Friday, September 13, 2019

Full Show Friday: The Who Live in Houston, TX 1975

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...The Who!
For September The Masters Focuses on The Who

This is a killer recording from The Who's 1975 tour in support of their Who By Numbers album, That one didn't make our top five studio albums and only three songs from this night come from that (and only one from Quadrophenia) as the tour was more of a Tommy Revisited adventure as the movie just came out. 

This is a ripping show from Houston. Just listen to Entwistle's bass on "I Can't Explain"...loose booty rockin'. The band is in fine form. I don't think it is pro shot, but sound is dynamite. Full set list below, Enjoy:


Recorded at The Summit in Houston - Texas, on November 20th 1975 All rights to the copyright proprietors! 01. Substitute 02. I Can´t Explain 03. Squeeze Box 04. Baba O´Riley 05. Boris The Spider 06. Drowned 07. However Much I Booze 08. Dreaming From The Waist 09. Behind Blue Eyes 10. Amazing Journey 11. Sparks 12. Acid Queen 13. Fiddle About 14. Pingball Wizard 15. I´m Free 16. Tommy´s Holiday Camp - (We´re Not Take It / See Me, Feel Me / Listening To You) 17. Summertime Blues 18. My Generation 19. Join Together 20. Naked Eye 21. Roadrunner - REMOVED due copyright claims!! 22. Won´t Get Fooled Again - ( Stills ) 23. Magic Bus 24. My Generation Blues Due copyright clains the - Won´t Get Fooled Again - motion picture is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c9rX...]

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Album Review: Lost Bayou Ramblers - ASTEUR

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

It is of the Lost Bayou Ramblers live album ASTEUR

The live album and the accompanying documentary, On Va Continuer!, celebrate the twentieth year of the Lost Bayou Ramblers, a very interesting band who blend Cajun, jazz, rock and Americana in intriguing ways.

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

RIP Daniel Johnston

One of the most individual artists of recent years Daniel Johnston passed away yesterday, he was 58.

Daniel put a unique spin on pop music, the first time RtBE became aware of him was when Kurt Cobain wore his shirt, but never heard his music until the Kids soundtrack. Even then though he didn't really resonant with us.

Then a cover by Built To Spill of "Some Things Last A Long Time" from The Normal Years really struck a chord and made us dig deeper. The album The Late Great Daniel Johnston: Discovered Covered is the record of his we go back to the most to hear his songs and other artists takes, but to RtBE the most affecting thing is not even Johnston's music it was the amazing documentary, The Devil and Daniel Johnston.   

That documentary was a powerful look at a person diagnosed as manic depressive, bipolar and schizophrenic and how he manages his way through the world with a tough life and a burning desire to make/play music and connect with the people/the world around him. His art and music are unique, safe to say their won't be another like him. RIP. 






Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Live Review: The Raconteurs 9/6/19 Hammerstein Ballroom NYC

The Raconteurs
Live @ Hammerstein Ballroom
9/6/19 NYC, NY

The Raconteurs are currently on tour behind their newest release Help Me Stranger and are also partnering with nugs.net to get their live shows and tunes out to the masses; safe to say all involved are happy with what is going down on stage these days.  Friday night's Hammerstein show was the second of three in the area this fall after the band did a mini club and record store invasion back in the spring when the new record was released.

These shows were much bigger on all fronts as the band played for two hours and ten minutes (one of the longest shows of the tour) and when things seemed to be wrapping up they would dive right back in as Jack White in particular was super engaged leading the charge. Having seen the band on all previous tours, White usually played more of a background role within the Raconteurs, but during this set and encore it was clear he was in charge and loving the stage/crowd.

Not to say the other members are lightweights by any stretch, Brendan Benson was delivering the goods with his Beatles -like numbers as Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler are arguably best rhythm section in rock and roll today. Rounded out by multi-instrumentalist Dean Fritita  and guests Nick Zinner on guitar and a fiddle player who joined on multiple songs the band sounded pristine rumbling when needed and playing nuanced as well.

The Detroit (by way of Nashville) band got down and dirty for the most part though, skewing a bit older on this night than recent shows with the excellent Consolers of the Lonely and Broken Boy Soldiers getting as much love as the new release. Bombing out of the gate the title track of the second album was dynamite, before "You Don't Understand Me" saw a switching of instruments as White moved from piano to a screaming guitar solo to close which morphed excitingly into The Stooges "I Wanna Be Your Dog", a show highlight.

