Friday, February 28, 2020

Full Show Friday: Justin Bieber Live

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...Justin Bieber!
Each January RtBE does a Jazz showcase and judging by the clicks, people just aren't as into it as we are. To make up for that, in February we go pop during our Full Show Friday series to blatantly attract page views.

This is a set from Justin Bieber on his Purpose Tour:


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Live Review: Drive-By Truckers 2/21/20 Webster Hall, NYC

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

It is of the recent Drive-By Truckers show at Webster Hall on Friday February 21st. 

RtBE digs on the Truckers catching them the last few years they have played NYC as they never put on a bad show. In fact their most recent live album was our favorite from the last decade

Support the artists, read the review, catch the tour check out our review of their newest album and peep some video below from earlier this year:

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Happy Birthday Fats Domino

Today back in 1928 Fats Domino was born down in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans.  We celebrated him in our Masters Series back in November and have wrote about him before, however today we wanted to wish him a Happy One. 

Such a great artist, his songs are timeless, enjoy a few this evening: 

"I'm Walkin'"

"Walking To New Orleans"

"Jambalaya"


We will end with "Blueberry Hill"

I have a distinct memory of listening to this song very early on in my schooling (kindergarten I believe) which would make it one of the first songs I heard out side of my family's play list which included Irish Folk, Beatles, Soul, Doo-Wop, Jazz and of course Sesame Street music they played for me. Wow Not sure I had thought about in decades...ain't tunes amazing?!?!  Anyways...Happy Birthday Fats.

New Chicano Batman Tour Dates/Song/Album

One of our favorite albums of 2017 and a record that just missed our Top 50 of the Decade was Chicano Batman's Freedom Is Free. "Friendship (Is a Small Boat In a Storm)" is such a killer single from that album which gets many spins around the RtBE clubhouse.

Now comes the follow up, Invisible People, due out May 1st via ATO Records. The group has released the first single "Color My Life" which you can hear below and host of tour dates all across the country to support the record, also below. RtBE is very much looking forward to this one, so support the band.




