evening. The band uses the songs dramatic opening to capture the audience, slamming them on the notes as the effort climbs before Springsteen shreds his voice screaming the mantra into the English air; this track alone reason to download this show.

After the blistering song, the band takes some time to gain it's footing again as "I Wanna Marry You" (complete with odd static sounds), and "Point Blank" are downers and normally blazing pair of "Candy's Room" and "Ramrod" never fully coalesce. Show closer "Rosalita" contains group intro's but the band is waning a bit, needing a break to gather themselves (who wouldn't) as the second set ends.

This being Bruce Springsteen however more is never enough and the encore finds all of the players back and completely energized as "I'm A Rocker" totally captures the Jersey shore rock jangle Springsteen envisioned. The heightened poetic tale of "Jungleland" is huge in scope as the piano of Roy Bittan sings, but not as lovely as Springsteen does though on the stripped down Elvis Presley cover "Can't Help Falling In Love".

The bands "Detroit Medley" finally ends the night paying respects to Little Richard by way of Mitch Ryder and is a dynamite exclamation mark on huge night of music. The River Tour had more famous shows, and probably a few better played, but the fact that THIS is a good-to-average night in this bands life circa '81 is a huge testament in and of itself.

Springsteen and the E-Street Band are a hurricane force, June 5th, 1981 Wembley, London proves that they always blew strong; their passion and commitment to the rock and roll spirit are still palpable almost forty years later.
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Album Review: St. Paul & The Broken Bones - Young Sick Camellia

St Paul & The Broken Bones
Young Sick Camellia
**** out of *****

On St. Paul & The Broken Bones debut Half The City the group dove into retro soul sound with passion, then their follow up the excellent Sea of Noise was one of the best albums of 2016, expanding the bands sound by experimenting with outer-space funk. That trend of successfully widening the groups breath and scope continues on Young Sick Camellia which roots itself in the south through it's title, some lyrics and interludes, but also soars for the stars.   

The album was written from front-man Paul Janeway's personal relationship with his father and grandfather. Janeway is, as he describes it:
I’m liberal, a blue dot in a very red part of the world. When you’re from Alabama you have to go out of your way to make people understand that you think a little differently. But we’re an Alabama band—it’s who we are.
Those personal relationships with direct family members and spirituality/wisdom may form the crux/inspiration for the record, but in the end they also muddy the overall flow. Janeway is evolving as a lyric writer and when he addresses those relationships directly on "Hurricane" or we hear from his "pawpaw" in recorded conversations, the moments are deeply personal and cathartic but also rub awkwardly against the universal appeal of the standout first single "Apollo".

Listening to that track alone, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Jesse Phillips (bass, guitars) Browan Lollar (guitars), Andrew Lee (drums), Al Gamble (keyboards), Allen Branstetter (trumpet), Chad Fisher (trombone) and Amari Ansari, Jason Mingledorff (saxophone) hit it out of the park with a magical grooving funk soul work out dealing with pure love; a dynamite four minutes and forty five seconds of bliss. 

Another scorcher is the drop dead sexy flow of "Nasa" which fuzzes up guitars putting bass and organ work front and center while Janeway's amazing vocals captivvate leading to a swirling climax. The group injects some disco with the Bootsy Collins bass bubbles of "GotItBad" and "LivWithoutU" both of which get the dance floor moving but dig deep with questioning/spiritual lyrics moving mind an body. 

The choice to partner with polished producer Jack Splash (Cee-Lo, Kendrick Lamar, Alisha Keys) and striving for accessibility is evident throughout, but mostly during their tricky foray into hip-hop samples and beats during "Mr. Invisible". Not a blazing success, but not as silly as it may seem. The duo of "Convex" and "Concave" also possess flashes on modern with "Convex's"odd electro sounds (and even more convoluted lyrics) for "Convex" and a dip into pop rock territory with thematic strings for "Convex".

This mixing of feelings/goals, a down home record that captures pop sensibility and appeal in 2018 make for a bit of a disjointed overall listen but it is hard not to admire a band who goes for it all. The drawn out dramatic closer "Bruised Fruit" hearkens back to the southern personal family bonds (and the obvious "Strange Fruit" comparison in the title) with pianos, a huge horn crescendo and cinematic scope, but the ending isn't fully nailed as the record grapples with issues bigger than most albums can deliver, or ever even aspire too. 

