Friday, February 15, 2019

Full Show Friday: Ariana Grande Live at Amazon Prime Day 2018

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...Ariana Grande!

Each January RtBE does a Jazz showcase and judging by clicks, people aren't that into it, so for February we go pop during our Full Show Friday series to blatantly attract clicks. Fret not though, The Masters series is also focusing on The Beatles this month and will mix in some classic shows.

We here at RtBE could not identify one song from Ms. Grande, but we will gladly have people click here to check her set from Amazon Prime Day 2018 out. With Amazon pulling out of it's deal with NYC yesterday, this seems like a good day to showcase this particular set.

Enjoy:

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Live Review: Thundercat @ The Blue Note NYC 2/13/19

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

It is of Thundercat's early show from last night at the Blue Note in NYC.


have reviewed Thundercat before, Drunk was quirky and cool but not very repeatable; truthfully I have not played it much since reviewing. Needless to say I was not prepared for how great a live show Stephen Bruner pulls off. He along with keyboardist Dennis Hamm and drummer Justin Brown were electric on the small stage.

Any fan of adventurous tunes need to check out this trio, you can try to get into some of the remaining shows at this Blue Note run, you will not be disappointed. I really hope they craft a live album from this stand as I would love to hear these tunes again.

Support the artist, read the review and peep some other live video of the trio below:

Frank Migliorelli & The Dirt Nappers New Single, "Only Here" Attacks NRA

With a new album set to be released on March 15th titled  The Things You Left Behind, Frank Migliorelli has released an important new single today titled "Only Here".

This is more then just a simple tune, which is obvious when you listen. It was inspired by the Parkland shooting massacre and is being released on the anniversary of those shootings.

In Frank's own words: "It is pretty sad that we have to have songs like this". More in depth, Frank has stated:
“I remember, Feb 15, 2018, - The day after the Parkland shootings- when I was standing on the subway platform, an intense feeling of sadness hit me. I really don't know what to say except I was just overwhelmed with grief and the disbelief and anger. Grief at the loss of life. Disbelief that we barely flinch every time a mass shooting happens. Anger that we let our gun policies get dictated by a bunch of thugs hiding behind some ancient constitutional amendment so they can protect their gun industry. Three days later, after a few 18 hour days in the studio, this song came out. This is war, and hopefully people will listen to this as rallying anthem.”
The song will be available to the general public for download and streaming at the following locations:

Bandcamp- https://dirtnappers.bandcamp.com/
iTunes- https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/frank-migliorelli-and-the-dirt-nappers/1050060618
Spotify- https://open.spotify.com/artist/1fdpE2yGXbHarYA6zEVf1Bsi=DDlCWydiRieXLfknZBb6XQ

All proceeds from this song will be donated to Every Town for Gun Safety and the Sandy Hook Promise. This version features Tony Tino on bass, Sherryl Marshall on vocals, Daniel Weiss on organ, Thad DeBrock on guitar, and Tommy Diehl on drums. The track was mastered by Scott Anthony at Storybook Sound.

We were lucky enough to have interviewed Frank for his last release and will be reviewing his new album soon.

Be sure to catch him live and below is a solo acoustic version of "Only Here" with an intro which briefly describes his process with the new tune.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Jason Isbell & Father John Misty Co-Headlining June Tour

In the Father John Misty song "Mr. Tillman" he sings the line "Jason Isbell's here as well/And he seemed a little worried about you". Now Jason Isbell himself can keep close tabs on Mr. Tillman as the two will be co-headlining a cross country tour this June.

Both are RtBE Personal Favorites as we love Isbell's albums and shows while rating Misty's most recent album, God's Favorite Customer our favorite from last year, but have not yet seen him live.

