Friday, April 3, 2020

Live Streams: Big Freedia

With live music on lock down (like everything else currently in New York City) live streams and old concerts have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. While this current state of pandemic is in order we will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and you can always check out or weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past.

Today we highlight: Big Freedia


Jazzfest, like everything else, has been canceled, but we can still get funky with the sounds of the big easy as Freedia will be broadcasting live on via Facebook.

Let's party tonight and to get in the ass shaking mood here is some Big Freedia:

Full Show Friday: Big Sam's Funky Nation - Jazz Saint Javier 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...Big Sam's Funky Nation!

Every April we have a special showcase for bands who are playing this years Jazzfest in NOLA. Today we will focus on Big Sam's Funky Nation who will be playing Saturday May 2nd on the Congo Square Stage.

Unfortunately due to the outbreak of Covid19, Jazzfest has been rescheduled for October (no official date as of yet). Hopefully all of the scheduled acts are healthy and will be performing then, but since we crafted these posts before the outbreak, RtBE will still post them this month and will regroup/revisit things in the fall when (hopefully) things return to semi-normal 

Last year Big Sam's Funky Nation was one of the highlights of Jazzfest for RtBE, so we wanted to start this month of Full Show Friday's focusing on artists playing the festival in 2020 with them. This show is from 2018 from Jazz Saint Javier and it shows off the Nation's funky style and killer showmanship from Big Sam himself. 

The Nation are dynamite and we can't wait to catch them funking up the fairgrounds on Saturday May 2nd. Pro-shot, pro-sound, Enjoy:

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Live Streams: DJ Herbert Holler and The Freedom Party

With live music on lock down (like everything else currently in New York City) live streams and old concerts have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. While this current state of pandemic is in order we will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and you can always check out or weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past.


Today we highlight: Herbert Holler


RtBE's friend DJ Herbert Holler is live streaming for The Freedom Party through DoNewYorkCity via Summer Stage in a half hour.

Thursday Night Dance Party!

To get in the mood here is their style on youtube.  Get up and dance and always support the DJ:

Live Streams: Brendan Benson

With live music on lock down (like everything else currently in New York City) live streams and old concerts have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. While this current state of pandemic is in order we will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and you can always check out or weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past.


Today we highlight: Brendan Benson

Every day at 4:20 CST Brendan Benson presents his 'Boy In A Bubble' series. He delivers a live song, smokes some herb and chats with his fans. It is a very personal and super cool series that he is running as he interacts with a lot of the comments and questions as well as doing a live tune and chatting about his time in isolation.

Benson also has a new album coming out very soon which we will be reviewing for Glide. Here is our favorite entry in this series so far, the music starts about 6:30 in if you want to skip to that.

Album Review: Thundercat - It Is What It Is

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

It is of Thundercat's newest release It Is What It Is.

We reviewed his last album, Drunk, for Glide as well giving it nine stars....this one is better. While not up to his amazing live show, which topped our list last year, it is still a great mix of whimsy, seriousness and overall cool sounds.

The album is a winner and should propel Stephen Bruner even higher. Support the artist, buy the album and peep some video below:



Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Album Review: Bad Bunny - YHLQMDLG

Bad Bunny
YHLQMDLG
***and1/2 out of *****

The Reggaeton/Latin Trap star Bad Bunny's newest album is a loose relaxed record as YHLQMDLG finds the artist on top of his game and the genre.

This release is a mix of stripped down simplistic moody numbers and full on over the top produced dance floor fillers. It opens on more barren front as ""Si Veo a Tu Mama" takes a Casio keyboard version of "The Girl From Ipanema" and little else to set the mood, but things kick up as the instrumentation and vibe increases on tracks like "Pera Ya No" which uses vinyl sampling, twinkling pianos and distorted vocals and "La Santa" which increases the energy around a fun beat and a guest spot from Daddy Yankee

The yin/yang in energy and more sullen tracks continues as "Solia" uses grooving percussion, "La Zona" is a banging dance track and "Bichiyal" digs deep with the bass bumps while welcoming Yaviah for vocals; all are sweaty numbers. The more inner looking efforts like "Vete", "Ignorantes", "Puesto Per Guerrial" and "25/8" all flirt with minimalist modern hip hop/trap style, but manage to retain the bass, just not the upbeat energy.

The genre and Bad Bunny work best when he is layering sounds on top of samples on top of 808's, basically the more the merrier as the energy and sound drive the best efforts here like "Saferfa". The standout tune uses hip hop samples, thick/thin beats, digital distortion while moving through a variety of styles with the help of Jowell & Randy and Ñengo Flow.

