Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Album Review: Trojan Jamaica Compilation - Red, Gold, Green, Blue

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

It is of Trojan Jamaica's first official release the compilation titled Red, Gold, Green, Blue.

Everyone from Toots to Sly & Robbie were on the album covering blues tunes in reggae style. It is alright, but more hit and miss than it probably should be.

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


Monday, July 15, 2019

Dylan Cover #384 The Grateful Dead "Desolation Row"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today is a live cover by The Grateful Dead of the Dylan tune "Desolation Row"


Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this track:
A magnum opus of early Dylan. A song that is mystical and heated, politically charged while never explicit. One of the more expansive songs he has written and an early indicator that Dylan was on another level lyrically. From Ezra Pound to Bette Davis there are literary references, pop culture bits and a complete fabled world that comes alive in the ears. A true high point when it comes to Bob Dylan songs.
Cover: 

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE loves the Grateful Dead. We have voted for them as the Best American Band in our favorite bar stool conversation and are showcasing them this month in our Master's Series.
Thoughts on Cover:
A really solid version of this tune the Dead covered quite a few times. The bass lines from Lesh are really well placed, Brent's atmospheric keyboards and Jerry's vibrant guitar runs/backing vocals contain great flair, but it is Bobby Weir nailing the singing and lyrics on this Dylan tune which make it special. From 7/19/89 whose whole show is really top notch and forms the basis of Down Hill From Here.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Full Show Friday: The Grateful Dead 8/4/76 Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ

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...Grateful Dead!

For July The Masters Focuses on The Grateful Dead

July finds RtBE mining familiar ground when it comes to our Masters Series, but there is just no better summer band, so enjoy The Grateful Dead in the sunshine to end the work week. This month we have four shows from the band and we will be using the four decades they were active for each week. This week the 70's get some love, 1976 in particular.  

This is a pretty famous show, with some big crowds and thanks to the magic of the internet the whole thing can be enjoy in the year 2019 and beyond. This was a great tape in our cassette collecting days, because it unequally turned up Phil's bass levels to uber loud. This video is more even but Phil is still a force to reckon with.  

Excellent sound, gives the live feel and the video is just dynamite, showing the band in the prime days. Full set list and information below, including tons of "noodling" call outs from the original poster. 

Enjoy:

Grateful Dead - Full Concert Recorded Live: 8/4/1976 Roosevelt Stadium (Jersey City, NJ) More Grateful Dead at Music Vault: http://www.musicvault.com Subscribe to Music Vault: http://goo.gl/DUzpUF Setlist: 0:00:00 - Introduction 0:06:05 - Sugaree 0:17:42 - noodling 0:20:16 - New Minglewood Blues 0:24:56 - noodling 0:30:34 - Row Jimmy 0:41:18 - noodling 0:42:55 - Big River 0:48:43 - noodling 0:50:29 - Loser (Incomplete) 0:55:25 - They Love Each Other (Incomplete) 0:57:16 - noodling 0:58:35 - The Music Never Stopped 1:05:10 - noodling 1:06:59 - Scarlet Begonias 1:22:23 - Crowd Noise: "Fireworks Display" 1:28:34 - Announcements 1:31:07 - Jay Green Juggles 1:38:34 - Mr. Jiggs Performs 1:47:05 - Announcements 1:49:17 - noodling 1:52:45 - Help On The Way / Slipknot! / Franklin's Tower / Dancing In The Street / The Wheel 2:42:13 - Samson And Delilah 2:49:19 - noodling 2:51:14 - It Must Have Been The Roses (Incomplete) 2:58:26 - noodling 3:02:43 - Not Fade Away / The Other One Jam / Space Jam / The Other One 3:29:47 - Ship Of Fools 3:37:52 - noodling 3:38:46 - Sugar Magnolia (Incomplete) 3:45:52 - Sunshine Daydream 3:49:38 - Crowd Noise: "Encore Break" 3:53:15 - noodling 3:55:47 - Johnny B. Goode 4:00:28 - Outro

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Live Review: No Redeeming Social Value 7/5/19 @ St. Vitus Brooklyn, NY

No Redeeming Social Value
Killer of Sheep & Silence Equals Death
Live 7/5/19 @ St. Vitus
Brooklyn, NY

On a steaming July night over the 4th of July weekend some of Hardcore's best took to the dark stage at St. Vitus in Greenpoint Brooklyn. The sweat was already soaking all of the black t-shirts  in attendance before opener Silence Equals Death plugged in and kicked things off.

