Because Songs Matter

Highland Park Optimist Club – Kitchen Tapes (Demo EP) – 2016

Highland Park Optimist Club – Kitchen Tapes (Demo EP) – 2016

So this is the first time I’ve ever written about a demo and we don’t write about EPs (except when we do) but this one grabbed me. I almost didn’t write about it even though I’ve literally listened to it at least once a day since it was released. There’s two reasons for that, Highland […]

Introduction to Samuel Barker

Introduction to Samuel Barker

Hey everybody! I figured I would introduce myself since posts from me are going to start popping up on the site and you might just be scratching your head wondering all about me. To really appreciate my writing, you need to know the basics about me, right? Well, here we go. I love long drives, […]

Gallows Bound at Gruene Hall – January 24, 2016

Gallows Bound at Gruene Hall – January 24, 2016

A couple of years ago, I pulled up to a little neighborhood bar in Philadelphia to play a show. The headliner that night was a group of young adults from Winchester, VA called Gallows Bound. Six folks decked out in t-shirts from their favorite punk bands, tattoos, piercing and the like. Walking in, I received […]

The Albert Square – I (Assume I) Know What I’m Doing – 2015

The Albert Square – I (Assume I) Know What I’m Doing – 2015

One of my favorite writers, Italo Calvino, gave a lecture in the late 80’s looking back on his body of work. He saw a theme of “lightness,” which he tried to define as something not quite like levity or flippancy, but like getting the same impact out of removing things as you do by adding […]

Caleb Caudle – Carolina Ghost – 2016

Caleb Caudle – Carolina Ghost – 2016

I think that a lot of music is hard to review. I know, I’ve been doing to for years, but that hasn’t made it any easier. Writing a review isn’t like talking a friend about about an album or chatting with your buddy who just dropped his new record on you. There’s something permanent about […]

The Longwalls – Live At The Bridge – 2015

The Longwalls – Live At The Bridge – 2015

First things first….I forgot to write a little intro about myself last time. So, while my god given name is not Mike McTigue, I am a third generation Irish American from Boston. I’m also a songwriter which is how I came to know of Ninebullets when they were kind of enough to review our first […]

Footings – Alienation – 2016

Footings – Alienation – 2016

I suppose the thing to keep in mind is the difference between a song and a call. A birdsong is a melodious series of notes, perfected through practice, a fluid juggling of air and soul and lung and throat and membranes. Songs are almost exclusively related to courtship. Birdcalls, however, are brief, simple—chatter, alarms. The mundane. […]

The Harvest Thieves – Rival – 2016

The Harvest Thieves – Rival – 2016

These guys were a completely accidental discovery on Spotify and I couldn’t be happier about it. Usually the, so called, discovery feature on Spotify is fairly worthless, containing mostly stuff I’ve already heard and listen to on Spotify or stuff so old I can’t write about it. To be honest I rarely use it since […]

Mark Erelli Interview and New Album “For A Song”

Mark Erelli Interview and New Album “For A Song”

When Romeo Sid Vicious tapped me to write for Ninebullets I was admittedly very excited. There is so much great music that comes out of Boston and the Northeast that I am looking forward to hopefully turning the readers onto some people they may not have listened to in the past. Boston has been a […]

Drinkin’ About My Daddy: Collaborative Mix

Drinkin’ About My Daddy: Collaborative Mix

This year has started out rough for me personally. We said goodbye to my father on Sunday after a massive heart attack on on January 4th. I’ve been a little out of sorts and probably drinking a lot. I’ve been trying to put together a compilation that captures the feel of this last week but […]

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