Wannabe Picks His Favorite Albums of 2016 (Part II)

It’s been a rough year to say the least, but believe it or not some amazing music has been released. In the newest installment of Wannabeartist Chris Prunckle looks back on his favorite albums of 2016 in his signature six-panel comic strip form. This is the second of two parts! You can check out part one HEREClick on the image for full resolution (best viewed on desktop):


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Tom Brosseau – North Dakota Impressions (2016) By Morgan Enos

Editor’s note: This is part of a series of pieces written for Nine Bullets by special guest artists, creators and other friends of the site. Morgan Enos fronts the bands Other Houses, Enos and Hollow Sunshine.

At his best, Los Angeles, California’s, Tom Brosseau is a songwriter with one foot planted in the future and another in the distant past. This became clear to me in March of 2016, when my friend/fellow songwriter Randall Sena and I had the opportunity to share a stage with Brosseau at Stone Pine Hall, a local community center in Lompoc, California.

Dressed to the nines in vintage wear and harmonica-racked, the man looked and sounded more like a turn-of-the-century folk troubadour than someone of our time and context. Brosseau leaned moreso on tunes by Blind Blake and The Carter Family than his own formidable songbook, as if he was more interested in channeling his forebearers than promoting his latest album at the time, Perfect Abandon (2015).

Perfect Abandon hit a sweet spot for his idiosyncratic, time-and-space-shifting lyrical style. The opener from that record, “Hard Luck Boy,” was a jaw-dropper, in which Brosseau casually told the story of his mother abandoning him in a department store. And the whole record was backed by a simple trio arrangement that could have been featured on a Buddy Holly record in 1957. This is the axis that Brosseau balances on a songwriter, between sleek modernity and a museum curio, a tribute to folk music’s past.

North Dakota Impressions is billed in its Crossbill Records press release as the last in a trilogy of Brosseau albums through the lens of the past. Grass Punks (2014) and Perfect Abandon precede the record. This concept is mined once more on Impressions, a set of tunes about Brosseau’s Midwestern upbringing. However, the mood is breezier than that of Punks and Abandon; it more closely matches Brosseau’s current life while simultaneously touching on his past. Today, he’s a celebrated performer at ease in his new Los Angeles digs. The album may be a collection of musical tales of cornfields, rurality and the nature of home, but the pristine production values and sense of sophisticated sheen mostly make me want to cruise through the Hollywood Hills, alone, in a convertible.

Most major songwriters reach a point where they look toward the past, finding inspiration from their upbringings. So, what separates Impressions from the rest of the pack? Recent indie albums billed as nostalgic — Okkervil River’s The Silver Gymnasium (2013) and Sun Kil Moon’s Benji (2014) — plumbed the depths of familial tragedy and the unreliability of memory. Brosseau’s childhood reflections on North Dakota Impressions, on the other hand, are unspecific and easy-going in a way that can border on anodyne.

“Folks around here are hard-working and good,” he plainly sings in “A Trip To Emerado.” “There’s a general esteem for one another,” he adds. “The Horses Will Not Ride, The Gospel Will Not Be Spoken” is about a burned-down church in Brosseau’s native state, but the facts about the event are merely reported on, with only one aside of self-awareness: “I’m guilty now, and I don’t know why/My heart is kinda broken.”

Impressions is performed and recorded pristinely (courtesy of producer Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek) and a wonderfully calming listen. More than any recent Brosseau release, it resembles its warm, effusive maker’s personality, which I observed in Brosseau’s demeanor and onstage patter at the Lompoc show. One might wish for Brosseau to delve deeper into those feelings of guilt, nostalgia and lost identity that he touches on. But even if they might breeze by the listener before they’re meaningfully mapped onto his or her own beginnings, these songs feel refreshing and pure.

– Morgan Enos
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Happy Holidays and American Thread’s “Elf on the Shelf”

Hey folks,

Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. We have a ton of content coming in the next few weeks, reviews, end of year lists, a podcast and other various bits and pieces. Trying to finish the year strong y’know?