Young Sick Cameilla tries to straddle personal connections, the twisted history of the American south  and cosmic nature of life, not just for Janeway but with all human relationships (physical and spiritual). Some big ass goals and the band almost pulls it off, falling just a bit short, however, the gorgeous vocals and musicality from the group still succeeds on multiple levels crafting a complex listen, solidifying them into a echelon of must hear artists.
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Two New Hold Steady Tracks Released Today

As The Hold Steady have done before each of their recent mini tours, the group has released new songs to celebrate the shows.

The upcoming multi-night stand in Toronto will most certainly hear both "Confusion in the Marketplace" (par for later day HS) and "T-Shirt Tux" (pretty cool and unique for the band) live when the band plays the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern next week.

For some reason these new tunes are fine yet there is a overriding feeling that Finn is writing lyrics separate from the music and forcing alignment of cool lyrics into songs that they may or may not fit. Then again we are just hearing them for the first time and "T-Shirt Tux" particularly is a engaging listen with an interesting musical ending and both "The Stove & The Toaster" and "Star 18" are solid efforts.

All of these A/B side releases may one day add up to an album or just may live in our new streaming bite sized world, but either way it is heartwarming that the best version of this band continue to be inspired to create new music together.

RtBE can not wait to party with them in November. Until then enjoy the new tracks streaming below and download them from the groups bandcamp page.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Album Review: Beanpole - All My Kin

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

It is of a weird, one-time recording from Beanpole. A Primus offshoot which is pretty god damn strange.

We broke this one down pretty honestly in the review so buy the record, check it on bandcamp, read the review and peep some video below:




Monday, September 3, 2018

Dylan Cover #340 Osvaldo Paese "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 Osvaldo Paese 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:
Osvaldo Paese is a singer songwriter who likes to upload both originals and covers to his youtube channel. Head on over and support him.
Thoughts on Cover:
A man, his guitar and a song. Pretty straight ahead. Mr. Paese dives right into the song with passion and sings with some fire, making for a good listen of this deeper Dylan cut on Labor Day.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Mastodon Tour Canceled, Dinosaur Jr. Touring Solo @ Small Venues

Unfortunately the co-headlining tour between Mastodon and Dinosaur Jr. has been canceled as there is a "critical situation with a member of the Mastodon family.

Dinosaur Jr. though has decided to go ahead with a tour playing much smaller venues then normal. All the tour dates can be seen above and tickets will be on sale ASAP.

While it is certainly a shitty situation, this allows for some unique viewing experiences for fans (RtBE very much included) of the noise rock titans. This is a super cool opportunity to catch the loud band in tiny, ear blistering locations...RtBE can not wait. Until then, some live Dino for your Friday afternoon.




Full Show Friday: Dave Matthews Band SPAC 7/14/18

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...Dave Matthews Band!




Some months our Full Show Friday's will focus on specific artistsyearsvenues, festivals or some combo of it all. This month we focus on summer concert standby's who always played the picturesque Saratoga Performing Arts Center over the years. 

August always makes RtBE think of upstate New York, specifically the town of Saratoga. Going to high school just a few miles from the town, we would spend many August days at the beautiful horse track and hot nights in the state park watching bands from all over. A few years back we presented shows from the venue itself This month we will highlight some bands who always seemed to roll through and we (mostly) got to see live.

Last time we did this series focused on SPAC we started with DMB and as much as it pains us, we need to end with him this month. Perhaps no one seems to typify SPAC summer shows more than Dave Matthews Band over the last 25+ years.

That said, I could care less about the band....So I will leave it up to RtBE's editor to write a bit about DMB at SPAC (and other places) in 1997 (and 1994). You can to read it below while listening to a more recent set from the band. Just click that Read more buton to get started.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Frightened Rabbit Announce First Show Since Scott Hutchison Passing

Our friends over at Brooklyn Vegan have pointed out that Frightened Rabbit will play their first show since the death of founding front-man Scott Hutchison.

RtBE wrote about Scott's passing and honestly did not think the band would ever play again so this is good news. Various friends will be on hand to help out the group.

