I don’t wanna come off as whining too much but I did wanna talk about something I’ve noticed over the past year or two. There was a time where the blogging scene was kind of united, we read each other’s blogs, commented on each other’s blogs and once twitter took hold we retweeted one anothers blog posts. Really, that doesn’t happen too much any more. I am just as guilty as anyone else. Not sure why it happened but all the bloggers seem to have just perched up on their own little internet islands and became hermits. If I really marinated on it for a while I have a feeling Facebook plays some sort of role in it but so does competition, traffic hoarding and probably a sense of general burnout, an I’m posting my shit and going on with my life mentality if you will. I understand it all and am guilty of each and every charge I’ve levied at one point or another.

But I want to stop.

Over the past year I’ve found myself worrying less and less about who comes to ninebullets or how many people are visiting 9b a day to the point where I might look at my traffic stats once a week or less anymore. As that overall concern of 9b’s “status” wains the reason I started the blog, to bring attention to bands I love, is retaking it’s place at the top of my 9b priority list. One of the things I decided was that in the new year I was gonna renew my reading of other blogs, listening to other people’s podcasts and being an active participant in this little musical community beyond the 1 or 2 posts on ninebullets activities. And when I find neat shit on other people’s sites….tell y’all about it. And that other site. Will this reduce traffic to 9b? Perhaps. Will other site owners and bloggers reciprocate the good will? Hopefully. Either way, I’ll feel better about the role I am playing in this community.

With that said, I wanna point y’all to so cool podcasts that I’ve listened to in the past week or so:

My man Von does the podcast Americana Rock Mix and it is exactly what the title would suggest. Anyhow, Von has been maintaining and impossible regiment of posting a new show (almost) every week for about 127 weeks, and you ain’t gotta be a math major to know that’s a long fucking time. Anyhow, he’s finally starting to suffer from burn-out and floated the idea of stopping all together on his latest show. This is unacceptable. Head over and check out some of his shows. Maybe send him an email if you appreciate what you hear. As I said on Facebook the other day, you have no idea a simple email letting us know that you’re out there and enjoying what we do raise our spirits.

The Taco part of the Taco Podcast Radio Show stands for the Twang Alliance of Central Ohio and to be honest with you, I’d never heard of their show until they dropped a link to the latest episode on Ninebullets Radio’s Facebook page. The show is relatively new and it looks like there was an extended hiatus between the last episode and the one before that but none of that really matters cause I quite enjoyed Episode 7. The show features tunes from 9b.net vets John Schnabel and The Most Beatuiful Losers as well as jams from The Spikedrivers, Vug, Black Owls, Miller-Kelton, The Floorwalkers, The Regionals, and Hayseed. So head over here and get your listens on! If I could, I’d like to offer this sing piece of advise to the folks doing this site: Turn off the auto-start on the audio, please.

I just wrote about this site last week so I’m not gonna launch into any explanation of this site since you can read about it there. Damian has returned this week with another heavy hitter interview with Virgil Dickerson of Suburban Home Records and and I wanted to make sure y’all were aware of it. Not only is there an excellent in depth interview but Damian also managed to score the internet debut of some of that new Arliss Nancy album and I’d be a complete liar if I said I wasn’t more than a little jealous of that.

So there you go. That’s some really good shit happening in other places. I hope y’all enjoy it as much as I do. If you manage to get through all of those and you’re still jonesing for new music and material I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that I have a monthly podcast available here and a weekly radio show available here.



  1. I appreciate the support, brother man. Actually the burning out started around week 175. There are bootleg concert episodes thrown in there on some of those weeks. But anyway, you are correct about the fact that a two or so years ago, all us bloggers enjoyed each others company. We even united to do the “Bird List” at the end of 2009. I myself would like to see more of a community amongst us like-minded internet music nerds. Right now it just seems like more of a “don’t tread on my territory” scenario.

  2. AIV-
    you wanna throw down some blogs to go look at?
    one of the ones i go look at on a regular basis is called grass clippings, based out of nyc

  3. Hmmm. There’s Blinded by Sound. They cover more mainstream music than I usually listen but I try and catch their blues reviews. I used to read Shooter’s blog but when he gets whiny it annoys me so I have cut back. Dying Scene has some decent reviews and they toss up Micah/Two Cow vids once in a while. I blog about music over on Words…Music…Baseball but I am an erratic poster at best.

    And I agree with everyone else. I would love a long list of blogs to check out.

  4. I try to pimp 9B as much as I can! My blog is a vanity project. I don’t care who reads it or my hits or whatever. But I do think blog burnout is a big issue. When it stops being fun, bloggers stop writing and people stop reading.

    I would love know what other blogs people read.

  5. I started a blog about a month and a half ago — 9B and Americana Rock Mix inspired me to do so. It’s called Adobe and Teardrops and things have been going swell. If anybody wants to pimp it I’d really appreciate it. 🙂

    I’d love for it to not be a total 9B clone (though I’m always happy to give credit where it’s due.) Any advice on “discovering” musicians and getting the word out about my blog will be greatly appreciated. Reviewshine suggested I post for another few months before coming back to them. I’d love to become more than a peripheral member of this community. 🙂

    1. You had me at ‘free stuff’ 😉

      Have you been over to ReverbNation? Lots of new bands and music to explore. You can even link your RN page to your blog so it updates automatically there when you post a new entry to your blog.

      Off to d/l The Creak

      1. Think of me as the gift that keeps on giving.

        Thanks for the ReverbNation tip! I always thought it was a more artist-oriented MySpace competitor.

  6. The sites I go to every day that are cool are….

    engine145.com (formerly the 9513)

    Other great sites:


    I’ve got a podcast but I haven’t updated it since the station it was broadcasting from got downsized months ago. I hope to remedy that soon:


    I’ve really enjoyed both the ninebullets radio shows and podcasts when I get a chance to catch them. Time always seems to be my issues with podcasts. So many of them, so little time.

  7. TOTALLY agree with your comment about bloggers being hermits. I started a music blog around July 2011, and as the site does better (and I realize how I’m flying by the seat of my pants), I’m going back and learning some of the things I should’ve known before starting a blog. One of the “rules” is to rep and read other blogs, so that’s what ironically brought me to this site (via Technorati).

    Anyway, PeteHatesMusic is the blog, and a friend and I run it from Canada. However, I’m now living in London, England and trying to utilize their extension music scene. The site is primarily music news and videos, with a huge dose and sarcasm and (poor attempts at) humour. Also music gadgets and general tech stuff that we find cool. Hopefully you do, too. Cheers

  8. Thanks for the plug and support. We did take your advice and turned of the automatic play. Have to admit, we had it turned off before and we got emails from people that didn’t know how to listen to the show, so I turned it back on. LOL

    Seriously, thanks! Jon and I really enjoy your show (as well as Von’s and Richard’s roots rock radio).

    John J

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