Coming from various other outfits, the band, (Scott Earth on vocals, Fred Delacruz and Wade Culleny on guitars, Brett Holloway on bass and Ryan Bertone on drums) have been at it with their bruising attack since 2011. The tunes switched between slowed down stomp sections and straight ahead punk as the group slammed. Highlights were the screaming from Earth on "End Times" and the bands knockout set closing cover of Inside Out's "Burning Fight".

Next up was Killer of Sheep and the four piece from Pittsburgh, PA delivered a more off-kilter attack with their short blasts of fury and angular riffs all supported by some amazing drum work. The group (Oyo Ellis : guitar Ollie McClellen : vox Keith Smallwood : bass Greg Mairs : drums ) used their hyper thrash style to attack the crowd who were watching more than dancing. The precision strike of "Lose Control" was one hot spot as was the thundering bass of "Thought Police" which dropped into a heavy groove propelled by the fantastic Mairs. The warbling electric riffs of "Firewater" and "The Jig Is Up" were both also chaotic as McClellen was a whirlwind; next time the pits will hopefully explode for this band. 

The slam dancing kicked off in earnest for punk rock party favorites No Redeeming Social Value as the band kicked off it's old school ways with "More Tattoos" containing the only lyric rhyming scarification with bacitracin in the history of music. Classics like "Beer ='s Fun" and "Chicken" caused the crowd to slam from side to side in the tight club. "The New 64" found front man Dean Miller reminding the crowd about beers past while drummer Glen Lorieo slammed heavy on the drums for a new tune titled "Wasted 4 Life" which is a prime singalong.

The group got the whole crowd worked up for the ripping "No Regrets" as Kent Miller inserted new solo's into the old standby before the set closed around John Franko's heavy bass work in the pile-on anthem "Skinheads Rule". 
Apologies to both Ramallah and Subzero as RtBE caught up with old friends at the bar during their sets and while they were certainly moving the crowd, too many drinks were consumed and not enough notes taken to review their sets properly.
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Masters: The Grateful Dead - 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 August The Masters focuses on The Grateful Dead.

While the other months of The Masters series has allowed RtBE to focus on artists we love but haven't had the opportunity to highlight, this month is a bit different. Before the Monday Dylan Cover Series began, we used to focus on Grateful Dead shows every Monday for the first year or so of the site. Here is one example from the past as we have written a good deal about them for the site, but really wanted to include them in this new series. 

It is no coincidence we are focusing on the Dead during July, they are this sites vote as America's best band and they were the ultimate summer attraction with their touring hoards of Dothrak...err Dead Heads. While in the past we have spent time on individual shows (which may come up when we get to the live album post) today we are going to tackle studio albums which according to every fan of the bands (except the sites friend Lindsay) agree is not their strongest work.

The truth is, even from their earliest days the Grateful Dead always over did things in the studio, whether from the producers idea (#5 on our list) or by their own choice (#4 and #3 on our list) the band just couldn't control themselves. Some would argue they couldn't control themselves out of the studio either, but that is a different post. 

That said, the band had a long and winding career with many musical phases and it was fun to go back and listen to their studio albums to put this list together. So let's start "Truckin'":

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Album Review: Budos Band - V

Budos Band
V
**** out of *****

The Staten Island based funk horn/afrobeat band has always had splashes of ominous metal tinged riffs and feelings flowing through their sound but that comes to the forefront on the groups newest and one their overall strongest releases, V. Unlike a group like Brownout, Budos Band instills hard rock and metal influences into their personal sound creating a new hybrid rather than out and out covering metal bands in horn fashion. 

The cover of the record could be Mount Doom from Lord of the Rings or any other mountain used for symbolism or foreboding imagery, but the tunes on the album reach just as high kicking of with with "Old Engine Oil" which is a clear Led Zeppelin meets crisp bright horns mashup; the riffs are meaty and the horn fills sharp form the get go.

"The Enchanter" continues the blaxploitation soundtrack mixed with Dungeons and Dragons feelings but does so around a bass driven groove and a baritone sax solo which pumps up the creepy factor. Each of the tunes balances deep rhythms, flush horn work and a metal spirit but a few rise up to the top of the heap.

The heavy riff work and snare slaps meld with organs to create the foundation of "The Spider Web Part. 1" which soars to a huge solo with squawking horn mix and percussion break while "Ghost Break" warbles and into the unknown while "Arcane Rambler" is the best of the bunch. That track has spaced out effects, head bopping riffs, intricate percussion and a Sergio Leone vibe ending up sounding like a cosmic spaghetti western possibly written by HP Lovecraft

The album goes for more metal texture than pumping grooves over it's second half as "Malestrom" kicks off what feels like a stoner rock/Black Sabbath with horns influenced run of originals. "Veil of Shadows" (with dynamite trumpet work), the brief "Rumble from the Void" and mammoth closer "Valley of the Damned" all are thematically linked (as is the whole album) in this more restrained vein; if Sleep ever wanted a horn section, look no further.

