Jan 092013
 

16.Cory Branan – Mutt

It seems like every review of Mutt talks about there being this style, then this style, then another, and what they never say is that every song on Mutt is incredibly well written.  Every song on Mutt is incredibly well written, I said it twice to make up for other’s neglect.

Badman

15.The Sparklers – Crying At The Low Bar

The review of this album generated a good bit of positive feedback.  I was surprised people liked it as much as they did.  It’s a really good record and because of the reaction I ended up listening to it more than I probably would have otherwise.  Thanks y’all.

Weren’t For Bars

14. Justin Townes Earle- Nothing Can Change The Way You Feel About Me Now

This record has grown on me over the course of the year.  Earle has talent and he’s not afraid to mix things up.  I don’t think this record has as much Memphis on it as most people do but it’s damn fine nonetheless.

Movin’ On

13. David Wax Museum – Knock Knock Get Up

The songwriting seemed to take a bit of a backseat on this release, compared to the two previous DWM records, but the sounds and the rhythms are top notch.  The band has seemed to receive a ton of recognition from this record and I’m confident they deserve every word written.

A Dog In This Fight

12. Todd Snider – Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables

One of the nice things on this record is that because Todd plays a lot of electric guitar his bitter venom on a couple of songs is more deadly than usual.  It’s a rough record by design and I’d march up the pyramids with Todd if he told me to.

In Between Jobs

11.Dinero – Sheep

I’m listening to this record as I type this, for the gazillionth time, and it’s still strange and beautiful and kind of makes me feel the way last year’s Cave Singers record made me feel.  Word is there is a shortish LP coming from Dinero coming in the early part of 2013.

Daddy’s Money

10.Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Live In Alabama

Yes it’s a live record and without any new originals but it’s so damn good.  I feel like I just wrote the review of this record a week ago so I don’t have any new thoughts.  Just listen to it and find the video from their appearance on Letterman, old David was pretty pumped up it.

Heart On A String

9.John Fullbright – From The Ground Up

The more I listen to this record the more I dig it.  Fullbright is young to be composing music the way he is.  He isn’t afraid to be understated and restrained but there’s plenty of punch on this Grammy nominated album.

Me Wanting You

8.4H Royalty – Where UFOs Go To Die

Their sophomore effort is such a huge step up from album one and word from the 4H Royalty headquarters in Byers CO is that another record is nearly finished and songs are being written for the follow up to that one.  When listening to UFOs pay attention to the subject matter, nobody is writing songs about the kinds of things these guys are writing about.

Virtues, Spices, & Liquor

7.Andrew Combs – Worried Man

Another debut album on my list.  His four song EP was such a teaser and Worried Man lived up.  Combs is another one of those songwriter who is compared to Guy Clarke but he’s better than all the others being compared to Clarke.  I truly hope he’s a prolific writer and that this album has found enough success that more albums come on a yearly basis.  If they do I suspect Andrew Combs will be on my best of list for years to come.

Take It From Me

6.Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls

I firmly believe that these kids can make a record that can be much higher on my list.  They are so damn good already, hopefully all the success they’ve had helps them make a great record, and not the other way around.  I’m ready for whatever’s next.

Heartbreaker

5.Lucero – Women & Work

Women & Work is Lucero’s most danceable record.  It’s just fun, damn it.  It’ll never be my favorite release from them but it’s the best album they’ve made for dancing with women instead of moaning about them.

It May Be Too Late

4.Patterson Hood – Heat Lightening Rumbles In The Distance

Long gone are Patterson’s days of writing brash in your face rockers.  He’s developed into a literary rocker unafraid to present his work in calm and understated recordings.  I dig it so much because my listening preferences have happened to shift with his output.  God, I need to own this vinyl.

Better Than The Truth

3.American Aquarium – Burn.Flicker.Die

I often think of AA as the little band that could.  When I first saw them The Bible & The Bottle was fresh out and three studio albums later they’ve put out their best yet.  Does Jason Isbell turning the knobs help?  Probably, but more importantly the band has gotten tighter and tighter as the years have passed and BJ’s songwriting gets more and more consistent.  Most likely you’ve heard about AA but if you haven’t picked up Burn.Flicker.Die you’re late to the party so drink fast.

Saturday Nights

2.McDougall – A Few Towns More

I heard about this record in the Nine Bullet offices for a while before I listened to it.  Holy shit I’m glad I did.  This record is what Nine Bullets is all about.  Here’s a guy making phenomenal music that not enough people know about.  It’s not that the whole world knows about him now, but if it wasn’t for Nine Bullets I wouldn’t know about him.  Do yourself a favor.

Ask That Pretty Girl To Be My Wife

1.Spirit Family Reunion – No Separation

Their first full length is rugged but uplifting. Their songs are delivered with such fervor and unrestrained joy.  If you still believe music can make a bad day good then check out their Tiny Desk Concert. I love it, love it, love it.