The tune is a mashup of genres this is what Bad Bunny does best, "A Tu Merced" amps up the reggae vibe around huge beats, "P FKN R" uses horror movie soundtrack sounding beats (with Kendo Kaponi and Arcángel) and "Esta Cabron Ser Yo" (with Anuel AA) both manages to increase the gangster flow and the flamenco guitar quotients on the record. "Hablamos Manana" is a catchy hook with supporting rhymes from Duki and Pablo Chill-E as producers Tainy and Albert Hype overload the groove with laser blast as Bad Bunny brings the record to a close.   

While there isn't a mega cross over hit here, the quality level remains high throughout as the full album moves with a swagger and confidence progressing through Bad Bunny's filter. The Puerto Rican star will only rise higher on the back of YHLQMDLG
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Live Streams: Brooklyn Vegan

With live music on lock down (like everything else currently in New York City) live streams and old concerts have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. While this current state of pandemic is in order we will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and you can always check out or weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past.

Today we highlight: Brooklyn Vegan



Simply put, our friends over at Brooklyn Vegan are much better at aggregating live streams than we are so make sure to check out their Live Stream tag and follow the wide range of artists who are doing live streams daily.

They have everyone from metal to hip-hop to classical, they are doing a bang up job so support some great live music and the site. There is the above posted  Indie Heads Festival going down and a band we reviewed in the past, Moaning is going live at 3pm EST.

Here is some video from Moaning to get you ready for a varied day of streams that can even include the Metropolitan Opera.



Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Live Streams: Phish

With live music on lock down (like everything else currently in New York City) live streams and old concerts have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. While this current state of pandemic is in order we will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and you can always check out or weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past.

Today we will highlight: Phish

While technically not a live stream, every Tuesday Phish is doing Dinner and a Movie. Sharing a recipe and streaming a show from their past. Tonight they return to Columbia, Maryland on July 27th, 2014 at 8pm EST:

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Next week’s installment of Dinner And A Movie features Phish’s July 27, 2014 show from Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD. The full show will play for free this Tuesday at 8:30PM ET at webcast.livephish.com or Phish’s Facebook page. The recipe for the dinner part of the evening is from Mike Gordon. He’s sharing recipes for two small plates from @henofthewood, one of his favorite restaurants in Burlington, VT. The recipes below are from our friend and owner, chef Eric Warnstedt. As a reminder, please don’t feel the need to take a special trip to buy groceries to make this, and be smart regarding social distancing and staying at home. Feel free to post photos of your version of this dish, or share whatever you’re making. Tag us at #phishdinnerandamovie We have selected Meals On Wheels as our beneficiary for this webcast. All donations made via The WaterWheel Foundation that day will be given to that organization. You can donate any time at phish.com/waterwheel. Vulnerable seniors are at the greatest risk amid COVID-19. Local Meals on Wheels programs are on the front lines every day, focused on keeping older Americans safe and nourished in communities across the country. For more information about Meals On Wheels, visit http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org. Hen Of The Wood Mushroom Toast Serves 4 Ingredients 1/4lb of your favorite mushrooms (we love wild Hen of the Woods. Cultivated Hens also are called Maitake) 2 tablespoons butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 2 cloves minced garlic 1 shallot, diced 1 tablespoon of finely chopped flat leaf parsley 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar 4 slices of your favorite bread (1/2″ slices) 1 tablespoon olive oil salt and pepper to taste 4 poached eggs (optional for on top, but Mike Says No) Instructions Turn on your broiler Brush the bread slices with good olive oil and salt/pepper Link in profile for complete instructions and second recipe. 7/27/14 📸 by Dave Vann.
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It is a pretty cool way to relive some live Phish memories and eat some food.  On the new side of things front man Trey Anastasio has been working on writing new tunes and putting them up on his Instagram feed. Check out one:


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Also here is some live Phish, the funky version of "Cavern" from The Island Tour in 98, to get you ready for tonight's show:


Monday, March 30, 2020

Dylan Cover #421 Ed Butler Band "Wicked Messenger" 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 Ed Butler Band of "The Wicked Messenger"
RtBE couldn't find any images of the band but this flower came up so we used it. 
Thoughts on Dylan Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
A breezy musical number (only 2 minutes long) with some biblical lyrics which actually foreshadow Dylan's religious musical phase that would arrive in the late 70's/early 80's "The Wicked Messenger" has a cool bass line to match the acoustic guitar. Like most of John Wesley Harding there is a mellow mood that tends to play down the lyrics and even masks the fire and brimstone a bit. The song has seemed to pop up every few tours and can usually be found towards the ends of sets, playing the roll of up-tempo-get-down track. Live versions certainly have improved the tracks standing in my mind from the original.
Cover Tune:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Can't even find a picture of Ed Butler Band online, so we clearly have never heard them before.
Brian Butler - Bass and Mark Ferraro - Drums round out the band.

