Monday, November 23, 2020

Dylan Cover #455 DeCatfish "What Good Am I" Live

 In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune comes from DeCatfish and is a live cover of "What Good Am I?"

Thought's on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
Coming on the heels of Dylan's most powerful song in decades "What Good Am I?" can get lost on Oh Mercy, but the track is a sorrowful sweet plea. Slow and deliberate, questioning like the Louisiana night that may have inspired it. Dylan's vocal performance may not be his best, but at the heart of it this is a really powerful song. Not one of his better known tracks, but a goodie all the same. Simple and slow, direct without hidden agenda's (I think...) all of which is a bit unique for Bob.

Cover:

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
This is our first time hearing DeCatfish.

Thoughts on Cover:
A slow and dramatic take on the song, with just an acoustic guitar and some voice effects. 

Friday, November 20, 2020

Live Streams: Slay At Home Festival

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 separation 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. Please support the artists any which way you can. 

Today we highlight: Slay At Home Festival

Back in May we highlighted the Slay at Home Festival.  It has since turned into a monthly fundraiser and the November edition takes place today starting at 3pm EST:


To get in the mood, here is some music from Rebel Wizard who is playing today:


Full Show Friday: Khruangbin Live 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...Khruangbin!

This week we look at Khruangbin the Houston, TX based trio from a live show they played for Pitchfork back in 2018. Pro Shot, Pro Sound, full set list below. Enjoy:

Khruangbin plays a set accompanied by Drippy Eye Projections for Pitchfork Live. 00:38 Cómo Me Quieres 04:14 Dern Kala 07:45 August 10 12:41 Friday Morning 19:27 August Twelve 24:45 Mr. White 29:26 Two Fish and an Elephant 34:14 White Gloves 37:19 Lady and Man 42:37 Evan Finds the Third Room 48:19 Maria También

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Live Streams: Ryan Scully Record Release Stream 11/21

 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 separation 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. Please support the artists any which way you can. 

Today we highlight: Ryan Scully Record Release Stream

One of RtBE's Personal Favorites Ryan Scully has a new album out on Nouveau Electric Records titled New Confusion. He is hosting a record release stream Saturday 11/21/20 live from BJ's in the Bywater. 


We really dig the album (a full review will be coming soon) and actually wrote some stuff for Scully to use during promotions for New Confusion


Nola.com also has a nice feature on him so read that before you buy the album through Nouveau Electric Records and peep some video below from his Rough Seven days to get ready for the live stream on Friday night:


Album Review: Ghost Light- Cervantes

Ghost Light
Cervantes
**and1/2 out of *****

The Philadelphia based five piece jam band Ghost Light have been gaining a name for themselves on the scene with energetic live shows after releasing their debut studio effort 2019's Best Kept Secrets. Covid-19 has scuttled all of their tour dates so the band has released a live show from last spring titled Cervantes, after the club the band recorded the two set offering in. 
  
The show was the closing of a four night run at the Denver, Colorado venue, letting the band stretch out, highlight songs off their debut, and covers throughout. Like most jambands there are extended passages, teases and abrupt shifts in songs and sound, if this is your thing Ghost Light is for you, if not Cervantes will not convert the masses, but it surely wasn't meant to. 

The players, Tom Hamilton Jr., Raina Mullen, Holly Bowling, Dan Africano and Scotty Zwang all are involved in other projects but link up often throughout the easy going two set show. Opening with lots of heavy male/female vocals for their debut title track Ghost Note deliver a heavy Frank Zappa influenced sound. One of the bands clear strengths is the vocal work of Hamilton and Mullen as they complement each other throughout, with a female lead vocalists rare in jamband circles. Then again this being a live album there are some flubs which are to be expected. The groups take on Tears For Fears "Head Over Heals" sounds fun but is a bit clunky and long winded t almost eleven minutes.   

First set high points are a take on Brothers Past "Leave The Light On" which goes from upbeat falsetto singing to "Shakedown Street" styled disco funk while set closer "Synth Driver" is a slow building electro-spacey gallop that segues in and then back out of The Kinks "Living On A Thin Line". The playing is far from seamless, but surely adventurous.  