"Top Yourself" with Zinner on extra guitar was an electric bluesy bash while "Sunday Driver" revved up from the get go. The band also dropped a few verses of "Louie Louie" into "Broken Boy Solider" and ran through Albert King's "Born Under A Bad Sign" before a dynamite "Blue Veins" closed the first set.

While technically an encore, the boys treated the rest of the show as a second set, scorching through Donovan's "Hey Gyp", "Salute Your Solution" and "Help Me Stranger". What seemed like a show closing "Carolina Drama" the band broke through curfew wanting to rock out even more with "Steady, as She Goes" popping up to end the fantastic night of guitar lead rock and roll. 
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Great show, great band, 'nuff said:


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Album Review: Dead Feathers - All Is Lost

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of Dead Feathers first release All Is Lost

This is right in RtBE's wheelhouse, noisy psych rock with a groove and stoner edge...but what really separates things is singer Marissa Allen. She is something special and can really elevate this band. Some pretty bad ass album art with this one as well.

Support the artists, buy the album, read the review, stream it on bandcamp or below and peep some video:




First Single From Upcoming Lucky Chops Album, "Full Heart Fancy"

One of NYC's best brass bands and an RtBE Favorite who we also had the privilege of interviewing back in 2015, are about to release their first studio full length album in two weeks.

Lucky Chops have dropped the first single from that album titled "Full Heart Fancy" and you can watch it here:


The full length will be available on the 27th of September and you can pre-order it now. Below are some live clips from the band to get you even more pumped up:




Monday, September 9, 2019

Dylan Cover # 392 Roger Daltrey & Wilko Johnson "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey performing "Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?" 

Thoughts on Original:
(From the first time in this series we tackled a cover of this song)
A rambling transitional tune from Dylan as he moved from folk to his rock phase backed by The Hawks and push that wild thin mercury sound which Dylan was just starting to dabble with. Perhaps because of it's rarity, not appearing on any official album it is always a joy to listen to when it pops up, but there are better tracks in this vein such as the unfinished "She's Your Lover Now" but that is a whole separate post....

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
We are celebrating The Who all month in our Masters series. They are one of RtBE's all-time favorites. That covers half of this duo with Roger Daltrey and Wilko Johnson did some cool stuff with Dr. Feelgood, but those guys don't make our Masters series.

Thoughts on Cover:
A pumped up rollicking version with Daltery's stout vocals, a shaking tambourine and jangle. A lot like the original in the end, a fairly straight ahead cover.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Full Show Friday: The Who Live @ Monterrey Pop 6/18/67

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...The Who!

For September The Masters Focuses on The Who

Let's get started at the beginning, well not the exact beginning, but the show which broke the band for American audiences. Monterrey Pop changed popular music in 1967 and The Who were one of the major acts who smashed down the door. 

We have the full set, with no video, and then a few clips of the band playing the opening and closing numbers with full visual destructive action. Enjoy:

00:00 Eric Burdon Introduction 00:17 "Substitute" 03:59 "Summertime Blues" 07:47 "Pictures of Lily" 10:38 "A Quick One, While He's Away" 19:03 "Happy Jack" 21:25 "My Generation" All songs written by Pete Townshend except "Summertime Blues," written by Eddie Cochran and Jerry Capehart.



Thursday, September 5, 2019

The Last Waltz Tour Returns with November Dates

Returning to re-create one of the best shows in history, The Last Waltz Tour is back with a run of shows in Early November. 
RtBE are huge fans of The Last Waltz and dig into every year when Thanksgiving comes around. Regarding this tour, from Glide's post:
The Last Waltz Tour 2019: A Celebration of The Band’s Historic Farewell Concert features a star-studded lineup led by GRAMMY® Award-winning guitar legend and vocalist Warren Haynes and GRAMMY® Award-winning producer/musician Don Was, with Jamey Johnson, Lukas Nelson, John Medeski, Terence Higgins, and Mark Mullins & The Levee Horns featuring the original horn arrangements of Allen Toussaint. Very special guests Cyril Neville (The Neville Brothers), Dave Malone (The Radiators), and Bob Margolin (Long time Muddy Waters guitarist who performed with Waters and The Band in the original Last Waltz) will be featured throughout the tour.
Tickets are available at http://thelastwaltz.com

RtBE  were not lucky enough to catch this tour in the past, we did catch a different Last Waltz tribute show up at the Capital Theater last year... To prep for this tour, here is some video of their past shows:




Album Review: Chrissie Hynde - Valve Bone Woe

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

It is of Chrissie Hynde's newest solo record Valve Bone Woe.