CHICANO BATMAN 2020 SPRING / SUMMER TOUR DATES
PRESENTED BY JOHNIE WALKER
^w/ CRUMB
*w/ Le Butcherettes

Wednesday, April 8th — Santa Fe, NM —Meow Wolf

Thursday, April 9th — Phoenix, AZ —Van Buren^

Friday, April 10th — Indio, CA — Coachella

Wednesday, April 15th — Indio, CA — Chella

Friday, April 17th — Indio, CA — Coachella

Wednesday, April 29th — Kingston, NY —BSP Kingston*

Friday, May 1st — New York, NY —Webster Hall*

Saturday, May 2nd — Boston, MA — Paradise Rock Club*

Sunday, May 3rd — Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer*

Monday, May 4th— Toronto, ON — Mod Club*

Wednesday, May 6th — Detroit, MI — The Magic Stick*

Thursday, May 7th — Indianapolis, IN — The Vogue*

Friday, May 8th — St. Louis, MO — Ready Room*

Saturday, May 9th — Chicago, IL — Concord Music Hall*

Sunday, May 10th — Minneapolis, MN — First Avenue*

Friday, May 15th — Seattle, WA —Showbox*

Saturday, May 16th — Portland, OR — Crystal Ballroom*

Monday, May 18th — Salt Lake City, CO — Metro Music Hall*

Tuesday, May 19th — Denver, CO — Gothic Theatre*

Thursday, May 21st — Las Vegas, NV — Brooklyn Bowl*

Friday, May 22nd — San Diego, CA — SOMA*

Friday, May 29th — Los Angeles, CA — Shrine Expo Hall^*

Saturday, May 30th — San Francisco, CA — Warfield Theatre^*

Friday, June 5th — Mexico City, MX — TBA

Sunday, June 7th — El Paso, TX — Lowbrow Palace*

Tuesday, June 9th — McAllen, TX — Cine El Rey*

Wednesday, June 10th — San Antonio, TX — Paper Tiger*

Thursday, June 11th — Dallas, TX — Granada Theater*

Friday, June 12th — Houston, TX — White Oak Music Hall*

Saturday, June 13th — Austin, TX — Emo’s*

Sunday, June 14th — Oklahoma City, OK — The Jones Assembly*

Wednesday, June 17th — Orlando, FL — The Abbey*

Thursday, June 18th — Miami, FL — The Ground*

Friday, June 19th — Tampa, FL — Orpheum*

Saturday, June 20th — Atlanta, GA — Variety Playhouse*

Sunday, June 21st — Nashville, TN — Brooklyn Bowl*

Tuesday, June 23rd — Birmingham, AL — Saturn*

Wednesday, June 24th — Charlotte, NC — Visulite Theatre*

Thursday, June 25th — Raleigh, NC — Lincoln Theatre*

Friday, June 26th — Richmond, VA — The National*

Saturday, June 27th — Washington, DC — 9:30 Club*

Album Review: The Who - WHO

The Who 
WHO
*** out of *****

What hits the listener on The Who's first album of new material in almost thirteen years is that this sounds like a proper Who record which is a surprise as only Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey remain from the band's hey days and they recorded separately with a host of studio musicians/friends contributing to that sound. The second thing that stands out is how well Daltrey's voice has recovered as he is in fine form propelling this collection of songs forward on that patented Who overblown rock and roll sound. The third is that it is a pretty solid collection of Who songs and a worthy addition to the bands catalog, while not coming close to their heyday, but still worlds beyond their last release of new music, the laughable Endless Wire.

'The Who Two' are both staring at seventy five years old and have no need for new music but Townshend has always been one of the more astute rockers capturing a time/moment/feeling and being able to lyrically express it through Daltrey's tough guys vocals. Now he faces old age as a rocker, impotent at times, disgusted at others while facing mortality.

While clearly not a rock opera, the album it is thematic in that growing old sense. "Rockin' In Rage" is the core centerpiece with classic Who tense string passages, pianos and cymbals supporting the lyrics. Opener "All This Music Must Fade" also expertly grapples with being out of touch and old, using ooh's and ah's around dynamite synth work from Benmont Tench, fantastic Townshend strumming and Pino Palladino/Zak Starkey low end work. "Break The News" successfully looks at old love and pain while "I'll Be Back" goes a step further as Townshend takes over lead vocals to declare he will be back for reincarnation to visit his love around folk rock complete with harmonicas and torrents of lyrics that at time seems cluttered, a touch sappy, but honest.

The Who never really did the blues, they rawk, but the music on first single "Ball and Chain" grooves around piano, meaty riffs, massive Starkey hits, and odd lyrics protesting injustice of Guantanamo. "I Don't Want To Get Wise" starts marching around Carla Azar's drumming, Tench's synths and some of Daltrey's strongest vocals while "Hero Ground Zero" musically fits right in The Who's mid 70's wheelhouse.

More of a mixed bag is "Detour" which throws it back to the Who's earliest days but gets scattered along the way, the new wave on "Beads on One String" and "Street Song" both lack a proper punch, but all have moments that remind that this is one of the greatest rock bands of all time. 

This is not your classic must hear Who of Keith Moon and John Entwistle, yet this album is a fine late career entry into the bands catalog. At this point WHO will probably serve as proud final note for their studio recording career; it is an album that they and their fans can be proud of.
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Last September RtBE dove into The Who, one of our all time favorites, for our Masters Series. Support the band, buy the album and peep some video below:

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Album Review: Chubby and The Gang - Speed Kills

Chubby and The Gang
Speed Kills
**** out of *****

The first full length from the London punks Chubby and The Gang is a singalong ready blast of punk rock with it's boozy breathes taken from England's pub culture. Speed Kills puts the band on the musical map as they use righteous guitars distorted bass rumbles and fast as lighting drumming to propel the chaos forward.

The band are all experienced having played in other formations since the early 2010's, front man Charlie Manning-Walker played in Crown Court, Arms Race, and Violent Reaction while the core of the band, Ethan Stahl, Joe McMahon, and Luke Austin were in Gutter Knife. Yet it is this combo which has found the winning formula with arena ready flair, pop touches and a heavy as hell punk rock backbone.

The record opens with a speech from Jimmie Rodgers which equates rock and roll with evils of youth culture, and while dated, the band take this to heart as they explode into their theme song "Chubby and The Gang Rule OK?". "Pariah Radio" allows for singalongs while motoring at top speed, the title track feels as if three straight ahead punk songs where crammed into one.