This track right here is the only Elf on the Shelf Christmas song I’ve heard so far and it comes from American Thread, seemed like it’d be worth sharing. Check it out…

Wannabe Picks His Favorite Albums of 2016 (Part I)

It’s been a rough year to say the least, but believe it or not some amazing music has been released. In the newest installment of Wannabeartist Chris Prunckle looks back on his favorite albums of 2016 in his signature six-panel comic strip form. This is the first of two parts, so stay tuned! Click on the image for full resolution (best viewed on desktop):


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Episode 312 – Year Ender


This is the last episode of 2016! What a weird year it has been. But we’ve overcome the obstacles and we’ve running head first into 2017. There’s a bit of chit chat in this episode and some ranting. Just like you guys like. Enjoy!

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Music in this episode:

– Hell Below AND Bitter Drink by The Dram
(from The Dram)

– Before The World Explodes AND Skin And Bones by The Wind And The Wave
(from Happiness Is Not A Place)

– A Revelation At Its Finest AND Passerby by Panic In Eden
(from In The Company Of Vultures)

– Runnin’ On Time AND Let Love Be Now by Matt Joe Gow
(from Seven Years)
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– Diamonds AND Hurt No More by Farewell Milwaukee
(from FM)

– Revolution on my Mind AND Bannermen of Lost Generations by Stoner Train
(from Bannermen Of Lost Generations)


Mini-Mix Submitted by Eva (from some very hot place in Australia)

– Almost Gone by Chris King
(from Animal)

– Keep It Interesting by Sam Outlaw
(from Angeleno)

– Exit Ghost by Kasey Anderson & The Honkies
(from Heart Of A Dog)



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[Playlist] Ninebullets Radio – 12.14.2016 – 88.5FM HD2 WMNF Tampa


WE’RE back! After a two week hiatus for personal reasons I will not go into here we are back with a brand spanking new episode of Ninebullets Radio and it’s chock full of the good shit. We got brand new music from Nikki Lane, Garth Brooks, Sallie Ford, Imelda May, Hurray For The Riff Raff, and Black Joe Lewis. So, find two hours and put your ears on this.

Below is the playlist for December 14, 2016 [Artist – Song (Album)]

01. The Whiskey Gentry – Eula Mae (Please Make Welcome)
02. Robert Ellis – Perfect Strangers (Robert Ellis)
03. Great Peacock – Go Back (Making Ghosts)
04. Aaron Lee Tasjan – E.N.S.A.A.T. (In The Blazes)
05. Garth Brooks – Cowboys & Friends (Gunslinger)
06. The SteelDrivers – Brother John (The Muscle Shoals Collection)
07. Joshua Hedley – Weird Thought Thinker
08. Cody Jinks – The Same (I’m Not The Devil)
09. Isaac Hoskins – In Case You Might Forget (Half Empty)
10. John Moreland – You Don’t Care For Me Enough to Cry (High On Tulsa Heat)
11. Micah Schnabel – American Static (When The Stage Lights Go Dim)
12. Joey Kneiser – The Wildness (The Wildness)
13. John Calvin Abney – Weekly Rate Palace (Far Cries and Close Calls)
14. Sallie Ford – Get Out (Soul Sick)
15. Becky Warren – Dive Bar Sweetheart (War Surplus)
16. Lucero – Can’t You Hear Them Howl (All A Man Should Do)
17. Black Joe Lewis – PTP (Backlash)
18. J.D. Patch – North Country (North Country)
19. The Damn Quails – Tough Luck-Crying Shame (Out Of The Birdcage)
20. Cave Singers – Lost in the Tide (Banshee)
21. Imelda May – Call Me (call Me)
22. Joe Pug – Veteran Fighter (Windfall)
23. Hurray for the Riff Raff – Rican Beach (The Navigator)
24. Matt Woods – Fireflies (How To Survive)
25. Chris Stalcup and The Grange – Downhearted Fools (Downhearted Fools)
26. Nikki Lane – Highway Queen (Highway Queen)
27. Lissie – Hero (My Wild West)
28. Mick Flannery – Big Screen (I Own You)
29. Todd Snider – Hey Pretty Boy (Eastside Bulldog)
30. John Wesley Myers – Can’t Stop Thinking About It (Below The Belt)
31. Have Gun, Will Travel – Madhouse Promenade (Science From An Easy Chair)

Episode 199: aired 12.14.2016

Holiday Hangout – Friday Night

This is the first in a series of guest posts by Craig Toney about the amazing thing that is Holiday Hangout. If you aren’t familiar with this event then you are really late to the party. It’s a small, three day gathering of amazing people and even more amazing music that happens at the legendary White Water Tavern in Little Rock, AR every December. I asked Craig to write up a night and he wrote up all three so you all get a little peek in to what some of us look forward to all year! – Romeo Sid Vicious