The second set had mutliple songs from Hamilton's previous band American Babies as two of their numbers started things. "Oh Darling, My Darling" was a well dealt opener that again moved to Zappa guitar solo land to end while "Bullseye Blues" was an upbeat rocker. 

The focal point of the second set however was the bands original "Diamond Eyes" which found Mullen signing wonderfully while Bowling's piano cascades mange to be both hip shaking and gorgeous at once. The full outfit seemed to lock in during the jam section before dripping into another American Babies tune, the ballad "Bring It In Close" A funky cover of the Rolling Stones deep cut "100 Years" from Goat Head's Soup is a nice insertion before the show wraps up with a nod to the bands opening debut title track, completing the circle. 

Overall, this album is for the bands fans and curious jamband junkies who have not caught them live yet or just need a fix. If a wider audience was sort, heavy editing would be helpful, but as it stands Cervantes is a reminder to all those glorious live music nights we are missing in 2020.    
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Live Streams: John Doe Acoustic Trio

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 separation 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. Please support the artists any which way you can. 

Today we highlight: John Doe Acoustic Trio

John Doe is playing some shows in the near future with the first tonight:


Tonight's gig will be a mix of classics new tunes and more. To get in the mood here is John on Acoustic Guitar Sessions:


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Album Review: Goodie Mob - Survival Kit

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


It is of Goodie Mob newest release Survival Kit.

We have written about the group recently and have always dug the band since the first time we heard them back in 1995. This album is very solid, their last album was good as well, this one is even better. 

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


Live Streams: Burna Boy - Live From London

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 separation 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. Please support the artists any which way you can. 

Today we highlight: Burna Boy 

Performing today at 3pm EST is Burna Boy as he comes in Live from London:


Burna Boy released a record Twice as Tall recently and the review of that is coming soon. However, to get in the mood here is a tune off of his excellent album African Giant which RtBE rated highly in both our 2019 year end review and our albums of the decade wrap up. 


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Live Streams: Rick Trolson, Stoo Odom, David Brandowski @ SidePorch NOLA

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 separation 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. Please support the artists any which way you can. 

Today we highlight: Rick Trolson, Stoo Odom, David Brandowski @ SidePorch NOLA

SideBar New Orleans has started up a SidePorch series to deliver socially responsible porch concerts in a town that desperately needs live music to return. 

The shows will be staged at 611 South White St. New Orleans, LA and will kick off tonight with Rick Trolson, Stoo Odom and David Brandowski. Actual live jazz going down tonight starting at 7pm CST at SidePorch if you are in town. 


If you are not down south you can still stream the show from SideBar's site directly.  Also check out our interview with one of tonight's artists and some of Stoo Odom's tunes:


Album Review: Tom Petty - Wildflowers & All The Rest Deluxe Edition

Tom Petty
Wildflowers & All The Rest Deluxe Edition
**and1/2 out of *****

A release that has been in the works for a long timeWildflowers & All The Rest Deluxe Edition collects Tom Petty's classic Wildflowers album with a second album of outtakes recorded at the same time. The Deluxe Edition also offers up home demos of these songs and live recordings, and while it may be interesting to hear, it seems the original release managed to truly captured the sound, style and substance of this fertile era the best. All The Rest is a fine listen, but is not needed if Wildflowers is already owned. 

The original Wildflowers itself is presented here in the 2014 remastered fashion. While louder and perhaps with a bit cleaner instrumentation, the original release still sounds enchanting and no sonic upgrade was needed. The original album remains one of the true highlights of Petty's recording career, essential listening, but already well known and loved. 

The main draw for this release is the All The Rest second album which was rumored for a longtime as a possible double album to be released with the original but was scaled down by Rick Rubin, Petty and Warner Brothers. The opening "Something Could Happen" fits Petty's songwriting of the time perfectly with a split of being half hopeful and half full of despair as Petty was dealing with a painful divorce during the writing and recording of Wildflowers.

The searching for something new, swirling with pain bubbles up lyrically in a few odd offerings including "Leave Virginia Alone" which also deploys excellent warbling guitar work and "Hope You Never" which is a clunky mixing of stoned light blues rock and some hateful thoughts in "Positively 4th Street" style.  