The concert is in Glasgow and titled Sleep In the Park. The show is a part of a nationwide sleep out to help end homelessness in Scotland. Below is some video of Scott and Frightened Rabbit from their Live on KEXP Session from 2016:



Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Album Review: Jason Eady - I Travel On

Jason Eady
I Travel On
**and1/2 out of *****

Jason Eady has been at this a long time. The Mississippi born but now Texas living country song writer and singer has been putting out rootsy albums since 2005 and for the first time on I Travel On he brings his acoustic touring band into the studio to record live and fresh.

The normal country touch points are eased into as the players relax with the sounds around them. The albums standout arrives early as "Now or Never" begins with a silky groove pushed to the front before each player gets a spin while Eady sings with back porch ease. Dobro player Rob Ickes also helps out and his contributions add layers as the road tested players drop into tracks like the easy rolling "That's Alright" with confidence and strutting style while the marital bliss of "Happy Man" even proclaims he is blessed to be playing with the band and singing with his wife.

That singing voice is a big plus on the album as the duo pair well on "She Had To Run" before Eady's warm rich vocals are pushed to the forefront on the slow title track album closer. The tempo picks up a bit for "Calaveras County" which shouts out to wide open spaces in typical country fashion before "The Climb" deals expertly with aging and the dull pains and small victories that come with it. "Pretty When I Die" gets the fiery picking flying showcasing the talent of Ickes as the strings, snares and fiddles keep pushing things forward causing boots to stomp and kick up dust. 

Not everything is peaches and cream though as opener "I Lost My Mind In Carolina" feels completely out of place with it's modern country sheen, custom made for a single release on an album that really doesn't cry out for one. "Always A Woman" is cliche slow dirge that deals with advice in tame/dull/outdated ways while "Below The Waterline" deals with flooding (specifically in New Orleans) in a straight ahead manner. 

Eady and company have produced a no nonsense country singer songwriter record and while none of the tracks are jump out, must hear, the overall quality carries the day.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Album Review: Brian Owens - Soul of Cash

Brian Owens
Soul of Cash
**** out of *****

The Ferguson, Missouri singer Brian Owens decided to interpret Johnny Cash's songs in a rhythm and soul review style on the aptly titled Soul of Cash release.

The production, supporting crew and Owens vocals are all ear opening as the genre sift on Cashes music may look odd at first, but rings out gloriously in headphones as rich bass, drums, horns and singing soar. Opening with Cashes best known song "Ring of Fire" the ease and confidence that Owens and band display are masterful, allowing the horns to seep in after a setting the grooving scene; a sensual track.

The tempo and energy gets a nitro boost as "Folsom Prison Blues" pumps from the get go and Owens asks for forgiveness from his mamma. "Walk The Line" is excellently pushed forward by an intoxicating bass run which controls the opening as strings slowly enter before the full band release.

"Cry, Cry Cry" is the most retro soul standard on the album but this is no way a let down as the crisp guitar runs, backing vocals and horns are note perfect, allowing Owens to sing passionately to his cheating lover. The groove and drums of Daru Jones take the lead on "Sunday Morning Coming Down" which builds in funky procession to a call and response vocal to wrap up in hip shaking fashion.

Dylan McDonald joins on vocals for "Long Black Veil" and it is the one song that really doesn't change all that much from other versions of the old weeper, adding just a minimal organ to the vocals while "The Man In Black" is a hell of a revved up, funky fresh full on soul review; Cash may have never envisioned his tune interpreted like this, but he would damn sure approve of this cooking take.

The lone original track closes the album acting as Owens mission statement. "Soul In My Country" has Rissi Palmer on board for vocal support but the direction is clear as he calls out to country legends explaining how their songs have affected his life and spiritually. A perfect statement track to close out a musical experiment that succeeds on all fronts.         
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Monday, August 27, 2018

Dylan Cover #339 Rob Paynter "Tempest"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is by Rob Paynter doing a cover of "Tempest"

Thoughts on Original:
We wrote this when reviewed the album by the same name back in Nov 2012:

"Tempest" deals with the Titanic and manages to bore almost from the get go becoming a weight around the neck of the album.  It never develops any real energy in the lyrics or the playing, which itself becomes a major issue with the album.

We still feel that way, I think this track is a stinker but I came across this version on youtube and gave it a spin, probably because I am impressed anyone took the time to learn all the words...