The album is a collection of jazz interpretations and covers. In the original draft of the review I wrote a tangent of older rockers going jazz, including the Bob Dylan studio output the last few years but I thought it was a bit of overkill on re-read.

This album is fine, it is not really my bag, but for what it is trying to do it succeeds.  The retro cover art is a plus as well looking straight out of 1959.

Support the artist, buy the record, read the review and peep some video below:

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

The Masters: The Who - Best Studio Albums

RtBE loves listening to new music and prides itself on keeping tabs on up and coming artists but in 2019 we are also going to have a monthly spotlight on legendary artists who we really love. We are calling this series The Masters. It will focus on the best albums, live records, transcendent shows and other odd ways we appreciate the artists and their contribution to music, culture and our formation.
For September The Masters focuses on The Who.

When RtBE hears the term 'Rock Band' (not rock and roll mind you) The Who are always the band who jumps to mind. The group were heavy/hard before there was punk/metal. They were over the top, before there was prog. They were in touch with their feelings like folkies, but would make you start a mosh before that was a thing and they never backed down from a fight. 

Pete Townshend, Roger Daltry, John Entwistle and Keith Moon were the perfect rock quartet.  Each played their roles, were amazing at their craft and produced some of the greatest albums in rock history. They were not prolific in the studio, but each record we talk about today could be in talks for best ever.    

Unlike a lot of other British Invasion acts, The Who didn't owe very much to the blues masters that came before them, they were much more influenced by the early American rock and roll inspired by those artists, almost a second generation influence. Unlike the Beatles and the Stones they kept the "roll" out of it and went more for a blasting, the already mentioned metal/punk/prog approach to their songs as they grew as a unit. 

Townshend as a songwriter also tapped into constant themes of childhood abuse, teenage angst and mental confusion. The best part about his songs is that he somehow managed to keep a sense of humor about him and his lyrics. The Who were fun, deep, exciting and a kick ass band so let's dig into their top 5 studio albums....As a reminder, this list is meant to start discussions, not end them....

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Album Review: Lillie Mae - Other Girls

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

It is of Lillie Mae's newest record Other Girls

Lillie seems to be in a hurtful place with the songs sounding dark and ominous, more country pain than usual. The sonic structure is cool as hell though as she most away from straight country incorporating more of her influences like Americana and light rock.

Support the artist, read the review buy the album and stream it on bandcamp and peep some video:


Monday, September 2, 2019

Dylan Cover #391 David Janofsky "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 David Janofsky 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:
This is our first time finding David Janofsky who is apparently a huge fan of Infidels and participates in this ongoing Dylan Birthday party so he may show back up during this ongoing series.

Thoughts on Cover:
A stripped down two man run through from the Dylan Birthday Fest 5/24/17 at the Ardmore Music Hall accompanied by Bob Peak on bass and vocals.

Enjoy your Labor Day!

Friday, August 30, 2019

Neil Young & Crazy Horse New Song "Milky Way" From Upcoming COLORADO

Fortuitous timing on this one as we do our last post for August and get to highlight a new release from this month's Masters series artist Neil Young. Not just any Neil release either, our favorite act he plays with Crazy Horse. For this go round Nils Lofgren fills in for an ailing Frank "Poncho" Sampedro.

The track listing for the new record COLORADO has been released along with the first single from the album title "Milky Way". The tune is not guitar ripping, more atmospheric for the most part but hints at a jamming undercurrent and power lurking under the surface, pretty coo, but listen for your self.  The albums full track listing and info is below. 


Thanks for checking out our thoughts on Uncle Neil this month. 

COLORADO will be available on high resolution digital audio through NYA, and on a three-sided, double vinyl album set with a bonus 7” vinyl single as well as CD and digitally at all streaming and digital outlets. The bonus single contains two non-album tracks, “Rainbow Of Colors,” (live) recorded live by Neil Young solo and was the first-ever public performance of this powerful new fan favorite, and “Truth Kills,” a studio track by Young with Crazy Horse.

