Apr 152014


Long time 9B friend, Dammit Damian, started off his Mostly Harmless podcast by talking with Chuck Ragan. A little over two years and seventy podcasts later Damian got to sit down with Chuck again. This is one that’s worth check out. Next week he’s even posting a new episode with White Buffalo. If you aren’t following this podcast you damn sure ought to be.

Mostly Harmless: Episode 71 w/Chuck Ragan
Mostly Harmless: Episode 1 w/Chuck Ragan

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Apr 152014

april 2014

Title: Scratch
Artist: Morphine
Album (year): Yes (1995)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: This album comes out swinging…not punching, but swinging. The first three tracks either have you on the bus with the rest of the merry pranksters, or not. Scratch is one of those songs where the feel contrasts with the subject matter; the singer really does not seem to mind starting over from scratch. Is it the epitome of cool, or an inability to care? Methinks the former.

Title: 12 Steps
Artist: Big Shoals
Album (year): Still Go On (2014)
Submitted By: Bryan Childs (ninebullets.net)
Comments: Debut album from a new band out of Gainesville.

Title: Late for the Sky
Artist: Andrew Rose Gregory (Jackson Browne)
Album (year): The Covers EP (2012)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: One of Jackson Browne’s best, covered by an incredible singer-songwriter in his own right, Andrew Gregory. Yes, Gregory, as in The Gregory Brothers of schmoyoho youtube auto-tuning celebrity. Andrew’s solo work gets overshadowed by internet silliness, and I know I’m submitting a cover, but check out his The Lost Year album, and also his stunning interpretation/musical setting of The Song of Songs.

Title: Sweet Tooth Boogie (Unreleased from The Wildness)
Artist: The Bones of J.R. Jones
Album (year): Reliable the Unreliable EP (2014)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I was introduced to The Bones of J.R. Jones, with a free EP via NoiseTrade (no longer available), in March. He’s got a great folk sound. I like this little ‘boogie’ number so have a listen.

Title: I’m A Little Mixed Up
Artist: Betty James
Album (Year): Released on 45 by Chess (1961)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Heard this on an electric blues comp, dug the hell out of it. So much swagger in the delivery of the vocals, so much interplay between the guitar and rhythm section. A perfect song, a house rocker as they say.

Title: Milk In The Fridge
Artist: Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons
Album (Year): Hey Kid (2014)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: Luckly one of my boys is also a fan and gets to see the band often in the Columbus Ohio area, at the record release party earlier this year he got me an autographed CD, and I swooned. I bet you think, I think this song is about me

Title: Slow Death
Artist: Flamin’ Groovies
Album (year): I’ll Have A…Bucket of Brains: The Original 1972 Rockfield Recordings for U.A. (1995)
Submitted By: TheSecondSingle
Comments: In my opinion, one of the top three finest Rolling Stones rip offs of all time, but with a little of that Groovies jangle that makes them fun.

Title: Broke My Heart
Artist: Tim Easton
Album: Porcupine (2009)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: I’m not sure where I’ve been the last 10 years to have missed the music of Tim Easton. In late March, I took in an in-the round showcase to see East Nashville and Couch By Couchwest faves Eric Brace, Peter Cooper and Jesse Lafser. Easton was the fourth, and I dug each song he performed. I’m now playing from behind and digging his 2009 release Porcupine. And is there anything more obvious to offer a flippant “feel bad for you” than hearing of a broken heart?

Title: Opossum
Artist: Adam Faucett
Album (year): Blind Water Finds Blind Water (2014)
Submitted By: Trailer

Artist: Eddie Noack
Title: Psycho
Album: Psycho: The K-Ark and Allstar Recordings, 1962-1969
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel
Comments: OK so we’ve only just discovered Eddie Noack, best known for this, his 1968 cover of Leon Payne’s serial killer song Psycho. Rockabilly tinged, country cult classic. Pure genius.

Artist: Miles Davis
Title: “Jeru”
Album: Birth of the Cool (1949)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: listened to this on vinyl on my birthday back in March. It was the only cool there was. I am a nerd.

Title: The Heavy Things
Artist: Micah Schnabel
Album: I’m Dead, Serious
Blurb: I have been helping take care of a dear friend who lost his fight with cancer at 9:20 April, 9 2014. This is one of the songs I’ve had on repeat since then. It’s been helping me deal with the loss and the grief. I thought it appropriate to share.