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Rob Paynter is a guitarist who was born in South Africa, moved to England and now lives in Australia. He makes videos of his playing, both guitar and Ukulele, of originals and covers.

Thoughts on Cover:
This is a hoot! Rob gives you the closeup strums for Ukulele for the Dylan cover as well as the chords so you can play along. He also adds guitar flourishes behind the educational video so the track is listenable on it's own with added accompaniment. While "Tempest" is one of our least favorite Dylan tunes here at RtBE, we love a good Uke cover and may have to try to play this one tonight. Educational and inspirational as we come to the end of summer.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Full Show Friday: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 3/8/95 @ United Center, Chicago

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...Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers!
Some months our Full Show Friday's will focus on specific artistsyearsvenues, festivals or some combo of it all. This month we focus on summer concert standby's who always played the picturesque Saratoga Performing Arts Center over the years. 

August always makes RtBE think of upstate New York, specifically the town of Saratoga. Going to high school just a few miles from the town, we would spend many August days at the beautiful horse track and hot nights in the state park watching bands from all over. A few years back we presented shows from the venue itself This month we will highlight some bands who always seemed to roll through and we (mostly) got to see live. 

Ahh, Tom Petty. While we could have picked other years and other shows, this was when RtBE felt Petty & The Heartbreakers was riding highest, right around the release of Wildflowers. We already went deep on that record so we will talk about catching them live the summer of '95 on outdoor leg of this exact Dogs Have Wings Tour surrounded by the warm woods of SPAC.

It was a great night, our first seeing the group, as well as catching up with tons of old friends who weren't into the music as much as the party, but the sounds and set list were a joy. For this show there is a distinct memory of being pressed up against the barricade between the lawn seats and the amphitheater bowl seats.

It was a fun as hell night and one we wanted to showcase on this Friday in particular with The Travers tomorrow. RtBE is back in town for Pints, Ponies and Post Time at the Spaaaaaaa! 

Pro-Shot, Pro-slightly warped VHS tape sound, full setlist below. Enjoy:


Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Chicago, United Center March 03, 1995
Love Is A Long Road You Don't Know How It Feels 4:52 Listen To Her Heart I Won't Back Down 15:03 Free Fallin' 18:24 You Wreck Me Diamond Head Mary Jane's Last Dance 32:05 Into The Great Wide Open 42:03 Learning To Fly 47:15 Don't Fade On Me 51:46 Girl On LSD I Just Wanna Make Love To You Wildflowers 1:06:46 Yer So Bad It's Good Too Be King Breakdown 1:23:06 Driving Down To Georgia Refugee Runnin' Down A Dream 1:39:00 encore: Honey Bee 1:48:30 American Girl 1:55:02

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Live Review: Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah @ Blute Note, NYC 8/22/18

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


It was of Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's early set on Tuesday night August 22nd at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Greenwich Village, NYC.

RtBE has been big fans of CSaA since we first found him through bandcamp with his Stretch Music release release. It was great to find a new NOLA jazz artist who was pushing boundaries in all directions. Then came The Centennial Trilogy and we were amazed, reviewing each of the individual releases (part 1, part 2, part 3) and ranking the overall project high on our year end review for 2017

Tuesday was the first chance we have had to catch him and his band live and when they were playing we were not disappointed. They can cook. He is a very personable band leader, on this night a bit too personable with the constricted set times, but otherwise it was a success. He will be back at the Blue Note in the beginning of 2019 and hope to catch him again.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Album Review: The Milk Carton Kids - All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn't Do

The Milk Carton Kids
All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn't Do
***and1/2 out of *****

There has been a lot of change in the lives of the Milk Carton Kids. The duo of Joey Ryan and Kenneth Pattengale have been making excellent acoustic music for years now but with Ryan having children and Pattengale surviving Cancer and ending a long term relationship, upheaval is at the center of their newest record, All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn't Do.

Even with that sense of change, fear and some sadness (as well as increasing instrumentation on certain songs) it is impossible to hear the duo and not immediately think of classic Simon and Garfunkel. The acoustic strumming and particularly the sweet harmonies recall the great 60's duo as the younger California players bring much of the same talents that the New York City folkies did decades ago.