COLORADO 
Track listing:
Side 1 Think Of Me, She Showed Me Love
Side 2 Olden Days, Help Me Lose My Mind, Green Is Blue, Shut It Down
Side 3 Milky Way, Eternity Rainbow Of Colors (studio version) I Do
Side 4 Etched artwork Bonus 7”
Single: A-Side: Rainbow Of Colors (solo, live in Portland, OR May 17, 2019) B-Side: Truth Kills (Neil Young with Crazy Horse – studio)

Full Show Friday: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Austin City Limit Festival 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...Neil Young & Crazy Horse!

For August The Masters Focuses on Neil Young

Saved some of our favorite Neil for the last Full Show Friday of this month as his work with Crazy Horse is the project he works on that we dig the most. RtBE was lucky enough to catch The Horse twice on this tour, once at MSG and once up in CT. 

The tour was behind the pretty solid Psychedelic Pill double album and found the fellas in fine form. The band still has it all, and ton the way this year hopes are high. 

Pro Shot, Pro Sound (if a bit distant, play it louder than loud) with full set list info below:

Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Austin City Limits 2012 setlist
1. Love And Only Love
2. Powderfinger
3. Born In Ontario
4. Walk Like A Giant
5. The Needle And The Damage Done
6. Twisted Road
7. Ramada Inn
8. Cinnamon Girl
9. F*!#in’ Up
10. Psychedelic Pill

11. Down By The River
12. Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Third Man Records Partner with Nugs.net

The good people over at Third Man Records, Jack Whites killer record label have been leading the way on vinyl recordings. Nugs.net have been leading the way on digital archives and live online video. Now they partner up for a combo live streaming system and audio archive.

This is exciting news and to kick it off you can catch the Raconteurs upcoming sold out Ryman Auditorium shows on the site!


There will be discounts for Vault members and more offered on the site so check it out. Here are a current list of older shows which will be made available on the site soon:
The Raconteurs
* October 14, 2006: Glasgow, Scotland (Academy)
* October 15, 2006: Manchester, UK (Manchester Apollo)
* October 18, 2006: Newcastle, UK (Academy)
* October 19, 2006: London, UK (Brixton Academy)
* October 20, 2006: London, UK (Brixton Academy)
* October 22, 2006: Bristol, UK (Colston Hall)
* October 23, 2006: Nottingham, UK (Rock City)
* October 24, 2006: Wolverhamton, UK (Civic Hall)
* October 25, 2006: Liverpool, UK (Liverpool University)
 
The Dead Weather
* August 26, 2009: Los Angeles, CA (The Mayan)
 
Jack White
* March 8th, 2012: Nashville, TN (Third Man Records)
 
The White Stripes
* September 27, 1999: Athens, GA (40 Watt)

To spice things up how about some live Raconteurs, Dead Weather and White Stripes to wrap this announcement up?





 

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

WWOZ Revisits Art Neville's 13th Ward Bag

The fantastic WWOZ is reaching back into their archives for a good one and you don't have to be in New Orleans to hear it.

From their Instagram page:

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In the summer of 1981, WWOZ founder Jerry Brock engineered a 90-minute WWOZ program, hosted by a then 43-year-old Art Neville. It was called "Art Neville's 13th Ward Bag," in acknowledgement of the neighborhood where he and his brothers had grown up, and Art still lived. The show was recorded at the WWOZ studios above @tipitinasuptown, which looked out over the 13th Ward across Napoleon Avenue in uptown New Orleans. This was less than a year after WWOZ first went on the air. On Wednesday, August 28, we'll be airing this show again-- the first time it's been heard in nearly 40 years. WWOZ show host @djsoulsister, a.k.a. Melissa Weber, who is also now the curator of the Hogan Jazz Archive at @tulaneu, will be joining Jerry on the air as a co-host.Listen live at 90.7 FM or wwoz.org starting at 2p. The show will also be available afterwards on our 2-week archive. This broadcast made possible thanks to the @jazzandheritagefoundation Archive. First image courtesy of the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane.
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With Art's recent passing this is a great tribute and revisit. The show airs today at 2 pm Central (1pm Eastern) and can be heard for the next two weeks on their archive site.

Pretty great stuff, here is some video of Art playing to get you in the mood.


Album Review: Skull Practitioners - Death Buy EP

Skull Practitioners 
Death Buy EP
*** out of *****

The NYC based noise rock trio Skull Practitioners have played off and on for the last few years, but have not released an official album, that is coming later this year, and they celebrate that with the Death Buy EP which previews their fierce sound.

