While we’re recharging our batteries and uprooting our lives over here, I thought I’d start a series of posts to pass the time and have some fun. Upsetlists are EP-length transmissions, upsetting set-lists, malfunctioning time machines, flashes of divine recombination. A coupla-song podcast. This one is scuzzy and sweet like moldy honey:

1) Crop Circle Hoax – “Fail” Sorry About the Deformed Heart (1994): I was searching for info about former Merge Records band Spent (tourmates of Superchunk and Seam, therefore probably awesome) and found this split-LP between Spent, Lambchop, and Crop Circle Hoax. Spent turned out to be as awesome as expected. I was excited to finally hear Lambchop (very early stuff) having heard of them for a while. But the surprise was Crop Circle Hoax, a band like Lambchop on two fronts: from Nashville, impossible to Google. Crop Circle Hoax was love at first listen for me. After too much time following dead links, Google finally suggested the seemingly obvious, a website that hosts every one of the band’s songs.

2) Unfun – “Nuclear Son (Siren Songs cover)” – Shores of Lake Erie (2014): Vancouver feedback lords Unfun cover Vancouver gnarly punks Siren Songs and reveal a perfectly melodic pop tune.

3) Radiator Hospital – “Detroit Diamonds (Sacred Strays cover)” – Mall of America (2013): Philly’s Sam Cook-Parrot writes a good percentage of the great songs being written now. This one’s a cover, though, of Detroit’s Sacred Strays, who are releasing their first album in November.

4) Party Drag – “Grieving Street” – Demo (2011): Gainesville band delivers a spacey riff for the ages. They’ve been slowly posting songs ahead of what should’ve been a new release this year, so I’m stoked for that possibility. The last update was in July, though…

5) Kaia – “Off (Dance Remix)” –  Ladyman (1998): When I used to work at a car dealership, I had to clean the trade-ins that had sat on the lot for too long and were being sent off to auction. One was a van with a Subpop bumper sticker and anther that said “Drum Machines Have No Souls.” I only sympathized with the former. On the latter, I crossed out “No” and wrote “Softer” instead. I offer this song in defense, along with Grand Slam’s (aka Phil Lynott’s) “Sisters of Mercy” and The Clash’s (aka Joe Strummer’s) “This is England.” Kaia Wilson was a member of Team Dresch and The Butchies, as well as the co-founder and operator of Mr. Lady Records, one of my favorite labels ever.


While we’re recharging our batteries and uprooting our lives over here, I thought I’d start a series of posts to pass the time and have some fun. Upsetlists are going to be EP-length transmissions, upsetting set-lists, malfunctioning time machines, flashes of divine recombination. A coupla-song podcast. Here’s the first, it comes from the long-lost Ninebullets Podcast #36:

1) State Champion – “The Years” – Stale Champagne (2011): Everybody should listen to everything State Champion does. I wrote about them here and y’all seemed to like it. They’re working on their next album at the moment.

2) Daughn Gibson – “Mad Ocean” – Me Moan (2013): It’s subaquatic and deserted. Country music endures all elements.

3) Centro-Matic – “Calling Up the Bastards” – Tympanum EP (1997): Centro-Matic called it quits this year, so let’s go visit the beginning, or get close to it. This is from their 3rd EP. The early cassette’d portion of their discography is killer.

4) Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – “Midnight Man” – Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!! (2008): I listened to this album a lot when it came out. I have a vivid memory (that probably never happened) of merging from the Turnpike onto Rt. 528 in Orlando while listening to “We Call Upon the Author.” I must’ve never made it past that point in the CD because I this, the second-to-last song on the album, came on shuffle sometime and I had no idea where it came from. Likely came from hell, right?

5) Dane Terry – “My Heart, That Tired Old Thing” – 7 Songs (2011): Caitlin Rose plugged Dane Terry on Facebook once. He’s got a bunch of weird/cool stuff on his bandcamp and then there’s this perfect Lefty Frizzell-calibre country song.




Well, I’m back. Not BACK, exactly: I’m here. After an incredibly long trip with one very angry cat in the passenger seat, my place of residence is now New Orleans, Louisiana. I took the scenic route for a few different reasons, including but not limited to SQUALLFEST and the chance to finally see Todd Farrell Jr. and the Dirty Birds play. Some great friends of mine included music for me to listen to on the trip, including Nick Liechty (yes, the one infamously hugging an improbable amount of people Ben shouts out on the Lucero Live In Atlanta album).

This playlist is a mixture of music I chose for myself, records that friends gave me, and songs from the killer bands I saw live at Squallfest. Thanks again to everyone for being so great, including but not limited to Those Crosstown Rivals,  Alone at 3 AM, our own Michelle Evans for being such a charming hostess, and of course Todd Farrell Jr. and the Dirty Birds. If what I heard at the festival is any indication, their next EP is going to be excellent.

So next time you’re gonna be stuck in a car, or maybe just wish you were on the road across the country, give this playlist a spin!


[MIX TAPE] Meet Mr. Branan

I thought this one might be sort of timely since Mr. Branan has a new record out and is touring quite a bit. This doesn’t have any of his newer stuff but rather an introduction to his older work. When I originally put this together it covered everything he had out at the time. I like the way it turned out so I’m really happy to share it with you again.


I made this one, like many others, when I wasn’t feeling quite right in the head. It’s getting really interesting to be able to look back at these and try and figure out where I was when I made the mix. I hope that you’re all enjoying these as much as I am. It’s sort of cathartic to be able to post these and look that far back because some of these are pretty damn old.


When I was cleaning up the old server I found a bunch of mixes I had done and thought were deleted. Some of them I posted here and some of them I didn’t. I thought these should see the light of day again. I have enough to last for a fairly long time posting one a week so, welcome to the 9B Sunday Mix Tape. I’ll post either a new mix or an old one that hasn’t seen the light of day for a while every Sunday so that you can have some music to help scrub the weekend’s sins out of your head.


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.



The March installment of the Feel Bad For You Mixtape is up and streaming. The FBFY mixtape has entered a new segment of it’s life moving from a message board tape curated by Ms. Rockstar Aimz, of My Aimz Is True, to a mixtape put together by a collection of (mostly) like minded bloggers now curated by @BoogieStudio22. For a complete track listing, who submitted each song and why….click the more link.

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