That will change this June in Brooklyn as the pair play hour long sets each for the Celebrate Brooklyn show. Tickets can be obtained now through the artists pre-sale with the code: FJMISBELL
The full on-sale happens this Friday if the pre-sale sell out. It is going to be a fun night of tunes out in Brooklyn in June, or wherever you happen to catch this tour as Isbell and Misty are two of the best songwriters going today. Below are some live videos to prep for the show:




June 6 – San Diego – Cal Coast Open Air Theatre $ + 
June 7 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl $ + 
June 8 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre At UC Berkeley $ + 
June 9 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater $ + 
June 11 – Redmond, WA – Marymoor Park $ + 
June 14 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory $ + 
June 15 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion $ + 
June 16 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion $ + 
June 17 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre $ + 
June 19 – Brooklyn, NY – BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival $ + 
June 20 – Canandaigua, NY – CMAC $ + 
June 21– Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion $ + 
June 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Metropolitan Opera House $ + 
June 24 – Richmond, VA – Altria Theater $ + 
June 25 – Cary, NC – Koka Booth Amphitheater $ *
June 27 – Irving, TX – Pavilion At Toyota Music Factory $ + 
June 28 – Houston, TX – White Oak Lawn $ + 
June 29 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center $ + 
$ – Father John Misty
* – Jade Bird
+ – Erin Rae
^Unless otherwise specified.

Album Review: Endless Floods - Circle The Gold

Endless Floods
Circle The Gold
**and1/2 out of *****

The doom metal band Endless Floods newest effort is a move towards more melodic travelings from 2017's more drone laden II. The French trio still lumber and take their time getting anywhere, Circle of Gold is two tracks running over forty minutes, but now the group inserts flashes of hope among the sonic rubble.

The band (Stéphane Miollan - Bass & Vocals Simon Bédy - Guitar Benjamin Sablon - Drums) crawl ahead, opening up with the huge drum hits of the title track before vocal wails are buried under the trudging sound. The effort devolves into sparse feedback and the odd cymbal drum hit about six minutes in before slowly and blissfully climbing up the muddy banks to evolve into a dense buzz laden beast standing on two legs around the eleven minute mark. The track brings back distorted screams from Miollan, but vocals act more as sonic tapestry, deciphering the words is impossible but the title track climbs high to close, finishing on a positive note.

The follow up "Seeds" continues the assault with layers of feedback drums and low end to break upon the eardrum like waves as the trio sail towards brighter skies. The same pattern is back as the song empties into sparseness around the six minute mark again, with just a drum and various notes of a guitar keeping the song afloat before things turn around. The difference this time is the guitars hold course while the drums of Sablon take the lead moving in different directions to right the ship. Their are both ominous sojourns and noise interludes over the twenty minute adventure but the style remains the same.     

Endless Floods are moving towards a more inclusive sound with their doom laden, slow numbers and there is a sense of coming out of the darkness on these two tracks. That said, it is not the easiest to digest if you are not a fan of this style of metal. Those who enjoy the plodding, loud, mammoth simple structures will find the rumblings soothing Circle The Gold's sheer force of sound.
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Support the band, buy the album (the album will be released Friday 2/15) while FVTV Recordings has posted the full album for you to preview now:

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Live Review: Yola @ Rockwood Music Hall 2/6/19

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


It is of Yola's NYC debut last Wednesday Night at Rockwood Music Hall in Manhattan.

We covered almost everything there is to say in the piece, but this felt much more like an industry showcase as opposed to a show. Not that it is a bad thing, but perhaps it was the early set time or the groups of people who knew each other, or short set had a different feel then most shows.

Yola is a dynamic singer though who will certainly be making a name for herself very shortly.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Dinosaur Jr. (Somehow) Top Japanese Charts in 2019

In one of the most bizarre music stories in the last few years, one of RtBE's Personal Favorites Dinosaur Jr. has somehow beat out the likes of Arianna Grande to top the Japanese charts last week.  Yes, you are awake, yes, this is 2019.

Thanks to our friend Noah for send us this amazing story. Kotaku dives into the mystery but it is official, "Over Your Shoulder", a song which was never released as a single, never had a video made, and was part of an album released in 1994, is number one in Japan, based on youtube views. 



The track from 1994's Without A Sound is a fine, typical Dino Jr tune, if a bit dull compared to the bands other outings, but then again Without A Sound isn't our favorite album of theirs. A few years ago we ran down our rankings of the trio's records for a Glide and it was towards the bottom.