Tracks like "A Sea of Roses" and "Younger Years" in particular sound like they could have been outtakes of S&G's as the Pattengale and Ryan reflect on life. Things get updated for "Nothing Is Real", an interesting take on our digital society wrapped in bitterness which actually works well with the Milk Carton Kids gorgeous sound while "Blindness" just pairs the groups magical vocals with haunting melloncholy.

Drums, violins and flutes are added to the politically tinged "Mourning in America" and while it isn't the most successful track here the extra instrumentation works, strongly supporting the singers. A style that doesn't fit as well is the weepy steel guitar accented country tearjerker "You Break My Heart" which finds the vocals going falsetto but the end result feels more parody than tribute.

The centerpiece of the bands newest release is the nearly ten and half minute "One More For The Road" which again incorporates a full band sound as the group jams out and lingers over lost loves, all lead by excellently searching acoustic guitar work . Other winning efforts are the rootsy-rolling "Big Time", the swirling "Unwinnable War" and the intimately confessional disk closing title track.

Overall, the record is an enjoyable journey as The Milk Carton Kids grow, hurt, love, lose and persevere on their retrospective sounding All The Things That I Did And All The Things That I Didn't Do.   
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Album Review: Luluc - Sculptor

Luluc
Sculptor
***and1/2 out of *****

The first thing that hits you on any Luluc release is the gorgeous melding of the duos vocals. Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett are the Australian artists and their newest release, Sculptor keeps the singing as intriguing as ever, but have broaden their instrumentation (with the help of  some friends) releasing the strongest album of their career. 

Opener "Spring" brings a Band of Horses soaring vibe to the forefront while Randall takes over the vocals for "Heist" which is as about as confrontational as the outfit has ever been around light horns and an an organ buzz while the folky "Cambridge" softly swells on the breeze. The National's Aaron Dessner co-produced the disk and there are lots of parallels with the slightly off but restrained sound of Sculptor and National releases. 

Other guests arrive to help out as drummer Jim White adds some scattered percussion to "Genius" giving the folk track a jazz flair while J Mascis arrives for a brief guitar solo which sounds like it was recorded in an adjacent studio on the best overall track "Me and Jasper" dealing with small town talk as Randell and Hassett meld beautifully. 

Less successful offerings are "Kids" which laments growing up as different sounds float in and out yet becomes dull during it's extended run time, never paying off while "Controversy" has it's heart in the right place, but crams too many thoughts into the brief tune, feeling more like a demo or outtake.

Even when the Randell and Hassett miss the mark, the results aren't skippable. The outfit can make almost all songs sound pretty with fluttering singing and tempered music to fit the mood. Sculptor is a clear step up as Luluc seem ready to rise to the next level. 
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Monday, August 20, 2018

Dylan Cover #338 Joey Vaughan "Thunder On the Mountain" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from Joey Vaughan and is a live cover of "Thunder On The Mountain 

Thoughts on Dylan Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
The opening track on Dylan's 2006 album Modern Times, "Thunder On The Mountain" has all the ingredients of a classic; ingenious word play, a rhythmic backbone and some sweet fret work.  In my original review of Modern Times I quoted three sets of lyrics from this tune.  It is epic and fits in with the heavyweights of Dylan's past.
Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Had not heard of Mr. Vaughan before this week. He is a blues artist, Joey Vaughan has a youtube page with covers and originals.

Thoughts on Cover:
Not the easiest track to take on solo, but Vaughan does a stand up job. With a full band he could take this cover to the live stage, but as it stands it is a passionate attack on the Modern Times number. Vaughn sings and plays with style and accentuates things with a smile, appropriate for this song. 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Full Show Friday: Santana 8/18/70 Tanglewood Lenox, MA

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...Santana!
Some months our Full Show Friday's will focus on specific artistsyearsvenues, festivals or some combo of it all. This month we focus on summer concert standby's who always played the picturesque Saratoga Performing Arts Center over the years. 

August always makes RtBE think of upstate New York, specifically the town of Saratoga. Going to high school just a few miles from the town, we would spend many August days at the beautiful horse track and hot nights in the state park watching bands from all over. A few years back we presented shows from the venue itself This month we will highlight some bands who always seemed to roll through and we (mostly) got to see live. 

