Friday, July 31, 2020

Live Streams: BO DOLLIS JR & THE WILD MAGNOLIAS

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: BO DOLLIS JR & THE WILD MAGNOLIAS

Friday's From The Funky Uncle presents BO DOLLIS JR & THE WILD MAGNOLIAS tonight at 7pm CST:

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𝗖𝗢𝗠𝗜𝗡' 𝗜𝗡 𝗛𝗢𝗧 🔥 ⁠ BO DOLLIS JR & THE WILD MAGNOLIAS 🎉⁠ ⁠ THIS FRIDAY at 7PM CST⁠ Link in bio to watch! ☝️⁠ ⁠ 𝗗𝗢𝗡'𝗧 𝗙𝗢𝗥𝗚𝗘𝗧 𝗧𝗢 𝗦𝗛𝗢𝗪 𝗔 𝗟𝗜𝗟 𝗟𝗢𝗩𝗘. 𝗚𝗜𝗩𝗘 𝗔 𝗧𝗜𝗣 ⁠ ⁠ 𝗔𝗕𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗕𝗔𝗡𝗗⁠ @bo_dollis_jr_ 's entire life has been shaped and spurred by Mardi Gras Indian Culture. He masked for the first time at the age of ten, though his parents, Big Queen Laurita Dollis and the late Bo Dollis, Sr., Big Chief of the Wild Magnolias, wanted him to wait a few more years before he participated fully. ⁠ ⁠ Determined to mask, Bo Jr. managed to get his mother’s attention in that regard when he destroyed one of her beaded purses and starting sewing on his own. No one could hold him back after that bold and decisive move, and young Bo took his first steps towards becoming a Big chief.⁠ ⁠ Watch them this Friday at 7pm CST on FB live or our website (link in bio).

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RtBE loves the original Wild Magnolia records from the mid 70's and have yet to catch Bo Jr. and his live act so we are pumped. To get in the mood for the funky Mardi Gras Indians here is the outfit live from Jazzfest:

Live Streams: Mavis 80

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: Mavis 80

Today on Fans.com via Newport Folk Fest, there is a great celebration of the legendary Mavis Staples:

RtBE have loved Mavis since we first heard her. She continues to be an artists worth seeking out as her recent albums have been some of the best of her career. 

We have had the privilege of seeing her live multiple times with her great band. Tonight should be fun, to get in the mood here she is singing "Build A Bridge / Change / Anytime" from La Cigale - Paris - July 5th 2019:

Full Show Friday: Chaka Khan & The Metropole Orchestra 2010

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...Chaka Khan & The Metropole Orchestra!
This week we put the pairing of Chaka Khan & The Metropole Orchestra in the spotlight for our Full Show Friday. The recording was made in 2010.

Pro shot, pro sound, full set list with timings below. Enjoy:


00:00 - I Feel For You 03:50 - Ain't Nobody 08:35 - What Cha' Gonna Do For Me 12:32 - Please Pardon Me 14:50 - Hollywood 18:10 - Angel 23:15 - Through The Fire 29:30 - Medley - You Got The Love 34:03 - Tell me Something Good 36:36 - Sweet Thing 40:20 - I'm Every Woman

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Live Streams: Mike Dillon and James Singleton Duo

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: Mike Dillon and James Singleton Duo

Tonight streaming on Blue Note at 8pm is Mike Dillon and James Singleton Duo:

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We recently reviewed the Mike Dillon album Rosewood for Glide and it is a great album and I immediately thought it would be cool to catch him playing this at Blue Note in the village if things were "normal". Tonight's stream is the closest we will get for now.  

To get in the mood here is a video from the duo:

Album Review: Gaffer - Demo CS

Gaffer
Demo CS
*** out of *****

The Perth Australia based punk outfit Gaffer is a throw back to late 70's/early 80's sounding raw UK punk scene on their debut Demo CS. The band finds a lot of parallels between those bleak times and these current days.

The no frills first release is a straight ahead pummel as "Hang" begins things with buzzing guitars and a futile rage that seeps into the ominous thumping low end that pushes "The Rot" forward while dealing with bleak day to day existence of growing up. The grind you down post punk groove of "Animal" and lo-fi clanging of "Stop" are fine but the band saves its best for last as a trio of tunes end the brief debut on a uptick.

The run starts with "Skin of Your Teeth" pushing the high level riffs and distortion with rumbling bass before a shouted out chorus while the buzz saw guitars on closer "No Pace" wraps the debut up but it is "Stuck" which is just be the best of the bunch. Layers of guitar sounds, nimble work form the powerful bass and drums and flailing vocals add up to a winner.

There is nothing new displayed here, just a solid punk outfit going through the tried and true motions as Gaffer drops their gloomy punk into the current cauldron of world wide discontent.
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Live Streams: Lollapalooza 2020

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:  Lollapalooza 2020

Like every other festival Lollapalooza 2020 has moved online this weekend: 

 
To get in the mood for the start of today's festival here is Porno for Pyros who will be reuniting for the virtual show:

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Live Streams: Braids - 24 Hour World Tour

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: Braids - 24 Hour World Tour

A cool thing coming today, Braids is doing a 24 Hour World Tour:
To get in the mood here is a tune from the band:

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Live Streams: Dave Hill

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:  Dave Hill 

Comedian Dave Hill (who also plays a mean guitar) is doing a set tonight with opening slots from Avunab Pal and Anna Seregina:
To get ready here he is talking to Adult Swim and then playing some guitar:


Album Review: Muzz - Muzz

Muzz
Muzz
** out of *****

The self titled debut from Muzz was a longtime in the works as the three artists who constitute the band all had multiple other things on their plates.  Paul Banks (Interpol), Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) and Josh Kaufman (Bonny Light Horseman) all have their hands in multiple projects and Muzz came into existence as early as 2015 recordings from the trio. The groups mellow indie rock plays as a stripped down version of The National, over the course of the 12 tracks presented here.