The group has it's hardcore punk bonafides down pat, but Speed Kills rises above the pack by incorporating more than just yelling, screeching guitars and blitzkrieg low end. The group recalls the best of Cock Sparrer dropping in pub rock, hand claps and harmonica during the stand out "All Along The Uxbridge Road" and reach back to 50's girl group influence for fantastic ode to "Trouble"  on their two best tracks here. The groovy as all get out "Moscow" and updated Ramones bop of "Bruce Grove Bullies" are both also great as the quartet span the punk landscape and use their influences in modern ways.

From the tempo changes and stuttering in "The Rise and Fall of The Gang" to the defiant direct angst rocking of "Can't Tell Me Nothing" the band clicks on all cylinders throughout Speed Kills. The closer "Grenfell Forever" goes the ballad route as a tribute to the tragic London fire adding depth and hurt to a record that was already bubbling over with passionate rock and roll. Chubby and The Gang's first offering Speed Kills checks all the boxes of punk rock for fans of the genre.
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Yet another amazing bandcamp find.  Support the artist, buy the album peep, stream it on bandcamp or below and peep some video:


All On A Mardi Gras Day!

Today is Fat Tuesday so live it up. If you are lucky enough to be in the Big Easy enjoy yourself. If you are anywhere else, party like you are in NOLA. Laissez les bons temps rouler!

2011 Mardi Gras Parade
Marching Bands Down Canal St.
Mardi Gras Pirates from 1930's
1910 New Orleans Mardi Gras
To help you get in the mood, here are some applicable tunes starting with the fantastic Professor Longhair:





You can also tune into WWOZ to get the flavor of the city today or any day. Have a great day everyone. 

Monday, February 24, 2020

Dylan Cover #416 Wes Dance "Romance In Durango" 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 Wes Dance playing "Romance In Durango"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover version of this song:
Containing the best opening line of any Dylan song (which places it high on the best opening line of any song ever) "Romance In Durango" is a movie played out over violins, words, dead bodies, love, adventure and life. A western tinged Dylan tune that talks about a horse taking him to Durango. A fantastic burst of creative songwriting and exhilarating playing it is a timelessly fantastic tune.
Cover:


Thoughts On Cover Artist:
RtBE is first finding out about Wes Dance with this posting. He released an album in 2009 on Bandcamp.
Thoughts On Cover:
A little bit of a rough cover with parts and lyrics mixed up, but a valiant effort and that is all anyone can ever give on a Monday.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Full Show Friday: Maroon 5 - Rock in Rio 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...Maroon 5!
Each January RtBE does a Jazz showcase and judging by the clicks, people just aren't as into it as we are. To make up for that, in February we go pop during our Full Show Friday series to blatantly attract page views.

Here is Maroon 5 from Rock in Rio in 2017:

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Album Review: Lee Ranaldo and Raül Refree - Names of North End Women

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

It is of Lee Ranaldo and Raül Refree's first official release together titled, Names of North End Women.

The album is experimental in the vein of My Life In the Bush of Ghosts as it uses samples, found  sounds and random instrumentation as the basis of the songs here.

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

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

New Thundercat Song, Album It Is What It Is Out April 5th

Bass playing oddball Thundercat just released his newest jam, "Dragonball Durag" which pretty much sums up the artist. Deep gooey bass and drums, smooth yacht rock saxophone, and falsetto crooning silly lyrics. 

It is from his upcoming album It Is What It Is which will be released April 5th. RtBE reviewed his last album for Glide and were blown away by him last year as he and his band topped our favorite shows of the year list. We can't wait to see him when he comes back to town. 

We are looking forward to this one to and "Dragonball Durag" is a fun first step. Check it out:
  

Album Review: The Coathangers - The Devil You Know

The Coathangers
The Devil You Know
***and1/2 out of *****

The Atlanta, GA based trio The Coathangers sixth studio album is an excellent collection of their strengths; the yin and yang, sweet and sour of pop appeal and punk rawness. The Devil You Know contains twelve tracks of engaging thought provoking, challenging and ear wormy pop punk injected rock and roll.

From the opening song "Bimbo" the group (guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel, drummer/vocalist Stephanie Luke and bassist/vocalist Meredith Franco) develop the audio version of a Sour Patch Kid candy as Kugel sings with a sweet innocence while Luke gets aggressive on the skins and the chorus. "Crimson Telephone" uses an ominous bass and drum riff before ethereal vocals as Kugel sings about hiding the scars.

