Friday, March 5, 2021

Full Show Friday: The Isley Brothers - Welcome To America Concert 2004

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...The Isley Brothers!


Some months our Full Show Friday's will focus on specific artistsyearsvenues, festivals or some combo of it all
This months Full Show Friday Series is brought to you by the letter I.

Here are The Isley Brothers playing in Philly around the 4th of July in 2004. Pro Shot, Pro Sound, more info below. Enjoy:

The Philadelphia Welcome America Festival is an annual series of celebrations leading up to Independence Day, held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is currently sponsored by convenience store chain Wawa. Coverage of events on July 4th airs on NBC10 & Telemundo62. The 6-day festival features multicultural and multigenerational events, including free concerts, fireworks displays, block parties, a parade, and educational activities. Every year a free outdoor concert is held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The concert is followed by fireworks. The free live performance has been a Philadelphia tradition for more than two decades.[4] Past performers have included notable hometown acts and top selling artists. From The Reelblack Archive. Shared for historical purposes. \
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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Live Streams: The Hold Steady - Open Door Policy Record Release 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 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 Hold Steady - Record Release Party for Open Door Policy

Today one of RtBE's favorites The Hold Steady celebrate their first record to ever make the Billboard Top Ten, the recently released Open Door Policy.
To get in the mood for tonight's free gathering on Twitch where the the band will perform the full new album, here is a song from the new release:

Beginners Guide To The Grateful Dead - Part One

There is a lot of music out there and some artists have massive catalogs which can paralyze new listeners with overwhelming choices. This Beginners Guide series will attempt to give those new listeners entry points to some of these artists. Today we will look at: The Grateful Dead.


This post became very long so we are breaking it into two parts. This first offering will discuss the five places RtBE feels are the best entry points to the band. The follow up post will dive into the different eras of the Dead and pull out some well known and underappreciated shows for further listening. 

In the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic here in NYC the soothing sounds of The Grateful Dead helped ease my mind during a tumultuous sense of loss and uncertainty. Shortly after lock down, a co-worker reached out and mentioned they wanted more information on the band as they were just discovering them. 

That request led to this series, so it makes sense that the good ol' Grateful Dead should be the first group we discuss when it comes to Beginners Guides. RtBE will take an extensive look into their career with a focus on new listeners and will provide links to youtube when possible, but feel free to buy all of the albums from the band themselves. We also wrote about the band in our Masters series previously ranking our favorite studio albums, official live releases and more

Also feel free to check out the amazing Internet Archive with its phenomenal collection of Grateful Dead shows. Almost everything you could want is on there and usually with multiple recordings from the groups insanely dedicated fan base. The truth is the band could hit amazing highs any night they played and while they have the reputation of drugged out hippies, the quality of their musical output remained incredibly consistent and excellent for the majority of their careers.  

We will dissect the bands shifting sound in part two of this post, for now let's start with the basics. Click the read more button: 

TL:DR Version:
Start with, in order: 

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Live Streams: Liz Phair

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: Liz Phair 

Tonight Liz Phair plays old and new songs and chats with her producer:

To get in the mood here is her new single, "Hey Lou":

Album Review: Atlin Gun - Yol

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

It is of Atlin Gun's newest release, Yol

The record mixes euro pop and light funky sound in Anatolian rock style. 

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



Tuesday, March 2, 2021

New Song From Garage A Trois, New Album Coming in April

The oddball jazz trio Garage A Trois is releasing their first album since 2011's Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil.  The new one is titled Calm Down Cologne and it will be released April 16 via RPF Records.

Skerik, Charlie Hunter and Stanton Moore are three great individual musicians and it will be exciting to hear now that they are back together recording. The first song from the upcoming album has been released and you can hear it here:


Album Review: Menahan Street Band - The Exciting Sounds of Menahan Street Band

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

It is of Menahan Street Bands newest release, The Exciting Sounds of...

This is a solid instrumental record that touches on jazz, soul, funk, hip hop, and more. Yet another excellent release on Daptone with some cool album artwork to boot. 

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

 

Monday, March 1, 2021

New Single from Guspy "Steez Luiz"

The Santa Ana born and raised artist Guspy newest single has been released, it is titled "Steez Luiz". 

The track has a laid back Sublime feel to it as the multi lingual lyrics, skittering beats and looping groove recall beach parties and lazy nights. Listen below:


Dylan Cover #468 hansimilian "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 hansimilian 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 acoustic duo hansimilian.

Thoughts on Cover:
An excellent acoustic version of this fun song with great mandolin work from the duo. 

Friday, February 26, 2021

Indie Hip-Hop Hybrid Citylightz Release New Single "My Life"

Citylightz are a indie rock/hip-hop outfit from Birmingham Wolverhampton in the West Midlands and have released a few well received EP's and live recordings. 

Their newest song is titled "My Life" and can be heard here:


Full Show Friday: Ariana Grande - Sweetener World Tour

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...Ariana Grande!


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 week we showcase Ariana Grande on her Sweetener World Tour, fan shot videos edited together:


Thursday, February 25, 2021

New Dinosaur Jr Song, Album Sweep It Into Space Coming in April

The excellent Dinosaur Jr. have a new album coming out at the end of April titled Sweep It Into Space.

The first single "I Ran Away" is a doozy and continues in the bands successful guitar rock vein. Produced by Kurt Vile the album will be a spring treat to look forward too. 
Here is "I Ran Away": 


Album Review: Palberta - Palberta5000

Palberta
Palberta5000
*** out of *****

The New York based Palberta's eighth release is powerfully titled Palbert5000 and it expands the bands sound by moving slightly from short punchy numbers to increasing the pop sweetness. While the new elongated efforts hit a few road bumps, the group do an intriguing job of popping up their sound while maintaining the off kilter post punk of previous efforts.  

The trio of Nina Ryser, Anina Ivry-Block and Lily Konigsberg deftly switch instruments (bass, drums, guitar) and vocalize gloriously. The pristine singing, at times perfectly locked in, at others jagged on purpose, is consistently wonderful throughout. With this album the band mentioned wanting to dive fully into their love of pop music and the production is fantastic with each instrument ringing clear.     

Brief songs (which the band specializes in) like the opening "No Way", the upbeat shout along exhilaration of "Hey !" the weird odd ball "Eggs n' Bac'" and the excellent angular "Never to Go" are all winners. Each track instantly feels vital with dance rhythms and quirky riffs, diving in and driving out of the sound. It is when the band tries to stretch their formula out where weaker results occur. 

Both "Big Bad Want" and "Fragile Place" are examples of knockout original ideas that are pushed beyond two minutes and they just go nowhere. "Big Bad Want" is a bass driven get down post punk arrow strike, but repeats it's vocals ad nauseam and never moves off it's one thought; it makes the 3:44 run time feel like an eternity. "Fragile Place" starts out stunningly with twitchy, funky, rising sounds around a marching drum and pristine vocals, but never arrives at anywhere exciting. If both were paired down they would be highlights. 

A major plus however is that the band always seems to be having fun, whether it is throwing every sort of instrumentation into "In Again" or smiling through the best track on the record "Summer Sun" the energy is infectious and rescues a one note offering like "Corner Store", rising it up to an almost pop punk anthem level. 

The record wraps up with two longer dance laden grooves that recall Sleater-Kinney's newest pop move The Center Won't Hold as "All Over My Face" and "Before I Got Here" as both blissfully bop and bounce their way with shoulder shaking feeling. Both are fine examples of the bands newer sound yet neither possess that extra injection to really zing forward. 

There are moments on Palberta5000 where the band can seem like a modern day re-imagining of The Raincoats for a new millennium raised on glossy pop of the modern digital age and while Palberta are clearly enjoying themselves, the record never truly locks in full to post-punk or pop with bright moments but lacking an overall cohesion.    
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Support the band, buy the album on bandcamp, stream it below and peep some video:

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Live Streams: Billy Strings Deja Vu Experiment - Final Show

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: Billy Strings Deja Vu Experiment

Tonight is the last of six shows from Billy Strings at the fantastic Capitol Theater:

To get in the mood, here is a tune from Billy and the band, covering the Grateful Dead, something he will probably do tonight as well:


Album Review: Tash Sultana - Terra Firma

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

The review is of Tash Sultana's newest album Terra Firma.


A definite throw back 90's r&b sound through a lot of this record, neo-new jack swing. Some pretty wild album art as well that doesn't really fit the music, but is striking on it's own.  

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


Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Live Streams: Nikki Glaspie's (Delayed) Fat Tuesday 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 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: Nikki Glaspie's Fat Tuesday Party

Delayed from last week due to violent weather, tonight Nikki Glaspie and crew throw down in New Orleans like fashion at The Far Out in Austin Texas.
To get in the mood here is Nikki banging the drums:

Live Streams: Alicia Renee aka Blue Eyes

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: Alicia Renee aka Blue Eyes

In a few hours, on the balcony of the New Orleans Jazz Museum, Alicia Renee aka Blue Eyes will be performing. 

You can catch it on the Offbeat Magazine's Facebook page at 5pm CST. To get in the mood here she is singing "A Change Gonna Come" live:


Album Review: The Hold Steady - Open Door Policy

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

It is of The Hold Steady's newest album Open Door Policy.

RtBE are huge Hold Steady fans and in truth, this record seems to be lacking something, but the fact that they are still an active band overrides any critical opinions as we are waiting desperately to see them live again. Hopefully at the Brooklyn Bowl in November, if not before.

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


Monday, February 22, 2021

Dylan Cover #467 Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin "You Ain't Going Nowhere" 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 Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin performing "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" 



Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we addressed this cover:
A great song, and one that sounds so simple. It always felt to me that these are the kind of songs Dylan has seeping out of his pores, with lines like "Tailgates and Substitutes" that anywhere else would sound foolish yet here works wonders. The musical backing from the original Band version is loose and matched fantastically with the lyrics. I am sure it wasn't as easy going as it sounds on the final version, but what a gem of a track.

Cover:



Thoughts on Cover Artist:
RtBE enjoys all of these folk/country/rock artists
   
Thoughts on Cover:
This is such a smooth, well played live cover. The vocals from Cash Colvin and Chapin are simply pristine while the group harmonies and dynamics are perfect. Great guitars, great words, great singing voices; a top notch performance of this fun sized Dylan tune.

Friday, February 19, 2021

Happy 30th Anniversary to Dinosaur Jr's Green Mind

Can it really be 30 years already since Dinosaur Jr released Green Mind?!?

Today marks the anniversary of the bands first major label release and also their first album without the original trio. When we reviewed their catalog back in 2016 for Glide Magazine we had it ranked 3rd on our list of albums from the band, that seems right. When we went back and celebrated the band turning thirty we focused on "Thumb", what a tune...best use of flute in rock and roll...suck it Tull!

With one of the top 5 album covers of all-time, Priscilla, 1969, a photo by Joseph Szabo, Green Mind is full on woolly rockin' Dino...err...or basically a J Masics solo record. Anywhichway it is a dandy, so slap it on today and rock out.


Full Show Friday: AJR - Neotheater World Tour Minneapolis 2019

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...AJR!


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 week we showcase AJR live stream from 2019 Minneapolis:


Thursday, February 18, 2021

Live Streams: Garcia Peoples

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: Garcia Peoples feat. Macrodose Visuals

Part of the Blue Note live streaming series is tonight's performance from Garcia Peoples