Tracks like the easy acoustic strums of "Confusion Wheel" and the dueling versions of "Climb That Hill" both acoustic and hard driving electric would fit excellently into the original album while "Harry Green" musically would slip in, but the oddball tale of high school vehicular suicide would change the flow of the original album greatly.

Other efforts like the cliche filled "California", the strung out harpsichord flavored drug ditty "Hung Up and Overdue" and the hugely produced Jeff Lynne inspired "Somewhere Under Heaven" could have worked on other Petty albums, but are out of sync with the hazy Wildflowers.  

The third album of demos and the live album are fine additions for fanatics, but will not be in regular rotation anywhere and including them in any release where the new outtake album is include does seem like overkill. As with his recent box set American Treasure, Petty's family is cashing in on releases, but the majority of the unearthed music is only for die hard fans at this point, not truly illuminating a lost era.  

Perhaps it is just that the original album has always been a favorite of ours, but these extra offerings are for completists only. While Wildflowers found Petty funneling personal pain into artistic gold, this expanded Deluxe Edition doesn't add a whole lot new to that idea. The extra songs, live offerings and demos are nice, but never raise this release higher than that.   
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Monday, November 16, 2020

Live Streams: The Metropolitan Opera - Free Opera All Week

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 separation 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. Please support the artists any which way you can. 

Today we highlight: The Metropolitan Opera - Free Opera All Week

To celebrate the Maestro Nézet-Séguin there will be a full week of live streaming opera from the Met:


More info can be found here and to get into the mood here is a bit a of video from the Faust: Love Duet an  excerpt with Jonas Kaufmann & Marina Poplavskaya.


Dylan Cover #454 Linda Hedström "Most of the Time" Live

 In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Linda Hedström performing a live cover of "Most of the Time" 


Thoughts on Dylan Original
From our first cover take on this tune:
One of the best songs in Dylan's repertoire from any of his era's and also one of the most important, "Most Of The Time" proved Dylan was far from done as an artist.  Showing up on the return to form album Oh Mercy, "Most Of The Time" is a revelation with it's descending bass line and powerfully stark lyrics.  There is a palpable sense of desperation, longing,  sadness, a nervous sense of things are falling apart around me; this tune touches a nerve and makes you stand up and take notice.
Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Linda Hedström is a young folk singer from Sweden who posts on youtube. This is the first time we have heard her play/sing.
Thoughts on Cover:
A simple straight ahead cover that allows Hedstrom to dig into the melancholy of the lyrics with her soft vocals. Great cover. 

Friday, November 13, 2020

Live Streams: Save Tips! A Benefit for Tipitina's

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 separation 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. Please support the artists any which way you can. 

Today we highlight: Save Tips! A Benefit for Tipitina's

Tomorrow, Saturday November 14th, will be a unique benefit for Tipitina's, one of the best clubs in the country. 

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We're proud to announce #SAVETIPS! The 3+ hour event will take place on Saturday, November 14th at 9PM EST / 8PM CST / 6PM PST and will feature performances from some of the most legendary performers to ever grace the stage at Tipitina’s. The event will feature performances and exclusive backstage content from over 35 artists. These artists join us as they help keep the music going by helping raise much needed funds necessary to keep the venue afloat as we ride out the pandemic shutdown. Beginning today, Monday, November 9th YOU can donate directly to the venue as well as participate in special fundraising sweepstakes offering prizes chosen by the staff at Tipitina’s and its supporting artists. Click the LINK IN BIO to learn how you can support and for more info about the event!

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To get in the mood here is John Papa Gros playing "Junco Partner" live in the venue:


Full Show Friday: Jeff Buckley - Live in Frankfurt 1995

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...Jeff Buckley!


This week we travel back to 1995 and across the Atlantic to Frankfurt, Germany for a live show from Jeff Buckley. Pro shot and sound with a full set list below. Enjoy:

TRACKLIST: Mojo Pin: 00:00 - 11:53 So Real: 13:00 - 18:00 Last Goodbye: 19:10 - 23:40 What Will You Say: 24:35 - 32:00 Lilac Wine: 33:44 - 40:15 Grace: 41:40