The band is fiercely arraigned against certain foes. The blatant and direct "F the NRA" uses a motoring tune to deliver their message of resistance while "Hey Buddy" uses a dance laden groovy bass line delivering the title lyric while raging against hate, bigotry and those fearful souls who deliver it. Both tracks are highlights showing the band can be firm and direct and also shake a tail feather while delivering their message. 

The juxtaposition of pretty and dirty is the core of the band and they do it well on the junkie ode "Stranger Danger" but they can also spread their wings encompassing new styles as "Memories" is expansive, closer "Lithium" is a spaced out drug trip and "Last Call" uses dreamy reggae before a huge arena ready chorus.

The Coathangers display a lot of range on The Devil You Know and continue to make music to protest along side of and sing along to at a happening party.
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Support the band, buy the album, stream it on bandcamp or below and peep some video:


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

New Galactic Song, "Float Up" Featuring Anjelika Jelly Joseph

With Mardi Gras one week away, New Orleans stalwarts Galactic have released a new single to celebrate parade season.

"Float Up" is a funky new tune which showcases the vocal styling of Anjelika Jelly Joseph as the track bounces along with a light pop appeal. It would have been right at home on their recent release, Already Ready Already.

Support the band, see them live and get ready for Mardi Gras with this new jam:


Album Review: lojii - lo&behold

lojii
lo&behold
***and1/2 out of *****

The newest full length release from Philadelphia artist lojii starts off with a slow dripping track titled "patience" finding the MC breathing out the word softly and then talking about how he has no special secret to success other than just perseverance and hard work. This is the perfect introduction to lo&behold, a smooth flowing, easy going album that never raises up to heavy or sinks to low, just blissfully bumps along and showcases lojii with his various producers skills.

The title track injects a few skittering trap influenced beats but the foundation sound is soulful R&B through and through. Producer Swarvy arrives often using smooth sounds as Pink Siifu and Akeema Zane help out on vocals for "U callin' Me". "trippin' (i like it)" delivers a loose liquid beat that recalls De La Soul as does the excellent retro looking "brite kid" with tape looping production from Jacob Rochester.

The energy hits it's highest level for "uhoh(whereyoho?)" which finds lojii rhyming his fastest over heavy beats, but producer Swarvy still includes flute breaks and smooth lining making it work in the overall aesthetic of the full length. The retro soul of "each day (i pray for)" just keeps rolling along while Nikko Gray helps out on the sweet singing retro shout out jam.

The strong efforts keep coming with the slightly disjointed sounds from Alexander Spit supporting "longwayhome" which literally delivers the artist back with an uber ride recording before the vibes, smooth guitar, and chimes deliver late night soul for the excellent "over&over/round&round" via production from Absent Avery.

In a genre where the current style is brevity and ten cent production seems the norm, this full length album is a call back to more extended and groove filled times. lo&behold runs on like a babbling brook as lojii steers the ship down river, smoothly taking his time on the bliss filled journey.
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Support the artist, buy the album, listen on bandcamp or below and peep some video:

Monday, February 17, 2020

Dylan Cover #415 John Cruz "Jokerman" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is live a cover by John Cruz playing "Jokerman"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
The kick-start to his "back to rock and roll" album Infidels, "Jokerman" is a monster. A torrent of images, symbols, thoughts, proclamations, fears and fables; it feels like a dam was broken in Dylan's brain and all of these things just poured out. Musically it moves along but doesn't add much to the towering wordplay as the tune is dominated by the lyrics which seem almost never ending; Dylan has penned wordier tunes, but few feel as heavy as this. Flawed, but reaching for something, it is a not an all-time great Dylan song, but it is one that lets us peak into his brain a bit. For more on this tune, check out this post.
Cover:

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE have not heard of John Cruz before. He is a singer-songwriter from Hawaii and more info can be found on his Facebook page.

Thoughts on Cover:
A tough tune to cover and John does a great straight ahead job with some fine upbeat strumming to propel the elongated track forward. 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Full Show Friday: Selena Gomez Live

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...Selena Gomez!

Each January RtBE does a Jazz showcase and judging by the clicks, people just aren't as into it as we are. To make up for that, in February we go pop during our Full Show Friday series to blatantly attract page views.

This is a Selena Gomez live set:

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Album Review: Joe Russo - PHÉR•BŎNEY

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

It is of Joe Russo's first solo album PHÉR•BŎNEY

The album was originally released digitally last year, but now it gets the full treatment with a vinyl release from Royal Potato Family and great album art.