While this type of blending of horn styles may fall to much in-between genres for any of the fans to really latch onto, V is an excellent mashup of emotions, power and feeling without singing one word. Budos Band haven't released any bad albums, but V just may be their pinnacle as they climb to their their own shadowy mountain top.   
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Monday, July 8, 2019

Dylan Cover #383 The Grateful Dead "Just Like Tom Thumb Blues" 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 Grateful Dead playing "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
An energetic romp that has been covered by everyone, this tune is a great swirl through Dylan's freaky mind. It was a punch and a whirlwind journey through Juarez, Mexico around Easter time...Maybe. There are lots of literary hints dropped, as well as a mischievous smile throughout. One of the first Dylan tunes we gravitated towards and with good reason, it is still one of our favorites.  
Cover:

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE loves the Grateful Dead. We have voted for them as the Best American Band in our favorite bar stool conversation and are showcasing them this month in our Master's Series.

Thoughts on Cover:
Ahh the rare Phil Lesh lead vocal!  As we mentioned back in April when we celebrated the historic Phil and Phriends shows, RtBE has no problem with Phil's vocals, but can understand it if certain people don't dig his style. As for this cover the group gives it a unique intro and outro, and Phil mixes up the vocals. A fun yet non essential dance through this tune for a July Monday...which Phil dressed for properly...how about those shorts!

Friday, July 5, 2019

Full Show Friday: The Grateful Dead 5-3-68 Low Library Plaza Columbia University, NY, NY

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...Grateful Dead!

For June The Masters Focuses on The Grateful Dead

July finds RtBE mining familiar ground when it comes to our Masters Series, but there is just no better summer band, so enjoy The Grateful Dead in the sunshine to end the work week. This month we have four shows from the band and we will be using the four decades they were active for each week. This week the 60's get some love, 1968 in particular.  

This amazing footage from the band sneaking onto the Columbia campus and playing is fantastic. VoodooNola has so many great videos and he even syncs this one with the vocals almost on point.  A piece of history here
   
Amazing video, with soundboard music, that is different to start but syncs perfectly post vocals. Enjoy (and don't sleep on the bonus below):

And since that is not the full show, obviously....here is a killer soundboard from a bit later in 1968 minus the video, but def worth a listen as the band gets waaaay out there, some prime '68 Dead, even without Pigpen to add to the cosmic madness. This is a tight ass band who explore the cosmos, great soundboard, full info below:

Grateful Dead October 12, 1968 Avalon Ballroom San Francisco, CA
Recording Info: SBD ... Master Reel ... Dat (48k) 
All Transfers and Mastering By Charlie Miller August 12, 2011 
Notes: -- Pigpen was absent -- First notes of 2nd Set missing -- 
Thanks to Joe B. Jones for his help with the pitch correction  
--Set 1-- 
Introduction 
Dark Star ... 
Saint Stephen ... 
The Eleven ... 
Death Don't Have No Mercy 
--Set 2-- 
That's It For The Other One ... 
New Potato Caboose ... 
Drums ... 
Jam ... 
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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Enjoy The 4th of July With The Grateful Dead

The United States celebrates it's Independence today, so enjoy the outdoors, hanging with friends and living life. What better soundtrack for that is there than The Grateful Dead?!?!
(It's official, this is our new 4th of July tradition, so enjoy this great show)

We took the opportunity a few years back to talk about the Best American Band question on July 4th. Now we are just giving you our answer in concert form, the Grateful Dead's July 4th 1989 concert. What a doozy! It is the perfect time to bust it back out.

This was played/filmed up at Rich Stadium, home of the Buffalo Bills and captures the Dead in one of their better late period shows, pro audio and video to boot. From the opening "Bertha" to the 1st set closing "Deal" Jerry is just on and seems to be in a great mood. A few personal favorites of RtBE's are in their ("Stagger Lee", "Row Jimmy") adding to us digging on this set.

Not many setlist surprises, just on point playing from the group. The second set starts with a great "Touch of Grey" before the reggae tinge of "Man Smart, Woman Smarter".  "Terrapin Station" is always a welcomed 2nd set addition and RtBE are always a sucker for Brent's work on "I Will Take You Home" as it just melts our hearts. What better Encore for the 4th of July then "US Blue's"?