For the past five years, one hundred and fifty music lovers have come to Little Rock, Arkansas for the Holiday Hangout to celebrate independent rock and roll and roots music. The Hangout originated from a birthday party that Travis Hill threw for himself from 2009 – 2011. Travis, the owner of Last Chance Records, wanted to celebrate with some of his favorite bands. As interest grew, his birthday party became one of the most anticipated events for lovers of Americana, alt-country, and independent rock and roll.

When you round the curve on 7th street and see the back lights of the White Water Tavern, you get that warm feeling that you are going home.The WWT has inspired songs from a few artists. It is a place to romanticize the music and people that have filled it throughout the years. For those that have not been there, it is an old wooden building that you might think is just a shack sitting in a residential\industrial section of any small city. Inside, the wooden planks that make up the WWT, magic happens. A few bands have been saved by this little bar and the people that frequent it. Many lifelong friendships have been made here. There is something magical about this little dive bar.

The music kicked off with Benchmarks. This band is fronted by Todd Farrell, guitarist of Two Cow Garage. Their music is rock and roll with a punk edge. The crowd was enthusiastic about the music and were singing along to every song. This prompted Todd to say “I guess someone shared that something that I told them to keep secret”. That “thing” was the upcoming album Benchmarks will release in the Spring.

Salty Dogs were up next bringing some local flavor to the night. Their music is a mix of country and rock and roll. It almost had a Dwight Yoakam feel at times. It was a strong set and kept people rocking.

Lydia Loveless made her first official HHO appearance. Last year, she was added at the last minute. Lydia usually has one of the best bands in rocking roll backing her. Her HHO sets have been solo. Lydia is a rock star. When she is solo, you can really see how powerful and captivating her voice can be.

When you think of powerful voices, Austin Lucas comes to mind. This year he did a solo set and showed off that voice. During ‘Go West’, he had the entire crowd singing along with him. He is truly underrated when it comes to his performances.

Romantica brought a fun vibe to the night. The crowd wasn’t as familiar with them but that didn’t stop frontman Ben Kyle keeping everyone dancing along. That says quite a bit about the band and the oneness that the attendees have.

Arkansas has a few favorite sons when it comes to music. Adam Faucett has become one of them. His voice is unique and more powerful than a steaming locomotive. He makes you want to stare in awe and singalong at the same. time.

The music coming from Oklahoma rivals any other location today. John Moreland is one of the best songwriters today. His songs will make you cry. Tonight, he returned to his roots and had a full band. The band had John Calvin Abney on lead guitar. John could have stayed safe and used them to provided layers behind his voice. Instead, they went full electric and powered through the set. I can only imagine it was like seeing Springsteen in the early days.

Joey Kneiser and The Living Flames closed the night. Joey played songs from his album ‘The Wildness’ and added a couple of new songs. Kelly Smith provided the beautiful harmonies that she has provided with Joey since the Glossary days. It would have been the perfect way to close the night except Glossary drummer, Eric Giles was in the house….

Four Fifths of Glossary were at the WWT. All night, people asked Eric if he was going to play. He would just shrug his shoulder. Eric joined Joey, Kelly and Bingham Barnes on stage to rip through four Glossary songs. It was the first performance for Glossary since Eric had his shoulder issues. During ‘Little Caney’ I had tears because it made me think of what might happen. This is the 20 year anniversary of Glossary becoming a band. Everyone is hoping Todd Beene will join his bandmates and give us a few Glossary shows this year.

Night one was at an end. Seven plus hours of music. Countless hugs from friends. This is what we have come to expect from the HHO. People wandered out of the White Water almost giddy from the night. We went back to our rooms or to the after show Hangout that Dave Parsons has been hosting. It was a great kickoff to a wonderful weekend.

All images are used with permission from Melissa Brawner Photography. Melissa is the official photographer for Holiday Hangout and she does an amazing job. She has graciously allowed us to use her photos for this series of posts. She does much more than shoot shows, check out her website and if you are anywhere close to he there is no better photographer you could use.