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

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit New Album, Single and Tour

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit has announced a new album, Reunions, which will be out May 15th.
The group released the first song from the album titled "Be Afraid" and it is an upbeat piece of modern rock and roll. Lyrically it seems to be addressing writing protest songs, and does a neat trick/cop-out of not actually writing one while singing about writing one...

A good start to a record and RtBE certainly loves Isbell, having rated two of his albums among last decades best. Tour dates are below, and tickets go on sale today as the band are playing with some pretty cool opening acts (Billy Strings, Lucinda Williams etc) as well.



Jason Isbell — 2020 Tour Dates
February 29 — Tempe, AZ @ Innings Festival
March 26 — Savannah, GA @ Savannah Music Festival
March 27 — St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
March 28 — Mobile, AL @ Saenger Theatre
March 29 — Montgomery, AL @ Montgomery Performing Arts Center
May 22 — Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
May 29 — Bethel, NY @ Mountain Jam
June 3 — Philadelphia, PA @ Met Opera House*
June 4 — Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap†
June 5 — New York, NY@ Rooftop at Pier 17†
June 6 — New York, NY @ Rooftop at Pier 17†
June 8 — Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center‡
June 9 — Durham, NC @ Durham Performing Arts Center‡
June 11 — Atlanta, GA @ The Coca-Cola Roxy*
June 12 — Atlanta, GA @ The Coca-Cola Roxy*
June 13 — Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
June 18 — Milwaukee, WI @Riverside Theater*
June 19 — Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory*
June 20 — East Moline, IL @ Rust Belt*
June 21 — St. Louis, MO @ The Stifel Theatre*
June 23 — Grand Rapids, MI @ DeVos Performance Hall*
June 25 — Toronto, ON @ Meridian Hall*
June 26 — Moon Township, PA @ UPMC Events Center*
June 27 — Williamsburg, VA @ Williamsburg Live at DeWitt Museum Lawn
June 28 — Boone, NC @ Schafer Center for the Performing Arts (on-sale TBA)
July 18-19 — Whitefish, MT @ Under The Big Sky Festival
July 20 — Vancouver, BC @ The Orpheum#
July 21 — Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre#
July 22 — Portland, OR @ Theater of the Clouds#
July 24 — San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Theatre#
July 25 — San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Theatre#
July 26 — Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl#
July 28 — San Diego, CA @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay#
July 29 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre#
July 31 — Reno, NV @ Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort#
August 1 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Eccles Theater#
August 2 — Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks+
August 4 — Bonner Springs, KS @ Providence Medical Center Amphitheater#
August 5 — Little Rock, AR @ First Security Amphitheater#
August 7 — Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater#
August 8 — Austin TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater#
August 9 — Dallas, TX @ Bomb Factory#
August 29 — Chicago, IL @ Wrigley Field^
September 11-13 — Bristol, TN @ Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
November 6 — Oslo, Norway @ Spektrum
November 7 — Stockholm, Sweden @ Stockholm Waterfront
November 8 — Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega
November 10 — Berlin, Germany @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
November 11 — Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
November 14 — Antwerp, Belgium @ De Roma
November 15 — Koln, Germany @ Gloria
November 17 — London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
November 18 — Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
November 19 — Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia Theatre

*with Strand of Oaks
†with David Crosby & Friends
‡with The War & Treaty
#with Billy Strings
+with Lucinda Williams
^with Chris Stapleton




Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Rage Against The Machine Tour with Run The Jewels

The legends Rage Against The Machine will be reuniting and conducting a "Public Service Announcement", touring the country this summer with hip hop act Run The Jewels opening.

Having seen the band back in their hey day, RtBE can confirm that Rage are a beast live and worth seeing.

We will hopefully be catching them at MSG where s few years back we were lucky to catch Run The Jewels open for Jack White. Zack de la Rocha came out with RTJ during what was our favorite show of 2015 and now he will return to the arena with his band headlining. Exciting.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, to get in the mood some live RATM videos below:





Album Review: Anitbalas - Fu Chronicles

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

It is of Antibalas newest record Fu Chronicles


This is the 20th Anniversary of the band and they celebrate in a big way with a great record. Another amazing release from Daptone Records. 