The tracks are a mix of experimental instrumentals, punk pounding and dreamy escapism. The players, guitarist Jason Victor, bassist Kenneth Levine and drummer Alex Baker can get both tight and loose with equal fuzzy ease. The grimy four song offering starts with the clanging instrumental title track recalling older garage bands with an air of experimental freedom. 

The punk influence is amplified for the driving "Grey No More" with its shout-able chorus and a ripping guitar solo from Victor which cooks with high octane fuel before the Gun Club and Butthole Surfers influence comes out for bass and drum lead track "The Beacon". 

The brief EP wraps up with "Miami" which stretches the bands scope as the over ten minute track is hypnotic with repetitive bass, flair like guitar lines, distortion, warbling effects and dreamy asides. The combo presented on this short but sweet offering makes the upcoming full length highly desired by these ears as Skull Practitioners are converting their studies to success. 
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Support the band (NYC readers their EP release party is Friday at Gran Torino in Brooklyn), buy the EP, stream the record and peep some video below:

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The Masters: Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Top 5 Albums

RtBE loves listening to new music and prides itself on keeping tabs on up and coming artists but in 2019 we are also going to have a monthly spotlight on legendary artists who we really love. We are calling this series The Masters. It will focus on the best albums, live records, transcendent shows and other odd ways we appreciate the artists and their contribution to music, culture and our formation.

For August The Masters focuses on the great Neil Young.

This month we already chatted about Neil Young's best studio albums, his best live work and now we tackle his studio work with Crazy Horse. The reason we broke all of these up is because if we didn't, the records below would have dominated all of our lists; there is no doubt that RtBE likes Neil Young best when he is backed up by Crazy Horse. 
With a new NY&CH album coming soon we couldn't be more excited to revisit these great records. As always this list is a discussion starter, not a final statement on the matter. Let's dip into it as the top album on this list is our favorite thing Neil has done and I guess could technically top all three of our previous lists....

Monday, August 26, 2019

Dylan Cover #390 Neil Young "All Along The Watchtower" Live Farm Aid 1994

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 Neil Young, Willie Nelson and Crazy Horse  performing "All Along The Watchtower" 


Thoughts on Original:
From our first take on a cover of this:
There are certain songs we are surprised we missed cover versions of in the Bard's back catalog...but "All Along The Watchtower" isn't one of them. There is a reason we haven't covered a cover version (confusing). As Wilson mentioned in his post back in cover #44 there is only one true version of this song...and that is Mr. Jimi's.
Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE digs on Uncle Neil a bunch and are showcasing him this month in our Master's Series.

Thoughts on Cover:
For one of the most expressive guitar players to channel both Hendrix and Dylan with Crazy Horse backing him up and Willie Nelson guesting on acoustic, this is a special version of this tune.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Full Show Friday: Neil Young 10/19/97 Bridge School Benefit

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...Neil Young!
For August The Masters Focuses on Neil Young

Here is Uncle Neil going acoustic for the Bridge School Benefit he hosts every year. Very emotional and heartfelt from Young. Pro Shot, Pro Sound, Enjoy:

Neil Young - Full Concert Recorded Live: 10/19/1997 - Shoreline Amphitheatre (Mountain View, CA) More Neil Young at Music Vault: http://www.musicvault.com Subscribe to Music Vault: http://goo.gl/DUzpUF Setlist: 0:00:00 - Introduction 0:01:00 - Without Rings 0:04:50 - Slowpoke 0:08:15 - Buffalo Springfield Again 0:11:22 - Horseshoe Man 0:15:09 - Good To See You 0:18:10 - Tuning 0:18:59 - Silver & Gold 0:22:17 - Stage Banter 0:23:10 - Oh Mother Earth 0:28:39 - After the Gold Rush 0:33:11 - Tuning 0:33:50 - This Note's For You 
0:38:24 - Outro  

Thursday, August 22, 2019

New Neil Young & Crazy Horse Album - COLORADO

Well this is a first, we are focusing on Neil Young for our Masters Series this month, and he comes out and announces a new record due out in October.