The full set list is below, Enjoy:

Set 1
Bertha
Greatest Story Ever Told
Cold Rain and Snow
Walkin' Blues
Row Jimmy
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Stagger Lee
Looks Like Rain
Deal

Set 2
Touch of Grey
Man Smart, Woman Smarter
Ship of Fools
Playing in the Band
Terrapin Station
Drums
Space
I Will Take You Home
All Along the Watchtower
Morning Dew
Not Fade Away
E: U.S. Blues

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Live Review: Screaming Females & Swearin' 6/28/19 @ Industry City, Brooklyn, NY

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of Screaming Females recent live show with Swearin' opening at Industry City Courtyard in Brooklyn, New York.
RtBE has been on board the Screaming Females band wagon since we first saw them in '09 and the first line in the review really says it all; this is the best three piece rock outfit going today. They got it all strong songs a great rhythm section and a dynamic front woman who captivates. 

Go see them whenever they play anywhere near you. RtBE can't wait to catch them again. Support the artists, see them live, read the review and peep a few pictures and video below:


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Live Review: Jason Isbell & Father John Misty 6/19/19 Prospect Park, Brooklyn NY

Jason Isbell & Father John Misty 
Live 6/19/19 
Prospect Park- Brooklyn NY

There has been a ton of rain in New York City this Spring and it poured all day Wednesday June 19th but while the clouds and some light sprinkles fell over the Prospect Park band shell Mother Nature thankfully held off from soaking the three quarter full crowd on this night. While Jason Isbell and Father John Misty's co-headlining tour did not sell out, the groups played strongly to the receptive audience.

Jason Isbell opened up this night as the players alternate on the tour and he and the 400 Unit oozed confidence as they delved into their collection of songs about recovery, broken homes, tough choices and even a cover. "Hope The High Road" opened things up with Isbell's slide guitar playing fantastic but a bit muted as the sound system caught up to the players. On the whole the volume was low this night probably so the rich neighbors lining the park wouldn't complain, but the sounds leveled off nicely. 

"White Man's World" had a great fiddle guitar duel from Amanda Shires and Sadler Vaden who also paired up for a closing jam which included mallets on the drums and fluid bass runs all wrapped up "Last of My Kind" spectacularly; a set highlight. Another great tunes was the glorious version of "Cover Me Up" which starts as a duet before huge swells and powerfully gorgeous vocals from Isbell. There was some great banter around his Star Is Born song "Maybe It's Time" and the group covered Fleetwood Mac on "Oh Well" but the delicate closer "If We Were Vampires" shows the strength and nuance of the songwriter and band.

After a brief set break Father John Misty took to the stage in his blazer and pants, hands in pocket to serenade the crowd with "Hangout at the Gallows" around pumping horn work.  His ten-piece backing band where fluid and nimble on the evening at times providing dramatic backing to Misty's singing or laying in the background to allow his voice to shine.   

"Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings" had a good groove but allowed the guitars to get after it bathed in soothing red lighting while "Mr. Tillman" brought out huge cheers from the crowd when he hit the line, "Jason Isbell's here as well/And he seemed a little worried about you" but Isbell did not make a cameo.

Two of the major set highlights came back to back "Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins) included swelling drama as trumpets soared before he introduced "Please Don't Die" from the excellent God's Favorite Customer as "yet another song about death" but the harmonica work from Tillman, strumming guitars and warm increasing horns were life affirming.

Misty and company played two newer, unreleased songs, "Time Makes a Fool of Us All" which is pushed along with an 80's pulsing dance beat while "Tell It Like It Is" is a slow poetic piano ballad. started off slow but  beats and more harmonica work. The set wrapped up with Misty dancing with his microphone for "I Love You, Honeybear" before the encore of "I Went to the Store One Day" and "Date Night" wrapped up an excellent night of music under the swelling clouds and darkening sky.
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Monday, July 1, 2019

Dylan Cover #382 The Grateful Dead "When I Paint My Masterpiece" 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 Grateful Dead playing "When I Paint My Masterpiece"


Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
Emerging from the writing/recording demo sessions at Big Pink and credited to Dylan "When I Paint My Masterpiece" was first was recorded and released by The Band and associated with them as much (or more so) then with Dylan himself. A fantastic rollicking tune that trapezes through history, in a fun bouncy manor. Engaging, fun, lyrical and musical, an upbeat gem of a Dylan tune that I am sure the boys in The Band had a hand in.
Cover:

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE loves the Grateful Dead. We have voted for them as the Best American Band in our favorite bar stool conversation and are showcasing them this month in our Master's Series.

Thoughts on Cover:
A really solid cover kicks off this month's Dylan series as we focus on the Grateful Dead in our Master's Series and the Dead were never shy about breaking out a Dylan cover at a show. This version is from 1988 and the group firsts started performing it in 1987. This version comes from MSG and was during a rain forest benefit, whatever the circumstances it is a fantastic cover of a great song, kicking off our months long focus on the Grateful Dead.