Thoughts on Cover:
A pretty solid live dirty blues cover, which if the buzz was removed would be a favorite of ours.  The fun video helps as well.  

Friday, March 27, 2020

Full Show Friday: Alicia Keys Live at Baloise Session 2017

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...Alicia Keys!


This week we go back to 2017 for a full show from the very talented Alicia Keys.

Pro Shot, Pro Sound, Enjoy:

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Live Streams: WWOZ New Orleans

With live music on lock down (like everything else currently in New York City) live streams and old concerts have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. While this current state of pandemic is in order we will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and you can always check out or weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past.

Today we will highlight: WWOZ New Orleans

The guardians of the groove WWOZ is the best radio station on the planet.  They are providing daily updates for live streams from amazing local artists and you can donate to help support that cities robust live music scene. New Orleans is literally a second home to RtBE so we want to support the unique town every way we can.

You can go to their daily updates page for live shows each day.  Last Saturday we caught Kermit Ruffins at the empty Mother In Law Lounge and hope to support him against this weekend, but there are loads of RtBE favorites including Big Sam, Samantha Fish, John Cleary and others doing live sets which you can support by watching and donating. 

To get in the mood here are some live tunes from big easy artists.




Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Live Streams: Relix Live

With live music on lock down (like everything else currently in New York City) live streams and old concerts have become essential for live music junkies like RtBE. While this current state of pandemic is in order we will highlight various shows/streams/virtual events for your viewing and listening pleasure and you can always check out or weekly Full Show Friday series for concerts from the past. Today we will highlight: Relix Live

The first live stream we saw during quarantine was Relix Live presenting the very recent BB King tribute from the Capital Theater last Friday.  It was a hell of a show with our favorite performance being John Scofield and Ivan Neville leading the all-star band through "Never Make Your Move Too Soon".


Now Relix Live are announcing even more:

Looking back at old Jammy's is great as is the Marcus King Monday's.  So enjoy the shows from the privacy of your own house. Here are two clips to hype you up for the shows.

Album Review: Tami Neilson - CHICKABOOM!

Tami Neilson
CHICKABOOM!
*** out of *****

Retro from the drop, Tami Neilson's newest record recalls a time back in the mid fifties when R&B, Rockabilly, Country, Blues and Soul were just starting to merge into rock and roll. CHICKABOOM! is a throwback album in every sense, from the cover art, to the brief simple tunes to Neilson's beehive hairstyle.

In her youth she toured in a family band opening and playing with the likes of Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker, and Kitty Wells and she continued that family vibe on this record as her brother Jay plays bass/rhythm guitar while Delaney Davidson- Lead Guitar and Joe McCallum- Drums/Percussion round out the group. Neilson mentioned that for this record she “wanted to write an album of punchy little songs, popping firecrackers that, when stripped back to nothing but a guitar, percussion and two voices, would still go boom!” and for the most part she succeed.

Oddly the album starts out fairly tame with "Call Your Momma" doing a mild Etta James jaunt, and "Hey, Bus Driver" serviceable rockabilly but neither catches fire. "Ten Tonne Truck" is a fun excursion with hand claps and "Queenie, Queenie" recalls the stripped down style of The Dixie Cups successfully but nothing on the first half of the album really explodes.

However, the songs on the second half of the album are all winners with the clear highlight being "You Were Mine". Neilson unleashes a blues vocal for the ages as she rips into a grooving low down torch song with fiery passion. Brett Adams joins on lead guitar for this number as the band form a solid groove around the throbbing heights of guitar and vocals; a stunner.

Things stay hot on "16 Miles of Chain" as warbling six strings dance and shimmer around another killer vocal from Neilson, the tune is a fitting ode/updated tribute to the Merle Travis tune "16 Tons". Two successful sides of the country coin are displayed as "Tell Me That You Love Me" dives into the road house frantic rambling anything-can-happen style while "Any Fool with a Heart" swings directly into Nashville pop arena.