We also did a feature where we selected one song from each of the bands records to showcase. "Over Your Shoulder" didn't make that one either as we chose "I Don't Think So" from Without A Sound.


Pretty crazy story (got to love the Japanese keeping it weird) but this along with Tidal's fudging makes the charts seem a little suspect. However, if this gets Dinosaur Jr. a headlining tour of Japan ala Spinal Tap when "Sex Farm" hit it big, that would be a hell of story.


Dylan Cover #362 George Harrison "Absolutely Sweet Marie" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, George Harrison doing a live cover of "Absolutely Sweet Marie" 
Thoughts on Original:
The first time we tackled a cover of this tune (is one of the most popular in this series):
Color me shocked that we are 36 covers into this series and just now we are getting to someone covering "Absolutely Sweet Marie". The original was one of the most complete songs Dylan has written even if you are never quite sure what he is addressing.  He likes the song but surprisingly never played it live until 1988, I find that kinda odd. He dove into this songs' lyrics specifically during a 1991 interview published in Paul Zollo's book Songwriters on Songwriting, Dylan gives an idea of how he sees the song in his explanation of a line about a "yellow railroad":

That's about as complete as you can be. Every single letter in that line. It's all true. On a literal and on an escapist level.... Getting back to the yellow railroad, that could be from looking someplace. Being a performer, you travel the world. You're not just looking out of the same window everyday. You're not just walking down the same old street. So you must make yourself observe whatever. But most of the time it hits you. You don't have to observe. It hits you. Like, "yellow railroad" could have been a blinding day when the sun was so bright on a railroad someplace and it stayed on my mind.... These aren't contrived images. These are images which are just in there and have got to come out.

Tight taught and still somehow allusive, pretty cool and totally Dylan at his finest and a real Blonde on Blonde jam.
The closest I ever got to the sound I hear in my mind was on individual bands in the Blonde on Blonde album. It's that thin, that wild mercury sound. It's metallic and bright gold, with whatever that conjures up.
Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
George Harrison is the Beatle who was closest with Dylan, as he orchestrated the amazing Traveling Wilburys and wrote/recorded with Bob on a few other occasions. Bob even covered "Something" live in tribute to Harrison.There was a deep connection, friendship and respect between the two and it is palpable.

Thoughts on Cover:
Coming from the mammoth 1992 concert at MSG which celebrated Dylan's 30th Anniversary of his first Columbia release Harrison nails it on this one with GE Smith and the band cooking behind him. This was a highlight on a night full of them and a fantastic addition to our monthly Masters series.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Full Show Friday: The Beatles In Australia 1964

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 Beatles!

Our focus this month in our ongoing Masters series are The Beatles and since they stopped touring midway through their career there, isn't a lot of video footage to choose from. Here they are from 1964 as the mop haired quartet play Australia to the crowd of screaming fans.

Info regarding the recording and presentation on youtube is below from the creator of this video. Enjoy:


For those curious, this film Includes footage of most of the concert, with four audio-only bonus tracks at the end. This was not to chronicle the event like a documentary, but an attempt to provide a more impressionistic experience, and highlight enjoyment of the music footage by: -- Removing the intra-song dialogue -- Trying to raise low bass (but it was really too muddy there) -- Bringing up high treble for ease to hear vocals/guitars -- Zooming in slightly to help fill out the frame -- Using analog multi-band compressors to balance the sound. Notes: 1. Including the intra-song dialogue didn't make as much sense since a.) the song order had to be re-arranged anyway .b.) it's already available in other links. c.) IMO it highlights the intense emotional atmosphere -- the attempted goal on this video. 2. A very slight plate reverb was used on the John songs were his vocal was distorting and too forward in the mix. 3. It's a shame that on some of the Paul songs his mic is somewhat low. And John's rhythm guitar sounds great, but mixed a little loud. (It's nice to hear because it's usually more buried, but on this there was no way to easily correct it. I tried to bring up the frequencies a tad where Paul's voice was punching through, but there was a lot of overlap that made it hard.) 4. at 4:54 it appears as though the drummer is gone but that's just a drum kit from the previous band. Ringo is on a platform. 5. On a few songs the audio/video sync is slightly a few frames off -- because the original source was off. Most viewers don't notice or care; but if you watch the 2016 Ron Howard feature you'll see it's off there too. Apparently it was married together about 20 yrs ago from the video and soundboard recording. I just got really tired with working on this and didn't notice. And also I never expected this video to be so popular since other versions have been around. Here's one that's closer to the original source footage: Part I https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPZ-A9WJzTE Part II https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSiT0HdZ7Tg Unfortunately YouTube doesn't allow for re-posting w/o losing views/comments. Hopefully someday. The back-half of the video is great though. ;) Note: If I post a second update, it'll be on my Beatles channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpSIYxcyFDTe7U7UiKx_l3A [Video+audio] 00:07 -- You Can't Do That 02:42 -- All My Loving 04:48 -- She Loves You 07:11 -- Can't Buy Me Love 09:19 -- Twist and Shout 12:01 -- Long Tall Sally [Mostly just audio] 14:41 -- Til There Was You 16:53 -- Roll Over Beethoven 19:13 -- This Boy 21:29 -- I Saw Her Standing There (If you want to scroll right to the brief video snippets of the last four songs, just run your mouse over the red line thumbnails to find them.) Since the goal was to group together the filmed parts, this is not the actual order of the concert (likely 6/17/64). See this for more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles%27_1964_world_tour

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Album Review: Galactic - Already Ready Already

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of Galactic's newest release, Already Ready Already

I seem to be the go to for Galactic reviews on Glide Magazine, having reviewed the last few of their albums for the site. This one is better than Into The Deep, weaker than Carnivale Electricos and our favorite of theirs Ya-Ka-May. No matter when they release something I am very happy to do so as the band is constantly innovating and using the most musical city in the country as it's back drop. 

The beauty of the band is that they are funky chameleons and looking to evolve every time out. Honestly, it doesn't always translate perfectly on record, but the results are always worth hearing. 

Already Ready Already plays like a long EP more then a must hear full length, but he songs can hit some really high-points including "Touch Get Cut" and our favorite "Dance At My Funeral", their pumping collaboration with BOYFRIEND. 

Personally that is why I love listening to Galactic, if I was to look at the album sleeve and guess which songs I would like best based on guests or known musical styles of tunes 99% of the time I would be wrong, they always turn me on to something new. Can't ask too much more when reviewing tunes. 

Support the band, buy the album, see them live (this Saturday @ Brooklyn Steel) read the review and peep some video below:

   

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Masters: The Beatles - Top Five 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 February The Masters focuses on The Beatles.

RtBE focuses on Jazz in January, and that is the only reason The Beatles weren't first in our Masters series as they are the TnT of Rock n' Roll. While others were doing it before them, it took four lads from Liverpool to explode the genre onto a world wide stage. John, Paul George and Ringo are iconic on their own and a supernova when they were together.   
Moving from copying Chuck Berry and other idols into some of the best song writers in pop history the four piece (along with George Martin's production) were instrumental in evolving rock and roll and they did so by embracing the studio and full length LP's. Today we are going to talk about our picks for their top five studio albums, but it is hard to go wrong with any by this group. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Album Review: Boogie - Everythings For Sale

Boogie
Everythings For Sale
***and1/2 out of *****

The 29 year old MC named Boogie (Anthony Dixson) from Compton, CA has made waves with mix-tapes over the last few years, but now from Shady/Interscope Records comes his debut full length Everythings For Sale. Produced primarily by Keyel the flow of the record is a mix of jazz instrumental passages, bass beats and introspection.

From the beginning Boogie is conflicted with mixed messages as "Tired/Reflections" uses the refrain  "Ain't no point in using weapons, no I'm at war with my reflection" and this theme is constant throughout; this track sets the tone and keeps a dour mood for the full album. The pull and pull and pull of living life, doing right, being himself and questioning everything Boogie seems searching and depressed on every single track lyrically. Never confident or happy, there is a angst that is clearly more internally raging then externally violent. Musically the style is cohesive in it's searching as well. a restrained mix of club ready beats around soft instrumental passages lead to solid backing musical results.