I Am Following The Sound

Jun 042012
 

4H Royalty is back with it’s sophomore release, Where UFOs Go To Die, and it’s so rock solid a six-year-old girl could break out a window with it.  Last year I wrote about their debut, Colossalalia, and mentioned how the songs popped into my head days after listening to them.  Well the same thing happens with Where UFOs Go To Die, the songs don’t seem catchy but they are.  Glossary songs are like that with me as well.

Where UFOs Go To Die is ten songs that run deep. There’s not a single off moment on the album.  With this offering 4H Royalty seems to have gotten more patient with their delivery and allow the songs to not rush themselves.  It’s a small shift but one that pays large dividends.  Good work 4H Royalty.

One of the great things that carries over from Colossalalia to Where UFOs Go To Die is the subject matter in the songs.  In “Accordion Bus” the narrator rides the bus daily next to a woman named Oora (I had to check with the band to get the name right) who says she’s a million year old Christian and an alien.  I haven’t heard every song ever written but I’ll go out on a limb and say no one else has written a song about that.  Also there’s a song about a guy having itchy blood for a girl.  I’m not familiar with the term itchy blood but after a Google search it could refer to symptoms of drug withdraw.  Over my head but poignant with a pinch.  If you’re thinking this might be too much same old alt.alt.country.post.rock.tonk then spend some time with the lyrics.  Even on the songs where the subject is one we’ve heard before (girls, teenage disillusionment, etc) 4H Royalty is coming at it with some odd angle or turn of phrase.

We usually pick three songs to share with you and I’m having a damn hard time picking the three.  I’ll take this as a sign that Where UFOs Go To Die is Essential Listening.  I think Oora would agree.

4H Royalty – Accordian Bus
4H Royalty – Itchy Blood
4H Royalty – Virtues, Spices, & Liquors

4H Royalty’s Official Site, 4H Royalty on Facebook, buy Where UFOs Go To Die

Sep 172011
 

It was a really busy week here on ninebullets and we’re hoping that will be the new norm with all the new writers so I thought I’d start posting a weekly recap on the weekend (good idea?). So let’s get into it:

Sep 162011
 

Ninebullets Radio is a radio extension of the blog ninebullets.net that airs every Thursday night in Tampa, Florida on WMNF 88.5 FM at 10pm Eastern. The show is archived for one week after it’s original air date and is available for streaming here. Also, don’t forget to head over to Facebook and like the Ninebullets Radio page.

Below is the playlist for September 15, 2011.

01. FSU Marching Cheifs – War Chant
02. Jason Isbell – Go It Alone
03. Lucas Dawson – Old Habits
04. Charlie Parr – To A Scrapyard Bus Stop
05. Tim Barry – Amen
06. Chuck Ragan – Nomad By Fate
07. Micah Schnabel – The Heavy Things
08. Glossary – A Shoulder To Cry On
09. The Takers – Drift
10. Have Gun Will Travel – 13 Miles To Empty
11. Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent – Gasoline
12. Nikki Lane – Gone, Gone, Gone
13. Frank Turner – Peggy Sang The Blues
14. 4H Royalty – Walk Of Shame
15. Drive-By Truckers – Play It All Night Long

Bold = Request

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Sep 142011
 

These are the facts you should know:

• There is no such thing as shitty beer, only beer you’d prefer not to drink.
• 4H Royalty is a Denver bar band that wouldn’t mind if you chose liquor over beer while they played.
• They sound like they practice.
• Their singer and guitarist, Zach, used to play pedal steel for Drag The River.

Remember that time you and your buddies were walking down the sidewalk after having more than your fair share of booze and you were talking way too much shit. Maybe it was Pete or Bobby or Lester who finally had enough of your mouth and shoulder bumped you into the wall and everyone laughed. The bumping continued until a bouncer outside a bar stopped you. The next morning it took a while to figure out why your shoulder was so sore.

Colossalalia is a lot like that night. Through the first listen or two it sounds like a bar band with a bit of twang but then later the next day you find yourself singing a few words and you have to sing for a bit before you figure out you’re singing 4H Royalty. Their songs and the pain in your shoulder are the same the thing-reminders of good and stupid times. Later, you’re in the shower and getting ready for another night on the town with Pete, Bobby, & Lester and “Walk Of Shame” gets stuck in your head. And you admit, but only to yourself, that for the right kind of girl you’d take that walk and it wouldn’t have to be far because you’ve got the number of a cab in your wallet.

Just before heading out you’re drinking a beer you’d prefer not to and Lester is talking about a girl he’d seen the night before and you remember her too. “I’d be her “Scratch and Dent Man” y’all” you say and when they ask you what the hell you’re talking about you don’t have an answer but you’re convinced you want to be one.

And you wondered if your shoulder would be the one knocking into the sides of buildings or if 4H Royalty would be playing in one of the bars you walked into. One seemed more likely than the other but whichever one ended up happening you were sure you’d be reliving it the next day.

4H Royalty – Walk Of Shame
4H Royalty – Scratch & Dent Man
4H Royalty – The Project

4H Royalty’s Official Site, 4H Royalty on Facebook, Buy Colossalalia