Their light dad rock tendencies are on display from the beginning as the short opening "Bad Feeling" sets the tone, with it's title; there is a general sense of middle age malaise and despair flowing just under the surface of the tracks like "Evergreen" and "Red Western Sky". Unfortunately there is no tension or deep feelings attached to the despair; the band sounds like a successful middle aged man who is on the verge of crisis, but that will have to apparently wait a few more records.

Instead the songs move along slowly like the setting sun. Expertly produced by the collective, the sounds are rich. The lone upbeat effort is the piano/tin whistle laced "Knuckleduster" playing like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers circa Highway Companion.       

The best songs are the buzzy "Patchouli" which incorporates horns from The Westerlies (Andy Clausen, Willem de Koch, Riley Mulherkar, and Chloe Rowlands) and "Every Thing Like It Used To Be" which becomes more intriguing as it progresses, twinkling and swelling in a melodic Nick Cave fashion.

The wanting to be an epic "All Is Dead to Me" goes for the proverbial gusto with horns, digital bleeps and drama, but never reaches the shot for heights while "Chubby Checker' finds Barrick and Kaufman developing a late night light disco vibe behind Banks vocal drone. "Summer Love" speaks to the dullest seasonal affair of all time while "Broken Tambourine" tries out piano leads and literal bird squawks which doesn't connect.

The group have been good friends and work well together but a song like "How Many Days" seems to sum up Muzz to these ears. All interesting parts, particularly Barrick's drumming and Kaufman's fuzzed guitar, but in the end the song never truly coalesce into something that works wonders.

Muzz self-titled debut is passable easy going indie rock for fans who want National inspired, restrained minimalist tunes to fuss over. While the talented trio are worth checking out, the magic just isn't there yet on the groups first effort.
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Monday, July 27, 2020

Dylan Cover #438 Margot Cotten "I Want You" 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 Margot Cotton playing "I Want You" 

Thoughts on Original:
(From the first time we tackled a cover of this song)
A song that fits the Gemini Dylan like a glove; direct lyrical yearning chorus with verses that meander about introducing characters like roadblocks in the way of true love. It was the last tune written for the mega Blonde on Blonde and a song he and others (it was Al Kooper's favorite) admired so much he almost titled the album after it. Never a track that jumps to the top of peoples "favorites" or "best of" Dylan lists but one that really nails what the artist is all about in some of the simplest terms.

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
This is the first time we are checking out the French multi-instrumentalist Margot Cotten.

Thoughts on Cover:
Cotten stays direct with tempo and strumming and puts on a slight Bob Dylan accent for the song, which is not our favorite style of imitation. 

Live Streams: Seven Days of Satchmo

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:  Seven Days of Satchmo

Today would have started the 20th annual Satchmo SummerFest down in New Orleans. Instead we are getting a virtual, Seven Days of Satchmo to celebrate Louis Armstrong. Here is the schedule:
You can listen on WWOZ.org

Friday, July 24, 2020

Live Streams: Red White Black & Blues 16 Hour Musical Celebration of Black Music

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: Red White Black & Blues

Tomorrow morning there is a 16-hour livestream marathon celebrating 100 years of Black American music on SAT, JUL 25 at 9AM ET. Support @jazzfoundationofamerica while you watch on FANS.COM:


This is going to be a big show, so jump onboard tomorrow. Since he is up in the right hand corner of this Instagram post, here is some George Clinton to get ready for the show:

Live Streams: New Bedford Art Museum with Marissa Paternoster

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:  New Bedford Art Museum with Marissa Paternoster

One of RtBE's Personal Favorite artists Marissa Paternoster will be chatting with the New Bedford Art Museum tonight at 6pm:

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"As I finish up my residency, I want to thank NBAM and Fiber Optic Center for this inspiring and transformative opportunity and I invite everyone to start a digital conversation/collaboration with the books and texts we find sacred."⁠ - Artist Janaya Kizzie⁠ ⁠ We're sad to see Janaya go, but so excited for who we have on deck for our next #FOF! artist! Keep up with Janaya at @hiddenherepress and check out our celebration of their residency over on Facebook.⁠ ⁠ Meet Marissa Paternoster (@marissapaternoster @official_screamales)! From VICE: "Most of us know Marissa Paternoster (she/her/hers) as the guitar-shredding, wailing frontwoman for Screaming Females. If that wasn’t enough, she’s also an amazing artist who creates meticulously drawn illustrations and murals." We can't wait to show you what Marissa has in store in next Friday's #FOF!

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You may only know her as the amazing guitarist and front woman of Screaming Females and her solo work Noun (both of which made our best of the previous decade) but Miss Paternoster is also a very accomplished artist. RtBE forgot to ask her about her art work when we interviewed her way back in 2010 but she will talk about her art tonight.

To get ready for that talk let's rock, "Outerspace" from her solo project Noun.