Wannabe Reviews PUP’s ‘The Dream Is Over’

In the newest installment of Wannabeartist Chris Prunckle reviews The Dream Is Over, the latest album from Toronto punks PUP, in his signature six-panel comic strip form. Click on the image for full resolution (best viewed on desktop):


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Two Cow Garage – Brand New Flag


I’ve been wanting to talk about this record since before it came out but something about it has eluded being put in to words. Being as that it’s Two Cow Garage you should be able to guess or already know that it’s an amazing album so just talking about how great it is didn’t seem like it would do justice to the ideas that are being expressed here. So I’ve sort of been marinating in the songs, letting them sink in and become part of me, and while I was doing that everything got turned upside down. We elected an orange nutjob as POTUS and all of a sudden Brand New Flag started taking on a whole different meaning for me, and I suspect for a lot of others. When the world goes off it’s always music that centers me and brings me back and I think that this is now a much more important record than it would have been. Now don’t get me wrong, it’s been important to me since the first time I played it.

So fuck being clever,we’ve got to be kind
An iPhone for an iPhone has left us all blind
Sarcastic critics of each other’s hearts and minds
And that’s just no way to live
And we, we have to stop comparing ourselves
We have to have to our lives to everyone else
– Shakespeare and Walt Disney

The difference between now and when I first heard it and now is that I used to feel like we were going down the right path and these songs were about the things we needed to do in order to keep going down the right path. I didn’t think we were close to the end and now I realize how naive I was to think that we were anywhere near the right path. These songs are now so much more important because we’re moving backwards and it’s people who care that will make things safe for those who don’t fit the mold that Trump’s supporters want for America. It’s songs like “Let The Boys Be Girls” that will give hope to people like my daughter as we watch a homophobe vice president be sworn in to the White House. It’s people like Shane, Micah, Todd, and Murph that will be making the uncomfortable feel a safe for a few minutes at a time and right now that’s what we desperately need.

No matter what they say
I will always find a way
I promise I will never give up
Yeah, I promise I will never give up
– I promise

I was once of those people would have voted for Trump, it’s a past that’s part of me whether I like it or not, and I know the fear of changing, I know the fear of what you think your way of life being threatened is, I know the fear of admitting that you’re wrong about pretty much everything but I also know the freedom and liberty in realizing that you’ve been lied to and that you can change, that your way of life is a microcosm of the greater human experience and that nothing is really threatening you, your way of life, or your family. Well at least not by making sure that people have the same exact rights as you do, what’s happening now is a completely different story and people are rightfully scared, the fear is a reasonable response to an unreasonable situation. Even if it turns out that nothing happens and none of our freedoms get rolled back and the status quo remains the same the fact is that a lack of progress is regress at this point.

They called me a faggot and freak
As I sat there on my knees
And I was too scared to speak
But I’m not scared anymore
And I’d rather die in that parking lot than ever feel that helpless again
– This Little Light

I wanted to explore the difference between the political and personal in TCG’s songs. What I realized is that the political is personal in most aspects. The fear that is present is not a disassociated political tremble somewhere in the back of our minds. We’ve already seen hate based attacks on the rise, even if some of them have been proven to be hoaxes there are even more that are not. There are personal stories and videos all over social media. Even if the incoming administration really isn’t full of bigots (hint: it is) it has emboldened more bigots to be open with their hatred. Make no mistake, there is a valid reason for the fear that we’re seeing and this record, these songs, the people that wrote, sing, and perform them aren’t the only ones thinking there’s a problem. Seeing these songs played at Holiday Hangout and knowing how real all of this is to all of us was a very moving experience.

And every single song on your radio, playing soft low
Says “baby don’t you worry the things you can’t control”
But I am fuckin’ worried
‘Cause we were all left in control
And we are all that is in control
– History Now!

There were some buttons floating around HHO and I didn’t end up with one, but they said “I will do my best to fuck up any bigot that fucks with you”. That pretty much sums up where we are. We all need to be the safe space people need. I know this seems to be a little rambling and overtly political but that’s pretty much all I can think about when I listen to Brand New Flag and it’s important right now. This record is a safe space, it is a large part of what we need right now. It is Essential Listening for that and so many more reasons. It’s personal, it’s political, and it’s sometimes hard to listen to because of the sheer honesty involved. It is one of the best albums released this year and currently my favorite Two Cow Garage album, bar none and it should be one of yours as well.