Title: Amphetamine
Artist: Steve Wynn -& the Miracle Three
Album (year): Static Transmission (2003)
Submitted By: Simon Lellow
Comments: This track popped up on shuffle in the car on the way to work a couple of weeks ago, I hit repeat, rolled the window down and gave an impromptu performance – to anyone who witnessed it, sorry. KEXP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKMxflK_dok

Artist: Rod Picott
Album: Hang Your Hopes on a Crooked Nail
Year: 2014
Label: Independent
Comments: I picked this because I have been listening to this record a lot lately and it’s my favorite off it.

Apr 142014


Chicago artist Rachel Ries first reached a wider audience on a collaborative 2008 EP with Anais Mitchell called Country EP. However, her solo work doesn’t ring with as much twang as that title would suggest. Over the course of her career she’s shed more and more standard country forms, stretched out her storytelling into impressionist verse, gained confidence as a piano composer, but she’s smartly kept the focus on her spectacular voice. Her newest full-length, Ghost of a Gardner, supports that voice with a range of impressive instrumentation–from lush chamber arrangements to sparse guitar-percussion to this album’s version of a rocker, “Mercy.” A voice like Ries’ could send most pop songs back down their singer’s throat with shame, but though the voice is the center of this album, the arrangements are allowed to be weird and assertive, and you can feel a lot of smart voices at work. Several of the songs here appeared in sparer forms on her 2012 EP Laurel Lake, and to me the expansion wins in all cases. But if this album is a little busy for you, I would still highly recommend her (freely available) earlier albums. Ries’ kind of pop music looks to the likes Regina Spektor, Patty Griffin, Patsy Cline, Dennis Wilson, Harry Nilsson and does great by them. A theatrical album that satisfies as deeply and reliably as a folk one.




Find all of Ries’ music at her bandcamp. Track her touring at her website and her Facebook.

Apr 112014

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Brown Bird “Thunder And Lightining” from Salt For Salt

Hillstomp “Meet Me At The Bottom” from Portland, Ore

Mike Watt &The Black Gang “30 Days In The Hole”

Chuck Ragan “Gave My Heart Out” from Till Midnight

Brittany Howard & Ruby Amanfu “When My Man Comes Home” from I Wonder

Only Sons “Cutting Corners” from American Stranger

Rum Drum Ramblers “Sure Sign”

Scott H. Biram “When I Die” from Nothin’ But Blood

Arc Iris “Whiskey Man” from Arc Iris

Shovels & Rope “Jonnny 99” from Johnny 99 / Bad As Me 7″

Jason & The Scorchers “White Lies” from Lost & Found

Have Gun Will Travel “Wolf In Shepherd’s Clothes” from Postcards From the Friendly City

Peter Mulvey “Sympathies” from Silver Ladder

Ben Nichols “This Old Death” from Last Pale Light In the West

Charlie Parr “Ellen Mayhem” from Rooster

Hank Williams III “One Horse Town” from Lovesick, Broke And Driftin’

Apr 102014


I loved Blood Or Whiskey’s self titled first release in ’96. It was a good punk record that happened to use some traditional Irish instruments. It was more of a punk sound than the Pogues and it was fun to put on. While Cashed Out On Culture is generally thought to be their most punk album and while that may be true musically, I still prefer that first album. I can take or leave No Time To Explain, it just seems kind of generic. So I didn’t really know what to expect from them after all these years. Of course I was excited about a new album but at the same time a little worried it wouldn’t be as good as I hoped it would. And then on March 14th they dropped Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil and all expectations were exceeded.

To me this album is sort of a return to the feel of their first two albums with a little ska sound added to the mix. Mind you they didn’t all of a sudden become a ska band, far from it, but you can hear the influence through the album and it’s a nice subtle change. I like bands that can grow and still keep their own sound and this most assuredly a Blood Or Whiskey album. The topics run the gamut from war to bad health and other struggles and yet it still feels energetic and is a fun listen. As an aside I think that’s why I like this genre so much. The whole genre is rife with songs about struggle, death, rebellion, and so on but somehow manages to feel upbeat, for the most part, and make one’s feet wont to tap along.

If you’re a fan of the genre then this is Essential Listening but if you’re not already a Celt-punk fan then it’s probably not going to find a place in your collection. The Celt side of the equation is stronger in the lyrics than in a lot of the genre and that’s alright with me. These guys were one of the first bands that I heard that could be called Celt-punk and I still enjoy the genre to this day. Let’s face it, the Americana we review here has deep roots in traditional Irish music as well as in punk rock so one of us liking Celt-punk was inevitable.

Montpelier Hill
Seanie O’keeffe

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