Not just any new release, COLORADO is a Crazy Horse record and Nils Lofgren is back in the mix after a very long time. Needless to say we are very excited to hear the new album. Their last Psychedelic Pill was surprisingly solid, even if Americana was a huge let down, but as the positive people we are here at RtBE we have high hopes for this one. Here is Uncle Neil's announcement as well as a plug for his Album of the Week series which focuses on Tonight's The Night, an album that made our Top Studio Albums round up of Neil:
The first track from COLORADO, our next Crazy Horse album, is coming out this month. Billy, Ralphie, Nils and I are all very happy to bring this song ‘Rainbow of Colors’ to you in all its ragged glory, as my original producer and life-long friend, the late David Briggs once said. 113 new songs ranging from around 3 minutes to over 13 minutes, will be coming your way. We hope you love this new album as much as we do.
I have been continuing our work on `Mountaintop Sessions’, the documentary film about the making of COLORADO. It is a wild one folks, no holds barred. You will see the whole process just as it went down! Worts and all! I don’t think a film about this subject with the openness and intensity we have captured has ever been seen. You can be the judge of that, because Shakey Pictures’ `Mountaintop Sessions’ masterfully shot by cinematographer C.K. Vollick, will be released in over mo theaters world-wide the week our album COLORADO debuts, in October.
Made for you in double Vinyl, (three sides plus a 7″ exclusive two-sided single not on the album) will be released, along with CD and streaming versions of COLORADO.
This week on Wednesday, ‘Tonight’s the Night’ will be the album of the week. Watch for a never before seen video, featuring the camera of David Briggs! It will be released in the NYA Times-Contrarian for your viewing, along with an ‘Album of the Week’ story I have written for you. With the 12-minute ‘Tonight’s the Night’ video and that story, you should have a more clear look at ‘Tonight’s the Night’ than you have ever had in the history of this recording! I know it was a long time ago, almost 5o years, but Im still here and it is still so fresh in my mind. That’s what this Archive is about, bringing it home to you. I love the music, the way we played it and what it was about, as well as all the great people who were part of making it. Maybe you are one of them. I hope you love it like I do, along with the good people at Reprise! ny
Until the first track is released later this month, here is some recent Horse to get pumped up for COLORADO


Album Review: Seratones - Power

Seratones
Power
***and1/2 out of *****

Back in 2016 I was asked to review the Dandy Warhols at Bowery Ballroom, getting there early was a smart move because the best thing that happened that night was I got turned on to Shreveport Louisiana's Seratones who kicked major ass with their garage rocking set. Their debut album released the same year was a winner and it even made RtBE's top ten for the year and now comes their follow up and they shifted gears/style/sound in a major way.

No longer a raucous garage rock band with a side of boogie-woogie rhythm, now the outfit deliver a dose of modern soul music with experimental R&B, electro pop and dance rock in the vein of the Alabama Shakes or St. Paul & The Broken Bones. The slick sounds were produced by Brad Schultz from Cage The Elephant as the group goes for mass pop appeal.

The band has also made some lineup changes as AJ Haynes (Vocals, Guitar) Adam Davis (Bass, Backup Vocals) and Jesse Gabriel (Drums, Percussion, Vibraphone, Backup Vocals) remain
but gone is lead guitarist Connor Davis and in his place is Tyran Coker (Keyboard, Piano, Synth, Guitar, Backup Vocals) and Travis Stewart (Guitar, Backup Vocals).

While the players may have shifted this record showcases Haynes coming into her own, from the album art to the videos, to the bands more styled appearance to the soul/disco/dance influences overtaking the sound Haynes is front and center. Her vocals are dynamic as she sings from the heart about issues she cares about in numbers like the anthemic title track burner all the way through the torch song ballad closing "Crossfire" which just uses a piano and her pipes.

The best effort here is the upbeat dance-floor ready "Gotta Get To Know Ya" which infuses a killer bass line, distortion riffs and spaced out synths, but Haynes is still at ht center with her confident swagger. The retro soul is brought to the forefront on the excellent disk opening "Fear" and the expansive "Lie To My Face" which pushes all the correct buttons while "Over Me" takes those elements and injects a modern defiance and killer riff.

These tracks solid but the band is clearly intent on pushing labels and genres. questioning groove vehicle "Who Are You Now" and the dance ready, distortion laced "Heart Attack". "Sad Boi" is straight electro pop thin rock while "Permission" is a slow modern R&B track with minimalist sounds, focusing entirely n Haynes vocals.

When Sleater-Kinney went the full pop rout on The Center Won't Hold, the band had a huge back catalog and decades behind them which made the shift odd, Seratones did the same (even down to the piano ballad finale) on a much smaller scale as they are still a young outfit searching for the right fit. While personal tastes will lead me back to their debut, it is hard to argue with the professionalism, slick sounds and pop appeal of Power
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