Neilson and company pay tribute to a legend on "Sister Mavis" as the band revs up a Staples style rocker with Tami testifying for the tile singer in powerful gospel style. Pretty closer "Sleep" strips down a lullaby as Neilson closes CHICKABOOM! simply singing to her children, who have this music in their blood, just like Tami herself.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Album Review: Dave's Picks Vol 32: Philadelphia, PA 3/24/73

Grateful Dead 
Dave's Picks Vol 32: Philadelphia, PA 3/24/73
****and1/2 out of *****

It was 47 years ago today.....

The continuation of the Dave's Picks series (Dave Lemieux took over the Dick's Picks series started by Dick Latvala in 1993) proves how many nights The Grateful Dead were truly on and flowing. This is the fourth time a show from 1973 has been selected in Dave's series after four shows from 1973 arrived in Dick's original series, slotting in behind 1972 and 1977 respectfully rounding out the three best years of their career.

The most recent selection finds the band playing in one of their "home away from home's", the Philadelphia Spectrum. The band had recently lost one of it's original members as Ron "Pigpen" McKernan died earlier that month and the group was still feeling the loss on this night. Also of note Mickey Hart was no longer in the band leaving Bill Kreutzmann the lone man on the drums during this period and on this night he is the MVP of the show.

The thirty one tracks over three CD's are prime Dead as they start off with the rollicking "Bertha" to kick start the show with Jerry Garcia's fluid lines wrapping around Phil Lesh's upbeat bass bumps. Early highlights are a moving "Cumberland Blues" a Lesh vocal lead on the rare live version of "Box of Rain" and great take on "Me and Bobby McGee" lead by Bob Weir who also closes the set by singing "Playing In the Band", but this version does not reach the heights other '73 versions do.

A fine jolt of poetry and playing is rolled out for the "China Cat Sunflower > I Know You Rider" pairing and an excellent mid set "Stella Blue" beautifully shines giving Keith Godchaux (who is noticeably low in this mix) some space to roam around the piano, but the real reason for seeking out this release starts on the third CD as the end of this show is one for the ages.

The disk starts with a gorgeous version of "He's Gone", a heartfelt tribute to Pigpen, as the band winds it's way through adventurous and exciting musical passages. "Truckin'" picks up the pace with a tightly played version that should be in the all-time great conversation before things morph into the unknown.

When an official release from the band states "Jam" as a track, there is always a skeptical pause needed, but what flows out from the end of "Truckin'" is truly a jam in the best sense of the label. The playing is a melodic mix of blues and jazz interplay as Kreutzmann seems to be pushing the way forward before Jerry takes over, then approximately twelve minutes in Lesh steers the band into their version of "Spanish Jam" based around "Solea" from Miles Davis's Sketches of Spain.

Things then freak out back to the groups acid trip roots while winding down into a brief journey into "Dark Star", but for once that song singles the end of the experimentation, not the beginning. This sequence is a glorious collection of improvised communal playing which ranks with some of the best the band has ever produced. Stout versions of fan favorites "Sing Me Back Home", "Sugar Magnolia" and "Johnny B. Goode" end a truly memorable set of music.       

It is hard to go wrong with any entry in the Dave's Picks series and Volume 32 is just another example of the bands, flexibility, durability and talent. Fans need to hear this show (if they haven't already), newcomers to the band can also very easily start here as this night in Philly has it all from the psychedelic folk'nicks as they pay tribute to a fallen brother with the best way they know how; great music.   
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Support the band, buy the album and peep some video below (Not official album sound source):

Monday, March 23, 2020

Dylan Cover #420 Dylan On The Rocks "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Dylan On The Rocks performing a live cover of "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" 


Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
The first song on the iconic Blonde on Blonde "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" is an anthem for a generation...to do what with, is up for debate. Stoned in the head or stoned by the masses up to you to decide. Whatever your thoughts on the lyrics and meaning it can't be argued that Bob is having fun which doesn't always come across on his studio releases. The "salvation Army" style horns and marching is a hoot...once in a long while but not made for everyday consumption. Truth be told, the song is normally skipped when I am listening to the album, I like opening Blonde on Blonde better with "Pledging My Time".

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
We have not heard of Dylan On The Rocks before, but they are a German Bob Dylan cover band and here is their Facebook page.

Thoughts on Cover:
What other song can we pick for #420?  Thanks to Dylan On The Rocks for doing a fun live version.