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Coriky, Fronted by Ian MacKaye, New Album and Single

In pleasantly surprising news a new band fronted by Ian MacKaye is coming. Coriky is a trio of MacKaye, Joe Lally on bass and Amy Farina on drums.

The band released the first single "Clean Kill" from their upcoming self-titled album and it is a cool mix of tension and release in a very Fugazi vein.

You can stream it below, pre order the record on Dischord.

Album Review: Jodie Faster - Blame Yourself

Jodie Faster
Blame Yourself
**** out of *****

The cleverly named Jody Faster has a tag line on their Facebook page: "Playing short songs fast since 2016" and they ain't lying. With the release of their newest full length Blame Yourself they can confidently add "damn good" in front of "songs" on that tag line.

The whole record is seventeen tracks and the album run time is just about seventeen minutes as the group explodes through each number with steamrolling energy and dynamic aggression. The hardcore punk four piece from Lille, France burn with intensity as they slam home sing along parts, blistering drums, parapet scaling guitars and a thundering bass foundation.

A track like the shotgun discharge "We All Bleed Red" is an excellent standout, kicking off at furious speed before a slower break down and a bass run to jump back up the supersonic finale while vocally lashing out at the institutional power structure...all in a dense minute twenty seven. While the vocals are screamed and a bit low in the mix at times, the attachment of the written lyrics allow for the message to come through; the bands passion needs no translation.

Each song pumps and the group never lets the tempo lack for a second. Opener "Still Not Loving the Police" is self explanatory, "JDS" is furious while "Did Not Vote" and "Push the Button" call for revolution and complete annihilation respectfully around pounding drums, tempo changes and punk guitars. The blast beats of "Be Nice Or Go To Hell" are ear drum bursting while "Gloucester's Finest" is a personal shout out to hosts/friends/supporters on the punk scene that ends with some excellent distorted bass. 

The outfit can at times shift gears by successfully splashing on more poppy punk tendencies such as on "Grab & Go" or the melodic strums of their Youth Avoiders cover "Grit Your Teeth" but the core of Blame Yourself is the blasting ahead fury of the rumbling "Don't Take It Bad" and the title track which manages to deliver dynamic shifts at just under a minute.

The album closer "Tempus Fugit" hints at more to be offered by the band as they stretch out (for them, two and a half minutes) with a melodic guitar solo and drawn out pacing, successfully proving the band can do more than just slam ragingly.

Hardcore punk works best in smaller bursts as the primal energy becomes whirling, like a hyper kinetic ball of energy which can only be contained for so long. Blame Yourself pushes those forces violently through the speakers as Jodie Faster delivers a dynamite dose of pit filling tunes.
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Reason #1,298 RtBE loves bandcamp. We randomly found this one afternoon and love it. Support the band, buy the record, stream the album on bandcamp or below and peep some video:


Monday, February 10, 2020

Dylan Cover #414 Fauk "Absolutely Sweet Marie" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's artists, Fauk doing a live cover of "Absolutely Sweet Marie" 

Thoughts on Original:
The first time we tackled a cover of this tune (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:
This is the first time RtBE has heard Fauk and not much can be found online about them, feel free to post any info on the comments and we will update this section.

Thoughts on Cover:
This is a really great arrangement of this classic Dylan tune. Fauk punches up the energy and gives their own unique spin on the original. This is what RtBE loves about the series, we keep finding new and cool interpretations of Dylan tunes.

Friday, February 7, 2020

Full Show Friday: Post Malone - Live at Bud Light Dive Bar 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...Post Malone!

Each January RtBE does a Jazz showcase and judging by the clicks, people just aren't as into it as we are. To make up for that, in February we go pop during our Full Show Friday series to blatantly attract page views.

Here is Post Malone's set from Bud Light Dive Bar series in 2018:


Thursday, February 6, 2020

Built To Spill Releasing Daniel Johnston Cover Album

When Daniel Johnston passed away last year, RtBE mentioned that our gateway into Johnston's music was a Built To Spill cover. 
The band was huge fans, backing him on his final tour in 2017, and now comes an album full of covers they recorded prepping for that tour.  To be released on May 1st, the directly titled Built to Spill Plays the Songs of Daniel Johnston will be released.

You can pre-order the album now on the groups Bandcamp page. Here is the first song from the album, "Bloody Rainbow" and a few other old Built to Spill Daniel Johnston Covers and a tune from their tour together:








Album Review: Dan Deacon - Mystic Familiar

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

It is of Dan Deacon's newest album, Mystic Familiar.