There are few bands that evoke outdoor summer sunshine fun better than Santana. Almost on this exact day 48 years ago this killer concert went down in Tanglewood. Holy Moley, this is a gem.

Santana is another one who whenever he toured seemed to play SPAC in the summer, so much so that our first time catching him was when we got a $10 ticket because he couldn't put asses in the seats anymore!

It certainly didn't effect his playing from the stage. It was early 2000's and his band mixed his Supernatural comeback (blah) with old warhorses (yeah!) so he was well worth checking out...we still have hte poster and ticket from this night framed in RtBE HQ. 

Full setlist and info regarding the show below. Pro-Shot, Pro-Sound this one is a summer highlight for sure, Enjoy:


Santana - Full Concert Recorded Live: 8/18/1970 - Tanglewood (Lenox, MA) More Santana at Music Vault: http://www.musicvault.com Subscribe to Music Vault: http://goo.gl/DUzpUF Setlist: 0:00:00 - Batuka / Se A Cabo 0:07:38 - Black Magic Woman 0:13:19 - Oye Como Va 0:17:51 - Incident At Neshabur 0:23:25 - Toussaint L'Overture 0:28:25 - Evil Ways 0:32:53 - Hope You're Feeling Better 0:37:31 - Treat 0:44:04 - Savor / Jingo 0:53:42 - Soul Sacrifice 1:06:53 - Gumbo 1:11:34 - Persuasion

Personnel: Carlos Santana - guitar, vocals Gregg Rolie - keyboards, piano, lead vocals David Brown - bass Michael Shrieve - drums Jose "Chepito" Areas - percussion, conga, timbales Mike Carabello - percussion, conga, vocals

Summary: Recorded just over a year after Santana played its historic Woodstock Music & Art Fair performance, the band was fast becoming one of the biggest in the world. They were about to release their second album, Abraxas, and were riding high on the heels of three hit songs from their debut album and a new Top 10 hit, a cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman."

A year earlier - in fact only a few days before the Woodstock Festival - Bill Graham staged the first of several concerts billed as "The Fillmore at Tanglewood." Tanglewood is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the storied venue had just begun to experiment with staging contemporary concerts on their grounds. Staging a rock concert in a classical venue had yet to be done, so of course the concept of doing so excited Graham. He brought the full-scale Fillmore East production team in, including the Joshua Light Show, and booked a great lineup. This first concert featured B.B King, Jefferson Airplane and The Who, and drew the largest crowd that Tanglewood had ever seen by far. 

Buoyed by the event's success, Tanglewood and Graham agreed to stage three similar dates in 1970. The last of these is this show, when Santana headlined after The Voices of East Harlem and the legendary Miles Davis had played. This historic and beautifully recorded performance features a smoking performance by Santana in the last year of their classic lineup, before a young Neal Schon joined the band. We think you'll agree it's an incredible performance by a great band in their prime.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Album Review: Beach Rats - Wasted Time EP

Beach Rats
Wasted Time EP
*** out of *****

When members of Minor Threat/Bad Religion, Lifetime and The Bouncing Souls come together to put out an EP of quick punchy punk rock it is most certainly worth a listen. The first release from Beach Rats comprised of Brian Baker, Ari Katz, Danny Windas, Pete Steinkopf and Brian Kielen, is a doozy titled Wasted Time.

The brief release manages to hit upon pop-punk, anthems, noise flourishes, heavy stomping and bouncing bass grooves all over it's brief run time. None of the efforts reach the two minute mark, but the vitality is evident. Opener "Lonely For the Night" screeches the fret boards while slamming ahead with mosh pit intensity before a grooving mid song change of pace.

The distorted bass and positively blazing guitars scream throughout "Stay All Night" as the constructed drum slams keep pace while "Sports Stink" and "Skins Brains and Dubs" cook slamming forward. Title track and disk closer "Wasted Time" uses solos and a slapping drum opening to set the tone around patented punk/whining style singing. 

The only detriment to the EP is the singing of Katz which seems intentionally low in the mix, keeping lyrics hidden for the most part. Outside of the style of vocal recording Beach Rats have the foundation of a successful outfit but as with all of these pairings enjoy what you have and always hope for more as Wasted Time on Bridge 9 Records scratches that summer punk itch.
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