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 (
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

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 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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Mar 312014

When I sat down to write this review I wasn’t aware that Kevin Seconds’ had released a ton of solo albums. That goes to show how much I don’t keep up with punk frontmen and their solo releases. I find these things are hit and miss with a decent amount of miss going on but then there are guys like Tim Barry and Chuck Ragan totally killing it so you really never know what you’re going to get. Off Stockton is in the vein we’ve come to expect from this subset of singer/songwriters in that it’s acoustic, stripped down, and almost twangy. However it doesn’t sound like Kevin took punk songs and tried to make acoustic numbers out of them. While that’s cool sometimes it gets old pretty quick. You can tell that these songs were written to be played like he’s playing them on this album and that’s what makes it as good as it is.

The tracks average just over two minutes in length with only two songs breaking the three minute mark but that doesn’t take anything away from their intensity, in fact, that’s part of its charm. While I said it doesn’t sound like an acoustic punk album that mentality is very visible in the writing and song length. It’s also a very personal album in that he’s telling us his story with his wife, Allyson Seconds, providing back up vocals and harmony. Shake all this together with the studio fuck-ups Kevin leaves on his work and you have an album that’s actually pretty touching in some places. While the struggles are there this isn’t a downer of an album at all. This is an album full of short and intense slices of life from Kevin’s perspective and overall he’s a pretty optimistic guy and occasionally that’s just what you need from your music.

I’ve spent a bit of time today listening to his other releases for some perspective and they are darker and moodier than Off Stockton. I am not sure what happened in between releases but it seems like this was written from a better personal place than the others. For me to consider an album without a single song about drinking Essential Listening feels a little strange but this really is just that. It’s not an alone-in-the-dark-drinking-bad-whiskey album but rather a sitting-on-the-porch-in-the-rain-with-your-best-girl album. It’s not one that’ll get you laid because it’s so sexy but it’d sure make good background music for a porch swing in the fall as the weather is getting a little chilly.

Love Or Hate
If I’m Honest
The Broken & The Bent

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Mar 262014


This recipe contains no meat whatsoever and due to that I have no idea why I like it. A vegitarian I am not, not even close. Hell I usually don’t consider something a meal if it doesn’t contain meat. And yet these tacos are made of cactus and other vegetables with nary a bit of meat in the ingredients. Nopales are the large paddle shaped pads of the prickly pear cactus. They are covered with spines and the prep can be a pain in the ass but it’s totally worth it. Luckily for me I live in Texas and there are enough Supermercado Gigantes around that I can find nopales already cleaned. If you can’t, don’t worry I’m including the directions here. Enough rambling, let’s make with the tacos…


3-4 fresh nopales
2-3 fresh jalapenos
1 large onion
2 medium tomatoes
2 medium tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic
4 tbsp cooking oil
2 red bell peppers
2-3 avocados
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cumin
Salt (to taste)
Corn tortillas (homemade is best, always)
Queso Cotija de Montaña


nopales uncleanedNopales: If you’re a Gringo like me and haven’t handled cactus pads a lot you might want to wear clean rubber gloves (the dishwashing variety for this part!
Rinse the nopales under cold running water. Now, you see those bumps all over the Nopales? Remove every last one with either a vegetable peeler or a small knife. Don’t skin the whole pad, just removed all the bumps. When you’re done you should have a stack of nice, smooth pads. Now cut off the thick base and about a quarter inch around the edges. Throw these parts away and then slice the pads into about a quarter inch thick strips.

Peppers and chiles: Clean and seed the jalapenos and bell peppers. Slice these about the same as you did with the nopales

Tomatoes: Seed the tomatoes and dice

Garlic and onions: Peel and dice

Avocado: Peel, seed, and slice

Once you have everything all sliced and diced grab a large skillet with a lid. Heat half your cooking oil on medium-high until it’s nice and hot. Drop in your nopales and give them a good shake or four of salt. Stir this for two to three minutes then drop your heat to medium and put a lid on your skillet. Let this simmer for about twenty minutes. During this time the nopales will exude a gelatinous substance. The long simmer is cooking this out and drying it up. If there’s still some left after twenty minutes just cook a little longer.

Once the nolapes are done take them out and put them in a bowl. Put the rest of your cooking oil in the skillet and bring the heat up to medium-high. Drop in the rest of your ingredients and give them a liberal shake of salt and cook until the onions are clear and the bell pepper is soft but not mushy. Drop the cooked nopales back in to the skillet and stir until everything is hot.

Serve while hot on warm corn tortillas with the sliced avocado and sprinkled with queso Cotija de Montaña. I have been told that a pinch of fresh shredded cilantro is also good on these but since I can’t taste cilantro without being ill I don’t ever include it in my recipes but I’m giving it an honorable mention on this one.