The opener manages to drip in sultry vocals, piano runs, jazzy string and horn parts which materialize and drip into nowhere. "Silent Ride" continues this same motif while he vocally tries to get rawer when it comes to the chorus and Boogie puts on a DMX-light impression. "Rainy Days" incorporates hypnotic bass rolls, skittering slaps and a haunting flute line, but instead of keeping it to himself a disjointed Eminem joins in with mixed results, but it is easy to observe why an aging Marshall Mathers sees some of his young questioning (if supremely less violent) self in Dixson. 

A better full guest run is the sped up lines from J.I.D who joins for a few bars of "Soho" which Boogie starts more aggressive on than normal before musical breaks are slammed, slowing things back down with jazzy sounds for the last stanza. These musical accompaniments are lush and rolling, keeping things flowing while Boogie's lyrical journey is disjointed and confusing but not in a negative way; as Boogie ends the song saying "He is cooping with a lot". 

Generational malaise has been discussed and Boogie is smack in the middle of it, at times feeling more like a spoken word/poetry reading or psych session then a hip-hop album, the intro acoustic guitar is a wonderful simple accompaniment before the bass and horns hit elevating things on "Skydive". Christian Scott atunde Adjuah shows up to blare his horn on the questioning of relationships/everyday living titled "Whose Fault" but the jazz vibe is constant through Keyel and others (Dart, C.Ballin, etc) production which is engaging and challenging.

Things are more one note and less successful on the modern R&B sounding tracks like "Swap Meet" and "No Warning" and the harder trying "Self Destruction" feels almost as a parody with all the self examination which came before. Like the artist himself the music succeeds best when it isn't sure where to go like on "Lolshm (Interlude)" as a shift mid song works wonderfully. 

For a first album Boogie sounds like an old soul (just officially entering the game at 29 qualifies him as such actually in hip hop) who can't figure it all out or his space in the world; join the club. Promising, deep, challenging, enjoyable and very of it's 2019 release date yet with timeless musical traits, Everythings For Sale breaks the right way for Boogie and team. 
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Support the artist, buy the record and peep some video below:

Monday, February 4, 2019

Dylan Cover #361 George Harrison "If Not For You"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by George Harrison playing "If Not For You"

Thoughts on Original:
The song was first recorded in May 1970 with George Harrison then re-recorded that August and released later that year on New Morning. The Harrison version surfaced on the excellent Bootleg Series 1-3 and George has been connected to the song for years, (releasing his own version on All Things Must Pass) but the tune has a true Dylan feel, especially around his post motorcycle accident days. Country, with poetic and romantic overtones, simple, light, yet lasting the tune is a winner on all fronts.

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
George Harrison is the Beatle who was closest with Dylan, as he orchestrated the amazing Traveling Wilburys and wrote/recorded with Bob on a few other occasions. Bob even covered "Something" live in tribute to Harrison.There was a deep connection, friendship and respect between the two and it is palpable. We will have a few Harrison covers this month...

Thoughts on Cover:
Excellent. The Beatle adds strings and pop orchestration but has a melancholy vocal to the tune that seems to not fully believe in the love hinted at. Or maybe the singer is just at wits end, either way it is a song he is very attached to and with good reason.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Full Show Friday: Travis Scott Gov's Ball 2018 NYC

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...Travis Scott!

Each January RtBE does a Jazz showcase and judging by clicks, people aren't that into it, so for February we go pop during our Full Show Friday series to blatantly attract clicks. Fret not though, The Masters series will also arrive this month and mix in some classic shows to augment the pop.

Mr. Scott was one of the hottest draws of 2018 and his hits continue into 2019 as well. RtBE was amazed that he sold out three nights in a row at MSG in November, but the kids like what the kids like. Mr. Scott is also scheduled to make an appearance at the half time of this Sunday's Super Bowl. Today however we focus on his set from Gov's Ball last year. Enjoy: