Thursday, July 18, 2024

New Single from The Pinkerton Raid "If A Tree Fell"

The North Carolina based outfit The Pinkerton Raid have released a new single "If A Tree Fell".


Regarding the songs creation, the writer, Jesse James DeConto states:
"I was complaining to our old drummer Scott about struggling to connect with the right audience who would have the kind of experience that we’re trying to craft for them. Scott said I should write a song for those people; that was after playing for one of those very distracted and preoccupied barroom crowds, maybe six months before COVID started. During the lockdown, I finally dug into writing that song, and the sense of longing was only heightened because in those endless 18 months, we couldn't be in the same room with any kind of audience at all, much less a beautifully connected one. “If a Tree Fell” is my attempt to capture the feeling that a song is incomplete until it makes somebody feel something."

Check it out below:

Album Review: Sister Gertrude Morgan - Let's Make A Record

Sister Gertrude Morgan
Let's Make A Record
*** out of *****

The fantastic Tipitina’s Record Club’s newest release is a reissue of Sister Gertrude Morgan's only full length release, 1971’s Let’s Make A Record. This singular gospel rarity arrives on white vinyl, the same color Morgan wore once she became a bride of Jesus, preaching her sermon throughout New Orleans.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

New Single from Japandroids and Final, Album Fate & Alcohol, Announced for October

One of RtBE's Favorites, Japandroids are back for one final album, Fate & Alcohol, which is due out in October. 


The site has focused on the band a lot in the past and can't wait to check out the new album. The first single, "Chicago" has been released today. You can check it out below:


Live Review: Los Lobos - River & Blues Battery Park City, NYC 7/11/24

Los Lobos
River & Blues Battery Park City NYC 7/11/24

On Thursday night July 11th a heat wave thankfully broke in New York City and the River & Blues Festival in Battery Park City kicked off their 25th year of free music in downtown Manhattan with the fantastic American band Los Lobos.  

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

New Single/Video from Laura Marling "Patterns"

London based singer/songwriter Laura Marling releases her new single "Patterns" ahead of her eighth studio album Patterns in Repeat.  


Regarding the new album Marling states:
“Over the course of nine months, I had happily prepared myself for the fact that my life as a songwriter would be put on hold while I adjusted to life as a new parent. How delighted then was I to discover that for the first few months of a baby's life, you can bounce them in a bouncer and play guitar all day. For the first time in my life, I was able to gaze into another human's eyes as I wrote. Of course, new parents feel like they discovered that feeling - one of the very finest that life has to offer, of looking into the eyes of your child and feeling the enormity of the picture as a whole, the enormity of a precarious life, celestial, fragile and extraordinary, taking its place among the comparatively banal constellation of a family. This banal constellation seems to have dominated the writing of Patterns in Repeat - the drama of the domestic sphere, the frail threads that bind a family together, the good intentions we hold onto for our progeny and the many and various ways they get lost in time. So much complexity in the banal, the caged, the everyday.

“Being as I am, 34 years old, now 15 years and 8 albums into a life in song, I am unable to escape the fact that each record has served as a time-stamped chapter of my life (though some have appeared more a premonition). Now, here we are, following a youth spent desperately trying to understand what it is to be a woman, I am at the brow of the hill, with an entirely new and enormous perspective surrounding me.”

Check out the single below:


Album Review: Johnny Blue Skies - Passage du Desir

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


It is of Johnny Blue Skies (aka Sturgill Simpson's) newest offering Passage du Desir

Metacritic thinks I gave this album an 80. I thought the review was a bit more reserved, I would say it is closer to a 75-70, but Metacritic doesn't ask me and I am not sure how they calculate their numbers from my words? 

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

Monday, July 15, 2024

Dylan Cover #639 Chris Hillman, Roger McGuinn, Marty Stuart "My Back Pages" Live

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Chris Hillman, Roger McGuinn, Marty Stuart of "My Back Pages"


Thoughts on Dylan Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this song:
The original has taken upon itself a cultural importance, and the chorus has simply become iconic. I doubt Dylan intended such, but it toes the line of out and out protest and illustrative questions. He puts down everyone from evangelists to girls, but the language snakes and flows so magically that it doesn't seem as harsh as "Positively 4th St" or "Ballad in Plain D". The sense of exhaling desperation or at least the realization that age confuses things even more seems to be what I take from this tune after each listen, but things can change...or can they?

Cover
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Thoughts on Cover Artist:
We did a month of The Byrds covering Dylan twelve years ago, but we never got to this tune. Here are two of those Byrds with Marty Stuart doing it live in 2018. 

Thoughts on Cover:
Fun and straight ahead cover in Byrds style that really works wonderfully no matter what year it is. 

Friday, July 12, 2024

Full Show Friday: Daughter - Bonnaroo 2016

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...Daughter!


Some months our Full Show Friday's will focus on specific artistsyearsvenuestv shows, festivals or some combo of it all
This months Full Show Friday Series focuses on Female Artists at the Bonnaroo Festival.

Since we are in the teeth of summer, it gets RtBE thinking of Festivals, so let's revisit great sets from Bonnaroo's past. This isn't the first time we will be looking back at Bonnaroo, but there are tons of full sets to choose from. This month we focus on Female artists who played the festival in the past.

This week is Daughter from 2016.  Check out the full set below:

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Entropy Shares New Video/Single "King of Rain"

Hamburg, Germany's Entropy share a new video/single "King of Rain"


About the tune, Guitarist/vocalist Hans Frese says:
“Lyrically, what I’m most excited about in this song is that I managed to include a reference to one of my favorite movies, the Denzel Washington-led flick Man on Fire, one of the all- time great stories of perseverance and redemption. Which also fits well with the general vibe of the song!"

In the studio, I remember that recording the solo was particularly fun - playing the simple melody, I kind of felt like George Harrison for a tiny moment. Kövi says that the drums were at least partly inspired by "Pretty Woman" too, so even though the song has a distinct '90s alt rock vibe, there are also subtle elements that recall other great decades in music!”

Check out the tune here:


Album Review: Drunk Mums - Beer Baby

Drunk Mums
Beer Baby
**and1/2 out of *****


The Melbourne Australia based Drunk Mums deliver a swig of pub based punk rock on their newest offering Beer Baby

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

New Video/Single from DJ Brother MANIAC "Dyn-o-mite"

The Washington DC based DJ Brother MANIAC has a single out titled "Dyn-O-Mite".



Check out the tune below:

Album Review: Fantastic Cat - Now That's What I Call Fantastic Cat

Fantastic Cat
Now That's What I Call Fantastic Cat
**** out of *****

Back in 2022, Fantastic Cat released their dynamite debut album, and since the band was four individual songwriters coming together, it felt as if it was a special one off event. Thankfully it wasn't as the groups follow up record, Now That's What I Call Fantastic Cat arrives and the musical returns are just as positive as their debut. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

New Video/Single from Yarn "Traveling Kind"

NYC based roots rockers Yarn have a new twangy single/video "Traveling Kind".



Check out the video below:

Happy 50th Anniversary to The Meters Rejuvenation

Happy 50th Anniversary to The Meters stone cold classic, Rejuvenation.


Released in July 1974, Rejuvenation is a hell of an American funk record which truly brings the uniqueness of the New Orleans funk to the forefront. 

The band, Ziggy Modeliste – drums, composer, producer, vocals, Art Neville – keyboards, composer, producer, vocals, Leo Nocentelli – guitar, composer, producer, background vocals, George Porter Jr. – bass, composer, producer, background vocals, were in peak form throughout this offering.

Monday, July 8, 2024

Dylan Cover #638 Kingdom Jasmine "Buckets of Rain" 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 Kingdom Jasmine aka Bob Barrick playing "Buckets of Rain"


Thoughts on Original:
From our first take on a cover of this tune:
Dylan's mid-career masterpiece closes out with this song and to me it always seemed tacked on whimsically.  After going through a ton of raw emotion with "Idiot Wind" and other tunes, Blood on the Tracks finishes with this ditty.  Honestly, never one of my favorites, it acted more as a palate cleanser but a sweet one at that. 

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
This is the first time we are hearing Kingdom Jasmine (Bob Barrick) who is an artist from Boulder, CO.  

Thoughts on Cover
:
A fun straight ahead acoustic cover that benefits from being performed outside.  Some great picking and singing and well timed goose honking. Very enjoyable. 

Friday, July 5, 2024

Full Show Friday: Liz Phair - Live at Bonnaroo 6/14/03 - Manchester TN

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...Liz Phair!


Some months our Full Show Friday's will focus on specific artistsyearsvenuestv shows, festivals or some combo of it all
This months Full Show Friday Series focuses on Female Artists at the Bonnaroo Festival.

Since we are in the teeth of summer, it gets RtBE thinking of Festivals, so let's revisit great sets from Bonnaroo's past. This isn't the first time we will be looking back at Bonnaroo, but there are tons of full sets to choose from. This month we focus on Female artists who played the festival in the past.

Up first this month, Liz Phair from Bonnaroo way back in 2003. Check it out below:



Liz Phair - 6/14/03 
Glory Johnny Feelgood Divorce Song Rock Me Uncle Alvarez Supernova Stratford-on-Guy 6'1" Fuck and Run Extraordinary Perfect World

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Album Review: Dirty Three - Love Changes Everything

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



It is of Dirty Three's Love Changes Everything on Drag City Records. 

The album is a semi-interesting instrumental jazz/noise album. If you want the highlight, just check out the last track, which is embedded below, it is the best of the bunch and gives you a sense of the album as a whole. 

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


 

Enjoy The 4th of July with The Grateful Dead

The United States celebrates it's Independence today, and while the country has deep rooted issues and problems we are dealing (and not dealing) with, it is still the best country mankind has founded in our sordid history. So enjoy the outdoors, hanging safely with friends, and living life. What better soundtrack for that is there than The Grateful Dead?!?!


We took the opportunity a few years back to talk about the Best American Band question on July 4th. Now (in a tradition started years ago) we are just giving you our answer in concert form, the Grateful Dead's July 4th 1989 concert. What a doozy! It is the perfect time to bust it back out and get Truckin' Up To Buffalo.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

New Video/Single from Simon Jegz "America Is A Miracle"

In these trying times, and during awful political week, Simon Jegz has released a straight ahead love letter to the USA titled "America is A Miracle".



Check out the song and video below:

  

Album Review: Sheer Mag - Playing Favorites

Sheer Mag
Playing Favorites
*** out of *****

On the strong opening title track to Sheer Mag's newest album Playing Favorites, lead singer Christina Halladay sings about packing up the van and just playing those party rockin' songs with friends, never looking back. Throughout the album Sheer Mag keep that bygone, good-times-feeling alive with their throwback, 70's influenced pop rock. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

New Single/Video from Charlie & The Tropicales with Quiana Lynell "Funny How Time Slips Away"

New Orleans based Charlie & The Tropicales (who RtBE have dug and reviewed in the past) pair up with Quiana Lynell to cover Willie Nelson’s 1961 hit "Funny How Time Slips Away".



Check out the killer cover below from Charlie and crew:

Album Review: Boulevards - Carolina Funk: Barn Burner on Tobacco Road

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


It is of Boulevards newest release, Carolina Funk: Barn Burner on Tobacco Road.

Now THAT is an album cover!

The tunes are pretty good as well. 

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

Monday, July 1, 2024

Dylan Cover #637 Eric Bettencourt & Band "She Belongs to Me" 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 Eric Bettencourt & Band playing "She Belongs To Me"


Thoughts on Original:
The first song in this series was a different cover of this track, here is what I wrote about it then and still feel the same way:
This is a gem of a song, a twisted tale that entwines beauty and deceit, darkness and sparkling Egyptian Red Rings. One of Dylan's best in it's mystery, elusiveness and bitter biting undertones; really pure Dylan and one of his all time classics.  Loved it when I first heard it, still love it today.

Cover:


Thoughts on Cover Artist:
This is our first time listening to Eric Bettencourt & Band. Bettencourt is an Austin, TX based artist. His top notch band this go around is Richard Corson - Electric Guitar ||| Pete Genova - Bass ||| Charles C. Gagne - Drums.

Thoughts on Cover
A really cool, upbeat, jammy arrangement of the classic tune with great singing, guitar work and groove. Two guitar solos are dynamite as the band gets loose around the lyrics. A fantastic cover and yet another reason we keep this series running, constant pleasant surprises.  Happy Monday.