Much like TORRES earlier in the week, this one is not a record we would normally seek out, but we are glad that Glide sent it our way to review.

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


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Album Review: Drive-By Truckers - The Unraveling

Drive-By Truckers
The Unraveling 
****and1/2 out of *****

On the Drive-By Truckers previous studio release, 2016's American Band, the group tapped into the cultural zeitgeist in a dark year, crafting an album directly of it's time, but informed by years of pain, gun violence, red/blue hate and mental illness. It was an important album, but by design or not, it wasn't an album that inspired lots of repeat listens as the topics were weighty and the music just served the purpose of moving the vital stories along.

That topic of the bands musicality seems to be something they worked on as The Unraveling, keeps the focus directly on modern day USA, but the band has expanded their sonic palate to include fresh sounds engaging the listener with their modern day problems in yet another election year that deals with the exact same topics; pain, gun violence, red/blue hate and mental illness.

The album starts with a piano ballad accented by violins and light beats for "Rosemary with a Bible and a Gun" a classic Patterson Hood penned effort (by way of Bruce Springsteen) about escaping from one bad situation to another, only it excludes the bands patented three guitar attack. Fellow songwriter Mike Cooley's "Slow Ride Argument" puts his fury into a motoring road song which picks up the tempo.

Unlike recent albums which have seen more of a fifty/fifty split between main songwriters Hood and Cooley, this record is dominated by Hood's tales. "Heroin Again" and "Babies in Cages" switch up the bands musical sound while keeping current events front and center. "Heroin Again" pushes up the bass bumping and organ swells while "Babies in Cages" goes full on "Eminence Front" style with more of a dispassionate sense of futility in the vocals concerning the horrors at the border. 

Two more classic Hood numbers focus on current struggles. "Thoughts and Prayers" is a powerful straight ahead folk song which not only takes on the asshole politicians and their fear of the NRA, it also makes time for a bridge to tackle flat-earther's, while vilifying the uselessness of the title tandem before a perfect summation of the modern day malaise "21st Century USA", wishing for Amazon to deliver salivation after it's ordered on a mobile phone.

Cooley's "Grievance Merchants" spins a less successful look at Incels and internet trolls, combined with the dour nine minutes of "Awaiting a Resurrection" the album ends on an incredibly bleak note, but such are the times we live in.

All of this and we haven't even mentioned the brightest offering from the band this go around. The first single titled "Armageddon's Back In Town" which infuses the Truckers ominous bad decisions, and no win situations with an upbeat Tom Petty like rocker in stunning fashion. The Truckers haven't had a single like this in quite some years and make the most of it. 

While the band mentioned the long and drawn out writing process of the album they recorded with energy throughout. Even at four years removed, The Unraveling is a clear companion piece to American Band, as Hood mentioned:
"More heart and less cerebral perhaps…If the last one was a warning shot hinting at a coming storm, this one was written in the wreckage and aftermath.
That cultural fallout (or The Unraveling) will reverberate for years and thankfully the Drive-By Truckers will continue to be on of the best rock bands going, capturing, fears, dreams and dying hopes of a flawed nation and spinning them into sonic gold.
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Support the band, buy the album and peep some video below:

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Album Review: TORRES - Silver Tongue

Hey all, got a new review up @glidemag which you can read Right C'here!!!
It is of TORRES newest release Silver Tongue.

This one from the Brooklyn based singer is a bit outside of RtBE's wheelhouse but we are thankful to the Glide team for sending it over. Will have a few reviews this month up on the site so stay tuned.  Until then...

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


Monday, February 3, 2020

Dylan Cover #413 Ron Talley "What Was It You Wanted"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Ron Talley of the Dylan tune "What Was It You Wanted?"

Thoughts On Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
Oh Mercy brought Dylan back in from the creative wasteland that was his 1980's. It had an eerie sense of foreboding, helped by producer Daniel Lanois and the ghosts of New Orleans. The irritable old man in Dylan came out a bit here as well, and "What Was It You Wanted" is a good example of that, a confused searching colors the lyrics as the protagonist just can't seem to get it right.

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
Have not heard of Ron Talley before this cover version, but he is a singer songwriter from Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Thoughts on Cover:
A pretty solid rendition of the tune with spooky guitar lines and a mix of sounding like Dylan in singing style and moving in his own direction.