Jun 292007
 

Long before Thrall made “Mother” a rock radio hit, and long before some random fat dude knocked Glenn Danzig out on youtube, I thought Danzig’s self-titled release was the greatest thing in rock music. From 1988 to 1994 they could do no wrong as far as I was concerned. Right around 1994/1995 Chuck Biscuits (drums), Eerie Von (bass) and John Christ (guitar) all left the band (or got fired) and, in turn, my interest waned and I have not heard anything Glenn has done since. However, for those formative years of 15 to 21 the band takes up an enormous portion of my soundtrack. Though I had not listened to any Danzig in years, I found myself thinking about all of this the other day holding a used copy of the self-titled disc in my hands at my local record store. I decided to pick it up for at least one listen, if nothing else. The second the opening riffs of “Twist of Cain” started, I was right back in my teens. Windows down. Stereo cranked. Devil Fists in the air and a ‘fuck you I’m evil‘ look for the old lady beside me in traffic. I do not care what sort of a caricature Danzig has become over the years. For my youth, Danzig was dangerous and that made him cool.

Danzig – Twist of Cain (from Danzig I)
Danzig – Mother (from Danzig I)
Danzig – Long Way Back From Hell (from Danzig II: Lucifuge)
Danzig – I’m the One (from Danzig II: Lucifuge)
Danzig – Heart of the Devil (from Danzig III: How the Gods Kill)
Danzig – How the Gods Kill (from Danzig III: How the Gods Kill)
Danzig – cantspeak (from Danzig IV)
Danzig – I Don’t Mind the Pain (from Danzig IV)

original lineup

Jun 282007
 

The Legendary Shackshakers are one of my favorite bands, so every time they come to town I start to get nervous and excitable a week in advance. In the days leading up to the show, everyone from my cubicle neighbor to the toll booth operator on the Skyway knows the whens, wheres, how muches of the show and an entire list of reasons why they should go. This time through was no different. I even guaranteed a great show on ninebullets.net. I was not wrong…

Due to the rarest of rare events here in Tampa (show starting on time) I missed each and every opening act and walked in just as the Shackshakers were finishing their first song.

The scene was familiar. Newbies to LSS standing up front. Veterans of Shaker shows standing out of range of snot rockets and the occasional pubic hair tossing, but with their hand covering the top of their cups just in case they underestimated J.D.’s snot launching and pube tossing prowess. The bean pole that is J.D. Wilkes preaching to the crowd with a fire and brimstone to rival any Penecostal preacher, sometimes using old-fashioned microphones or a harmonica, all with a frenzy that surprising everyone, rookie and vets alike. All being backed by his choir, featuring the ever popular David Lee (guitarist), Mark Robertson (bass) and the new guy on drums banging out a gothic-rockabilly-polka version of southern rock/punk.

They played the crowd favorites such as Agony Wagon, Blood on the Bluegrass, CB Song and Pinetree Boogie. However, this time through they also played a couple of new songs that, at least live, were a lot heavier than most previous material.

Look, have you ever tried to tell someone a really funny story and when you were finished they just looked at you, so you drop the “you had to be there” gimmick? That’s what trying to explain a Shackshaker show is like. You should have been there. An LSS show is part rock show, part circus side show and part tent revival and, for those lucky enough to witness them, they are never forgotten. This show was no different.

Next time, be there.

Legendary Shack*Shakers – All My Life To Kill
Legendary Shack*Shakers – Something in the Water
Legendary Shack*Shakers – Blood on the Bluegrass

PICTURES FROM THE SHOW ARE AVAILABLE HERE

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A few days prior to the LSS show the wife and I went down to Jannus to see Two Gallants open for Les Claypool. A pairing I found odd prior to the show only got odder when we showed up. Most of the crowd had obviously never heard of Two Gallants and really had no interest in getting to know them either, which really was a shame because the band kicked ass. I decided I was gonna look at this show as a study of how a shit crowd can turn a good show into an “ehhh” show. The Two Gallants put on a fantastic show but I had no passion for it because the crowd was totally unreceptive and crap. One thing is for sure though; I can not wait for Two Gallants to come to town by themselves.

Two Gallants – Steady Rollin�

Jun 272007
 

Some people are of the belief that a band’s best song should be the third track on the cd, since that is the make or break track for most people. By some people, I mean one of my friends that I had this very conversation with recently. Personally, since I hear so damn much music you better catch me quick, and then you better hold me or I’ll forget about you. An awesome first track will not hurt your efforts. North Twin opens with a scorching rock and roll track that grabbed me by the back of the head. It had my attention. Could it hold it?

“Falling Apart” is Seattle based North Twin’s debut cd. It is a rock and roll record. Some mention their country roots and they have certainly opened for some of the alt.country scene heavyweights, but for my money I’m gonna call them a rock and roll band. A rock and roll band much like Two Cow Garage. All the proper nods to the dot country/roots scene, but in the end…all rock and roll. Does that sound good to you? ‘Cause it damn sure did to me. In the end, “Falling Apart” has held my attention and managed a two week stint in the car cd player before it got switched out. Essential Listening for sure.

For inquiring minds though, the third track, Falling Apart, is a power acoustic number that does not shame the band one bit.

North Twin – The Good Guy
North Twin – Carole Ann
North Twin – Halloween in Houston

North Twin’s Official Site, North Twin on Myspace, Buy Falling Apart

Jun 262007
 

The greatness that is Slim Cessna’s Auto Club has put 3 tracks from their upcoming cd on their myspace site. Go there. Learn them. Love them. The cd is scheduled for a Fall of 2007 release. I have heard nothing more of it than these three tracks but I can tell you this. It comes from Denver’s greatest export: Slim Cessna’s Auto Club and that virtually guarantees greatness if you ask me.

As a side note: I just noticed I have never written about SCAC on ninebullets. This is an utter disgrace and I assure you this will be amended in the coming weeks.

Jun 262007
 

Okay. This thing has been on the internets for over a month. Admittedly, I am really slow on all things Ryan Adams and generally when another blog makes mention of Ryan I just scan down to the next entry. However, I heard about an awesome cover of Alice in Chains, Down in a Hole floating around and decided to check it out. In my opinion Down in a Hole was the best song Alice in Chains ever did.

I found an entry about it on You Ain’t No Picasso but it’s link was not working for me so I followed that to An Aquarium Drunkard’s post from a month ago about it. Again, dead link. I was beginning to give up but Aquarium Drunkard had a link to Who’s Driving the Bus and I finally got to hear it.

Autopsy Report: Fucking wonderful. Make’s me wonder if I should rethink my whole Ryan Adam’s indifference.

Here is the back story per Who’s Driving the Bus:

“Ryan Adams played a few shows last week to promote the upcoming release of his new album, “Easy Tiger”. These shows saw Ryan confined to playing only the piano and singing after suffering from an undisclosed injury….”

The cover was the show’s encore. You can check out the whole show over at the Ryan Adams Archive.

Ryan Adams – Down in a Hole
Alice In Chains – Down in a Hole (from the album Dirt)
Alice In Chains – Down in a Hole (from MTV Unplugged)